December 2 Morning Edition

— Illinois cities, businesses prepare for legal recreational marijuana sales in 1 month (DIERSEN: Pot pushers have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout in Illinois. Democrat and RINO politicians in Illinois carry out the pot pushers’ orders. Ever-increasingly, in Illinois, if you oppose promoting pot, Democrat and RINO politicians get rid of you.)

— Chicago Commemorates World AIDS Day With Events Around City (DIERSEN: LGBTQ promoters have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout in Illinois. Democrat and RINO politicians in Illinois carry out the LGBTQ promoters’ orders. Ever-increasingly, in Illinois, if you oppose promoting LGBTQ activity, Democrat and RINO politicians get rid of you.)

— NRA appeal to the Supreme Court puts gun laws at risk – MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG (DIERSEN: If Bloomberg wins the Democrat nomination, because of his hatred of the Second Amendment and because of his hatred of gun owners, Republicans will buy a tremendous amount of firearms and ammunition for their self-defense.)
— Rick Perry’s belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Christian-haters count on Democrats to get rid of Christians once and for all.)
— How to fix this trade-off of Illinois hospitals’ property tax breaks in return for charity care – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Former staffers keep writing books about how inept Donald Trump is. We shouldn’t buy books from cowards.”
— Get your Real ID driver’s license: October 2020 is coming. You don’t want to be stranded at the airport. – EDITORIAL

— Daily Herald awarded Report for America grant for three reporters – Diane Dungey (DIERSEN: Wheaton is an under-covered suburb. What if the Daily Herald a) had reported lots of details on the ten who applied to be appointed to fill Wheaton’s West District City Council vacancy including education, work experience, professional certifications, professional licenses, length of time lived in the district and Wheaton, etc. b) had held candidate forums, c) had compared and contrasted the applicants’ positions on the issues, and d) had endorsed a candidate?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Daily Herald is being awarded a grant by Report for America to partially fund three journalists who will expand the newspaper’s suburban news coverage. The grant will help pay for two reporters to beef up local news coverage in under-covered suburbs. A third reporter will focus on suburban state legislative campaigns in 2020 and local elections in the suburbs the following spring.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use Buffalo Wild Wings to paint Naperville as being full of racists and even worse things.

— Don’t read too much into Michigan’s weed launch. Here’s why. Illinois plans to roll out recreational marijuana statewide. Our Great Lakes neighbor is ramping up over time. – JOHN PLETZ

— Dems end a cruel tradition – Rich Miller

— Pritzker Campaign Seeks Sanctions Against Plaintiffs In Racial Discrimination Lawsuit – BRIAN MACKEY

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Joliet Marijuana Shop Can Light Up Louis Mall’s Economy – John Ferak

— Chicago Public Schools Promote Hindu Religious Practice of Transcendental Meditation – Laurie Higgins (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will public schools officially refuse to accept children unless their parents proclaim hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— Pete Buttigieg Nods as Pastor Says Mexican Illegal Aliens Just Reclaiming Stolen Land – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: Do you own land? Ever-increasing, if you own land, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that you and/or your ancestors stole land. My critics/opponents would stress a) the farmland that my ancestors homesteaded and sharecropped in Crete and Grant Park in the 1800s, the land that my ancestors bought in Crete in 1864, and the land that my wife and I bought in Wheaton in 1978 and 1984.)

— New Study Explains Why Islamic Terrorists Have Not Attacked Through America’s Southern Border – Todd Bensman

— A ‘Sanctuary’ Nation Is No Nation at All – Arnold Ahlert

— 300+ Trump ads taken down by Google, YouTube 60 Minutes finds over 300 video ads for President Trump were taken down, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to take down links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that oppose the promotion of LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, illegal drugs, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)

— Who Are America’s Undocumented Immigrants? You Might Not Recognize Them. President Trump has focused on blocking unauthorized crossings on the Southern border. But nearly half of those who are in the country unlawfully actually entered with permission. – Miriam Jordan
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: What to Consider When Thinking About a Career Change – Tim Herrera (DIERSEN: In 1980, when I was 31 years old, I transferred from IRS to GAO. GAO audits IRS. Even though much of what I had done working for IRS for almost 9 years was similar to what I would be doing working for GAO, to justify forcing me to accept a $19,568 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer, my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates painted my transferring from IRS to GAO as being a career change. They ignored, belittled, badmouthed, demonized, denigrated, and condemned the fact that I had a) passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, b) almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, and c) earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, or veteran.)

— Get immigration terms straight: For starters, so-called Dreamers are aliens, and they’re not undocumented – LEW JAN OLOWSKI

— HARDCOPY CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARTICLE TITLE: Higher educated, workaholics are fueling America’s income inequality – Robert J. Samuelson (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 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.)

— Why the economy won’t re-elect Trump – Peter Morici (DIERSEN: To defeat Trump, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs will do everything that they can to destroy America’s economy. Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs want Trump to dump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— AARP Spikes Investigation Into Age Discrimination By The U.S. Government – Patricia Barnes (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, etc., a) the federal government has never engaged in any kind of political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, or retaliation and b) all the adverse actions that my Democrat Post Office, IRS, and GAO superiors took against me were justified because I am a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The AARP has spiked the publication of an investigative story about systemic age discrimination in recruitment and hiring by the U.S. government. The 4,000-word story is one of two articles that the AARP commissioned for the January 2020 edition of the AARP Bulletin. The other story, said to be an overview of age discrimination in employment, is still slated for publication. The AARP, which has 38 million dues paying members, did not respond on Sunday to requests for comment by email and telephone. Why would the AARP, which claims to advocate for Americans aged 50+, jettison an important story about age discrimination in hiring by the U.S. government? A source close to the matter, who asked not to be identified, said senior officials at the AARP killed the story due to political considerations and to avoid risking the loss of federal grant funding. The AARP in 2017 was awarded $74.4 million for job training services from the U.S. Department of Labor and $9.6 million from the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax assistance to seniors. According to Axios, the AARP is one of the largest media companies in the country, earning more than $174 million annually in media-based advertising revenue. The AARP Bulletin has the 2nd-highest circulation in the country. The AARP and its nine subsidiaries earned an estimated $1.65 billion in annual revenue in 2018. Age Discrimination Little media attention has been paid to the federal government’s role in perpetuating age discrimination in the United States. Since 2012, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) has operated a program called the Pathways “Recent Graduates” Program that permits federal agencies to discriminate based on age in the recruitment and hiring of workers. The program was created by former President Barack Obama in 2010 through Executive Order #13562. It allows federal agencies to restrict applications for job vacancies to individuals who graduated from a qualified educational institution within the preceding two years. The program not only harms older workers by arbitrarily excluding them from federal jobs but it sends a message to the private sector that age discrimination is acceptable. Pursuant to a 2017 Freedom of Information Act request, the OPM said about 93 percent of applicants hired for 92,193 jobs under the Pathway “Recent Graduate” Program from 2012 to 2017 were under the age of 40. The Pathways “Recent Graduates” Program is a classic example of “disparate impact discrimination,” where a seemingly neutral policy has disproportionate and adverse impact on older workers. The OPM has said the program will continue until it is invalidated by a sitting president. So far President Trump has shown no inclination to halt the program. A source said the remaining AARP article refers briefly to age discrimination by the federal government. Political Headwinds The AARP increasingly finds itself in difficulty due to its conflicting roles as the self-proclaimed advocate for older Americans and as the leading purveyor of supplemental health insurance to older Americans who are Medicare recipients.)

— Facts are under siege. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in journalism – Robert Reich

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.