February 14 Morning Edition

— Are you a Trump supporter?  I am.  I always support Republican candidates, Republican elected/appointed officials, and Republican party leaders.  If Trump supporters wanted to communicate with each other, how would they find out who the Trump supporters are in their precinct, in their municipality, in their township/ward, in their county, and in Illinois? – Dave Diersen


— Suburban school projects stalled over printing mistake – ERIK RUNGE


— More troopers on expressways can’t come fast enough – Editorial


— Rauner hits Facebook Live ahead of budget speech – Monique Garcia
— Critics find multiple targets at CPS budget hearings – Juan Perez Jr.
— Enough tax incentives, Amazon – Robert Reed
— In Trump White House, tumult is becoming the norm – Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker
— Emanuel makes first rounds with Trump White House – Bill Ruthhart
— District 308 ends class rankings – Sarah Freishtat  (DIERSEN: What was you class rank?  In 1966, I just barely made it into the upper 20% of my high school class, my ACT score was 24, and UIC accepted me.  My critics/opponents back then were very surprised a) because I spend my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage, b) because my father not only had not attended college, he was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, and c) because my mother had never attended high school.)


— 33 in suburbs arrested in federal immigration sweep – Marni Pyke  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps encourage illegals to come to, to stay in, and to bring other illegals to America, to Illinois, to your county, to your township/ward, to your municipality, and to your precinct illegally.  Anti-Trumps side with foreign countries and their citizens AGAINST America and AGAINST America’s citizens.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Far more people were arrested in the suburbs than in Chicago, where 15 were arrested in raids that began Feb. 4 and ended Friday, authorities said Monday. Among those arrested in the suburbs were six in Bensenville, five in Aurora, four in Cicero, two in Addison and one each in Arlington Heights, Bolingbrook, Carpentersville, Elgin, Markham, Melrose Park, Mundelein, Plainfield, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Skokie, Waukegan, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wood Dale and Hammond, Indiana. In all, one woman and 47 men were arrested in the Chicago area, authorities said Monday. Thirty-three had emigrated from Mexico, seven from Guatemala and one each from Canada, Chad, China, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Iraq, the Philippines and Poland. Forty-five of the 48 had criminal convictions, including driving under the influence, prostitution, possession of cocaine, burglary, criminal sexual assault, assault and aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, authorities said. The rest had either been deported and subsequently returned to the U.S. or had been issued a deportation order by a judge.)
— Emanuel huddles with Reince Pribus, Jared Kushner at White House – Chicago Sun-Times
— DuPage Housing Authority hosts Family Self-Sufficiency Graduates – S. Martin  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a DINK?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned my wife and I as being filthy rich selfish DINKs (dual income, no kids SEE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DINK_(acronym)). In 1978, we put 20% down and bought 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton.  Our mortgage was our only debt.  At that time, IRS paid me $87,520/year in today’s dollars, we owned and rented out a town home in University Park, we owned a 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, a 1978 Chevette, and a 1972 Corvette.  I took graduate accounting courses at DePaul. My wife had a great job working for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions. SEE: http://articles.latimes.com/1989-11-05/business/fi-1429_1_league-officials  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized us, denigrated us, and condemned us because we gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents.)
— OBITUARY: Tom A. Mouhelis  WHEATON – Tom A. Mouhelis, a longtime resident of Wheaton, passed away February 11, 2017, at age 70. Tom was the beloved husband of Lois (nee Brockhoff) for 35 years. He is also survived by his sister Georgia (the late Jerry) Koutavas as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Bettie (the late Soter) Siavelis. Tom was born February 18, 1946 in Chicago. He was a 1963 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School. Tom joined the Air Force in February of 1967 and served in Vietnam. Continuing to serve his country as a member of the Air Force Reserves, his military service spanned 30 years. Having earned his Bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in 1971, after 11 years enlisted, Tom received a direct commission and then served an additional 19 years as an officer. He was awarded numerous decorations and retired on June 30, 1997 with the rank of Major. Tom had a sales career in the consumer electronics industry, including sales manager with Plantronics Corporation. He was elected to the Wheaton City Council, serving the community for 12 years. Tom enjoyed playing many sports including soccer, baseball, hockey and polo. Visitation Wednesday from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., with an orthodox prayer service at 5:00 p.m., at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton. Funeral service Thursday 11:00 a.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 525 Church Rd., Elgin, IL. Burial at Wheaton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the American Lung Association appreciated. Funeral info, 630-668-0016 or www.williams-kampp.com.)
— The new civics course in U.S. schools: How to spot fake news – AP  (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the only news that is NOT fake is news that they publish.  Of course, news that they publish a) glorifies and praises my critics/opponents and/or b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns everyone else.)


— Immigration Raid Has Chicago Businesses, Residents on Edge – Paris Schutz (DIERSEN: What percent of those in Chicago are illegals?)


— Lock ’em in until Illinois lawmakers come up with a budget – Editorial


— Sears and Kmart remove some Trump products online – AP (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter?  What are the anti-Trumps in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America doing to remove you?  Are the Trump supporters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America coming to your defense?)


— Cullerton reaches out to AFSCME over ‘grand bargain’ – Doug Finke


— Rauner needs to present budget proposal – Susana A. Mendoza


— Last holdout Lakewood to vote on repealing video gambling ban – KEVIN P. CRAVER  (DIERSEN: If you promote video gambling, you promote vice.  If you promote vice, you shout that you are not religious, conservative, or Republican.)


— AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for jobs, arrests – AP  (DIERSEN: AP should do a fact check on my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who blame me for their problems, who blame me for your problems, who blame me for my problems, and who blame me for everyone’s problems.)
— News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs – AP


— Mexico may stop buying Iowa, Illinois corn to retaliate against U.S. – David Nelson  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps side with foreign countries, and especially with Mexico, against America.)


— Chris Kennedy defends Illinois as a state good for business – Jim Niedelman  (DIERSEN: Under the Democrats and under the RINOs, Illinois has become a “good state” for individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that are anti-Trump, 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.)


— Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning – KIM JANSSEN  (DIERSEN: For a Democrat to be “right” is to be anti-Trump, 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.)


— In River Forest, congressman explains how GOP could dismantle Obamacare  In audio of the closed meeting, Rep. Peter Roskam also lays out his political vision – Michael Romain


— A guide to how Gov. Rauner should address the State on Wednesday: Watch Berkowitz w/Leader Durkin (Could he Primary Rauner?) – Jeff Berekowitz


— Damage to Black History Month display raises racial questions – CALEB LUNDQUIST  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps viciously demonize you, viciously denigrate you, and viciously condemn you as being a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and even worse things if you do not glorify and praise those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, 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.)


— Report from Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti highlights ways local governments can share resources


— WHAT ILLINOIS COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW BEFORE MEETING WITH RAUNER, LAWMAKERS  What’s making college unaffordable for Illinois students isn’t budget gridlock, it’s soaring administrative costs in higher education. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner


— Confusion Reigns Over Trump’s Popularity Ratings, But He’s Not as Unpopular as the Press Claims – Warner Todd Huston  (DIERSEN: Who has the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  Which of the aforesaid takes the lead in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Trump and Trump’s supporters?)


— Gallup Poll: Majority of Americans say Trump is a strong leader who keeps his promises – Brandon Morse
— Mexican government claims deportations are actually down under Trump – Leon Wolf
— ABC journalist worried about Spicer’s ‘health’ because he ’spends so much time angry’ – Tre Goins-Phillips  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always focused on making me angry.  They are not worried about me retaliating because they know that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran and that my policy has been to forgive those who trespass against me.)


— WSJ Editor Tells Reporters Who Don’t Like Objective Trump Coverage To Leave The Paper – RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
— Democrats Can’t Move On From 2016 Presidential Primary – Kerry Picket
— Trump Justice Department Signals An End To Transgender Locker Room Lunacy In Public Schools – Eric Owens


— Justice Ginsburg weighs in on ‘anti-immigrant sentiment’  (DIERSEN: What about 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?)
— THEASONOUS: Charlotte: Immigrant groups say city leaders must protect aliens from arrest


— Obama Did Not Fundamentally Transform America, He Fundamentally Transformed the Democrats – Karin McQuillan


— Toby Keith Punished for Inauguration Performance?  Country star is not the only one who may face backlash for musical work at Trump event – Zachary Leeman


— Chicago mayor visits White House to meet with Trump aides – JORDAN FABIAN


— Peruvian woman can be deported from U.S. for voting illegally – Joseph Ax
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Fitzpatrick, who is married to a U.S. citizen, applied for an Illinois driver’s license over a decade ago, according to court papers. Like many states, Illinois allows individuals to register to vote when applying for a license under a “motor-voter” law. She showed a desk clerk her Peruvian passport and U.S. green card when filling out the paperwork, her attorney said. The clerk asked her whether she wanted to register to vote and told her, “It’s up to you,” according to court papers. Fitzpatrick’s lawyer, Richard Hanus, told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that his client therefore had “official approval” and should not be held responsible for an innocent mistake. A three-judge panel wrote on Monday that Fitzpatrick had checked a box affirming she was a U.S. citizen and that the clerk’s response was not an authorization.)


— Older Judges and Vacant Seats Give Trump Huge Power to Shape American Courts – JOSH KATZ
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump who equates Trump with Hitler and Republicans with Nazis asks “How Should One Resist the Trump Administration?” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trumps call for Trump and his supporters to be killed?)
— The Struggle Inside The Wall Street Journal – David Leonhardt


— ‘Saturday Night Live’ ratings soar thanks to Baldwin’s Trump and McCarthy’s Spicer – Stephen Battaglio  (DIERSEN: If you want to pander to those who are anti-Trump, 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 for a long time, you reticule Trump and reticule Trump’s supporters. Anti-Trumps are disciples of Saul Alinsky and follow Alinsky’s fifth rule.)


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: A carefree life in retirement? Think again  Iposos/USA TODAY poll finds 78% say they will have to cut back their standard of living. – Paul Davidson (DIERSEN: In 1997, when my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer,” GAO paid me $122,991.  My Civil Service Retirement System pension today is only $50,856.)


— Anti-Trump fervor sparks a new, liberal kind of tea party activism – Kathleen Gray and Kristen Jordan Shamus  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are anti-Trump, 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.)


— Tech Firms Facing Anti-Discrimination Lawsuits May Have An Easier Time With Trump’s Labor Department – Matt Drange  (DIERSEN: What is Trump’s position on Affirmative Action, on Diversity, and on Inclusion?  From what I see, nether Trump nor anyone around him have ever been adversely impacted by Affirmative Action, by Diversity, or by Inclusion.  Given that, one might expect that Trump would have no sympathy for those like me who are/were adversely impacted by Affirmative Action, by Diversity, and by Inclusion.  The federal government, which Trump now heads, wasted my federal career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years.  The federal government would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.  Does Trump understand that Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans like me who are Protestant (I was baptized, raised and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.), conservative, White, male, older (I am 68 years old now.), non-poor, gun owners, German Americans (I am 100% German national origin.), draft avoiders (I obtained student draft deferments 1966-1970 and a financial hardship draft deferment 1970-1971.), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time (My ancestor have been in America sins 1844.)?)


— U.K. Rejects 1.8 Million-Signature Petition Seeking Ban on Trump – Svenja O’Donnell  (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter?  So far, which anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries have banned you?)


— To Target Undocumented Workers, Some Legislators Want Employers to Do More – Rebecca Beitsch  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trump employers side with foreign countries, and especially with Mexico, against America.)


— Google is losing employees because it paid them too much money  Numbers were so big that several veteran members didn’t need the job security anymore – Alistair Barr

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.

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