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.
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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times. Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. They’ve (Supreme Court justices) reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love.”
President Obama reacting to the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
Gay and lesbian couples "share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws. But today, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.”
Vice President Joe Biden
"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Justice Anthony Kennedy in his 28-page ruling
"Today, five lawyers have ordered every state to change their definition of marriage. Just who do we think we are? This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. If you are among the many Americans - of whatever sexual orientation - who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.
"Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept."
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in dissent of the gay marriage ruling
“Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate. At present, no one—including social scientists, philosophers, and historians—can predict with any certainty what the long-term ramifications of widespread acceptance of same-sex marriage will be. And judges are certainly not equipped to make such an assessment.”
Justice Samuel Alito
“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
Justice Clarence Thomas
“As a Party, we believe in the importance of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and remain committed to finding common ground to champion the family’s role in society. Marriage is critically important to strengthening our country and our communities. Today’s ruling cannot and must not be used to coerce a church or religious institution into performing marriages that their faith does not recognize. We should respect the sincerely held religious views of our fellow citizens, just as we respect those on the winning side of this case.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
“Racism. We’re not cured of it. It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”
“It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds. That flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the Confederate flag in S.C.
“The flag didn’t have a thing to do with what happened.”
Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee Chairman and former governor of Mississippi
“Well, I am glad the Democrats have come out foursquare against slavery. It has taken a while, but if we are going to remedy the sadness of the Confederate side in the Civil War, I think we need to abolish the Democratic Party. That is a much more hateful symbol. They were the ones that stood for it– even after the North, i.e. the Republicans won the war and finally got the Democrats to give up slavery. Democrats continued to discriminate against black people for another 100 years.
“Well, I am a student of American history, so I am appalled by — though I’d really like to like Nikki Haley since she is a Republican. On the other hand, she is an immigrant that does not understand America’s history … The Confederate flag we’re talking about never flew over an official Confederate building. It was a battle flag. It is to honor Robert E. Lee. And anyone who fought knows the first thing about military history knows there is no greater army that ever took the field that Confederate army. Both blacks and whites in Mississippi when it came up for a vote – 30 percent of black, this was within 10 years – 30 percent of blacks voted to keep the Confederate flag.”
Ann Coulter, author of “¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” taking on the issue of the Confederate flag. She went on to criticize Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who on Monday announced her support for removing the flag from the state capitol’s grounds.
“He can't possibly have a soul. Those brothers took away an angel. You will never understand the impact of her loss. You will never know why she is so desperately missed. You ruined so many lives that day. Your friends abandoned you… You will die in prison alone.”
Karen McWatters, a friend of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathgon attack. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attacks in Boston. Tsarnaev smiled as his victims arrived in court to give emotional speeches before he was sentenced to die. The 21-year-old killer laughed with his attorney before his sentencing hearing got underway in federal court in Boston.
“He chose to do nothing, to prevent all of this from happening. He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. We choose love. We choose kindness. We choose peace. This is our response to hate. That's what makes us different from him.”
Bill Richard, the father of eight-year-old Boston bombing victim Martin Richard Bill and Denise Richard told the court that they had wanted Tsarnaev to be sentenced to life behind bars so he had time to think about what he had done and the strength of the survivors.
“I don't know what makes me happy anymore. There is an emptiness that I cannot manage to fill. The defendant he has taken Sean away from me, but he's also taken me away from me. When I'm angry, I'm furious… When I feel joy, I cry, because it is so rare. He is a coward and a liar. 'He showed no remorse while his victims stood in front of him... He ran his own brother over with a car. He had no issues shooting mine in the head. He spit in the face of the American dream.”
MIT Officer Sean Collier's sister, Jen
“I'm the one who's alive. He's already dead.”
Survivor Megan Zipin on Tsarnaev
“Words cannot capture the horrific impact this has had on my life. I forgive you and your brother. My hope and desire is some day soon you'll be brave enough to take responsibility for your actions and forgo all your appeals, so we can all move together in peace.”
Boston bombing survivor Jennifer Kauffman
“I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old killer, addressing the stunned courtroom on Wednesday before he was formally sentenced to death
“After we heard it, we wished he hadn't [spoken] because the things he had to say were shocking, I regret ever wanting him to speak... What he said showed no remorse, no regret, no empathy.”
Boston bombing survivor Lynn Julian, who was left with a traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and PTSD from the blasts, condemned Tsarnaev’s statement
“Well my premise has been that Secretary Clinton is not going to be the nominee. Then it’s down to Governor Chafee, Governor O’Malley, and Senator Sanders. And I’ll compare my record, my character, and my vision for the future very favorably. Even with Secretary Clinton, if you put her in the mix.”
Former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee
Democratic elites don’t want to hear it but Hillary Clinton’s in trouble. If Sanders can poll 40% in a Wisconsin straw poll in June he can do it an Iowa caucus in January. Imagine a Hillary Clinton who just lost Iowa and New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders. It’s still hard to picture but it gets easier every day.
“You don’t win your next race running someone else’s last one. Trying to do so, Clinton repeats her big mistake of 2008: not sensing the times. There are smaller changes she can make right now: hire better speech writers, including at least one with a sense of humor; put her family foundation under independent management; tell her husband to stop giving speeches or else start talking for free.”
Bill Curry was White House counselor to President Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
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The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies in the afternoon. High of 76. "A"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy in the morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the aftrenoon. High of 77. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Welcome to the weekly Friday night music blog. We do this EVERY Friday to show that despite what’s being passed off as art today that there are still all kinds of great music at your disposal.
The Goodnight research staff is cureently working on a future blog so here’s a repeat of one of our favorites from 2012.