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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.

Week-ends (08/16/14)


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...


Brandon Irwin

Burger King drive-thru customer

Mo'ne Davis


and looters

Bullies on social media

Chinese traffic police

Breastfeeding mom

Piet Levy for his mean-spirited review of Willie Nelson


“This is his community. He never wanted any of this to happen.”
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announcing the name of the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a 6-year veteran with no disciplinary issues, Jackson said, declining to answer any questions about the officer.

“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare.

“My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments.

“While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions.

“It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”
Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

A statement by Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ third wife

“All of these low-rent, despicable, irresponsible, pathetic, so-called media watchdogs on the left are trying to make it sound like I said that Robin Williams gave up because he was a liberal and is hopelessly doomed to misery and despair because that’s what liberals are devoted to. What I did yesterday was express some real concern over the fact that they’re glorifying this. Limbaugh I was worried about the coverage of all this leading to copycats.”

“Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness.  They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.”
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh slammed the media for taking his remarks on Robin Williams’ suicide out of context

"I'm going to get in trouble for this. To me tragic is a 23-year-old who just finished college and is getting ready to head off in their field of study and might save the world and is killed in a traffic accident. Tragic is a mother ... cut down by breast cancer. Those things are really tragic. A comedian taking his own life when he had the world by the balls, I don't find that tragic. I know depression is a horrible thing. But just because he's depressed, it's not a death sentence. Cancer is. ALS is. Depression is not a death sentence. You can get help for it. He made a choice to off himself. It's not like he had no choice in the matter. This guy had EVERYTHING. And he just blew it all off and killed himself."
WISN-TV sportscaster Dan Needles during his appearance on sports talk WAUK-AM (540) on Tuesday, the day after Robin Williams was found hanged at his San Francisco home. WISN news director Chris Gegg said that Needles' remarks "do not reflect the views of WISN. I did chat with Dan, and upon reflection he realizes he made insensitive comments on a very serious subject. He understands his remarks were ill-informed and he did not mean to offend anyone.”

“(Robin) Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived. The only thing faster than his mouth was his mind, which was capable of breathtaking leaps of free-associative absurdity.”
NY Times film critic A. O. Scott

“President Obama must really be teed off.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.

“Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf.

“Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is. But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.”
Washington Post Columnist Dana Milbank

“Obama's glaring and greatest weakness -- namely his inability to make hard decisions in crisis and lead opposing forces through or out of them -- has cost America on every front. It has further divided Washington and our nation and jeopardized our standing with the global community and even our allies, leaving us in a much more unstable place in our world. Will America learn from Obama's leadership flaws, inabilities and mistakes? We will know that answer only if we are strong enough not to appoint anyone like him in 2016.”
Chuck Norris

“It needs to be emphasized that regular cannabis use, which we consider once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and neurocognitive damage, especially in youth.”
Krista Lisdahl, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who made a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention.

"Along the way we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser's toolkit: the pop-up ad. It was a way to associate an ad with a user's page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page's content. I'm sorry. Our intentions were good. 20 years [into] the ad-supported web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken, and corrosive.”
Ethan Zuckerman worked for the webpage hosting site from 1994 to 1999, when it was struggling to develop a revenue model and he created the ad pop-up.

When asked by Marlo Thomas, author of the book Growing Up Laughing, what his favorite joke was, Williams provided the following:

“Guy buys a parrot that is constantly using foul language. Really horrible stuff. Finally the guy gets fed up and throws the parrot in the freezer to punish him. After about an hour, he hears a faint tapping sound from inside the freezer and opens the door. There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering. He says, ‘I swear, I’ll never, ever curse again. But can I ask you a question? What did the chicken do?’”
The Daily Beast


The border fence joke


This survey about unions...

No matter what.


Robin of those rare times the hype is justified.


Hope that bottle of wine was worth it.

Week-ends (08/09/14)


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...


