February 19 Morning Edition

— Will County Republicans voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to censure Rep. Adam Kinzinger for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. The 111 to 5 vote (and one abstention) for censure “is meant to remind the representative who he represents: the people who elected him, not his self-interests,” said Will County Republican Chairman George Pearson, adding that Kinzinger’s decision to start a PAC that “goes against other Republicans was a betrayal.” Pearson said his next task is to find a challenger for Kinzinger’s seat. The rebuke comes a few days after the Iroquois County GOP in central Illinois voted to censure. LaSalle County’s Republican Central Committee voted to censure earlier this month. All three counties are among the 14 counties that make up Kinzinger’s 16th Congressional District. Kinzinger issued a statement criticizing GOP leaders in Will County for not doing more to elect Republicans and calling the county GOP “inept.” “Maybe if the Will County GOP spent the same amount of time and energy helping local Republicans as they do with petty censure votes to go after those that vote their conscience, they might actually win a few races,” Kinzinger said. He said Will County has gone from a “staunchly conservative county where Republicans controlled the board and held countywide offices” to one that’s seen Democrats take control of county board seats. “The leaders of the Will County GOP have proven they are unable to assist Republican candidates in winning these especially important elections. As the last federal Republican official representing Will County, I have been saddened by this ineptitude.” – Shia Kapos
(DIERSEN: What do you say to those who do not want you or anyone else to read the aforesaid?)

— US lets in asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico, ends Trump policy – AP (DIERSEN: Democrats want asylum seekers because asylum seekers will vote for Democrats. RINOs want asylum seekers because RINOs want cheap labor.)

— Aldermen, Activists Criticize Mayor Lightfoot For Spending More Than $280 Million In Pandemic Relief Funds On CPD

— Crime, taxes, closed schools or clogged side streets. But Lightfoot focuses on statues. – JOHN KASS
— Readers, we need you now more than ever – ERIC ZORN
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, mainstream newspapers a) act like they are arms of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties; b) dump readers, dump organizations, dump companies, dump governments, and dump countries that are law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time; and c) promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Please don’t cancel your subscription to the Chicago Tribune because we’re poised to be taken over by Alden Global Capital.)
— Naperville divvies up $500,000 among agencies that provide social service assistance in city – SUZANNE BAKER
(DIERSEN: Soon, under the Democrats, everyone will be handing out welfare and/or receiving welfare.)

— Michael Madigan moves on, but his strongman legacy remains. At his core, the longtime speaker was an old-fashioned ward boss who knew how to collect votes. – GREG HINZ

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater a) glorifies and praises Kinzinger and b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Kinzinger’s critics.

— Pension checks — big ones — are in the monthly mail – Jim Dey
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Holding the No. 1 position is former Republican legislator and Judge Edward Petka, who collects a monthly check of $18,062. That’s $216,747 a year, an amount sweetened by those 3 percent annual cost-of-living increases. In Petka’s case, his 3 percent increase amounts to an extra $6,500 a year, a roughly $500-per-month hike. Former Democratic state Rep. Gary Hannig of Litchfield, who worked in former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, collects $14,584 per month. His wife, Elizabeth, who succeeded her husband when he left the Illinois House to work for Quinn, supplements her husband’s pension by collecting a monthly pension check of $4,373 per month. Together, they collect pension checks totaling $18,957 per month — $227,484 for the year. Former Gov. Jim Edgar holds the No. 5 slot, collecting $15,102 per month. The list of recipients includes scoundrels. Among them is indicted former state Rep. Luis Arroyo. Charged with bribery and forced to resign from the Illinois House in 2019, he’s collecting $4,507 per month, a perk he might be forced to forfeit if he is convicted on the political corruption charge. Another notorious pension recipient is former Chicago-area state Sen. Ira Silverstein, who lost his elective office after being implicated in an embarrassing sexual-harassment case. He receives $6,600 per month. Other prominent legislative monthly pension recipients are Quinn, $12,864; former state senator and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, $12,811; former state senator and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, $12,789; former Lt. Gov. Robert Kustra, $11,859; Jayne Thompson, wife of the late Gov. James Thompson, $9,783; former state Attorney General Neil Hartigan, $9,776; and former state legislators later elected to Congress (Republicans Tim Johnson, $7,899, and Tom Ewing, $7,667, and Democrat Terry Bruce, $7,154). Among the local politicians named were former state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, $11,742; former state Rep. Helen Satterthwaite, D-Urbana, $7,377; former Democratic county auditor, Urbana mayor and state Rep. Laurel Prussing, $5,569; former state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, $4,682; former state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, $4,497; Republican former state legislator Max Coffey of Charleston, $4,825; Republican former state legislator Rick Winkel of Champaign, $3,362; Republican former legislator Judy Myers of Danville, $2,452; Republican former legislator Shane Cultra of Iroquois County, $2,970; and former Democratic legislator Julie Curry of Decatur, $1,991.)

— DuPage County reports 145 COVID-19 cases Thursday, 10 deaths, 4.05% of population fully vaccinated – Joshua Welge

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrat teachers promote hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— The Republican Rift Goes Far Deeper Than Just Trump And McConnell – DOMENICO MONTANARO
(DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The riff in the Republican Party is between a) those who want to defend and advance the party’s platform and b) those who want to dump the party’s platform, and especially its traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. I should write a book about past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization a) who reject some, many, most, if not all of the aforesaid planks and b) who do everything that can to get rid of Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains who support the aforesaid planks.) I should write a book about Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct, major donors, political consultants, campaign managers, campaign staff members, campaign volunteers, etc. who reject some, many, most, if not all of the aforesaid planks.)

— IL-16: Scott Presler Confirms for Saturday in Minooka Looking for Volunteers Against Kinzinger
— Team Nunda Township Mails
— Campaigning in the Snow in Lakewood

— Illiterate Revolutionaries: Chicago schools struggle as teachers push liberal politics – Fox News short film
— What Pritzker’s 2022 budget proposal doesn’t do: fix Illinois – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
— Pritzker’s budget doesn’t do anything to address population loss, taxes, or pensions – Wirepoints joins Craig Dellimore on WBBM

— Pelosi’s pick to lead Capitol probe says police ‘complicit,’ helped rioters – Rowan Scarborough
— Conservative groups kick-start anti-Biden push with $2 million ad blitz – Ryan Lovelace
— Australia’s proposed law to make tech giants pay for the news articles shared on their networks has Google and Facebook doing a good cop/bad cop routine. – Ryan Lovelace
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want Google, Facebook, etc. to ban my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and to ban my www.gopillinois.com website. My critics/opponents want to abolish the First Amendment.)

— Menendez introduces Dem immigration bill, denies ‘amnesty’ despite citizenship path for illegal immigrants. The bill needs 10 Republican votes in the Senate. – Adam Shaw

— Chicago Police Dept. ‘failed the public’ during George Floyd protests – UPI

— GOP’s John Cox Makes $1M Donation in California Gubernatorial Bid – Jeffrey Rodack

— Retired General Leading Capitol Review Has A History Of Peddling Far-Left Conspiracy Theories – MICHAEL GINSBERG
— Our Descent Into Collective Madness – VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
— As Bipartisan Calls To Amend Section 230 Mount, Experts Emphasize Unintended Consequences – MICHAEL GINSBERG
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want Google, Facebook, etc. to ban my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and to ban my www.gopillinois.com website. My critics/opponents want to abolish the First Amendment.)

— Backlash grows as Facebook imposes Australia news blackout
(DIERSEN: Who does not want you to share news? My critics/opponents do not want me to share news. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. They want only those who they manipulate/dominate to share news.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Australia’s government says that Facebook was “heavy-handed” and “wrong” for introducing an unprecedented local ban on sharing news in response to pending legislation that would force the social media giant to pay for content. From Thursday Australians were unable to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of local and international news outlets, while Aussie news sources disappeared from the site worldwide.)

— Rep. Jim Banks: Attempts to Erase Trump Will Cost GOP Elections 2022 and 2024 – JACK PHILLIPS
— Pro-Life Activist Lila Rose: Biden Using Christian Religion as ‘Cover for Extreme Policies’ – SAMUEL ALLEGRI

— Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid – REID WILSON

— China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers – HUIZHONG WU and FU TING
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents what to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. But failing that, they want reporters and journalists like me to be credentialed, and of course, to meet their credentialing requirements. They want me to get permission from the following before I include links to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Beginning next week, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require bloggers and influencers to have a government-approved credential before they can publish on a wide range of subjects. Some fear that only state media and official propaganda accounts will get permission. While permits have been needed since at least 2017 to write about topics such as political and military affairs, enforcement has not been widespread. The new rules expand that requirement to health, economics, education and judicial matters. . .The new credential requirement could restrict individuals from posting original content, including people like Ma who aren’t openly challenging the line of Xi’s ruling Communist Party. Weibo CEO Wang Gaofei, responding to Ma on the platform, said commentary on news released by official media was permitted but commentators could not “release news” themselves. . .A notice on Sohu in January, which also hosts microblogs, said public accounts without credentials must not issue or republish current affairs news. Banned topics include “articles and commentary on politics, economics, military affairs, diplomatic and public affairs; Taking out of context and distorting the content of the Party and country’s history; breaking news and commentary.” Internet giant Baidu, which also has a publishing platform, issued a similar notice. It is unclear to what extent bloggers will be punished if they publish commentary without the credentials.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater a) glorifies and praises Kinzinger and b) demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Kinzinger’s critics.
— Congress is again discussing reparations for slavery. It’s a complex and thorny issue – Harmeet Kaur
(DIERSEN: From what I see, the more of the following that you are, the more reparations that Democrats will force you to pay: law enforcement officer, Trump supporter, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owner, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Twitter commits that 25% of its executives will be minorities or women by 2025 – Salvador Rodriguez
(DIERSEN: To meet that goal, will Twitter adopt an “up-or-out” policy like the federal government uses? For example, will Twitter get of its employees who are White and/or male who are not making $100,000/year by age 25, $500,000/year by age 30, $1,000,000/year by age 35, $5,000,000/year by age 40, $10,000,000/year by age 45, $50,000,000/year by age 50, etc.?)

— Biden’s Immigration Plan Would Offer Path to Citizenship For Millions. The proposal, unveiled by Democrats on Capitol Hill, offers an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, eliminates restrictions on family-based immigration and expands worker visas.
(DIERSEN: Democrats have declared war on Republicans. Democrats see citizens of foreign countries as being their soldiers in their army to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
— Facebook’s New Look in Australia: News and Hospitals Out, Aliens Still In The social network’s decision to block journalism rather than pay for it erased more than expected, leaving many outraged and debating what should happen next. – Damien Cave
— FRONT PAGE: A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions. An education program is immersing underprivileged students in Ivy League classes, and the students’ success has raised questions about how elite university gatekeepers determine college prospects. – Erica L. Green
(DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, college degrees are worthless unless they are from Ivy League Universities.)

— The Left Hated Rush Limbaugh Because He Had Their Number Even in death they called him ‘divisive,’ as if their attacks on America aren’t intended to sow division. – Dennis Prager
— Rush Limbaugh’s Conservative Radio Show Will Remain On Air as Programmers, Podcasters Seek to Fill Void. Mr. Limbaugh will be the predominant voice the radio show ‘until his audience is prepared to say goodbye’ – Anne Steele
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Trump Lost to Himself.”

— Here Are The Billionaires Who Donated To Donald Trump’s 2020 Presidential Campaign – Michela Tindera

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “The GOP’s Trump problem.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Rush betrayed our conservatism.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, the mainstream news media is anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexual, anti-traditional marriage/family, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Senators illustrate GOP dysfunction.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promotes hatred against Rush Limbaugh. My critics/opponents hate Rush Limbaugh and hate the working class.

— Stereotypes Can Harm Performance Of Older Adults On Cognitive And Physical Tasks – Anna Varela
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have done the most to promote age discrimination. I would focus on those who have/had lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who lead/led Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, etc. Those who promote age decimation promote it most against those who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— When You Lose Your Job — and It’s Your Whole Identity – Rebecca Zucker
(DIERSEN: How much is/was your job your identity? I worked for GAO 1980-1997. My GAO Analyst job was far more of my identity than it was for my coworkers. Few of my coworkers were members of job-related professional associations. I served on the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter Executive Committee 1983-1996 and Illinois CPA Society Membership Committee 1989-1998. Few of my coworkers earned job-related professional certifications. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981 and became a Certified Internal Auditor in 1990, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and Forensic Accountant in 1997. None of my coworkers earned job-related professional licenses. I became a licensed CPA in 1981. Few of my coworkers earned job related master’s degrees. I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980 and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)

— Newsletter sign-ups soar as Facebook blocks local news – Natasha Gillezeau
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have done the most since 2000 a) to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and b) to stop everyone from reading those newsletters. They crow the most about their success in stopping the following from reading the newsletters: a) Republican voters in my precinct, b) Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains in Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, c) leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party, d) Republican leaders of Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, e) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct, their major donors, their political consultants, their campaign managers, their campaign staff members, and their campaign volunteers, f) Republican activists, g) etc.)

— Facebook news ban continues in Australia – Oscar Grenfell
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want Facebook, Google, etc. to ban my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and to ban my www.gopillinois.com website. My critics/opponents want to abolish the First Amendment.)

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.