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 other day my five-year old, Kyla wanted to make Daddy ice cream (The fake variety, not the real kind). So Kyla asked Mommy what Daddy would like.
Childhood days came to mind when a regular ritual had Mom, Dad, and I hopping into Dad’s Buick and heading over to Baskin-Robbins. This time of year, 31 Flavors as it was also called featured a limited edition flavor…
That would be your Baseball Nut; vanilla ice cream with black raspberry ribbons and cashews. Yum!
I loved their Rum Raisin, but that wasn’t always available. This selection was always on hand…
Jamocha Almond Fudge. My favorite. I’d usually get a double scoop, Jamocha Almond Fudge and something else.
Ice cream. It’s a beautiful thing.
Author Don Kardong once wrote, “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” Obviously Kardong takes his scoops rather seriously.
The fact is one of the great American treats has fallen on harder times in recent years. With folks eating healthier and the popularity of frozen yogurt on the rise, revenue at ice cream store franchises dropped by 4 percent to $3.2 billion from 2008-13. Those same reports, however, show manufacturers are adapting by shifting their focus to develop health-conscious and premium products that will boost demand and revenue. The prices of key inputs like milk and sugar will continue to threaten profit, but will be far less volatile than in previous years.
A rebound is on the way, but where?
"In some markets, such as urban markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc., independents are definitely outgrowing the chains because consumers value that unique independent feel now, and it's a similar reason to why people value local ingredients," said Andy Brennan, a market analyst for IBISWorld. "They want some transparency to what they're eating, and you can't really achieve that with a generic chain brand. So independents and very small chains are doing very well in the urban markets."
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I don’t have a crystal ball. But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.”
President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies for people enrolled through “an Exchange established by the State.” Only 16 states decided to establish the exchanges.
“I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the border
"I reference the conference of bishops’ statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence. Let us not turn away these children and send them back into a burning building. That's the bishops, so we have to do this in a way that honors our values but also protects our border and does so in a way that the American people understand more clearly."
Nancy Pelosi on the children at the border
"Because if you put this decision of sending these children back in the hands of the Border Patrol, many of these children who really should be protected by our government will instead be hurtled back to these countries where they will die. And we will have blood on our hands."
Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario demanding that tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children from Central America be allowed to stay in the U.S. Nazario condemned anyone opposed to the idea.
“Hamas uses schools, residential buildings, mosques and hospitals to fire rockets at Israeli civilians. Hamas uses innocent civilians as a human shield for terrorist activity.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“The enmity many teachers feel toward these governors goes far beyond partisan politics: It’s personal. There was even a booth at the NEA convention in Denver this month that gave teachers a chance to throw darts at the Republican governor of their choice.”
“Because she (Hillary Clinton) is so nasty to (Secret Service) agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment.”
Ronald Kessler writing in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” out Aug. 5. Kessler also writes that Bill Clinton reportedly has a mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”
"It only succeeds in humiliating the elderly, scaring children and making all travelers feel like criminal suspects. We should scale back airport security, not expand it."
Patrick Riehl of Cambridge, Mass., in submitted comments to the TSA. He argued that two things other than the TSA have made aviation safer since the Sept. 11 attacks that prompted creation of the agency: reinforced cockpit doors and passengers who fight back. Transportation Security Administration fees on plane tickets increased on Monday, and travelers used to non-stop flights or long layovers will notice the biggest change. The current fee is $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. The new fee will be $5.60 for all flights, with any connection longer than four hours counting as a separate flight.
"The TSA has wasted tremendous traveler time and money, with useless security theater and lobbyist payout devices like whole-body scanners.”
Jonathan Peterson of Atlanta said he strongly opposes the higher fee because of past TSA mistakes in buying equipment that was later discarded.
“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth...things will happen.”
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy about the Rams drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam who will become the NFL’s first openly gay player if he makes Jeff Fisher’s final roster.
“All of us in the draft room were aware of the magnitude of the decision, how it would be a pivot in history. Michael is the first, but somewhere in the future, guess what? He’s just going to be a name that a kid in middle school has got to memorize. We won’t think it’s anything special because it will be normal.’’
Rams general manager Les Snead
“I have been part of the 1 percent for the past 30 years… It’s fantastic! The 1 percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes. The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the 1 percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”
KISS frontman Gene Simmons
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Paying for sex offenders
It's easy to fake, get ObamaCare
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The claim that Barack Obama has "improved the tranquility of the global community."
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Those nasty Israelis
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK