February 7 Morning Edition

— Mount Prospect redesigning vehicle sticker amid claims it used white nationalist imagery
— Parents turn themselves in after toddler eats from heroin baggies – Annie McCormick


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH A BIG COLOR PICTURE AND A BIG BLACK AND WHITE PICTURE: Inside Bill Daley’s insurance exam scandal: Beers, an altered test and a passing grade – Todd Lighty (DIERSEN: If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that while I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 years old and the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, my scores were not that high.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bill Daley has passed the bar to practice law and cleared security checks to work in the White House. But when he tried to pass the state exam to sell insurance in Illinois as a young man, he faced failure, scandal and embarrassment. First, the youngest son of Mayor Richard J. Daley flunked. And when he passed on his second try, in 1973, the validity of the insurance test later was questioned amid allegations he received inside help. The evidence? An expert handwriting analysis and different inks pointed to two people filling in test answers. And then there was the colorful and damning account of the state employee who had administered the insurance tests and taken them home over the weekend. The worker described being paid a Sunday visit by Robert Wills, a recently fired colleague who took a particular interest in Bill Daley’s test. As the two drank beer, Wills noticed that Daley had not answered several questions. Wills, the worker testified, had a request: “I’d like to do a favor for a friend of mine and fill them in.” That friend, according to court records, was a close ally of the mayor. Bill Daley, who was not charged with wrongdoing, denied any involvement and kept his insurance license.)
— State law allows local elected officials to live in another state – Ted Slowik
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who hate men and/or hate Whites stress Liam Neeson, Ralph Northam, and Joe Ricketts.


— Boy threatened to shoot up Downers Grove high school with AK-47: prosecutors


— Mount Prospect to redesign vehicle sticker amid claims of white nationalist imagery – Steve Zalusky


— Union coalition pitches city income tax A CTU-backed group wants those with annual household income above $100,000 to pay 3.5 percent a year to City Hall—plus a “LaSalle Street tax” and more. But CTA rides and community college would be free. – GREG HINZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A coalition of progressive activists and big unions is upping the ante on the call for new revenue to finance help for lower-income Chicagoans, this time proposing not just a “LaSalle Street tax” on financial transactions and restoration of the employer “head tax” but a new city income tax on those who work or live in Chicago. With a swipe at “wealthy yuppies” and corporations who “don’t pay their fair share,” the group—which includes the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Healthcare Illinois—specifically wants a 3.5 percent tax on household income above $100,000 a year.)


— North headlines Lincoln Day dinner in Springfield – Steven Spearie
(FROM THE ARTICLE: NRA president says group has to double its strength to preserve Second Amendment. Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North said Wednesday that the National Rifle Association has to “double our strength to preserve the Second Amendment” between now and the 2020 elections, in keynote remarks at the 115th annual Sangamon County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Bank of Springfield Center. The 75-year-old North, who became president of the NRA last May, also said the “disarm America movement is the best-funded, most sophisticated assault on our American liberties in our history.” North claimed that an unnamed “unholy troika of tyrannical billionaires” was setting the Democrats’ “far-left socialist agenda.” “They’re using their vast fortunes to elect enough progressives to turn America into a disarmed socialist dystopia,” North said. “The hard left in America are socialists. They’re anti-freedom candidates for office. If they succeed in what they’re doing, our lives are going to be adversely affected forever.” The annual Lincoln Day event, the longest-running in the country, is a key fundraiser for the party organization. About 1,000 people attended. Illinois Republic Party chairman Tim Schneider didn’t shy away from the GOP’s showing last fall in Illinois. “We had a tough election in 2018, but Illinois Republicans aren’t ready to give up yet,” said Schneider, in remarks preceding North’s. “After J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million on his election, he still only got 54 percent of the vote. They don’t buy him, don’t buy his tax increases or his policies. Republicans will hold Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “responsible for their actions in driving families, jobs and business out of (Illinois),” he said.)


— Senate Republicans express support for redistricting amendment – Cassie Buchman


— The Trump Organization Is Cracking Down On Undocumented Workers


— After State of the Union, lawmakers losing confidence on border security deal – Stephen Loiaconi
— Crisis escalates in Virginia; top 3 Democrats under fire – AP
— Pelosi says Trump ‘threats’ have no place in Congress – AP (DIERSEN: Who has threatened you? What if I had secretly recorded the threats that my Democrat GAO superiors made against me in 1997 when I was 49 years old to force me to take their early retirement “offer?”)
— Trump now says he wants more legal immigration (DIERSEN: More legal immigration causes more illegal immigration.)


— Millennials and Market Saturation Raise Doubts About New Casino Push Talk of new Chicago and Downstate casinos is resurfacing among politicians as an answer to government fiscal woes. But casino revenue is off sharply from its heights, and the industry is struggling to attract younger gamblers. – Tim Jones (DIERSEN: Every dollar that you gamble away is a dollar that you do not save for your retirement.)


— Moody’s to Pritzker: “New taxes could threaten to increase the outflow of Illinois residents” – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner


— Lincoln Day Dinner Scheduled for February 23rd Features Jeannie Ives
— Time Sheet Overtime Falsification Results in Two LaSalle County Indictments Last October
— GOP Senators Seek What They Didn’t Win in the Election–Fair Maps
— Another Indication that David McSweeney Is Preparing to Run for Something Other Than Re-Election
— Two McHenry County State Reps. in Forefront of Attack on Teachers Sexually Abusing Students
— Re-Run: Tribune Features Problem 1994 Skinner Legislation on Gathering Information on Teacher Sex/Physical Abuse Would Have Solved
— Skillicorn Reacts to State of the Union Address
— Over $600,000 from Lawyers for Jack Franks’ Campaigns
— Synopsis of David McSweeney’s New Township Abolition by Referendum Bill.


— All Senate Republicans sign on to bipartisan ‘fair map’ amendment – Greg Bishop


— Lawmakers: Minimum wage increase will cost taxpayers in all levels of government – Greg Bishop


— Trump says he wants to boost US legal immigration because unemployment is so low – Nicole Darrah (DIERSEN: More legal immigration promotes more illegal immigration.)
— Christians must fight growing anti-Semitism in America – Frank Wolf (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Democrats are nasty. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, many, if not most of my superiors were Jewish. To turn them against me, my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates stressed that I was a) 100% German national origin and b) that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran. In my defense, I stressed a) that my ancestors immigrated way back during the 1840s and 1850s, b) that they have always lived in northeast Illinois, c) that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, d) that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and e) that my father would have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)
— Ex-ESPN host Jemele Hill makes State of the Union assassination reference in now-deleted tweet – Brian Flood
— Liberal hypocrisy: Democrats’ calls for Northam to resign fade as three scandals throw Virginia into chaos


— Arizona town Nogales demands feds cut down barbed wire on border fence – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: How soon will the America-haters in Nogales have enough votes to get Nogales to leave America and to join up with Mexico?)
— Intelligence panel testified on mass migration, but didn’t mention border ‘crisis’ – Rowan Scarborough
— Democrats now have to govern and it’s not a pretty sight – Matt Mackowiak
— Tens of thousands of federal employees make more than governor in state where they work – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Federal employees are back on the job after the government shutdown — and many are doing pretty well for themselves, according to a new report that shows nearly 92,000 of them make salaries that match or exceed the governors of the states where they work. Some are in traditional high-pay occupations such as doctors. But the total also includes 18 painters, 22 welders and 25 pipefitters. More than 1,000 clerical workers in Alabama make at least $120,000, or about the same salary as Gov. Kay Ivey. In Ohio, 333 Ohio “transportation” workers, most of them air traffic controllers, make in the ballpark of Gov. Mike DeWine’s nearly $149,000 salary. And in Maryland, 3,561 federal workers made as much or more than Gov. Larry Hogan’s $170,000 salary. Most of them were doctors, dentists or public health workers, which is perhaps not surprising given that the National Institutes of Health is in Bethesda. But that doesn’t account for the 359 clerical employees, 66 accountants, 57 information-technology workers and 100 vocational trainers or school instructors who also cleared $170,000 or more a year, according to the Congressional Research Service, which compiled the data for lawmakers. The more than 91,000 workers nationwide who make as much or more than their governors is up 18 percent from the last time the CRS did a similar report, a decade ago.)


