July 10 Morning Edition

— Dan Ryan Protest Sparks Harsh Tweet Exchange Between Emanuel and Rauner – Dorothy Tucker


— Anti-violence protest on Dan Ryan leads to political war of words – Dane Placko


— Nation reacts to Brett Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court – Alexandra Arriaga


— Trump Supreme Court pick ‘could change the rules in America,’ Durbin says
— Former Ohio State wrestling coaches release statement supporting Rep. Jim Jordan – Elise Viebeck
— Aside from tracks, high school exercise facilities remain largely off limits to Southland community in summer – C.R. Walker
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The offerings are limited in the summer at Crete-Monee High School as well. “Crete does not directly offer open facilities to our indoor areas during summer months due to maintenance scheduling, supervision and insurance reasons,” said Robin Tobias, athletic director at Crete. “However, the local parks department does arrange access to some of the high school indoor spaces for usage by community members under their department’s supervision and insurance plans.”)
— Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid OT – AP (DIERSEN: Putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out each and every morning and each and every evening takes at least 10 hours each and every day, that is, at least a) 70 hours each and every week, b) 300 hours each and every month, c) 3,650 hours each and every year, and d) 36,500 hours each and every decade.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Cintron was Trump’s driver for 20 years, until the Secret Service took over when Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, according to the suit. He didn’t raise the overtime claim until now because he wasn’t fully mindful of his right to it and didn’t want to cause trouble at work, said one of his lawyers, Larry Hutcher. “He was always concerned about keeping his job. It was something that he did not want to push,” Hutcher said. As a driver, Cintron started his workday at 7 a.m., finished whenever Trump, his relatives or Trump Organization associates said he could go home, and routinely worked 50- to 55-hour weeks without getting overtime but was eligible for it, the lawsuit says. It says Cintron has made $75,000 a year since 2010, when he got a raise from $68,000 but gave up his health insurance in exchange, so the boost wasn’t “meaningful.” Before that, his last raise — roughly $5,000 a year — was in 2006, the suit says. The suit alleges federal and state labor law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime — the legal time limit for such claims — plus interest, attorneys’ fees and unspecified damages. His lawyers estimate the overtime alone at over $170,000.)
— Who, exactly, lives in a bubble? – Rex Huppke (DIERSEN: Most of my nastiest critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have spent very little of their lives outside of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and DuPage County. They continue to treat me like I am a newcomer and outsider. I lived in Crete 1948-1972, University Park 1972-1976, and Chicago 1976-1978. I worked in Chicago Heights 1964-1966 and 1970-1972, Flossmoor in 1966, Park Forest 1966-1969, Chicago 1971 and 1973-1997, Harvey 1971-1973, and Joliet 1973-1974. I have lived in my Wheaton precinct since 1984 and in Wheaton since 1978.)
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: Live in a Chicago neighborhood with a high violent crime rate? Your odds of obesity, hypertension are higher, study finds – Ese Olumhense (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes attribute my relatively good health to my having lived in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in downtown Chicago 1976-1978, and in Wheaton since 1978.)


— Where to see the toughest stretches at Chicago Golf for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open – Katlyn Smith
— The real Crying Game involves American children – Michael Reagan
— The merits of Illinois’ retirement savings option – Editorial (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, $70,932 ($122,682 in today’s dollars), or 7% of my salary, went into the Civil Service Retirement System.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When the process is complete, all Illinois companies with more than 25 employees that do not offer retirement-savings options will be required to automatically divert 5 percent of each worker’s pay into a Roth IRA managed by a private financial services company under contract with the state. Employees have options for managing their accounts, and they are not required to participate. But they should think carefully before deciding to opt out. The great merit of employer-operated retirement savings plans is that they help ensure that workers save for retirement by transferring money into investments before they’re tempted to spend it.)


— Stacking up taxes Illinois properties accounted for 11 of the 100 highest commercial property tax bills nationwide in 2017. – DANNY ECKER


— Gov. Rauner’s Answer to Chicago Violence – Amanda Vinicky (DIERSEN: If you asked those who commit violence in Chicago if they would have taken the jobs that I took, what would they say? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The governor’s solution to violence touches on a common theme: reducing burdens on businesses and lowering property taxes, which he says will grow economic opportunities and jobs.)


