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.
I've got good news to share: During previous Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Projects the Coalition has provided more than 12,000 Thanksgiving meals to our wounded troops and veterans.
Now we need to keep up the good work! Please make the most generous donation you can to the 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.
You may recall that your gift of $60 can help provide a Thanksgiving meal for ONE severely disabled military hero and their family, your donation of $120 can help feed TWO struggling military families, your contribution of $180 can provide Thanksgiving meals for THREE families, and so on.
Your Thanksgiving donation may be helping a wounded hero like retired Army staff Sgt. Benjamin Daughtry. After receiving assistance from a previous Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, Benjamin wrote back to say:
"Sixty dollars may not be a lot of money to many people, but to me on that day it was like receiving $1,000. I can't thank you enough."
Calls and e-mails are constantly streaming in to the Coalition from wounded warriors unable to feed and clothe their children. Why not help me surprise one of them by putting $60 in their mailbox a few days before Thanksgiving?
I'm retired Army General John K. Singlaub. As I've mentioned to you before, because of the sluggish government bureaucracy our wounded warriors are waiting an average of 10 months - and often more than a year - to get their first government disability check after leaving the hospital and being separated from active service.
Obviously they can't wait 10 months to feed their families. They need help right now.
So please make a tax-deductible Thanksgiving donation of whatever you can afford right now to help put food on the table for the family of a marine, soldier, sailor or airman disabled in Afghanistan or Iraq.
I don't want to say "no" to even one disabled hero who said "yes" to serving our country . . . and I know you wouldn't want me to.
These brave servicemen and women, some just 19 or 20 years old, went to war to protect your family and mine from terrorism.
Now some will never be able to see, or hear, or hug or chase after their little boy or girl because they've lost their arms or legs.
You and I can't heal their physical injuries or make them whole again. (No one can.)
But we can let them know their sacrifice hasn't been forgotten . . . and that someone cares enough to say "thank you" by helping to feed their family, because they risked their life to protect yours.
So please dig down deep and make a special financial sacrifice this Thanksgiving.
We're finalizing our budget for the Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, and it would be a big help to know how many struggling military families we'll be able to help this year.
So please let me know right now whether you'll be able to help feed the family of ONE, TWO, THREE or even MORE severely disabled military heroes over the coming Thanksgiving weekend.
And thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you've already done to assist our suffering troops and veterans.
Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. The Coalition is constantly receiving new requests for emergency financial aid. Many of these troops who have been paralyzed, burned, blinded or suffered other injuries have children who are going hungry.
They desperately need your continued support, so I hope you'll participate in the Coalition's 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project.
Remember your gift of $60 can help provide a meal for a severely wounded serviceman or woman and their family on Thanksgiving. Your donation of $120 can help feed TWO families, and so on. And of course smaller gifts can be combined to feed a military family in need.
Your past financial support is deeply appreciated by me and by our severely disabled troops and their families!
1) A good Samaritan helps push a car stuck on an icy road in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
2) The camera on the European Space Agency‘s Philae lander captured this image from two miles above comet 67P/CG as it descended from the Rosetta spacecraft to land on he comet's surface, 317 million miles from Earth. The seven-hour-descent was the climax of a mission launched more than ten years ago. Photo: ESA
3) A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation's tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images
4) A maple leaf is lodged amidst blades of grass that are encased in ice Wednesday afternoon Nov. 12, in Salina, Kan. (Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal via Associated Press)
5) Red deer graze following the end of the rutting season on Nov. 12, 2014 in Glen Etive, Scotland. The rutting season sees the large red deer stags compete against each other for mating rights and can be heard roaring and bellowing. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
6) Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and US President Barack Obama meet Jimbelung the koala before the start of the first G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014. Brisbane is the center of world politics until November 16, 2014. The summit aims to stimulate growth and employment worldwide. Heads of State will also discuss the fight against the terror militia IS as well as the Ebola epidemic. (EPA/ANDREW TAYLOR)
7) U.S. Army Georgia National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Smith, right, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, embraces Korean War veteran Jim Conway, 84, as military service members are asked to sing along to the Armed Services Medley during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Atlanta History Center, on Nov. 11, 2014 in Atlanta. Veterans Day honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It occurs on the same day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are observed to commemorate the end of World War I. Photo: David Goldman / AP
8) Gold Star wives (from left) Mary McMahon, Marion Dennehy, Mary DeLisle and Maureen Cabral attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the State House in Boston. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe)
9) Hannah Miller, 17, hugs United States Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Edward Hogue and thanks him for his service following a Veterans Day ceremony at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyo. Close to 100 veterans, friends, family and members of the community attended a service paying tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. (Ryan Dorgan/Casper Star-Tribune via Associated Press)
10) Maddie Nistl, 9, walks with her father, Dee Nistl, an Air Force veteran, past flag-covered graves placed for Veterans Day in Evergreen-Washelli cemetery, on Nov. 11, in Seattle. Maddie has come to the cemetery every Veterans Day and Memorial Day since she was three years old to place roses on the graves of veterans. Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP
11) Sue Papaleo, of Lincoln, Calif., mourns her ex-husband Craig Papaleo, a Vietnam War veteran, during Veterans Day on Tuesday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Papaleo, a former Marine, passed away on Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 63 due to dramatic exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War. Photo: Andrew Seng / Sacramento Bee via Zuma Press
