September 27 Evening Edition

— Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford testify before Senate Judiciary Committee – AP
— Key moments from the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing
— Lindsey Graham: Democrats’ treatment of Brett Kavanaugh ‘most despicable thing’


— Christine Blasey Ford Recalls ‘Uproarious Laughter’ in Alleged Kavanaugh Sexual Assault; Kavanaugh Issues Forceful Denial “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense,” Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee – Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram
— Durbin Pushes Kavanaugh to Ask for FBI Investigation


— Kavanaugh Delivers Emotional Denial Of Sexual Assault Claim
— Christine Blasey Ford Tells Durbin She’s ‘100 Percent’ Sure Brett Kavanaugh Sexually Assaulted Her


— Kavanaugh fights back after accuser testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee about alleged sex attack – AP


— Kavanaugh delivers emotional denial of Ford’s ‘100 percent’ certainty that he assaulted her – AP
— Kavanaugh says ‘I’m innocent’ as Durbin pushes judge to endorse FBI investigation – Mike Riopell, Patrick M. O’Connell
— Recap of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings – AP
— Kavanaugh confirmation spills into heated governor’s races – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said earlier this month that there should be an investigation and the allegations, if true, should disqualify Kavanaugh. He did not specify whether he thought the Senate inquiry was sufficient or whether the FBI should investigate, as Democrats have asked. Rauner’s spokesman said the governor was traveling Thursday and did not watch Ford’s testimony. His Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, criticized Rauner’s response. The governor, he said Thursday, “continues to support Trump and this troubling nominee. I’ve opposed Kavanaugh from day one because he poses a grave threat to Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, and critical consumer and environmental protections.”)


— Senate panel continues with plan to vote Friday on Kavanaugh – AP
— Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans say “Republicans have learned very little since Anita Hill in 1991.” Ever-increasingly, anti-Republicans paint themselves as being anti-heterosexual males. How soon will the Chicago Sun-Times a) fire all its employees who are heterosexual males, b) cancel all subscriptions for those who are heterosexual males, and c) do even more to get rid of heterosexual males once and for all?


— ‘Facts Matter’ series: How newspapers guard against bias – Lauren Rohr (DIERSEN: The mainstream media spins facts to promote the Democrat Party platform, the Libertarian Party platform, and the Green Party platform.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.


— Winchester’s civil rights suit against Illinois GOP awaits judge’s review – Robert Hadley
— Republican lawmakers claim Democratic deception with ‘no budget, no pay’ mailers – Kyla Asbury


— Pritzker touts his proposed “cuts” when he’s never proposed any
— Rauner blames union-friendly laws for loss of Toyota plant
— Madigan reports raising $4.5 million in 16 days


— Kavanaugh Denies Assault in Emotional Opening Statement: ‘Grotesque and Coordinated Character Assassination’ ‘My family and my name have been destroyed by vicious and false accusations’ – David Rutz


— Brett Kavanaugh Rips Senate: ‘You Have Replaced ‘Advice and Consent’ with ‘Search and Destroy’ – Joel B. Pollak




— The danger of Democrat overreach: The Kavanaugh hearings could fuel Republican turnout
— Background info comes out on Avenatti client, Julie Swetnick
— Time to out all politicians who have paid off allegations


— Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Testifies Before Senate: ‘I Believed He Was Going to Rape Me’
— Chris Wallace on Christine Blasey Ford Testimony: ‘This Is a Disaster for Republicans’ Dems landing ‘haymakers,’ ‘Fox News Sunday’ host says.


— New Poll: Smears Of Kavanaugh Motivating Voters Against “radical and unscrupulous” Democrats


— Trump: Kavanaugh showed ‘exactly why I nominated him’ – JORDAN FABIAN
— Kavanaugh calls confirmation process a ‘national disgrace’ – ALEXANDER BOLTON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Kavanaugh accuser gives gripping testimony before Senate committee.”
— How the Trump tax law passed: Bipartisanship wasn’t an ingredient


— Senators expect Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh Friday – BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN


— Ford and Kavanaugh make their cases in dramatic, wrenching Senate testimony – Nancy Cordes


— Kavanaugh confirmation spills into heated governor’s races – GEOFF MULVIHILL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said earlier this month that there should be an investigation and the allegations, if true, should disqualify Kavanaugh. He did not specify whether he thought the Senate inquiry was sufficient or whether the FBI should investigate, as Democrats have asked. Rauner’s spokesman said the governor was traveling Thursday and did not watch Ford’s testimony. His Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, criticized Rauner’s response. The governor, he said Thursday, “continues to support Trump and this troubling nominee. I’ve opposed Kavanaugh from day one because he poses a grave threat to Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, and critical consumer and environmental protections.”)


