December 30 Morning Edition

— RNC Sells $2,700 Tickets For Luncheon With Vice President-Elect  (DIERSEN: How much money have you given the RNC during the last year, during the last 10 years, during the last 20 years, during the last 30 years, and during the last 40+ years?  I have given money to the RNC each and every year since 1976. I would have been able to give the RNC more money each year if my Democrat IRS superiors (1971-1980) had not wasted my career and if my Democrat GAO superiors (1980-1997) had not wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old. But constructively, since 2000, I have made in-kind contributions to the RNC in the form of GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that are free and contain no advertising.  Since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every day and they have included links to more than 256,300 articles and information on many upcoming events, including RNC’s fundraiser today with Pence.  The value GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, and especially since 2004, far exceeds the many millions of dollars that Pence might raise today for the RNC.  While I am motivated enough to donate 10+ hours each and every day of what is left of my life and to pay all the internet, newspaper subscription, website subscription, magazine subscription, and other costs to put out the emails, I am not motivated enough to donate $2,700 for a ticket to attend today’s fundraiser.  I asked to be allowed to attend the fundraiser as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor, but I was told that the fundraiser is closed to members of the news media like me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Chicago to raise money for the Republican National Committee. The Indiana governor will speak at a luncheon Friday in downtown Chicago. Tickets start at $2,700 per person. Among those listed on an invitation as members of the host committee are Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, state GOP chairman Tim Schneider and the Republican members of Illinois’ congressional delegation. Rauner distanced himself from President-elect Donald Trump during the election, refusing to talk politics and even avoiding saying Trump’s name. Since the election he has said he wants to work with the new administration. He said he spoke with Trump by phone and they had a “positive” conversation. Several groups say they plan to protest outside the Pence event.)


— How Russia Sanctions May Put Trump in a Bind: Experts – ABC News
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The family of 15-year-old Michael Moss is praying for a miracle, as he remains hospitalized after surviving a gunman’s attack where he was shot four times in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. On Dec. 19, Moss – who lives, along with his three siblings, in DuPage County with their legal guardian for the last three years – was visiting relatives in Chicago when he decided to walk to a nearby fast food restaurant. He said a gunman in a car opened fire on him as he walked down the street. “He walked to the McDonalds which is at 47th and Bishop, and he got shot down at 48th and Bishop,” said Janis Pass, Moss’s grandmother. He was hit four times and suffered severe damage to his abdominal area. Paramedics rushed him to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where he remains 10 days later in the Intensive Care Unit.)


— Trump Ally Asked to Resign From School Board Over Obama Insults  The president-elect’s transition team has called the comments “absolutely reprehensible”–408616535.html


— Teen who moved to suburbs to escape violence gets shot in Chicago – Lisa Chavarria
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Moss was visiting relatives in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last week. He walked to McDonald’s on 47th near Laflin and as he walked back, a gunman opened fire on him. “Michael is not in a gang. Michael is an honor roll student,” said Moss’ legal guardian Brenda Herron. His family says he attends Glenbard East High School and is on the basketball team. “Chicago needs to stand up. Where are all the politicians doing, the alderman, the Mayor, everybody. Things like this don’t happen in DuPage County,” Herron said.)


— 9 last-minute Obama moves to stymie Trump’s agenda – CNN


— The Madigan plan for 2017: More failure, more bleeding – Editorial
— FRONT PAGE TO OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURES: A TROUBLED TRANSITION  In the rush to close institutions, Illinois ignored serious problems in group homes – Michael J. Berens and Patricia Callahan
— Stopgap budget set to expire, returning Rauner-Madigan standoff to where it was last summer – Monique Garcia
— Lake County officials sworn in to terms – Carrie Napoleon
— Republican response to Russia sanctions: Some praise for Obama, some praise for the hackers – David Weigel


