January 8 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Obama Says He and Trump ‘Are Sort of Opposites’ – ABC News
https://abc7chicago.com/news/obama-says-he-and-trump-are-sort-of-opposites/1692335/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Get lost, voters: Once again an Illinois lawmaker steps down, and party insiders pick the successor – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-lawmakers-resign-appointments-edit-0108-20170106-story.html
— Bucktown mansion once owned by Rep. Luis Gutierrez sells for $1.18 million – Bob Goldsborough
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/elitestreet/ct-elite-street-bucktown-luis-gutierrez-0108-biz-20170105-story.html
— Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin hesitant on some Donald Trump Cabinet nominees – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-dick-durbin-donald-trump-cabinet-nominees-20170108-story.html
— Facebook Live wants to give people a voice, but it’s mostly noticed for violence -Abby Ohlheiser
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/ct-facebook-live-violence-wp-bsi-20170108-story.html
— Republican Lindsey Graham urges Trump to defend democracy with Russia sanctions
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-russia-hacking-donald-trump-20170108-story.html

— President Obama and the discipline of optimism – Mary Schmich  (DIERSEN: What have you been erroneously optimistic about?  I was erroneously optimistic that my Democrat GAO superiors a) would let me work at least until my normal retirement age of 55 in 2003, but they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) would promote me beyond GS-13, but they never did, c) would always assign me to audits of IRS, but they kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and d) would offer me a promotion to GS-13 if I would transfer to GAO from IRS in 1980, but they forced me to take an $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer.  I was erroneously optimistic that my Democrat IRS superiors a) would promote me beyond GS-12, but they never did, b) would not disallow my education deductions, but they did, and c) would not disallow my partial day per diem claims, but they did.  I was erroneously optimistic that my Democrat Post Office superiors a) would let me continue to work, but they forced me resign in 1969 and b) would not disallow my sick leave requests, but they did.  None of the aforesaid adverse actions would have been taken against me if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/schmich/ct-mary-schmich-obama-speech-0108-20170106-column.html
— Computers no substitute for actual experience – Bill Mego  (DIERSEN: If you were asked what experience do you have to raise questions about government decisions and/or about government activities, what would you say? I would stress that GAO audits federal agencies.  I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels (currently $92,632-$120,427). For almost 9 of those years, I worked on audits of federal financial industry regulators; for almost 6 years, on audits of many other federal agencies; and for 3 years, on audits of IRS.  I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $77,899-$88,286. I served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants for 13 years.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-mego-column-st-0108-20170106-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Batavia anti-home rule drive puts focus on tensions, importance of elections – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170107/discuss/170109260/
— DuPage shooting death brings race, police, mental health issues to forefront – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170108/news/170109139/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Take care not to drown in the swamp, Republicans – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170107/ISSUE07/301079998/take-care-not-to-drown-in-the-swamp-republicans

 

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— We all lose if Illinois budget games don’t end soon – Editorial
http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/20170108/our-view-we-all-lose-if-illinois-budget-games-dont-end-soon

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Lame duck session starts – all two days of it – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170107/statehouse-insider-lame-duck-session-starts—all-two-days-of-it
— Politics runs in the family for Duckworth aide – Bernard Schoenburg  (DIERSEN: My great grandfather on my father’s side served as Crete Township’s Highway Commissioner.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20170108/bernard-schoenburg-politics-runs-in-family-for-duckworth-aide

— Vetting the speaker of the Illinois House – Editorial  (DIERSEN: What organizations are you a member of?  Who do you blame for the problems that those organizations have?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always blamed me for all the problems that the following organizations have: 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, Association of Government Accountants, IRS, etc.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20170107/our-view-vetting-speaker-of-illinois-house

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— State’s budget inertia hurts far too many – Editorial
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-state-s-budget-inertia-hurts-far-too-many/article_0eb07151-0f36-564d-9a43-8345f0a769eb.html

 

QUAD CITIES ONLINE
— Thousands brave cold for tickets to Obama farewell speech – AP  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries benefited from Obama?  ANSWER: Those that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.)
http://www.qconline.com/news/illinois/thousands-brave-cold-for-tickets-to-obama-farewell-speech/article_b78bcb98-d554-11e6-93c8-3f59b096c325.html

 

HERALD NEWS
— Area lawmakers return to Springfield with no budget  100th General Assembly inauguration set for Wednesday – MIKE MALLORY
http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/01/06/area-lawmakers-return-to-springfield-with-no-budget/aqvsrq7/

 

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Frerichs happy where he’s at – Tom Kacich  (DIERSEN: How happy are you at where you are at?)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-01-08/kacich-frerichs-happy-where-hes.html

 

