July 11 Morning Edition

— Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Revives Abortion Issue In Governor’s Race – Derrick Blakley
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington) said, “Where I do think the court will be important in the future is the whole issue of taxpayer-funded abortion. I think that will be challenged all the way through the courts.” If confirmed, Kavanaugh could cast a key vote on the issue and Governor Rauner supports the nominee. “I believe he’s highly experienced, well qualified, and I hope his nomination is voted on and approved expeditiously,” Rauner stated. Democratic nominee for governor, J.B. Pritzker, signed that pledge to protect HB40. He has also been endorsed by Personal PAC.)


— International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 gave Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann nearly $80K in gov’s race (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. What does the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 want McCann to do?)
— Illegal pot shops disrupt California’s budding legal market – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps encourage citizens of foreign countries a) to come to America illegally, b) to stay in America illegally, and c) to bring children to America illegally and then b) use those illegals to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.


— Lauzen rips up reimbursement check, then rips Kane board members – James Fuller (DIERSEN: I should write a book about Diersen v. IRS (SEE: https://www.gao.gov/products/463866) In 1974, when I was 25 years old, to get rid of me, my Democrat IRS superiors disallowed my partial day per diem claims and hinted/implied that my claims were fraudulent. That forced me to file a grievance. I won that grievance 4 years later, but by then, whatever career I had at IRS was over. If I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran, my Democrat IRS superiors would not have disallowed my partial day per diem claims.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen stripped his fellow officials of any chance of embarrassing him with a second vote to deny reimbursement of personal business expenses by ripping up what appeared to be a check for $149.07 in front of the board Tuesday. Lauzen then accused the board members who rejected his payment of collecting a $25,000 annual paycheck without performing any meaningful public service to justify it. The drama marked the latest sign of an increasingly fractured relationship Lauzen has with many board members. Less than a week ago, he spoke with confidence about a second vote approving his reimbursement request. That vote became necessary after an opinion from State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Lauzen cast an improper vote to break a 10-10 tie on the reimbursement last month. Lauzen began his speech Tuesday with a highlight reel of accomplishments during his tenure. Those include extending a property tax levy freeze in place since the year before he took office through the 2016 budget year. Also mentioned were a 65 percent reduction in county debt and the coming completion of projects, such as the Longmeadow Parkway and the cross-country course at the former Settlers Hill Landfill. Given those results, Lauzen said, he expected to be “given even more latitude to produce even more good.” Instead, the reimbursement denial comes as more “destructive nitpicking” to stand in the way of progress, Lauzen said. Turning over his plans to create new, nontax income for the county with a waste-to-fuel facility, expansion of the county’s fiber optic network leasing, and promoting the use of county infrastructure for cellphone amplification has gone nowhere, he said. “I would ask you to examine your public service you produced for your $25,000 salary,” Lauzen said. “What positive contribution are you making? What progress has been made? I’ll void the check and not accept it, and then we’re going to be finished with the stuff.” Lauzen then shredded what appeared to be the reimbursement check.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR GRAPHIC: Your suburb’s take from new online sales tax? $1.76 a person – Jake Griffin


— What’s behind the Rauner campaign’s new re-election optimism? – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: From what I see, to get reelected, Rauner is counting on votes from anti-Republicans, and especially from those who reject the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform. But wait, those voters always vote for Democrats in general elections.)


— Vulnerable Democrats should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh – Marc Thiessen


— Male County Workers Make $6,000 More On Average Than Female Counterparts: Report Older county workers are hit hardest by the wage disparities, with female employees over 70 making up to $24,640 less than their male counterparts. (DIERSEN: If I had not been denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, I would have presented a jury with many examples in which GAO paid its female employees who had less job-related work experience than I had, less job-related education than I had, fewer or no professional certifications, and/or no professional licenses higher salaries than GAO paid me. I worked for GAO 1980-1997 and for IRS 1971-1980. I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 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.)


— Pritzker Set To Exploit Politico’s Smear Job On Rauner – Mark Glennon
— “Politicians consider it a badge of honor to put more Illinoisans on food stamps, Medicaid” – Ted Dabrowski (DIERSEN: Politicians who promote dependency on government and on charity have always worked against me.)


— Elections board deadlocked over complaint against top Illinois auditor – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: What qualifications do want the “top Illinois auditor” to have? I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and a CPA in 1979.)
— Suicide in Illinois a bigger crisis than homicide


— Be of Good Cheer About Brett Kavanaugh – Laurie Higgins
— Erasing the Racial Divide – Laurie Higgins


— HANDS ACROSS CHICAGO – Illinois Family Institute






— NBC News Spreads Conspiracy Theory About Secret Trump-Kennedy SCOTUS Deal – John Nolte


— Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money – Gregg Re


— OUTSTANDING: GOP lawmaker introduces legislation labelling first-time illegal border crossing as a felony – JULIEGRACE BRUFKE


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Administration Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ of (ILLEGALS) – Katie Benner, Ron Nixon, Caitlin Dickerson and Miriam Jordan
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat news media a) draws attention to people who share Trump’s demographics who do BAD things and b) draw attention to people who do not share Trump’s demographics who do GOOD things. Trump is Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and his ancestors have been in America for a relatively long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that stopping illegal immigration is impossible, so therefore, America should stop trying to stop illegal immigration.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Anti-Trumps crow that “Mexicans comprise a bigger share of border prosecutions since Trump ended family separations.”
— Feminists target German language as sexist – Austin Davis


— Local Vietnam War veteran receives Bronze Star – Jonathan Monk (DIERSEN: I have always asked myself, what if I had become a Vietnam War veteran? That assumes that I would have been accepted for service notwithstanding the following: a) my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, b) I had partial red/green color blindness, and c) I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease).)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “All of the people looked down on us, because they thought we were baby killers and stuff like that. They called us all kinds of names. And so, whenever I got home, the first thing I’d do is change into some civilian clothes,” Fultz said.)


