November 26 Morning Edition

— NOVEMBER 23, 2015 FLASHBACK: Some primary races shaping up in DuPage – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: The 30 candidates who were in line before 8:00 AM this morning in the following order were: Bucholz, Grogan, Berlin, Kachiroubas, Jorgensen, Holz, Olsen, Noonan, Bila, Sejnost, Krajewski, Tornatore, Diersen, Puchalski, Hinz, Novak, Anderson, Redick, Elliott, Wehrli, Falbo, Schultz, Blass, Moore, Dabrowski, Kordik, Larsen, Healy, Fisher, and Minor. Whelan, Zanis, and Grant got in line shortly after 8:00 AM. Of the aforesaid, the following 10 candidates will be on March 15, 2016 Republican primary ballots in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 and I gathered nominating petition signatures for them: Bucholz, Grogan, Berlin, Kachiroubas, Jorgensen, Diersen, Elliott, Moore, Whelan, and Grant. In addition, I gathered signatures for the following 7 candidates: Kirk, Roskam, Munger, Ives, Brennan, Fullerton, and Telander who will also be on the Republican primary ballots in my precinct; they either have filed in Springfield or will file in Springfield. I gathered a total of 761 signatures for the aforesaid 17 candidates from 44 households in my precinct.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than a dozen countywide, county board and forest preserve candidates lined up outside the DuPage County Election Commission office Monday morning to file nominating petitions to enter the March 15 primary election. At the head of the line was county Recorder Fred Bucholz, who showed up around 5:15 a.m. and was soon joined by Auditor Bob Grogan, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Clerk of the Circuit Court Chris Kachiroubas and Coroner Richard Jorgensen.)
— Itasca teacher inspires students to change the world – Bob Smith (DIERSEN: What about those who want to change the world so that it is even more 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?)
— Las Vegas looks outside the casinos to draw in millennials – AP


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: GOP says tax cuts will lift wages – Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee (DIERSEN: What about retirees who will have to pay more federal income tax, but have no wages? Since 1997, I have been retired and I have not had any wages.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article titled “Chaotic year in immigration policy challenges Chicago,” the Democrats who run Chicago make it clear that they will get rid of individuals, organizations, and companies a) that do not encourage people to come to America illegally, b) that do not encourage people to stay in America illegally, and c) that do not encourage people to bring other people to America illegally. Constructively, the Democrats who run Chicago have declared war on America.)
— Retirement planning should include long-term care costs – AP (DIERSEN: What do you know about retirement? I have been retired for more than 20 years. What do you know about long-term care. Since 2009, I have been legally responsible for my 87-year-old aunt who has Alzheimer’s. She has lived in an assisted living facility since 2010 that currently costs $230/day. She did not attend college, she never married, she never had children, she had low-paying data entry jobs, she lived frugally, and she saved more than $600,000 for her retirement. But her retirement savings will be exhausted much sooner if the Republicans succeed in forcing her to pay income tax by taking away the medical deduction.)–on-the-money-long-term-care-20171115-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The U.S. government estimates that 70 percent of people aged 65 today will require some form of long-term care during their lives. Most of the time, that type of assistance is non-medical, including help with daily tasks such as bathing. The need can arise unexpectedly after a major illness or even suffering an injury from a fall. The costs of such care can easily outstrip retirement savings: A 65-year-old today can expect to incur $138,000 in long-term care costs over their lifetime, according to a 2017 Bipartisan Policy Center report. Two-thirds of Americans age 40 and up say they’ve done little or no planning for their long-term care needs, according to a poll conducted this year by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the SCAN Foundation.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: Later start times, less homework: Here’s what elite schools are doing to help students cope with stress – Karen Ann Cullotta, Karen Berkowitz, Kimberly Fornek and Jennifer Johnson (DIERSEN: When you in high school, were you “college material?” While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (


— Rauner faces challenge from GOP in 2018 – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ives is getting support from an anti-abortion activist base that “is basically done with Rauner,” said Republican businessman Vince Kolber, who knocked on doors for Rauner in 2014 but is now volunteering for Ives’ campaign. Assuming Rauner makes it to the general election, some of those voters — an important part of the GOP base — could opt to stay home on Election Day rather than vote to give him a second term. Kolber, who has a home in Florida, said if Rauner wins the primary, he’ll consider registering to vote in Florida in November rather than support Rauner again. Ives said she’s “a party person” and will vote for the GOP nominee. But “My husband won’t. And neither will many of my friends.”  Ives’ candidacy could reinforce the image Rauner stressed during his successful 2014 campaign of being a moderate and an outsider, Gaines said. That could help him win over some independents and other voters looking for someone who’s more middle-of-the-road — the kind of Republican candidate Illinois voters have historically favored for statewide office — or not beholden to a political party. “It might generally help him if he can say ‘The establishment in both parties doesn’t like me because I’m shaking things up,’” Gaines said. Democrats already have been fighting it out for their party’s nomination. More than a half dozen Democrats have said they’re running, including state Sen. Daniel Biss, businessman Chris Kennedy and billionaire J.B. Pritzker. The candidate filing period ends Dec. 4. Candidates for statewide office must submit at least 5,000 valid signatures; people seeking to challenge the validity of a candidate’s petitions have until Dec. 11 to file an objection that would be considered before the ballot is finalized.)
— Shoppers crowd stores to support local businesses – Dakarai Turner (DIERSEN: How much money do you have to shop locally with? Since 1997, in today’s dollars, I have had $1,454,723 less dollars to shop locally with, that is, $72,135 less a year, $6,011 less a month, $1,403 less a week, and $200 less a day. In 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.” In 1997, in today’s dollars, my GAO salary was $122,991/year. But my Civil Service Retirement System pension is only $50,856/year, or 41% of that.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Shoppers flocked to locally owned shops as part of Small Business Saturday. “Half of everyone in Illinois, half of everyone in America works for a locally-owned small business,” said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner at a bakery in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. “They are providing jobs, creating products and developing services that drive our nation and the state of Illinois towards economic growth.”)


— Springfield has its own looming pension problem


— Primary races bringing visits from hopefuls – Nick Draper (DIERSEN: Aside from fundraisers, how often have the primary candidates visited your municipality, your township/ward, and your county? How many votes did Trump get compared to Clinton in your municipality, your township/ward, and your county?)


    — Illinois’ GOP governor faces challenge from right in 2018 – AP


— Biography (DIERSEN: Sadly, according to people who presented themselves at Ive’s November 20, 2017 fundraiser as being spokespersons for Kolber, Kolbler did not want to speak with me and he wanted me to be evicted from the event because I am a “reporter.”
(BIOGRAPHY: Vince Kolber has called the 5th congressional district home for his entire adult life. Vince Kolber’s personal story matches the hopes, dreams and aspirations of his future constituents. Born of Polish immigrant stock, Vince learned the values of hard work and family that immigrants bring with them to America, home of the American Dream. The youngest of three brothers, Vince learned honesty and integrity at an early age. Vince was raised to be a good listener, to value the opinions of others and to seek opportunities to serve the community. Vince started his first job at 12, cleaning out dog kennels before rushing home to deliver the evening paper. Vince worked his way through school as a short order cook, janitor and truck driver, or as Vince likes to say: “I did whatever I could to support myself, be successful and make my parents proud. In Congress my goal is to create good-paying jobs, protect seniors and working families, and to ensure a better future and increase opportunity for every family and young adult in the 5th congressional district.” Vince left his boyhood home of West Seneca, New York, to attend Wharton, the business school at the University of Pennsylvania. Vince then earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, attending school at night while launching his own equipment leasing business focused on the transportation industry. Vince is the founder and principal of RESIDCO, which has supported the creation, expansion and maintenance of thousands of jobs here at home and across the country. Vince serves on the board of Little Sisters of the Poor and has always been active in his local community. Vince donates and helps raise money for the Sacred Heart Schools and the Big Shoulders Foundation, which provides support to Catholic schools in the most needy areas of inner city Chicago. Vince has also chaired the board of directors at St. Genevieve, a mostly Hispanic K-8 school on Chicago’s West Side. Vince is running for Congress on a platform of job creation, government living within its means, eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, stopping government from snooping into or interfering with our private lives, ending crony capitalism and corporate welfare while eliminating tax breaks for the privileged few in favor of lower tax rates for all. Most importantly, Vince will ensure those most in need have access to services they require. With your help, Vince Kolber will be elected Illinois’ newest congressman.)


