June 9 Morning Edition

— ‘So glad that this day finally came’: Cpl. Williams’ mom, friends see Warrenville post office renamed in his honor at last – Katlyn Smith

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Through letter campaigns and petition drives, Mike Barbier, now a Wheaton city councilman, and his fellow South classmates enlisted the support of lawmakers who passed a bill signed by President Donald Trump last December to rename the post office after Williams. Barbier knew Williams as a social butterfly in high school. Shortly after graduation, Williams joined the Army, motivated by a call of duty after the Sept. 11 attacks.)
— After her film about Venezuela, woman seeks asylum in Bartlett – Burt Constable
— Opportunities await grads who are prepared – Frank Napolitano, Chairman of the Board, College of DuPage, Bloomingdale (DIERSEN: If I had not had a high school diploma, the Post Office would not have hired me in 1966 when I was 18 years old. If I had not had a job-related bachelor’s degree, Firestone Stores would not have hired me in 1970, Oldsmobile would not have offered me a job in 1971, and IRS would not have hired me in 1971. If I had not been taking job-related graduate courses, IRS might not have promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. If I had not earned a job-related master’s degree in 1976, if I had not passed the CPA examination in 1979, and if I had not almost completed the requirements for a second job-related master’s degree, GAO would not have hired me in 1980. If I had not completed the requirements for a second job-related master’s degree in 1980, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination in 1981, and became a licensed CPA in 1981, GAO might not have promoted me in 1986. If I had not earned job-related professional certifications in 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997 and completed the requirements for a third job-related master’s degree in 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors might have succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” sooner than they did.) 
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters talk and act like they are operatives or dupes for Mexico and for other foreign countries.

— DC Pride Parade marchers injured after panic caused by noises mistaken for gunshots – CNN

— Just Because You Can Pass a Bill Doesn’t Mean You Should – Rich Miller (DIERSEN: Those who have voted for Democrats in Illinois have given those Democrats the power to drive out of Illinois each and every individual, organization, and company that is a Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.) 

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: How long have your ancestors been in America? Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are a Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, and/or draft avoider, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that you have benefitted from their racism and from their sexism and the more reparations that you should pay. 
— County Democrats spurred Capital Township legislation – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: How have your township officials and employees treated you? I should write a book about how Milton Township officials and employees have treated me since 1978, and especially since 1999. Since the 1980s, they have been under tremendous pressure from my critics/opponents who have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn to get rid of me.)

— Conflicts of interest can be interesting in Joliet – BOB OKON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Interim City Manager Martin Shanahan meets the job description to become the permanent city manager, the city council was advised last week. Interim City Attorney Chris Regis provided the opinion because the matter had been raised by at least one council member. Interestingly enough, Regis delivered the opinion moments before Mayor Bob O’Dekirk declared that city staff should not be involved in any application process or candidate search for a permanent city manager because it would be a conflict of interest. The theory is that since all city staff falls under the supervision of Shanahan as interim city manager, they have a conflict of interest in the selection of a new city manager. Therefore, city employees who normally would be involved in a city hiring process cannot be called upon to provide staff support for the council in a candidate search or even in a simple posting of the job. Apparently, no conflict of interest applied to Regis, however, in determining that Shanahan met the job qualifications, although Regis is a city employee who was advising the council on whether they could hire Shanahan for the job.)

— Marijuana legalization sparks concerns about DUIs, enforcement for McHenry County police chiefs Police concerned about DUIs, proper enforcement after pot legalization – DREW ZIMMERMAN

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Pritzker dancing on the backs of struggling Illinoisans – Patrick Pfingsten

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Politics in spotlight at Iowa’s Pride Fest – Jenna Johnson

— Pelosi ‘deeply disappointed’ by Trump’s tariff-averting deal with Mexico – Joel Gehrke 
— There’s a better way to cultivate minority excellence than affirmative action – Kenny Xu (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of their employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to 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. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)

— Pelosi hits Trump’s deal with Mexico, accuses him of ‘threats and temper tantrums’ – Adam Shaw
— 42 elected prosecutors sign statement refusing to enforce new abortion bans – Sam Dorman 

— President Trump, the Diplomat – Michael Curtis

— Democrats Offer ‘Faux Compassion’ on the Border, Says Texas Rep – Rachel Bovard

— Fox News Channel’s Pirro: Congress ‘Ought to Be Fired’ for Forcing Trump to Negotiate with a Foreign Power to Solve the Immigration Crisis – Jeff Poor
— Pete Buttigieg Demands Government Built upon Affirmative Action on Race – CHARLIE SPIERING (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of their employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to 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. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)

