July 13 Morning Edition

— Some Illinois Trump Delegates Skipping Convention In Protest Of State Republican Party – Tony Arnold
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some Illinois delegates for Donald Trump are not going to go to the Republican National Convention next week to nominate their candidate. They say their decision is at least in part because of the tepid support Trump has received from the Illinois Republican Party. Rich Nordstrom was elected to be a delegate for Donald Trump by almost 25,000 voters in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. Nordstrom is the mayor of Galva, Ill., a town of about 3,000 people between Peoria and Moline, Ill. Nordstrom is enthusiastic about Trump as the Republican nominee for president, but he’s not so enthusiastic about going to the Republican National Convention next week, where delegates like him are supposed to cast a vote to officially name Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. He said he was let down when he heard a lot of his own fellow Illinois Republicans won’t be there. Gov. Bruce Rauner, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and a few congressmen from Illinois have said they won’t go to the convention. Some of those top-ranking Illinois Republicans have been vocal in saying they won’t endorse Trump. “Now that we finally have a Republican governor after years of not having one, then basically kind of blowing off the convention – I thought it was kind of a letdown, a slap in the face,” Nordstrom said of Rauner. Nordstrom added that time and money also are a factor for why he may skip the convention. Delegates have to pay their own way to the convention. Nordstrom said he didn’t get a room at the hotel where the Illinois delegation is staying earlier, thinking the price of about $300 dollars per night was too much for him. Now, he said, he’s finding prices are closer to $500 a night. Nordstrom said he’ll see how he feels on Sunday – the day before the convention starts – while keeping his eye on rooms available on AirBnb. Although he’s quick to note he’s not excited about the prospects of sharing a room. Anthony Anderson is another Trump delegate. The Joliet resident was elected to represent Illinois’ 11th Congressional District in Cleveland to vote for Trump. Anderson said he is not going to the convention out of protest of the Illinois state Republican Party not supporting Trump. “There’s absolutely no room for me to change my mind for the simple fact I’ve thought long and hard,” he said. “I just don’t like what I see; what I see is a delegation that’s ready to go to Cleveland and undermine the process, at least so far as the Illinois delegation is concerned.” Anderson pointed out that the former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady, said he won’t ever support Trump. “A former party chairman is going to go to Cleveland, Ohio and do everything he can to undermine the process and make the Illinois delegation look bad; and it really will make the Illinois delegation look bad and tattered,” Anderson said. “I’m not going to undermine the candidate,” Brady said of Anderson’s comments. “I’ve been a Republican for 45 years. I’m going to try to help the party and I think Donald Trump is going to be a trainwreck for the Republican Party.” Brady won election to be a delegate for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, which means Brady has to vote for Kasich at the convention. Brady said he’s not happy to hear Trump delegates like Anderson are skipping the convention – but he also acknowledges that their absence helps his cause of trying to stop Trump from receiving the Republican nomination. “If 10 percent of the delegates don’t show up or don’t get viable replacements or valid replacements, I think his nomination could be in jeopardy,” Brady said. “I would think that that’s pretty unlikely,” said John Fogarty, the general counsel for the Illinois Republican Party. Fogarty said the party already knows at least five delegates who are not attending. And there could be more. A party spokesman said things are still in flux. Party leaders are trying to contact alternate delegates who won election in March. “Delegate and alternate delegate vacancies are routine and occur nationwide every Presidential election cycle,” Illinois Republican Party spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in a statement. But the party had no comment on criticisms from its own delegation about its own party not supporting Trump. Fogarty says when Trump delegates fail to show up in Cleveland, the odds for people like Pat Brady to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee are better – but he said they’re still very long odds to overcome.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Blagojevich portrayed as model prisoner – Jason Meisner  (DIERSEN: Are/were a model employee?  I was not.  To be a model employee in the federal government, you must a) be a Democrat, b) help your superiors carry out the Democrat Party platform, c) help your superiors retain and promote their employees who are Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger, and d) help your superiors get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN THE NAPERVILLE SUN: Naperville’s population grows more diverse – Genevieve Bookwalter  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that none of my grade school or high school classmates were minorities.  I attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961, Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962, and Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966.  They would use the aforesaid to hint/imply/argue/shout that I am a racist.  What do you say to my critics/opponents, to their operatives, and to their dupes?)
— You can lose out just being associated with pot – Ben Steverman  (DIERSEN: If you want to damage your body, if you want to make yourself unemployable, and/or if you want to become a ward of the state, GO AHEAD AND SNOKE POT.)
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Dozens allege police brutality, hostility at Justice Department forum in Uptown – Marwa Eltagouri
— No, Bernie Sanders supporters won’t flock to Donald Trump – Jennifer Rubin  (DIERSEN: The following will not flock to Trump: those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Bernie Sanders a traitor? Yes, in a world of absolutes – Rex Huppke
— Judge faces Donald Trump attorneys in move to block Trump University testimony
— Foss Park District picks gambling vendor that employs board member – Frank S. Abderholden



