September 13 Morning Edition

— Hundreds of demonstrators gather during Sean Spicer speech at Northeastern Illinois University; man ‘detained by security’ after jumping onto stage – MARIE FAZIO
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: If flavors are banned, vape shop owners warn they’d have to close — and e-cig users would go back to regular cigarettes – Lisa Schencker
— US officials revise vaping illness count to 380 in 36 states – AP–vaping-lung-damage-20190912-story.html
— ‘What more important issue is there for Chicago than gun violence?’ asks local CEO, one of 150 urging Congress to act – ROBERT CHANNICK
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Committee goal: Motivate Naperville residents to complete 2020 census so city gets every tax dollar it can, officials say – ERIN HEGARTY

— FBI files shed light on nearly a century of threats to Chicago politicians — and an alderman suspected of being a secret communist  The ire that’s been directed over the years at political figures in Illinois often has been about race, patriotism and gun control, according to a new Sun-Times database compiled from FBI reports. – Robert Herguth (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have threatened me.)
— A cautionary tale for undocumented immigrants: You can make no mistakes A traffic stop can be enough to set in motion deportation. – Marlen Garcia (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, mistakes that I have made include: my not glorifying and praising them, my not pandering to them, my not serving as one of their operatives or dupes, my not giving them money, and/or my suing them.)

— Video gambling regrets? Long Grove officials raise concerns after granting sixth license – Bob Susnjara (DIERSEN: Allowing video gambling in their municipality or in the unincorporated parts of their county is one more reason for religious voters, conservative voters, and Republican voters to leave Illinois.)
— Constitution change is best hope for state’s ‘solvable’ pension crisis – Brett Rowland
— Why do apartments bring schools more students than expected? Dist. 204 wants to know – Marie Wilson

— Illinois Towns Down to Wire on Weed Decisions – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: Allowing recreational pot to be sold in their municipality or in the unincorporated parts of their county is one more reason for religious voters, conservative voters, and Republican voters to leave Illinois.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Canton’s marijuana dispensary plans to start selling at 7 a.m. New Year’s Day – Hannah Schrodt (DIERSEN: Allowing recreational pot to be sold in their municipality or in the unincorporated parts of their county is one more reason for religious voters, conservative voters, and Republican voters to leave Illinois.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Local dispensary eyes East Side for second pot shop – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN: Allowing recreational pot to be sold in their municipality or in the unincorporated parts of their county is one more reason for religious voters, conservative voters, and Republican voters to leave Illinois.)

— Trump vows to protect 2nd Amendment after gun briefing – AP

— Democratic Debate Exposes Deep Divides Among Candidates Over Health Care – DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN
— O’Rourke Promises To ‘Take Your AR-15,’ But Americans Are Split On Buybacks – BRANDON CARTER

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, they will get rid of you.

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Kendall County Board votes down ordinance barring marijuana businesses – KATIE FINLON (DIERSEN: Allowing recreational pot to be sold in their municipality or in the unincorporated parts of their county is one more reason for religious voters, conservative voters, and Republican voters to leave Illinois.)

— Will Co. Young Republicans Plan Walmart Open-Carry Protest The group plans to protest Walmart’s new policy banning open carry and decision to restrict ammunition sales. – Joe Ward

— The Last Time Illinois Was a Battleground State You didn’t see Hillary Clinton in Daley Plaze ahead of Election Day 2016, and you won’t see next year’s nominee there either. But that wasn’t always the case. – EDWARD MCCLELLAND

— Reparations Resolution To Go Before City Council Next Week: ‘It’s Time’ A coalition of local officials and activists are ready to bring the case for reparations to Chicago. – Jamie Nesbitt

— As Students From China Flock to University of Illinois, Lawsuit Alleges Ex-Professor Targeted Female Chinese Students The allegations came at a time when the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign was enrolling more Chinese undergraduates during some years than any university in the U.S. – Jodi S. Cohen

