November 29 Morning Edition

— Megyn Kelly’s lunch with DuPage Republicans – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: Megyn Kelly spoke at Dan Goodwin’s outstanding Annual Holiday Luncheon Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. She was interviewed by Indiana Governor Elect Eric Holcomb.  The 500+ attendees included Cubs players David Ross, Kyle Schwarber, and Pedro Strop; current and former federal officials Biggert, Hultrgen, Kinzinger, LaHood, and Roskam; current and former Illinois officials Bellock, Brady, Biggins, Coladipietro, Connelly, Daniels, Dillard, Fortner, Ives, Lauzen, McConnaughy, Millner, Munger, Murphy, Oberweis, Reboletti, Sanguinetti, Wehrli, and Winger; current and former county officials Berlin, Bucholz, Cantore, Carlin, Cronin, Eckhoff,Elliott, Fichtner, Grant, Grasso, Grogan, Henry, Hinds, Jorgensen, Kachiroubas, King, Krajewski, Mazzochi, Murphy, Painter, Puchalski, Redick, Ruscitti, Schillerstrom, Schultz, Zaruba, and Zay; township officials Anderson, Dabrowski, Kain, Keller, and Valle; current and former party leaders Brady, Claar, Donovan, Durante, Fisher, Marchese, Minor, Porter, and Schneider; judges Birkett, Diamond, Fawell, Guerin, Jorgensen, Kinsella, Kleeman, McJoynt, and O’Shea; and many others including Bond, Gidwitz, Fitzpatrick, Marquardt, Proft, Ricketts, Shaw, and the Wagners. This outstanding annual event benefits the New Directions Affordable Housing Corporation.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On Nov. 28, while the rest of the city was recovering from Thanksgiving, 600 movers and shakers—mostly Republicans from DuPage County—were at the Westin in Lombard for Daniel Goodwin’s annual holiday lunch. Goodwin, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher who is principal and chairman at Inland Real Estate Group in Oak Brook, holds the invitation-only, private luncheon for his friends. It always features a name-brand speaker (George W. Bush and Bruce Rauner in 2014) and this year, that speaker was Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who is promoting her new book, “Settle for More.” If your invitation got lost in the mail, don’t fret. Here’s a recap of what you missed. *Selfie opps with World Series champion Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber, David Ross and Pedro Strop. The three hung out in a roped-off corral before lunch, smiling for photos with dozens of guests. Also on hand: Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, who is reportedly being considered for a cabinet position by Donald Trump. *Wayne Messmer, former Cubs public-address announcer, delivering “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” before lunch was served. Messmer, who has performed the National Anthem for Blackhawks, Bears and White Sox games, delivered straight by-the-book performances of both songs. *Lunch with 140 politicians. According to Goodwin, elected officials made up a quarter of the lunch bunch. Goodwin called on two, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb (R) of Indiana, to stand and be recognized. *Mass-autographed copies of Kelly’s book. $32.39. *Holcomb’s 40-minute interview with Kelly, on a stage that held two Christmas trees, two American flags and a menorah. Kelly, careful to the point of near blandness, said she thought the media had learned “very little” during the campaign; that she hoped the “magnanimous Trump, not the thin-skinned, petty Trump” would inhabit the Oval Office; that she would have loved to have interviewed Hillary Clinton during the election cycle; and that Steve Bannon, Trump’s pick for chief strategist, tops her interview wish list. *A two-minute video about New Directions Housing, Goodwin’s nonprofit that provides affordable housing for people who need it, and a gentle ask to contribute. Rodger Brown, New Directions president, said the luncheon, which is primarily a social function and not a fundraiser, usually brings in about $50,000 for New Directions.)


