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 Most Unpredictable Presidential Election Cycle
We are less than a week from the first electoral contest of the 2016 presidential cycle. The preseason is over and there is a word that describes what America has seen to this point, and may I borrow from Mr. Spock, “fascinating.” When this cycle kicked off last spring with the first candidates making their announcements, many had already decided who the heir apparent would be but, now, who knows?
The battle for the GOP's soul
There is no denying how far Sanders has pulled his party to the left — and how hard the establishment candidate, Hillary Clinton, has been racing to catch up.
The Republicans, on the other hand, are dealing with a full-scale riot. The temptation they face is trading in a century of conservatism for Trumpism.
Surviving the Winter Blues
The cold, dreary weather makes me feel blue this time every year. Though, truth be told, my symptoms have worsened every winter since 2009 — when Democrats took control of the White House and Congress and began spending money like teenagers with somebody else’s credit card.
Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.” Whomever we credit, he was absolutely right. A perfect example of that insanity is education in general and particularly black education.
Why tenure is wrong for Wisconsin
Why is there tenure? Because that’s the way it has been since 1940, when a bunch of professors cloaked their demand for lifetime jobs as “academic freedom.”
And once they get tenure, they disappear. I know. I taught at UW-L for more than 30 years. As one told me the day he received tenure, “Now I don’t have to work anymore.”
Gay Latino Oscar Voter Pens Letter to Academy President: "Are You Saying I Am Racist?"
This piece by Mark Reina, a member of the Academy's public relations branch who spent most of his career at Warner Bros., is part of an ongoing series of guest columns by Academy members about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy's response to it.
The Demand for Villains
Having watched National Football League games for more than 50 years, I have seen hundreds of black players score touchdowns, but I have never seen one black player kick the extra point.
What are we to conclude from this? Do those who believe in genetics think that blacks are just genetically incapable of kicking a football?
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
Heroes of the storm
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
City of Lowell
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“And you know what else they say about my people? The polls! They say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. It’s incredible.”
“I bought you so many vanilla milkshakes, you owe me... Will you just reconsider?”
Bill O’Reilly of FOX News imploring Donald Trump to appear on Iowa debate
“I am a maniac, and everyone on the stage is stupid, fat and ugly. And Ben [Carson], you’re a horrible surgeon. Now that we’ve gotten the Donald Trump portion out of the way…”
Ted Cruz at the GOP debate
Each candidate's best answer in the GOP debate
I have often said that just once I would like to hear a debate moderator ask presidential candidates not what they want the government to do, but what they believe the government has no business doing. I got my wish when Bret Baier challenged Governor Chris Christie to "name even one thing that the federal government does now that it should not do at all."
For a split-second I fantasized that Christie, or another candidate, would rattle off some of the countless things the federal government shouldn't do: Legislate minimum wages. Mandate grade-school curricula. Ban incandescent light bulbs. Subsidize dairy farmers. Be in charge of airport security. Decide who qualifies for a mortgage. Force Americans to buy insurance policies.
Christie's answer? He would defund Planned Parenthood. That's all he came up with.
All those Republicans, and barely a drop of righteous indignation at the massive intrusion of Big Brother into virtually every aspect of modern American life. And these guys call themselves conservatives? Oh, it's to weep.
Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby
“We will raise taxes. Yes, we will.”
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who has proposed an array of ambitious new government programs, from free college tuition and paid family leave to universal health care. The Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, found that Sanders’ plan would lead to 10.56% lower after-tax income for all taxpayers, and a 17.91% lower after-tax income for the wealthiest Americans. When accounting for reduced GDP, taxpayers would see their after-tax incomes fall by 12.84% on average.
“I was saddened by (the) Harris County Grand Jury decision to absolve Planned Parenthood from any misconduct. I was equally shocked that they instead decided to indict the individuals that exposed Planned Parenthood's heinous and illegal activities. As President, I will use the full weight of this office to not only cut off all federal funding for this organization, but also prosecute them for crimes against unborn children.”
“We’re hearing a lot about diversity. I hate that word so, so much. I feel it’s a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue. It’s emotional for artists who are women and people of color to have less value placed on our worldview.”
Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma
I'm worried Megyn Kelly's eyelashes are going to stab me through the TV.”
“Every time she blinks there is a breeze!”
“Megyn Kelly's eyelashes are longer than this debate.”
Tweets about Megyn Kelly’s eyebrows at the GOP presidential debate
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
'Why pay for poison?'
State Workers in Flint Got Purified Water for Over a Year
Wounded Warrior Project
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Obama's military a 'girly man outfit'
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Donald's not going
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
NY weddings blanketed in white
Super Bowl tickets...for a house?