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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Week-ends (08/28/10)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Ken Leung


Alesaundra Tafoya


Logan Hearn


Trevor Hall


Delmas Pack


Kohl Serwold


Greg Mortenson


Allen Johns


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The Muppets



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Jodi Davidson


Oliver Collins


Jason Bauer


Avalon Village Community Association


Special Olympics


Federal appeals court



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“I've made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know 'em too. It's the same with any system in America. We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!"
Former Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama's bipartisan debt commission, describing Social Security in an email to Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women's League.


“Here's a thought: The 70% of Americans who oppose what amounts to an Islamic Niketown two blocks from ground zero are the real victims of a climate of hate, and anti-Muslim backlash is mostly a myth. Let's start with some data.

According to the FBI, hate crimes against Muslims increased by a staggering 1,600% in 2001. That sounds serious! But wait, the increase is a math mirage. There were 28 anti-Islamic incidents in 2000. That number climbed to 481 the year a bunch of Muslim terrorists murdered 3,000 Americans in the name of Islam on Sept. 11.

Now, that was a hate crime.”

Conservative blogger Jonah Goldberg


"We're buying shrimp, guys. Come on."
President Obama, in no mood to discuss the war in Iraq with reporters while walking around Nancy’s Restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard.


“I coached a lot of basketball games and occasionally I found myself in that situation where in the fourth quarter a coach looked past us to the next game in the tournament and we usually caught him. And I expect to do the same in this race.”
GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann


“Whether we have these intermediate stations or not is irrelevant. We can do this project without those stations if we have to.”
State Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi claiming the high-speed Madison-to-Milwaukee rail line doesn't need stops between those two cities in order to move forward.


“A little cloudy.”
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), on how  the train project could be stopped.


“It's not cloudy for me. We've seen the contracts, we've talked to officials in the Department of Transportation. We'll stop it just the same way I've stopped things here that were a boondoggle, that were spending money we didn't have in our county. We'll do the same thing for the state of Wisconsin.”
 Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker vowing to stop the rail line if elected governor.


“(Scott)
Walker and I discussed the Milwaukee County supervisor who became an overnight YouTube sensation after claiming that Arizona was not on the United States-Mexico border. ‘She’s not even the dumbest one,’ he said.  Later, at the Wisconsin State Fair, moments before he bit into a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, Walker was asked how many of the county supervisors were dumber. ‘About half,’ he quipped.”
Stephen Hayes writing in the Weekly Standard.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


We have a few this week.


Your tax dollars at work #1.


Your tax dollars at work #2.


Your tax dollars at work #3.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Did you know that there was a hurricane five years ago?



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


A little-known fact about the president's stimulus plan...



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


A rather unusual way to raise campaign cash.


No arms, but this guy still plays the piano.


Las Vegas table walk proves costly.


I am not dead.


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me. 

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