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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.

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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


James Foley


Those who have taken the "Ice Bucket Challenge"




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Week-ends (08/16/14)

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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


Brandon Irwin



Burger King drive-thru customer


Mo'ne Davis



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Protesters
and looters


Bullies on social media


Dictionary.com


Chinese traffic police


Breastfeeding mom


Piet Levy for his mean-spirited review of Willie Nelson




QUOTES OF THE WEEK



“This is his community. He never wanted any of this to happen.”
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announcing the name of the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a 6-year veteran with no disciplinary issues, Jackson said, declining to answer any questions about the officer.


“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare.

“My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments.

“While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions.

“It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”
Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda



“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

A statement by Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ third wife


“All of these low-rent, despicable, irresponsible, pathetic, so-called media watchdogs on the left are trying to make it sound like I said that Robin Williams gave up because he was a liberal and is hopelessly doomed to misery and despair because that’s what liberals are devoted to. What I did yesterday was express some real concern over the fact that they’re glorifying this. Limbaugh I was worried about the coverage of all this leading to copycats.”

“Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness.  They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.”
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh slammed the media for taking his remarks on Robin Williams’ suicide out of context


"I'm going to get in trouble for this. To me tragic is a 23-year-old who just finished college and is getting ready to head off in their field of study and might save the world and is killed in a traffic accident. Tragic is a mother ... cut down by breast cancer. Those things are really tragic. A comedian taking his own life when he had the world by the balls, I don't find that tragic. I know depression is a horrible thing. But just because he's depressed, it's not a death sentence. Cancer is. ALS is. Depression is not a death sentence. You can get help for it. He made a choice to off himself. It's not like he had no choice in the matter. This guy had EVERYTHING. And he just blew it all off and killed himself."
WISN-TV sportscaster Dan Needles during his appearance on sports talk WAUK-AM (540) on Tuesday, the day after Robin Williams was found hanged at his San Francisco home. WISN news director Chris Gegg said that Needles' remarks "do not reflect the views of WISN. I did chat with Dan, and upon reflection he realizes he made insensitive comments on a very serious subject. He understands his remarks were ill-informed and he did not mean to offend anyone.”


“(Robin) Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived. The only thing faster than his mouth was his mind, which was capable of breathtaking leaps of free-associative absurdity.”
NY Times film critic A. O. Scott


“President Obama must really be teed off.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.

“Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf.

“Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is. But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.”
Washington Post Columnist Dana Milbank


“Obama's glaring and greatest weakness -- namely his inability to make hard decisions in crisis and lead opposing forces through or out of them -- has cost America on every front. It has further divided Washington and our nation and jeopardized our standing with the global community and even our allies, leaving us in a much more unstable place in our world. Will America learn from Obama's leadership flaws, inabilities and mistakes? We will know that answer only if we are strong enough not to appoint anyone like him in 2016.”
Chuck Norris


“It needs to be emphasized that regular cannabis use, which we consider once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and neurocognitive damage, especially in youth.”
Krista Lisdahl, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who made a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention.


"Along the way we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser's toolkit: the pop-up ad. It was a way to associate an ad with a user's page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page's content. I'm sorry. Our intentions were good. 20 years [into] the ad-supported web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken, and corrosive.”
Ethan Zuckerman worked for the webpage hosting site Tripod.com from 1994 to 1999, when it was struggling to develop a revenue model and he created the ad pop-up.


When asked by Marlo Thomas, author of the book Growing Up Laughing, what his favorite joke was, Williams provided the following:

“Guy buys a parrot that is constantly using foul language. Really horrible stuff. Finally the guy gets fed up and throws the parrot in the freezer to punish him. After about an hour, he hears a faint tapping sound from inside the freezer and opens the door. There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering. He says, ‘I swear, I’ll never, ever curse again. But can I ask you a question? What did the chicken do?’”
The Daily Beast



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The border fence joke



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


This survey about unions...


No matter what.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Robin Williams...one of those rare times the hype is justified.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Hope that bottle of wine was worth it.

