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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.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend:

Is lying about one’s identity on the Internet now a crime?

Obama's threat to Catholic hospitals

The death of logic

Bad economy will be wakeup call for 20-something's

Why permanent tax cuts are the best stimulus

Most Americans too stupid to vote

Five hard truths for RINO's



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...


LA-area residents

Trevor Thomas


Wisconsin Dells police


Gunmen in Mumbai

Lori Drew

New York shoppers

Wisconsin Dells police

Florida bandit


"I'd like to be a president [known] as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace.  I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.  I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn't going to sacrifice those values; that I was a president that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions."
President Bush in a conversation with his sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, recorded for the oral-history organization StoryCorps for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. An excerpt of the interview was aired on National Public Radio Thursday, and the White House released additional excerpts. 

"The only way you start dealing with this size deficit is there are going to be real consequences for schools and universities and for local governments."
Governor Doyle in an interview with the Green Bay Press Gazette editorial board on the state budget deficit. Doyle says the deficit is $5.4 billion. Some say he's inflating the numbers for political purposes.

"I haven't seen a single issue in the last 20 years that has had such a chilling impact on decisions to expand in Milwaukee or decisions to move to Milwaukee."
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy said businesses are already reconsidering decisions to expand in or move to Milwaukee in light of a paid sick day requirement scheduled to take effect in February.
Sheehy said he received two calls from business owners who said they decided to abandon efforts to seek space in Milwaukee due to the sick pay requirement.

“There’s one example that I successfully used to sell our members on toll roads at the border. Since the indexing repeal, the residents of Wisconsin are left to try and make up some of the transportation trust shortfalls, while the Illinois resident sees no further increase as they drive their (sport-utility vehicle) to their cabin in Minocqua with a couple of (all-terrain vehicles) in tow. Residents are going to have to get used to the idea,”
Terrence McGowan, business manager for Operating Engineers Local 139, said it’s time for Wisconsin to get serious about tolls.

“The benefit of carrying concealed weapons on campus is the same as it is anywhere else where people carry concealed: self-defense."
David Burnett, board member at large for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Student groups supporting the right to carry concealed weapons on campus are preparing to push for legislation in their favor when state governments reconvene in January.


1) Wisconsin Dells police...see VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

2) Gift certificates for abortions


Is Wisconsin once again becoming a welfare magnet?


The economy is so bad that fewer shoppers will be out and retailers will suffer. That's what we were told over and over again before the stampedes at the stores Friday.


Those really are some crappy ornaments.

Voodoo doll OK, if it has proper warning.

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.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Mostly sunny, dry and seasonal.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Cold and snowy. "F"

“Santa Baby, forgot to mention one little thing… a ring… I don’t mean on the phone…” 

That is my FAVORITE line in the Eartha Kitt classic “Santa Baby.”  You can NEVER go wrong giving bling as a gift.  Repeat to all my male readers:  You can NEVER go wrong giving bling as a gift. 

I know what everyone is thinking:  Even with my life rapidly changing as my April due date approaches, surely the thing I want most for Christmas is fur.  (I don’t mean in a coat, Santa Baby.)  But you’re WRONG. 

Of course I want a dog.  Make that dogs… plural.  And all in good time we will have them.  But I would never ask for, and most certainly never receive, a dog for Christmas.

In the coming weeks you will hear on local news stations and read newspaper articles about the dangers of giving pets as presents.  The ridiculous flip side of this is you will probably also hear commercials from pet stores telling you how wonderful it would be if Suzie or Johnny found a puppy under the tree this Christmas.

This SHOULD be a practical, no-brainer kind of decision.  But for some people they really think they’re giving the best gift ever by putting a red ribbon around the neck of an adorable puppy and handing it off. 

For some practical advice if you’re even THINKING this is a good idea for a friend or family member, read this. 

Well, I guess Kevin is REALLY off the hook this year.  I’ve just told everyone that giving a puppy as a Christmas gift is even a worse idea than giving a replica of The Christmas Story “Leg Lamp.”  So, no dog for me under the tree.  And since I already have more bling than I can handle with my beautiful wedding ring, well…  But come to think of it I never mentioned that THESE were silly or frivolous.
---Jennifer Fischer

OK, I better make a note of this. On 11/29/08, Jennifer said she has enough bling. I'm so glad Tiffany's has a wonderful return policy.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Stray dogs are in danger in Iraq.

The Humane Society is suing retailers and designers over their claims of fake fur.

Controversial film about a German shepherd is released on DVD.

John Travolta brings out his inner dog in the the new Disney film, "Bolt."

Uno is one busy beagle.

Enjoy your retirement, Shiloh!

Want to adopt a dog? Try Kenosha.

And here's a Thanksgiving message from the SPCA:

SPCA International

Give Thanks for the Animals

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Store windows in downtown Milwaukee: Oh, is it Christmas?

During my fill-in stint for Mark Belling today at WISN, one of our segments dealt with why people no longer like to shop at large indoor malls. One woman said the malls lack the holiday feeling. She particularly was saddened by the lack of holiday window displays in downtown MIlwaukee. They've been just about non-existent. Not so in New York. Here are some pictures from the New York Times:

Lord and Taylor

Gingerbread houses are part of the Victorian-themed display at Lord & Taylor this year. (Photo: Lia Chang/Lord & Taylor)


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Thank you again, J.Gravelle

I appreciate your guest blogs today. Seems there's no tar and feather crowd this time. Must be that holiday spirit, but with who? J. or  the readers?

J. will return to This Just In before the end of 2008.

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