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
Those who have taken the "Ice Bucket Challenge"
Gregory "Griz" Jones
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Islamic State
Former Milwaukee Journal sportswriter, now LA Times columnist Bill Dwyre
Left-wing teacher groups
Dyer County Schools in Tennessee
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
HOW LONG WILL THE SHEEP FOLLOW THE BLIND SHEPPARD?
A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:
We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!
As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!
You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,
We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.
You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!
Today our swords are unsheathed towards you, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE! AND WE WILL NOT STOP UNTILL WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD.
You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!
You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!
The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!
He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!
The last e-mail sent to the James Foley family by his captors on August 12, 2014
“Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”
The terrorist who killed James Foley in reference to US airstrikes against the Islamic State. He is seen in a video showing Foley dressed in prisoner orange and on his knees in the desert.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. My message to my beloved parents: Save me some dignity and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively put the last nail in my coffin.
“I call on my brother, who is in the Air Force. I call on you, John. Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq. Who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you and our family when they made that decision? I died that day, John. When your colleagues dropped that bomb, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I had the hope of seeing my family one more time.
“I guess, all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”
Foley reading a clearly coerced statement
“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.”
James Foley’s mother Diane
“When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.”
President Obama in a statement following the beheading of Foley
"Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East. I noticed the reaction of David Cameron, the British prime minister, when he found out that the individual who apparently did the beheading was speaking with a British accent. He wanted to immediately leave his vacation. Of course, our president headed to the golf course as soon as he made his relatively, I thought, ineffective statement."
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney strongly criticized President Barack Obama for going golfing immediately after delivering a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
The White House doesn’t care of the “optics” of situations like this and “the president himself clearly doesn’t … care about the way it looks.”
ABC News’ political director Rick Klein
"We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives.”
Two Facebook groups, both supporting Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson have appeared. Between them, they had more than 36,500 "Likes" as of early Tuesday. Supporters also created a GoFundMe.com group aimed at raising $100,000 for Wilson's family. One donor, who identified herself as Nancy Lawson, pledged $20 and wrote, "Thank you, officer Wilson, for risking your life so we can live in a safe world. I am praying for you."
"As a retired police officer, I would have shot him also. The police are not out there to see who can wipe who, but to keep the peace. With a person the size of Mr. Brown, there is no doubt I would have taken the same action. Police officer's have an old saying; 'I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by six.’”
On Facebook, a commenter who identified himself as Mike Allgire
"The death of Michael Brown is a tragic event. We all must deal with this in our own personal way. However, throughout this trying time we must remember the men and women of law enforcement are neighbors, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. Law enforcement officers are a part of the very fabric of our communities we ask them to protect. In times like this, they, too, need to know that the community is behind the work they do for us and that we in the community appreciate all their countless hours of service."
A statement on the Facebook site, "I Support Officer Wilson”
“I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell
“Liberals are always touting their anti-war credentials denouncing its toll on human lives. But in Ferguson, there is one war they can’t seem to promote enough—race war.
“I’m as black as Obama, which means I’m half white, half black. And I’m fully sick and tired of the race hucksters masquerading as ‘journalists’. Honestly, we live in litigation-happy society, but someone should sue for mainstream media malfeasance.
“Perhaps liberal journalists are disappointed that the Trayvon Martin tragedy didn’t erupt into a civil war as they had expected. Even the Obama administration is doing what it can to reinforce the false narrative that white-on-black crime is epidemic. The truth? According to the FBI, 91 percent of blacks murdered were killed by other blacks. Where’s the outrage? Where are the opportunist vultures who swoop down any time there is a perceived white-on-black crime? Why aren’t these lives mourned and the same-race perpetrators blamed?”
Ryan Bomberger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, a nonprofit life-affirming organization
“The rioting and looting that followed and the pundits who weighed in with the familiar narrative about slavery, discrimination, stereotyping, joblessness, lack of education and absent fathers, are familiar scenes we have watched in incidents dating back to the race riots of the 1960s. Blue ribbon commissions have been appointed to study the ‘causes,’ laws have been passed, little has changed.”
Columnist Cal Thomas
“What will save us are not more elite and self-serving ‘conversations’ about racial difference, but a new classically liberal effort to consider race irrelevant in our shared American culture. Perhaps if we started treating people as unique individuals and not as hyphenated and anonymous groups, we could deal with these tragic shootings as individual tragedies rather than collective conspiracies.”
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”
Dr. Kent Brantly at a news conference. Brantly and Nancy Writebol, another American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia, have been discharged from the hospital. Writebol was released Tuesday and is choosing not to make public comments, according to the hospital.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The beheading of James Foley
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Liberals behaving badly
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK