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.
1) "Go Kill ISIS and Leave Us Alone." That was the message on a sign held by one demonstrator, Fred Scott, as he marched to protest the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday night. Photo: JOSHUA LOTT / AFP - Getty Images
2) A man tries to recover Monday after being treated for the effects of tear gas. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP
3) Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised Monday, Aug. 11, in Ferguson, Mo. The fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9 has sparked two weeks of unrest and frequent confrontations with police in the St. Louis suburb. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP
4) A police officer points his weapon from the top of an armored vehicle as police stand guard on Aug. 13. Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
5) A masked man carries items out of a liquor store that was looted following demonstrations in Ferguson on Aug. 16. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters
6) Police tackle a man who was walking down the street in front of McDonald's on Aug. 18. The man appeared to be walking past a group that had been assembled nearby and police were telling everyone to keep walking. Moments after he turned around and exchanged words with the police that he was just walking, police took him to the ground. Local police have confirmed to NBC News that the officer just to the left of the arresting officers is Officer Dan Page. Page will be on administrative leave for the duration of an internal investigation into a video in which he bragged about being a “killer” and made derogatory comments, a department spokesman told NBC News. Photo: Laurie Skrivan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP
7) Liberian soldiers scan people for signs of the Ebola virus, as they control people from entering the West Point area in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. Most of the new cases are in Liberia, where the government was delivering donated rice to a slum where 50,000 people have been sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to contain the outbreak. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
8) Local residents gather around a very sick Saah Exco, 10, in a West Point slum back alley in Monrovia, Liberia, on Aug. 19, 2014. According to community organizer John Saah Mbayoh, Saah's mother died of suspected but untested Ebola virus in West Point before he was brought to the isolation center on the evening of Aug. 13. A very sick Saah Exco lies in an alley of the West Point slum on Aug. 19, in Monrovia, Liberia. The whereabouts and condition of his aunt and cousins, who left the facility when it was overrun by the crowd, was still unknown at the time of this photo. Photos: John Moore / Getty Images
9) Local residents stand at a damaged apartment block near bodies of victims killed by what locals say was recent shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk August 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
10) An apartment building is seen at the moment of collapse, just after it was hit by missiles in an Israeli airstrike in the heart of Gaza on Aug. 23. Residents in the building were called 10 minutes before the attack and told to evacuate, after which at least two missiles slammed into the complex. Photo: MOHAMMED OSMAN / AFP - Getty Images
11) As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the state's lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows. Lake Oroville is currently at just 32 percent of its total capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet. This photo shows the same lake three summers ago.Photos: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images and Paul Hames / California Department of Water Resources via Getty Images, file
12) A team of technicians work on one of the faces of London’s Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses the famous Big Ben bell on Tuesday. The specialists descend the famous landmark by rope to clean and inspect the four clock faces. The clock was last serviced in 2010 and besides cleaning up any dirt that has accumulated since then, the experts will conduct a photographic survey to check the dials for damage. Photo: BEN STANSALL / AFP - Getty Image
13) A boy and his pig navigated floodwaters on a makeshift raft in Lishui, in east China's Zhejiang province, on Aug. 20, after days of heavy rain. More than 20,000 residents have been evacuated as the water level in the Ou River continues to rise, local media reported. Photo: AFP - Getty Images
14) A family of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds. The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter and weighing it posed a challenge. The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators, so they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds. In the photo, Mandy Stokes stands next to the alligator's head with her husband John Stokes, while the rest of her crew -- brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah, 16, and Parker, 14 -- stand at left. Photo: Sharon Steinmann / Al.com via AP
15) Panda cub Bao Bao appeared to be modeling for an inspirational poster from the 1970s as she hung from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington on Saturday, her first birthday. The National Zoo is celebrating with a traditional Zhuazhou ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
16) Kumbuka, a Silverback Western Lowland Gorilla, is measured at 7 feet during the annual weight-in ZSL London Zoo on Aug. 21. The height and mass of every animal in the zoo, of which there are over 16,000, is recorded and submitted to the Zoological Information Management System. This is combined with animal measurement data collected from over 800 zoos and aquariums in almost 80 countries, from which zoologists can compare information on thousands of endangered species. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images
