October 30 Morning Edition

— OCTOBER 3, 2017 FLASHBACK: Your local newspaper: The real deal – JIM ZACHARY (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to campaign managers, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, and to political consultants in Illinois who state that they are conservative and/or Republican, but who fail/refuse to keep 
diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists? I have served as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. Since 2004, I have sent out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails each and every morning, and since 2015, each and every evening too. Those emails have included links to almost 285,600 articles and information on many upcoming Republican events. What do you say to those who “punish” me by not sending me their press advisories and press releases a) because I refuse to serve as one or their operatives or dupes, b) because I refuse to carry out their backlist orders, c) because I have included links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like, d) because I have failed/refused to give them money, e) because they blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems, f) because I am “too conservative,” g) because they want to curry favor with my competitors, Rich Miller, and/or the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois, and/or h) because they focus on destroying individuals like me, organizations like TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, companies, and governments that they cannot manipulate/dominate? They do not want me a) to know about or promote their public events and other public activities, b) to attend their events, and c) to report on their public events and other activities. They do not want anyone to first learn of anything by reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They want you to only know what they want you to know. They paint me as being illegitimate if not worse things a) because I sent out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails free of charge, b) because the emails do not contain any advertising, c) because no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, d) because I do not have a college degree in journalism, and/or e) because I state that I am conservative and Republican. They proudly paint themselves as being anti-Diersen. They do not return my phone calls. They read my emails for “opposition research.” Should I publish a list of the aforesaid punishers? Some of them, if not many of them, talk and act like they want me to do that.) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a world of fake news spread on social media and attacks on the media from people in power, it is important for the public to know the difference between legitimate reporting by credible sources and all the noise posing as “the media.” Here are some reasons your local newspaper is the most trustworthy source for news and information: — Newspaper newsrooms are staffed with real people — people you know — reporters, photographers, editors — gathering the news, conducting interviews, covering meetings, attending events, writing, editing, fact-checking and making sure every day you can trust what you read. — Newspapers rely on recognizable sources. Quotes in the articles you read are attributed to real people and can be easily verified. — Newspapers work hard to stay away from single source reporting, giving readers context and balance. — Newspaper websites have legitimate URLs ending in .com or .org extensions, listing contact information, the names of staff members and the media organization’s leadership team on the website. — Newspapers correct mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes at times, but there is a big difference between an error and intentionally and knowingly publishing a false report because of some political or social agenda. Spurious websites, blogs and social media do not correct errors. They thrive on them. In the United States newspapers have a long and important legacy of holding the powerful accountable, defending the First Amendment and advocating for government transparency. Democracy is protected when the newspaper provides checks and balances as the Fourth Estate of government from city hall to the courthouse to the statehouse to the White House. Newspapers are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and coverage areas they serve. Straightforward news reporting and thought-provoking commentary give a voice to the voiceless and empower the powerless. Newspapers hold government accountable because at our very core we believe that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing. Don’t be embarrassed because you shared some sensational, agenda-driven report on social media only to find out it is totally fake. Get your news where real news has always been found: Your local newspaper, the real deal.)

