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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.

It's not easy being "green"

Topics talked about on WISN

Just ask Anne Hartridge and Matt George of Sacramento, California.

They are environmentalists to the nth degree. In the past, I’ve called their kind hyper-enviro’s. Believe it or not, I feel very sorry for them. Yes, you read that right.

As you know, the western part of the country is experiencing just the opposite of what we’ve had in the Midwest. Dry conditions led California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger to declare a statewide drought.

Hartridge and George, who just about rub sticks to start a fire to cook their meals, made the decision to be civic-minded and adhere to the Governor’s call. They stopped watering their lawn and let it die.

That’s when trouble erupted.

What do you think happened next?

If you thought that someone from the local government noticed and intervened…..

You would be ………………….

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WRONG!

No, something occurred before that.

Think suburbs.

Think busybody neighbors with nothing better to do.

Think elitist snob neighbors without a life.

Think neighbors who need a sense of humor transplant.

Now you got it!


SOME NEIGHBORS COMPLAINED!

And then the city of Sacramento pencil-pushing, rules are rules, let’s not use common sense geeky bureaucrats stepped in.

I guess none of them have ever met Arnold, the state’s #1 official I might add, in a dark alley, but they threatened the couple with a $746 fine if they didn’t take proper measures to restore their landscaping.

The couple asked, what can/should we do?

Being a government employee who hates big government, I love this. The response the couple got was they’d get their answer………………………………….in an e-mail.

Guess what?

The e-mail never came.

Nor did responses from their city council representative.

Some yahoo in the city of Sacramento bureaucracy actually admitted not communicating with other agencies to resolve this matter. You see, that would be extra work, plus a deviation from the constituent response playbook.

Seems to me Arnold needs to head to City Hall and kick some butt.

I talked about this on WISN this past week…….here’s yet another perfect example of why people hate government.

The New York Post was wrong- Ryan Braun makes starting NL lineup

Yesterday, I blogged that the New York Post was reporting it had learned all the starters for both the National and American League All-Star teams and that no Brewers made the NL starting team.

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Culinary no-no # 61

Culinary no-no's


Let’s face it.

Men are pigs.

Truly, as a group, they’re slobs. Most men could never dress themselves properly to save their lives (The sport coat-wrinkled shirt-blue jeans- sneakers combo is a perfect example).

This guy, however, is a gentleman.





Recognize him?

That’s Bum Phillips. Phillips coached the old Houston Oilers from 1975-1980 and also had a coaching stint with the New Orleans Saints. Sports fans would know him almost immediately from that photo. Take another look at it, then look at this photo:


 

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Emeril responds to Culinary no-no


Not the BAM! Man himself, but one of his promoters, reacting to Culinary no-no #60:



Hi Kevin

I saw your post on rising food prices and how you tried out Emeril's recipe it was pricey. Well, one of the ways to cut down on food prices is to buy local ingredients from farmer's markets. That's definitely Emeril's new focus.

I wanted to let you know that Emeril Live! premieres on Fine Living Network on Monday, July 7th. After being booted from Food Network late last year, Emeril is now making a comeback with all new episodes on FLN.

Would love you to share the news with your readers – and as an extra bonus, Fine Living has created a show page for Emeril Live which includes special preview videos (embeddable), original recipes, a blog by Emeril's culinary crew, and 30 fun facts you never knew about Emeril (including where the famous "BAM!" came from, among other things):
http://fineliving.com/emerillive

You can catch all new episodes of Emeril Live on Fine Living Network 7 days a week @7pm, starting 7/7. Hope you and your readers enjoy the info, and let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Sienna Farris, 360i
On the Behalf of FLN

The flawed MJS editorial on the sales tax referendum

It’s no surprise that the tax-loving editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel is cheerleading for a sales tax referendum to go on the November ballot asking voters to increase the county sales tax. In order for that to happen, the Milwaukee County Board would have to override a veto by County Executive Scott Walker. You can almost sense the glee of editorial writers as they cartwheel down the Journal/Sentinel hallways. Their editorial today is flawed in many ways.

The editorial, anticipating a veto override writes that (Supervisor Gerry) “Broderick says the tax would raise $130 million. About $65 million would go directly to property tax relief, he says…”

Let’s stop right there. Does anyone in their right mind expect that any group of politicians, once they get their hands on a pot of money, let’s say $65 million, won’t devise ways to spend it? Especially the Milwaukee County Board.

Property tax relief? From a sales tax increase? Not gonna happen. You don’t lower taxes by raising another tax.

Again, from the editorial, “Walker says Racine and Waukesha counties pay less in sales taxes than Milwaukee does, but that's an apples-and-oranges analogy. The referendum is about relief for Milwaukee County's taxpayers, not those elsewhere.”

Earth to editorial writers. The rate of sales taxes in surrounding counties is a relevant, legitimate issue of concern, since consumers will drive to those counties to save money.

The editorial also says, “It's time for the board to stand up to Walker and for taxpayers, asking them in November whether they want to pay a penny more in county sales tax to save parks and transit while lowering their property tax bills.”

How is paving the way for a potential tax increase standing up for taxpayers? And I repeat, it is highly doubtful property taxes will go down in Milwaukee County. Not when you consider school taxes, local municipality, MATC, MMSD and state taxes are all part of the local property tax equation.

The editorial says supporters of the referendum may pick up another vote. That would mean one of the six Supervisors that voted against the referendum would have to flip-flop and my sources say that could be Lynn DeBruin.

That’s why it’s important to contact your Milwaukee County Supervisor ASAP to ask him/her to sustain Scott Walker’s veto. Why? Because taxes are high enough. Supervisors were elected to make tough decisions and need to come up with other alternatives.

Walker’s veto needs to be upheld. Call your Milwaukee County Supervisor ASAP and ask that he/she vote to sustain the veto of the sales tax referendum.

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