August 11 Morning Edition

— Giuliani weighs in on Chicago violence again, touts Dem who said city’s not all ‘Trump-free’ – Gregory Pratt
— Rauner jokes about fairground fundraising – Monique Garcia
— For the first time, Naperville restaurant and retail sales surpass all other Chicago suburbs – Diane Moca
— Who counts as a drug dealer? As heroin overdoses soar, drug-induced homicide law blurs line between exploiter and victim – John Keilman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow that “Women’s March organizers announce October rally and march at Grant Park to encourage voting.”


— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Manafort’s Chicago banker Stephen M. Calk allegedly angled to get top jobs at HUD or Treasury – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: One could ask why would anyone want to be a federal employee. Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)


— Elgin gun range doing brisk business after one week – Elena Ferrarin


— Tax dollars off-limits for sex-harassment settlements – AP


— A messy pool in Lake County – Rich Miller


— Winning entries in Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade named (DIERSEN: Which were the winning entries in Wheaton’s 2018 Independence Day Parade? ANSWER: SEE: Who were the lead sponsors of Wheaton’s 2018 Independence Day parade? ANSWER: “DuPage County Republicans” were. 19 Republicans contributed $2,500 to help sponsor the parade. Illinois Republican Party leader and Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar contributed $500, Judge Jeff MacKay contributed $250, and DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Tim Whelan contributed $150. Bob Berlin, Dan Cronin, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Gwen Henry, Paul Hinds, Marty Keller, Deanne Mazzochi, Dave Molitor, John Monino, Chris Nybo, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, Phil Suess, Kevin Wiley, and Karen Wilson each contributed $100. QUESTION: Which entries did DuPage County Republicans got credit for sponsoring? ANSWER: Tunes of Glory bagpipers and the Wheaton North and South High School band entries. QUESTION: Who promoted the parade? ANSWER: Dave Diersen hand delivered 500 flyers that promoted the parade, the Republican parade sponsors, and the Republican parade entries to residences and businesses, including the residences on Main Street and two blocks east and west of Main Street south of Harrison Street. QUESTION: Which Republican elected officials and candidates were in the parade? ANSWER: Peter Roskam, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Erika Harold, Mike Connelly, Peter Breen, Jeanne Ives, Amy Grant, Paul Hinds, James Mendrick, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Chris Zaruba, Tim Whelan, Jeff McKay, Karen Wilson, Gary Muehlfelt, Sal Falbo, Paula McGowen, John Monino, Nick Nathwani, as well as Marty Keller and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee. QUESTION: Who arranged for DuPage County Republicans to be the lead sponsor of the parade? ANSWER: Dave Diersen)


— Pritzker to visit DeKalb on Sunday, open campaign office – CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMAN (DIERSEN: Which Rauner campaign office is nearest your home?)


— GOP candidates push to consolidate treasurer, comptroller posts


— Confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment to high court – David McSweeney


— Democrats attack Parkhurst on vote – David Giuliani


— Bring back civil service protections – Sally Drew, president, Association of Career Employees (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage. 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.)—-sally-drew/article_46d7db45-c3b3-5636-b14f-c74059f5cff2.html


— Those leaving Illinois double number of those moving in (DIERSEN: In your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county, who takes the lead in driving out of Illinois those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— Union Friendly party at the Iron Horse Saturday 4-8PM (DIERSEN: Are/were you a union member? Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are anti-union. They stress that I was a union member for almost 12 years.)


— Kinzler: CPS sex abuse scandal symbolic of what’s wrong with Democrat-controlled Chicago – Glenn Minnis


— Trump administration OK’s cheaper insurance but Illinois may not participate – Cole Lauterbach


— ‘Be Like Maxine’: Activist Group Selling Merchandise Inspired by Rep. Waters


— Pelosi: Voting for Dems equals ‘leverage’ for illegals – Michael F. Haverluck


— WHO ARE THE WHITE NATIONALISTS? Dinesh D’Souza highlights the peculiar offspring of multiculturalism


— Omarosa Makes Fiery Claims in New Book — White House Fires Back With a Scorching Statement – MADISON SUMMERS