— Democrats And The Death Of Responsibility – Derek Hunter

— DEMOCRATS: ALL THEY’VE GOT LEFT IS THEIR GRIEVANCE GROUPS Craige McMillan on result of Trump garnering bulk of the Deplorables (DIERSEN: What percent of the voters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois are 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/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— BERNIE ENDORSES CHALLENGER AGAINST INCUMBENT PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT LIPINSKI ‘She will be a powerful voice for upholding Roe v. Wade at a disturbing moment in our history’

— It’s Business as Usual at Mexico’s Southern Border Despite Trump Deal – Reuters

— Oberlin College ordered to pay $11 million to local bakery for libel, emotional distress

— What will long-term care cost you? – LIZ WESTON (DIERSEN: My 88-year-old aunt is paying $252 a day, or $7,555 a month, or $91,919 a year, out of her life savings to stay at an assisted living facility.)

— Is Donald Trump the most transparent president ever? No – Louis Jacobson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More broadly, the Associated Press released an analysis in March 2018 showing that “the federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade.” And in November 2018, the pro-transparency FOIA Project released data showing that Freedom of Information Act lawsuits reached a record high in fiscal year 2018.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
— A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero – Peter Baker
— The Anti-College Is on the Rise Students, teachers and reformers are pushing back against the failures of mainstream higher education. -Molly Worthen (DIERSEN: Democrats run “mainstream higher education.” Ever-increasingly, they crank out graduates who are 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/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— For These Women, a FIRE That Burns Too Male and Too White Fed up with the bro-heavy archetype of the FIRE trend (“financial independence, retire early”), women are carving out their own niche in the frugal-living movement. – Charlotte Cowles (DIERSEN: None of the operatives and the dupes who work for my critics/opponents are financially independent. Many, if not most, if not virtually all of them have severe financial, health, and/or other problems. They talk and act like they can and will do ANYTHING for money.) 

— Pot shop supporters picket opponent’s restaurant – Paul Tennant (DIERSEN: Who is taking the lead to stop the sale of pot a) in your municipality and b) in the unincorporated areas of your county? All of the following should be lining up to speak out against pot at public hearings: Republican activists, Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, Republican party leaders, Republican major donors, Republican political consultants, business leaders, religious leaders, healthcare leaders, education leaders, law enforcement leaders, etc.) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A lawsuit filed against a business that plans to sell recreational marijuana brought about 20 protesters to Railroad Square late Saturday morning. They stood across the street from Mark’s Deli, whose owner along with two other plaintiffs has challenged the city’s decision to allow the opening of a pot shop in the now-vacant quarters of the Sons of Italy at 124 Washington St. The lawsuit alleges that allowing the shop violates the constitutional rights of nearby property owners, violates federal narcotics laws and is detrimental to Haverhill. “I believe strongly we need to get the underground economy into the mainstream,” said Douglas Edison, a longtime community activist who is running for City Council. “Why are we stopping it? You can’t just say ‘no’ to everything,” he said. Edison pointed out the shop will pay taxes to the city. “We need money for schools,” Edison added. Caroline Pineau, who already owns and operates the Yoga Tree at 90 Washington St., hopes to open the recreational marijuana store. “I’ve been fighting for this for 15 years,” said Michael Crawford of Marblehead. He called the lawsuit “frivolous.” A friend of his who suffered from mental health problems and addiction had a very positive outcome after he started using medicinal marijuana, Crawford said. “It turned his life around,” he said. Crawford wore a shirt bearing the message, “more weed, less greed.” Another City Council candidate, Nick Golden, said Pineau is being “unfairly targeted” by the lawsuit. “She represents the type of person and entrepreneur that we’re trying to attract,” said Golden, who is on the staff of state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead. “I think it’s really important to support small business owners,” Christina Barbieri, a former Haverhill resident, said. She and others noted that possession of marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts and that Haverhill voters supported this change. The protesters held signs with messages such as “drop the lawsuit.” Many motorists driving by honked in support of the cause. A few people voiced their objection to having a pot shop in the city, Crawford said. One man confronted the protesters and called them “immature.” As he walked away from the group, he extended his two middle fingers. Two police officers were assigned to the demonstration, which remained orderly. Officer James Keenan advised the man who made the obscene gestures to not cause a disturbance. Jess Hileman, a lifelong Haverhill resident and longtime patron of Mark’s Deli, said he does not think the owner of the restaurant objects to having a pot shop in Haverhill. “He only opposes the location,” he said. Hileman also said he did not think it was fair that some of the protesters were depicting the owner as a bad guy. A patron at Mark’s Deli said the owner did not want to speak to the media. The lawsuit lists the plaintiffs as Bradford Brooks, a local realty professional; Lloyd Jennings, a contractor; and Steve Dimakis, owner of Mark’s Deli. Brooks and Jennings are described as trustees of L&B Realty Trust. Dimakis is identified as a trustee of the Evthokia Realty Trust.)

