March 30 Morning Edition

— Rising COVID cases prevent further reopening in Illinois, Chicago pot giant part of federal investigation
— Jeep’s Belvidere assembly plant among 5 Stellantis facilities shut down Monday because of chip shortage – ERIC D.
LAWRENCE (DIERSEN: While I was a full-time student at NIU in 1970, I worked on the assembly line in this plant Mondays during January and February before the plant shut down.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy told the Windsor Star that the situation is frustrating heading into the upcoming Easter weekend, and he blamed a short-sighted parts manufacturing strategy for the crisis. “Chrysler used to build many of its own parts. This just-in-time delivery is costing us untold dollars for short-term savings. . . A UAW spokesman, when asked about the Stellantis shutdowns, directed a reporter to a previous statement, highlighting the off-shoring of semiconductor production over the previous 30 years to South Korea, Taiwan and China. The union said the United States only controls about 14% of semiconductor manufacturing.)
— Federal judge denies Hinsdale motion to dismiss lawsuits related to Trinity Sober Living – KIMBERLY FORNEK
(DIERSEN: When Diersen v. GAO ( ) was transferred from Washington, DC to Chicago in 2000, it was assigned to Judge Gettleman ( ). I should write a book about how he openly mocked me in court.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hinsdale officials have until April 15 to answer the complaints the U.S. Department of Justice and an agency providing housing for people recovering from addiction filed against the village, after a federal judge denied the village’s motions to dismiss the two lawsuits. Trinity Sober Living in July 2019 bought a house for up to 10 men to live and receive services as they recovered from alcoholism or drug addiction. Because the house, at 111 Grant St., was in a neighborhood zoned for single-family houses, the village claimed Trinity Sober Living violated its zoning code, which prohibits commercial uses in residential areas and limits the number of unrelated individuals who can live in a single-family home to three. In his March 18 opinion and order, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman wrote he considers “the crux” of Trinity’s complaint to be Hinsdale failed to make reasonable accommodations to afford Trinity’s clients equal opportunity to enjoy the use of the house, per the Fair Housing Act. Trinity argued people recovering from addiction are protected by the American with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Hinsdale’s zoning code allows licensed public or private agencies to operate group homes for up to six individuals in multifamily zoned area only with a special use permit.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republican-haters use Evanston and reparations to promote hatred against Republicans.

— Evanston’s reparations plan is more symbol than substance – Dahleen Glanton
(DIERSEN: Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats argue for more gun control, that is, for abolition of the Second Amendment.

— DuPage County reports 170 COVID-19 cases Monday, 1 death, 17.31% of population fully vaccinated – Joshua Welge

— Trump blasts Fauci and Birx as ‘self-promoters’ – AP
— 3 key things that led to the current border surge, according to an ex-CBP official – ELISSA SALAMY


— Positivity rate, hospitalizations continue to trend upward – JERRY NOWICKI

— Duckworth: White House Told Me We ‘Don’t Need Any Other Asians in the Cabinet’ – TRENT BAKER
(DIERSEN: What do you say to those who become the following to get more preference for those who share their demographics: activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, reporters, journalists, etc.? I should write a book about the aforesaid. I would focus on those who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, RINO, moderate, liberal, veteran, renters, drinkers, gamblers, stoners, criminals, non-married, non-Christian, non-Protestant, non-Italian American, non-German American, and/or those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Monday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed her recent push for more Asian representation in the White House after President Joe Biden vowed to create the “most diverse cabinet” in American history. Duckworth, who recently contested the Biden administration’s white cabinet appointees in the name of more “diversity,” said she was told by the White House that since Vice President Kamala Harris represents the Asian-American community, there is not a need for “any other Asians in the cabinet.” She went on to say the issue was worked out with the administration, and she is “pleased” there is now someone to help Asian-Americans navigate their issues.)

— GOP Rep. Andy Biggs: Stop Dumping Illegals in Our Communities – Eric Mack

— Conservative students attacked for their Bible verse Easter egg hunt – JENNIFER KABBANY

— Majority of Families Crossing Border Are Released Into United States – CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Duckworth promoters promote Duckworth. Ever-increasingly, Duckworth paints herself as being America’s lead promoter of hatred against Republicans, and especially against Republicans who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, veterans, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— Indian Prime Minister’s New Media Rules Could Silence News Outlets. Online journalists challenge the government’s narratives. – Mujib Mashal and Hari Kumar
(DIERSEN: From what I see, my critics/opponents might let me continue sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters if I agree to get their specific permission before I include links to articles in my newsletters. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. I would focus on those have been unsuccessful Republican candidates a) on ballots in my precinct since 2000, b) on Milton Township Republican Organization caucus ballots since 2001, and c) Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee ballots 2003-2006. I would focus on their major donors, political consultants, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers.)

