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 baby 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
Alayna Adams' dad
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Florida's Department of Transportation
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Today, the people who find frequent fault with the eminently faultable record of Barack Obama aren’t presented as dissenting patriots; they don’t get the glowing Cindy Sheehan, Move On or Occupy Wall Street treatment; rather, they’re smeared as haters, bitter white men, racists, reactionaries, menacing, potential terrorists (darn that inconvenient fact that attacks, killings, and terror keep coming from crazies, lefties, and lovers of 'the religion of peace,' not from Tea Party members).
"But anyone who yells about the massive spending, surging national debt, about unconstitutional power grabs, job loss, sky high dependency on government, obscene programs in the heart of Mexico to promote food stamps to prospective immigrants, about gun running to Mexico that killed hundreds, about a war on traditional energy, or a Big Brother explosion of regulations of commerce, or billions in corrupt grants to corrupt cronies, a train wreck of a hijacking of health care, outrageous neglect of embassies in the hottest hot spots, cowardly neglect of attacks, transparently dishonest cover-ups of incompetence (incompetence is the only thing that’s been transparent in this administration) or, about…well, you get the idea…"
Shawn Mitchell, former state Senator in Colorado who has a private law practice in Denver.
"The Internal Revenue Service recognizes that we should have done a better job of handling the influx of applications by advocacy groups. Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation. We are — and will continue to be — dedicated to reviewing all applications for tax-exempt status in an impartial manner.”
Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. He later apologized and was fired.
“It is almost inconceivable to imagine that top officials at the IRS knew conservative groups were being targeted but chose to willfully mislead the committee’s investigation into this practice. The blatant disregard for which the agency has treated Congress and the American taxpayer raises serious concerns about leadership at the IRS.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.)
“The question is, how stupid do they think we are? Just imagine if the George W. Bush administration had IRS underlings, out in Cincinnati of course, saying, ‘We're going to target groups with the word 'progressive' in their title,’ we would have all hell breaking loose.”
Conservative columnist George Will
“People are pretty mad — mad that government has not taken what we do seriously. When the news broke yesterday…people were outraged and disgusted. No one was yelling and screaming, but it was like, Are you kidding me!?”
An unidentified Associated Press reporter. Reporters across The Associated Press were outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records - and they say such an intrusion could chill their relationships with confidential sources.
"It's outrageous. It's totally inexcusable...the object of it is to intimidate people who talk to reporters. There's no excuse for it whatsoever."
Liberal reporter Carl Bernstein on the AP scandal. Bernstein was one of the two reporters who broke the Watergate story.
"The Heritage Foundation recently issued a comprehensive report showing that Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to instantly legalize 11.5 million illegal immigrants would add $6.3 trillion to the nation's budget deficits over the next 50 years. Currently, the average illegal alien gets about $24,721 in taxpayer-funded benefits and pays about $10,334 in taxes. After full legalization, they will be eligible for a whole new panoply of government benefits such as direct welfare payments, Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare. Heritage concludes that the total government benefits to these former illegal aliens will then rise to about $43,900 per household, while the taxes paid by them will increase only modestly to around $16,000. Rubio says Heritage's report is all wrong because it fails to use 'dynamic scoring.'
"The sentence ends there. It's like when Obama responds to questions about Benghazi by saying it's a 'political circus,' or liberals say their position on abortion is that 'it's a complex issue.' What isn't political? What isn't complex? Those aren't answers; they're deflections."
"I think we are heading for a worse economic crisis than we had in 2007. You're going to have a collapse in the dollar...a huge spike in interest rates... and our whole economy, which is built on the foundation of cheap money, is going to topple when you pull the rug out from under it. The crisis is imminent. I don't think Obama is going to finish his second term without the bottom dropping out. And stock market investors are oblivious to the problems. We owe trillions. Look at our budget deficit; look at the debt to GDP ratio, the unfunded liabilities. If we were in the Eurozone, they would kick us out."
Peter Schiff, best-selling author and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital
“It's going to be very interesting to see if the Drive-Bys will cover the verdict, given how studiously they have Gosnelled the actual case. Do you know what to Gosnell is? What is to Gosnell? What does that mean? Gosnelled is the New Media term meaning ignored or aborted with prejudice.”
"He said if we have chocolate bullets, nobody would get hurt and nobody would be sad. I'm going to start crying again because he was so insightful."
Barbara Rankin, the reading specialist at the Downtown Montessori Academy in Milwaukee, describing a letter written to Vice President Joe Biden by 7-year old Myles Nelson, a second-grader at the school.
“Dear Myles, I'm sorry it took me so very long to respond to your letter. I really like your idea. If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would be happier. People love chocolate. You are a good boy, Joe Biden."
The vice president’s response to Myles.
"Have you ever been recognized by an association of writers as Journalist of the Year? If you ever are, and I read about it, I will congratulate you, not try to poop on your recognition."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in a response to the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice. Bice wrote a column critical of a group that named ClarkeThe Sheriff of the Year for 2013.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS commissioner who once oversaw the division that processes tax-exempt organizations, now heads the IRS office responsible for overseeing the new tax laws in ObamaCare.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Black Christian leaders call for abortion investigation.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
OJ wants out of jail.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This ban doesn't hold up.
That's it for Week-ends.
We close with the latest from NewsBusted.
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
The audience rose to its feet after Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) chided Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller about the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of taxpayers at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday. AP photo