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.
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“That's the uncanny power of a good TV theme song, one with actual lyrics. From the 50s onwards, they were the proto-earworms, getting free heavy rotation in living rooms across the land. Singalong TV themes might have fallen out of favour in the age of 24-style bleeps or Breaking Bad's guitar-tuning twangs, but the very best examples remain powerful weapons of mass distraction.”
It's Friday night.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Time to unwind with our regular Friday night music feature on This Just In.
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: Mostly cloudy. High of 46. The weekends keep getting chillier. "D"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 49. "D"
Jennifer normally furnishes the main blog, but she’s under the weather, and also acting as caregiver to the rest of the family that’s also seen better days. So, I step in this week as a pinch-hitter.
Here in God’s country, we have a fair number of pooches that walk the streets in our subdivision. Big, small. Old, young. All shapes and sizes and breeds. And all of them friendly with responsible folks walking close nearby.
When any of the dogs comes upon another neighbor, adult or child, hearts skip and tails wag. Ding, ding, ding, it’s play time. I’ve rarely, if ever heard a growl. Any barking is done in sheer delight.
That the dogs make for a nicer neighborhood isn’t trite or an over-statement. They provide an opportunity for neighbor to meet neighbor, to open up conversations, for smiles to erupt.
So I have a very difficult time imagining what happened to John Ince, a blogger and author from Marin County, California. Because what he experienced would never happen on my happy street. No way. No how.
Ince wrote a piece several weeks ago, turning his dog episode into a humorous blog that raises an age-old debate: Are the dogs bad, or are their owners bad? Ince’s blog begins:
“For the fifth time in five years, I was attacked by a dog.
“The dog attack itself is less interesting than the ensuing battle with the owner. To avoid chronological confusion, I'll start with the former. Legal Clarification: Although the dog didn't actually bite me, it did qualify as an attack according to strict legal terminology, and I quote, ‘A situation in which a dog scares the **** out of you.’ Here's what happened.”
You can read the entire blog that does have some naughty words here.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
WI dog shot with arrow gets national attention.
Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.
POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).
We have a tie.
Glenwood City 72, Ladysmith 0
Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 70, Madison Abundant Life 6
Siren 78, Sevastopol 24
NOTE: Gibraltar scored 80 against Luck, but actually trailed early in the game. The contest was close near the end of the second half, but Gibraltar won it, 80-44.
What's next? 90 points?
Prairie Farm 86, Northwood 12
Gibraltar 80, Sevastopol 14
Getting closer to 90.
Cedar Grove-Belgium 78, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Sheboygan Christian 22
Freedom 76, Clintonville 0
Bruce 76, Birchwood 8
Prairie Farm 72, New Auburn 8
Darlington 71, Boscobel 0
And the extremely rare case where piling on isn’t piling on.
Auburndale 67, Phillips 0
Cedarburg 69, Nicolet 0
Franklin 62, Milwaukee Pulaski 0
Shiocton 61, Wabeno/Laona 0
With Franklin’s high-octane offense, I knew this day would be coming. It must be mentioned that two of their touchdowns came on an interception and fumble recovery.
Franklin led at halftime 42-0. Shiocton led at halftime 55-0. Both games are perfect examples why the running clock rule doesn’t go far enough.
No winner this week, as it should be. When you get to Level 2 of the playoffs, games should be competitive and close.
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...
Here are interesting articles from the past week I want to share:
Stupid is the new normal
"It won’t be cheaper, you can’t keep your coverage or your doctor, it won’t cover everyone, and if you need it, you can’t sign up. Oh, and just wait until you have to see a doctor. I’m sure THAT ought to be easy (eye roll).
1) In this photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Officials said a gunman who opened fire in the terminal was wounded in a shootout with police and taken into custody. (AP Photo)
2) Transportation Security Administration employees hug outside Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people. Flights were disrupted nationwide. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
3) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Obama Administration claims the botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS. As the public face of President Barack Obama's signature health care program, Sec. Sebelius has become the target for attacks over its botched rollout with Republicans, and even some Democrats, calling for her to resign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
4) Kathleen Sebelius offered an apology for a “miserably frustrating” launch of the Healthcare.gov website, and told Congress, “I’m accountable” as she testified on October 30, 2013. CNN televised this split screen of Sibelius testifying while the ObamaCare website went down. Photo: Townhall.com
5) House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., right, stands up and shouts across the room at Republican lawmakers during a heated debate about problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the senior Obama administration official overseeing the health care law's dysfunctional website, was getting tough questions from the Republican-controlled panel about whether she saw the problems coming and would things be running efficiently by the end of November as promised. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. is at left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
6) President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama's rival in the 2012 presidential election, signed the state's landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
7) Mohammad, a 13 year-old fighter with the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon as he runs from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district on Oct. 29. Mohammad joined the Free Syrian Army after his father died during clashes with the Syrian regime. The gun he is using was his father's. Photo: Molhem Barakat / Reuters
8) Relatives surround the dead body of a 10-year-old Afghan girl during her funeral on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. An Afghan official and witnesses say a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a group of soldiers, has killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul, the bomb went off Sunday as soldiers and officers for their vehicle to take them toward their work place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
9) People relax beside the Banias river, where a flipped Syrian armored personnel carrier from the six-day war in 1967 still lies, Oct. 5, 2013. Photo: Oded Balilty / AP
10) Protestors, including CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, left, listen as National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, center, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
