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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I was a little caught off guard by what apparently is a disconnect by what's happening out here in the country and what the president is talking about. I hate to be curt but, these GAO reports, these Office of Inspector General reports, these memos dating back to 2010 and back to 2008, this problem is real; it exists; it really doesn't have to be studied as to what's going on. The government had done its job studying these issues.
“And to say that you are gonna now wait for yet again more studies to come back and more fact-finding to come back — I would think that the vets I've been talking to wanted much more direct action of what actually is going to happen going forward, instead of wait and see and we'll decide what's going to happen going forward.
“I was a little confused by the president's remarks today. At the same time he was saying that he's known about this problem for years and years and years and it goes back decades, far past into other people's presidencies, and yet we're five years into his presidency and the problem seems to be certainly not better, and perhaps even worse.
Drew Griffin, the reporter from CNN commenting after President Obama held a news conference to address the VA scandal. Griffin began this whole story with his investigation into the Phoenix VA.
“... Well, we don't know if this guy will have a job tomorrow, but nevertheless this is the eye-opening education of a Drive-By reporter. This is the guy who broke the scandal in Phoenix. This is the guy who found one of the original whistleblowers and he was stunned and here today. ‘What do you mean we're gonna investigate? We don't need to investigate. We know exactly what happened.’ He could not believe what he was hearing.
“... you see, the audience for this press conference was not the veterans. The audience for this press conference is not the media. The audience here is the low-information population. All they're supposed to see and all they are supposed to take away from this is that Obama cares and he's really mad and he's gonna get to the bottom of it like he's gotten to the bottom of everything else.
“He's gonna drop everything and get to the bottom of this and he's gonna fix it! But first he's gotta do the fair and equitable thing. He's got to investigate and find out if it's really true, and anybody should understand the equality and fairness of that. So he's gonna do that, then he's gonna fix it. That's the takeaway. This is not for you and me today. This is not for people that know what's going on.
This is for people that don't know what's going on, who are watching perhaps for the first time because the president is talking about it for the first time. They say, ‘Oh, wow! This must be big.’ So the low-information crowd tunes in and all they see is he's really mad about it. ‘Okay, good. Good! Somebody ought to be mad about this. Wow! Okay, he's gonna fix it just like he fixes everything else.’ Even this CNN reporter says he's known about this problem for years and years, it goes back to prior presidencies, but the problem seems to even be worse during his presidency.
“This guy can't believe what he saw.”
Rush Limbaugh reacting to Drew Griffin’s reaction
"I have a couple of things to say. First of all our veterans, our military have to be a priority. He said he ran on that for his campaign. You know when he was Senator that he, you know, the veterans meetings that he went to - he missed 19 out of 37 of those meetings. You know he was told in 2008 this was a problem, he did nothing about it! So I don’t understand that. Number one. Number two, if this government cannot handle taking care of 85 million veterans, how are they gonna handle taking care of 300 million Americans with ObamaCare? How?”
Actress Stacey Dash on the VA scandal
I recently operated on a child with strabismus (crossed eyes). This child was covered by Medicaid. I was required to obtain surgical pre-authorization using a Current Procedural Terminology, or code for medical identification and billing purposes. The CPT code identified the particular procedure to be performed. Medicaid approved my surgical plan, and the surgery was scheduled.
During the surgery, I discovered the need to change my plan to accommodate findings resulting from a previous surgery by another physician. Armed with new information, I chose to operate on different muscles from the ones noted on the pre-approved plan. The revised surgery was successful, and the patient obtained straight eyes.
However, because I filed for payment using the different CPT code for the surgery I actually performed, Medicaid was not willing to adjust its protocol. The government denied all payment. Ironically, the code-listed payment for the procedure I ultimately performed was an amount 40% less than the amount approved for the initially authorized surgery. For over a year, I challenged Medicaid about its decision to deny payment. I wrote numerous letters and spoke to many Medicaid employees explaining the predicament. Eventually I gave up fighting what had obviously become a losing battle.
Every surgeon must have the option to modify and change a surgical plan according to actual anatomical findings that only become apparent during surgery. For example, if a general surgeon operates on a patient with a suspected acute appendicitis and finds that the patient is actually suffering from an ovarian cyst, that doctor must be free to change the plan and do what is best for the patient. The physician should not be denied payment simply because of a rigid government requirement to follow only the pre-approved plan.
We all expect that doctors will do what is best for us according to their best judgment. This is part of the oath that doctors take when they graduate from medical school. When the government interferes with the doctor's right to select the treatment course and perform a necessary procedure, the integrity of the entire health-delivery system is compromised.
Dr. Zane Pollard, a pediatric ophthalmologist with 40 years of experience, is director of the James Hall Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta.
“But there has developed over the years of the Obama administration, I think, a sense on the part of others that we have a weak government.