SOUTHERN
— Lawmakers reconvene to finish term marked by impasse – DAN PETRELLA
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/lawmakers-reconvene-to-finish-term-marked-by-impasse/article_9eb88619-c866-5368-ab29-46c8d6f525f9.html
— David Luechtefeld faces another retirement after Senate – MOLLY PARKER
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/david-luechtefeld-faces-another-retirement-after-senate/article_d158f3ac-444e-5908-a608-f654abdde162.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Outgoing state Rep. Mike Tryon reflects on political career  Tryon wrote 70 laws, among them closing property tax loophole – KEVIN P. CRAVER
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/01/06/outgoing-state-rep-mike-tryon-reflects-on-political-career/abbl59p/

 

EVANSTON NOW
— Schakowsky urges fight against ‘Trump/Rauner agenda’ (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes fight against?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes fight against the Trump/Rauner agenda.)
http://evanstonnow.com/story/government/evanston-now/2017-01-08/76637/schakowsky-urges-fight-against-trumprauner-agenda

 

PUBLIUS FORUM
— The Chicago Hate Crime Liberals Deny As Black Teens Torture a White Kid for Days – Warner Todd Huston
http://www.publiusforum.com/2017/01/07/chicago-hate-crime-liberals-deny-black-teens-torture-white-kid-days/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Media on a quest to downplay race in Chicago kidnapping and torture – Ian Lawrence
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/01/media_on_a_quest_to_downplay_race_in_chicago_kidnapping_and_torture.html

 

THE HILL
— Sean Spicer: Media doesn’t treat Trump with respect, cheers on Democrats – JOE CONCHA
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/313179-spokesman-media-doesnt-treat-trump-with-respect

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Russia Made the Difference in the Election.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lincoln-mitchell/russia-made-the-differenc_b_14034868.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE: ‘What’s the Big Deal?’ Ask Trump Voters on Russia Hacking Report – CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and MITCH SMITH  (DIERSEN: Russia’s hacking must not have had much impact in my precinct because only 137 voted for Trump and 211 voted for Clinton.  Russia’s hacking must not have had much impact in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, in Illinois, and in America because the majorities in the aforesaid voted for Clinton.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/us/russia-hacking-election-trump-voters.html
— Jeff Sessions, a Lifelong Outsider, Finds the Inside Track – SHARON LaFRANIERE and MATT APUZZO
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/08/us/politics/jeff-sessions-attorney-general.html
— Michael Eric Dyson Believes in Individual Reparations – ANA MARIE COX  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I took jobs that should have been given to Blacks.  But at the same time, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize, denigrate, and condemn the jobs that I had doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies.  THE UPSHOT IS THAT MY CRITICS/OPPONENTS, THEIR OPERATIVES, AND THEIR DUPES WANT BLACKS TO HAVE BAD JOBS.  ONE COULD ARGUE THAT IS RACIST.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/magazine/michael-eric-dyson-believes-in-individual-reparations.html
— Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault – KATE MURPHY  (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes say about your parents?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize, denigrate, and condemn my parents as being filthy rich and as raising me to be much too conservative.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like they do or like they want to drink lots of booze, smoke pot, gamble, engage in LGBTQ activity, have abortions, exploit illegals and recent immigrants, abolish the First and Second Amendments, get rid of old people, get rid of men, get rid of Whites, get rid of unions, get rid of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, get rid of those who own General Motors, Ford, and/or Chrysler vehicles, get rid of Trump, and even worse things.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/opinion/sunday/yes-its-your-parents-fault.html

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Trump has the habits of a showman, not a manager. Get ready for chaos – Doyle McManus
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-trump-chaos-20170108-story.html
— Has Hollywood lost touch with American values?
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-hollywood-values-updates-20170105-htmlstory.html
— Realism or cliche? Hollywood struggles to get the working class right – Jeffrey Fleishman
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-hollywood-values-updates-realism-or-stereotype-hollywood-has-a-1483646040-htmlstory.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Democrats wage anti-Trump offensive for their own gain – Michael Goodwin
http://nypost.com/2017/01/08/democrats-wage-anti-trump-offensive-for-their-own-gain/

 

USA TODAY
— What went wrong? Democrat Party contestants to face tough questions – Heidi M Przybyla  (DIERSEN: To vote for Democrats is to shout that you are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/07/what-went-wrong-dem-party-contestants-face-tough-questions/96284286/
— Help your kid graduate college debt-free – Devon Delfino  (DIERSEN: My outstanding parents helped me graduate from NIU debt-free and owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1970 by providing me with room and board a) while I attended UIC 1966-1968, b) weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and c) the summer of 1969.)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/01/08/help-your-kid-graduate-college-debt-free/95835770/

 

UTICA OBSERVER DISPATCH
— Social media now plays a major role in organizing assemblies – Samantha Madison
http://www.uticaod.com/news/20170108/social-media-now-plays-major-role-in-organizing-assemblies

 

THE NATIONAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s challenge is to reflect the people’s will.”  Anti-Trumps say the people’s will is to use the federal government to get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Protestant, conservative, 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.)
http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/trumps-challenge-is-to-reflect-the-peoples-will

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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