November 19 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: When Illinois legalized marijuana, it sparked a backlash from suburban residents who don’t want pot shops in their towns – ROBERT MCCOPPIN, ERIN HEGARTY and KAREN ANN CULLOTTA (DIERSEN: Pot brings down everything and everyone around it.)
— An Illinois school science project asked kindergartners and first graders to open child-proof medicine bottles. No one warned their parents. – ELAINE CHEN
— Naperville Central HS students posted ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craiglist, principal says; post comes weeks after race-related incident at Buffalo Wild Wings – SUZANNE BAKER
— Customer who was asked to move tables in race-related incident at Naperville Buffalo Wild Wings talks with youths in Aurora – LINDA GIRARDI

— Dan Lipinski’s proposed primary strategy revealed in internal campaign document A document for Rep. Lipinski’s Democratic primary pitched Republicans with his anti-Obamacare vote. Independents were to be reminded he opposed its repeal. – Lynn Sweet

— Why public servants need to be protected – John L. Micek (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government swore that they would enforce Civil Service protections, but they did not. They failed/refused to protect federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran like me who complained about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and/or retaliation.)

— 32,000 Illinoisans save $8.5 million for their retirement – Jerry Nowicki (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, I paid 7% of my salary into the Civil Service Retirement System.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Normal approves guidelines for recreational cannabis business – KEVIN BARLOW

— GLAAD say chain needs to do more (DIERSEN: What more do LGBTQ activists want the religious, government, political, and financial leaders in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world to do? From what I see, it is first to get rid of those who oppose promoting LGBTQ activity and then to get rid of those who do not engage in LGBTQ activity.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Drew Anderson, director of campaigns and rapid response for GLAAD, said in a statement that Chick-Fil-A must do more. “If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families,” he said in a statement. CNBC reached out to Chick-Fil-A for comment on the matter and was told it had nothing else to add.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Normal decides to legalize recreational marijuana sales – Brittni Clemons

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want to destroy Blacks want Blacks to be pot pushers.

— Thanking Trump for Current U.S. Attorney’s Emphasis on Fighting Corruption 
— IL-14: Jerry Evans Announces Policy Plan To Stop Human Trafficking

— Timothy Singer, Moultrie County Democrat Party Chairman arrested for DUI – JOHN KRAFT

— Chick-fil-A Betrays Principles and Faithful Customers – Laurie Higgins (DIERSEN: Chick-fil-A’s dumping Christians will motivate Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO governments to pass resolutions to dump Christians. In your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world, who takes the lead in dumping Christians?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a stunning act of betrayal, Chick-fil-A’s charitable foundation, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, has announced it will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), or Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH). Though Chick-fil-A has not publicly acknowledged the reason for its betrayal, everyone knows what it is. Chick-fil-A is attempting to curry favor with the “LGBTQ+” community that is shredding our social fabric. This policy shift constitutes a cowardly betrayal of Chick-fil-A’s Christian ethos and its Christian customers who have stood by Chick-fil-A through all its trials at the hands of legions of supporters of sexual deviance. Broods of vipers identifying as apostles of justice, equality, tolerance, diversity, inclusivity, and compassion have been protesting and maligning Chick-fil-A since 2012 when Dan Truett Cathy, chairman and chief executive officer, made some public statements in an interview with the Baptist Press supporting true marriage and opposing the legal recognition of homosexual unions as marriages. After homosexuals got wind of Cathy’s theologically orthodox and unremarkable statements, some part of hell broke loose and raged against Chick-fil-A. Fortunately for Cathy and Chick-fil-A, Christians turned out en masse all across the country to show their support with their time and money for Cathy’s stand for truth. And this is how Cathy and Chick-fil-A repay them.)


— Two new candidates will not save Democrats – Byron York

— Air Force airman accused of white nationalist ties reduced in rank – Bradford Betz
— Chick-fil-A no longer donating to 2 organizations accused of anti-LGBTQ+ views – Alexandra Deabler

— Chick-Fil-A Surrenders To LGBT Bullies – Rod Dreher

— Study Says ‘Dreamer’ Population Has Risen by over 1 Million Since 2007 – NEIL MUNRO1
— Salvation Army Leaders ‘Saddened’ by Chick-fil-A Decision to Drop Charity – DAVID NG

— NYT Executive Editor: Trump’s ‘Attacks on Journalists’ at the Paper Put Their Lives at Risk – Kharen Martinez Murcia

— Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to Salvation Army, FCA Amid LGBT Protests Some evangelical supporters consider the shift away from Christian charities a betrayal. – DAVID ROACH

— Libertarians Are Wrong About Pornography. Don’t Let Them Control The Conversation – ZAK SLAYBACK
— Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese: Bill Barr Is Restoring Faith In The DOJ – AMBER ATHEY (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, for IRS for almost 9 years, and for the Post Office for almost 3 years. What faith do you have in those who are currently leading GAO, IRS, and the Post Office?)

