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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.

My most popular blogs

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:

1) Photos of the Week (3/01/09)

2) Week-ends (2/28/09)

3) The Barking Lot (2/28/09)

4) Would I get in trouble if I said a woman shouldn't be allowed to breast-feed in a situation like this?

5) Are the Fighting Irish like the rising Phoenix?

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:


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."

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