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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.

Best way to thank a wounded hero on Thanksgiving

Help our Veterans

Troops disabled in the war on terror desperately need help feeding families on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2014 Give A MealI've got good news to share: During previous Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Projects the Coalition has provided more than 12,000 Thanksgiving meals to our wounded troops and veterans.

Now we need to keep up the good work! Please make the most generous donation you can to the 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

You may recall that your gift of $60 can help provide a Thanksgiving meal for ONE severely disabled military hero and their family, your donation of $120 can help feed TWO struggling military families, your contribution of $180 can provide Thanksgiving meals for THREE families, and so on.

Your Thanksgiving donation may be helping a wounded hero like retired Army staff Sgt. Benjamin Daughtry. After receiving assistance from a previous Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, Benjamin wrote back to say:

"Sixty dollars may not be a lot of money to many people, but to me on that day it was like receiving $1,000. I can't thank you enough."

Calls and e-mails are constantly streaming in to the Coalition from wounded warriors unable to feed and clothe their children. Why not help me surprise one of them by putting $60 in their mailbox a few days before Thanksgiving?

I'm retired Army General John K. Singlaub. As I've mentioned to you before, because of the sluggish government bureaucracy our wounded warriors are waiting an average of 10 months - and often more than a year - to get their first government disability check after leaving the hospital and being separated from active service.

Obviously they can't wait 10 months to feed their families. They need help right now.

So please make a tax-deductible Thanksgiving donation of whatever you can afford right now to help put food on the table for the family of a marine, soldier, sailor or airman disabled in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Thanksgiving 2014 Thank You Meals Project

I don't want to say "no" to even one disabled hero who said "yes" to serving our country . . . and I know you wouldn't want me to.

These brave servicemen and women, some just 19 or 20 years old, went to war to protect your family and mine from terrorism.

Now some will never be able to see, or hear, or hug or chase after their little boy or girl because they've lost their arms or legs.

You and I can't heal their physical injuries or make them whole again. (No one can.)

But we can let them know their sacrifice hasn't been forgotten . . . and that someone cares enough to say "thank you" by helping to feed their family, because they risked their life to protect yours.

So please dig down deep and make a special financial sacrifice this Thanksgiving.

We're finalizing our budget for the Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, and it would be a big help to know how many struggling military families we'll be able to help this year.

So please let me know right now whether you'll be able to help feed the family of ONE, TWO, THREE or even MORE severely disabled military heroes over the coming Thanksgiving weekend.

And thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you've already done to assist our suffering troops and veterans.


Major General John K. Singlaub Signature
Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)

P.S.  The Coalition is constantly receiving new requests for emergency financial aid. Many of these troops who have been paralyzed, burned, blinded or suffered other injuries have children who are going hungry.

They desperately need your continued support, so I hope you'll participate in the Coalition's 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project.

Remember your gift of $60 can help provide a meal for a severely wounded serviceman or woman and their family on Thanksgiving. Your donation of $120 can help feed TWO families, and so on. And of course smaller gifts can be combined to feed a military family in need.

Your past financial support is deeply appreciated by me and by our severely disabled troops and their families!

Thanksgiving 2014 Thank You Meals Project

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes|PO Box 96440 | Washington, DC 20090-6440 | | 1-888-447-2588

Recommended Reading (11/15/14)

Recommended Reading

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 best thing to ever happen to Republicans

In short, all the damage done by President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America can be undone because most of it wasn’t done through legislation; it was done through regulation and executive order. Regulations can be reversed by new regulators, and executive orders can be reversed through executive orders from a new executive.

We are only two years away from a new executive, and thanks to the failures of President Obama and the damage he and his policies have done to the Democratic Party brand, the odds are looking good that the next president will be a Republican.

What the economy has done to the family

It could be a future diorama at New York’s Museum of Natural History: A human male and female who not only got married, but stayed married.

How to stop being poor

Liberalism is for poor people who are content to stay poor. Conservatism is for poor people who want to make a better life for themselves. I tell you that from experience because I have been poor.

Paul Ryan's greatest weakness

Is he too smart to be President?

MSNBC loses election

Is a vote against a political party also a vote against the network that supports it? The Democrats' sinking fortunes have been pretty accurately charted in the declining ratings at MSNBC, the party's house network, which culminated, on election night, in a 22% fall from the last midterm election in the all-important 25-to-54 age group.

The problem is that rapists don't care that it's wrong

There are a lot of ways to address sexual assault on college campuses. Warning students to watch the facial expressions they make isn’t one of them.

Farm boy recounts witnessing iconic end-of-war kiss

"I was amazed when the sailor kissed the nurse. I didn't think they knew each other."

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Week-ends (11/15/14)


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...


Our veterans

The Candy Bomber

Dr. Ernest Brown

Richard  Overton

Arnold Abbott

These stores

Nicole Cunningham and her grandmother


Mother Nature

Jonathan Gruber

Illegal immigrants

Bruce Springsteen

David Masciotra

Ford Motor

South Arbor Charter Academy

The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland

Eau Claire (WI) school district

Parking abusers


“It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap. People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade. There are times, there’s no doubt about it, where, you know I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction.”
President Obama saying that he and his White House team had not succeeded in effectively selling the benefits of his policies to the American people, calling it a “failure of politics” that he must change in the final two years of his presidency.

