August 14 Evening Edition

— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, UNACCEPTABLE: Dan Ryan protest: Expressway march against police brutality planned Saturday
— Illinois COVID 19 Today: IL reports 2,264 new coronavirus cases, 25 deaths – Ravi Baichwal, Eric Horng
— Postal workers’ union endorses Biden; Obama criticizes Trump’s USPS comments Obama also took to Twitter Friday to criticized the Trump administration over the USPS changes.

— Chicago Police Deploy 1,000 Additional Officers After Downtown Looting Chicago Police Supt. David Brown sent a blunt message to potential weekend looters, warning them that “CPD is going to arrest you” and use various strategies to prevent caravans from coming downtown, including puncturing tires.
— Chicago Mayor Has ‘Great Concerns’ About Dan Ryan Protest OEMC said roughly 2,000 protesters are currently estimated to attend
— Chicago Dan Ryan Protest: Here is the Route Demonstrators Are Expected to Take OEMC said roughly 2,000 protesters are currently estimated to attend
— Chicago Protests, Preparations: A Live Blog of What to Expect This Weekend Chicago protest tomorrow aims to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway. Meanwhile, police work to prevent looting and unrest elsewhere in the city

— Driving into danger? Truck drivers warned about Dan Ryan protest The Illinois Trucking Association is warning its drivers to stay away from the Dan Ryan Saturday because of the scheduled protest. Truckers say they are facing safety issues across the country due to violent protests.
— Dolly Parton addresses Black Lives Matter movement: ‘Of course Black lives matter’ – Nate Day (DIERSEN: To promote BLM is to dump those who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders (except Joe Biden), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— 3 of 4 people arrested at CPS are Black even as arrests plummet The data released Friday comes during a heated debate about the role of police officers in Chicago Public Schools. – Nader Issa
— It’s a mayor’s job to rise above Even as we root for Lori Lightfoot, we’re troubled by the mayor’s tiresome habit of publicly shaming critics. – Editorial

— Those charged with downtown Chicago looting a mix of college students, out-of-work parents and convicted felons. But no apparent link to earlier police shooting in Englewood. – WILLIAM LEE
— GAO finds two most senior Trump Homeland Security officials are ineligible for their positions – BEN FOX (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 when I was 31 years old because GAO could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.)
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces beefed-up Chicago police plan to track, prevent future looting throughout city – GREGORY PRATT and JEREMY GORNER

— New COVID-19 cases push past 2,000 again. Kane, Will counties put in ‘warning level’ – Marni Pyke
— Illinois sees three-month high in new confirmed virus cases – AP
— State Sen. Terry Link remains silent as more politicians call for his resignation – Russell Lissau
— The suburban police that arrest the most drunken drivers, and how they do it – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas

— Metro East coach fired after calling Black Lives Matter ‘criminals and terrorists’ – MEGAN VALLEY (DIERSEN: If you criticized BLM, how severely would the following punish you: a) the leaders of your municipality, township, county, and Illinois and b) the leaders of the organizations that you are a member of?)

— B-N Educators Back BLM Calls For Racial Equity, But Want To Keep Cops In Schools – ERIC STOCK

— Some warn Illinois’ mail-in ballots could mean winners unknown for weeks – Cole Lauterbach

— John Monino has declared his candidacy for Milton Township Supervisor. – Dave Diersen


— 2,264 new cases, 25 additional deaths, 4.1 percent positivity rates
— Subscribers know more, but lots of people have been trying to reach Skillicorn lately to find out what he intends to do and when he intends to do it. I mean, there’s only like 82 days until the election is over.
— Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Jefferson, Kane, LaSalle, Moultrie, Perry, Union and Will counties put on warning list

— Free-speech lawsuits pile up as cities put brakes on conservative street messages Viewpoint discrimination alleged as cities allow ‘Black Lives Matter,’ block other messages – Valerie Richardson (DIERSEN: Does your mayor claim authority to allow/disallow painting messages on the streets of your municipality?)
— Second Amendment advocates warn of ‘gun apocalypse’ under Biden – David Sherfinski

— Trump is giving schools tools to reopen, and they must do so for children’s sake – Kevin Roberts

— Kamala Harris: Our Ticket Can Say ‘Black Lives Matter’ While Trump Is ‘Sowing Hate’ – Pam Key

— Guilt consumed Dems and the meaning of a Gettysburg speech – Jeffrey A. Rendall

— Activists Storm Neighborhood, Tell White Residents To ‘Give Black People Back Their Homes’ “Get the f*** out and give sh** back.” (DIERSEN: Do you own your home? If/when BLMers demand that you give them your home, how will your respond?)

