November 8 Morning Edition

— Pritzker would consider ban on lawmaker-lobbyists, calling Arroyo’s roles ‘challenging and problematic’ As Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined Google to announce a second Chicago office, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin held a press conference to announce an ethics reform package, with one measure outright banning all lawmakers from lobbying for any city or county. – Tina Sfondeles

— Top Workplaces 2019 (DIERSEN: From what I see, in Democrat Chicagoland, the federal government is a top workplace for Democrats, and especially for Democrats who are minority, female, veteran, and/or younger. The federal government gets rid of its employees who are Republican, and especially those who are White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $98,198) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $116,040) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $136,495) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $165,500) by age 40. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)

— Cloud over Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s final days – Chuck Goudie and Ross Weidner (DIERSEN: What did you do that put clouds over your career? I a) avoided the draft, b) refused to become a Democrat, c) complained about political affiliation discrimination, d) complained about reverse discrimination, e) complained about age discrimination, f) became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation 1988 when I was 40, and g) filed a lawsuit that charged my superiors with political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation in 1998.)

— Activists Sue Two Illinois Sheriffs (Stephenson and Ogle counties) For Detaining Immigrants Without Judicial Warrants

— Republican lawmakers propose more ethics reforms – PETER HANCOCK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
— Daily Herald editors discuss balance in political stories – Doug T. Graham (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, the mainstream media ever-increasingly a) promotes news and commentary that promote the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms and b) downplays/censures news and commentary that promote the Republican Party platform. To mitigate the aforesaid, since 2000, I have put together and sent out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Since 2004, those emails have provided links to more than 349,900 articles and information on many upcoming events.)

— ComEd ‘Shadow Lobbying’ Portfolio Filled With Clouted Contractors, Hires – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold

— UIS community rallies against racism – Brenden Moore
— Brady group lauds Davis for bill promoting gun safes – Bernard Schoenburg

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot in Danville.

— Story suggests Macomb racial conflict at root of WIU problems – Nick Vlahos
— State Sen. Chuck Weaver is seeking Bradley University presidency – Chris Kaergard
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The state senator and Bradley alumnus is among the applicants for the top job at BU, which will be filled when incumbent President Gary Roberts retires at the end of May 2020. Weaver is also up for reelection in 2020, and said he will file nominating petitions for another term in office. But because he’s also seeking the Bradley job, he’s let party leaders within the district know that he might have to drop off the ballot if he lands on the hilltop.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Harrisburg council votes to allow cannabis sales for adult recreational use – MARILYN HALSTEAD

— Lawmakers, get serious about ethics review – Editorial

— Progressive tax opponents say Gov. J.B. Pritzker went too far to push amendment – Cole Lauterbach

— IL-14: Sue Rezin the Bull-fighter with the Winning Record, Part 1: Strengths 
— Reick Invites People for Coffee Saturday 
— Skillicorn Wants Light in the Afternoon All Year Round

— ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR ON ETHICS COMMITTEE ALLEGEDLY FILED FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN Sources have identified state Sen. Terry Link as the FBI’s witness in their investigation into former state Rep. Luis Arroyo. Tax troubles may have led to Link’s cooperation. – Ben Szalinski


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— No harm? Most illegals in Mississippi ICE raids stole Americans’ identities – Stephen Dinan

