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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.

Don't forget, Sunday is Flag Day

An illustration of the Grand Union Flag of 1776 is on display. This was the first flag used by the American colonies to symbolize their unity during the War of Independence.

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Recommended reading (06/13/09)

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Dear David Letterman

"Will you teach your son to talk about women and girls the way you talk about Sarah Palin and her daughters?

Face it: David Letterman, late-night entertainer-turned-partisan hack/hitman has a deranged obsession with Sarah Palin and her family that has crossed into rank bigotry and hatred."

The Party of 'Know,' not 'No'

"Let the guitar boy help the spelling-challenged Democrats understand what the bedrock of the Republican Party -- conservatives -- instinctively know."

Fretting over torture

"It seems plain that a state is justified in undertaking any action that will deter or interdict an enemy whose capabilities and intent demonstrate, beyond all judgment and argument, a violent act that will kill citizens whom the state is obliged to secure. Assuming the evidences are beyond question, and the imminence of the act is certain, then the state may take the life of the assailant, or, if taking his life is unnecessary, may do those things required to make it impossible for him to carry out his intended act."

The case for getting off base

"How Republicans got cast as the party of angry white males"

Voight calls Obama a 'good actor'

"It is a very, very slick, relentless campaign to build Obama as the answer to all our needs. They know what people want and they give it in a package that can be read off a teleprompter. That's not what our country is based upon."

Obama's health cost illusion

"The main White House argument for health-care reform goes something like this: If we spend now on a hugely expensive new insurance program for the middle class, we can save later by reducing overall U.S. health spending. This 'tastes great, less filling' theory could stand some scrutiny, not least because it is being used to rush through the greatest social spending program in American history."

Efficient Nationalized Health Care? Not So Fast...

"Apparently the agreed-upon approach is to give health care to 47 million new beneficiaries without massive new costs by being 'more efficient' in allocating the currently available health care assets. Well, efficiency is good, right? Not necessarily. 

Here is what this 'efficiency' would mean in stark terms: severely restricting health care services to our elderly, and the severely and terminally ill."

How to stop socialized health care

"If Democrats enact a public-option health-insurance program, America is on the way to becoming a European-style welfare state. To prevent this from happening, there are five arguments Republicans must make."

Obama hovers from on high

"Not that Obama considers himself divine. (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals, mere country, to gaze benignly upon the darkling plain beneath him where ignorant armies clash by night, blind to the common humanity that only he can see. Traveling the world, he brings the gospel of understanding and godly forbearance. We have all sinned against each other. We must now look beyond that and walk together to the sunny uplands of comity and understanding. He shall guide you."

The Fawn Patrol: How embarassing can the coverage get?

"Richard Wolffe covered the 2008 presidential campaign for Newsweek, and he really likes President Obama. No--I mean, he really, really likes President Obama. How much? Here's how much: Evan Thomas, a Newsweek editor, recently appeared on cable TV and said, 'In a way, Obama is standing above the country, above the world--he's sort of God.' And Evan Thomas says that Wolffe's coverage of Obama was too positive. That's how much."

Missing in action: American mainstream media

"Today we witness the greatest government intrusion into our economy in history. As these tax-and-spend, socialist, job-destroying, prosperity-restricting practices take hold, we witness another transformation. Our traditional media switch from anti-Bush attack dog to Obama-swooning lap dog."

Media driving customers away

"The slow decline of the MSM has been largely caused by its liberal bias."

Here is the cartoon mentioned in the above column)

Week-ends (06/13/09)


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...


Milwaukee police officers Graham M. Kunisch and Bryan J. Norberg, and taxicab driver Anthony Thompson
UPDATE: Thomas Aldana

Angelina Colton

Omar Gutierrez.........more.

Davonte Kelly

Sarah Palin

Geese rescuers

Emeril Lagasse

85-year old George Herbert Walker Bush

NFL Coaches Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens will be visiting U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region this summer. Former coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher also will be part of the USO tour involving NFL personnel.


James von Brunn

Tammi LaFave

Bernice Watson

U.S. Senators

David Letterman

Kyle Busch


"Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ...They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do." 
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright in an exclusive interview at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference. Wright told the Daily Press that he has not spoken to his former church member since Obama became president, and he implied that the White House won't allow Obama to talk to him.

"I hope Americans watching this story unfold, take away the most important lesson I have learned through all of this: nothing is more important than standing up for what you believe in, no matter what the cost may be. I've done my best under the difficult circumstances to handle the vicious attacks with integrity and show respect to others, even those who don't agree with me.

"I worked in good faith to meet my responsibilities as Miss California USA. I have met every scheduled appearance, and responsibility, as recently as May 31st. I have followed the proper protocol requested of me and haven't made any appearances or speaking engagements without the consent or approval from the Miss California USA or Miss Universe Organizations. I have not signed with any book publisher or taken on any business proposals. As of today, June 11, 2009, I have done everything possible to honor my contract.

"I am proud to be an American, and blessed to have had the opportunity to exercise my freedom of speech. I am excited and looking forward to where God leads me in the future. I know He has big plans for me. I am proud to be the strong woman God has molded me to be. I will always stand for the truth, respectfully, and never back down.

Thank you and God Bless."
Carrie Prejean after she was stripped of her title as Miss California.

“One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”
David Letterman on his late night TV show, noting that Sarah Palin while in New York took her daughter to a Yankee game.

