October 26 Morning Edition

— Chicago violence: 23 shot, 6 fatally in weekend shootings 3-year-old girl among those shot

— Democrat Rep. Sean Casten, Republican Jeanne Ives at odds over COVID-19 response in Illinois 6 Congress race. In the Casten/Ives battle, outside groups are not spending millions in independent expenditures to win this seat, a contrast to 2018, when third parties were major players. – Lynn Sweet

— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: Feel like your property taxes are climbing higher than your other bills? New 20-year study shows you’re right. – HAL DARDICK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: You should not call yourself a conservative unless you are both a fiscal conservative and social conservative.

— Geneva restaurant sues Pritzker over ban on indoor dining Ban took effect Friday because of a rising number of COVID-19 infections – ERIC SCHELKOPF

— State-Mitigated Restaurants and Bars of DuPage and Kane Counties Are Getting Restless – Rich Miller


— How do you know what you know? – James Grandone (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want you to know what they tell you, no more and no less. They want you to see everything their way, and their way only. They want you to do only what they tell you to do.)

— How Police, National Guard And The Military Are Preparing For Election Day Tensions – TOM BOWMAN & MARTIN KASTE
— Catholic Newspaper Urges Senate To Reject Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination (DIERSEN: I should write a book about RINO leaders who reject many planks in the Republican Party platform and rather see Democrat candidates elected than Republican candidates who are conservative, that is, who are Republican.)

— Northern Illinois is a different story, Murphy acknowledges, saying GOP candidates there “are in their toughest fight” trying to dance around supporting an unpopular president (at least in Illinois) while sticking to their Republican values. It’s a delicate dance. Local Republicans are leery of rejecting Trump outright, for fear of alienating GOP voters. Instead they appeal to suburban voters’ independent streak — reminding them that it’s OK to vote one way at the top of the ticket and Republican down below. Republican state Rep. Grant Wehrli is in the fight of his political life in the 41st House District partly because he has refused to endorse Trump. Meanwhile, Democrats have poured money into challenger Janet Yang Rohr’s race, making it one of the most competitive and expensive statehouse races this cycle. . .Republican Senate candidate Mark Curran is taking his campaign to the streets — literally. He’s “walking for positive change.” Today, he’ll walk from Lake Michigan to Oak Park, along Madison Avenue. Wednesday, he plans to walk from Lake Cook Road and to Chicago along Milwaukee Avenue. And Friday, he’s walking from Howard to Beverly along Western Avenue. – Shia Kapos

— Pandemic slashes gambling revenue in Illinois – Zeta Cross

— Illinoisans Apparently Seeing That ‘Fair Tax’ Is The Wrong Amendment On The Ballot – Mark Glennon


— Biden’s surge of ‘dark money’ gives him major lead over Trump in campaign cash – Dave Boyer

— Delta Has Put 460 People On No-Fly List For Refusing Mask Requirement

— There Is Going to Be a Revolution Either Way – Michael Brown

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: Northern Illinois University teaches that ‘All Lives Matter’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter’ represents anti-blackness – JENNIFER KABBANY

— Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Relook at Pennsylvania Mail Ballot Extended Deadline – MATTHEW VADUM
— Biden Pressed on ‘Transition’ Away From Oil in Pennsylvania TV Interviews – JACK PHILLIPS

