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.
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).
The 'American Sniper' freakout
Naturally, the commercial and artistic success of American Sniper—it received six Oscar nominations—has liberal Hollywood deeply conflicted, and pockets of the left outraged.
The Megyn Kelly moment
Gilliam arrived on Kelly’s cavernous set, just as she was closing out the C block. A production assistant sat him on the white leather high-back stool at the corner of Kelly’s transparent desk. Gilliam is bald and broad shouldered, with a thick neck and a bushy gray goatee. He has been trained to “kill ruthlessly,” he told me later. Kelly, in black spiky heels and a bright red dress, her blond hair now blown out, offered him a chilly hello during a commercial break, then returned to paging through her notes. The stool was small, and Gilliam appeared to droop over the sides. His Megyn moment approached.
Obama Blows Smoke
He claims wonderful things have happened in his presidency, now entering its seventh year. But most of his claims are false or weren’t the result of his policies.
What Obama didn't say in his State of the Union address
In the 2013 State of the Union, Obama spoke of helping Libya fight terrorism. Yemen received similar attention for the last two years. But this year, with both countries spiraling toward chaos, they were omitted. Those omissions, coupled with Obama’s claim that the U.S. is leading a coalition that is stopping ISIL, led some pundits and some Republicans to suggest the president was detached from reality.
How to Become a Millionaire
After a lifetime of lighting up, smokers on average will burn through $1.4 million in personal costs.
Former Oil Exec: $5 gas is on the way
The former president of Shell Oil is issuing another warning, telling motorists that their joy ride may end sooner than they think.
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
I say HERO
Alex Van and Donovan George
You may not like it, but Jermaine Kearse fits the description
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Chris Kyle haters
Cheats in sports...it's not just the Patriots
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"As a small business owner with a little experience, I would never waste my own money on this and I don't think those proponents would either. The mayor says he's betting on the future of this city. The problem is he's not doing it with his own money."
Milwaukee restaurant owner dave Sobelman on the proposed $124 million downtown Milwaukee streetcar
“The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, got it right. Officer [Darren] Wilson has been exonerated. The thing I want to know is how does he get his reputation back? I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton. “We know he is a charlatan. Al Sharpton ought to go back into the gutter he came from. The police officer is owed a lot from him, Eric Holder and the president of the United States.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke directing anger at Al Sharpton who spoke sharply in the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision not to prosecute Wilson, a former police officer, on civil rights charges. Sharpton characterized Wilson on national television as less than intelligent and unworthy of respect.
"Our politics seems more divided than ever. It's held up as proof not just of my own flaws — of which there are many — but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, and naïve, and that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it. I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong."
President Obama in his State of the Union address
“I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense. Man, they are not going to win any game on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C. — we’re blowing it if we just bend our back. That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
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: Morning clouds, afternoon sun. Daytime high of 40. Tonight light snow begins around 9:00 and continues overnight, a 90% chance of precipitation. "C" during the day
SUNDAY: Overnight snow continues to the noon hour, then cloudy skies. Windy. High of 32 at midnight, then falling temperatures. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
For several years now, I’ve blogged about the Puppy Bowl as my favorite “sporting event” of the year. Loyal readers know that I’m not a football fan at all with the one exception being the Fighting Irish. I don’t even get into the non-sporting aspects of the Super Bowl. I don’t find the half-time entertainment to be remotely entertaining. I usually manage to discover one or two commercials that captivate me, though. Remember all the hullabaloo last year about Gracie?
For me, the Super Bowl is just another football game not worth watching - only with more pomp & circumstance. Naturally I’ll be watching what I consider a far better lineup, cuter players, a better ref and yes, even better half time show. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl promises some special things.
It’s heartwarming knowing that these darling pups will find forever homes through this event. Pedigree Dog Food has done so much for their adoption drive, and they have an incredible amount of success stories. That makes Puppy Bowl XI far more rewarding in my eyes than anything played in Arizona.
If you REALLY want to impress both your dog-loving friends and their precious pups, I’d like to suggest a dual Bowl Bash. I can’t imagine anyone, human OR canine, not wanting to be a part of an extravaganza like this.
So who will you be cheering for? Um, no I don’t mean Patriots or Seahawks. Hello, you’re reading The Barking Lot, remember? Is it Team Ruff, or Team Fluff? Feel free to leave a comment!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Lost a dog? Check the Internet.
Woman has a miscarriage from vicious dog attack and overcomes her fear.
Do dog athletes get dog injuries? Canine behavioral researcher reminds that dogs are not superheroes.
Award-winning Dutch advert shows how guide dogs are being used to help those suffering from the nightmares of war.
Woman leaving her dog $1M fears her pooch is in danger.
Check this out: Dogs, the Little League, and moose.
What dogs can teach you about leadership.
Another one of those great missing dog stories.
Snuffle is pooch hooch.
About that rug we told you about last week...
COLUMN: Wishing a Happy New Year to all the Kais and Cotos.
* MUST SEE*
Michael Ramirez ...and again ...and again.
Glenn McCoy ....and again
Lisa Benson ...and again
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
ROE VS. WADE
THE ACADEMY AWARDS