— The top 5 Republicans (Flake, Romney, Cruz, Kasich, and Sasse) who could challenge Trump in 2020 – Aaron Blake
— Illinois Office of Tourism to expand to Mexico and China – Nereida Moreno
— 12 things you can do right now to help women in the workplace – Lolly Daskal (DIERSEN: Women should consider becoming federal employees. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years (Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997), I saw absolutely no sexual harassment. All my superiors, all my supervisors, all my coworkers, and all my subordinates knew that all women are members of a protected class and that they should be given preference.)
— Why it’s easier to concentrate in a coffee shop than an open office – Geoffrey James (DIERSEN: In 1990, GAO moved to new office space in a new building – 200 West Adams in Chicago. I got a preferred corner office because a) I had been promoted to GS-13 in 1986 and b) I had more federal seniority because I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years and I had worked for the Post Office for almost 3 years. Needless-to-say, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious.)
— LaPortas lawsuit: How to raid deep pockets — the Chicago way – William Choslovsky
— Scream at the sky. Then what? – Heather Wilhelm
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On n Nov. 8, it’s anticipated that thousands of Americans in at least nine cities will take to the streets to “scream helplessly at the sky.” You can probably guess the reason: It’s to mark the one-year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump as president. Can you believe it’s almost been a year since the election? Time flies when everyone seems to be losing their minds! Here’s the good news: If you’re reading this, you’re still alive. The stock market seems downright giddy — knock on wood, at least for now — and despite our president’s occasionally baffling and sometimes alarming tweets, our country is apparently still free enough for people to get on Facebook and organize cross-country protests that involve shouting at clouds.)
— Make it worth their time Young professionals need to follow 3 rules to impress executives – Mary Rezek (DIERSEN: Non-veteran White males who are seeking a job with the federal government should be advised that with only rare exceptions, your career will be wasted and you will be gotten rid of if you do not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40. To impress your Democrat supervisors and your Democrat superiors, you need to impress them that a) you can and will help them get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and b) that can and will serve as their operative or dupe.)

— New FBI chief says he’s already losing sleep over Chicago violence – Jon Seidel

— Ives: ‘We expect to be on the ballot’ against Rauner – Steve Zalusky (DIERSEN: Which Republicans will run for her 42nd District House seat?)

— Meet the Chicagoans mentoring women – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: What happened to your mentors? My Democrat IRS superiors got rid of the IRS manager who promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974. My Democrat GAO superiors got rid of the GAO manager who hired me in 1980, who got me assigned to audits of IRS in 1986, and who promoted me in 1986.)

— Onward and upward? So just what’s up with all the interest in the state attorney general’s office? – Editorial

— State Rep. Jeanne Ives emerges as Republican primary challenger for Rauner – ALLISON PETTY
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Central Illinois unions, contractors struggle to attract next generation of workers – CLAIRE HETTINGER and RYAN VOYLES

— Minimum wage bill sponsor says she’ll keep pressing for deal – Doug Finke

— Former Miss America shares her story of overcoming obstacles and launching a political career – Allison Shapiro

— Expert: Dumping voter program a danger – Scot Bertram

— Former IL State Rep. Morthland may be back on the ballot – CHRISTINA LOREY

— Rauner roughed up This veto session has been a different one for Gov. Bruce Rauner: many overrides.

— A broken record: Illinois continues to remind us it cares about sexual assault – ISAIAH REYNOLDS

— Don’t let Rauner’s allies divide GOP primary

— Jeanne Ives’ Petition for Governor
— Pam Althoff, the Woman Jack Franks Does Not Want on the County Board
— Effect of Federal GOP Income Tax Elimination of Real Estate Tax Deduction On Randy Hultgren’s District

— State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, scolded for proposing anti-Trump military spending measure – Cole Lauterbach


— FROM THE ARTICLE: Jeanne Ives picks a running mate, sends email to supporters proclaiming her intent to challenge Rauner in Republican primary (DIERSEN: Have you received that email? I still have not. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes might use that to hint/imply/argue/shout a) that Ives does not want my support, b) that Ives is punishing me, and/or c) that Ives doses not consider me to be a member of the news media.)

— Republican Attorneys General Association ridicules potential Quinn candidacy

— Most Houston players kneel during anthem, then lose the game
— Christ Church and the slavers’ blood money

— Whistleblower calls for VA czar in open letter to Trump – Scott Davis (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, if GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran had gotten a GAO czar appointed, they might still be working for GAO. GAO did not unionize until 2007.)

— ‘I am Undocumented and Unafraid,’ Says DACA Beneficiary Declaring Trump a ‘Coward’ – NICHOLAS BALLASY (DIERSEN: Democrats use illegals to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Enjoy Each Day – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: What do you do for others each and every day? I put a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email together each and every morning and each and every evening and send them out.)

— John Boehner Unchained The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party. – TIM ALBERTA (DIERSEN: If Boehner did not reject so many planks in the Republican Party platform, I would suggest that he become the GOPUSA Ohio Editor.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: After leaving office, Boehner says a longtime family friend approached him. “You’ve always had a purpose—your business, your family, politics,” the friend said. “What’s your purpose now?” Boehner says the question gnaws at him every day. We met three times over the summer, his most candid and revealing series of interviews since a third attempted coup on his speakership led him to say to hell with it and retire early.)

