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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.

You just never know when the race card is going to be played

Can you believe it?

Citizens on the north side of Milwaukee had a worse winter than the people living on the south side.  It’s true. Just read your Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sunday (today).

The city of Milwaukee responded much more quickly to complaints about potholes on the south side than they did on the north side. Of course, the city departments and officials in charge of this order of business were fully aware of the discrepancies, but proceeded to favor one side of town over the other anyway.

Ladies and gentlemen, the race card has no boundaries. It can be played anywhere, anytime, anyhow.  The ugly card has now been tossed onto the table of politics in the debate over potholes.

South-siders in Milwaukee, you probably had more sunlight, less snow, higher temperatures, and better paved roads last winter, too. You know what this means, don’t you? Milwaukeeans on the south side, you are about to get screwed.

Residents of the north side, along with their representatives, aided by the bleeding heart Milwaukee Journal will play the race card right up until the first snowflake of next winter. Meanwhile, south side residents and their representatives will, frightened of rocking the boat, will clam up. There will be a concerted effort to make sure the north side’s winter woes are addressed firmly and immediately. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you, just not at the expense of other areas of the city.

For years, police on the south side have been diverted to violent crime areas of the north side, leaving the south side vulnerable. When south side aldermen (Annette Scherbert) complained, guess what happened? You got it. Out came the race card.

Last winter pounded everyone, and all parts of the city suffered. It’s possible that some aldermen complained more often and louder on behalf of their constituents than others. As much as I’d like to avoid charges of racism on potholes, they’re almost inevitable. Because that’s what we do in Milwaukee.

Watch for an editorial from the bleeding hearts at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a piece from the paper’s race columnist, Eugene Kane who will be utterly aghast at these revelations.

And south siders, start preparing now for a looooooonnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggg winter in 2008-09.

Palin, down syndrome


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Congratulations, Harley folks! You're the best!

SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2008, 9:57 p.m.
By John Diedrich

Crowd well-behaved, no arrests

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Why the focus on the motorcycle helmet?

There’s a sentence that should be banned from use by all journalists:

“The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time.”

It’s normally one of the last sentences in a story about an accident involving a motorcycle.

The morning’s paper has the tragic story of a Harley rider who was killed Friday afternoon by a female drunken driver. Reporter Jesse Garza ends her story about the rider who was killed with this:

Police said the man was not wearing a helmet.”

What the hell does that have to do with anything? Was the lack of a helmet responsible for the drinking the 61-year old woman did Friday? Was the lack of a helmet the reason the woman made an incredibly bad turn? Was the lack of a helmet the reason she hit a curb? Was the lack of a helmet the reason she hit a motorcycle rider?

Using this flawed logic would mean Milwaukee streets should be littered these past few days with the carnage of dead motorcyclists. After all, literally thousands of bikers are not wearing helmets. And yet, they’re not getting into accidents. They’re not striking anyone. Yes, there was this isolated, unfortunate fatal accident. But that was the result of the worst judgment and horrible driving of another individual, not the motorcyclist’s decision to go sans helmet.

I also blogged about this subject last fall.

Meanwhile, we have thousands of visiting bikers and riders here from all over the world. Take a few moments to read Senator Lazich’s blog. Please, no more accidents during the Harley festivities.

His name is Barack Hussein Obama

I have called the Democrat candidate for President by his first, last and middle name on this blog many times. I did it on InterCHANGE last night (Joel McNally didn’t appreciate that, but tough).

Apparently, it’s now OK because even the NY Times is calling the Obamamessiah by his full name.

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