April 7 Morning Edition

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The time for soft words has passed. The Illinois Republican Party (IRP) is controlled by a cartel of men and women who ignore the Republican Platform, support (either directly or indirectly) the killing of babies, and can by no means be called “conservative.” Do you have an interest in this one, perhaps last, window of opportunity to work some good in the IRP? On April 18, every county in Illinois will hold a county Republican Party convention. At this county convention, Republican precinct committeemen will fill two important party positions: 1. The chair of the county Republican organization 2. The IRP State Central Committee (SCC) member that represents that county The IRP is governed by the SCC, which consists of 18 members, one representing each of the state’s congressional districts. The SCC members are elected by a vote of the precinct committeemen within each congressional district. The SCC is a powerful group. Their purpose is to “establish, organize, and promote the operations of the Republican Party.” They determine which candidates will receive money from the IRP and also who will serve on the Illinois State Convention platform committee. If you are a precinct committeeman, we urge you to vote for a liberty-minded, pro-life candidate that adheres to the Illinois Republican Party Platform. If you are not a precinct committeeman, you can still help by appealing to your precinct committeeman to vote for a conservative, Platform-respecting candidate. If there is no liberty-minded, pro-life candidate in your district, we suggest you abstain from voting. A substantial undervote sends a compelling message that the base of the IRP is conservative and wants conservatives to direct the IRP. Here are the State Central Committee 2018 candidates conservatives can personally recommend. Each one is worthy of the base’s support. Be brave. Be bold. Your boldness will strengthen the weaker ones to do good.)


— Intelligence is wasted on Donald Trump – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: We live in a 12-hour news cycle. What do you say to activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, and in Glen Ellyn who hint/imply/argue/shout that they are well-informed conservatives and/or Republicans, but who a) crow that they do not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and/or b) discourage others from reading the emails? If not GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, on who/what do they rely on to stay well-informed? Their Facebook friends? Rich Miller and Capitol Fax? The Illinois Republican Party? Their Republican county and/or township/ward party organization?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: He can’t be bothered to read his top-secret daily intelligence briefing (or anything else) because he’s too distracted by “Fox & Friends” — which is where he got the idea that a caravan of dangerous migrants was about to storm our southern border. Trying to load his brain with verified data is like trying to pound a wooden peg through a steel plate. . .Those who want to educate him do it at their peril. National security adviser H.R. McMaster got on his nerves by acting as though Trump had some use for information. Reported Politico, “The president at one point gestured toward the general in the midst of a lengthy briefing and said to others in the room, ‘Look at this guy, he’s so serious!’ ” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after joining with other top officials in a determined but futile effort to make Trump understand the Iranian nuclear deal, concluded that his boss was a “moron.” Like McMaster, he’s gone.)
— South Carolina GOP rep pulls out gun at constituent meeting: ‘I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords’ – Marwa Eltagouri
— Trump troop request for border patrol gives governors opening to decline – AP
— EPA chief Scott Pruitt spent millions on security and travel, according to sources, documents – AP
— Trump faceoff with China exposes GOP weakness in rural U.S. – AP
— Fed Chairman Jerome Powell tells Chicago audience it’s too soon to know economic impact of China trade dispute – Robert Channick
— ‘Our taxes are too high’: Southland leaders give Cook County reps an earful about taxes, incentives – Ted Slowik
— Welcoming men back to the workforce – Editorial (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors focused on a) replacing their Republican employees with Democrat employees, b) replacing their male employees with female employees, c) replacing their White employees with minority employees, and d) replacing their older employees with younger employees.)


