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 November 10, 2011

Fellow Republicans: News clips and upcoming event information:

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— First battles for ’12 elections fought in the precincts – Brenda Schory
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2011/11/09/first-battles-for-12-elections-fought-in-the-precincts/aug5yw9/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As Republican committeeman of the First Precinct in St. Charles, Sondra Hecox has already been out walking the walk and talking the talk. Hecox, 75, said she will take one side of the street and her husband, Dale, 80, will take the other and they will hit every house, every door. Frequently they will cover another precinct or two if their help is needed.

“We pass out literature,” Hecox said. “We’ve done a ton of that. We are collecting signatures for all the candidates who are running who gave us petitions.”

Hecox has been precinct committeeman for six years, and she served as assistant committeeman for 14 years, regularly educating and registering voters, helping people get to the polls and serving as a poll watcher on election days. “I really, really believe it’s our responsibility as precinct committeemen,” Hecox said. Christopher Faber, 32, a North Aurora trustee and Democratic precinct committeeman in the 11th Precinct of Batavia, said he also walks the precinct to get votes out for their candidates.

“I communicate with candidates,” Faber said. “I drop off their stuff. I call people to remind them to vote. I’ve talked to a few to recruit them to the Democratic side.”

As the big guns line up for political battle in the 2012 election season, the first battles are fought in the precincts, with committeemen from each party. But not every precinct has a Hecox or Faber willing to give it a full-out effort. This is something Mark Guthle, chairman of the Kane County Democratic Central Committee, and Mike Kenyon, a Republican county board member from South Elgin and chairman of the county GOP, can agree on.

“A precinct committeeman is what you bring to the table,” Guthle said. “Are you going to do something, or are you a name on a piece of paper? We have enough [committeemen] in our county, but how many actually do work their precincts?” Kane County has a vacancy rate of almost 40 percent for Republican precinct committeemen, said Doug Ibendahl, editor of Republican News Watch, an online commentary of GOP news.

Kane County has 299 precincts. In 2010, only 181 precincts had a candidate for Republican precinct committeeman. No Republican ran in 118 precincts, he said. Ibendahl’s website, www.republicannewswatch.com, hosts the Republican Precinct Project, urging  people to get involved as committeemen. All that is required is 10 signatures to get on a ballot. If no one runs, the party chairman for the county appoints someone.

“Where is everybody?” Ibendahl said. “Kane’s vacancy rate is not the worst at 39.5 percent, but it should be hard to find a precinct in Kane and say there are no good Republicans there.”  Ibendahl is a Chicago attorney and former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party and served on the Bush-Cheney legal team in Florida during the 2000 Presidential recount. Ibendahl’s goal is for a committeeman to take the helm of every one of the 6,705 precincts in Illinois. He said full participation in these two-year volunteer positions is critical for the success of Republican candidates – and for taking back the White House.

“They are the front line ambassadors for the party,” Ibendahl said. “They are the only party official that the average person will ever meet – they are not going to meet Mitt Romney or Herman Cain.”

He ticked off a list of responsibilities for a good committeeman – dropping off literature, collecting signatures, registering people to vote and helping them get to the polls – describing exactly what Faber and the Hecoxes do.

“We’re the ones losing elections,” Ibendahl said of Republicans. “How did [Gov. Pat] Quinn win the election when every poll leading up to the election for weeks, showed Bill Brady winning? Pat Quinn pulled it out because the Democrats do it better with boots on the ground. They’ve got teachers, unions, police and fire …  the problem with the Republican Party is the country club types and company CEOs are not, by and large, knocking on doors.”

The Republican Precinct Project is geared to have the GOP match what the Democrats do in getting boots on the ground, he said.

“They have a huge army they rally every election,” Ibendahl said. “Republicans would rather sit around and complain. We’ve got less than a month to go now. People have until the close of business on Dec. 5 to file nominating petitions to be precinct committeeman.”

Kenyon said the blank spots among Republican precinct committeemen are largely in Elgin and Aurora, with only a few vacancies in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles townships. “I go to people I know and ask them, and when I see somebody, I call and ask,” Kenyon said. “It’s similar to trying to get somebody to do something anywhere else. Why are there fewer Lions and Jaycees and Rotarians? Nobody wants to do anything.”  And sometimes, there is a precinct committeeman who fills a space and then does nothing to build the party. “There’s not much you can do about that,” Kenyon said. “If anybody is elected, you cannot get rid of them unless they resign.

If a committeeman is not doing their job, and you want to put somebody else in there, they’ll tell you to go pound sand. If you have a committeeman that moves out of state or out of town, he still has to write a letter to [the county clerk] to resign.”

A review of precinct committeemen elected in the last cycle shows more vacancies among Democrats than Republicans, but Guthle said he’s not worried. “I can attest to this, the Democrats are making gains in the county through precinct committeemen in Aurora, Elgin and Dundee,” Guthle said. “In 2012, we will get more in this cycle and fill it up. It’s not a number on a ballot. We are looking for people who want to work and volunteer their time, walk the precinct, talk to people and get signatures for candidates.” Faber agreed. “Republicans have control around these parts, but the Democrats have control of the ground,” Faber said. “I always felt the Democratic side does a better job knocking on doors. When I’m out doing it myself, the other people I see out are doing it for other Democrats, rarely for Republicans.”)

