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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.

Recommended reading (07/04/09)

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Week-ends (07/04/09)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Kevin Ryan


Bahia Bakari


Keith Zeier


Zach Boyd


Daniel Firpo


Jeff Suppan


Whoever made the decision at Channel 6 NOT to have three dueling anchors talking during last night's fireworks telecast. Just the fireworks! No inane babbling! Awesome!

US Bank for sponsoring the July 3rd fireworks downtown.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Lori Drew (one of the most evil women in America) and the federal judge who dismissed her case.


CNN's Rick Sanchez


CBS News


Jim Doyle
who signed the worst budget in Wisconsin history into law.


Yet another fine school teacher entrusted with educating our children.


Flag burning teens


Spokane dog attacker (may be difficult to watch for some)


Alfredo Dempkey


Boy who stole from an ambulance



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“This decision has been in the works for awhile. I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual. She knows exactly when to pass the ball so that a team can win.”
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announcing she would resign in a few weeks, fueling speculation she will run for President in 2012.


"They ought to be hanging their heads in shame, Nixon didn’t try to do that. They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them. I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences. It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”
Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas, not exactly a conservative, ripping the Obama Administration for putting a plant with a planted question at a presidential news conference.


“Smile! Comedian gives Dems their super majority. Seems appropriate it should happen this way. Not the drawn-out, months-long court battle part, though that did cut into Franken’s term. The fact that it took Bozo* winning to make them theoretically filibuster-proof. Now, everytime they bulldoze something through, it will be because Minnesota sent in a clown.”
National blogger Jules Crittenden on comedian Al Franken being declared the winner of a U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.


“In order to go from a freakish, anti-social, agoraphobic, reclusive, narcissistic, eccentric yet washed-up man-child to a totally normal, “just one of us,” friend-of-the-common-man, victimized-by-the-system, national hero in less than one week… all you have to do is die unexpectedly. Now, we know the secret.”
Local blogger Badger Blogger on Michael Jackson and the ad nauseum attention he’s getting.


"I dug myself deeper into a hole. I cannot offer you an excuse for my behavior, how can you excuse betraying thousands of investors. I don't ask for any forgiveness. I did not intend to do any harm, but I did a great deal of harm. I made an error of judgment. I could not accept the fact that for once in my life I failed. I left a legacy of shame. I turn to face you. I know this will not help. I am sorry."
Disgraced former financier Bernard Madoff at his sentencing hearing.


“Throughout this process, I have believed that the choices we make will reveal clearly who we are and what we value.”
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, signing the state budget into law.


I’ve received hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails about the budget over the last few months. Often the caller or writer will say something like ‘I just can’t take it anymore, our taxes are too high,’ ‘I can’t afford to live here any longer,’ or ‘I’ll be forced to leave this state if this budget becomes law.’  I’ve heard it, I’ve read it, but I’ve wondered how many people are going to actually do it? We have reached the point where businesses, which means jobs and people, are leaving Wisconsin because of what the Democrats have done and are doing in Madison. Unfortunately, when these companies do leave it isn’t going to be like General Motors; splashed over the front page of the newspaper. These businesses are going to quietly tip-toe out of town and the employees are either going to be out of work or moving out of state.”
State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), on the state budget signed by Doyle.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Congress' travel on the taxpayers' dime triples.


Political Cartoon by Wayne Stayskal



The Washington Post had planned an exclusive "salon" at the home of its publisher "where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to 'those powerful few' — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors."



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


What Doyle didn't veto.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Michael Jackson, of course. ENOUGH!


Political Cartoon by Dana Summers



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


New Zealand's airline security video shows naked staff.


More, as Radar O'Reilly once said, nakedidity on a plane. Bipolar and butt naked. (I think that also means no shoes). Not a good combination.


Church burglar falls asleep...in the same church.


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

The Barking Lot (07/04/09)

The Barking Lot


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!


THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: 
We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  UPDATED- Cloudy this morning with slight chance of isolated thundrdstorms this afternoon ending early this evening. High of 73.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 79. "A"


*JENNIFER IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND WILL RETURN TO THE Barking Lot NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!! *


This week, we salute the All-American dog.

Earlier this year, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the American Kennel Club announced the ten most popular dogs in the United States. They are:

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OUCH!


More evidence Wisconsin leaders are out of touch.

The UW wants to jack up tuition, and how!

The news comes the same week the governor signed a budget with billions of dollars in tax  and fee increases.

We are in a tax hell, plus, we're in a  recession.

They don't give a damn.

 

70 years ago this Independence Day...


July 4, 1939.



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