December 24 Morning Edition

— Rauner Email: Make CPS Teachers Take ACT and Publish Results  “Administer the ACT this september, and every other sept thereafter, to all teachers in cps – publish results by printing the avg teacher ACT score for each school,” Rauner wrote before he was elected governor – Tom Schuba–408069625.html


— Trump, GOP leaders appear to have reached a truce – Mike DeBonis


— Wheaton Warrenville District 200 looks at policy to fund building improvements – Jessica Cilella


— Conservative paper Illinois Valley Times still online – David Giuliani


— Laurie Higgins Discusses Christianity and the LGBT Agenda With John Mauck – John Biver


— 6 Reasons Why ABC News Is Unqualified to Label ‘Fake News’ – LUCAS NOLAN


— Obama: I Can’t Pursue Reparations Because It’s Politically Infeasible – Amber Randall  (DIERSEN: From what I see, the more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats want you to pay reparations: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Gotcha Conservatism – Paul Gottfried
— Black Slaveowners: A Review – Janet Levy


— Under Obama, a Disaster for the Democrats  The president’s policies have cost his party Congress, governorships, and nearly a thousand seats in state legislatures. – DEROY MURDOCK


— Is Early Retirement Great? For Some, It’s Hard Work to Have Fun – JOANNE KAUFMAN  (DIERSEN: Who do you know that retired early?  My Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with my Democrat GAO superiors.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) promote patronage, that is, they promote political affiliation discrimination and b) promote Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, they promote reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But the situation is different when you retire very early — too early even to get your first membership solicitation from AARP. While early retirement and a life of leisure may sound like the stuff of daydreams, the reality can be jarring for people who are used to being busy — and important. There can be boredom, a sense of isolation and a lot of awkward social questions. . .According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the work force participation rate for people in the 65-to-69 age range increased to 32.1 percent in 2015, from 18.4 percent in 1985. Those who choose to clock out a good 10, 20 or 25 years ahead of schedule rarely have financial worries — otherwise, presumably, they would still be on the payroll. They have lived within their means and saved enough to carry them through, or, like Mr. Helmuth, they have cashed out of a business. Maybe they have come into an inheritance or have a spouse who is still bringing home a paycheck. But they do have other concerns: What’s the best response to strangers at parties who ask, “So what do you do?” How do they handle peers’ curiosity (can you really afford to do this at your age?) and envy (so you really CAN afford to do this!)? What kind of message are they sending their children?)


— Everyone should be treated with respect — unless you’re a Republican – Karol Markowicz


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Treasonously, those who voted for Clinton side with those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally.
— ‘The Resistance’ vs. Trump’s Cabinet  Democrats refuse even courtesy calls with Jeff Sessions. – Editorial (DIERSEN: Who resists what you do?  The following resist what I do: those 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, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and those who are 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.)


— Taking A Break From Facebook May Boost Mental Health, Study Finds – Alice G. Walton


— 12 Illegal Job Interview Questions You Don’t Have to Answer – Megan Elliott  (DIERSEN: If you were seeking a job, how would you respond to each of these 12 questions?)
1. “Are you a native English speaker?”
2. “Where are you from originally?”
3. “Are you planning to get married?”
4. “Are you going to have kids?”
5. “What holidays do you celebrate?”
6. “Do you go to church?”
7. “When did you graduate from high school?”
8. “Have you ever been arrested?”
9. “How often do you call in sick?”
10. “Have you ever used drugs?”
11. “What are your childcare arrangements?”
12. “How do you feel about unions?”)


— College wage advantage flattens – Mark Muckenfuss


— FBI whistleblowers see glimmer of hope with new law, but still face uphill battle –  Nicole Ogrysko  (DIERSEN: Do you know any wistleblowers?  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  In 1988, I became an active member of a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  To punish me, my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  My Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims.  My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests.  Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with my Democrat GAO, IRS, and Post Office superiors.)


— Meet the HATEFUL Gay Couple Who HUNTED DOWN and Harassed Ivanka and Her Children at JFK Airport – AMY MORENO


— Job statistics show widespread age discrimination? – Editorial

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.