September 22 Morning Edition

— Chicago mega-donor Ken Griffin spends on Senate, not Trump – Lynn Sweet


— Orland Township voters asked if they would secede from Cook County – AP–cook-county-secession-20160922-story.html
— Orland Township to vote on seceding from Cook County – Susan DeMar Lafferty
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “An American dictatorship? Yes, it could happen.”  Clinton makes it increasingly clear that if she is elected, she will use the federal government to get rid individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are 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: Anti-Trumps wonder a) how many minorities will not vote for Clinton because Clinton is not a minority and b) how many men will not vote for Clinton because she is not a man.
— A letter to baby Miracle, from a believer – Rex Huppke  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats are nasty.  If I was still working for the federal government, my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates would use the baby Miracle story to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and who has always been privileged.)


— Voters must demand election map reform – Steve Chirico, Mayor, Naperville
— Clash of cultures fuels fear – Georgie Anne Geyer  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs make it clear that they do NOT want immigrants to assimilate.  Ever-increasingly, immigrants talk and act like they want to turn America into the country that they came from.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE AND GRAPHIC: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Free tuition program feels growing pains – Erin Hegarty  (DIERSEN: How many hours of “community service” do you put in per day, per week, per month, per year, and per decade?  I put in 10+ hours per day, 70+ hours per week, 300+ hours per month, 3,650+ hours per year, and 36,500+ hours per decade putting out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes shout that what I do is NOT a “community service.”  I would agree with them a) if the emails were not free, b) if the emails contained advertising, c) if the emails were not available to everyone, and/or d) if all the time and all the money necessary to put the emails out did not come from me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Just more than half the 4,625 high school freshmen who entered a program to earn free tuition at Harper College met the first year’s requirements to continue in the program as sophomores. Most of the 45 percent who didn’t make the cut to continue didn’t complete the five hours of community service the program required.)


— TRAGIC: Illinois judge approves medical marijuana use for chronic pain suffers  (DIERSEN: If you want to be a stoner, that is, if you want to become a ward of the state, just say that you suffer from chronic pain.)


— Chicagoans’ crush on cars is cooling – GREG HINZ  (DIERSEN: Virtually all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are not only anti-car, they are anti-union, anti-General Motors, anti-Ford, and anti-Chrysler.  I currently own six cars – 2016 Ford Mustang (since 2016), 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max (since 2012), 2005 Chevy Corvette (since 2005), 2003 Chevy Cavalier (since 2010), 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX (since 1995), and 1972 Chevy Corvette (since 1971).  I owned a 1958 Chevy BelAir 1964-1966, 1962 Chevy BelAir 1971-1978, 1962 Chevy Impala SS 1989-2005, 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint 1966-1968, 1968 Olds 442 1968-1969, 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 1994-2005, 1969 Dodge Charger SE 1969-1971, 1974 Dodge Dart 1973-1974, 1978 Chevy Chevette 1978-1994, 1978 Olds Delta 88 Royale 1978-1996, 1990 Ford Thunderbird LX 1989-2012, 1993 Ford Thunderbird 1993-1994, and 1997 Chevy Cavalier 1996-2004.  The vehicles that you own and that you have owned say more about you than anything that you can say about yourself.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Michael Madigan supporters criticize the Illinois Policy Institute.  He who pays the piper calls the tunes. Everyone involved in government, in politics, in journalism, in etc. should be required to publish on their website the amounts and sources of their income.  What are the amounts and sources of your income?  I get $50,720/year from the Civil Service Retirement System and $2,015/year from Social Security. In addition, I get a $16,854/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But the head of production and development for Austin, Texas-based Emergent Order, which is doing the project for the policy institute, told me this week that the person who interviewed Miller could not have told him of the policy institute’s involvement because that contractor was not told who was providing the funding. “I was not at the interview, but I sent out a producer who was one of our contractors,” said TERYN FOGEL, the Emergent Order production head. “The contractor didn’t know who was funding it except that they were hired through me. … A lot of times subcontractors don’t know who’s doing financing … because we do not want to sway anybody’s interviews in any direction.”)


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Video Gambling Celebrates Four Years In Illinois – JORDAN ABUDAYYEH


— Congressman to IRS: Audit Trump Foundation – CNN (DIERSEN: While I worked for IRS during the 1970s, Money Magazine and my Democrat IRS superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates made it clear that they wanted IRS to disallow my education deductions.  They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the graduate business and accounting courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction.)


