July 1 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— I urge everyone to watch Wheaton’s fireworks Monday evening, July 3, and watch Wheaton’s Independence Day parade on July 4.  For event details,  visit
https://wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/july4/. Parade entries include Peter Roskam for U.S. Congress (#17); Jeanne Ives for Illinois House and Mike Connelly for Illinois Senate (#16); Peter Breen for Illinois House (#18); Bob Berlin for DuPage State’s Attorney (#19); Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, and Tim Whelan for DuPage District 4 (#21); James Mendrick for DuPage Sheriff (#23); Karen Wilson for DuPage Judge (#20); Milton Township Republican Central Committee (#22), and Bibbianno for DuPage Sheriff (#27) have entries. The parade lineup is at https://wheatonparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/July_4_2017_Parade_Lineup.pdf. This year, for the 12th year in a row, “DuPage Republicans” will help sponsor the parade.  They will be one of the two $2,500 “Star” sponsors and again sponsor the Wheaton high school bands (#25) and the Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums (#15) parade entries and again have a booth at the July 3 fireworks. Outstandingly, again this year Tim Whelan will coordinate Republican use of the booth at the fireworks. This year again, I have delivered flyers to the residences and businesses on the parade route. The flyers list the Republican entries in the parade and the Republicans who helped sponsor entries. Outstandingly, the flyers were printed courtesy of Alpha Graphics. This year, outstandingly, Roger Claar is a $500 contributor, Chris Nybo is a $250 contributor, Phil Suess is a $150 contributor, and Bob Berlin, Peter Breen, Mike Connelly, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Gwen Henry, Paul Hinds, Jeanne Ives, Marty Keller, Deanne Mazzochi, Paula McGowen, James Mendrick, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, and Tim Whelan are $100 contributors. Please plan on watching the 22-minute fireworks Monday evening July 3 at Graf Park, and stopping by the DuPage Republicans booth.  Please plan on watching the parade on Tuesday morning July 4 or walking in the parade with one of the Republican entries. If you want to walk with one of the Republican entries, I suggest being at the staging area at Fifth Third Bank on north Main Street at 9:00 AM. This year is the 10th anniversary of an elephant walking behind Roskam in the parade.  I had the honor of raising $2,000 on short notice from DuPage Republicans to sponsor that elephant.  – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— White House: Chicago crime ‘driven more by morality’ than guns – Lynn Sweet and Stefano Esposito  (DIERSEN: By definition, if you commit crime, you are not moral.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/ag-sessions-slams-violence-in-chicago/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— OUTSTANDING: Immigration authorities will now arrest parents, relatives who smuggle in children – AP  (DIERSEN: Of course, members of the following groups glorify and praise those who illegally smuggle children into America illegally: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-immigratio-target-relatives-who-smuggled-in-children-20170701-story.html
— As feds help Chicago on guns, Trump aide says city’s crime more about ‘morality’ – Jeremy Gorner (DIERSEN: By definition, if you commit crime, you are not moral.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-federal-agents-gun-crimes-trump-20170630-story.html
— Rauner, lawmakers working holiday weekend as major obstacles remain to deal – Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-budget-rauner-madigan-met-0702-20170630-story.html
— Trump’s voter fraud panel gets pushback after asking states for election data – Mark Berman and David Weigel (DIERSEN: How many millions are registered to vote in more than one state?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-voter-fraud-data-states-20170630-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Libertarians promote the Libertarian Party.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-kane-political-activism-st-0702-20170630-story.html
— Donald Trump’s diet is bad for America’s health – Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-donald-trump-diet-unhealthy-20170630-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Nevada launches sales of legal recreational marijuana – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170701/news/307019981/
— Pot is about to be legal in Nevada, but not in casinos – AP  (DIERSEN: One would expect that the more stoned that you are, the more money that you would lose gambling.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170701/news/307019982/
— A look at Illinois’ budget disaster as impasse hits 3rd year – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170701/a-look-at-illinois-budget-disaster-as-impasse-hits-3rd-year
— Judge halts Cook County’s ‘soda tax’ – Jake Griffin
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170630/judge-halts-cook-countys-soda-tax

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— New fiscal year beginning, same financial mess for Illinois – Tim Landis
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170630/new-fiscal-year-beginning-same-financial-mess-for-illinois

 

TIMES
— Illinois facing dire consequences as budget feud continues – AP
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/illinois-facing-dire-consequences-as-budget-feud-continues/article_f483cf7d-1606-5a95-b52b-7c746de3dbf3.html

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump White House declines to recognize LGBT Pride Month  POTUS breaks with recent tradition – DYLAN STAFFORD  (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBTQ activity make it clear that they will get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ activity.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/trump-wh-declines-to-recognize-lgbt-pride-month/754966243

 

