August 13 Morning Edition

— Lake County fourth in state in concealed carry licenses – Megan Jones
— Education level emerges as sharp dividing line in Clinton-Trump race – Bloomberg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: There are many demographic fault lines emerging in this year’s presidential campaign, but few are deeper than the division among likely voters based on educational attainment. Those with the least number of years of education are far more likely to support Donald Trump, while those who have had the most schooling are much more likely to back Hillary Clinton, according to a Bloomberg Politics national poll released this week. “The presence or absence of a college degree is more predictive of the vote in this election than we’ve seen in past elections,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversees many political surveys for Bloomberg Politics. Another trend may also be developing in the campaign that could pose a threat to Clinton: apathy among potential voters under age 35.)
— Rubio to pastors: Love LGBTs and accept them into church – AP  (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBT activity focus on destroying individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBT activity.  Because I do not promote LGBT activity, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBT activity, their operatives, and their dupes have always worked against me.)–senate-2016-rubio-20160812-story.html
— Donald Trump’s Facebook page is losing its edge over Hillary Clinton’s  (DIERSEN: What do you say to individuals, to organizations, to companies, to governments, and to countries that increasingly talk and act like FACEBOOK IS THE INTERNET?)


— Kirk vs. Duckworth race could decide which party holds U.S. Senate – KEVIN P. CRAVER


— Jack Franks, Lake County Board chairman pledge to use government consolidation power – KEVIN P. CRAVER


— Moving Toward Equalization of the Tolls – Cal Skinner


— How does the GOP think it’s going to win down-ballot, if it can’t win the presidency? – Kelly Riddell


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump Rolling Stone says “More Than 100 ‘High-Profile’ Republicans Refuse to Support Trump.”


— High School with Hillary – Kelleigh Nelson


— DIERSEN GEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “RNC Wants to Pull the Plug on Funding Trump’s Campaign.”


