July 18 Morning Edition

— NOTABLE ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS TO SKIP CONVENTION; SECURITY BEEFED UP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise anti-Trumps.  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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many notable Illinois Republicans are skipping this year’s GOP convention this week, including Gov. Bruce Rauner who has treated Trump comments as toxic and opted to steer clear.  In addition to Rauner, other missing GOPs will be former Gov. Jim Edgar, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, Comptroller Leslie Munger and North Shore Congressman Bob Dold. Kirk is even running an ad trumpeting his anti-Trumpness, which states “Mark Kirk bucked his party to say Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief.” Northwest suburban Rep. Peter Roskam may be the highest profile Illinois Republican who is attending the convention. Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider will chair the state’s delegation, while other’s such as Congressman Adam Kinzinger and former gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard have said they’ll be in Cleveland for some meetings, but may not even set foot on the convention floor. “Very few elected officials or prominent Republicans are attending the convention, with good reason: Donald Trump,” said Pat Brady, former Illinois GOP party chairman. “Seven in 10 suburban voters disapprove of him. Why would you want to be seen with him? That to me is the damage he’s done to the Republican party.” State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, said he’s most interested in is party unity. He concedes that Trump wasn’t his first choice. He was Marco Rubio support, however, Fortner said there’s no chance he’d skip the convention in protest. “The convention is a good chance to see our different parts going to come together, I hope they do and that’s one reason I’m going to be a part of that,” Fortner said. In an unusual move, Trump volunteers were asking delegates to sign a pledge that they will vote for Trump on nomination night. On Monday, Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, and Willie Robertson, star of the “Duck Dynasty” show will be speaking. Monday’s theme will be “Make America Safe Again,” and focus on national security and immigration. Two former Republican presidents, two of the most recent GOP nominees and most of Trumps’ former opponents are skipping the convention as well. However, organizers said it’s not about the establishment, it’s about the grassroots supporters.)


— Illinois Delegation Puts On United Front On Eve Of GOP Convention – Rob Johnson


— Illinois republicans prepare for the RNC (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise anti-Trumps.  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.)


— IL GOP Chair: Illinois in ‘Lockstep’ with Trump – Paris Schutz
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The head of Illinois’ Republican Party sought to downplay any division that might exist among the rank and file over the nomination of Donald Trump. Chairman Tim Schneider riled up the crowd of Illinois delegates at a delegation breakfast Monday morning in Cleveland, vowing that Illinois would work to elect Donald Trump in November, and that, counter to reports of division among the ranks, the state is “in lockstep” with Trump. “Donald Trump has tapped into something that has resonated with millions of new voters across our country,” Schneider said. “We are absolutely unified behind Donald Trump,” said Trump Illinois co-chair Demetra Demonte. “There is no fracture. The leadership of the party, the people of Illinois are totally united.” But despite the rah-rah atmosphere of Monday’s event, high-profile congressmen have distanced themselves from the nominee, and top party officials including Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk are avoiding the convention all together. It has drawn the ire of Trump delegates, many of whom are first-time attendees at the convention and new to the political process. “I’m disappointed,” said alternate Trump delegate James Ignatowski, a first-time delegate from Chicago. “It’d be nice for Governor Rauner and Mark Kirk to be here. Show the Democrats we’re united. Show it to Madigan and Cullerton.” Schneider and other state GOP officials drew rousing cheers when they insisted the state party was solidly behind Trump. The Illinois leadership aimed to bridge the divide between more established members of the party and newer entrants. “We need to work together. We’re not your enemy, were your friend,” Schneider said. Ignatowski says he was drawn to Trump and compelled to get involved in politics because of his disdain for Chicago politicians, and because of Trump’s hard line on ending illegal immigration and cracking down on undocumented immigrants. “People should come here legally. Let’s keep the illegals out of the country,” he said. “Trump truthfully cares about Americans,” Ignatowski said. “He spent his own money, while others spent millions against him.” Through many delegates say they have been attracted to Trump from the beginning, others have needed some persuading. “I’m coming around, I’m really coming around,” said Judy Diekelman, an at-large delegate, who, by rule must cast her vote for Trump. “I’m very happy with his VP pick. We have a big tent, and we have to look at all opinions.” Political conventions are typically a celebration of the party, but the events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where three officers were killed in an ambush on Sunday, have cast a shadow over this year’s event. Illinois State Representative John Cabello, a former police officer from Rockford, urged the delegation to be vigilant in the wake of heightened security around the convention center. “When you’re going to and from the convention, please be aware of your surroundings,” Cabello said. “If a criminal sees you paying attention, you will less likely be a victim of crime. If you see something out of the ordinary, please report it.” The delegation will next visit with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a dinner reception before the convention begins in earnest Monday evening.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Stopgap budget failing to erase damage of state impasse – Monique Garcia  (DIERSEN: Republicans want spending cuts.  Democrats want tax increases.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Looks like this party is having trouble getting started.”
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Likability is great, but co-workers who deliver are the most valuable – John Brandon  (DIERSEN: To get promoted beyond GS-12 at IRS or beyond GS-13 at GAO, you have to a) help your Democrat superiors give preference to their employees who are Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger and b) help your Democrat superiors make way for them by getting rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Pakistani model’s brother says he killed her for ‘honor’ – AP


