August 17 Morning Edition

— US to recommend COVID vaccine booster shots for all Americans at 8 months

— New daily COVID-19 cases in Chicago top 400, a metric cited a year ago when CPS decided not to reopen schools – DIANA WALLACE and DAN PETRELLA
— Surge of International students from India prompts University of Illinois at Chicago to launch office in New Delhi – KAREN ANN CULLOTTA
(DIERSEN: UIC accepted me in 1966 when I was a 17-year-old Crete resident. If I was a 17-year-old Crete resident today, I doubt that UIC would accept me because a) I am not a minority, b) I am not a female, c) I am not an LGBTQer, d) I am not low-income, e) I am conservative, f) I am Republican, g) I was baptized, raised and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, h) I am 100% German national origin, and i) my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)
— Businesses, Black and Latino communities hit hardest by property tax increases, treasurer’s office report shows: ‘An eternally broken system’. – SARAH FREISHTAT

— Seeing red: With high COVID-19 infection rate across Illinois, Pritzker warns, ‘We’re going to be dealing with this for some time’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker didn’t provide a date for when students, teachers and staff would be able to forgo face coverings. “We have to prepare ourselves for the, hopefully, ramping down of COVID over a number of months and maybe over the next year, but we have to follow the science and we’ll be requiring people to wear masks in schools to keep our kids safe until we no longer need to.” – Rachel Hinton
— President Biden gets America’s priorities right. The U.S. entanglement in Afghanistan has been a costly folly. But Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution proposes proven responses to pressing needs. – Jesse Jackson

— Top Illinois House Republican moves toward statewide run. Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer is weighing a run for Illinois Secretary of State or Treasurer. – GREG HINZ

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: A ‘Dramatic Increase In Graffiti’ Seen Along Expressways And CTA Stations Reflects Badly On The City, Residents Say. Graffiti reports are up 30 percent in Chicago, and crews are struggling to keep up with removing it. – Mauricio Peña

— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS, TRAGIC: ‘Black Lives Matter’ gets honorary street name. Signs added to Dodge Avenue between Church and Lake streets. – JEFF HIRSH

— Berkowitz w/Sen. Dillard & Gov Edgar in 2014 re Dillard’s views on IL pension reform, teachers’ unions & much more. Will Sen. Dillard & others soon join 2022 GOP Gov primary?

— The Disastrous Biden Administration – Laurie Higgins

— ‘Promises are being broken’ as U.S. strands Afghan allies – Stephen Dinan and Joseph Clark Monday
— Afghan-American scholar agonizes over homeland, lashes out at Taliban, U.S. – Mark A. Kellner
— Sen. Rick Scott floats removing Biden via 25th Amendment: ‘Has time come?’ – Victor Morton
— Democrats eye IRS expansion to help pay for new $3.5T ‘human infrastructure’ package – Haris Alic
— Networks silent on the Biden border crisis – Jennifer Harper

— Biden is responsible for the ‘systemic racism’ he professes to oppose – Zachary Faria
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to the Urban Institute, black and Hispanic landlords have lower incomes and own fewer properties than their white counterparts. They are also “more likely to have a mortgage than own their building outright” and make up a disproportionate number of the landlords who have at least one mortgage in forbearance. This isn’t the first time that Biden, who professes to care so much about equity, has pushed damaging policies that disproportionately harm minorities. Biden’s Title IX changes, which treat students accused of sexual misconduct as guilty until proven, also disproportionately harm black college students. The systemic racism Biden has warned so much about is coming from inside the White House. In pursuing policies that make liberals feel good but are damaging when put in place, as both the eviction moratorium and Title IX changes are, Biden is perpetuating the very problem he claims to be so concerned about. The narrative around systemic racism somehow does not apply to these Democratic policies, proving once again that it is a political narrative and nothing more. That will remain true the next time Biden takes the podium to denounce another GOP voting law as being a new version of Jim Crow.)