— Clinton Can’t Win in November – Michael Hammond


— 2012 PENTAGON REPORT WARNED OBAMA WAS CREATING ISIS  Predicted current policies would lead to Islamic state in Syria – Art Moore
— WARNING ISSUED OVER COMPUTER HACKS THAT CAN INJURE MOTORISTS  Activists urge resurrection of California case about ‘connected’ cars – BOB UNRUH
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A team of privacy experts is urging a California appeals court to resurrect a case spotlighting the hacking of computers in cars, warning breaches could result not only in stolen identity but physical injury. “‘Connected vehicles’ expose American drivers to the risks of data breach, auto theft, and physical injury,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center asserted in a friend-of-the-court brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They, and others, are asking that a lawsuit out of San Francisco be restored. The case, Helene Cahen v. Toyota, focuses on the electronic monitoring and Internet connectivity built into cars. A trial judge dismissed the case for lack of standing, but the brief contends the ruling should be reversed. And it’s no longer just about privacy, it’s about public safety, too, the brief argues. “The internal computer systems for these vehicles are subject to hacking, unbounded data collection, and broad-scale cyber attack,” the brief explains. “Despite this extraordinary risk, car manufacturers are expanding the reach of networked vehicles that enable third party access to driver data and vehicle operational systems. “The plaintiffs in this case seek the opportunity to present legal claims stemming from the defendants’ sale of vehicles that place them at risk. That should be allowed to proceed.” WND reported a year ago when two U.S. senators proposed the SPY Car Act of 2015 to create privacy standards for computer systems that control today’s generation of electronics-heavy vehicles. The proposal came just as a contributor reported hackers who set him up in a new vehicle were able to take over its controls while he was driving at 70 mph. “As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure,” wrote Andy Greenberg at Wired in an article headlined “Hackers remotely kill a Jeep on the highway.” In the 2015 article, he reported, suddenly his vehicle slowed to a crawl, an 18-wheeler =approached from behind and “the experiment had ceased to be fun,” he wrote. Privacy advocates have warned since 2011 about in-car tracking and other computer devices. Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center wrote then that data from embedded “black boxes” in vehicles could provide unwanted information to state agencies. Later, the systems were upgraded, connecting vehicles to the Internet. Greenberg explained that the industry’s Uconnect is prompting questions. It’s an Internet-connected computer feature in hundreds of thousands of Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs and trucks that controls the vehicles’ entertainment and navigation, enables phone calls and provides a Wi-Fi hot spot. Greenberg noted the cell connection also “lets anyone who knows the car’s IP address gain access from anywhere in the country.” The hackers with whom he was working, he said, have “only tested their full set of physical hacks, including targeting transmission and braking systems, on a Jeep Cherokee, though they believe that most of their attacks could be tweaked to work on any Chrysler vehicle with the vulnerable Uconnect head unit.” EPIC already has written extensively about the “Internet of Things,” explaining how various technologies communicate with each other through systems such as IPv6, RFID, Wi-Fi and GPS in appliances, smartphones, wearable computers and other devices. “The ubiquity of connected devices would enable [the] collection of data about sensitive behavior patterns, which could be used in unauthorized ways or by unauthorized individuals,” EPIC said. With “340 trillion” Internet Protocol addresses available, there’s no problem with assigning each vehicle one, the article explained. The new brief argues that some of these issues need to be adjudicated so that American consumers know what they’re getting into. In dismissing the case, the court “underestimated the substantial risk to public safety of connected cars and misconstrued the plaintiffs’ invasion of privacy claim. Whether or not the court ultimately agrees with the allegations presented, they are clearly sufficient to establish Article III standing,” the brief argues. Additionally, the “court’s conclusion is also wrong because it fundamentally misunderstands the security vulnerabilities created by connected cars,” EPIC writes. “Cars today are dependent on extraordinarily complex onboard computer systems. According to the Government Accountability Office, the typical modern high-end car contains over 100 million lines of code – substantially more than a Boeing 787 passenger airline[r], which contains 6.5 million lines of code, or an F-22 U.S. Air Force jet fighter, which contains 1.7 million lines. … As these vehicles have become more complex, the potential for software errors and related vulnerabilities correspondingly rise.” However, the brief notes, “car manufacturers have failed to take adequate steps to address these vulnerabilities.” Since first appearing in the 1970s, “electronic control units” in cars “have grown in complexity, replacing or controlling many mechanical functions. The typical modern vehicle now relies on computerization for almost everything from ‘engine management to steering, braking, climate control, navigation, [and] infotainment,’” the brief says. By now, everything, “engine management system, brake controller, airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, door locks, gauge cluster, sound system, seat controls, communications systems and telematics units are all interconnected.” In short, that means “window switches have a potential path of communication to the brake controller, the entertainment system has a channel to communicate through to the vehicle’s airbags, and so on.” There also is no “authentication” system, “allowing anyone with access to the system, authorized or not, to control vehicle components,” it explains, with access available through Bluetooth or GPS. As a result, millions of cars on the road ‘are vulnerable and pose a serious security risk to their occupants and to others.” The warning followed: “Wide-scale malicious automobile hacking is no longer theoretical. The lower court failed to appreciate the nature and immediacy of the problem when it concluded that the threat is ‘speculative.’ Although a full-scale remote car hijacking is certainly a serious risk to car owners and others …. Hijacking is not the only risk… Connected cars leave consumers open to car theft, data theft, and other forms of attack as well. These attacks are not speculative; many customers have already suffered due to vulnerable car systems.” Ransomware attacks and electronic disabling are just a few of the problems that already have been reported.“Connected vehicles raise significant public safety concerns that the courts cannot ignore. One company has already recalled 1.4 million vehicles because of the risk of remote hacking,” the brief says. And some 20 states regulate the collection and use of driver data. “But wide scale malicious automobile hacking is certainly imminent, if not already occurring,” EPIC says. Earlier this year, WND columnist Craige McMillan warned: “Let’s face it: Hacking these vehicles isn’t a possibility; it’s a certainty. It might be a kid spoofing you, trying to make you crash. Maybe a gang that’s going to reprogram your destination and part out both you and your vehicle. Heck, they could even operate from overseas via your onboard Internet. “Professional criminal gangs already orchestrate crashes on freeways and busy streets to bilk insurance companies; why wouldn’t they turn to hacking as well? A skilled team of such experts could probably hack you right up into a semi tractor trailer, bolt the door and take you and the vehicle anywhere they wanted.” His concern was for the fully computerized, self-driving vehicles. “Somehow, self-driving cars just don’t seem very well thought out to me. The penalty for not thinking this out before we do it is going to be very large, indeed.”)


