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
Charles Ramsey ... MORE.
Oak Creek, WI police officers
Lilly Cracknell's doctors
Erin Day and others
Teddy Kremer and the Cincinnati Reds
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The State Department
Dr. LeRoy Carhart
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man's arms."
Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who was credited with helping Amanda Berry escape after a decade-long captivity in Cleveland. Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were also held captive. Ramsey became a media darling after a series of colorful interviews.
"Secretary of State Clinton called me along with her senior staff ... and she asked me what was going on. And, I briefed her on developments. Most of the conversation was about the search for Ambassador Stevens. It was also about what we were going to do with our personnel in Benghazi, and I told her that we would need to evacuate, and that was she said that was the right thing to do.”
Gregory Hicks, a former top diplomat in Libya delivered an account at a Congressional hearing of the chaotic events during the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last September, with a 2 a.m. call from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and confusion about the fate of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
"I was stunned. My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed."
Gregory Hicks, responding to the talking points used by UN Ambassador Susan Rice on the Sunday talk shows in which she said the attacks appeared to be associated with demonstrations in Egypt and Libya over an anti-Islam video. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Rice's comments contradicted statements by Libyan leaders and others who called the attacks pre-meditated assaults by terrorists. Gowdy said Rice's comments "perpetuated a demonstrably false narrative."
“It was the saddest phone call of my life, when he told me Ambassador Stevens had passed away.”
Gregory Hicks about the phone call he received from the Libyan prime minister.
“Has that ever happened where lawyers get on the phone prior to a congressional delegation investigating? Have you ever had anyone tell you, ‘Don’t talk with the people in Congress coming to find out what’s what?’”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) questioning Hicks. Jordan told the committee that Hicks had previously been informed by a lawyer at the State Dept. not to cooperate with the House investigation and not to speak with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
Hicks responding to Jordan’s question.
“It matters. It matters personally; it matters to my colleagues. My colleagues at the Department of State. It matters to the American public to whom we serve. Most importantly, it matters to friends of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, who were murdered on Sept. 11, 2012.”
Eric Nordstrom, who was responsible for overseeing the agency that secured the consulate prior to the Benghazi attack, began choking up as he spoke in his opening statement about the loss of fellow co-workers. His voice cracking, Nordstrom praised the committee for continuing its probe.
“Clinton still has the gall to say 'it wasn't me, it was them.'"
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, choked up at a hearing on Benghazi as he lamented the four deaths in Benghazi and accused Hillary Clinton of ducking blame for inadequate security.
"These witnesses deserve to be heard on the Benghazi attacks, the flaws in the accountability review board's methodology, process and conclusion.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, insisted that the investigation is necessary despite Democratic and administration complaints.
“I think the dam is about to break on Benghazi. We’re going to find a system failure before, during and after the attacks. We’re going to find political manipulation seven weeks before an election. We’re going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham
“During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries, former Secretary Clinton ran an ad attacking nominee Barack Obama for his lack of wisdom and experience in a foreign crisis – and touting her own. It has become known as the '3:00 A.M. call.'
"I commend Chairman Issa for holding Wednesday's hearing to try to bring more clarity to what actually happened in Benghazi. As more and more facts regarding Benghazi are painfully extracted from the Obama administration, this much can be ascertained: Benghazi was a failure of leadership by President Obama – before, during, and after the pre-planned terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Absent evidence to the contrary, it appears President Obama failed to fully engage, take command and act - instead delegating his responsibilities as Commander in Chief to others. His administration then embarked on a narrative for the attack that was disconnected from reality and initially misled the American public. Benghazi was President Obama’s 3:00 A.M. moment and he failed that test of leadership. What difference, at this point, does it make? Leadership - or lack thereof - before, during, and after a crisis, always makes a difference.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
"There is something called Benghazi going on. And I think the Democrats now are starting to worry about it. I started--I got calls from a number of Democrats yesterday trying to undermine Greg Hicks's testimony, saying he wasn't demoted, etc. So I think they feel that some damage was done by those three witnesses on Wednesday."
NBC’s Lisa Myers
"I don't think there's a smoking gun today. I don't think there's a lukewarm slingshot."
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI on the Benghazi hearing.
"So where’s your thirst for truth, America? Why aren’t we outraged? Maybe because, as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, 'Benghazi happened a long time ago.' Maybe Carney should ask grieving family members wanting answers and longing for closure how long it’s been since their loved ones lost their lives in Benghazi. Or maybe we are at a point in this country where a politician’s political aspirations trump everything else.
"The last time something of this magnitude happened, a U.S. president stepped down. But that was during a time when good men who made bad choices still had the intestinal fortitude to accept personal responsibility for their actions. It was also a time when journalists were principled enough to set aside politics to do their job and make politicians accountable."
Susan Stamper Brown, opinion page columnist
"When I draw Wayne Lapierre, he always comes away looking like a loathsome swine with a dollop of Adolph Hitler in there. I think that’s very unfair. To swine. Of course one can never be unfair to Hitler."If you believe the rhetoric, these NRA guys are really tough with their new motto 'Stand and Fight.' It’s more like 'Stand in Fright.' Their new logo looks interesting. It’s a highly stylized designy NRA eagle looking like it’s going down in flames, something we can all hope and pray for."
Liberal editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart
"The simple fact is that Hillary Clinton is no Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama was still an exciting unknown. Clinton has been in the news for two decades. And even with Obama's glory in full fade, it's worth noting he's still a vastly more compelling personality. Watch January's (journalistically vapid) 60 Minutes interview with both Clinton and Obama. The president comes across as engaged and energetic. Clinton seems like the person who comes up to tell you 'there's no eating in the library'."
Columnist Jonah Goldberg
“Republicans should have never lost seats in the Senate in the last election and they did. And now, you're having a hard time finding Republicans to even run for the senate in a lot of these democratic seats. It's not a place people want to be these days.
“But also, look. The president -- the power of the presidency, regardless of whom occupies the White House, is enormous. And this question is always asked. And the truth is, the president is a lame duck. The 22nd amendment is a terrible idea. You know? Term limits always create lame duckhood. And everybody in congress knows they'll never run with this guy again.”
ABC’s Cokie Roberts
"Let’s assume you live in Utah, Hawaii or South Carolina, and you go to Nevada for a vacation. While in Las Vegas, you spend some money in the casinos. Gambling is illegal in the state where you live, so should the cops in your home state be able to track your activities and arrest you for what happened in Nevada? The answer, needless to say, is no. Or at least it should be no. Common sense tells us that state laws should only apply to things that happen inside a state’s borders. But this sensible principle is being tossed out the window by the U.S. Senate, which has approved a proposal that would give states the ability to impose their taxes on out-of-state sellers."
Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy at the Cato Institute
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Cleveland case.
Too much Administration smoke on Benghazi.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Gun crime is down, but America thinks it's up.
Also, America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time. Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press.
Yeh, those voter ID laws really disenfranchised minorities, didn't they.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
How much is that jobless Dane in the window?
We've got the scoop on poop.
They're ready to die on Mars.
The horse paints.
That's it for Week-ends.
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