August 11 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Oak Park massage parlors shut down after prostitution investigation; 4 face charges – Steve Schering  (DIERSEN: How many massage parlors are there in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-prostitution-tl-0817-20170816-story.html
— Google bro’s diversity memo shows biological failings of white dudes – Rex Huppke  (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to not hire and to get rid of Republicans and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-google-diversity-memo-huppke-20170811-story.html
— Lawmakers, reject Gov. Rauner’s changes on school funding – Kristen McQueary
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-rauner-school-funding-veto-perspec-0811-md-20170810-story.html
— That Google memo about women in tech wasn’t wrong – Megan McArdle  (DIERSEN: Is McArdle a Democrat? What if McArdle had gotten a job with the federal government? The federal government’s top priority is to hire, to retain, and to promote Democrats, and especially Democrats who are female, minority, and/or younger.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-google-memo-women-tech-20170811-story.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Blame rich Whites for ‘Asian fail’ at top colleges – Daniel Golden  (DIERSEN: None of my high school classmates were Asian. I just barely made into the upper 20% of my graduating class.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that if any of my high school classmates had been Asian, I never would have made it into the upper 20% of my graduating class.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-asian-fail-affirmative-action-colleges-perspec-0811-md-20170811-story.html
— Teens set out to create ‘Meaningful Summers’ with nonprofit – Sarah Freishtat  (DIERSEN: Would your critics/opponents have taken the summer jobs that I did when you were in high school and in college?  Few if any of my critics/opponents would have stooped to take the jobs that I did. I did yard work and delivered newspapers during the summers of 1962, 1963, and 1964; I washed dishes during the summer of 1965; I cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline during the summer of 1966; and I delivered mail during the summers of 1967, 1968, and 1969.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-teen-summer-giving-back-st-0806-20170804-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Special census in 2018 could put $1.6M in Naperville coffers – Erin Hegarty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-naperville-special-census-st-0811-20170810-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Everyone knows that attacks against Muslims in America are used to harm Trump and to harm Trump’s supporters. So therefore, those who attack Muslims in America must be anti-Trumps.)
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20170811/281775629258324
— Dogs, cats also carry carbon footprints, study says  Environmental impact of feeding meat to pets is huge – Amina Khan
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20170811/281805694029396
— Chicago Public Schools budget will plan on more than $200 million in city help – Juan Perez Jr. and Hal Dardick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-public-schools-city-funding-met-0812-20170811-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Chevrolet’s Impala SS sedan has been a hidden gem – Jeff Taylor  (DIERSEN: I owned a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 1989-2005.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/autos/chevrolets-ss-sedan-has-been-a-hidden-gem/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Naperville pitching special census to increase population, tax share – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170811/naperville-pitching-special-census-to-increase-population-tax-share
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF SHEFALI TRIVEDI: “Do GOOD DuPage” campaign encourages DuPage residents to volunteer – Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) glorify and praise themselves as being big time volunteers and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn me for not doing volunteer work. In my defense, I volunteer 10+ hours each and every day of what is left of my life putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out free of charge and without any advertising. However, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize, denigrate, and condemn those emails as being worthless if not destructive.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170811/do-good-campaign-encourages-dupage-residents-to-volunteer

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— A billion-dollar payout for Chicago teachers pension fund? – LYNNE MAREK
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170810/NEWS01/170819988
— Dems renew push to probe Trump Tower lender Deutsche Bank – Bloomberg
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170811/NEWS02/170819959/democrats-renew-push-to-probe-deutsche-banks-trump-ties

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Protesters oppose proposed cuts to Medicaid – Paul Swiech
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/protesters-oppose-proposed-cuts-to-medicaid/article_a30c2171-8267-560b-bed4-d675e5667554.html
— Blame Madigan for state’s tax hike – Daniel G. Deneen, Bloomington
http://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/letters/blame-madigan-for-state-s-tax-hike/article_b5e81723-ec2d-52a4-a9c4-6bebd8ef25ec.html

 

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Illinois pension cost shift could bring ‘financial ruin’ to local school districts – Chris Kaergard and Pam Adams  (DIERSEN: What has brought you “financial ruin?”  So far, my loss of $1,430,856 of income in today’s dollars since 1997 has not caused my wife and I “financial ruin.”  My GAO salary was $10,250/month in today’s dollars and my Civil Service Retirement System pension is $4,238/month.  $10,250 X 238 months is $2,439,500 and $4,238 X 238 months is $1,008,644.  $2,439,500 minus $1,008,644 is $1,430,856.)
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170810/illinois-pension-cost-shift-could-bring-financial-ruin-to-local-school-districts

