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
Commuters in Australia
The Miami-Dade Police Benevolence Association
Southwire and their teen workers
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Town of Dover, WI
Lorie Ann Hill
Union Street Guest House
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“These are not people just coming here to work as the so-called line is fed to us. These people are coming here to do horrible things. And I think the murder of Agent [Javier] Vega shows what these people are capable of. We're up against close to 50 years of lack of border enforcement by the U.S. government. We have two political parties that are unwilling to take real enforcement action, and we have had two administrations in a row that gutted enforcement actions by the U.S. Border Patrol, by ICE agents, that do not allow us to actually go to do our job. We are handcuffed at every single turn.”
Border Patrol agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran, debunked the argument that illegal immigrants are only coming to the United States to work
"As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., wrote to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raising concerns about illegal immigrants carrying "swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis."
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that despite the steady pace of hiring in recent months, 76% of adults lack confidence that their children's generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high. Some 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track, a leap of 8 points from a June survey, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.
What's more, seven in 10 adults blamed the malaise more on Washington leaders than on any deeper economic trends, and 79% expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the American political system.
"The American public is telling its elected representatives that the economic distress that a significant proportion of them are feeling is directly their fault," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducts the Journal poll with Republican Bill McInturff. "The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of 'feel our pain' to the more angry pronouncement of 'you are causing our pain.' "
The Wall Street Journal
"Unemployment can lead to enormous depression. People can have nights filled with anxiety and it's all due to the loss of identity. There's a sense of hopelessness when people think they're going to be a generation behind when they do get a job."
Robert C. Chope, a retired psychology professor who founded the Career and Personal Development Institute in San Francisco
"When you were running for president you said, quote, 'The biggest problems we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that's what I intend to reverse.' So my question to you, has Congress’s inability to do anything significant given you a green light to push the limits of executive power, even a duty to do so, or put another way, does it bother you more to be accused of being an imperial president, pushing those limits, or to be accused of being a do-nothing president who couldn’t get anything done because you faced a dysfunctional Congress?”
ABC journalist Jon Karl dared to push Barack Obama on his use of executive power, demanding to know if the commander-in-chief is an "imperial president." But Karl's own network ignored the question, declining to air it on Wednesday's World News and Nightline or on Thursday's Good Morning America.
"If you look at what's happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don't have a right to complain are the folks at the top. I would take the complaints of the corporate community with a grain of salt. They always complain about regulation. That's their job."
President Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.
"The president's statement (above) just confirms, unfortunately, that he still doesn't get it.”
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said Monday that the Obama administration should have enacted important reforms—spanning immigration, taxes and entitlements—before Republications took control of the House of Representatives. That would have added millions more jobs to an otherwise "anemic" economic recovery, he added.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.
“It doesn't make any difference if you're a white American, a black American, a Hispanic-American, an Asian-American or if you're a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs.
“Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue. If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Monday accused Democrats of engaging in a “war on whites" in the current immigration debate.
"You teachers in your unions, you need to say, 'these bad teachers are making us look bad. We don't want it!...And it has nothing to do with being a liberal or a Democrat. It has to do with being an American."
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg insisted on Monday that bad teachers should lose their job. On Tuesday, the comedienne responded to attacks on Twitter and doubled down: "We were not talking about good teachers who do a great job. We were talking about getting rid of teachers who don't do a good job. My mother was a teacher. So, this is not about bashing teachers and I don't appreciate you misquoting what we said."
“Israel has every right to defend itself. If you don't want a fight with Israel, don't pick one.”
Comedian Jon Lovitz
"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents."
In an interview with Juan Williams, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is, indeed, an activist attorney general and proud of it.
"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things. Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."
Pope Francis urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities.
“There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason.”
VP Joe Biden referring to the continent Africa as a “nation.” He was speaking at the United States Africa Leaders Summit.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Armed illegal immigrants marching in fatigues through streets of Texas
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Americans worry about the threats posed by illegal immigrants
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Nixon anniversary
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Tortoises with iPads spur protest