November 27 Morning Edition

— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: OUTSTANDING: Chicago hotels say no to pot Out-of-staters planning ganja getaways at the start of next year may not have anywhere to legally get stoned as many hotels are sticking by their strict no-smoking policies. – Tom Schuba (DIERSEN: What do you say to people who hint/imply/argue/shout that getting stoned as much and as often as possible is their top priority in life?)
— City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.6 billion budget — with 11 ‘no’ votes “There are always gonna be critics,” the mayor said after the vote. “But what I know is, we needed 26 votes and we got 39.” – Fran Spielman
— All aboard: Relatives of embattled state Sen. Martin Sandoval hitch a ride on CTA payroll While Sandoval held significant power over transit agencies as the chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Transportation Committee, his daughter and daughter-in-law were hired by the CTA — after his son was hired by another transit agency, the Pace bus system. – Robert Herguth

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Can Illinois Spread The Wealth With Weed? – Hunter Clauss (DIERSEN: Pot brings down everyone and everything around it.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Opportunity in recreational marijuana sales, Cannabis Career Fair attracts potential candidates – Treasure Roberts

— Illinois family brings together 60-plus relatives for Thanksgiving – Phil Luciano (DIERSEN: There used to be large family reunions every summer in Crete on my father’s side and in Grant Park on mother’s side. But that ended during the 1960s largely because of the split between Missouri Synod Lutherans and Wisconsin Synod Lutherans.)

— Bloomberg: US would benefit from ‘an awful lot more immigrants’ – AP (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor.)

— Pro-Life Groups Promise Major Expansion of March for Life Chicago 2020 March Focus…”Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” – Lori Solyom

— Poll finds Illinois voters aren’t optimistic about businesses growth under progressive income tax – Cole Lauterbach

— Illinois Republican National Committeewoman Endorsed Jeanne Ives for Congress



— President Trump Scoring with Black Voters, and Dems Are Terrified – Fletch Daniels

— David Limbaugh on New Far Left: Americans Must Resist ‘Tyrannical Bullying’ – Rachel del Guidice

— Don’t Impeach Trump. He Puts America, Not Ukraine, First. – Betsy McCaughey

— 80 PERCENT OF VAPING-RELATED ILLNESSES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THC – Lindsey Stroud–commentary-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-find-over-80-percent-of-vaping-related-illnesses-attributable-to-thc

— Star Parker on Trump and America’s ‘Culture War’ – IRENE LUO AND JAN JEKIELEK

— U.S. Fertility Rate Falls for Fourth Consecutive Year in 2018, Reaching Record Low – ZACHARY EVANS (DIERSEN: Even with Trump’s efforts, the future looks ever-increasing bleak for children in America who are White, male, German American, Protestant, conservative, Republican, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Sooner or later, anti-Republicans will force all children in America to speak, read, and write Spanish.)

— Sacha Baron Cohen calls social media ‘the greatest propaganda machine in history’ – Elizabeth Wolfe and Brian Ries (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is propaganda except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)

— Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy – KEVIN FREKING

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat, is to be someone who promotes dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and even worse things.

— 42% of American workers say they have fought about politics at work—and you can expect it to continue – Abigail Hess (DIERSEN: While my Democrat superiors in the federal government discriminated against me because I am a Republican, if I had worked for Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, or Wheaton, my RINO superiors would have discriminated against me because I am “too conservative” and I am not a yes-man.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs make it clear that they want to destroy traditional marriage and the traditional family.
— To Take on the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left My faith shapes my progressive politics. I wish this were true of more liberals. – Bianca Vivion Brooks (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be religious and have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout, but who fail/refuse to speak out against Democrat efforts to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and even worse things.)
— FRONT PAGE: It’s Not Just Poor White People Driving a Decline in Life Expectancy A new study shows that death rates increased for middle-aged people of all racial and ethnic groups. – Gina Kolata and Sabrina Tavernise

— NRA boosted executive pay while cutting funding for key programs, filing shows – Beth Reinhard

— Salvation Army commander: Yes, we are faith-based charity. But we serve and love everyone. Regardless of sexual or gender identity, we love and welcome all — the programs we offer prove it. Hate and misinformation puts that support at risk. – David Hudson
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: ‘A distinctly American phenomenon’: Our workforce is dying faster than any other wealthy country, study shows – Jorge L. Ortiz

