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
And how about high school track star Isabel Seidel. Madison.com reports:
After collapsing with 600 meters to go in the Division 3 state cross country meet and spending four days in a hospital with kidney failure last fall, it was tough for Hartland University Lake School’s Isabel Seidel to pick herself up off the ground.
But when the senior finally got to the top of the awards podium Friday, it was all worth it.
Seidel, the younger sister of eight-time WIAA champion Molly Seidel, won her first individual state title, holding off a trio of runners from Oshkosh Lourdes to take the Division 3 3,200. She won the race in 10:45.97, topping her personal best by 15 seconds.
Check out how poised and comfortable Seidel is when interviewed by the press:
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The president and Bowe Bergdahl
Morgan E. Geyser and Anissa E. Weier
And PETA again
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there.”
A Taliban commander made that remark to NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan. Noori is one of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
“The sentiment that everybody knew was that he walked off the base in the middle of the night, left all his gear there, and went – just walked off the post. So, we had all known that it was — that he had deserted his post, and there was never anything about him getting captured or POW until a little while later whenever it came down from the chain of command that we needed to keep quiet and not say anything. We’re going with the narrative that he was captured. The ambushes we use, the certain tactics we use, the Taliban was picking up on those things. You could tell it was from somebody on the inside that had that info.”
In an appearance on Fox & Friends, retired Army Spc. Josh Fuller, a soldier who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since 2008, said that the military informed him and other soldiers that the “narrative” they should maintain is that Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban rather than that he intentionally left his base. When asked if he believed he was told not to “tell the truth” about Bergdahl by military authorities, Fuller said that he did.
“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life? That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.
“I bet you anything there were soldiers killed or wounded capturing those five guys. So what does that do for their sacrifice? They sacrificed for nothing, because they turned right around and let them go.”
“They didn’t have enough respect for us to give us the consideration of letting us know (about Bergdahl’s recovery), especially since Darryn was part of that mission. As a mother, you’re like, ‘what else have they not told us?’
“The military really owes the parents of these fallen soldiers the truth. Just the fact that they’re calling that man a hero just took me to my knees.”
Sondra Andrews whose son, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, is one of six soldiers killed reportedly while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
“He said [Bergdahl] just walked off — he wasn’t captured on a battlefield or anything, he just walked off the base and left everything behind except a compass and a bottle of water.”
Andy Andrews, father of Darryn Andrews. Andy says prior to his death, Darren also spoke with his parents about the circumstances under which Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban.
“I say we welcome him home with a firing squad. He’s a piece of trash and everyone from [Fort Richardson] knows it the only person less American than that man is the president for giving up 5 hvt’s [High-Value Targets]”
“Now he can stand trial for deserting his post.”
“Do you know how many families never saw their loved ones because of him?”
Postings on Bergdahl’s Fort Richardson, Alaska brigade’s Facebook page
“The president has violated the law here. The law is very clear. He must give congressional notification 30 days before any prisoner in Guantanamo is released. He failed to do that. Apparently the only person he told was [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid. He didn’t even tell the chairwoman of the intelligence committee, a Democrat, Diane Feinstein. This is a pattern of behavior by this White House. He believes somehow that he’s become a monarch or an emperor, that can basically ignore the law and do whatever he wants. And there’s a real, growing frustration — even among Democrats — at this sort of behavior.”
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio savaged President Obama for his failure to notify Congress about the release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as the law requires
(The trade of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last weekend was a “dangerous precedent that puts all Americans at risk throughout the world. Since World War Two we have not negotiated with terrorists or other groups. What concerns me is the future. This puts all Americans at risk throughout the world, including our men and women on the front line…for kidnapping.”
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee
"It comes to us with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law. And in an issue with this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we're very dismayed about it.”
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee saying that the Obama administration broke the law by not informing Congress before the prisoner exchange that resulted in Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him (Bowe Bergdahl) as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military. I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops.
Both President Obama and Ms. Rice seem to think that the crime of desertion in wartime is kind of like skipping class. They have no idea of how great a sin desertion in the face of the enemy is to those in our military. The only worse sin is to side actively with the enemy and kill your brothers in arms. This is not sleeping in on Monday morning and ducking Gender Studies 101.
Ralph Peters writing on National Review Online
"These are guys who are considered at very high risk to launch attacks against the U.S. if they were freed. So has the administration now, though, endangered the lives of all Americans for the safety of one American?"
NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer questioning outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the administration releasing five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to secure the release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
"...we believe that this is not a security threat to the United States and that there's sufficient mitigation to be comfortable with the transfer of those detainees to Qatar."
Carney’s response to Lauer
"Is this semantics here, Jay? Are we calling it a prisoner swap when, in fact, it is negotiating with terrorists?"
"Well, I'd caution anyone against buying the propaganda of terrorists, first of all. Secondly, it is absolutely a situation with a long history and precedent where we engage in exchange of prisoners during an armed conflict."
Yahoo News reported last June that Carney had responded to questions at the daily briefings with some variation of “I don’t know” nearly 2,000 times since his first briefing in 2011. It also reported that Carney had somehow dodged reporters’ questions approximately 9,486 times.
