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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - December 20, 2014

-- HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Kirk baits North Korea over "The Interview" - Katherine Skiba
-- FRONT PAGE: Labor Board: McDonald's violated workers' rights - Alejandra Cancino and Jessica Wohl
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The National Labor Relations Board on Friday issued 13 complaints against McDonald's and some of its franchisees, calling them joint employers and alleging they violated labor rights of employees at various restaurants nationwide. The labor board found merit in 86 cases filed in cities from New York to Chicago to San Francisco. The cases allege that Oak Brook-based McDonald's and its franchisees retaliated against employees for engaging in activities, including nationwide protests calling for higher wages and better conditions. Retaliation included threats, surveillance, reduction of hours, interrogations and firings, the labor board said. The ruling, which McDonald's vowed to appeal, is significant because it could increase the fast-food giant's responsibility in labor cases and, potentially, that of other types of employers as well. "It's a game-changing decision," said Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bruno said the decision shatters the wall that has kept franchisees and franchisers separate. For years, labor groups have complained the wall keeps major corporations from taking direct responsibility for their employees. . .Fight for $15, the union-funded group that has organized protests against McDonald's and other fast-food chains since 2012, welcomed the decision. "McDonald's exerts such extensive control over its franchised business operations that, for all intents and purposes, McDonald's is the boss," Organizing Director Kendall Fells said on a conference call. "It's obvious that the company should share responsibility with franchisees for the treatment of its workers." About 90 percent of McDonald's U.S. restaurants are owned by franchisees. McDonald's workers have filed more than 290 cases with the NLRB since November 2012, when organized protests against the fast-food industry began in New York.)
-- Paul-Rubio feud over Cuba a preview of GOP's 2016 foreign policy debate? - Philip Rucker
-- Quinn hits a double on Topinka replacement: Editorial
-- Obama spotlights women reporters in press conference - Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: What do you say to "Republican" candidates, elected officials, party leaders in Illinois a) who refuse to include your GOPUSA Illinois Editor ( on their press advisory and/or press release lists, b) who give preference to, who gush over, who glorify and praise, and who pander to Democrat reporters and journalists, c) who do everything that they that can to stop you from first learning anything by reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and d) who do everything that they can to stop me from putting the emails together and sending them to you?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The First Family departed for their annual Hawaii vacation on Friday at dusk after President Barack Obama wrapped up the year upbeat at a news conference — which intentionally featured only female reporters asking questions. . .*Obama took only eight questions, all from women representing national outlets. The all-female lineup was “unprecedented” for Obama at a White House (not overseas) news conference, said presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar, who oversees the definitive press/White House database. Obama called on four reporters, all women, at a September news conference in Wales. How did this happen? In an unusual move, the White House decided not to call on any of the six TV network White House correspondents on press conference duty Friday — five men and a woman. A White House official shed light on the usually closely held process, saying in a statement, “We informed the television networks prior to the news conference that they were not likely to be included on the President’s list because each of them has asked the President questions at least twice since last month’s election. . .White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said afterwards in a statement, “As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight” women reporters “at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference.”  I don’t think this represents any significant change in the state of women in journalism, which could use improving, a topic for another day. The White House press shop saw it had the opportunity to easily shape a “good” story for the boss and ran with it.)
-- ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Sony gets bad review  Obama calls decision to shelve movie amid threats a "mistake" - AP   (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  What do you say to "Republican" activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, their operatives, and their dupes who threaten me?  They focus on destroying individuals, organizations, and governments that they cannot dominate/manipulate.  They blame me for my problems, for their problems, for your problems, and for everyone's problems.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: "I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.")
-- Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location - Becky Schlikerman
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I have always maintained that it is important to take community concerns into consideration when making development decisions,” Tunney said. “In this case, the immediate neighbors have spoken loudly that they believe this highly residential area of Lakeview is not the right location for a medical marijuana dispensary.” Dozens of neighbors have rallied and about 800 people have signed an online petition opposing the dispensary, which would be opened by a company called MedMar.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Wheaton now must fill Evelyn Sanguinetti's spot on city council - Jessica Cilella
(FROM THE ARTICLE: City Clerk Sharon Barrett-Hagen said the city has 60 days from the date of Sanguinetti's resignation to appoint someone to fill her seat on a temporary basis. The city has not started accepting applications yet, but Barrett-Hagen said she anticipates residents will be able to formally express their interest "in the near future." "We will put out an official press release for people interested," she said. "There's nothing that governs us with how soon we have to seek the applications." Four people have filed to run for the two open seats on the city council. They are incumbent John Prendiville and three newcomers: Tony Lyons, Ronald Almiron and Suzanne Fitch.  Barrett-Hagen said any of the people who already have filed to be on the ballot can apply for the temporary position. Once applications are in, there will be closed-session interviews of the candidates. The mayor will then make a recommendation and appoint the person, with approval from the city council. The appointed person will only serve until the winners of the two at-large seats are sworn in, which Barrett-Hagen anticipates will occur at the first city council meeting in May.)
-- Sandra Pihos to make bid for College of DuPage seat - Robert Sanchez
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Other candidates vying for three 6-year seats on the COD board are Robert Buckley of Glen Ellyn, Matt Gambs of Naperville and two incumbents -- Kim Savage of Darien and Nancy Svoboda of Downers Grove. The filing period ends Monday.)
-- Durbin: Hacking shows U.S. vulnerable - Bernard Schoenburg
-- Quinn’s stunt costs taxpayers - Editorial
-- Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy - AP
-- College of DuPage trustees vote not to increase tax levy - Evan Shields
-- College of DuPage accepts radio station audit after potential fraud - Evan Shields
-- COD Officials Attempt to Intimidate Media…and Fail  (DIERSEN: What do you say to "Republican" candidates, elected officials, party leaders in Illinois a) who refuse to include your GOPUSA Illinois Editor ( on their press advisory and/or press release lists, b) who give preference to, who gush over, who glorify and praise, and who pander to Democrat reporters and journalists, c) who do everything that they that can to stop you from first learning anything by reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and d) who do everything that they can to stop me from putting the emails together and sending them to you?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During the December 18, 2014 College of DuPage Board of Trustees meeting the College attempted to intimidate media (me) in the media seating area. Here is how this failure went down: To start off, COD is simply trying to marginalize any media that does not agree with their position. In the November meeting, I asked to be placed in the area reserved for media and was refused. Approximately two weeks prior to this meeting, I emailed a formal request for reserved seating in the media area of the board room. I sent a second email on Tuesday. (read them here). I received an emailed response (click here to read it) the morning of the meeting by some attorney from Robbins-Schwartz that did not identify himself as an attorney for COD, did not ask for any additional information on whether or not I was media, and did not quote any law to support his position that I was not media. He did make a feeble attempt at using FOIA to determine the definition of media, but even that failed on its face. Prior to the meeting, the Media Relations Director, or whatever her title is, decided all on her own that the definition of media included a requirement to be a member of the Illinois Press Association. Keep in mind that the actual legal definition of media has no such requirement. She even went so far as to tell me she would ask a College of DuPage Police Officer to remove me from the room if I did not comply with her wishes, like her wishes actually meant anything at all. I told her to summon the officer if she felt that was what she needed to do. She left the room for awhile and returned without an officer. She must have felt defeated at that time. A short while later, the Board attorney approached me and informed me that they had decide I was not “media” and that I was to leave the press area. We argued back and forth, and I finally told him that he did not have any authority to ask anyone to do anything in that room. He said he would get an officer to remove me, and I told him that the officer lacked any authority to act on any of his directions. An officer did show up, standing close enough to observe what was unfolding. I then told the board chairman that she was in charge of the room, and that if she ordered me to move that I would gladly move. The reason for this is that if I would have moved on the attorney’s orders, I would not be able to file suit against the college since he had no authority for anything in that room, but if the chairman ordered me to move, I could file suit. The meeting finally started and I was not ordered to move from where I was sitting. However, later in the meeting, the chairman accused me of causing a disruption prior to the meeting, when that disruption was actually caused by the college attempting to redefine the term “media” to fit their need for control and to only include those that write favorably about the College. I was simply enforcing my right, as media, to sit in the area reserved for media. Finally, I sent an email to the attorney expressing my displeasure with what he attempted to do (here). You can listen to the audio (here). Video of this encounter will be in a later article.)