— Biden shifts blame for Afghanistan falling to Taliban. – Jack Durschlag
— George Bush, former first lady issue statement on Afghanistan with message to US troops, veterans. The war in Afghanistan began under Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. – Edmund DeMarche
— Clay Travis: If ‘experts’ were this wrong about Afghanistan, ‘how can you trust them on border, COVID’? – By Charles Creitz
— Biden points fingers for Afghanistan debacle after promising he wouldn’t ‘blame others’ Biden’s Afghanistan remarks contrasted with his campaign promise to ‘take responsibility’ and not ‘blame others’ – Houston Keene
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have blamed me and blamed my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters the most for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)
— Mark Steyn tells Tucker Carlson leftist worldview is all ‘power calculation’ The left focuses on ‘what belongs to the rainbow coalition of the future,’ he says – Angelica Stabile
— Lindsey Graham slams Biden Afghanistan speech: ‘No one to blame but himself’ Biden spent much of his speech pinning the blame for the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. – Michael Lee

— Trump calls Afghanistan ‘the most embarrassing military outcome’ in American history – ALEX NITZBERG

— Kansas Teacher Fined After Quitting Job Over Mask Mandates And Critical Race Theory Teaching, Will Start Homeschooling Project – ANTON CARILLO

— Nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan – Michael Gryboski

— George W. Bush Releases Statement On Afghanistan Calling On U.S. To Accept Refugees – GREG PRICE

— NYT, WSJ, WaPo Publishers Urge Biden To Protect Afghan Colleagues In Kabul: ‘Stand Behind The Free Press’ – Charlotte Pence Bond
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about all the many adverse actions that have been taken against me to get me to stop sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters.)

— Chinese Media Threaten Taiwan after Kabul Debacle: ‘The Island’s Defense Will Collapse in Hours’ – ZACHARY EVANS
(DIERSEN: If/when China conquers Taiwan, who will Republican China-promoters blame?)

— Biden to Bring in 30K Afghans. Americans Left Behind Won’t Be Prioritized in Evacuation – R. Cort Kirkwood

— Trump remains barred from Twitter but Taliban spokesperson still using platform for propaganda – Jon Dougherty
— CNN reports Taliban fighters chanting ‘Death to America’ seem ‘friendly at the same time’ – Tom Tillison
— Advanced copy of Biden’s Afghanistan talking points leaked to friendly press. ‘They’re not good.’
(DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, Independent plant, and RINO activists, candidates, and party leaders a) who pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois and b) who do everything that they can to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters?)
— Psaki takes week off, ‘out of office’ reply runs as Biden avoids Afghanistan nightmare – Tom Tillison
(DIERSEN: I have put together and sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletter each and every a) morning since 2004 and b) evening since 2015.)
— Pelosi floats GOP ‘clowns’ Jordan and Banks could end up as part of Jan 6 probe – Frank Webster

— Biden Blames Everyone but Himself for Afghanistan Withdrawal Fiasco. Biden never addressed why it all went haywire this weekend. – Mary Chastain

— Pentagon Warns of Worsening Terrorist Threat After Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan – JACK PHILLIPS

— Pompeo: ‘Pathetic’ for Biden to blame Trump for Afghanistan – OLAFIMIHAN OSHIN

— Who’s to blame for Afghanistan? – ALEXANDER WARD and QUINT FORGEY
— Afghanistan blame game – ALEX THOMPSON and TINA SFONDELES

— Republicans play blame game with Biden on Afghanistan. Several lawmakers supported the withdrawal under the Trump administration. – Mariam Khan

— Biden administration reverts to internal blame-shifting amid Afghanistan chaos – Natasha Bertrand, Kylie Atwood, Oren Liebermann and Nicole Gaouette

— Delta Surge Drives Home Painful Truth: Covid Isn’t Going Away. The new flood of cases has forced Americans to recalibrate. Governors and mayors who imposed shutdowns last summer are pushing vaccines now. – Julie Bosman and Mitch Smith