— Donald Trump launches official post-presidency website: – Emily Jacobs

— Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century – Sarah Pulliam Bailey
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to get members and to keep members, churches promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, BLM, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and the rest of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms.)
— Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees aims to quickly boost diversity in federal courts – Ann E. Marimow and Matt Viser
(DIERSEN: To promote Diversity is to get rid of those who are Trump supporters, 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.)–brown-jackson/2021/03/29/38efad34-7773-11eb-8115-9ad5e9c02117_story.html
— New U.S. coronavirus cases rise by 12 percent; nation braces for fourth pandemic wave – Erin Cunningham and Marisa Iati

— Biden’s Border Crisis, Up Close His policies endanger vulnerable migrants by encouraging them to make perilous illegal crossings. – Jillian Kay Melchior
— As Covid-19 Vaccinations Ramp Up, Hesitancy Wanes. Survey shows decline in reluctance, driven by increasing willingness in Southern states and more broadly among Black Americans – Randy Yeip
(DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will use vaccine passport requirements to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
— Older Millennials Are Closing the Wealth Gap With Their Parents. Some millennials in their 30s are starting to own homes and save more. – Rachel Louise Ensign
(DIERSEN: What helped you build your wealth? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. I spent far less on immediate pleasures than my peers and I saved far more than my peers. To qualify myself for better paying jobs, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LGBTQ activists demonize, denigrate, and condemn those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ.

— New York launches nation’s first ‘vaccine passports.’ – Karen Weintraub – Elizabeth Weise
(DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will use vaccine passport requirements to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But whether American consumers and businesses will accept the idea of providing proof before entry is not so obvious, she said. Just as many Americans have resisted wearing masks during the pandemic, some will reject the idea of showing a certificate to get into a ballgame or nightclub. Requiring vaccination “is not something we have done before within this country outside of school systems and hospitals,” said Fairchild, adding it would be incredibly useful from a public health standpoint and could eventually be expanded to cover flu and measles shots – if public opinion would allow it.)
— COVID: Remember how we segregated smokers? It could be a lot worse for the unvaccinated. A majority of Americans don’t want to be around unvaccinated people. But keeping the two groups separate could be as tough as it is messy. – Scott Craven
(DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will use vaccine passport requirements to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)

— New Blacks in Government President Shirley Jones Reflects on Her Career During Women’s History Month. She was the first African American female to be appointed to the position of managing associate general counsel at the Government Accountability Office. – COURTNEY BUBLÉ
(DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, my Democrat superiors were very proud of their success in promoting Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, their success in getting rid of GAO employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $102,188) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $120,755) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $142,041) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $172,500) by age 40. Extremely few GAO employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines. Did Jones make the aforesaid promotion deadlines?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I have spent my entire government career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, almost 33 years now. Having started as a GS-7 summer legal associate in 1988, I have been living out my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer, a dream that ultimately grew into becoming a lawyer who would help the government be accountable to, and representative of, the people that it serves. And, I am very proud that in February of 2019, I was appointed by the U.S. comptroller general to the Senior Executive Service making me the first African American female in the agency’s now 100-year history to be appointed to the position of managing associate general counsel. As such, within GAO’s Office of General Counsel, I have management and leadership responsibility for three of the office’s legal teams focused on budget and appropriations law and congressional oversight. In addition, after 25 years of membership, I am proudly serving as the 15th National President of Blacks in Government, a position I assumed on January 1, 2021. And, through my work at GAO supporting the Congress and the American people and my work in [Blacks in Government] supporting greater diversity, equity and inclusion, I am indeed living out my childhood dream.)

— TRAGIC: MARCH 3, 2021 FLASHBACK: GM extends production shutdown into April due to semiconductor chip shortage – Jamie L. LaReau
(FROM THE ARTICLE: GM on Feb. 8 shut down production for both shifts — initially until mid-March — at the following plants: Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant in Kansas City, Kansas: About 2,000 hourly workers build the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Cadillac XT4 SUV.)

— TRAGIC: Ford becomes second big KC manufacturer to idle work due to chip shortages – James Dornbrook
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ford isn’t the only local automobile manufacturer impacted by the chip shortage. General Motors Co. idled its Fairfax Assembly Plant on Feb. 8 and doesn’t expect to be able to bring it back online until mid-April. The plant employs 2,229 people and produces the Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac XT4. General Motors (NYSE: GM) expects the shortage will cause it to lose between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in profits in 2021. The chips, which require dust-free, specialized facilities to produce, are in short supply due to a huge spike in demand for electronics during the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand isn’t expected to slow anytime soon and getting new plants online costs billions of dollars and takes years of construction.)

— TRAGIC: US Auto Plants Face Shutdowns over Chip Shortage. Chip shortages are expected to disrupt auto production for many months, just as vehicle sales start to ramp up. – JAY RAMEY

— TRAGIC: GM Car Sales Fell 39 Percent To 239,000 Units In 2020 – DAVID FINLAY
— 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Sells For $2.69 Million At Mecum Glendale – BRETT HATFIELD
(DIERSEN: If I had not bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in 1966 (a poor man’s GTO), and instead, saved more money cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, and delivering mail, could have bought this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 new in 1967.)

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.