May 19 Morning Edition

— Don’t boost another addiction-for-profit industry – State Rep. Marty Moylan (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, the following should be speaking out strongly against the marijuana bill in Illinois: Trump and Pence; Illinois Republican congressmen; Republican Illinois House and Senate leaders; Illinois Republican Party (IRP) National Committeeman and Committeewoman; IRP officers; your representative on the IRP State Central Committee; officers of your Republican township/ward/county party organizations; your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain; Republican officials who represent you in your municipality, township/ward, county, and Illinois; conservative leaders; healthcare leaders; religious leaders; education leaders; law enforcement leaders; firefighter leaders; etc.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A pot pusher pushes pot.

— In marijuana debate, Decatur city officials would wield power in where pot is sold – ANALISA TROFIMUK (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you live in a municipality, please urge the leaders of your municipality, and those who want to be leaders of your municipality, a) to speak out against the marijuana bill in Illinois and b) to commit to voting against the sale of marijuana in your municipality.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Opt out or be open for business? That’s the question Decatur officials will be facing if Illinois lawmakers take the historic step of legalizing recreational marijuana. The legislation, a key campaign issue for Democrat J.B. Pritzker, is being considered by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly in the sprint to the end of session on May 31. The original legislation allowed expungements for cannabis-related convictions. The exact language is still under debate, along with fine-tuning various parts of the plan to meet concerns from law enforcement, current growers and activists. If the proposal survives the growing debate in Springfield, it will be left to municipal officials whether to allow pot dispensaries within their borders. Opting out means losing revenue generated from sales, as well as permit fees.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers argue that legalizing pot discourages teens from smoking pot.

— Illinois expungement proposal for pot convictions one of nation’s broadest – Dean Olsen (DIERSEN: Based on how they have treated me, I would not be surprised at all to learn that all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) are smoking pot, b) have smoked pot, c) want to smoke pot, d) want to make money selling pot, and/or e) want governments to take in lots of tax revenue from the sale of pot.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes hatred against Trump.
— Ageism a fact when you’re over 50 and looking for work – Hilary Decent (DIERSEN: I am 70 years old. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that it has been a) 22 years since I worked for GAO, earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT, and became a Forensic Accountant; b) 23 years since I became a Certified Financial Services Auditor; c) 25 years since I became a Certified Government Financial Manager; d) 29 years since I became a Certified Fraud Examiner; e) 38 years since I became a Certified Internal Auditor and Licensed CPA; f) 39 years since I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul and worked for IRS; g) 40 years since I became a CPA; h) 43 years since I earned an MBA from Loyola; and i) 49 years since I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Today, employers are not allowed to ask applicants their age, although that could be apparent from the application. Breithaupt suggests age-proofing your resume. “Employers are interested in what you have been doing most recently, perhaps in the past 10 years, so you don’t need to tell them when you graduated,” she said. “An interview is all about getting your foot in the door. Even if you look older than they expect when you go in, you can still sell yourself.)

— Continued GOP Opposition to Graduated Income Tax Proposals – Greg Bishop

— Glad to see a new name for that organization – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: Since 2005, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have demonized me, denigrated, me, and condemned be as being like Jeff Gannon. Since 2005, they have viciously used against me what happened with GOPUSA, Talon News, and White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon. SEE: They paint me as being a clone of Jeff Gannon and even worse things. Ever since I became a GOPUSA reporter in 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I ask bad questions at press conferences and share privileged information with reporters that have caused Republican candidates to be defeated and even worse things. Of course, I should sue my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, and party leaders in Illinois who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but a) who do NOT want me to know about their press conferences, b) who do NOT want me to attend their press conferences, c) who do NOT want me to ask questions during their press conferences, d) who do NOT want me to speak with other reporters, e) who have barred me from attending their press conferences, f) who have had me thrown out of their press conferences, and/or g) who do not want me to report on their press conferences. Ever-increasingly, they want me to agree to not report anything about their fundraisers before they will let me attend their fundraisers.)

— Tariff war hits Illinois farmers hard – Cole Lauterbach

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.

