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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.

Should this person be allowed to blog?

Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife, Laci and their unborn son, Connor in 2004. Sentenced to death in 2005, Peterson awaits a lethal injection while his case is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While on death row in San Quentin, this convicted killer spends his time blogging. Peterson doesn’t have access to the Internet, but he’s allowed to blog on his family’s website, searching for sympathy and crying out that he’s innocent. Peterson’s blog also includes photos of him and Laci.

Inmates are afforded taxpayer-funded food, clothing, shelter, law libraries, college courses, paid work, recreation, gymnasiums, cable TV, Sego, Nintendo,  and now it seems, the opportunity to engage in a public forum by blogging.

Anyone can blog, if they have a computer. Here’s a novel concept. Take Peterson’s computer away. He’s in a prison, not a Hilton and he’s awaiting death for savagely killing two people.  Let him add that to his appeal and see what happens. 

Unfortunately, appeals take time, especially in death penalty cases. The Supreme Court may rule against Peterson. I hope it does and soon. If and when that happens, capital punishment needs to be meted out quickly. The death penalty can hardly be a deterrent if there are endless appeals, the punishment isn’t actually administered, and if we’re now going to add blogging to the list of prison “perks.”

Here are more details, and reaction from Laci Peterson’s mother.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

By Jennifer Fischer

As I have said several times on The Barking Lot, the main goal of my blog is to entertain, enlighten and warm your heart about all things Dog.  The topic of puppy mills is so horrifying to me that I generally stay away from it, because I like to keep things positive in my stories.

Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shares the story that the Wisconsin Humane Society has purchased what WAS the largest puppy mill in Wisconsin for what they said was “pennies on the dollar.”  I would say that every penny was well spent!  Today’s TMJ4 reported on it as well.

What these sweet, innocent puppies and dogs went through is really more than I can comprehend.  I know I am not the only person who would like to see the owners of these puppy mills suffer the same horrific conditions that the dogs did.  I would love to see THEM in tiny wire cages with nothing soft to lie on.  Of course they would share this “telephone booth-sized” cage with about twelve other adults.  For dinner, I would gladly feed them the Nutra Loaf  that Kevin blogged about last week.  If they started to feel ill, too bad.  No medicine for them.  And to round out the experience they would not have any outside contact from the human world… they would simply be left to their own devices with each other in that miserable existence.  We all know that won’t happen but we can dream.  Instead we can focus on supporting puppy mill legislation that is being worked on.

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers this press release about the wonderful purchase of the Puppy Haven Kennel.

Of course there are numerous expenses associated with this purchase.  Please consider a donation to help cover the enormous costs of this acquisition.  I have had many fundraising jobs for non-profit organizations.  I can tell you that any donation, no matter how insignificant YOU may think it is, is greatly appreciated.  I know that the Wisconsin Human Society feels that way too.  You can mail a check to them or follow the link to make a secure on-line donation. 

I am confident that these puppies and dogs will soon find loving adoptive homes.  I look forward to hearing updates about this project and hope to bring you another story soon.  I would like to offer a sincere, heart-felt THANK YOU to the Wisconsin Humane Society for creating a loving and hopeful future for these precious pups.
---Jennifer Fischer

The Humane Society's wonderful gesture is so important because sadly, so many dogs are abandoned, neglected, even tortured. All week long I've been following a disturbing story out of Texas where a boyfreind scorned took out his anger on a poor, defenseless puppy. Here's the story and video with a disclaimer that the details are very upsetting. CNN has more.

UPDATE: Doctors say "Phoenix" is wagging his tail and can almost stand without falling. He appears to be mostly blind, but was able to find a bit of food on his plate and is now eating on his own.

Let's continue with DOGS IN THE NEWS, more canines that made headlines the past week.

Andre has only two legs, but is a VIP, Very Important Pooch.

Dogs are great for TV ratings.  However, the show's second week saw a drop of over two million viewers. Time to bounce back, guys!

And Incredibly, a dog lost five years ago is back home.

That's it for this week. Unlike previous weekends, this one's not an A+ when it comes to dog walking. Take the umbrella.

And consider adoption.

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Coggs wants to line her pocket


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Still to come on This Just In...

Lots to do this weekend but I hope you'll check in here for our regular weekend features

Still to come tonight, we pull out our guitars for another Friday Night Live, featuring live music from the 70's.

That's at 11:30 tonight music lovers (Or first thing tomorrow morning if you can't stay awake).

Saturday morning, it's Week-ends.

This person makes the list.....

Sex Sting

Is that shirt telling the truth?

Also on Week-ends....

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The Milwaukee County Board isn't being truthful about the sales tax

History proves it.

In 1991, the Milwaukee County Board raised the county sales tax, promising property tax relief in return.

What happened? You know what happened if you own a house in Tax Hell, USA.

Between 1992 and 2002, property taxes jumped a whopping, eye-opening 55% in Milwaukee County.

Now the Milwaukee County Board is back, hoping a referendum will go on the November ballot asking voters to TRIPLE the county sales tax. County supervisors who support this folly claim $130-million will be raised and half will go to property tax relief.

There is absolutely no way they can keep that promise. You know and I know they will spend that money. Property taxes go down? Here? Who do they think they’re kidding???

You do not lower taxes by raising another tax.

Unfortunately, even when this gets shot down, big time in November, the clueless County Board still won’t get it.

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