— Precinct Committeemen Handbook (DIERSEN: I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman for almost 21 years. I should write a book about how the following have treated me and how they have treated those who share my demographics: present and past leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ask “Does Trump stand a chance?”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Why Trump could face a Jimmy Carter scenario.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater promotes hatred against “White men.”
— FRONT PAGE: The Two Americas Financing the Trump and Biden Campaigns – Shane Goldmacher, Ella Koeze, Rachel Shorey and Lazaro Gamio
— Colleges Slash Budgets in the Pandemic, With ‘Nothing Off-Limits’ – Shawn Hubler (DIERSEN: I should write a book about what the Democrats who ran GAO during the 1980s and 1990s did in response to Republican-‘led budget cuts. They used those cuts to get rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few GAO employees made the aforesaid promotion deadlines. To get rid of me, they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take a $20,157 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
— Fights Erupt During ‘Jews for Trump’ Rally in Manhattan Eleven people were arrested, and protesters screamed at Rudy Giuliani. Separately, a police officer was suspended for voicing support for the president on the job. – Ashley Southall and Dana Rubinstein
— Times Square Billboards With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Stir Skirmish The couple’s lawyer threatens to sue over scathing billboards that were put up by an anti-Trump group, the Lincoln Project. – Dana Rubinstein
— Rethinking Retirement The days and nights and years could be long — if you’re lucky. Here are some tips to make them meaningful, too. – Kerry Hannon (DIERSEN: I should write a book about retirement.)
— In coronavirus testing, false positives are more hazardous than they might seem. – Katherine J. Wu

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled conservative-hating conservative-haters say “Facebook serves as an echo chamber, especially for conservatives. Blame its algorithm.”
— The Trump administration is investigating Google. Good luck pinning the giant down. It’s hard to regulate Big Tech. – Maha Rafi Atal (DIERSEN: Google continues to refuse to treat www.gopillinois.com as a being a news website. RINOs, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and Independents and Independent plants want that.)

— Illinois Businesses Brace for New Covid-19 Restrictions New limits on indoor dining leave shops and restaurants in Chicagoland (including Naperville) worrying business will tank – Erin Ailworth
— California’s Racial Scare Campaign Behind in the polls, preference supporters roll out the KKK and David Duke. – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint themselves as being champions for those who are minority, female, younger, poor, LGBTQ, non-married, parents, veterans, non-conservative, non-Protestant, non-German American, illegals, and those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Facebook Prepares Measures for Possible Election Unrest Tools include slowing the spread of certain posts and tweaking users’ news feeds – Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman (DIERSEN: The more links that I include in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that report Democrat protests, Democrat looting, Democrat rioting, and Democrat arson, the more that Facebook, Google, etc. will do to stop everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— FRONT PAGE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Business on Biden: Not So Bad, Given the Alternatives. Many executives see Democratic nominee as less adversarial than Sanders or Warren, and less unpredictable than Trump. – Greg Ip and Ken Thomas
— Covid-19 Is Surging at Weddings, Dinner Parties and Group Events. Americans’ desire to gather as well as eased restrictions helps explain the jump in new cases. – Sarah Krouse
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Protesters hate American nameplate cars, and they especially hate American nameplate cars driven by those who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— The Press of Conformity A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views. – Editorial (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have focused on stigmatizing me, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, what I have done as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, and what I did as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Organization webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc.)
— How Free Speech Dies Hyper-intolerance is a familiar path to tyranny throughout Latin America. – Mary Anastasia O’Grady (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, you are gotten rid of if you do not promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, discrimination against conservatives, Protestants, Italian Americans, German Americans, and Republicans, and even worse things.)

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURES: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote protests.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To vote for Democrats is to shout that you are not Christian, not conservative, and not Republican and that you are anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German American, anti-draft avoiders (except Joe Biden and Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time..
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats have declared war on Republicans. Democrats see refugees as being soldiers in their army to get rid of Republicans once and for all.

