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 baby 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
Women participants in the Holocaust
John Lewis McKinley
The city of Ann Arbor
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I thought I was going to be killed. I thought Tony Peters was going to kill me that night."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett at the sentencing hearing for Anthony Peters. Peters was sentenced to 12 years for repeatedly attacking Barrett with a pipe last August as the mayor walked to his car after leaving State Fair.
"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not. It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."
Ieshuh Griffin of Milwaukee, a candidate for the state Assembly, requesting that the Government Accountability Board allow her to place the slogan, “"NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' "under her name on the ballot. Her request was denied.
(The Fox network would) "love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."
“I think the clip we saw of Ms. Sherrod today speaking about endemic racism in a department of this government is the reason that Obama was so ginger in his treating of her. He gave her seven minutes on the phone, but she did not have an invitation to the White House, there wasn't a beer summit.
The administration is quite wary of her. Look, she obviously was a victim, but that doesn't make her either a saint or a sage. She has indicated she wants to get back at people that might include the Department of Agriculture and she might be a litigant. I don't think the president wants her on the world stage with him.
But her 15 minutes as a political issue I think are on the wane. The administration wants it over with, and I think the brevity of the call is an indication of their wariness.”
“I hate to open this can of worms, but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull [Fox's'] broadcasting permit once it expires?”
Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA
“Why so fascist?
As a proud dues-paying member of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, here’s a little peek behind the curtain to take home with you over the weekend…
Never once, not even in private — not even as the entire corrupted media was savaging Sarah Palin’s family and reporting on the status of a private citizen’s plumber’s license — not even as the whole of the MSM was spreading lies told by the Congressional Black Caucus about the Tea Party hurling racial slurs — not even after reading what we already knew to be true on JournoList — and not even now as we watch all the hypocritical sanctimony surrounding Shirley Sherrod drip from the same MSM lips that refused to broadcast videos proving the Tea Party had been defamed by members of Congress — never once have I heard a fellow Vast Right-Wing Conspirator even hint at the idea of silencing, quieting, or shutting down the other side.”
John Nolte, Editor-In-Chief of Big
“The correct answer to why 11 million people came here illegally is that they can get away with it.”
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies.
“So in Bloomberg's NYC it is ok to celebrate the tragedy of 9/11, but it is not ok to salt your fries?”
Mary Meek, commenting on the Wall Street Journal web site.
“The same people who didn't have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn't offer relief to middle-class Americans."
President Obama blasting Republicans who insisted that the extension of unemployment benefits be paid for with spending cuts.
"What the president isn't telling the American people is that many of us in the Senate are fighting to make sure our children and grandchildren aren't buried under a mountain of debt. If we are going to extend unemployment benefits, then let's do it without adding to our record debt."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
"I said, ‘Did you just charge me a thousand dollars for knowing what I already knew my whole life?' I knew that at 3! You might go blind someday. You might not. I truly came to a place that is the greatest blessing. Lord, if you need my eyes, they're yours. They've been yours the whole time, anyway. Thank you for letting me see as far as I have."
Glenn Beck, telling an audience a doctor informed me he may be going blind.
“The movie Terminator is, in fact, an autobiographical documentary of Jan Brewer's life.
Jan Brewer invented every letter of the alphabet, including ?.
Jan Brewer once had an awkward moment. Just to see how it feels.
Jan Brewer is known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into the room.
Janet Napolitano lives vicariously through Jan Brewer.
Jan Brewer climbed
The most interesting man in the world retired when he met Jan Brewer.
You don't decide whether or not to boycott
Jan Brewer can pop a wheelie on a unicycle.
Jan Brewer taught Chuck Norris how to do a roundhouse kick.
Liberal President Franklin D.
Jan Brewer can squeeze orange juice out of lemons.
Leading hand sanitizers kill 99% of germs. Jan Brewer vanquishes 100% of her major primary opponents.
Sharks have a week dedicated to Jan Brewer.
When Jan Brewer wants shade, she stares down the sun.
Jan Brewer sealed the border. By herself.”
Blogger Katie Pavlich offers some “facts” about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer much like those written about Chuck Norris.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Obama administration tosses Shirley Sherrod under the bus. Apparently it doesn't feel too good to be unfairly accused of racism.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee Alderman Jim Witkowiak testifies about voter fraud before the state's Government Accountability Board.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Don't shoot, Darth!
"I think I have a right to disturb."
It was a "suspicious bulge."
Shouldn't he stick to playing gangsters and pirates?
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.