July 17 Morning Edition

— After controversy, Joe Walsh expands his radio platform – Robert Feder
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “For Donald Trump to become president, the difficult road begins at the Republican convention.”
— Security evident as Cleveland gets ready for Republican National Convention
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: It’s midsummer, interns, Time for self-appraisal – Rex Huppke  (DIERSEN: Were you an intern?  I was not.  I worked full-time for the Park Forest Post Office during the summers of 1967, 1968, and 1969.)
— Some financial firms tackle diversity gap head-on, say they can’t afford not to – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz  (DIERSEN: In 1971, Oldsmobile tackled its diversity gap head-on.  In 1971, I accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. But then, Oldsmobile withdrew its offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Natasha Granholm was a student at Robert Morris College when she got an unlikely foot in the door at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  The accounting giant, which didn’t typically recruit at Robert Morris, had asked the school for help finding candidates to fill copy room positions, and Granholm, a top accounting student, was encouraged to apply. She told the interviewer she’d prefer a job that used her accounting skills. Her moxie paid off. When she returned home to Aurora that evening, she found a package, delivered by a courier, with an offer for a full-time client internship at PwC.)
— Trump: ‘Pence was my first choice’ – Melanie Mason  (DIERSEN: I was not GAO’s first choice, IRS’s first choice, or the Post Office’s first choice.  GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
— Black Republican Sen. Tim Scott tackles police ‘trust gap’ – Clarence Page


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTOS OF ANTHONY ANDERSON, BOB BEDNAR, MARK FRATELLA, AND TIM SCHEIDER: ANTI-TRUMP HARDCOPY HEADLINE: Hardly a united front  State delegates head to Cleveland divided on Trump as nominee  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, if you got elected or appointed to a government office or a political office as a Republican, and you are not going to help elect Trump/Pence, you should immediately resign.  Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.  Trump and Pence have stated that they can and that they will defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some Illinois Trump delegates, for example, don’t think the state party is doing enough to help and promote the nominee. Ideological divisions showed themselves at the state convention in Peoria earlier this year, when an attempt to change the party’s platform regarding same-sex marriage was soundly defeated. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider of Bartlett says he’s working to promote unity. The public rebukes of Trump by, in particular, former state party chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles have irked delegates like Bednar who think Brady has been working against the will of Republican primary voters. Since before the primary, Schneider has said the party would back Trump if he won Illinois. Now, as the GOP’s premier event is about to begin, Schneider says he hopes some of the Trump delegates who are first-timers to a convention and politics will help bolster a state party that gained serious momentum last election with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s victory. “We can add them to our ranks,” he said. Schneider wants the convention to be a “launchpad” toward a big effort to re-elect Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park and gain seats in the Illinois General Assembly in a state that has trended toward Democrats in presidential years. . .Trump’s delegates are largely unknown to most Illinois voters and the convention could give them a stage and a voice, if they want it. Not all are going, though. One of the most vocal Trump delegates in a group that hasn’t talked much to reporters is Anthony Anderson, who won a spot from the west and south suburban 11th Congressional District. He said late last week he’s decided not to go, upset by what he perceives to be a lack of focus on Trump by party stalwarts in Illinois. “They’re doing everything they can to basically undermine the whole process,” Anderson said. Like Bednar, Anderson’s ire largely focused on Brady, a Kasich delegate involved in the ultimately doomed effort to try to remove Trump at the convention.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF RIOPELL: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow: “Illinois out of the limelight for GOP convention speakers.”  Anti-Trumps 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.
— DuPage forest commissioners act like slumlords – Ken Kosirog, Glen Ellyn


— Local GOP delegates say Trump is in, protesters could be trouble – BOB OKON  (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with Jack McInerney.  McInerney and his supporters have an extremely low opinion of me.  They blame me for the problems that TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois had and they are overjoyed a) that I am no longer the TAPROOT chairman and b) that TAPROOT is dead.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I think the support for Trump is growing,” said Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, an at-large delegate who supports Trump. The convention runs Monday through Thursday in Cleveland. Claar said he can’t imagine any other candidate getting the unanimous support that would be needed to replace Trump after his wins in the primary elections. “I think Trump’s going to get in on the first ballot,” Claar said. “I hope it’s exciting, but I don’t want to see a floor fight.” Jack McInerney, a Trump delegate from Will County, said he expects to see more trouble outside the convention hall than inside. Noting news reports that the New Black Panther Party plans to conduct armed protests in Cleveland, McInerney said, “As long as I make it into the convention alive, I should be OK.” McInerney also said he believes Republican support for Trump is surging. “There will be a few outliers screaming from the sidelines,” he said. “But I think 95 percent of the party will come out of that convention united, and that will grow.”)


— Some GOP state lawmakers skipping convention – Dan Petrella  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise those who do not attend the convention: Anti-Trumps 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.)