11) Police arrest immigration reform advocates after they blocked a road next to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center on October 29, 2013 in New York City. The New York Immigration Coalition organized the demonstration and act of civil disobedience in protest of the daily deportation of more than 1,000 immigrants nationwide by the U.S. government. Police arrested ten demonstrators at the event. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
12) People look as an activist from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) lays covered in barbecue sauce on the sidewalk November 1, 2013 in Washington. The nearly nude activist was protesting eating animals and promote a vegan diet. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
13) A park ranger walks through the registry room on Ellis Island in New York, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States received visitors Monday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. Sandy swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
14) People hold hands during a remembrance ceremony along the beachfront damaged by hurricane Sandy in October 2012 in the Rockaways section of the borough of Queens in New York October 27, 2013. Local residents gathered to observe a moment of silence two days before the one year anniversary of the storm. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
15) Then (left): As Superstorm Sandy churns toward New Jersey, a boy rides a rip stick down Montclair Ave. in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 29, 2012. Now (right): In sharp contrast to the foreboding skies a year ago, a woman rides her bike down the same street on a cloudless day a year later. Photos: Ed Kashi / VII for NBC News
16) A boy plays in the foam washed ashore on the Brighton seafront on Oct.27, 2013 as high winds pick up ahead of an expected storm. Photo: Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images
17) A boy hugs Pope Francis as he addresses the crowd at St Peter's Square in the Vatican on the occasion of Family Day, Oct. 26, 2013. The boy liked his moment in the limelight so much that he decided to stick around. Aides encouraged the boy to return to his seat, but he was having none of it. After hanging out with the pontiff for a while the boy eventually settled for the best seat in the house, taking a pew on the pope's special white chair. Photos: L'Osservatore Romano via AFP - Getty Images and Franco Origlia / Getty Images
18) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joins with Sesame Street's Elmo (L) and Rosalita (R) for an announcement on a new initiative aimed at promoting healthier nutrition for school children October 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the event the first lady announced that Sesame Street's characters will join with the Partnership for a Healthier America in a two-year agreement to promote greater fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by children. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
19) Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
20) The countdown clock showing 100 days left until the start of 2014 Winter Olympic Games is on display at Manezhnaya square, with Kremlin wall and towers at the background, in downtown Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
21) A medal podium at the site of the ski jump from the 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Saravejo, Bosnia, on Sept. 19, 2013. Most of the venues from the 1984 Games have been abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion. Photo: Dado Ruvic / Reuters
22) A boy competes with others in the 'One Mile Race' in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday. Participants in the annual race dress in historical attire and ride traditional high wheel Penny Farthing bicycles. Photo: Filip Singer / EPA
23) Cocoa Beach resident Terry Zittle often relaxes at the beach, and is a magnet for many a feathered friend Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2013 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He has even named many of these pidgeons, who know that he has brought sunflower seeds for breakfast. He was watching the 2013 U.S.A. Beach Running Championships at the Cocoa Beach pier at sunrise. Hundreds of runners took part in a 10K, and a half marathon run along the beach. (AP Photo/Florida Today,Tim Shortt)
24) People dressed as Frankenstein, Mrs. Frankenstein and Glinda the Good Which of the North, and other fictional characters, stand on the South Lawn of the White House October 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. That evening U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat for Halloween. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
25) Wisconsin players hoist the Heartland Trophy after beating Iowa Saturday at Iowa, 28-9. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood
26) Packers cornerback Micah Hyde dances into the end zone to score on his 93-yard punt return last Sunday as Green Bay beat Minnesota on the road, 44-31. Journal sentinel photo: Rick Wood
27) The Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders, wearing Halloween outfits, pose for a photo after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 27-13. Photo: Rick Scuteri – AP
28) A donkey, two sheep and three camels pose with Rockettes outside Radio City Music Hall Hall before their first day of rehearsals for the 2013 "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" and their starring role in the Living Nativity" show October 29, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDASTAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
29) Models wearing collections of previous editions of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, ride a subway train in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. About 40 models participated in the event to promote the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which runs from Oct. 28 until Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
30) A model presents chocolate dress during the Paris Chocolate fair (Salon du Chocolat) on October 30, 2013. The fair's 2013 edition will run from October 30 until November 3. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
31) A model presents a peacock hairstyle created by Chinese hairstylist Wu Jia during the L'Oreal Hairstyling Show at China Fashion Week in Beijing Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
32) Armin Bielefeldt of the U.S. poses before taking part in the Beard World Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, on Nov. 2. Photo: Michaela Rehle / Reuters
33) If you think you had a bad day at the office, check out the misfortune of one delivery truck driver who accidentally backed into a $300,000 Ferrari FF on Columbus Avenue in New York City on Oct. 30. The driver of the Baldor Foods, Inc. truck told bystanders he “didn’t see nothing” as he put the truck in reverse, crushing the hood of the extremely streamlined FF model. Fortunately, nobody appeared to be hurt physically. And, in case you were wondering who was behind the wheel of the Ferrari, it wasn’t the owner, but a paid driver. Photo: Emily Christensen-Flowers / NBC News
Inspirational courage captured in photos.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
She's cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sundby.
"My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31."
The White House fights back.
How low can they go?