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.
My Culinary no-no blogs aren’t known for their brevity. This week we make a rare exception. Because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. We travel to that Shangri-La of the south...
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
1) The gloved hands of an army nurse are seen during a demonstration of an isolation chamber for the treatment of infectious disease patients, at the Germany army medical center, Bundeswehr Clinc, in Koblenz October 16, 2014. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 4,000 people -- mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- and has spread beyond West Africa, with a nurse in the United States and one in Spain having caught the disease from patients. (REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)
2) An ambulance arrives at Madrid's Carlos III Hospital October 16, 2014. The ambulance was carrying a person suspected of having Ebola, according to the police escort. Madrid's Barajas international airport activated emergency measures on Thursday after a passenger arriving on an Air France flight was suspected of possibly having Ebola, a spokeswoman for airports operator Aena said. (REUTERS/Juan Medina)
3) Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway at the Ferguson, Mo., police station as a chalk drawing is made as a memorial to Michael Brown, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest Brown's shooting in August and a second police shooting in St. Louis last week. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
4) The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages celebrated abroad would be voided, and Rome's prefect has vowed to do so immediately. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino received thunderous applause as he arrived in the city hall reception room where the couples, their friends and family gathered to make their marriages official in Rome's city ledger. Photo: Andrew Medichini / AP
5) Riot police officers stand guard at a main road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. New scuffles broke out Friday night between Hong Kong riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day. The chaotic scenes unfolded hours after police moved in to clear tents, canopies and barricades at Mong Kok, a smaller protest zone across Victoria Harbor from the main occupied area in the heart of the financial district. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
6) Pink balloons for Breast Cancer Awareness month at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
7) Miami Dolphins cheerleaders wearing pink boots Oct. 12, 2014 at Sun Life stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
8) Packer fans filled the north side of the stadium at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
9) A Packers fan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
10) Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) gets a hand to the face of Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) before sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the third quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. Jones was penalized on the play giving the Dolphins a first down. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
11) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) gets away from Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan (24) after catching a pass from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) on "The Clock Play" late in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
12) Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless hauls in the winning TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers in the final seconds during a 27-24 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood
13) Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81),catches the winning touchdown, as Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (52), tries to tackle him with 3 seconds left on the clock Oct. 12, 2014 at Sun Life stadium in Miami Gardens. Packers 27-24 over the Dolphins. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
14) Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) reacts to the Packers last second win at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 12, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
15) Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler celebrates in the locker room after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
16) Bentley, the dog whose owner Dallas nurse Nina Pham was recently hospitalized for showing symptoms of Ebola, has remained upbeat during his time in quarantine. Caretakers played fetch with Bentley on Friday, whose enthusiasm for the ball was not diminished by his surroundings. Photo: SANA SYED
17) People take pictures of the two-year-old giant panda Xuexue before it was sent back to the wild at Liziping natural reserve, in Ya'an, Sichuan province, October 14, 2014. Xuexue after a period of training became the fourth artificially-bred giant panda being sent back to the wild in China, according to local media. (REUTERS/China Daily)
18) Two crowned cranes are seen at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, October 14, 2014. These cranes are native to the Sahel and West Africa. (EPA/Stephanie Pilick)
19) When Adan Bello was born, his blinking eyes turned towards the calm melody of a duo of harpists playing Brahms' "Cradle Song" in the corner of a Caracas public hospital's maternity wing. Minutes later, his mother received a certificate signing Adan up for Venezuela's hugely successful classical music program, known as "El Sistema" (The System). In a nation awash with guns and with one of the world's highest murder rates, The System has for decades sought to counteract poor children's exposure to violence with the gentle and inspiring influence of classical music. It used to only admit children aged at least 5. But under its latest projects, hundreds of smaller infants can receive voice lessons, musical initiation with paper-made instruments, and free concerts. Photos: Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
20) A girl runs with collected autumn leaves at a park in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
21) Two boys lay on a 3-D floor painting pretending to try to reach each other across a gutter caused by an earthquake at the Taipei Astronomical Museum, in Taipei, Taiwan, October 16, 2014. 3-D floor paintings or pavement paintings create illusions of three-dimensional impressions. (EPA/DAVID CHANG)
