November 23 Morning Edition

— Chicago weekend gun violence leaves 50 shot, 5 fatally across city

— With COVID-19 Hospitalizations Already Surging, Doctors ‘Very Worried’ About What Happens After Thanksgiving – Jeremy Ross

— Trump campaign legal team tries to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell days after holding news conference with her – AP

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Naperville council divided on whether proposed ethics rule would improve transparency. Councilwoman who proposed change says it would improve transparency. – Lauren Rohr

— How a simple elevator ride turned into Chicago’s next logistical challenge. A once-mundane daily ritual has grown exponentially more complex in the age of COVID. Figuring out how to safely move thousands of workers a day in and out of high-rises is the next hurdle on Chicago’s road back to normalcy. – Danny Ecker (DIERSEN: Do/did you use elevators a lot? I did while I a) worked for IRS in downtown Chicago in 1971 and 1973-1980 and for GAO in downtown Chicago 1980-1997, b) lived in the Outer Drive East building in downtown Chicago 1974-1978, c) took graduate business classes at Loyola in downtown Chicago 1972-1976, d) took graduate accounting at DePaul in downtown Chicago 1976-1980, and e) took graduate finance courses at IIT in downtown Chicago 1992-1997.)

— Illinois agency launches study of gambling addiction – AP (DIERSEN: Government should not promote gambling, booze, pot, or any other type of vice.)

— Democrats still bullish on future McHenry County statehouse races after spending big, flipping one GOP seat. Infusion of party resources fails to bring big blue wave as Republicans relish results. – SAM LOUNSBERRY (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase.)

— Reducing crime starts by providing hope for the future – Rance Thomas (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A recent newspaper editorial page listed some conditions that contribute to the high crime rate in some of the St. Louis areas. Some of these conditions include concentrated poverty, low performing schools, lack of jobs, lack of adequate city services, etc.)

— Southwestern Illinois Democrats mum on Mike Madigan’s future as House speaker – KELSEY LANDIS

— Biden’s first 100-day challenge: Transitioning to a more inclusive economy. Policy group calls for fair housing, Black business assistance and more – Charlene Crowell (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. In 1972, when I was 24 years old, I bought a new town home in University Park. I lived in it full-time 1972-1974 and then part-time 1974-1976. I started renting out in 1976 and I sold it in 1984. SEE: and,_Illinois If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that the aforesaid proves that I am a racist.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Race Is The Big Lie Of The Trump Era.”

— Trump Is Running Out Of Time As Key States Set To Certify That Biden Won – DOMENICO MONTANARO

— Share your career success – Susan Whitsitt (DIERSEN: How successful is/was your career? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, if you are a federal employee who is Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and you did not make the following promotion deadlines, you are a disgusting failure and even worse things: GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)


— ‘One kind of fraud’: Biden won thousands of illegal votes by noncitizens, study shows – Rowan Scarborough

— Protesters take to the streets in California to bash Newsom’s curfew orders The new curfew went into effect Saturday at 10 p.m. and will remain until Dec. 21 unless conditions worsen. – Bradford Betz

— MSNBC Spreads Misinformation About Border Security – Brad Wilmouth

— Juan Williams: Obama’s dire warnings about right-wing media – JUAN WILLIAMS (DIERSEN: What do you say to Illinois RINOs a) who give scopes to, b) who glorify and praise, b) who pander to, c) who serve as operatives or dupes for, and/or d) who give money to Capitol Fax and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois? What do you say to RINOs who demonize, denigrate, and condemn a) me, b) my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and c) you and others who read the emails?)

— ‘A huge catastrophe’: Democrats grapple with congressional and state election losses. Biden’s win obscures deeper problems that have left the party with an uncertain future. – Alex Seitz-Wald and Benjy Sarlin

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An illegal drug pusher pushes illegal drugs. To push illegal drugs on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.

— The Inauthenticity Behind Black Lives Matter. Insisting on the prevalence of ‘systemic racism’ is a way of defending a victim-focused racial identity. – Shelby Steele
— Student Loan Losses Seen Costing U.S. More Than $400 Billion. Projected toxic debt approaches subprime-mortgage losses incurred by lenders during financial crisis. – Josh Mitchell
— Tumbling Community-College Enrollment Highlights Pandemic’s Broad Impact. Students’ limited internet access, financial worries and uncertainty halt longstanding trend of enrollment rising when economy falters. – Melissa Korn

— Should You Really Build Leaders At Every Level Of Your Organization? – Doug Sundheim (DIERSEN: Of course, you can tell who controls organizations by looking at the demographics of their members who they dump. From what I see, generally, the more of the following that you are, the more that organizations dump you: Trump supporter, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Ted Cruz digs in for congressional battle over ‘censorship’ on Twitter, Facebook

— Racism hides best in our beliefs about crime – Larry Krasner (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase.)

— Crime discussion needs more focus on root causes – Charles Ochie (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase.)

— Mass exodus worsens with 34 more Seattle police out, as Council defunds – JASON RANTZ (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase. As more and more and more Democrat move into your municipality, how soon will they succeed in defunding the police?)

— Looking at the root causes of crime means we’re looking downstream. Communities have an obligation to address the adverse conditions that can lead to increased crime – Mike Farwell (DIERSEN: When Democrats move in, poverty and crime increase.)

— Gun sales surge amid COVID-19 pandemic, stores face ammunition shortage – Mayo Davison

— Affordable housing development’s approval had ‘zero transparency,’ bristles neighbors – Derek Lacey (DIERSEN: How strongly do those who run your municipality and those who want to run your municipality want to build affordable housing in your municipal district, in your precinct, and in your neighborhood?)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Draft Policies Issued on Downplaying Educational Credentials (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to meet Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets, employers lower hiring, retention, and promotion requirements. I should write about how my Democrat superiors in the federal government retained and promoted over me my coworkers and subordinates who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger than me and who had less job-related work experience, less job-related education, and/or fewer job-related professional certifications and/or licenses than I had.)

— Tips on How You Can Handle a Job Loss – Angela Scott-Briggs (DIERSEN: Have you lost a job? In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.” Since then, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have used that against me. Before that, they stressed that my Democrat GAO superiors gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take a $20,157 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. Before that, they stressed that my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. Before that, they stressed that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)

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.