— Chicago Isn’t Donating To Presidential Campaigns Like It Used To – Tanveer Ali


    — Reckoning comes for pension funds as investment returns lag – Bloomberg


— Tribune pulls Pioneer Press reporter off Evanston beat  (DIERSEN: What adverse actions have your employers taken against you?  Adverse actions that my Democrat GAO superiors took against me include forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, not promoting me beyond GS-13, keeping me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forcing me to take an $18,459 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. Adverse actions that my Democrat IRS superiors took against me include not promoting me beyond GS-12, disallowing my education deductions, and disallowing my partial day per diem claims  Adverse actions that my Democrat Post Office superiors took against me include forcing me resign in 1969 and disallowing my sick leave requests.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A veteran reporter for the Evanston Review is being shipped out to the west suburbs in retaliation for withholding his byline from a story, according to the Chicago News Guild. Bob Seidenberg, an award-winning writer who has covered the north suburb for nearly 30 years, was reassigned to Franklin Park and other west suburbs about a week after he removed his name from a story that he said had been rewritten inaccurately by an editor. The Evanston Review long has been the crown jewel of Pioneer Press, the suburban newspaper chain recently acquired by Tribune Publishing, the company now known as tronc. Pioneer reporters, who are represented by the Chicago News Guild, have a contractual right to withhold their names from their work. “Seidenberg’s pending removal is just the latest in a series of warnings, threats and accusations by [Pioneer editor John] Puterbaugh and other managers against Pioneer Press reporters on almost a weekly basis since Tribune (now tronc) took over the 32-newspaper chain last year,” a story posted on the union’s website reported Tuesday. According to the union, Seidenberg was told that he was being reassigned “for business reasons” despite arguing that “his experience, his resources and his understanding of Evanston would benefit the Tribune if he stayed in Evanston.” “We believe this was a retaliation for withholding his byline,” Craig Rosenbaum, executive director of the Chicago News Guild, was quoted as saying. “Bob is being punished for exercising a contractual right. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he asked for his byline to be held just before this. Removing Bob from Evanston will be a loss to Evanston. They’re depriving the community of a reporter with years of experience who has a wealth of sources and contacts.” Dana Meyer, a spokesperson for the Chicago Tribune, released a statement denying any retaliation. “The company respects the collective agreement with Pioneer Press and has worked within the terms and conditions of that agreement,” the statement said. “There have been incidents where a reporter has asked to have their name removed and we consistently accommodate those requests. The agreement specifically identifies rules for transferring an employee and we adhere to these rules. This was not retaliation. We simply had a need for a veteran Pioneer reporter on a strong digital beat that had gone vacant. Evanston is a vital town for us and will continue to be very well covered.”)


— Campus Political Guidelines Unclear and Unfair – Michael McDevitt  (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government.  Political affiliation discrimination is rampant in the federal government. If Crete-Monee High School had a Republican Club, and I had been a member of it, the Post Office would not have offered me a job in 1966.  If I had been a member of the Republican Clubs at UIC or NIU, IRS would not have offered me a job in 1971.  If I had been a member of the Republican Clubs at Loyola or DePaul, GAO would not have offered me a job in 1980.)


— WHERE’S WEYERMULLER? AT GOP FALL RALLY 2016  (DIERSEN: I could not attend this event because I attended my 50th high school reunion in Crete.)


— New robopoll has Duckworth up by just 2, Clinton up by only 6


— Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote – LIAM DEACON
— Watch: Dem Rep Gutierrez Eats Skittles at Hearing to Slam Trump – PAM KEY


— Why Socialism Is Still Popular  Evolutionary psychology may explain it. – JON BASIL UTLEY (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, all their operatives, and all their dupes are consumed with envy.  I should write a book about them.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I always used to think that socialism’s appeal mainly came from envy, which was innate to human character. There’s a classic book titled Envy, by Helmut Schoeck, that explains the extraordinary progress of Western civilization as coming from our religions, Christianity and Judaism before it. It notes that two of the Ten Commandments strongly condemned envy—that subordinating it was vital for a society to progress. But envy is still innate. Remember the old story of a poor Russian peasant, whose neighbor finally owns a cow. The peasant becomes consumed with envy and cries out to God for relief. When God answers him to make a wish come true, he prays, “God, make my neighbor’s cow sicken and die.” New knowledge of human nature delves much deeper, however.)


— Cruz supporters alarmed by possible Trump endorsement – DAVID M. DRUCKER  (DIERSEN: To not support Trump is to support Clinton.)


