December 15 Morning Edition

— Hallmark pulls Zola commercial of same-sex couple after pressure from conservative group One Million Moms – AP

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Chicago Tribune Tees Up Arguments Against Democrats’ Progressive Income Tax Referendum 
— What Editors Want for Christmas

— BOOK REVIEW: ‘Provoking the Press’  Pointing out the biases and limitations of establishment journalism – Lauren Weiner

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS: Nasty SALT cap supporters demonize, denigrate, and condemn taxpayers as being “rich” and “wealthy” who have to pay more federal income tax because of the SALT cap. Trump should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.
— Saturday Night Live parodies A Marriage Story with Kellyanne and George Conway – Caitlin Yilek

— Reporters Enraged Over Media Portrayal in ‘Richard Jewell’ – David Rutz

— Trump Impeachment Vote Underscores a Harshly Partisan Era

— The Washington Post Impeaches Its Credibility – Jeffrey Lord

— Democrats, Impeachment, and the Cheapening of Everything – Derek Hunter

— It’s not just ‘orange man bad.’ For Dems, ‘white man bad,’ too – Peter M. Friedman (DIERSEN: What do you say to Whites who a) glorify and praise White-haters and pander to White-haters? What do you say to men who a) glorify and praise men-haters and pander to men-haters?)
— Press gulps as Team Trump unleashes a full-sail 2020 re-election plan – Monica Showalter
— A blow against voter fraud in Wisconsin – Richard Jack Rail
— What is going on at Drudge Report? – J.B. Shurk
— Republicans’ advantage: People like cities that work – Richard Jack Rail
— America’s real disease is toxic ignorance – Leann Horrocks (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want everyone to listen to/read ONLY what they say/write.)

— Videos show Trump welcomed with thunderous applause at Army-Navy game 70,000 fans broke into cheers of ‘Four More Years!’ – Giancarlo Sopo

— Media Smears Army, Navy Cadets, Accuses Them Of Flashing White Power Symbols – Ryan Saavedra

— Faked-Up Fox News Sexual Harassment ‘Bombshell’ Film Fizzles Like A Dud Huge dollops of deceit undercut both the credibility and even the message of ‘Bombshell’ by allowing it to be dismissed as politically expedient fiction. – James Dawson

— Pro-Palestinian Thuggery on Campus Gets a Rebuke from Trump – ROBERT SPENCER
— Moves Like Jagger? Bloomberg Crowd Boogies in Cringe Dance…Or Does It? – MEGAN FOX

— Conservative groups target their impeachment ‘Dirty 30’ Advocacy organizations are running ads against the House Democrats who represent districts that Donald Trump won in 2016. – ANITA KUMAR

— The real reason Democrats should study the UK election – Stephen Collinson

— ‘SNL’ looks at the holiday dinner table during impeachment Greta Thunberg, played by Kate McKinnon, tells Trump to “grow up.” – Dennis Romero

— 6 key steps to retiring next year – Jessica Dickler (DIERSEN: My $53,316/year Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 42% of what my 1997 GAO salary was in today’s dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Retirement readiness nationwide is shaky overall. Only 23% of men and just 12% of women are “very confident” in their ability to fully retire with a comfortable lifestyle, according to recent research from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. . .Consider how your expenses will change in retirement. “The dollar amount is dependent on how long someone expects to be retired but also the lifestyle they plan to lead,” added Lauren Anastasio, a certified financial planner at SoFi in Claymont, Delaware. “The first question people should ask themselves is ‘what do I expect retirement to look like?’” she said. “Some folks want to be close to their family, others want to travel the world.”)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Impeach.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.
— What Would Jesus Do About Inequality? – Molly Worthen (DIERSEN: Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that Jesus is a Democrat who hates individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Christian, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— The Decade in Retirement: Wealthy Americans Moved Further Ahead Prospects for most Americans’ retirement security haven’t improved. For affluent households, however, the odds of a successful retirement have gotten much better. – Mark Miller (DIERSEN: Because interest rates are far less than inflation, your retirement savings in interest bearing accounts are losing purchasing power.)

— West Point, Annapolis Officials Investigating Possible ‘White Power’ Hand Sign Army and Navy officials try to determine meaning of hand signs that service academy personnel appeared to use on national TV during Army-Navy football game – Ben Kesling

— 2020’s New Voters Will Be Less White Than Ever Before — Which Could Be A Huge Problem For Trump – CHRIS WALKER (DIERSEN: Trump-haters encourage members of the following groups to hate Trump: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— GOP is left behind by changing demographics – Bob Gibson (DIERSEN: Trump-haters encourage members of the following groups to hate Trump: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— GOPUSA: “GOPUSA is a private company whose mission is to spread the conservative message throughout America.” Dr. Robert Eberle is President and CEO of GOPUSA. In review, GOPUSA utilizes headlines that contain moderately loaded words and almost all stories are pro-right and anti-left. While they tend to source their information to mostly credible media, they also have produced a false claim via a fact checker. Overall, we rate GOPUSA as right biased based on story selection and mixed for factual reporting based a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 8/16/2017)

— List of fake news websites

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.