— Ives warns voters to be on alert during this ‘dangerous time’ of ‘backroom deals’ in Springfield – Glenn Minnis

— Fear, loathing, intolerance–and worse – Paul Driessen (DIERSEN: Who ostracizes you? I should write a book about those who ostracize me. They a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Throughout history despots had effective ways of reducing dissension in the ranks. Inquisitors burned heretics. Nazis burned books—before taking far more extreme measures. Soviets employed famines, gulags, salt mines and executions. ChiComs and other tyrants starved, jailed and murdered millions. Today’s Green New Dealers and their allies have mapped out their own totalitarian strategies. They proclaim themselves socialists, but their economic policies and tolerance for other viewpoints reflect a different form of government—fascism: A political system in which authoritarian government does not own businesses and industries, but strictly regulates and controls their actions, output and rights—while constraining and suppressing citizens and their thought, speech and access to information. . .Twitter routinely engages in similar cold, calculated censorship of views it opposes. Google helps the Chinese government deny its citizens access to “dangerous ideas”—and says nothing when China sends a million Uighur Muslims to “reeducation camps.” Its hard-left employees ostracize any conservatives they still find in their ranks…and claim helping the US Defense Department with Cloud computing or artificial intelligence surveillance would “violate their principles.” Facebook “shadow banned” an ad promoting a Heartland Institute video that called on millennials to reject socialism and embrace capitalism. Facebook censors told Heartland they “don’t support ads for your business model” (capitalism) and would not reveal “red flags” and trade-secret algorithms they use to “identify violations” of their policies and “help preserve the integrity of our internal processes.” Google suppressed Claremont Institute ads for a talk on multiculturalism and political speech restrictions. Twitter routinely engages in similar cold, calculated censorship of views it opposes. Wikipedia posts distorted or false bios for climate realist experts and organizations—labeling me an anti-environment lobbyist—and then pops up ads soliciting money for its biased “educational” material. Securing corrections is a long, often fruitless process. Even more totalitarian, the Southern Poverty Law Center uses phony “hate speech” claims to defund and “deplatform” conservative groups like David Horowitz’s Freedom Center, by pressuring credit card companies to close off donations to them. State attorneys general and members of Congress want to prosecute and jail people for “denying the reality” of “manmade climate cataclysms.” Worst of all, the callous organizations and policies that Big Tech supports cause millions of deaths every year, by denying impoverished nations and families access to the modern energy, insect control and agricultural technologies that its vocal, racist elements loathe.)

— Anti-gun radicals are on a misguided mission – Dan Wos

— Border Patrol Official: Migrants Won’t Be Sent to Florida at this Time Following Blowback – JOSHUA CAPLAN

— Tucker Carlson: Rep. Ilhan Omar “A Symbol of America’s Failed Immigration System” – Ian Schwartz (DIERSEN: What percent of immigrants 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?)

— The Merit of Merit-Based Immigration – KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON (DIERSEN: Do you have merit? I have absolutely no merit according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce (WCC), Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC), American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Midwest Chapter (MC), GAO, etc. In my defense, 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. IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. GAO promoted me in 1986. I survived as a) TAPROOT chairman for 7 years, b) WCC Government Affairs Committee member for 8 years, c) MTRCC webmaster for 6 years, d) ICRC Steering Committee member for 4 years, e) AAPC MC board member for 3 years, f) GAO employee for 18 years, g) IRS employee for 9 years, and h) Post Office employee for 3 years.)