 

PONTIAC DAILY LEADER
— Kinzinger feels failed health plan misunderstood – Paul Westermeyer
http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/news/20170810/kinzinger-feels-failed-health-plan-misunderstood

 

SUBURBAM LIFE
— Zito announces election bid for Illinois’ 49th District seat
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/08/11/zito-announces-election-bid-for-illinois-49th-district-seat/ahih4pa/

 

KENDALL COUNTY NOW
— Judge rejects Hastert attorneys’ camera ban request – TONY SCOTT
http://www.kendallcountynow.com/2017/08/11/judge-rejects-hastert-attorneys-camera-ban-request/a5utsf4/

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Your questions about North Korea answered  CNN hosts a live chat with reporters – ALEXANDRA FIELD (DIERSEN: QUESTIONS: What actions should America take against North Korea if North Korea a) illegally sends many millions of its citizens illegally into America illegally (LIKE MEXICO DOES), b) illegally keeps many millions of its citizens illegally in America illegally (LIKE MEXICO DOES), or c) illegally sends many mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally (LIKE MEXICO DOES)?)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/national/your-questions-about-north-korea-answered/786681180
— Poll: Nearly seven in 10 judge Congress a failure so far  Both sides of aisle earn public’s ire – RYAN STRUYK
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/poll-nearly-seven-in-10-judge-congress-a-failure-so-far/786679431

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— 2020 Could Have School Districts Seeing Red – DUSTY RHODES
http://nprillinois.org/post/2020-could-have-school-districts-seeing-red#stream/0

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— State representatives and superintendents speak out against Governor’s veto
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/state-representatives-and-superintendents-speak-out-against-governors-veto
— Parents and lawmakers demand action on education funding reform – Rachel Droze
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/no-compromise-on-school-funding-has-parents-concerned

 

ILLINOIS TIMES
— Fear and loathing in health care – Stephen Soltys M.D.
http://illinoistimes.com/article-18989-fear-and-loathing-in-health-care.html

 

CHICAGO MAGAZINE
— What Happened to Illinois’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board?  Former members and one legislator say the group was quietly disbanded in a deal with Governor Bruce Rauner to keep the medical marijuana program alive. – LEE V. GAINES  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/August-2017/What-Happened-to-Illinoiss-Medical-Cannabis-Advisory-Board/

 

ILLINOIS FARMER TODAY
— Ciaro: Struggling town epitomizes rural poverty in Illinois – Nat Williams
http://www.illinoisfarmertoday.com/news/regional/struggling-town-epitomizes-rural-poverty-in-illinois/article_3ff5263c-7dde-11e7-9df5-9f3f4b834f6e.html

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— HUD chief Carson calls out Illinois for not promoting economic growth – Cole Lauterbach
https://www.ilnews.org/news/economy/hud-chief-carson-calls-out-illinois-for-not-promoting-economic/article_61c85fdc-7c6b-11e7-bd0e-d7f6a238622f.html

 

ILLINOIS HOME PAGE
— Explosive county board meeting over reassessment situation – Aaron Eades
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/explosive-county-board-meeting-over-reassessment-situation/786615993

