October 30 Evening Edition



— Polls: Clinton Ahead in North Carolina; Dead Heat in Florida  In a two-person race in North Carolina, Clinton’s lead in this new poll is an equal six points, 50 percent to 44 percent


— As Clinton avoids talking about emails on campaign trail, Trump ramps up attack – Jose a. DelReal, John Wagner, Sean Sullivan
— With eight days before presidential election, a barometer of where things stand – Chris Cillizza
— Manure dumped at Democratic headquarters in Ohio – Amy B. Wang
— ‘Battered’ Clinton must be ‘more open’ with public if she wins: Biden – Elise Viebeck


— Sen. Kirk loses endorsement of two groups over Duckworth insult – Lynn Sweet
— The party of Trump or Ryan? – Linda Chavez  (DIERSEN: 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors WANT IT TO BE THE PARTY OF RYAN.)
— The rough beast awakes and slouches toward 2020 – Neil Steinberg


— Election stressing you out? Try logging off Facebook, Twitter – Aaron Blake  (DIERSEN: Operatives and dupes for my critics/opponents promote “Ignorance Is Bliss” and they hint/imply/argue/shout a) that they work for those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois and b) that if you need to know anything, that they will tell you.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A majority of both Republicans and Democrats say the 2016 election is a significant source of stress for them right now, according to a recent American Psychological Association poll. They should probably log off Facebook and Twitter. A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests — in a result that will surprise precisely zero political reporters who tweet — that people don’t think social media are a particularly great form of political discourse. Full 59 percent of social media users say interacting with people they disagree with is more “stressful and frustrating,” while 35 percent say it’s more “interesting and informative.” And by an even more lopsided 64-29 margin, they say they actually find they have less in common with people they disagree rather than say they find more in common. These frustrations are — wait for it — bipartisan. Many more social media users also say the discussions there are less respectful, less civil and less policy-focused than say they are more respectful, civil and policy-focused. And about half (49 percent) say that they are angrier than other forums, while just 6 percent say they’re less angry. It’s not hard to look at these numbers and conclude that social media are playing a part when it comes to our increasing polarization in the United States. The numbers don’t prove it directly, but it does seem that many Americans find talking politics on Facebook and Twitter, at least, to be an experience that leaves them with less regard for the other side. What’s interesting about social media is that it actually exposes people to those alternate views in a way their personal lives may not. Just 23 percent of Facebook users and 17 percent of Twitter users say they mostly follow people with similar political views to their own. That might be more they can say for their personal lives, in which their friends and neighbors are increasingly likely to be like-minded, thanks to something political scientists call “sorting.” But that doesn’t mean people are going to like what those they disagree with are saying. In fact, if nothing else, this survey suggests it might be one of the worst ways to have a reasoned political discussion. And yet, it’s probably one of the few forms of real political dialogue many people are having.)


— Twitter’s influence on election etiquette, Duckworth/Kirk debate – LISE GRAHAM


— Facebook reportedly allows advertisers to exclude racial groups in housing ads  (DIERSEN: As Democrats and RINOs increasingly demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists and even worse things, soon, if not already, we will see signs that say “No Whites Wanted.”)
— POVERITY SKYROCKETS AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: Alabama college student turns dorm room into food pantry – Katie Muse
(FROM THE ARTICLE: HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  An Alabama A&M University student decided to turn his on-campus dorm room into the headquarters of his donation-based food pantry.  “I noticed that there were some students that said they were going to bed hungry,” said Justin Franks. “So, I thought about it and said, ‘What can I give back to my community?'” Franks said he started the pantry on just $45. “I started with pretty much just noodles and Capri Suns and I had a few household products like tissue and water.” It’s now packed with items such as fruit juices, coups, canned food items, chips and instant noodles. Franks posted his venture on Facebook, and the story has since been shared hundreds of times. “I didn’t think it would get shared that much, but people really cared about our students and Alabama A&M University.” So far, Franks has helped nearly 100 students. Those in need are able to get up to three items twice a week. “To me, it just makes me feel like I’m blessing someone,” he said. “I’m a religious person and I feel like I can bless a student. Some nights, students will be like ‘Man, I really appreciate this because I didn’t have anything to eat.'”)