12) Magdalena Crews, 70, holds her husband's gravestone before the start of a Veterans Day memorial service at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Gene Crews, who died in 2009, was a Vietnam vet who was paralyzed while serving in the US Army. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press)
13) Aimee Tarte visits her father's grave on Veterans Day at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla. He was a Vietnam veteran, who died in January. (J Pat Carter/Associated Press)
14) Britain's General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt reads out the names of service personnel killed in World War I on Armistice Day as the final poppy is added to the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, in the moat area of the Tower of London in central London. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
15) A bouquet of flowers stands out in the snow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. on Veteran's Day . (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
16) A sentinel from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also called the Old Guard, has his weapon inspected during the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
17) A proud soldier to the end, U.S. Army veteran Justus Belfield, 98, saluted from his nursing home bed in upstate N.Y. on Veterans Day after donning his uniform for one last time. He died the next day. Belfield served in the army for 16 years, including World War II. Photo: Nancy McKiernan / Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center via Reuters
18) A young girl places a rose at the Berlin Wall memorial in Berlin's Bernauer Strasse during a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9. Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters
19) Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon celebrates with fans after their 59-24 win over Nebraska in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Madison, Wis. Gordon rushed for a major college-record 408 yards and four touchdowns in the game. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
20) Inspector Tom Behm with the Wisconsin State Patrol salutes as the national anthem is performed along with fireworks, flags and special red, white and blue cards held by fans last Sundat at Lambeau Filed where the Packers took on the Chicago Bears. Photo: Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette
21) A Green Bay Packers fan waves a flag during the game against Chicago last Sunday at Lambeau Field. Photo: Joshua Bessex/Post-Crescent Media
22) Green Bay Packers defense stares down quarterback Jay Cutler late in the game against the Chicago Bears. Photo: Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
23) Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6). Photo: Wm.Glasheen/P-C Media
24) Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward (29) returns an interception against the Chicago Bears. The Packers won in a rout last Sunday. Photo: Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
25) Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick makes a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Photo: Joshua Bessex/Gannett Wisconsin Media
26) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledges the crowd as he runs off the field after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears last Sunday, 55-21. Photo: Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
27) An Italian artist was spending two days looking for a needle in a haystack in a Paris gallery. Yes, literally. Sven Sachsalber began his search Thursday at the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art space that describes itself as an "anti-museum par excellence." The gallery's director hid a needle inside the haystack at the outset of the performance, which was scheduled to go on for two full days. Sachsalber found the needle Friday evening. Photo: CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters
28) A woman reacts in front of a display showing mannequins of pregnant schoolgirls at a shopping mall in Caracas on Wednesday. The display is shocking shoppers and stirring debate over sex education in Venezuela. Two local charities have dressed up three mannequins behind a shop window as girls with bulging stomachs under the blue uniforms used by school children here until age 15. The idea is to draw attention to an adolescent pregnancy rate they say is one of the worst in South America with one girl under-18 becoming pregnant every three minutes and 23 percent of all births recorded in that age category. Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
29) From a height of 8 feet, 3 inches, Sultan Kosen reaches down to Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal as they meet at a Guinness World Records event in London on Thursday. Dangi- who measures 21.5 inches tall - is considered the smallest living person and Kosen is a Turkish farmer who holds the record for tallest living male. Photo: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / EPA
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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 with the author).
The best thing to ever happen to Republicans
In short, all the damage done by President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America can be undone because most of it wasn’t done through legislation; it was done through regulation and executive order. Regulations can be reversed by new regulators, and executive orders can be reversed through executive orders from a new executive.
We are only two years away from a new executive, and thanks to the failures of President Obama and the damage he and his policies have done to the Democratic Party brand, the odds are looking good that the next president will be a Republican.
What the economy has done to the family
It could be a future diorama at New York’s Museum of Natural History: A human male and female who not only got married, but stayed married.
How to stop being poor
Liberalism is for poor people who are content to stay poor. Conservatism is for poor people who want to make a better life for themselves. I tell you that from experience because I have been poor.
Paul Ryan's greatest weakness
Is he too smart to be President?
MSNBC loses election
Is a vote against a political party also a vote against the network that supports it? The Democrats' sinking fortunes have been pretty accurately charted in the declining ratings at MSNBC, the party's house network, which culminated, on election night, in a 22% fall from the last midterm election in the all-important 25-to-54 age group.
The problem is that rapists don't care that it's wrong
There are a lot of ways to address sexual assault on college campuses. Warning students to watch the facial expressions they make isn’t one of them.
Farm boy recounts witnessing iconic end-of-war kiss
"I was amazed when the sailor kissed the nurse. I didn't think they knew each other."
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 Candy Bomber
Dr. Ernest Brown
Nicole Cunningham and her grandmother
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
South Arbor Charter Academy
The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland
Eau Claire (WI) school district
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap. People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade. There are times, there’s no doubt about it, where, you know I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction.”
