July 29 Morning Edition

— Naperville man charged in January 6 attack on US Capitol – Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner
— CDC mask guidelines: DuPage, McHenry, Will counties showing ‘substantial’ COVID-19 transmission

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want minorities to be pot pushers. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.

— Speech suppression is habit-forming – Michael Barone
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, but failing that, they want to stop everyone from reading those newsletters, but failing that, they succeeded in a) stopping me from raising funds from Republicans so that Republicans could help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day parade and fireworks, b) ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship, c) ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership, d) ending my Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster service twice, e) ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership, f) ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership, and g) ending etc.)

— Davis’ efforts to comfort police highlighted at meeting of panel probing Jan. 6 riot – Dean Olsen
— Mandatory masks reinstituted at secretary of state facilities, Springfield Capitol Complex – Dean Olsen

— Historians to Illinois lawmakers considering statue removal: Use this as ‘teaching moment’ – MAGGIE PROSSER
(DIERSEN: From what I see, Democrats want to remove statutes of those who were conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DOJ won’t defend Brooks in lawsuit over Capitol violence – AP
(DIERSEN: By defending GAO in Diersen v. GAO, George W. Bush made it clear that he rejects the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform and that he supports patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tweets and videos are putting the vaccine culture wars on full display. Some elected Republicans are speaking up in favor of getting the vax, while three GOP gubernatorial candidates say they haven’t been vaccinated — and probably won’t be. Congressman Rodney Davis tweeted “Please, get vaccinated. They’re safe and effective. Do it to protect your health and that of those around you so we can finally end this pandemic.” And just to be totally frank, he added, “Don’t give @JBPritzker an excuse to shut the economy down again.” State Rep. Avery Bourne tweeted a picture of herself getting the vaccine, saying “I’m vaccinated & I encourage others to get vaccinated too.” Meanwhile, a video surfaced (h/t Mark Maxwell) of a GOP campaign forum where gubernatorial candidates were asked if they had been vaccinated. Only former Republican state Sen. Paul Schimpf said he had been. The others — state Sen. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, and attorney Max Solomon — all said no. The Illinois Republican Party didn’t mince words on its opinion about getting the vaccine. “We encourage people to get the vaccine to put the pandemic behind us,” a spokesman told Playbook. The vax clash comes as the debate and discussions about masks heat up. Republicans are united in not wanting to see Gov. J.B. Pritzker issue any more mandates.)

— Overgenerous pensions: One reason why Illinois spends so much more on K-12 education than Florida – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— COVID-19 mandates wade into uncertain legal territory. Biden, private employers face likely challenges over rights, approval status. – Tom Howell Jr.
— White House releases ‘root causes’ plan to control migration from Central America – Stephen Dinan
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly Republican-haters illegally encourage citizens of foreign countries to illegally come to America illegally and to illegally stay in America illegally.)

— Tucker: Americans should never be forced to take medicine they don’t want, period

— The American Regime and Its Moral Ground. When the founders took up the task of framing a new Constitution, they had to draw upon those principles of law and moral truths that were there—as they had to be—before the Constitution. – Hadley Arkes

— Poll shows more Americans want Black Lives Matter riots investigated than Jan. 6 Capitol riot — and it’s not close – PHIL SHIVER
(DIERSEN: Who led the BLM riots in your county, in your township, and in your municipality?)
— Side-by-side media coverage of BLM protests vs. Capitol riot
— Piers Morgan: If you refuse COVID-19 vaccine and catch the virus, you should be denied state-funded health care and pay for it yourself – DAVE URBANSKI
(DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the following officially get rid of the unvaccinated once and for all: a) your employer if you are still employed, b) the organizations that you are a member of, c) your municipality, d) your township, e) your county, f) Illinois, g) America, and h) the world?)

— House Republicans Unveil Bill To Finish Border Wall, Hire More Officers In Response To Biden’s ‘Destructive’ Policies – KAYLEE GREENLEE

— What is American Wokeness Really About? – Victor Davis Hanson

— Rep. Babin to Newsmax: Biden Allowing COVID-Positive Illegal Migrants Into US – Nick Koutsobinas
— The ACLU is Attacking Our 2nd Amendment Freedoms – Michael Dorstewitz

— Nicolle Wallace Urges Dems: Make Republican ‘Domestic Terror Threat’ Your Midterm Theme – Mark Finkelstein

— Why Keeping Critical Race Theory Away From Your Kids Requires A Lot More Than iPhone Activism
— Rep. James Clyburn Falsely Claims Critical Race Not Taught In Grade Schools, Says It’s A ‘Red Herring’ – Gabe Kaminsky

— CHICAGO’S TOP COP: Courts Releasing ‘People Charged With Murder’ Back onto the Streets

— Texas loss alarms Trump advisers worried about party clout. Trump’s chosen candidate lost to another Republican in Tuesday’s Texas House election. Now, his advisers are concerned about an Ohio race up next week. – ALEX ISENSTADT
(DIERSEN: How are the following trending: your Republican township/ward party organization, your Republican county party organization, and the Illinois Republican Party (IRP)? From what I see based on my serving as an elected DuPage County Milton Township Republican Precinct Committeeman since 2000 and as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, ever-increasingly, the Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), and IRP are ever-increasingly moving further to the left. Ever-increasingly, the leaders of the aforesaid talk and/or act like they want the Republican Party to dump the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform. Ever-increasingly, they say and/or do things that promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. Everyone in Illinois sees how the MTRO, DCRCC, and IRP treat me and treat my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. Everyone in Illinois sees the support that those got who stopped me from raising funds from Republicans to help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks. Expect that as soon as they have enough votes, MTRO, DCRCC, and IRP leaders will pass resolutions that condemn Trump and glorify and praise Kinzinger.)