— Anthem study by NFL not surprising – Al Hamnik
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With 70 percent of the NFL comprised of African-American players, according to and, there is a new reason for Goodell to toss and turn at night. American young adults are divided along racial lines when it comes to protests from NFL players during our national anthem, says a study from Ball State University and the University of Texas at Dallas. The study found African-American respondents were more likely than other ethnic groups to agree with forms of protests such as kneeling, sitting and fist-raising during the national anthem — while being less likely to support punishment of the players by either the NFL or team owners. That’s no surprise, given the divisive times we live in.)


— Firm with ties to Rauner’s office lands $12M no-bid Medicaid deal – Glenn Minnis


— Philip Haney: The Problem of Sharia in America – John Biver


— While 2017 was a bad year for Illinois taxpayers, there are bright spots among the bills that passed the General Assembly. – Mindy Ruckman
— RECORD SEALING, EXPUNGEMENT HAVE THE POWER TO REDUCE CRIME, BENEFIT ILLINOIS’ ECONOMY In 2017 the Illinois General Assembly passed two bills that can improve employment outcomes for ex-offenders, potentially reducing crime and saving millions of dollars. – Orphe Divounguy and Joe Tabor (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, a) rewards for good behavior diminish and b) penalties for bad behavior diminish.)


— Illinois Special Legislative OIG sent me a letter – JOHN KRAFT


— Parents and Students Stand Up to Forced Gender Ideology in Schools – DR. SUSAN BERRY


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-males crow about their success. Anti-males shout at women that their top priority should be getting rid of men, promoting LGBTQ activity, promoting abortion, promoting gender based preference giving, promoting dependency on government, and promoting dependency on charity.


— Like white supremacy, another monster rears its head in America, and no one is talking about it – Kashif N Chaudhry


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls – Michael Wines (DIERSEN: How much deadwood is there on the voting rolls for your precinct, for your municipality, for your township/ward, for your county, for Illinois, and for America? Members of the following groups do not want deadwood to be culled from voting rolls: 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.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— The Republican Tax on the Future – Editorial
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Of all the lies Republican lawmakers and President Trump tell about their tax bills, the biggest whopper is that these windfall tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy would generate so much growth that they would pay for themselves. The House and Senate tax bills probably would provide a tiny lift to the economy for a couple years — enough, supporters no doubt hope, for them to cynically claim success. It’s what comes next that the G.O.P. glosses over: the addition of more than a trillion dollars to the federal debt in just 10 years. Far from paying for themselves, these cuts would leave a bill for several future generations to pay off. In other words, Republican leaders aren’t just trying to transfer money from current middle-class and poor Americans to corporations and the very wealthy. They are also trying to transfer money from future middle-class and poor Americans to corporations and the very wealthy.)
— Ivanka, Louise and the Little People – Frank Bruni (DIERSEN: Who treats you like you are “little people?” My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes treat everyone like they are “little people” except those who glorify and praise them, who pander to them, who serve as operatives or as dupes for them, and/or given them money.)


— A panic is not an answer: We’re at imminent risk of turning this #metoo moment into a frenzied rush to blame all men – CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, me more that you are presumed to be a sexual harasser: 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.)


— Trump presidency spurs cottage industry of ethics watchdogs – Fredreka Schouten (DIERSEN: QUESTION: What has spurred me to put together and send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000? ANSWER: The failure/refusal of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), DuPage County Republican Central Committee, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, etc. to defend and advance the Republican Party platform and the IRP platform, and especially the following planks in those platforms: traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving. Ever-increasingly, far too many “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, political affiliation discrimination, patronage, and even worse things.)


— Department of Justice Threatens Lawsuit Against Harvard in Admissions Probe – WILLIAM S. FLANAGAN and MICHAEL E. XIE (DIERSEN: Who should pay the price of Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes either a) have paid little or none of the price of AA, Diversity, and/or Inclusion, b) have personally benefited from AA, Diversity, and/or Inclusion, and/or c) promote AA, Diversity, and/or Inclusion. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that people like me should pay the price of AA, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, those who are White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, conservative, Republican, German American, Protestant, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Fox News allows host Jeanine Pirro to work as a paid GOP fundraising speaker – ERIC HANANOKI (DIERSEN: What do you say to my nasty critics/opponents who, to serve their own purposes, alternate between denying and asserting that I am a reporter? I have been a reporter for since 2000. They deny that I am a reporter by refusing to include on their press advisory and press lists. But then they assert that I am a reporter to bar me from their fundraisers and other activities. My nasty critics/opponents are not Republicans. They are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs or they are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)


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.