David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - September 2, 2014

-- International students study in Chicago but IT jobs go unfilled - Sandra Guy  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Increasingly, Democrats run Chicago.  Increasingly, if you want a job in Chicago, increasingly, if you want to keep your job in Chicago, increasingly, if you want to get promoted in Chicago, and/or increasingly, if you want anything in Chicago, increasingly, you have to be a Democrat.  Increasingly, if you really want to move up the ladder, you give lots of money to Chicago Democrats.)
-- Why the U.S. faces a doctor shortage - Dr. Kenneth G. Busch, Dr. Kathy M. Tynus, Dr. Robert W. Panton, Dr. Paul H. DeHaan and Dr. William A. McDade
-- Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim - TIM NOVAK  (DIERSEN: Constructively, I have been on the “do-not-hire” list ever since 1969 when the Post Office got me to resign the part-time job that I had by arguing that I could not commit to work enough hours.  Nevertheless, a) IRS offered me a job in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat or veteran who would take the job and b) GAO offered me a job in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat or veteran who would take the job.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nine years ago, Thomas J. Sadzak quit his job at the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation just as he was about to be fired over sexual harassment allegations leveled by a female laborer who said Sadzak threatened to rape her if she didn’t stop complaining about him. The female laborer, Harriette B. McPherson, filed a federal lawsuit against the city, which paid her $99,000 on Aug. 22, 2008, to settle the case. Three months later, Sadzak was back at work for the city, even though his name had been placed on the city’s “do-not-hire” list after his “resignation — in lieu of discharge.” He had a new job, working as a legislative aide to Ald. John Pope (10th). Sadzak, 48, is still working for Pope. He’s a staff assistant to the alderman, working out of Pope’s ward office in the city’s East Side neighborhood, making $57,048 a year, city records show. Why did Pope hire someone on the do-not-hire list? He won’t say.  What does Sadzak do for the alderman? “I have no comment,” Pope says. Has the alderman read the complaint involving Sadzak? “Thanks, but no comment,” Pope says. McPherson isn’t surprised Sadzak landed another job with the city. “I don’t think he should be working for the city, but that’s the way politics are,” says McPherson, a mother of four who works as a laborer on city garbage trucks. “He used to always say he had clout with the city. That’s why he was comfortable doing those things to me. “Back then, Al Sanchez was the Streets and San commissioner. Sadzak was real close to him. They lived a couple blocks away from each other.” Sanchez did 2½ years in prison for his part in rigged hiring at City Hall.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page top of fold editorial unethically made to look like a news article, the Chicago Tribune promotes pot.  If you promote pot, you are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American.
-- HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Mean tweeting mostly by men - Heidi Stevens  (DIERSEN: Are you a man?  I am.  How old are you?  I am 65.  Do you know what is "appropriate" and "inappropriate?"  I do.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: "It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s," she told People magazine. "They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general."  In other words, she hears worse. A lot worse. A newly released analysis by Demos proves as much. The United Kingdom-based think tank analyzed 2 million tweets sent to selected public figures — celebrities, politicians, journalists, musicians — over a two-week period. The study looked at an equal number of male and female figures. Female politicians received 873 abusive tweets in two weeks, 70 percent of which came from men. Male politicians fared far worse, receiving 11,865 abusive tweets, 72 percent from men. Men send the vast majority of abusive tweets overall — 62 percent of them — and they aim them mostly at other men. In the period analyzed, the selected women received 9,824 abusive tweets total, while men received 24,822.)