— Conservation Police Officers and Rauner administration: Labor agreement reached – Dale Bowman
— You have permission not to drink on New Year’s Eve -Neil Steinberg  (DIERSEN: Each and every one of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like a) they drink lots of booze or b) they want to drink lots of booze.)
— Americans are no longer on the move  The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that of a half-century ago. – Michael Barone  (DIERSEN: How long have you lived in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  I have lived my precinct since 1984; in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County since 1978; and in Illinois since 1948.  I should write a book about my nasty/troubled/failed/vicious critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who demonize me, who denigrate me, and who condemn me as being a newcomer a) because I have lived in Wheaton only since 1978, b) because I never attended any schools in Wheaton, c) because I never send any children to schools in Wheaton, and d) because I have been a member of a church in Wheaton.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH VERY BIG GRAPHIC: Where suburbs shifted from Republican to Democrat by November – Kerry Lester  (DIERSEN: How many registered voters are there in your precinct, how many voted in the November 8, 2016 election, and how many votes did the Republican candidates get?  My DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 has 506 registered voters.  393 voted in the election.  Trump/Pence* got 137 votes, Kirk* got 201 votes, Munger* got 213 votes, Roskam got 231* votes, Ives got 237 votes*, Berlin got 283 votes, Kachiroubas* got 224 votes, Grogan* got 220 votes, Jorgensen got 296 votes, Bucholz got 239* votes, Grant got 281 votes, Elliott* got 226 votes, Whelan* got 226 votes, Telander got 280 votes, Fullerton got 275 votes, Brennan* got 211 votes, Wheaton** got 284 votes, Popejoy** got 252 votes, Guerin** got 249 votes, Mallen** got 255 votes, and Sutter** got 253 votes.  * = contested  ** = judge retention  Outrageously, Cinton/Kaine* got 211 votes.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that Trump/Pence should fire me as a Republican Precinct Committeeman because Trump/Pence got only 137 votes in my precinct and Clinton/Kaine got 211 votes.  In the March 15, 2016 Republican primary, Kasich got 93 votes, Cruse got 49 votes, Trump got 21 votes, and Rubio got 14 votes in my precinct.)
— Mapping the suburban vote for Trump, Clinton – Tim Broderick
(FROM THE ARTICLE: DuPage County  If a precinct was different from the primary, it went from more Republican votes in the primary to more Democratic votes in the general election. The Republican voters mostly favored Kasich in the primary, with some pockets voting for Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. Areas different from the primary: Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Carol Stream, Lisle, Downers Grove and eastern Naperville. Areas that remained GOP: Oak Brook and parts of Winfield, Bloomingdale, Addison, Roselle and Bensenville. Areas that remained Democratic: Glendale Heights, Villa Park, Woodridge, western Naperville and eastern Aurora.)
— State, conservation police officers agree on contract – AP
— Free society is built on trust in free press and the people who will use it – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor is “free” because he has enough of his own time and enough of his own money to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out each and every day.  He does not need to, nor will he, ask for money from major donors, from subscribers, from advertisers, or from anyone else.  Further, he is even more “free” now that he is no longer a) the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, b) a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, c) the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, d) an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, or e) an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member.  While he held the aforesaid positions, his critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in the aforesaid organizations did everything that they could to manipulate him, to dominate him, to threaten him, and to harm him.)


— 17 New Illinois Laws to Know in 2017 – Kristen Thometz


— Vice President-elect Pence to attend Chicago fundraiser – AP


— Illinois needs its politicians to pay by the word to get their way – Editorial


— Lawsuit industry is alive and well in Illinois – Travis Akin, Executive Director, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, Marion  (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about the lawsuits that I have filed?)


— Champaign County Auditor Recount Results Are In – Em NguyenThu


— Bost, Shimkus join chorus of Republicans calling for immediate repeal of Affordable Care Act – MOLLY PARKER


— Drunken Bolingbrook Trustee Michael Lawler Crashed Car in Romeoville: Cops  The trustee was charged with driving under the influence. – Joseph Hosey


— Concealed in the Chicago Suburbs  Here’s an inside look at one group in the Chicago suburbs who carry firearms and rigorously prepare to use them if needed. – Patrick Martin
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President-Elect Donald Trump has expressed support for concealed carry, and he suggested that restrictions should be reduced for those who legally carry firearms. The idea of people carrying hidden weapons is frightening to some. Patch introduces you to one group in the Chicago suburbs that is dedicated to the armed lifestyle. . .The scenario was part of an International Defensive Pistol Association match held at the H.P. Shooting Center in McHenry, Illinois.)