— Illinois Senators React to High Court Nominee – Mark Ellebracht –
— Illinois Still in the Red – Cole Lauterbach


— ‘Bad’ jobs don’t have to be that way – EJ Dionne (DIERSEN: What bad jobs have you had? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, a) if you take a bad job, it is because you are lazy, stupid, a loser, and/or worse things and b) all the jobs that I have had were bad jobs, but grossly overpaid jobs. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)


— Vice President Pence Coming To Rosemont; Protests Possible – Tom Robb


— Politicians, activists divided on Kavanaugh – ROGER MILLER


— Contentious confirmation battle looms as Trump picks Kavanaugh for high court – CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and MARK SHERMAN


— Lawmakers react to SCOTUS pick – Elizabeth Taylor (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how GAO’s Democrat employees in its Chicago office REACTED to my transferring from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old. Needless-to-say, they were disgusted, outraged, and beyond furious. GAO audits IRS. They viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned the knowledge of IRS that I had gained by working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. They wanted me to suffer a much greater pay cut to transfer than the $19,203 (26%) pay cut that I suffered. They stressed a) that 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 b) that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. They stressed that I was a draft-avoiding non-veteran conservative Republican who opposed patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. They stressed that I was 100% German national origin, a Missouri Synod Lutheran, and someone whose ancestors had been in America since the 1840s. They hinted/implied/argued that IRS should NOT have a) hired me in 1971, b) promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, or c) let me work there for almost 9 years. They hinted/implied/argued that the Post Office should NOT have a) hired me in 1966 or b) let me work there for almost 3 years. They were disgusted, outraged, and beyond furious that I transferred in with almost 12 years of federal seniority, 30 unused vacation days, and more than 100 unused sick days. They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that legislative branch employees were far superior to executive branch employees. They stressed that I had been a union member while I worked for the Post Office and for IRS and that I had filed grievances. They dismissed, belittled, badmouthed, demonized, denigrated, and condemned what I had learn by a) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, b) almost completing the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, c) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and d) earning a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970. They painted me and my wife as being undeservedly filthy rich DINKs (dual income, no kids). They stressed that we owned 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton, owned and rented out 774-5 Sunset Court in University Park, and owned a 1972 Corvette, a 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, and a 1978 Chevy Chevette. They stressed my wife’s salary and her frequent business trips to luxury resorts that could and did accompany her on. They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my parents were undeservedly filthy rich because they 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. They stressed that I had lived in Crete 1948-1972 and in Wheaton since 1978 and hinted/implied/argued/shouted that Crete and Wheaton were full of people who were White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. They talked and acted like they had read and memorized every word in Money Magazine’s nasty February 1978 4-page article on me.)


— Brett Kavanaugh Supported Broad Leeway For Presidents Under Investigation – CARRIE JOHNSON
— Kavanaugh Nomination Sparks Partisan Uproar On Abortion Rights – KELSEY SNELL


— ROSKAM revs up – Shia Kapos


— Rep. Christian Mitchell named interim executive director of Democratic Party of Illinois


— OUTSTANDING: GOP bill would make first-time illegal border crossing a felony, send sanctuary city funds to ICE – Anna Giaritelli |


— Fox News Host Cancels Live Coverage of Supreme Court Protest: ‘I Felt Threatened’
— Founder of ‘WalkAway’ from liberalism movement denied service at store (DIERSEN: From what I see, virtually all stores in Democrat areas are owned and/or operated by people who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Number of people shot in Chicago this year surpasses 1,400
— Deportees learn workforce and life skills in Tijuana
— Brett Kavanaugh’s long Washington history gives Senate much to review (DIERSEN: When I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates talked and acted like they had read and memorized every word in Money Magazine’s nasty February 1978 4-page article on me.)


— New HHS Documents Reveal that ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers Reports Include 1,000 ‘Significant Incident Reports,’ Revealing UAC ‘Refugees’ Admitting to Murder for Drug Cartels, Prostitution, and Sexual Predation Reports Also Cite Incidents of U.S. Government Contractors/Employees Allegedly Assaulting Unaccompanied Alien Children


— REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS SHARE FALSE IMPRESSIONS ABOUT ‘THE OTHER SIDE’ – TED COX (DIERSEN: What percent of Democrats are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— President’s supreme court nomination impacts – Jennifer Jensen


— Sen. Chris Murphy: Brett Kavanaugh Is a ‘Second Amendment Radical’ – Awr Hawkins


— RNC: We’ve Made 20M Voter Contacts Already In The Midterms – ED MORRISSEY (DIERSEN: Every time I send out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email, I make hundreds if not thousands of voter contacts. Since 2004, I have sent out more than 5,850 GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Those emails included links to more than 306,300 articles.)


— Trump nominates Kavanaugh, a judge with a mixed record on conservative issues – Tyler Arnold