-- A solution to political inaction? Lighten up! - Rex Huppke  (DIERSEN: I should write an article, or maybe a book, about Republican politicians that Huppke describes.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The modern-day politician follows these basic steps:  1) Get elected to gain power. 2) Celebrate attainment of power. 3) Consider using power to enact change. 4) Worry that enacting change might look bad politically. 5) Change nothing. 6) Get re-elected to keep power you'll never use. It's a bit like being Superman, except when you see a stalled busload of orphans on the train tracks, you opt to keep flying rather than risk offending the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen union, which is known to possess a large amount of kryptonite. This political paralysis grips everyone from the president on down, and it's about as fun to watch as the warm-ups at a tortoise race. Consider President Barack Obama and his plan to use executive power to at least partly reform our broken immigration system. With Congress unable to come up with anything workable before taking a very much not deserved end-of-summer break, Obama boomed that he would take matters into his own hands. Now it seems there's a good chance the president will hold off on doing anything until after the midterm elections in November, lest the uproar from executive action negatively impacts his fellow Democrats.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot? - AP  (DIERSEN: Of course, the answer is YES.  According to this article, "Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills." What do you say to my critics who hint/imply/argue/shout that they, even if they smoked pot big time and/or drank booze big time, could/would put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them to you in a small fraction of the time that it takes me?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.  Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles. On the other hand, combining marijuana with alcohol appears to eliminate the pot smoker's exaggerated caution and seems to increase driving impairment beyond the effects of either substance alone. "We see the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as a wake-up call for all of us in highway safety," said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. "We don't know enough about the scope of marijuana-impaired driving to call it a big or small problem. But anytime a driver has their ability impaired, it is a problem.")
-- 5 things to know about driving on marijuana - AP
-- Patients to start applying for medical marijuana Tuesday - AP  (DIERSEN: How many in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, in your precinct, in your neighborhood, on your block, and in the building that you live in want to smoke pot legally?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for permission to use it. The extent of the demand should start to become clearer on Tuesday as agencies begin accepting applications from patients or their registered caregivers.)
-- Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014 - AP
-- Rauner must be called out on lie - Rich Miller
-- DuPage County brings in record tourism revenues
-- Prospective candidates begin picking up forms for Naperville election - Susan Frick Carlman
-- The Media at War With the Obama Administration? - Roger Aronoff
-- Business is booming for gun-friendly companies  Welcoming armed customers can attract Second Amendment rights activists, deter crime
-- Rick Perry could get rick-rolled again - Steve Deace
-- 6 Reasons People are Leaving Churches in America - Jack Wellman  (DIERSEN: My outstanding parents had me baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL), raised me an MSL, and had me confirmed as an MSL.  I should write an article, or maybe a book, about those in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who a) state that they are religious and b) viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me.  They would love it.  Constructively, they paint themselves as being GOD's representatives on earth.  They blame me for my problems, for your problems, for their problems, and for everyone's problems.  They hint/imply/argue/shout that I am a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and even worse things.  They are filled with hatred of those like me a) who do not pander to them and b) do not fear them.)
-- When Congress was popular - Elise Viebeck  (DIERSEN: From what I see, since the 1960s, Congress' top priority has been getting the federal government a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat women and young Democrat minorities and b) to make way for them by getting rid of the federal government's  White male employees, especially those who are older.)
-- The New Political Rating System That Shows the Stakes This Year  Elections 2014: Where the Candidates Stand - David Leohardt  (DIERSEN: According to this, of the 34 states that were ranked, Illinois is the fourth most liberal state, that is, the fourth most partisan Democrat state.)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: In an editorial unethically made to look like a news article, the NYT promotes Hillary and badmouths Christie.
-- Why New York City Opposed Abe Lincoln - BILL MORGAN
-- The Human Toll of Offshoring - Joe Nocera
-- Seeking Facts, Justices Settle for What Briefs Tell Them - Adam Liptak  (DIERSEN: The written decision that Posner, Coffey, and Kanne issued in Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange (CCE)  (SEE: left out many important facts that showed that CCE knew or should have known that the odometer reading in the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T that CCE sold me in 1994 was not accurate.  Further, the statement in the decision that "Before Diersen filed this lawsuit, the CCE offered to have Diersen return the car for a complete refund" is misleading.  By the time CCE offered to give me a "complete refund," I had spend thousands of dollars on the car to bring it back to factory specifications.  CCE never offered to refund those dollars.)
