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
Panelists at public education summit in Middleton
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We cannot bring back those two bright lives lost Wednesday, but we can, at least, show our respect — which is more than what those who retweeted the graphic images around the Internet did.
“Or perhaps, even, some of our politicians, who were quick to rush in to make their political points about guns. Perhaps those points are right, but do they have to be made right that instant? What happened to the concept of a decent interval? Can we at least take a deep breath to pray first?”
The Roanoke Times Editorial Board
“As the fallout from self-appointed victim Bryce Williams’ cold-blooded, videoed gun murder of two journalists at WDBJ continued, politicians of the left pulled out their dogeared playbook and began pushing gun control. Never mind that Williams bought his gun legally and passed all requisite background checks–and that Williams would have passed any background check, given his lack of criminal history or institutionalization. Never mind that Williams fired eight shots, which would fit within the boundaries of the magazine-shortening advocates. Something–anything!–has to be done about guns, say the left’s heroes.”
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and a New York Times bestselling author
“I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up.”
Vice President Joe Biden during a conference call about a potential run for president
“You will see the difference between the left and the right. What you’ll see is that the left believe that our people are pretty much — we believe that they’re assets that can be developed, or they believe that they’re liabilities that need to be managed. We believe that human beings have the right to live, that our job is to protect, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they don’t care about these things. I mean, here we are, we’re accepting the fact that black Americans make 12 — make up 12% of the population, yet Planned Parenthood aborts 78% of minorities in this country. This is an issue that should be something that we’re both on the same side of.”
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) on the Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress and the left’s defense of Planned Parenthood
“I said that drones are excellent for surveillance. You know, along that border, we have miles and miles of fences, and, you know, I went there last week and didn't see any border patrol people, and those fences are so easy to scale. It’s almost like not having a fence there.
“So drones can help with the surveillance, and no way did I suggest that drones be used to kill people. And I said that to the media at the time. I said you guys, some of you are going to go out and say Carson wants to use drones to kill people on the borders. How ridiculous. At some point I hope we have some responsible media which actually focuses on the problem.”
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson
“It means that somebody from far-flung corners of the earth happens to be born while his mother or her mother is making a stopover at JFK Airport and never again returns to America, has no connection to America, is a citizen. It doesn’t make a lot of sense logically, but it’s in our Constitution and it would be impossible to amend the Constitution to change that, so we’re going to stick with that for better or worse.
“Anybody born in the United States, even if they’re there for 15 minutes, not only is a citizen but has a right to run for president in the United States. Whereas a person who came when he or she was six months old and is one of the most loyal possible Americans — Madeleine Albright comes to mind — can’t run for president of the United States, there is something quite bizarre about that but history, the accidents of history are often quite bizarre.”
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz on the current ongoing argument about the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship
“At times, Trump has attempted to excuse his vulgar comments by claiming his critics are demanding political correctness. That is a lame excuse that should never be accepted. The seriousness of the nation’s problems is not a justification for ungentlemanly behavior. But in this case, he’s right to claim those harping on the use of the terms ‘anchor baby’ and ‘illegal’ are practicing a particularly noxious brand of political correctness. Both politicians and journalists have an obligation to speak the truth and to call things by their right names. That is why the use of these terms is prejudicial while their avoidance is dishonest.
“Whether you like the laws or not, no one has a ‘right’ to break the law or to remain here illegally. To note this fact is not inhumane. To ignore it is to treat the law as a trivial matter, something that any democracy does at its peril.”
Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor of Commentary magazine
“This is the tragedy we live with in America. We have such a great country, we have so many great people, but our whole nation is being dragged under by legions of arrogant Cletuses in D.C. who’re convinced they’re geniuses because they’re surrounded by aides who tell them how wonderful they are all the live-long day. Our country is headed full steam toward an iceberg and the people steering the ship are imbeciles. God help us all.”
Conservative blogger John Hawkins
“I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair. I swear!”
Donald Trump bashed an article on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times during a campaign speech in Greenville, South Carolina, taking issue with both its quotes and its reporting. The article cited a Spanish radio host in Los Angeles who refers to Trump as “El hombre peluquín,” or “the man of the toupee.”Trump, speaking to the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s Presidential Series, bemoaned the fact that the media did not cover his speech in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, instead of his confrontation with Univision and Fusion journalist Jorge Ramos.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Roanoke shootings on live TV
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump did it. So did Obama.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Husbands, do yourself a big favor and go look inside your toaster
Would you be surprised if it involves Donald Trump?
Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.
My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.
POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)
For new readers, this is why we do the POO.
Muskego 74, Milwaukee Bradley Tech 8
Hartford Union 71, Milwaukee Hamilton 6
Gillett 67, White Lake/Elcho 0
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Morning showers. Afternoon clouds. High of 70. "F" in the morning, "D" in the afternoon.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 78. "A"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
If you like saxophone, you’ll love this week’s segment because it features one of the best sax players in the world.
Enjoy this encore performance!