"To attack a 14 year old, underage daughter of an upstanding American family, is to attack the safety of every 14 year old girl. Especially from a viagra'd-up 62 year old who few would be willing to leave their 14 year old alone with on a television stage, much less a private conversation with."
Conservative columnist Kevin McCullough, ripping Letterman.

"We have successful schools in the choice program where kids are learning, kids are succeeding and achieving their dreams and we're going to kill it.”
State Representative Leah Vukmuir (R-Wauwatosa), blasting Assembly Democrat amendments to kill school choice.

“This is a case where a proposed ordinance's reach exceeds its grasp.”
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper, striking down the city of Milwaukee’s sick leave ordinance.  In his ruling, Cooper noted that the ballot question that led to voter approval of the ordinance never mentioned provisions that allow victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to use sick time for legal action or relocation.

“We think it's a big victory for the city of Milwaukee and its economic competitiveness and a big victory for all the workers who rely on a competitive economy here in Milwaukee for their job."
Steve Baas of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce that challenged the ordinance.

“Earlier today, President Obama spoke at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Half of the Wisconsin crowd had never seen an African-American and the other half had never seen a skinny person.”
Late Night talk show host Conan O’Brien.

“I know he’s trying to be funny, but really, in his heart he needs to know what a great community this is. We’re going to invite him here for one of our great summer events or for a Packers game, at his expense. I think we owe it to him to educate him.”
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt reacting to O’Brien.

“Conan could probably use a good tailgate party in Green Bay. We’re probably heavy by his standards and he’s too thin by our standards.”
Paul Jadin, president of the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.


Legislative Democrats' continued assault on school choice.


I guess those 1,000 Obama protesters in Green Bay must have been invisible to Journal Sentinel reporters and editors.


Did you know that Adam Lambert is gay?


Naked man
found tied to rock says he doesn't need any help.

Wong Way no more.


How much would you pay for a parking space?

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.

State Assembly passes budget

The state Assembly passed its version of the tax and spend like nuts budget shortly after 5:00 this morning. The budget passed 50-48 with Representatives Ziegelbauer and Krusick voting no and Representative Wood, the Assembly's only Independent voting yes. 

Representative Milroy did not vote because his pregnant wife was rushed to the hospital.

The budget needed 50 votes to pass.


The Barking Lot (06/13/09)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Cloudy skies with rain in the morning, giving way to sun in the afternoon. High of 67.  "B"

SUNDAY:  REVISED FORECAST- Partly cloudy. High of 77. "A"


Our  weekly dog blog always tries to be informational, and we also want to feature as many positive, uplifting, emotional stories about dogs as possible.

As we frequently mention, the news isn’t always good. This week is a perfect example. The SPCA of Texas is offering a $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the skinning and killing of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. The dog was let outside to go to the bathroom and was abducted. Bonny was found in a field across the road from his owner’s home.

We have written about the case in the Green Bay area of a man putting the dog of an ex-girlfriend in an oven.

Recently, a pit bull was set on fire in Baltimore. Though rescued by a police officer, the dog still had to be euthanized.

Why do we include such disgusting, horrible, arguably offensive stories with all the warm, fuzzy, funny, inspirational tales? They are legitimate news items. And they illustrate that there are bad people who do very bad things who need to be caught and punished swiftly and severely to send the proper message to other would-be hooligans.

The Baltimore pit bull story raises a compelling issue. The outcry from the public was overwhelming. Thousands of dollars were raised in donations to try to capture the evil, twisted person(s) responsible.  Shaking her head in utter disbelief at all the attention was Veda "Pat" Allen. As the Baltimore Sun reports:

“When her 22-year-old son was shot in the head in 1992 in what city police said was a motiveless crime, she wonders, where were these people with their outrage, their tears, their checks?

I think it's very disheartening when a dog's life is more valued than that of a human,’ says Allen, who still lives in the crime-riddled Northwest Baltimore neighborhood where her son died and leads a victims group called ‘SAVE,’ Survivors Against Violence Everywhere. ‘Twenty-six thousand dollars to find out who murdered a dog? Where are our priorities?’”

Allen’s argument is well-taken. Generally speaking, in my many years in the news business, it seems that a story involving the abuse of a poor, defenseless animal is never short of a host of outraged sympathizers. However, that’s not always the case when the victim is a child. Will the courtroom be more filled when the Green Bay guy who killed the dog in the oven makes an appearance or during a Green Bay court hearing of child neglect, abuse, kidnapping? How about a child left inside a hot car?

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you love animals. No one wants to see any pet maimed or worse yet, killed. The life of a dog or cat, obviously, doesn’t elevate to the status of a human life. (I’m sure you’d get plenty of arguments from devout animal lovers who feel certain pets are far better than certain people. On that specific point, I’d have to agree).

Thank goodness it doesn’t have to be a case of either or, that there are good-hearted souls who care about the very needy among us, the two-legged variety or four.

Read more in the Baltimore Sun. 

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. We start out right where we left off, the pit bull story in Baltimore. Two teens have been charged. And letters keep coming into the newspaper.

This is one of the biggest dog stories in recent times. A dog dies after alerting the family to a fire.

Did police have to shoot this dog?

I shot your dog barked.

So, what you got there, pooch?

Does your unemployed dog need help with a resume?

Baby is gone, but not forgotten.

Never complain about your job. You could have this one.

This dog got stoned.

Would you cuddle with a pet ash pillow?

Hey, it's summer. How's about giving that dog of yours a beer?

Hey, doesn't Paris Hilton have dogs? How does Paris take care of them?.

Is your dog's shampoo safe?

And from today's comics section...

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. We close with a video checklist for adopting pets.


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