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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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Culinary no-no #385

Culinary no-no's

We begin with some historical notes (And who said Culinary No-No wasn't educational?).


“The first lady of the United States plays a vital role in setting the tone for the national office. Though it is not an official job, first ladies throughout U.S. history have entertained, served as advisors to their husbands… Many first ladies have also been passionate about specific causes.”

About those causes:

Dolley Madison: Supported the Washington City Orphan Asylum.

Mary Todd Lincoln: She marshaled resources for the Contraband Relief Association, an organization which helped recently freed former slaves and injured soldiers.

Lou Henry Hoover:  She was passionate about athletics and was a founder of the National Amateur Athletic Foundation.

Eleanor Roosevelt: She was a powerful opponent of segregation and lynching, and she fought actively for equality for African Americans. After her term as first lady, Roosevelt helped create the United Nations Charter on Human Rights.

“Lady Bird” Johnson”: She launched a campaign to inspire communities to clean up neighborhoods and highways.  Her advocacy helped lead to the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, which set up limitations on outdoor advertising and provided funding for cleaning up highways.

Betty Ford: After being diagnosed with breast cancer. Ford spoke publicly about her mastectomy, inspiring other women to learn about the disease.

Rosalynn Carter:  She used her position to speak widely on mental illness.

Nancy Reagan: Her name became almost synonymous with her Just Say No campaign against drug abuse.

Laura Bush: Launched "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn" in an effort to prime young children for the world of literature. Laura followed in the footsteps of mother-in-law Barbara Bush, who helped pass the National Literacy Act in 1991. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was christened in 1989 and has since helped fund more than 750 reading programs.

And then there's...

The queen of the Nanny State. She decided since you were too stupid to figure out what constituted healthy foods for your children that she would dictate what you and your children should eat.

In 2010, when the governing party of the Nanny State controlled the White House, the US Senate and the US House, they rammed through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. 

When the legislation reads, in part, "Congress finds that—‘‘(I) eating habits and other wellness-related behavior habits are established early in life; and ‘‘(II) good nutrition and wellness are important contributors to the overall health of young children and essential to cognitive development,” the party that creates policy with a crying towel couldn’t possibly have voted no.

School lunches were about to change, starting with the 2012 school year.

The US Department of Agriculture wrote:

“This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of the National Academies of Medicine, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.”

Can we say, “Feel good?”

Specifics, please. Again, from the USDA:

"In summary, the January 2011 proposed rule sought to improve lunches and breakfasts by requiring schools to:

• Offer fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components;

• Offer fruit daily at breakfast and lunch;

• Offer vegetables daily at lunch, including specific vegetable subgroups weekly (dark green, orange, legumes, and other as defined in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines) and a limited quantity of

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Photos of the Week (07/20/14)

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Recommended Reading (07/19/14)

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Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree).

Inflation Vacation

Things are more expensive than government statistics say they should be.

Right and left finally agree: Obama has checked out

Unfair or not, the narrative of a president who has checked out is building momentum, and not just in the opposition press. Nor is there any sign that Obama intends to do anything about it, or even wants to.

13 Quotes You Need To Read About Illegal Immigration

"57 percent of all households that are led by an immigrant (legal or illegal) are enrolled in at least one welfare program."

Behind the scenes at the Clinton White House

It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book.

Snap-on CEO says we’ve lost respect for manufacturing jobs

"You see, we've lost the respect for the dignity of work."

Drought buster patrols the streets of Los Angeles

A day after state water regulators voted to get tougher on water restrictions, the Los Angeles water police Wednesday were out in force — with a full-time water cop of one. But until he gets three more water enforcement deputies next month, Rick Silva has the herculean task of patrolling 500 square miles of illegally watered lawns, driveways and restaurant water glasses by himself.

America's Smokers: Still 40 Million Strong

Many say they are ashamed of the habit. Donna "D" Sharp, who works at a law firm in Atlanta, has been smoking a half a pack of Newports a day for 30 years. "We're definitely pariahs of society at this point," Ms. Sharp, 59, said. She isolates herself at dinner parties and goes outside her office building during the day to smoke. "It's a horrible, ugly habit," she said.


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