— Kavanaugh Hearings on TV Offer Riveting Drama to a Captive Nation – Michael M. Grynbaum
— Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford Square Off in Emotional Hearing With Court in Balance – Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use Kavanaugh to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Republicans.
— The Latest Attack on Islam: It’s Not a Religion Too many Americans would deny Muslims the religious liberty they insist upon for Christians. – Asma T. Uddin (DIERSEN: Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Republicans, citing bias, give Google third degree – Daisuke Wakabayashi and Cecilia Kang (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs side with Google. Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time side with Google.)


— A day of explosive testimony results in a partisan brawl – Dan Balz
— Behind Kavanaugh fight, a national struggle over trust, identity and sex roles – Marc Fisher
— Kavanaugh hearing: Supreme Court nominee insists on his innocence, calls process ‘national disgrace’ – Seung Min Kim, Ann E. Marimow, Mike DeBonis
— Fox News anchor Chris Wallace says Kavanaugh case prompted his own daughters to reveal their stories – Lindsey Bever
— Boys will be boys? Why #AllMen should be offended by the latest Kavanaugh defenders. – Monica Hesse
— Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles – AP


— Stark Divide, Raw Emotion in Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Supreme Court nominee and his accuser give sharply different accounts at Senate hearing – Janet Hook, Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews
— Democrats Endorse Avenatti Brett Kavanaugh’s opponents will believe anything. – Editorial (DIERSEN: What if you sought a government office or a political office as a Republican and your opponent hired Michael Avenatti to destroy you? You would be in especially big trouble if you are a Trump supporter, Christian, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or your ancestors have been in America for a long time. To get dirt on you, Avenatti would contact a) all those who you ever ran against for any kind of office, b) your brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, etc. and your past and present friends, enemies, spouse(s), lawyers, pastors, doctors, insurance agents, etc., c) all the politicians who represent you or want to represent you in your precinct, municipality, township/ward, county, Illinois, and in the federal government, d) all the members of all the organizations that you ever were a member of, e) all the individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that you have sued and that have sued you, f) all the employees of all the employers that you ever worked for, g) all your college, high school, grade school, and kindergarten classmates and teachers, h) all your neighbors where ever you have lived, i) all those who disapprove of your demographics, j) etc.)
— Yale University Under Federal Investigation for Use of Race in Admissions Practices Justice, Education Departments looking into allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants – Nicole Hong and Melissa Korn (DIERSEN: Only 44.7% of Yale’s 2017 undergraduate students were White.)
— Democrats Disgrace the Senate Their effort to smear Kavanaugh would be unworthy of a Third World country. – Karl Rove
— The Kavanaugh Standard A defeat based on these accusations will divide the country for a generation. – Daniel Henninger (DIERSEN: I have often said that if you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office. If you were Kavanaugh, and if you had done what Kavanaugh has admitted to doing, what would you have told Trump up front? If you were Trump, would you have still picked Kavanaugh and why?)
— The Attack on Kavanaugh Is Un-American The Rolling Stone rape hoax illustrated what happens when we adhere to preconceived narratives. – Libby Locke (DIERSEN: Of course, when I speak with a person, I can tell how successful that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have been in turning that person against me, that is, how successful that they have been in painting me as being a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things.)


— Trump Demands Vote on Kavanaugh and Praises Senate Testimony – Jennifer Jacobs, Laura Litvan, and Steven T. Dennis


— IRS Announces New Per Diem Rates For Taxpayers Who Travel For Business – Kelly Phillips Erb (DIERSEN: SEE Diersen v. IRS at:


— I’m from Kavanaugh’s elitist world. I know how prep-school privilege buries secrets. Students attending Washington-area prep schools are groomed to be society’s leaders. But a blemishless record speaks more to secrecy than integrity. – Deirdre M. Bowen (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned my parents the most for sending me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Saving for college not always a priority Parents’ decision may be right financial move. – Janna Herron (DIERSEN: When you were in grade school and high school, were you viewed as being “college material?” When was in grade school and high school, I was not viewed as being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the upper 20% of my class. My ACT score was only 24. I was 1-A for draft notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: First paychecks need room to stretch – Adam Shell (DIERSEN: What did you do with your first paychecks? After I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, I started working for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights. I lived with my mother and brother in Crete. My financial hardship draft deferment application was pending. I used part of my salary to help support my mother and brother. Things improved financially in 1971 when a) I got a better paying job working for IRS, b) I started working for Firestone part-time, and c) my mother got a better paying job. I bought a new 1972 Corvette in 1971, I started paying tuition for graduate business courses at Loyola in 1972, and I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972.)


— The Skills Shortage and Federal Compensation – Howard Risher

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.