— Lowdown on campaign funds for local races – Tom Kacich
— State must expand economy – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Democrats run Illinois. Democrats focus on driving individuals, organizations, and companies out of Illinois that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Republicans vary on convention trip – DAN PETRELLA
— Panel needs to ace this school test – Editorial


— Trump campaign names staffers to help Pence – AP
— It’s a little premature to dismiss tax hikes as unacceptable – Doug Finke


— Rauner: America ‘at war with Islamic terrorists’ – Dan Petrella


— Local GOP delegates say Trump is in, protesters could be trouble – BOB OKON


— Ginsburg steps in it over Trump comments – Editorial  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They blame me for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems.  They know full-well that if they slander me, I will sue them.  Because of that, they have their operatives and their dupes slander me.  Their operatives and their dupes have permission, if not encouragement, to slander me in the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall.)


— Racine County delegates prepared to back Trump – MARK SCHAAF


— At first official event, Pence, Trump set sights on Clinton, vow to restore prosperity, safety to America  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who are filled with hatred of Republicans, but who hypocritically move to and/or stay in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and DuPage County to take advantage of the prosperity and safety that Republicans have created there?)


— Reeling from Falling Polls, Paul Ryan Floods District with Mailers on Border Security After Funding Every Obama Open Borders Initiative – JULIA HAHN1


— Dozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump’s convention – Cristina Marcos  (DIERSEN: The following love GOP lawmakers who stay away from Trump’s convention: 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.)
— Anti-Trump delegates plot convention havoc – Evelyn Rupert  (DIERSEN: What havoc do the anti-Trumps plan in your municipality, in your township, in your county, and in Illinois?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps predict ‘riotous conditions’ at convention.


— Trump panic drives progressives toward Clinton  At Netroots Nation, there was little love for Hillary but plenty of concern about the need to defeat the presumptive GOP nominee. – Benjamin Oreskes
— The Executive Mr. Trump  The surprising truth about Trump as a boss—from the people he’s hired, fired and micromanaged. – Michael Kruse
— Donald Trump’s One Unbreakable Policy: Skip the Details  In a head-to-head matchup with the ultimate wonk, Trump is betting voters will prefer his bravado to Clinton’s position papers. – Michael Grunwald


— Clinton Beats Trump Among Latinos 76 Percent to 14 Percent – CARRIE DANN  (DIERSEN: What percent of Latinos who support Clinton 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?)
— Poll: Clinton Keeps 5-Point Lead Over Trump Heading Into Conventions – MARK MURRAY


— Three Police Officers Killed and Several Wounded in Baton Rouge Shooting – MIKE McPHATE
— FRONT PAGE: How Mike Pence Became a Conservative Hero: Unwavering Opposition to Abortion – MONICA DAVEY and MICHAEL BARBARO
— We’re Helping Deport Kids to Die – Nicholas Kristof  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs encourage foreign countries to bring kids to America illegally.  Democrats and RINOs encourage kids to come to America illegally.)
— Don’t Vote for Me, I’m Not Worthy  That’s what George Washington said. Imagine a modern presidential candidate saying that. – JULIE MILLER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who promote Sariah law are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-female, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.
— Professors, Stop Opining About Trump – STANLEY FISH
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: The Slave Trader’s Portrait – SUSAN FALES-HILL  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are a Republican, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, a) the more that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against women and b) the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.  All my ancestors immigrated to American during the 1840s and 1850s.  In my defense, all my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois, my father was the first of my ancestors to earn a high school diploma, and my mother never attended high school.)
— Attack in France Fuels Anti-Immigrant Parties on Europe’s Right – ALISON SMALE and STEPHEN CASTLE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps see “Ominous Signs as Republicans Gather to Chart Their Future.”


— Mike Pence integrates longtime advisers with Trump campaign – Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
— Anti-Trump delegates consider several attempts to upend convention – Ed O’Keefe
— Outsiders in politics: not the greatest success rate – Gillian Brockell (DIERSEN: If you are not a political insider, do you want to be one?  Are you willing to pay the price?  I am not.)


— In a time of tumult, Trump and Clinton compete to be seen as the better leader – Cathleen Decker


— Vandal throws rock through pro-Trump family’s window – Melkorka Licea  (DIERSEN: What hate crimes do the anti-Trumps plan to commit in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A vandal launched a 6-inch rock through a Brooklyn family’s front door for posting pro-Trump signs in the window, the family says. “The glass was piled up so high that when I tried to open the door it wouldn’t budge,” Joshua Ramos, 45, of the June 25 attack at his Gowanus home. A Trump sign he had taped behind the unlocked glass door was on the ground, ripped in half. The door will cost $2,400 to replace, he said. “I feel violated and like I don’t live in a free country anymore,” the father of two told The Post. He said he called police. “I said I wanted to report a hate crime, but they told me, ‘It’s not a hate crime. It’s vandalism,'” he recalled. But the Republican is sure it had to do with his support for Trump. “I feel like some guy in the neighborhood got drunk, got upset and just did it,” he said. Ramos, who has two other Trump signs in his living-room windows, said he now feels unwelcome in his mostly liberal ‘hood. “I keep to myself and don’t talk to anyone around here,” he said. “I can’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ and my kids can’t say the Pledge of Allegiance. The political correctness is just too much. I don’t feel safe anymore, certainly not after this.”)