— Trump delegates and GOP regulars: An arranged marriage – Lynn Sweet
— Illinois delegation at GOP convention gets security warning – Tina Sfondeles
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Illinois Trump campaign co-chair warned about state delegates what they should do if confronted by any potentially violent situations as the Republican convention kicks off on Monday. The co-chair, State Rep. John Cabello, a Rockford police detective currently on leave, commented at an Illinois Republican Party breakfast for Illinoisans at the convention. “Look people in the eyes. Make sure they know that you are watching what’s going on,” Cabello, R-Machesney Park said. “Pay attention. If you see something, please report it right away.”  The opening session will be gaveled to order a day after three police officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., and just weeks after police shootings in Dallas. There is a massive law enforcement presence — in uniform and undercover — at all political conventions, with forces beefed up as tens of thousands are here in advance of Donald Trump accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The Illinois GOP party starts each convention day with a breakfast, notable on Monday for who was not there — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. Still, Cabello and Illinois Republican Party Chair Tim Schneider said Illinoisans are united in wanting to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. At past conventions, these morning sessions have been used to rally the troops for the Illinois ticket. No speaker mentioned Kirk by name. As for any divides among Republicans who are not backing Trump because of his divisive rhetoric, Cabello stressed that the Illinois Republican Party is working with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Cabello said that the “No Trump” and “Dump Trump” movement had totally fizzled. “I can guarantee it is iron clad that nothing, nothing is going to stop Donald Trump from being our nominee,” he said to applause. “We have all locked arms. We are all ready to make sure that crooked Hillary is not the next president of the United States,” Cabello said. The daily breakfast marked the first time all Illinois delegates — at-large, alternate at-large and elected delegates were meeting. Included among that group is 17-year-old Karl Miller, of west suburban Downers Grove, the youngest Illinois delegate, an at-large alternate. Most in the room were first-time convention goers, including Schneider, and most of the elected delegates. “Are you ready to take back the White House in 2016,” Schneider said to cheers, while touting that Donald Trump’s campaign has resonated with “millions and millions of new voters.” “We need to work together. All of us together. The Illinois Republican Party, we’re not your enemy. We’re your friend,” Schneider said. For all the talk of unity around Trump, the Illinois delegation on Monday afternoon is meeting with former GOP 2016 presidential contender Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kasich is not backing Trump and is unlikely even to attend the convention.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Cheering FOIA success and facing obstacles – Andy Shaw