— Tucker Carlson rejects concerns about whistleblower’s safety: ‘Live my life for a week’ (DIERSEN: Like Carlson, I give my “opinions everyday” in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Those who reject my opinions do everything that they can a) to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) to stop everyone from reading those emails. I should write a book about those who reject my opinions.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tucker Carlson rejected concerns about the wellbeing of the intelligence community whistleblower that sparked impeachment proceedings, arguing during his Fox News show Wednesday that his own safety is at greater risk. Mr. Carlson made the comparison while complaining during his primetime opinion program about recent efforts to protect the whistleblower by keeping his or her name under wraps. “The hyenas on television are jumping up and down hyperventilating, telling people, ‘How dare you want to know the identity, it could endanger that person.’ Which, frankly, [is] a little insulting to those of us who give our opinions everyday, kind of out there,” he said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “His life’s in danger? Oh spare me. Live my life for a week,” Mr. Carlson said later during the episode.)
— Meet Safiya Khalid, elected to Lewiston Maine city council (DIERSEN: What if voters in Wheaton’s West District had voted to fill the recent Wheaton West District City Council vacancy? I would have been one of the ten candidates. The following voters in Wheaton’s West District would NOT have voted for me: those who are 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, anti-draft avoiders, anti-federal retirees, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During a post-election speech at the Agora Grand Event Center on Tuesday, Safiya Khalid said she has always been told she holds many “firsts” in her family — the first to graduate high school, the first to graduate from college. On Tuesday, she also added a first for the city, becoming Lewiston’s first Somali-American to serve on the City Council. At 23, she’s also the youngest. On Wednesday morning, just a few hours after she defeated fellow Democrat Walter “Ed” Hill with nearly 70% of the vote, news outlets were lining up to interview her. Khalid said she had been contacted by NPR and CNN, among others. The Washington Post interviewed her Tuesday night, weighing in on a race marked by her historic win, the racism she faced and harassment allegations against members of her campaign. Khalid said early Wednesday that she was still “in shock” from the victory, as well as the amount of national attention she’s receiving. “Lewiston is out there,” she said. Khalid, with her mother and two younger brothers, fled Somalia at the age of 7, arriving first in New Jersey before relocating to Lewiston. For the Somali community, especially immigrants who began settling in Lewiston in the early 2000s, Khalid’s election is a significant step. Fowsia Musse, who works with Healthy Androscoggin and Maine Community Integration, came to the United States in 1995 and was among the first Somali refugees to settle in Lewiston. The day after Tuesday’s election, Musse said “words cannot describe how happy I am for the representation we are now being given” in city government. “I’m very happy for Safiya’s victory in this electoral process,” she said in an email. “Safiya has worked relentlessly hard to earn this. I want to congratulate the other winners, and thank them for the fair fight. Together we can all move forward as a united Maine. Best wishes to all the candidates!” Jordy Dushime, founder of the African Youth Alliance and recent graduate of Lewiston High School said Wednesday that it’s “revolutionary that a minority and especially an immigrant/refugee is able to take place in the decision making of Lewiston.” Dushime, 19, came to Lewiston from Burundi three years ago, and founded the African Youth Alliance as an after-school resource for teenagers. “As a black refugee woman, she is able to inspire us, the future generations to strive to participate in our communities and our beloved state,” he said. Rilwan Osman, executive director of Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services, said Wednesday that Khalid’s win marked “a huge change for our community.”)

— Issues Surround Study that Claims ‘Disinformation Still Running Rampant on Facebook’ – Spencer Irvine (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)

— Ted Cruz: Big Tech Is a ‘Growing Threat to Our Democracy’ – SEAN MORAN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who ban me and who ban my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, etc. They a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the MTRCC resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Texas senator said that big tech’s censorship serves as a fundamental threat to America’s democratic system of government by stifling free speech on the Internet. “Big tech’s power, bias, and censorship is profoundly dangerous, and it is a growing threat to our democracy,” Cruz said. “As chairman of the Constitution subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, I have chaired multiple hearings focused on big tech bias and censorship. We’ve heard witness after witness testify; we’ve seen the evidence pile up of big tech silencing voices with which it disagrees. Shadow banning conservatives, shadow banning anyone who does not follow the political orthodoxy of a handful of big tech Silicon Valley billionaires.” “What is new is the ability of big tech to silently disappear the voices of those with which they disagree and simultaneously and equally silently amplify the voices with which they agree, and there’s no transparency, there’s no accountability,” he added. Cruz also warned that Google’s biased search algorithm could interfere in the 2020 elections. Professor Robert Epstein told the senator during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July that Google could manipulate millions of voters into voting for Democrats during the 2020 election using their biased search engine.)