22) Curator Timothy Long is silhouetted as he poses for photographers with a Sherlock Holmes style pipe and deerstalker hat beside an internal window forming part of the exhibition "Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die" at the Museum of London in London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday, is the largest on the fictional detective created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be held in the UK for 60 years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
23) A newly revealed mosaic on the floor of a vast Greek tomb shows Hades hauling his reluctant bride Persephone to the underworld, archaeologists announced Thursday. When the artwork was first uncovered a few days ago, excavators could only see part of the scene. The mosiac seemed to show Hermes, the Greek messenger God and son of Zeus, in a broad-brimmed hat, leading a horsedrawn chariot with a bearded man in tow. But when more dirt was removed, a third figure came into view: a woman stretching her arm out in distress. Archaeologists say it's now clear the mosaic depicts a famous scene from Greek mythology: the abduction of Persephone, sometimes called the rape of Persephone. Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, was carried off to the underworld by Hades to reign as his queen. She eventually worked out a deal to split her time between her mother on Earth and her husband in the underworld. The story was used to explain the changing seasons. Photo: Greek Culture Ministry via Reuters
24) People walk past "The Chair", a sculpture by artist Sabine Geraudie, during an unusually warm and sunny autumn day on the Promenade Des Anglais in Nice, October 17, 2014. The blue chair, seen in silhouette, is the symbol of the city of Nice. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)
25) A woman walks past the installation 'Waechter der Zeit' (lit. guardians of time) at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2014. The three sculptures are on display as part of the 'Festival of Lights' until Ocotober 19. (EPA/STEPHANIE PILICK)
26) A costume of Predator on display during the 6th annual Leisure and Fantasy Convention (SOFA 2014) in Bogota, Colombia, October 18, 2014. Since 2009, fans of video games, science fiction literature, cosplay, manga and comics gather in the Colombian capital to attend the trade fair. (EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ)
27) Male dancers from Matthew Bourne's production of 'Swan Lake' pose on a jetty at Albert Park Lake on October 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images/Graham Denholm)
28) Models prepare backstage at the DB Berdan show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul SS15 at Antrepo 3 on October 13, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for IMG)
29) Models walk the runway at the New Gen II show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul SS15 at Antrepo 3 on October 16, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).
Posner's weak voter ID opinion relies on NY Times articles
The left is celebrating the recent decision against Wisconsin's voter ID laws by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, the "conservative" jurist and author, as if it represents a turning point in the debate. It certainly might--though not on the merits, but rather because Posner has, perhaps under pressure, embraced politics over law as the basis for deciding the issue. A close reading of Posner's opinion reveals how absurd his reasoning really is.
Time waits for no one
As MSNBC noted, the public instead of talking about the real issues, is talking about Ebola, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Ukraine, etc. It’s a fine kettle of fish when media consultants find the news revolting.
Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges.
Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times.
I came to America speaking Spanish. And I oppose bilingual classes.
Secluding children into separate dual-language enclosures will drive a wedge between immigrants of different nationalities, and make it more difficult for them to become proficient in English.
Here’s how I know.
The Best Thing We Can Do for Immigrants: Help Them Learn English
Government-mandated multilingualism, such as requiring that official documents be translated into multiple languages, is not just expensive. It also divides us.
How to talk like a politician
In doing research for our new book on political rhetoric, we came across five general categories of Washington-speak—the devices that today’s politicians use in their never-ending quests to one-up each other while, at the same time, appearing spontaneous—and productive—to voters. Here’s what you need to know to keep up with the best of them—if that’s what you want to do.
Ebola No Match for Dr. Nancy 'Soups' Snyderman
If you were just dying for soup -- and you were NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, bent on breaking an Ebola quarantine that you figured didn't really apply to you because you're so special -- what soup would it be?
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
The Utah Jazz
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
LA bus passenger
Alabama school officials
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“All I know is that when she gets well, I want her to get the hell out of Texas. And don’t ever go back.”
Ohio resident Martha Shuler, grandmother of a second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola
"I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed not the doctors but a couple of the nurses at Emory. I felt perfectly safe."
President Obama referring to a hospital famous for treating Ebola patients in Atlanta, Georgia
“There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died. But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban.
“Quite obviously, the only way to protect Americans is to prevent Ebola from coming here in the first place. The problem isn't that Ebola will leap across oceans to infect Americans; it's that Obama doesn't want to protect Americans.”
“If you like your Ebola, you can keep your Ebola; it is part of the new Obamacare plan.”
Radio host Michael Savage
"You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise. Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible.
"We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere. We do have two health care workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America. Not one person in the general population in the United States."
Fox News' Shep Smith
“Ebola has been around since 1976. Why hasn't any Western country developed a vaccine in all this time? Could it be because the only people affected were people in villages in African countries? I guess it is fine for those villagers to die but not for Westerners. Yes, we now want to stop Ebola where it is because we don't want it traveling here. I still don't hear enough of a focus on those exposed in Africa, on saving their lives. More than 4,000 have already died in this Ebola outbreak.”
