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

TODAY:  Snow, possibly 1-2 inches. seasonal temperatures. 

SUNDAY: Snow showers. Colder than Saturday. "F"

“OK we know you’re in there…  Come out with your paws up and your tail between your legs!!!  That’s it… nice and slow…  put the squeaky toy down and no one will get hurt.”

“But officer, I can explain!  Max was just doing his job!  He was protecting our family!  He heard a strange noise in the garage and wanted to alert us.”

“Mister, you have the RIGHT to remain silent.  Your dog, on the other hand, is ORDERED to remain silent.  If Max disobeys this order he will be sentenced to debarking.”

Sound as far-fetched as a Frisbee on a day with 45 MPH winds?  Maybe not.  Those Loony Toon bureaucrats in California with nothing better to do are going to start enforcing a new Anti-Nuisance Ordinance beginning next month.  Is your dog barking too much ACCORDING TO YOUR NEIGHBORS?  Get ready to fork over up to $500 for each “violation.”

Never mind that there are already laws on the books in Riverside County that address this issue.  Let’s take the resources to create and enforce NEW legislation that by comparison won’t necessarily change the dog’s behavior, it will only cost its owner more money.  Or could it change the dog’s behavior?  From a CBS News article:

“Remedies might include obedience training, containing the dog within an enclosed space, such as a garage, restricting the amount of time the animal is allowed outside -- or debarking the dog so it doesn't vocalize beyond a whisper.  OK, so my neighbor thinks my dog barks too much…  let me just take it to the vet to have it’s vocal cords ripped out.  There’s a great solution!  You can read the entire article here.  

Of course there are no statistics offered as to how much this new system will cost the taxpayers.  It’s just one more example of government stepping in and over-regulating when it is not necessary.

In the City of Milwaukee, the Department of Neighborhood Services follows this process:


All animal noise complaints should be referred to the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS). A letter stating the animal's address, the complainant's name, address and phone number and a general description of the problem must be sent to DNS–Nuisance and Environmental Health Division, 4001 S. 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221. After the DNS verifies both addresses, a warning letter will be typed. The inspector will attempt to personally serve the letter on the animal owner along with literature and a copy of the applicable ordinance. If the inspector cannot make contact after a few tries, the letter will be mailed to the animal owner's home. The complainant will then be sent a follow-up letter informing he/she of what was sent to the animal owner along with a petition for commencement of prosecution. If the noise problem continues after the complainant receives the petition, the complainant must document dates and times that it is occurring and return it to DNS. He/she should also try to get at least one person from another household, who is bothered by the noise, to sign the petition. Once DNS receives the petition a citation will be issued. A CITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS THE COMPLAINANT IS WILLING TO APPEAR IN THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. To make further complaints call DNS at 286-2268.

Check out the sentence at the bottom in CAPITAL LETTERS.  It seems to be perfectly reasonable to me to expect the person complaining about my dog to show up at the hearing.  I could have a neighbor who dislikes dogs on principal.  The fool could just be a “cat person.”  Suddenly Neighbor Of The Year is calling Animal Services once a week saying that Max is at it again, and I’m trying to figure out if I should take the fine out of his Doggy Treat fund.

It must be nice for California to have so much time & money on its hands that they can revise a way to regulate dog barking.  It’s a good thing they’ve solved all the issues for homeless and unemployed persons, and that immigration is as tight as a Master Lock.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. As far-fetched as a Frisbee on a day with 45 MPH winds? I like it.

Time once again for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Let's start off with a really nice, warm, fuzzy story. Tanker is headed for fame and a starring role in movie, despite having just two legs.

More good news......Michou, an abandoned miniature poodle is recovering. And Java  is safe and sound, too.

Dear Mr. President: Pick a mutt. The experts say, take your time,  but the choice is down to two breeds. And how much will that dog cost?

Jennifer has written about our neighbor, George and his great dog, Mickey who has been spotted this winter wearing sweaters. If George tries that in Britain, he could go to jail.

We all know that dogs eat some weird things. Have you ever heard of this?

Who knew that besides a mother, father, spouse, and offspring that dogs would also be responsible for an award-winning acting effort.

That's it for this week. Jennifer and I thank all of you dog lovers and just plain This Just In patrons for stopping by. We close with news of yet another dog flick that just opened this weekend in theaters. Here's the trailer for "Hotel for Dogs."

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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...


US Airways Flight 1149 crew.........and the rescuers.

Jayne incredible must-read story.


Racine mayor Gary Becker  (Becker was scheduled to attend the inauguration on your dime)

Marcelino de Jesus Martinez

Marcus Schrenker

Duck killer

These thugs


"You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions."

"As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11 -- but I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe."

"There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil."

"In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle and their two beautiful girls.”

"And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time, "good night."
President Bush in his farewell address to the nation.

"As the din of debate and argument fades, things that were once thought to be impossible are remembered years later as, well, inevitable. That is why, Mr. President, history's judgment is rarely the same as today's headlines."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, predicting history will be kind to President Bush.

