August 1 Morning Edition

— Map group files appeal in legislative districting case – Rick Pearson
— Trump suggests U.S. accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Courageous within GOP resist ‘danger to the Republic’”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps Say Picking on Gold Star family shows Trump’s ‘black soul’
— Trump suggests that U.S. accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea – AP
— Pope: It’s not right to talk about a ‘violent, terrorist’ Islam – AP  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Pope sides with Islam and against the critics of Islam.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Pope Francis said Sunday he won’t label Islam as “terrorist” because that would be unfair and not true. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him home after a pilgrimage to Poland, the day after extremists slit the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass in a French church, asked him why he never uses the word “Islam” to describe terrorism or other violence. While in Poland, Francis made an unscheduled stop at a church in Krakow to implore God to protect people from the “devastating wave” of terrorism in many parts of the world. When asked why he didn’t describe the priest’s murder and other attacks as Islamic terrorism, Francis replied he won’t do that because “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence. It’s not right and it’s not true.”  “I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group,” he said. “I don’t like to talk of Islamic violence because, every day, when I go through the newspapers, I see violence, this man who girls his girlfriend, another who kills his mother-in-law,” Francis said, in apparent reference to crime news in predominantly Catholic Italy. “And these are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence.” “In Islam, not all are violent, not all the Catholics are violent,” he said. “It’s like a fruit salad, everything’s in there. Noting he has spoken with imams, he concluded: “I know how they think, they are looking for peace.”  As for ISIS, he said, the Islamic State group “presents itself with a violent identity card, but that’s not Islam.” Francis spoke on the day when Muslims in France and Italy flocked to Sunday Mass in a show of interfaith solidarity following a string of extremist attacks threatening to sharpen religious divides across Europe.)


— Stopgap spending plan a necessary evil – David Harris
— Anti-slavery leaders speak in Naperville – Lauren Rohr


— Christian County Sheriff Reacts To New Marijuana Law
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is condemning Illinois’ new marijuana decriminalization law. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill Friday removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Now possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less is considered a civil violation, similar to a traffic ticket. Kettelkamp says the change won’t save his department time, because drugs can lead to more serious crimes. “I think this is a big mistake for our legislators. I just wish the legislators would just spend one day, or a couple days, in law enforcement’s shoes and see from the people that use marijuana,” said Kettelkamp. Kettelkamp tells us he’s worried the new law sends the wrong message to kids who might now think it’s acceptable to use marijuana.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Khan talks peace.” (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Knizr Khan makes it clear that he is far more angry at Trump than at those who killed his son.)
— Gold Star families demand apology from Trump  Letter posted on – David Wright (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Knizr Khan makes it clear that he is far more angry at Trump than at those who killed his son.)


— Tricky business of appointing representatives – Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos


— State board sharing cost-saving ideas inactive for 3 years – DAN PETRELLA


— Gay music director can continue suit against Catholic church  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, those who promote LGBTQ activity will sue you.)


— House races key to Illinois’ political power struggles – AP


— Michael Madigan: A DNC Interview With The Chairman Of The Democratic Party Of Illinois – AMANDA VINICKY


— Carmi miners show support for coal and Trump – Erin Fisher


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Mike Madigan who is anti-Rauner and anti-Trump says “Rauner Can’t Disavow Trump.”


— In Illinois: A House united, or more divided?  House races are key to the state’s political power struggle – AP


— Boom and betrayal: Retired coal miners losing health benefits as companies file bankruptcy – MOLLY PARKER


— Winner of Clinton v. Trump to be decided by Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania? – Jeff Berkowitz
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps blast Trump for saying “I’ve Made A Lot Of Sacrifices.”  What do your critics/opponents blast you for?  My critics/opponents blast me a) for taking jobs and for getting promotions that should have been given to minorities, to females, to those younger than me, and to veterans, b) for avoiding the draft, c) for giving up trying to have children, d) for not adopting, e) for not becoming a foster parent, and f) for not serving as one of their operatives or as one of their dupes.)


