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.
The ending of Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game. You have to see it to believe it.
1) Egyptian police fire water cannons to disperse a protest by secular anti-government activists in Cairo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, the security forces' first implementation of a controversial new law forbidding protests held without a permit from authorities. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)
2) John McGarrigle junior, son of 60-year-old John McGarrigle senior, shows a camera phone picture of himself and his father, as he fears for his father's well-being, who is missing after the Glasgow helicopter Clutha pub crash in Stockwell Street on the banks of the River Clyde November 30, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Police Scotland have confirmed the crash at The Clutha bar which happened at 22:25 on Friday night, in which they have confirmed one death as a result so far. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
3) In this Nov. 4, 2013 photo, a South Korean leprosy patient drinks water at Sorokdo National Hospital on Sorok Island, South Korea. The island, once known as a place where hospital workers beat the leprosy patients exiled here and forced them into harsh labor, sterilizations and abortions, has become a peaceful refuge for many after years of discrimination and hardship and the only place they feel at home. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
4) A man stands amid the smoke from tear gas fired by Egyptian riot police in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators defying a new protest law that has drawn widespread criticism from the international community and democracy advocates.(AP Photo/Sabry Khaled, El Shorouk Newspaper)
5) Jeff Peters crosses a frozen cornfield at sunrise on the way join his son in their deer stand on the opening day of the 2013 deer hunting season Nov. 23, 2013 near Shiocton, Wis. (AP Photo/Post-Crescent Media, Wm.Glasheen)
6) A U.S. soldier wears a hat in the shape of a turkey as he has his Thanksgiving dinner at his base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. It's the 12th Thanksgiving in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
7) A U.S. soldier waits to get a piece of the Thanksgiving cake served during a lunch at his base at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. It's the 12th Thanksgiving in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
8) A shopper takes a selfie as crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
9) Best Buy bargain hunters swarm manager Ramon Estevez, right, as he hands out scarves and hats that will identify those eligible for specially priced door-buster sale items late in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Dunwoody, Ga. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving this year. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
10) Balloon handlers wait before the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
11) Santa Claus waves as he rides on his float down Central Park West during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters
12) Snoopy flies by as spectators look on during the parade. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. Photo: Julio Cortez / AP
13) The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters
14) William Witters, of Valparaiso, Ind., waits for a ride in a wheelchair after passing through security at Chicago Midway International Airport on Tuesday, Nov., 26, 2013. Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year(AP Photo/Vyto Starinskas)
15) A section of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree's trunk is trimmed before it is put into the ground on the west side of the Capitol building November 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The second tallest tree ever used at the Capitol, the 88-foot Engelmann spruce is from the Colville National Forest in Washington state. The tree will be decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year's theme, "Sharing Washington's Good Nature," and be lit from dusk until 11p.m. starting December 3. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
16) At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown broad breasted white domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys was pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
17) A traditional Bavarian brass band from the town Bad Kohlgrub dressed in typical Bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndl plays during the opening ceremony of the annual Christmas market at Marienplatz and the Town Hall on its opening day on November 25, 0213 in Munich, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition, open across the country this week. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
18) Kathy Kuzma says goodbye to Dolly the llama as Lisa Davenport arrives to take her to her farm in Holly Township on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The llama, who has been spotted wandering for nearly six months in Michigan, was found Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Oakland County's Holly Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. Lisa Davenport plans to take the llama back to her own farm, where she has three llamas of her own along with other animals. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Zack Wittman)
19) Jellyfish swim in an aquarium at the Scientific Center of Kuwait on Nov. 24 in Kuwait City. Photo:
Yasser Al-zayyat / AFP - Getty Images
20) A pair of harbor seals wear satellite linked transmitters on their heads after being released into the waters of the Howe Sound in Porteau Cove, British Columbia, on Nov. 20. The seals had received months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center after being rescued from the wild. Wearing the transmitters will help track their movements after their release. Photo: Andy Clark, Reuters
21) A koala bear climbs a tree in its enclosure at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany, on Nov. 22.
Photo: Sebastian Kahnert / AFP - Getty Images
22) Penn State safety Ryan Keiser intercepts a pass intended for wide receiver Robert Wheelwright in the end zone in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Penn State pounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset No. 14 Wisconsin 31-24 on Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman
23) Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for a safety during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
24) Cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
25) A bit of a difference in this next photo. Oakland Raiders cheerleaders walk onto the field during a Salute to Service day at O.co Coliseum before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
26) Lady Gaga wearing sunglasses smiles as she is greeted by fans upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Gaga is in Japan to promote her new album ARTPOP. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Note how a Denver Bronco's tears are being perceived by a sports reporter and his readers.
Crying during the national anthem should be viewed as patriotic, touching, genuine, and sincere, not as "strange."
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday. You may have missed some during the holiday week.
1) The Franklin School Board selected either/or when the correct choice was both
2) Photos of the Week (11/24/13)
3) Culinary no-no #354
4) What if, Franklin?
5) The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/30/13)
6) JFK, the NFL and old Milwaukee County Stadium
7) $52.95 for Thanksgiving brunch?
8) UPDATE: Don't want to cook on Thursday?
9) Recommended Reading: The 2013 Thanksgiving edition
10) The latest pro-life news (11/25/13)
From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:
November 26, 2013
This month, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was proud to announce her sponsorship for legislation that would nullify and negate hundreds of state and federal limitations on abortion - including legislation in Pennsylvania that was used to convict infamous murderer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Baldwin said in a press statement on November 13:
“I’m proud to introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act because every American woman deserves the freedom to exercise her constitutional rights by making personal health decisions for herself and her family with a trusted doctor, and without political interference.
Our bill makes it clear that states can no longer enact laws that unduly limit access to reproductive health services and do nothing to further women’s health or safety.