“We were getting to the point where I felt very comfortable. The flight attendants began shouting ‘tuck and brace' over and over again. And then I looked at a co-pilot, who was sitting behind me. I asked if we were crashing. And (he) nodded, yes.I thought I was dead. And, then, we hit the water.”
Denise Lockie, one of the survivors of Thursday's crash of US Airways Flight 1549.

“The flight attendants started chanting in unison, ‘Lean forward and brace yourselves.' It was actually pretty calming (and) got everybody focused on what we needed to do.I just told people to grab your seat. I grabbed my seat and went out the left side door over the wing. I looked up and realized we were in the Hudson. I just got on the wing. Some crazy people jumped into the water."
Lee Fazzi, another US Airways Flight 1149 survivor.

"There were people talking behind me who thought we hit birds, but I dismissed that because it was harder than that. I actually thought we might have grazed another plane. Next thing you know, we're over the water and the pilot said, 'Brace for impact.' I was thinking -- no, I was positive -- we were all going to die. The stewardesses started chanting, 'Lower your head! Brace for impact!' You could smell smoke. We couldn't see smoke, but we could smell it. The engine on my side of the plane was shaking. The whole thing was shaking. I thought it was going to fall off. It was making a horrible noise. People on the right side, they could see flames coming out. We hit the water. The stewardesses in the front of the plane were fantastic. They deployed the raft. Because I was in the first row, I was first in. I jumped into it as it was inflating. The pilot was a stud. He was the last one into the raft. He was calm, processing everything. He asked us to do a head count (they counted 34). He was just a stud. It was clear he was in control, clear he knew what he was doing. We all got out orderly. When the boat came, we helped people up the netting -- women first, then the guys who'd been in the water. It was like we'd done it before. It was really a miracle."
US Airways Flight 1149 survivor Paul Jorgensen.

"We're crashing. This is it. I just want to tell you I love you, I love the kids, I love you, I love you, I love you."
US Airways Flight 1149 Vicki Barnhardt's voicemail left to her husband, Mike.

"That's it, I'm a single parent. Half your life is gone in one fell swoop. It's not something you wish on your worst enemy."
Mike Barnhardt's reaction to his wife's message."Just as an instinct, I erased it. It's not something you want to hear again. It's just nauseating to hear something like that, I'm glad I erased it."

"I've never quite been in this situation before of getting a massive pay cut, no bonus, no longer allowed to stay in decent hotels, no corporate airplane. I have to stand in line at the Northwest counter. I've never quite experienced this before. I'll let you know a year from now what it's like." 
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz in an interview with NPR

"....seducing all age females into being hot sluts."
Racine mayor Gary Becker describing his interests duirng an online chat with an undercover investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl. Becker agreed to meet at the mall, saying, "It will be hard to keep my hands off u in public" and "I would luv to get a hotel room and have lots of fun with u."

"We've maxed out our credit cards and now we're turning to our 'rich"'Uncle Sam and asking for his credit card to bail us out for the next two years.Suppose we get our share of the $500 billion to pay for ongoing educational and other programs. What happens when the federal funding runs out?"
State Senators Michael Ellis (R-Neenah) and Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) on Wisconsin's structural deficit and a propsoed federal stimulus package to the states.

"Forty-six years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy told members of Congress that: 'It is no contradiction - the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today's economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.' He was right. And it worked for President Ronald Reagan. In 1983, the year that the Reagan tax cuts went into effect, the national economy started the largest peacetime economic boom in American history. During this time, 5 million new businesses and 20 million new jobs were created. Tax reductions led to economic prosperity. Even President-elect Barack Obama is now calling for tax cuts."
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in a column last Sunday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Gary Becker undoubtedly is at the top of the list, but don't forget these items:

Governor Doyle wants to build high speed rail linking Chicago to Minneapolis.

The state fired, then re-hired a tech expert for a six-figure salary.


Dear mainstream media: Disgraced Racine mayor Gary Becker (see VILLAINS OF THE WEEK above) is a Democrat.


American (yawn) Idol is back.


I triple dog dare you!

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Birds messing up planes? It happens, a lot...

Try 4,000 times a week.

What do SE Wisconsin and Hawaii have in common today?

Take a look...

Keep this, and these Democrats' names in mind...

State Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) and state Rperesentative Mark Pocan (D-Madison) are demanding to know how much it cost Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to sue the Government Accountability Board to verify the identities of thousands of voters dating back to 2006 before the Nov. 4 election.

Suddenly, these tax and spend liberals who have voted for one huge bloated budget, tax, and fee increase after another have transformed themselves into fiscal conservatives. They are trying to pass themselves  off as oh so concerned about the taxpayers when they should be worried (but are not) about clean elections. These are the same guys who have voted against every attempt to require photo ID for voting.

Good for the Attorney General who informed mega liberals Miller and Pocan the cost of his lawsuit was $155.

Miller and Pocan, by the way, support a $15,2 billion state government health care program that would be the largest tax increase in the history of America. But $155 to ensure clean elections? My God, we can't have that!


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