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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 (07/26/14)

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


Anonymous well-wisher


Lee Silverman


Mesut Ozil



Sierra Sadison


James Garner


Kriste Lewis


Agnes McKee


Josh Malone



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Susan Malpas


The USPS



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.”
Politico


“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


Creepy dolls

Week-ends (07/19/14)

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


David Lim


Shoppers in Katy, Texas


Ismael Quintana


Good for  Raymond Frolander


Keith Williams


Lowe's employees


Jeff Baumann


Alice Coachman Davis




VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Whoever took down Malaysia flight


Israel Andrade and our "system"


Rep. Jackie Speier


WaterSaver


TSA agent



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Who would do such a poisonous thing to a civil aeroplane? Passengers on board are ordinary people, just like our relatives. Why let them experience the torture? Why let other people feel the same pain as we do?”
Relatives of victims of still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, on the apparent shooting down of another Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine


“I don’t think I need to explain to you why we are doing what we are doing. I am confident in what we are doing, because it is our right to be free in our land. It’s not a slogan; it’s the truth.”
Unidentified Israeli Defense Forces captain, as his nation’s military launched a ground offensive into the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip


"Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I say a word wrong.' Scum."
CNN reporter Diana Magnay in a tweet. CNN pulled Magnay out of the Middle East after she referred to a group of Israelis who had allegedly threatened her while reporting on Gaza as "scum" in a tweet.


“The border is secure.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explaining, in part, his opposition to a bipartisan plan from Texas legislators John Cornyn and Henry Cuellar to speed the handling of cases of thousands of Central American minors here illegally.


“Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration, these are children. As a father, who are we as Americans if we do not step forward first?”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who convened with nonprofit groups to shelter undocumented immigrant children in L.A. while they await court hearings on whether they can remain in the United States. Garcetti said the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to him about the possibility as federal authorities grapple with where to place undocumented children.


“It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens. It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own. We feel for them. We feel their pain. But we are feeling pain of our own children first.”
Homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in L.A. for three decades, reacting to Garcetti’s comments.


“Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away. Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous. Democrats are voicing their displeasure with his policies and campaign advisers are telling candidates to avoid being photographed with him, so as to deny Republicans effective visuals for campaign ads.”
Amie Parnea writing on The Hill


“Solving the border crisis is not rocket science. The long-term solution requires changes to U.S. law that would allow more immigrants and guest workers to come here legally. We need their skills (high and low), they boost our economy, and it is who we are: a nation built by immigrants. But right now, our elected officials need to quit playing politics. They need to feed, shelter and care for the kids who are already here in proper, humanitarian fashion — as required by U.S. law. But they must also discourage more kids from coming, and like it or not, that means sending the new arrivals home as quickly (and humanely) as legally feasible. Both of these actions require the White House and Congress to work out their differences. It's time to stop playing politics with the kids.”
Washington Examiner columnist Linda Chavez


“There’s something unseemly about it, making one wonder: Why on earth is she worth that much money? Why, given her dabbling in management consulting, hedge-funding and coattail-riding, is an hour of her time valued at an amount that most Americans her age don’t make in a year? (Median household income in the United States is $53,046.) If she really wants to be altruistic, let her contribute the money to some independent charity not designed to burnish the Clinton name as her mother ramps up to return to the White House and as she herself drops a handkerchief about getting into politics. Or let her speak for free. After all, she is in effect going to candidate school. No need to get paid for it, too.”
NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Chelsea Clinton’s $75,000 speaking fee. Dowd is outraged at what she calls Chelsea Clinton's "cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc."