— Former candidate Kasich meeting with Illinois delegates as convention opens – Mike Riopell
(FROM THE ARTICLE: John Kasich’s planned visit with the Illinois delegation today at the Republican National Convention comes as something of a consolation prize to both the former candidate and some of the delegates. Kasich is one of the few candidates with elected delegates in the Illinois group, having fared better than presumptive nominee Donald Trump in the state’s March primary among voters in some parts of the Chicago area. Among his primary backers in the Illinois delegation: state Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights, former Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar of Palatine and former state party Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles. Del Mar wasn’t elected but was chosen later as part of the state’s group of at-large delegates who are committed to vote for Trump because of his primary victory in Illinois. Brady had been at the front of the push to upend Trump’s nomination, but the rules changes that could have made that possible failed last week. Kasich didn’t get the main stage speaking role other former Trump rivals did. Dr. Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak Tuesday on the main stage. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who spent time in the suburbs before the March primary, is set to speak on the main stage Wednesday. Tonight’s lineup features potential first lady Melania Trump, the first of numerous Trumps speaking this week, and takes a Benghazi focus with “Lone Survivor” co-author Marcus Luttrell, as well as speeches from Benghazi survivors and the mother of Sean Smith, who was killed in the attack.)
— Youngest Republican delegate Carl Miller gets convention for his 18th birthday – Mike Riopell (DIERSEN: I had the honor of sitting next to Miller and speaking with him at some length during the Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Peoria on Saturday, May 21, 2016.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If the election were held today, Republican convention delegate Carl Miller of Downers Grove couldn’t vote in it. Lucky for him, he turns 18 on Friday, a day after Donald Trump is set to accept the Republican nomination for president. Miller will be there to see it. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present,” he said. After grabbing headlines last year for his bid to meet as many presidential candidates as he could, Miller was picked by the state Republican Party as an alternate statewide delegate to the Cleveland convention. On Sunday, he was driving there with his grandfather. As the youngest Illinois delegate, does he have some particular role to play? “It’s a humbling experience,” Miller said. “I really want to do this so I can serve the party and more importantly serve our country and advance the conservative principles I believe in.” Miller left for Cleveland Saturday on a road trip that is more presidential than most. The Ohio stops included: The Warren G. Harding home in Marion, the James Garfield home in Mentor and Garfield’s grave. And they hoped to hit up a William McKinley site in Canton Sunday if there was time. “It really enhances the experience to learn the history,” Miller said. Trump wasn’t Miller’s first choice — he’s a fan of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — but he’ll vote for Trump in November. “I want to share this experience with as many voters as I can,” he said. “I want to defeat the Democrats in November more than anything.” PICTURE CAPTION: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gets a picture taken in March with Carl Miller of Downers Grove at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. Miller will serve as the youngest Republican delegate at the party convention this week in Cleveland.)
— Two crises lawmakers still haven’t addressed – David From
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTO OF BERLIN: Now some in DuPage can join military to avoid prosecution – Justin Kmitch  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Anti-Trumps are nasty.  Sooner or later, if you are a Republican, but you did not enlist, or far worse yet, if you were eligible for the draft like Trump and I were, but you avoided the draft like Trump and I did, anti-Trumps will viciously demonize you, viciously denigrate you, and viciously condemn you are being a patriotic hypocrite.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps and anti-Rauners say “Hear What Rauner Is Doing Instead Of Attending The RNC Convention.”


— Republican National Convention Gets Underway Amid Fallout from Baton Rouge – Paris Schutz


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Illinois Delegates At Republican National Convention, Where Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “GOP Convention Notable For Illinois Absences, Nature of Candidate.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Presidential Race Spurs Illinois Immigrants to Apply For Citizenship.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Illinois GOP Mixed on Convention.”


— Trump delegate Linda Lucchese from Park Ridge says Illinois no-shows to convention are week  Rauner, Munger, Kirk among those not attending – AP


— Top Illinois Republicans are no-shows in Cleveland – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise anti-Trumps.  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.)