— Ready for the golden years? 8 facts on retirement savings (DIERSEN: I should write a book about early retirement. I have been retired since 1997 when I was 49 years old.)

— MARCH 18, 2002 FLASHBACK: Animosity High in Both Parties In Illinois Governor Primaries – AP (DIERSEN: Who do you blame for your losses? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes continue to blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000, but especially Jim Ryan’s loss to Blagojevich in the 2002 general election. Of course, if a Democrat becomes the next governor of Illinois, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for that.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republicans, facing their first real contested primary in decades, have worked to distance themselves from the governor’s problems. The two other Republican candidates, State Senator Patrick O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood, accused Jim Ryan of knowing about the bribery scheme but refusing to use his power as attorney general to stop it. The attorney general maintains that it would have been irresponsible for him to get involved in a federal investigation. Recent polls have shown Jim Ryan with about 50 percent of the vote. . .Among the Republican candidates, Ms. Wood ran advertisements calling Mr. Ryan and Mr. O’Malley “too extreme” because they oppose abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Ms. Wood is also courting Democrats and liberal groups to cross over to the Republican primary and vote for her.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Democrat says “The Economy Can’t Grow Without Birth Control.)
— Checking My Male Privilege – Charles M. Blow (DIERSEN: What do you say to men who paint themselves as being anti-men to curry favor with anti-men? What do you say to Whites who paint themselves as being anti-White to curry favor with anti-Whites? What do you say to older people who paint themselves as being anti-older people to curry favor with anti-older people? What do you say to rich people who paint themselves as being anti-rich people to curry favor with anti-rich people? What do you say to German-Americans who paint themselves as being anti-German Americans to curry favor with anti-German Americans? What do you say to Americans who paint themselves as being anti-American to curry favor with anti-Americans? What do you say to “Republicans” who paint themselves as being anti-Republicans to curry favor with anti-Republicans? What do you say to “conservatives” who paint themselves as being anti-conservative to curry favor with anti-conservatives? What do you say to Protestants who paint themselves as being anti-Protestant to curry favor with anti-Protestants? What do you say to etc. who paint themselves as being anti-etc. to curry favor with anti-etc.? I should write books about such aforesaid frauds in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Donald Trump Wants to Raise Your Taxes.”
— Her Peers Made School Look Easy. Now, With Hard Work, She’s Catching Up. – JOHN OTIS (DIERSEN: If I could do it over again, I would have majored in accounting at NIU instead of management, earned a master’s degree in accounting much sooner than I did, passed the CPA examination much sooner than I did, etc.)
— Catalonia Civil Servants Must Decide: Resist or Obey Madrid’s Rule – PATRICK KINGSLEY (DIERSEN: What if the Democrats succeed in getting California, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, etc. to leave the United States and join up with Mexico?)

— John Boehner, retired and a little bitter, f-bombs some old GOP enemies – Derek Hawkins (DIERSEN: If Boehner did not reject so many planks in the Republican Party platform, I would suggest that he become the GOPUSA Ohio Editor.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Big Brewer Makes a Play for Marijuana Beverages Corona brewer to invest nearly $200 million in Canadian marijuana grower, with plans to develop cannabis-infused drinks – Jennifer Maloney and David George-Cosh (DIERSEN: Those who promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices have always worked very hard against me.)
— Stuck in Place, U.S. Homeowners Hunker Down as Housing Supply Stays Tight More choose to stay where they are and renovate, making it harder for renters to enter market – Laura Kusisto and Christina Rexrode (DIERSEN: How much have spent renovating your home? Since we had our home built in 1984 at 915 Cove Court in Wheaton, my wife and I have spent lots of money renovating it. We have had the following replaced plus more: roof, garage doors, furnace and air conditioning, kitchen appliances, kitchen countertops, and flooring, carpeting, water heater, and deck flooring. We have had a deck and gazebo built, an underground sprinkler system installed and controller replaced, fencing installed and replaced, a car lift installed, garage flooring installed, the basement finished, a whole-house natural-gas backup electric generator installed, and a home security system installed. We have spent lots of money and I have spent lots of time making landscaping and lot drainage improvements.)

