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 left won't let the Amtrak tragedy go to waste
With the news of a terrible crash, the would-be spenders were given a chance to wave the bloody shirt and to put a face on an agenda. Disgracefully, they took it.
Speak free or die
I damn sure didn’t go to war for this country twice to come home and be told by a bunch of homely chicks with daddy issues, effete literary fops scandalized by the notion of resistance to Third World pathologies, and nimrod sons of politicians playing at journalism what I can and can’t say. And I don’t think most Americans are ready to have everything they speak, write, or think perused for possible hate criminality by these same goose-stepping creeps.
In Baltimore, running from police is the norm
Some do it because there are warrants for their arrest. Others because they possess drugs, are seeking a thrill, or are just plain scared. Sometimes people do it even when they have done nothing wrong.
Young men in the heavily policed neighborhood where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was chased by the police — and suffered fatal injuries in custody — say running from officers is a way of life with its own playbook, passed down on the streets in much the way a young girl learns double dutch by watching others on the block.
Liberals, how's that co-existence thing working out for you?
Liberals told us that patting bad guys on the back and trusting them enough to respect our borders would keep us safe. In their world, there are no bad guys, just different.
Learning from ObamaCare's spectacular failures
Then there is Oregon, the disaster so astonishingly spectacular that it almost makes the rest look quaint. With $305 million of federal tax dollars flushed and not a single person ever signed up, Oregon would be a scandal simply for the scale of its failure. But it’s much worse.
Nurse confessions: Don't get sick in July
It’s the nurse who knows best what really goes on in the florescent-lit, often-dizzying world of IVs, open-heart surgeries and oxygen monitors. Here are some of the health care secrets they told me.
Listen up—some of them might just save your life.
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
Macy's and their customers
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Girl Scouts
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Those who are doing better and better, more skilled, more educated, luckier, having greater advantages, are withdrawing from, sort of, the commons. Kids start going to private schools. Kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together and that, in part, contributes to the fact that there is less opportunity for our kids.”
“Obviously, the man who said that went to the best prep school in Hawaii and went to the best private colleges in the United States. His children who, I don't think it's anybody's business where they send their children, but if the President is going to criticize people who send their children to private schools, he has to recognize, obviously, that he sends his children to the best schools in Washington, possibly America. How does he, is this a self critique against himself, mistakes he's made? What was the President trying to get at there? So did the President consider sending his children to public schools? Again, none of my business unless he is criticizing Americans who send their children to private schools.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough grilling White House spokesman Josh Earnest about President Obama’s above comments
"I want to address some news you may have seen about me. Over the last several years I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. And I now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that."
ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House communications advisor George Stephanopoulos issued an apology on Good Morning America for failing to openly disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation. The donations weren't disclosed before Stephanopoulos conducted an interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer about allegations Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Foundation during her time as Secretary of State.
“Here's the problem. This isn't about the donations being made in the first place, it's about hiding them from viewers while covering, and defending, the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulous is a former and current Clinton and Democratic operative. We saw his role play out during the 2012 presidential election when he inserted non-existent birth control bans into the national debate. He talks to Rahm Emanuel and James Carville every day about strategy. Stephanopoulos didn't ‘make a mistake’ by donating the Clinton Foundation or by failing to disclose the donations. They were both done deliberately as part of his role to shape narratives on behalf of the Left.”
Katie Pavlich, the editor of Townhall.com
“In 1985, after fifteen great years, I was fired by ABC News. The official reason for my firing was a non-disclosed $200 donation to a family friend running in a non-partisan mayoral campaign in New Bedford Massachusetts. Now ABC is bending over backward to minimize and forgive George Stephanopoulos’ $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation because he is central to the network’s recent success.”
“There’s a lot to do in the first 100 days. Let’s start with day one. I’d make three phone calls immediately. First is to the Prime Minister of Israel because how we treat our friends is reassuring to our other friends.
“I would also call the head of Iran – he might not take call, but he would get the message. I would tell him that we are going to impose sanctions, making it difficult to move money throughout the global financial system unless and until they open themselves up to full and unfettered inspections per UN agreements.
“My third call would be to the head of Democratic Party. I would tell them, ‘We have work to do and I look forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats to get work done’.”
Carly Fiorina when asked if elected President, what would be her top three issues you’d address in her first 100 days
“They (Democrats) have lost control of Congress and a majority of the country. And now they are fighting among themselves and against their own president. Meantime, the economy is weaker. Obama can't break out of the 40-some percent approval zone. And 4 in 10 Democrats say ‘honest’ either barely applies to Hillary Clinton or doesn't apply at all, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. A little more than 17 months from now the voters will get to have the last word about all this. It can't come soon enough.”
Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent for The Washington Times
“There is a new governing crisis here and it is getting worse. It is about money in politics. It involves both political parties. I won’t name names. If you follow the news at all, you know. It is said that the media is sleeping, lost its investigative zeal and does not have the patience to dig. There is some truth to that. But that changes when there is a good story. And money in politics is a great story and important to democracy. It is important that the next president be able, unfettered and unbought, to find and move the country to the next stage of good. You should insist that the sleeping giant, which is both the country and the media, wake up.”
Bob Woodward in a commencement address last Saturday at Loyola University in New Orleans delivered in the Superdome
"Amtrak has a lot of problems. A lack of taxpayer generosity is not one of them, not even close. The key to fixing Amtrak, to making it function as a 'for-profit corporation' — which is how the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak's overseer, officially describes the passenger rail organization — is not increasing the volume of federal cash it sucks up every year. The solution is not to reform this and that. ... Selling off its assets to the highest bidder won't fix Amtrak, either. No, the key to fixing Amtrak is to just give it away. Hand over the entire enterprise to whichever rail company wants it. ... Amtrak's problems have far more to do with terrible staff cost management than they do with a so-called lack of infrastructure funding. American taxpayers involuntarily dump over a billion dollars each year into Amtrak, and for what?"
Sean Davis, the Federalist
“Well, first of all, Hillary has to win the nomination. If she wins the nomination, then she has to win the election. If she wins the election, the chances are 100 percent I’ll move back. If — wait, wait — if I’m asked.”
Bill Clinton on the David Letterman Show
“You may not be invited back.”
Letterman joking with Clinton
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MPD video malfunction
Naked final exam
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
House passes pro-life bill
2015 Congressional Pig Book
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
GOP policies caused the Philadelphia train wreck
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
No, it was not the fight of the century