— Hultgren aims to ease uncertainty – Jonathan Bilyk
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2011/11/09/hultgren-aims-to-ease-uncertainty/auy83fr/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Sharon Bialek: Herman Cain a ‘pathological liar’ with ‘amnesia’  Abdon Pallasch and Lynn Sweet
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/8708427-418/sharon-bialek-herman-cain-a-pathological-liar-with-amnesia.html
— Fight against anti-Semitism still has hurdles – Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: I am very proud that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans during WWI, that my two uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans during WWII, and that my father would have fought the Germans during WWII if he had not been 4-F.)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/8723301-417/fight-against-anti-semitism-still-has-hurdles.html
— Townships provide good value – Bryan Smith, Executive Director, Township Officials of Illinois
http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/8693712-474/townships-provide-good-value.html
DAILY HERALD
— Two step: Hultgren spokesman Andrew Flach talks primary endurance, Illiniwek – Kerry Lester
http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/6471
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “The most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done in my life.”  That’s what Andrew Flach, Hultgren’s campaign spokesman said in a 2004 Daily Illini article about his auditions for the Chief Illiniwek role as a student, and the endurance building involved in the intense four-minute dance routine. We teased him that the 14th primary against fellow Republican Joe Walsh may soon hold that place. “It already is,” he cracked. As we’re full of videos today on the blog, here’s a fun one of the Chief’s last dance in 2007.)
— Wheaton Warrenville Dist. 200 requests 4.74 percent tax increase, will likely get less than that – Marco Santana
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111110/news/711109959/
— Herman Cain’s woman problem – Kathleen Parker
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111110/discuss/711109987/
— Student rally for Paterno turns violent – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111110/news/711109953/
— Naperville looks to cut professional memberships, subscriptions – Justin Kmitch
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111110/news/711109965/
(DIERSEN: Since 1979, I have been a member of many professional associations and I have always paid the membership fees with my own money.  I served as the Treasurer of the Association of Government Accountant’s (AGA) Chicago Chapter between 1983 and 1986 and its Membership Director between 1986 and 1996.  I served on the Illinois CPA Society’s Membership Committee between 1989 and 1998.  I served as founding director of the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) between 2001 and 2004.  I have been a member of the American Accounting Association since 1982, AAPC since 2001, American Board of Forensic Accountants since 1997, American Institute of CPAs since 1979, American Society of Public Administrators since 1982, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since 1990, AGA since 1979, Federal Criminal Investigators Association since 1988, Illinois CPA Society since 1979, Institute of Internal Auditors since 1980, and Society of Professional Journalists since 2005.)
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Video of Rep. Joe Walsh shows angry GOP congressman ranting at constituents – Katherine Skiba  (FROM THE ARTICLE: Walsh issued a statement about the event, saying, “I am passionate about our freedom, fighting for taxpayers and standing up against big government.” He said he apologized to the woman “for getting a bit too passionate, to which she smiled and did not mind at all.”)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-joe-walsh-lashes-out-1110-20111110,0,537963.story
NORTWEST HERALD
— Redistricting an abuse of democracy – Editorial
http://www.nwherald.com/2011/11/08/redistricting-an-abuse-of-democracy/a7peggx/
— What’s Walsh’s ex-campaign manager’s story?
http://www.nwherald.com/2011/11/09/lyons-whats-walshs-ex-campaign-managers-story/cmttcie/
THE TELEGRAPH
— SIUE students ‘Occupy’ change – Kathie Bassett
http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/students-61803-university-change.html/
NILES PATCH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Topinka appoints Krysztof Hanusiak to her “Polish Advisory Council.”  I am 100% German national origin. Will Topinka appoint me to her “German Advisory Council?”  I am White.  Will Topinka appoint me to her “White Advisory Council?”  I am a male.  Will Topinka appoint me to her “Male Advisory Council?”  I am conservative.  Will Topinka appoint me to her “Conservative Advisory Council?”  I am Republican.  Will Topinka appoint me to her “Republican Advisory Council?”  I am over 60 years old.  Will Topinka appoint me to her “Over 60 Years Old Advisory Council?”
http://niles.patch.com/articles/two-niles-trustees-widen-their-political-spheres
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced that Krysztof Hanusiak, owner of Royal Kitchen and Bath Cabinets, has agreed to serve on her office’s newly formed 10-member Polish Advisory Council.
Scheduled to meet quarterly, the Council will advise the Comptroller on issues of importance to the community and assist in formation of initiatives to address those concerns. “Chris brings a wealth of experience and insight that will serve this Council well,” said Topinka of the Niles businessman. “I appreciate his willingness to join the group, and look forward to many meaningful discussions in the months ahead.”
The volunteer Council is one of several advisory panels created by Topinka to ensure direct communication with communities throughout the state. Other Advisory Councils include: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Rural Affairs, and Women. Advisory Council members come from a variety of backgrounds, geographic regions and areas of expertise. Topinka will work with each group to propose and/or promote possible and existing legislation to advance the well-being of respective communities. For more information on the Comptroller’s Office, please visit: www.illinoiscomptroller.com.)
WHEATON PATCH
— The Smart People Really Do Live in the Suburbs – Jeff Ward
http://wheaton.patch.com/articles/jeff-ward-the-smart-people-really-do-live-in-the-suburbs
ILLINOIS REVIEW
— Electability vs. Ideology matters to conservatives – Nancy Thorner
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/11/electability-vs-ideological-matters-to-conservatives.html
— We Must Put an End to Medicare Fraud – Peter Roskam  (DIERSEN: I have been a Forensic Accountant since 1997, a Certified Fraud Examiner since 1990, a Certified Internal Auditor since 1981, and a CPA since 1979.  I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division 1986-1988.  I worked for IRS 1971-1980.)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/11/we-must-put-an-end-to-medicare-fraud.html
CHRISTIAN NEWS WIRE
— Nativity Scene Returns to Illinois State Capitol for 4th Year – Tom Ciesielka
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1987318235.html
WASHINGTON TIMES
— Credibility gap on both sides of Herman Cain, Sharon Bialek saga – William Kelly
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tea-party-report/2011/nov/9/herman-cain-sharon-bialek-and-chicago-media-every-/
— In debate, Cain rebuffs charges – Seth McLaughlin
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/9/in-debate-cain-rebuffs-charges/
WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Cain fails to understand that prudence is a virtue – Timothy P. Carney
http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/cain-fails-understand-prudence-virtue
EXAMINER
— Walsh banks on 1 percent support – Mark Wachtler
http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-chicago/rep-walsh-banks-on-1-percent-support
NEWSMAX
— What More Can Cain Do? – Lowell Ponte
http://www.newsmax.com/LowellPonte/Cain-sexual-harassment-accusations/2011/11/09/id/417478
(FROM THE ARTICLE: CBS News asked Cain if he would take a lie detector test. Cain agreed. He did not fall back on the usual politician evasions, e.g., “I’ll take a lie detector test when my opponent takes an IQ test.”  When ancient Greek playwrights painted themselves into a corner, they often had a crane lower a pagan god onto the stage to magically resolve the drama. This device was called deus ex machina, “god from a machine.” In our increasingly godless age we put our faith in feeble science. We expect the polygraph, the lie detector, to give us veritas ex machina, “truth from a machine.” Our courts do not let this unreliable machine send people to prison. One reason, experts contend, is that some can successfully lie to a lie detector.)
CONSERVATIVE HOME USA
— Newt smacks down Occupy Wall Street
http://conhomeusa.typepad.com/video/2011/11/newt-smacks-down-occupy-wall-street.html
DAILY BEAST
— Why the Right Hates Mitt Romney and His 2012 Presidential Bid – Michael Medved
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/10/why-the-right-hates-mitt-romney-and-his-2012-presidential-bid.html
AMERICAN THINKER
— Obama’s Socialism in God’s Name – Ed Kaitz  (DIERSEN: The Democrat Party platform promotes dependency on government, homosexual activity, abortion, and worse.  The Democrat Party platform is extremely anti-religious.  Therefore, any individual, any organization, any company, any country, any anything that promotes the Democrat Party platform or Democrats is anti-religious.)
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/obamas_socialism_in_gods_name.html
AMERICAN SPECTATOR
— As for the Rest of ‘Em – W. James Antle, III
http://spectator.org/blog/2011/11/09/as-for-the-rest-of-em
THE HILL
— Heated Rep. Walsh: ‘Don’t blame banks’ – Peter Schroeder  (SEE WALSH STATEMENT AT:
http://walsh.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=49告ontree=6,49&itemid=394)
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/192611-heated-gop-rep-dont-blame-banks
— A coalition of conservatives is working to organize the disparate groups opposing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. – Alicia M. Cohn  (DIERSEN: In 2008, what those who opposed Romney did helped McCain win the primary.)
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/192799-conservatives-organize-to-defeat-romney
— Norquist’s group won’t remove names of House members disavowing tax pledge – Russell Berman and Bernie Becker
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/192717-norquists-group-wont-remove-names-of-those-disavowing-tax-pledge
— Cain refers to Pelosi as ‘Princess Nancy’ – Jonathan Easley  (DIERSEN: What if Pelosi referred to Cain as “King Cain?”)
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/192781-cain-refers-to-pelosi-as-princess-nancy-at-debate
HUFFINGTON POST
— Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations Brought Up At GOP Debate – Jason Linkins
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/herman-cain-sexual-harassment-debate_n_1085215.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl6%7Csec3_lnk1%7C111384
BLOOMBERG
— Romney Defends Auto Bailout Opposition in His Native State – Lisa Lerer and David J. Lynch