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— To “Trans” Cultists, What IS Maleness or Femaleness? – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/trans-cultists-maleness-femaleness/
— Female Military Service Members Told to Accept Naked Men in their Showers – Joshua Denton
https://illinoisfamily.org/federal/female-military-service-members-told-accept-naked-men-showers/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— When it comes to hiring women to top posts within Pritzker’s businesses, however, the billionaire is, well, lacking.
https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/11/oppo-dumps/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Anti-Trump Nutjob Arrested For Murder Of GOP Committeeman Neighbor – RYAN SAAVEDRA  (DIERSEN: What does your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain have to say about this?  From what I see, the more of the following that your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain is, the more danger that he/she is in: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and ancestors have been in America for a long time. Further, the fewer votes that Trump got and the more votes that Clinton got in his/her precinct, the more danger your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain is in.  Trump got only 137 votes in my precinct and Clinton got 211.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/10/anti-trump-nutjob-arrested-for-murder-of-gop-committeeman-neighbor/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A man described by neighbors as “quarrelsome” and who placed large anti-Trump signs in his yard is in police custody for the murder of his next-door neighbor – a GOP committeeman. Police in West Goshen Township, PA, charged Clayton Carter, 51, in the shooting death of his next-door neighbor, G. Brooks Jennings in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to ABC Philadelphia. The conflict began on Monday evening when police officers responded to a dispute between Carter and Jennings that involved cursing and video recording in one of their backyards. Police de-escalated the conflict around 8 p.m. and left. Shortly after midnight, police say another conflict erupted between the two neighbors as Carter claims that Jennings shined a light into his eyes. Carter purportedly told police that he then drove his car onto his lawn and shined the car’s high beams towards Jennings. Investigators say it was at this point when Carter went into his home and grabbed a .380 semi-automatic pistol and confronted Jennings. Carter allegedly shot Jennings in the head, knocking him to the ground, and then stood over his body and shot him in the head again. Police say the victim Carter shot Jennings on Jennings property. One neighbor described Jennings, a GOP committeeman, as “the nicest, best guy I’ve ever met in my whole life.” Those same neighbors described Carter, who apparently had a history of conflict with multiple neighbors — including pulling a gun on Jennings in the past — as someone they avoided because of his volatile behavior. “We steered clear of him. We were frightened of him [Carter] because he’s so unpredictable,” another neighbor said speaking about Carter. Neighbors described his front yard as being crowded with cars and anti-Trump signs that he made himself. Many of the conflicts between Carter and his neighbors were apparently not political, but personal. Police charged Carter with multiple crimes including first-degree murder which makes him ineligible for bail in the state of Pennsylvania.)

— Rep. Ruben Gallego: Trump Is An ‘Absolute Racist’ – Amber Athey  (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter? If so, who so far has called you a racist? Have you considered suing them?)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/11/rep-ruben-gallego-trump-is-an-absolute-racist/

 

GOPUSA
— Should elected officials be required to accept all responses on social media?  (DIERSEN: Should activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois who claim to be Republican be required to include
diersen@aol.com on their press release lists and their press advisory lists?  Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs fail/refuse to keep diersen@aol.com on their press release lists and their press advisory lists.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=28487
— Fatherless families have a tremendous cost
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=28504
— Mosques taking over churches in France (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will France side with the Muslims and turn on America?)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=28509

 

LIFE NEWS
— Abortion Activists Want More Men to Speak Up for Killing Unborn Babies – MICAIAH BILGER
http://www.lifenews.com/2017/08/10/abortion-activists-want-more-men-to-speak-up-for-killing-unborn-babies/

 

LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES
— Praying With the Right Motives – Tim Hetzner  (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes pray for? Mine pray for God to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIIS emails and to stop me from serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman. Previously, they prayed for God to end my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, my service as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, my GAO employment, etc. In response to the aforesaid, what should I pray for?)
http://devotions.lccharities.org/2017/08/11/praying-right-motives/

 

NEWSMAX
— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Takes Trump Feud National – Theodore Bunker  (DIERSENL Who works harder against Trump, Rahm Emanuel or Kim Jong-un?)
http://www.newsmax.com/US/rahm-emanuel-trump-feud-national/2017/08/11/id/807103/
— Newsmax’s 100 Most Influential Republican Women
http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/influential-republican-women-list/2017/08/09/id/806691/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 99. Evelyn Sanguinetti — A lawyer and daughter of Cuban and Ecuadorean immigrants, Sanguinetti is the first Hispanic to be elected lieutenant governor of Illinois, and the first female Hispanic lieutenant governor in the country.)

 

PJ MEDIA
— Austin Theater Admits It Broke the Law with ‘Women Only’ Screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’ – TOM KNIGHTON  (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will theaters bar members of the following groups: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2017/08/09/austin-theater-admits-it-broke-the-law-with-women-only-screenings-of-wonder-woman/

 

THE HILL
— Rahm goes national with Trump feud – MIKE LILLIS
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/346101-rahm-goes-national-with-trump-feud

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Why Medicaid matters to anyone with aging relatives – Sharona Hoffman  (DIERSEN: My 86-year-old aunt is burning up her life savings at the rate of $230 a day in an assisted living facility.)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-medicaid-matters-to-anyone-with-aging-relatives_us_598d936ae4b0ed1f464c09ee

