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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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
Young heroes in Arkansas
Sheriff's deputies in Phoenix
Jennifer Aniston and others
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Chicago school officials
Christine Laycob and other wacko, so-called "educators"
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case a $20 billion shakedown."
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce giving the opening statement at this week’s BP hearing. A compromise was reached with BP on an escrow fund to pay for damages from its broken oil well in the
Former Texas Congressman Dick Armey discussing the $20 billion escrow fund.
"I was personally devastated. Based on the events of April 20 and thereafter, we need to be better prepared for a subsea disaster. It is clear that our industry needs to significantly improve our ability to quickly address deep-sea accidents of this type and magnitude. Based on what happened on April 20, we now know we need better safety technology. We in the industry have long relied on the blowout preventer as the principal piece of safety equipment. Yet, on this occasion it apparently failed, with disastrous consequences. We must use this incident as a case study to avoid a similar failure in the future."
BP President Tony Hayward in a draft of his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.
Obama has "a default mechanism that breaks down on the side of the minority."
Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King said he didn't misspeak when he told a nationally syndicated radio show on Monday that President Obama favors blacks over whites. King told the G. Gordon Liddy show that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder repeatedly demonstrate an unjust preference toward minorities. But King stopped short of calling the president a racist. “I don't know if I want to go so far as to make that allegation," he said.
Democrats took over the state Legislature in the 2008 elections and then had to deal with "Barack Obama's economic disaster."
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate slipping up in his remarks at his party's annual convention.
“You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can’t find out by how they vote!” Tennessee Rep. Janis Baird Sontany (D), referring to female Republican state legislators.
“The only sources making this into some kind of travesty are those of the tree hugging, Birkenstock wearing, hairy armpit, soap is kryptonite persuasion. We on the right fully embrace women who aren't afraid to look good. We realize that people are a package deal, and yes, looks are part of it. We don't castigate women who choose to look like, well, women, If Sarah Palin chose to have breast augmentation surgery (which I don't believe she did, just knowing the down time on such a procedure) then we applaud her for making a choice that obviously propped up her self esteem. Non issue.”
The Liberal Heretic blog
"What I am opposed to is the continued negative and nasty tone that the Neumann campaign is taking toward Scott Walker. That doesn't help anyone but Democrats. The time for Mark Neumann to have contrasts with Scott Walker was months and month ago, not 140 days before the general election.”
Former Tommy Thompson associate, political strategist Bill McCoshen, blasting GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann.
"They're saying we should stop attacking, but the bottom line is all we're doing is bringing out his (
“Another child dies as a result of co-sleeping, reporters write stories, politicians bemoan the situation and public service announcements air. Yet nothing changes. Changing behavior requires going back to the old carrot-and-stick adage. Right now, only carrots are in place to induce parents to do the right thing, including free cribs and educational programs. The only stick is the death of the child, and, sadly, that consequence does not seem to be enough of a threat to many parents. Maybe prison combined with grief will get the message across.”
“I know that between Brett Favre, and the NFL period, of course there’s going to be a double standard. That guy came out of retirement and he played extremely well. He played extraordinary. The rules can stretch for him, should I say? The thing is, I don’t see anybody having a problem with that. No. 1, his age. No. 2, how long he’s been in the league. And then No. 3, how well he’s been playing since he’s been in the league. It’s been consistent and constant. It hasn’t been sporadic. To have him back, it will help the team. We wouldn’t want to – well, I wouldn’t want to – ruffle any feathers with him.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
I have a few this week.
Club Fed for illegal aliens......MORE.
Despicable display of American flag.
Light sentence for a baby killer.
That blown call near the end of the US-Slovenia soccer match.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Ex-porn star: Porn is destroying America.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Once again, the World Cup, and it's only going to get worse.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The value of whale poop.
One never knows how or where Cupid will strike.
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.