Week-ends (08/09/14)

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


Ryan Pitts


Taylor Woolrich


Charlie Tilloston


Commuters in Australia


The Miami-Dade Police Benevolence Association


Raymond Burse


Southwire and their teen workers



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Town of Dover, WI


Lorie Ann Hill


Union Street Guest House


Nyerere Mitchell


Pot smokers



QUOTES OF THE WEEK



“These are not people just coming here to work as the so-called line is fed to us. These people are coming here to do horrible things. And I think the murder of Agent [Javier] Vega shows what these people are capable of.  We're up against close to 50 years of lack of border enforcement by the U.S. government. We have two political parties that are unwilling to take real enforcement action, and we have had two administrations in a row that gutted enforcement actions by the U.S. Border Patrol, by ICE agents, that do not allow us to actually go to do our job. We are handcuffed at every single turn.”
Border Patrol agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran, debunked the argument that illegal immigrants are only coming to the United States to work


"As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., wrote to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raising concerns about illegal immigrants carrying "swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis." 


A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that despite the steady pace of hiring in recent months, 76% of adults lack confidence that their children's generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high. Some 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track, a leap of 8 points from a June survey, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.

What's more, seven in 10 adults blamed the malaise more on Washington leaders than on any deeper economic trends, and 79% expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the American political system.

"The American public is telling its elected representatives that the economic distress that a significant proportion of them are feeling is directly their fault," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducts the Journal poll with Republican Bill McInturff. "The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of 'feel our pain' to the more angry pronouncement of 'you are causing our pain.' "
The Wall Street Journal


"Unemployment can lead to enormous depression. People can have nights filled with anxiety and it's all due to the loss of identity. There's a sense of hopelessness when people think they're going to be a generation behind when they do get a job."
Robert C. Chope, a retired psychology professor who founded the Career and Personal Development Institute in San Francisco


"When you were running for president you said, quote, 'The biggest problems we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that's what I intend to reverse.' So my question to you, has Congress’s inability to do anything significant given you a green light to push the limits of executive power, even a duty to do so, or put another way, does it bother you more to be accused of being an imperial president, pushing those limits, or to be accused of being a do-nothing president who couldn’t get anything done because you faced a dysfunctional Congress?”
ABC journalist Jon Karl dared to push Barack Obama on his use of executive power, demanding to know if the commander-in-chief is an "imperial president." But Karl's own network ignored the question, declining to air it on Wednesday's World News and Nightline or on Thursday's Good Morning America.


"If you look at what's happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don't have a right to complain are the folks at the top.  I would take the complaints of the corporate community with a grain of salt.  They always complain about regulation. That's their job."
President Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.


"The president's statement (above) just confirms, unfortunately, that he still doesn't get it.”
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said Monday that the Obama administration should have enacted important reforms—spanning immigration, taxes and entitlements—before Republications took control of the House of Representatives. That would have added millions more jobs to an otherwise "anemic" economic recovery, he added.


“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.

“It doesn't make any difference if you're a white American, a black American, a Hispanic-American, an Asian-American or if you're a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs.

“Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue. If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Monday accused Democrats of engaging in a “war on whites" in the current immigration debate. 


"You teachers in your unions, you need to say, 'these bad teachers are making us look bad. We don't want it!...And it has nothing to do with being a liberal or a Democrat. It has to do with being an American." 
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co-host Whoopi Goldberg insisted on Monday that bad teachers should lose their job. On Tuesday, the comedienne responded to attacks on Twitter and doubled down: "We were not talking about good teachers who do a great job. We were talking about getting rid of teachers who don't do a good job. My mother was a teacher. So, this is not about bashing teachers and I don't appreciate you misquoting what we said."


“Israel has every right to defend itself. If you don't want a fight with Israel, don't pick one.”
Comedian Jon Lovitz


"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents." 
In an interview with Juan Williams, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is, indeed, an activist attorney general and proud of it.


"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things. Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."
Pope Francis urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities.


“There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason.”
VP Joe Biden referring to the continent Africa as a “nation.” He was speaking at the United States Africa Leaders Summit.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Armed illegal immigrants marching in fatigues through streets of Texas



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Americans worry about the threats posed by illegal immigrants




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The Nixon anniversary



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Tortoises with iPads spur protest

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