Ryan Pitts

Taylor Woolrich

Charlie Tilloston

Commuters in Australia

The Miami-Dade Police Benevolence Association

Raymond Burse

Southwire and their teen workers


Town of Dover, WI

Lorie Ann Hill

Union Street Guest House

Nyerere Mitchell

Pot smokers


“These are not people just coming here to work as the so-called line is fed to us. These people are coming here to do horrible things. And I think the murder of Agent [Javier] Vega shows what these people are capable of.  We're up against close to 50 years of lack of border enforcement by the U.S. government. We have two political parties that are unwilling to take real enforcement action, and we have had two administrations in a row that gutted enforcement actions by the U.S. Border Patrol, by ICE agents, that do not allow us to actually go to do our job. We are handcuffed at every single turn.”
Border Patrol agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran, debunked the argument that illegal immigrants are only coming to the United States to work

"As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., wrote to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raising concerns about illegal immigrants carrying "swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis." 

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that despite the steady pace of hiring in recent months, 76% of adults lack confidence that their children's generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high. Some 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track, a leap of 8 points from a June survey, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.

What's more, seven in 10 adults blamed the malaise more on Washington leaders than on any deeper economic trends, and 79% expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the American political system.

"The American public is telling its elected representatives that the economic distress that a significant proportion of them are feeling is directly their fault," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducts the Journal poll with Republican Bill McInturff. "The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of 'feel our pain' to the more angry pronouncement of 'you are causing our pain.' "
The Wall Street Journal

"Unemployment can lead to enormous depression. People can have nights filled with anxiety and it's all due to the loss of identity. There's a sense of hopelessness when people think they're going to be a generation behind when they do get a job."
Robert C. Chope, a retired psychology professor who founded the Career and Personal Development Institute in San Francisco

"When you were running for president you said, quote, 'The biggest problems we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that's what I intend to reverse.' So my question to you, has Congress’s inability to do anything significant given you a green light to push the limits of executive power, even a duty to do so, or put another way, does it bother you more to be accused of being an imperial president, pushing those limits, or to be accused of being a do-nothing president who couldn’t get anything done because you faced a dysfunctional Congress?”
ABC journalist Jon Karl dared to push Barack Obama on his use of executive power, demanding to know if the commander-in-chief is an "imperial president." But Karl's own network ignored the question, declining to air it on Wednesday's World News and Nightline or on Thursday's Good Morning America.

"If you look at what's happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don't have a right to complain are the folks at the top.  I would take the complaints of the corporate community with a grain of salt.  They always complain about regulation. That's their job."
President Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.

"The president's statement (above) just confirms, unfortunately, that he still doesn't get it.”
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said Monday that the Obama administration should have enacted important reforms—spanning immigration, taxes and entitlements—before Republications took control of the House of Representatives. That would have added millions more jobs to an otherwise "anemic" economic recovery, he added.

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.

“It doesn't make any difference if you're a white American, a black American, a Hispanic-American, an Asian-American or if you're a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs.

“Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue. If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Monday accused Democrats of engaging in a “war on whites" in the current immigration debate. 

"You teachers in your unions, you need to say, 'these bad teachers are making us look bad. We don't want it!...And it has nothing to do with being a liberal or a Democrat. It has to do with being an American." 
co-host Whoopi Goldberg insisted on Monday that bad teachers should lose their job. On Tuesday, the comedienne responded to attacks on Twitter and doubled down: "We were not talking about good teachers who do a great job. We were talking about getting rid of teachers who don't do a good job. My mother was a teacher. So, this is not about bashing teachers and I don't appreciate you misquoting what we said."

“Israel has every right to defend itself. If you don't want a fight with Israel, don't pick one.”
Comedian Jon Lovitz

"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents." 
In an interview with Juan Williams, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is, indeed, an activist attorney general and proud of it.

"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things. Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."
Pope Francis urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities.

“There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason.”
VP Joe Biden referring to the continent Africa as a “nation.” He was speaking at the United States Africa Leaders Summit.


