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
Shoppers in Katy, Texas
Good for Raymond Frolander
Alice Coachman Davis
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Whoever took down Malaysia flight
Israel Andrade and our "system"
Rep. Jackie Speier
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?