— School districts face scrutiny for hiring teacher who had peace officer’s license revoked. He’s now accused of sexually assaulting student. – Kali Venable
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Public records show that lies went unchecked during the hiring process for a former Victoria teacher and coach accused of sexually assaulting a student. James Christopher White, 34, was arrested in February on charges of sexual assault of a minor and improper relationship between an educator and student while working as a wrestling coach and special education teacher in Victoria. The charges, which are under review by prosecutors, came after he admitted that he attempted to have sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old student in a hotel room during a school-related function, according to court records and officials from the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. A more detailed background check on White would have revealed red flags: the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, or TCOLE, revoked his peace officer and jailer licenses in 2012. The action came after he was terminated and dishonorably discharged for untruthfulness or insubordination from Mathis and Orange Grove police departments, according to records from all three agencies.)

— Local businesses struggling to fill openings in robust economy – Daniel Axelrod (DIERSEN: 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.)

— New perk for working parents: Sleep coaches (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates a) who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I had created an unfair advantage for myself over them because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents and b) who punished me for the aforesaid.) 

— Wisconsin Is Flying The Rainbow Flag Over The Capital For The First Time Ever (DIERSEN: To promote LGBTQ activity is to destroy traditional marriage and to destroy the traditional family.)

— Person who will fill vacant Kennewick City Council seat is no stranger to public service – CAMERON PROBERT (DIERSEN: What do the citizens of Wheaton know about the 13 who have applied to fill the North District vacancy: Ronald A. Almiron, Cheri Armstrong, Scott A. Brown, Michael F. Doerries, G. F. Gallagher, Ronald Libman, Trevor Justin Orsinger, Linda A. Pecharich, Elizabeth Rothery, Stephen Siemer, Jean Todd, Christopher J. Zaruba, and Pamela Zimmerman?)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, those who promote LGBTQ activity will get rid of you.

— Trump Can’t Make Senate Republicans Do Anything But he still can stall them when he wants to. – Jonathan Bernstein
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Turns Out, the FOIA Has Disclosure Exceptions – Craig Smalley

— So You Want To Hire A New Superintendent: What Does The FOIA Permit (And Require)? (DIERSEN: Nothing stops applicants from disclosing a) that they had applied, b) the documents that they submitted, c) if they will be interviewed or were interviewed, d) if they were eliminated, e) etc.) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Personnel Search Committees” and the Screening Process: As for its actual search, the board could vote to create a personnel search committee. Such a committee, when formed with respect to an “executive level” position (such as a superintendent), is exempt in its entirety from the FOIA and its open meetings and notice/posting requirements. The appointment of such a personnel search committee is useful in that it protects the privacy rights of those being interviewed and avoids the need of the board to take official action in narrowing the field of candidates (even to the final recommended candidate) as part of the interview process. The FOIA also protects from disclosure any records of a personnel search committee which would reveal the identity of a candidate (without that candidate’s consent). . .Not all gatherings of a board committee ostensibly acting as a search committee will be considered exempt from the FOIA’s meetings and posting requirements. A personnel search committee is exempt from the FOIA’s requirements for only as long as it is engaging in activities protected by the search committee exception. Based upon the FOIA, the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] views the role of a personnel search committee for purposes of this FOIA’s exemption as limited to 1) reviewing resumes, 2) interviewing and screening candidates and 3) considering and recommending the selection and appointment of an individual for the position.)

— 2018 sees record number of FOIA requests, information seekers change – Amelia Brust 
— Veterans Affairs told it should stop posting disciplinary actions on its website – Eric White (DIERSEN: What if my Democrat superiors in the federal government had issued press releases each time they took adverse actions against me? 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. My aforesaid Democrat superiors would stress that the aforesaid adverse actions that they took against me directly benefited their employees who were poor, and especially their poor employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.) 

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.