— Independent Maps will fight all the way to the state Supreme court




— STATEMENT BY DEBORAH DEMOSS FONSECA, SPOKESPERSON FOR CONSERVATIVES AGAINST TRUMP  (DIERSEN: The past predicts the future.  If Trump/Pence loses in November, if the past predicts the future, my critics/opponents will blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS for all losses that Republican suffer in Illinois in November.)


— GOP congressional candidate Andy Martin defends Trump against Khizr Khan


— Democrats’ platform ‘morally reprehensible,’ says ex-Obama adviser
— Hacked DNC Emails’ Startling Implications
— SF tries again to allow aliens and 16 yr. olds to vote in local elections
— Democrats relished all gender restroom at DNC


— NEW AD CAMPAIGN PINS PAUL RYAN AS PRO-MUSLIM REFUGEE  He’s also for ‘illegal sanctuary cities, Obama’s executive amnesty’ – LEO HOHMANN


— So Conservatives, What Have We Learned From This Trump Thing? – Kurt Schlichter


— Pence Attempts To Clean Up After Trump With Statement On Khan Family – CAITLIN MACNEAL


— Double Agent: Paul Ryan Races to Media to Join Hillary’s Attacks Against Trump – Julia Hahn


— Trump Campaign Will Focus on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania – Cathy Burke
— Pope’s Top Cardinal Accused of Sex Abuse


— Trump Should Push for Abolition of Tenure – Robert Oscar Lopez  (DIERSEN: Does Trump agree with Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar, and Lee Daniels on political affiliation discrimination?  From what I see, Thompson, Edgar, and Daniels side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government against me. They believe that Republican government officials should waste the careers of and get rid of their Democrat employees and that Democrat government officials should waste the careers of and get rid of their Republican employees.  SEE:


— Priebus echoes Trump: Debate schedule ‘should be revisited’ – GABBY MORRONGIELLO!


— Dems lap up Hillary Kool Aid at their own risk – Stephanie M. Jason


— Trump’s tough weekend  The self-inflicted wounds seemed to come fast and furious. – Matthew Nussbaum


— How About Four New Scalias On The Supreme Court – Earl Ofari Hutchinson
— Donald Trump Ducks Tax Disclosure – EDITORIAL (DIERSEN: Democrats always want Republicans to pay more taxes.)


— Trump rebuts criticism by Army father at Democratic convention – GRANT SMITH


— Charles Koch Explains To Donors Why He Won’t Support Trump – LEIGH ANN CALDWELL (DIERSEN: The more that you criticize Trump, the more that the Democrat news media promotes you.)
— Pence: Humayun Khan Is ‘American Hero,’ Kin Must Be ‘Cherished’ – VAUGHN HILLYARD