“We saw, for example, at the mere request from Putin, President Obama withdrew the plans for a missile defense program based in Poland and the Czech Republic. He's demonstrated repeatedly, I think, that he, in fact, can be pushed around, if you will, by a -- by the Putins. And I don't think by -- Mr. Putin has any hesitation at all, from the standpoint of the American president, of changing his course of action.
“I think he's taken advantage of this opportunity when he thinks we have a weak president to try to restore some of the old Soviet Union.”
Former VP Dick Cheney
“The world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead. I am displeased. The point is not in having the States fix problems for us or fight somewhere, no. The States should organize us, encourage us and offer programs, while we, the world, should do the rest. This kind of leadership is needed. I will say: Either you want to be a superpower and guide us, or you should give the superpower to Poland and we will know what to do with it. Amen.”
Poland's former president and Nobel Peace laureate, Lech Walesa, said he plans to urge President Barack Obama to take a more active world leadership role when he visits Poland in June. The former Solidarity leader said that when he meets Obama in Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and encourage the world into positive action.
"If I see a black kid in a hoodie at night ... on the same side of the street, I'm probably going to walk to the other side of the street. (I would also cross the street to avoid) "a white guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos. Other than safety issues, I try to always catch my prejudices and recognize and be very self-aware that my stream of thought is never perfect and I've got to be careful. To me, that's part of growing up and what I try to instill in my kids."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
"The United States Senate, which will not take its foot off the throat of the economy - millions and millions of people who are looking for jobs - the United States Senate, which is useless, if you ask me. Well, fifty of them got together, all Democrats, and, they wrote a letter. Did you know they could write? And they've now sent it off, I guess to the league, demanding that the Washington Redskins change the team name. I have an idea: If those 50 Democrat senators want to get rid of the name ‘Redskins,’ then why don’t they pony up about a billion and a half dollars and buy the team and change it?"
Talk show host Mark Levin
“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right? And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”
Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia claiming that low crime rates in border cities with lots of federal immigration workers is proof that “Communism works.”The Democrat attempted to point out how, for all their talk about limited government, many Republicans are fine spending loads of government money on border security.
"I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends.”
A tweet by “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak
“It's understandable that students might prefer not to share their big day with someone who has said or done things that they find grossly objectionable. But forcing them out or driving them away is the wrong response for all sorts of reasons.
“One is that hecklers shouldn't have a veto in what is supposed to be a place of free inquiry.
“Disinviting also carries the stain of censorship, implying that college graduates should not have to endure views that contradict their own. But what's the point of education if it doesn't confer the thinking skills to evaluate and reject wrong views?
“Blocking a speaker deprives the critics of the chance to respond in a persuasive and forceful way.
“The best response to allegedly villainous speakers is not to turn them into martyrs by denying them a forum. The best response is to let them speak and make them wish they hadn't.”
Steve Chapman, a Washington Examiner columnist, and a daily blogger for the Chicago Tribune
“It’s great to see young people getting mad at the gigantic con liberalism is running on them.
“Why are young people getting less liberal? First, we need to understand that they are not necessarily getting more conservative. Remember, these young people are just emerging from 13+ years in the liberal conformity factories of the progressive educational complex. They’ve been trained to hate conservatives; they’d think a conservative was the equivalent of the antichrist if they knew who Christ was.
“But look at it from their point of view. All they’ve seen in their young lives is liberals lying to them. They are not stupid. They are just unwise, both because they are young and, in many cases, because they were raised by glorified man/womynchildren who confuse helicoptering with parenting.
“They see the lies. They understand that it’s a bad idea to come out of college with $250K of debt and a double major in Marxist Pottery and Selective Outrage. They hear from their liberal overlords about open-mindedness, tolerance and rights, yet see these same liberals foaming at the mouth to root out any dissenting views and sacrificing due process on the altar of political correctness. They know a kangaroo court when they see one, and they see the offending marsupials are bitter liberal feminists, sophomore race hustlers, and cowardly university administrators without the intestinal fortitude to tell these leftist lynch mobs to go back to their dorms.
“These are children of the Internet, versed in social media, used to a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred electronic frontier – and they understand that every progressive from Obama on down is slobbering for a chance to rein it all in. Look at the NSA revelations; what can be tracked, inevitably with these eager Thought Policepeople, will soon be controlled. These young people have endured the soul-deadening nightmare of liberal thought control all through their real life school years – they don’t want it in their virtual lives too.”
Conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter
“I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the killing and the grilling of the animals he created. To this carnivore it is simple: if God did not want us to eat animals then he would have not made them out of meat.
