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
Amy Van Dyken
Sommerville Flags and Flagpoles (WI)
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
World Cup frauds
Texas apartment manager
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Who are these idiots? I like how they use the word recycle. Instead of we trashed the evidence and tore it up and buried it, no. We were Earth friendly. What if a mobster went before a panel. Where is the body? We recycled it! How does the Internal Revenue Service go to a taxpayer and say you can't find the receipts? You either find the receipts and justify this or you're going to jail. Shouldn't somebody from the IRS go to jail if this is a standard they hold the rest of Americans to?”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough having a little bit of fun with the IRS claiming to have thrown away Lois Lerner’s computer containing the e-mails at the center of the scandal surrounding the IRS targeting of conservative organizations
"This poll is a disaster for the president. You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina. On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over.”
Chuck Todd of NBC News reacting to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News showing President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy issues, he has lost support from the Hispanic community and Americans actually think his administration is less competent than the Bush White House post-Hurricane Katrina
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not ‘decimated.’ They are emboldened and on the march.”
Dick and Liz Cheney in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal
"He (President Obama) has got to know our allies are sitting there saying, 'Has this guy got the chops? Is he strong?' And for him to hold a news conference saying he's thinking about what to do in Iraq and then head off for a weekend of fundraisers and golf - does he think this escapes international view?"
"When a Mexican, or any other citizen, crosses a border, let's say illegally, they are not committing a crime. They are doing it illegally, but they are not committing a crime. No, they are not. Check your law."
Public Affairs Minister Ariel Moutsatos-Morales, a spokesperson for the Mexican Embassy
“The Border Patrol is too busy changing diapers and not going after dope peddlers and illegal immigrants. This is a great country. You’re trying to tell me we can’t keep people from coming into our country if we really had the desire to do it? I don’t buy it. There’s something wrong.”
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. More than 47,000 mostly Central American unaccompanied children have been caught illegally crossing the Mexican border into Texas since October. That’s left border agents in Texas overwhelmed and unable to process so many children. Within the last week, more than 1,000 of them have been transferred to a warehouse in Nogales, Ariz., where they are being processed before being sent to shelters in various states and then reunited with family members. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said Border Patrol Agents are “doing everything from making formula to bringing in their own children’s clothing to taking care of these kids in a multitude of ways.”
“Now I am from Peru and I can tell you that if a gringo came illegally to Peru he would be arrested and deported with no appeal, food or water, health care, job, license, education or anything else. It is the same the world over.
“Protecting the border – and insisting on legal immigration – is the way to go, no question about it. And you know what, illegal Latinos agree with that. Surprised? Come on think about it, why would they not agree?
“You see, if they are illegal the Democratic Party can play with them and manipulate their illegality to get their vote. And vote they do! Why in New York, Nydia Velázquez had Spanish speaking only Latinos bussed from God only knows where to the voting place, escorted in and shown which lever to pull.
“Latinos do not want socialism. They are running away from it! But they have become captives of the Left and will become slaves to the Democratic Party if we do not rescue them.
“Yes, you knuckleheads, we are all waiting for the Conservative Cavalry to come to the rescue! Put your pants on and get on with it.”
Miguel Prado is President of the Virginia-based Asociación Nacional de Inmigrantes (National Association of Immigrants). In 1996, he was the Republican candidate for Congress against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.
“Let's make this clear: Barack Obama is not responsible for the Federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's decision to cancel certain trademark protections related to the NFL's Washington Redskins, due to the ‘disparaging’ nature of the word 'Redskins.' But it is symbolic of a government so off course that it defies belief.
“Now comes the decision by another offshoot of our federal bureaucracy focusing on the compelling issue of the name of a football team, or at least certain trademarks associated with it. Again, the issue is really not whether the name Redskins might be offensive to Native Americans. I'm sure that's entirely possible. Instead, it is a matter of priority, allocation of resources and overreach by government.
“So now, allegedly, an entire football operation, responsible for many jobs and sources of income, should move to abandon its name, change its logo and basically rebrand itself. This as the nation still tries to pull itself out of a never-ending ‘economic recovery.’
