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
The remaining three
Collegno's Pizzeria in New York
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Those who govern high school sports in Ohio
Bloomington High School in California
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I'm different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.”
NBA star Jason Collins became the first active player in a major American team sport to come out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article.
“In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”
A tweet by Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III following Jason Collins’ announcement.
“All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shaking my head) ...”
A tweet by Mike Wallace of the Miami Dolphins reacting to Collins. He later deleted the Tweet and posted: “Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don't understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. L.Z. [Granderson, a gay sportswriter and ESPN contributor] knows that. He and I have played on basketball teams together for several years. We’ve gone out, had lunch together, we’ve had good conversations, good laughs together. He knows where I stand and I know where he stands. I don’t criticize him, he doesn’t criticize me, and call me a bigot, call me ignorant, call me intolerant.”
ESPN’s Chris Broussard when asked for his personal opinion on Collins’s comments.
"An ABC News-Washington Post survey shows that well over 70 percent of Americans want the surviving accused bomber of the Boston Marathon to be executed if found guilty in a court of law.
"Executed, as in the vicious manner in which he and his brother allegedly took innocent lives at was to be a happy and joyous athletic tradition.
"Executed, as in the cold-blooded manner in which they assassinated a security guard at MIT.
"Executed, as in a carefully planned, methodical elimination of life and limb -- something the accused may understand all too well.
"So now here is the real question: Does anyone really believe that President Obama would favor the execution of this young man if he were convicted of the serious charges he faces?"
Matt Towery, author of "Powerchicks: How Women will Dominate America"
"That the Tsarnaev family, a group exhibiting behavior rarely seen outside of meth-infested trailer parks, came to this country and took, then left and left these children behind is a disgrace. That so many on the political left have even entertained the idea, now being pushed by Mama Tsarnaev, that America is somehow to blame for their radicalization is an even bigger one."
Columnist Derek Hunter
"Speaking of the Boston terrorist attack, how long do you think it’ll be before the Leftists and their co-belligerent compadres, the Muslims, start whining about building a mosque close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon? I’ll give it … eh … six months. One-year tops."
Columnist Doug Giles
"At a press conference this week, the president proved once again that he doesn't understand how his law threatens Americans' jobs, their care and their paycheck…we know the health care law is weighing down our economy and hurting job growth. We can't allow this frail economy to become the new normal. Nearly 22 million Americans can't find a job or the full-time work they want. Millions more have quit looking altogether. Now, even more working Americans are seeing their hours cut because of the unreasonable burdens of the president's health care law. The culprit is a requirement in the law that companies with more than 50 full-time workers provide expensive one-size-fits-all health insurance. Some small businesses have stopped hiring in order to stay below that number of employees. Others are cutting full-time workers back to part-time status — less than 30 hours a week…The economy can't grow until we get Americans back to work. People can't get back to work if there aren't more jobs. Employers aren't hiring because of the health care law."
John Barrasso, a Republican and a physician, is the junior senator from Wyoming.
"On April 30, 1789, at the Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the Oath of Office as the first President of the United States. He and the members of both houses of Congress then assembled in the unfinished Senate Chamber where Washington took less than 20 minutes to deliver the first inaugural address. Precisely two hundred and twenty five years later – at the same time of day – the 44th President of the United States wandered into the White House Press Briefing Room for a surreal 48-minute exchange with members of the media.
"The difference in these two presidential presentations, separated by two and a quarter centuries is stark – and alarming – for what was said, left unsaid and the manner in which they were conveyed. Observers described Washington’s delivery as 'humble,' even 'anxious.' Some – noting more than a dozen references to 'prayer,' 'divine blessing,' 'providence' the 'Almighty Being' and the 'Great Author of every public and private good' – said the new president was 'reverent.' None of those match the demeanor of Barack Obama during this week’s séance. Instead of invoking the favor of God, our Head of State sought to fix blame for his failures."
"Say what you will about the methods and strategies of Bush’s war on terror. At least he waged it, and he never failed to identify the enemy by name. Obama fans grow frustrated that despite killing bin Laden, keeping Guantanamo open and launching the (brief) Afghan surge, the 44th president does not carry the image of a brave protector of America. That is because we cannot truly fight terror unless we recognize where it comes from. When Obama wants to protect our lives with the same energy he expends protecting Muslim feelings, we will be instantly safer."
Syndicated radio talk show host Mark Davis
"Maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly."
President Obama when asked about his second term failures.
"I'm very comfortable with the decision they’ve made right now based on solid scientific evidence for girls 15 and older. I'm very comfortable with contraception. I think it is very important that women have control over their healthcare choices and when they are starting a family. That is their decision to make. And so we want to make sure they have access to contraception.”
President Obama on Thursday told reporters he is "comfortable" with a Food and Drug Administration decision to allow girls 15 years of age and older to buy the morning-after pill (Plan B) over the counter.
“NBC Nightly News deliberately censored the grisly details of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s alleged crimes. Claiming that they’re ‘too gruesome’ to be discussed on television is absolute nonsense. NBC News covered the Casey Anthony child murder trial 12 times on Nightly News in 2011, including multiple graphic descriptions of that crime. If they can talk about Caylee Anthony’s body decomposing in the trunk of a car, they can talk about Gosnell ‘snipping’ spinal cords to kill babies born alive. The difference is that the details of this murder trial raise serious questions about abortion, the liberal media’s most sacred cow.”
Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center.
"What’s the big deal?
"I mean, why are we surprised that an abortionist and his staff would, behind the walls of an always-lethal abortion clinic, commit one of the most horrific serial killings in American history? What did you think abortionists do, heal people?
"Why are we taken aback that there was no oversight, no regulation, or that Planned Parenthood, though privy to the clinic’s filthy, medieval conditions, refused to report it to the Department of Health?
"You didn’t really buy that whole 'women’s health' nonsense, did you?
"And why are we stunned that the mainstream media have spiked a story with all the bloody and salacious newsworthy trappings that – had abortion not been involved – would have filled the news cycle 24/7?
"You think some now-barren, 40-something copy editor who’s had five abortions wants to draw attention to its grisly reality? You think she wants to be reminded of her own string of dismembered little choices? No, better to sip appletinis with the boys down at the National Press Club and pretend it never happened."
Matt Barber, an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Barber is Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action and serves as Associate Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law.
"If you want to understand the nature of the contemporary America right now, the relationship between the media and Obama and America, Obama is Nero, media is the fiddle and we are Rome."
Greg Gutfeld, political satirist, humorist, magazine editor, blogger, and FOX News panelist.
“And of course, the White House press corps is here. I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”
President Obama at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“To anyone not working in investment banking, these are extremely expensive tickets.”
Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in- chief of Pollstar, a concert-industry magazine commenting on the Rolling Stones’ tour that kicked off in Los Angeles on Friday. Pairs of $600 floor seats were still available Thursday at the Staples Center arena.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
In WI, sex offenders living free on taxpayer dime.
Arrest in Texas.
Illegal aliens and food stamps.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Black, Hispanic families have suffered worse economically under Obama.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
They call this art?
I'm not buying it.
He decided the grass needed cutting.
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