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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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 cloudy in the morning giving way to partly cloudy skies late in the morning. A few showers could develop by 5:00 and continue through the evening and overnight. High of 54. On December 1. Are you kidding me? "B"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, then becomimg sunny. High of 54. "B+"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
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
Lawrence DePrimo ...MORE
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
To some Democrats, Bob Wirch
Arlington Heights, Illinois
A real-life Grinch
San Antonio school district
State of Florida
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I've worked far too hard to become the governor and governor again to worry about anything else after that."
Gov. Scott Walker insisting he is not thinking about running for president in 2016.
" in 2009 (Barack Obama) outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in
The Russian newspaper Pravda
“A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have supported a declaration of war against
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) discussing his decision to end his commitment along with other Congressional Republicans to an anti-tax pledge they signed from American for tax Reform’s Grover Norquist.
“Hey, if you think a commitment is not for as long as you make it for, the commitment for the pledge, as Peter King well knows when he signed it, is that as long as you’re in Congress, you will [rein in] spending and reform government and not raise taxes. It’s not for 500 years or two generations. It’s only as long as you’re in the House or Senate. If he stayed too long, that’s his problem. But you don’t tell the bank, ‘Oh, the mortgage, wasn’t that a long time ago?’ The pledge is not for life, but everybody who signed the pledge including Peter King, and tried to weasel out of it, shame on him. I hope his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years or something.”
“If you're going to run from the police, you'd better be in better shape."
Monroe, WI police chief Fred Kelley, after a
Tampon Nativity scene is a hit.
DHS promotes gov't handouts to immigrants on its website.
Sandy victim upset at being played by Obama.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Woman raises baby girl as a boy for two years.
Take another look at that woman in church.
We close with the latest from NewsBusted.
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).
7 reasons to be optimistic about America's future
"...anyone who tells you that our nation isn't in serious jeopardy right now is either ignorant or lying to you. Yet and still, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this country's future."
Welfare soars led by huge increases in immigrant usage
"The questionable practice of inviting immigrants to access costly taxpayer funded services when they should be self-sufficient is a problem that has been escalating for nearly a decade."
When the fighting stops
“After surviving four tours of duty, a suicide bomb and a bullet wound to the chest, Sgt. Karl Martin wonders whether he'll ever again feel so intensely alive now that his war is almost over. Sgt. Martin, a 27-year-old Marine, has been going off to fight his entire adult life, and, in frank moments, he admits he's going to miss it.
1) Al McGuire (left), Hank Raymonds (center) and Rick Majerus are shown in the closing seconds of
2) Wisconsin players pose with roses clenched in their teeth following the Badgers' 70-31 win over
3) President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, November 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Pete Souza/The White House/MCT)
4) Mark and Cindy Hill hold a Powerball check with their three of their four children, Jarod, left, Cody and six-year-old Jaiden in Dearborn, Mo., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
5) An aerial view shows a house pushed into marshland almost a month after the Oakwood neighborhood in the Staten Island borough of New York was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy, November 28, 2012. Photo: Adrees Latif / Reuters
6) An elderly couple prepares to be evacuated as flood waters surround their home in St Asaph, north
7) Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in
8) Filipinos light candles which are shaped into an AIDS symbol to mark World AIDS Day Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Heroes Shrine at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The activists are calling for increased awareness to the rising number of HIV infections and AIDS-related cases and called on the government and other sectors to help break the social stigma brought about by the disease. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
9) A Hindu devotee offers prayers after a dip in the
10) 1st Lt. Aaron Dunn kisses his wife Leanne, holding their baby Emma, age 14 months, following an arrival ceremony for soldiers returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, at Ft. Carson, in Colorado Springs, Colo., before sun up Friday Nov. 30, 2012. 1st Lt. Dunn, with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, had not seen his wife and baby since he deployed in February. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
11) A volcano on
12) A vast alluvial fan blossoms across the desolate landscape between the Kunlun and
13) A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at
14) The Ob River, a ship carrying liquefied natural gas, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the regular journey. If this trip is successful, it would be the first ship of its type to sail across the
15) A tiny mantis larva in an American poppy flower. (Photo by Fabien Bravin/National Geographic Photo Contest)
16) A male paradise riflebird (Ptiloris paradoseus) practices the circular-wing post used by adult males when courting a female in National Geographic’s “Birds of Paradise” exhibit, which represents 18 expeditions by the team of photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes. (Tim Laman/National Geographic.)
17) Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, centre, plays hockey during her visit to St. Andrew’s School, where she attended school from 1986 till 1995, in Pangbourne, England, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge has gone back to school. The royal, formerly known as Kate Middleton, played hockey and revealed her childhood nickname — Squeak — when she returned to her elementary school for a visit Friday. Kate told teachers and students at the private St. Andrew's School in southern
18) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, drive during the NASCAR Victory Lap on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday. Photo: Chris Graythen / Getty Images
19) The sprinklers go off as the Miami Dolphins play against the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
20) scores a touchdown
21) People cheer as cyclists participate in the NY Velocity Roller Race at The Parkside Lounge in New York's Lower East Side on Friday, November 29, 2012 in New York City. The annual roller races at the bar feature professional and amateur cyclists who compete in a festive spirit that marks the end of the racing season in
22) Bicycle designer Dieter "Didi" Senft presents his latest creation, a reindeer cycle, in the rain in
23) Angel decorations frame the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, after it was lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony in New York City, on Nov. 28. Photo: Kathy Willens / AP
24) Lauren Rae, left, and Olivia Marlow look at the ornaments in the Grand Foyer, during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images
25) Christmas decorations in the China room during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images
26) A nearly 300-pound gingerbread White House on display at the State Dining Room on Nov. 28. A stuffed replica of Bo, the presidential dog, is at lower left. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images
27) Christmas trees in the State Dining Room. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images
28) A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with dolphins at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 27, 2012. The underwater feeding session involving divers dressed as Santa will take place every day until Christmas. Photo: Yuriko Nakao / Reuters
29) Penguins wearing Christmas-themed outfits waddle around during a holiday event at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in
This photo provided by Jennifer Foster shows New York City Police Officer Larry DePrimo presenting a barefoot homeless man in New York's Time Square with boots Nov. 14, 2012 . Foster was visiting
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
The beautiful state Capitol in
For many, many years I worked as a legislative aide in that fabulous building. During that time we saw some spikes in one particular product's prices.
Olson sent this e-mail today:
This morning I submitted paperwork to the City Clerk announcing that I will NOT be seeking re-election as your alderman this April.
As my bosses, I feel it important to let you all know right away.
I’ve had the honor to represent you for what will be nine years. I represented the 2nd district for three years prior and have been involved with economic development and various city committees since 1991. It’s been a tremendous opportunity and with you, we’ve accomplished a lot.
My wife and I did not take this decision lightly. There is a lot of work left to be done in the city.
We spent a lot of time discussing the responsibility and came to the conclusion that the trade-off between my experience and the possible energy and vision that could be provided by a new alderman balanced to opening the opportunity to someone new.
I am now required to travel extensively for my work and that causes me to want to spend as much time with my family as I can when I’m at home.
I’ll continue to work hard for you to the election and installation of a new alderman.
As always, don’t hesitate to call me with your needs.
Alderman, 1st District
I respect Alderman Olson’s decision and thank him for his years of service to
When Olson’s term expires, he has a standing invitation to guest blog on This Just In…
As I write, it’s 64 degrees and raining in God’s Country/Tax Hell,
It’s gotta be global warming, right?
A man walks along the road surrounded by snow covered fields on La Cumbre mountain on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Snow fall is unusual at this time of year, as the South American nation just started its summer season. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
A couple more states have legalized marijuana. Of course, it's for compassionate, medical means.
Here, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has taken on the issue as well, its latest cause du jour. That's no surprise.
In case you missed it, watch this 60 Minutes report done prior to November's Election Day.