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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.

Week-ends (12/20/14)

Week-ends


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


Jackson County Sheriff's Department officers and ???


Nate Dreyfus


Rick Jones


Brickhouse Security


Aktarer Zaman


Lauren Hill, again


Qiu Yuanyuan


Kurdish daughters



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Marquette University


Sony Pictures


West Philadelphia paramedic


Bill Ansell



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


The cyberattack is very serious.  We’re investigating and we’re taking it seriously. We’ll be vigilant.
If we see something we think is serious and credible, then we’ll alert the public. But for now my recommendation would be that people go to the movies.”
President Obama after Sony Pictures Entertainment handed a victory to its tormentors Wednesday, announcing it would pull a movie that has angered North Korea, amid reports that U.S. intelligence has connected the Thanksgiving hack on the studio to the isolated Communist state. In a statement, Sony said it decided not to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day as planned, “in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.”


“No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.”
Newt Gingrich


“I have warned all of you people. I have warned you that these two years of the Obama administration are gonna actually be what he would have done if he’d had total control and did not have to worry about the Constitution for the first two years. Everything Obama thinks this country’s guilty of and needs to apologize for, he’s gonna take care of.”
Rush Limbaugh who called President Barack Obama’s move to normalize U.S.-Cuban relations “just a teaser, appetizer, for what is on tap the next two years.”


America needs a president who is unafraid to run afoul of effete and influential opinion in America’s liberal elite corridors and call Cuba what it is: A homicidal, authoritarian, thug state with which we have no interest in normalizing relations until it ceases to abuse its citizens and desists in destabilizing the international environment by cooperating with rogue nations like Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran.

America does not need another president who will reward the recalcitrance of Cuban dictators merely to win the acclaim of The New York Times.

America needs a president who will call the cyber-attack on Sony studios what it is: A state-sponsored terrorist attack by North Korea upon the United States.

American needs a president who will remind those skittish film executives who decided to withhold the release of a movie due to the nebulous fears of surrounding both liability and bad press in the wake of vague terroristic threats to demonstrate some spine.

America needs a president who is willing to call Moscow’s decision to both overrun and annex sovereign European territory for the first time since World War II an “invasion,” and it also needs a president willing to treat it like one.

America needs a president willing to respond to acts of war against the United States conducted by the Islamic State with full force so as not to have to commit American servicemen and women to a multi-year containment effort.

America needs a new president, but not just any president. America needs one willing to tackle the challenges presented by the modern global security environment with both an ideological attachment to the spread of democratic republicanism, but also to the unapologetic and muscular defense of America national interests. Nearly every past American president has been able to thread this needle. It is only the present occupant of the Oval Office who finds this charge so vexing.

America needs a new president.
Noah Rothman writing on the website Hot Air


“Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the ‘Ebola Fighters’ instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better. [Gruber] represents the arrogance of the expert class writ large. They create systems, terms and rules that no normal person on the outside can possibly penetrate.”
Columnist Jonathan Goldberg


“Mitt Romney has become the acid reflux candidate: He just keeps coming back up.

“Why doesn’t he end the Chinese water torture of speculation? Why should he? He likes being speculated about. He likes being talked about.

“So why shouldn’t Romney bask in the limelight? What else is he going to do, roll back and forth on his money like Scrooge McDuck?”
Roger Simon, POLITICO’s chief political columnist


“I would be a good president. If you run with big ideas and then you’re true to those ideas, and get a chance to serve and implement them and do it with passion and conviction, you can move the needle. … And that’s what we need right now in America.”
Jeb Bush


“Flash forward to one of the GOP debates next fall. Imagine that Bush is leading in the polls, or close. One rival takes the opportunity to say this:

‘Jeb, you were a great governor. You’re a fine man. Your father is a great American. Your brother gave his all to keep America safe and secure.

‘But Jeb, we have to face facts. This is a party that needs to convince ordinary working-class and middle-class Americans that we stand with them.

‘Look around you. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are the sons of preachers. Marco Rubio’s father was a bartender and his mother cleaned rooms at a hotel. John Kasich’s dad was a steelworker. Chris Christie’s was a CPA.

‘This will be the 10th presidential election since 1980. In all but three of them, a Bush was on the ticket. America isn’t a monarchy, Mr. Bush. That’s not who we are.

‘Is this the message we want to send to the American people — that to get a major-party nomination, Democrats need to be named Clinton and Republicans need to be named Bush?’

“It may not be fair. But it’s unanswerable.”
John Podhoretz, NY Post


“Torture, to me … is an American citizen on his cellphone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York on 9/11. There’s this notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney unapologetically pressed his defense of the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques, insisting that waterboarding and other such tactics did not amount to torture and that the spy agency’s actions paled in comparison to those of terrorists targeting Americans.


"I think people forget that we've lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs. I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new."
Michelle Obama in an interview with People Magazine


"There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys. The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress."
President Obama during the People Magazine interview


Don’t Insult My Sacrifice

I, ______, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty. Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.
The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) wants the city’s cops to sign a petition requesting that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito not be allowed to attend the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty. 


"Unless the judicial system can prove otherwise, I stand behind him and his contributions. I would be more inclined to compare it to the passage in the Bible where the people of the village were about to stone the woman caught in adultery and Jesus challenged them by saying that the person who is without sin should cast the first stone. The one difference in this case being that the woman was caught in the act and her accusers brought her forward. I want to remind everyone that we live in the greatest country in the entire world, one that prides itself on the moral law that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That’s where we stand at this time with the allegations brought against my uncle."
Braxton Cosby, nephew of Bill Cosby, speaking out on behalf of the 77-year-old comedian, saying he "is innocent" in light of the "unjustified claims."


"I spent two years learning to walk and talk again. I came home from that stroke stuttering, couldn't read for two years. I don't need someone to make me feel bad about growing older. I'll tell you what makes you feel bad: when you think you might not.

"The key to looking good as you get older is, it all comes from the inside. You have to do what you like to do. If you hate to go to the gym, don't put yourself on a gym regimen. Do what you like to do, but do it every day. I love to dance, and I dance hard. When I started thinking about aging, I thought, 'Who do I want to look like as I age?' And the answer was dancers.

"I believe there can be a movie plot where the leading hot guy who's 43 falls for me instead of the 25-year-old girl. Jesus, every time I go into a Starbucks, some 20-year-old guy throws himself at me! Although it might be because he knows there's a meal at the end of it. But these young guys know the sex would be better."
56-year old actress Sharon Stone writing in an essay in the Hollywood Reporter about her "massive brain hemorrhage" suffered in 2001, and aging. She tries to hit the gym four or five times a week and eats cleanly because, "people don't want to see a fat Sharon Stone."


“As pointed out by my retired law professor friend, people started getting careful about ‘Merry Christmas’ out of a well-intentioned fear of offending people who don't celebrate Christ's birth — a group that is more numerous and vocal than several decades ago. But instead of covering our bases with generic ‘holiday’ greetings, the professor suggests we learn enough about the religions of our co-workers and neighbors to convey seasonally and religiously appropriate well wishes during, say, Ramadan or Yom Kippur or, yes, Christmas.

“It might take some effort, sure. But our current exertions to navigate holiday politics are getting pretty tiring, frankly. And as the growing body of evidence suggests, tiptoeing around Christmas is getting us nowhere.”
Tom Krattenmaker writes on religion in public life and is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. His latest book is The Evangelicals You Don't Know.


“I’d rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life. I don’t really look toward my life after football. I’ll figure things out when I get there. As long as I outlive my parents…. I’m not saying I’m going to go die when I’m 45, 50. I’m fortunate to go out and play football.”
Chicago Bear Chris Conte


“The frontrunner for league MVP honors when the weekend began, (Aaron) Rodgers suffered through what was probably his worst game as a pro as the Packers stumbled to a 21-13 loss at Buffalo. Rodgers didn't throw a TD and was picked off twice by Bills S Bacarri Rambo after throwing just three INTs in his first 13 starts of the season. He was also stripped of the ball on the Packers' final possession, a miscue that gave the Bills a safety and enabled them to run out the clock after taking possession on the ensuing free kick. Rodgers' 34.3 passer rating was the lowest of his 10-year career. Worst of all, Green Bay fell out of first place in the NFC North and may have fumbled away its shot at securing home-field advantage in the playoffs, not good considering the Pack's 3-4 road record juxtaposed against their dominant play at Lambeau Field.”
Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports


"Fuzzy was an endearing figure for Packers fans for more than 50 years, going back to his all-pro playing days and continuing through his rousing welcomes at Lambeau Field as a favorite alum. Our sincere condolences go out to Fuzzy's family."
Packers president Mark Murphy on the death of Packer great Fuzzy Thurston


"We (Vince Lombardi and Fuzzy Thurston) came to Green Bay together and we went out together (after Super Bowl II).  That's always my claim to fame. Every day, I thank God that I've had the opportunity to be a Wisconsin native, a former Packer and a Packers fan. I mean, how many great things can you have in one life?"
Fuzzy Thurston in a 1996 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Obama's surrender to Cuba



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Black on white crime



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Stephen Colbert's finale



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


"Nut Rage"

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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


Our veterans


The Candy Bomber


Dr. Ernest Brown


Richard  Overton


Arnold Abbott


These stores


Nicole Cunningham and her grandmother



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Mother Nature



Jonathan Gruber


Illegal immigrants


Bruce Springsteen


David Masciotra


Ford Motor


South Arbor Charter Academy


The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland


Eau Claire (WI) school district


Parking abusers



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap. People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade. There are times, there’s no doubt about it, where, you know I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction.”
President Obama saying that he and his White House team had not succeeded in effectively selling the benefits of his policies to the American people, calling it a “failure of politics” that he must change in the final two years of his presidency.