17) Zookeeper Dave Clarke poses with one of the world's smallest and rarest snails, a Partula Snail, while weighing one of the largest in the world, an African Land Snail, at London Zoo on Aug. 21. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters
18) A squirrel monkey looks into the camera during a photocall at London Zoo, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The Zoo held it's annual weigh-in where the vital statistics of animals were taken in an aid for keepers to detect pregnancies and check the animals general wellbeing. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
19) Zoo owner Manny Tangco gives a kiss to a giant Japanese Koi carp while children watch, as part of the zoo's newest attraction dubbed "The World of Kois", in Malabon city, north of Manila August 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)
20) Beyonce performs in London and only a gaggle of geese show up to see her? That's how it may look at first glance, but this is actually a wax figure of the superstar singer. The likeness was unveiled Wednesday in the slightly bizarre setting of the British capital's Regent's Park. Any waterfowl wishing to pose for a selfie with Beyonce had better be quick, because the waxwork is moving indoors to go on display at Madame Tussauds' nearby museum soon. Photo:John Phillips / UK Press via Getty Images
21) Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred participates in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge outside the organization's headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Manfred participated with more than 160 other MLB employees to raise more than $16,000 for the ALS Association. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)
22) Men dump buckets of ice water and plastic balls onto former NBA player Yao Ming as Yao takes part in the ALS ice bucket challenge in Beijing August 23, 2014. The Ice Bucket Challenge is aimed at raising awareness of - and money to fight - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more often known as ALS or Lou Gherig's Disease. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
23) McLaren Mercedes team members dump buckets of ice water onto Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he takes part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" after the first practice session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
24) Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
25) Juan Ignacio Conil Vila of Argentina pulls down the shorts of Faraj Fartass of France during their Rugby Sevens Final match at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, August 20, 2014. France scored three late tries to record a comfortable 45-22 win over Argentina. (REUTERS/China Daily
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree).
The Dirty Little Secret About The Difference Between White And Black Americans On Ferguson
If you say that we should have an "honest" discussion about what's going on in Ferguson, it makes people think that hard truths are going to be spoken and we're all going to deeply disagree.
But, what if the dirty little secret is that MOST people, black and white, liberal and conservative, are actually on pretty much the same page about the shooting of Mike Brown?
Death of Black Teen Michael Brown Incites Another Race War
“Unarmed” doesn’t mean doing “no harm.” A man can rape and assault a woman without being armed. A man can overpower an armed policeman and injure or kill him without being armed.
When a police officer or a white person kills an “unarmed black teen,” it doesn’t automatically mean that a police officer or a white person committed a hate crime. Yet ever since the race baiting mob led by Al Sharpton, rushed to judgment in Trayvon Martin’s death, even before charges or a trial ensued, it’s become de rigueur for the mainstream media to use the phrase “unarmed black teen” when black teens are killed by whites or police officers.
Big Government Equals Big Beatings
Big government is the primary cause of the psychological scars and emotional pain so deeply rooted within the African American community today. History is clear on this point.
Ben Carson: "It's politically incorrect to blame the wrong people"
"You say, Death to the police -- try living for 24 hours with no police. I think you'll really find out what a difficult situation is."
Yes, Hillary Clinton has a Mitt Romney problem
In many ways Hillary is the perfect embodiment of this liberal mindset. She’s committed to fighting poverty and income inequality one charity gala at a time, growing increasingly confident in her moral superiority over her ideological opponents. Her multiple mansions are her just reward for being a good person. She has earned the presidency.
I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.
Deliver us from wimpiness
This is the mighty, life-altering power of experience, and it’s something you can’t read, watch, or tweet. It has to be tangible and real—and whether it’s a sky dive, the birth of a child, or time spent in a war zone, it will change who you are. Unfortunately, it is also something that many urbanized, computerized, coffee-housed, social-networked-to-the-hilt Americans are missing.
The trouble with teacher tenure
“It provides no incentive for someone to improve their practice,” he told me last week. “It provides no accountability to actual student outcomes. It’s the classic driver of, ‘I taught it, they didn’t learn it, not my problem.’ It has a decimating impact on morale among staff, because some people can work hard, some can do nothing, and it doesn’t matter.”
When government teleworkers don't work from home
Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from home require less office space, which saves us taxpayers money.
Teleworkers don’t plug up the roadways during rush hour, and they save a fortune on gasoline and vehicle-maintenance costs.
Think The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Stupid? You're Wrong.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is awesome. Here are three reasons why.