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-09/romney-s-auto-bailout-opposition-highlighted-in-home-state.html
CBS NEWS
— Republican debate winners and losers: A disastrous night for Perry – Brian Montopoli
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57322003-503544/republican-debate-winners-and-losers-a-disastrous-night-for-perry/
WASHINGTON POST
— UC Berkeley students try to set up Occupy camp on campus as police move to clear tents – AP
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/uc-berkeley-students-try-to-set-up-occupy-camp-on-campus-as-police-move-to-clear-tents/2011/11/10/gIQAXQR87M_story.html
— Perry’s big ‘oops’ could be the beginning of the end – Aaron Blake
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/perrys-big-oops-could-be-the-beginning-of-the-end/2011/11/09/gIQAuFW06M_blog.html
AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS
— If you were to join Occupy Chicago, what would you be protesting? – Loretta A. Ragsdell
http://www.austinweeklynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=15&SubSectionID=43&ArticleID=3491
FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM
— Perry’s debate gaffe could devastate his campaign – David Montgomery
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/11/09/3513981/perrys-debate-gaffe-could-devastate.html
TIME MAGAZINE
— ‘This Home is Occupied’: An Occupy Atlanta Protest Moves to a Foreclosed Home – Josh Sanburn  (DIERSEN: How many empty foreclosed homes/town homes/condos are there in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, in your precinct, on your block, in the building that you live in?)
http://moneyland.time.com/2011/11/10/this-home-is-occupied-an-occupy-atlanta-protest-moves-to-a-foreclosed-home/
FEDERAL NEWS RADIO
— Experts say administration proposal puts Federal Employee Health Benefits on the ropes – Jason Miller
http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=85&sid=2627109
RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Most Believe Reporters Publish Damaging Info First, Check Facts Later  (DIERSEN: Once an allegation is made and posted on a website, that is, once the allegation has been put into the public realm, it is a “fact” that that allegation was made.  Often, what candidates, their operatives, and their dupes say are “facts” and really “allegations.”  Often, what candidates, their operatives, and their dupes really want is for reporters to not report allegations against them or anything else for that matter that damages them.  What they are really arguing is that allegations against them should not be reported unless or until those allegations are proven in a court of law.)
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/media/most_believe_reporters_publish_damaging_info_first_check_facts_later
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If it hurts a candidate they don’t like, most voters believe that reporters would publish damaging allegations first and seek to verify the facts later. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 54% of likely voters nationwide believe most reporters would follow the “publish first” approach while 34% believe the reporters would try to verify the facts before publishing them.)
— Defining Poverty in the Land of Plenty – Froma Harrop
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_froma_harrop/defining_poverty_in_the_land_of_plenty
UPCOMING EVENTS: FOR EVENT DETAILS, VISIT THE EVENTS PAGES AT:

www.illinoisreview.com, www.weareillinois.org, and/or www.dupagegop.com

11/10 Event: Gibson fundraiser at Arrowhead in Wheaton

11/10 Event: RALC meeting

11/11 Event: Ives and Kerpen to speak at Liberty Lunch in Oak Brook

11/11 Event: Condoleezza Rice at Schock fundraiser

11/12 Event: Dick Biondi at VFW Post 2164 Chili Fest fundraiser in Wheaton

11/12 Event: For the Good of Illinois VIP Dinner in Champaign
11/15 Event: Condoleezza Rice at breakfast fundraiser for Kinzinger in Bolingbrook

11/16 Event: Winfield Township GOP meeting

11/16 Event: O’Shea fundraiser at Carlucci’s

11/17 Event: McKillip fundraiser at Morgan’s Charhouse in Winfield
11/19 Event: ICRC meeting in Hoffman Estates

11/19 Event: So far, Nybo and Kelly have confirmed to speak at TAPROOT breakfast meeting in Lombard

11/19 Event: Lake County Committeeman Breakfast

11/19 Event: Federation of Illinois Young Republicans convention in Bolingbrook

11/19 Event: Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Connie’s Pizza Fundraise

11/20 Event: Illinois Forum meeting in Rantoul

11/21 Event: Lisle Township GOP meeting

11/30 Event: Proft at Ives fundraiser at Naperville Country Club

12/1 Event: Senate Republican Fall Reception at the Hilton in Chicago

12/9 Event: Hultgren and Walsh at Faith Reception in Willowbrook

12/11 Event: Proft to speak at TAPROOT Christmas Party at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville

12/15 Event: DuPage County Christmas Prayer Breakfast in Bloomingdale

2/9-11 Event: CPAC

2/10 Event: DuPage County Lincoln Day Dinner at Oakbrook Hills Resort

2/25 Event: NTRO pizza party fundraiser at the Kendall VFW Hall in Naperville

3/4 Event: Addison Township GOP Annual Brunch

3/20 Event: Primary Election

4/20-21 Event: Illinois Federation of Republican Women’s Spring Conference in Naperville

6/8-9 Event: Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Tinley Park

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— serving on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007

— serving as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004

— serving as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000

— serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999

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— consulting since 1998, being a member of the American Association of Political Consultants since 2001, and being a founding member of its Midwest Chapter

— serving as an arbitrator for the Financial Regulatory Authority since 1998 and for the Better Business bureau since 2001

— working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office 1980-1997

— working for IRS 1971-1980

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— working for the Post Office 1966-1969

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— earning a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980

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— earning a bachelors degree in management from NIU in 1970

— attending the University of Illinois in Chicago 1966-1968

— earning a diploma from Crete-Monee High School in 1966

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— becoming a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996

— becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994

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— becoming a licensed CPA in 1982

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— living in DuPage County and its county seat Wheaton since 1978, in Chicago 1974-1978, in University Park 1972-1974, and in Crete 1948-1972

— being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine

— owning cars since 1964 and only American nameplate cars since 1964

— being married since 1978

— being confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran in 1962

— being someone who is 100% German national origin

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The Black Sphere Radio Show – 2010 10/31 by TheBlackSphere | Blog Talk Radio.

Kevin is very funny on this show – and tells a very interesting story from personal experience illustrating what very well could be the real story behind the ‘sexual harassment’ Herman Cain story; it could well be a nonstory.

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Just when we think that Obama and Biden have reached the absolute pinnacle of outrageousness, we find that they have topped themselves. Now we see Obama, in what must be the most cynical political pander of all time, traveling around the country on Air Force One, attempting to buy the votes of heavily indebted students and former students with a partial forgiveness of student loans that is estimated to be worth from $4 to $8 per month, per person, for 20 years.
Why anyone would borrow as much as $200,000 to obtain a college degree that will do little or nothing to help them find gainful employment is beyond reason. Needless to say, those who would make such a foolish bargain are bound to be Obama voters. But that’s a subject for another day.
As a way of responding to Obama’s political ploy, his “student loan stimulus,” here is an open letter to Obama describing my own experience with higher education.
Paul

October 31, 2011

Mr. Barack Obama

The White House

Washington, DC 20500-0001

Dear Mr. Obama:

Please excuse me for not addressing you as “Mr. President.”  As an instructor in constitutional law, you knew before you ran that you were not a “natural born Citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution, but you ran anyway. Why else would you sign an Executive Order sealing all of your personal records?  However, since you have successfully finagled your way into the White House, where you are attempting to redistribute the wealth of those who understand the value of a free market economy, I want to be sure to claim my share of your student loan boondoggle.

