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.
Are you kidding me?
I mean seriously. Have you heard how NICE it’s going to be Friday?
If you haven’t, let me tell you, okay?
My good friend, Craig Koplien over at WTMJ says the high for Friday, are you ready for this, is going to be between 65 and 85 degrees!
Craig Koplien’s fearless forecast, eyes open all the way, is that our high temperature will be somewhere between 65 and 85 degrees!
And you know what?
I BELIEVE HIM!
I HONESTLY BELIEVE HIM!
Oh yes I do!
How, someone please explain to me, how does he do it???
But enough about Craig. He gets enough fan mail ever since I made him what he is today on my blog not too long ago.
Because the weather will be fantastico, and it will be a Friday, and 95% of the people in these parts will be at a fish fry and the other 5% will be bowling, that means 0% will be reading the blogs.
Now I get that. Maybe my fellow bloggers disagree. That’s ok. This is America. Go ahead. Disagree with This Just In. That doesn’t happen all that often, but if you feel the need to blog after say, ohhhhhhhh, 5:00, be prepared for the big fat zero in number of views on your stuff.
C’mon everybody. Let’s say you have the blog of the century. Listen to me. Stuff it in your back pocket. Leave it for Saturday or Sunday or Monday. After 5:00 on Friday, cloistered nuns and grounded teenagers might, I say, might give your blog a whirl.
That’s why I’m taking this opportunity now to promote my weekend blogs.
OK, Fischer you egomaniac, why do you always promote your upcoming blogs? Well. That’s easy. One, it’s a throwback to my radio days when you consistently promoted the station, the call letters, etc., and two, nobody else will.
So, here they come, the weekend promos. We’ll start with Friday night.
WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! WHOA!
Didn’t you just say that blogging Friday night was a waste of time?
Well, yes, I did. But I just so happen to have a regular feature come sundown every Friday night. I must remain consistent and blog it again this Friday night.
Hey, yeh, I’ve seen that thing you’re talkin’ about. I read it Saturday morning and it says goodnight or some junk. What’s that all about?
I’m so glad you asked.
Being the music lover that I am, and recognizing that Friday night is a light blog night, it’s my feeling that at the end of the week, everybody wants to unwind, take it easy, and not read a lengthy blog about the discussions at an environmental seminar in Brussels. I could be wrong, of course, but that’s my view.
A Friday night blogger is competing with the start of the weekend, Friday night fish fries, new movies, or maybe the wife bought a new dress.
I understand that. How self-centered can a blogger be than to think someone might actually be interested in relating that #1 son (who, like the rest of the family shall remain nameless, why, who the hell knows) is coming over to mommy and daddy’s house to bake a strawberry pie?
Everybody runs their blog the way they wish, I guess. Personally, the vegetables I'm using to cook for dinner because nameless #3 daughter suddenly stopped by doesn't seem to be a grabber, in my opinion, for most people.
I choose, and you’ve got to play along with me, people, on Friday night, to share some of musical favorites along with what I consider interesting information about the artists that is best read and listened to, not at noon on a Saturday, but when I post on Friday night.
Maybe you’ve just returned from a fish fry. You’re getting ready for the Friday night 10:00 News. (God, are you old).
Relax. Come to my blog. Enjoy the music. Maybe you’ll be inspired to run out and buy a CD or, better yet, move the furniture and dance with your wife/husband (Yes, I love Miss California).
I think we’ve covered Friday.
Then it’s Saturday.
This week, a not to miss BARKING LOT.
What do the following have in common?
Using the gambling vernacular, the over-under on Milwaukee police chiefs is about six months.
What I mean is that these law enforcers ride into town into the top position with promising resumes, somewhat to downright impressive backgrounds, and great potential.
They’re going to make an impact, we are told and promised.
And then about six months later, the clock bongs midnight. Cinderella’s gown, elaborate coach, and famed glass slippers are gone, along with all that hope of cleaning up crime in the big city.
I’ll give current MPD chief Ed Flynn this. He beat the 6-month over. But unfortunately, he’s like all the rest, all blow and no show, a major disappointment.
Last year, Flynn proudly held a news conference to proclaim that violent crime went down in the city of Milwaukee………..during the winter. Never mind that violent crime always goes down during the winter time every where in the world, except possibly Juneau and Fairbanks. The conventional wisdom: Umm, Chief, you sounded, ummm, kinda foolish.
Remember the report the MPD did on voter fraud in the city of Milwaukee? Instead of embracing and applauding the research and hard work associated with the report’s findings and expressing outrage about the problem, Flynn had a tizzy that he was not informed about the report’s release to the public.
Hmmmm, Flynn refuses to address voter fraud. Mayor Barrett to this day claims voter fraud doesn’t exist. Hmmm.
This week, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen tells law enforcement all across the state that it’s not illegal to openly carry a weapon. Law enforcer Flynn’s reaction? Ignore the top cop in the state’s legal opinion.
“My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it. Maybe I’ll end up with a protest of cowboys. In the meantime, I’ve got serious offenders with access to handguns. It’s irresponsible to send a message to them that if they just carry it openly no one can bother them.”
I guess ol’ Chief Flynn wipes his nose with that there 2nd Amendment.
This should come as no surprise. Flynn was essentially chosen as police chief by Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett’s idea of fighting crime is basically comprised of two elements:
1) When a crime wave breaks out, go to New York, attend a seminar, and hope the New York Times notices you for a photo op.
2) Hand out Brewer baseball cards and Summerfest schedules to gangbangers.
Imagine the criminals in their lairs tonight. You think they’re worried?
Not when Tom and Ed, their good friends, are in charge.
1) It's no big deal.
2) Gee, they haven't been that bad.
3) It's your fault.