-- For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement  A VA worker in Phoenix experiences an old federal tradition - David A. Fahrenthold  (DIERSEN: One could compare and contrast what VA did to Pedene for complaining about mismanagement with what GAO did to me for complaining about reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  SEE:
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Pedene, 56, is the former chief spokeswoman for this VA hospital. Now, she is living in a bureaucrat’s urban legend. After complaining to higher-ups about mismanagement at this hospital, she has been reassigned — indefinitely — to a desk in the basement. In the Phoenix case, investigators are still trying to determine whether Pedene was punished because of her earlier complaints. If she is, that would make her part of a long, ugly tradition in the federal bureaucracy — workers sent to a cubicle in exile. In the past, whistleblowers have had their desks moved to break rooms, broom closets and basements. It’s a clever punishment, good-government activists say, that exploits a gray area in the law. The whole thing can look minor on paper. They moved your office. So what? But the change is designed to afflict the striving soul of a federal worker, with a mix of isolation, idle time and lost prestige. “I was down there in that office for 16 months. Nothing. They gave me no meaningful work,” said Walter Tamosaitis, a former contract worker at an Energy Department installation in Washington state.)
-- Eric Cantor to Join Wall Street Investment Bank  Deposed House Majority Leader To Open Washington Office for Moelis & Co. - DANA CIMILLUCA and PATRICK O'CONNOR  (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics hint/imply/argue/shout that if I was "any good," with all my work experience, all my education, all my professional certifications, and with my CPA license, when my Democrat GAO superiors deposed me when I was 49 years old in 1997, I would have landed a job like Cantor has.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE:At Moelis, Mr. Cantor will help the firm, which was formed in 2007 and has offices overseas, compete for business and advise corporate and investor clients on takeovers and other deals. Mr. Moelis said he is hiring Mr. Cantor for his "judgment and experience" and ability to open doors—and not just for help navigating regulatory and political waters in Washington. Still, expertise in such matters is likely to be valuable given how heavily they can weigh on the minds of corporate executives contemplating deals. "I have no need for a political figurehead," Mr. Moelis said. "What I want is a partner.")
-- Tax Firm to Revive Arthur Andersen Name  Enron Scandal Brought Down Firm; Consultant Is Buying Rights to Use Name - MICHAEL RAPOPORT  (DIERSEN: Between 1985 and 1992, Steve Samek was my next door neighbor.  SEE:  If Samek had become the head of Arthur Andersen, there might still be an Arthur Anderson.  SEE:
-- Obama rallies Wisconsin workers at Labor Day festival - Gregory Korte
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Obama touted a rebounding economy, campaigned for a minimum wage and fired up union workers at a Labor Day festival in Milwaukee on Monday. In a campaign-style speech to a friendly union audience of about 6,000, Obama also castigated Republicans who are in "lockstep opposition to everything we do." "Sometimes when I talk about this stuff with folks from the other side of the aisle, they ask, 'Why are you stirring up class resentments?'" Obama said working families aren't looking for yachts, private planes, mansions or exotic vacations, but fair wages, affordable heath care and retirement security. "Maybe take a vacation every once in a while. Maybe go to Wisconsin Dells. They're not looking for anything fancy," he said. "I want an economy where your hard work pays off — with higher wages, and higher incomes, and fair pay for women, and workplace flexibility for parents, and affordable health insurance, and decent retirement benefits," Obama said. "I'm not asking for the moon. I just want a good deal for American workers." Obama's Labor Day speech sets the tone for a midterm election in which every member of the House, one-third of the Senate and 36 governors will be elected. With foreign policy issues increasingly demanding his attention, Obama used his Labor Day speech to make an economic argument that Democrats present the best option for working and middle-class families.)
-- Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight - AP
-- Men outpacing women in job gains - Paul Davidson
-- Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise - AP
-- America's favorite six-figure jobs - Alexander E.M. Hess and Robert Serenbetz  (DIERSEN: In today's dollars, in 1997, I had a "six-figure job."  GAO paid me $117,729 (GS-13 Step 10) in today's dollars as a Senior Analyst.  How many in America would say that GAO Senior Analyst is one of their "favorite" jobs?  in 1986, I would not have become a GAO Senior Analyst if I had not a) worked for GAO for almost 6 years, b) became a licensed CPA in 1982, c) passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, d) earned a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, f) earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, f) etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Of the hundreds of careers the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment statistics program studied, only 42 had median wages above $100,000. Many of the professions employed a small number of people, and only 19 of the 42 employed more than 50,000 people. Notably, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and orthodontists had some of the highest median wages, yet employed less than 100,000 people combined. Based on estimated employment figures and wages published by the BLS for 2013, 24/7 Wall St. identified America's most popular six-figure jobs. Many of the most-popular high-paying jobs are managerial positions. These include financial, sales, computer and information systems, and architectural and engineering managers. Chief executives, who serve as the highest level of management in an organization, are also among the most popular six-figure jobs. Managers often have years of experience in their field and can oversee other employees — from a small specialized team to an entire organization. In turn, managers are well compensated for this responsibility. As of last year, more than 6.5 million Americans worked in a managerial role, earning a median annual salary of over $95,000. Many of these high-paying managers have work experience in industries that generally pay well many, Martin Kohli, chief regional economist for the BLS, told 24/7 Wall St. For instance, financial managers typically have work experience in the well-paying financial sector. Similarly, computer and information systems managers often take on higher-paying managerial roles after working well-paid positions in information technology. Workers in some of these six-figure occupations are paid well because of the level of education, training, and certification required to practice in their field. Lawyers, for example, typically spend three years in law school and must pass their state's bar exam in order to practice law. Family and general practitioners require a postgraduate medical degree that takes several years to complete. Following graduation, family and general practitioners typically spend several years in a residency program, and they must be licensed in order to practice medicine.)
-- False idols come in many guises  They can be sex, power, money and, yes, even children. - Henry G. Brinton
-- Why midterm elections matter to you  You'll pay dearly for not voting. - Editorial  (DIERSEN: How many vote for the candidates who promise to use government to take more money away from those who have more money and give that money to those who have less money?  How many people in America have less money than other people?)
-- Your block may say a lot about your politics - RICK MONTGOMERY  (DIERSEN: What county, township/ward, municipality, precinct, neighborhood, street, block, and building do you live in?  Why do you live there?  What do you say to those who viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn conservatives, but then live in conservative areas to take advantage of the prosperity and safety that conservative principles bring forth?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It is no accident that Kyle Russell’s family lives in one of the most Democratic enclaves in Johnson County. Twelve years ago, when Russell and his wife were searching to settle within the Shawnee Mission School District, Russell figured that the farther northeast they could land, the better. “I wasn’t going to be living in a sea of conservative Republicans who don’t think like me,” he said. Social scientists call it sorting. And as political engines rev louder for midterm elections, a growing number of experts say that sorting factors into the deep crux of America’s partisan divide. A flurry of research in the last few years has illuminated what we’ve long known: People tend to live among like-minded neighbors, whether it’s intentional, unconscious or strictly a matter of economics. But the charged nature of today’s politics adds voltage to what “like-minded” means, researchers say. Some are concluding that partisanship helps drive our decisions on where to call home, making Republicans and Democrats less likely to live among one another than was the case 30 or 40 years ago. Red states and blue states? Yeah, heard that. Zoom the microscope and what analysts now see are red neighborhoods and blue neighborhoods, and seldom any that are 50/50. A study published in June by political scientists at Stanford and Princeton universities went so far as to assert that “polarization based on party is just as strong as polarization based on race.” Another research team led by Matt Motyl, a University of Virginia doctoral candidate in psychology, tapped several sets of data to conclude that Americans increasingly are moving away from communities where they don’t sense an “ideological fit” and into politically “homogenous enclaves” more agreeable to their worldviews. “This ideological clustering is a recent phenomenon of the last few decades,” said Motyl’s study, published this year in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The findings suggested that geographic sorting “is a likely contributing factor to the partisanship and rancor … paralyzing the United States government.” Really? Politics determine where we live? When ReeceNichols real estate agent Scott Lane, at The Star’s request, posed the question last week at a meeting of 20 colleagues, “at first they just looked at each other like, what?” he said. Hardly anybody searching for a home inquires about a neighborhood’s political hue, they shot back. But as the agents discussed the topic, the consensus shifted. Folks who move are sometimes attracted to lower taxes — what’s more political than that?  