December 25 Morning Edition

— After Democratic sit-in, Ryan wants to end grandstanding with fines, ethics violations – Billy House
— Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee detained at O’Hare, reportedly wants asylum  (DIERSEN: Yee should be aware that in America, under the Democrats, you are severely punished if you do not promote dependency on government, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, pot, video gambling, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson, called on the U.S. to recognize Yee’s asylum claim, saying he has been consistently harassed by the Singapore government for publicly expressing his views on politics and religion and severely criticizing the city-state’s leaders, including late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Yee was imprisoned for six weeks in September on charges of hurting religious feelings of Christians and Muslims after repeatedly breaching bail conditions following a four-week prison sentence he served in July last year on the same charges. He was also due to be called up for mandatory military service. His U.S. lawyer, Sandra Grossman, told the South China Morning Post on Saturday that Yee was likely detained because he entered the country on a tourist visa despite an intention to apply for asylum. She said Yee would have to undergo a “credible fear interview” by an asylum official who would assess if he faces a credible fear of persecution or torture back home. She said the process usually takes a few days, but the holiday season could delay it. He would then appear before an immigration judge, but that could take years because of backlogs in the immigration system. Yee, who won a local filmmaking prize at age 13, ruffled feathers in Singapore with a video blog laced with expletives as the city-state was mourning Lee’s death in March last year. Such open criticism and lampooning of leaders is rarely seen in Singapore, where laws are strictly enforced. The government of the multiethnic state says Yee crossed the red line on religion when he mocked Christians and Muslims and the law had to be enforced on him to protect racial and religious harmony. Robertson said Yee has faced intensive government surveillance and monitoring of his public and online comments. “Amos Yee is the sort of classic political dissident that the U.N. Refugee Convention was designed to protect, and Human Rights Watch hopes the U.S. will recognize his asylum claim,” he said in a statement.)


— Mount Prospect mayoral candidate won’t be certified – Renee Trappe
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who claim to be Christian, but who focus on promoting Islam?  Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.


— Retiring lobbyist McClain criticizes Rauner’s strategy – Bernard Schoenburg  (DIERSEN: What do your critics want you to do?  My critics want me to a) stop sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, b) resign as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, c) accept blame for causing all of their problems, causing all of your problems, causing all of my problems, and causing all of everyone’s problems, and d) drop my opposition to promoting LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, pot, video gambling, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, etc.)
— Being correct isn’t always enough – Doug Finke


— Chicago Tribune calls for new speaker in Illinois House – Carol Ostrow


— E-mails Illustrate Governor’s Hard-Line Outlook – Rick Miller


— Crespo added to legislative rogues gallery – Carol Ostrow


— Edgar County Watchdogs: Lisle school district’s ‘copyright’ on board meetings invalid – Ruth de Jauregui


— Illinois GOP offers hotel deal, tickets for presidential inauguration – Carol Ostrow
— State GOP says Kennedy not acting like a Kennedy after dust-up with reporters – Carol Ostrow
— Documents indicate Pritzker cloaked donations to Madigan – Carol Ostrow


— Will County GOP looking ahead to local consolidated spring elections – Chandra Lye


— Williamson County GOP prepares for upcoming local races – JoAnn Seltzer


— Talk Radio Thriving as Rush Limbaugh Signs New Contract That Shows His Dominance – Jeffrey Lord


— Trump-bashing Baptist taken to task by … Baptists


— Politico can’t find a flattering photo of Donald Trump – Ed Straker
— Donald Trump’s Christmas Dog Whistle – Peggy Ryan


— AMERICANS LESS RELIGIOUS THAN EVER THIS CHRISTMAS  (DIERSEN: Are your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes churchgoers?  Virtually all of my most vicious critics/opponents, their most vicious operatives, and their most vicious dupes crow that they are a member a church, that they attend church services, and that they give money to a church.  They give religion a bad name.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Americans who do claim Christian faith are less likely than ever to belong to a church.  Only 56 percent of Americans report they belong to a church. That’s an increase from the 54 percent reported in 2015, but nowhere close to the 73 percent Gallup found when it first asked the question in 1937. The results of two other Gallup questions on religion have managed to stay fairly stable over the last 40 years. Only 36 percent of Americans claim to attend weekly religious services, a number that has varied only slightly in annual polls since the 1970s. Only 53 percent of Americans say religion plays an important role in their lives, a figure that has varied between 52 and 61 percent since the 1970s. While there’s been a massive drop in Judeo-Christian faith, they’re not converting to other religions, nor are other religions seeing growth. The share of Americans belonging to a faith other than Christianity or Judaism, such as Hindu, Buddhism or Islam, stayed the same at only five percent. Seventy-two percent of Americans in 2016 say religion is losing its influence in daily life. The only other time Gallup found more than 70 percent feel that way was in 1969 and 1970, after the assassinations and inner city riots of 1968.)


— Trump nixes pet projects of liberal and conservative elites – MICHAEL BARONE  (DIERSEN: Who are the conservative elites in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois.  What do they say about Dave Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?)


— Trump attends Christmas Eve services – JESSE BYRNES
— America’s Jews are at war – DAVID EDEN


— Trumps Attend Church Services in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve – BENJAMIN SIEGEL


— Growth, Not Forced Equality, Saves the Poor – DEIRDRE N. McCLOSKEY (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always 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 gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Do You Think Like an Entrepreneur? – Katherine Power  (DIERSEN: Are/were you an entrepreneur?  Virtually all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are entrepreneurs or paint themselves as being entrepreneurs. They look down on wage earners like was 1964-1997.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Criticism and the Annual Review – Bob Walker  (DIERSEN: What criticisms do/did your superiors have of you?  While my Democrat superiors in the federal government would not admit it, off-the-record, they criticized a) my being a Republican, b) my being conservative, c) my avoiding the draft, and d) my not helping them meet their Affirmative Action/Diversity/Inclusion  quotas/goals/targets, that is, my not helping them get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Stolen Supreme Court Seat.”


— Trumps spend Christmas at church where they married – Daniel Halper


— Trumps attend Christmas Eve services at historic Palm Beach church – Philip Rucker


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, churches act like they are operatives or dupes for individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— Hypocrisy on the left – Bobby Burns


— The popular vote illuminates the nation’s political profile – DAVID SHRIBMAN  (DIERSEN: 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors VOTED FOR CLINTON.)


— Trumps attend church services on Christmas Eve


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump staffer Jason Miller quits amid ‘sex scandal’ claims leveled by colleague AJ Delgado.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Melania Trump wears a VERY short dress to church for midnight mass in Florida – as the congregation goes wild for The Donald.”


— Progressive causes see ‘unprecedented’ upswing in donations after US election – Joanna Walters  (DIERSEN: From what I see, “progressive causes” focus on getting rid of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

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.