-- I Repent – and Have Left The GOP  Matt Barber on Boehner: 'The magnitude of this betrayal cannot be overstated'  (DIERSEN: I should write an article, or maybe a book, about those in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican who have worked the hardest to get me to leave the Republican Party.  They would love it.)
-- Another Republican Leaves The Party - Gordon Howie
-- Ted Cruz 2016: 4 Hurdles Faced By GOP Presidential Hopeful - Morgan Chilson
-- Walmart now publicly 'pro-gay,' says activist Peter LaBarbera - Charlie Butts
-- The inequality of ‘equality’ - Ryan Bomberger
-- Let’s Get Government Out Of The Charity Business - Star Parker  (DIERSEN: One could argue that the federal government is a "charity business."  Democrats run the federal government.  I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years.  My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates hinted/implied/argued/shouted that federal jobs should be given to those who need jobs the most - Democrats, women, minorities, those who are younger, veterans, those who have financial problems, those who have health problems, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown. When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for “giving what is not yours to give.” The farmer told Crockett the constitution does not grant Congress the power to give charity and if it did, “You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and favoritism and corruption, on the one hand, and robbing the people on the other.” We are far from those days. Supreme Court decisions over the years have opened the door for rationalizing just about anything under the spending authority of the Congress. Those who crafted the American constitution did not intend limitations on the federal government’s role out of mean spiritedness. They did so out of a sense of what would best serve the public. It stands to reason that bureaucrats spending other people’s money - funds taken by force - is not going to produce good results. According to a 2012 Congressional Research Service report, and the staff of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), who commissioned the report, combined annual federal and state spending on antipoverty programs exceeds $ 1 trillion. About 75 percent comes from the federal government. These funds, which include programs such as welfare, food stamps, low-income housing programs, child care assistance, etc. are programs that mostly came onto the American scene with the War on Poverty and, in that they are focused on helping the less fortunate, are what it is usually considered charity. These programs are notoriously wasteful and are too often counterproductive and motivated by political gain rather than genuine sincerity to really help people. Funds extracted from taxpayers, dispensed by bureaucrats, under rules and conditions designed by other bureaucrats, remove personal responsibility from both the giving and receiving ends of the equation. In addition to waste, unintended consequences of this social engineering has produced government dependence, family breakdown, and removal of the sense on the part of recipients that they bear responsibility for their own lives. As government expands, private resources are squeezed out.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony - DAVID E. SANGER, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and NICOLE PERLROTH  (DIERSEN: What if those who read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails "responded" a) to those who discourage me from putting the emails together and sending them to you and b) to those who discourage everyone from reading the emails?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Obama said on Friday that the United States “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its destructive cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, but he criticized the Hollywood studio for giving in to intimidation when it withdrew “The Interview,” the satirical movie that provoked the attacks, before it opened. Deliberately avoiding specific discussion of what kind of steps he was planning against the reclusive nuclear-armed state, Mr. Obama said that the response would come “in a place and time and manner that we choose.” Speaking at a White House news conference before leaving for Hawaii for a two-week vacation, he said American officials “have been working up a range of options” that he said have not yet been presented to him. A senior official said Mr. Obama would likely be briefed in Hawaii on those options. Mr. Obama’s threat came just hours after the F.B.I. said it had assembled extensive evidence that the North Korean government organized the cyberattack that debilitated the Sony computers. If he makes good on it, it would be the first time the United States has been known to retaliate for a destructive cyberattack on American soil or to have explicitly accused the leaders of a foreign nation of deliberately damaging American targets, rather than just stealing intellectual property. Until now, the most aggressive response was the largely symbolic indictment of members of a Chinese Army unit this year for stealing intellectual property.)
