February 3 Morning Edition

— Ives “Thank you, Bruce Rauner” TV ad causing uproar (DIERSEN: How will the following respond to this: Trump, Pence, your Republican U.S. Congressman, Rauner, Sanguinetti, your Republican Illinois Senator, your Republican Illinois Representative, your Republican county officials, your Republican township/ward officials, your Republican municipal officials, Illinois Republican Party (IRP) officers, IRP national committeeman and committeewoman, your representative on the IRP State Central Committee, your Republican county party officers, your Republican township/ward party officers, your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, and Republican critics/opponents of the aforesaid?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A just released TV ad from the Jeanne Ives for Governor campaign is causing an uproar. The commercial features actors thanking Governor Bruce Rauner for policies benefitting Chicago teachers, or women seeking taxpayer-funded abortions. It also features what appears to be a male actor playing a transgender female. Democratic candidates and advocacy groups are condemning the ad, which is running statewide this weekend, as “repulsive” and “appalling.” The Ives campaign responded by saying the ad “represents Governor Rauner’s chosen constituents based on the policy choices he made.”)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF IVES: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-conservative, anti-White, anti-male, and/or anti-heterosexual and those who pander to the aforesaid say that Ives’ anti-Rauner ad is “racist, sexist, homophobic.”
— OUTSTANDING: Raise the tobacco-buying age to 21 – Editorial
— Lipinski challenger Newman gets backing from SEIU, EMILY’s List – John Byrne and Katherine Skiba


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Trump mainstream news media promotes anti-Trump groups.
— Roeper to resume writing reviews for Sun-Times after Twitter investigation – Mitchell Armentrout (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, I have never bought any GOPUSA ILLINOIS email followers and I never will. The only legitimate reason to read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails is to get information a) to defend and advance the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and b) to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance the aforesaid platforms and resolution.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “On a number of occasions, in an effort to build my brand, I bought Twitter followers,” Roeper said. “I did this on my own, without the knowledge of the Chicago Sun-Times or any other media organization for which I have worked.” In six purchases between 2014 and 2016, Roeper spent about $650 of his own money to obtain roughly 50,000 followers. That was according to receipts he had kept to date, but “he did not rule out other potential purchases,” according to Sun-Times management. Roeper, who has been with the paper since 1982, said he was unaware the purchased accounts were fake, or that others’ identities had been compromised. He was described in the statement as “genuinely contrite.”)


— Could higher sales tax prevent property tax increase in Naperville? – Marie Wilson


— Controversial ad stirs up heated Illinois governor’s race


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Republican says “After four State of the State speeches, it’s past time to deliver.”
— There’s not much for Chicago in Trump’s infrastructure plan – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: One could say that Chicago takes the lead in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Trump and his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, sexual harassers, bigots, and even worse things.)


— Minnesota thrives, Rauner fails on jobs – Jeff Van Wychen (DIERSEN: Compared to Minnesota, far more in Illinois are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, 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. People who are the aforesaid drag everything down, including jobs.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: QUESTION: Which Republicans say that Ives is dividing the Illinois Republican Party? ANSWER: Those who reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like Ives who support those planks. Those who reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those Ives who support that resolution. Those who focus on destroying those like Ives who they cannot manipulate/dominate. And those who are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.


— Hold off on predictions – Rich Miller
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One of Ives’ new ads is a real doozy, featuring various people “thanking” Gov. Rauner for things like “paying for my abortions” and also has a man dressed as a woman saying: “Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girls’ bathroom.” As I write this, it’s unclear if that explosive ad will air, but if it does it will certainly get noticed. A week of Chicago broadcast TV ads costs about $660,000, and Illinois has a ton of other media markets from Rockford all the way down to the Kentucky border. The last public poll in this race showed that 68 percent of likely Republican primary voters had never even heard of Jeanne Ives. Gov. Rauner was leading Ives by 45 points in that survey and he is refusing to ever debate her again. So, it’s gonna take a lot more than a few thousand Facebook views, a day of positive earned media coverage and a million bucks to put Rep. Ives over the top. A lot more. Weirder stuff has most certainly happened in politics. But people should take a breath and see how this all plays out before making any sort of predictions.)
— It’s a rush: Local tax preparers begin busiest season – KEVIN BARLOW


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Dreamers on edge because of Washington, DC, immigration debates.” I was always “on edge” while I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years because I knew that my superiors were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of those who share my demographics.)


— OUTSTANDING: Mayor Langfelder: No more new 3 a.m. liquor licenses – Crystal Thomas
— Fact check: Gov. Rauner’s balanced budget claims – Brett Chase, Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Better Government Association (DIERSEN: Are/were you a fact checker? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports.)


— Republican candidates Jeanne Ives, Erika Harold visit Stephenson County – Derrick Mason


— 109th Illinois Representative District: Incumbent’s former supporter running against him – Keith Stewart


— When A Full-Time Job Isn’t Enough To Make It – EMILY SULLIVAN (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— IL Governor Bruce Rauner tours Rock Island Catholic School (DIERSEN: What about abortion?)


