December 16 Evening Edition

— 16-Plus Arrested at North Carolina Legislature Protesting GOP-Led Bills – ABC News


— Chicago Well Represented as Former Chiefs of Staff Meet with Priebus  The list includes former White House Chiefs of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daley, John Podesta and Samuel Skinner. – Tom Schuba and Mary Ann Ahern


— Gov. Rauner Challenges Dems To Bring Him Spending Plan – Craig Dellimore


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “FBI backs CIA view that Russia intervened to help Trump win election.”
— Investors proving bullish on Trump – Renae Merle
— Group homes CEO tells judge he doesn’t know location of 6 residents – Patricia Callahan
— Sprint’s free broadband service easing life for some Leyden students


— Some big givers win big roles in Trump administration – USA TODAY
— More tax money for Chicago’s booming TV, movie studio – Tim Novak
— Podesta, Rahm at ex-White House chiefs of staff lunch for Priebus – Lynn Sweet
— Downers Grove-based DeVry to pay $100M in FTC deceptive ads case – AP

— Police union boss troubled over talk of relaxing hiring standards – Fran Spielman  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, the federal government lowered its hiring and promotion standards to hire, retain, and promote more minorities and more females.)


— Program’s expansion means free internet for more students


— Pritzker’s entry could make governor race a costly one for the ages – Rich Miller


— Trump paid $12.5 million to his own businesses during race  Movement of money all legal – DREW GRIFFIN , MARSHALL COHEN AND SCOTT ZAMOST


— Social mediation: Politicians bypass press, control message – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump First Lady says “White House needs a ‘grown-up’ to calm in crisis.”


— Durkin Says Deteriorating Tone Of Legislature Due To Upset Democrats – TONY ARNOLD


— Trump Michigan Elector: Opposition Threatened to Put a Bullet in My Head – Jim Hoft


— Facebook’s war on ‘fake news’ has skeptics asking: Who decides? – William LaJeunesse  (DIERSEN: Since 2000, Dave Diersen, your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, has decided what is fake news, that is, what should not be linked to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails contain links to non-fake news and to non-fake commentary.)


— Trump expected to act swiftly on immigration – Chad Groening


— Facebook to Label ‘Fake News’ with Help of Partisan ‘Fact Checkers’ – BEN KEW
— 9 Reasons Why PolitiFact Is Unqualified to Label ‘Fake News’ – JEROME HUDSON15


— Michelle Obama: The nation is experiencing ‘what not having hope feels like’ – Kate Scanlon  (DIERSEN: Under Obama, members of the following groups had lots of hope and made lots of progress: anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— George Soros, Big Banks And Google Fund Anti-Trump Resistance Group – Justin Caruso


— Indiana Town’s Entire Police Force Quits, Citing Requests to ‘Do Illegal, Unethical and Immoral Things’ – DEBRA HEINE


— GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS DON’T UNDERSTAND BUSINESS OR ECONOMICS – Kent Kellar  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate business and the graduate business, accounting, and finance courses that I took a) were 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.  To keep their jobs and to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Cornell College Republicans president assaulted, called ‘racist bitch’


— Mainstream media increasingly complicit in ‘fake news’ outbreak – JACK MALLORY


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask if the sanctuary campuses controversy is blown out of perspective and say “Thousands of students are demanding sanctuary campuses, and some state leaders are warning against it. But the ruckus appears divorced from current legal reality.”
— Time For Democrats To Stop Catering To The Professional Class – Jason Linkins  (DIERSEN: I earned professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48 and I earned a professional license when I was 33.)


— The genial transition from Obama to Trump gets a lot less friendly – Steve Benen


— To Combat Trump, Democrats Ready a G.O.P. Tactic: Lawsuits – VIVIAN YEED
— Nine New Findings About Inequality in the United States – JEREMY ASHKENAS  (DIERSEN: Democrats always promise to use government a) to take money away from those who have more money and b) to give that money to those who have less money.  Why earn more money if the Democrats are going to take it away from you?)


— California is itching to take on Trump. Here are the prominent figures leading the charge – Melanie Mason


— Facebook’s Fake Fix for Fake News  Liberal fact-checkers are not the way to ensure a more informed public. – Editorial
— The Upper Crust Built New York  Without the 1%, we’d have no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Metropolitan Opera and no New York Public Library. William L. Hamilton reviews “In Pursuit of Privilege” by Clifton Hood. – WILLIAM L. HAMILTON
— Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency  The president-elect will inherit an executive branch whose power has ballooned far beyond its constitutional bounds. – JEFFREY ROSEN
— Northeast Schools With Highest Graduate Salaries  MCPHS University tops Harvard University for salaries in the region in the WSJ/THE College Rankings  (DIERSEN: How much in today’s dollars did you earn 10 years after you started college?  I started college in 1966, I earned a bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1970, and I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.  In 1976, IRS paid me at the GS-12 Step 3 level, or $83,093 in today’s dollars.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Voters Spoke, but Trump’s Cabinet Picks Suggest He’s Not Listening.”


— Madonna’s Billboard Speech And Why Silicon Valley’s Ageism Starves Innovation – Drew Hansen  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote age discrimination.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Last Friday Madonna received the Woman of the Year award at the 2016 Billboard Women in Music event. Her acceptance speech centered on the sexism she’s endured as a female entertainer in the music industry. But amid her criticism of the treatment she’s received as a woman, she touched on a different issue altogether. “To age is to sin,” she remarked. “I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.” Ageism is one of the last bastions of prejudice in the North American workforce. Ageism In The United States Age discrimination in the workplace involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. It tends to be a bias against older workers such as when deserving employees over 50 are passed over for promotions, career opportunities, or training. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) into law “to promote the employment of older persons based on ability rather than age, to prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment and to help employers and workers find ways to address problems arising from the impact of age on employment.” The original legislation protected employees between the ages of 40 and 65. In 1978 Congress passed an amendment to extend the age of the protected group from 65 to 70 and in 1987 the age cap was lifted entirely.)
— How Academia, Google Scholar And Predatory Publishers Help Feed Academic Fake News – Kalev Leetaru


— Opinion Journal: Facebook’s Fake News Censors  Web Columnist James Taranto on why the social media giant is caving to leftist critics.


— Journalists’ attitudes bigger problem for industry than fake news – CAL THOMAS


— Study finds students unable to identify fake news – Stephanie Brito


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Audacity of Hope” and “Trump’s win was both a perfect storm and the culmination of long term trends” and ask “Can American fascism be stopped?”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Democrats Need to Oppose Trump’s Cabinet Picks En Masse.  If Democrats still believe that Trump is a threat to democracy, then they should act accordingly.”


— U.S. social mobility gap continues to widen  Data show about half of 30-year-olds in 2016 earn less than their parents at same age – Lauren Leatherby


— Facebook’s plan to tackle fake news raises questions over limitations  Operation prompted scrutiny about process and site’s apparent unwillingness to pay for fact-checking that relies on users and non-partisan organizations – Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong

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.