Armed illegal immigrants marching in fatigues through streets of Texas


Americans worry about the threats posed by illegal immigrants


The Nixon anniversary


Tortoises with iPads spur protest

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Week-ends (08/02/14)


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Week-ends (07/26/14)


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...


Anonymous well-wisher

Lee Silverman

Mesut Ozil

Sierra Sadison

James Garner

Kriste Lewis

Agnes McKee

Josh Malone


Susan Malpas



“I don’t have a crystal ball. But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.”
President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies for people enrolled through “an Exchange established by the State.” Only 16 states decided to establish the exchanges.

“I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the border

"I reference the conference of bishops’ statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence. Let us not turn away these children and send them back into a burning building. That's the bishops, so we have to do this in a way that honors our values but also protects our border and does so in a way that the American people understand more clearly."
Nancy Pelosi on the children at the border

"Because if you put this decision of sending these children back in the hands of the Border Patrol, many of these children who really should be protected by our government will instead be hurtled back to these countries where they will die. And we will have blood on our hands."
Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario demanding that tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children from Central America be allowed to stay in the U.S.  Nazario condemned anyone opposed to the idea.

“Hamas uses schools, residential buildings, mosques and hospitals to fire rockets at Israeli civilians. Hamas uses innocent civilians as a human shield for terrorist activity.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“The enmity many teachers feel toward these governors goes far beyond partisan politics: It’s personal. There was even a booth at the NEA convention in Denver this month that gave teachers a chance to throw darts at the Republican governor of their choice.”

“Because she (Hillary Clinton) is so nasty to (Secret Service) agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment.”
Ronald Kessler writing in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” out Aug. 5. Kessler also writes that Bill Clinton reportedly has a mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

"It only succeeds in humiliating the elderly, scaring children and making all travelers feel like criminal suspects. We should scale back airport security, not expand it."
Patrick Riehl of Cambridge, Mass., in submitted comments to the TSA. He argued that two things other than the TSA have made aviation safer since the Sept. 11 attacks that prompted creation of the agency: reinforced cockpit doors and passengers who fight back. Transportation Security Administration fees on plane tickets increased on Monday, and travelers used to non-stop flights or long layovers will notice the biggest change. The current fee is $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. The new fee will be $5.60 for all flights, with any connection longer than four hours counting as a separate flight.

"The TSA has wasted tremendous traveler time and money, with useless security theater and lobbyist payout devices like whole-body scanners.”
Jonathan Peterson of Atlanta said he strongly opposes the higher fee because of past TSA mistakes in buying equipment that was later discarded.

“I wouldn’t have taken him.  Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth...things will happen.”
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy about the Rams drafting Missouri defensive
end Michael Sam who will become the NFL’s first openly gay player if he makes Jeff Fisher’s final roster.

“All of us in the draft room were aware of the magnitude of the decision, how it would be a pivot in history. Michael is the first, but somewhere in the future, guess what? He’s just going to be a name that a kid in middle school has got to memorize. We won’t think it’s anything special because it will be normal.’’
Rams general manager Les Snead

“I have been part of the 1 percent for the past 30 years… It’s fantastic! The 1 percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes. The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the 1 percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”
KISS frontman Gene Simmons


Paying for sex offenders

It's easy to fake, get ObamaCare


The claim that Barack Obama has "improved the tranquility of the global community."


Those nasty Israelis


Creepy dolls

Week-ends (07/19/14)


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...


David Lim

Shoppers in Katy, Texas

Ismael Quintana

Good for  Raymond Frolander

Keith Williams

Lowe's employees

Jeff Baumann

Alice Coachman Davis


Whoever took down Malaysia flight

Israel Andrade and our "system"

Rep. Jackie Speier


TSA agent


“Who would do such a poisonous thing to a civil aeroplane? Passengers on board are ordinary people, just like our relatives. Why let them experience the torture? Why let other people feel the same pain as we do?”
Relatives of victims of still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, on the apparent shooting down of another Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine

“I don’t think I need to explain to you why we are doing what we are doing. I am confident in what we are doing, because it is our right to be free in our land. It’s not a slogan; it’s the truth.”
Unidentified Israeli Defense Forces captain, as his nation’s military launched a ground offensive into the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip

"Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I say a word wrong.' Scum."
CNN reporter Diana Magnay in a tweet. CNN pulled Magnay out of the Middle East after she referred to a group of Israelis who had allegedly threatened her while reporting on Gaza as "scum" in a tweet.

