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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.

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Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend:

Person of the Year
"Well, there's not much drama this time around because of Barack Obama's amazing achievement. But there are other folks who have influenced us greatly, as well. Please consider the following list:"

Should Christians honor Barack Obama?
"Christians, who take the scriptures seriously, are about as happy about an Obama presidency as a pig is a bacon sandwich.....What concerns Christians who are governed by the scriptures, and not Oprah, are Obama’s liberal-to-the-core stances on abortion, marriage, socialism, freedom of speech, big government, taxes, guns and his associations with Marxist radicals. That’s what freaks believers who actually believe, and not, I say, not the levels of melanin in Obama’s epidermis."

The good Obama could do
"Imagine him lecturing young people about the need to get married before having babies."

Cinderella vs. The Barracuda
"For people who think there’s no cultural divide in this country, consider the treatment of two women much in the news in 2008."

Most of our military come from red states
"And tellingly, the map of military service since 1973 aligns closely with electoral maps distinguishing red from blue states."

10 problems with governors in DC with tin cups

Public employees, please step up
"The perception is that government employees come to taxpayers every year with their hands out. And every year, they go away with raises -- and better health care benefits and more job security than anyone in the private sector has."

Felons for thee, not for me
"In Wisconsin, an employee cannot be fired, prevented from being hired, or otherwise have any action taken against them because of arrest or conviction record.  So if Rod Blagojevich was working the drive-thru at Popeye’s Fried Chicken and charged with a felony, his coworkers would be stuck listening to his foul-mouthed tirades about f’ing biscuits and gravy in perpetuity."

Wisconsin never enforced 1998 child support law
"Wisconsin Medicaid officials have never enforced a 1998 law requiring them to kick out health care providers behind on their child support payments, a recent report found."

Christmas symbols deserve more than athiest insults
The most explosive proposal arrived from Topeka, Kansas, courtesy of the militant Westboro Baptist Church, demanding a large sign with a poem proclaiming that 'Santa Claus Will Take You to Hell' and condemning the Jolly Old Elf as the source of the nation's moral and economic breakdown."

Why Christmas matters
"So far, only Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington State have caved in to the atheists, but it is just a matter of time before the nonbelievers come to a State House near you.The problem with the atheistic displays in Washington and Wisconsin is that the message is hateful, an attack on religion rather than a positive message."

Why atheism is morally bankrupt
"If there is no God, there is no freedom to choose. If there is no freedom to choose, there is no good or evil. There is merely action and inaction. There is no way to be good for goodness sake -- that would require an act of voluntary will far beyond human capacity. Atheists simply gloss over this point."

Tis the season for porn
"I will be called names for writing this column. It always happens. Raise the issue of the pornification of the culture and its fanatical devotees will come gunning for you."

Congratulations to Franklin businesses

Franklin businesses are in the running for honors to be presented next month at the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner.

It's an impressive list. Good luck to all!

Is it a "storm" or an "event?"

Massive amounts of snow and icy cold temperatures are frustrating. The seemingly never-ending blizzard of Apocalypse bulletins from local media outlets, especially television can be almost as annoying.

A friend of mine is upset that one popular weatherman has been referring to our more frequent winter storms as “snow events.” His point that calling a dumping of a foot of precipitation an “event” trivializes the storm is well taken.

A Broadway play is an “event.” A Packer game is an “event.”  A snowfall that results in schools and business closing, trucks and cars in ditches, and people keeling over with heart attacks is not an “event.” Today’s TV meteorologists don’t need their millions of dollars worth of state of the art equipment to inform them that it’s a storm.

Is a car accident or plane crash an “event?” How about a hurricane, tornado, or flood? Should an impending snowstorm listed on community calendars as one of this weekend’s “events?”

Storms are risky and dangerous and pose many hazards. They are not “events.”


Brett Favre is "good," not "great"

My friend, blogger Dad29 and I have engaged in some cordial sparring about the entire Brett Favre situation. In one of his recent posts, Dad29 wrote, “Some local bloggers have an altar and shrine built for Brett.” I’m pretty sure that was a reference to yours truly and Karen, one of my guest bloggers.

It’s hyperbole, but that’s not as bad as the rather silly (I could use stronger language but Dad29 is a friend) theme of his blog entry that Brett Favre isn’t a great player because he doesn’t play defense. Dad29 used the death this week of legendary QB Sammy Baugh to try to justify his, AHEM, goofy analysis. Baugh, you see, played offense, defense, and even punted.

Dad29’s bottom line: “Real ‘greats’ play 60 minutes.”

So, to use Dad29’s fractured logic, these guys aren’t "great."  They’re just “good.” Taking that thought a bit further, most of these guys aren’t "great." They’re just “good.”

The fact is that other than a few examples in recent years, because of the specialty nature of pro football, no one’s played both ways regularly for decades.

I submit that if Sammy Baugh were alive today, he’d tell you, a la Bart Starr, that he wasn’t as good as Favre.

Brett Favre is good, not great?  Absurd.



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Tristin and Breyden Sweeney

Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals

Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch. If you've noticed, FranklinNOW and other CommuinityNOW websites are now posting the honor rolls of community schools online. Bryan proposed this idea to NOW management last year. Wisely, they finally listened. And if you look closely at the Franklin list, I think you'll see why Bryan is smiling so much as of late. Congratulations to Bryan and all those sharp kids. This also marks the first time a Franklin blogger has made HEROES OF THE WEEK on Week-ends.


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