— Pence defends the shutdown: ‘I never think it’s a mistake to stand up for what you believe in’- Katelyn Caralle (DIERSEN: What have you stood up against? While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I stood up against political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. Consequently, a) 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 $19,203 (26%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) 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; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)


— Media Displays Poisonous Hatred for Donald Trump
— How “American Greatness” Triggers the Left (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the left makes it clear that it hates and wants to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— The Virginia Democrats’ Minstrel Show – George Rasley


— Sec. Nielsen: Just Like the Last Caravans, Illegally Entry Is Not Tolerated – Julio Rosas


— Kinzinger: Trump Should Stop Complimenting Kim Jong Un – Brian Freeman
— Some Border Residents Shrug Off Trump’s Wall Demand – Solange Reyner (DIERSEN: How soon will America-haters in border towns have enough votes to get their towns to leave America and to join up with Mexico? How soon will America-haters in border states have enough votes to get those states to leave America and to join up with Mexico?)
— Governor of Mexican State Coahuila: No More Migrants – Solange Reyner


— GAVIN MCINNES SUES FOR DEFAMATION OVER ‘HATE’ GROUP LABEL – Grace Carr (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who treated TAPROOT Republicans like it was a hate group because I recruited speakers who promoted the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and in the Republican Party platform. In 2012, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes succeeded in destroying TAPROOT.)


— MILITARY ON THE BORDER: APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO A CRISIS How does a house stand without walls? – Michael Cutler


— HEY, COMMANDER! START COMMANDING! Ann Coulter: Our military can build a wall anywhere in the world except the U.S.?


— Payoff? Democrats embrace nation-building in Central America as answer to migrant caravans.
— Democrats oppose bill to protect newborns from infanticide


— Trump’s Wall and a Plan to Stop Cartels at the Border – Bill Thomas
— Donald Trump’s Annihilation of the Democratic Party – Conrad Black


— Governor Northham’s honesty – James Stansbury (DIERSEN: Those Republican Party leaders who reject planks in the Republican Party platform should be honest about it. Defending and advancing all the planks in the Republican Party platform should be a requirement to seek or hold any kind of government or political office as a Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It was refreshing in this post-truth age for Governor Northam to reveal his genuine support for post-birth abortion. Compared to the outrage about the sophomoric racist photo in Northam’s old yearbook, the reaction to his permissive abortion stance was disappointingly subdued, although many on the left defended it. This same sentiment was reinforced at the State of the Union when the Dems sat down as the newest abortion laws were criticized. These opposite reactions have inadvertently confirmed that much of America has thoroughly embraced the postmodern philosophy of moral relativism where truth is whatever supports the left’s latest utopian vision.)


— The Democrats’ “Zero Tolerance” Policy Is Rather Situational – JAZZ SHAW


— Sweden Admits It Cannot Control Its Own Borders – Oliver JJ Lane
— Dem Sen. Merkley: Trump Created ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ on Border with Child Prisons, Family Internment Camps – Jeff Poor (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats crow about their success in getting people to come to America illegally.)


— Trump ‘Unified’ Americans by ‘Pulling Off’ the Democrats’ ‘Mask’ President’s address Tuesday night ‘vividly revealed the contrast between his vibrant policies’ and ‘the pale, colorless agenda of the Left,’ noted ‘The Ingraham Angle’ – Kathryn Blackhurst


— Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.): Trump needs to ‘quit complimenting Kim Jong Un’ – TAL AXELROD
— Fresh faces bring familiar GOP refrain: Dems are too extreme – JULIEGRACE BRUFKE AND MIKE LILLIS (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being “too extreme.”)


