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.
1) The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Parade kicked off at Miller Park Saturday and traveled down Wisconsin Ave. to Milwaukee St., ending at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Thousands of Harley-Davidson bikes line up Saturday before the parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
2) Gov. Scott Walker straps on his helmet before the parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti.
3) Father Karl Voelker, with the Camillus Jesuit community, blesses riders as the parade begins. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
4) Parade watchers along Wisconsin Ave. go low to get just the right angle for photos and video. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears
5) Police from across the country take part in the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears.
6) Riders slap hands as they go past the parade watchers on Wisconsin Ave. on their way to the Summerfest grounds. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears
7) Wearing a fur hat and chomping on a cigar, this Harley rider and his passenger join the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears
8) American flags wave in the breeze as this patriotic Harley makes its way along the parade route. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears
9) It appears Santa is a member of the H.O.G. chapter in Mason, Ohio. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears
10) Jill Nickel of Waukesha shows off her patriotic gear next to her Harley chopper before her fourth parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
11) Members of the Toluca chapter, near Mexico City, pose for a photograph before the parade. It took the crew two weeks to get to Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
12) Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Who’s Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
13) Participants march down Independence Avenue away from the Lincoln Memorial during the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, to commemorate King's famous ""I Have a Dream" speech, made Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
14) President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with former U.S. President Bill Clinton during the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was 50 years ago that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream Speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
15) U.N. investigators wearing gas masks inspect one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Zamalka on Aug. 29. Photo: Reuters
16) A U.N. chemical weapons expert takes a picture of a woman affected by an apparent gas attack, at a hospital where she is being treated in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka on Aug. 29. Photo: Reuters
17) Israelis receive gas mask kits at a distribution point in Tel Aviv August 28. Thousands of Israelis on Wednesday continued to queue up for gas masks or ordered them by phone, spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war. Israel is also deploying all of its missile defenses as a precaution against possible Syrian retaliatory attacks should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria, Israeli Army Radio said on Wednesday. Photo: Nir Elias / Reuters
18) An Ultra-Orthodox woman shows her daughter how to use a gas mask during the distribution of gas mask kits in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 27. Postal authorities responsible for distributing the gas masks say demand has grown over the past days, with civilians ordering the masks and picking them up at their local post offices, as a precaution against developments in Syria. Photo: Abir Sultan / EPA
19) Palestinian Khaled Zir sits with his children inside a cave in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Zir said the family moved into a cave after their home was demolished by Israeli authorities. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
20) Fairfield firefighter Warren Ducioame moves a burnt picket fence in front of a destroyed home on Marigold Drive in Fairfield, Calif., on Aug. 27, 2013. Photo: Noah Berger / AP
21) Catholic clerics wearing scarves depicting Monsignor Vladimir Ghika attend his beatification religious service in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Thousands gathered for the beatification of a Romanian prince who died after being tortured in a Communist prison. Pope Francis approved the beatification in March of Monsignor Vladimir Ghika who was declared a martyr for his Christian faith.(AP Photo/Grigore Popescu/Agerpres)
22) Pope Francis poses with youths during a meeting with the Piacenza diocese in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Aug. 28, 2013. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
23) NBA star Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets throws a basketball with children while he visits an orphanage and rehabilitation center that serves children with congenital illnesses such as cerebral palsy in Tianjin, China, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
24) U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, greets her support team before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Endurance athlete Nyad launched another bid Saturday to set an open-water record by swimming from Havana to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
25) Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, removes an insect from the court by using his racquet during a second round match against Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
26) Finnish photographer Thomas Kast shares this view of a twisting auroral display. "This photo is taken near a lake shore, you can see the reflection of the twilight," he wrote on Facebook on Aug. 28. "The best part of this 'twirl' lasted about five minutes before it got weaker."
According to an October 2012 Pew Research Center study, 44% of those claiming to be spiritual but not religious say they pray daily. By comparison, 73% of those who describe themselves as a religious person pray daily.
A 1999 Gallup survey found that overall, 9 in 10 Americans claim to engage in prayer, a proportion that has not changed over the last half-century of Gallup polling, and 3 out of 4 Americans say that they pray on a daily basis. An additional 15% of adults say they pray at least weekly. Less frequent praying is reported by only 6%.
If you are one of the many that pray, try this one on Monday:
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
My most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:
1) Franklin school district officials strike again
2) Photos of the Week (08/25/13)
3) Miley Cyrus probably won't read this and doesn't really care...
4) People run for school board, they get elected, and then they change
5) Culinary no-no #343
6) "Preseason football is a joke, and it's always been a joke, and everyone knows it's a joke"
7) 13+ things your child's teacher won't tell you
8) The latest pro-life news (08/26/13)
9) Back to School 2013 has a whole new meaning, and that's ok
10) His name was Florian
Somewhere tucked away and sealed in a bin in my basement is a very old cassette tape. Penciled on the label is the name, “Diana Nyad.” The tape contains my interview with the marathon swimmer when she came to Milwaukee in the mid-1980’s and I was working at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.
