April 8 Evening Edition

— Swedes scrutinize open-door immigration policy after deadly truck attack – AP
— ‘America first?’ Trump’s far-right supporters see a betrayal in strike on Syria – Kurtis Lee
— More women exploring political careers after Trump’s election – Angie Leventis Lourgos  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps shout at women that all their problems are caused by Republicans, and especially by Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump sends sickening message to workplace sexual harassment victims.”  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a woman in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a woman in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted women in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a woman in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a woman in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job and my preferred corner office. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted me, and not them, to pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.


— Kennedy poll leader, but will jolt of J.B. change that? – Michael Sneed


— Jake Leahy, barely 18 and elected to a Lake County school board – Bob Susnjara
— Suburban parishes in Cook, Lake counties begin work to consolidate services – Kerry Lester


— For Dem governor hopefuls, it’s three primaries in one – GREG HINZ
— Creating a good workplace is not rocket surgery – Editorial  (DIERSEN: To keep their employees happy who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, my Democrat superiors in the federal government did everything that they could to waste the careers of and to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Why Navistar could become a VW subsidiary – H. LEE MURPHY


— Armed Robbery Case Exposes Flaw in Chicago Park District Hiring  Organization plans to expand background checks following OIG report, Chicago Tonight inquiry – Alex Ruppenthal


— Rauner: Stopping state-worker paychecks would hurt families – AP  (DIERSEN: If state-worker paychecks have to delayed, reduced, and/or stopped, will someone suggest using a “needs based” approach to determine when paychecks are sent, how much those paychecks should be reduced, and/or if those paychecks should be stopped altogether?  In 1997, my GAO superiors determined that my wife and I could easily afford a reduction in today’s dollars of $72,135 (59%) a year of my income, that is, instead of my $122,991 salary, I would get a $50,856 Civil Service Retirement System pension.  They knew my wife’s salary, they knew that we had no debts, they knew that we had no dependents, they knew the value of our 13-year-old home in Wheaton, they knew that we owned a 1990 Ford Thunderbird LX, a 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX, and a 1997 Chevy Cavalier. They knew that we owned a 1962 Chevy Impala SS collector car, a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T collector car, and a 1972 Corvette collector car.  They knew how much we had in regular savings and how much we had saved for our retirement.  When you work for the federal government, your superiors know everything about you.)


— Democrats tout their agenda


— Manar, McCann urge governor to pivot on prison nurse outsourcing


— Analysis: Of uncounted Glen Ellyn school tax hike referendum votes, more would be cast by Republicans than Democrats – Michael McGrady




— In ‘Scary’ Episode, This Chicago Employer Is Hoisted in Effigy by Anti-Trump Agitators – Ken McIntyre


— Trump, O’Reilly have long friendship – JOE CONCHA


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not glorify and praise citizens of foreign countries, anti-Trumps demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and even worse things.


— The media loved Trump’s show of military might. Are we really doing this again? – Margaret Sullivan
— Eric Trump calls nepotism ‘a factor of life.’ Here’s what he may not understand about privilege. – Lindsey Bever  (DIERSEN: Are/were your parents able to hire you or to get you a good job?  My outstanding parents were not. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assemble line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.  My father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.  My mother never attended high school.)


— America is changing from ‘we’ to ‘us’ – Ronnie Ellis  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THOSE WHO ARE Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Saving for retirement: An important but often neglected task – C. Edward Chang


— Experience America at the time of the Great War – George Will  (DIERSEN: My grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI. I am 100% German national origin. All my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and the 1850s.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Woodrow Wilson imposed and incited extraordinary repressions: “There are citizens of the United States … born under other flags … who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life. … Such creatures of passion, disloyalty and anarchy must be crushed out. … They are infinitely malignant, and the hand of our power should close over them.” His Committee on Public Information churned out domestic propaganda instructing the public how to detect pro-German sympathies. A 22-year-old Justice Department official named J. Edgar Hoover administered a program that photographed, fingerprinted and interrogated 500,000 suspects. Local newspapers published the names of people who were not buying war bonds or otherwise supporting the war. People were fired or ostracized for insufficient enthusiasm. The Espionage Act of 1917 made it a crime to “collect, record, publish or communicate” information useful to the enemy. In Illinois, Robert Prager, a German-American coal miner suspected of spying, was stripped, marched through the streets and hanged. The Washington Post deplored such “excesses” but applauded the “healthful and wholesome awakening in the interior part of the country.” Josef Hofer and his two brothers were South Dakota Hutterites whose faith forbade any involvement in war, including wearing a military uniform. They were arrested in March 1918, and a week after the armistice they were sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Arriving at the military prison around midnight, they stood naked for hours in a 17-degree November night. Then they were suspended naked from the bars of their cells, their feet barely touching the ground, refusing to wear the uniforms left in their cells. Fed only bread and water, after two weeks David Hofer was allowed to telegraph Josef’s wife, telling her that her husband was dying. He died the morning after she arrived. Prison guards mocked his corpse by dressing it in a uniform. The U.S. military was the world’s 17th largest in April 1917, smaller (less than 250,000) than Romania’s, and smaller than Britain’s casualties in one battle. America’s military became a melting pot for a nation in which one-third of the population had been born abroad or whose parents had been. Forty-three languages were spoken in one Army division raised in New York. One group was ineligible for melting: Printed at the bottom of draft registration cards were these words: “If person is of African descent, tear off this corner.”)


— America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever – Lindsey Rupp, Lauren Coleman-Lochner, and Nick Turner


— Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Protecting Federal Employee Pay Ahead of Possible Shutdown – Erich Wagner  (DIERSEN: Are/were you “essential?”  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as being NOT essential.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act would guarantee back pay for all employees, whether or not they had been considered essential and forced to work during the closure or had been furloughed.)


— Google accused of ‘extreme’ gender pay discrimination by US labor department


— LGBT Activists Call On Senate To Reject Trump’s Nominee For Army Secretary, Mark Green – CARLOS SANTOSCOY  (DIERSEN: Who calls for others to reject you?  Those who call for others to reject me promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, ending the First and Second Amendments, etc.)

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.