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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 (01/11/14)

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Here are interesting articles from the past week worth a read:

Why are we such weather wimps?

"Every big storm nowadays gets some thunderous name, like it’s a new menu item at Burger King. We called this week’s cold snap polar-vortex-ageddon. Up north, they just call it Tuesday.”

Global warming's glorious ship of fools

"’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit.”

Flawed Christie takes responsibility

"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal may end his chances for the presidency, but at least he accepted responsibility and fired people. On the numerous Obama scandals, the president has not.

"Can anyone imagine President Obama using the word 'apologize' three times in one breath? That is how Christie began his Thursday press conference..."

A just lawsuit over Obamacare

“To sell a skeptical public on the promised wonders of Obamacare, the Democrat-controlled Congress made a big show of forcing members and their staffs off their Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan coverage and onto Obamacare-created plans.

“They wanted to appear happy to avail themselves of all the benefits of Obamacare and eager to comply with the letter of the law. But that was four years ago. As zero hour approached, they came down with a major case of buyer's (or should I say, seller's) remorse. That's when Senate Democrats started to panic and went running to President Barack Obama for relief.

“Relief came in the form of special tax treatment available only to them, granted in a manner that exceeded the president's legal and constitutional authority.”

Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates

"Joe Biden haters will enjoy Gates’s description of the vice president as loud, garrulous and obsessed with politics over substance.’ I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,' Gates writes. He accuses the vice president of poisoning Obama’s relationship with his generals: 'I thought Biden was subjecting Obama to Chinese water torture, every day saying, ‘the military can’t be trusted.’ ”

An excerpt from Robert Gates' book

“All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout the executive branch.

“Much of my frustration came from the exceptional offense I took at the consistently adversarial, even inquisition-like treatment of executive-branch officials by too many members of Congress across the political spectrum—creating a kangaroo-court environment in hearings, especially when television cameras were present. But my frustration also came from the excruciating difficulty of serving as a wartime defense secretary in today's Washington. Throughout my tenure at the Pentagon, under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, I was, in personal terms, treated better by the White House, Congress and the press for longer than almost anyone I could remember in a senior U.S. government job. So why did I feel I was constantly at war with everybody? Why was I so often so angry? Why did I so dislike being back in government and in Washington?

“It was because, despite everyone being ‘nice’ to me, getting anything consequential done was so damnably difficult—even in the midst of two wars.”

Is America going to pot?

"Not so very long ago, the U.S. government enforced Prohibition, pronounced smoking a menace to the national health, punished gambling as organized crime, and declared a war on drugs. Now the government has shouldered aside organized crime to take over, tax, and regulate the rackets. At federal, state and local levels, the government rakes off vast revenues from taxes on booze, bars, cigarettes, casinos and, coming soon, online poker.

"Yet traditional America is not rolling over and playing dead."

Pot puts liberals in a tough spot

"One liberal whose positions are at least consistent is Michael Bloomberg (yes, I meant liberal). He opposes guns and legal pot, even going so far as to once call medical marijuana 'one of the great hoaxes of all time.'

"But for other Democrats who, like him, promote an expansion of the health nut state, but want to also support legal marijuana use, does it really work to rail against trans fats and restrict the smoking of cigarettes but allow pot smoking (and the sloth and munchy-induced snacking that comes with it)?"

You're wrong, admit it

"There’s probably nothing more annoying than some self-important jerk bragging about how smart he is. Football picks, investments, business decisions – it doesn’t matter what it’s about; it’s that smug arrogance that gets you. And, truth be told, that jealous little voice in your head that says, 'Damn, why didn’t I do that?'

"Yup, we all hate that guy. Which is ironic because, sometimes, we are 'that guy.' We’re all that way some of the time and some of us are that way all of the time. Regardless, if you’re that way when it counts – when it’s time to make important decisions – that’s a real problem."

The Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived

"Consider the Nest thermostat, a pricey gadget that replaces the traditional temperature controller. It taps into a home Wi-Fi network, and with it you can use your smart phone to turn on the heater 15 minutes before you get home."



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