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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.

My most popular blogs

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:

1) The charges against Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, in perspective

2) Culinary (or should I say, Coolinary) no-no #76

3) What the NFL should do to Ed Hochuli

4) Greenfield delays action on sex offender ordinance

5) Another word about Culinary no-no #75

Ed Hochuli deserves a break.......NOT!

Referee Ed Hochuli has been the talk of the NFL this week after his blown call last Sunday cost the San Diego Chargers a victory against the Broncos in Denver. Late in the game, Hochuli blew his whistle during a fumble by Denver QB Jay Cutler that was recovered by San Diego. Because Hochuli’s inadvertent whistle stopped the play dead in its tracks, Denver kept the ball, and then scored the winning touchdown and two-point conversion.

Since last Sunday, Hochuli has taken a lot of heat, including tons of hate mail. That’s unfortunate. Hochuli doesn’t deserve hate mail, but he certainly has heavy criticism coming his way. There are those who feel sorry for Hochuli, including Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports columnist Greg Bedard. In his Saturday column, Bedard writes that because San Diego couldn’t stop Denver, Hochuli warrants a break:

“The Chargers still had ample opportunity to recover from the call. They were the ones who gave up the touchdown and the two-point conversion. How about a stop? How about a pass deflection? Anything?”

HELLO!!!!!!  If Hochuli doesn’t blow an easy call, San Diego gets the ball and Denver never gets the chance to score the touchdown and convert the two-point conversion. San Diego would not have been put in the position of making the game saving plays on defense, if not for Hochuli’s blatant blunder.

Hochuli doesn’t deserve a break. Here’s hoping no NFL referee screws anybody else today.

How often do you agree or disagree with Barack Obama?

Take the Barack Obama Test.

There are 51 questions, but don't let that deter you. The test doesn't take too long.

FYI, I disagreed with Obama on all 51 questions in the test.


Racism a problem for his own party

Last night on InterCHANGE, I commented that Barack Obama and the Democrats have become so nervous that they will get dirtier, nastier, and pull out their favorite trick a lot more during the rest of the campaign: the race card.

But it appears the Messiah should worry about the huge problem of racism among Democrats. 


The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

: The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just by my wife and yours truly. Jennifer provides the opening blog and then I bring you DOGS IN THE NEWS.

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  “A” all day and this evening.

SUNDAY:  Ditto. A picture perfect dog-walking weekend is in store.

Everyone plays the dreaming game “If I ever won the lottery…”  For me the list includes charitable donations, paying off our home, a European cruise, and purchasing a second home in Arizona to escape the terrible Wisconsin winters.  After those are accomplished I have only half-jokingly said that I would seek out the best Hollywood plastic surgeon and come home with a new body.  Then common sense takes over and I nix the nip-and-tuck plan.

In recent research for The Barking Lot I noticed topics on animal welfare websites discussing cosmetic surgery for dogs.  I must admit it isn’t something I’ve given too much thought to in the past.  As I have mentioned before I am NOT a card-carrying member of PETA.  I am proud to be a carnivore and feel we are at the top of the food chain for a reason.

I have always said that I would never choose to crop my dog’s ears or dock its tail.  I feel that nature made the dog a certain way and I would not want to alter that.  I do understand that show dogs have this done quite often to conform to breed standards.  And for as many dog shows as I watch I really don’t sit there and think, “They never should have docked that Soft Coated Wheaton’s tail!”

Since my dog Sugar was half Basenji hound, she displayed every Basenji physical characteristic including curly “pig tail” and perky ears.  She also did not bark.  She could, but only on occasion would she let out a soft chortle.  Skippy, on the other hand, was a rambunctious Springer Spaniel who would, literally, bark at leaves blowing down the street in the fall.  Were there times we all wished she would suffer a bout of extended laryngitis?  Of course.  Would we ever consider having her surgically “debarked?”  Never.

Most people are familiar with tail docking and ear cropping, and some are familiar with debarking.  But how VAIN are you if you need cosmetic surgery for your DOG???

May I suggest any money you would spend on this surgery, you put towards some psychotherapy for yourself?
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks again, Jennifer. My turn. Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

We've had some pretty serious weather the past few weeks. Federal law requires that state and local governments help animals during an emergency or natural disaster.

No muskrat love in Kaukauna.

It works for Superman and Batman. Can a cape turn your dog into a superhero?

In today's Journal Sentinel Cue section, kids and pets.

A star is a shelter.

And  here's a great story about the heroics of Buddy, including video.

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