March 4 Evening Edition

— Wheaton gun show bans AR-15 sales, landing it at the center of a national gun-control debate – Mark Guarino
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The last place one might expect to hear pushback against the National Rifle Association would be at a gun show here, a western suburb of Chicago that reliably votes Republican every election cycle and is the proud home of the Billy Graham Center Museum. . .Organizers halted an advertised raffle that would have awarded an AR-15 to the winner, and vendors were told they would not be allowed to sell the weapon at the monthly show. Frank Cesare — of the Pioneer Valley Sportsman’s Association, which has hosted the show for more than 40 years — said the decision, followed complaints the group received after the Parkland shooting and as gun-control advocates planned to protest. “We did the ban to try to calm the situation down and show them we are willing to work with them,” he said, referring to the protesters. Cesare said that the ban on AR-15s also would remain in place for April’s show and that the club is “waiting to see” what the mood is like before deciding on shows later in the year. But the move has forced the club into the gun culture war that has gained new energy across the United States since Parkland. . .Clustered near the fairgrounds entrance were about 30 protesters who joined on Facebook as “Friends Who March,” a group that emerged from last year’s Women’s March. When organizer Jax West, 46, of Lisle, Ill., heard the AR-15 raffle and sales were canceled, she said she was “really appreciative” of the gesture but wanted to show up anyway to “keep them honest.” West said the protesters are not anti-gun; her partner is an NRA instructor and teaches concealed-carry classes. “We just need sensible gun laws,” West said, noting that the Parkland massacre has allowed both sides of the gun-control debate to have a conversation. “I don’t think that’s a discussion that could have happened. Now that is changing.” The conversation Sunday got a bit rowdy, when a group of counterprotesters assembled across the fairgrounds entrance. Many in NRA caps and holding Second Amendment signs confronted West’s group, arguing that any suggestion of further gun regulation “infringes on our rights,” said Mike Robleski, 64, of Lisle, Ill.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Like a pinball machine: Lawmakers struggle to negotiate with an erratic Trump.”

— War of words at DuPage County Fairgrounds between pro-gun and anti-gun groups gets heated – Diane Moca
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rutkowski admitted that the two sides represented in Wheaton Sunday were not coming together, a sentiment reinforced by the many passing cars that honked, gave a thumbs up or made an obscene gesture in a show of support or disgust for one of the sides. Tolomei said he was happy the gun control advocates “respected the show floor,” and did not attempt to enter or disrupt the show, which was open to the public at a cost of $5. Tolomei said his association has not made a decision about displaying AR-15s at future shows, including the next one on April 29.)
— Lawmakers struggle to negotiate with unpredictable Trump – John Wagner and Seung Min Kim


— JB Pritzker Adds $7 Million to Campaign War Chest – Mary Ann Ahern


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump flips the bird to Chicago business and American trading partners.”
— ENDORSEMENT: Erika Harold for attorney general in the Republican primary
— Early voting kicks off Monday throughout suburban Cook County


— Democrats’ seek to help wealthy in response to tax changes – AP (DIERSEN: One could argue that U.S. Republican Senators and U.S. Republican Representatives a) want to discourage marriage, b) want to discourage homeownership, and c) consider married couples who pay more than $10,000 a year in SALT taxes to be wealthy. Needless-to-say, Roskam should immediately increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
— Inside the alliance fighting to save the FCC’s net neutrality rules – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents have wanted the power to a) stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) stop everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. So far, they have succeeded in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, ending my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, ending my Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, ending my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, and ending my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004.)


— Illinois Bicentennial: Lincoln pivotal in bringing state government to Springfield – KATE SCHOTT (DIERSEN: How long have you lived in Illinois? How long have your ancestors lived in Illinois? Who paints you as being a newcomer? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois continue to paint me as being a newcomer even though I have lived in my precinct since 1984, in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County since 1978, and in Illinois since 1948. They stress that unlike me, they were born and raised in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and/or DuPage County, that they attended grade school and high school there, that they attended churches there, that they raised children there, etc. They viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn my hometown of Crete where I lived 1948-1972, where my ancestors have lived since 1854, and where my brother continues to live in a home that my grandfather had built in 1926 on land his grandfather bought in 1864.)