Tim Graham, Newsbusters.org
“More veterans have come back and they’ve gone to college. And how have they gone to college? They got the G.I. bill. And you know what, there’s no crisis of veterans getting into college. The VA is flawed because it’s failed big-government bureaucracy. You can’t fire anyone. It’s gotten more money each year under President Obama. Its rate of increase of funding has gone up faster than the number of people they're serving. The VA needs to be fundamentally reformed. And one way it can be reformed is to in fact let people take a voucher and go to a hospital, the same hospital as we all go to, instead of having to go to the VA to get special services. I want to fundamentally reform the VA and reduce it just like we did with the G.I. bill. Do you think there needs to be a veterans university? And furthermore, I would keep some centers of excellence, research on special things that affect veterans. Some special treatment, that’s fine. There's no need for a huge sprawling Veterans Administration hospital. If they got a generous voucher to use to purchase the health insurance they need or the health care they need how would that be failing veterans?”
Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos
VA funding has more than kept up with both medical inflation and increased patient loads. An analysis of budget and cost data, as well as data on the total number of VA patients and the number of acute inpatients treated, shows that the VA’s budget has grown much faster than its workload. Even when you take medical inflation into account, the VA budget still grew faster than its patient base since 2000. …The VA has a whole bunch of problems, but a lack of funding ain’t one.
Sean Davis writing in The Federalist
Over and over again, whether it’s the VA, the IRS targeting conservatives, or failures of the Obamacare rollout, Obama claims he wasn’t aware any of these problems occurring at the agencies under his command. It begs the question what does Obama, as president, concern himself with?
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C., a communications consultant and editor and publisher of the new website, www.conservativeblackchick.com
“As of June 2, 2014, it's been 200 days since Nightline, the once-vaunted news program, covered ObamaCare. In the 28 and a half weeks since November 14, 2013, the show has continued its descent into tabloid oblivion, focusing on topics such as celebrities, weight loss and pop culture. As a consequence, the program has skipped the myriad of problems associated with ObamaCare.”
Scott Whitlock, Newsbusters.org
The truth is that conservatism is an ideology that is in accord with natural law and basic human decency, while liberalism is merely the summit of a slippery slope leading down to the hellish depths of collectivist misery.
Liberals aren’t going to like to hear this manifest and demonstrable truth. So you’re going to get called “racist,” “sexist” and “homophobic,” even if you’re a conservative black lesbian.
What you are not going to get is an argument. An argument is collected series of statements designed to establish a definite proposition. Arguments involve the presentation of facts and evidence from which one draws a conclusion. Implied within the concept of an argument is the potential that one might change his conclusion. But liberals start with the conclusion.
They don’t change their conclusions based on the facts and evidence; they change the facts and evidence based on the conclusion they want. This is why a 105 degree day is irrefutable proof of global warming, while a 60 degree day is irrefutable proof of global warming. As is a -20 degree day.
Liberals are only concerned with argument, or what superficially appears to be argument, as a rhetorical bludgeon designed to beat you into submission. They aren’t trying to change your mind. They don’t expect you to agree with them. They don’t even care whether or not you grow to love Big Brother.
They just want you to shut up and let them run rampant.
Conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic
I fear that historians will look back at the Obama administration’s disfigurement of today’s labor force and point to this as the beginning of the end of the American workingman. And workingwoman too.
The incentives to hire workers are so few, the risks so high that more and more companies are figuring out how to replace workers with automation or do without them at all.
And in the place of working America, Obama is constructing an urban poverty state with the logical conclusion being places like Chicago and Detroit, with some areas in those cities being quite literally as uninhabitable as parts of Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq fighting a civil war.
And in failed city-states like Chicago the local newspapers count the death toll by day, and sometimes by the hour.
John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.
Even if you think racism in America is a serious problem, it's still small potatoes compared to the other challenges we face as a people. It doesn't matter what color you're talking about, how much of an impact does racism make versus jobs, crime, or out-of-wedlock births? Yet, we hear about racism incessantly because Democrats believe it helps them at the polls. Maybe it does. But, does it ever make anybody's life better? Does it make any neighborhoods safer? Does it put people to work? Does it keep families together? Is there ever a point when the big issues impacting people's lives get addressed or twenty years from now, is everyone still going to be mired in the same place, yelling at each other over the next Trayvon or Donald Sterling?
Conservative columnist John Hawkins
To many area residents who suffered through one of the worst winters on record for the area, seeing the ice chunks on the lake every day is a continuing reminder of that wintry grip of Mother Nature, which still has yet to completely loosen.
The Marquette Mining-Journal newspaper reporting that according to some forecasts, the ice on Lake Superior may last until July
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Bowe Bergdahl and the multiple stabbings in Waukesha, for sure. Also...
1 in 5 inmates released to communities without supervision
Illegal immigrants being encouraged to head to the US
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
About that latest jobs report...
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The World Cup is coming
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This never happens on Judge Judy
FRANKLIN RESIDENTS, DON'T SIGN THE PETITION