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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.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

: The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just by my wife and yours truly. Jennifer provides the opening blog and then I bring you DOGS IN THE NEWS.

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

TODAY:  “A” all day and this evening.

SUNDAY:  Ditto. A picture perfect dog-walking weekend is in store.

Everyone plays the dreaming game “If I ever won the lottery…”  For me the list includes charitable donations, paying off our home, a European cruise, and purchasing a second home in Arizona to escape the terrible Wisconsin winters.  After those are accomplished I have only half-jokingly said that I would seek out the best Hollywood plastic surgeon and come home with a new body.  Then common sense takes over and I nix the nip-and-tuck plan.

In recent research for The Barking Lot I noticed topics on animal welfare websites discussing cosmetic surgery for dogs.  I must admit it isn’t something I’ve given too much thought to in the past.  As I have mentioned before I am NOT a card-carrying member of PETA.  I am proud to be a carnivore and feel we are at the top of the food chain for a reason.

I have always said that I would never choose to crop my dog’s ears or dock its tail.  I feel that nature made the dog a certain way and I would not want to alter that.  I do understand that show dogs have this done quite often to conform to breed standards.  And for as many dog shows as I watch I really don’t sit there and think, “They never should have docked that Soft Coated Wheaton’s tail!”

Since my dog Sugar was half Basenji hound, she displayed every Basenji physical characteristic including curly “pig tail” and perky ears.  She also did not bark.  She could, but only on occasion would she let out a soft chortle.  Skippy, on the other hand, was a rambunctious Springer Spaniel who would, literally, bark at leaves blowing down the street in the fall.  Were there times we all wished she would suffer a bout of extended laryngitis?  Of course.  Would we ever consider having her surgically “debarked?”  Never.

Most people are familiar with tail docking and ear cropping, and some are familiar with debarking.  But how VAIN are you if you need cosmetic surgery for your DOG???

May I suggest any money you would spend on this surgery, you put towards some psychotherapy for yourself?
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks again, Jennifer. My turn. Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

We've had some pretty serious weather the past few weeks. Federal law requires that state and local governments help animals during an emergency or natural disaster.

No muskrat love in Kaukauna.

It works for Superman and Batman. Can a cape turn your dog into a superhero?

In today's Journal Sentinel Cue section, kids and pets.

A star is a shelter.

And  here's a great story about the heroics of Buddy, including video.

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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...


Kelley Becherer......the pride of Sheboygan

Good Samaritan

Steve Oswald


William Murray

Son brutally murders mother

Ryan Mueller

Congressman Charlie Rangel

MPS: Pancakes =higher taxes


“I hadn’t even sat down on the couch and Doug said, ‘We’re going to make a change.’Over the next 15 minutes, I did say that I didn’t have answers for what happened the last two weeks. It’s been difficult for everybody. I don’t know if this is going to do it. I really don’t.I put my heart and soul into this team for six years,” said Yost, who spoke from his residence in Milwaukee. “We were 16 games over .500. Nobody’s going to tell me we weren’t going to make the playoffs.”
Ned Yost, about being fired as manager by the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I was really surprised at the timing of it. I, at least, thought they’d let the season play out and see what happened, but they felt like they needed to make a decision.”
Brewer All-Star Ryan Braun

"It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
Democrat VP candidate Joe Biden on the need for higher taxes.

"Today, Senator Obama's running mate said that raising taxes is patriotic. Raising taxes in a tough economy isn't patriotic, it isn't a badge of honor, it's just plain dumb."
John McCain

I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face."
Barack Obama

"Face-to-face contact with undecided voters is the single most effective way to grow this movement. No experience is required, and we'll help you make the trip as easily as possible with either housing in Nevada or discounted group rates at an area hotel."
Obama's California field director Mary Jane Stevenson, organizing a bus trip of Obama supporters and using housing incentives to increase the numbers.

