July 15 Morning Edition

— Newt Gingrich: Test every Muslim in America and deport those who believe in Sharia
— As Clinton stumbles, Trump takes an apparent slim lead in new tracking poll – David Lauter
— A look at Gov. Mike Pence’s Chicago roots – Bill Ruthhart
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I really owe a debt of gratitude to Chicago that springs from my own personal history. When my grandfather got off a boat on Ellis Island in about 1923, he caught a train to Chicago and he drove a bus in this city for about 40 years,” Pence told the crowd. “My mom and dad both grew up on the South Side of Chicago, down around 55th and Honore. In fact, we have family that goes to school and lives and works in this community here today.”  The religious conservative also noted how especially meaningful it was to be addressing the City Club during December, the time of year he often traveled to Chicago as a child. “It’s very personal when I’m in this city. I feel very at home. My story is I was raised by two big city kids in a really small town in southern Indiana,” said Pence, who grew up in Columbus, Ind., and represented the area in Congress before becoming governor in 2013. “Particularly this time of year, the Pence family would find themselves in the back of a station wagon making the long trip up what was then Highway 31 to the South Side of Chicago to hearth and home and family and friends. It’s a blessing to be here this time of year with all of you and reflect on those deep memories.” The speech may have been a blessing, but Pence also used it as an opportunity to unload some ribbing on what he characterized as Illinois’ political and governmental dysfunction. He noted Indiana-purchased billboards in Illinois that read “Caution high taxes ahead” and “Attention tax drop. State line 16 miles ahead” as the audience laughed. “We’ve been buying a lot in Crain’s Chicago Business magazine,” Pence said with a smirk. “My personal favorite was: You had me at balanced budget.”)
— We should have more say over Facebook news – Phil Rosenthal  (DIERSEN: Who wants to have say over what you do? The following want to have say over what I do: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For a while Wednesday night and into Thursday, you may have noticed on the website where more than 40 percent of U.S. adults are said to get word of current events, the biggest news in Chicago was a double rainbow. This is what happens when Facebook tweaks its news feed algorithm. Every person with a smartphone shot got to decorate your news feed, turning it into a veritable Rainbow Connection, squeezing out whatever else might have been going on in the world, potentially affecting your life and business. Yet, to be honest, the rash of rainbows actually were a welcome respite. The sight of something everyone could get behind was a much-needed palate cleanser from what Facebook has become of late, even if it grew repetitive after a while. A fuller spectrum of color is nice when so much seems geared to making us see red. Since Facebook moved to downgrade and downplay news sites (such as the Chicago Tribune) in its news feed, the social media site with more than 1 billion users worldwide has, for many users, become an even more contentious toxic dump of inflamed political bickering and rumors. The expectation when the change was announced was that users would be inundated by their Facebook friends’ vacation videos, baby pictures, food commentary, health updates and other trivia. That’s all there. There’s no shortage of info about which of your acquaintances doesn’t get the appeal of “Pokemon Go,” who went to the Adele concert and who scored well on a vocabulary test making the rounds. But because the algorithm favors what users share among themselves, respond to, spend time with and comment on, the “real” news that finds its way into the stream can be among the most extreme, divisive version of any given story.)
— The abortion lobby’s horrifying new ‘comedy’ act – Heather Wilhelm
— What it’s like to be black in Naperville, America – Brain Crooks (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?  Should I write a book about them?  Should I sue them?)
— Former Naperville man’s essay on black life goes viral – Suzanne Baker
— Republican stalwarts just blocked the last big push to stop Donald Trump’s nomination – Melanie Mason and Lisa Mascaro
— You can’t bring a water gun to protest the RNC, but you can bring an AK-47 – Matt Pearce
— Mike Pence looks like Donald Trump’s ideal running mate – Bloomberg
— Sheriff’s office, resident address DuPage board on police shootings – Gary Gibula