— Kasich to boost Illinois Republicans: Helping Kirk, Durkin – Lynn Sweet
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Criminals praise Blagojevich.


— FRONT PAGE: Are you being double-taxed for mosquito control? – Jake Griffin
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Only one creature on this planet is so loathed that Illinois created special taxing districts to combat its presence. While the pesky mosquito lacks size, it can pack a pretty significant wallop for suburban taxpayers, especially for some who are paying multiple agencies to battle the bugs. “Why am I paying for two mosquito abatements? That seems like government bloat,” said Wheaton resident Mary Ann Vitone. “There shouldn’t be duplication like that here.”  Vitone lives within the Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District, a 22-square-mile swath of central DuPage County where $425,578 was spent last year to control the mosquito population, or $19,344 per square mile. She also lives in Milton Township, which spent an additional $48,066 total to fight the pests, according to agency financial reports. Some Carol Stream residents might be paying taxes for three different agencies to ward off mosquitoes. The village spent $76,063 last year, Bloomingdale Township spent $166,980, and the West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District spent $163,051. And they aren’t the only ones. In Glen Ellyn, some taxpayers are paying for double coverage from Milton Township and the Glen Ellyn Mosquito Abatement District.)


— Gretchen Carlson: Roger Ailes’ harassment was ‘continuous’  Lawyers ask case to be moved to federal arbitration – Dylan Byers


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Southern promotes pot.  If you promote pot, you are anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and anti-American.  If you promote pot, you want people a) to damage their bodies, b) to make themselves unemployable, and/or c) to make them a ward of the state.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans say “What an embarrassing time to be a Republican.”


— Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois family incomes lower today than 17 years ago – Matt Dietrich


— Chicago Tribune’s Kim Geiger Misleads on Rauner’s School Funding Commission Presser – Brittany Clingen
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Chicago media provided new levels of embarrassment at the press conference held by Governor Bruce Rauner on July 12. After announcing the formation of a bipartisan commission that will attempt to change the state’s controversial education funding formula, Gov. Rauner opened the floor to questions, saying: “With that, I’m going to open it up to questions, and I’ll say this: I realize there are a lot of topics people are gonna want to talk about. I will ask today—I’ll be with you tomorrow and I’ll be with you the next day here in Chicago with the press, so we can talk about other things on other days—I’d ask that your questions be about education today.” This didn’t prevent ABC 7‘s Charles Thomas and NBC 5‘s Mary Ann Ahern from almost immediately and repeatedly disregarding the Governor’s request and questioning Rauner about Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whom Rauner has said he won’t endorse. At the time of Gov. Rauner’s press conference, Trump was in Chicago hosting a fundraiser. “I’ve said everything I’m going to say about the presidential race,” Rauner responded. Ahern, in particular, pressed Gov. Rauner about the topics of Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a potential vice presidential pick, several more times, and seemed indignant when the Governor declined to discuss a topic he’s already addressed and that was not at all related to the reason for the Q&A session: the new commission tasked with revamping the state’s education funding formula. It was painfully evident that certain members of the media were far more interested in backing Rauner into a corner and getting a controversial and spin-able sound bite on the presidential race than they were in discussing a more equitable school funding formula, an issue that will have a significant impact on the schoolchildren of Illinois, particularly those who live in low-income districts. It gets worse, though. The award for most irresponsible and misleading journalist of the day goes not to Thomas or Ahern but to the Chicago Tribune’s Kim Geiger for her piece summarizing the press conference.)


