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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.

Culinary no-no #82

Culinary no-no's

Breakfast may really be the most important meal of the day.

Dr Mark Pereira, formerly of the Harvard medical School, now an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Registered dietician and blogger Julie Whittington from Lake Norman, North Carolina writes:

“If you are concerned about not feeling hungry in the morning or not having enough time to eat breakfast, perhaps you should re-evaluate your daily routine.  Ask yourself the following questions if you regularly skip breakfast or eat an unbalanced breakfast in the morning: (1) Am I dragging by mid-morning? (2) Am I grouchy and lacking concentration in the morning? (3) Do I tend to get very hungry mid-afternoon or late in the evening? (4) Are my other responsibilities (i.e. work, camp, etc.) more important than staying healthy?”

Hold that thought.

EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida is in the midst of their annual International Food and Wine Festival.

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Obama and the bracelet

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Barack Obama just couldn’t stand to be upstaged during a memorable moment at last Friday’s debate with John McCain.

McCain had just answered a question about Iraq by referring to a bracelet he wears to honor a soldier killed in the war. Obama said that he, too, had a bracelet.

Then he hesitated and stumbled because he couldn’t remember the name of the young man on the bracelet that he’s been wearing since February. And he proceeded to talk about the bracelet, even though the soldier’s mother asked him last February not to discuss the bracelet anytime on the campaign trail, during speeches or at debates. Since the debate took place, the mother said she didn't have a problem with what Obama did.

No big deal, you say?

Breaking a confidence is substantial, especially betraying the trust of a woman who lost a son in Iraq. It also doesn't matter what the mother says today, it's what she asked Obama months ago that matters and the fact Obama did just the opposite.

It made for quite the discussion today as I filled in for Mark Belling on WISN. Here are details from ABC.

UPDATE: There are reports that Obama has been consistently talking about the bracelet on the campaign trail despite Jopek's request back in February. Thus, Obama refuses to respect the wishes of the family and last Friday was not the first time Obama brought up the bracelet in public. Here's just one example from May of this year.

(Announcer whispers) The password is "grandstanding"

Last week was another wild one in Franklin politics. I lost track of how many times elected officials and Franklin bloggers used the word, “grandstanding” to describe Franklin alderman Steve Olson’s proposed resolution to do away with the  $150 bonus checks Common Council members get every month courtesy of the Franklin taxpayers to spend however they choose.

Franklin is fortunate to have concerned, well-intentioned community bloggers who follow issues, attend meetings, and do some digging. On the Olson resolution, they, along with elected officials, crossed the line.

They certainly can and should question the merits of any proposal, and they did. But they also questioned the alderman’s motivation, to the point of being petty and personal, calling Olson lazy, a politician hogging for the limelight.


Blogger Bryan Maersch was correct when he wrote, “
Last Common Council meeting (September 8th) Council President Steve Taylor proposed and received the abolishment of fee waivers to Franklin Non-Profits which was quickly vetoed by the Mayor on September 11th.  A supposed $5,000 dollar savings to Franklin taxpayers.  I guess there was no political grandstanding going on there!!!!”

But it was “grandstanding” when an alderman some people just don’t like was behind the proposal.

Citizens have been instructed on these blogs to check the agendas of public meetings, and yet nobody would have known about Olson’s proposal unless I had blogged about it a few days before the last Council meeting. Suddenly everybody had an opinion.

Alderman Olson can handle the criticism and doesn’t need me to speak on his behalf. But it is extremely unfair to say an alderman, any alderman is “grandstanding” for introducing a legitimate, thoughtful proposal.

Thanks once again, J.Gravelle!


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Why Conservatives Should Love Tom Barrett

By guest blogger J. Gravelle

A conservative mayor couldn't have spearheaded as ambitious a crime fighting initiative in Milwaukee's inner-city as Tom Barrett has.

Any right-wing leader who would dare recruit an out-of-town white guy to displace a female Chief of Police and start locking up inner-city gangstas (in disproportionately melanin-rich proportions, mind you) would face the unrelenting wrath of editorial boards, political activists, and haughty minority pontificators like Eugene Kane and Joel McNally.  (McNally is TOO a minority, dammit.  He's a hippie with a lifelong career that didn't involve a tambourine player.)

I like to think I'm a good judge of character.   I've been wrong about folks before, but I have a pretty good lifetime batting average when analyzing people.  And I know I'm not the first person who, while being 180 degrees out of phase with Tom Barrett's political philosophy, thinks he's probably a nice guy.

I met Tom Barrett a couple times before he became mayor of Milwaukee.  He seems genuinely sincere, genuinely concerned, and genuinely committed to public service.

Being a liberal, he's also often genuinely wrong about a lot of things, which I've written about many times before, on my blog, the Daily-- nah, I won't start that again.

But he was (and is) right to be aggressive toward inner-city crime.  It is a cancer eating Milwaukee from within, and Doctor Barrett wouldn't be allowed to hold a scalpel anywhere near that tumor if he were a right-winger.   Take the Hugo Chavez poster off his wall, hang an autographed Ronald Reagan 8-by-10 in its place, and imagine what a different scenario it would be.

A Republican Tom Barrett would be pilloried for Ed Flynn, for every task force, for every re-assigned officer, and for every stepped-up law enforcement effort aimed at curtailing crime anywhere north of Wells Street, by the same people who are currently willing to look the other way just because Hizonner doesn't have any lapel pins with elephants on them.

The fact of the matter is that, at least when it comes to addressing inner-city crime, the best conservative for the job is probably a liberal:  Tom Barrett...

- J. Gravelle

[ Every so often, Gravelle stops rambling long enough to make a salient political point.  If you see his pharmacist, thank him for that...]

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