— Kavanaugh’s Past—Political and Judicial—to Fuel Confirmation Debate His career placed him amid wars of Bill Clinton and George Bush eras, even before he churned out opinions over 12 years on federal bench – Jess Bravin and Brent Kendall (DIERSEN: The higher the government or political office that you seek, the more that your critics/opponents will use everything that you did and everything that you did not do against you.)
— Let’s Talk About the Black Abortion Rate In New York City, thousands more black babies are aborted each year than born alive. – Jason Riley
— As proud citizens of the world, elites show little solidarity with working-class countrymen. – Joan Williams (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot pushers push pot.


— 1002 South Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton – $549,000


— JANUARY 23, 2017 FLASHBACK: Making Life-Changing Decisions How to approach big life choices? – Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. (DIERSEN: What life-changing decisions did you make and when? For me, they include the following. Of course, I can explain why the decisions were intentionally or unintentionally life-changing.

2016: Begin sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails each and every evening
2009: Lead citywide effort to get Wheaton to prohibit video gambling
2008: Serve on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, advocate for direct election of  IRP State Central Committee members
2005: Become the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois
2005: Begin raising money every year from DuPage Republicans to help sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day parades
2005: Begin sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails each and every morning
2004: Run for the open Milton Township Republican Central Committee Treasurer office
2003: Become a member of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee
2003: Become a member of the Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee
2002: Urge the Milton Township Republican Central Committee to rent 111 North Main Street in Wheaton
2002: Coordinate Pat O’Malley’s gubernatorial primary campaign in Milton Township
2001: Lead citywide effort to get Comcast to carry Fox News Channel in Wheaton
2001: Become a member of the board of directors of the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of Political Consultants
2001: Become Milton Township’s first webmaster and publish its first website
2000: Become Milton Township Republican Central Committee’s first webmaster and publish its first website
2000: Become the GOPUSA Illinois Editor
1999: Become a Republican Precinct Committeeman
1999: Lead neighborhood effort to get ComEd to provide more reliable service to my neighborhood
1998: Become an Assistant Republican Precinct Committeeman
1998: File a lawsuit that charged GAO with political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation
1998: Give up trying to find a job appropriate for someone with my work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license because of how GAO responds to inquiries about me
1997: Succumb to my Democrat GAO superiors’ efforts and take their early retirement “offer”
1997: File a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company and Packey Webb Ford concerning my 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX
1995: File a lawsuit against the Chicago Car Exchange concerning my 1968 Dodge Charger R/T
1994: Buy a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T collector car
1992: Earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT within 5 years
1990: Apply to work in GAO’s federal financial industry regulators audit group
1989: Buy a 1962 Chevy Impala SS collector car
1988: Become an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation
1988: Give up trying to have children, do not adopt, and do not become foster parents
1986: File a lawsuit concerning 915 Cove Court in Wheaton and appeal its assessed valuation
1983: Have 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton
1983: Begin serving on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants
1981: Become a licensed CPA
1981: Oppose the installation of a stop light at President and Harrison Streets in Wheaton
1981: Take and pass the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt
1980: Take a $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO
1979: Take and pass the CPA examination on my first attempt

1978: Take IRS to Tax Court over disallowance of my education deductions
1978: Begin accompanying my wife on her many business trips to luxury resorts across America
1978: Buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton with my wife
1978: Marry Karen Gassner
1977: Suggest myself to be the subject of a “One Person’s Finances” article in Money Magazine
1976: Start donating money annually to the Republican Party
1976: Buy a one bedroom condo in the Outer Drive East building
1976: Earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul within 4 years
1974: Buy a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building
1974: File claims for partial day per diem and file a grievance when those claims are disallowed
1973: Start deducting job-related graduate courses
1972: Buy a new town home in University Park
1972: Earn an MBA from Loyola within 4 years
1972: Request to assigned to IRS’s Harvey office
1971: Buy a new 1972 Corvette
1971: Accept IRS’s job offer and become a union member
1971: Accept Oldsmobile’s job offer
1970: Apply for a financial hardship draft deferment
1970: Accept Firestone Store’s job offer
1969: Transfer from UIC to NIU
1968: Buy a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE
1967: Buy a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442
1966: Accept the Park Forest Post Office part-time job offer and become a union member
1966: Apply for the first of four student draft deferments
1966: Earn a bachelor’s degree in business within 4 years
1966: Buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint
1965: Take the ACT
1964: Take college preparatory courses at Crete-Monee High School
1964: Accept S.S. Kresges’ part-time dish washer job offer

1964: Be a Republican and always cast Republican primary ballots and always vote for Republicans

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.