— Trump emerges as an unexpected champion in the White House for evangelicals President Donald Trump will deliver an address to the National Prayer Breakfast. – Meridith McGraw


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: America-haters crow about their success in making America dependent on illegal alien labor.


— State of the Union Speech Puts Democratic Resurgence on Full Display – Carl Hulse (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters crow about their success in promoting hatred against individuals, against organizations, against companies, against governments, and against countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote socialism.
— Seth Meyers Imagines What We Might Find in Trump’s Childhood Home
— Virginia Police Sergeant Suspended After Antifa Ties Him to White Nationalism – Matt Stevens and Elisha Brown


— BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019: Bias, hate and violence in America not deterred by new laws and legislation – HERB BOYD (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to the Democrats, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, a) the more that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and from their discrimination against females and b) the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion. According to the Democrats, the aforesaid is especially true if your ancestors were Protestant, were conservative, were patriotic, were Republican, were White, were male, were older, were rich, were gun owners, and/or came from Germany.)


— ‘What she’s selling is bitter division’: Tucker Carlson suggests Stacey Abrams wants to ‘overthrow’ white men – Timothy Bella (DIERSEN: In your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, who takes the lead in promoting hatred of White men? Which White men pander to those who promote hatred of White men?)
— Trump claimed more women than ever are working. The reality is much more grim. Democrats and Republicans cheered when Trump said the lines about women, but the facts aren’t much to celebrate. – Heather Long (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a woman in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a woman in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted women in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a woman in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a woman in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job and my preferred corner office.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: America-haters say “The nation faces many problems. A crisis at the border isn’t one of them.”


— Who’s Afraid of Socialism? The new Democratic agenda sure looks like government control over the means of production. – Editorial
— International Student Enrollment Drops for Second Year, Report Says. Institutions that primarily offer masters degrees but not doctorates are hardest hit. – Douglas Belkin
— Bonfire of Identity Democrats Ralph Northam may be saved by accusations against his colleagues. – Editorial


— Super Rich Americans Are Getting Younger and Multiplying The average age is 47 for those with at least $25 million, a study finds – Ben Steverman


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Illegal drug pushers say “A Wall And Trump Immigration Policies Benefit Drug Cartels.”


— FRONT PAGE WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn suburbs as being racist.


— Trump campaign adviser on Democrats in white: ‘The only thing . . . missing tonight is the matching hood’ – Tim Elfrink (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrat women talk and act like they hate and want to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Migrant caravan of 1,800 is the first to reach the Texas border – John MacCormack


— Migrant caravan detained in old factory, across from Texas


— America’s Original Identity Politics – Sarah Churchwell (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to the Democrats, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, a) the more that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and from their discrimination against females and b) the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion. According to the Democrats, the aforesaid is especially true if your ancestors were Protestant, were conservative, were patriotic, were Republican, were White, were male, were older, were rich, were gun owners, and/or came from Germany.)


— When Is Too Old To Practice? Is competence determined in the eyes of the beholder or in the eyes of the holder? – JILL SWITZER (DIERSEN: According to the federal government, according to my critics/opponents, according to their operatives, and according to their dupes, federal employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran are incompetent if they do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— Legislation, commission suggested to address ‘retirement crisis’ – Lois A. Bowers (DIERSEN: How much have you saved for your retirement? In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors knew how much my wife and I had saved for our retirement. That motivated them to force me to take their early retirement “offer.”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Leaders and witnesses at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing Wednesday had suggestions for addressing what the committee called “a retirement crisis” — the fact that most Americans may not have enough savings to cover their expenses when they stop working. “We are on the verge of a national crisis” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), chairman of the committee. The situation, she added, was brought on in part by employers changing from providing “defined benefit” plans such as pensions to offering “defined contribution” plans such as 401(k)s, putting the onus on workers to save. Other factors, Collins said, include more Americans working for small companies that don’t offer retirement savings plans and many older adults relying on Social Security to cover their monthly expenses in retirement.)


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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.