— School budgets show CPS still losing students – LAUREN FITZPATRICK
— Mike Pence has deep Chicago ties – Michael Sneed  (DIERSEN: What are your Chicago ties?  My ties include a) working for IRS there for the last 6 months of 1971 and then 1973-1980, b) working for GAO there 1980-1997, c) taking classes at UIC there 1966-1968, 1971, and 1982-1983, at Loyola 1972-1976, at DePaul 1976-1980, at Becker CPA Review 1978-1979, at Roosevelt 1980-1981, and at IIT 1992-1997, d) living in a studio apartment there for 3 months in 1971, e) owning a studio condo there in the Outer Drive East (ODE) building and living there part-time 1974-1976, f) owning and living in a one bedroom condo in the ODE building there 1976-1978, g) walking to work at IRS from the ODE building 1974-1978, h) frequently riding a bicycle along the lakefront north and south of the ODE building 1976-1978, i) meeting my wife there, courting my wife there, and then marrying her there in 1978, j) having my 1969 Dodge Charger SE stolen there in 1971 and having my 1962 Chevy BelAir stolen there while I worked for IRS at its office at 63rd and Halsted in 1973, k) reading Chicago newspapers since the 1960s, l) watching Chicago television stations since the 1950s, m) listening to Chicago radio stations since the 1950s, n) arguing Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange in federal court there in the late 1990s, and o) arguing Diersen v. GAO in federal court there in the early 2000s. Again, what are your Chicago ties? You might get asked those questions if you run for a statewide government or political office. You might get asked those questions if you run for any government or political office that represents Chicago or any part of it.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Donald Trump may have chosen a lifelong Hoosier as his running mate, but Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has strong Chicago ties. Pence, the grandson of a Chicago bus driver, is now ready to get on board the Trump train. Trump’s veep mate addressed the City Club of Chicago months before Trump jumped into the presidential fray, speaking at the City Club in June 2015. It was during Pence’s City Club address that his “great connection to Chicago” was discussed, informing the audience his grandfather got off the boat at Ellis Island — and then took a bus to Chicago, where he lived for 40 years. Said Pence: “My parents grew up on Chicago’s South Side, around 55th and Honore. I have family that continues to live and work in the Chicago community; my oldest brother went to Loyola University. “I grew up in the country raised by two city folks. Christmastime meant the family would pack up and ride up to the South Side of Chicago to be with friends and family.” Rev. Clete Kiley, the chief operations administrator for Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, tells Sneed Pence once marched with civil rights hero U.S. Congressman John Lewis. “He participated in the annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama years ago,” said Kiley, who was then head of the Institute for Faith and Politics.” “As a Republican, Pence accepted a leadership role and marched across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in memory of the civil right marches in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama,” said Kiley. Ald. Ed Burke (14th), his wife, Justice Anne Burke, and their son, Travis, was also on that pilgrimage march with Pence in Alabama. “It was quite a moving pilgrimage,” Burke said.)


— Naperville Township’s road district to appeal lawsuit dismissal – Marie Wilson
— This education-funding panel might just fool the skeptics – Ralph Martire
— Why the big range in mosquito control costs? – Editorial
— Wheaton Hawthorne neighborhood profile – Sherry Giewald


— Donald Trump’s Canceled Chicago Rally Carried Hefty Price Tag  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s rally in Chicago in March resulted in at least five arrests and two injured officers – Phil Rogers  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps, that is, Clinton supporters, make it clear that they will harm you if you support Trump.  In your precinct, how many are more likely or less likely to vote for Trump because of the aforesaid?)


— New Taxes Considered for Schools – Benjamin Yount  (DIERSEN: Democrats always want Republicans to pay more taxes and especially Republicans who are Protestant, conservative, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Playing with fire may lead to a better Illinois  Democratic senator Biss burns with ideas to fix government – Madeleine Doubek


— Some Illinois Republicans May Skip RNC, But WBEZ Will Be There


— State report shows Illinois staring down $8 billion deficit – KATRINA LAMANSKY


— Governor Rauner promotes opportunities for minorities and for women in Illinois – Amy Fox  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government promoted opportunities for their employees who were minorities and/or women by wasting the careers of and by getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Tammy Duckworth says Mark Kirk called for the ‘mass arrest of 18,000 African Americans’ – Kevin Hoffman


— ARE YOU LIVING IN ONE OF THE TOP 20 SAFEST CITIES IN ILLINOIS? – Kevin Hoffman  (DIERSEN: What do you say to individuals, to organizations, to companies, to governments, and to countries that encourage criminals to live in your municipality?)


— Reboot Illinois’ Fact-Check Fail on Rauner Family Income Claim – Brittany Clingen


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Benjamin Yount discusses Trump with Doug Ibendahl (7/14/16 Parts 3 & 4)


— Gingrich: We Should ‘Test’ Every US Muslim, Deport Them If Believe In Sharia – ALLEGRA KIRKLANDP


— In wake of terror attack Gingrich calls for Sharia test for Muslims living in U.S.
— National polls shift toward Trump
— Ignorance of Facts Fuels the Anti-Cop ‘Movement’
— GOP platform pleases conservatives


— Reince Priebus fails to rein in renegade anti-Trump delegates as convention looms – Seth McLaughlin
— Republicans demand punishment for countries that refuse to take back criminal illegals – Stephen Dinan
— Donald Trump provides rare opportunity for inclusion for gay Republican activists – S.A. Miller  (DIERSEN: Those who promote LGBTQ activity focus on destroying the Republican Party.)


— Obama, Clinton and Race Exploitation – David Limbaugh


— Politico: GOP Insiders Say Violence ‘Bound to Spill Over’ at Convention – Joe Crowe
— ‘Never Trump’ Movement Crushed in GOP Rules Hearing
— Rachel Maddow’s Trump Comments Appear to Compare Him to Adolf Hitler –  J. Wheaton  (DIERSEN: Democrats run America.  Ever-increasingly, Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans like Hitler demonized, denigrated, and condemned the Jews.)