— Facebook didn’t hex you into voting for Trump Gene Lyons
— Homeland Security to compile database of journalists and ‘media influencers’ (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless. My critics/opponents want you know only what they tell you, no more, and no less. My critics/opponents focus on destroying individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that they cannot manipulate/dominate. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and goings of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan, which was first reported by FedBizOpps.gov, would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” The database would be designed to monitor the public activities of media members and influencers by “location, beat and influencers,” the document says. The chosen contractor should be able to “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the influencer.” The request comes amid concerns regarding accuracy in media and the potential for U.S. elections and policy to be influenced via “fake news.” The plan calls for the ability to track 290,000 news sources including online, print, broadcast and social media. Also, it would have the ability to track media coverage in over 100 languages, along with the “ability to create unlimited data tracking, statistical breakdown, and graphical analyses on ad-hoc basis.”)
— Workers benefit as US businesses struggle to fill jobs – AP


— Outgoing Kane County Board member Dahl doesn’t mince words – James Fuller
— Facebook gathered us all together, then set a four-alarm dumpster fire – Ryan Avent (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Zlotow blasts Roskam.
— FRONT PAGE: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Residents say project would ruin Warrenville neighborhood – Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A proposal to build a mixed-use development along Route 59 in Warrenville is facing opposition from residents who say the project would bring traffic and flooding and destroy the character of their neighborhood. M/I Homes of Chicago LLC wants to acquire nearly 33 acres south of Ivan Albright Street and northwest of the Illinois Prairie Path for the project.)


— Backpage.com shutdown by FBI, seized by feds

— It’s time for Pritzker to unveil tax plan – Chuck Sweeny (DIERSEN: Will Pritizker tax retirement income? Will Pritzker tax retirement income only above $50,000 for individuals and only above $100,000 for married filing jointly?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want everyone to call Rauner a failure. Who wants everyone to call you a failure? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted everyone to call me a failure. They stress that I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. They stress all the activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be conservative and/or Republican, but who have not only not come to my defense, but who have thrown me under the bus.)
— Davis, LaHood skip gun violence town halls – Derek Beigh


— Rauner leads with his pocketbook – SCOTT REEDER
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During the GOP primary race, Rauner led with his pocketbook, spending his own wealth to disparage Ives with falsehoods and deceptions. Sister Jean, on the other hand, led with her heart. Rambler players left the court and hugged her after each game. They had an abiding respect and trust for their leader. Rauner eked out a “win” in which half of his “players” showed their contempt. That’s the difference between leading with the pocketbook and leading with the heart. Governor, you could learn a lot from Sister Jean.)


— Can Illinois be saved? Some people wonder Hand-wringing must be replaced by hard choices – Jim Nowlan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrats


— Conservative California Cities Revolt Against State’s Anti-Trump Policies – KIRK SIEGLER (DIERSEN: When will DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton revolt against Illinois’ anti-Trump policies?)
— What We Mean When We Talk About ‘Suburban Women Voters’ – DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at suburban women that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Illinois’ bonds maintain near junk rating, will cost taxpayers more – Greg Bishop


— Media try to stop Sinclair from buying Tribune, and other outlandish news embarrassments – Dan Gainor


— Trump, US hit new heights as trust in left freefalls – Michael F. Haverluck


— Michelle Obama: Hillary was the best qualified candidate in history – Jeff Crouere
— Gun supporter unloads on city council: I am the majority


— Arizona, Texas Send 400 Troops to Border After Trump’s Call (DIERSEN: What would Rauner do if Trump asked him to send troops to the border?)


— Conservatives Aren’t Allowed To Call Out Fake News, And This Proves It – Anders Hagstrom


— Sessions Announces ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Illegal Border Crossing Attorneys instructed to prosecute first-time offenders amid increase in illegal crossings – Charles Fain Lehman


— Ignorance: The Greatest Threat to Black Americans – Lloyd Marcus


— Who spreads ‘fake news’ more – Trump or cable news? Here’s what Americans say – Carlos Garcia (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless.)


