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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.

Nude photos


Responding to the burgeoning phenomenon of sexting, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is putting up billboards near schools with this message
:

"Protect yourself. And your reputation. Never send nude photos to anyone."

Okay. Who can argue with that.

But wouldn’t a better message be that kids shouldn’t be taking nude photos in the first place?

UPDATE: Week-ends


This morning, in my weekly "Week-ends" post, I mentioned my OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK:


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


This element of the Madison Kiefer story, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"The man who helped his son dump Madison Kiefer in the driveway of a Whitefish Bay home said Wednesday that he believed the 15-year-old girl had only passed out, but that 'looking back now, I wish I had done something different.'

About 9:30 a.m., according to court documents released Wednesday, Matthew and Richard Laughrin arrived at the 14-year-old's home with Kiefer in the back seat.
They dumped Kiefer and her belongings in the girl's driveway, threw her cell phone in the grass and drove off.

Richard Laughrin, 58, a Shorewood resident, said in an interview that only his son carried Kiefer out of the car and he didn't see where his son put her. He said a girl had come outside to meet them.

'I had no idea what was going on,' the elder Laughrin said.

The 14-year-old girl told police that Kiefer was breathing when she was brought to her home. But the girl's mother, a Columbia St. Mary's Hospital nurse, told police that when her daughter summoned her minutes later, Kiefer was not breathing, had no pulse and was cold to the touch.

The police report says Matthew Laughrin, who has two felony drug convictions, is a 'known drug user and suspected drug dealer'."


Here’s an update from the Journal Sentinel.

Doyle recall effort announced


The "Defending the American Dream Summit" continues for a couple more hours at the Midwest Airlines Center, a gathering of state conservatives.

Jsonline reports a Franklin resident created the biggest stir:

"The biggest roar of the day occurred when Orv Seymer of Citizen's For Responsible Government announced plans to stage a petition drive for a recall of Gov. Jim Doyle.

'We're going to need close to 10,000 circulators' of the petition, he said. 'It's a massive undertaking.'

'To hear about a recall of Doyle, that was the best news of all,' said attendee Anita Rudman of Milwaukee. 'We have to give the government back to the people. The government is not listening to actual Americans'."

Seymer's group knows a thing or two about recalls, having led successful efforts against former Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament and a number of former Milwaukee County Supervisors.

Read more.

Of course, this is a massive undertaking, but even if unsuccessful, it will provide a whole new database of potential campaign volunteers and donors.

Recommended reading

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. However, my disagreements notwithstanding, I still feel the piece is worth a read).


It's no the economy, stupid, it's Limbaugh

"
As the tax-and-spend policies of the Obama administration extend and deepen the recession, the new administration's strategy to deal with the fallout becomes clearer and clearer. Blame Rush Limbaugh."


The tiger is not dead

"There's an old adage that explains that one does not shoot arrows at dead tigers. If there is a fusillade of arrows flying in the direction of a tiger you can be sure of two things: the beast is very much alive and is seen as a dangerous threat to the people manning the bows. We are now watching this played out in the current scandal of a White House expending energy -- better spent on reviving the economy -- on an all-out and not-so-covert attack on a single talk-show radio host, Rush Limbaugh."


He's my president, but I don't have to like it

"Frankly, I don't know why anybody continues to hold Obama in high esteem. Maybe it's like those women who marry charming fellows only to discover after the vows have been exchanged that he's an abuser. In spite of the black eyes and split lips, the ladies are just too embarrassed to call the cops and have their friends and relatives discover what a dunderhead they've been."


Paul Ryan's road to recovery

"A constructive opposition party should be willing to call out the majority when it falls short. More important, Republicans must offer alternatives. In this spirit, here is what I would do differently."


Obama as Hitler

"This week President Obama exercised for the first time a policy decision that shares a trait held in common with Adolf Hitler."


Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under federal abortion legislation?

"A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law."


WEAC'S evolving standards

"Doyle announced his intention to increase school aids by $426 million over the biennium.  Even public school children in Wisconsin will recognize this as $46 million less than the increase authorized by McCallum in 2001."


The next airline fee

"There are fees for checked luggage, reservation changes and even pillows and blankets. And now, one airline is poised to start levying a fee when you....."


Luxury strikes out

"In a case of monumentally bad timing, this year three of the biggest names in pro sports -- the Yankees, New York Mets and Dallas Cowboys -- are opening three of the most expensive stadiums ever built, filled with premium-priced seats and luxury amenities. At a combined cost of more than $3.5 billion, the stadiums were conceived and financed in a vastly different environment, a time when corporations and municipalities were flush with cash. Now they're opening just as corporate America is going through a massive belt-tightening -- and trying to avoid the appearance of extravagance at all costs."


Harvey and me

"Were it not for Paul Harvey, who passed away last weekend, I would never have had the great honor of writing for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and many other leading Republicans from the early 1980s until the present."