“As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer. Sometime after 5 p.m. last Thursday, the police say, thieves broke open a gate leading to the back of an unguarded warehouse. From there, they broke through another door leading into an office space and then to the warehouse itself. They loaded pallets of beer into tractor-trailers, drove them to an unknown location, and then returned for more. By Monday, when the theft was discovered, 300,000 liters—the equivalent of 140,891 U.S. six-packs—had disappeared, according to Krefeld police spokesman Acor Kniely. By German consumption standards, to be sure, 10 truckloads of beer is little more than a drop in the barrel. According to statistics from the German Brewers' Federation, it would take Germans drinking at their 2013 pace approximately 18 minutes and 22 seconds to consume 300,000 liters of beer. The police announced the theft on Tuesday—around the time an estimated one million people, many of them swigging from beer cups and bottles, toasted the German soccer team parading through Berlin.”
The Wall Street Journal


"Matt, does it bother you when you go home at night and you're talking to your wife, and you say, 'You know what they made me do on the Today show? They made me get doused in cold water'? I mean, why don't you have a dunking station?"
Howard Stern on the Today show with host Matt Lauer. Lauer had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head for charity during Tuesday's broadcast.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Legalized, Not Prosecuted: Illegal Alien Who Stole Identity of Dead SSI-Collecting Baby Son



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The wrong folks get billions in tax dollars



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


If only we'd pass comprehensive immigration reform...



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Twins born...what's so strange about that?

Week-ends (07/12/14)

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


Mark Gold


15-year old Texas girl


Brian Meyer


Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team’s Kids Camp


Berhard Brandner


These Brazilian soccer fans


Notre Dame football players



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Family of cop-killer


Justin Ross Harris


Reuters and Yahoo News


Simon Bolivar International Airport of Maiquetia in Caracas


Andrew Rector



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“With anger over the border crisis at a boiling point, the White House today asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with flood of unaccompanied children coming into the United States illegally. Nearly half of the money would go to care for the children while they await deportation hearings, most of the rest for beefing up border security and hiring new judges and lawyers to process the cases. It’s going to be a tough sell. Republicans today accused the president of asking for a blank check. Overall, more than 52,000 children have crossed the border alone illegally since October. The White House has refused to say how many of them have been deported.”
ABC News Correspondent Jonathan Karl


“Let's keep in mind with all due respect to the administration they are one step behind. They should have seen this coming a long time ago. They should have seen this a long time ago because we saw those numbers increasing. We are hoping we can get that money so we can provide more detention spaces, more flights down there, and again, if we put those young children and those mothers in the right caregivers in those countries I think this would solve. There is an incentive, there is an incentive that if you bring a child over here or your child by themselves, you're going to be let go. And that is exactly what is happening. Our immigration courts are so backlogged, there is not enough detention spaces and therefore this is the incentive that we have to take away and that is the 2008 human trafficking law that needs to be changed at this time.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)


"Well, I hope this doesn't become President Obama's Katrina moment. I'm sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after -- for a long time. So, I hope this doesn't become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn't need to come to border. He should come down. Not only Governor Perry has asked him to come down, but I know my colleagues (Democratic Reps.) Filemon Vela and Ruben Hinojosa invited him to come down. And I certainly would ask him to come in, even though I still think he is still one step behind. But he should come down to the border to see exactly what is happening."
Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat


"It doesn't make sense to compare this to a natural disaster. This is a humanitarian situation that we have been on top of from the very beginning. The president's instructions to his team and his own efforts have been to stay focused on what's going to be most impactful on dealing with the urgent humanitarian situation. Look there's people trying to turn this situation into a political football. I understand that, I work in Washington. The president's going to stay focused on what works here."
Cecilia Muñoz, director of Obama's Domestic Policy Council, a top Obama aide said there's no comparing Obama's decision to bypass the Texas border with President Bush's decision to view hurricane-devastated New Orleans from the air -- a move for which Bush was heavily criticized.


“Let’s say you build a fence, just hypothetically, and you saw five hundred children standing at the fence, and you saw them standing there 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours. There’s a fence there and they can’t go anywhere and they stay there. What do you do? The issue is, most of these children, as I understand, are not sneaking across the border. Most of these children are wanting to be taken into custody. And yes you could build a fence so they could just stand at the fence, and they’re…one was a four-year-old child. But whether the building of the fence itself is the answer…we have fences along the border. Not every place, but most places. And people still come over, under and around the fences. America is a very attractive place to come and it causes us a problem. But we all agree the border must be secured. We cannot have people coming into the United States who are not authorized to do so.”
House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) when asked, “Should Congress revisit building a physical, double-layered fence as was included in the 2006 Secure Fence Act?” The 2006 Secure Fence Act, passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush, states that “the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide for at least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors” across roughly 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border – including one section “extending 15 miles northwest of the Laredo, Texas port of entry to the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry.”