But as the Weekly Standard noted, this legislation is quite radical in it’s scope and breadth to undermine and overturn state limitations on abortion - many which came in direct response to the grisly Gosnell trial.
The Weekly Standard reports:
In fact, the Democrats’ new abortion bill is so radical it would lead to the invalidation of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act–a law, which has been on the books since 1989, that was used to convict Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell earlier this year. In addition to being convicted on three counts of murder for killing infants after they had been born, Gosnell was convicted under the Abortion Control Act for successfully killing 21 infants in utero past Pennsylvania’s gestational limit on abortion (a limit that’s just two weeks later in pregnancy than the limit established recently by Texas).
Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email that Blumenthal’s bill “would invalidate nearly every provision of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, including the prohibition on performing abortion after 24 weeks except in acute medical circumstances, which was used to prosecute Gosnell. Abortion until birth would be explicitly protected, as long as a single physician asserts that it would protect ‘health,’ including emotional health.”
According to National Right to Life, this legislation would also nullify many state laws that ban abortions after 20 weeks, choosing a nebulous standard of “viability” instead.
The bill explicitly prohibits any ban on abortion before “viability” (the point at which the child can survive independently of the mother), and dictates that only “the treating health care professional” (the abortionist) may determine whether “viability” exists in any given case. This provision, among others, would invalidate the laws enacted by 10 states since 2010, which declare that unborn children are capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks fetal age, and that generally prohibit abortion after that point.
The bill would also require every state to allow abortion even after viability if “the treating physician” (the abortionist) asserts that it will avoid “risk” to the “health” of the pregnant woman. At a November 13 press conference, in response to a question from a reporter for The Weekly Standard, Blumenthal acknowledged that “health” includes a doctor’s personal assessment of psychological health.
A June 2013 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that 44% would support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in their state. And just 28% say abortion should be legal under any and all circumstances.
November 26, 2013
Call it the “daughter” of FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, which was a major priority of abortion proponents during the Clinton years and endorsed by Barack Obama during his 2008 run for President. FOCA was designed to nullify all existing state abortion restrictions.
The new bill, the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” was introduced on February 13 in the Senate (S. 1696) and House (H.R. 3471) with numbers of co-sponsors, all of them Democrats, including our own Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.), the bill’s main sponsor stated upon introduction: “In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services. These laws are largely unconstitutional, and some measure of certainty and clarity is required to preempt these regulations and laws so women are not deterred in their very personal decisions based on their own values on how they want to use their constitutional rights.” He adds that the Women’s Health Protection Act is “a clear and certain response to” a “cascading wave of restrictions” on abortion enacted by the states.
Obviously, pro-abortion groups are stunned by the vast number of laws enacted in the states, including Wisconsin, which are common sense measures designed to provide women knowledge and safety for women.
According to Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Federal Legislative Director, “The new bill is labeled the ‘Women’s Health Protection Act,’ but it would more accurately be titled the ‘Abortion on Demand Until Birth Protection Act.’ Under this bill, the unborn child has no more rights, from conception until birth, than a malignant tumor. This is an extreme pro-abortion ideology far removed from the views of the majority of Americans.”
Mary Spaulding Balch, NRLC Director of State Legislation states that: “The bill, if enacted and upheld by the federal courts, would generally prohibit any level of government — federal, state, or local — from applying any regulations that ’single out abortion and that do not apply to ‘medically comparable procedures.’” Blumenthal says it would be “for doctors to decide” what “medically comparable” means.
The bill is backed by all major pro-abortion groups, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL. President Obama has not yet taken a position and it is unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on the measure. Blumenthal told the newspaper Roll Call that, “As the election approaches, I think the voters are going to want to know where legislators stand on these issues.” Indeed, Senator Blumenthal, and we know they do not stand for abortion on demand until birth.
I’ll have an update shortly. Please stay tuned.
This Just In has learned that former Franklin alderman Steve Olson has sent an e-mail out to supporters about his bid to become Franklin’s next mayor. Current mayor Tom Taylor is retiring. Olson’s e-mail reads in part:
“As a business person and civic leader I set goals not promises. My largest goal is to return Franklin to the city businesses and families put at the top of their list as THE place to live and grow their business. It’s a big job given the economy and our internal issues but with your help and a supportive Common Council I know we can get the job done! My second goal is to provide predictability and responsiveness in dealing with me AND the city hall bureaucracy. “
Dear Neighbors and Friends:
Today I declare my candidacy to become the City of Franklin’s next Mayor. After thoughtful consideration of the requirements of the office as well as personal commitments I know that I can provide excellent leadership as Mayor of the great city of Franklin.
My more than two decades of service to you in various civic capacities gives me a unique perspective and level of expertise that is unmatched by other potential candidates. Because I am not a career politician, I’ll be able to provide focus to the issues that we face without the color of the next possible political office.
As a business person and civic leader I set goals, I do not make promises.
My largest goal is to return Franklin to the city that businesses and families want to live and grow. It’s a big job given the economy and our internal issues but with your help and a supportive Common Council I know we can get the job done! My second goal is to provide predictability and responsiveness in dealing with the city hall bureaucracy and myself. I’ll strive to continue to communicate with you as I have in the past. There is a lot of work to do to re-involve the community in the affairs of the City. Our citizens have always been our strength and citizen involvement has provided un-paralleled expertise and ideas that have made Franklin what it is today. Our potential is limitless and my goal is to tap the spirit and talents of the community to bring us back to the days of “100 best places to live” and “fastest growing community” status.
With your help and support we together can take Franklin to new heights as a community.
And last but not least, the campaign will be expensive. Please consider a donation (non-tax deductible) to help me get my message out. Checks should be made out to “Friends of Steve Olson.” And if you’ll display a yard sign please let me know.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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