January 7 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— U.S. consular official in Mexico shot in his car – Amy B. Wang and Joshua Partlow
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-us-consular-official-shot-mexico-20170107-story.html
— Marist High School welcomes back ‘several’ students disciplined over alleged racially charged texts – Zak Koeske
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-marist-students-return-st-0107-20170106-story.html
— Elite South Side golf course by Tiger Woods has skeptics, raises questions – Kathy Bergen
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-jackson-park-golf-met-20170106-story.html
— As Obama exits scene, Chicago legacy debated – Bill Ruthhart, Rick Pearson and John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-barack-obama-presidency-chicago-met-0108-20170106-story.html
— Illinois’ financial watchdog finds himself embroiled in spending scandal of his own – Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-frank-mautino-auditor-general-campaign-spending-met-20161229-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tucked along the main drag that runs through this tiny Illinois River town is an unassuming gas station where Auditor General Frank Mautino’s now-defunct campaign fund reported spending more than $247,000 on fuel and car repairs over 16 years. Ornamental duck figurines adorn antique-style fuel pumps outside Happy’s Super Service & Food Mart, a convenience store with an attached auto shop now at the center of a federal investigation into Mautino’s political spending during his time as a state lawmaker. The State Board of Elections also is looking at Mautino’s accounting of campaign funds, questioning whether he properly disclosed where the money went and, in some cases, if the expenses were allowed.)

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Zion’s nuclear fallout; still reeling from ’98 closing – John Carpenter
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/zions-nuclear-fallout-town-still-reels-from-1998-plant-closing/

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— State cuts blamed for Springfield hotel occupancy rates at four-year low – Tim Landis
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170107/state-cuts-blamed-for-springfield-hotel-occupancy-rates-at-four-year-low

 

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Proposed pot dispensary site needs OK from city, state – Lee Provost  (DIERSEN: Ever more tragically, sooner or later, if not already, pot pushers will want a site in your precinct to push pot.)
http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/proposed-pot-dispensary-site-needs-ok-from-city-state/article_f2997583-678d-5407-8872-3c54c44ddc5c.html

 

WJBC
— Lt. Gov Sanguinetti visits Bloomington, supports American Dream – Patrick Baron  (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, a) those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time are demonized, denigrated, and condemned as being privileged,  b) Democrats and RINOs use government to give preference to those who are NOT members of the aforesaid groups, and c) therefore, the American Dream is further and further and further out of reach for those who are members of the aforesaid groups.)
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/01/07/lt-gov-sanguinetti-visits-bloomington-supports-american-dream/

 

WSIL TV
— Trump: Only ‘stupid’ people, fools oppose better Russia ties – AP
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34205616/report-on-election-hacking-says-russia-plans-to-do-more

 

WOODRIDGE PATCH
— Anonymous Petition Circulates Suggesting Woodridge, Other Communities Be Annexed Into Naperville  Local mayors are meeting about the subject Monday. – Anicka Slachta
http://patch.com/illinois/woodridge/anonymous-petition-circulates-suggesting-woodridge-other-communities-be-annexed

 

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Fake news “nudges way” into Park Ridge school board election
http://northcooknews.com/stories/511070166-fake-news-nudges-way-into-park-ridge-school-board-election

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Republican Candidates for McHenry Township Clerk & Trustee Kicked Off the Ballot – Cal Skinner
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2017/01/07/republican-candidates-for-mchenry-township-clerk-trustee-kicked-off-the-ballot/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— SOUTH SHORE DRILL TEAM WITHDRAWS FROM TRUMP INAUGURAL PARADE, OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY RESISTS PRESSURE
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/01/chicago-area-group-withdraws-from-trump-inaugural-parade-another-resists-pressure.html

 

BREITBART
— Mandatory E-Verify for Employment Should be Donald Trump’s Top Immigration Priority – TOM TANCREDO
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/07/mandatory-e-verify-for-employment-should-be-donald-trumps-top-immigration-priority/