— Chicago’s Collapse Has Begun – Michael Bargo, Jr.


— Republican platform mixes in Donald Trump ideas on immigration, trade – Seth McLaughlin


— Newest GOP Platform Draft Accepts Trump’s Wall – Cortney O’Brien Cortney O’Brien


— ‘Never Trump’ continues to wage delegate battle
— The War on Cops
— Higher health risks for homosexuals (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.)




— Trump Fall Campaign Key: Law And Order Verses The Elite – George Rasley


— GOP draft platform will include Trump’s proposed border wall




— Why Is Bernie Sanders’ Favorite Legislation in GOP Platform? – John Gizzi
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Perhaps the most unexpected — and, inarguably, the strangest — development in the crafting of the Republican Party platform this week has been the call for reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933.  Meeting at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, the Government Reform Subcommittee of the GOP Platform Committee voted to include in the party platform restoration of Glass-Steagall — landmark legislation that separated risky trading and investment from traditional banking activities such as business lending and consumer finance after it was passed in 1933.)


— Sean Hannity Grills Former Miss Alabama For Saying Dallas Gunman Was a ‘Martyr’ – Tre Goins-Phillips


— IRS “Security” Program Can’t Stop $3.1 Billion Scam – JUDICIAL WATCH


— Rep. Bobby Rush Paid Wife $550K From Campaign Funds, Kicked $190K to Church He Founded  Social services arm of church received $14 million in government grants in recent years – Joe Schoffstall


— GOP platform gets Trump-ified – Jonathan Easley


— Republican Platform Set To Include Trump’s Border Wall – Nick Visser


— Trump on Ginsburg: ‘Her mind is shot — resign!’ – Nick Gass
— Giuliani to speak at GOP convention – Alex Isenstadt
— National poll: Trump tightens gap with Clinton – Nick Gass


— Anti-Trump effort slow to start in Cleveland – Tom LoBianco  (DIERSEN: The more that the following who protest against Trump, the more votes that Trump will get: those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg intensifies criticism of Trump: ‘He is a faker’ – Joan Biskupic


— Poll Finds Young Adults View Trump As Racist  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at young adults and at everyone else that Republicans are racists.  Democrats especially shout at young adults and at everyone else that Republicans who are Protestant, conservative, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time are racists.  Ever-increasingly, constructively, Democrats call for violence against the aforesaid.)


— Is Donald Trump Winning? Among Whites and Men, for Sure – NATE COHN and TONI MONKOVIC
— Polls in 3 Crucial States Show Donald Trump Improving – ALAN RAPPEPORT
— OUTSTANDING: Emerging Republican Platform Goes Far to the Right – JEREMY W. PETERS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps and anti-Republicans hope that Trump loses in November and that will result in RINOs successfully getting rid of the following: those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Donald Trump Is Right About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Editorial
— ‘They Will Not Drive Us Apart’ – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs focus on dividing those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— G.O.P.’s Brightest Stars Not in the Mix as Donald Trump Picks a Running Mate – ALEXANDER BURNS  (DIERSEN: Who are the Republican Party’s brightest stars in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  Anti-Republicans hint/imply/argue/shout that Republican stars should not be Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans ask “Can Paul Ryan Still Sell the G.O.P. Agenda?”
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: United Ws Stand.  Threatened, We Revert to Groups – Amanda Taub  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs threaten members of the following groups: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Donald Trump Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg, His Critic, a ‘Disgrace’ – MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are a disgrace.  Should I write a book about them?)


