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.
"We've begun to put the brakes on this recession and ... the worst may be behind us.
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...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
The citizens who exercised their free speech rights and committed flagrant acts of democracy by attending town hall meetings and vociferously informed their elected representatives they oppose the transformation of America into a Marxist society. They've been referred to by the left as "an angry mob," "racists," and "terrorists."
HT: Charlies Sykes
The GOP members of the Joint Finance Committee who voted against trains.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
A left wing angry mob
Why is this scumbag still alive?
Four Wisconsin women
Senator Barbara Boxer
The city of Tulare, California
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin
"The Republicans and their allied groups desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill ... are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country."
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse
"They can’t stand the fact that real Americans are showing up at townhall meetings and demanding that elected officials listen to them for once. When you move the country toward socialism at such a rate, and bail out failed companies, raise taxes, explode the deficits and demonize millions of Americans, what do you expect their response to be?”
Brendan Steinhauser of Freedom Works
“Sen. Barbara Boxer insists the protests have to be fake because the protestors are too ‘well-dressed.’ Likewise, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says this is all ‘manufactured anger’ because the protestors -- he calls them the ‘Brooks Brothers Brigade’ -- are too tastefully appointed to be authentic protestors. Apparently only filthy hippies can petition government.”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg
President Obama on the economy.
Spokesman for Governor Doyle, Lee Sensnebrenner on Chandra Miller Fienen. Less than 24 hours after it was learned that Miller Fienen is not allowed to practice law in
"The advertising recession continues to affect our business. While these changes are difficult, we must be diligent about reducing our expense platform in order to preserve the overall strength of the Journal Sentinel through and beyond this challenging time. Today we also need to say thank-you to a number of Journal Sentinel colleagues for many years of exceptional service."
Steven Smith, chairman and CEO of Journal Communications as the company continued to reduce its workforce.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
$200-million for new jets for travel by Pentagon officials
And a related story...
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Earth to mainstream media: Abortion coverage is in ObamaCare.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Losing 247,000 jobs in July under an Obama administration.......IS GREAT NEWS!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
For $19, you will get nothing and like it.
Save the planet...pee in the shower.
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.
"We've begun to put the brakes on this recession and ... the worst may be behind us.
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!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Windy with thunderstorms likely. Some could be severe with rainfall totaling an inch. High of 90. "F"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and windy. High of 94. "C"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
The weather folks promise hot, humid, blazing conditions (finally) this weekend. No complaints here. After all, it’s August.
Let’s get right into it this week with an appropriate track from Fattburger. The San Diego-based band blends funk, blues and Latin jazz in what is often called, “The San Diego Sound.”
It’s an impressive group. Various band members have backed up Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly, Herbie Mann, Dave Valentin, Clark Terry, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Al Di Miola and Luis Miguel.
Drummer Kevin Koch hails from
Tonight, after sundown, and that is the best time to view and listen to our weekly Goodnight musical feature, it gets HOT.
Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot as Jennifer and I blog about dogs. Then it’s the week in review, Week-ends and Recommended Reading.
Sunday, My Most Popular Bogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here’s one of the featured pictures:
This is not a good day for a good friend of mine. Today is his wedding anniversary.
I know that didn’t sound very nice at all so let me clarify. My friend would like to spend the evening with his wife but can’t because he’s working with me backstage at the Main Stage at the
How much does he love the Moody Blues? He is of the strong belief that the Moody Blues are the greatest band to come out of
There’s nothing wrong with my friend’s passionate opinion given that musical tastes are, naturally, quite subjective except that there’s something wrong with that.
He and I have this occasional cordial discussion about the Moody Blues and it came up again last night about a half hour before Foreigner hit the Main Stage. My friend once again was lamenting the fact that instead of sitting in the
Last night, the Moody topic surfaced with my friend saying his usual. I’ve heard it so many times I know it by heart. They’re the best. They’re even the best songwriters to ever live.
Just a few feet from us stood a string bean of a young guy, just checking out the stage he’d be playing on in about 30 minutes.
“Excuse me, sir” I said.
“Yes?” he replied.
“In your opinion, what is the greatest band to ever come out of
He immediately broke into a sheepish grin.
“Well, of course, I’d have to say the Beatles, but…”
“Now stop right there, young man” I said, “because you’d be absolutely right.”
Then I looked at my friend and said, “You see, he’s a musician so he ought to know.”
The musician laughed as he said, “Ooooh, ahm stayin’ outta this one!” It turns out he was Foreigner keyboardist Michael Bluestein.
Later, when I helped escort the band from their dressing room to the stage, Bluestein got halfway up the stage steps, turned to me and asked, “Did you ever get that resolved?”
“No, we didn’t, but you certainly were a big help!”
The Moody Blues, a better band than the Beatles? Better songwriters than Lennon and McCartney?
Happy Anniversary to my poor, disillusioned friend.