July 17 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: BEYOND OUTSTANDING: With a 5-4 vote, Naperville has directed its staff to prepare necessary documentation for the City to consider prohibiting (opting out) of allowing the local retail sale of adult-use cannabis. Hopefully, Wheaton, the rest of the municipalities in Illinois, DuPage County, and the rest of the counties in Illinois will soon do the same thing.
http://naperville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=1256 (Agenda Item: 19-689)

— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: Chicago cannabis firm to be acquired in $875 million deal Curaleaf is buying Grassroots Cannabis for cash and stock. – JOHN PLETZ

— Former U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam Joins Sidley (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have donated the most time and/or money to help elect and reelect Roskam.)

— Lemonade out of lemons: Naperville police donate to charity lemonade stand after money jar stolen

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN NAPERVILLE SUN: After $9 was stolen from a Naperville girl’s lemonade stand, police and neighbors give her more than $300 – SUZANNE BAKER
— Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts faces big property tax hike, even bigger bill for back taxes after Tribune review spurs new look at his designer Wilmette house – Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have fought the hardest since 1984 to keep my home’s assessed valuation as high as possible.)
— Twice rejected, Maine Township official files lawsuit to take part in pension plan – JENNIFER JOHNSON (DIERSEN: Since I was 18 years old in 1966 and started working part-time for the Park Forest Post Office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been beyond furious that I earned Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) credits. They are especially beyond furious that I during the almost 3 years that I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, I earned both full-time CSRS credits and full-time Social Security credits.) 

— DuPage secures court order to disband Lombard-area sanitary district – Katlyn Smith
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred of Trump.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, TREASONOUS: What Illinois Offers Undocumented Immigrants – Amanda Vinicky 

— Gerrymandering: Let the people choose their representatives – Leader Bill Brady
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred not only against Trump, but against all Whites.
— Contract disputes continue to keep stations off DirecTV in Springfield area – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: In 2002, I successfully led an effort to get Comcast to start carrying Fox News Channel in Wheaton and in other west suburban municipalities.) 

— Area GOP congressmen say Trump’s tweets about Democratic women of color are wrong – JOSEPH BUSTOS

— Local congressmen vote against resolution condemning Trump – Joe Ragusa

— As President Trump acts unilaterally, Congress at a standstill on immigration reform – KRISTINE FRAZAO 

— ‘You’re In The Wrong Country:’ Racism At Naperville Gas Station The video, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times, shows a clerk threatening Latino customers that “ICE is coming.” – Lisa Marie Farver 

— 313 leave Illinois every day for other states, 40 per day to Wisconsin – Bethany Blankley (DIERSEN: Who wants those who share your demographics to leave your neighborhood, your precinct, your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and/or Illinois? I should write a book about those who want those who share my demographics me to leave my neighborhood, my precinct, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and/or Illinois. They a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.) 
— Illinois doesn’t tax retirement income, but still ranks near worst in country for retirees – Cole Lauterbach
— Illinois ranks 12th highest for dependence on property taxes

— Former Democratic senators demand higher salaries for Illinois legislators in lawsuit – Colin Froment 

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Joe Walsh sides with America-haters.

— Woke Assimilation: Teaching Our Politicians To Hate America

— Beto O’Rourke, Illhan Omar — The blame America first movement is alive and well and picking up steam – Rich Lowry

— Defund Lutherans for Open Borders Now! – Michelle Malkin (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat Party takes control of churches. Are you a member of a church? If/when that church formally declares war on America, what will you do?)

— Jihadist Evil Unites with Leftist Evil – Eileen F. Toplansky
— Beto should write a big check – Silvio Canto, Jr.
— Democrats Hold a Terrible Hand of Race Cards – Brian C. Joondeph
— The best places to retire tend conservative – Noel S. Williams (DIERSEN: In my opinion, the crime factor should have been given much more weight.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bankrate.com just published its renowned ranking of the best and worst states for retirement. The categories rated, in order of weightings (in parentheses), include affordability (40%), wellness (25%), culture (15%), weather (15%), and crime (5%). Conspicuously, the top five states all have Republican governors, while most of the bottom states are run by Democrats. Moreover, much of the political machinery of the top states are Republican-run, allowing for coherent policies affecting affordability. The top five, in descending order, are: Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, and Florida. No surprise that Florida scored very well on weather and culture, but the other four states all outperform in areas where policy can have a big impact—affordability, crime and wellness. While Missouri is below par on crime ratings, that was more than offset by its top rating in affordability. Conversely, the bottom states are mostly run by the real deplorables: pandering political guttersnipes who’d take from hard-working, salt of the earth Americans to ensure all manner of freebies for illegal aliens. Indeed, sanctuary states and cities are overrepresented in the liberal laggards.)

