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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.

Week-ends (5/23/09)


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...


Marlene Hernandez

Enrique Valdez and his family

Zachary Boyd......"Just imagine seeing that — a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his crosshairs."

Passengers on Seattle bus

Tustin Mains

Jordan Wiener

Lori Schneider

Phil Mickelson


Tiffany Toribio 

Leilani Neumann

William Cunningham

Mary Kay Letourneau


"We all know nobody did anything wrong. If this happened to a child in a mosque or a child in a synagogue or in a hospital, we wouldn't be here. We're here because it happened in their own place of residence. That is inexcusable."
Leilani Neumann's stepfather, Brian Gordon of San Diego, California. Neumann, 41, of the town of Weston was found guilty Friday of second-degree reckless homicide in connection with the March 23, 2008, death of her 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann. She faces a 25-year prison sentence. Neumann chose to pray for her child rather than seek treatment for the girl's diabetes.

“We have made responsible choices, ones that protect the middle class and have a lesser impact on our priorities, which are education and public safety.”
Governor Jim Doyle unveiling a deal worked out with Democrat legislative leaders to fix the additional $1.6 billion budget hole through a series of spending cuts and furloughs of state employees and other measures.

Increasing the hospital tax, increasing the cell phone tax, saying that people who were planning on getting a deduction will no longer receive it, those to me are increases in taxes and that's something Wisconsin can't afford.”
JFC member, State Representative Robin Vos (R-Caledonia)

The Democrats started this budget process by raising taxes and putting the state budget ahead of the family budget. Now on the weekend where we are to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom and open form of government, Democrats are scheduled to vote on provisions in the budget that they want held out of scrutiny by the media and public.”
Assembly Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald(R-Horicon), on plans by the Joint Finance Committee to meet on Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

This legislation will provide a healthier workplace for thousands of Wisconsin employees and open up businesses to customers who otherwise could not or would not be in smoking facilities.”
State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison), reacting to Governor Doyle signing a statewide smoking ban.

Jim Doyle wants it both ways. He wants my money every time I buy cigarettes, and he wants to tell me I can't smoke them anywhere, and that sucks.”
Andrew Ballman protesting outside Titletown Brewery in Green Bay, one of three stops Doyle made to celebrate signing the ban.

We're going to have a balanced budget. We are not going to be raising taxes.”
Administration Secretary Michael Morgan to a meeting of mayors and other local government leaders before Doyle's announcement on Thursday that he will cut 2.5 percent from the shared revenue plan in his original budget.

“I think it vindicates us.”
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway on the $45 million settlement the county reached with actuary Mercer Inc. over the county's infamous pension problems. Mercer admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but several supervisors insisted the settlement proved they had been misled and unfairly blamed for the pension scandal.

“The notion that this vindicates them is baloney.”
Chris Kliesmet, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsible Government, that led the recall efforts against Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament and several supervisors. He said supervisors should have asked more questions about the benefits before voting to approve them.


Some Milwaukee County officials, past and present, remain in denial over their role in the pension scandal, claiming the out of court settlement with Mercer this week vindicates their approval of pension votes that led to the current pension mess.


"President Obama has reserved unto himself the right to order the use of enhanced interrogation should he deem it appropriate. What value remains to that authority is debatable, given that the enemy now knows exactly what interrogation methods to train against, and which ones not to worry about. Yet having reserved for himself the authority to order enhanced interrogation after an emergency, you would think that President Obama would be less disdainful of what his predecessor authorized after 9/11. It's almost gone unnoticed that the president has retained the power to order the same methods in the same circumstances."
Former VP Dick Cheney this week, defending the Bush Administration's interrogation methods for terrorists.


Did the wrong contestant win American Idol? Uhh, folks, get over it.


The Ape Man
is on the loose in Fond du Lac.

Escargot a la face.

Gravesite weddings.

WOW! Get a load of what she's wearing!

Creepy crawlers at the morgue

This guy
had better hurry.

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.

Tuition breaks for illegal immigrants

That's what the Democrats who control the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved. Isn't that nice!

Senator Lazich predicted shenanigans this weekend from the committee and here they come.

Hell no, we won't furlough!

A lot of state employees continue to moan and whine about their 16-day furloughs (i.e., unpaid vacations). Apparently, they have no clue or compassion about the suffering and sacrifice that has devastated the private sector.

I surely hope these grumblers will remember who did this to them, the man they have backed aimlessly and given financial support to, 
Jim Doyle.

The Barking Lot (5/23/09)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:    Cloudy with a few showers. High of 64.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Cloudy in the morning giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. High of  63. "C"


In the past, Jennifer and I have quoted officials from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in our blog, The Barking Lot. That is not to suggest that we endorse or support this group. In fact, we find the HSUS to be quite troubling.

WSB-TV in Atlanta recently aired an investigative report showing that HSUS gives less than 4 cents of every dollar of its budget to assist local animal shelters.

Where does 96% of the money raised go?  WSB-TV confirmed it goes to pay for HSUS’ activist work and lobbying. After WSB-TV reporter Amanda Rosseter spoke with owners of animal shelters in the Atlanta area, she came to the conclusion that HSUS’ claims of fighting puppy mills are just talk. Local humane societies are responsible for doing most of the work of rescuing and caring for puppies. Most get no financial help from HSUS.

As part of her investigation, Rosseter attended a local HSUS meeting and found that the HSUS priorities are all about activism and lobbying. HSUS has been criticized for its anti-meat, anti-dairy agenda. The organization opposes pet breeding, zoos, hunting and circus acts with animals. In other words, they’re loony.

And they admit it. Not that they’re loony, but that they are activists and lobbyists.

From the WSB-TV report (that is no longer available online):

“’I think that in all of our literature, it is very explicit as to what our campaigns are and what we are doing,’ said Cheryl McAuliffe, Georgia Director for HSUS. ‘We help where we can and focus on our programs, which are national and international.’

McAuliffe said there are just too many local shelters to help.

‘I always tell people, contribute to your local shelter first,’ said McAuliffe.

When asked how much her budget is for the state of Georgia, McAuliffe said she didn't have a budget and neither did other states. McAuliffe said all money is controlled from headquarters in Washington, D.C.

People who donate to HSUS think, because of the nice sound of the organization’s name, that their money is going for a good cause. If you really want to help rescued pets, donate to a local humane society.

And on this Memorial Day weekend, an update on a previous story on The Barking Lot. It involves Navy Seal Marcus Lutrell  (More from the Washington Post). When our hero returned home, his dog was murdered, and this Navy Seal sprung into action, helping to catch the suspects.

It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.

Heroic dog helps injured dog........MUST SEE VIDEO!

Baby C. is a hero!

More than 300 dogs were seized from a shelter in Richland County.

Michael Vick and the HSUS?

Super Bowl hero's pit bull bites his 2-year old son.

Alaska goes after a man featured in Animal Planet.

This victim of autism has gone into the business of making all-natural dog biscuits.

The dog didn't do it. It was his water bowl

UPDATE: What about the dog taped to the fridge?

Targeting breeds is a waste of time: LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bravo to Big Ben in Pittsburgh!

Bo's beanie babies are hot sellers.

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Next week, the new movie UP opens in theaters.

And, oh yeh...

It features....

A dog.

And, of course...

The dog talks.


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