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.
The nation's largest pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, issued a report today detailing the numerous attacks against U.S. troops right in our own country.
The organization’s Chairman, Melanie Morgan says the latest came on March 6 when a bomb exploded at the military recruiting center at Times Square in New York City.
Morgan says “this attack against a military recruiting center was just the latest incident in a rash of attacks against military recruiting centers. Recruiting centers have been shot up (as happened in Denver, Colorado), bombs have been planted (a real one in St. Louis, fake ones in Oregon and elsewhere), windows smashed, manure dumped on recruiting offices, human blood and *** smeared on the offices, recruiters cars have been firebombed (in Alabama and Maryland) etc... And I don't need to tell you about the campaign against the Marine Recruiting Center in Berkeley that was blessed by the city council and featured protestors blocking the entrance to the recruiting center there.”
Several attacks have happened right here in Milwaukee, and are included in the organization’s report.
Move America Forward today unveiled a national television advertising campaign.
Morgan says, “Our troops deserve the highest respect and appreciation. Instead what they get is ridicule, condemnation and now acts of violence from ingrates in the anti-war movement who are egged on by a news media that too often seems sympathetic to their cause. Well no more. We are at a critical juncture in American history to sit back and allow these attacks to go on any longer.
Please view our report on the attacks against military recruiters at the Move America Forward website. Watch our new national TV ad. You can find all of this online at: http://www.MoveAmericaForward.org “
I caught this interesting item in the Shepherd-Express:
Driven to Distraction
City debates electronic signs
Why stop with cell phones, texting, DVDs, CDs, the radio, fast food, traffic, construction, snowbanks and pedestrians? Add electronic billboards to the list of drivers’ distractions. On March 18, the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee will debate—yet again—regulations for electronic billboards in residential neighborhoods. If passed, “automatic changeable message signs” would be allowed every 1,000 feet and could change every eight seconds, or about seven times a minute. Right now they’re only allowed on federal highways, but a test sign has been up at Oakland and North avenues without much fuss.
Outgoing Alderman Mike D’Amato has been pushing for this ordinance locally, and Clear Channel Communications has been advocating for it nationally. But push-back has come from Aldermen Mike Murphy and Bob Bauman, who are concerned about safety and light pollution coming from these TV-type signs.
Although the Federal Highway Administration is going to launch a two-year study this summer, the ordinance would allow for these signs before their effect is totally known. The ordinance would allow the city’s Department of Public Works to order signs to be turned off if they interfere with traffic signals or controls, create a “confusing or dominating background” or otherwise obstruct a driver’s line of sight.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with electronic billboards.
I recall all the fuss when Milwaukee County Stadium put electronic messages on the stadium facing I-94. A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department official made a comment on a local radio newscast that there would be all sorts of accidents because motorists would be reading the messages and not paying attention.
I don’t believe there’s been any evidence of billboard-related highway carnage.
But can you imagine if someone proposed putting one of these up in Franklin, where some people’s calendars still say 1956?
Electronic billboards may already be banned here. I can’t say for sure. I do know all hell would break loose if someone wanted to prop one up in the 53132 zip code.
It would start with a petition drive to stop this evil intrusion into our lives. Why, we can’t have lights and words and information on a billboard. That would be…..so……contemporary.
Then we’d have to set up another useless un-elected board or commission to hold dozens of meetings to study this controversy.
And on and on and on and on and on and on……you get the picture.
I guess I should cringe every time I drive by Casa di Giorgio at 37th and Rawson. Haven’t gotten into an accident yet, but it’s always nice to know what their specials are.
Remember, Senate Democrats killed your opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID to vote. Senate Democrats refused to take up the amendment on the floor of the Senate before the legislative session ended yesterday. If the Senate would have approved the amendment, statewide voters would have had their say in a referendum.
Here’s the letter from today’s paper.
Double standard on proposed voter ID?
Sen. Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) co-introduced Senate Bill 473, which includes this text: "A dealer may purchase nonferrous scrap, a metal article or a proprietary article from any person over age 18 if the dealer does all of the following: 1) obtains photographic identification from the seller or deliverer . . . "
This is the same Plale who voted not to allow the voter photo ID amendment to come to the Senate floor. Notice this measure requires a photo ID. I'd like to know why Plale believes people must show a photo ID to sell scrap metal and not to do the same when voting.
I understand it would make it easier to catch perpetrators who attempt to sell stolen scrap metal. Wouldn't it do the same for those who steal votes? Plale doesn't want to make it inconvenient for voters. But isn't he making it inconvenient for the honest guy just trying to make a few extra bucks by selling his own scrap metal?
Plale should explain why curbing stolen scrap metal is more important than curbing stolen votes.
1 – SPITZER.
Why did New York Governor Eliot Spitzer do the things he did? Is it a deep psychological problem? Was it simply sex? How could such a smart man not know that he would eventually be caught and that his entire life would come crumbling down? Why do so many men in positions of power get caught doing this stuff? Should he be despised for engaging in consensual sex between two adults? Should he have resigned? Should he be prosecuted?
2 – OBAMA.
Is the fact that he’s a Black man have any thing to do with Barack Obama doing so well in this presidential race? Is Geraldine Ferraro simply telling the truth in a politically correct world? Are the things she said racist? Are they true?
3 – STATE BUDGET.
Because of problems with the economy, state tax collections (and thus state income) is going to be down dramatically. Governor Doyle proposes a fix that includes two things that weren’t too popular last time he brought them up: a tax on hospitals, and a raid on the state transportation fund. Does he have any other choices? Should he do more to cut spending? Will both ideas sale through the legislature this time? Last night the Assembly passed its own plan, but Democrats vow to block it.
4 – BOWLING ASSOCIATION.
The United States Bowling Congress makes the decision to move from Greendale, Wisconsin to Arlington, Texas. Is there anything the Milwaukee area could have done to make them stay here? We lose nearly two hundred jobs, and millions of dollars in annual payroll. Is it that big of a deal or not? Is Miller Brewing Company going to be the next to leave?