January 27 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 3,751 new cases, 81 deaths Gov. JB Pritzker tours Lake County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site
— Army unveils more flexible rules for ponytails, nail color – AP
— GOP to stay neutral should Donald Trump run for president again – AP

— Broken by Trump, US Refugee Program Aims to Return Stronger. More than 100 U.S. resettlement offices closed during Trump’s term – Julie Watson
(DIERSEN: Democrats have declared war on Republicans. Democrats see refugees as being their soldiers in their army to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
— Trump Cut Taxes for the Rich. Biden Wants to Raise Them. Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump were far apart on many issues — tax policy among them. – Greg Iacurci
(DIERSEN: According to Democrats, you are rich if you are not on welfare.)

— City Council Expands Protections For Immigrants, Blocks CPD From Cooperating With ICE – Todd Feurer
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats illegally encourage illegal immigration.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Chicago City Council closes loopholes in Welcoming City ordinance, ending police cooperation with federal immigration agents. JOHN BYRNE and GREGORY PRATT
— Solutions to carjacking epidemic can come from the Black community too – JERALD MCNAIR
— State buys Near West Side building as part of Thompson Center exit plan | Lightfoot mum on chat with Vice President Kamala Harris | City landmarks Emmett Till house – LISA DONOVAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.

— House Republicans, law enforcement urge Pritzker to veto ‘confusing, inoperable’ criminal justice reform bill. In a Zoom news conference Wednesday morning, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said the state must “thoroughly and carefully address police reform and criminal justice reform, it is the right thing to do.” – Rachel Hinton
— Mayor rebuffs plan to nix ban on downtown weed shops: ‘We’re not turning Michigan Ave. into pot paradise’ “My concern about the effect on the shopping and tourists jewel of our city really hasn’t changed one wit since the fall of 2019, when we first started wrestling with this issue,” Lightfoot said Wednesday. – Tom Schuba and Fran Spielman
— Democrat floats Trump censure as conviction grows unlikely. A censure would not hold the power of a conviction, but it would put the Senate on record as disapproving of Trump’s role in the insurrection, which came as Congress was counting electoral votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you are an older White male Republican, the longer that your ancestors have been in America the more that Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn you as being a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things.

— Oppose racial profiling – Bradley Williams, Mundelein
(FROM THE LETTER: HB0038 is currently in committee of the Illinois House of Representatives. This bill should concern Illinoisans who aspire for a community so beautifully described by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as one where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” In a departure from Dr. King’s aspirations, HB0038 calls for consideration of race in the hiring process of public-school teachers. This would seem to violate several federal and state civil rights laws. Specifically, the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 which explains that a unit of the state cannot “subject a person to discrimination under any program or activity on the grounds of that person’s race, color, national origin, or gender,” as well as the language of the Illinois Human Rights Act which prohibits race-based discrimination in employment. While one component of HB0038 undermines Dr. King’s message through employment considerations, another does so through mandates of curriculum and instruction at the local level. Starting as early as elementary school, HB0038 would require students to learn curriculum based in a discipline of academia that places race as an essential and defining part of human interaction. In this model, one’s status as oppressor or oppressed is heavily determined by skin color. In one application of this curriculum, groups of third-grade students analyzed their racial and sexual identities according to “power and privilege” and then wrote reflections on their status as being either privileged or oppressed. One parent described the activities as “basically teaching racism.” Humbly, I submit, a society that places race as an essentially defining element of most human interaction is not one so admirably envisioned by Dr. King. With that in mind, Illinoisans should oppose HB0038.)
— GOP signals unwillingness to part with Trump after riot – AP

— Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show – AP

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— Local Republicans to publicly express dissatisfaction with Cong. Kinzinger – Rick Koshko

— Kinzinger’s office responds to LaSalle County Republican’s rally this weekend

— Illinois’ Indoctrination Centers–Government Schools – Kathy Valente
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always stressed a) that my parents sent me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod and b) that my parents had me baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.)