— Illinois Group Insurance Premiums Could Double Retroactively Pending Outcome of Labor Dispute – ILLINOIS PUBLIC RADIO & SARAH MUELLER


— Enrollees Of Failed Illinois Insurance Co-Op Face High Costs – AP


— Pro-Family Campaign Kickoff…Family-Pac Boat Cruise July 25 – Paul Caprio


— Kinzinger: “Hands Down, Right Move” For Senate To Bring In More Muslim Immigrants


— Black Lives Matter, the Chicago Urban League, and Suffering Children – Laurie Higgins


— Hostile media poised to blast GOP convention, Media Research Center says – Jennifer Harper  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents side with the “hostile media” against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Here’s a safe prediction about this week’s Republican National Convention: TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters,” says Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center. “And that’s not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.” Actually, this is a tradition. Broadcasters have been framing the Republican Party and its candidates as rigid, judgmental and ultra-conservative for years, says Mr. Noyes, and he ought to know. The conservative press watchdog has documented liberal rants against the Grand Old Party since 1988, with correspondents acting as “Democratic surrogates, lecturing Republican officials and delegates about how they are too far to the right and intolerant,” the analyst notes. “It does not matter to the media whether the nominee is a conservative like Ronald Reagan, or a moderate like John McCain. The networks read from virtually the same script each year,” Mr. Noyes continues, adding that his organization again will track the bias and share the now familiar findings. “So if you watch one of the liberal networks this week and think you’re hearing an echo of previous slams of the GOP — you probably are,” advises Mr. Noyes. “No man will ever bring out of the presidency the reputation that carries him into it.”)


— Trump Launches Pre-Convention Tweetstorm Against Clinton, Warren and CNN – Carly Hoilman
— Cleveland Police Prepare for Anarchists, Separatists and Anti-Trump Protesters at RNC – Carly Hoilman


— Baton Rouge cop-killer in Nation of Islam


— Republican Senator Jeff Flake: The GOP MUST Purge Trump Supporters – Scott Greer
— Baton Rouge Shooter Gavin Eugene Long Was Nation Of Islam Member, Railed Against ‘Crackers’ On YouTube Channel – Chuck Ross


— Pollster McLaughlin: Trump Will Win Because He Gives Change Americans Seek – Brian Freeman  (DIERSEN: Those who want to get rid of 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 will vote for Clinton.)
— ABC/WashPost Poll: Clinton Losing Ground Among Women
— Obama Bashes Gingrich on Muslim Comments: It’s ‘Repugnant’


— Milwaukee officer shot in patrol car
— The willing suspension of disbelief will destroy America
— Islam at War with a Delusional, Suicidal West – Matt Barber


— Ten companies with starting wages over $10.50 – Bailey Bischoff  (DIERSEN: I doubt that any of these ten companies would hire me because of one or more of the following reasons: a) I am not a Democrat, b) I do not promote LGBTQ activity, c) I do not promote abortion, d) I do not promote mass/illegal immigration, e) I do not promote booze, pot, gambling, or other vices, f) I do not promote race or gender based preference giving, g) I do not promote political affiliation discrimination, h) I do not promote age discrimination, i) I do not promote abolition of the Second Amendment, j) I am not an anti-Trump, k) I am White, l) I am male, m) I am old (67), n) I am not poor, o) I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, p) I am conservative, q) I am Republican, r) I am American, s) I am a gun owner, t) I am 100% German national origin, u) all my ancestors immigrated to America during the 1840s and 1850s, v) my Democrat GAO superiors took adverse actions 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, w) my Democrat IRS superiors took adverse actions against me including not promoting me beyond GS-12, disallowing my education deductions, and disallowing my partial day per diem claims, x) my Democrat Post Office superiors took adverse actions against me including forcing me resign in 1969 and disallowing my sick leave requests, and y) I avoided the draft with student and financial hardship draft deferments.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Flounders As the Stakes Get Bigger.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Why Trump’s ‘Pivot’ Is Fake And Laughably Late At That  It’s a little late for him to start acting presidential.”
— The Nation’s Largest Progressive Gathering Disappoints Many  This year’s Netroots Nation felt like one long lightbulb joke. – Eliot Nelson
— In Ohio (And Elsewhere), Trump Appeals To The Past  In swing counties in a swing state, they like Trump and Mike Pence. But it is an America that is fading. Can it put Trump over the top? – Howard Fieneman  (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents think of the past?  My critics/opponents demonize, denigrate, and condemn the past.  They hint/imply/argue/shout that the older that you are (I am 67), the more that you have benefited from your parents’, your grandparents’, your great grand parents’, and the rest of your ancestors’ discrimination against minorities and against women.)