At least one agent at the meeting had dealt with clients looking to live where they could legally carry firearms. Others knew of house shoppers trying to find an area where they could successfully run for public office. After Russell moved to Roeland Park, he became active in Johnson County politics. He’s now the county chairman of the Democratic Party and, when canvassing neighborhoods, he recognizes what some scientists say is one result of sorting: Neighbors in the minority party often keep quiet about their political views. “They assume they’ll upset their neighbors” by planting a campaign sign, Russell said. But often there are more neighbors of their own party than they think because those people are just as quiet. Chicken or egg? The theory is easy to pick apart. Even its believers concede that jobs, home values and family considerations outweigh ideology when we choose where to reside. In two decades of being a real estate agent and broker, Steve Banks has not once been asked by a prospective homebuyer whether a neighborhood is mostly Democrat or Republican, he said. Of course, Banks added, you want to live where you feel you fit in. It might be the kind of community in which you grew up. Nothing new or very political about that. And yet, while the nation as a whole can cast a razor-close decision in a presidential contest, precinct-by-precinct tallies across the Kansas City area (and throughout the country) usually are lopsided. “I wonder if it’s a chicken-or-egg thing,” said Banks of Lee’s Summit. “Do people cluster together because of their political leanings? Or do they just have similar interests that somehow fall along party lines at election time?” Few home-hunters are going to swing by an election office to check into a precinct’s voting patterns before moving there, acknowledged Bill Bishop, author of “The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart.” “They don’t have to,” he said. “They can tell by looking.” The types of cars, ethnic mix, shops, access to bike trails, mass transit and country clubs — all offer clues to the political flavor of a place. “The distance between homes is one indicator,” Bishop said. “As places get dense, they get more Democratic. Where you see more space between houses, you get more Republicans.” Bishop’s book puts forth that our “way-of-life segregation,” most pronounced in the political split between urban and rural areas, began to intensify in the 1970s. In 1976, only a quarter of the nation’s voters lived in what he called “landslide counties,” where the gap between Republicans’ and Democrats’ votes for president exceeded 20 percentage points. In 2012, more than half of Americans lived in such counties. As mobile as society has become, “people today will go to an area and look at the signs and bumper stickers and know they don’t belong,” Bishop said. “For some it’s more rational to move away than to vote. What’s your one vote going to do in a place where you’re clearly outnumbered?” Rutgers University political scientist Lilliana Mason examined a matrix of surveys from the American National Election Studies data file, dating back to 1972. In a paper published earlier this year, she concluded that geographic sorting has emboldened both the political left and right. When people surround themselves with those who reinforce their beliefs, it leads to “the intensification of partisan bias, activism and anger,” Mason wrote in the American Journal of Political Science. Comparing the effects of clustering to a form of “team spirit,” she said: “The outcome is a nation that may agree on many things, but is bitterly divided nonetheless.” Politics is local When politics drive a person’s choice of neighborhood, usually the issues are local, said Brian Icenhower, chief executive for Keller Williams Realty in the Northland. “Are the county prosecutors and judges seen as conservative or liberal? For a lot of people, that’s huge,” Icenhower said. “Are the sales taxes lower in one town than the other? “It may not be Republican versus Democrat … but it’s still politics, absolutely.” It’s mostly economics for Cecilia Johnson. She is founder of a Kansas City club called Hood Conservatives, “empowering those living in the inner city for a better life through core conservative beliefs,” according to its website. “If I could afford a home out where more of my conservative friends tend to live, I’d probably live with them,” said Johnson, 26. “To be where my vote really counts, that would be my main motivation. “Where I live now, my vote gets watered down by the votes of my neighbors.” Still, Johnson enjoys the challenge of getting her mostly Democratic precinct-dwellers to hear her out or to accept brochures pitching Republican candidates. “If I can change hearts and minds and make conservatism work in my own neighborhood? I’d love that,” she said. Johnson has learned she need not be confrontational. The more residents she gets to know while canvassing, the more she finds herself in “civil conversation” than arguments, she said. She’s a neighbor, after all.)
-- Labor Day and its link to Socialism - Dennis Jamison
-- Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining - HAROLD MEYERSON
-- Labor’s Demise Is America’s Demise - Paul Craig Roberts
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats run the federal government.  What do you say to Democrats in the federal government who hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are not a Democrat, you have a mental problem?

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