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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.

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Were the Tennessee Titans robbed?

I think so.

Even if the Titans were too classy to complain, I submit they were screwed.

I do a great deal of timing for college and high school basketball games. Timers like to say there is a certain, albeit brief amount of "reaction time," the time it takes when the timer hears a whistle to actually stop the game clock. It can be anywhere from zero to a few tenths of a second.

In the NFL, giant play clocks show how much time a team has to snap the ball. It's pretty basic stuff. The clock gets to zero, the ball isn't snapped, it's a delay of game penalty on the offense.

Not so this past weekend during a crucial play in the Baltimore-Tennessee playoff game. The referees scoff, chalking the failure to throw a flag on a "natural delay."

Then why have the play clock for all the world to see if, when it gets to zero,  it's just going to be ignored?

Another bad year for NFL officials, and it's not over yet.

An e-mail I have to share

We all get 'em, those mass e-mails that come in over and over again. people keep forwarding and you just keep deleting. But some are very good, worthy of sharing. Here's one I recently received that is worth a look:

Great Orators of the Democratic Party...

'One man with courage makes a majority.' 
- Andrew Jackson

'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

'The buck stops here.'
- Harry S. Truman

'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.'
- John F. Kennedy

And for today's Democrats...

'It depends what your definition of 'IS' is?'' 
- Bill Clinton

'That Obama - I would like to cut his NUTS off.' 
- Jesse Jackson

 'Those rumors are false .... I believe in the sanctity of marriage.'
- John Edwards

'I invented the Internet.'
- Al Gore

'The next person that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads up their ***.'
- Joe Biden

' America is--is no longer, uh, what it--it, uh, could be, uh what it was once was...uh, and I say to myself, 'uh, I don't want that future, uh, uh for my children.'
- Barack Obama

'I have campaigned in all 57 states.'
- Barack Obama

'You don't need God anymore, you have us Democrats.'
- Nancy Pelosi    (said back in 2006)

'Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true , and honest than he.' 
- Hillary Clinton    (said back in 1998)

Breast-feed or bust

Nursing moms are in a tizzy. They want to breast-feed.

Go ahead.

They want to have pictures taken of them doing so, and they want to be able to show you those pictures on their Facebook accounts on the Internet.

Sorry, sweetheart, but not everyone wants to see that. And not everyone wants to see you breast-feeding wherever you darn well feel like it.

The controversy will soon hit Wisconsin. Read about it in my post on The Right View Wisconsin.

All eyes on MPS this week

Mother Nature throws the kitchen sink at us the next several days with snow, wind, and cold.

Our corner of the world will revolve around the Milwaukee Public Schools, anxiously awaiting how they will react to the hodgepodge of weather. They close and just about everyone else tosses in the towel, too.

Many, many years ago, an MPS insider told me any announcement to close isn’t based on amount of snow, the temperature, or the wind chill factor. Whether or not to have classes depends on the school buses. If they start, the school bells ring. I'm not sure if the same criteria holds true today but it does seem to make sense.

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