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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.

An event not far from here most of the media ignored: Sheboygan Tea Party

AFP Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Newsletter
September 6 - 2009  Events and Updates

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She's dying and wants mercy


Consider the plight of this woman.

She’s 61 years old.

She has brain cancer.

She is paralyzed over 85% of her body.

She had one of her legs amputated.

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Photos of the Week (09/06/09)

Photos of the Week



File - Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs,"  is seen at the National Summit in Detroit, in this June 16, 2009 file photo. The White House issued a statement early Sunday Sept. 6, 2009 saying Jones had quit the administration.

Van Jones, a controversial administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs," is seen at the National Summit in Detroit, in this June 16, 2009 file photo. The White House issued a statement early Sunday Sept. 6, 2009 saying Jones had quit the administration. AP photo






Union business representative Russell Krings announces Friday that union members ratified a contract to ensure Mercury Marine stays in Fond du Lac. Members had voted down the same contract Aug. 23. AP photo






An unidentified Contra Costa County worker closes off a new fence in front of a home in Antioch, Calif., Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, where authorities say kidnapped victim Jaycee Lee Dugard lived. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)







Lal Mohammad, 40, whose nose and ears were cut off by the Taliban on the Afghan presidential and provincial council election day, is seen in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Taliban cut off Lal Mohammad's nose and ears after finding a voting card with him on his way to a polling station. Lal Mohammad is from Shiran village of Daykundi a province in central Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy)


 

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The MJS Scorecard (09/06/09)


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

William G. Andrekopoulos: MPS has challenges, but they're not about accounting  

"We know what the financial problems are."

LOL

Jon Geenen: Debate not exactly Rockwellian  

"Contrast Rockwell's optimistic America with the sad state of civil and political discourse today, when intentional saboteurs - fueled by the agendas of political zealots - make it next to impossible to have a meaningful discussion about a pressing American problem."

"Opponents of meaningful health care reform have cleverly adopted the tactics and vocabulary of McCarthyism...."

Now if you oppose Obama's socialistic takeover of health care, you are McCarthy-like. Where's the balance with an opposing view, Ricardo? I know. Are you nuts, Kevin?


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Tom Petri: Health care reform must be done right, not rushed through


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

John Gurda: Labor Day is about rights hard fought and won  

Ralph Gundrum: Disclosure is an obstacle to foster care  

Jennifer L.W. Fink: Co-sleeping: It's beneficial when done safely  


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-82, Conservative-69


NOTE:
It's starting to get lopsided after 8 months of relative fairness. Surprised?

I D(amn) N(ear) R(elinquished) my life today


Yes, I took a substantial risk just by leaving the house today. How incredibly stupid to venture outdoors on a late summer day with such abundant sunshine and barely a cloud in the sky and such crisp, clear, fresh air.

What in the world was I thinking, scoffing at and ignoring the all-knowing, omnipotent Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Rather than seek refuge behind the locked doors of the confines of my humble Franklin abode, I foolishly risked life and limb by GASP heading outside in my shorts, sandals, and Reyn Spooner Elvis shirt.

6:30 this morning: This shouldn’t hurt. I’ll be as quick as possible. After all, there’s all that soot and microscopic dust and liquid droplets and smoke particles everywhere. Far more dangerous than those nasty yellow jackets swarming all over my garden. That rising sun? Probably just a UFO.

And so I made a mad dash for it. I held my breath so as not to take in any hazardous junk. I grabbed my thin as hell Saturday Journal Sentinel and managed to get back into the house before collapsing.

I watched outside my window this morning as joggers ran down my street, as usual, sans water bottles. Elderly men and women walked hand in hand. Others walked their dogs. And I said to myself, hmmmmmmmm. Look at those daredevils. They’re not huffing or puffing or in any discomfort.

I can do this, I told myself. Yes I can, can, can. There is….


HOPE for me on this sunny 70-plus degree day.

Dear God, I’m going to make it!

First I went to the bank. Not the best idea because the seniors who had all week to do their banking always do it on a Saturday morning.

Not today, I thought. They heard the warning. No doubt they’re home hiding under the mattress.

Wrong.

How the hell did they manage to get here! Why aren’t they gasping for air???!!

After waiting 10 minutes in line so I could make my 30-second transaction, I left the bank to go to a high school football game.

Kevin Fischer, are you mad????? A football game??? Outside???  Are you not cognizant of the great powerful DNR’s warning???

Young kids played football, in broad daylight without water breaks. Cheerleaders danced and exerted themselves during strenuous routines. Bell Ambulance had to be summoned, but not because of soot or droplets or particles. A player sustained a neck injury (He’s going to be fine, BTW).

The game ended and foolish me, I went home and lit up the outdoor grill, charcoal briquette smoke and all.  What’s the harm, I figured. On the drive home, I passed people of all ages, playing ball, sitting on their porches, out for walks. It was almost as if there was this loud, strong, collective voice:

THE HELL WITH YOU, DNR!

And I turned on the TV and watched as over 70,000 people jammed into Camp Randall Stadium to rub the DNR’s face in it. What could possibly have been going through their minds? Do they want to die???

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning, I fully intend to be a rebel once more. I will chance scooting out to grab my morning paper. Gotta check how liberal the Crossroads section is. Then beautiful wife, baby and I will go to church. Yes, I am a God-awful rotten human being, subjecting my family to the danger the DNR tried so desperately to warn me about.

I just may grill outside again. Sunday is supposed to bring ugly, unhealthy weather again: Over 70 and sunshine galore. It’ll be rough, but I think I’ll chance it again.

Even though the DNR’s warning extends until Tuesday night, I’m picking up my 80-plus year-old mother and taking her to may brother’s place for a Labor Day cookout. Boy, I am an absolute, cruel SOB.

Dear Lord, I wasn’t very bright today. I dodged a bullet.

Thank you for seeing me through this terrible ordeal.

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