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.
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
Every day heroes of 2013
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Washington Post
New York's new mayor
Brookfield mall cops
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaking at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013. He also said if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them.
“It’s a huge, radical departure for the police chief to say good people should have access to firearms. I’m not ready to say he’s pro-gun just yet, but it’s vastly different from what police chiefs have said in the past.”
Rick Ector of the Firearm Academy of Detroit, which teaches gun safety classes, said Craig’s comments are unusual for a police official.
“A lot of police officers have no problem at all with law-abiding citizens having guns. I think it’s probably like the citizenry: Some are for it, some are against it. But most police chiefs don’t want to talk about the subject. It’s a divisive issue, and a lot of times chiefs are reluctant to get in the middle of those debates. Gun control, the death penalty — most chiefs try to stay out of those discussions. Craig speaks his mind; you’ve got to give him credit for that.”
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police director Robert Stevenson
“It was a year (2013) that started with great expectations but a few months later, a trio of controversies quickly threatened to detail President Obama’s second-term agenda. Revelations the IRS was targeting conservative groups. And that the Justice Department was seizing the phone records of journalists. Plus the ongoing fallout from the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
“One of President Obama 's biggest policy goals – enacting stiffer gun laws in the Newtown tragedy – failed to go anywhere after a bipartisan bill was narrowly defeated in the Senate.
“And his other big priority – immigration policy – didn’t get much further. But it was the president's signature achievement -- health care reform – that ended up becoming his biggest headache. The president forced to apologize over and over for the botched rollout.”
NBC reporter Kristen Welker during a report looking back at President Obama’s year in 2013. A screen graphic read: “A YEAR TO FORGET?”
“I made my kids sign up (for ObamaCare).Because I just said this is your patriotic duty.”
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor
“ABC's Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts came out as gay Sunday.
“She did so in a lengthy Facebook post commemorating the one year anniversary of her successfully surviving 100 days following her bone marrow transplant in 2012.
“Makes you wonder if the President was also aware of this and that aided in his to give Roberts an exclusive interview in May 2012 wherein he famously flip-flopped on his position on gay marriage.”
Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters
“The mainstream media have done their best to help spread the word that Barack Obama puts his pants on one leg at a time. Take a story from Sunday’s New York Times that addresses his TV viewing preferences…The clear sense of the article is that despite the pomp and circumstance that are perks of the job that used to be designated as ‘leader of the free world,’ Barack Obama is just another couch potato, no worse and no better than the denizens of the middle class he claims he wants to help.
“No one is criticizing the president’s tastes in viewing, but his TV habits — or at least the number of series, most with running times of one hour, that he professes to watch — do raise a question: When does he find time to play golf?”
Howard Portnoy, NewsBusters
“I’m talking about global warming, er, climate change. Or what us common folks still call it… the weather.
“The great thing about the weather is that it happens every day and, as Mark Twain said, everyone talks about it, but nobody ever does anything about it.
“That’s because, as Twain’s deadpan implies, you can’t actually do much about the weather.
“There’s always going to be a tornado, or hurricane or a drought that will hurt folks-- which for a liberal means that there are votes for sale. They can stump about it and talk about how poor people are more exposed to the weather, and how rich people use more energy, and all the other eye wash liberals sell to pit one group against the other as they drive their SUVs and retire to their big houses that use more carbon than anyone else.”
John Ransom, Townhall Finance
“Does it make sense to allow someone who has broken our immigration laws to be admitted to the practice of law? Most people would answer ‘no,’ but then not much makes sense when it comes to the morass of immigration policy these days. This is why the decision by the California Supreme Court this week to admit (illegal immigrant) Sergio Garcia to the practice of law in the state should come as no surprise.
“I am happy for Garcia, who seems by all accounts to be a smart, talented and dedicated man who will contribute to the state and country he calls home. And the state Supreme Court appears to have correctly interpreted both state and federal law. Nonetheless, I am troubled by the contortions in common sense the decision entailed, most of which are the result of a broken immigration system.”
Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity
"I'm not gay. I really, really like women. That's all I can say about that.
"There's always going to be silly stuff out there in the media. You can't worry too much about it. I don't. There should be 'professional is professional and personal is personal.' That's the way I'm going to keep it."
Packer QB Aaron Rodgers
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
What about the baby?
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
This irony ... the numbers.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The weather...rightfully so.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The FDA is seeking a gum chewing tester.
We need more female trains.
The end of men?
Isaac Asimov was darn close.