— The First Fight Donald Trump Should Pick As President, According To Newt Gingrich  Gingrich encouraged the nominee to go after federal job protections and instigate “the absolute showdown.” – Dave Jamieson  (DIERSEN: Before they go any further on this issue, Gingrich and Trump should read every word in every document filed in Diersen v. GAO (  The Democrats who ran GAO during the 1990s used Gingrich’s dramatic budget cuts to get rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This week, The New Yorker published a report hypothesizing what President Donald Trump’s first term in office might look like. Evan Osnos interviewed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’s been advising the candidate on policy matters, about what to expect if Trump actually takes the White House. Gingrich told Osnos that he’s encouraged Trump to start a war over job security for federal employees. Conservatives have long bemoaned how difficult it can be to fire government workers. According to The New Yorker, Gingrich seems convinced that attacking job protections for civil servants would be a worthwhile opening battle, both as policy and as politics. Per Osnos: Gingrich told me that he is urging Trump to give priority to an obscure but contentious conservative issue—ending lifetime tenure for federal employees. This would also galvanize Republicans and help mend rifts in the Party after a bitter election. “Getting permission to fire corrupt, incompetent, and dishonest workers—that’s the absolute showdown,” Gingrich said. He assumes that federal employees’ unions would resist, thus producing, in his words, an “ongoing war” similar to the conflict that engulfed Madison, Wisconsin, in 2011, when Governor Scott Walker moved to limit public-sector employees’ collective-bargaining rights. Gingrich predicted that federal employee unions would become “unglued” in such a war. For a reality TV celebrity whose fame grew out of firing people, this would seem like a logical fight to pick after settling into the West Wing. Trump, however, doesn’t appear to have discussed this particular issue on the trail, and his official website makes no reference to it. A campaign spokesperson didn’t respond to an email asking if Trump would seek to roll back job protections for federal employees. A representative for Gingrich didn’t respond to an interview request on the subject, either. Job security is one of the main benefits to a federal job, and Gingrich is correct that federal employee unions would fight bitterly to maintain it. But contrary to what Gingrich suggests, it is possible to fire federal employees when they misbehave or don’t do their jobs. It just isn’t as easy as firing a private-sector worker. The law gives federal workers certain protections, including due process when the boss wants to can them and the chance to turn around their work if they’re underperforming. They’re given those rights, in part, to protect against politically motivated firings. Typically, a fraction of a percent of the federal workforce gets fired each year. Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers across 30 agencies, noted in an email to HuffPost that federal employees can be fired for cause. That they can’t, he said, “is a false statement repeated to gain easy political points.” NTEU endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, as did the American Federation of Government Employees, the other large federal employee union. “While it is not clear that Congressman Gingrich and Mr. Trump are trying to find a way to fire those they simply don’t like, it would behoove them to become educated on the basics of civil service law,” Reardon said. “Federal employees give much to this country and deserve at least candidates and advisors who understand a little bit about how their employment works.”)


— Trump praises ‘stop-and-frisk’ police tactic – Emily Flitter


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs.”  To what extent do/did you compete with recent immigrants for jobs?  If there were as many recent immigrants in northeast Illinois back when I was young as there are today, they may very well would have been hired instead of me to do yard work, deliver newspapers, wash dishes, clean golf shoes, chip slag, pump gasoline, deliver mail, work on an automobile assemble line, work as a security guard, sell tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collect delinquent taxes, and audit federal agencies.)
— Hillary Clinton Outlines Vision of More Job Opportunities for People With Disabilities – MATT FLEGENHEIMER and AMY CHOZICK  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO in its Chicago Office 1980-1997, my Democrat superiors assigned me to supervise all its employees who had disabilities.)
— We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data. They Had Four Different Results. – NATE COHN


— Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by Six Points in Latest WSJ/NBC Poll  Both candidates viewed negatively by majority of voters; third-party candidates at 12% support – Janet Hook
— Hillary Clinton Retains Lead Over Donald Trump With Hispanic Voters  Clinton wins 65% support among Hispanic likely voters, compared with Trump’s 17%, in race that includes third-party candidates – LAURA MECKLER  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs have always a) shouted at Hispanics that Republicans have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that Hispanics have had, are having, and will have and b) promised to give Hispanics preference over non-Hispanics.)


— Forget Trump’s wall, just mandate E-Verify: The idea of illegal people entering our country right now is frightening. – Ben Craig, Pittsburgh
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Republican purge to come: Priebus has it backwards. The party loyalists rejecting Trump should be rewarded, not penalized.”  After the November 8, 2016 election, who in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, and in your municipality will be blamed for Republican losses and who will be purged from the party?  Since 2000, those who dominate the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, etc. have blamed me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Zuckerberg has the power to destroy individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries.  What does Zuckerberg think of those who share your demographics?  From what I see, he has an extremely low opinion of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— HARDCOPY EDITORIAL TITLE: Firing federal workers is too hard to do  (DIERSEN: Before they go any further on this issue, USA TODAY should read every word in every document filed in Diersen v. GAO (  The Democrats who ran GAO during the 1990s used Gingrich’s dramatic budget cuts to get rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Who wants to be a cop? Cities find staffing is no easy proposition – Aamer Madhani  (DIERSEN: Which jobs do you consider to be bad jobs, that is, which jobs have you never sought?  Virtually all my current/recent critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes consider all the jobs that I had to be bad jobs, and therefore, they have never sought those jobs. Those jobs were doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assemble line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: QUESTION: Who loves the 2012 GOP autopsy?  ANSWER: 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.
— A Woman in the White House  Hillary Clinton’s gender colors our thoughts and feelings about the first female presidential nominee and her opponent. – James Warren

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.