— Salvation Army Releases Statement On Chick-fil-A Cutting Ties. Chick-fil-A Issues New Statement. – Ryan Saavedra

— Chick-fil-A Ends Salvation Army Donations Over LGBT Issue
— Trump’s Real 2020 Opponent Is the Accusation of Racism – Marc Rudov (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs will call you a racist: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Without Return to God America is Lost, Warns Ambassador Keyes – Alex Newman

— Chick-fil-A betrays Christians, surrenders to LGBT forces
— Chick-fil-A pulls support from Christian groups branded by LGBT lobby ‘anti-gay’ – Calvin Freiburger

— PETITION: Tell Chick-fil-A to reverse course – Don’t cave into anti-Christian LGBT agenda

— Chick-fil-A Has Caved to the LGBT Mob, But That Won’t Be the End of It
— Trump Lawyer: Democrats Should Be Expelled From Congress for Using Trump Impeachment to Win 2020 election

— FLASHBACK: Conservatives Stood By Chick-Fil-A When No One Else Would – Gabriel Hays

— The ‘Welfare Magnet’ for Immigrants – ROBERT VERBRUGGEN

— Sign the petition! Chick-Fil-A: Return to your values or stop identifying as a Christian business – Ray Fava

— Democratic presidential field goes dark on impeachment It’s not that they lack strong opinions on the matter. – DAVID SIDERS
— State Department staffer resigns after allegations she inflated her resume Mina Chang was accused of creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, which she denies. – DANIEL LIPPMAN

— Joe Biden faces criticism from 2020 rivals after saying marijuana could be a ‘gateway drug’ – Eric Bradner and Sarah Mucha
— Trump’s aides eye moving impeachment witnesses out of White House jobs – Kevin Liptak and Pamela Brown (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my Democrat superiors in the federal government, the adverse actions that they took against me, and why they took those adverse actions against me. I should write a book about TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter leaders, the adverse actions that they took against me, and why they took those adverse actions against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s one of the persistent anomalies of the impeachment inquiry: most of the witnesses airing concerns at Trump’s approach to Ukraine remain employed by him, despite his claims they are “Never Trumpers” and his overt suggestions they’ve already been fired. None, for now, have been explicitly fired by Trump, even as he and his allies suggest otherwise. It’s created an odd and uncomfortable situation for staffers, who say they are unclear on their colleagues’ futures in the administration. Over the weekend, a GOP talking point emerged that Trump was well within his rights to choose his own team, a response to Yovanovitch public recounting of the smear campaign orchestrated by Trump’s allies to push her from her post in Kiev. “America hired @realDonaldTrump to fire people like the first three witnesses we’ve seen,” the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted as Yovanovitch began her testimony. “Career government bureaucrats and nothing more.” A day later, Trump himself suggested on Twitter he’d already fired the three State Department employees who have appeared in public impeachment hearings, quoting the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.)

— The new Corvette is named MotorTrend Car of the Year – Peter Valdés-Dapena

— Stephen Miller Is a White Nationalist. Does It Matter? Leaked emails from a top Trump aide test our capacity for outrage. – Michelle Goldberg (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs will call you a White Nationalist: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Chick-fil-A Revises Giving Policy After Antigay Outcry Chicken fast-food chain faced criticism for donations and executive’s past comments opposing same-sex marriage – Heather Haddon
— The Attack on Asian-Americans Progressives call these foes of racial preferences ‘the worst kind of Americans.’ – William McGurn

— Joe Biden’s Far-out Views on Marijuana Could Get Trump Reelected – Eric Levitz (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, promote pot.)

— Trump administration aims to up federal diversity, cut poor performers – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, a federal employee who is Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran is a “poor performer” and even worse things if he did not make 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 Thinking Strategically About 2020 Nominee Choice Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats prioritize electability over issue stances – LYDIA SAAD (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, the more of the following that you are, the less electable that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Donald Trump has dragged America’s global reputation to an all-time low.”
— How local ‘fake news’ websites spread ‘conservative propaganda’ in the US Locality Labs, a company operating scores of sites that purports to be a local news organization, is facing criticism it is part of a rightwing lobbying effort – Adam Gabbatt (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is fake except for the government and political news that they put out or bless. Because I refuse to serve as an operative or as a dupe for my critics/opponents, they do everything that they can a) to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) to stop everyone from reading those emails. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. I would focus on those who blame me and blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000 on me, on my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and on what I did as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member.)

— DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 Petition Report – Dave Diersen

– Petitions circulated for: U.S. President/Vice President – Donald Trump/Mike Pence and Delegates; U.S. Senate – Mark Curran; U.S. Representative – Jeanne Ives and Jay Kinzler; State Representative – Amy Grant; DuPage State’s Attorney – Robert Berlin; DuPage Circuit Court Clerk – Christopher Kachiroubas; DuPage County Auditor – Robert Grogan; DuPage Coroner – Richard Jorgensen; DuPage Recorder – Ronald Almiron and Babette Holder; DuPage County Board – Timothy Elliott; DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner – Timothy Whelan; DuPage Circuit Court Judge – Ann Celine Walsh, Monique O’Toole, James McCluskey, and Rick Veenstra, and Richard Felice; and Republican Precinct Committeeman – Dave Diersen

– Petitions circulated: 60 (3 for each of the above 20)

– Signatures gathered: 593

– Households: 17

– Voters: 30

– Households contacted by phone and/or by visit: 59

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.