April 8 Evening Edition

— Russian ‘hack’ of 2016 voter rolls leaves Galesburg, Illinois, reeling


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Blue wave hurricane picks up national momentum.”


— Alec Baldwin returns to ‘SNL’ for presidential news conference – Cynthia Littleton
— Kimmel apologizes for Melania Trump joke amid feud with Sean Hannity – AP
— Why good people won’t run for public office – Dilara Sayeed (DIERSEN: 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 discourage “good people” from running for public office. They especially discourage people a) who they cannot manipulate/dominate, b) who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, and c) who support the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)


— A personal financial catastrophe can have grave health consequences – Carolyn Y. Johnson (DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, in today’s dollars, my income dropped 59%. In today’s dollars, my GAO salary was $125,325/year, but after my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer,” my Civil Service Retirement System pension is only $51,864/year, only 41% of that $125,325/year salary.)


— Senator Brady Backs Rauner’s Teacher Pension Plan – CRAIG DELLIMORE


— Politics with Rick Pearson Full Show 4/8/18
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Then, WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky shares her reaction to the Rauner administration’s silence towards Chinese trade. Later in the segment, Amanda gives her thoughts on the budget in Illinois during the upcoming election year. For our last guest, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs joins Rick Pearson to discuss the status of the Illinois State Republican Caucus. Additionally, Jim shares the current strategy of the Illinois Republican Party.)
— WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky is not surprised at Rauner’s silence – BEN ANDERSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Channel 11 Political Correspondent, Amanda Vinicky, chats with Rick Pearson in-studio about Rauner Administration and Chinese trade. Amanda elaborates on whether Illinois will have a budget during the upcoming election year.)


— Lawmakers’ focus should be on budget as they return – Editorial


— Guns, constitutional amendments and more: Illinois lawmakers back to work this week – DOUG FINKE


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Heartland solid for Trump, his policies.”


— When Ideology Collides with Good School Governance – R.B.A. DiMuccio


— Twitter CEO Shares And Raves About Article Calling For Dem Victory In Second ‘Civil War’ – Joe Simonson (DIERSEN: If there is going to be a Second Civil War, it will be individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries in Group A officially declaring war against those in Group B. Those in Group A are anti-Trump supporters, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time and those in Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I will fight for Group B and Group B will win.)


— Farmers’ Anger At Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates In A Bind


— ‘Economically Stable’ Portion of Democrat-Run Illinois Beginning to Bleed Citizens – Cole Lauterbach


— How Trump thrives in ‘news deserts’ Relentless use of social media and partisan outlets helped him swamp Clinton and exceed Romney’s performance in places lacking trusted local news outlets. – SHAWN MUSGRAVE and MATTHEW NUSSBAUM (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that GOPUSA Illinois is NOT a trusted news outlet. According to my critics/opponents, the only news that is not fake is the news that they put out or bless.)


— Asian-Americans rejected by Harvard need to resist the anti-affirmative action narrative Our community is being fed a story by a white man trying to preserve spaces at colleges for mediocre white students, not stellar Asian-American ones. – Marie Myung-Ok Lee


— Trump attacks ‘garbage’ Washington Post; calls Kelly story ‘hit job’ – Joseph Weber
— College credits where credit’s due: Schools slowly come around to accepting transfer students’ work – Jon Marcus (DIERSEN: Did you transfer? I did not graduate from NIU until August of 1970. If I had stayed at UIC and not transferred, I might have graduated from UIC in June of 1970.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war.”


— The Cudgel of ‘White Privilege’ – Zachary Wood (DIERSEN: Are you White? What do you say to my White critics/opponents, their White operatives, and their White dupes who have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I unjustly and unfairly benefitted immensely from White privilege and that I would not have anything today were it not for White privilege? They stress that I was born a White male, that I am 100% German American, and that my ancestors have been in America since 1844. They hint/imply/argue/shout a) that all German Americans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things, b) that German Americans, their parents, their grandparents, their great grandparents, and the rest of their ancestors viciously discriminated against, if not abused, if not enslaved minorities and females, c) that German Americans should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, and d) that German Americans should be gotten rid of.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: White privilege has become the target of many initiatives in higher education. The goal, advocates say, is to fight racism and promote justice. Yet the practice often doesn’t seem constructive. In my college career, I’ve spoken to many peers and professors who insist adamantly that any conversation about race in America should begin and end with the accusation of white privilege. The aim seems to be to establish guilt, not build understanding. As I see it, the main goal of discussing white privilege should be to promote a more complex and nuanced view of the world so that, for example, it would be difficult for one of my white peers to drive through the Washington neighborhood where I grew up and say: “What’s wrong with those people?” People of all races should aim to understand the range of attitudes and perspectives on race that make the issue a difficult one. Often that’s not how activists approach it. “I’m not interested in talking to white people who aren’t woke,” one student told me. When I asked him to clarify, he said: “Ain’t no white person earning my trust unless they admit to being racist and apologize on behalf of their ancestors.” Although I strongly disagree with this view, I have some sympathy for it. For many African-Americans, focusing on white privilege allows them to assuage a damaged self-image that is the legacy of centuries of racial subjugation. That feeling should be taken seriously, not dismissed. But the way to bring people of different races and viewpoints to the table is not by belaboring the unconscionable demand that white people confess their guilt for social problems that no individual could have created. To build understanding around issues of race, we instead should try to engage others in good faith, especially when doing so can be difficult.)


— Growing up with racists: How should I remember them now? From my football coach and the boy next door to my own father, racist comments were a staple in my white town – MARK PHILLIPS (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that when my German Lutheran parents raised me in Crete during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Crete was full of German Lutherans who were White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things?)


— How to Stop Plagiarism – Leslie Loftis (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have always emphasized the SOURCE and AUTHOR of articles. GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have never and will never attempt to make other’s original work look like it is GOPUSA ILLINOIS’ original work. Far too many websites attempt to make other’s original work look like their original work. Further, GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are sent out free of charge and they do not contain advertising, paragraph breaks, or pictures, and they are not sent out to “make money.”)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Alas, as the public has learned many times over in the internet age, the internet did not turn out as expected. Plagiarism has thrived. Only three months ago a well-known writer at a popular site got caught stealing half of someone else’s work on a popular story. She only got caught because of the rare news consumer who reads both the Daily Beast and The Weekly Standard.)

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.