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.
Maybe this 'system' wouldn't be necessary had the Capitol Police done their job earlier this year.
Previously on This Just In, the final Culinary no-no bonus introduced you to Erin Carr-Jordan who produced a video expose on the lack of cleanliness in those play areas inside fast food restaurants.
Here’s the update.
From Media Trackers:
“Carolyn Castore, former
Castore currently serves as a spokeswoman for the League and a member of the League’s State Legislative Committee with an ‘expertise in voter registration and voter laws’ During the August 2011 recall elections, Castore was interviewed by 89.7 WUWM radio in Milwaukee to discuss the League of Women Voter’s use of election monitors to ensure no voters were turned away for not having an ID.
First things first. My disappointment (not anger) with Janet Evans not blogging at all about the school board’s action last week on the budget has long expired. Though I’m glad I blogged about it Monday because it resulted in a thoughtful and informative response.
The comment left on my blog from Janet Evans is worth repeating. Here’s the pertinent excerpt:
“Upon my arrival to the meeting and finding Draft #3 presented to me minutes before the meeting with the information regarding the TID (basically stated just as you have it in your blog post) I suggested whether this money should be returned to the taxpayers by reducing the levy further. There was no interest in this by the Board. Also, it is my belief that FPS has not used Governor Walker's ‘tools’ effectively. No changes were made in health insurance for the District, as yet(although there are plans regarding insurance for next July - a year too late as far as I am concerned). And, there is the issue of budgeting 2.68% for wage increases.
There was no other discussion on the budget/levy.”
No discussion at all on budget or levy? That means, as I blogged Monday, that school board members with the exception of Evans essentially rubber-stamped the budget put forth by the administration.
God forbid any elected school board member would actually use any brain power to suggest amendments to the budget. Nahhh! It’s much easier to simply show up, do what you’re told, shut up, and vote yes.
The beauty of the NOW community sites is that a NOW reporter might (noticed I didn’t say “will”) pick up on an important community story now that the Journal sentinel has more or less given up on extensive suburban coverage. The NOW reporters, sorry, are woefully inadequate. So there’s hope that aggressive, energetic, go-getter bloggers will (and usually do) pick up on significant information lost to the NOW staff. This is all enhanced when a NOW blogger happens to be an elected official.
That’s why I was encouraged by Janet Evans’ return to the NOW blogosphere. She admirably, commendably refuses to drink the FPS Kool-Aid. She votes accordingly. I only wish she’d blog more bluntly. I do understand she has to work with her colleagues and she is mired in the minority. However, she shoulders a bigger burden than she may fully realize.
This is not an overstatement. Janet Evans represents another view and perspective that
She herself stated at a school board meeting that she wasn’t there to make friends. She was there to do a job. BRAVO!
Janet Evans is free to do her blog the way she chooses. She knows that. I know that.
My thought is this: Dear Janet, you have nothing to lose. Fight the good fight through the communication tool you have available.
This taxpayer hopes Janet Evans stops being punched in the face (in one losing vote after another) and comes out swinging in her blog by reporting the truth and what’s really happening. Janet, they can’t beat you there.
Or Scott Walker.
If it did, it would be giving glowing coverage to what happened today in Green Bay.
Governor Walker held a small business/jobs summit at Lambeau Field that had incredible interest and attendance.
Here’s the agenda.
Here’s what, as Charlie Sykes calls it, “the local dead tree” on its website decided to focus on, via WTMJ TV.
UPDATE: Click here.
I told you so.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
“With enrollment mounting and old buildings wearing out, the
Steve Patz, superintendent of the 4,300-student district, said the district is relying on a community survey conducted a year ago to start coming up with a facilities plan.”
Here are some excerpts from some of my previous blogs related to this very subject.
January 11, 2010
Does the school district think we are really this stupid, that we can’t see through this entire charade? (The answer is yes, they do).
They’re trying to come across looking as though they really care about what you have to say and about communications between taxpayers and the district. If they really cared about what you felt, they would have had the guts to set up a table in City Hall at tax time and meet face to face with the people they screwed.
Fill out a survey, or three, or 300 and tell these deaf mutes you hate what they did to you and their merry tax and spending ways. Do you really, really, really think they are going to listen?
It’s insulting. It's an absolute joke.
My advice? Deposit this garbage where it belongs, in the trash, because that’s what it is. Phone and/or send these board members correspondences that you’re unhappy with their fiscal irresponsibility and if they don’t stop, you’ll vote for someone else.
Surveys? Polls? Gimme a break! They’re meaningless.
These stick up artists will rob you blind every chance they get no matter what you say on any non-binding questionnaire.
Don’t waste your time on this government waste. Toss the survey in the trash. Instead, give the School Board members a good, well-reasoned, thought out piece of your mind.
And then watch, and pay close attention to what these highway robbers do, and make them shake and shiver come election time.
June 9, 2010
When the governor holds an all-day jobs summit during times of high unemployment, that’s news. Unless you’re the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Here are stories that didn’t make our paper today, but did appear elsewhere.
Last Friday night during InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television, the panel discussed firearms in the state Capitol now that conceal-carry is the law in Wisconsin. Friend and colleague Denise Callaway said there was no need for any citizen to bring a gun into the Capitol since we already have the Capitol Police.
Why am I not surprised that an MSNBC host has the exact viewpoint.
In case you missed it during last Saturday's Week-ends....
By guest blogger Thomas Reeves
1. To speak or write of education, at all levels, without mentioning the intelligence of students, is to propagate nonsense.
2. Cats vomit, politicians promise.
Previously on This Just In…
Here’s the update: LOOK OUT JOE! SHE’S GOT A CAMERA!
MPD Chief Ed Flynn, who never, ever makes a mistake, might also want to discuss these matters with his spokeswoman who used to cover the MPD for various news outlets.
Photojournalist arrested in mere seconds. Callers to 9-1-1 put on hold for an hour. Not so priceless.
Big Government is doing a great job keeping track of those sweet, innocent, kind, warm, fuzzy, loveable OWS folks.
"Well I looked at my watch and much to my surprise
I was dancing with a woman that was twice my size."
From Reelin’ and Rockin’ by Chuck Berry
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. High of 54. "C"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 61. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
As I have mentioned MANY times on The Barking Lot the main reason Kevin is against becoming a pet parent is because of the all-too-soon, inevitable loss. There is also a practical, though secondary, reason he prefers to remain dogless… our love of travel. This year will be our first of dozens of trips through the years with our beautiful daughter Kyla. Yes, we are the parents we vowed we would never be. We are taking Kyla to Walt Disney World. (Thoughts and details soon to be provided on Ms. Elaine Kneeous.) I must admit if we had a fur baby in our family we would have to arrange another set of details entirely, one that would add a nice additional layer of stress to an already crazy season.
The Daily Growl blog offers tips for pet parents, whether vacationing by wings or wheels. I know there are many families out there who wouldn’t dream of taking a trip sans Fido regardless of the extra hassle. As the holiday travel season will be in full swing VERY soon, it always helps to have some pointers for your Pointer.
If driving cross-country with pet in tow is not your idea of a rollicking time, consider a trip between selected cities. For those of us in the
Please stay safe and sane this season, no matter what your travel plans are.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Army honors fallen soldier and military dog who were cremated and buried ogether.
"Tornado of bees" attacks dogs.
Pets abandoned in the
Some people should never be allowed to have pets.
LA's barking law just got bigger teeth.
Dogs walked by men...not good.
The update on Daniel.
The update on Scooter.
Duncan is a hero. (Watch the video). Out of bad comes good.
The dog got the kids' attention.
In plenty of time for the holidays: Can a dog be trained not to jump on guests? YES!
Boarding a pet has really changed.
The dog maxed out my credit card.
He is the dog that saved
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Scott Dunn, of Marietta, grieves over his dog's freshly dug grave Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Cobb County, Ga. Dunn's three and a half-year-old boxer Duncan alerted him to a fire Tuesday at Dunn's home but died in the flames. Dunn escaped the fire. Fire officials haven't determined the cause of the blaze. Photo: John Spink /
Before we end, we thank you for stopping by and we ask that you kindly tell a fellow animal lover about us. Hell, just e-mail them this blog.
We close as we always do, with our closing video.
I’ve been critical of Milwaukee Riverside pouring on the score this season. I’ve also written that they’re a very good football team, so good they don't need to resort to fake punts in the second half when they're up by 50 points.
They proved how good they are Friday night, advancing in the playoffs. This is rare for an MPS school. I’ve attended or worked at MPS football games just about every week with only a few exceptions since 1965. It’s good to see a city team go this deep into the season.
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
Family of heroes
Mystery 14-year old
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Oregon apartment complex
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”
“Well, you know, I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took. I don't think the country is stronger yet than it was when the economy was still booming and we didn't have Wall Street crisis, and we didn't have the housing bubble burst. But, we've made steady progress, we just need to make more."
“Are you kidding me?! Why don’t you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they’re better off today than they were four years ago?”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
“It's different here. I find myself getting sleep. Interesting conversation. But I haven't figured out how to do laundry.”