I remember how passionate Nyad was about women participation in sports, Title XIX, and the like. I also remember, and I mention this as a compliment, her toughness. It was easy to see that this was an individual whose dogged determination helped her become an accomplished athlete.
That’s why I’m not surprised Nyad made worldwide news for her heroic exploits in the ocean between Cuba and Florida.
Photo: Andrew Innerarity / Reuters
Hers is an incredible story no matter your walk in life, athlete or not.
"This man couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade"
The above quote is from Timothy J. McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor in Ohio referring to the cowardly Ariel Castro.
But Castro did taxpayers a favor.
I have blogged in the past about my beloved lifelong parish, St. Anthony’s at 9th and Mitchell on Milwaukee’s near south side (That would be the big saint pictured above). With all due respect to my friends down the street at St. Josaphat’s Basilica, my church is the best. As I wrote in June of 2010:
Not a basilica, not a cathedral. Doesn’t matter. To me, St. Anthony’s is the most beautiful church around.
Everything, I mean everything is wonderful about this sacred place. The Gothic architecture. The wood. The gold. The statues. The traditional Mass. The incense. The Liturgy. The music. The pipe organ.
No acoustic guitar or Peter, Paul and Mary jazz here.
The gifted Lee Erickson, the best church organist, period, will be at the keyboard, and even without the tremendous choir that now has the summer off, he’ll find a way to make the Sunday experience heavenly.
The NOW reports this great news from a highly responsible school district:
“After no levy increase in last year's budget, the District has proposed a levy increase of 1.88 percent for the current school year.”
“Proposed spending is actually a bit less than the $31.3 million budgeted last year…”
(Spending is the key. It’s the tax levy, stupid, not the tax rate, a fact totally foreign to reporters employed by the NOW websites).
“No programs are being added or reduced, even though state aid will again be down.”
“The administration proposed a 4 percent property tax levy hike budget, but the School Board sent it back with instructions to get the levy down to no more than 2 percent.”
“Board President said the proposed budget shows the board is attuned to all those affected — from students and parents to taxpayers with no children in the schools.”
“And the board has decided not to tax to the maximum state law allows, which some other districts do…”
That was quite a game last night and in case you missed it like I did because of the continuing fight between Channel 4 and Time Warner, watch what happened.
“Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.”
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: A 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. High of 84. "B"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 73. "A"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Last week the Sabers lost big to Greendale. This week, they traveled to Racine.
Franklin's Sean McGuire threw two TD passes and scored another as his team improves to 2-1, 1-0 in the conference.
Next up for the Sabers, a home game against Kenosha Bradford.
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.
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
North Carolina stranger
Young Giants fan
Jon Lewis Alexander
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Idaho State Tax Commission
Michigan State professor
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
This week in reference to Syria, President Obama said:
"First of all, I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war.
"Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red line when it indicated that — in a piece of legislation titled the Syria Accountability Act — that some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for."
Here's what he said on August 20, 2012:
"I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.
"… We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly."
But it sure was funny.
1) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, third from right, celebrates with members of the Tokyo bid committee as Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Game during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Sept. 7. Photo: Pool/Reuters
2) A demonstrator wearing an Argentine flag holds up a pig next to an effigy of British royalty as he protests outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opening session held at Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The demonstration was organized to protest the presence of Britain's Princess Anne at the IOC meetings which will decide the host city of the 2020 Olympic games. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)
3) Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial approach the atrium of the museum, which is due to open in Spring 2014. The 9/11 museum atrium is pictured here as it appears between the South Pool and One World Trade Center. Photos: John Makely / NBC News
4) In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 photo, people in Brooklyn Bridge Park gather to watch a test of the Tribute in Light rising from the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. The Tribute, which commemorates the fallen twin towers, will be on display, Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
5) A man holds a poster depicting former U.S. president George W. Bush putting on a mask of U.S. President Barack Obama during a demonstration against a possible military strike in Syria, near the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. The U.S. State Department ordered all nonessential U.S. personnel Friday to leave Lebanon, reflecting fears that an American-led strike on neighboring Syria would unleash more bloodshed in this already fragile nation. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
6) Issa, 10, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, Sept. 7. Issa works with his father in the factory for 10 hours every day except on Fridays. Photos: Hamid Khatib / Reuters
7) The Washington, D.C., police department's first bloodhound, Sam, a dog trained to track human scent, appears during a press conference introducing him at police headquarters on August 29.Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images
8) A British vet, volunteering at the Asha Foundation Animal Shelter and Hospital, examines a rescued young cattle egret on arrival at the shelter in India on Sept. 3. Photo: Sam Panthaky / AFP - Getty Images
9) A hummingbird flies on the field during the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Scott Halleran / Getty Images
10) Decorated cows make their way back to a farm in St. Martin near Lofer, Austria, on Saturday. The procession of cattle returning home after spending the summer grazing in alpine pastures is an annual tradition in many villages in the Alps. Photo: Kerstin Joensson / AP
11) Maryann Vanadia had just arrived home with her two daughters in late August when they discovered a family of bears poking around in their trash and playing on a slide and rocks in their Roxbury, N.J., backyard. Photos: Maryann Vanadia
12) A zebra swallowtail butterfly gathers pollen in Fredericksburg, Va., on Sept. 3. Photo: Robert A. Martin / The Free Lance-Star via AP
13) A panda cub opens her eyes at the Taipei City Zoo on August 30. Photo: Taipei City Zoo / Taipei City Zoo via AFP - Getty Images
14) Christie Carr attempts to hold Irwin the kangaroo (right) and Larsen, a baby tiger, in their new home at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Okla., on August 28. Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP
15) Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Tennessee Tech's Matt Hamby for a 37-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Madison, Wis. The Badgers won easily, 48-0. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
16) U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad is welcomed ashore Monday in Key West, Fla., after completing her swim from Cuba, becoming the first person to swim the 110 treacherous miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage — at the age of 64. Photo: Andrew Innerarity / Reuters
I’ll be visiting the facilities and the snack table.