“And more to the point, we have just too many damn ‘entities’ focused on too many issues at too many levels of federal government. In recent years they have seemingly risen as a full orchestra devoted to teaching all of us a lesson -- in obtaining health care, in how we create and use energy, in what foods we can eat, even in what tax-exempt organizations we can support.”
Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
“This is a great idea. The former Redskins can be the Ronald Reagans on winning years and the Nancy Reagans on losing years. Unless that gets us in more trouble elsewhere.”
Washington, D.C., anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said Washington’s football team should be re-named the “Washington Reagans.” Norquist is the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, the anti-tax advocacy group founded in 1985 at the request of Reagan.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Madam Secretary, you are a lawyer, President Obama is a lawyer. I'm a lawyer. And NSA spying on Americans violates the Fourth Amendment. Couldn't be plainer. If you want to spy on Americans, you get a warrant. What do you think about that?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think that we are finally taking stock of the laws that we passed after 9/11. I voted for some, and I voted against some. And people are saying wait a minute, we did all of this in an emergency in a hurry because we were you know understandably worried and scared, and now, we need to take a step back and figure out how we make sure that the balance between liberty and security is absolutely right for America.
“Just as Bill Clinton was constrained by Reagan’s successes, even if Hillary Clinton gets elected, she may find herself constrained by Obama’s failures and unable to advance a sweeping liberal agenda.”
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner
"Why was Ambassador Stephens still in Benghazi, even after the British and all other foreign governments closed their embassies and pulled out their personnel?
"Was there a weapons swap program between Benghazi and Syria, and who authorized it, and was Ambassador Stephens involved - was that the reason he was still there?
"Why were additional requests for security denied? Ambassador Stephens sent 13 additional requests for security to the State Department, and every single one of them went unheeded.
"And why did our leadership, our government, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time, sit back the night of the attack and not order immediate military support to save our personnel and get them out of there? And why [were] those who were close by and able to help told to stand down?
"And why would Susan Rice lie five different times to the American public about a video? Lie - five different times on five Sunday shows. Who told her to lie? Who gave her the marching orders to deceive the American public?
"There is no statute of limitations when it comes to finding out the truth, and we are determined to get down to the truth.”
Brigitte Gabriel, CEO of Act for America, an anti-terrorism grassroots organization.
Over Father’s Day weekend, 27 more people were the victims of “gun violence” in that gun-free zone known as Chicago. Rahm Emanuel’s city, sadly, should be pleased with the number. Some prior weekends this year have seen victims of gun violence reach almost double that figure. Two people died from their wounds, with 25 others suffering from close encounters with mostly gang-related violence.
Chicago’s now infamous failure to stem gun crime is more than just a symptom of misapplied gun control policies. The city’s decades long struggle with violence, poverty, and gang activity (after all, guns don’t cause violence all by themselves) is the consequence of institutionalized Liberalism. The city is quickly spending itself into a Detroit-style crises; entitlement programs and impressively punitive taxes have helped to expand income inequality throughout the city; overspending and cronyism with Teacher Unions have led to one of the most over-paid, and under-performing, school districts in the nation; and the political climate is so corrupt that it has become a national punchline.
In other words: Chicago’s woes are not merely the consequence of circumstances… These are the symptoms of Liberalism.
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist.
"I am all for breastfeeding, but do not like breastfeeding in public. I don’t want to see it at my kitchen table, I don’t want to see it at Target, I don’t want to see it at Starbucks, in the airplane -- and I especially don’t want to see it at graduation.”
Talk show host Wendy Williams Wendy Williams discussing Karlesha Thurman, the college grad who posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her daughter at her graduation ceremony.
Network television news has become obsessed with "what's trending online or some Internet YouTube video" rather than hard news. "I'm frankly disheartened by some of the stuff I see creeping into newscasts. The weekday morning television shows have really been overrun by it, and I am kind of disheartened to see it creeping into the evening, weekday news. Walter Cronkite, my first boss, would not be happy to see what's happening in the evening newscasts."
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
More chaos at the border
Illegal immigrants treated better than American homeless
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Rape victim: Hillary Clinton put me through hell
March for Marriage
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Never has the Patent Trademark Office made such news
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
He didn't want to go to the dentist, so...
Why she couldn't get ObamaCare
DMV to teen: Take off your make-up
Nuns take their neighbor to court