 

GOPUSA
— Facebook refuses to explain why live video of Chicago hate crime wasn’t flagged sooner
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=18913
— GOP Lawmaker Duncan Hunter Removes Capitol Hill Painting Depicting Police as Pigs
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=18941

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— IRS prioritized Obamacare over taxpayer customer service, IG report says – Stephen Dinan
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/5/irs-cut-money-customer-service-moved-money-keep-ob/
— Trump gets payback against Kasich with ouster of Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges  President-elect personally lobbied for new chairwoman Jane Timken – Seth McLaughlin  (DIERSEN: One could ask my critics/opponents who they wanted a) the next TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman  to be after they ousted me, b) the next Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member to be after they ousted me, c) the next Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster  to be after they ousted me, d) the next Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member  to be after they ousted me, e) the next American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member  to be after they ousted me, and f) the next GAO employee to be after they ousted me.)
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/6/trump-gets-payback-against-gov-kasich-ouster-matt-/

 

BLAZE
— Michael Moore calls for ‘100 days of protest’ against Donald Trump – Sarah Lee
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/01/07/michael-moore-calls-for-100-days-of-protest-against-donald-trump/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Facebook’s New Arbiter Of News Is A Former CNN Anchor Who Can Barely Hide Her Anti-Conservative Bias – Eric Lieberman
http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/06/facebooks-new-arbiter-of-news-is-a-former-cnn-anchor-who-can-barely-hide-her-anti-conservative-bias/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Federal Worker Union Is Blocking Republican VA Reforms – Luke Rosiak
http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/06/federal-worker-union-is-blocking-republican-va-reforms/

 

NEWSMAX
— Bill Gross: Trump Targeting Companies Reminiscent of Mussolini
http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/bill-gross-donald-trump-mussolini-italy/2017/01/06/id/767175/
— Millennials Think the Trump Economy Is Going to Implode
http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/Economy/donald-trump-millennials-economy-implode/2017/01/06/id/767131/

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
— It’s Still a Mad, Mad California – VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443466/california-madness-hypocritical-coastal-elites-soak-middle-class
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Coastal elites set rules for others, exempt themselves, and tolerate rampant lawlessness from illegal aliens. One reason for the emergence of outsider Donald Trump is the old outrage that elites seldom experience the consequences of their own ideologically driven agendas. Hypocrisy, when coupled with sanctimoniousness, grates people like few other human transgressions: Barack Obama opposing charter schools for the inner city as he puts his own children in Washington’s toniest prep schools, or Bay Area greens suing to stop contracted irrigation water from Sierra reservoirs, even as they count on the Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy project to deliver crystal-clear mountain water to their San Francisco taps. The American progressive elite relies on its influence, education, money, and cultural privilege to exempt itself from the bad schools, unassimilated immigrant communities, dangerous neighborhoods, crime waves, and general impoverishment that are so often the logical consequences of its own policies — consequences for others, that is. Abstract idealism on behalf of the distant is a powerful psychological narcotic that allows caring progressives to dull the guilt they feel about their own privilege and riches.)

 

THE HILL
— Ex-CIA director: Trump’s comments will lead to ‘wave’ of resignations – MALLORY SHELBOURNE  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, my Democrat GAO superiors constantly glorified and praised GAO employees who were minority, female, and/or younger (under 30). That was a message to GAO employees who were White, male, and/or older that they should resign.)
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/313173-ex-cia-director-trumps-comments-will-lead-to-wave-of-resignations
— Intel experts worry Trump will go rogue – KATIE BO WILLIAMS  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want everyone to see everything there way, and if you don’t, they destroy you.)
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/313123-intel-experts-worry-trump-will-go-rogue
— Ethics office accuses GOP of rushing Trump Cabinet confirmations – MAX GREENWOOD
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/313175-ethics-office-accuses-gop-of-rushing-trump-cabinet-confirmations