If the defense stinks, and it does (With the exception of tough plays by Clay Matthews who also delivered a cheap shot today).
Tom Skibosh and I go way back, to the late 70’s and 80’s when he worked for the Milwaukee Brewers. I’ve always admired his professional work and his overall knowledge of sports. Now that he’s writing for NOW, I find his tweets insightful and interesting, and spot on.
He needs to tweet more. Others on the NOW need to tweet less. And one NOW individual needs to grasp that even though you write about what you’re passionate about and what you find interesting, you must take into consideration your audience. And no one around here really cares about the Detroit Tigers.
Back to Skibosh. After Sunday’s Packer loss to the 49ers, there will talk about the officials. During the ballgame, Skibosh tweeted:
Tom Skibosh @SkySkibosh
someone needs to tell officials no one ever bought a ticket to see them throw flags and blow whistles.
Today’s crew out in San Fran seemed to be perpetually interrupting a very good game with whistles and flags.
When I worked for WUWM, I produced an award-winning half hour documentary in the early 80’s about major league baseball umpires. While I interviewed umpires who naturally defended their work, I also addressed the other side.
One of my on-the-record sources was the fiery then-Chicago White Sox announcer Jimmy Piersall, a former major league ballplayer who suffered from mental health issues.
Piersall was the subject of a Hollywood movie.
I’ll never forget to this day what he told me about major league umpires that applies to other sports officials.
Piersall asserted that umpires think fans come to the ballparks to see them make calls when in reality, and Piersall was absolutely correct, the people don’t come to see them. Not at all.
The referees did NOT cost Green Bay the game against San Francisco. A porous defense did that.
Even so, I hate a flag-happy officiating crew at any level: high school, college, pro. There’s an old adage and a lot to be said about it that the best officials are those that go completely unnoticed.
You eat what you like.
Makes sense. Of course, factors like cost and healthiness are generally taken into account.
There are even books that might help if you have a case of the guilts.
Just because you can eat what you like, and judging from our obesity rates far too many Americans take that premise to the extreme, doesn’t mean you should.
A few nights ago, the Fischer family engaged in a Wisconsin ritual.
You know what that is.
My most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:
1) Could Franklin bounce back?
2) How low can you go?
3) Culinary no-no #344
4) Congratulations to a truly responsible school district
5) Gotta love Timothy Dolan
6) "Never give up"
7) Week-ends (09/07/13)
8) 7 TDs
9) The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/07/13)
10) The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/31/13)
From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:
Heather Weininger to Succeed Susan Armacost as Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative/PAC Director News
"Wisconsin Right to Life is pleased to announce that Heather Weininger will join the WRTL staff as the Legislative/PAC Director to succeed long-time Director Susan Armacost," stated Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of WRTL."
Armacost, who has been an exceptional advocate for life, will retire at the end of 2013. Her legacy in leading the enactment of lifesaving legislation and educating voters about pro-life candidates is legendary with a beneficial and tremendous impact for mothers, babies, those with disabilities, older people, families and taxpayers. Few can say that they used their professional life and skills in such an impactful manner."
Armacost joined Wisconsin Right to Life as Legislative/PAC Director in 1987. "For the past 26 years, I have had the honor of working with the wonderful people of Wisconsin Right to Life in building a culture of life in our state where every human life is cherished and protected," stated Armacost. "Together, we have made great progress -- thousands of unborn babies have been saved and countless minds and hearts touched and changed. As Wisconsin Right to Life moves forward to fulfill its lifesaving mission, it will remain united and strong because of the exceptional people who make up this great organization."
Heather Weininger brings a wealth of legislative and election knowledge and experience to Wisconsin Right to Life. "I am honored to be joining Wisconsin Right to Life, an organization that has worked tirelessly for years to protect the most vulnerable," stated Weininger. "As I take on this new role, I am looking forward to being part of a team who will continue to fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
"Bringing Weininger on board at this time ensures a smooth transition and continuation of our outstanding public policy programs," continued Lyons. "We look forward to adding Heather to our family and our team."
Did you know abortion clinics are closing like crazy?
Abortion activists vandalize pro-life display.
Don't worry, the Pope will do it.
UPDATE: Congresswoman's miracle baby still doing well...doctors said she'd die.