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.
The Franklin High School Vatsity Football Team walks on to the school's new field as the sun sets before the start of the team’s game against Greendale at Franklin High School Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Franklin, Wisconsin. - Image credit: Peter Zuzga
Like Franklin and its beautiful field, Greendale also has artificial turf.
No surprise, so does Hartland Arrowhead.
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).
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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Judge Tonya Parker
Greendale School Board
Richland School District (Wash.)
Seattle School Board
This husband and wife
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“This is disappointing. However, I believe this is only a temporary delay in the full implementation of Voter ID in Wisconsin. Voter ID is supported by a vast majority of the public, and our state already has had one successful election under this law. Voter ID is common sense legislation that is needed for honest and fair elections. I am confident that it will continue to be found constitutional and will be in place for good in the near future.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) reacting to the surprising decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to delay implementation of Voter ID
“When the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided not to take up several petitions dealing with one of the landmark issues of our time — same-sex marriage — no explanation was given. It never is, and the justices appear to like it that way. Instead, the public was left to speculate on the reasons for this non-action action, which allowed lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage to take effect in 11 more states — a major development that should not be the result of a stealth-like process. Were the conservative justices fearful that if the court did review the cases, they would lose — and same-sex marriage would win constitutional protection nationwide? Alternatively, did the liberals worry that they would lose if the court took on the cases and ruled that states are not required to allow same-sex marriage? We may not know the real reason until a justice retires and opens his or her papers to the public, which could be years from now.”
Tony Mauro is Supreme Court correspondent for The National Law Journal and the Supreme Court Brief
“If we have a package together that will alleviate some of the burdens, then, yeah, let’s raise minimum wage. You can’t attack the small business at every turn and expect them to create more jobs.”
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) said he could support a path to a higher minimum wage — if it were paired with some deregulation that would help employers.
“A question about women, about — the midterm elections are just a few weeks away now. Democrats clearly benefit most of the time from the women’s vote. People talk about the gender gap. But it is also the case that men vote most of the time, the majority of them do, for Republicans. Don’t Democrats have a problem with the men’s vote, and, if that’s the case, why?”
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff questioning liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
“His suffering is over. My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God.”
Louise Troh, after the death of her fiancée, Thomas Eric Duncan, the nation’s first Ebola fatality
“The virus is actually picking up the pace. Even as we add resources, we get farther behind.”
Michael Osterholm, head of infectious disease research at the University of Minnesota, on the doubling of West Africa Ebola cases every three weeks
“If Ebola breaks out in Haiti or in Central America, I think it is literally ‘Katie bar the door’ in terms of the mass migration of Central Americans into the United States.”
Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command
“Panic can spread far faster than a virus. Our overreaction is turning Ebola into a microscopic medical terrorist. Just as a terrorist's bomb can kill a handful of people but catch the attention of millions, so too has Duncan's tragic case had far more impact on public perception than it had on those around him. So far, Duncan's infection hasn't caused a single additional case, but now we are all talking about him.”
Marc Siegel is an associate professor of medicine and medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center
“[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria. Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”
Former President Jimmy Carter criticized President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength.
"Why a President would say ‘they’ about his own intelligence services and not ‘we,’ why he would want people to think this has nothing to do with me. And when I look at the spread of ISIS through the Middle East, a lot of it comes back, it seems to me, to Obama’s foreign policy strategy of, I like to lead from behind. America should go away from being global policeman, to being the leader from behind. America shouldn’t be leading anything from behind. American is, at its best, a great super power. And when it’s at its best, whether it’s dealing with Ebola at a humanitarian level or ISIS on a terrorism/ foreign policy level, America has to be confident, bold, and strong, and decisive. It’s not good enough to simply say, yea I’m really upset about this beheading, and then 7 minutes later as Obama did go to a golf course and be seen goofing around on the first tee. That really hit home to me."
Former CNN host Piers Morgan in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News offered a surprising critique of President Obama and gave extra criticism for recent comments he made on 60 Minutes blaming the intelligence community for failing to see the rise of ISIS in the Middle East.
“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, introducing President Obama at a Hollywood fundraiser for Democratic candidates
“Hawaii councilmen have decided not to name a local beach after President Obama. I suggested that they name it after the Vice President because most people are already used to walking all over Joe.”
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio.
“What do I sentence a guy who has sex in squad car to?”
Oconto County, Wisc., Circuit Court Judge Jay Conley, at a hearing for a man who had a tryst in the back of a police car with a woman after a drunk-driving arrest; he got 90 days for the DWI, nine days for the sex episode
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
No global warming in HOW LONG?
Voter ID- check out the 3rd last paragraph
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Squad car tryst
Dunkin' Donuts dumpster
Comedy club charges per laugh
Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.
My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.
POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)
For new readers, this is why we do the POO.
Madison Abundant Life 84, Stockbridge 44
Luck 80, Northwood 40
Gibraltar 78, St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena 0
Ithaca 77, Wauzeka-Steuben 6
Bay Port 70, Sheboygan North 0
Rio 67, Williams Bay 12
Laconia 60, North Fond du Lac
Bay Port 69, Green Bay West 15
Wisconsin Lutheran 70, West Bend East 13
Germantown 66, Milwaukee Lutheran 0
Mount Horeb/Barneveld 68, Portage 0
Ozaukee 62, Random Lake 0
Potosi 61, Benton/Scales Mound 0
Saint Francis 64, Hope Christian 14
Ripon 70, Clintonville 28
Athens 68, Assumption 6
Seven (7) teams scored over 60 points, but they don’t get the POO Award. That goes to:
Northwood 74, Mellen 0
Gibraltar 63, Stockbridge 0
University School of Milwaukee 63, Milwaukee South 0