— Megyn Kelly’s top interview choice? Steve Bannon  ‘What’s wrong with centrist?’ she asks, thinking of Fox News – NATASHA KORECKI
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  President-elect Donald Trump’s top White House strategist Steve Bannon hasn’t had kind words for Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly; still, Kelly said Monday she’d like to sit down with him one-on-one. Bannon has criticized both Fox News and Kelly specifically, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “Rupert is a globalist and never understood Trump. To him, Trump is a radical. Now they’ll go centrist and build the network around Megyn Kelly.” “My response to that is, we already are centrist,” Kelly said Monday. “What is wrong with centrist? Must the whole nation be polarized now, even the news organizations?” Kelly, visiting here as part of a national tour to promote her new memoir, Settle For More, was interviewed by Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb at the private event, which was hosted by Inland Real Estate CEO Dan Goodwin as part of a holiday fund-raiser. “To delegitimize all of the media has real implications that as a journalist, I think are dangerous,” Kelly said. “And we should put the pause button on accepting this narrative that the media are scum and they’re disgusting and they’re all in the tank and they’re not trustworthy, which I do not believe. I just do not think it’s true.” She also spoke of the amount of “disinformation” during the campaign. “I do think this year was a free-for-all,” Kelly said. “To try to fact check (Trump) would be exhausting. He really told several …. things that were untrue by the hour in the course of an hour. And it was sort of accepted … I hope that doesn’t set a precedent for other politicians.” Kelly marveled that Hillary Clinton never appeared on her show though she said she tried to book her throughout election. “She actually isn’t on my list anymore.” What does she think the media has learned from this past election? Kelly said she did think there was some soul-searching by journalists who completely wrote off Donald Trump and found themselves shocked by the outcome on Election Day. But for the most part: “Very little,” she said, to laughter. “We’re not an introspective group. I think the media in my experience … most of the journalists I know are tough, they’re shoe-leather reporters, they care about getting it right. Nine out of 10 of them make no money. They don’t have any kind of glamorous life and they’re just trying to be First Amendment advocates.”)
— Todd Ricketts ‘honored’ to be under consideration for post with Trump – NATASHA KORECKI
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts said on Monday that it is “an honor” to be under consideration for a top post in the Trump administration. He met with the president-elect last week. Trump has discussed naming Ricketts as deputy commerce secretary. Ricketts is the son of billionaire TD Ameritrade founder and conservative donor Joe Ricketts, and the brother of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican. Another brother, Tom Ricketts is chairman of the Cubs. “The reality is, it was an honor to be invited to interview. If something comes of it, that’s great. If nothing happens, I still will have felt honored to be part of the process,” Ricketts told POLITICO Illinois. “We had a really good conversation but nothing was set in stone. A thousand things can happen, so we’ll wait and see. We’ll wait until it’s all officially, official, official.” Family members were not supportive of Trump during the primary season, something the candidate noticed. At one point, Trump tweeted that the family “better be careful, they have a lot to hide!” Trump then threatened to launch ads attacking the family, “telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs.” In the general election, however, family members came through for Trump. They took control of a super PAC called Future45 and Todd Ricketts reportedly helped raise $30 million from other groups, while Joe and Marlene Ricketts donated $1 million to groups supporting Trump. Ricketts said Monday that he and Trump laughed off their personal differences. “We supported other candidates in the primary, but there was never a time when we weren’t going to support the Republican nominee for the general election,” Ricketts said. Ricketts said his fundraising apparatus ended up filling a void left by other Republicans who traditionally played that role, like Karl Rove. “We had an entity and an organization and relationships that made it easier for us to be that entity to support Trump than many others,” Ricketts said. Ricketts said he believes there is a mandate to address working class wages. “We’ve seen wages stagnate among working class Americans and those are the people who put [Trump] into office,” he said. “So the first thing we need to do is generate some economic growth. I think the quickest way to do that would be some tax reform, we need Dodd-Frank reform, we need Obamacare reform. And with those things I think we’re in the right direction.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Women plan march on Washington day after Trump’s inauguration.”
— Madigan says he has ‘overwhelming support to be re-elected speaker’ – Monique Garcia and Rick Pearson  (DIERSEN: If you have personally benefited from the problems that Madigan has created, you support Madigan.)
— Illinois companies see possibilities in Safe Roads amendment, Trump infrastructure plans – Robert Reed
— How Donald Trump’s immigration plan could hurt tech and its workers  Chicago tech business leaders say foreign talent boosts economy – Kate MacArthur  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps a) glorify and praise foreign countries and their citizens and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn America and its citizens.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Five myths about the alt-right.”
— The left’s love affair with Fidel Castro – Cal Thomas


— Republicans say Dems divided and in no hurry to solve budget mess – Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who give ammunition to the anti-Trumps?
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Does Trump believe every stupid thing, or just say it?”
— Late-paying charter schools fail Chicago civics class – Editorial


— TREASONOUS: Evanston Strengthens Sanctuary City Status – Patrick Smith, Odette Yousef


— Legislative leaders meet, will meet again – Doug Finke
—  It’s time for some courageous outrage in Illinois – Editorial
— Imprisoned Hastert fights for tax-covered pension – AP


— Trump attacks CNN over reporting on false voter fraud claims  Trump issues attacks via Twitter – Dylan Byers
— Panelist: Give Donald Trump ‘his medication’  Republican commentator drew protest from fellow panelist on ‘CNN Tonight’ – Josiah Ryan


— Illinois election-statistics website releases ‘Post-Mortem’ data report – Jeff Gantt


— Gov. Rauner wants the same deal he wanted 14 months ago: Watch Berkowitz w/R House Leader Durkin


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: University of Chicago encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.  That is treasonous.


— Minority wrongs  Why the losers are winning in the U.S. – James Krohe Jr.


— Illinois State Police – Only truth will lead to trust – time to step up – Kirk Allen




— ONE THOUSAND VETERANS Swarm Liberal Hampshire College After Removal of US Flag – Jim Hoft


— Former Speaker of the House John Boehner says Donald Trump is no ideologue, and that he might be “barely a Republican.” Some would say the same thing about Boehner himself.