— We Should Be Terrified of What Will Happen If Democrats Win

— Governors Can’t Use Coronavirus To Indefinitely Declare A State Of Emergency In a national panic, Americans permitted executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back. – Molly McCann

— The Sinister Side of the Black Lives Matter Movement – John F. McManus

— It’s Time to Hire American – Marie Larson

— 86 Percent of Americans Believe News Media Is Biased, Major Poll Finds – IVAN PENTCHOUKOV (DIERSEN: The mainstream news media in Illinois provides government and political news and commentary from a Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, RINO, moderate, and/or liberal point of view. GOPUSA ILLINOIS provides government and political news and commentary from a Republican and conservative point of view.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans’ concern about media bias is likely the result of overwhelmingly negative coverage of the Trump presidency. Between the beginning of the impeachment proceedings in 2019 and the exoneration vote in February, ABC, CBS, and NBC dedicated 77 times more coverage to impeachment, in terms of time spent, than to President Donald Trump’s economic successes, according to a study by the Media Research Center. The coverage was 93 percent negative when it came to Trump, another study found. The results were in line with MRC’s earlier reviews of coverage in 2017 and 2018, which found that the media was 90 percent negative when covering Trump. The Washington Post had more than 25 times more negative than positive headlines on Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Trump harshly criticized the media on the campaign trail in 2016 and has continued to do so since. The poll respondents were divided on whether these and other attacks on the media were justified. Among Republicans, 61 percent say the attacks are justified, compared to just 22 percent of Democrats. However, concern is growing about all forms of bias. A growing number of people said that more news sources are “reporting from a particular point of view,” that there is “too much bias in the selection of what stories news organizations cover or don’t cover,” and that there is “too much bias” in stories that should be covered objectively. More than 9 in 10 respondents said the bias is a “major problem.”)

— Postal Service warns 46 states mail ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted – MAX GREENWOOD

— Oregon police to leave downtown Portland after DA declines to prosecute most protest-related crimes – Simone Sebastian, Jessica Wolfrom and Katie Shepherd

— Seattle BLM protesters demand white people ‘give up’ their homes – Joshua Rhett Miller (DIERSEN: Do you own your home? If/when BLMers demand that you give them your home, how will your respond?)

— How far does your constitutional right to protest go in Washington and beyond? – Editorial

— OUTSTANDING: ‘Back the Blue’ rally in Taylor demonstrates support for local police – Jim Kasuba

