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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.

This ain't your parents' Miss America Pageant

Back when I was a kid, there was no cable television with 354 channels. You had ABC, NBC, CBS, public television and a sometimes snowy UHF channel. With limited options, making a viewing choice was easy, and nightly television became a family event.

Every September, there was a nationwide buzz when the Miss America Pageant was broadcast. Legendary host Bert Parks was mega popular. I recall my neighbor friend’s mom, Barbara Ahnert talking with my mom in our kitchen one September Saturday many, many years ago, literally swooning over Parks.

“Oh, I just LOVE when he sings that song,” she sighed, referring to, “Oh there she is….”

Bert Parks, unfortunately, is long gone, so we are left with amateurish replacements. Parks was as big a part of the Miss America Pageant as say, the swimsuit competition.

Here’s what the contestants looked like in those suits in 1960.


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Why don't we just put the kid in a suit of armor?

The nanny state lives on and on.

You can sense the bill being introduced in Madison, can't you, because if we can save JUST ONE KID.....



The state of blacks in golf

That's the focus of a piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

I can't wait for their next sports analysis: The state of whites in the NBA.

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Forget the Wisconsin-Illinois game today...

UW Madison students this afternoon will attempt to set a world record for the largest snowball fight.

Now kids, just remember. Don’t let things get out of hand!

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

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

TODAY:  Dry, partly cloudy, but very cold. A high of 10.  

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy, cold. A high of 13. "F"

When I hear the term “animal rights” or “animal rights groups” I usually think of PETA members marching around in fake fur covered in red paint or stuffing themselves in cages not wearing any clothes, in efforts to bring attention to the fur industry.  Years ago, I worked for the local chapter of the March of Dimes.  We would get calls from people who accused us of being animal killers.  Apparently decades ago, there was a research scientist who worked for the March of Dimes who did some cruel experiments on kittens in the name of saving babies’ lives.  Obviously these techniques are not used in March of Dimes research today.  But there still are people who connect the events of long ago to the group of today.

There are times, however, that I read about animal advocacy groups and their projects and programs and think, “Now THAT makes sense.”  A “No-Kill” shelter policy is one of those times.  New York City is working on becoming a “No-Kill” city by 2015.  (That means not euthanizing cats & dogs in shelters.  Goodness knows they will never have a murder rate of zero!)

I fully support any shelter that does not euthanize an adoptable animal.  Of course the key word is ADOPTABLE.  There are animals surrendered with such severe behavioral issues or health issues that it is not feasible to adopt them out to another family.  The other issue at hand is feral cats.

hey pose many unique challenges and are generally not considered adoptable because they are generations of “wild” cats who have never socialized with humans. 

The Wisconsin Human Society will not euthanize any animal that has been placed up for adoption.  Again there are issues of health & socialization problems but if the animal is suitable for adoption, it will remain at the shelter until an appropriate home is found.

REASONABLE opponents of a no-kill policy could argue about having enough room for all these animals and of course there is the cost associated with keeping these animals for sometimes lengthy stays. Then there are the loonies at PETA who seem to think that KILLING some strays is actually MORE humane.  HUH?  

Personally, I will continue to support the no-kill shelters.  I applaud their efforts in not euthanizing perfectly adoptable animals.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thank you, Jennifer for that timely piece. Every week, following the dog walking forecast and Jennifer's opening blog, Jennifer is kind enough to allow me to bring you DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Our neighbor to the south, Illinois is taking  a serious loook at puppy mill legislation.

Here's a bill that's a new one on me. The state of Washington is considering legislation to allow you to be buried with your pets.

In New Mexico, female inmates are training dogs to be obedient.

You've heard of the dog ate my homeowrk? How about the dog bit my granddaughter...

And finally, what is the most popular dog in America?

That's it for this week. Thanks again, dog lovers for checking in. We close with a preview of some doggone good TV coming soon.

Next Saturday, the cable channel Animal Planet broadcasts one of the biggest events in canine competition. From the AP website:

"Man's best friends are putting their best paws forward for the cameras and legions of fans as they vie for 'Best In Show' and the title of National Champion at 'The Planet's' greatest dog show. Coats trimmed, nails filed and gaits perfected, top dogs from around the country and the world come together to compete in one of America's most prestigious dog shows. The eighth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will air on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 PM e/p, on Animal Planet.

More than 2,400 dogs headed to Long Beach, California in December to compete for a total of $225,000 in cash prizes. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is the largest prize money dog show in the world, bestowing a $50,000 cash prize to the dog crowned National Champion.

Hosted by Bob Goen, this high-profile dog show features invitees from the country's top 25 dogs in each AKC-recognized breed. Invitations to dogs are based on breed points accumulated over a set period. In addition, every dog awarded Best in Show at a licensed or member AKC all-breed dog show during the same time period was extended an automatic invitation to enter the competition. Dog show insider Lee Arnold and American Kennel Club judge Edd Bivin also assist with the play-by-play."

Here's a sneak peek at one of the honorees:

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