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.
Members of the White House Press Corps watch from a holding room inside NBC Studios while U.S. President Barack Obama appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, Calif. Thursday, March 19, 2009. (AP / Gerald Herbert)
If you are alive and breathing and able to read this blog, it’s entirely possible you can thank those compassionate souls at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for issuing this timely alert about the dangerous conditions that existed today as the thermometer reached above normal high temperatures in the low 50’s under mostly sunny skies. From the DNR website:
Air Quality Advisory for Particle Pollution (Orange)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is issuing an Air Quality Advisory for Particle Pollution (Orange) for Milwaukee County effective 10:49 am on Sunday, March 15, 2009 through 11:00 pm on Sunday, March 15, 2009.
The advisory is being issued because of persistent elevated levels of fine particles in the air. These fine particles come primarily from combustion sources, such as power plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust, and wood burning.
The Air Quality Index is currently in the orange level, which is considered unhealthy for people in sensitive groups.
People in those sensitive groups include those with heart or lung disease, asthma, older adults and children. When an orange advisory for particle pollution is issued, people in those groups are advised to reschedule or cut back on strenuous activities.
People with lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, and heart disease should pay attention to cardiac symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath or respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing and discomfort when taking a breath, and consult with their physician if they have concerns or are experiencing symptoms. Fine particle pollution deposits itself deep into the lungs and cannot easily be exhaled. People who are at risk are particularly vulnerable after several days of high particle pollution exposure.
By golly, as I ventured around the Milwaukee area today, did I see couples young and old, walking hand in hand in the dangerous outdoors? No sir.
Did I see pet owners walking their dogs in the bright sunlight? Nope.
Did I see joggers running in their shorts and sneakers? Are you nuts? There’s a DNR alert out, you fool!
Instead, I couldn’t believe what I witnessed. My travels today took me through Franklin and Greenfield and Greendale and Wauwatosa and the south side and far northwest side of Milwaukee. GASP! I saw one after another, brave souls who obviously didn’t hear about the DNR alert or simply ignored it, keeling over, right there in broad stunning sunny daylight. Oh, the horror. The carnage. And it all could have been avoided if only they had listened to the wise folks who run our DNR.
And to think, I went to church today. I could have been killed.
If you survived today’s horrible weather, be advised the DNR is issuing similar warnings about the next few days when, GOD ALIMIGHTY, we might get into the 60’s!
Thank you, thank you Wisconsin DNR. There’s no telling how many innocent lives you may have saved today,
Green beer on St. Patrick's Day.
Now sure and you're not gonna be goin' on your blog and be sayin' green beer on the holy day of St. Patrick's Day is taboo, are ya?
No, I'm not. At least not in this country.
In the year of 1992, me mother and I were in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day. My dear sweet mom, God bless her heart, had always wanted to see Ireland. Before I was about to get married (to my first wife as it turned out), I decided as a 1991 Christmas present to take the incredible woman to Ireland.
March 17th in Ireland is, to a much larger degree than in the good ol' USA, a sacred holiday. And I do mean holiday. Schools and most businesses are closed. The St. Patrick's parade that goes on and on for at least three hours or more, when completed and only then leads to the opening of the doors of pubs and restaurants.You won't find a single green beer to save your God-fearing soul.
Everyone who stumbles out of a Wisconsin pub on Tuesday knows bloody well that the proprietor has slipped some green food coloring in to the cheapest beer on the premises. Does it really matter? Mother Macree, of course not. It's all in good fun.
But what about other concoctions? I'm talking about creative potables that are designed to be green.
In this day and age we have taken the martini and have turned the classic cocktail into alcohol's Baskin Robbins times twenty. Want a chocolate banana cherry watermelon pineapple upside down cake version, shaken not stirred? Coming right up.
Martini-palooza has turned out to be extremely popular. Why not do the same with Irish whiskey? Because there's something about messing with the stalwart Irish whiskey that is sacrilegious.
When I traveled to Ireland with my mother, I brought back bottles of 10-year old Bushmills for gifts for the guys who would stand up to my wedding.
EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.
TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES
Michael J. Sheridan: Smart choices built in budget
Democrat Assembly leader tries to put positive spin on Governor Doyle's ugly budget.
Robert Kraig And Amy Stear: The popular will deserves defense
Defends the city of Milwaukee's sick leave mandate proposal that was approved in a referendum.
TODAY’S CONSERVATIVE PIECES:
Another View: Mandated work force housing can end up backfiring
I love this excerpt:
"Ultimately, these mandates are just another form of social engineering. Scratch a smart-growth proponent, and you'll find someone who's annoyed that people spend time in private backyards instead of public parks, in living rooms instead of community centers and in their own autos instead of public transit.