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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.

Happy Friday!

Coming this weekend on This Just In… some bonus features.

Friday night at 11:30, it’s our trip down memory lane as we turn Friday Night Live over to the ladies.

Saturday: Week-ends and The Barking Lot, plus.... on the 31st anniversary of the death of my favorite artist, a special Elvis edition of Week-ends.

We may just have a special Elvis edition of Culinary no-no. Ohhhhh, I bet you’re thinking there are lots of options to choose from. But you’ll just have to wait until Sunday.

And this one’s becoming quite popular: Photos of the Week, photos that caught my eye, this Sunday.

Plus lots of stuff in-between.

I do appreciate your continued support. Thanks for checking in.

ELVIS WEEK: A Little Less Conversation


Elvis had been dead for 25 years when one of his obscure recordings was re-mixed in 2002. It quickly soared to the top of the charts in 20 countries and was added to the CD, “Elvis’ 30 #1 hits, becoming #1 hit,  #31.

In 1968, Elvis sang “A Little Less Conversation” in the forgettable movie, “Live a Little, Love a Little.” The King sang the song to Celeste Yarnall, a typical Hollywood blonde beauty.

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Great message to send to the crooks

Dear criminal element of the city of Milwaukee:

Feel free to have at it from September 1-4. Even though it’s summer, the heaviest crime season during the entire year, and my first responsibility is to the safety and well-being of Milwaukeeans, I intend to deliberately reduce the amount of manpower in our city by sending 36 police officers to assist with security at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This, of course, will put the city at risk for additional homicides, assaults, rapes, armed robberies, and burglaries. However, we must help our neighbors handle a national security event. I trust victims of crime between September 1 and September 4 will fully understand.


Edward Flynn
Chief of Police
City of Milwaukee

PDATE, 8/14/08 @ 6:20 PM

Shortly after I posted this entry, I received the following e-mail in response:

What's really scary about Flynn's wanting to send Milwaukee cops to political conventions is that he and Mrs. Barrett are dead serious about doing so! Asking the Fire & Police Commission to intervene would be futile because they and Flynn were appointed by Mrs. Barrett. Do they realize that if a Milwaukee cop makes an arrest or witnesses an offense in Minnesota, appearances in criminal and civil courts would be required, thus taking Milwaukee cops off the Milwaukee streets not only for the appearances at pre-trial hearings, depositions, the actual trial and appeals in higher courts? In such highly-emotional settings, allegations of police misconduct are assured, and appearances would be required by Milwaukee cops not only as the accused cop, but also as witnesses for the defense or prosecution of accused cops in State of Minnesota courts, police oversight commissions, but in Federal courts as well.  Travel to and from Minnesota would also consume man-hours from Milwaukee streets. How can the Milwaukee Common Council deliberate the proposal on such short notice if they don't even know how to convene a special meeting to do so?  Milwaukee has an increase in burglaries. Use the 36 cops to fight that crime!!  I have contacted my Alderman. If you agree, please do so, ASAP!!

Retired Milwaukee cop

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I have to agree with the ACLU on this one

“The next time you attend an outdoor festival to watch a musical performance or a livestock show, someone could be watching you, too. The City of Milwaukee is joining with five surrounding counties to purchase a network of portable video surveillance cameras for monitoring crowds at large public events.”


Let me get this straight. We need to tie up police officers to video people watching an oompah-pah band at German Fest?

Have the following gotten so rowdy and out of control that we need to monitor people simply trying to have a good time on a nice summer day?

Polish Fest

Pride Fest

Festa Italiana

Irish Fest

Fiesta Mexicana

Indian Summer

German Fest

Church festivals

State Fair


Who determines what events get monitored and what events don’t? How is that determination made? If cameras aren’t at Festa Italiana, but pop up at Juneteenth Day (which was pretty quiet this year), someone better be ready to take the heat.

Milwaukee Police used to do this at political protests, and still do, I believe. It’s unnecessary and destroys trust between a community and its law enforcers.

I agree with the ACLU. This is wrong.

Stupid quote of the week

Why can’t liberals argue using facts?

The potential for voter fraud as the result of improprieties on the part of vote drive registrars has renewed the call for a photo ID requirement in Wisconsin.  Polls indicate overwhelming support for photo ID all across the state, including Democrats. The problem is Democrats in the legislature who refuse to listen to the citizens of this state and exercise common sense.

One of them is state Representative Joe Parisi, Democrat from the People’s Republic of Madison. Parisi told that bastion of quality journalism, the Capital Times that Republicans will come up with any excuse imaginable to push photo ID.

Yes, Representative Parisi, we Republicans are funny that way. We actually think that the person who walks into the polling place and says he’s Joe Smith from Franklin should actually be Joe Smith from Franklin.

Here’s Parisi’s quote expounding on how Republicans will use any reason whatsoever to demand photo ID:

"If it rains too hard, they'll say it's because people aren't required to show their driver's licenses when they vote."

Clever. How does he think up those witty gems so fast?

Parisi’s got it all wrong. I actually think people jaywalk too much because we don’t have photo ID.

Here’s the Capital Times story.

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