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Charlottesville anniversary puts Trump and race under microscope.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans promote LGBT activity.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Republican Governors in Blue States Find a Way to Get Along – Jennifer Steinhauer
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A possible exception is Illinois, where Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has adopted a largely combative stance against the state’s Democrats. At the same time, he has annoyed his own party so much with his moderate social positions and budget woes that he barely survived a primary in the spring, inspiring a third-party bid from a conservative candidate. “Bruce Rauner thought he could be Scott Walker when he got elected,” Thomas Bowen, a Democratic strategist and former political director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, said, referring to the Republican governor of Wisconsin. “He forgot that Walker had a supermajority in the state legislature and he did not.” “There was a playbook for how to be a Republican in Illinois that’s been replayed over and over,” Mr. Bowen said. “Be fiscally astute, compromise and don’t pick fights unnecessarily.” Mr. Rauner will face a formidable opponent in J. B. Pritzker, a billionaire venture capitalist. The governor has run several attack ads criticizing Mr. Pritzker’s effort to get a reduction in property taxes on one of his homes, citing the mansion’s lack of working toilets.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump Used Racial Slur During Celebrity Apprentice.”
— Brian France, Nascar’s Chief, Takes Leave After Drunken Driving Charge – Kevin Draper
— Ex-Employees Sue Nike, Alleging Gender Discrimination – Tiffany Hsu
— Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned – Cecilia Kang and Kate Conger (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to ban everything from GOPUSA ILLINOIS. My critic/opponents want you to read ONLY what they put out or bless.)


— To Trust Polls, Dig Deeper Into The Results The sentiments underlying the 2016 results could be seen for months before, says the polling director for CBS News, and that’s true now for the 2018 race – Anthony Salvanto (DIERSEN: Far too many polls are designed to bring about desired results.)
— Bots vs. Trolls: How AI Could Clean Up Social Media Many tools exist that could help identify bad actors on social media. There’s just no consensus on how to use them. – Christopher Mims (DIERSEN: Who paints you as being a bad actor? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who paint me as being a bad actor. They 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.)
— ‘Diversity’ Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Discrimination I was barred from top law firms as a Harvard student in the ’60s. Today Asians face similar prejudice. – Michael Blechman (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially to get rid of Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Trump Renews Attacks on NFL Anthem Protests President’s remarks come after player demonstrations at start of preseason games – Andrew Beaton


— Political discrimination – Ron Etchison, Ellsworth
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Democrat Party’s hatred for President Donald Trump hit an “all-time high” recently when it directed their hatred toward some of the people in his administration (and indirectly toward people and voters in the 2016 Presidential Election) who supported and still support him. Isn’t it ironic that the Democrat Party, which claims to be “the defender of women,” recently gave the OK to heckle and harass three women who have ties to President Trump?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: University of North Carolina has spent $16.8 million in legal fees to continue using race as a dominant factor in admissions decisions to the detriment of white and Asian-American applicants.