President Obama saying that he and his White House team had not succeeded in effectively selling the benefits of his policies to the American people, calling it a “failure of politics” that he must change in the final two years of his presidency.
“After the 2012 election, many political analysts focused on the GOP’s ‘image problem.’ Now, it is the Democrats who appear to have the more battered image. Their favorability rating has never been lower, and they are reeling from defeats that cost them control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened the Republican House majority to levels likely not seen in 90 years. On the other hand, the American public does not admire Republicans more, their numerous election victories notwithstanding. Neither party can say it is making significant progress in improving its image among the U.S. population, but undoubtedly the 2014 elections augmented the GOP’s ability to shape the agenda in Washington and in state capitals across the country.”
“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her first interview since last week’s elections. House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years.
“The midterm massacre sends a strong signal that the electorate is fed up with liberal policies and politics, and Hillary would essentially be the third term of Obama.
“The majority of people are against mass legalization of illegal aliens and Obamacare. She is going to essentially have to run on Obama's record, and if not, repudiate his presidency and try to explain what exactly she did for four years as his secretary of state, not to mention fend off questions anew on Benghazi, which will most assuredly come up in any presidential debates.
“She will have to defend Obamacare, which is getting more unpopular by the day as people continue to lose their existing policies and their longtime doctors, and especially as they endure skyrocketing premiums. There will be major sticker shock in 2015 when another round of expected increases in Obamacare premiums comes to pass.
“I believe that Hillary is going to say it's just not worth it. She's making millions of dollars now giving speeches, living a comfortable life where she calls the shots, as opposed to enduring the demands of campaign trail, and then possibly the White House dictating her every move. Who needs it? Life is good as it is now. She won't run.”
Tim Jones of the American Thinker
“The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell
“…the Democrats’ failure isn’t just the result of Republican negativity. It’s also intellectual and ideological. What, besides raising the minimum wage, do the Democrats propose to do about the shift in income from wages to profits, from labor to capital, from the 99 percent to the 1 percent? How do they deliver for an embattled middle class in a globalized, de-unionized, far-from-full-employment economy, where workers have lost the power they once wielded to ensure a more equitable distribution of income and wealth? What Democrat, besides Elizabeth Warren, campaigned this year to diminish the sway of the banks? Who proposed policies that would give workers the power to win more stable employment and higher incomes, not just at the level of the minimum wage but across the economic spectrum?”
Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect
“The most common explanation we’re hearing for the GOP sweep of a dozen Senate races last night is that an already-treacherous map for Democrats was made a lot worse by the failure of core Dem voter groups to show up. But multiple Democratic pollsters involved in these races identify another problem: The failure of the Democrats’ economic message to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced. These pollsters describe this as a serious problem afflicting the Democratic Party that must be addressed heading into 2016.”
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post
“On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value — feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are far more important.
“The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country — the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current charges of a ‘war on women’ in our society and of a ‘culture of rape’ on American college campuses, the immediate assertion that the killing of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was caused by racist police — testify to the left’s cavalier attitude toward truth.
“Since last Tuesday’s elections, commentator after commentator on the left has declared American politics ‘dysfunctional.’ When Democrats win by a landslide, the left regards the vote as testimony to the great message of the left and the good sense of the American people. Only when Republicans win by a landslide does the vote reflect dysfunction.”
Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager
"I can't get past the irony to get to the arrogance. The most transparent administration since the continent shifted had to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation, you can't make that up. He had to lie to people and then he justified it so I can't even get past the irony of that to get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow Americans stupid. I would say to the professor... you want to see how stupid the American citizens are take a look at last Tuesday night because they rejected you, this bill and this administration. He just proved that he is willing to lie. He's willing to lie because he has the arrogance of thinking that he knows what is best for this country and the citizens and voters do not, so keep that in mind the next time anybody tries to sell you on a big piece of legislation by calling this comprehensive. They lied, they got away with it and they got the bill that they wanted."
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy addressing comments made by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in 2013 about the deliberate "tortuous" language used to mislead "stupid" Americans about the healthcare overhaul in order to get it through Congress.
“The comments on that video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
“We are not going to do the amnesty thing. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. The voters were pretty unequivocal that as much as the Chamber of Commerce wants zillions of people shipped in to work for peanuts at the gigantic box stores that fund the Chamber of Commerce, an important part of the electorate does not. That part of the electorate is known as ‘normal Americans.’
“The only purpose of this Congress is to the set the conditions for the election of a conservative Republican president and the retention of both houses of Congress in 2016. Anyone who starts talking about ‘governing’ – yeah, you know who I mean – should be gagged, put in a vinyl gimp suit, and locked in a box in the Senate cellar until December 2016. Sure, there will be establishment Republicans intrigued by this idea, maybe even aroused, but be that as it may, this is not the time to go back to business as usual.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“Wait! I don't get it. No disrespect to Kim but... people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?”
Actress Alyssa Milano reacting to Kim Kardashian’s butt-bearing photo that went viral
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
More non-white voters for the GOP
For 2016, Hillary had the worst night
Economy was voters' top issue
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Kim Kardashian's, you know...
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Men having sex with strangers to help them have babies