“After the 2012 election, many political analysts focused on the GOP’s ‘image problem.’ Now, it is the Democrats who appear to have the more battered image. Their favorability rating has never been lower, and they are reeling from defeats that cost them control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened the Republican House majority to levels likely not seen in 90 years. On the other hand, the American public does not admire Republicans more, their numerous election victories notwithstanding. Neither party can say it is making significant progress in improving its image among the U.S. population, but undoubtedly the 2014 elections augmented the GOP’s ability to shape the agenda in Washington and in state capitals across the country.”
Gallup


“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her first interview since last week’s elections. House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years.


“The midterm massacre sends a strong signal that the electorate is fed up with liberal policies and politics, and Hillary would essentially be the third term of Obama.

“The majority of people are against mass legalization of illegal aliens and Obamacare.  She is going to essentially have to run on Obama's record, and if not, repudiate his presidency and try to explain what exactly she did for four years as his secretary of state, not to mention fend off questions anew on Benghazi, which will most assuredly come up in any presidential debates.

“She will have to defend Obamacare, which is getting more unpopular by the day as people continue to lose their existing policies and their longtime doctors, and especially as they endure skyrocketing premiums.  There will be major sticker shock in 2015 when another round of expected increases in Obamacare premiums comes to pass.

“I believe that Hillary is going to say it's just not worth it.  She's making millions of dollars now giving speeches, living a comfortable life where she calls the shots, as opposed to enduring the demands of campaign trail, and then possibly the White House dictating her every move.  Who needs it?  Life is good as it is now.  She won't run.”
Tim Jones of the American Thinker


“The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell


“…the Democrats’ failure isn’t just the result of Republican negativity. It’s also intellectual and ideological. What, besides raising the minimum wage, do the Democrats propose to do about the shift in income from wages to profits, from labor to capital, from the 99 percent to the 1 percent? How do they deliver for an embattled middle class in a globalized, de-unionized, far-from-full-employment economy, where workers have lost the power they once wielded to ensure a more equitable distribution of income and wealth? What Democrat, besides Elizabeth Warren, campaigned this year to diminish the sway of the banks? Who proposed policies that would give workers the power to win more stable employment and higher incomes, not just at the level of the minimum wage but across the economic spectrum?”
Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect


“The most common explanation we’re hearing for the GOP sweep of a dozen Senate races last night is that an already-treacherous map for Democrats was made a lot worse by the failure of core Dem voter groups to show up. But multiple Democratic pollsters involved in these races identify another problem: The failure of the Democrats’ economic message to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced. These pollsters describe this as a serious problem afflicting the Democratic Party that must be addressed heading into 2016.”
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post


“On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value — feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are far more important.

“The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country — the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current charges of a ‘war on women’ in our society and of a ‘culture of rape’ on American college campuses, the immediate assertion that the killing of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was caused by racist police — testify to the left’s cavalier attitude toward truth.

“Since last Tuesday’s elections, commentator after commentator on the left has declared American politics ‘dysfunctional.’ When Democrats win by a landslide, the left regards the vote as testimony to the great message of the left and the good sense of the American people. Only when Republicans win by a landslide does the vote reflect dysfunction.”

Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager


"I can't get past the irony to get to the arrogance. The most transparent administration since the continent shifted had to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation, you can't make that up. He had to lie to people and then he justified it so I can't even get past the irony of that to get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow Americans stupid. I would say to the professor... you want to see how stupid the American citizens are take a look at last Tuesday night because they rejected you, this bill and this administration. He just proved that he is willing to lie. He's willing to lie because he has the arrogance of thinking that he knows what is best for this country and the citizens and voters do not, so keep that in mind the next time anybody tries to sell you on a big piece of legislation by calling this comprehensive. They lied, they got away with it and they got the bill that they wanted." 
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy addressing comments made by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in 2013 about the deliberate "tortuous" language used to mislead "stupid" Americans about the healthcare overhaul in order to get it through Congress.


“The comments on that video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
Jonathan Gruber


“We are not going to do the amnesty thing. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. The voters were pretty unequivocal that as much as the Chamber of Commerce wants zillions of people shipped in to work for peanuts at the gigantic box stores that fund the Chamber of Commerce, an important part of the electorate does not. That part of the electorate is known as ‘normal Americans.’

“The only
purpose of this Congress is to the set the conditions for the election of a conservative Republican president and the retention of both houses of Congress in 2016. Anyone who starts talking about ‘governing’ – yeah, you know who I mean – should be gagged, put in a vinyl gimp suit, and locked in a box in the Senate cellar until December 2016. Sure, there will be establishment Republicans intrigued by this idea, maybe even aroused, but be that as it may, this is not the time to go back to business as usual.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter


“Wait! I don't get it. No disrespect to Kim but... people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?”
Actress Alyssa Milano reacting to Kim Kardashian’s butt-bearing photo that went viral



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Jonathan Gruber



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


More non-white voters for the GOP


For 2016, Hillary had the worst night


Economy was voters' top issue



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Kim Kardashian's, you know...



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Men having sex with strangers to help them have babies

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