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Sad Inauguration Workers Prepare To Celebrate A Man They Despise  Some federal workers have no choice but to be at inauguration for Donald Trump. – Amanda Terkel  (DIERSEN: Virtually all federal employees are Democrats. How hard will they work against Trump and against his appointees? Anti-Trumps want Trump to fail. They will work much harder against Trump than they worked against Bush 2001-2009, against Bush 1989-1993, against Reagan 1981-1989, against Ford 1974-1977, and against Nixon 1969-1974.)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-inauguration-workers-sad_us_586ea7bce4b02b5f8587d787

 

CNBC
— The U.S. is ‘almost out’ of qualified workers, and more immigration is the answer, JPMorgan strategist says – Matthew J. Belvedere  (DIERSEN: What are your qualifications? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 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 33.)
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/06/the-us-is-almost-out-of-qualified-workers-and-more-immigration-is-the-answer-jpmorgan-strategist-says.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Russians Ridicule U.S. Charge That Kremlin Meddled to Help Trump – ANDREW HIGGINS
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/world/europe/russians-ridicule-us-charge-that-kremlin-meddled-to-help-trump.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Here’s Betsy DeVos’s financial disclosure form. Read what Trump’s billionaire education nominee included — and left out. – Valerie Strauss
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/07/heres-betsy-devoss-financial-disclosure-form-read-what-trumps-billionaire-education-nominee-included-and-left-out/

 

NEW YORK POST
— The 5 key things Trump must do to crush his critics – Michael Walsh
http://nypost.com/2017/01/07/the-5-key-things-trump-must-do-to-crush-his-critics/

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— LGBT characters now permeate some of Hollywood’s best work. But the community is bracing for backlash – Trevell Anderso  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, you are viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned if you do not promote LGBTQ activity. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me because I do not promote LGBTQ activity.)
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-hollywood-values-updates-lgbt-hollywood-braces-for-diversity-1483652579-htmlstory.html

 

FORBES
— The Dejected And Rejected Of Russia Would Vote For A Donald Trump Too, If They Could – Toby Latta
http://www.forbes.com/sites/riskmap/2017/01/07/the-dejected-and-rejected-of-russia-would-vote-for-a-donald-trump-too-if-they-could/#38713cf341df

 

NEWSWEEK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: QUESTION: Why did Trump win?  ANSWER: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.
http://www.newsweek.com/increased-diversity-sparked-voters-implicit-racial-biases-study-539089

 

FED SMITH
— OPM Touts Its Accomplishments During the Obama Administration – Ian Smith  (DIERSEN: The Post Office hired me in 1966 when I was 18; IRS hired me in 1971 when I was 22; and GAO hired me in 1980 when I was 31.  If I was 18, 22, or 31 today, those agencies would NOT hire me because I am NOT a Democrat, NOT a minority, NOT a female, and NOT a veteran. IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974 when I was 23, 24, and 25 and GAO promoted me in 1986 when I was 38.  If I was 23, 24, 25, or 38 today, those agencies would NOT promote me because I am NOT a Democrat, NOT a minority, NOT a female, and NOT a veteran.)
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/01/07/opm-touts-its-accomplishments-during-the-obama-administration/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Expanding Diversity and Inclusion  OPM has made a strong push to expand diversity among the federal workforce over the last few years. Consequently, many of the accomplishments highlighted in the report were centered around diversity and inclusion. For example, the report touted accomplishments such as hiring disabled federal employees in record numbers, hiring more veterans, expanding the rights of LGBT employees, establishing the Diversity and Inclusion Government-wide council in 2015, combating implicit bias through leadership training, and highlighting efforts to close the gender pay gap. OPM said in the report, however, that there was more work to be done to further expand diversity and inclusion among the federal workforce: Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is not a task to be delegated. It is a core principle of human capital management that is critical to the success of every project, team, or organization. This should be a priority for senior leaders across government, and agencies should take an enterprise wide approach based on research-informed best practices for hiring, retention, and development.)

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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