Once you understand what I had to endure in order to earn my college education, I’m sure you will agree that it was not fair.  And if there’s one thing we do know about you it is that you are a stickler for “fairness.”

To give you a bit of background, I was born into a poor Missouri sharecropper family in 1933.  My parents both had sixth grade educations and worked their entire lives either as tenant farmers, factory workers, or common laborers.  And because they didn’t want my sisters and me to have to live a hand-to-mouth existence as they were forced to do, they insisted that we all get high school diplomas… so that we could “get good jobs.”

In my case, I went to work on a factory assembly line when I was 18 years old.  I was drafted at age 19 and returned to the factory after two years in the Army.  Then, when I was out of high school for seven years, married, and the father of a one-year-old child, I decided I would need a college education.  So, at age 25, with no scholarships, no money of my own, and no family support, I enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri.

Yes, I could have majored in the arts, humanities, political science, sociology, or education where I could have played and partied my way through school.  I could have chosen a “softball” curriculum… much like the college experiences of most of your Occupy Wall Street friends… but I didn’t.  I went to college with a purpose.  I went to college to acquire knowledge and skills that would actually help me get a real job in a good-paying profession after I graduated.

Believe me, it was no bed of roses.  Coming from a family where higher education was never discussed, my only goal in high school was to satisfy my parents’ dream that I earn a diploma.

I wasn’t concerned about learning mathematics, chemistry, or physics, so I focused on courses such as arts and crafts, glee club, and shop.  It was not a course of study that a pre-engineering student would choose, but its appeal was that it didn’t require any actual study.

As I prepared to enter the university I sold everything we had of any value except for our 1953 Ford and a few kitchen utensils.  Then, with part of the $300 I had borrowed from one of my mother’s girlhood friends, I went to the local Goodwill Store where I purchased a bedroom set, a couch, a coffee table, an end table, a refrigerator, and a dinette set… enough to furnish three small rooms, and all for a total of $50.00.  The furniture I bought was on a junk pile in the alley behind the Goodwill Store, waiting to be hauled off to the local landfill because it was beyond repair.  The couch had a hole in the cushion so large that our child could have fallen through it, so we stuffed the hole full of rags and covered the cushion with a folded bed sheet.

As we drove the 102 miles to the university to begin the 1958 fall semester I was scared to death.  I was so teary-eyed and choked with emotion that I could barely see the road ahead, but I knew I had to do what I’d set out to do, no matter what.  And when I had unloaded all of our possessions into a small single-story tarpaper shack at the edge of campus and returned the U-Haul trailer to the rental agency, I leaned against the fender of my car, stared at our ugly new home, and cried.

When I started attending classes I was 25 years old, the only veteran in my class.  I had no high school background for the engineering curriculum, and I had no idea how I would supplement my $120 per month G.I. Bill stipend.  My classmates, against whom I would be competing for grades, were all freshly out of high school.  They all had the benefit of four years of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and in almost every instance their parents were paying their way.

I worked very hard.  It seemed as though I was either in class or studying all day, every day, but our economic circumstances were never far from my mind.  We paid $27 per month rent for our housing and we had a food budget of 60 cents a day.  The rest of our $120 monthly income went for gasoline, utilities, insurance, and to savings for the next semester’s tuition.  So, seeing that we couldn’t survive at that income level, just two months into my first semester we accepted a job managing a small 15-unit motel.  As compensation, we received only a $50 per month salary and the use of a one-bedroom apartment, but it was enough to get us by… with no frills.

It was a difficult life… renting the rooms, supervising the maid, performing all of the electrical and plumbing maintenance, mowing the lawns, and trimming the hedges… but we had no choice in the matter.  In addition to running the motel business, I attended every lecture, I did every homework assignment, and I studied hard for every exam.  Unfortunately, when mid-term grades were posted in early December, I was devastated.  I was failing every course.

My only alternative was to work even harder, so I established a study regimen that included 14 hours of home study, every day, seven days a week, and I refused to turn a page in a textbook until I thoroughly understood everything on that page.  By following that study regimen I was able to turn my grades around and made the Dean’s List at the end of my freshman year.

We managed the motel for two years, my freshman and sophomore years, until the workload caused me to experience a near physical and mental breakdown.  We left the motel business, moved into a small duplex, and my wife took a night-shift minimum wage job as a nurse’s aide at the university medical center.  But that didn’t mean that our lives were any easier.  At 10:00 PM each evening I warmed up the car, wrapped our two sons in blankets (yes, we were blessed with a second child in January 1960), carried them out to the car, drove my wife to the hospital for her 10:30 PM shift, drove home, carried the boys back into the house, and put them back into their beds.  Then, when they were asleep once again I went back to my books, studied until 2:30 or 3:00 AM, went to bed, and slept until 6:00 AM.  At 6:00 o’clock I was up, changed diapers, dressed the boys, and drove them to the sitter.  I picked up my wife at the medical center at 7:00 AM, drove her home so that she could get 8 hours sleep, and drove to campus for my 7:40 AM classes.  It was a brutal 21-21½ hour routine that I followed every day for my last two years.

Our next door neighbor was a young welfare mother with three small children whose husband was serving a 15-20 year sentence for forgery.  Yet, whenever we were broke and without food for two or three days, she was always kind enough to give us a potato or two and a few slices of bread, which we fed to our children.  Her in-laws, farming people, were understandably ashamed that their son was not supporting his family, so each time they butchered an animal they always brought her a supply of fresh meat.  But our neighbor didn’t like “country meat.”  Each time they brought a supply of fresh meat for her freezer she tossed it into our community garbage pails, saying, “We don’t like that old country meat.  We like hamburgers, baloney, and wieners.”

When I returned years later for my twentieth class reunion I took my children on a nostalgia tour.  And when I stopped in the driveway of that dilapidated old duplex I was surprised to see the man who’d been our landlord twenty years earlier.  As we reminisced, he reminded me of the times when he’d seen me searching through those garbage pails late at night, retrieving the freshly-butchered beef and pork that our neighbor had thrown away.  And when my son asked later, “Dad, you fed us out of garbage cans?”  I said, “Yes, I guess I did.  I did whatever I had to do.”

Yes, Mr. Obama, those were difficult times.  When I graduated in June 1962 I was 6 ft. tall and weighed 116 lb.  But they were years when I was allowed to prove to myself and to my family what a great country we live in… the kind of country where someone of my humble beginnings could pull himself up by the bootstraps to realize the American Dream… the American Dream that you would deny to our fellow Americans because it does not coincide with your Marxist view.  Like your black brother, Herman Cain, I am a living symbol of what America is all about.

On the other hand, Mr. Obama, if I am entirely wrong about the kind of country we are.  If we are the kind of country that you and your Democratic friends think we are… or should be… then someone owes me, BIG TIME!  In a cynical attempt to buy the college vote, you are offering a forgiveness of student loans worth from $4 to $8 per month.  Although you could never buy my vote, for any amount of money, it appears my share of the student loan “stimulus,” calculated at $6 per month and dating back to June 1962, comes to $3,552.

