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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.

Goodnight everyone, and have a great weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just in. The weekend has finally arrived. The sun has set. The evening sky has erupted. Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Herbie Hancock is, and almost always was, a musical genius. Hancock
performed a Mozart piano concerto with the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was only 11 at the time. His teenage influences were Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.

At that tender young age, Hancock had, not one, but two passions. Besides music, Hancock was fascinated with electronic science, so he pursued a double major in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.

The legendary trumpet player Donald Byrd discovered the 20-year old Hancock in 1960. Three years later, Hancock made his debut album. That same year, he got a phone call that cemented his place in music history. On the other end of the line was another musician destined for stardom asking Hancock to join his quintet: Miles Davis.

Hancock stayed with Davis until 1968 and in the 70’s, Hancock dove head first into electronic synthesized jazz funk and even crossed over into the pop charts.

The versatile Hancock has written for movies and television. Since 1991, he has been the Distinguished Artist in Residence at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado; a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and performance of jazz and American music. Herbie also serves as Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the foremost international organization devoted to the development of jazz performance and education worldwide.

I recall a night my wife, Jennifer and I were in Blu at the top of the Pfister enjoying Berkeley Fudge and his ensemble. Jennifer nearly sent the musicians into a group heart attack when she asked if they'd play Maiden Voyage (Obviously, they don't get many requests for that one). It's a shame more people aren't hip to Hancock's wonderful stuff. 

Now in his fifth decade of his professional life, Hancock turned 69 this past Sunday.

In the 70’s, when everyone was doing disco, the great Henry Mancini included this very nice Hancock composition on his Symphonic Soul LP. Here's Hancock performing in 1974.

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I rarely say this but fair is fair....


UPDATE: Good guy or bad guy?

Two months ago, I posed that question about Green Bay’s Kris Walker who refused to return to Iraq because he considered the war to be immoral.

Walker has now been punished.

Wisconsin is soooooo good for business

The headline was blaring:

Harley to shed more jobs

400 to be exact.

The story is in today’s business section of the MJS that not everyone reads. That means they would have missed this paragraph:

A change in Wisconsin's tax law resulted in Harley-Davidson taking a $22.5 million charge against this quarter's earnings.”

For you Franklin readers:

“It (Harley) also is closing its Franklin distribution center this year.”

But as the liberals always tell us, Wisconsin is not punitive to business.

And we’re not a tax hell, either.

Military veterans are a threat to America

That ridiculous assertion is being made by, of all people, our own government. The Obama administration, specifically t
he Department of Homeland Security wrote a report that says there are veterans who could be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war" that might be prone to joining radical movements.

The Washington Times editorializes:

“The claim that veterans are more disposed than other citizens to become violent extremists is reminiscent of President Obama's slur during his campaign about rural Americans who ‘get bitter, cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them ... as a way to explain their frustrations.’ The claim is wrong. It is a sad commentary on our politically correct government that Muslim Arabs cannot be profiled as potential extremists while our own veterans are.”

Despite the outrageous accusations, the Washington Times writes, “(Homeland Security Secretary Janet) Napolitano is standing firmly behind her department's controversial report that veterans are prone to violence and more likely to join extremist movements. She told CBS News: ‘They're not accusations. ... The contents of that report are not anything that's inconsistent with what we have seen in the past.’ She told Fox News that when she was briefed on the report, it ‘rang true’ to her based on the anecdotal mention of Timothy McVeigh as exemplary of the ‘disgruntled veteran’."

What an incredibly despicable position to take about our proud veterans. Yes, every time I visit the VA Center, I fear for my life.

This is the most reprehensible action taken by the Obama administration, second only to their total disdain and disregard for unborn children.

Read a pair of Washington Times editorials:

Scared of veterans

Smearing veterans

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