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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 year's Easter controversy

A naked woman on a cross.

The artist says:

"It is the duty of an artist to question society's beliefs in religion and to test people about those beliefs, which this sculpture will do." 

I had no idea. You learn something new every day. I never realized it was an artist's obligation to degrade and defame the widely held images of a popular religion. Sculptor Mitch Mitchell has certainly done that. I wouldn't cross the street to see his junk for free.

Jim Doyle raises taxes, but it's somebody else's problem

Under Governor Doyle’s proposed 2009-11 state budget, property taxes for the average Wisconsin home would go up $91 on bills this December and an additional $134 next year.

What’s the governor’s response to this news? If school districts would simply spend their stimulus dollars wisely, those property tax increases would come down.

Oh, that’s lovely. He’s going to raise property taxes, and it’s now up to the school districts to do the heavy lifting to make sure those property tax increases are redcued? It’s now their problem?

What a lame reaction from a pathetic governor.

Photo radar update

Governor Doyle’s proposed 2009-11 state budget includes the following:

“Under current law, law enforcement officers are prohibited from using any
radar device combined with photographic identification of a vehicle (photo radar speed detection) to determine compliance with motor vehicle speed limits. This bill allows state and local law enforcement agencies to use photo radar speed detection to identify speed limit violations in highway work zones (work zone speed violations). The bill also allows DOT and local authorities to use traffic control photographic systems to identify motor vehicles that fail to stop at red traffic signals at intersections (red light violations). Subject to certain defenses, the bill allows liability to be imposed on the owner of a vehicle involved in a work zone speed violation detected through photo radar speed detection or involved in a red light violation detected by a traffic control photographic system.”

The governor is obviously a George Orwell fan.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) this week issued a memo identifying what it thought were 80 non-fiscal, policy items that were in Governor Doyle’s budget. One of them was the photo radar provision.

The budget is now being reviewed by the Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee. The committee’s two Democrat co-chairs issued their own memo following the LFB’s opinion on policy items. The Joint Finance Committee co-chairs tossed out of the budget 45 of the 80 items cited by the LFB. One of them was photo radar.

That was a wise move. The implementation of photo radar should be debated by the proper legislative committees as a separate bill.

The beauty of Holy Week

It's captured in this photo gallery courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.

And also enjoy this photo collection from St. Fiacre's Garden.

Happy Easter weekend!

The media bashes the holiest of weeks

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time in the entire Catholic Church calendar.

When it comes to religion, if you're anything but Catholic or Christian, you are off limits to the liberal news media. If you are Catholic or Christian, it's open hunting season, every day, 24/7.

Colleen Raezler of the Culture and Media Institute writes:

"This Holy Week has been typical. Newsweek proclaimed 'The Decline and Fall of Chrisitan America' on its cover. The Washington Post/Newsweek 'On Faith' blog featured a post that belittled the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Discovery Channel aired a documentary that painted Jesus as little more than an opportunistic politician who caught a bad break in a trial. These are just the most notable recent instances of secular media’s disdain for traditional Christians and the tenets of their faith. Anti-Christianism is the last acceptable prejudice. The assault on Christian beliefs and morality is ongoing."

Here's her entire column.

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