November 5 Morning Edition

— Kirk, Duckworth face off in final Senate debate – AP


— Democrats Across Nation Sue GOP Alleging Voter Intimidation  Trump has called on his supporters to act as “election observers” in certain areas of the country – Josh Cornfield and David Porter


— FRONT PAGE: Sen. Kirk at final debate with Rep. Duckworth: ‘I am not a racist’ – Rick Pearson and Kim Geiger
— Kirk exhibited his own prejudices when he attacked the patriotism of Duckworth’s family – Scott Reeder
— Waukegan High students take the lead at 10th District candidate forum – Yadira Sanchez Olson
— Illinois’ topsy-turvy campaign hits final weekend – Rick Pearson
— Clinton’s campaign taps star power of Beyonce and Jay Z as Trump goes it alone
— Melania Trump modeled in U.S. prior to getting work visa
— Rudy Giuliani is claiming to have insider FBI knowledge. Does he really? – Matt Zapotosky
— Real estate broker stole jewelry from for-sale homes, officials allege – Clifford Ward and Christy Gutowski
— Naperville: Feds indict former computer technician for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on child porn, obstructing justice charges – Bill Bird


— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Trump, pot, Supreme Court at issue in final Duckworth-Kirk debate – Tina Sfondeles
— Police: Realtor swiped jewelry from Wheaton home she was showing – Mitchell Armentrout
— Naperville: Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee charged with child pornography possession – Daniel Brown


— A roundup of suburban Congressional candidates, issues


— At Senate debate, Kirk says he’s ‘not a racist’ – AP


— Illinois’ many problems still with us – Vogel


— Candidates In U.S. Senate Race Talk Social Security – ESTHER KWON


— The Latest: Kirk, Duckworth discuss their health at debate – AP


— ‘Bridgegate’ again interrupts Christie’s political plans – AP


— Huckabee: Trump a ‘car wreck,’ Clinton a ‘drunk driver’  Arkansas governor supporting Trump – CNN
— New national poll has Clinton barely edging Trump  Fox News poll shows 2% lead for Clinton – CNN


— Public forums for politicians matter – Editorial  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes crow over their success in destroying TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois in 2012 and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee in 2011.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use Kirk to argue that not only all Republicans are racists, but that all RINOs are racists too.


— Clinton’s campaign taps star power as Trump goes it alone – AP


— Effingham discusses video gaming – Dawn Schabbing  (DIERSEN: If you promote video gaming in Illinois, you promote the destruction of Illinois.)


— Efforts seek to preserve house built at the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Naperville roads by Wheaton founder – ERIC SCHELKOPF
— Sleep Out Saturday to raise money for Bridge Communities  Nov. 5 event also raises awareness of homelessness  (DIERSEN: What have you one to fight homelessness?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized me, viciously denigrated me, and viciously condemned me for not doing enough to fight homelessness.)


— Wheaton Man Arrested for Selling Cocaine, Heroin  Authorities took Ebben S. Knippen into custody this past week. – Amie Rowland


— Madigan documentary available online, on TV, in theaters


— ILGOP slams ‘dirty, Chicago-style’ mailer on two judges’ appellate races – Ruth de Jauregui


— Lt. Col. Allen West Sits Down With Dan Proft


— ‘I’m here all by myself … No guitar, no piano, no nothing!’ Trump says Hillary needs Beyonce to pack ’em in as he draws 11,000 in Pennsylvania
— Say Hasta la Vista to Taco Bell Economy, Vote Trump
— Thousands of Delco voters with questionable registrations will be allowed to vote  (DIERSEN: How many of the many millions who are in America illegally will use their false identifications to vote for Clinton and for the other Democrats in the November 8, 2016 election? Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with illegals against Americans.)


— Trump’s wife worked illegally during her first weeks in the US, documents show – AP


— Podesta: Calling Chelsea ‘Not Smart’ Is An ‘Understatement’ – Blake Neff
— Politico Reporter Gets Caught AGAIN Sending A Story To A Clinton Staffer For Approval – ALEX PFEIFFER  (DIERSEN: Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, my critics/opponents want me to get their approval a) before I include any links to any articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) before I include in those emails any of my comments on those articles.)


— The Worst Thing About Criminal Hillary is Criminal Globalist Pal George Soros – Joy Overbeck


— Chicago Area Catholic Priest Claims Donald Trump Voters are “Going to Hell” – MATT ABBOTT


— Catholic prof under fire at Providence College for opposing ‘diversity’ agenda – Steve Weatherbe


— Trump closing strong – Jonathan Swan
— National Enquirer withheld story about Trump affair – Evelyn Rupert


— Florida Moving Faster From Battleground To Blue? Thanks, Donald.  A surge in Latino votes could spell long-term term trouble for Republicans for years to come. – S.V. Date  (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs a) want Republicans to lose and b) want Republicans to pander to those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-German-American, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-non-veterans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article, a) Democrats glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally and b) Democrats encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
— Well, Señor Kaine, Hablaste Español Muy Bien – FERNANDA SANTOS  (DIERSEN: How many of the many millions who are in America illegally will use their false identifications to vote for Clinton and for the other Democrats in the November 8, 2016 election? Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with illegals against Americans.)
— Rolling Stone Loses Defamation Case Over Rape Story  Rolling Stone acted with malice, a federal jury decides – BEN SISARIO, HAWES SPENCER and SYDNEY EMBER  (DIERSEN: Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, all of my critics/opponents, all of their operatives, and all of their dupes act with malice against me.  Should I sue them?)
— To Help Close Wage Gap, de Blasio Tells Agencies to Stop Asking About Applicants’ Past Pay – ELI ROSENBERG  (DIERSEN: In today’s dollars, GAO paid me $120,427 (GS-13 Step 10) a year in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.  In 1997, I had worked for GAO for almost 18 years.  Before that, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years.)