“By the way, here are some questions for the Anti-Hunter who would try to use the Bible to back up their bogus claims:
1. Who killed the first animal according to the Bible?
2. Is there one verse in the Scripture that condemns hunting? I’ll bet you can’t find one. Just one.
3. Was Jesus really a vegetarian hippie?
4. Would a loving God use hunting illustrations to communicate divine truth to His people?
5. Did God preserve the animals on Noah’s Ark for the purpose of having them eaten by mankind?
6. Did killing predators give David the confidence that he could kill the Philistine’s champion, Goliath?
7. Does ‘Thou shall not kill’ mean that one shouldn’t go quail hunting or catch and eat a bass?
Conservative columnist/talk show host/author Doug Giles. His new book is entitled, Rise, Kill And Eat: A Theology of Hunting From Genesis to Revelation. Giles says the intent of book “ is to showcase, through both the Old Testament and the New, what the Scriptures say about hunting, so that when you, the hunter, get around the whiners screaming foul when it comes to hunting, you can stand firm on the Verbum Dei, feel proud, and say in regards to this important activity, ‘Hey, leave me alone. I’m simply doing the Lord’s work’.”
“An honest discussion of race in America would include the fact that whites were slaves, for sure; but it would also have to accommodate the obscene truth that as many as 4,000 free black families owned slaves in the antebellum South. More stunning still is that, arguably, the first slave master in early America was a black man!
“Anthony Johnson—a name, doubtless, of which few people today, black or white, would have heard—was an Angolan who was first sold by Africans to Arabs before winding up as an indentured servant in Virginia. There, he attained his freedom, became a planter, and acquired his own indentured servants.
“One of the latter, John Casor, a black man, served his mandatory seven years—but Johnson refused to set him free. Through a long, windy series of court battles, Johnson succeeded in prevailing upon the courts to declare Casor Johnson’s servant for life. Slavery was born, as this was the very first time in the colonies when it was legally determined that a person who had committed no crime had to spend the rest of his remaining existence in bondage.
“We are a long ways off from having a truly honest discussion of race. Now we see why.”
Jack Kerwick is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
“I like attending Tea Parties and I like speaking at Tea Parties. What I do not like is listening to a string of deadly dull speakers monotonously droning on about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and freedom until everyone is bored to tears. There are gifted conservatives like Mark Levin who can make that interesting, but most of those speakers are no Mark Levin. Meanwhile, the crowd looks like a bunch of kids stuck in detention on a Saturday afternoon. What's wrong with focusing on having a FUN event with a little education tossed in, as opposed to a classroom in the park where we're all supposed to be deadly serious?”
Conservative columnist John Hawkins
"I guess I worry a little bit. She's (Hillary Clinton) an enormously capable candidate and leader, but I do worry about the inevitability thing, because I think it's off putting to the average voter. And I think that was an element of her campaign the last time. ... As an enthusiastic democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around."
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, who has been considered a possible future Democratic presidential contender
"We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi, and make no mistake, justice will be done." That was the president of the United States over a year ago.
"We're investigating exactly what happened, but my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice." That was the president of the United States over a year ago. No one has been arrested. No one has been prosecuted. No one has been brought to justice. We don't even have access to the witnesses.
“You in the media were good enough for my 16 years as a prosecutor not to tell me how to do my job, and so far in Congress, y'all have been good enough not to tell me how to do my job. I'm not telling you how to do your job. But I'm going to ask you some questions, and if you can't answer these questions, then I'll leave you to draw whatever conclusion you want to draw about whether or not the media has provided sufficient oversight.
“Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know? Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded? Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded? Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I've heard the explanation -- which defies logic, frankly -- that we couldn't have gotten there in time, but you know, they didn't know when it was going to end. So how can you possibly cite that as an excuse? Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said, ‘Can you help? We have men under attack.’ Can you answer that? Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked? The secretary of state did not go. She says she doesn't like Sunday talk shows. That's the only media venue she does not like, if that's true. Why was Susan Rice on the five Sunday talk shows? Do you know the origin of this mythology that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know where that started? Do you know how we got from no evidence of that to that being the official position of the administration?
“In conclusion, Congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight, and you are supposed to provide oversight. That's why you have special liberties, and that's why you have special protections. I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a phony scandal. I'm not surprised Secretary Clinton asked, "What difference does it make?" I'm not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi happened a long time ago. I'm just surprised at how many people bought it.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
“Every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help them shape their identity. It is often argued that a child would be better cared for by a same-sex couple rather than in an orphanage or an institution. Those two situations are not optimal. The problem is that the State does not do what it has to do.
They should streamline the procedure of adoption, which are never-ending, so that these children can have a home. One failure of the State does not justify another failure of the State. The underlying issue must be addressed. More than a marriage law so that people of the same sex can adopt, we have to improve the adoption laws, which are excessively bureaucratic and, in their current implementation, encourage corruption.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The VA scandal
9-11 museum gift shop
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
70% support this.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
More violence in Milwaukee? We need more gun laws, of course.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
He had what...where?
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