Arleen Lorrance of Scottsdale, Arizona in USA TODAY
“Screening at U.S. airports is nuts. We don't need to find the Ebola virus here. We need to keep it in West Africa. Use passport stamps to prohibit anyone who has been in Africa fewer than 30 days ago to come here. And, if someone travels there and gets Ebola, then they should have to stay there. We don't need the death, grief and expense of inviting the problem here.”
Gene Christie of Beverly Hills, Florida in USA TODAY
“There are at least two things that the public expects the government to get right, even when it fails at nearly everything else: public safety and national security. The Obama administration has a responsibility to protect its citizens. There is no excuse for the failures we're witnessing -- from the containment and eradication of Ebola to the containment and eradication of its ideological equivalent: radical Islamic extremism.”
Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate
“The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective…I have two recommendations. If U.S. doctors know that a lifesaving drug has been approved in Europe, Japan and Canada, it is their ethical duty to inform their patients. Second, when the FDA calls a news conference to announce approval of a drug, somebody should ask the official how many Americans died from the drug's not being approved the previous year.”
Walter Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography’
“If Republicans have a clue and do this and go out and ask every African-American for their vote, I think we can transform an election in one cycle. That doesn’t mean that we get to a majority of African-American votes in one cycle. But I think there is fully a third of the African-American vote that is open to much of the message, because much of what the Democrats has offered hasn’t worked.”
Sen. Rand Paul told POLITICO that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment. Paul was featured on the cover of the new issue of Time as “The Most Interesting Man in Politics.”
“Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the right to privacy at the ballot box. I'm not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky to curry favor on one side or the other.”
Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) during a debate where she again refused to answer whether she had voted for President Barack Obama
“Senate candidates across the country are now training their fire on President Obama, railing about his failed policies and touting their fierce opposition to his agenda. And those are the Democrats…they now want voters to believe that if they get another six-year term they will somehow emerge as giants of principled independence. That promise will turn into a pumpkin the minute they again cast a vote to make Mr. Reid Majority Leader. The deny-Obama strategy may be a political necessity in the sixth year of this listing Presidency, but voters who fall for the ruse will get a continuation of the same failed policies.”
The Wall Street Journal
“When it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no peer.”
Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. The Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after the November elections. States with key Senate races face double-digit premium hikes.
“So for me, we have created very difficult hurdles for people who want to serve, who believe they can lead, to be able to do so. And the media has intensified that over time.”
Hillary Clinton, in a conversation with Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, charged that journalists today spend “dramatically” less time reporting “the real news” than their predecessors did in the 1960s and 1970s. She said that reporters are increasingly looking only for “the best angle,” the “quickest hit” and “the biggest embarrassment.”
“I hardly know where to begin: Ebola continues to spread around the world, ISIS pushes closer to Baghdad, the Secret Service can’t prevent a guy with a knife from running into the White House, sea levels are rising, fighting continues in Ukraine, extreme partisanship eats away at our democracy, thousands of American businesses have been subject to cyberattacks, 1 in 9 American bridges is rated structurally deficient, we are undergoing the most dramatic die-off of species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and I think I may be getting a cold. Our get-up-and-go appears to have gotten up and went…”
Roger Simon of POLITICO
“Done. Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done…Done. Done. Done.”
Ann Romney told the LA Times a possible third presidential run for her husband, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn’t going to happen
"We often hear the criticism that there's too much, but as long as a woman is dying of breast cancer every 60 seconds, there's not enough pink.”
Carrie Glasscock, director of corporate relations for Susan G. Komen
“Wish people would stop asking if I’m breast feeding like Kimberly Walsh. No I’m not! I think the idea is vile and borderline incest!”
British model Josie Cunningham on Twitter
"Yes. Sure, I don't know if I'm going to live to see it. Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. I may be six feet under, but that's what you've got to live with."
In an interview with CBS News, Pete Rose said he believes he will get into the Hall of Fame, but doesn't know if he'll live to see it.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
"Political thuggery" in Houston
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Ebola, and Fangate
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Who needs John Milan?
Pay your last respects on the go
Did you watch Friday’s gubernatorial debate?
The final question of the night was posed by Ted Perry of Fox 6 News. Now I like Ted, a lot.
But…his question about where the candidates would travel in the state if not campaigning for a day, while not this bad did remind me of the following: