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.
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).
Two months of arguing over $10 in savings
"The political class has just spent two months on a down-to-the-wire nail-biting white-knuckle thrill-ride negotiation the result of which is more business as usual. At the end, as always, Dr. Obama and Dr. Boehner emerge in white coats, surgical masks around their necks, bloody scalpels in hand, and announce that it was touch-and-go for awhile but the operation was a complete success – and all they've done is applied another temporary Band-Aid that's peeling off even as they speak. They're already prepping the OR for the next life-or-death surgery on the debt ceiling, tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday or a week on Thursday or the third Sunday after Epiphany."
Will the press ever be tough on Obama?
"...overall, what’s distinctive about the press coverage of Obama is the absence of fault-finding, criticism, and dogged questioning. And when Obama makes excuses, as he often does, the media tend to echo them.
No president in my lifetime has been covered so favorably and so gingerly. Never has the press corps been so unwilling to pursue stories that might cast the president in an unflattering light. As a group, the media pride themselves on taking an adversarial approach to politicians and government officials. But in Obama’s case, the press acts like a helpmate.
The AR-15: The gun liberals love to hate
“In the last week dozens of commentators, reporters and politicians have said they support the 2nd Amendment, but would support an ‘assault weapons’ ban because such weapons aren’t used for hunting and have no purpose other than to kill people. While such suggestions reflect a simple minded and narrow understanding of why the founders included the Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights, they also suggest that those making them neither understand the nature of the firearms they would ban, their popularity or legitimate uses.”
The exoneration of Ed Flynn
"The report also delivers a stinging blow to the journalistic jihad waged against the chief by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which has devoted thousands of words and slain whole forests in their attempt to suggest that Flynn has been fudging the crime numbers. In that sense, it becomes a case study in the flaws of prize-hunting, agenda-driven vendetta journalism."
Meet the bosses of the NEA
“Although NEA and state affiliates like OEA pressure teachers to support 'progressive' politicians, dozens of NEA employees are too wealthy by the standards of President Obama and democrats in Congress."
The 10 Biggest Political Debacles of 2012
"10) Richard Mourdock's Campaign:
After defeating Richard Lugar, he should have been able to easily retain the GOP’s Senate seat in a state that Mitt Romney won by 10 points. He PROBABLY would have pulled it off, too -- if, in a display of tone deafness comparable to the Democrats turning Paul Wellstone's memorial into a campaign rally, he hadn't decided to weigh in on abortion and rape after Todd Akin made the issue nuclear."
"I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions."
Ten ways to start the New Year fresh
"It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2013.
"1) What's past is past. Wipe all the disappointments of 2012 from your mind."
Why Notre Dame is back on top
"...there's always going to be talent in Notre Dame. You could stick your head out of the kitchen door and give a holler and get 11 All-Americans to come. Look at the top 25 high-school teams every year. A dozen of them play in the Catholic league. Where do they want to play? Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California."