— The United States of Trump?  In the battlegrounds of 2016, it’s Obama’s country versus The Donald’s. – Michael Grunwald  (DIERSEN: When push comes to shove, my critics/opponents who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican side with the Democrats against me.  My critics/opponents are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.  They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
— Boomer Bust  Clinton and Trump are two of the oldest presidential candidates ever. When will the Me Generation loosen its grip on American politics? – Todd S. Purdum  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who promote age discrimination.  All my critics/opponents have always promoted age discrimination.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “RNC Is Donald Trump’s Show, but GOP Cracks Remain.”
— Founder of Latinas For Trump: Latinos Will ‘Put Him Over the Top’ – SUZANNE GAMBOA  (DIERSEN: What demographic groups are you a member of?  Will members of those groups put Trump “over the top?” If yes, anti-Trumps will demonize, denigrate, and condemn those groups.)
— Scrambling, Planners of the Republican Convention Put ‘Showbiz’ Off to the Wings – JONATHAN MARTIN and JEREMY W. PETERS


— How the Shooting of Police  Officers in Baton Rouge Unfolded – LARRY BUCHANAN, JOE BURGESS and FORD FESSENDEN
— Donald Trump and Mike Pence: One Ticket, Two Worldviews – STEVE EDER and THOMAS KAPLAN
— Republican Convention Will Push Limits of a Candidate and the News Media – Jim Rutenberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The more conservative that you are, the more that anti-conservatives demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: 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 ask “Will the GOP convention be a celebration of anger and exclusion?”
— The Democrats’ demographic firewall is under attack – Carol Anderson  (DIERSEN: Those who vote for Democrats or RINOs 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.)


— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Trump Nation: Supporters see themselves in Republican nominee – Rick Hampson  (DIERSEN: How many demographics do you share with Trump?  Trump and I are conservative, Republican, American, White, German national origin, Protestant, male, married, college graduates, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, healthy, and our ancestors have been in America for a long time. Because of the aforesaid, anti-Trumps viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me.)
— Tech turns its back on Trump — except for a few – Jon Swartz and Allana Akhtar
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Why ‘real’ politicians loathe Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – Michael Wolff  (DIERSEN: Who loathes you? The following loathe me: 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.)
— Trump can beat Clinton if GOP unites – Anthony Scaramucci
— GOP convention is already a failure: Job one is to unify the party around a nominee. That will #NeverHappen with Donald Trump. – Jonah Goldberg


— Mike Pence Brings Conservative Bona Fides to Donald Trump Ticket  In Indiana, the governor has pursued fiscal and social policies that endear him to the right – NICK TIMIRAOS
— Trump Touts Pence’s Economic Record, Dismisses Policy Differences  Mr. Trump said he believes selection of Indiana governor could unite the party – NICK TIMIRAOS
— The Ballot Box to the Caliphate  The Brotherhood’s ultimate goal is establishing a global Islamic state. This is similar to what ISIS claims it has achieved, if not identical. – ERIC TRAGER  (DIERSEN: How soon will the majority of voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in American will vote for “the Caliphate?)
— How to Save Public Pensions, No Federal Bailout Needed  It isn’t unprecedented for the feds to spur local pension reform. Kennedy and Reagan both did. – ED BACHRACH


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Whites say “Black Lives Matter is not about racial supremacy.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say voters are “Waking up to Donald Trump’s moral narcissism.”