-- U.S. Declares Bank and Auto Bailouts Over, and Profitable - JONATHAN WEISMAN
-- Selling the Family Home Is Liberating for Many Retirees - HARRIET EDLESON
-- McDonald’s Is Charged With Punishing Workers - STEVEN GREENHOUSE  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats are nasty.  Democrats run the federal government.  For almost 30 years, I worked for the Democrats who run the federal government.  From what I saw, the Democrats who run the federal government punish Republicans, and especially Republicans who are religious, conservative, White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, and/or who have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.  It is called political affiliation discrimination.)
-- What Happened to Work in America? - James Pethokoukis  (DIERSEN:  Are you earning a salary?  If not, why not?  In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in a) forcing me to retire and b) making it impossible for me to get a job appropriate for someone with my education, work experience, professional certifications, and professional license.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The share of American men 25 to 54 years old who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s to 16%. An excellent New York Times piece on this nonemployment offers much detail on what’s happening with those guys, thanks to a poll conducted with CBS News and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Now, among the explanations offered by reporter Binyamin Appelbaum for the decline in work: Many men, in particular, have decided that low-wage work will not improve their lives, in part because deep changes in American society have made it easier for them to live without working. These changes include the availability of federal disability benefits; the decline of marriage, which means fewer men provide for children; and the rise of the Internet, which has reduced the isolation of unemployment. At the same time, it has become harder for men to find higher-paying jobs. Foreign competition and technological advances have eliminated many of the jobs in which high school graduates … could earn $40 an hour, or more. The survey results provide opportunity to compare proposed policy solutions to what’s really happening on the ground. For instance, 44% think there are local jobs they could get but are unwilling to take. This sounds like a good case for an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit or some other kind of wage subsidy to make low-paying jobs a bit more financially attractive. It also argues for disability insurance reform that promotes work. (A related and more sweeping approach would be the negative income tax idea recently resurrected by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in their book, “The Second Machine Age,” as a way of providing a basic income but also a strong work incentive.)  And 34% said they had criminal records, making it harder to find work. In a recent National Affairs piece, Eli Lehrer advocates a “mechanism by which former inmates can have their offenses not only forgiven, but essentially forgotten.” One stat that really jumps out is that 85% of prime-age, jobless men without jobs do not have bachelor’s degrees. How about a college completion agenda, supporting non-BA occupational opportunities,  more flexible job training, and scaling back unnecessary occupational licensing restrictions? Also helpful, of course, would be a stronger, more entrepreneurial and startup-friendly economy that generated more good jobs, with 35% of jobless men surveyed citing a lack of good jobs as a major reason. Policymakers looking for ways to make work and marriage more mutually reinforcing should take a look at a new Federalist column by AEI’s Brad Wilcox.  Also timely is this Brookings analysis by Richard Reeves and Edward Rodrigue that examines how the rise of “just-in-time” labor management undermines the work efforts of low-income Americans. So no silver bullet solutions, just a variety of mitigation strategies for a problem that should be a priority at all levels of government.)
-- U.S. Economy Takes a Back Seat to China
-- 9 Best Things About Growing Old
-- Jeb Bush's Hillary problem: The Bushes and Clintons have become very cozy  (DIERSEN: Who are you cozy with, that is, cozy with politically?)
-- “I Can Breathe! ‘Cause I Don’t Steal!”  At the latest demonstration, NYPD supporters gathered on one side of the fence, counter-protesters on the other. It got heated. - Albert Samaha

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