— 3,751 new confirmed and probable cases; 81 additional deaths; 2,931 hospitalized; 591 in the ICU; 4.5 percent average case positivity rate; 5.6 percent average test positivity rate; 33,698 average daily doses
— Goodbye begins to James R. Thompson Center
(DIERSEN: I worked for GAO in its Chicago office 1980-1997. My critics/opponents were furious that starting in 1990, I had a preferred corner office in GAO’s new space on the 7th floor of the new 200 West Adams building ( https://200westadams.com/ ) in the Loop.)

— Schumer shames Republicans who challenged legality of Trump’s impeachment trial – Alex Swoyer
— DHS issues new terror alert, warns that Jan. 6 attack emboldened extremists – Stephen Dinan
— Liberals reinvent reality as the ‘After Trump’ era begins. In the new age, expect the media and government to suddenly resent any pushback against a sitting president. – Victor Davis Hanson

— Joe Biden’s 1st Week In Review: So Much Damage In So Little Time – Bobby Eberle

— How The Supreme Court Made It Easier To Smear People As Racists And Scream The F-Word In Public. Instead of protecting true free speech, we’ve crushed the speech that matters most: the articulation and testing of the truth. – Jonathan Lange

— The Left Wants to Transform and Nationalize Our Election System – Jarrett Stepman

— Parents, this is a good week to think about ‘school choice’ – Bob Kellogg (DIERSEN: Democrat teachers focus on turning their students into good little Democrats.)

— Tens of thousands of voters drop Republican affiliation after Capitol riot – REID WILSON
(DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, a) will employers stop hiring Republicans, b) will employers get of their employees who are Republican, c) will organizations stop admitting members who are Republican, d) will organizations get rid of their members who are Republican, and e) will municipalities, townships, counties, states, and America officially stop Republicans from seeking oi holding government or political offices, getting educations, owning property, etc.?)

— For Trump’s Aggrieved Defenders, This Impeachment Confirms Everything. His supporters see his second impeachment, a historic first, as the culmination of years of unfair treatment. The belief’s ubiquity shows the resilience of his message and the power of conservative media. – Dionne Searcey

— Republicans back away from confronting Trump and his loyalists after the Capitol insurrection, embracing them instead. – Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promotes Adam Kinzinger and Joe Walsh. In my opinion, my becoming the only active member in GAO’s Chicago office in a class action lawsuit that charged my GAO superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation in 1988 when I was 40 years old was as serious as Kinzinger’s voting to impeach Trump in 2021 when he was 42 years old. My Democrat GAO superiors immediately threw me off audits of IRS and gave me an adverse job assignments, unfair performance expectations, and unfair performance appraisals. They might have succeeded in getting rid of me if Henry Hyde had not come to my defense. However, they continued to keep me off audits of IRS, to give me unfair performance expectations, to give me unfair performance appraisals, and to always rank me in the lower half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes. In 1997 they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.” They were furious that I became Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and Forensic Accountant in 1997 and that I earned a job-related master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997 because the aforesaid frustrated their efforts to get rid of me. If I had had drinking problems like Kinzinger had, I would not have gotten jobs washing dishes 1964-1966; cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966; delivering mail 1966-1969; working on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumping gasoline 1971-1972; collecting delinquent taxes 1971-1980; or auditing federal agencies 1980-1997. IRS would not have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974 and GAO would not have promoted me in 1986. If I had had drinking problems like Kinzinger had, Loyola might not have accepted me in 1972, DePaul might not have accepted me in 1976, and IIT might not have accepted me in 1992. If I had had drinking problems like Kinzinger had, I doubt that I would have passed CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 or passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. Kinzinger is a veteran. Starting in 1966, my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates always used my avoiding the draft against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: He started drinking at age 16. He can remember drinking before school one morning, just to try to be cool. In his first semester at Illinois State, he joined a fraternity and came home with a 2.5 GPA. The next semester, he got a 0.8 and was kicked out. He spent the next six months living with his parents and working as a manager in the furniture section of a department store. He tried to date the daughter of a fellow store manager, only to learn that he forbade her from going out with him.)
— Large majorities of the region’s nursing home workers have declined the coronavirus vaccine – Rachel Chason, Rebecca Tan, Jenna Portnoy and Erin Cox

— Voters Say U.S. Is More Divided, Doubt Biden Can Unite Americans
(DIERSEN: Under Biden, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will do even more to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)


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.