Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Fischer’

The problem with the Wheeler Report

October 3, 2009

Besides having a design that would embarrass characters from Revenge of the Nerds, the Wheeler Report also seems to be the unfortunate peddler of every thought that wanders into Sen. Mary Lazich’s right wing brain. Or perhaps the brain of her chief of staff, talk radio host Kevin Fischer.

All jokes aside, anybody who checks the report daily notices a definite pattern in the legislative press releases. Some legislators put something out almost daily, while others seem utterly disinterested. The ones that I notice the most are Lazich, Kedzie and Clark.

Granted, a Lazich reading can sometimes be rewarding. In a balanced discussion of a proposal to extend the deer hunting season, Lazich pulls a couple intriguing stats out of her pocket:

Even if you are not a hunter, you still need to be aware of deer. State Farm Insurance reports a vehicle collides with a deer somewhere in the United States every 26 seconds. Wisconsin ranks eighth in the nation for the likelihood of vehicles crashing with deer. Your odds of crashing with a deer are 1 in 116.

Brunch Links

July 20, 2009

Uh oh, do you have a case of the Mondays? Unfortunately you can’t shoot me for asking. Either way, we’ve a few good news items today, including a corrections officer robbed of his ID and badge at a bar. Corrections has been on the brain lately, what with sentencing reform, a humane society program that allow inmates to train dogs. Today is another look at the ugliness of our system…

AP: The Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide today whether 16,000 inmates at Milwaukee County Jaily are eligible for compensation for being subjected to crowded and filthy conditions.

Journal-Sentinel: Need a fake ID? Rob a prison guard.

State Journal: Crime or fear of crime? “In some cases, long-time residents of some neighborhoods are afraid of young blacks and Hispanics who are not breaking the law.”

Bill Lueders: “But perhaps the biggest culprits of all are never implicated. I’m talking about ordinary health care consumers. These are the folks who let the current rotten system continue. How? By putting up with it.”

The Daily Page: “Café Monmartre was a second home to Madison musicians.”

The Chief: “Kevin Fischer’s attempt at being clever was so poorly executed that it could be read that he was calling liberals “Jews.”