— Endorsement: Tammy Duckworth has savvy, tenacity to be effective U.S. senator
— Why Kirk wasn’t always facing camera in debate – Bernard Schoenburg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If GOP U.S. Sen. MARK KIRK, R-Ill., wasn’t always looking at the camera in the televised Springfield debate with U.S. Rep. TAMMY DUCKWORTH last week, well, there is an explanation. Due to his 2012 stroke, spokeswoman ELENI DEMERTZIS said, Kirk has lost complete vision in his left eye. At Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield, Kirk and Duckworth were at a table in the middle of the stage, and questioners, including myself, were at a table on stage to their left. Kirk often was looking in our direction, but had to turn far enough to use his right eye to do so. The moment of the debate that got the most attention was when Duckworth talked about her family’s military history dating back to the Revolutionary War, and Kirk said, “I’d forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to fight for George Washington.” After a bit of silence, and given the chance to respond, Duckworth said that it was her father’s side of the family whose service went back to the American revolution. I later asked for some family details, and MATT McGRATH, spokesman for Duckworth, said Duckworth’s father, FRANK, was American, and served in both the Marine Corps and Army. He worked in international development and met Duckworth’s mother, LAMAI, who is Thai of Chinese descent, in Thailand. Duckworth was born in Bangkok. Her father died in 2005, and her mother became a U.S. citizen in 1993, and lives with Duckworth, her husband BRYAN and their young daughter, in Hoffman Estates. Kirk apologized for his debate comment about Duckworth’s family, tweeting: “Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family’s service.” Duckworth responded on Twitter: “Thanks, Sen. Kirk. Let’s honor my family’s service — and your own — by sticking to the issues for the final week. See you Friday in Chicago.”  The candidates are scheduled to debate at 7 p.m. Friday on WLS-TV—ABC7 in Chicago.)


— Election Day is a paid holiday for state employees, but why? – Doug Finke


— Why America is no longer a white, Christian nation  Based on research from Robert P. Jones, the author of “The End of White Christian America,” The Atlantic published a video showing how there’s been a decline in white Christians. – Herb Scribner  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, America is more and more and more anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The United States may no longer be a white, Christian country. Based on research from Robert P. Jones, author of “The End of White Christian America,” The Atlantic published a video that shows how there’s been a decline in Americans who identify as white Christians in the last decade. His research shows that while 67 percent of Americans 65 years old or older identify as white Christians, only about 29 percent of people 18 to 29 feel the same. More so, Jones’ research shows that about 1 in 4 Americans today identify as religiously unaffiliated, a significant jump from the 1 in 10 who felt the same in the ’90s. According to Jones, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential run demonstrates how the lack of Christians have affected our nation. Though Romney had a significant amount of white evangelicals voting for him, it wasn’t enough to put him over the top so he could win the presidency. Jones said it was because there had been a decline over the years in that religious group who would have voted for him. But, the author pontificates that if Romney ran in 2004, there would have been enough white Christians in the country that could have secured him the White House. This trend has created something of a backlash, as Americans struggle to figure out their identity. Is America a Christian nation as we’ve often thought, or is it a country defined by its diversity? “People fight like that when they are losing a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a sense of the country that they understand and love,” Jones said. “How do they re-engage in public life when they can’t be the majority?”)


— Donna Brazile: Another Example That ALL Democrats are Liars and Have NO Integrity – Warner Todd Huston


— Facebook reportedly allows advertisers to exclude racial groups in housing ads  (DIERSEN: As Democrats and RINOs increasingly demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being racists and even worse things, soon, if not already, we will see signs that say “No Whites Wanted.”)


— Pence: Comey Was ‘Pressured’ Not to Go Public Last Summer – Cathy Burke


— Donald Trump offered Chris Christie vice president role before Mike Pence, sources say


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Members of the following groups crow about the successes that they have been having: anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— Campaigns Scramble to Shape Race’s Final Days Amid Surprise FBI Email Probe  Both sides focus on unexpected disclosure of additional emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server – FELICIA SCHWARTZ


— Social Security: Recognizing LGBT History Month  (DIERSEN: Democrats run Social Security.  Democrats promote LGBT activity.  Soon, if not already, Social Security will stop hiring those who do not promote LGBT activity and fire its employees who do not promote LGBT activity.  How soon will Social Security stop sending benefits to those who do not promote LGBT activity?)


— Berkeley students want their voices heard, end up being disruptive
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than 100 students involved in the Queer Alliance Resource Center and bridges Multicultural Resource Center at UC Berkeley protested the lack of adequate safe spaces for LGBT, and particularly transgender, students and students of color earlier this week by gathering in front of a bridge on the school’s campus and refusing to let people cross earlier this week. Instead, these students were forced to walk around the bridge into Strawberry Creek, a small ditch, to get to class.)


— Home Depot sued for alleged age discrimination – Michael Abella


— Vladimir Putin’s Campaign to Seduce, Subvert and Screw Over Western Democracies—Including Ours  The Kremlin has the message and the cash to sweet talk every segment of the Western population, and we’re falling for it. – CHRISTOPHER DICKEY and ERIN ZALESKI  (DIERSEN: Putin has a much higher opinion of members of the following groups than Democrats and RINOs do: Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats shout that you are racist if you did not vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  Democrats shout that you are sexist if you do not vote for Clinton this year.)

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.