— Illinois vies with Florida for most city housing markets “turning ugly” – Wirepoints Original – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

— Largest Illinois High School District Opposes Single Sex Locker Rooms

— Warren endorses broad pathway for illegal immigrants – S.A. Miller and Seth McLaughlin (DIERSEN: To come America illegally and/or to stay in America illegally demonstrates gross disrespect of America and gross disrespect for the rule of law.)
— Jorge Ramos opens Democratic debate with message to Hispanics: ‘Our country too’ – S.A. Miller and Seth McLaughlin
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many of us Hispanics will vote again for President Trump. We want legal immigration, immigrants who integrate and assimilate into American society, we don’t want the Balkanization of every city across America. Illegals don’t integrate, they create little enclaves that are drug and crime infested HellHoles as we have here in Chicago. Thats why we Americans of Hispanic descent support President Trump. Build that Wall And Build it Tall! Tired of all these illegals coming here and continuing their criminality on a daily basis. Never vote Democrat unless you want communities festering with ongoing crime sprees like we have in here in Chicago and ignored by the Kleptocratic Democrat party.)

— Mitt Romney says he is ‘not planning’ to endorse Trump for 2020 elections – Naomi Lim

— Pompeo Urges Hollywood to Reject Chinese Censorship Secretary of state wants film industry to tell the truth about China – Bill Gertz

— Beto O’Rourke Falsely Claims Border Wall Kills ‘1000s’ of Illegal Aliens – John Binder
— Elizabeth Warren Wants Citizenship for Illegals Who ‘Work in the Fields’ – John Binder (DIERSEN: What bad jobs have you had? According to my critics/opponents, all the jobs that I had were bad jobs that they would never stoop to take. 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; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)

— Agitated Nancy Pelosi responds angrily to reporters before storming off briefing – Carlos Garcia (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican have responded to me since 2000.)

— Michelle Malkin Prepares Protest Rally Against ‘Sanctuary’ Montgomery County – Jason Hopkins
— Joe Biden Roars Into Vicious Third Debate – PETER HASSON

— RNC Rips Dem Presidential Hopefuls – Jeffrey Rodack

— O’Rourke: USA Should Date Its Creation to 1619 When First Slaves Came, Not to 1776 (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that Democrats promote hatred of you. How soon will Democrats force everyone in America wear badges that show the year that their ancestors immigrated?)

— Fascist Fangs Come Out at Dem Debate – STEPHEN KRUISER

— Why Last Night’s Debate Was Both Comically Bad and Painfully Annoying – JIM GERAGHTY

— Clueless Democrats continue the fight for power over America – Jacquie Kubin

— Two presidential candidates attended conference conducted by gay- and Jew-hating Islamists – Chastity Mansfield

— Trump Urges House Republicans to ‘Fight Like Hell’ for 2020 – EMEL AKAN

— Buttigieg insults voters; anyone who backs Trump on immigration ‘supports racism’ – Tom Tillison

— Mandate E-Verify to Stop Abusive Employers – Mark Thies

— Census falling further behind in hiring outreach staff Partnership specialists are critical to reach hard-to-count populations – Michael Macagnone (DIERSEN: Who leads the illegals (broken out by the country that they are a citizen of) in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and America?)

— The public charge rule keeps America great – DALE WILCOX
— House antitrust panel seeks internal records from Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook – HARPER NEIDIG (DIERSEN: What do the aforesaid companies think of those who share your demographics?)

— Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on Baltimore visit – KEVIN FREKING and JUANA SUMMERS

— After vaping-related illness, teen now has lungs like ‘a 70-year-old’s’ – Jacqueline Howard and Michael Nedelman (DIERSEN: How old are your lungs? My lungs are 70 years old. Nevertheless, that does not stop me from putting a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email together and sending it out each and every morning and each and every evening too.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers use vape problems to push legalizing of pot.

