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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.

Photos of the Week (9/28/08)

Photos of the Week

 Presidential Debate

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. left, shake hands with republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after their presidential debate Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Republican presidential candidate, (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool) 

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Who is Gianna Jessen, and why does Barack Obama think she should be dead?

Barack Obama is an unborn child’s worst nightmare.

He voted against an amendment in the Senate to prevent taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations.

He voted twice against measures that would help enforce dozens of state laws allowing parents to know when their minor daughter is considering an abortion.

He worked to prevent a bill in the Illinois state legislature from going to the governor that would have allowed for appropriate medical care when newborn infants survive failed abortions.

He admits he has no idea when life begins.

If elected, Obama, the most dangerous candidate ever to run for the White House, will be the abortion President.

So who is Gianna Jessen? She’s alive and Obama wishes she wasn’t. Jessen survived an abortion.  She travels the country giving speeches about something Obama doesn’t fully cherish or understand….the sanctity of life. Obama prefers that babies that survive abortions be given no treatment and be allowed to die.

It’s the subject of the latest column from one of my favorites, Doug Giles who writes:

Barack Obama voted four times against affording these “born alives” their most basic human right. Chilling, eh? How progressive of you, liberals. Hitler would be proud, and I’m sure Satan is just giddy with your creative ways to slay that inconvenient little baby even if it survives your initial assault.

Liberals love being painted as the defender of the underdog. Yeah, if you feel like you are being abused, oppressed, preyed upon, neglected, entitled to something or endangered in any way . . . do not fear! The Dems are here! Their protection extends not only to the human victim, but also to the translucent hair lice, the gargling nut warbler, a warming globe, a rare venereal crab, and a whooping crane’s egg.

Yep, the liberals will ramp up to Mach2, set their hair on fire, and fight, yell, picket, protest and blog their fingers bloody for animal rights and for your rights—that is unless, of course, you’re an unborn child.”

It’s stark reality.

Read the entire column...........then visit Gianna Jessen's website.

Why should Franklin taxpayers pay mileage/expenses for elected officials?

The Franklin Common Council will consider a proposed ordinance at its meeting Tuesday to suspend expense and mileage payments for City of Franklin elected officials. The ordinance is being proposed by Alderman Steve Olson.

WHEREAS, the Citizens of the City of Franklin have duly elected the members of the Common Council, the Mayor and the Aldermen of the City to provide policy making decisions relating to, among others, the financial stability of the City; and 

WHEREAS, the exceptional growth in property values in new construction and in existing properties has slowed substantially over the past fiscal year; and 

WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin Legislature has enacted limits on the City’s ability to increase the tax levy to fixed percentages of growth in new construction or 2 percent; and 

WHEREAS, the Common Council has negotiated compensation packages with the employees of the City, the financial impact of which may exceed the capabilities of the City to pay without reductions in expenses and/or personnel; and 

WHEREAS, the Citizens of the City look to the Common Council to provide leadership not only in word but in action; and 

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin has vested authority in individual Members of the Common Council to refuse salary for themselves under Wis. Stat. § 66.0505; and 

WHEREAS, the Common Council may reduce its Members’ expense and mileage payments as are established under §55-3. of the Municipal Code.  

NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Franklin, Wisconsin do ordain as follows: 

SECTION 1:                All regular payments to Common Council Members of mileage and expenses shall be SUSPENDED under order of this ordinance. 

SECTION 2:                Payments for mileage and expenses shall be suspended through City fiscal years 2008 (period of time remaining from time of enactment and effective date), 2009 and 2010. 

SECTION 3:                This ordinance shall take effect at the next regular pay period for each Common Council Member following the publication of this ordinance.

This proposal makes perfect sense. In these tough budget times, why should the city taxpayers fund gas mileage, dining, or any other expenses for the mayor and aldermen? If they wish to travel out of town to attend a government-related seminar or conference, let them pay out of their own pockets.

If any alderman plans to vote against this proposal, I would dearly love to hear that alderman explain his/her opposition to city taxpayers.

Congratulations to Alderman Olson for proposing this common sense ordinance.

The proposed 2008 city budget allows a total of $15,600 for the mayor and aldermen for mileage and expenses and $78,356 for salaries, a nearly 20% cut in pay.

And you thought "Boomgaard" was bad?


A simple word.

An innocent word.

It merely translates into “orchard” in Norwegian.

And yet seeing it in print or hearing it spoken has caused some in Franklin to break out in hives.

But this blog isn’t about Boomgaard. It’s about another foreign word: “Arschegeweih.”

We’ll come back to that. Just bear with me, folks.

Do you like tattoos?

I don’t have any and I’m not very fond of them, especially on women. Quite frankly, the whole appeal escapes me.

Last year when my wife and I were on a cruise, there was one woman that caught my eye. She was about 30, had reddish hair, and was somewhat attractive. What I noticed the most was that when she wore a sleeveless top and denim skirt, it exposed for all the world to see her abundant tattoos. Tattoo upon tattoo. They covered each arm from wrist to shoulder.  Both legs were saturated from above the knee down to her ankles. Despite the fact she was in good shape, the woman’s body looked awful.

I never saw her in a swimsuit so I can’t say for sure if she had any common man artwork on any other parts of her body, say right around her posterior. But I’m thinking the odds were pretty good.

Again, I’m not sure what motivates people to artfully, if you want to put it that way, engage in self-mutilation.

That brings us to “arschegeweih.”

It’s a German word, and yes, it is related to this topic.

For the, as the legendary voice says on the radio, “The rest of the story,” I turn it over to a radio guy, my friend and former WISN morning man Dan Deibert who provides the full explanation for arschegeweih.”

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Culinary no-no #77

Culinary no-no's

Milwaukee's fashionable east side.

Yeh, right.

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