November 1 Morning Edition

— TROUBLE IN GOP GOV PRIMARY LAND It seems the Jeanne Ives-Rich Morthland team has to hit reset on its petitions after an address snafu on the original set. Ives just announced she plans to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary. From Facebook: “We have just discovered that the petitions that are circulating for Ives/Morthland are invalid due to a typo with Rich Morthland’s address. Please accept our apology for this mistake. The correct petitions are attached. I ask that you dispose of the previous petitions and replace them with the new ones. I am aware of the challenges it takes to gather the signatures and I am truly grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that has already been placed in the Jeanne Ives for Governor campaign.” It was signed Patrick Harlan.
— RAUNER AT 55% DISAPPROVAL — “America’s most and least popular governors,” by Morning Consult’s Cameron Easley: “Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois, who continues to clash with Democrats in the Legislature over budget issues and has overseen a period of staff upheaval, is still sliding with voters ahead of his re-election bid next year. He experienced a net loss of 16 points, with 30 percent approving of his job performance and 55 percent disapproving.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Lake County Eye points out that the Ives/Morthland petition is not on the Lake County Republicans website. One could point out that as of earlier today the Ives/Morthland petition and the Mickey Straub petitions are not on the DuPage County Republicans website.

— Cooperating Witness In Russia Probe George Papadopoulos Was Unexceptional Scholar, DePaul Professor Richard Farkas Says – Steve Miller (DIERSEN: To discredit you, would your critics/opponents try to get your professors to discredit you? To discredit me, my critics/opponents could try to get my professors at a) IIT 1992-1997 to discredit me, b) DePaul 1976-1980 to discredit me, c) Loyola 1972-1976 to discredit me, d) NIU 1969-1970 to discredit me, and e) UIC 1966-1968 to discredit me and f) my Certified Internal Auditor examination review course instructors 1980-1981 to discredit me and g) my CPA examination review course instructors 1978-1979 to discredit me.)

— Obama summit kicks off, reaffirms ‘the power of the people’ – Rachel Hinton (DIERSEN: According to the Democrats, “the people” want more “power” to get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Gen. Kelly’s dangerous myth about the Civil War – Editorial (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats paint you as being a racist: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time. In my defense, while my ancestors immigrated to America during the 1840s and 1850s, all my ancestors have always lived in northeast Illinois.)
— Gov hopeful Pritzker spends $1 million on Obamacare enrollment ads – Lynn Sweet

— Ken Griffin gives $125 million to U. of C., the latest in a rash of mega donations to Illinois universities – Dawn Rhodes (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump is losing the blame game.” Who blames you? I should write a book about scapgoaters who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.
— OUTSTANDING: Colleges using sober dorms to combat alcohol, drug addiction – Claire Altschuler (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who got to college to drink booze, smoke pot, and have sex?)

— Disappointing test scores emphasize need to improve schools – Editorial (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, children come from non-traditional families. What about promoting the traditional family?)

— Citadel’s Kenneth Griffin to Donate $125 Million for University of Chicago Economics Second-largest gift in university’s history; department to be renamed Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics – Ben Leubsdorf (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
— A degree? Easy. Getting an education? That’s another story. – BGA (DIERSEN: What degrees do you have? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always stressed that none of degrees (NIU, 1970, B.S. in Management; Loyola, 1976, MBA; DePaul, 1980, M.S. in accounting; and IIT, 1997, M.S. in financial markets and trading) are from Ivy League universities. My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate and graduate courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction. To keep their jobs and to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth says that Ives “has an acerbic personality.” If that is true, one could ask Mitchell why did she get elected to the Wheaton City Council in 2011 and to the Illinois House in 2012, 2014, and 2016? One could ask Mitchell’s critics/opponents what they say about him.)

— Public Transit Advocates Urge Override of Rauner Veto on Gas Tax Funds – Alex Ruppenthal (DIERSEN: Do you use public transit? I did during 1971, 1973-1974, and 1978-1997. Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would never stoop to using public transit.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Abortion promoters promote Rodney Davis opponent.

— Gutierrez plans to file articles of impeachment against Trump – Kim Janssen

— ‘The new yellow journalists’ – David Giuliani

— Daily Herald offers employee buyouts (DIERSEN: I became eligible for a $25,000 buyout in 1993 when I was 45 years old GAO employee. That buyout expired in 1994. If I had not taken my Democrat GAO superiors’ early retirement “offer” that expired September 30, 1997 when I was 49 years old, they would have killed me by now figuratively if not literally.)

— Shoppers Willing to Vote With Their Feet (DIERSEN: The more that an organization or company is the following, the more likely that I will boycott it: 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Under Trump consumer confidence rises to 17-year high
— They can vote, but do 18-year-olds have any idea how government works? (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at high school students and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)


— Steve Bannon-backed Republican Tom Tancredo jumps into Colorado governor’s race – Valerie Richardson (DIERSEN: What if Bannon backed a candidate in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary?)