— Cash-strapped (ILLEGALS) in Chicago flock to free community colleges – Aamer Madhani (DIERSEN: I earned a bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1970 when I was 21. Were you cash-strapped while you earned your bachelor’s degree? I was not because I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; and worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970. Further, my parents provided me with room and board in their home in Crete while I attended UIC 1966-1968, weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and the summer of 1969.)
— Survey: Teachers’ mental health declining amid job stress – Greg Toppo (DIERSEN: Cranking out “good little Democrats” is very stressful. Not every student wants to be 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— The Bush twins: Could politics be in their future? – Jocelyn McClurg

— John Kasich Is Already Running For the Ohio governor, the campaign against Trump never stopped. And it won’t till 2020. – Lisa Miller

— Choosing sides in the next civil war may be tricky – Brian Dickerson (DIERSEN: On what side will you be on? On Side A will be 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. On Side B will be those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. I would call Side A “The Anti-Americans” and side B “The Americans.” I will be on Side B. On what side will you be on?)

— The power of incumbency – Hoppy Kercheval

— 88 percent of benefits from state/local tax deductions go to upper-income Americans – Scott Rasmussen (DIERSEN: Those who can and do itemize pay less federal income taxes. Sadly, Shimkus says that 79 percent of the people in his district do not itemize their deductions. Because I itemized, I paid less federal income taxes 1972-1977, and because my wife and I have always itemized, we have paid less federal income taxes since 1978. We have been able to itemize, that is, to pay less federal tax because of the money we paid for education, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, state income taxes, medical expenses, and charitable contributions. Those who do not itemize in Shimkus’s district must not pay that much money for education, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, state income taxes, medical expenses, and/or charitable contributions.)

— Would You Rather Buy A Brand New Chevrolet Corvette Or An iPhone X? – FRANCISCO CRUZ

— Reflecting on those good old days – ANNETTE O’BRIEN (DIERSEN: When were your good old days? My good old days include a) 1948-1972 when I lived in Crete; b) 1953-1961 when I attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete; c) 1961-1962 when I attended Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest; and 1962-1966 when I attended Crete-Monee High School. They include a) 1970 when I was 21 and earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU; b) 1976, 1980, and 1997 when I earned master’s degrees in business from Loyola, in accounting from DePaul, and in finance from IIT; c) 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997 when I earned professional certifications (CPA, CIA, CFE, CGFM), CFSA, and Forensic Accountant); d) 1981 when I earned a professional license (CPA); e) 1972, 1973, and 1974 when IRS promoted me; f) 1986, 1987, and 1988 when I worked for GAO on audits of IRS; g) 1986 when GAO promoted me; h) 1966 when I bought my first new car and 1971 when I bought a new 1972 Corvette; i) 1972 when I bought a new town home; j) 1974 and 1976 when I bought condos; k) 1978 when I got married; j) 1978 when we bought a home in Wheaton; k) 1984 when we had a home built in Wheaton; and l) 1978-1992 when my wife and I took many vacations following her many business trips to luxury resorts all across America. When were your bad old days? My bad old days include a) 1968 and 1969 when my Democrat Post Office superiors disallowed my sick leave requests; b) 1969 when my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign and my father died suddenly; c) 1974 when my Democrat IRS superiors disallowed my partial day per diem claims; d) 1978 when Money Magazine published its article on me resulting in my Democrat IRS superiors disallowed my education deductions; e) after 1974 when my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12; f) 1980 when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO; g) 1980-1985 and 1989-1997 when my Democrat GAO superiors kept me off audits of IRS; h) after 1986 when my Democrat GAO superiors did not promote me beyond GS-13; i) 1989-1997 when my Democrat GAO superiors always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes; and j) 1997 when my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer.”)

— Most Republicans Follow Trump, Not GOP Senators (DIERSEN: Who does the majority of the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois follow?)

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.