December 25 Morning Edition

— 3 dead, 21 wounded in Christmas weekend shootings across Chicago


— Trump takes note of who’s naughty and nice at Christmas – AP (DIERSEN: In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who determines who is naughty and nice? What criteria do they use?)


— How Chicago and Illinois failed the people in 2017 – Madeleine Doubek


— Joy to the weed! Marijuana legalization comes bearing gifts – AP (DIERSEN: If you want to destroy someone, you give them pot.)–marijuana-high-holidays-20171222-story.html
— How can you be Christian without caring for the poor? – James Martin (DIERSEN: Do your critics/opponents care for the poor? Since 1966, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes  have hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a poor person in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a poor person in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted a poor people in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a poor person in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a poor person in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
— New state law treats pets more like children in custody cases – Leonor Vivanco-Prengaman


— Reciprocity Bill Heads to U.S. Senate – Greg Bishop


— Bost: Trump can fire Mueller, FBI answers to president – Brandon Richard


— Illinois LGBTQ+ Advocates Say 2017 Saw Progress – RACHEL OTWELL (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, you will be barred from getting an education, barred from getting a job, barred from etc.)


— Turmoil Grows Over Disparity In Rules For Prepayment Of Property Taxes – Mark Glennon
— Finally, a college ranking that means something. Two extremes in IL – Mark Glennon


    — Democrats hope to use tax overhaul as a club against GOP – AP


— North Korea calls U.N. sanctions ‘an act of war,’ says it’s ‘pipe dream’ that it will give up nukes – AP (DIERSEN: Acts of war include a) a country sending its citizens into another country illegally, b) a country keeping its citizens in another country illegally, and c) a country sending illegal drugs into another country illegally. Constructively, Mexico has declared war on America a) by its sending many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) by its keeping many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) by its sending many mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)


— Republicans leave for Christmas break believing they can govern – Al Weaver


— New Illinois Abortion Law Fires Up Pro-Lifers, Inspires Challenge to GOP Governor – ROD KACKLEY DEC


— Every Vote Really Does Count – Ken Blackwell


— AT&T Said to Fire Hundreds at Christmas Amid Trump Tax Bonuses


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “GOP will suffer for tax giveaway.”


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media – Azam Ahmed (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. Since 2000, my critics/opponents have been beyond furious that I have enough time and enough money to put together and send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that I do not have to ask them or ask anyone else for money. My critics/opponents want people who they can manipulate/dominate, that is, people who need money.)
— As Trump Rages About Immigrants, They Go to the Ivy League – Tariro Mzezewa (DIERSEN: Do you have a degree from an Ivy League university? I should write a book about those who stress that none of my four degrees (B.S. Management NIU 1970, MBA Loyola 1976, M.S. accounting DePaul 1980, and M.S. financial markets and trading IIT 1997) are from Ivy League universities.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use children as cannon fodder.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow over their success in turning “White college graduates” against Trump.
— In hopes of getting around federal law, immigrants seek governors’ pardons to block deportation – Kurtis Lee


— U.S. charities fear big drop in donations from middle classes


— Why Older Americans Should Be Terrified by the GOP Tax Plan – Eric Schaal

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.