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
Tracey Barnes (My HERO OF THE YEAR thus far)
John MIca (R) and Gerald Connolly (D)
Dr. Patrick Angelo
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Kansas middle school
Bill and Emma Keller
California teacher and principal
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be built in a basement and our electric grid could be shut down by operators an ocean away. And yet, in our rush to respond to very real and novel threats, the risks of government overreach—the possibility that we lose some of our core liberties in pursuit of security—became more pronounced. The reforms I'm proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe."
President Obama on Friday outlined a series of reforms to the National Security Agency. Obama argued for the NSA to give up control of its database that holds millions of Americans' phone metadata — which includes call times, lengths and durations. However, he did not outline a specific proposal on where to store the information, either with telephone companies or a third party.
“Well I think what I heard was if you like your privacy you can keep it, but in the meantime, we are going to keep collecting your phone records, texts messages and likely your credit card information."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) applauded Obama’s rhetoric but said the reforms were just window dressing, and the issue would eventually have to be decided by the Supreme Court.
"The giant federal budget bill that Congress passed late Thursday will cost taxpayers nearly $3 million per word, or if you want to really think big, almost $700 million per page. The bill authorizes $1.1 trillion in spending. It is 1,582 pages long. An Internet word counting program said it has 370,445 words, numbers and symbols. So simple math comes up with $2.9 million per word average and $695 million per page average, though different parts of the budget package spend more than others sections. By comparison, there are only 4,543 words in the U.S. Constitution, before amendments, and 1,458 words in the Declaration of Independence."
The Associated Press
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) when asked whether he read the 1,528-page, $1.1 trillion government spending bill before he voted for it.
"How does this President regain his heroic stature?"
“ObamaCare has always counted on the mass irrationality of young people.”
While Matt Lauer worried that Robert Gates's criticism of President Obama was "dangerous or dishonorable" on Monday's NBC Today, when disgruntled ex-Bush administration officials wrote memoirs bashing the former president in 2004 and 2008, the network morning show happily cheered them on.
On January 13, 2004 – exactly ten years prior to Lauer's Monday interview with Gates – then-Today co-host Katie Couric hyped former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's attacks on President George W. Bush in a new tell-all: "I think if I can sort of try to assess your description, as policy having no process, kind of being put together willy-nilly. You do describe him as 'a blind man in a room full of deaf people.'"
On May 29, 2008, then-co-host Meredith Vieira conducted an interview with former White House press secretary Scott McClellan about his anti-Bush memoir and actually urged him to offer harsher criticism against his former boss.
One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is, first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don't want any more senseless American death and at the same time I know that there are dead people there and good people who need help. Was that intentional?”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper questioning Afghanistan veteran Marcus Luttrell, the real life lone survivor portrayed in the new movie “Lone Survivor”
“Well, I don't know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness really ever came into it. Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing unless we were actually dead. That never came across in the battle and while we were fighting on the mountain and it was just us against them.
“We spend our whole lives defending this country so you tell me because we were over there doing what we were told to do was senseless and they died for nothing?
“So, let me just say that, yes, it went bad for us over there but that was our job. That's what we did. We didn't complain about it. We went out there and did what we did best and at the end, we weren't standing. They were. We were lucky. I was lucky. And the rest of the guys, we fought as hard as we possibly could. Never felt sorry for ourselves while we were out there. This was a job we were going after a high value target and, you know, it got switched on us.”
Marcus Luttrell responding to Tapper
“The troops believed and still believe that they were being successful in their mission. So I think they were able, to a certain extent, to set aside the politics here at home. When you have somebody like the Senate Majority Leader (Harry Reid) come out in the middle of the surge and say ‘this war is lost’, I thought that was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve heard a politician say. That sends a riveting message to kids who are putting their lives on the line every day that they’re doing it for nothing and that was absolutely not the case.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates
“(The former head of the Department of Transportation Ray) LaHood stated, “Because people are driving less, driving more fuel-efficient cars, and the gas tax hasn’t been raised in many years” we are running out of money in the Highway Trust Fund. Isn’t that exactly what the government wanted us to do? How much money was spent by the government in order to promote these fuel-efficient vehicles and support public transportation? And now that we have actually adapted to these ideas, we are going to be punished with higher taxes. That just doesn’t make sense Mr. LaHood.
“Also, if people are driving less, why are the roads in need of so many repairs? And what about all the stimulus money that went to road projects? According to LaHood, ‘America is one big pothole.’ Well isn’t he nice?”
Heather Ginsberg, Townhall.com
“Those of us in the travel industry are watching closely. We know practical immigration reform in America is good for our industry…As unemployment inches downward, we also need a functioning immigration system that helps us staff positions that might otherwise go unfilled, especially in our seasonal resorts.”
Arne Sorenson, President and CEO at Marriott International
“It's one thing to be confident. It's another to be smug.
“Listening to Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and others last week, it would appear as if the Green Bay Packers think they can just roll the balls out next season and be a prime contender for the Super Bowl.
“All this stuff about finishing strong and overcoming adversity has to stop.
“The Packers didn't finish strong. They were on their home field in their kind of weather and in ideal position to beat a powerful foe in the playoff opener. Then they blew it in the last six minutes.
“They also didn't overcome adversity. The Packers lose their starting quarterback for the first time in 21 years and are proud of going 2-5-1 against a soft schedule (five at home) without him?
“Let's be clear about something else. The NFC North championship was more about the Detroit Lions pulling a colossal fold than the Green Bay Packers doing anything wonderful.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports columnist Bob McGinn in a scathing review of the 2013 Green Bay Packers season
"’Progressive’ Democrats are kind of like the ‘Affordable Health Care Act.’ When Democrats adapt a branding statement, expect the opposite.”
Pro wrestling executive Eric Bischoff
"Did you all watch the Golden Globes last night? [Applause] Tina Fey, Amy Poehler very funny. Boy, they are just the best. Of course, the big winner, the big winner was 'American Hustle,' a film about the marketing of ObamaCare." I thought that was fascinating. [Laughter and applause]
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Benghazi attackers were preventable
How many people have actually paid for ObamaCare coverage? Survey says...
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Crime study debunks myths about mass shootings
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Mannequins stop them dead in their tracks.
Harry Reid once asked the Pentagon to research WHAT?