"Look, for $8 million, we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes. That's $8 million. That's a first-class seat, one way, to each of their homes. That's $60,000 per child that we're going to spend, in emergency money. Can we -- first of all, that shows just how incompetent we -- we can't do that for $3(000) or $4,000 per child? That's No. 1. No. 2 is, if we can't do that, the Border Patrol is as bad as the V.A.  And by the way, the vast majority of Border Patrol are not patrolling the border right now. They're involved in the humanitarian crisis. Once they move out of the detention center and they go to family or other friends or other relatives or whoever, less than 3 percent will show up for their hearing. So they're in the country. They won't be deported. And that's what has people riled."
On the same day President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the crisis at the Southwest border, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) called it "the wrong approach."


“President Obama created this disaster at our southern border, and now he is asking to use billions of taxpayer dollars without accountability or a plan in place to actually stop the border crisis. Most of the money requested in the president’s supplemental seems geared toward processing Central Americans than stopping the surge itself.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte


"President Obama, 

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Week-ends (06/28/14)

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


Amy Adams


Brianna Vance


Casey Kasem


Tom McCarthy



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Steven Zelich


John Koskinen


Luis Suarez



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I think he [Obama] knows he's way beyond the bounds. No one can read this decision and not know this was a major abuse of power but I don't think he cares. He's in his second term, he's not running again, they will never impeach him. There will be presidents after him and if he gets away with all of this overreach, creating laws, rewriting laws, ignoring laws it will be a terrible defeat for the country and for the rule of law. And I think that's the worst part of this, if this were a Republican he'd be impeached now over all of these abuses."
Charles Krauthammer commenting on President Obama's disregard for separation of power, Congress and the constitution.


“Because the – when a government -- the government – any government agency particularly one as powerful as the IRS engages in something that even people sympathetic to the admission say looks weird and suspicious, it's incumbent upon on all of the national media to aggressively ask more questions. The Republicans in Congress are asking questions. I think with a different administration, one that was a Republican administration, this story would be a national obsession and, instead, it's getting coverage here and a few other places, but it really deserves a lot more questions.”
Mark Halperin on MSNBC’s Morning Joe


"The email scandal, and it is a scandal, it is a crime, broke 11 days ago, and it took six days, it took Paul Ryan erupting at the IRS commissioner six days later for the media to cover this [on] the evening news. The reality is that this story is still by and large being ignored. This is serious, serious stuff going on," but the liberal media "are headed for the tall grass" because they "just don't want to know" the extent of the Obama administration's corruption.
Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell


“The one thing both these scandals have in common is, for a party that wants to establish the fact that good government can do good things, they're now giving the public two choices. One, either we're incredibly incompetent, both the the IRS and with the V.A. scandal, or we're crooked. Pick your poison. It's not a good place to be.”
During the regular "Inside Politics" segment of Tuesday's New Day on CNN, Ron Fournier of the National Journal declared that he was "naive" last year in giving the Obama administration the "benefit of the doubt" over the IRS scandal, and called for an independent prosecutor to investigate as he reacted to the recent congressional testimony of IRS commissioner John Koskinen.


"The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple— get a warrant."
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. writing for the unanimous court after the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people's cell phones without a warrant. The decision amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.


“One of the most common complaints during this otherwise splendid World Cup is the amount of time players spend embellishing injuries. All too often during matches, seemingly fit men fall to the ground in agony. They scream, wince, pound the grass with their fists and gesture to the sidelines for a stretcher. Some of them clutch a limb as if it was just freed from the jaws of a wood chipper. But after a few moments, just as the priests arrive to administer last rites, they sit up on the gurney, shake it off, rise to their feet and run back on the field to play some more. Fans of the world's most popular game know that this is just one of soccer's oldest and most universally despised tactics. Turning a small foul into a death performance worthy of La Scala can draw cards for opposing players, kill time from the clock or just give one's winded teammates a breather.”
Geoff Foster, the Wall Street Journal



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


It's not just sweet innocent kids at the border.


Poor Hillary.



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