— Can Trump ban the media from the White House? – Frank LoMonte (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about “Republican” politicians in Illinois who since 2000 have pandered to the Democrat news media and at the same time made it clear that they a) do not want me to know about their events, press conferences, or other activities, b) do not want me to promote their events or other activities, c) do not want me to attend their events or press conferences, and d) do not want me to report on their events, press conferences, or other activities?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As long as reporters have covered government officials, they’ve sought greater access than the government was willing to allow. The White House excluded a CNN reporter from an international trade announcement with the president of the European Commission on July 25, in apparent retaliation after she shouted unwelcome questions at President Donald Trump during an Oval Office appearance. Many observers viewed this move as an escalation of the Trump administration’s hostility toward journalists. The Washington Post called the decision to exclude CNN’s Kaitlan Collins “highly unusual and possibly unprecedented.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called it “an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us.” But did the White House actually violate the Constitution? As a media law professor, I regularly remind students that the First Amendment right of access to government officials, records and events is surprisingly uncertain. The First Amendment guarantees all Americans freedom to speak and publish without government interference. It has been broadly interpreted by the Supreme Court to forbid the government from restraining or punishing a speaker based on the content of the speaker’s message. While journalists have a clearly established First Amendment right to publish the news they’ve gathered — even in extreme cases, like the leak of stolen Pentagon documents — it’s much less clear that the First Amendment protects the right to gather the news in the first place. A right to publish, but not a ‘right to gather’? CNN has not indicated that it plans to take any legal action over Collins’ exclusion. In addition to being awkward — imagine a journalist taking the witness stand to testify against the White House communications director — a court case over a withdrawn invitation would face legal obstacles. The courts have refused to recognize an overarching “constitutional right of access” to government information. Instead, they have picked off cases with narrow, specific rulings. For instance, the Supreme Court recognized in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia that there is a constitutional right to cover a criminal trial. Likewise, federal appeals courts agree the First Amendment guarantees the right to videotape police making arrests in a public place. At the same time, judges have found no constitutional right to obtain government documents or to enter crime scenes that are off-limits to the public. Does CNN’s White House correspondent, or any journalist, have a First Amendment “right” to a press pass or a spot at a news conference? Since the Supreme Court said in its 1972 Branzburg ruling that journalists have no right to insist on greater access than the general public, probably not. That being said, journalists do have a right not to be retaliated against, regardless of what form the retaliation takes. Retaliatory exclusions can violate the law Even if attending a White House event is not a constitutionally guaranteed right, that doesn’t mean the government is free to take it away as a punishment. The government cannot take away even a purely discretionary privilege if the motive is to penalize speech. Even though there is no entitlement to hold a government job, the Supreme Court decided in 1966 that public employment cannot be denied on the basis of viewpoint. And even though there is no entitlement to receive a discretionary government grant, the justices ruled in 2013 that a grant cannot be denied because the applicant expresses a view different from the government’s. In other words, any action by a government agency intended to punish or deter a speaker for unwanted speech can violate the Constitution. That same legal principle would apply today if a federal official denied a government “privilege” to a journalist on the basis of a disagreeable viewpoint. In the CNN situation, if Collins lost something of value, like the ability to attend a presidential appearance, because of the content of her speech, she has the essential ingredients of a First Amendment case. The White House likely would argue that it was Collins’ method of delivery — raising her voice, after being asked not to — and not the content of her message that earned her a disinvitation. That would make a First Amendment claim blurrier. overnment agencies can regulate the “time, place and manner” of speaking, the Supreme Court has ruled, as long as the restrictions are reasonable and enforced evenhandedly. Were a case to go to court, Collins and CNN might have to demonstrate that other journalists have shouted friendlier questions without consequence. Journalists’ rights need clarifying)


— Short Skirts At Work: A Form Of Sexual Discrimination? – RICHARD B. COHEN


— Nearly two-thirds of older Americans have seen age discrimination in the workplace – but only 3% report it, survey says. . .Nearly 25 percent say they’ve heard ageist comments from a boss or colleague Another 16 percent say they have been passed over for a job based on their age – VALERIE BAUMAN (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote age discrimination; I should write a book about them. They include virtually all my GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates. To keep their jobs and/or to get promoted, they helped GAO get rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— 2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette: Which Is Better? – Eric Brandt


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Chicago White Sox promotes LGBTQ activity.


— 78,000 transgender citizens could be prevented from voting in midterms (DIERSEN: Democrats promote transgender activity.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans promote LGBT activity.


— Study: Companies with LGBTQ managers report higher overall performance than those without Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce found that companies with more than one LGBTQ person in a senior role reported better overall performance – Rhuaridh Marr (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers a) refuse to hire people who do not promote LGBTQ activity and b) fire their employees who do not promote LGBTQ activity?)


— Jeff Sessions Defends Group That Backed Baker Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple – CARLOS SANTOSCOY (DIERSEN: In 2012, those who promote LGBTQ activity, their operatives, and their dupes succeeded in a) ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship and b) destroying TAPROOT.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote LGBTQ activity target Cruz.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote hatred against members of the following groups want to abolish the First Amendment: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

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.