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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.

When does Michael Phelps race again?

Phelps' 8th and final race, the men's 400 meter relay is at 9:58 tonight Milwaukee time.

The finish of his 7th race....Phelps on the right, Serbia's Cavic on the left


(Nick Laham/Getty Images)

UPDATE, 8/17/08, 11:45 AM

"He is magical...he is Superman"

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Retired detective weighs in again on MPD chief's plan to help GOP Convention

My blog opposing MIlwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn's desire to send 36 officers to St. Paul to assist with security at the Republican National Convention got immediate reaction from a retired MPD detective. He's back with more commentary and I must concur:

Crowd control, civil disturbance training has always been part of the curriculum at the Milw. PD Training Academy; required training for recruits and in-service classes. Training aides are readily available for such classes. If such disturbances should occur within the city while Academy classes were in session, they would stop the classes and convey the officers to the scene and not have to wait for them to return from St. Paul where these officers are receiving a "valuable knowledge and training experience." 

Perhaps members of the Milwaukee Common Council could attend the similar governing bodies of other cities to learn how to convene a special session to address the rent-a-cop brainstorm of Chief Flynn.

Will Flynn volunteer sending Milwaukee officers to the Democrat's convention? To spew that "public safety in our city will be unaffected by the temporary mutual aid assignment in St. Paul" diatribe is folly, given that burglaries, a major felony crime, have increased in Milwaukee according to Chief Flynn.   Tell the victims of residence burglaries that they didn't suffer a 'safety issue.' Then tell those same victims that the deploying of 36 additional officers to their neighborhoods wouldn't make their highly taxed areas safer. 

Mrs. Hegerty's mandate that officers will not respond to burglar alarms, in my opinion, assuredly contributed to the increase in burglaries reported. As far as this being a 'mutual aid'=2 0favor, can you imagine a convention of this magnitude being scheduled in Milwaukee?  I think not, given the lack of convention facilities here. Would the St. Paul PD reciprocate if Milwaukee hosted a convention of such enormity?  I really wonder if their city fathers would allow that. 

“We would have the same number of officers we always have had conducting patrol duties on our streets,” Chief Flynn said.  So NOT true Chief Flynn. 36 officers is the approximate number comprising a District shift here. Add that to the large number of officers on earned vacations here.  If Milwaukee officers want to volunteer to work political conventions while on vacation, let them do so with Chief Flynn's permission and not on his order to do so! 

I can well imagine that the extreme numbers of hooligans in/near St. Paul will commensurately increase the commission of felony crimes there.  Will Flynn volunteer to send a large number of our detectives to assist in major crime investigations in/near St. Paul?  Hmmmmm....I wonder! If allowed, the Milwaukee officers with the "unique training opportunity" given in St. Paul would put the Milw. PD at the top of the list for 'mutual aid' at the upcoming Democrat convention. I predict the Common Council here, if they learn how to convene a special session, will intelligently deny Flynn's request.  I prematurely thank them for their diligence in deflecting Flynn's ridiculous proposal.

Retired Milwaukee cop        

The ELVIS edition of Week-ends: 2008


Thirty-one years ago today, Elvis Presley died at Graceland. The following is a special edition of my regular feature, Week-ends commemorating this anniversary.


In last year's special edition of Week-ends, I mentioned the legion of fans that make the annual trek to Graceland for ELVIS Week, and the rest of the year, they help keep the memories alive. This year, one of the many examples of how Elivs was a true hero.

This is the most touching story I could relate about Elvis, so heartwarming that it inspires and impresses non-Elvis fans, too.

The following is a true story that I hope you will take the time to fully read. There is a book and movie about this wonderful story about Elvis and a remarkable young girl that, unfortunately, are very hard to find.

Please read about the Elvis we rarely hear about:

"The movie, Touched By Love, was based on the book To Elvis, With Love. Lena Canada's now very rare memoir tells the powerful, true story of Lena's friendship and love for Karen, the young girl crippled and dying from the effects of cerebral palsy. It is also the story of the power that Elvis holds for many people. In Karen's case the exchange of letters and gifts between Elvis and her bring incredible joy and happiness to the remainder of her greatly shortened life."

Read the entire article.

In the movie, Karen is played incredibly by a very young Diane Lane. She is unresponsive until she hears and sees Elvis. Her nurse encourages Karen to write to Elvis, but Elvis doesn't write back. Undaunted, little Karen keeps writing and writing, even though her daily trips to the mailbox in her wheelchair yield nothing. This goes on for quite some time, until finally.......

That's where we pick up the movie in this lengthy, but very touching clip (11:00 minutes). 

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Who are we to critcize that no-good, slimeball John Edwards?


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