— Chicago’s 1855 ‘Beer Riot’ Is a Bridge to the Unrest of 2020 In a 19th century uprising, protesters and police faced off, and the city’s mayor used a downtown bridge for crowd control. Sound familiar? – Zach Mortice (DIERSEN: My Protestant ancestors on my father’s side immigrated from what is now Germany to Chicago in 1844 and worked in a brick factory. In 1854, they homesteaded a farm in Crete.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During the Lager Beer Riot of 1855, Chicago’s leaders also tried to use downtown bridge access to stymie dissent. This took place in the aftermath of an epidemic, after public health concerns shook up the city’s politics, when an aggrieved minority that had been discriminated against and targeted by police refused to take any more abuse. The conflict asked fundamental questions about the structure and function of law enforcement, kicked off a wave of police reform, and tested the city’s commitment to multi-ethnic diversity. If you don’t count the violence against Indigenous communities associated with Chicago’s founding, it stands as the young city’s first wide-scale organized civil unrest. As detailed in The Great Chicago Beer Riot: How Lager Struck a Blow for Liberty, an exhaustive 2015 account by John F. Hogan and Judy Brady, the incident was born of tensions between the native-born Protestant Chicagoans who founded the city and newer German and Irish immigrants. From 1850 to 1860, the population swelled from 30,000 to 112,000; nearly 40% of the city was German or Irish. Native-born locals viewed the newcomers with suspicion: The Germans were widely seen as subversive foreigners, the Irish as a distant species of subhuman. The conservative Chicago Tribune towed the nativist line: “Who does not know that the most depraved, debased, worthless and irredeemable drunkards and sots which curse the community are Irish Catholics?” the paper asked its readers in 1855. The Trib had an ally in Mayor Levi Boone, a pro-slavery, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic member of the Know-Nothing shadow party that emerged from the declining Whigs. A doctor (and great-nephew of Daniel Boone), he was also staunchly-pro temperance, and rose to prominence as Chicago’s chief health officer, guiding the city through waves of cholera. Per his commitment to teetotaling, Boone and the city council raised liquor license fees up from $50 per year to $300 for three months — directly targeting the beer halls and saloons of the Irish and Germans. Police began enforcing Sunday closing laws that had been on the books since 1843 but were routinely ignored. Hotels and bars owned by native-born were rarely disturbed, according to the Chicago Public Library. Boone also barred Germans and Irish immigrants from the police force and other municipal posts, and purged these ethnicities from these positions if they were already there. He announced the closings on Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Hundreds of bar owners and staff were arrested for refusing to pay the new fees or for staying open on Sunday. These saloons operated much like social clubs and community centers for new Americans. They were a centerpiece of the “continental Sunday” for Germans and Catholics — one day off of work a week to attend church and then file into the beer garden or set out a picnic with friends and family as the drinks flowed, says Dominic Pacyga, historian and professor emeritus at Columbia College in Chicago. This was anathema to the Protestant native-born. “What you were supposed to do on a Sunday was sit at home, drink lemonade, and talk about the Bible,” Pacyga says. German lager represented the foreign and unfamiliar to U.S.-born Chicagoans, but to immigrants it was a beloved signifier of culture and identity. The riot to come was named in its honor. Inside the courthouse at Randolph and Clark Street, both factions agreed to try one test case of the arrested barkeeps, and let that precedent stand for all. The trial was scheduled for April 21. That day, Germans residents crossed the Clark Street Bridge — a brand-new 30-foot-wide structure that spanned the Chicago River on a swivel pivot, allowing masted boat traffic to pass — and swarmed the courtroom, where they were ejected by police. Mayor Boone used this reprieve to supplement police with “some 150 special officers recruited and deputized from nearby stores and warehouses,” according to Hogan and Brady. But by late afternoon, 500 people — mostly German, with some Irish — had gathered north of the bridge, determined to overwhelm the courthouse. They advanced south, with fifes and drums up front, and muskets, pistols and meat cleavers throughout. The mass broke into two groups. The first crossed the bridge, but a second, larger throng was cut off when the bridge tender swung the pivot bridge out, stranding them on the street, and giving police more time to amass. Bafflingly, Boone commanded that the bridge be reconnected to the street, which handed the crowd their own opportunity to reinforce. When the melee began, rioters shouted, “Pick out the stars! Shoot the police!” to help single out police officers, who had stars clipped to shirt collars — the only defining mark that identified the uniform-less force. The chaos resulted in 60 arrests, 19 injuries, and somehow only one death: Peter Martens, who shot a policeman (nonfatally) and was killed by police while attempting to run away. Eventually, police and local militias dispersed the crowd, and the mayor placed the city under martial law. A host of reforms came in the wake of the riot. The police force was professionalized and expanded after 1855 — despite political resistance from North Side aldermen, who had sizable German populations in their wards. North Side leaders feared that a formalized police force would be more like an occupying army, sent from nativist neighborhoods into their own to enforce a very specific vision of social order. “To them, as well as their constituents, the police represented a repressive institution, a tool of the Puritan elite to keep working people from enjoying life as they saw fit,” wrote Hogan and Brady. The city also reduced liquor fees and abandoned the Sunday closure policies. And a wider political backlash brought Thomas Dyer — a Democrat with German and Irish support — to the mayor’s office. “It’s really the beginning in many ways of ethnic voting patterns in Chicago,” says Pacyga. The conflict also helped break apart the old Yankee hegemony that had ruled the city from its earliest history.)

— Chicago Mayor Says Looting Is ‘Never Justifiable’ After Activist Defends Theft as ‘Reparations’ – JENNI FINK

— US economist proposes $12 trillion in slavery reparations to eliminate black-white wealth gap ‘The present moment seems to afford more of an opportunity to move forward’ – Louise Hall (DIERSEN: How much reparations will you be expected to pay and why?)

— ‘GIVE UP YOUR HOUSE’ Black Lives Matter activists storm neighborhood and demand white residents give up their homes – Erin Van Der Meer (DIERSEN: Do you own your home? If/when BLMers demand that you give them your home, how will your respond?)

— FOR SALE: 311 West Park Avenue, Wheaton – $439,900

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.