— More info always good for voters – BRENT REGAN (DIERSEN: Questions to ask candidates: If elected, would you encourage or discourage the following: reparations, BLM, LGBTQ, dependency on government, dependency on charity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, more gun controls, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and/or age discrimination?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: To make an informed decision at the ballot box in local government elections, the voter must make an additional effort to determine the candidates’ suitability for a particular office. It has been argued that in these local government elections, political parties should stand down and not actively promote any candidate on the basis of party affiliation alone. Unfortunately this is not the case. Idaho Democrat Party Chair Evangeline Beechler said during a recorded panel discussion: “When you get into non-partisan politics, right, you can kind of hide … so a lot of times we can get a lot of progressive liberals in those city council seats.” “Hide?” What are they trying to hide? In contrast, the Republican Party believes in transparency. Our Platform clearly describes our positions on public policy and our candidates are proud to identify their party affiliation. Our Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) is comprised of nearly 70 Precinct Committeemen from every part of our county. Each PC serves about 1,500 registered voters. An important part of the KCRCC’s mission is to assist the voters in evaluating the candidates by providing literature, forums, festivals and other resources. Precinct committeemen frequently field inquiries about candidates. In order to be consistent and transparent, our committee tasked our Elections Standing Committee with developing a questionnaire for all candidates, regardless of party. Since the “non-partisan” races do not use party affiliation, it is reasonable to inquire directly about the candidate’s positions on various policies and the candidates should be forthcoming with their views so that the voter can make an informed decision. To accomplish this, the Elections Committee developed a questionnaire which was then forwarded to the candidates. The Elections Committee compiled the results and presented their report to the KCRCC. The candidates also were given the opportunity to present themselves directly to the KCRCC and answer questions. Finally, the KCRCC voted on the candidates and issues they would recommend to the voters. In the interest of transparency, the metrics of the evaluation were posted on our website, kootenaigop.org, so that anyone could see who the KCRCC recommends and why they are recommended. This system is neither original nor unique as many organizations evaluate candidates to uncover information that would be of interest to their members. It is reasonable that the KCRCC would seek answers from candidates on topics that would be of interest to Kootenai County voters. In Kootenai County, the Republican Party has consistently offered quality candidates that are attractive to the majority of voters. Our volunteer Precinct Committeemen are active in their communities and represent all parts of Kootenai County, from city to country and from farm to factory. Committeemen work tirelessly to advance the political debate and to help inform the voters. I am immensely proud of these dedicated volunteers and humbled that they have chosen me to be their Chairman. You are invited to visit our website, kootenaigop.org , for additional information.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Majorities of Men, Seniors and Independents View Trump Unfavorably With Less Than 10 Days to Election Day.”

— Angry? Venting is Not the Answer, Says Aggression Expert – Amanda LeClaire, LaToya Cross (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “displaced aggression.” I would focus on “displaced aggressors” who a) claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican; b) who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, and Illinois; and c) who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In response to feeling threatened – whether the threat is real or imagined – Bushman says that people often resort to displaced aggression when either the target that provoked them is not available or they fear retaliation from that target. But, unlike Sigmund Freud’s concept of venting as a positive tool that improves an individual’s psychological state, Bushman says that venting is actually one of the worse options to defuse the feeling of anger and aggression.)

— Are Asian Americans the Last Undecided Voters? – Hua Hsu (DIERSEN: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters a) shout at Asian Americans, and at everyone else, that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all and b) see Asian Americans as being soldiers in their army to destroy Republicans.)

— Can Journalism Be Saved? It will take government action to rescue a struggling but vital industry. – Paul Glastris

— Jewish Students Claim Civil Rights Violations on Campus. Jewish and pro-Israel students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Education alleging that they are being harassed and discriminated against. – Greta Anderson (DIERSEN: Democrats run public education.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LGBTQers blast the Pope for not promoting LGBTQ stronger.

— Forget time management. Master this to meet all your productivity goals – SARAH GOFF-DUPONT–ATLASSIAN (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, if they or if anyone who they manipulate/dominate were the GOPUSA Illinois Editor, they could put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out in far far far less time than it takes me.)

— Arguments between the masked and unmasked have turned violent — psychology can help explain why – Martin W Bauer (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “displaced aggression.” I would focus on “displaced aggressors” who a) claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican; b) who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, and Illinois; and c) who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Displaced aggression now latches on to the “misbehaving other”. This latching on is guided by an ideological dualism between libertarians, who think we should let survival of the fittest run its course in a bid for herd immunity, and paternalists who seeks to lock us all down in our homes. Never mind that this either/or logic ignores the “middle way” of testing, tracing and targeted isolation. This ideological dualism latches on to the identity markers of us and them, and directs the anger on to the member who is misbehaving and needs to be corrected, and if words fail, with force.)

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.