— CITIES BRACE FOR NATIONWIDE DAY OF RAGE  The shadowy group Anonymous says trouble is on the menu. – Matthew Vadum


— BEYOND UNACCEPTABLE: Clinton to Resettle One Million Muslim Migrants During First Term Alone – JULIA HAHN
— RNC Chairman Priebus: Rules Committee Meeting Shows Our Party ‘Unity’ – PATRICK HOWLEY


— Illinois Family Wants to Adopt Foster Child — But May Be Forced to Give Up Their Second Amendment Rights to Do So – Tre Goins-Phillips
— OUTRAGEOUS: Petition Calls for RNC Rules Committee to Open Up Republican Primaries to Non-GOP Voters – Kaitlyn Schallhorn  (DIERSEN: Non-Republicans, that is, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs WANT REPUBLICANS TO LOSE.)


— Mike Pence path to public service


— Ryan Hopeful Trump Will ‘Endeavor to Try to Change’- Eric Garcia  (DIERSEN: Who wants you to change?  The following want me to change: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and 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.)


— O’Reilly lands live interviews with Trump, Clinton after Nice attacks – Joe Concha
— GOP squashes ‘Never Trump’ rules proposal in heated hearing – Jonathan Easley


— CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ARTICLE TITLE: Telling truth is challenge for Trump – Roger Simon
— Republican unity negotiations break down  The RNC spent most of the day behind closed doors with anti-Trump insurgents. It yielded nothing. – Kyle Cheney
— OUTRAGEOUS: GOP panel rejects plan to push closed primaries – Kyle Cheney (DIERSEN: Non-Republicans, that is, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs WANT REPUBLICANS TO LOSE.)
— Federal budget deficit will increase $162 billion in 2016


— Amnesty International sending ‘human rights observers’ to conventions – Gregory Krieg


— Republican Panel Leaves Anti-Trump Move Gasping for Breath – AP


— Clevelanders Open Homes and Churches to Convention Demonstrators – YAMICHE ALCINDOR  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, these Clevelanders are 100% responsible for all the death and destruction that convention demonstrators cause.)


— When dual citizenship is difficult to maintain – Gary L. Fellman, Wheaton  (DIERSEN: Dual citizenship should never be allowed.  Under absolutely no circumstances should a citizen of America be allowed to also be a citizen of another country.)
— Donald Trump wants Congress to declare war on ISIS. It hasn’t done that since World War II. – Aaron Blake
— Attempts to unbind GOP delegates crushed, effectively ending ‘Never Trump’ movement – Ed O’Keefe and Dan Balz


— ‘Never Trump’ forces converge on Cleveland for last stand over party’s nomination – Lisa Mascaro and Melanie Mason


— Refugees in Europe say they fear terrorists are among them – Gilgamesh Nabeel and Jabeen Bhatti
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs make it clear that they will get rid of you if you do not promote Islam.


— Will ‘Stop-Trump’ Movement Now Target Pence? – REID J. EPSTEIN
— Trump’s Pence Selection  The Indiana Governor will reassure some wary Republicans. – Editorial
— The Convention Revolt Peters Out  Anti-Trump forces have failed to unbind delegates. What if Donald had agreed? – KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
— Low Unemployment, High Dissatisfaction  The sunny jobs reports don’t count people who have given up looking for work. No wonder the national mood is sour. – Bob Funk  (DIERSEN: What are the top reasons why employers would not offer you a job?  For me, they are a) the adverse actions that my Democrat GAO superiors took against me including forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, not promoting me beyond GS-13, keeping me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forcing me to take an $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) the adverse actions that my Democrat IRS superiors took against me including not promoting me beyond GS-12, disallowing my education deductions, and disallowing my partial day per diem claims; and c) the adverse actions that my Democrat Post Office superiors took against me including forcing me resign in 1969 and disallowing my sick leave requests.  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois side with my Democrat GAO, IRS, and Post Office superiors against me.)


– Trump’s Rise Pressures Both Parties to Change  The dynamic could possibly make this year as transformative as the elections of 1932 or 1968—but predicting a realignment is tricky. – Peter Coy  (DIERSEN: Unlike the Democrat Party, the Republican Party in America, in Illinois, in DuPage County, and in Milton Township lets people have leadership roles who despise, if not hate conservatives, that is, who despise if not hate the base of the Republican Party. They especially hate those like me who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and/or other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— Pence brings conservative credentials to GOP ticket – Maureen Hayden


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps, that is, Clinton supporters, threaten to harm Trump supporters. How will that impact voters?


— Social Security reform for Civil Service Retirement System feds hits a roadblock – Nicole Ogrysko  (DIERSEN: My Social Security is dramatically reduced because I get a CSRS pension.)


— Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg? – Patrick J. Buchanan


— What Newt Gingrich really thinks of Donald Trump: He’s “not a conservative”  Gingrich: Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn’t evolve to be more like Ronald Reagan than Barry Goldwater – ROBERT FATURECHI

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.