— Kinzinger says ‘a lot’ of Republicans have privately conveyed support for his January 6 stance – Paul LeBlanc
— Fact checking claims January 6 was not an armed insurrection – Holmes Lybrand

— Designer who won’t make same-sex wedding websites loses case
(DIERSEN: How soon will Democrats file a lawsuit to force me to use my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters to promote LGBTQ, CRT, 1619, reparations, dependency on government, dependency on charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and the rest of the Democrat Party platform?)
— https://apnews.com/article/technology-joe-biden-government-and-politics-business-health-3bfa727e9b844216bc984fb30c82a895
— Biden woos working class with new ‘buy American’ efforts – JOSH BOAK
(DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hate General Motors, hate Ford, hate the UAW, hate American nameplate vehicles, and hate those who owned and/or own an American nameplate vehicle. I should write a book about the aforesaid haters.)

— Kinzinger says Republicans thanking him in private for Capitol riot stance as he blasts ‘cold’ Fox News for mocking his tears – Maroosha Muzaffar

— Pfizer says vaccine’s power wanes over time. Are you still protected? New research from Pfizer found a drop in protection after six months, although the vaccine remained highly effective against severe illness. – Akshay Syal, MD

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats call you a racist if you do not promote CRT.

— The migrants Biden’s letting in aren’t reporting to the feds – Editorial

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Charlie Kirk’s pro-Trump youth group stokes vaccine resistance as covid surges again. Turning Point USA and its affiliates are urging students to resist mandates and spreading baseless claims about ‘medical raids’ as part of a bid for donations.”

— Wharton Reaches A Diversity Milestone – Patrick Thomas
(DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, etc. to get rid of Republicans. While I worked for Democrats who ran GAO, IRS, and the Post Office for almost 30 years, they used AA, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, etc. to get rid of their employees who were Republican.)
— The Cost of the School Shutdowns. A new McKinsey study documents the severe student learning loss. – Editorial

— Federal Worker Unions Back Vaccine Mandates Amid Local Backlash – Todd Shields
(DIERSEN: What about members of protected groups that refuse vaccination? From what I see, 100% of federal employees are a member of at least one protected group.)

— Trump Threatens ‘Lots Of Primaries’ For GOP Senators Over Infrastructure Deal – Andrew Solender (DIERSEN: In Illinois, which Republican U.S. Senate candidates will a) seek/accept Trump’s endorsement or b) seek/accept Kinzinger’s endorsement?)

— Trump Calls Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill ‘Loser for the USA’ as McConnell Supports It – DANIEL VILLARREAL

— Why Republicans Want to Keep Punishing Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – Ed Kilgore
(DIERSEN: Who calls for you to be punished and for what? My critics/opponents call for me to be punished because I included links to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters that they do not like. My critics/opponents call for me to be punished a) because they cannot manipulate/dominate me, b) because I refuse to glorify and praise them, c) because I refuse to pander to them, d) because I refuse to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, e) because I refuse to cover-up their wrong doing, and/or f) because I refuse to give them money. My critics/opponents call for me to be punished because I promote planks in the Republican Party platform that they want to strike including the traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. My critics/opponents call for me to be punished because I have sued them.)

— Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live? Check This Map – Selena Simmons-Duffin
— New NPR Ethics Policy: It’s OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes) – Kelly McBride

(FROM THE ARTICLE: NPR rolled out a substantial update to its ethics policy earlier this month, expressly stating that journalists may participate in activities that advocate for “the freedom and dignity of human beings” on both social media and in real life. The new policy eliminates the blanket prohibition from participating in “marches, rallies and public events,” as well as vague language that directed NPR journalists to avoid personally advocating for “controversial” or “polarizing” issues. NPR’s current ethics policy was first drafted in the early 2000s, and then given an overhaul in 2010-2011. The new NPR policy reads, “NPR editorial staff may express support for democratic, civic values that are core to NPR’s work, such as, but not limited to: the freedom and dignity of human beings, the rights of a free and independent press, the right to thrive in society without facing discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, or religion.” Is it OK to march in a demonstration and say, ‘Black lives matter’? What about a Pride parade? In theory, the answer today is, “Yes.” But in practice, NPR journalists will have to discuss specific decisions with their bosses, who in turn will have to ask a lot of questions. The carve-out is somewhat narrow. Protests organized with the purpose of demanding equal and fair treatment of people are now permitted, as long as the journalist asking is not covering the event. However, rallies organized to support a specific piece of legislation would be off-limits. Other events featuring a slate of political candidates from one party are also out of bounds. Even when NPR journalists can legitimately participate in a civic event, the new policy asks them to consider how their participation will impact their colleagues. When taking a public stance makes it harder for other NPR journalists to do their jobs, there is an expectation that the journalism will take precedence. This policy confronts the generations-old question in newsrooms: Where does the journalist end and the citizen begin?)

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.