— Rauner: Battle for Illinois turnaround ongoing – Chris Kaergard (DIERSEN: In the battle a) against promoting LGBTQ activity, b) against promoting abortion, and c) against promoting mass/illegal immigration, Rauner sides with the Democrats.)


    — Indictment doesn’t prove Greitens’ guilt. But does it make him a ‘governor who cannot govern’? – Kevin McDermott (DIERSEN: In 1988, when I was 40 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors painted as being “career ending” my becoming an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. In 1974, when I was 25 years old, my Democrat IRS superiors painted as being “career ending” their disallowing my claim for partial day per diem (SEE: In 1968, when I was 19 years old, my Democrat Post Office superiors painted as being “career ending” their disallowing my sick leave request.)


— A Dream Deferred: Meet the U of C Students Organizing for a Clean Dream Act – Alexandra Epstein, Annabelle Rice, Audrey Fromson, and Grace Hauck (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats Get New Trier High School Students To Walkout March 14.


— Chicago Tribune’s John Kass: Rauner is Lying “The governor twisted her words from a debate the two had before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. I was there. She crushed him in that one.” (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have twisted my words and actions the most. They are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their end. They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)


— Two employees resign over Dick’s Sporting Goods decision stop selling ‘assault-style weapons’ – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: Of course, my Democrat superiors in the federal government wanted me to resign because they gave preference to their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger than me, and/or veteran. But my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors knew that I became an IRS employee in 1971 because Oldsmobile had withdrawn a job offer that I had accepted because Oldsmobile had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. Another words, they knew that I knew that because of my demographics, no matter who the employer was, I would have to pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)


— Parkland Shooter Did Not Use High-Capacity Magazines – MAIREAD MCARDLE


— Priebus counsels White House staff to ignore ‘distractions’ – KYLE BALLUCK (DIERSEN: Of course, since 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are distractions that should be ignored and b) that everyone should only read/listen to what they put out or bless.)
— Trump hits Bush: Invading Iraq ‘the single worst decision ever made’ – MAX GREENWOOD


— Trump Mocks George W. Bush, Calls Iraq Invasion ‘Single Worst Decision Ever Made’ The president, whose flip-flopping position on the Iraq War is well-documented, sarcastically referred to Bush as a “real genius.” – Dominique Mosbergen


— SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 FLASHBACK: You Won’t Like Mexico When It’s Angry President Trump’s insults are pushing the Mexican political system into dangerous territory. – JORGE GUAJARDO (DIERSEN: Constructively, Mexico has declared war on America a) because it sends many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) because it keeps many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) because it sends many mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally. What if America a) sent many millions of its citizens into Mexico illegally, b) kept many millions of its citizens in Mexico illegally, and c) sent many mountains of illegal drugs into Mexico illegally? Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs side with Mexico in its war against America.)


— As Primaries Begin, Divided Voters Weigh What It Means to Be a Democrat – Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (DIERSEN: To be a Democrat is to be a morale relativist who believes that their end justifies their end. To be a Democrat is to be a disciple of Saul Alinsky. To be a Democrat is to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, 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, retaliation, and even worse things. To be a Democrat is to be 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 (except Bill Clinton), and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Estimating Your Retirement Income Needs (DIERSEN: My $51,864 Civil Service Retirement System pension and my $2,064 Social Security together is only 43% of my 1997 $125,325 salary in today’s dollars.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Use your current income as a starting point
It’s common to discuss desired annual retirement income as a percentage of your current income. Depending on who you’re talking to, that percentage could be anywhere from 60 to 90 percent, or even more.)

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.