— Illinois Right to Life aims to stop Illinois from becoming the “abortion capital of the Midwest” – KATE SMITH

— Elizabeth Warren’s Social Security Plan: Raise Benefits by $200 a Month – Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: My Social Security is only $176.50 a month because I get a Civil Service Retirement System pension.)
— Google Says a Change in Its Algorithm Will Highlight ‘Original Reporting’ – Marc Tracy (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my competitors who unethically do everything that they can to make their posts look like “original reporting.” Unlike them, GOPUSA ILLINOIS posts stress a) the source of the article, b) the title of the article, c) the author of the article, and d) the unhidden hyperlink.)
— Two Men in Japan Dared to Take Paternity Leave. It Cost Them Dearly, They Say. – Motoko Rich
— AUGUST 24, 2003 FLASHBACK: The New Couples Next Door, Gay and Straight – Kate Zernike (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, you are demonized, denigrated, and condemned if you do not promote LGBTQ activity. According to City-Data at, for Wheaton: “Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households Gay men: 0.2% of all households” Those who promote LGBTQ activity in Wheaton stress “OneWheaton.” SEE:
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mark Demich and Kevin Hengst, the couple across the street, are not actually married. Still, in the seven years they have lived in this Chicago suburb they have become like the Buckinghams, the Therrons, the Siconolfis — just another young family in the neighborhood, socializing porch to porch on summer evenings. Choosing the suburbs over the city, Mr. Demich and Mr. Hengst feared they would be The Gay Couple. But even in Wheaton — the home of an evangelical Christian college that until last year prohibited drinking and dancing, the seat of a reliably Republican county — they have found plenty of company. Sixty gay men and lesbians turned out for a wine-tasting a few weeks ago. About 30 played softball at a local park on a recent Saturday. . .In Wheaton, Mr. Demich, 42, said he liked the diversity. ”Of families,” he explained, after a brief pause. ”As opposed to city culture, where everything is around gay life, gay events. That’s not really the way America lives.” When he and Mr. Hengst decided to move to the suburbs, they told their real estate agent, ”Anything but Wheaton,” knowing its conservative reputation. Then they found the perfect house. They hung out a Gay Pride flag, and the neighbors invited them to a block party. The couple said they would bring fruit salad. ”Everyone broke out laughing,” Mr. Weinberg, a contractor, recalled. ”They were making fun of it, which went over well.” Neighborhood children have confronted the couple with questions: Do you two sleep together? Do you have wives? Their parents cringe, but also say they consider themselves, and their children, fortunate. ”Growing up in a good Catholic family, I didn’t even know about anything like this,” Ms. Weinberg said. ”It wasn’t thrown in front of me. These kids, if they don’t see it now, they’re going to see it soon. Living on a block like this is more the real world.” A few blocks over the train tracks, Ladd McClurg and Brad Ogilvie had similar concerns about moving to Wheaton when Mr. Ogilvie accepted a job in town. Mr. McClurg, who grew up in the Mormon faith, being taught that gays were sinners, said he arrived with ”almost a visceral disdain” for Wheaton’s many churches and their members. ”I learned to discover they’re not all bigoted,” Mr. McClurg said. ”There are a lot more variations on the middle out here than I was willing to give credit for.” Still, gays here say they step carefully to avoid causing offense. Betty Burns and Lisa Rechkemmer say they would never hold hands or hang out a pride flag for fear of upsetting their good relations with the neighbors. Mr. Ogilvie and Mr. McClurg display the flag, but resist the urge to hold hands unless they visit the city. One lesbian in Wheaton talked about how accepting her neighbors were, but did not want to be identified by name because she feared the kind of hate calls she and her partner received when they moved in two years ago. Mr. Demich and Mr. Hengst had to go to six or seven churches before they found one that did not preach that homosexuality is a sin. The church they chose, St. Paul Lutheran, had declared itself ”open and affirming” to gays five years ago, but only after a struggle. The decision was prompted not by gay parishioners — there were none at the time — but by a young man who had been baptized and confirmed in the church who died of AIDS. ”It lifted the issue,” said Marianne Avery, a member of the church council that debated the change. ”It was, ‘This is our children, this is not about letting someone in.’ ” Still, a handful of members left. ”What if they show up in drag?” the Rev. Melody Eastman, the pastor, recalled one woman asking.)

