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.
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.
Three of the seven, including Wisconsin were some of the last teams to get selected.
Can Wisconsin win their opener against Florida State? I think it's doubtful.
Will the Big Ten representatives fall by the wayside because they're overrated? That's a possibility because they're simply not as good as teams from other conferences.
And Marquette has to stop thinking, "what if," and forget that they're without Dominic James or face an early exit.
Here come three weeks filled with intense drama and excitement, the best sports period of the entire year.
Fox Sports makes projections. Look at where they place MU and UW.
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) "Obama couldn't handle a trip through a Wendy's without a teleprompter telling him what to order"
2) Week-ends (3/07/09)
3) Doyle recall announced
4) The Barking Lot (3/07/09)
5) More evidence the suburbs can get pretty nutty