— Bedlam on House Floor: Pelosi Storms Off amid Boos from Members – HANNAH BLEAU
— Feds: Illegal Aliens Charged with Murder, Rape, Drunk Driving Released by Sanctuary State California – John Binder
— Late-Night Hosts Defend The Squad by Comparing Trump to Hitler, KKK – JEROME HUDSON

— Minnesota city reinstates Pledge of Allegiance after overwhelming protests They regret ever having ended the tradition – Aaron Colen

— Today’s warped Dems wish everyone was a needy illegal alien – Jeffrey A. Rendall

— ICE as the guard against dangerous drunk driving – Daniel Horowitz 

— Franklin Graham Speaks Out against the Equality Act, Says it Will Have ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ – Amanda Casanova

— Trump: ‘Those Tweets Were NOT Racist’ – Susan Jones

— Flashback: Obama Said Crime And Poverty Are Not Qualifiers For Asylum – JASON HOPKINS
— On Reparations, Will Beto O’Rourke Start With Himself? – PETER HASSON (DIERSEN: Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations. Democrats and RINOs make Republicans pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion. My Democrat superiors in the federal government made me pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion big time. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take a $19,568 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. 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. My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)

— AOC’s ‘Squad’ Will Destroy Democrats In The 2020 Election – JOSH HAMMER
— ‘ANARCHY’: GOP Releases Brutal New Campaign Ad Against ‘The Squad’ – RYAN SAAVEDRA

— Support For Trump Rises Among Republicans After Attacks on ‘The Squad’ – Reuters

— TRUMP TAKES ON ILLEGALS. . .And their leftist collaborators. – Lloyd Billingsley
— THE ANTI-TRUMP HOUSE DEMOCRAT RESOLUTION Democrats rally around the anti-American, Jew-hating squad. – Joseph Klein
— AMERICAN-HATING AMERICANS ARE THE ULTIMATE INGRATES AND HYPOCRITES Once again, Trump stands up for Americans who love their country. – Bruce Thornton

— Socialists’ Main Target Is Destroying The Family – Timothy Meads
— Flashback Bill Clinton: ‘We Won’t Tolerate Immigration By People Whose First Act Is To Break The Law’ – Timothy Meads

— Democrats Are One Hundred Percent Wrong about Racism – ROGER L. SIMON

— TRUMP DEMOLISHES THE ‘SQUAD’ Andy Schlafly: ‘It is not racist to try to Make America Great Again’
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/07/trump-demolishes-the-squad/#TjucXKkF3sjqhlRY.99
— DEFUND LUTHERANS FOR OPEN BORDERS NOW! Michelle Malkin rips ‘subversive religious racket’ protesting ICE with taxpayer cash (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrat Party takes control of churches. Are you a member of a church? If/when that church formally declares war on America, what will you do?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center this weekend, you’ll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle: One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ICE-bashing radicals was a nonprofit religious organization known as the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. As a designated “host,” LIRS played a key role in publicizing, organizing and participating in demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s deportation enforcement actions targeting some 2,000 illegal immigrants and their families who have ignored removal orders or skipped out on court hearings. Brazen hatred of cops, Border Patrol and ICE agents were on full display at the open borders protests fronted by LIRS and other left-wing groups, including Code Pink, CASA and CAIR. Marchers echoed the “Close the Concentration Camps” rhetoric of congressional brat pack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. They carried signs declaring “ICE=Gestapo” and “Free the People, Burn the Camps.” It’s not just idle rhetoric. Antifa thug Willem Van Spronsen, armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, attempted to set a Tacoma ICE facility on fire on Saturday before being shot dead. He has been hailed as a “hero” and a “martyr” by fellow “progressive” travelers, while sympathetic mainstream reporters and activists look the other way. The president and CEO of LIRS, Krishanti Vignarajah, is a Sri Lankan refugee and former Michelle Obama policy director who led the Lights for Liberty event in Washington, D.C. She argues that Americans are obligated to open the floodgates at the southern border (since she turned out so great) and vehemently opposes what she calls “militant border enforcement.” To these border-sabotaging radicals, of course, any border enforcement is “militant.” LIRS sounds like just the kind of extremist group you’d expect to be kept afloat by billionaire George Soros’ big bucks. But hold on to your wallets and your American flags, folks: In 2016, LIRS relied on $64.7 million in government subsidies from taxpayers – that’s you and me – to fund a whopping 96.2 percent of its budget. LIRS is one of nine agencies that receives tens of millions of dollars to resettle refugees from around the world. The organization brags that it is “a vital arm of the United States refugee admissions program” that has worked with the State Department to import “over 500,000 refugees” to our country. One of LIRS’ most famous clients? Somalian-born Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose immigration, marriage and tax fraud problems I reported on in my column last month. If only a fraction of LIRS clients share Omar’s contempt for our security and self-governance, you can see the trouble we’re in. And that’s just the caseload of one of the nine resettlement giants that together rake in an estimated $1 billion a year. In addition, the Lutheran nonprofit is one of two specially designated groups (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the other) that is contracted by the government to provide social services and benefits (including “psycho-educational support” and “low-cost or pro bono immigration legal assistance”) to sponsor families hosting illegal immigrant children.)
— LINDSEY GRAHAM UNLOADS: 4 DEM LAWMAKERS ‘BUNCH OF COMMUNISTS’ Senator says focus of outrage shouldn’t be on Trump.