— Government Orders Google: Let Employees Speak Out National Labor Relations Board settles political-bias claims raised by former and current Google employees – Rob Copeland (DIERSEN: The federal government gets rid of its employees who oppose political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and/or age discrimination.)
— Five Cities: Living on $50K a Year How far does the average entry-level salary go? It depends a lot on where you live. – Francesca Fontana (DIERSEN: In today’s dollars, when you were young, what was your salary? In today’s dollars, my IRS salary was $46,554 in 1971 when I was 22; $56,945 when I was 23; $68,897 when I was 24; $82,579 when I was 25; $85,333 when I was 26; $88,086 when I was 27; $90,839 when I was 28 and 29; and $93,592 when I was 30. In today’s dollars, my GAO salary was $74,024 when I was 31 and $89,572 when I was 32. The aforesaid salary plus my Firestone Stores salary 1970-1972 enabled me to a) buy a new 1972 Corvette in 1971, b) pay for graduate business courses at Loyola 1972-1976 and graduate accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, c) buy a new town home in University Park in 1972, d) buy a studio condo in downtown Chicago in 1974, e) buy a one bedroom condo in downtown Chicago in 1976, f) get married in 1978, g) buy two new cars in 1978, and h) buy a home in Wheaton in 1978. I a) earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970 when I was 21, b) earned an MBA from Loyola when I was 27, c) passed the CPA examination on my first attempt when I was 30, d) earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul when I was 31, e) passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt when I was 32, and f) became a licensed CPA when I was 32.)
– How Do You Tax a Baby Boomer? A smaller labor force will force the taxman to turn to consumption and wealth to fund old-age benefits. – Joseph C. Sternberg
— U.S. Deficit Tops $1 Trillion for First Time in Seven Years – Kate Davidson (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me take early retirement, my wife and I are a) spending more than our income and b) spending our lifetime savings.)

— Vaping Was Called Safer Than Smoking. What Happened? – Anna Edney

— Will Washington Ban China Securities From Pension Funds? – Kenneth Rapoza

— GOP challengers to Trump welcome in Iowa (sort of) State Republican Party promises to roll out ‘welcome mat’ to Trump primary opponents (DIERSEN: How welcome are GOP Trump challengers in your neighborhood, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county?)

— Trump urges GOP representatives in Baltimore to ‘share the story of what we have achieved’ – JEFF BARKER AND JEAN MARBELLA

— Cigna working to help employees identify unconscious bias – Steven Goode (DIERSEN: The federal government wants its employees to be biased against its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did 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. Far too many organizations want their members to be biased against their members who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

— FEBRUARY 12, 2012 FLASHBACK: The Life of a Political Operative, Explained – DAVID A. GRAHAM (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint themselves as being political operatives or political dupes for those who dominate the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton.)

— Yes, CSRS Still Exists – And So Do Its Benefits Offsets (DIERSEN: Because I get a CSRS pension, my Social Security is dramatically reduced.)

— Discrimination fears keep LGBT homebuyers on sidelines: Poll 46% of LGBT renters fear discrimination from neighbors, agents and sellers, according to a report by the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals – MARIAN MCPHERSON (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, you are demonized, denigrated, and condemned if you do not promote LGBTQ activity.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Furthermore, Berger says agents have to be careful not to steer clients toward “gayborhoods,” which are areas widely known to be LGBT friendly and have a high LGBT population. Although LGBT clients may directly ask about these neighborhoods, Berger said it’s important to show them every neighborhood that meets their needs and direct them to local LGBT centers and organizations for guidance.)

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.