June 25 Evening Edition

— Coronavirus Illinois: IL COVID-19 cases increase by 894, with 41 new deaths – Eric Horng
— GAO report to Congress supports Trump administration COVID-19 response criticisms by Pritzker (DIERSEN: I should write a book about why GAO should not claim to be independent.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois’ favorable COVID-19 trends may be in spite of the initial federal response to the virus, as an independent report to Congress found the U.S. government fell short in nearly all aspects of the pandemic response. The Government Accountability Office, an independent watchdog group that reports to Congress, found that an ill-prepared, ill-equipped U.S. government contributed to the ill of the nation.)

— Election Results Are Delayed Again. Get Used to It. “Americans need to learn a little patience,” says Josh Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky who studies voter rights. “The fact of not knowing who won right away is the process actually working” – Nicholas Riccardi and Stephen Ohlemacher
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Illinois Pot One Year Later: A Look at How Things Have Grown – Phil Rogers and Courtney Copenhagen

— Trump Returns To A Changed Wisconsin To Shore Up Support

— Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore – Stephen Groves

— Chicago companies preach diversity and inclusion, but there’s plenty of work to do. ‘Lip service is not going to hold water.’ – ROBERT CHANNICK (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers in Chicago post signs that say that the following are not welcome: those who are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— Native American groups to protest Trump’s July 3 visit to Mount Rushmore, calling monument a ‘symbol of white supremacy’ – AP

— Police reform bill passes House The 236-181 House vote was largely on party lines. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the bill would not pass the Republican-held chamber. – AP
— Looting following protests caused $20 million-plus in Cook County damage, state estimates The figures helped the state secure low-interest federal loans for businesses and nonprofits of up to $2 million each from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help rebuild in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane and McHenry counties. – Mitchell Armentrout
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred not only against Trump, but against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, Protestant, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.

— Raoul says limit on gatherings regulates Illinoisans’ conduct, not speech – Rebecca Anzel
— Wheaton’s Memorial Park project is almost complete – Katlyn Smith
— ‘Faces of the conquerors’: Trump trip to Rushmore draws fire – AP

— LGBTQ+ elementary education major ready to model diversity in the classroom – Kate Arthur (DIERSEN: To push LGBTQ+ on a student is to destroy that student.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater “says fraud fears unfounded as Illinois expands vote-by-mail.”

— Federal Legislation Would Allow Americans to Sue Big Tech Companies – Christine Misner
(FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a bill that would allow Americans to sue companies such as Twitter, Google, and Facebook for censoring political speech. The bill comes as an activist NBC journalist contacted Google to demonetize The Federalist and then reported on it. The Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act, which was introduced June 17 would amend Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). “Big Tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook,” Hawley said, “have used their power to silence political speech from conservatives without any recourse for users. Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure bad actors are not given a free pass to censor and silence their opponents.” Under the terms of the bill, companies would be prohibited from receiving Section 230 immunity unless they “update their terms of service to promise to operate in good faith and pay a $5,000 fine (or actual damages, if higher) plus attorney’s fees if they violate that promise.” It would also let users sue companies for breaching the terms of good faith and prohibit companies from discriminating when enforcing terms of service and failing to honor their promises.)

— 894 new cases, 41 additional deaths
— Pritzker says all regions will advance to Phase 4 tomorrow – Cass County in warning zone – Pritzker speaks of friend he lost to virus – Talks about what could happen if cases spike again – Cass County spike is meat-packing plant – Warns young people – Will extend evictions moratorium, but open to talks – “We’re taking this as it comes” – Will maintain federal sites with federal money already received – Will not delay minimum wage hike – Implies Lightfoot is defying Phase 4 crowd regulations – Reiterates support for police reforms – Commends Gaming Board – Calls virus numbers “stable” – Says he is trusting Illinoisans to make smart decisions – Warns going backward would be “terrible for business” – Dodges question about why IDES director doesn’t speak at briefings – Didn’t need GAO report to know he was right about PPE mess
— Lightfoot appears to defy a state crowd-size limit
— State survey of Cook County estimates $20 million in damages “due to recent civil unrest”

— Army ditches officer promotion photos to combat bias, says strength ‘comes from our diversity’ Move comes after creation of ‘Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion’ – Douglas Ernst

— In Childish Move De Blasio To Have ‘Black Lives Matter’ Painted In Front Of Trump Tower

— Pelosi Cancels History By Removing Her Predecessors She can take their portraits down, but Hunter, Orr, Cobb, and Crisp will always be there. – JAMES PINKERTON
— How Long Will The Vandals Run Amok? – Patrick Buchanan

— 4 Things the Liberal Media Won’t Tell You About Black Lives Matter – Fred Lucas (DIERSEN: One could argue that this explains the link between BLMers and LGBTQers.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 3. What Does the Organization Want? Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation doesn’t hide its more out-of-the mainstream views, although many of them are stated in broad terms. “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable,” the organization says on its website. The website uses the word “comrades” several times, in one instance to say: “We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.” Although the organization states that “We are unapologetically Black in our positioning,” it focuses heavily on something that traditionally has not been part of African American activism—sexual orientation and gender identity: “We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead. … We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence. … We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.” Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation says it is a “queer-affirming network.” “When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise),” it says.”)

— ‘Lawlessness’: Businesses, Residents From Within Seattle’s CHOP Sue City – JAKE DIMA

— Court Brief: 23K Dead Registered Voters Could Get Mail-in Ballots in California – John Binder
— Black Lives Matter Leader: If America ‘Doesn’t Give Us What We Want, We Will Burn Down this System’ – JOSHUA CAPLAN
— Oakland Abolishes School Police Department – JOEL B. POLLAK
— Pro-Life Democrat County Official Threatened with Ejection from Party – DR. SUSAN BERRY (DIERSEN: The more of the following planks in the Republican Party platform that you support, the harder that RINO party leaders work to eject you: traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving.)

— Chaos erupts in Milwaukee during search for missing girls: Unruly mob hurls bricks at police officers, burns down home, shoots 2 teens What is happening to this world? – SARAH TAYLOR

— Black Lives Matter Leader Threatens to Burn the Country Down – Katie Pavlich

— Trump Responds to BLM Organizer’s Threat to ‘Burn Down This System’ – ZACHARY STIEBER
— Trump Supporters Concerned About Freedom, Impact of Shutdown, Riots – CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON
— Facebook Moderators Allowed ‘Hate Speech’ Against Whites, Lumped Trump Supporters With Nazis, Insiders Reveal – PETR SVAB (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote Facebook.)

— Native American activists planning protests for Trump’s Mount Rushmore visit – ZACK BUDRYK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote reparations.

— Former Trump 2016 Republican rival Fiorina to back Biden

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “How Trump’s Dog Whistle Memes Fuel Carefully Designed Outrage.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “White Supremacist Terrorism On The Rise And Spreading.”

— Google Will Start Paying Publishers to License Content – Sara Fischer (DIERSEN: How much do you estimate that Google will offer to pay me to distribute my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails – $500 an email, $750 an email, $1,000+ an email?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a major departure from its long-standing practice of not paying publishers directly to distribute their work, Google executives tell Axios that the search giant is creating a licensing program to pay publishers “for high-quality content” as a part of a new news product launching later this year.)

— 31% of Blacks Favor Removing ‘White Jesus’ from Churches (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government hinted/implied/argued/shouted that their employees who were Democrat, moderate, liberal, minority, female, younger, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and/or those whose ancestors had not been in America for a long time wanted them to get rid of their employees who were Republican, conservative, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, and/or those whose ancestors had been in America for a long time.)

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.