— Mayor Tari Renner’s Accomplishment? Bloomington 2nd Most Dangerous City In Illinois – John Kraft


— Trump ally asked to resign from school board over racist Obama insults


— Priebus on Russia: Trump ‘Not Interested in Going to War’ — Wants to Have ‘Relationships’ – PAM KEY
— Obama Drops 502 Refugees on Nebraska in Final Weeks Before President Trump – MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY  (DIERSEN: So far, how many refugees have the Democrats and the RINOs dropped into Illinois, into your county, into your township/ward, into your municipality, and into your precinct?)

— Left Funds Hate Coalition Aimed at Choking Americans’ Political Speech – LEE STRANAHAN


— US is literally paying deported illegal immigrants to stay in their home countries – Jon Street
— CNN’s Bourdain: ‘Privileged left’ has ‘utter contempt’ for working-class Americans – Tre Goins-Phillips  (DIERSEN: Who has shown the most contempt for you in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  I should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have shown the most contempt for me.  I was a lowly member of the working class 1964-1997.)


— Justice Department declines to prosecute VA employees who defrauded $400k, and who still have jobs – Thomas Lifson  (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will use this to hint/imply/argue/shout that I MUST BE EXTREMELY BAD, BECAUSE GAO FORCED ME TO RETIRE IN 1997.)


— Obama in Frenzy to Hamstring Trump Administration  Outgoing president launches new regulations and seizes territory the size of Delaware – Jim Stinson


— Trump’s Press Secretary Gives Sobering Message to Media: ‘Business as Usual Is Over’ – JASON HOWERTON


— Nearing exit, Obama seeks to tie Trump’s hands – JORDAN FABIAN


— Britain, edging towards Trump, scolds Kerry over Israel – Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton


— De Blasio and Big City Mayors Try Pooling Their Power Against Trump – J. DAVID GOODMAN
— Vladimir Putin Won’t Expel U.S. Diplomats as Russian Foreign Minister Urged – NEIL MacFARQUHAR
— The Enemy Within: Bribes Bore a Hole in the U.S. Border – RON NIXON
— Chicago violence walking to school  ‘A bullet could hit me and my kids anytime’


— U.S. levels sanctions against Russia over election hacking – AP  (DIERSEN: Since I became the GOPUSA Illinois in 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have sanctioned me for each and every loss that Republican candidates have suffered in Illinois.)
— Putin says he won’t deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with Trump – Andrew Roth


— Bristol Palin rips celebrity ‘sissies’ for refusing to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration – CHRIS SOMMERFELDT  (DIERSEN: Everyone on the plant earth knows that if you support Trump, 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors WILL DO EVERYTHING THAT THEY CAN TO DESTROY YOU.)


— In U.S., Some Immigrants Seek to Leave So They Can Stay  DACA program offers travelers the chance for a legal re-entry to U.S., which eases the process for a green card or permanent residence – MIRIAM JORDAN
— Russia Backs Off Threat of Expelling U.S. Diplomats  Putin says Russia won’t expel any American diplomats, despite U.S. sanctions – JAMES MARSON, AMIE FERRIS-ROTMAN and  OLGA RAZUMOVSKAYA


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Border Wall, Deportation Plans Face Pushback From GOP.”


— Trump fans plan ‘Deploraball’ party for inauguration – Reuters  (DIERSEN: Clinton fans 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.  Trump fans are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— ‘We the People’: Five Years of Online Petitions  Americans are most likely to petition the White House on health care, veterans’ issues, illnesses, immigration, animal rights, holidays and criminal investigations, but the actual impact of petitions was modest and varied – PAUL HITLIN  (DIERSEN: According to this article, there have been 185 petitions to punish public officials other than Obama. Will my critics/opponents, their operatives, and/or their dupes start a petition to punish a) those Post Office officials who hired me in 1966, b) those IRS officials who hired me in 1971 and promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974, and c) those GAO officials who hired me in 1980 and promoted me in 1986?)


— OPM encouraging all federal employees to become diversity and inclusion ‘practitioners’ – Nicole Ogrysko  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my Democrat subordinates, coworkers, and supervisors in the federal government who practiced “diversity and inclusion,” that is, they helped my Democrat superiors waste the careers of and get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— ‘We the People’ petitions have little effect on federal policy – Eric White


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump is technology’s befuddled (but dangerous) grandfather.  The president-elect has repeatedly proven that an understanding of the complex problems presented by technology eludes him, but that hasn’t stopped him tweeting about it. The consequences could be dire.”

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.