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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.

An abortion party?


In my weekly installment of "Recommended reading" today, I included a column about an abortion party.

Quite frankly, I had never heard of an abortion party until this week, and not surprisingly, it's yet another ridiculous liberal idea.

The author of the piece is a highly confused liberal male who spends much of his work bemoaning the less than participatory role of men in the decision to abort process instead of the obvious absurdities.

Sorry, but an upcoming abortion is nothing to celebrate or raise funds for, and if that makes me not cool, so be it.


PLEASE HELP THE 2ND ANNUAL ANGIE WENZEL SCRAMBLE

Joe Biden never disappoints


Just check out this whopper our Vice President blurted at an AARP town hall meeting this week as he discussed the ramifications if Congress doesn't approve President Obama's mega-government health care plan:

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation. Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?' The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you.”

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Recommended reading (07/18/09)

Recommended reading


Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).


Five Criticisms of George Bush That Could Be Better Applied to Barack Obama

"Most liberals in this country are intellectually dishonest which is why they don't have the slightest qualms about grotesque double standards. It's why Barack Obama gets a free pass for many of the same things that George Bush was criticized for doing."


Meet me in St. Booie

"I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at how little was said (as in nothing at all) about the reception President Obama received last night when he came out on the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the baseball all-star game in St. Louis."


The moon we left behind

"Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. We say we will return in 2020. But that promise was made by a previous president, and this president has defined himself as the antimatter to George Bush. Moreover, for all of Barack Obama's Kennedyesque qualities, he has expressed none of Kennedy's enthusiasm for human space exploration.So with the Apollo moon program long gone, and with Constellation, its supposed successor, still little more than a hope, we remain in retreat from space."


Salvation by moonwalking

"Let me see if I get this straight. If I live by Jacko’s rules:

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Week-ends (07/18/09)

Week-ends


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


Jamie Neale


Dustin Britton


Triplets


Moshe Kai Cavalin



Isabelle Redford


Five men in a boat.....and a little 3-year old



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Kurtis and Joshua Popp


Milwaukee County Judge Carl Ashley for imposing an incredibly light sentence for a child killer


Quincy Vanderbilt


Ryan Allen Grosnickle


Tony Stancl....
and the judge who lowered his bail.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“They were just being idiots. They didn't know it was going to get this far."
A woman who identified herself as the mother of Kurtis Popp and Joshua Popp, accused of launching a military flare that caused the Patrick Cudahy plant fire.


"There was no malicious intent. This was not an act of domestic terrorism. This wasn't a person who had a beef to pick with this plant. Kurtis and his family, they're all good people. They're good, hard-working people, longtime members of the community. They appreciate the gravity of what happened here, and that jobs have been lost and there's been a lot of property damage and lives were put in harm's way. Certainly from their the situation and they feel standpoint, they understand the seriousness of horrible that it occurred, too."
Kurtis Popp's attorney, Julius Kim


"We reap the seeds we sow. Since that victorious day last November, we have been our own worst enemies in the state Legislature. A greater interest has been shown in fighting amongst ourselves, rather than fighting together for the needs of our community. Over the course of the past six months, personal motives and a lack of common purpose led to major losses for all of Milwaukee. Little reflection is needed to recognize the damage done to our community."
State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) in a letetr to Assembly Democrats from Milwaukee, saying the city of Milwaukee fared poorly in the new state budget because her coleagues were not unified.


"A rhetorical flourish that fell flat. It was bad because it left an impression that I believed that life experiences commanded a result in a case, but that's clearly not what I do as a judge."
Sonia Sotomayor at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, referring to her 2001 comment suggesting that a "wise Latina" judge would usually reach better conclusions than a white man.


"My record shows that at no point or time have I ever permitted my personal views or sympathies to influence the outcome of a case."
Sotomayor in an exchange with Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.


We do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. On the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility.”
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf addressing the Senate Budget Committee about President Obama’s health care reform.


"Most of those state workers -- I've arranged for them to get a $15,000 loan with no interest, so if they're paying off $6,000 worth of credit debt at 14 percent, they should put a statue of me up on their mantel place."
Democrat Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, claiming he’s doing more than Pennsylvania Republicans to save jobs.


“Mr. Obama chose to give a tongue-in-cheek cut to (Albert) Pujols, who was starting the All-Star game on his home field of Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

‘Home Run Derby winner!’ The President said as he saw (Milwaukee Brewer Prince) Fielder, then turned to Pujols.

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The Barking Lot (07/18/09)

The Barking Lot


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 skies early. A few showers later in the day. Temperatures well below normal. High of 70.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Clouds and sun early, then more clouds later in the day. High of 72. "B"


Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:


I have never needed to fly somewhere with a pet.  If I did, I would constantly be thinking “Will Muffy be OK in that cargo hold while I am asked, ‘Would you like a beverage?’”  I would, admittedly, have a very difficult time flying with my dog.  In fact, given the choice between flying and driving several thousand miles I could see myself choosing to drive the raging roads vs. flying the friendly skies.

There are, of course, vacationers who want Fluffy or Fido to join them.  There are also extended-stay business travelers and people who need to relocate due to job requirements.  In all these events I can only imagine the stress of trying to ensure the safety of your pet if you are both flying to your destination.  I am sure that hundreds, thousands, of travelers are extremely happy to see the new Pet Airways.  Only a pet owner and lover could dream up a concept like that.

In my absence, Kevin has blogged several times about how the downturn in the economy has affected pet owners.  There have been many stories about owners leaving their pets on the doorstep of an animal shelter, a note tied to their pet’s neck “Please take care of me, my owner can’t afford me any more.”  Pet owners have been quoted as saying they would give up ANYTHING to take care of their animals even in these toughest of times.  So you may wonder, “How on earth could an animals-only airline survive?”  It sounds like it could not only survive, but thrive.

I am sure that the burning question for any pet owner putting their four-legged friend on a plane is “Will my companion be safe?”  Statistics can be alarming.

Personally, I agree with any pet owner who is willing to pay a little extra to make sure their pal is taken care of.  The founders of Pet Airways are dog owners and lovers who endured the experience of needing to fly their dog in a cargo area.  So they new what pet owners would want, and what to do, firsthand. 

While there may be nay-sayers & doubters I completely support and hope for the success of Pet Airways.  Good luck to any entrepreneur who finds a new niche in any market!
---Jennifer Fischer




A dog sits in its crate near stuff toy pigs and pet food before the southern California maiden voyage of Pet Airways on July 16, 2009 in the Los Angeles-area city of Hawthorne, California. The new pets-only airline will make stops in Denver, Chicago, Washington, DC and New York. Pet Airways, based in Delray Beach, Florida, is operating a 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft in partnership with Suburban Air Freight with the seats removed to carry up to 50 pets in animal crates per flight. Despite economic hard times for most U.S. businesses, the airline expects to add service to Boston later this year and expand into 25 cities within two years. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)


Thanks, Jennifer. Great to have you back!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.


Police dog abused....by a police officer.


Police shoot dog. Was the shooting justifiable?



What's the fine for barking dogs?


Dog rescued
after spending a week in storm drain.


Dogs and fireworks....this story has a happy ending.


Winston, where the heck are you?


Let's visit the Ruff House pet resort in Neenah.


Dog looks after two red panda cubs in China.


Did Bo, the White House dog really write a coumn for the New York Times?


That's it for this week.

Thank you for visiting The Barking Lot.

Our closing video:

Smokey will be just fine.

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