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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.

UPDATE: Does Franklin need warning sirens?

Earlier this week, I raised the above question, suggesting there is a better, less costly alternative.

Two days later, meteorologist extraordinaire Craig Koplien in his piece in the Journal Sentinel was advocating. guess what?

Craig, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Recommended Reading: The Mother's Day edition

Recommended reading

Ten ways to mother

"Each week I hear from new moms who know something is amiss in the culture, instinctively know they need to change how they are parenting, but aren't quite sure where to start. So what is the best way to begin? By living out the principles, behavior and values you want your children to develop.  

So as I salute you in your efforts to truly mother your kids, here are ten simple ways how you can set the example for your children..."

Culture challenge of the week: Minimalizing mothering

"Mothers are increasingly expected to be benchwarmers in the lives of our children so we don't get in the way of the 'professionals.' Many public educators believe they know what is best for your son or daughter. But they can't possibly understand the unique history, gifts and needs of each child shuffled through a system built for the masses.

Mother's Day more than greeting cards, brunch

"Mother's Day isn't about how much you buy mom - it's about how you honor your mother."

Letters from Mom: A voice I  needed to remember

"The letters, now faded, were from my mother, Peggy Chandler, who passed away 19 months ago after a 19-year battle with Alzheimer's."

The messiness of Mother's Day

"I don’t often want to deck someone within 20 seconds of entering church. But that’s exactly what happened about this time last year. I was visiting a friend’s large, seeker-friendly church with her one Sunday morning in May. A gregarious man greeted us at the door and wished us both a hearty 'Happy Mother’s Day'!"

Mother's Day tinged with sadness for birthmoms

"Many birthmothers can't shake their anguish and guilt when Mother's Day rolls around each May, so they've taken on the Saturday before the holiday as their own _ Birth Mother's Day."

Getting a read on your child’s literature

"A Mother's Day fundraiser for the single biggest abortion provider in the United States (subsidized by your tax dollars) is insulting, most especially to the women who are suffering because they rejected motherhood and know they ended a life in the process."


Week-ends (5/9/09)


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...


Forgotten D-day troops

College student in Georgia


Zach Bonner

Kathy Ireland

Bristol Palin

Rick Ankiel

Oh......and this guy.


Nancy Pelosi

Governor Doyle

Drew Peterson

Richard McTear

Forrest Day

Diane Lozaw

Justiniano Alvarez

Father Alberto Cutié

Rembert Weakland

Chuck E. Cheese


"When somebody has a disfigurement and don't look as pretty as you do, don't judge them, because you never know what happened to them. Don't judge people who don't look the same as you do. Because you never know. One day it might be all taken away. I'm not a monster. I'm a person who was shot.”
Connie Culp at a news conference at the Cleveland Clinic where she became the first face transplant patient in the United States. The 46-year-old mother of two lost most of the midsection of her face to a gunshot in 2004. The initial surgery by the Cleveland Clinic team took place in December 2008.

"Accept my sincere apologies for the confusion. We will continue to work with the people of Kenosha to ensure an orderly transition."
Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli apologizing in a letter to the Wisconsin congressional delegation and Governor Doyle for telling them during a conference call last week that Chrysler was still considering keeping the Kenosha engine plant open. The following day, Chrysler would close the plant. Nardelli said he mistakenly passed along information about the status of the Trenton, Michigan plant in response to a question about the Kenosha facility.

"Let me be clear about what this prospect entails: If you grant Chrysler any additional bailout funds, you are using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to send jobs to Mexico."
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R--Menomonee Falls) urging Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to deny federal funding to Chrysler after it closed its plant in Kenosha.

"That's a bunch of pencil-pushing ne’er-do-wells who make it their career to hassle property owners for changing a rotten deck board on their pier."
State Representative Joel Kleefisch ( R-Oconomowoc) referring to the Department of Natural Resources at a news conference blasting Governor Doyle for cutting GPS tracking of sex offenders in his budget. Kleefisch said money could be taken from the DNR to pay for GPS.

"As soon as this bill takes effect, it will start saving lives of our citizens and saving money for our taxpayers."
State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) on a compromise statewide smoking ban.

I feel the economy is going in the tank enough the way it is. What they’re doing is going to push it even farther. I’m very upset that they keep controlling our basic rights. Tobacco is a legal product."
Mike Brown, owner of the Logan Bar and vice president of the La Crosse County Tavern League who opposes the smoking ban.


What the state paid to steal another slogan.


Doyle approval ratings are down.


Dan Gokey and Brett Favre. I'm thinking it was legit.


May Madness or, the hot girl contest.

Busty women unite!

didn't help.

REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

The Barking Lot (5/9/09)

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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Windy with early morning showers, then partly cloudy skies. High of 56. "D" in the morning, "C" later.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 56. "C"


Franklin needs three.

Oak Creek needs two.

Greenfield needs one.

They need nine at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department and 13 at the House of Corrections.

Are you thinking K-9 officers?

No, that’s not it.

They have the dogs. Now they need to outfit them in protective vests.

K-9’s are bona fide law enforcement. Because they heroically assist their human partners, they share the same risks, are susceptible to the same dangers. As a result, they are stabbed and shot in the line of duty. About a dozen die every year.

Law enforcement departments don’t have the resources to provide an $840 vest for each K-9. That’s where this group comes into play:

Donna Morgan of Janesville was shocked one Saturday night watching “America’s Most Wanted” to see a police dog, Kai, shot in the chest by a criminal Kai was sent to disarm. Kai managed to disarm the shooter before he died.

America’s Most Wanted” showed the tape for a purpose. The program told the story of how an 11-year old girl got the idea to start the Vest a Dog in California. Donna Morgan was inspired. At the end of the program she dialed a number on the screen and was disappointed to learn that no one was working to vest K-9’s in Wisconsin.

She formed the Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog program in 2007. Her laudable goal: Obtain a bullet proof, stab proof vest for every K-9 officer in the state of Wisconsin.

Read more about the program and then consider a tax deductible donation. The website has a wealth of information about this worthwhile cause.

Also, the Janesville Gazette has more on Donna Morgan who founded the Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog program. 

Read more

Headed your way this weekend on This Just In...

Saturday, our regular features: Wake up to The Barking Lot and Week-ends.

We'll have our regular edition of Recommended Reading along with a special Mother's Day version of Recommended Reading.

Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Photos of the Week, The MJS Scorecard, and Culinary no-no.

And more than likely some other thoughts as well.

Remember to stop in again, and thanks.


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