— GOP congressman threatens hearing to ‘explore network media bias’ – Callum Borchers  (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, virtually everyone in the paid media is an operative or a dupe for the Democrat Party.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said in a letter to television executives on Friday that “national network news has devolved from fact-based journalism to surreptitious propaganda,” and he raised the specter of a congressional hearing to “explore network media bias in coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.”  Cramer’s timing is a bit odd. The election is Tuesday, meaning that any such hearing would come too late to affect coverage of the race (although, of course, the prospect of such a hearing is being raised in the campaign homestretch). It is possible that Cramer, a strong supporter of Donald Trump, is merely throwing a symbolic grenade at a press corps that the Republican nominee derides on a daily basis. Cramer does not have a hearing on the books; his letter indicated that he has not even requested one. He simply said that he plans to ask for a hearing.)


— AP: Melania Trump was an undocumented working model in ’96 – William Cummings


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Early Voting Data Shows Who’s Turning Out  At least 37 million votes had been cast as of Friday – BYRON TAU
— The Gamble of Trump  The hope of better policies comes with his manifest personal flaws. – Editorial


— State prisoner re-arrested after leaving Moreno Valley group home – RICHARD BROOKS


— National Enquirer Paid to Suppress Story of Donald Trump Cheating on Melania – Margaret Hartmann


— Prevalence, Impact and Assimilation of German Americans  German Americans have been something of a silent majority, despite their significant contributions to the culture. – Nick Ottens (DIERSEN: What is your national origin?  During the 1840s and 1850s, all my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois from what is now Germany.  Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always used that against me. In my defense, I stress that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans during WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans during WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans during WWII if he had not been 4-F.  Further, according to, my ancestry is 33% Europe West, 28% Scandinavia, 24% Great Britain, 11% Ireland, 2% Europe East, 1% Finland/Northwest Russia, and 1% Italy/Greece.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: German Americans are the largest ancestry group in the United States. Some 46 million Americans, comprising 14 percent of the population, claim German roots. Germans have been part of American history almost from the start. The first German immigrants settled in rural Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Many were Protestants who had made the journey to the New World from predominantly Catholic parts of Central Europe. A second, larger immigration wave would come in the nineteenth century, when around seven million Germans arrived, doubling the population of the United States at the time. Many of them established farms in the Midwest, leading to a heavy concentration of German Americans in states like Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Impact  German Protestants and Jews tended to vote Republican; most Catholics were Democrats. What united them was opposition to slavery and Prohibition and in general a mistrust of Southern populists and New England puritans alike. Germans played an important role in the early American labor and socialist movements, which were strongest in those Midwestern states that had large German minorities. Milwaukee, for example, was the only major city in America with socialist mayors for a long time. German contributions to American culture include beer, hot dogs, Christmas trees and kindergarten (literally, “garden for children”). Companies such as Boeing, Goldman Sachs, Heinz, Kraft Foods, Lehman Brothers and Levi’s were all started by Germans. Prejudice  There had been little prejudice against German until the United States entered World War I on the Allied side in 1917. Former president Theodore Roosevelt denounced “hyphenated Americanism”. Anti-German bigotry became widespread. A German minister was tarred and feathered in Minnesota after he was overheard praying in his native language with a dying woman. A man suspected of spying for the Germans was lynched in Collinsville, Illinois. The Justice Department was no help. It drew up a list of all German aliens in the country, counting some 480,000. More than 4,000 of them were incarcerated until the hostilities in Europe ended a year later. Ordinary Germans responded by speaking English in public and anglicizing their names: Koenig became King, Müller became Miller, Schmidt became Smith. The German American experience during the Second World War was mixed. Nearly 11,000 German citizens were interned and some 300,000 German-born residents were restricted in their travel and property rights. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt — Theodore’s nephew — also sought out German Americans for top war posts, including General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who spearheaded the Allied war effort in Europe, and Admiral Chester Nimitz, who was the American naval commander in the Pacific. German speakers were recruited as translators and spies. Very few sympathized with the Nazis. Assimilation  Despite their numerical preponderance, German Americans have been something of a silent majority throughout American history. Partly that’s because they themselves deemphasized their Germanness in the first half of the twentieth century. Barely any German speakers remain. Many first-generation German immigrants were also poor, uneducated farmers, who spread out across the Midwest, unlike, say, more middle-class Irishmen and Italians, many of whom settled in the big cities of the Northeast where they could more easily become a political force. Whether it is in spite or because of this process of assimilation, German Americans now do better than most ethnicities on many metrics. They are more likely to have college degrees and less likely to be unemployed. Their median household income is 18 percent above the national norm. Well-known German Americans include former House speaker John Boehner, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller and the actress Meryl Streep — as well as the current Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.)

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.