— Trump on the Press: ‘I Call Them Novelists, They Make Up Sources’ – TYLER O’NEIL


— Let’s Talk about ‘Tolerance’ – DAVID FRENCH (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents not only do not tolerate individuals and organizations that they cannot manipulate/dominate, they destroy individuals and organizations that they cannot manipulate/dominate. I should write a book about the individuals and organizations that my critics/opponents have destroyed.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Trade Upheaval Casts a Shadow on the Recovery – Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: How is your recovery doing? I have not yet recovered from my Democrat superiors’ success in wasting my federal career and forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. My $51,864 Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of my $125,325 1997 salary in today’s dollars.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Pompeo and Bolton Appointments Raise Alarm Over Ties to Anti-Islam Groups – Laurie Goodstein (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they side with Muslims and against Americans.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Facebook is a Democrat website. Democrats say “Facebook’s new rules aim to thwart the kind of ads bought by Russian trolls during the election.”
— How 12 experts would end inequality if they ran America – Jeff Stein (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who hint/imply/argue/that I did not get better paying jobs because of the aforesaid, but solely a) because I was born a White male, b) because I have had good health, c) because my parents sent me to parochial grade schools, d) because I avoided the draft, e) because I got accepted by UIC, NIU, Loyola, DePaul, Roosevelt, and IIT, f) because the federal government grossly overpaid me, and g) because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents?)


— Sessions tries to fix slow-moving immigration courts, but judges resist – Joseph Tanfani


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: U.S. Blacklists Russian Oligarchs – Ian Talley (DIERSEN: Who blacklists you? I should write a book about those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who blacklist me and blacklist my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They are scapegoaters supreme.)
— FRONT PAGE: Facebook to Check Groups Behind ‘Issue Ads’ – Lara O’Reilly and John D. McKinnon (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat/Libertarian/Green website. Therefore, Facebook only wants ads that promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green party platforms.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Facebook will soon require that advertisers wanting to run ads on hot-button political issues go through an authorization process first, a move the social network hopes will prevent the spread of misinformation across its platform. The company announced in blog posts on Friday that it plans to work with third parties to develop a list of key issues, which will be updated over time.)
— FBI Seizes Backpage.com, a Site Criticized for Sex-Related Ads Website has been targeted by opponents of sex trafficking – Lalita Clozel
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they are also anti-America.
— Stop Propping Up Small Business Government aid for firms with few employees has long enjoyed bipartisan support, but it’s bad economics and bad policy – Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind
— Top 20% of Americans Will Pay 87% of Income Tax Households with $150,000 or more in income make up 52% of total income nationally but pay large portion of total taxes – Laura Saunders
— Smiles Hide Many Messages—Some Unfriendly Faces that mean domination, reward or just ‘I want to get along with you’ – Susan Pinker
— With Nixon in ’68: The Year America Came Apart War, protest, assassination and riot upended American politics and created cultural divides that are still with us today – Patrick J. Buchanan (DIERSEN: What were you doing in 1968? I was a full-time student at UIC and a part-time employee for the Park Forest Post Office. I lived with my parents and brother in Crete. I sold my 1968 Oldsmobile 442 and bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE. I saved money for college expenses.)


— Rush Limbaugh, other conservatives attack North Carolina school over white privilege handout – T. KEUNG HUI (DIERSEN: Are you a White male? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I have gotten tremendous unfair advantages in life because I am a White male, and therefore, I should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion. They further hint/imply/argue/shout that I have gotten tremendous unfair advantages in life a) because I have had good health, b) because my parents sent me to parochial grade schools, c) because I avoided the draft, d) because I got accepted by UIC, NIU, Loyola, DePaul, Roosevelt, and IIT, e) because the federal government grossly overpaid me, f) because I got married, g) because my wife had good jobs, h) because we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, i) because my wife and I saved lots of money for our retirement, j) because my federal retirement benefits are too generous, k) because etc.)


— Harvard pushed by US to share admissions data in bias suit


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Are Donald Trump’s supporters idiots?”


— More and more companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy. The trend can explain slow growth, “missing” workers, and stagnant salaries. – Suresh Naidu, Eric Posner, and Glen Weyl (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government hated federal civil service protections. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
— Workers don’t have much say in corporations. Why not give them seats on the board? A new poll shows Americans want to make it happen. – Dylan Matthews


— Jeanne Ives: “Bruce Rauner Lied”

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.