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.
This is a special year-end edition of Week-ends, a look back at the people and events that made news the past year. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE YEAR
Dominic Pio Gundrum and his team of doctors
Republicans who got it right about ObamaCare
Robert and Patricia Kern
Max Seipert ... MORE
VILLAINS OF THE YEAR
Michael Eric Dyson
Halloween letter writer
Los Angeles County
QUOTES OF THE YEAR
"Oh, the guy who bombed Boston is on the loose in my neighborhood? Super glad I don't have an AR-15 with 30 round mags" Said nobody, ever.
Conservative blogger Katie Pavlich
“I wanted to know why we were promised a state of the art website and we got an abacus and a sundial. I want to know what we got for our money. I want to know if this thing could be fixed in two months why didn't you have it up and running in the three years prior to October the 1st?”
Congressman Trey Gowdy on healthcare.gov
“Liberals love diversity. That's why they love to punish anyone who doesn't think, act, eat, drink, drive and speak exactly like them”
Congressman Steve Stockman
“One of the best peace speeches I ever read was one delivered back in the 1930s — by Adolf Hitler! He knew that peace speeches would keep the Western democracies from matching his military buildup with their own, or attacking him to prevent his buildup from continuing. Peace speeches by Iran today serve the same purpose of buying time — until they can create a nuclear bomb.”
“There is no scientific evidence that bullying causes suicide. None at all. Lots of teenagers get bullied (between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 teenagers report being bullied in real life, fewer report being bullied online). Very few commit suicide. Among the people who commit suicide, researchers have no good data on how many of them have been bullied. It is journalistically irresponsible to claim that bullying leads to suicide. Even in specific cases where a teenager or child was bullied and subsequently commits suicide, it’s not accurate to imply the bullying was the direct and sole cause behind the suicide.”
“What would you think of a person who earned $24,000 a year but spent $35,000? Suppose on top of that, he was already $170,000 in debt. You'd tell him to get his act together -- stop spending so much or he'd destroy his family, impoverish his kids and wreck their future. Of course, no individual could live so irresponsibly for long. But tack on eight more zeroes to that budget and you have the checkbook for our out-of-control, big-spending federal government.”
“The homicide rate in the U.S. is around average. Russia’s homicide rate is four times ours; rates in Africa average around five times ours; the rate in Brazil is five times ours; Mexico, which has stringent gun control laws, has double our homicide rate; murder rates in the Caribbean approximate those in Africa. It is true that Western European countries in general have lower rates than we do, but that is mostly because African-Americans commit murders at eight times the rate of whites. The murder rate in Norway is very low, but it is indistinguishable from the rate among Norwegian-Americans. It is also noteworthy that the homicide rate in the U.S. today is only one-half what it was in the early 1990s. That decline, which has occurred during a time when gun laws have generally been liberalized, is never addressed by gun control advocates.”
“Our Bill of Rights isn't a bill of needs.”
“Today’s ‘that goes too far’ easily becomes tomorrow’s ‘right’ with a morally vacuous media leading the charge and a morally exhausted people who are afraid to say ‘stop,’ for fear they’ll be labeled ‘bigots’.”
“You have a friend who is a lifelong couch potato with diabetes and a heart problem. He declares his intention to run a marathon with no training whatsoever. You advise him against this, fearing he won’t be able to handle it and hurt himself. He runs the marathon, almost dies at Mile 16, and then blames you for not carrying him 26.2 miles. This is the GOP’s obligation to Obamacare, a law it had no hand in passing because it was afraid of exactly this meltdown.”
Mary Katharine Ham
“I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.”
“As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago -- in 1932 -- with the name ‘Boston Braves.’ The following year, the franchise name was changed to the ‘Boston Redskins.’ On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor. In 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, office is the plaque given to Coach Allen -- a source of pride for all of us. Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect -- the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.”
“We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts.”
“Instead of being tucked safely in their beds at home, we saw rows of children lying side by side, sprawled on a hospital floor, all of them dead from Assad’s gas, and surrounded by parents and grandparents who had suffered the same fate.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech condemning a chemical attack in Syria
“This amount of carnage in the civilian population, this is what we expect from war.”
Alasdair Conn, MD, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the Boston Marathon bombing
“I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship, is recorded.”
Edward Snowden, on the U.S. government monitoring Internet usage
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.”
Michelle Knight, one of three captives held prisoner for ten years in Ohio, to the Cleveland Police Department after they rescued her
“It does give you a perspective on humanity … They just came in, they helped, and they left.”
Boulder resident Kim Schuler, on receiving assistance from neighbors after epic flooding in Colorado
“The era of the lawn in the West is over.”
Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, on dwindling water supplies in the Southwest
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, who suggests that more women should strive for professional success
“I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
Angelina Jolie, on her double mastectomy after learning she carried the breast cancer gene
“I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America, after social media posts about her race
“I wanted [this swim] to be a lesson for my life that says, Be fully engaged. Be awake and alert and alive every minute of every waking day.”
Diana Nyad, on being the first person to swim from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, without a shark cage
"I'm a flawed character."
Lance Armstrong, admitting in a TV interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles
“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell, and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you.”
Jennifer Lawrence, after she stumbled onstage to accept the Academy Award for Best Actress
“I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as he ate a doughnut on a late-night talk show
“I’ll tell you what, if there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me.”
Paula Deen, on the Today show, about using offensive language about race
“Here’s some Twinkies trivia for you: Twinkies are the only food that has a longer shelf life than the life of the average shelf.”
Jay Leno, on the snack returning to grocery shelves eight months after Hostess’s bankruptcy
“I was the Justin Bieber of the ’70s. Really. Ask your mother.”
Barry Manilow, to his audience on the opening night of his Broadway show
“I was Hannah Montana’s mother … Where did I go wrong?”
Brooke Shields, on Miley Cyrus
“I'm telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop.”
Brent Musburger, referring to Katherine Webb, who is dating Alabama's quarterback A.J. McCarron. Webb became an internet hit after cameras panned to her in the stands during the first quarter of the BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame on Monday. “Wow!' former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit added. “AJ's doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.”
“If he had said something along the lines of we were hot or sexy or any derogatory statements like that, that would have been a bit different. The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous - I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that.”
Speaking on the Today show, Katherine Webb, 23, said that there was 'no need' for ESPN’s apology after enthusiastic remarks made by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger.
"A lot of it tastes like cardboard and a lot of it actually has the nutritional value of cardboard."
Brian Miller, president and owner of Miller Baking Co., on gluten-free products
"As you know, print is dead. We read about it all the time -- in print."
Printing industry executive Joel Quadracci of Quad/Graphics Inc., joking at a meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee
AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE:
“Wow...if this goes to a binding referendum, we’re toast.”
Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Mark Borkowski on a bill being introduced in the state Legislature that would place a referendum on Milwaukee County ballots asking if the salaries of Milwaukee County Board members should be cut and if the board should become part-time.
OUTRAGE OF THE YEAR
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE YEAR
The glorification of the antics of celebrities like Miley Cyrus.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE YEAR
The Kermit Gosnell horrors and trial.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE YEAR
It was a bad year to get naked in Wisconsin.
A Beatle, a dentist, and a tooth.