— No one wins when Chick-fil-A caves to the left – BEN SHAPIRO

— Can Republicans Win in the Suburbs? There’s a Class for That. At ‘Suburban Candidate School,’ GOP hopefuls are learning how to court women voters and how to answer potentially difficult questions about President Trump – Lindsay Wise
— Why Are College Students So Afraid of Me? Because adults at places like Bucknell and Holy Cross have convinced them they are oppressed. – Heather Mac Donald
— What Happens if SAT Scores Consider Adversity? Find Your School The Wall Street Journal obtained the list, and it offers a glimpse of the effects on test scores – Douglas Belkin (DIERSEN: What might have increased your adversity score? For me, it might have included that a) neither of my outstanding parents attended college, b) my father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, c) my mother never attended high school, and d) I washed dishes for the minimum wage 24 hours a week during my junior and senior years in high school and 40 hours a week during the summer in between. Further, when I was in high school, I was not viewed as being “college material.” I just barely made into the upper 20% of my class. My ACT score was only 24. I was 1-A for draft notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease ( ).)

— Chicago Votes to Phase in $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 – Stephen Joyce

— Caving in to the cultural left – Ben Shapiro (DIERSEN: What do you say those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who cave in to the cultural left?)

— WHY DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO CENSURE RATHER THAN IMPEACH TRUMP: ‘THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A STRONGER CASE’ – RAMSEY TOUCHBERRY (DIERSEN: I should write a book about a) those who want me to be censured, b) what organizations they want to censure me, and c) why they want me to be censured.)

— H.R.1684 – Journalist Protection Act (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a journalist.)
(FROM THE BILL: “(2) JOURNALIST.—The term ‘journalist’ means an individual who— “(A) is an employee, independent contractor, or agent of an entity or service that disseminates news or information— “(i) by means of a newspaper, nonfiction book, wire service, news agency, news website, mobile application or other news or information service (whether distributed digitally or otherwise), news program, magazine, or other periodical (whether in print, electronic, or other format); or “(ii) through a television broadcast, radio broadcast, multichannel video programming distributor (as defined in section 602 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 522)), or motion picture for public showing; and “(B) engages in newsgathering with the primary intent to investigate an event or procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information concerning a local, national, or international event or other matter of public interest. “(3) NEWSGATHERING.—The term ‘newsgathering’ means engaging in regular gathering, preparation, collection, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing concerning a local, national, or international event or other matter of public interest.)

— What NOT to talk about in a job interview (political affiliation) – Christina Brennan (DIERSEN: If I had been active in Republican politics a) the Post Office would NOT have offered me a job in 1966, b) IRS would NOT have offered me a job in 1971 or promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, and c) GAO would NOT have offered me a job in 1980 or promoted me in 1986. Further, because they view me as being “too conservative” and as NOT being a yes-man, when Republicans ran Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois, they would NOT have offered me a job either.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Political affiliation Being politically engaged is very important. Unless you’re in politics or your primary volunteer experience is related, stay away from discussing your beliefs or affiliations. If you do have professional or volunteer experience, be sure to focus on the outcomes and lessons you learned that can be applied in the role you’re interviewing for, rather than advocating for a politician, party or issue.)
— What NOT to talk about in a job interview (family plans) – Christina Brennan (DIERSEN: Government is nasty, politics is nasty, Democrats are nasty. My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates knew from Money Magazine’s February 1978 4-page article on my wife and I that we planned to have children. After my wife and I gave up trying to have children, after we did not adopt, and after we did not become foster parents, they hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I had lied about our family plans and that I should be punished severely for that. While virtually all of my coworkers viewed travel assignments positively and requested travel assignments, I had not requested travel assignments because my wife and I were trying to start a family. In 1989, to punish me for giving up trying to start a family, my Democrat GAO superiors threw me off audits of IRS and assigned me a 6-month travel assignment in Rock Island.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Family plans While pregnancy or parenthood discrimination is illegal and interviewers can’t ask if you’re in a relationship or have kids, you may still find yourself weaving these personal details into a story or talking about your future. Unfortunately, expressing future family plans can still create red flags, especially for women.)

— 15 Ways You Can Be a Good Neighbor – Nick Gerhardt

— AUGUST 20, 2018 FLASHBACK: Chinese scholar proposes ‘no child tax’ on childless citizens to encourage couples to have more babies – KELSEY CHENG (DIERSEN: Virtually all my Democrat superiors in the federal government were married and a) had children and/or b) had a spouse who had little or no income. Virtually all of them were anti-DINK (dual income, no kids). Prior to 1978 when I got married, they were furious that I did not have a spouse or children to support like they did. After 1978, they were even more furious that my wife had a good job, we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.)

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.