— Women pose nude to send a message to the Republican Convention – Zach Toombs


— Worst Case Scenario: Proposed Cuts to Federal Pay and Benefits – Ralph Smith  (DIERSEN: Virtually all federal employees are Democrats.  If I was still a federal employee, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates would kill me figuratively if not literally.)


— When federal bureaucracy tops the charts – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government. My critics/opponents agree with all the adverse actions a) 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) 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) that my Democrat Post Office superiors toke against me including forcing me resign in 1969 and disallowing my sick leave requests.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The federal bureaucracy gets a black eye from the public for the officiousness and red tape that are sometimes part of dealing with it. Think of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service and the Transportation Safety Administration. The bureaucracy also comes under frequent fire from elected leaders in Congress, usually conservatives, who complain about its expense and lack of accountability. But there is one group that is unmatched in its admiration for federal workers — the bureaucracy itself. According to ratings given to federal workers in their employee reviews, an unbelievable 99 percent are doing at least a good job. Unbelievable is right. Nevertheless, according to data collected by the Government Accountability Office, 33.1 percent of federal employees were given an “outstanding” rating, while 27.4 percent exceed “fully successful,” and 38.8 percent of federal employees were viewed merely as “fully successful.” Of the minuscule remainder, 0.3 percent qualified as “minimally successful,” and 0.1 percent as “unacceptable.” Presumably, that microscopic group of “unacceptables” are the federal employees who are sent home with pay because of job-related problems. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., was highly critical of the rating system’s shortcomings, as might be expected, since he is chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Apparently the federal bureaucrats grading one another think virtually everyone who works for the government is doing a fantastic job,” Rep. Miller said. “But given the dysfunction we’ve seen throughout the federal government over the last several years, that can’t possibly be true.” He added, “While most federal employees are dedicated and competent, everyone knows the government’s personnel system is rigged to protect those who can’t or won’t do their jobs.” Certainly, this report is evidence of that. The GAO recommended that agencies and their employees recognize “that a rating of ‘fully successful’ is already a high bar and should be valued and rewarded and that ‘outstanding’ is a difficult level to achieve.” Or should be. The rating system also relates to job promotions and compensation. That compounds the outrage and demands reform. If the civil service isn’t willing to dump the rating system as an utter fraud, then Congress should take on the job. Based on these ratings, the federal bureaucracy scores higher on the scale of excellence than Ivory Soap, which is only 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. And that just won’t wash.)


— Illinois health insurer announces liquidation as Obamacare co-ops collapse – Kristina Betinis


— GOP Chair Reince Priebus Says Having Straight Parents Is the “Best Scenario” for Children – Marie Solis


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Individuals, organizations, governments, and countries that 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 WORK WITH EACH OTHER TO GET RID OF INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS, COMPANIES, GOVERNMENTS, AND COUNTRIES 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.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps present “141 Things Donald Trump Has Said and Done That Make Him Unfit to Be President.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Let the madness begin: All signs point to four days of complete insanity.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Republican Party Blew It.”


— How candidates fare among faith groups – Jon Perr  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  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 are nasty.  What do your critics/opponents say about your faith? My nasty critics/opponents who are a member of a church, who attend church services, and/or who give money to a church viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me as being a religious hypocrite because put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out on Sunday mornings instead of attending church services.  I should write a book about my aforesaid nasty critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois and how they a) promote booze, gambling, and other vices and b) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)


— RNC chair: Trump planning tour to woo Latino voters, believes convention will be turning point  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, anti-Trumps want Trump to “woo” citizens of Mexico in America legally or illegally by doing much more than just promising to give them more preference than Clinton does.  Anti-Trumps want Trump to promise a) to legalize pot in America to further booster Mexico’s economy and to further destroy America, b) to force everyone to speak, read, and write Spanish, c) give southwest America back to Mexico, and d) then to give all of what is left of America to Mexico.)

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.