— After Afghanistan falls, the blame game begins – Shane Harris
(DIERSEN: Who blames you and for what? I should write a book about those a) who blame me, b) who blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters since 2000, c) who blame what I did to help Republicans help sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day parades and fireworks 2005-2019, and d) who blame what I did as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce (WCC) Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Midwest Chapter (MC) board member 2001-2004 for losses that Republican candidates in ballots in my precinct have suffered since 2000. I would focus on unsuccessful Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct since 2000, their political consultants, their major donors, their fundraisers, their campaign managers, their campaign staff members, and their campaign volunteers. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, MTRO, Wheaton Park District, WCC, TAPROOT, ICRC, AAPC MC, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton. I would focus on those who or castrated adverse actions against me. I should title the book “The Scapegoaters.”)
— Biden says the ‘buck stops with me’ — while pinning blame on Trump and many Afghans – Aaron Blake

— The Taliban won. Here’s what that could mean – NABIH BULOS
— The Taliban is now benefiting from the billions spent on building Afghanistan’s army – AP

— Congressman and veteran Adam Kinzinger blames Afghanistan’s collapse on Biden and Trump – BRIAN NIEMIETZ
— The critical race theory haters are blind to savage structural inequalities in our public schools – DAN WEISBERG
(DIERSEN: My parents sent me to a) Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961, b) Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod, and c) Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I had tremendous unfair advantages in life. If that is true, why did I take BAD JOBS that they would never stoop to take? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. They hint/imply/argue/shout that I took those BAD JOBS because I am lazy and stupid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. Further, in my defense, those who hired me and those who promoted me in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1986 were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to hire and promote Democrats, and especially Democrats who were minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)

— Biden’s Chamberlain Moment in Afghanistan. The fall of Kabul has been heard around the world, to the dismay of our allies and delight of our enemies. – Walter Russell Mead
— Growing Share of Migrants From Outside Mexico, Central America Poses Challenge for Biden. Nearly three in 10 arrested at the southern border in July came from South America, the Caribbean or beyond. – Michelle Hackman

— Twitter, Facebook May Let Taliban Control Afghan Government Social Media Accounts

— Tucker Carlson Slams U.S. Housing Afghanistan Refugees: ‘First We Invade, Then We Are Invaded”
— American Female Reporter Wears Hijab as Taliban Gains More Ground in Afghanistan

— Laura Ingraham Confronts the Core Problem for Capitalists – Jon Schwarz
(DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I am extremely stupid. Therefore, if I could do the aforesaid, just about anyone could do the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: THURSDAY NIGHT on Fox News, Laura Ingraham straightforwardly expressed the key challenge for capitalism: How can bosses get people to do awful, degrading jobs for little pay in order to make other people rich? “The government is literally putting anvils, in many ways, on people’s shoulders, either through the mandates, regulations, and now through free money,” Ingraham said to her guest, reality TV host Jon Taffer. “If we are not causing people to be hungry to work, then we’re providing them with all the meals they need sitting at home,” Taffer agreed. “These benefits make absolutely no sense to us.” Capitalism has been grappling with this problem for hundreds of years, but as history and Ingraham show, the answer now is the same as it’s always been: The laboring classes must be forced into circumstances in which they must work or starve.)

— Mastering Budgets – Jerry Simpkins
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who are most furious that I have the money, time, motivation, and ability to put together and send out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletter each and every morning and evening free of charge and without any advertising.),199103

— New Vehicle Affordability Reaches All-Time Low In July 2021 – Brett Foote
(DIERSEN: In 1966, when I was 17 years old, I bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint ( ) with money that I saved washing dishes part-time for the minimum wage for 18 months in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights.)

— President’s speech branded ‘grotesque’ and ‘devoid of empathy’ as Bush breaks silence – Chiara Giordano and Oliver O’Connell

— OFFICE PROPERTY FOR SALE: 520 West Roosevelt Road, Wheaton

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.