"Barack Obama, you see, is done fixing souls. It's time to crack heads. Prodded by panicked Democrats to take off his white gloves, he issued a Call to Strong Arm to his legions of angry followers on Wednesday. Hope is out. Hellfire is in.Yep, a bunch of angry Obama cultists and left-wing ACORN drifters are coming to your neighborhoods to accuse you of racism, call you unpatriotic for not bowing down and forking over more taxes to keep the Mother Ship afloat, and check your tire pressure and thermostats while they're at it. Feel the power of positive change."
Blogger Michelle Malkin

‘‘People shouldn’t make a decision this time based on, ’I like that guy’ or ’she’s cute. And I’m talking about me.’'
Michelle Obama

“I think Sarah Palin is an excellent choice, and not just because she’s a woman. It’s good to have a governor on one of the tickets. … I think she brings a different set of skills.”
Kathy Riordan of Wausau at the McCian/Palin rally in Ashwaubenon this week. Riordan is a registered Democrat who planned to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Now she intends to cast a ballot for McCain.

"I’m deeply concerned with the rights of every eligible citizen to cast a vote and have it count. That’s why I have brought this suit. The fact is that following the law disenfranchises no one. Our law creates safeguards, such as same-day registration and provisional balloting, to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot on Election Day and have it count."
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, on his lawsuit against the state's Government Accountability Board. The GAB has refused to retroactively check the verification of voter registrations back to 2006.

“Rather than get hung up on exchanges that aren’t going to lead anywhere, I want to give the operators an option today.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke renewing his call for safety shields and pepper-spray training for Milwuakee County bus drivers.

“I can tell you right now, if the sheriff is willing to train our members and allow us to do this (carry pepper spray on the job), I could get you 3, 4, 5, 600 operators willing to do this right now. They want the protection. They need the protection.”
Brandon Jensen, financial secretary-treasurer for the bus driver's union.

"There's nothing wrong with our furniture."
Jennifer Fischer to Kevin.


Killing babies in Sarah Plain's name.


The free market didn't cause this week's fiscal problems. Government interference in the free market was the culprit. The federal government mandates that financial institutions make loans to just about anyone, regardless of their credit rating. Neal Boortz explains in his latest column:

"Acme bank didn’t want to loan money to Joe Homebuyer because Joe had a spotty job history, owed too much money on his credit cards, and wasn’t all that good at making payments on time. The politicians told Acme Bank to figure out a way to make that loan, because, after all, Joe is a bona-fide minority-American, or forget about opening that new branch office on the Southside. The loan was made under politicial pressure; the loan, with millions like it, failed – and now we are left to enjoy today’s headlines."

t's the honest explanation and story the media won't tell.


The media told us this week that our financial crisis was the worst our country had even experienced, worse than the Depression.

Most Americans don't have a clue what a Depression is really like.


What would you give up for Packer tickets?

How much should an inmate get for having to sleep on a wet mattress?

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.

Coming up on This Just In...

Our regular weekend features..

Better half Jennifer takes you inside The Barking Lot where I bring you Dogs In The News with another incredible canine hero story.

Speaking of heroes, who makes our heroes and villains list in Week-ends? Check it out Saturday morning.

On Sunday, the top five blogs from the past week, Photos of the Week, and the ever popular Culinary no-no.

This Just In might have a found a culinary no-no in Franklin. I’ll have that for you as well this weekend, and lots of other stuff in-between.

Class, your assignment today is to trash Sarah Palin

Academia in America is dominated by liberal philosophy in classrooms where liberal professors rule. Their job is to teach, not to indoctrinate or peddle their political views.

It’s an outrage when a professor in a taxpayer-supported institution assigns an essay to his students who are told to write negative papers about Sarah Palin.

An investigation is underway in Colorado.

Here’s more in this ABC video.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: We're slow but we're worth waiting for

That’s a nice round-up of great places to patronize on Blue Mound Road before and after a Brewers game in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today.

But the timing of the article is strange, with the season almost over and only six home games remaining.

Wouldn’t this have been better had it hit the paper in April or May?

Next week in the Friday Cue section: Restaurants with great outdoor patios.

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