WJBC
— Sen. Brady to offer downstate perspective in leadership post – Howard Packowitz
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/06/30/sen-brady-to-offer-downstate-perspective-in-leadership-post/

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— Junk status rating would dim Illinois’ already bleak future – Esther Kwon
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/junk-status-rating-would-dim-illinois-already-bleak-future

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— State Rep. Jeanne Ives “This budget is a disaster”
https://www.ilnews.org/state-rep-jeanne-ives-this-budget-is-a-disaster/youtube_e49efe94-5dbb-11e7-8f32-dfe2d6852459.html

 

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Governor exercises amendatory veto power on 911 bill – Saves Taxpayers Millions – KIRK ALLEN
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/06/governor-exercises-amendatory-veto-power-on-911-bill-saves-taxpayers-millions/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— HOW MUCH WILL THE $5 BILLION TAX HIKE COST YOUR FAMILY?  Use our tax hike calculator to find out how much the $5 billion tax hike will cost you. – Craig Lesner
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/how-much-will-the-5-billion-tax-hike-cost-your-family/
— ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS ABANDON TERM LIMITS – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-republicans-abandon-term-limits/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS GET ON BOARD MADIGAN’S BUDGET PLAN
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/07/republican-house-members-get-on-board-madigans-budget-plan.html

 

GOPUSA
— Still paid? Secret Service agent who won’t ‘take bullet’ for Trump  (DIERSEN: Dave Diersen has not been paid since 1997. Why not?  The main reason was my becoming an active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=26518
— Facebook adding 3,000 ‘hate speech’ experts for policing attacks on ‘protected characteristics’ (DIERSEN: From what I see, according to individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Group A, all speech is hate speech unless it promotes hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Group B. Those in Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those in Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=26472?omhide=true
— Social justice socialism being forced down college kids’ throats
http://www.gopusa.com/social-justice-socialism-being-forced-down-college-kids-throats/
— ‘Doctor’ who shot up NYC hospital was from Nigeria
http://www.gopusa.com/doctor-who-shot-up-nyc-hospital-was-from-nigeria/

 

AMERICAN THINKER
— Illinois Republicans sign on to $5 billion tax increase – Rick Moran
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/07/illinois_republicans_sign_on_to_5_billion_tax_increase.html

 

FOX NEWS
— Dem state officials refusing to cooperate with Trump voter fraud probe – Judson Berger (DIERSEN: How many millions are registered to vote in more than one state?)
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/30/dem-state-officials-refusing-to-cooperate-with-trump-voter-fraud-probe.html

 

NEWSMAX
— White House Releases Staff Salaries List – Jason Devaney  (DIERSEN: In today’s dollars, I earned $15.56/hour (GS-4 Step 1) when I started working for the Post Office in 1966 when I was 18; $44,853/year (GS-7 Step 1) when I started working for IRS in 1971; $90,173/year (GS-12 Step 5) when I left IRS in 1980; $71,326/year (GS-9 Step 10) when I started working for GAO in 1980; and $122,991/year (GS-13 Step 10) when my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997. My critics/opponents have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, 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 32.)
http://www.newsmax.com/US/white-house-releases-staff-salaries/2017/06/30/id/799262/

 

CNN
— Kinzinger: Trump tweet ‘not even becoming of a city councilman’ – Lindsey Ellefson
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/politics/gop-rep-trump-tweets-cnntv/index.html

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment – KATIE BENNER  (DIERSEN: From what I saw working for the federal government for almost 30 years, women are not harassed. My superiors in the federal government were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to hire, to retain, and to promote young Democrat women. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html
— ‘Climate of Fear’ Grips Journalists in Myanmar After Arrests – WAI MOE and MIKE IVES  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.  They want me to fear them. They stress that I am no longer the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, a GAO employee, etc.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/world/asia/myanmar-arrests-reporters.html
— Asked for Voters’ Data, States Give Trump Panel a Bipartisan ‘No’ – MICHAEL WINES (DIERSEN: How many millions are registered to vote in more than one state?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/us/politics/kris-kobach-states-voter-fraud-data.html
— Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies – MELISSA EDDY and MARK SCOTT (DIERSEN: In America, according to individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Group A, all speech is hate speech unless it promotes hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in Group B. Those in Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those in Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/business/germany-facebook-google-twitter.html
— Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You – RON LIEBER (DIERSEN: What protects you from going on Medicaid before you die? For me, it is my $50,856 Civil Service Retirement System pension, my 75% subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance, my Medicare, my Social Security, my retirement savings, and my cars and other assets that I could/would sell.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/your-money/plan-on-growing-old-then-the-medicaid-debate-affects-you.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois facing dire consequences as budget feud continues – AP
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/a-look-at-illinois-budget-crisis-as-impasse-nears-3rd-year/2017/06/30/cb5e7868-5d54-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Divided America Stands—Then, and Now  Historian Allen Guelzo says the nation is more bitterly split than ever—with the exception of the Civil War era. – James Taranto  (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in America in Group A are divided against individuals, organizations, companies, and governments in America in Group B. Those in Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those in Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/divided-america-standsthen-and-now-1498851654
— Seattle Aims at McDonald’s, Hits Workers  A $15 minimum wage changes the basic labor-market bargain between the fast-food industry and its workers. – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/seattle-aims-at-mcdonalds-hits-workers-1498851733
— Tracking Retirement Savings Progress – Brian Hershberg  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, my Democrat GAO superiors a) knew what my Civil Service Retirement Service (CSRS) pension would be, b) what my Social Security would be, c) how much my wife and I had saved for our retirement, d) what our financial, real estate, and other assets were, e) what our expenses were, f) what our debts were, and g) much more. They used the aforesaid information a) to justify their deeming my wife and I to be undeservedly selfish filthy rich DINKS (dual income, no kids) and b) to justify forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. In today’s dollars, my GAO salary was $122,991.  My $50,856 CSRS pension today is only 41% of that.)
https://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2017/06/29/wsj-wealth-adviser-briefing-tracking-retirement-savings-progress-adviser-profile/

