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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.

“Crabby Blog Guy Kevin Fischer must be brilliant"

I didn’t hear it, but I’m told my old pals at Wisconsin’s Morning News on WTMJ Radio Monday morning spent a little time talking about………me, and this blog.

The subject of that blog, Craig Koplien has responded. Has he ever.

On his own blog, he called me, “crabby” six times in his 1,068 word post. That’s almost half as long as one of his dynamic forecasts, you know, the ones that start out, “Well, gee Mike and Carole, I just don’t know.”

Actually, Koplien’s blog was unlike other critiques from my detractors. Koplien was interesting, informative, entertaining, and professional. I found the entry to be very well done.

You’re waiting for the shoe to drop, aren’t you?

Where’s the “but,” Kev?

Back away from the computer, slowly everybody. He's about to explode.


I do have to take issue with some of Koplien’s War and Peace-like explanation.

There is this defense from Koplien:

“Here's the critical thing though:  The smartest atmospheric scientists in the world still haven't figured out a way to write a computer program that predicts the weather exactly.  The programs are better in some situations than others...and as you might expect...they're usually better at predicting the weather in the short-term rather than the long-term.”

Hey, if that’s the case, then what’s with all those 7-day forecasts?

And Koplien also offers this:

“What's odd is that he( former WTMJ employee, me) didn't learn from my predecessors Paul Joseph, Jim Ott and others about the fact that there are times when it's too early to be too specific about future weather conditions.”

The truth is, those gentlemen, my friends to this day, would never go on the air or tell a newspaper or online reporter that we could get zero inches of snow or seven.

Now I had heard rumors that in Koplien’s next forecast (Thursday morning on AM 620 WTMJ….you’re welcome, guys) that he was going to predict that there was an 80-85% chance that Easter would arrive this weekend. But then again, NO ONE IN THE WORLD, NOT EVEN THE SMARTEST SCIENTISTS, can make that kind of prediction that far in advance. It’s just not possible, people. But next week Wednesday, it will be sunny with a high of 52.

And hey, Gene Mueller and John Jagler, isn't it nice to know that the weather guys can be, and I'll be diplomatic, inaccurate due to circumstances beyond what they claim is their control, and only face the wrath of a crabby blogger, but if a news reporter is "inaccurate" but one time..............HELL BREAKS LOSE!

Truth is, I loved your blog, may I call you, Craig? After all, we've never met, meaning I could in reality be sweet as hell for all you know.

Oh, and one last note.

That closing line of yours, the clincher, the one writers use to cinch the deal and make an emphatic, decisive point (emphatic and decisive….think about those adjectives, Craig), my new favorite swell guy meteorologist Craig Koplien says:

"Crabby Blog Guy Kevin Fischer must be brilliant.”

On that assessment, Craig, you’re 100%.

421 lives saved, Milwaukee media ignore the story


Across the United States, in 135 cities including Milwaukee and Wausau, from February 25, 2009 through April 5, 2009, they came, they gathered, they stood vigilant, they prayed, they sent a message.

Unlike so many liberal protests, 40 Day for Life was, in a word, peaceful. Crusaders for unborn children made their presence known outside abortion clinics, morning noon, and night, 24/7, in every kind of weather, for 40 days.

The just-concluded campaign estimates the efforts resulted in the saving of 421 lives. I am not sure how they came up with that figure, but again….


40 straight days.

40 straight nights.

More than ample opportunity for a newspaper reporter with notebook to stop by for a story.

More than enough time for at least one of the 4 Milwaukee TV news stations to send out a crew.

As I wrote in a blog during the fall of 2007 about a previous 40 Days for Life assembly:

The goal is to silently and prayerfully stand vigil outside abortion clinics, 24 hours a day, for 40 consecutive days.

In Milwaukee, the vigil is being held on the sidewalk outside Affiliated Medical at 1428 N. Farwell.

I don’t know about you, but in my book, that’s a news story.

I’ve been in the news business for 30 years. Whenever a Republican President came to town, and there was a band of liberal protesters gathered outside the venue for the appearance, no matter how small the group, the newspaper and the TV stations were always there to give the placard holders coverage.

So it’s only logical that a 24-hour vigil outside the same place for 40 straight days would fall under the category of bona fide news.

Ahhhh……but this is the news media we’re talking about. Not too many conservatives in the bunch, or running the news shops. Throw in the abortion issue, and news departments decide they’re not going near this one.”

No Journal Sentinel coverage (It’s all about that “A” word).

No local TV coverage (Not sexy enough. Besides, there will be those kind of people there).

That’s rather interesting, this boycott of reporting, especially when media outlets all around the country saw fit to give it space and air time.

421 lives saved. Who knows what they may grow up to be and accomplish. 421 lives.

The Wausau Daily Herald, unlike the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, believed 40 Days for Life warranted their attention.

And again, I congratulate Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Patrick McIlheran for his great column a few years back about a previous 40 days for life rally.

On the 40 Days for Life website, there is a section about what people said about the peaceful rallies. My favorite is what a clinic worker said to a 40 days for life volunteer at a vigil in San Mateo, California:

“Why don’t you pray at your own homes? You’re making our work here difficult!”

That’s right.

The Media Research Center's "DisHonors Awards"

If you haven’t seen these yet, they are definitely work a look. The awards for 2008 include:

“Quote of the year”

The Media Messiah Award" 

"The Obamagasm Award"  

"Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis"  

Good stuff.

The 2009 Muzzle Awards

No Wisconsin winners this year.

The Muzzles are awarded by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression for "egregious or ridiculous affronts" to free speech.

The envelope please…

For Wisconsin winners of the past, check out the years 2002 and 1992.

Graceland goes orange


It happens tomorrow (Tuesday).

Why orange? Here's why.

Graceland joins other famous buildings to help ASPCA celebrate.

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