After what my children were put through, and given the stress that I was forced to endure, I suggest that a small share of your student loan “stimulus” package might even the score a bit, even at this late date.  You can send my check to me at the return address on this envelope.  Do I have it coming to me?  I leave it to your spirit of “fairness.”

Sincerely,

Paul R. Hollrah, BS CE

Member, Chi Epsilon National Scholastic Honor Fraternity

Immediate Past President, Civil Engineering Academy of

Distinguished Alumni, University of Missouri

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Cao2’s note: Obama was never an ‘instructor’ of constitutional law.

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John points out that they’re following “Rules for Radicals” when one suggests demonstrating outside Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s house.  In so doing, however, they would be ‘preaching to the choir’ so to speak, as Emanuel is one of their own.  See the MP exclusive video here.

See Kender’s advice to the Occupiers at the American Thinker.

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In a word, YES. Read the reasoning as to why that is.

By the authors, Robert P. George, a professor of politics at Princeton and the founder of the American Principles Project; and Melissa Moschella, a doctoral candidate in political theory at Princeton.

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GOPUSA ILLINOIS

October 22, 2011

Fellow Republicans:

 

News clips and upcoming event information:

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Murphy gives outstanding presentation at AAPC conference – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
Republican Illinois Senator Matt Murphy gave an outstanding presentation at the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Regional Conference at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago yesterday, Friday, October 21, 2011.  I have been an AAPC member since 2001 when I served as a founding director of its Midwest Chapter.  The AAPC website is at: http://www.theaapc.org/
The AAPC Code of Ethics is at: http://www.theaapc.org/default.asp?contentID=701
Sadly, of all those who hold themselves out as being political consultants in Illinois who only work for Republicans, only three are AAPC members – Christine Dudley, Stephen Rossi, and me
NBC5
— Occupy Chicago Plans Weekend Protests – Anthony Ponce
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Occupy-Chicago-Plans-Weekend-Protests-132363868.html
— Folk Legend Pete Seeger Marches with Wall Street Protesters  Seeger and friends walked to the chant of “We are the 99 percent” and “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.”
http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/music/NATL-Folk-Legend-Pete-Seeger-Marched-with-Wall-Street-Protesters-132368998.html
— Petition Asks Emanuel To End Occupy Arrests
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Petition-Asks-Emanuel-To-End-Occupy-Arrests-132321423.html
— Emanuel Pushes Tax Break For Top Donor – Edward McClelland
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Emanuel-Pushes-For-Merc-Tax-Break-132310958.html
— Don Veto Quinnleone – Edward McClelland
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Don-Veto-Quinnleone-132319758.html
FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Occupy Chicago Protesters Ask Mayor Emanuel to End Arrests with Online Petition – Tisha Lewis
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/occupy-chicago-protesters-ask-mayor-emanuel-to-end-arrests-online-petition-grant-park-20111021
— Gallup Poll: Obama Job Approval Hits New Low
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpps/news/gallup-poll-obama-approval-hits-new-low-dpgonc-20111021-kh_15592493
CBS2
— Quinn Not Worried About Low Approval Rating  (DIERSEN: What do you think of candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who have low approval ratings, but do not worry about such ratings?  Of course, those who give candidates, elected officials, and party leaders low approval ratings should disclose who they are and honestly state their reasons for giving them such ratings.  I am one of those who gives Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, and Republican party leaders in Illinois low approval ratings when they a) fail to defend or advance the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, including its immigration and social planks, and/or b) do things that bring disgrace to the IRP.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/10/21/quinn-not-worried-about-low-approval-rating/
— Holy Cats! Mountain Lion Spotted In Lake Forest
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/10/21/holy-cats-mountain-lion-reported-in-lake-forest/
KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— 11th Congressional District: Kane County clerk Jack Cunningham considers run for Congress – Jonathan Bilyk
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2011/10/21/kane-county-clerk-considers-run-for-congress/abhr3kd/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Jack Cunningham has not yet announced that he intends to run for Congress. But Cunningham, who now serves as Kane County clerk, said he is “very, very interested” in seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives out of the newly created 11th Congressional District. “This would be a new district, with no existing incumbent congressman who lives in the district,” said Cunningham. “So, have I announced yet? No. “But I am watching the situation there very closely, and I am exploring my options.” Presently, Cunningham, an Aurora resident who has served as county clerk since 2002, resides within the 14th Congressional District. But under a new congressional district map crafted and approved by the Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly, the city of Aurora and the village of North Aurora would be carved out of the current 14th District and put in a newly created 11th Congressional District. That district, shaped roughly like a “Z,” would run from Aurora and southern Kane County through Naperville and Lisle and parts of DuPage County, before zig-zagging southwest, and then return east to encompass the city of Joliet in Will County. Former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Batavia, has said he will run in the new 11th District in the Democratic primary. He is opposed in that primary by former Aurora Township Clerk Juan Thomas and James Hickey, president of the Orland Fire Protection District. On the Republican side, Cunningham could be the first candidate to formally declare his candidacy, should he do so in coming weeks. But U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican who has served in Congress since 1998 representing the 13th Congressional District, has indicated that she is strongly considering a run in the 11th District, as well, after much of her current district was moved into a newly drawn 5th Congressional District, which would be more favorable to Democrats. Should she do so, she would represent stiff competition for Cunningham, said State Rep. Randy Ramey, of Carol Stream, who serves as chairman of the DuPage County Republican Party. Ramey said he believes Biggert and other potential GOP candidates for Congress are awaiting a resolution of the court challenge brought by Illinois Republicans against the Democratic districting map. He said he expected formal announcements soon from potential candidates, like Biggert, as the candidacy filing deadlines approach for next spring’s primary elections. “There are a few people out there keeping their powder dry, so to speak, waiting to see how things shake out before deciding where to go,” Ramey said. Ramey said Cunningham could represent the area well, if elected. “He’s a conservative, and we need those in Washington,” Ramey said. He also noted that Cunningham has significant personal wealth, allowing him to “self-fund” his campaign. “I know him as a county official, and he has done well there,” Ramey said. “I don’t know how that would translate to the national level.”  Calls to Mike Kenyon, chairman of the Kane County Republican Party, and to Dick Kavanaugh, chairman of the Will County Republican Party, were not returned Friday afternoon. Cunningham said his supporters are circulating nominating petitions and he is in the process of building a campaign organization that could be “ready to move” as soon as he officially files to place his name on the ballot. Cunningham said he intends to continue to serve as Kane County clerk, even should he declare his candidacy for Congress.)

DAILY HERALD
— Lombard’s website transparency policy ‘strongest’ in state – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111021/news/710219772/
— The Civic Federation is recommending DuPage adopt the $434.7 million budget proposal that cuts spending for the third straight year, keeps the property tax levy flat and maintains core services for residents. – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111021/news/710219829/
— DuPage employers aim to put veterans to work – Justin Kmitch  (DIERSEN: For information on preference that veterans receive for federal jobs, see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp.  While I worked for the federal government (Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, GAO 1980-1997), many of my superiors, supervisors, and coworkers were veterans.  During the 1960s and 1970s, I sought and obtained student and financial hardship draft deferments.  I will forever be ashamed that I did not volunteer to fight the communists in Vietnam.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111021/news/710219702/
— Roskam: Cap capital gains, dividend tax rates permanently – Kerry Lester
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111021/news/710219742/
— Roskam flyer message hypocritical – John Ruckstaetter, Glen Ellyn
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111022/discuss/710229894/
— To not know the tea party is to love it – William S. Beisiegel Jr., Schaumburg
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111022/discuss/710229912/
— Don’t mess with teacher pensions – Matt Hahn, Social Studies Department, Head Baseball Coach, Geneva High School
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111022/discuss/710229920/
— It’s class war, but not the way some claim – Tom Suhrbur, Glen Ellyn
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111022/discuss/710229884/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: I recently came across one particularly shocking example of how the American corporations are waging class war against the working class – for profit, of course. On a recent flight, I came across a half-page advertisement in the airline’s magazine promoting capital investment in low wage labor in China. The company that took out the ad was ITI Manufacturing, a Houston-based corporation. In the ad entitled “Overseas Manufacturing Isn’t As Scary As You Think”, ITI claims that it: “will help you to take advantage of low overseas labor cost – without sacrificing the quality or reliable supply of your product.” Notice the words “low overseas labor costs.” Class war is being waged in America by the transnational corporations. The war was greatly intensified by Ronald Reagan. His program of limited government, deregulation, privatization and “free trade” has dominated the public discourse for 30 years. The choices we face today are very clear. Either we raise taxes on those who can most afford it or we take another step in driving down the standard of living for the working people by cutting social programs and public education. Either way, it is class war.)

— The controls on doorstep solicitation – Editorial  (DIERSEN: How would you react if someone put a “REPUBLICANS NOT WELCOME” sign on their door?)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111021/discuss/710219951/
SOUTHTOWN STAR
— No jury of peers for wealthy powerbroker Cellini – Ed Hammer  (DIERSEN: If you were put on trial, what would the profile of your peers be?  Mine would be conservative, White, male, married, no children, no pets, older, Republican, German-American, Missouri Synod Lutheran, former postal employee, former Firestone Stores employee, former IRS employee, former union member, former GAO employee, three masters degrees, six professional certifications including CPA and Certified Internal Auditor, reporter, journalist, consultant, arbitrator, federal pension recipient, Social Security recipient, Wheaton homeowner, owner of three GM cars and two Ford cars, taxpayer, forced by liberal Democrats to retire at age 49, etc.  Just kidding, but not completely.)
http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/8327336-474/no-jury-of-peers-for-wealthy-powerbroker-cellini.html

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a trial by one’s peers, it only guarantees an impartial jury. Teachers would most certainly be partial against a defendant who is accused of defrauding their pension fund and whose businesses’ assets total more than $1 billion. The average Illinois teacher’s pension is about $41,000. If Cellini could have all peers on the jury, he might have a good chance at an acquittal. What would be the profile of a Cellini peer? Male, white, older, politically connected and rich – with a net worth somewhere between $10 million and $100 million. That description applies to less than 0.8 percent of the Illinois population, and not many of their kind are to be found in the typical jury pool. So the jury, minus teachers, still had to be drawn from regular folks, including those with union membership and other public workers. Cellini better be hoping that nobody has ever messed with their pensions.)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Could mountain lion be lurking near the Chicago Bears’ lair?  (DIERSEN: What does Perry have to say about this?  Do mountain lions eat coyotes?)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8350579-418/cougar-roaming-wilderness-near-bears-practice-facility-neighbors-say.html#.TqJO0PG4gQs.email
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— AP-GfK Poll: 37 percent support ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters; politics angers most people – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-ap-poll-wall-street-protests,0,7170353.story
— Musical march with Seeger, Guthrie, Amram enlivens Wall Street protest – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-us-wall-street-protest,0,3145060.story
— Author Naomi Wolf detained by police for aiding Occupy Wall Street protestors – Andrea Reiher
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/zap-author-naomi-wolf-detained-by-police-for-aidin-20111020,0,5134275.story
WJBC
— Pension reform advocate Andrzejewski squares off with ISU professor Norton
http://wjbc.com/pension-reform-advocate-squares-off-with-isu-professor/
— Pat Brady: GOP needs to make Illinois relevant in Presidential politics – Jim Fitzpatrick
http://wjbc.com/brady-gop-needs-to-make-illinois-relevant-in-presidential-politics/
ENEWS PARK FOREST
— Federal Reserve Agrees to Save Bank of America’s Wealthy Managers at Taxpayer’s Expense Again
http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/28042-federal-reserve-agrees-to-save-bank-of-americas-wealthy-managers-at-taxpayers-expense-again.html
NAPERVILLE SUN
— Behind on its bills, state shares $5 billion shortfall with businesses, nonprofits – Susan Frick Carlman
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/8238951-418/behind-on-its-bills-state-shares-5-billion-shortfall-with-businesses-nonprofits.html
BEACON NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Jeff Ward promotes class warfare.
http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/8318534-418/occupy-wall-street-is-democracy-in-action.html
HERALD NEWS
— Gibbs gives his insights at SXU – Casey Toner
http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/8331234-417/gibbs-gives-his-insights-at-sxu.html
TIMES
— 12th Congressional District: Southern Illinois race the center of attention – Benjamin Yount
http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=442737
PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— Forum: Illinois power grid needs boost  (DIERSEN: What about getting a) ComEd to put more power lines underground and b) ComEd to trim more trees and to cut down more trees that directly threaten power lines?)
http://www.pjstar.com/opinions/forum/x804699268/Forum-Illinois-power-grid-needs-boost
SUBURBAN LIFE
— Fundraising should become somewhat easier for Springfield Park Board member GRAY NOLL’s state Senate campaign, thanks to last week’s endorsement of his candidacy by the Sangamon County GOP. – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/roselle/statenews/x1606475897/Bernard-Schoenburg-County-GOP-support-a-boost-for-Noll
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Nearly 20 percent of Topinka’s staff participated in an event to raise funds for one particular charity.  How do you react when your superiors encourage you to participate in an event to raise funds for one particular charity?
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/roselle/statenews/x1606475897/Bernard-Schoenburg-County-GOP-support-a-boost-for-Noll
NAPERVILLE SUN
— Hiring Our Heroes job fair focuses on veterans – Hank Beckman  (DIERSEN: For information on preference that veterans receive for federal jobs, see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp.  While I worked for the federal government (Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, GAO 1980-1997), many of my superiors, supervisors, and coworkers were veterans.  During the 1960s and 1970s, I sought and obtained student and financial hardship draft deferments.  I will forever be ashamed that I did not volunteer to fight the communists in Vietnam.)
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/8343780-418/hiring-our-heroes-job-fair-focuses-on-veterans.html
ORION GAZETTE
— Veto session faces daunting list of issues – Doug Finke
http://www.oriongazette.com/news/state/x319043091/Veto-session-faces-daunting-list-of-issues
QUAD CITY TIMES
— Ron Paul speaks in Davenport – Ed Tibbetts  (DIERSEN: It looks like Paul is not making any efforts to win the Milton Township Republican Central Committee Oktoberfest presidential straw poll on Friday evening, October 28, at Carlisle in Lombard.  Of course, that will raise expectations for the other candidates.  What do you think of presidential candidates who make no efforts to win straw polls?  What do you think of presidential candidates who imply or argue that if they had made efforts to win straw polls, they would have won them?)
http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/ron-paul-speaks-in-davenport/article_aa87830e-fc26-11e0-88a0-001cc4c002e0.html
BOLINGBROOK PATCH
— Local Officials, Business Offer Special Ed. Students a Glimpse Into Their Futures  Disability Mentoring Day allows employers to gain an increased awareness about an overlooked talent pool. – Toni Greathouse  (DIERSEN: Have you ever supervised a disabled person?  I have.  Many of the employees who my liberal Democrat GAO superiors assigned me to supervise had severe health problems or were disabled.)
http://bolingbrook.patch.com/articles/disability-mentoring-day
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar isn’t careful, he could be replaced-by a local high student. Junior Stephen Boden, who said his future interests includes someday becoming the President of the United States, was one of 44 Bolingbrook High School special education students who participated in Disability Mentoring Day Oct. 18. The one-day program allows employers to gain an increased awareness about an overlooked talent pool.)
— Cain to be in Chicago Monday after all, campaign says
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/10/cain-to-be-in-chicago-monday-after-all-campaign-says.html