— Trump taps populist fervor to secure GOP presidential nomination over traditional Republicans: ‘The people have spoken — the bastards’ – Cameron Joseph  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who despise if not hate conservatives like me, that is, who despise if not hate the base of the Republican Party. They talk and act like they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs. They focus on destroying the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, the DuPage County Republican Central Committee, the Illinois Republican Party, and the Republican Party.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “GOP figures who rallied around Trump will face a harsh reckoning.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “GOP fights over party message ahead of Cleveland convention.”


— As Trump won, media coverage turned sharply negative – Byron York


— Diversity training called ineffective  Hiring of some groups actually declines, says study of 830 US firms – JENA MCGREGOR  (DIERSEN: How many diversity training classes have you attended?  I attended many such classes because while I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997, the Democrats who ran those agencies required all their employees to attend.  According to diversity training, the more of the following that are true about you, the more racist that you are: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, German or British national origin, male, older, rich, gun owner, and/or your ancestors have been in America for a long time.  Of course, needless-to-say, those who promote diversity training, that is, those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-German and British national origin, 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, want to get rid of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, German or British national origin, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or your those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Companies have tried everything to boost the stubbornly anemic numbers of women and minorities in management roles or in certain industries, such as tech or finance. They’re making candidates’ resumes blind to race and gender. Setting up partnerships with historically black colleges. Releasing demographic data in an exercise of public accountability – and humility. But perhaps the most common and seemingly elementary tactic – compulsory diversity training aimed at helping people’s biases or preventing discriminatory behavior – appears to actually do more harm than good. In the cover story of the latest issue of the Harvard Business Review, sociologists from Harvard and Tel Aviv universities explore the counterintuitive idea that some of the most common tools for improving diversity – one of which is mandatory training – are not just ineffective. They could be detrimental to improving the number of women and minorities in the managerial ranks. Making people attend diversity training may seem to make sense, said one of the study’s co-authors, Alexandra Kalev, in an interview: “But it doesn’t work. For decades, diversity management programs flourished with no evidence whatsoever about their effects and their success.” The article is based on a series of research papers by Kalev and Harvard’s Frank Dobbin that studied nearly 830 U.S. companies. It describes how, five years after implementing compulsory diversity training for managers, companies actually saw declines in the numbers of some demographic groups – African-American women and Asian-American men and women – and no improvement among white women and other minorities. “If someone is supposed to sit there, psychologically they will be grumpy,” she said. “They will not want to engage. This is what we do as human beings – we resist control.” The authors point to a range of past social science studies that have shown that efforts to reduce prejudice can backfire. The pair also say that when diversity training is just focused on a certain group – like managers or one where there’s been a bias problem – it can also have worse results. “When diversity training focuses only on managers it has this legalistic undertone,” Kalev said. “You are the decision makers, therefore you have to go through driving school.” The researchers also found that other tactics often aimed at helping with diversity, such as skill tests to help prevent bias in the hiring process or grievance systems where employees can log complaints, also led to declines in the number of women and minorities in the companies’ workforces over time. Managers don’t like being told whom they want to hire, so they often distribute tests selectively, while grievance systems can make managers feel threatened and retaliate, Kalev said. “We understand why they need to be there,” Kalev said of such tools. “But we think companies need to be way more reflective about what these (practices) do for their workforce.” The researchers used a statistical analysis to examine the effect that a range of diversity efforts had on each company’s makeup over time, examining both detailed surveys and data on the demographics of their workforce. By isolating factors such as broader industry diversity figures, organizational culture, or the presence of a union or an affirmative action plan, they believe their research shows that some diversity tools actually hurt or help the number of women and minorities in the ranks, rather than merely being linked with each other. Of course, diversity training programs can vary widely – from being forced to watch outdated 1980s VHS tapes about sexual harassment to attending sophisticated new “unconscious bias” training programs. And Kalev said their research has shown that training programs that focus on multiculturalism and the business case for diversity – rather than the legalistic reasons behind why it’s being offered – have a less negative effect. Still, she says, “even the most fascinating diversity training will be way more efficient if the crowd is sitting there voluntarily.”)


— The Republicans Who Are Staying Home From Trump’s Convention  Excuses include “I’ve got to mow my lawn” and “I’ve got to really do my hair that week.” – MICHELLE COTTLE (DIERSEN: If you are a Republican, not an anti-Trump, and you are not attending the convention, what are your excuses?  My excuses include a) time: my self-commitment to spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) cost: increasingly, because of my federal Democrat superiors’ success in wasting my career and forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, my Civil Service Retirement System pension is dramatically reduced, and therefore, my wife and I are increasingly using our non-retirement savings to pay our bills.  My critics/opponents side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government.)


— ‘We’re different people. I understand that:’ Donald Trump says he hasn’t asked Mike Pence to say ‘Crooked Hillary’ during the duo’s awkward first television interview – LIAM QUINN

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.