November 23 Evening Edition

— Chicago area celebrates Thanksgiving with parade, shopping and serving meals – Evelyn Holmes and Megan Hickey, Kristin Byrne, Cate Cauguiran
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana served food to the homeless in Chicago at A Safe Haven on West Roosevelt. He singled out veterans in the group, calling them heroes.)


— Wheaton Metra Station Damaged by Accidental Fire, Closed Indefinitely


— Lake County Board, statehouse candidates to begin filing for March primary starting Monday – Emily K. Coleman
— Republicans push hard on GOP tax plan, but voters just aren’t that into it – Lisa Mascaro
— With enrollment plunging, SIU Carbondale chancellor pushes a radical overhaul – Dawn Rhodes
— Emanuel boasts of latest anti-Trump ruling in sanctuary city case – Hal Dardick


— Sessions orders review of background check system for guns – AP
— Working on Thanksgiving ‘They better save me some leftovers’ – Ashlee Rezin (DIERSEN: While worked part-time for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969, I worked virtually every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday.)
— Holiday homework: Learn your family’s history – Lauren FitzPatrick (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are a White male, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against women, and the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion: 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.)


— Volo Auto Museum wants to save McDonald’s site from wrecking ball Auto museum wants to save historic Des Plaines McDonald’s by moving it – Christopher Placek


— Illinois governor grants 5 petitions for clemency, denies 97 – AP (DIERSEN: Would your accusers grant you clemency? My accusers would not grant me clemency. They continue to blame me a) for their problems, b) for your problems, c) for my problems, d) for everyone’s problems, and e) for all the losses the Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)


— Explicit Barton image raises possibility of ‘revenge porn’ Texas outlawed ‘revenge porn’ in 2015 – MJ LEE


— UC Berkeley conservative student sues Antifa member over threats, harassment


— Media offended by request to share thankfulness (DIERSEN: If I had been there, but of course, I could not have been there because my critics/opponents say that I am not a member of the news media, except when they say that I am a member of the news media to serve their purposes, I should have said that I was thankful a) that my critics/opponents have not yet stopped me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out, b) that they have not yet stopped everyone from reading those emails, c) that they have not yet ended my service as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, and d) that they let me serve as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004, GAO employee 1980-1997, IRS employee 1971-1980, Post Office employee 1966-1969, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the press corps Monday to preface their daily briefing questions with a statement of thankfulness, reporters obliged. Or, should we say, obeyed. For this, no doubt, Sanders was grateful. Yet again, she controlled the crowd, though this time by candy-coating her usual condescension with faux fellowship. I’m thankful I wasn’t in the room.)
— NFL stadiums cost taxpayers billions of dollars


— Revenge porn: And Justice For All — Except Republicans
— ESPN Crumbling After Losing $1 Billion, Facing More Layoffs After Thanksgiving – Benny Johnson


— Trump mentions God 8 times in Thanksgiving address. Obama refused to mention God once – Pete Baklinski


— Wall Street’s watchdog is pursuing fewer cases since Trump took office – Renae Merle


— The GOP tax plan could negatively affect your Social Security benefits – Sean Williams
— Would your draft number have been called? (DIERSEN: I was a NIU student on December 1, 1969 when I got my draft number 151. That number was called in 1970. I had student draft deferments since 1966. When I graduated from NIU in August of 1970 I applied for a financial hardship draft deferment to help support my mother and brother because our father had died suddenly in October of 1969. My application was granted and then Nixon announced that if your draft number was over 100 and you had not yet reported for duty, you were no longer subject to the draft. Back then, employers were extremely reluctant to hire men who were subject to the draft, and especially those like me who were not 4-F and who had their draft number called. Employers did not believe that my application for a financial hardship draft deferment would be granted.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Dec. 1, 1969, the United States held its first draft lottery, which gave young men a random number corresponding to their birthdays. Men with lower numbers were called first and told to report to induction centers where they could be ordered into active duty and possibly sent to the Vietnam War.)



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.