— Invaders Are Not Immigrants – Shari Goodman
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Democratic Party, along with its shills in the mainstream media, has misleadingly blurred the lines between the definition of “immigrant” and “invader.” An immigrant is an alien who has been granted the right to permanently reside in the United States by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. An “invader,” as defined by Merriam Webster, is one who “trespasses, encroaches, and infringes upon another’s property.” The United States is our collective home and those who come here without seeking and gaining permission to enter our collective home are no different than an uninvited guest who enters our personal home to take up residence without permission. As a legal immigrant brought to the United States from Germany at a young age by my parents, I and many legal immigrants who waited sometimes years to obtain the necessary visa for entry resent those who merely walk across our border and claim to be “immigrants.” An immigrant is one who seeks and gains approval to enter, while invaders disrespect our laws put in place by “We the people.” Currently the Democratic Party, under the leadership of Tom Perez, a Marxist, and Keith Ellison, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, have been campaigning for open borders. They have resisted President Trump’s border enforcement, and many others are now calling for the abolishment of ICE (Immigration Custom Enforcement). One only has to look at crime statistics committed by illegals to see a glimpse of what a borderless United States holds for us. The Daily Wire reported that 92 percent of confirmed aliens in Federal Bureau of Prisons custody are illegals and that 97 percent of confirmed aliens in the U.S. Marshal Service custody are illegals. Furthermore, 21 percent of those convicted of non-immigration crimes were non-citizens and 2.5 times their share of the population. The Government Accountability Office reported in 2011 that there were 251,000 criminal aliens in federal, state, and local prisons. Those aliens represented nearly three million criminal offenses, which ranged from homicide and kidnappings to drugs, burglary, and larceny. These criminal offenses would not have occurred here had these criminals been prevented from gaining a foothold into our home and thousands of lives would not have been lost.)


— NANCY PELOSI VOWS TO ‘AVENGE PRESIDENT OBAMA IF IT’S THE LAST THING I DO’ – Peter Hasson (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, of my critics/opponents are Bill Brady supporters a) who blame me for all the defeats that Bill Brady has suffered and b) demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a Jim Oberweis operative/dupe.)


— Kavanaugh Faces Tough Nomination Fight – Solange Reyner


— FRONT PAGE: DNA tests used to reunite migrant families spark worries they’ll be used for much more – Elizabeth Weise, Ryan Suppe and Alan Gomez
— Schumer vows to fight Trump SCOTUS nominee ‘with everything I have’ – Deirdre Shesgreen
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Off-work politics may hurt your job – Johnny Taylor (DIERSEN: If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, the Post Office would not have hired me in 1966. If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended UIC 1966-1968 and NIU 1969-1970, IRS would not have hired me in 1971. If I had been active in Republican politics while I attended Loyola 1972-1976 and DePaul 1976-1980, GAO would not have hired me in 1980.)


— President Trump Chooses Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Vacancy Nominee could put conservative imprint on high court for decades; both sides of the aisle gear up for confirmation battle – Louise Radnofsky, Peter Nicholas and Brent Kendall
— Vaping Doesn’t Often Help Smokers Quit, New Study Finds Adult smokers who didn’t use electronic vaping devices were more than twice as likely to quit, according to the study – Betsy McKay (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my superiors in the federal government who were older White males who worked the hardest to waste my career and to get rid of me were big time smokers and big time drinkers. I have never been a smoker or a drinker.)
— ‘Give People Money’ and ‘The War on Normal People’ Review: The Cure for Poverty? A guaranteed income does nothing to address the misery of joblessness, nor the associated plagues of divorce, opioid abuse and suicide. Edward Glaeser reviews “Give People Money” by Annie Lowrey and “The War on Normal People” by Andrew Yang. – (DIERSEN: How much guaranteed income would it take to get you to a) stop working and/or b) stop qualifying yourself for better paying jobs – $20,000/year, $30,000/year, $40,000/year, $50,000+/year?)


— Kavanaugh Pick Kicks Off Long-Shot Bid by Democrats to Block Him – Laura Litvan


— Federal spending is unsustainable and Congress is unwilling to do anything about it – Editorial




— Why didn’t the Daily Herald report on Wheaton’s 2018 Independence Day parade?


Why didn’t the Daily Herald report on Wheaton’s 2018 Independence Day parade? Was it:


— because “DuPage County Republicans” was the lead sponsor of the parade? 19 Republicans contributed $2,500 to help sponsor the parade. Illinois Republican Party leader and Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar contributed $500, Judge Jeff MacKay contributed $250, and DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Tim Whelan contributed $150. Bob Berlin, Dan Cronin, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Gwen Henry, Paul Hinds, Marty Keller, Deanne Mazzochi, Dave Molitor, John Monino, Chris Nybo, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, Phil Suess, Kevin Wiley, and Karen Wilson each contributed $100.


— because DuPage County Republicans got credit for sponsoring the Tunes of Glory bagpipers and the Wheaton North and South High School band entries in the parade?


— because I hand delivered 500 flyers that promoted the parade, the Republican parade sponsors, and the Republican parade entries to residences and businesses, including the residences on Main Street and two blocks east and west of Main Street south of Harrison Street?


— because Republican elected officials and candidates in the parade were Peter Roskam, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Erika Harold, Mike Connelly, Peter Breen, Jeanne Ives, Amy Grant, Paul Hinds, James Mendrick, Grant Eckhoff, Tim Elliott, Chris Zaruba, Tim Whelan, Jeff McKay, Karen Wilson, Gary Muehlfelt, Sal Falbo, John Monino, Nick Nathwani, as well as Marty Keller and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee?


— because I was the one who arranged for DuPage County Republicans to be the lead sponsor of the parade? – Dave Diersen

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.