“After the 2012 election, many political analysts focused on the GOP’s ‘image problem.’ Now, it is the Democrats who appear to have the more battered image. Their favorability rating has never been lower, and they are reeling from defeats that cost them control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened the Republican House majority to levels likely not seen in 90 years. On the other hand, the American public does not admire Republicans more, their numerous election victories notwithstanding. Neither party can say it is making significant progress in improving its image among the U.S. population, but undoubtedly the 2014 elections augmented the GOP’s ability to shape the agenda in Washington and in state capitals across the country.”

“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her first interview since last week’s elections. House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years.

“The midterm massacre sends a strong signal that the electorate is fed up with liberal policies and politics, and Hillary would essentially be the third term of Obama.

“The majority of people are against mass legalization of illegal aliens and Obamacare.  She is going to essentially have to run on Obama's record, and if not, repudiate his presidency and try to explain what exactly she did for four years as his secretary of state, not to mention fend off questions anew on Benghazi, which will most assuredly come up in any presidential debates.

“She will have to defend Obamacare, which is getting more unpopular by the day as people continue to lose their existing policies and their longtime doctors, and especially as they endure skyrocketing premiums.  There will be major sticker shock in 2015 when another round of expected increases in Obamacare premiums comes to pass.

“I believe that Hillary is going to say it's just not worth it.  She's making millions of dollars now giving speeches, living a comfortable life where she calls the shots, as opposed to enduring the demands of campaign trail, and then possibly the White House dictating her every move.  Who needs it?  Life is good as it is now.  She won't run.”
Tim Jones of the American Thinker

“The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell

“…the Democrats’ failure isn’t just the result of Republican negativity. It’s also intellectual and ideological. What, besides raising the minimum wage, do the Democrats propose to do about the shift in income from wages to profits, from labor to capital, from the 99 percent to the 1 percent? How do they deliver for an embattled middle class in a globalized, de-unionized, far-from-full-employment economy, where workers have lost the power they once wielded to ensure a more equitable distribution of income and wealth? What Democrat, besides Elizabeth Warren, campaigned this year to diminish the sway of the banks? Who proposed policies that would give workers the power to win more stable employment and higher incomes, not just at the level of the minimum wage but across the economic spectrum?”
Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect

“The most common explanation we’re hearing for the GOP sweep of a dozen Senate races last night is that an already-treacherous map for Democrats was made a lot worse by the failure of core Dem voter groups to show up. But multiple Democratic pollsters involved in these races identify another problem: The failure of the Democrats’ economic message to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced. These pollsters describe this as a serious problem afflicting the Democratic Party that must be addressed heading into 2016.”
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post

“On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value — feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are far more important.

“The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country — the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current charges of a ‘war on women’ in our society and of a ‘culture of rape’ on American college campuses, the immediate assertion that the killing of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was caused by racist police — testify to the left’s cavalier attitude toward truth.

“Since last Tuesday’s elections, commentator after commentator on the left has declared American politics ‘dysfunctional.’ When Democrats win by a landslide, the left regards the vote as testimony to the great message of the left and the good sense of the American people. Only when Republicans win by a landslide does the vote reflect dysfunction.”

Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager

"I can't get past the irony to get to the arrogance. The most transparent administration since the continent shifted had to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation, you can't make that up. He had to lie to people and then he justified it so I can't even get past the irony of that to get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow Americans stupid. I would say to the professor... you want to see how stupid the American citizens are take a look at last Tuesday night because they rejected you, this bill and this administration. He just proved that he is willing to lie. He's willing to lie because he has the arrogance of thinking that he knows what is best for this country and the citizens and voters do not, so keep that in mind the next time anybody tries to sell you on a big piece of legislation by calling this comprehensive. They lied, they got away with it and they got the bill that they wanted." 
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy addressing comments made by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in 2013 about the deliberate "tortuous" language used to mislead "stupid" Americans about the healthcare overhaul in order to get it through Congress.

“The comments on that video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
Jonathan Gruber

“We are not going to do the amnesty thing. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. The voters were pretty unequivocal that as much as the Chamber of Commerce wants zillions of people shipped in to work for peanuts at the gigantic box stores that fund the Chamber of Commerce, an important part of the electorate does not. That part of the electorate is known as ‘normal Americans.’

“The only
purpose of this Congress is to the set the conditions for the election of a conservative Republican president and the retention of both houses of Congress in 2016. Anyone who starts talking about ‘governing’ – yeah, you know who I mean – should be gagged, put in a vinyl gimp suit, and locked in a box in the Senate cellar until December 2016. Sure, there will be establishment Republicans intrigued by this idea, maybe even aroused, but be that as it may, this is not the time to go back to business as usual.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Wait! I don't get it. No disrespect to Kim but... people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?”
Actress Alyssa Milano reacting to Kim Kardashian’s butt-bearing photo that went viral


Jonathan Gruber


More non-white voters for the GOP

For 2016, Hillary had the worst night

Economy was voters' top issue


Kim Kardashian's, you know...


Men having sex with strangers to help them have babies

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/15/14)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Sunny in the morning. Afternoon and evening snow showers. High of 30. "F"

Wake up to a dusting of overnight snow. Light snow should end in the morning. Cloudy skies. High of 32.  "F"

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

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The best cartoons of the week (11/15/14)

Best Cartoons of the Week


Eric Allie

Nate Beeler

Cameron Cardow


Michael Ramirez


Glenn McCoy


Rick McKee


Adam Zyglis


Jimmy Margulies

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