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Jeffrey Lord, Trump Defender on CNN, Is Fired for Using Nazi Slogan – MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM  (DIERSEN: If you are pegged as being a Trump defender as I am, which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you the most for that?  Should I write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me the most?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/business/media/jeffrey-lord-fired-trump-cnn-nazis.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mr. Lord had recently accused Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal watchdog site Media Matters, of emulating fascists by calling for sponsors to boycott Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. When Mr. Carusone responded on Thursday on Twitter, Mr. Lord posted the words “Sieg Heil!”, a response that he said was meant to mock Mr. Carusone’s behavior.)
— Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O. – David Brooks (DIERSEN: Democrats want all employers to resign who do not use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion a) to hire, retain, and promote Democrats, and especially Democrats who are minority, female, and/or younger and b) to not hire and to get rid of employees who are Republican, and especially those who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/opinion/sundar-pichai-google-memo-diversity.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote voter fraud.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/opinion/voter-suppression-trump-commission-ohio.html
— In a Move Away From Tradition, Cremations Increase – JAMES BARRON  (DIERSEN: What about cremation?  When I die, I want to be cremated for the following reasons: a) my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents; b) my branch on my family tree is extremely small and it is dying; and c) my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been very successful in making people in my precinct, in Wheaton’s West District, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage, and in Illinois HATE ME. I should write a book about those who have been the most successful in making people HATE ME.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/nyregion/cremations-increase-in-a-move-away-from-tradition.html
— This Is Why a Trump Chicken Was Near the White House – YONETTE JOSEPH  (DIERSEN: Taran Singh Brar wants Trump to act more forcefully.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/us/politics/trump-giant-inflatable-chicken.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump, Russia and the opposition research firm run by ex-journalists
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/trump-russia-and-the-opposition-research-firm-run-by-ex-journalists/2017/08/10/93ee1232-7e13-11e7-b2b1-aeba62854dfa_video.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Trump’s IRS Swamp  Obama-era lawyers are still obstructing lawsuits to hold the agency accountable. – Kimberley A. Strassel  (DIERSEN: On what do you base your knowledge of IRS? I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years while I was at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $94,61-$100,917. What do you say to those who have wasted my knowledge of IRS?)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-irs-swamp-1502405528
— Why a Universal Basic Income Would Be a Calamity  How long before the elites decide the unemployed underclass shouldn’t have the right to vote? – Dan Nidess  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a member of the “unemployed underclass?” I have been a member of the “unemployed underclass” since 1997 when I was 49 years old. Of course, since then, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have used that against me big time. They hint/imply/argue/shout that because I have been a member of the “unemployed underclass” since 1997 when I was 49 years old, I must be a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and even worse things. Should I write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes?)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-a-universal-basic-income-would-be-a-calamity-1502403580
— On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus  There’s no ‘extreme vetting,’ no outreach to moderates, and too much coziness with Riyadh. – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
https://www.wsj.com/articles/on-radical-islam-trump-has-lost-his-focus-1502403549

 

USA TODAY
— Google manifesto spotlights enduring sexism issues – Laura Petrecca  (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always painted me as being a sexist. They stress that unlike them, I support the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/08/10/google-manifesto-spotlights-hot-button-issue-gender-diversity/513244001/
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE AND GRAPHIC: It’s not just you — there really are fewer homes for sale with inventory at a 20-year low – Roger Yu and Paul Davidson  (DIERSEN: Who wants you to move?  Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are members of the following groups want me to move: 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 and those that a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/10/sale-home-inventory-20-year-low-baby-boomers-stay-put/555127001/

 

WJLA
— Leaks within the federal government harm national security, need to be stopped – Boris Epshteyn  (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, and RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois a) who leak to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois, but b) refuse to include
diersen@aol.com on their press release and press advisory lists?)
http://wjla.com/news/bottom-line/opinion-leaks-within-the-federal-government-harm-national-security-need-to-be-stopped

 

BUSINESS INSIDER
— Chicago is doomed to become a ‘municipal black hole’ – Rodney Johnson
http://www.businessinsider.com/chicago-doomed-to-become-municipal-black-hole-2017-8

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— How Much Patriotism do Military Bands Inspire? GAO Wants Better Measures – Ross Gianfortune (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries discourage American patriotism? ANSWER: Those that 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.)
http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2017/08/gao-military-bands-learn-how-measure-your-performances/140162/

 

STARS AND STRIPES
— GAO: Did $1.5 billion in military music boost morale? – WYATT OLSON
https://www.stripes.com/news/gao-did-1-5-billion-in-military-music-boost-morale-1.482382

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.