— Donald Trump Wants an Attack Dog as His Running Mate  The candidate calls Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie his top picks – MONICA LANGLEY and JANET HOOK  (DIERSEN: Who are the attack dogs in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois.  Of course, needless-to-say, attack dogs hint/imply/argue/shout that they are operatives for those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.  I should write a book about a) those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois and b) those who hint/imply/argue/shout that they are attack dogs for the aforesaid.)
— The Democratic Platform’s Sharp Left Turn  This isn’t Bill Clinton’s party anymore. It isn’t even Barack Obama’s. – WILLIAM A. GALSTON
— Obama Calls for Unity in Visit to Dallas  As city prepares to bury five slain officers, president says tragedy has reopened longtime racial divides – CAROL E. LEE, DAN FROSCH and ALEJANDRO LAZO
— Time to End the Demonizing of Police  Two years of corrosive rhetoric about racist cops, based on falsehoods—with disastrous effects. – HEATHER MAC DONALD
— FRONT PAGE: GOP Platform Panel Moves Toward Trump’s Positions on Trade, Immigration  Committee adopts ‘America First’ trade language, tougher stand on illegal immigration and China relations – REID J. EPSTEIN
— Ginsburg’s Trump Comments Draw Criticism  The Supreme Court justice, in unusual remarks, suggests Trump would be bad for the court, the nation – BRENT KENDALL and JACOB GERSHMAN


— Trump Calls for Ginsburg to Resign From Supreme Court in Neutrality Flap – Greg Stohr GregStohr


— Most pot dispensaries are forced to be cash-only. Now they’re prime targets for violent robberies. – Rick Anderson  (DIERSEN: What percent of those who rob pot dispensaries are stoners?)


— New biography is critical of Bush (43) presidency – Ray Locker  (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupe believe that they are “the instrument of God’s will.”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Not since Woodrow Wilson has a president so firmly believed that he was the instrument of God’s will,” Smith writes. “Just as Wilson’s religious certitude led him into disaster at Versailles, so George W. Bush’s messianic conviction distorted his leadership in the days following 9/11.”  Bush, Smith writes, “was in over his head,” and he bumbled into the invasion of Iraq by using bogus intelligence. Those claims, as most Americans now realize, were incorrect, and the war’s legacy — creating a legion of shattered veterans, a broken Iraq and a stronger Iran — remains with us today.)
— Civil war on race isn’t in the cards – Ellis Cose  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that if Clinton is not elected president, Democrats will get the minorities to not only riot, but to declare war Republicans.)
— First job hunt tests patience more than pluck – Lauren Olsen  (DIERSEN: What was you first job?  Mine was washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights four evenings a week and Saturdays during my junior and senior years at Crete-Monee High School 1964-1966 and full-time during the summer of 1965. From what I can tell, I was the first and only White male to have that job and that I held it longer than anyone else.  Absolutely none of my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes would ever had taken such a bad job when they were in high school.  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes use my first job to hint/imply/argue/shout that I was a loser, that I am a loser, and that I always will be a loser.)


— Republican Party platform draft explicitly calls for Trump’s Mexican ‘border wall’ – JASON SILVERSTEIN


— Obama: We are not as divided as it seems – Peggy Fikac (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs focus on dividing those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— On the Brink of Explosion: America’s Violent Race Crisis  The shootings of police in Dallas, pushes an already fractured and divided nation closer to the racial abyss – Jihad Hassan Muhammad  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs focus on dividing those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you want America’s immigration laws to be enforced, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that you are a racist. Democrats are moral relativists a) who believe that their end justifies their means, b) who put their political party’s interests ahead of America’s interests, c) are disciples of Saul Alinsky, and d) even worse things.


— Most Say Media Inspires Attacks on Police  (DIERSEN: Beyond overwhelmingly, the media in America promotes the Democrat Party platform.)

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.