Week-ends

Week-ends


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


Paul Ryan, Russ Feingold, and John McCain


Liz Clarke


For her recent 97th birthday,




Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign-spirited mother, Roberta, celebrated by cooking beef stroganoff, by herself, for 20 family members and friends. 



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Two charged in death of Madison Kiefer


Julio Cruz...and others


Belkis Gonzalez


Elyse Mamino


Michael Tessmer


Kari Heath


Counterfeiters



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“You're a very courageous man, Mr. President.  I am, after all, just The Last Man Standing.  If you take me out, if you can wipe me out in a debate and prove to the rest of America that what I say is senseless and wrong, do you realize you will own the United States of America? You will have no opposition. I will cover the cost, Mr. President, so that the taxpayers do not have to pay for it, as they did your Super Bowl party, and as they do your Wednesday afternoon cocktail party. So you have no excuses. I, Mr. President, will send my jet, EIB One, to pick you up and bring you here and take you back to wherever you want to go. You'd love it. It's not as big and luxurious as your jet, but it's got enough seats for your Secret Service detail. . . .  I worked for it. I paid for it. Taxpayers pay you for your travel. Nobody pays me for mine. I pay for it. I pay for the airplane. I pay for the travel. I pay for practically everything I do. We can talk about that, too. I could tell you what that's like.” 
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh challenging President Obama to a debate.


"I'm not voting for this. I don't -- I have typically not voted for omnibus bills because they always end up like this. And you know, the president should veto it."
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, on the omnibus spending bill approved by the House last week. Feingold objected to the earmarks in the $410 billion legislation.


"
Both parties have contributed to the mess we have. Our goal is to embarrass the pork out of Washington."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, on a new bill to restore line-item veto power for spending measures. Ryan introduced the bill with Feingold and U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona.


"After promising that he will reduce taxes on 95 percent of Americans, the administration's budget establishes a $646 billion energy tax hike that will impact anyone who uses electricity, drives a car, or relies on energy in any way."
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, on President Obama's federal budget proposal. Boehner says unless an American lives in an igloo that is heated by whale blubber and serviced by dog sled, they won't be receiving the president's much-ballyhooed tax cuts after all.


"I believe this suckulus package spawned by the Obama administration is going to leave the Americans who are looking to it as the grand societal salvo more disappointed than Lisa Marie was when she finally locked lips with Michael Jackson."
Radio talk show host and columnist Doug Giles


"
For them to propose this dangerous experiment shows how out-of-touch they are with the reality of criminal behavior. For the governor to make policy decisions on public safety, solely for budgetary purposes is reckless, irresponsible and an abdication of his most elementary responsibility--that being to secure the personal safety of citizens."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, ripping Governor Doyle's budget proposal  to allow felons to be released from priosn early.


"
If we can't do something like this, I don't think we deserve the majority."
State Senator Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, claiming the domestic partner registry will stay in the state budget. 


"If they are going to proceed with this, this is going to be settled in court."
Julaine Appling of the Family Research Council on Doyle's domestic partner budget proposal.


"
It's no great surprise, and even though I'm not saying it, I usually get introduced as the next governor or the guy who should be the next governor."
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker


"We are leaning very heavily toward getting in this fall and barring anything unforeseen at this point, that is the direction in which we are headed."
Homebuilder and former 1st District GOP Congressman Mark Neumann on his likely run for governor.


"There's nothing like rounding the bases with 'USA' on your chest."
Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones, a member of Team USA playing in the World Baseball Classic.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


This element of the Madison Kiefer story, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"The man who helped his son dump Madison Kiefer in the driveway of a Whitefish Bay home said Wednesday that he believed the 15-year-old girl had only passed out, but that 'looking back now, I wish I had done something different.'

About 9:30 a.m., according to court documents released Wednesday, Matthew and Richard Laughrin arrived at the 14-year-old's home with Kiefer in the back seat.
They dumped Kiefer and her belongings in the girl's driveway, threw her cell phone in the grass and drove off.

Richard Laughrin, 58, a Shorewood resident, said in an interview that only his son carried Kiefer out of the car and he didn't see where his son put her. He said a girl had come outside to meet them.

'I had no idea what was going on,' the elder Laughrin said.

The 14-year-old girl told police that Kiefer was breathing when she was brought to her home. But the girl's mother, a Columbia St. Mary's Hospital nurse, told police that when her daughter summoned her minutes later, Kiefer was not breathing, had no pulse and was cold to the touch.

The police report says Matthew Laughrin, who has two felony drug convictions, is a 'known drug user and suspected drug dealer'."



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Governor Doyle wants to unionize the home care industry, and is going about it in a sneaky fashion.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Quite a few this week. American Idol. Chris Brown. Michelle Obama's bare arms.

But the nod has to go to President Obama's greying hair. The NY Times saw fit to put this baby on their front page!  Please.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


I guess those nudists take their nudity very seriously.


What do you mean you're out??!!!


Guys, just get down on one knee and ask, ok?


At least he was, "polite."


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.

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