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Donald Trump’s Confrontation With Muslim Soldier’s Parents Emerges as Unexpected Flash Point – ALEXANDER BURNS, MAGGIE HABERMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
— John McCain Denounces Donald Trump’s Comments on Family of Muslim Soldier – JENNIFER STEINHAUER  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they are far more anti-Trump than they are anti-Democrat.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls – MICHAEL WINES  (DIERSEN: Democrats stress that minorities overwhelmingly a) vote for Democrats and b) vote against Republicans.)
— Obama to Leave the White House a Nerdier Place Than He Found It – GARDINER HARRIS
— MARCH 13, 1996 FLASHBACK: Seeking Return to Ways Of Patronage in Politics – DIRK JOHNSON  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, my Democrat superiors in the federal government could/would cite Jim Thompson, Jim Edger, and Lee Daniels to justify wasting my career and forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It is no secret that the fabled Democratic machine in Chicago stole a vote or two for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential election. It is less well-known that Republicans in downstate Illinois were padding the vote for Richard M. Nixon. In fact, while political machines have traditionally been regarded as the offspring of the Democratic Party in big cities, the Illinois Republican Party has hardly been a slouch in flexing its political muscle, known in the state simply as clout. The party has long dominated the suburbs and smaller cities, and throughout the 1980’s, when James R. Thompson was Governor, a job applicant typically needed a letter of endorsement from a party leader. So perhaps it is fitting that Republican politicians here are rising to the defense of political patronage. In 1990 the United States Supreme Court, ruling in a case brought by five frustrated job seekers against the Republican Party of Illinois, outlawed political favoritism in all government hiring except for policy-making posts, saying that only merit should count. This was a strange concept in Illinois, where the spoils system had always been rather the point of politics. This spring the issue is heading for the Court again in a different case, and Gov. Jim Edgar, a Republican, filed a brief last month asking the Justices to reverse its ban on government favoritism. He argues that patronage actually helps the democratic system. As another top Republican here, State Representative Lee Daniels, put it, patronage “doesn’t need to be a dirty word.” In response, civil libertarians say it is an embarrassment for the state to have political leaders arguing against meritocracy. “It seems only in Illinois,” said Harvey Grossman, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union office in Chicago, “would state officials be willing to publicly endorse the corrosive practice” of patronage. But Jeffrey Coleman, a lawyer for Governor Edgar, said it was simply logical for a political leader to prefer workers who are friends, rather than foes. “George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson and every administration at the Federal and state level for 200 years used political consideration in hiring,” Mr. Coleman said. “And it seems rather ironic that nine men and women who were appointed to the Supreme Court for political reasons would say that politics should play no role in the selection of public employees.”)


— Republicans denounce Trump as confrontation with Muslim parents escalates – Katie Zezima
— Senators rap Energy Dept. for enabling contractor retaliation against whistleblowers – Joe Davidson  (DIERSEN: Do the senators agree with Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar, and Lee Daniels on retaliation?  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I blew the whistle on reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  From what I see, Thompson, Edgar, and Daniels would side with contractors and against whistleblowers. SEE:


— Donald Trump is not upset Melania’s nude photos surfaced – Marisa Schultz, Carl Campanile and Bruce Golding
— Melania Trump’s girl-on-girl photos from racy shoot revealed


— DIERSEB HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans in Congress distance selves from Trump comments.”


— Father of Slain Soldier Volleys Back at Donald Trump  Khizr Khan, father of Muslim U.S. Army captain, says he isn’t a proxy for the Hillary Clinton campaign – PETER NICHOLAS and  RICHARD RUBIN  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Knizr Khan makes it clear that he is far more angry at Trump than at those who killed his son.)


— The Fed’s striking lack of diversity and why it matters – Aaron Klein  (DIERSEN: Will the Fed bring in Charles Bowsher?  During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success at GAO wasting the careers of and getting rid of GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Global Location Trends 2016  (DIERSEN: Democrats run America.  Democrats shout at foreign countries, foreign companies, and foreign individuals that Republicans are poison and that foreign countries, foreign companies, and foreign individuals should help Democrats get rid of Republicans.)
(POLITICO: IBM SAYS CHICAGO’S #1: The just-released IBM Global Location Trends for 2016 says that the Chicago area is the seventh in the world for foreign investment. The metropolitan area is the only North American metro to appear in the global top 20. In fact, Chicagoland had more direct foreign investment projects than Montreal, Miami and Atlanta combined. The city says that Chicago has more than 18,000 foreign-based companies accountable for more than $100 billion in direct investment.)


— Trump’s Pivot to Normality Isn’t Coming  Here’s a list of his lies and unfair attacks since accepting the GOP nomination. – STEPHEN F. HAYES


— ISIS Urges Followers to Attack Russia
— Trump Ally Says Khan ‘Agent of Muslim Brotherhood’
— Paul Ryan Sides with the Khans Vs. Trump


— More steamy pictures emerge of 25-year-old Melania Trump posing naked for a French men’s magazine – this time with another female model in lesbian-themed photoshoot


— Robocall ruling reversal sought by advocacy groups – Kathleen Murphy

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.