— Wehrli’s Bill Is Major Talking Point in 2018 State of the State


— Rauner: Fringe Candidate. Big Government, Leftist Policy Record.


— Rauner’s 55 percent disapproval rating spells difficulty for re-election bid – Robert Hadley (DIERSEN: Who disapproves of you? Those who disapprove of me a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, 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.)


— Voters need to research candidates, Ugaste says – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: How well does your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain know the candidates who will be on March 20, 2018 Republican primary ballots?)


— Dodge says a Rauner-Ives debate won’t make much difference – Glenn Minnis


— Khouri campaign video focuses on supporting the community – Angela Underwood (DIERSEN: What community do you support and how do you support it? I support members of the Republican community in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois by putting together and sending them GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails every morning and every evening free of charge and without any advertising. Of course, anti-Republicans a) discourage me from putting the emails together and sending them out and b) discourage everyone from reading the emails.)


— Straub says Rauner is wise to not debate Ives, he’d lose – Glenn Minnis


— Leef taking Ives’ side in GOP primary – Glenn Minnis


— Voters missing out by Rauner balking at Ives debate, Kay says – Glenn Minnis


— Axios Posts A Racist And Sexist Job Announcement (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, employers make it clear that they do not want to hire, retain, or promote those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This ad is notable for a couple of things. First, it is illegal. Second, it is a manager saying I don’t really care if you have skills, what I really want is people with the correct melanin, genitalia, and sexual dysfunction or deviance. And take a close look at that picture. Do you really think women or homosexuals are UNDER-represented? Now, apparently, lawyers have got involved and Axios has taken down the ad. But they can’t get rid of the problem. Now any white male who answers the ad knows that he’s only being considered to the extent necessary to avoid a lawsuit. And they’ve gone a long way towards creating what would be called a “hostile work environment” for normal, white male employees because they’ve just been told there are too many of them. Full disclosure: I don’t really object to companies being able to hire whoever the hell they wish and state it up front. It saves a lot of time and effort on the part of the company and job applicants. But that isn’t the law and if the law is to have any meaning whatsoever it must protect everyone, not just a chosen few. The fact that Axios feels so comfortable in advertising its racism and its sexism shows just how corrupting the drive to achieve “diversity,” whatever that is, has become.)


— Bogus Racist Claims Against Trump – Star Parker


— Sadly, Another Black History Month – Lloyd Marcus


— CNN: Federal employee used taxpayer dollars for stay at Trump’s DC hotel – JOHN BOWDEN


— Document shows GSA employees spending at the Trump Hotel in DC – Cristina Alesci and Curt Devine


— Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I. – Josh Campbell (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those Democrats who ran GAO 1980-1997, IRS 1971-1980, and the Post Office 1966-1969 who worked the hardest to get rid of me. They put their Democrat partisan politics above everything.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One of the greatest honors of my life was walking across the stage at the F.B.I. Academy and receiving my special agent badge from the director at the time, Robert Mueller. After 21 weeks of intensive training, my class swore an oath and became federal agents entrusted with the solemn duty of protecting Americans and upholding the Constitution. After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible. A small number of my current and retired colleagues have said that we should simply keep our heads down until the storm passes. I say this with the greatest respect: They are wrong. If those who know the agency best remain silent, it will be defined by those with partisan agendas. F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.)
— The Republican Tax Act Could Turn Texas Blue – Will Wilkinson (DIERSEN: How many married voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois pay more than $10,000 a year in real estate taxes and state income taxes? How many of them will get divorced to avoid the marriage penalty?)
— Yes, You Can Find a Financial Planner Even if You’re Not Rich – Ron Lieber (DIERSEN: What qualifications do you have to be a financial planner? GAO audits the federal government. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years 1980-1997, a) the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently, $96,403-$125,325, b) the last 9 years on audits of federal financial industry regulators, and c) the 3 years before that on audits of IRS. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor Examination on my first attempt in 1981. I became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997. I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997. I served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants 1983-1996.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: To get this far, they’ve sought out financial planners who could be content with a mere low-six-figure income. If 80 clients pay $150 a month, XY advisers can earn gross revenues of $144,000, though XY charges member financial planners $409 per month.)
— Trump’s Vision for Vocational Education Gets a Tepid Reception – Erica L. Green (DIERSEN: Were you considered to be college material? While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease). Further, my father had fought type 1 diabetes from age 14. I am sure that many thought that I would soon come down with type 1 diabetes too.)


— Polarization Is an Old American Story – Jason Willick (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest to polarize the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, etc. They a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Passed Over, Airbnb Executive Moves On – Greg Bensinger, Maureen Farrell and Rolfe Winkler (DIERSEN: What can you say about those who were promoted over you? All those who the Democrats who ran the federal government promoted over me were Democrats who were minority, female, younger than me, and/or veteran and who had less education, less work experience, fewer professional certifications, and/or fewer professional licenses than I had.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Americans glorify and praise those who came to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If they would be given the right to vote, what percent of felons would vote for Democrats?


— Gov candidate Ives releases anti-trans ad – Matt Simonette (DIERSEN: To be a Democrat is to promote LGBTQ activity.)

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.