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
George W. Bush
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
South African government
Canon City, Colorado school district ... UPDATE.
Erin Gloria Ryan
Michael and Nova Smith
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“What a fantastic gift God gave to us in this Mandela, who quickly became an icon, a global icon of forgiveness, of generosity of spirit.”
Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to mourners after the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela
“It’s not the time to pull out smartphones.”
Lisa Grotts, author of “A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette,” on President Barack Obama and other world leaders taking a group selfie at Mandela’s memorial service
“It's just amazing how he (Obama) right now in the middle, in the beginning, well, in the middle of his second term, he says there's a real problem here with the big agencies, some of which are outdated and not designed properly. So he discovers this three years after he decided to pass a bill that would consign a sixth of the U.S. economy – the entire ecosystem of American medicine - into the hands of precisely an outdated and improperly designed bureaucracy, i.e. HHS.
“It's as if this guy discovers everything late, as if he wandered into the White House on a White House tour and discovered himself in the Oval Office as president.”
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer
"First and most important issue to recognize in the United States – and it's a problem to an extent in other countries as well - is that the level of uncertainty about the very long-term future is far greater than at any time I particularly remember…There is a political difference of significant dimensions between people who believe that the extent of government intervention has been so horrendous that businesses cannot basically decide what to do about the future.”
“This month, the Boston Globe and the New York Times have published items on the growth of homelessness in the state of Massachusetts and New York City, respectively. Based on the content of each, it's clear that the topic was ripe for coverage in 2012, but received little if any. I wonder why? (/sarcasm).”
Tom Blumer, BizzyBlog
REP. ANNIE KUSTER (D-NH): (Reading) First, can you please let me know your position about on HR 36 that would authorize a select committee to get to the bottom of Benghazi….um, I don't have…that's a Senate, I think…I don't think we have anything about that in the House….
CONSTITUENT: Yes you do.
REP. KUSTER: And the rest of this is also on Benghazi, so…
CONSTITUENT: Can you address Benghazi? What are you going to do about Benghazi? Why isn't Benghazi at the top of your issue?
REP. KUSTER: Well, I'm certainly not here to talk about it. We're here to talk about the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: That is the Middle East!
CONSTITUENT #2: Libya is like right in the middle of the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: Benghazi is the Middle East!
Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) in an exchange with constituents at a town hall meeting
"The Pope has repeatedly spoken out against the greed and tyranny of capitalism, and urged his followers to care more for the most vulnerable of human beings, and work for a more equal and just society. Catholicism has always preached love your neighbor, help those who are less fortunate. Pope Francis just following this tradition. Based on the teachings of Catholicism, how can someone be a Catholic and a Republican?"
Leftist talker Thom Hartmann
"Stress will be not understanding the thick Chinese accent of your first boss. That will be stress."
NY Times liberal columnist Thomas Friedman, discussing the way American children have fallen behind children in other countries in academic achievement, and are coddled, handed trophies for non-achievement and protected from stress
“My parents are Republicans, and I'm not. They didn't vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sing at the inauguration, they were like, 'We can come.' And I was like, 'No, you can't. I love you so much, but that—on principle.' They understood, but I was like, 'How dare you?' in a way."
Pop diva Katy Perry in an interview published Monday that because her parents are Republicans that didn't vote for Barack Obama, they couldn't watch her perform at his inauguration in January
(Today) “Every star interprets ‘sexy’ the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly...boring. Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates?”
Actress, writer Rashida Jones
“And then… We have this moment of honesty from a young woman who protested her burger-flipping job in Hartford, Connecticut:
“And that $15 an hour, that would mean I would have to work a little less days (sic) instead of every day, all day.”
“Right. If we up the pay for this lowly fast food worker, then she won’t be burdened with the obligation of going to her job all day, every day, just like the rest of us.
“The protestor, however, is a prime example of how liberalism injures the very people it claims to empower. Imagine this single mother’s surprise when, after having the minimum wage increased to 15 dollars per hour, she finds herself laid off. Or maybe she will be one of the lucky few who are able to keep their job (with a pay increase) that will now be asked to work twice as much to make up for the laid off portion of Wendy’s workforce.”
Michael Schaus, the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance
"When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him."
Actor Ben Affleck in an interview with Playboy
"I tell you, this winter storm has left thousands without electricity. It's as if President Obama had taken over the power companies."
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Obama takes inappropriate selfie at Mandela memorial. Was Obama flirting? Michelle sure looked angry.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Santa should be a what?
Talk about your privacy...