— Jeff Sessions Calls Out Senate Republicans For Not ‘Pushing Hard Enough To Advance The Trump Agenda’ – SCOTT MOREFIELD
— Chaos Behind The Scenes: Trump Jr.’s Visit To ‘The View’ Stirs Everyone Up – VIRGINIA KRUTA
— ‘The View’ Hosts Blatantly Lie, Falsely Accuse Don Jr. Of Crime In Wild Segment – VIRGINIA KRUTA
— Trump Has Appointed 25% Of All Circuit Court Judges – DAVID KRAYDEN

— The Decline of America’s Military, and Why It Matters – Katrina Trinko

— Trump Derangement Syndrome on Steroids – David Limbaugh

— Sessions Jumps into Senate Race: No One ‘Will Be More Effective in Advancing Trump’s Agenda’ – TYLER O’NEIL

— Nationalism, Populism, And Saving Ourselves From A Dark Future First Things editor R.R. Reno’s book, ‘Return of the Strong Gods,’ persuasively argues that tolerance and liberalism are now at odds with our community bonds and spiritual convictions. – Nathanael Blake

— Protesters Greet Melania Trump at Boston Hospital to Promote Program That Helps Babies Born on Drugs – Mary Chastain

— Joy Behar roasted for denying wearing blackface: ‘Enjoy the cancel culture you created’ – JOE CONCHA

— How the Insufferably Woke Help Trump Democrats are insulting and condescending to the swing-state voters they need the most. – Timothy Egan (DIERSEN: Who are the most insulting and condescending Trump-haters in your neighborhood, precinct, municipality, township/ward, county, and Illinois?)
— Bernie Sanders Says Migrants Who Have Spent 5 Years in U.S. Should Get to Stay Mr. Sanders released a plan on Thursday that vowed to create a “swift, fair pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants and “break up” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. – Reid J. Epstein
— We Can Help Men Live Longer We need to pay more attention to the factors that contribute to earlier deaths for men. – Louise Aronson (DIERSEN: What do you say to men who curry favor with men-haters by promoting hatred against men?)
— Nonvoters Are a Source of Hope for Democrats. But Maybe a False Hope. Demographically, they seem like people who’d want to vote out Trump. Yet at least in the battleground states, many favor Republicans. – Nate Cohn

— Targeting Mark Zuckerberg The avalanche of attacks against Facebook’s speech policy continues. – Editorial
— Meritocracy’s Waterloo? The University of California may scrap admissions testing. – Editorial (DIERSEN: The following would NOT have admitted me if I had not passed tests: UIC (1966), NIU (1969), Loyola (1972), DePaul (1976), and IIT (1992.)

— Here are 3 great reasons to take Social Security benefits at 62 – Maurie Backman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.
— Millennials, Gen Xers to baby boomers: Can you retire so I can get a job promotion? – Paul Davidson (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors and supervisors in the federal government hinted/implied/argued/shouted that their employees who were younger, Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran wanted them to get rid of their employees who were older, Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran.)

— Supreme Court Justices Being Urged to Recuse Themselves from Upcoming LGBTQ Rights Cases – ALEX BOLLINGER

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: America-haters crow about their success in turning southwest border residents into America haters.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.

— Life in One of the Whitest Towns in America Anna, Illinois, has a long history of excluding black people. Where does that leave it today? – LOGAN JAFFE (DIERSEN: Where and when did you grow up? I grew up in Crete during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and DuPage County who promote hatred of those who grew up in Crete during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. These hate-promoters are 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— New York Times Is Nearly Halfway to 10 Million Subscriptions. Can the Paper Reach Its Goal By 2025? – Matthew Kassel (DIERSEN: If you were me, what would you do to increase GOPUSA ILLINOIS email readership?)

— Nine Easy Ways To Increase Social Media Engagement (DIERSEN: If you were me, what would you do to increase GOPUSA ILLINOIS email readership?)

— 3 Ways to Build Website Credibility with Google – Bev Feldman (DIERSEN: If you were me, what would you do to increase GOPUSA ILLINOIS email readership?)

— The Future of SEO: What SEO & Marketing Pros Need to Understand – Kali Bliss (DIERSEN: If you were me, what would you do to increase GOPUSA ILLINOIS email readership?)

— Should Newsrooms Accept Additional Funding From Facebook? – Evelyn Mateos (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. No one has, and no one will, call my tunes. I have not, and I will not, seek or accept money for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor.)

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.