“The border is secure.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explaining, in part, his opposition to a bipartisan plan from Texas legislators John Cornyn and Henry Cuellar to speed the handling of cases of thousands of Central American minors here illegally.

“Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration, these are children. As a father, who are we as Americans if we do not step forward first?”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who convened with nonprofit groups to shelter undocumented immigrant children in L.A. while they await court hearings on whether they can remain in the United States. Garcetti said the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to him about the possibility as federal authorities grapple with where to place undocumented children.

“It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens. It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own. We feel for them. We feel their pain. But we are feeling pain of our own children first.”
Homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in L.A. for three decades, reacting to Garcetti’s comments.

“Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away. Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous. Democrats are voicing their displeasure with his policies and campaign advisers are telling candidates to avoid being photographed with him, so as to deny Republicans effective visuals for campaign ads.”
Amie Parnea writing on The Hill

“Solving the border crisis is not rocket science. The long-term solution requires changes to U.S. law that would allow more immigrants and guest workers to come here legally. We need their skills (high and low), they boost our economy, and it is who we are: a nation built by immigrants. But right now, our elected officials need to quit playing politics. They need to feed, shelter and care for the kids who are already here in proper, humanitarian fashion — as required by U.S. law. But they must also discourage more kids from coming, and like it or not, that means sending the new arrivals home as quickly (and humanely) as legally feasible. Both of these actions require the White House and Congress to work out their differences. It's time to stop playing politics with the kids.”
Washington Examiner columnist Linda Chavez

“There’s something unseemly about it, making one wonder: Why on earth is she worth that much money? Why, given her dabbling in management consulting, hedge-funding and coattail-riding, is an hour of her time valued at an amount that most Americans her age don’t make in a year? (Median household income in the United States is $53,046.) If she really wants to be altruistic, let her contribute the money to some independent charity not designed to burnish the Clinton name as her mother ramps up to return to the White House and as she herself drops a handkerchief about getting into politics. Or let her speak for free. After all, she is in effect going to candidate school. No need to get paid for it, too.”
NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Chelsea Clinton’s $75,000 speaking fee. Dowd is outraged at what she calls Chelsea Clinton's "cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc."

“As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer. Sometime after 5 p.m. last Thursday, the police say, thieves broke open a gate leading to the back of an unguarded warehouse. From there, they broke through another door leading into an office space and then to the warehouse itself. They loaded pallets of beer into tractor-trailers, drove them to an unknown location, and then returned for more. By Monday, when the theft was discovered, 300,000 liters—the equivalent of 140,891 U.S. six-packs—had disappeared, according to Krefeld police spokesman Acor Kniely. By German consumption standards, to be sure, 10 truckloads of beer is little more than a drop in the barrel. According to statistics from the German Brewers' Federation, it would take Germans drinking at their 2013 pace approximately 18 minutes and 22 seconds to consume 300,000 liters of beer. The police announced the theft on Tuesday—around the time an estimated one million people, many of them swigging from beer cups and bottles, toasted the German soccer team parading through Berlin.”
The Wall Street Journal

"Matt, does it bother you when you go home at night and you're talking to your wife, and you say, 'You know what they made me do on the Today show? They made me get doused in cold water'? I mean, why don't you have a dunking station?"
Howard Stern on the Today show with host Matt Lauer. Lauer had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head for charity during Tuesday's broadcast.


Legalized, Not Prosecuted: Illegal Alien Who Stole Identity of Dead SSI-Collecting Baby Son


The wrong folks get billions in tax dollars


If only we'd pass comprehensive immigration reform...


Twins born...what's so strange about that?

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