(FROM THE ARTICLE:  Okay, we’re going to run this because one of Cain’s persons in Illinois — Jon Zahm – has assured us it’s legit. Interesting, earlier this week we ran a piece saying almost the same thing, and a Cain person told us that Cain would not be coming to Chicago.  Now it looks like he will be in Chicago for a fundraiser Monday.  If you want to go, reservation has to be in (FRIDAY). Zahm said that more information is coming soon about a potential rally that same day.  Stay tuned in you’re a Herman Cain fan.)

— Santorum: “Floored” about Cain’s “pro-choice” position
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/10/santorum-floored-about-cains-pro-choice-position.html
— Four pension bills to be watched in upcoming veto session
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/10/four-pension-bills-to-be-watched-in-upcoming-veto-session.html
— Upcoming veto session heavy with big issues
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/10/upcoming-veto-session-heavy-with-big-issues.html
— VIDEO: Democrats support Occupy Wall Street
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2011/10/video-democrats-support-occupy-wall-street.html

CHRISTIAN POST
— Cain Shows His Libertarian Streak in Abortion Answer? – Stephanie Samuel
http://www.christianpost.com/news/cain-shows-his-libertarian-streak-in-abortion-answer-58883/
— Hate Crime Against Christian Group Called ‘Domestic Terrorism’ – Alex Murashko
http://www.christianpost.com/news/hate-crime-against-christian-group-called-domestic-terrorism-58882/
CROSSTALK AMERICA
— Gay Domestic Terrorism Attack  (DIERSEN: Peter LaBarbara is interviewed.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBUjrz3mFYQ&feature=related
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL
— Anti-Gay Hate and Pro-Gay Terrorism – Peter Sprigg
http://www.frcblog.com/2011/10/anti-gay-hate-and-pro-gay-terrorism/
BIG GOVERNMENT
— Lech Walesa Not Attending Occupy Wall Street in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers – Adam Andrzejewski
http://biggovernment.com/aandrzejewsk/2011/10/21/lech-walesa-not-attending-occupywallstreet-in-new-york-after-discovering-hard-left-organizers/
HUMAN EVENTS
— Reminder: Joe Biden Is Not Only Offensive, He’s a Liar  Fact-checking Biden’s odious rhetoric. – John Hayward
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47023
GOPUSA
— Robin Hood vs. the Occupiers – Michelle Malkin
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/10/21/malkin-2/?subscriber=1
NEWSMAX
— Romney Wins in ‘Blowout’ Over Obama in 2012, Poll Shows – Jim Meyers
http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Romney-defeats-obama-poll/2011/10/21/id/415329
HUFFINGTON POST
— Walsh: John Boehner ‘Doesn’t Want Someone Like Me Around’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/21/joe-walsh-john-boehner_n_1023829.html
— California Republican: State Should Imprison Undocumented Immigrants Abroad – Elise Foley
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/22/california-illegal-immigration_n_1025980.html
THE HILL
— Wall Street protests force Cantor to cancel economic speech – Russell Berman
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/189091-occupy-wall-street-protesters-force-gop-leader-cantor-to-cancel-economic-speech

— Mark Kirk would require travel websites to list health risks of travel destinations – Pete Kasperowicz 

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.,) the lead sponsor of the bipartisan International Travelers Bill of Rights act, said he introduced the bill after 8-year old Brent Midlock drowned in a hotel pool in Mexico.)  (DIERSEN: What about health risks in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, in your precinct, in the block that you live on, in the building that you live in?)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/189133-senators-would-require-travel-websites-to-list-health-risks-of-travel-destinations
— Orrin Hatch: Occupy Wall Street just wants to cause problems – Josh Lederman
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/189179-orrin-hatch-occupy-wall-street-just-wants-to-cause-problems

DAILY MAIL
— Obama 46, Mitt 38 – in Illinois – Don Surber
http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/44818
BUSINESSWEEK
— U.S. Troop Pullout May Leave Iraq Struggling as Iran Benefits – Nicole Gaouette
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-22/u-s-troop-pullout-may-leave-iraq-struggling-as-iran-benefits.html
— State Regulators in U.S. Investigate Structured-Notes Sales – Matt Robinson  (DIERSEN: Please see GAO report: OTC Derivatives: Additional Oversight Could Reduce Costly Sales Practice Disputes  (http://www.gao.gov/products/GGD-98-5 or http://www.gao.gov/archive/1998/gg98005.pdf)  I spent much of my last 3 years at GAO working on this report.  I am listed as “Co-project Manager” on page 230.  During my last 3 years at GAO, one of the many things that my liberal Democrat superiors and supervisors did to get me to take their early retirement “offer” was to a) assign me to supervise Gwendolyn Burton Poole, an older minority woman, and b) require me to give her an “accurate” performance appraisal, something that they had never required any of her previous supervisors to do.  See: http://www.pab.gao.gov/pab/decisions/pdf/Gwendolyn2.pdf)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-22/state-regulators-in-u-s-investigate-structured-notes-sales.html
SACREMENTO BEE
— OUTSTANDING: Effort to overturn California Dream Act hits the streets – Dan Smith
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/10/california-dream-act-referendum-tim-donnelly-illegal-immigrants-college-aid.html
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The San Antonia Express opposes a border fence.  Those who come into America illegally, those who stay in America illegally, and those who bring others to America illegally also oppose a border fence.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/When-it-comes-to-the-border-fence-Perry-is-2230348.php
LUBBOCK AVALANCHE JOURNAL
— OUTSTANDING: Anti-illegal immigration bills buoyed by GOP debate – Enrique Rangel
http://lubbockonline.com/editorial-columnists/2011-10-22/rangel-anti-illegal-immigration-bills-buoyed-gop-debate
NEW YORK TIMES
— For Those With Less, One Less 9 From Cain – Sarah Wheaton
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/for-those-with-less-one-less-9-from-cain/
— FRONT PAGE: Wall St. Protest Isn’t Like Ours, Tea Party Says – Kate Zernike
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/politics/wall-st-protest-isnt-like-ours-tea-party-says.html
— The End of Cheap Chinese Goods – Floyd Norris  (DIERSEN: I remember in 1972 paying $600 for a television made in America.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/business/signs-that-the-era-of-cheap-chinese-imports-is-ending.html
— Cries of Anti-Semitism, but Not at Zuccotti Park – Joseph Berger
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-criticized-for-flashes-of-anti-semitism.html
WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois officials show no signs of urgency on paying state’s overdue bills – AP
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/illinois-officials-show-no-signs-of-urgency-on-paying-states-piles-of-overdue-bills/2011/10/21/gIQArkT33L_story.html
ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Social Security raise welcomed in tough economy – Matt Sedensky  (DIERSEN: With the $1,680 increase in my federal pension that I am in line to get, I will still have $720 less to spend in 2012 than in 2009 from my federal pension because my federal health insurance premiums increased by $1,400 in 2010 and by $1,000 in 2011.)
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
— Tea party leader: Occupy movement a ‘freak show,’ and Wall Street undeserving of blame for economy – Jim Galloway
http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2011/10/21/tea-party-leader-occupy-movement-a-%E2%80%98freak-show%E2%80%99-and-wall-street-undeserving-of-blame-for-economy/
DAILY WESTON
— Occupy Wall Street Protesters Head to New Canaan – Richard Weizel  (DIERSEN: Where will the Occupy Chicago protesters head to?)
http://www.thedailyweston.com/news/occupy-wall-street-protesters-head-new-canaan
WASHINGTON POST
— For Herman Cain, no steering clear of race – Sandhya Somashekhar
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-herman-cain-no-steering-clear-of-race/2011/10/17/gIQAdNkN4L_story.html
INDIANAPOLIS STAR
— Navarrette wrong again on immigration policy – Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee
http://www.indystar.com/article/20111022/OPINION01/110220302/Navarrette-wrong-again-immigration-policy?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7COpinion%7Cs
TEMPLE NEWS
— Pennsylvania: VERY SAD: Undocumented activists, professors take to Old City for (ILLEGAL) immigrant rights – Haley Kmetz
http://temple-news.com/2011/10/21/undocumented-activists-professors-take-to-old-city-for-immigrant-rights/
VARIETY
— Obama courts Latino Hollywood  Fundraising targets prominent leaders – Ted Johnson
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118044856
TIME MAGAZINE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: With the end of DADT, Karl Johnson, formerly known as Officer X, is overjoyed that he now can admit his homosexuality without fear of reprisal.  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my liberal Democrat superiors and supervisors made it clear that if I admitted my conservatism, I would suffer reprisal.  Because I did admit my conservatism, I did suffer reprisal.)

