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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.

More Music of Christmas-Hawaiian style

More music of Christmas


My wife and I just spent our babymoon in the 50th state. Right along with the tropical breezes and warm temperatures were plenty of seasonal decorations and lots of holiday music. This could be construed as audio and/or video torture, but given our climate as of late, I thought it would actually be nice to share some tunes Jennifer and I saw performed in Hawaii. 

Bing Crosby recorded 6 Christmas songs with the Andrews Sisters for Decca Records. Here's the well-known 1950 tune, "Mele Kalikimaka." (If this becomes too painful and you must turn away, I think I understand).



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I'll ask the question again


Walk into the Franklin Public Library, straight ahead, through the front doors, there it is, a large Christmas tree.

Inside Franklin City Hall, there is no large Christmas tree. Outside? Nope.

Inside the City Clerk's Office, there on the reception desk, there's one of those minature jobs, about a foot tall. If there's a larger tree somewhere else in the building, I'm unaware.

A tree is one thing. How about a creche? My, wouldn't that be.....authentic. Try appropriate.

And so I ask, as I did in a blog last December, should Franklin City Hall display a Nativity scene?

I say .......

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YES.
 

It’s too late for this year, but I would wholeheartedly support setting up a Nativity scene inside or outside Franklin City Hall next year.

Numerous city halls around the country or city owned property have Nativity displays. 

By the way…..if you were even slightly upset or a bit uneasy reading this blog, then, I'm sorry, but you just don’t get it and never will.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A Milwaukee legend is dead

Milwaukee polka king Louie Bashell died Wednesday after a long illness.

In January of 2007, Rick Romell of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote:

"If you're younger than, say, 50, you probably don't know it, but in Wisconsin, Louie Bashell and 'Concertina Millie' Kaminski are polka royalty, which is why they're here.

Not here literally _ although on a recent afternoon that's true _ but here figuratively and permanently, enshrined at the Chandelier Ballroom in the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame.

For 75 years, until he was pushing 90, Louie worked spots like the Chandelier, cut records and generally tore up the Slovenian-style polka world. In his Hall of Fame photo, he's rearing back with his Lo Duca accordion, a shock of thick white hair topping his head and a fierce grin on his face.

Millie still plays. For that matter, she still cuts her own lawn. She started in music at age 12 and, while she's coy about her age _ 'What you don't know won't hurt you,' she says _ the fact is she's within a few laps of Louie. She's played on TV and radio, in many taverns and at lots of weddings. Lately, she's been playing funerals.

In her Hall of Fame photo, Millie rests her chin on crossed hands, cradling her concertina like it was a favorite pet. She's pleased to be here, but has an interesting way of keeping the honor in perspective.

'When you're dead,' she says, 'at least there's still a picture of you up there. If your relatives got your pictures, I think they kind of throw `em away.'

Thanks to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, that won't happen to her and Louie. Now they belong to the ages."



A February 1996 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article reported:

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And we choose to live here...


Why?

Oh, why?

Rod Blagojevich = D = MSM ZZZZZZZZZZZ


Rod Blagojevich doesn’t have an “R” after his name. Therefore, he gets special treatment from the mainstream media (MSM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center puts it in the proper perspective:

“In a Republican scandal, the offending politician is usually described as a Republican in the very first sentence, and deservedly so. In a Democrat scandal, the party identification of the perpetrator can arrive in paragraph eight. Or not at all.

Then, reporters declared that a Blagojevich resignation or impeachment could arrive any day, and suggested the story could soon be finished. (When Republicans are in the crosshairs, reporters announce ‘this story isn’t going away any time soon.’)”

And just when is the Illinois governor going to resign? You can bet a Republican in this very position would have left office a long time ago.

Read Bozell’s entire column.

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