— Decision Time for the GOP Elite – Michael Kimmitt


— Why Mexico Should Embrace Trump’s Wall  Increased border security, better cooperation would slow flow of illegal guns from United States – Brendan Kirby


— AFTAH to Trump: ‘Gay Marriage’ Not ‘Settled’ Law  LaBarbera Urges President-elect to Honor His Pledge to GOP Voters to Defend Traditional Marriage by Working to Reverse SCOTUS Obergefell Ruling


— Over 1500 faith leaders urge Republican lawmakers to reject Trump’s ‘Cabinet of Bigotry’  (DIERSEN: Under the Democrats, ever-increasingly, “faith leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)


— Federal Agencies Ignore Republicans, Push ‘Midnight Regulations’ Before Trump Presidency – ALEX SWOYER


— Texas Republican resigns from Electoral College: ‘I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump’ – Kate Scanlon


— Department of Homeland Security Overwhelmed by Green Card Catastrophe  DHS issuing thousands of duplicate cards, terrorists can access benefits – Adam Kredo


— Annoyed Dems dismiss recount as ‘waste of time’ – NIALL STANAGE
— Majority expect Donald Trump to keep promises – REBECCA SAVRANSKY  (DIERSEN: What promises have you made?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have promised to do little or nothing other than to stop me from putting out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and to stop you from reading those emails.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives say “Liberals Should Welcome Republican Allies in the Age of Trump  Time to reflect after winning the culture wars and losing the governing wars.”


— Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom – CHRISTOPHER MELE  (DIERSEN: What lists are you on?  Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors HAVE ME ON THEIR LISTS OF THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A new website that accuses nearly 200 college professors of advancing “leftist propaganda in the classroom” and discriminating against conservative students has been criticized as a threat to academic freedom. The site, Professor Watchlist, which first appeared Nov. 21, says it names those instructors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” “We aim to post professors who have records of targeting students for their viewpoints, forcing students to adopt a certain perspective, and/or abuse or harm students in any way for standing up for their beliefs,” wrote Matt Lamb, an organizer of the site. The Professor Watchlist is a project of Turning Point USA, a nonprofit organization that says its mission is to educate students about “true free market values.” Charlie Kirk, its founder and executive director, wrote in a blog post that “it’s no secret that some of America’s college professors are totally out of line” and that it was time to expose them. But Julio C. Pino, an associate professor of history at Kent State University in Ohio who is among those named on the site, said in an interview, “What we are seeing with this site is a kind of normalizing of prosecuting professors, shaming professors, defaming professors.” “The broader issue it raises is: What kind of country is America going to become in the next four years?” he added. Professor Pino said professors should not fight the creators of the list directly but instead seek allies on and off campus to address what gave rise to the atmosphere that allowed the website to flourish in the first place.)
— Facebook Shouldn’t Fact-Check – JESSICA LESSINNO (DIERSEN: To stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I have to not only fact-check everything in the articles that I link to, but that I have to carry out their blacklist orders. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have millions if not billions of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, countries, etc. on their blacklists.  Because I refuse to carry out their blacklist orders, they blacklist me.)
— Facebook Runs Up Against German Hate Speech Laws – MARK SCOTT and MELISSA EDDY  (DIERSEN: Under the Democrats and under the RINOs, soon, if not already, anything said or written by those who are member of one or more of the following groups will be considered to be hate speech: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— News Outlets Rethink Usage of the Term ‘Alt-Right’ – SYDNEY EMBER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump’s Lies About the Popular Vote.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Threatening Cuba Will Backfire.”
— Challenging the Boss in Public? For Kellyanne Conway, It’s Part of the Job – MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN  (DIERSEN: What do you say about those who you work/worked for?  Virtually all those who I have worked for demanded total obedience from their subordinates.)
— When Having Insurance Still Leaves You Dangerously Uncovered – Aaron E. Carroll  (DIERSEN: I pay lots of money for dental insurance, but very little is covered.)


— Michael Steele: What Republicans need to do about all ‘the KKK stuff’ – Jonathan Capehart


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump won by rejecting the political rules” and ask “Will the GOP Senate give him more leeway with Cabinet nominees?”


— Trump adviser Peter Thiel is on Silicon Valley speed dial – Jessica Guynn


— FRONT PAGE: China’s New Tool for Social Control: A Credit Rating for Everything  Beijing wants to give every citizen a score based on behavior such as spending habits, turnstile violations and filial piety, which can blacklist citizens from loans, jobs, air travel – JOSH CHIN and Gillian Wong  (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, all their operatives, and all their dupes want to control not only me, but to control you and to control everyone else and everything else.)
— The Recount Hail Mary  The left may get an unexpected lesson in electoral federalism. – Editorial
— The Benefits of Being Distracted – SUMATHI REDDY (DIERSEN: What do you focus on?  I focus on putting out two GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails each and every day.)


— Should more troops become eligible for food stamps? – Carl Prine


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives say “Trump’s triumph should signal an end to checklist conservatism.”


— Trump: Flag-Burners Should Be Jailed


— Peter LaBarbera: Trump Might Be ‘Actually More Dangerous’ That Clinton In Promoting LGBT Rights – Kyle Mantyla


— Now’s the time for socialist organization.  We need to make the demonstrations against Trump’s presidency as big as possible – Danny Katch


— Should Presidents Include Political Opponents In Their Cabinets? (DIERSEN: The answer is NO based on my experience serving as the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois 2005-2012.  I should write a book about those TAPROOT officers, directors, and members who worked the hardest to destroy me and to destroy TAPROOT.)

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.