— EQUALITY ACT ‘INCOMPATIBLE WITH GOD’S WORD, TOP CHRISTIANS WARN ‘We cannot remain silent and allow this lie to harm countless men, women, and children’
— GOOGLE’S ‘TOP STORIES’ SHOWS OBVIOUS LEFT-WING BIAS, AUDIT REVEALS University study finds 3 news sources dominate (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news and commentary is fake except for the news and commentary that they put out or bless. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes blacklist me and blacklist my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Noting that Google’s search algorithm is “perhaps the most powerful mediator of online attention to news,” a team of university scholars conducted an audit that found just 20 news sources account for more than half of article impressions, and most lean left. The top 20 percent of sources — 136 of 678 sampled — accounted for 86 percent of article impressions. And the top three accounted for 23 percent: CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post, according to Assistant Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos and his team at the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern. In an article for Columbia Journalism Review, he wrote that “for all the influence Google has in directing attention, we know painfully little about how its algorithm selects and curates news.” “Which sites does it direct traffic toward? And how does Google’s news curation impact the diversity of information found?” he asked. The audit examined Google Top Stories in terms of ideological lean, based on the self-reported political affiliation of Facebook users sharing content from those sources. The team’s data showed that 62.4 percent of article impressions were from sources rated as left-leaning. Just 11.3 percent were from sources rated as right-leaning. “These statistics underscore the degree of concentration of attention to a relatively narrow slice of news sources,” Diakopoulos wrote. . .‘News blacklist’ In April, a newly obtained document showed Google maintains a “news blacklist” and manipulates its search results manually, contrary to the company’s official denials. WND reported in March a Google manager allegedly responded to an employee who questioned the company’s war on “fake news” by arguing that fake news and “hate speech” had to be stopped, because “that’s how Trump won.” In November, the Daily Caller reported Google employees debated whether to bury the reporting of conservative media outlets in the company’s search function in response to Trump’s election. Employees similarly sought to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, the communications showed. In an interview with WND at the time, Robert Epstein – who was famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner’s last Ph.D. student at Harvard – said Google’s effort to defeat Trump confirms his extensive, peer-reviewed research over the past half decade. “Not only does Google have the power to shift votes and opinions on a massive scale, they actually use that power,” Epstein said. During the 2016 election campaign, Epstein concluded that Google heavily biased results in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, possibly shifting as many as 3 million votes. A video leaked in September showed Google executives at their first weekly meeting after Trump’s election exhibiting panic and dismay while expressing their determination to thwart the new administration’s agenda as well as the emerging global populist movement.)

— Trump fires back at ‘loser’ GOP lawmaker who said he’d engaged in ‘impeachable conduct’ – JUSTIN WISE (DIERSEN: Should I start firing back against those a) who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican and b) who demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me?)
— Welcome back, federalism — Democrats begin to champion state’s rights – FORMER U.S. REP. JOHN HOSTETTLER

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers want more success in pushing pot.

— Dozens protest Pence at Taylor University commencement

— Breaking With Party, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says Trump’s Conduct Reaches ‘Threshold of Impeachment’ – Glenn Thrush (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who are Libertarians, but who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and or Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This is not the first time Mr. Amash, who considers himself a libertarian and strict constitutionalist, has defied the White House and bucked his party’s Capitol Hill leadership. Mr. Amash was one of 14 Republicans to side with Democrats in their unsuccessful attempt to override the president’s first veto, which upheld an emergency declaration to divert funding from other federal projects to build a wall along the southwestern border.)
— Abortion Fight or Strong Economy? For G.O.P., Cultural Issues Undercut 2020 Message – Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns

— Ocasio-Cortez accuses prosecutors of going easy on white supremacists – Mary Kay Linge (DIERSEN: Are you White? What would you do if someone called you a White supremacist? Would you sue them?)

— Facebook, Twitter and the Digital Disinformation Mess – Shelly Banjo (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news and commentary is fake except for the news and commentary that they put out or bless.)

— Weed Delivery Driver Shot by Customer in Attempted Robbery, Police Say – Katherine Picazo and Shahan Ahmed

— Pot-impaired driver gets 8 years for crash that killed Colorado woman – Janet Oravetz (DIERSEN: Legalizing pot for recreational use dramatically increases pot-impaired driving.)

— Mexico welcoming American migration (DIERSEN: One could expect that U.S. citizens who are members of the following groups would renounce their U.S. citizenship and immigrate to Mexico: 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.)

— Marijuana Companies Lied to You, Major Pot CEO Alleges – Sean Williams (DIERSEN: One should expect that those who want to make money from pot would also want make money from booze, from gambling, from prostitution, and from other terrible things.)

— China Doesn’t Want to Be Like the West The Trump administration has underestimated the strength of resistance to a foreign order imposed by force. – Michael Schuman

— Social Media Are Ruining Political Discourse The endless flow of content doesn’t need to make sense to create engagement. – JAY DAVID BOLTER

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.