December 30 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. (DIERSEN: How much will pot pushers practice what they preach? How much pot will pot-pushing reporters, journalists, editors, activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. use themselves, and if little none, why? First, each and every one of the aforesaid should be asked on the record a) how much pot have they themselves used, b) how much pot are they themselves using now, c) how much pot do they themselves want to use, d) what restrictions on pot use do they themselves want to be rescinded, e) are they themselves making money from the sale of pot now, and if so, how much, f) how much money do they themselves want to make form the sale of pot in the future, and g) how much tax revenue do they themselves want governments to get from the sale of pot? Then, those government, political, law enforcement, religious, healthcare, education, etc. leaders who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican who did not speak out against pot at municipal and county hearings should be asked on the record to explain in detail why they did not speak out against pot at municipal and county hearings. Those who practice one vice are far more likely to practice other vices.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Transportation experts’ 2020 forecast: More roadwork, more scooters, more transit riders – Marni Pyke
— 2019 in DuPage County: The year that was

— From Blago to ‘Fast Eddie’ to Ed Burke, a decade in political corruption Think Illinois saw a historic series of convictions in the 2010s? Get ready, the next round of federal housecleaning appears to be coming. – Mark Brown

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers want to push pot in Lincolnwood.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use immigration problems to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
— ‘Council Wars’ erupts as Waukegan mayor, aldermen trade insults – CHARLES SELLE

— 29 shot, 5 fatally in Chicago weekend violence

— With recreational cannabis days away, questions remain for Illinois gun owners – Cole Lauterbach

— Stephens Out of GOP 115th State House Race – JENNIFER FULLER

— Trump impeachment is pure politics, a political circus – Ray Hanania

— Texas Church Not a Protection Free Zone 
— Jack Franks’ Appointee to LITH Sanitary District Moves to More Than Triple His Compensation 
— IL-06/IL-14: Final Two Days of Q419 Fundraising 
— Illinois Leaks Probes Further into Bob Miller’s Answers to Questions in Lawsuit 
— Dems Go After Buyers of Expensive Used Cars


— Overreach in Illinois’ New Employer Mandate on Anti-Sexual Harassment Training – Mark Glennon
— Searching for common sense, regulation reduction and cost cutting in Illinois’ 255 new laws – Ted Dabrowski

— Facebook may soon curtail its political advertising policies – Ryan Lovelace

— What We Jews Can Do to Defend Ourselves from Antisemitism – JOEL B. POLLAK
— Leftists Blame Trump for Rise in Antisemitism in Wake of Hanukkah Stabbing Attack – PENNY STARR
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use Hanukkah attack to promote hatred against Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use attacks against Jews to promote hatred against Trump.

— Help Us Produce Real News – Katrina Trinko
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As conservatives, we know the facts are on our side. But it’s not easy to communicate those facts—especially in a hostile environment with so many liberal-leaning media outlets. What’s more, good, original, compelling journalism is time-consuming and expensive. Producing “real news” involves a lot of fact checking, editing, and rigorous research—and involves competition against outlets with hundreds, if not thousands, of reporters, editors, and contributors. . .But challenges remain. In 2020, we’re excited for some new projects, including running op-eds from college students—to showcase the new conservatives of the next generation. We’re aiming to produce more original content on YouTube and Instagram—two key platforms for getting the conservative message out among young adults. And we’re planning to send our reporters up and down the country—because we know, contrary to what the swamp would have you believe, the most important stories are happening outside Washington, D.C.)

— Liberals in New York Not Doing Enough to Combat Antisemitism – RICK MORAN

— No Mayor de Blasio, President Trump Is Not to Blame for the Stabbing of New York Jews – Michael Brown
— Impeachment: A Badge of Hope or Shame? – Terry Paulson

— Political left fights Trump’s fight against anti-Semitism – Caroline B. Glick

— Identity Politics Enables Anti-Semitic Violence. – Erielle Davidson

— We’re Massively Outgunned in the Culture War – KYLE SMITH

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use Thunberg to promote hatred against Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats celebrate their progress in destroying traditional marriage and the traditional family.

— FRONT PAGE: Inside the Biggest 2020 Advertising War Against Trump Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign wants to flood voters with attacks on Mr. Trump before it is too late, a lesson Republican candidates learned in 2016 when they initially ignored him. – Jeremy W. Peters
— California Companies Are Rushing to Find Female Board Members A law mandating that every public company in the state should have a woman on the board by the end of the year has redefined the qualifications of a director. – Alisha Haridasani Gupta

— A Generic Politician Can’t Beat Trump The political class has clung to conformism as if it’s way to protest him. – Rich Danker
— New Budget? No Budget? Maybe You Need a Bit of Both – Julia Carpenter (DIERSEN: Why do you have less money? For me, it is the success that my Democrat superiors in the federal government had in wasting my career and getting rid of me. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, 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 a $19,568 (21%) 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 in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 42% of what my 1997 salary was in today’s dollars.)

— This Isn’t Your Father’s Impeachment In 1974, the president faced recession, inflation, monolithic media and conservative dissension. – Ed Cox and Geoff Shepard

— Jonathan Swift Explains Why We Don’t Trust Politicians – Barry Brownstein (DIERSEN: I should write a book about politicians who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican to get elected, but after they get elected, disgustingly take anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican actions. I would focus on politicians in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Senior Corps Lets You Give Back as a Volunteer – Emma Patch (DIERSEN: I “give back” by putting together and sending out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning and evening.)

— Pensions should be illegal – William Smith (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who are earning credits toward a pension or are getting a pension are demonized, denigrated, and condemned.)

— The 2020 Pay Raise is Now Official – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: If I was still working for GAO as a GS-13 Step 10 Analyst, my salary would increase by $3,878/year (3%) from $127,654/year to $131,532/year.)

— The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes In an age of historic disparity, Abigail Disney and the Patriotic Millionaires take on income inequality. – Sheelah Kolhatkar (DIERSEN: 2019 federal income tax rates for married filing jointly are 12% over $19,400, 22% over $78,950, 24% over $168,400, 32% over $321,450, 35% over $408,200, and 37% over $612,350.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What Guardian does for the left worldwide, GOPUSA ILLINOIS does for the right in Illinois.

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.