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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.

Recommended reading (06/06/09)

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Never Forget D-Day

"The American dead and wounded on Omaha beach was so severe that American commanders considered abandoning the beach.  But what our commanders had not counted on was the tenacity and fighting spirit of the Greatest Generation."

5 Character Flaws That Are Destroying America's Future

"As a society, we encourage a ‘victimhood mentality’ and an overweening government that never met an issue it didn't want to dive into with both feet; so we shouldn't be surprised that so many Americans expect to be rewarded for failure."

49 million to five

"So in a country that is more than 50 percent pro-life -- and 80 percent opposed to the late-term abortions of the sort performed by Tiller -- only five abortionists have been killed. And in a country that is less than 0.5 percent Muslim, several dozen Muslims have killed thousands of Americans."

Is it wrong to murder an abortionist?

'There are reasons why we pro-lifers don't kill abortion providers (The last murder of this sort was way back in 1998) even though I consider describing them as 'baby killers' to simply be an accurate description of what they do for a living, not inflammatory rhetoric."

Obama's Cairo speech will cost lives

"In 6000 words, the president managed to prove that everything conservatives worried about -- his naivete, lack of expertise and belief in moral equivalency -- was correct and even understated."

Dr. Frankenstein, meet Barack Obama

"As bad as Republican politicians are, they're better than the Democrats. But the biggest difference is between the two sets of voters. By and large, Republican voters are more patriotic, more mature, more logical and far more honorable. If only the politicians measured up to the civilians in the party, a lot of us could stop holding our noses when we entered the voting booth." 

School reforms on the brink

"The education establishment and its political allies employ multiple methods to keep kids trapped in rotten schools. One tactic is to use control of school boards to prevent or limit the creation of charter schools. Another is to smother existing voucher programs with rules and red tape. Real world examples are currently playing out in Milwaukee and New York City."

So what are they thinking?

Here’s the most interesting political question of the year: why do Jim Doyle and the Democrats think they can get away with this budget?

No money to catch child molesters, but cash for an opera house in Oshkosh.

How’s that going to look on a bumper sticker next year?"

Teens used to attack forces in Iraq

"The military has frequently said it believes al-Qaida in Iraq and other insurgent groups are recruiting children and women because of their ability to avoid scrutiny and evade heightened security measures."

The only statue that is smiling

"Ronald Reagan had been rightly lauded all day, but my thoughts were on what a beautiful bipartisan moment we had all experienced, for Republicans and Democrats together had formally embraced the Gipper's memory, and a Democratic House had made the ceremonies possible."

Thomas tells high school grads: Always do right, even when it's hard

“Life is not easy for any of us. It will probably not be fair, and it certainly is not all about you,” he said. “The gray hairs and wrinkles you see on older people have been earned the hard way, by living and dealing with the challenges of life.”

Pay for your own rescue

"I have something to say to all those people who take dumb risks and then expect the rest of us to pick up the tab: Pay for your own stupid mistakes."

A liquid, living legacy

"So, this summer and for many summers to come, I hope, enjoy the David F. Schulz Aquatic Center. Remember the man in the world's largest jam shorts, which were handcrafted by his beloved wife, Jo Ann, going down the first water slide at one of Milwaukee County's parks in the mid-1980s."

Chicago dosen't deserve the 2016 Olympics

"The City of Chicago, led by Mayor Daley and a vast and tumorous army of aldermen and bagmen and yesmen and opportunists and spineless, parasitic political-machine halfwits of forms never seen outside the roiling cesspool of governmental slop-trough greed, has proven itself unworthy of something as potentially delicious and fulfilling as the 2016 Olympic Games."

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