— Taxpayers would foot bill for ‘ghastly’ surgery on children – Bob Kellogg 
— Lawless ‘traitors’ pulled down U.S. flag – Lawless ‘traitors’ pulled down U.S. flag – Chad Groening, Billy Davis

— The Selfish Actors of Illegal Immigration – VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
— ‘Ilhan Omar Is Completely Assimilated’ – RICH LOWRY (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs want immigrants to be 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 anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— How Democratic Socialists Are Gaining Control of the Democratic Party – JOSHUA PHILIPP

— The right to a perfect job match – LIVIA LAM (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The problem is, having a good job means more than just being matched to any job, and pushing workers to upskill won’t solve growing inequality. Even when unemployment peaked at 10.1 percent during the Great Recession, fingers also pointed to worker’s skill sets as falling short against employers’ desire for certain qualifications. But upholding a skills narrative that places the onus of employment on the shoulders of workers not only lacks relevance for those facing the greatest barriers to employment, but also limits mobility and risks exacerbating an already record-high economic inequality. To be clear, job outcomes that matter for workers include educational attainment. Research linking higher levels of education with higher earnings, better health and a longer life is well established. But because an individual’s ability to gain and maintain employment is also dependent on personal and social circumstances, systems that have a stake in both boosting workforce competitiveness and advancing equity must take into consideration these varying experiences.)

— Schumer announces support for bill to form committee on reparations – GRACE SEGERS (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican? How much in reparations do the Democrats and the RINOs want you to pay?)

— Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds – Kevin Sieff and Scott Clement
— Democrats say no one is above the law — except on immigration – Marc A. Thiessen
— Trump administration tells federal agencies to use ‘rigorous’ performance standards in rating employees – Eric Yoder (DIERSEN: Democrats who run the federal government use the subjectivity in performance appraisals to get rid of employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $98,198) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $116,040) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $136,495) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $165,500) by age 40.)

— The ‘Squad’ aims to guillotine the Democratic old guard – Victor Davis Hanson

— The Race Card Has Gone Bust America has never been fairer or more integrated, yet politicians obsess over wiping out discrimination. – Jason L. Riley (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at everyone that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
— Little Change at U.S. Border Amid Confusion Over Trump Asylum Rules Facing Lawsuits Refusing asylum to most applicants would outstrip available resources; policy targeted by legal challenges – Alicia A. Caldwell and Brent Kendall

— “Go Back to Your Country” Language as a Basis for Employment Discrimination Claims (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Who has hinted/implied/argued/shouted that you should “go back?” I should write a book about Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs in DuPage County, Milton Township, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should “go back” to Crete. I should write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should “go back” to IRS. I should write a book about my Democrat IRS superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should “go back” to Firestone Stores. I should write a book about my Democrat Park Forest Post Office superiors, supervisors, and coworkers who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should “go back” to washing dishes at S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights.)

— New York bans discrimination against employees with (PROTEST) hairstyles – Rosie Bradbury

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.