August 9 Evening Edition



— Illinois Democrats Launch Blog Featuring Controversial Kirk Quotes  The Democratic Party of Illinois launched a blog Thursday highlighting controversial statements made by Sen. Mark Kirk, who is facing a tough bid for reelection against Rep. Tammy Duckworth. – Tom Schuba


— No break for Blago; judge won’t reduce ex-gov.’s prison sentence – Jon Seidel and Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in giving me a lifetime pension sentence.  Constructively, by forcing me to take their early retirement “offer,” in today’s dollars, they put me on administrative leave for the rest of my life at $50,720/year, or 42% of my $120,427/year salary.  Why did they punish me that way?  I had complained about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, and, since 1988, I had been an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  Previously they had punished me by a) not promoting me beyond GS-13, b) keeping me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and c) forcing me to take an $18,459 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
— How to get Illinois a real budget – David Roeder  (DIERSEN: Democrats run Illinois. Democrats always want to use government to take money away from Republicans and to give that money to Democrats.)
— Former Blago foot soldiers busy with other battles – Dan Mihalopoulos  (DIERSEN: What battles are George Ryan and Dennis Hastert foot soldiers busy with?
— Latino groups: ICE racially profiled day laborers at pickup site – Maudlyne Ihejirika  (DIERSEN: What percent of those in America illegally are Latinos?)


— Yes, public corruption merits 14 years: Blagojevich and the next crooked pols – Editorial

— Obama’s Illinois not the one Blagojevich knows – John Kass


— Former state lawmaker, teacher Vince Persico remembered as ‘staunch ally of DuPage County’ – Katlyn Smith
— Khans to speak at Islamic convention in Rosemont – AP  (DIERSEN: The stronger that you speak against Trump and against Trump’s supporters, the more that anti-Trumps promote you.)
— Trump suggests ‘Second Amendment people’ could stop Clinton – AP
— China ridicules Trump’s criticism of its trade practices – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps side with China against America.)
— COD President Dr. Ann Rondeau to Keynote Veterans Day at Illinois State Fair
— Professor to lecture on media influence – Wendy D’Alessardo  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the media serves as an arm of the Democrat Party.)


— Illinois among most vulnerable states in S&P stress test – Bloomberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.


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— The War on Taxpayers: Illinois’ Rigged Elections – Dan Proft and Pat Hughes


    — DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump faces fresh GOP pushback despite bid to reset campaign.”


— Illinois Democrats Launch Anti-Kirk “$#*% My Senator Says” Tumblr – STEPHEN GOSSETT


— District getting desperate for teachers More than 30 hired, more than 20 still sought – Aaron Eades  (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— MOST CHURCHGOERS ARE HEARING POLITICS FROM THE PULPIT: REPORT (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my nasty/troubled/failed/vicious churchgoing critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, and/or e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed and/or are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republican defectors of all stripes look for more serious contender than Trump.”


— What Do the Major Party Platforms Say on Issues of Interest to Christians? – Rev. Robert Vanden Bosch and Paul Caprio


— Pedophilia the Next Sin to Be Normalized? Professor Questions Whether Adult-Child Sex Is Really Immoral – BRANDON SHOWALTER


— Father of Orlando nightclub shooter sits prominently behind Hillary at Florida rally
— Juveniles riot in Downtown Pittsburgh, attack citizens and cops
— Obama Administration IRS Scandal Back in the News  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents side with my Democrat IRS superiors against me.  They a) never promoted me beyond GS-12, b) disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and c) disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The mainstream media have gone to great lengths to avoid reporting on controversies with the potential to damage President Obama’s reputation or legacy. The endeavor to politicize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) became an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon in 1974. But the actual politicization of the IRS under Barack Obama is treated as a phony scandal ginned up by Fox News, talk radio and the tea party movement. So it’s no surprise that recent news stories about the IRS scandal have been met with nearly complete silence from the mainstream media. The goal is clear: if the media ignore this scandal long enough, it will be treated and dismissed as old news.)
— Obama’s legacy of global chaos, not peace


— Sheriff Clarke: Hillary Is Showing ‘Utter Contempt’ for Police to Get the Black Vote
— Parents of Benghazi Victims Sue Hillary


— Trump: My Temperament is Why I’ve ‘Been Winning,’ No Plans to Change


— Public College Offers Blacks-Only Classes, Claims It’s Totally Okay – Blake Neff
— Never Trump Attempts To Force GOP To Replace Trump – PHILLIP STUCKY


— Poll: Clinton ahead of Trump in key battleground states – Lisa Hagen
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Five reasons Trump is losing GOP on national security.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans flee Trump: drip, drip, drip.”
— Susan Collins: Donald Trump will make the world ‘more dangerous’ – Tal Kopan  (DIERSEN: The more that you demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump, the more that the Democrat media will promote you.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti Trumps say “Donald Trump Faces Increasing Resistance From Within His Own Party.”
— Trump’s Chances in 14 States He Says He Can Win in November – RYAN STRUYK AND NOAH FITZGEREL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois  Trump in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, May 19, 2016: “You’ve let go of thousands of people, and you’ve left, in this case, Indiana, in Chicago, and all of the different places … We are going to win Illinois. We are going to win Indiana. We are going to win these states.”  ABC News rating: Solid Democratic. If Trump is able to pick up Illinois, it would be the first time in almost three decades a Republican has done so. With Democratic strongholds like Chicago delivering a large number of votes, the Democrat has won by double digits in the past six presidential elections.)
— Disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Appears in Court Via Video Link – MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN


— Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, now white-haired, loses resentencing appeal


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans missed their best chance to save themselves.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Why the GOP majority could get wiped out in November.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats say that “Trump tries to incite violence toward Clinton.”


— RNC hires strategists to help woo African-American voters – AP  (DIERSEN: What are your demographics?  Who woos those who share your demographics?  Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs a) woo those who are  anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and b) focus on getting rid of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Makes Apparent Threat To Clinton’s Life.”


— Why Trump and Clinton Need to Join the Conversation on Retirement Security – Dan Kadlec
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Imagine if the candidates harped on the savings and retirement crisis. Even though 20% of Americans have no retirement savings, only 8% list retirement security as a top concern, the survey found. The Government Accountability Office has found that about half of all households near retirement age have zero retirement savings and no pension other than Social Security. So where is this conversation among our would-be leaders? The public is more than ready. Some 68% of American workers complained last fall that presidential hopefuls were not talking enough about retirement issues, according to a poll from the Financial Services Roundtable. In a major speech on the economy this week, Republican nominee Trump didn’t utter a single word about retirement, longevity or aging. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming speech on the economy isn’t likely to raise the issue either. Her website talks about retirement almost exclusively in terms of Social Security, which she vows to expand by raising taxes on the wealthy. This at least acknowledges the savings crisis. But it also suggests a woeful misunderstanding of how to fix it.)


— What lessons can be learned from your parents’ retirement? – Andrew Lyons  (DIERSEN: My father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.  After he died, my mother earned a high school diploma, worked in a dental office, retired on his and her Social Security and her IRA, and died this spring at age 92.)

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.