— Hispanic Democrats struggle with inviting a Latino Republican into their congressional caucus – Laura Barrón-López (DIERSEN: Which organizations do not want you? Organizations that promote mass/illegal immigration want only those who promote mass/illegal immigration. Organizations that promote race based presence giving want only those who promote race based preference giving. Organizations that promote gender based presence giving want only those who promote gender based preference giving. Organizations that promote age discrimination want only those who promote age discrimination. Organizations that promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination want only those who promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination. Organizations that promote LGBTQ activity want only those who promote LGBTQ activity. Organizations that promote abortion want only those who promote abortion. Organizations that promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices want only those who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices. Organizations that promote abolition of the First and/or Second Amendments want only those who promote abolition of the First and/or Second Amendments. Again, which organizations do not want you? I should write a book about those who do/did dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Party, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. who do not want me because I do not promote the aforesaid.)

— C’MON, DISNEY! TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT SAME-SEX ATTRACTION IN KIDS Linda Harvey reveals heartbreaking reality for children ‘born’ with ‘gay’ desires

— University of Illinois Parade halted, officer assaulted during student gov protest – Andrew Minik
— Prof declares that ‘masculinity itself’ is ‘the problem’ – Toni Airaksinen

— Trump Belittles George Papadopoulos as ‘Low Level’ Adviser – Peter Baker (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, who state that they are conservative and/or Republican a) belittle all past, present, and future federal employees and have never sought a job with the federal government a) because federal pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.).
— Let’s Waste College on the Old – Paul Glastris (DIERSEN: I did not earn my master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT until I was 48 in 1997. I did not earn my master’s degree in accounting from DePaul until I was 31 in 1980. I did not earn my MBA from Loyola until I was 27 in 1976. I did not earn my bachelor’s degree in management from NIU until I was 21 in 1970.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps argue that America is a “center-left” country. Anti-Trumps promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, Political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, and even worse things.)
— FRONT PAGE TO OF FOLD: Senators Press Facebook Over Russian Misinformation Campaign – NICHOLAS FANDOS, CECILIA KANG and MIKE ISAAC (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, a) GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are full of misinformation and b) the only true and correct information is the information that they put out.)

— Here’s the visa program Trump is blaming on the Manhattan terror attack – Terence Cullen

— For ‘low level volunteer,’ Papadopoulos sought high profile as Trump adviser – Rosalind S. Helderman, Karen DeYoung and Tom Hamburger
— White House defends Kelly’s Civil War comments, calls criticism ‘disgraceful’ Kelly’s message, Sanders said, was that ‘all of our leaders have flaws.’ – NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
— Donald Trump Jr. vows to take half his daughter’s Halloween goodies in a bad lesson on socialism – Aaron Blake

— Republicans know Trump is only pretending to be one of them – Nathan Wirtschafter, Encino (DIERSEN: The more planks in the Republican Party platform that you defend/advance, the more Republican that you are.)

— Fast-food chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle and Shake Shack use alcohol to attract crowds – Zlati Meyer

— Detroit area ‘Dreamers’ live in hope, fear – Kim Kozlowski

— Non-smokers get six days extra paid leave to make up for smokers’ cigarette breaks at Japanese firm – Julian Ryall (DIERSEN: Are/were you a smoker? I have never been a smoker. While I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, many of my superiors and supervisors were smokers. They gave preference to their employees who were smokers, that is, they discriminated against their employees like me who were not smokers.)

— Getting the most out of employee surveys – Mallory Barg Bulman (DIERSEN: What if federal employees were asked “What more should the federal government do to not hire, to waste the careers of, and to get rid of those who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40?”)
— Fast-growing millionaires club – Mike Causey
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Between early 2016 and mid-2017 (January to August), the number of mostly self-made government worker millionaires jumped from 3,272 to 16,475. Given the rising stock market, more people are moving into the seven-figure retirement club every month. In August, there were 46,088 people with account balances between $750,000 and $999,000. That was up from only 18,846 in January 2016. So how did they do it? The early TSP millionaires were all political appointees. Either elected (members of the House or Senate) or appointed to top jobs. Many were successful lawyers who were named federal judges. They brought their outside accounts with them and into the TSP, which is probably the least expensive and most closely monitored investment option on earth. According to some sources, one-time government employee Albert Einstein once said that compounding is the eighth wonder of the world. Or words to that effect. Or not. But even if he didn’t, and if he were alive today, he probably would have kind things to say about what happens when people invest over a long period of time, keep calm in good times and bad, and stay the course. In the case of federal investors, it helps immensely to take advantage of the 5 percent match Uncle Sam offers employees. As TSP investor Emily in Washington points out, for a TSP investor making $100,000 per year, that government match translates into a tax-deferred pay raise. And as salary goes up, so does the value of the match. Every now and then, we hear from a self-made TSP millionaire. While they come from all agencies, jobs and income levels, they all have a couple of things in common: They’ve been investing for a long time, an average of 28 years. They have all or most of their money in the C and S funds. When the market tanks (as it did in 1997 and 2008), they continue to buy the stock funds, getting more shares because they consider them on sale. More bang for the buck.)

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.