— Clinton goes negative with Trump – Niall Stanage  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be Republican, but who have worked harder against me than they have ever worked against any Democrat, against any Libertarian, or against any Green. From what I see, they are really Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs.  They are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means. They are disciples of Saull Alinsky. They are involved in government and/or politics to make money for themselves, to promote LGBTQ activity, to promote abortion, to promote mass/illegal immigration, to promote race and gender based preference giving, to promote age discrimination, to promote pot, booze, and other vices, to abolish the First and Second Amendments, to get rid of those who do not give them money, to get rid of those who refuse to serve as one of their operatives/dupes, to get rid of those who have sued them, etc.  Increasingly, the aforesaid, their operatives, and their dupes treat the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall as being one of their “safe places.”)


— Clinton happily yields national spotlight to Trump, avoids its glare – Amanda Becker


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans Tell RNC Chairman Reince Priebus To De-Fund Trump.”


— Donald Trump’s Other Campaign Foe: The ‘Lowest Form of Life’ News Media – ALEXANDER BURNS and NICK CORASANITI  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois WHO BLAME ME FOR THEIR PROBLEMS, WHO BLAME ME FOR YOUR PROBLEMS, WHO BLAME ME FOR MY PROBLEMS, AND WHO BLAME ME FOR EVERYONE’S PROBLEMS.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: NYT promotes pot in America big time.  If you promote pot in America, you want to destroy America.


— If Donald Trump ever cleans up his act, Hillary Clinton could have a problem – Callum Borchers
— Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.): Trump-led losses might give conservatives ‘leverage’ – David Weigel (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump as being a conservative.)


— Priebus: Don’t sweat Trump’s bad press – Daniel Halper
— Trump: The only way I can lose Pennsylvania is if ‘they cheat’  (DIERSEN: Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.  Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)


— How Rich Candidates Try To Appeal To Working Voters – SARAH MCCAMMON


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti- Trumps say “Warning of election fraud, Trump sparks fear that his backers may intimidate minority voters.”  How many of the many millions who are in America illegally will use their false identifications to vote for Democrats?)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Running Mate Mike Pence Tries to Get Republicans on Board  As GOP nominee inflames tensions, vice-presidential pick reaches out to party stalwarts – REID J. EPSTEIN
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: How Elites Forsake Their Countrymen- Peggy Noonan  (DIERSEN: Who are the elites in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  How much religious, government, political, and/or financial clout do they have?  What do they think of you?  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout at the elites in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois that me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have caused all their problems, are causing all their problems, and will forever cause all their problems.)
— Tattoo That Knows When You’re Drunk  New electronic sensors that can read your blood-alcohol level could help limit drunk driving or tell bartenders when it’s time to cut you off – DANIEL AKST  (DIERSEN: If you are involved in government and/or in politics, you should not drink booze.)
— Good News for M.B.A. Students: Tuition Is Now More Deductible  A specialized tax court’s decision seen as a win for M.B.A. students – LAURA SAUNDERS  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the courses that I took were a) not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, younger, or a veteran.)
— Donald Trump’s Poll Numbers Move Markets—in Mexico  Peso has zigged as U.S. presidential candidate’s standing with voters has zagged; skeptics say link is ‘nebulous’ – ANTHONY HARRUP  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs a) glorify and praise Mexico and its citizens, millions of whom are in America illegally and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn America and its citizens.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Could the RNC Turn Its Back on Donald Trump?”  Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs turn their back on you if you refuse to join them in promoting LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, pot, booze, and other vices, the abolishment of the First and Second Amendments, etc.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Angry white men love Trump, and here’s why.” – Kai Ryssdal
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many blue-collar white Americans are upset at the state of this country. Our society and economy has rapidly changed over the past few decades, and they’ve watched their way of life crumble. Their jobs are gone and they can no longer afford to send their kids to college. At the same time, their “silent majority” is disappearing as the American populous rapidly becomes more diverse, and the people who were once disenfranchised minorities are granted a leg up. The men who bought into the American Dream are now frustrated that the social contract they felt entitled too has been broken and that they have been forgotten. And in the midst of this anger, they’ve latched onto someone they feel can make it all right again: Donald J. Trump)

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.