 

THE NEW YORKER
— American Dignity on the Fourth of July  Reading Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address from 1852 may ease the despair caused by listening to the President. – David Remnick  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes reject the assertion that “all men are created equal.”  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that my parents, my grandparents, my great grandparents, and the rest of ancestors were undeservedly filthy rich, b) that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, and c) that I have always been privileged. While I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, they stressed the new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint, the new 1968 Oldsmobile 442, and the new 1969 Dodge Charger SE that I had bought and drove to work. They stressed that I stayed at the University Plaza Dormitory at NIU.  While I worked for IRS 1971-1980, they stressed the new 1972 Chevy Corvette, the new 1978 Chevy Chevette, and the new 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale that I had bought. They stressed the new town home that I had bought in 1972, the studio condo that I had bought in 1974, the one bedroom condo that I had bought in 1976, 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton that my wife and I had bought in 1978. They stressed the tuition that I had paid for graduate courses at Loyola 1972-1976 and DePaul 1976-1980. They stressed my wife’s salary.  While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, they stressed 915 Cove Court that we had built in Wheaton in 1984, the collector cars that I had bought in 1989 and 1994, the tuition that I had paid for graduate finance courses 1992-1997, my wife’s salary, that we had no children, and the money that we had saved for our retirement.)
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/10/american-dignity-on-the-fourth-of-july
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than three-quarters of a century after the delegates of the Second Continental Congress voted to quit the Kingdom of Great Britain and declared that “all men are created equal,” Frederick Douglass stepped up to the lectern at Corinthian Hall, in Rochester, New York, and, in an Independence Day address to the Ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, made manifest the darkest ironies embedded in American history and in the national self-regard. “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?”)

 

WILSON TIMES
— Let politics yield to patriotism -Joe Weaver  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton but who despise if not hate Republicans and who do everything that they can to discourage Republican candidates and elected officials from a) supporting Wheaton’s Independence Day parades and b) having entries in the parades.)
http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/let-politics-yield-to-patriotism,87940

 

PRESS PUBLICATION
— Don’t believe all Facebook ‘news’ – Editorial
http://www.pressrepublican.com/opinion/editorial-don-t-believe-all-facebook-news/article_c494e9fd-4e10-5624-981e-f99f06b1d368.html

 

FORBES
— How Mainstream Sites Contribute To The ‘Fake News’ Problem – Tony Bradley (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) pander to the Democrat news media in Illinois and b) have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are full of links to “demonstrably false news and propaganda.” According to them, the only legitimate government or political news or commentary is that which they put out or approve of. Because I refuse to submit to their manipulation/domination, they a) refuse to include
diersen@aol.com on their press release and press advisory lists, b) discourage me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out, and c) discourage everyone from reading the emails.  Those who crow that they do not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are crowing that they are operatives or dupes for my critics/opponents.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tonybradley/2017/06/30/how-mainstream-sites-contribute-to-the-fake-news-problem/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The explosion of websites creating and sharing demonstrably false news and propaganda, and the rise of bots and fake social media accounts that artificially inflate the popularity of those stories make it challenging for many average readers to sift through fake news to find legitimate stories. One of the biggest problems, however, is that some legitimate mainstream websites are contributing to the problem. Many sites—Forbes included—display online advertising that is intentionally designed to look like a legitimate story. Scroll to the bottom of a story on PCWorld, Forbes, or other media websites and you’ll typically find a collection of thumbnail images that are ostensibly related or theoretically of interest to you. While many of the headlines sound interesting and could potentially be actual news stories, the reality is that almost all of these stories are paid advertisements—and most of them point to fake news sites that try to sell you on some shady, questionably legal product or service.)

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.