Robert Gaffney, a homeless man who has taken up residence at the Occupy
"Listen, I like the OWS kids -- I think they're idealist and enthusiastic -- but Colbert's expose, if you will, only solidified what I've seen with my own eyes. I spent an hour or so in
Lindsay Mannering, The Stir
"Liberals are terrified of Herman Cain. He is a strong conservative black man. Look at the way they go after Allen West and Michael Steele and they aren’t even running against Obama. They are terrified of strong conservative black men.. Liberals step on black conservatives early and often because they can’t have black children thinking, 'Hmmm, the Republicans have some good ideas; maybe I’m a Republican.' The basic setup is:
Step 1: Spend 30 years telling blacks that Republicans are racist and viciously attacking all black Republicans.
Step 2: Laugh maliciously at Republicans for not having more blacks in their party.
"I have a pretty good idea how the 21st century works and (pause) there’s not a single successful country on the planet that operates on the theory that the government is the problem (pause) not one. Every successful country has both a strong private economy and a smart, strong government that work together to provide economic opportunity, educational opportunity, provide decent health care and get into the future."
“If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?”
Ed Chernoff, defense attorney, during closing statements in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray; the case has gone to jury.
“I can't believe she is the world's 7th billion.”
Camille Dalura, mother of Danica, one of the world's symbolic 7 billionth babies, who was born just before midnight on Sunday in the
Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, announcing that he will retire; his team won the World Series on Oct. 28.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Half of WI sex offenders allowed to be near children.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The recovery has been worse than the recession.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Herman Cain...did he or didn't he?
And Kim Kardashian wants a divorce.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Bride texts while walking down the aisle.
Years later, lawsuit seeks to re-create wedding.
Don't call the cops! It's my birthday!
Cleaning woman damages sculpture.
That's it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted.
The update: Joe Cahn is featured in this yummy report by ESPN.
Wake up for a great installment of Recommended Reading and our ever-popular Photos of the Week.
Sunday night, it's Culinary no-no...uhh...I lost track what number. But it'll be worth it.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).
Governor Scott Walker, grown-up, spanks Occupy Chicago children
"Governor Scott Walker chastised union-led Occupy Chicago protestors who interrupted his speech yesterday with chants of 'union-busting is disgusting' at
Why our blacks are better than their blacks
Cain is twice as black as Obama. (Possible Obama campaign slogan: 'Too Black!')
This is why the liberal website Politico ran with a story on Cain that had everything -- a powerful black man, a Republican presidential candidate, the hint of sexuality -- except facts."
Public schools pay teachers 50% above market
"Far from being underpaid, the typical public-school teacher makes out very well indeed, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. 'Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers' concludes that, while some may well be underpaid, the typical public school teacher makes about $1.52 for every dollar made by a private-sector employee with similar skills."
Bullet train cost estimates rise
In a key change, the state has decided to stretch out the construction schedule by 13 years, completing the
The delay allows inflation to drive up the price over the additional years of construction."
Obama administration opposes prayer at WWII Memorial
"This is further evidence that the administration has created an environment that is hostile towards American history – but in particular towards Christianity."
Occupy movement's disturbing reaction to rape
"Not only are reports of rape becoming more and more common at Occupy protests across the country, but the movement’s reaction to sexual assault is becoming less and less serious. It is a troubling trend that has picked up in the last few days, as shown in interviews with the occupiers themselves, and through local media investigations."
What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim?
"Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward
I know what would happen. All hell would break loose."
What the NFL won't show you
"Every play during an NFL game is filmed from multiple angles in high definition. There are cameras hovering over the field, cameras lashed to the goalposts and cameras pointed at the coaches, who have to cover their mouths to call plays.
But for all the footage available, and despite the $4 billion or so the NFL makes every year by selling its broadcast rights, there's some footage the league keeps hidden."
As I post every Sunday, here are the ten most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.
2) MUST SEE VIDEO: Stephen Colbert, Justin, and Ketchup
3) UPDATE: Could it happen in
4) Random Observations - Part Two
5) Dear Denise Callaway: please read this
6) There’s a real need to know what’s really going on in
7) No, they’re not the Tea Party
8) Regular Sunday blog features
1) Photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff, her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ID badge clearly visible, is handcuffed Wednesday while covering a protest. Photo: Lita Medinger.
2) Several officers of the Tulsa Police Department escort an arrested member of the Occupy Tulsa movement who was pepper sprayed at Centennial Green in downtown
Linda Lutzke of Colgate does it in today's Journal Sentinel. The phrase is the over-used, "But if we can save just one life...(sniff)."
The paper printed Lutzke’s response to a column:
They can't all be wrong
In regard to Jim Stingl's column of Nov. 1 and the Bill of Rights (1791), Amendment II, the "right to keep & bear arms" ("We might as well grin and bear it"): Forty-eight other states can't all be wrong. If the concealed-carry law gives one criminal pause to commit a crime, it is worth it.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-