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.
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
Kevin Ware ... MORE.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Lisa Marie Antonucci and Leonard Patrick Baker
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We believe that every firefighter in Wisconsin should have the freedom to live where they wish. That change will have a positive impact on Wisconsin’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality firefighters to serve and protect the communities of our state."
Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin who ran unsuccessfully against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in last June’s recall, says he’s backing Gov. Scott Walker in his effort to end residency rules statewide.
“I'm not ashamed of anything . I've spent 9 years here promoting Summerfest , NOT ME. I'm very proud of what our entire company has achieved. There's no way, I could have accomplished everything we've done on my own. I have a great team.
“I've stayed out of and not pursued personal media attention.
“A compensation offer was made to me and I accepted. I'm not on the Board and I don't get a vote. We receive -0- tax dollars and I'm not an elected politician. So......who cares what the Board decides to pay me or anyone else ?
“This is all so foolish to me. It's embarrassing for our city that my compensation was on the front page above the fold and then again below the fold. Are they kidding? Is that all they got?
Anyway, it's stuff like this that wears people out on the topic of "Milwaukee" and the branding of same. We, as a city, are forever trying to recruit talent to move to Milwaukee. This kind of parochial "news" surely is anti productive. Young, talented people aspire to be successful . Period.”
Summerfest’s Don Smiley in an e-mail to WMTJ’s Gene Mueller that the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice linked to in a column this week.
"We're not necessarily on a list of favorite occupations. I think clowns are ahead of us."
Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski
“This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent. No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent unemployment in this nation, but we’ve had that double unemployment for over 50 years.”
Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson said the challenge was to figure out why the unemployment rate for blacks has been so high, "and if that doesn't change, somebody's going to have to pay- 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave this country, millions of African-Americans who don't have jobs."
“A 12-year-old girl in a New York City school cannot be given an aspirin by her teacher, even if she has a fever. The same girl cannot buy a large soda during lunch time because Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed that it is not good for her. But she can be given a pill, unbeknownst to her parents, that could arguably abort her baby. Neither Judge Korman nor Mayor Bloomberg has said what the aspirin-denying teacher should do if he sees a girl reaching for a large Coke to down her abortion-inducing pill. This is what we’ve come to in our culturally schizophrenic society. Our moral code is patently incoherent, and the contempt shown for parental rights is astonishing. Hopefully, this imperial decision will be overturned.”
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League on the decision by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordering the Food and Drug Administration to make the “morning-after” emergency contraception pill available without a prescription to girls of any age.
"We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven't been too good at that. We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody. We're trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people. Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me."
Archbishop Timothy Dolan
"When I hear Janet Napolitano say the border is secure, I just laugh because she has no idea what we go through on daily basis. Now with Washington coming back and saying we're going to have you use less equipment and more furloughs and on top of that we're going to stretch your shifts, there's no way we can ever secure the border.
"I don't want to throw my supervisors under the bus but they're pressured to skew the recorded apprehension numbers.... Our apprehension numbers are up 33% from the previous year. Assaults on agents are also on the highest rate ever witnessed and are climbing. Washington isn't making it easier for us that's for sure.
"I believe we can [secure the border] and we've done a hell of a job with what we have...with just a little bit extra, we can do a lot better. The technology is great but there's no substitution for agents on the ground. Simply put, camera sensors can hit and we'll know groups are there but nothing can get done without agents and Washington just doesn't understand that."
A Border Patrol agent stationed near Laredo, Texas in an interview with Townhall.
“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be OK. You guys go win this thing.”
Louisville player Kevin Ware after breaking his leg last Sunday against Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Louisville won to advance to the Final Four.
"Anytime we get beat I say we get beat. I think that's part of the problem with the world and in our industry. If you get beat, say you get beat and don't come up with a litany of excuses on why it didn't work. They beat us from start to finish. We were prepared. We did all the preparation we should have done for this game. There were pockets of time when we were OK, but you don't shoot 53 shots and make 12 and say, 'Well, we just didn't make shots or we weren't feeling good.' No, they beat us."
Marquette coach Buzz Williams after losing to Syracuse last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
"By far, the best looking attorney general.”
President Obama to California’s attorney general Kamala Harris.
"How did it become so difficult to call a woman good looking in public?"
Dylan Byers of Politico.
"You’d swear the president was guilty of luridly cat-calling a woman he doesn’t know.”
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post who demanded that people "lighten up."
"The other case is Anthony Weiner, right? Anthony Weiner, as far as we know, never actually committed the sin of adultery, and yet, the reaction to him was massive. The amount of condemnation, the amount of press. He couldn't walk down the street, right? What is that about that Anthony Weiner got that amount of attention and David Vitter did not?"
Chris Hayes, MSNBC host
"Anthony Weiner got a bum rap I think. As we were talking about before, maybe part of the lesson is just you just have to stick around. If Anthony Weiner hadn't resigned, if he hadn't let himself be pushed out, maybe eventually people would just get over it."
Michelle Goldberg of Newsweek responding to Hayes.
"I don't like it. You know, I think it gives liberals a bad name. I really do. It makes liberals look like bullies who want to tell people what to do. And they never met a regulation they didn't like. I mean, obviously we do have a problem with child obesity. I don't want our children to be 99 percent Mountain Dew. But this is not the way to go about it.
"We don't want to be a nanny state like this. I mean, you know, I don't know what Mayor Bloomberg has in mind, but there's something wrong about the seventh richest man in the world sitting in bed at night thinking, 'You know what people shouldn't do? Drink too much Sprite. Let's make that a law.' That makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter."
HBO's Bill Maher
“Nothing though compares to the ignorance I heard on Easter. After the horrific injury to Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware, a gruesome break of the leg that makes even Joe Theismann feel fortunate, my ears had to suffer their own pain. One woman gave a patronizing ‘awww’ when she saw the Cardinals players cry, as if she were watching her favorite YouTube video of kittens frolicking. She then gave her prognosis of Ware saying ‘he'll be on crutches for awhile.’ Ya think??? The man's career may be done. He just suffered one of the worst, graphic, televised injuries in sports history and she acted as if he got a boo-boo.
“Now for the world champion of ignoramuses. After the Ware injury was discussed further and looked at again and again online, a group talked about how bad they felt for the Louisville guard. The normal reaction. Then one woman chimed in with ‘he should try giving birth.’ Nothing like compassion on Easter Sunday.”
Blogger Kevin Scholla of Breitbart Sports
“And in a groundbreaking move, the Associated Press, the largest news gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ That is out. No longer ‘illegal immigrant.’ They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat.’ That is the newest – ‘undocumented Democrat.’”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Cancer clinics turning away thousands of patients.
Stimulus program on correct use of condoms yields zero jobs.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Two abortion stories.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Will Hillary run in 2016?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The bunny had to be stopped.
Stadium installs "Pee to Play" video games
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