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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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Could the Brewers phlop vs. Philly?

Of course they could. This Philadelphia team didn’t phinish in phirst in their division because they’re some kind of phluke. Taking nothing away from the Brewers, let’s analyze what they’re up against:

1) The Phillies have the home field advantage. If the series goes to Game 5, that's critical.

2) When we last saw our Brew Crew heroes in Citizen’s Bank Park, they were being swept by these Phillies, four straight. The meltdown almost cost them the wild card. It did cost them their manager.

3) The Fightin’ Phils have the last two National League most valuable players. Last year, it was shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the year before slugger Ryan Howard. Howard could win the honor again this year. Second baseman Chase Utley might be the best all-around player in the league.

4) There are no CY Young Award possibilities on this team, but the rotation for the Phillies is far from terrible. They’ll open with Cole Hamels, a talented left-hander with a wicked changeup. Next up will be Brett Myers, a hard-throwing righty. Myers was horrendous at the start of the season and spent time in the minors. He came back and looked sensational, but has come back to earth the last couple of outings. Advantage in Game 2: CC and the Brewers, but don’t sell Myers short.

In Game Three, the Phillies will send 45-year old lefty Jamie Moyer to the mound. Opposing batters hate going against him because he throws off-speed and with little velocity.  Brewer batters will have to contend with, and adjust to, three distinctly different pitching styles the first three games: a brutal changeup, a more conventional hard-thrower, and then the sleepy Moyer. The Brewer starters, save Sabathia, will have their hands full while Brewer hitters could be thrown off-balance going up against a lefty, then a righty, then another lefty. And will Sabathia’s marathon outings finally catch up with him?

Relief pitching: Huge advantage for Philadelphia. They have an outstanding group of relievers and the best closer in the National League, Brad Lidge who is 41 out of 41 in save opportunities this season.

5) The Brewer offense is not as potent as that of the Phillies.

6) Don’t forget the intangible, and quite possibly the most important factor in this series. I sense the rollercoaster Brewers, after a series of gut-wrenching, emotional, must-win performances may be just happy to get into the playoffs. It’s happened to many teams before, and if that’s the case, it could spell doom.

Last year, the Phillies came down to the wire and won their division, sending them to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Then termites got into their bat racks, and they suffered an embarrassing sweep to the Colorado Rockies. This time, the Phillies want to avoid a similar first round departure. The desire to advance further than last year could be the difference.

The Brewers need to win Game 2 (Yes, I'm conceding Game One) that could bring them home tied in the series 1-1 with the next two games at Miller Park.

The Phillies have better hitting, starting pitching, defense, and bullpen relief. Plus, they’ve been there before. This won’t be easy.

UPDATE: Here's a foreboding stat from Fox Sports..."(Ben) Sheets has never pitched in the postseason, and  (CC) Sabathia, in four playoff starts, has an ERA of 7.17 ERA."

Will the weatherman cooperate? Showers are in the forecast most of the day for Game One in Philly.

The latest from Great Lakes Distillery

 That's where my cousin Dog MacKenzie works. He's pictured near the end of this newsletter


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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.

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