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.
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read.
“If I ever become president, and my posse and I get busted via email lying about the root cause of how four Americans, including one of our ambassadors, got slaughtered during an organized, Muslim terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11th, I sure as heck hope an old, gross, super-rich, turkey-necked, xenophobe goes on some crazy, bigoted tirade to his younger side-chick and she records it and sells it to TMZ who then releases it the same week the damning report of my negligence and deception comes out – because that abso-frickin'-lutely is all that it took for the MSM to snub the Benghazi email story about Obama and his culpable team of crap-slingers and over-report the LA Clippers' owner’s racist rant.”
In defense of privacy
"I have consistently defended these ubiquitous video cameras against those who argue that they violate our privacy. I am convinced that they are indispensable to apprehending violent criminals, as they were in the case of the Boston Marathon terrorists. But, I have repeatedly added, if these cameras are ever used for personal or political reasons in order to ruin people’s lives or careers, the perpetrators of the release must be punished severely, including prison terms. And if this abuse becomes widespread, the cameras must be taken down."
Political fraud about voter fraud
"If the available evidence suggests that the amount of voter fraud is understated, the evidence that voter-ID laws suppress voting is nonexistent. In elections held after new voter-ID laws were enacted in Georgia and Tennessee, for instance, minority turnout either was stable or increased. In Tennessee, the turnout among Hispanics of voting age rose to 34.7% in 2012 from 19.2% in 2008, according to surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau, even though a strict new photo ID law was in effect in 2012. Turnout among blacks of voting age declined slightly, to 57.4% in 2012 from 58.1% in 2008, but this was within the Census survey's margin of error. In both years, black turnout was around 4% higher than the comparable white turnout."
A doctor's declaration of independence
"In my 23 years as a practicing physician, I've learned that the only thing that matters is the doctor-patient relationship. How we interact and treat our patients is the practice of medicine. I acknowledge that there is a problem with the rising cost of health care, but there is also a problem when the individual physician in the trenches does not have a voice in the debate and is being told what to do and how to do it.
"As a group, the nearly 880,000 licensed physicians in the U.S. are, for the most part, well-intentioned. We strive to do our best even while we sometimes contend with unrealistic expectations. The demands are great, and many of our families pay a huge price for our not being around. We do the things we do because it is right and our patients expect us to.
"So when do we say damn the mandates and requirements from bureaucrats who are not in the healing profession? When do we stand up and say we are not going to take it any more?"
Obama poll casts pall over Congressional Democrats
"...perhaps no other issue was as fraught with political peril for the Democrats than the persistently weak Obama economy. On this question, the poll found extensive pessimism about the economy and jobs."
Paul Ryan's inner city education
"It was Oct. 24, 2012, and he (Paul Ryan) was sitting in a high-ceilinged backstage room at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium. (Bob) Woodson had arranged for about a dozen activists to meet with him, and Ryan spent the half hour he had managed to carve out of his campaign schedule listening to stories about homelessness and addiction and redemption and relapse. When the testimonials came to an end and Ryan rose to leave, a hulking tattooed minister who had come to the meeting via motorcycle asked if he could bless him before he went. Ryan was taken aback by the request, and not entirely familiar with the ritual, but he obliged.
"The group encircled him, and the minister placed his hands on Ryan’s shoulders, as the candidate made the sign of the cross. While they prayed over him, he thought about the stories he had just heard: of people miraculously escaping the pit of poverty and then reaching down to pull their brothers and sisters out as well. Several people in the room, including Ryan, grew emotional. 'To me, that moment is how the things we believe in and what we’re trying to do can really revitalize our country,' he recalls now.
"Weeks after he lost the election and returned home to Wisconsin, the prayer stuck with him as the single most powerful experience he had on the campaign trail. By the time a close confidant called him over the holidays, Ryan was speaking with the passion of a convert. 'I want to figure out a way for conservatives to come up with solutions to poverty,' he confided to his friend. 'I have to do this'.”
(KF NOTE: Author of lengthy piece clearly not a Ryan fan. He constantly refers to Ryna being uncomfortable. I've never known Ryan to be that way in any situation. Still, an intersting read)
If lethal injection is torture, who's responsible?
"Kent Scheidegger of the pro-death-penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation blogged Wednesday that because lethal injection requires the involvement of medical professionals, it 'was a mistake from the beginning. We should have kept the gas chamber and merely used a different gas. Carbon monoxide, for example, is painless.' He's right."
The conservative case for capital punishment
"I believe in second chances. I believe in reform and rehabilitation. But I also believe in evil. Twisted rapists and murderers are not in the same universe of criminal as drug users and thieves. So even as we slash mandatory minimum sentences and reform our prison system, I do not believe we should abandon capital punishment for most extreme cases."
The Ten Commandments of liberalism
"There is no such thing as the failure of a liberal policy; there are only well meaning left-wingers doing wonderful things."
What millennials don't know about the job market
"Aren't these kids well educated, with technology expertise and social networking skills like no other generation? Yes, but that's not all they need to be successful in landing a job and navigating office culture, experts say. Employers regularly cite attributes like integrity, leadership and work ethic as crucial. And a recent study indicates that many of them question whether millennials have what it takes to succeed in the workplace."