http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2011/10/21/the-party/
INSTINCT MAGAZINE
— Boehner’s DOMA Defense: Gay People Are Powerful, Can Fight Marriage Ban Without Courts – Brandon Rolph  (DIERSEN: Since the 1970s, it has been more that obvious that people, organizations, and companies that promote homosexual activity have had tremendous “power” in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP).  In Illinois, the LESS that a candidate, elected official, or party leader does (officially and/or unofficially) to promote homosexual activity, the LESS that the IRP does (officially and/or unofficially) to help that candidate, elected official, or party leader.)
http://instinctmagazine.com/blogs/blog/boehner-s-doma-defense-gay-people-are-powerful-can-fight-marriage-ban-without-courts?directory=100011
CBS BOSTON
— 33-Year-Old Corvette With 13 Miles On It For Sale In Plymouth – Bill Shields  (DIERSEN: My 40-year-old Corvette has 5,081 miles on it and it is not for sale.)
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/10/21/33-year-old-corvette-with-13-miles-on-it-for-sale-in-plymouth/
VETTE
— 2011 National Corvette Museum Birthday Bash – Countdown To C7  With an all-new model in the offing, we inspect the made-over ’12 Corvette at the NCM Birthday Bash – Walt Thurn
http://www.vetteweb.com/features/vemp_1111_2011_national_corvette_museum_birthday_bash/index.html
 
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10/22 Event: Oberweis petition drive kick off at Oberweis Dairy in North Aurora
10/22 Event: William J. Kelly to speak at Constitution Day event at Stockholm Inn

10/22 Event: Matt Murphy and Judy Diekelman to speak at Homer/Lockport Tea Party luncheon in Orland Park
10/24 Event: Friedman for Senate fundraiser in Northbrook

10/25 Event: Bloomingdale Township GOP meeting

10/28 Event: Milton Township Republican Oktoberfest at the Carlisle

10/29 Event: Paul Ryan at Roskam fundraiser in Naperville

11/2 Nybo fundraiser in Lombard

11/5 Event: West Chicago Prayer Breakfast Wheaton Academy
11/8 Event: Kwasman reception at St. Andrew

11/10 Event: RALC meeting

11/11 Event: Ives and Kerpen to speak at Libert Lunch in Oak Brook

11/11 Event: Condoleezza Rice at Schock fundraiser
11/15 Event: Condoleezza Rice at breakfast fundraiser for Kinzinger in Bolingbrook

11/19 Event: TAPROOT breakfast meeting in Lombard

11/19 Event: Lake County Committeeman Breakfast

11/19 Event: Federation of Illinois Young Republicans convention in Bolingbrook

12/11 Event: TAPROOT Christmas Party at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville

12/15 Event: DuPage County Christmas Prayer Breakfast in Bloomingdale

2/9-11 Event: CPAC

2/10 Event: DuPage County Lincoln Day Dinner at Oakbrook Hills Resort

2/25 Event: NTRO pizza party fundraiser at the Kendall VFW Hall in Naperville

3/4 Event: Addison Township GOP Annual Brunch

3/20 Event: Primary Election

6/8-9 Event: Illinois Republican Party State Convention in Tinley Park

 
 

The opinions that I express in this email are based on experience that I have gained doing many things including:

Republican

— serving on the committee that developed the Illinois Republican Party’s platform in 2008

— serving as the Chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois (www.taprootgop.org) since 2005

— serving on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition 2003-2007

— serving as the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004

— serving as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000

— serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999

Employment

— consulting since 1998, being a member of the American Association of Political Consultants since 2001, and being a founding member of its Midwest Chapter

— serving as an arbitrator for the Financial Regulatory Authority since 1998 and for the Better Business bureau since 2001

— working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office 1980-1997

— working for IRS 1971-1980

— working for Firestone Stores 1970-1972

— working for the Post Office 1966-1969

Education

— earning a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997

— earning a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980

— earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976

— earning a bachelors degree in management from NIU in 1970

— attending the University of Illinois in Chicago 1966-1968

— earning a diploma from Crete-Monee High School in 1966

Professional

— becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997

— becoming a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996

— becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994

— becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990

— becoming a licensed CPA in 1982

— passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981

— passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979

Other

— serving as the Treasurer and a Director of www.Adversity.Net since 1999

— serving on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants 1983-1996

— being a union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980

— assisting attorneys with lawsuits that charged age discrimination, reverse discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, exceeding executive branch authority, and fraud

— living in DuPage County and its county seat Wheaton since 1978, in Chicago 1974-1978, in University Park 1972-1974, and in Crete 1948-1972

— being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine

— owning cars since 1964 and only American nameplate cars since 1964

— being married since 1978

— being confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran in 1962

— being someone who is 100% German national origin

— assuring proper care for my 80-year-old aunt who has Alzheimer’s

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This image says it all about the ideologies that are at war with one another today. The poster can be purchased from the Patriot Post, here.

More communists join the “Occupy Wallstreet” protesters; Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.

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