The Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame”- Inductee #36

For new readers:

I am always on the lookout for sharp, young, talented writers. As I have blogged in the past, these young folk must meet certain standards.

They must have a strong ability to write well.

Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.

They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.

Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check. Doing so would demonstrate a lack of pride and self-respect, not to mention a clear ineptness.

I have  recognized special young writers who will be members of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” By the strictest definition, “whippersnapper” may not be the most positive term. However, I can assure you that in this context, “whippersnapper” should be considered in the most complimentary, respectful sense. These young individuals are refreshing.

My goal is to showcase these young writers who, by their true ability give us superb confidence that the future of our great country is in very capable hands.

I have also expanded my Hall of Fame beyond young writers to include young folks who have performed exceptional public service, accomplished outstanding feats, or demonstrated exemplary behavior.

The latest inductee is Jordan Ramirez at #36 below.

NOTE: Unfortunately some of the links are broken.


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Jake Shafer

12) Bree McMahon

13) Keli Carender

14) Jessica Watson

15, 16, and 17) Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman

18) Vanessa Jean Louis

19) Zack Goodman

20) Lila Rose

21) Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe

22) Christine Rousselle

23) Carlos Turner

24) Jhaqueil Reagan

25) Matt Walsh

26) Kwasi Enin

27) Anthony Casalena

28) Dylan Puccetti

29) Lyla Black

30) Rishi Sharma

31) Ace Davis

32) Jonah Larson

33) Kailah Cathey

34) Marissa Koscielski

35) Abbi Schlueter

36) Jordan Ramirez

Today’s highly interesting read (04/13/21): Will COVID hysterics ever let our children live normal lives?

United Kicked Family Off Flight Because of Toddler's Mask Violation

Today’s read is from Karol Markowicz of the NY Post. Here’s an excerpt:

The end of the pandemic is nigh. Americans continue to get vaccinated at a rapid clip. Life will be moving on. Except, it seems, for children. For more than a year, they have suffered from irrational, unscientific and downright superstitious policies inflicted upon them by adults — and there is no end in sight.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), caused a stir when he said last August that “seasonal flu is actually, in many cases, a deadlier virus if [kids] contract that” — a claim that Politifact was forced to rate “mostly true.” It’s actually completely true, and if this is surprising news, it’s because the CDC, virus guru Dr. Anthony Fauci and the media at large have failed to tell the truth about COVID’s risks to children and the risks of children spreading it to adults. 

There’s more. Read it all here.

The latest pro-life news (04/12/21)


Don’t miss our closing heartwarming story every week!

This week’s Monday update from Pro-Life WI.

From WRTL (WI Right To Life).

More than 30 states now considering bills to ban sexually confused boys from girls sports.

Pro-life Democrats rally in support of Hyde Amendment.

Utah’s New Law Could Be Part of Winning Pro-Life Strategy.

Let this serve as a further wake-up call in the midst of our ongoing moral decline. What on earth could be coming next?


Thanks for reading!

Congratulations Ryan and Marie McEldowney in Louisville, KY. The beauty of newborn life. Happy Birthday Peter Isaiah McEldowney.

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Today’s highly interesting read (04/12/21): Actually, Everything the DEMOCRATS do is Racist

History of the Democratic Party (United States) - Wikipedia

“When Democrats get desperate they always return to their safe space of identity politics. When in doubt, cry racism.”
Columnist Derek Hunter

“It’s a hell of a racket. Who knew there were literally millions to be made in telling rich white liberals their skin is the root of all problems in the world? I wish I had thought of it. If I had known wealthy suburbanites led lives so devoid of meaning that they’d turned to mental masochism, I would’ve happily told them how awful they are and for half the price. They disgust me, but it never occurred to me to rip them off.”
Once again, Derek Hunter

Today’s read is from Rachel Alexander, editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Democrats’ manner of debating these days can be boiled down to one thing: label everything that conservatives do as racist. It’s a clever tactic, because it avoids discussing the merits of an issue (they always lose on the merits) and puts conservatives on the defensive. It turns the topic to discussing how to punish conservatives for being racist. The left is then free to plow ahead with their agenda because it’s the opposite, which then means it must be stopping racism. Everyone is so terrified of being called a racist that this stops conservatives from speaking up to defend conservative positions. It’s a brilliant strategy.

Instead of trying to pick holes in the shoddy accusation, what if conservatives went on the offensive and showed how Democrats are actually racist in a lot of their policies, since being defensive isn’t working? 

Some areas are obvious.

Then Alexander proceeds to surgically decimate favorites from the liberal playbook.

Read the entire column.

My Most Popular Blogs (04/12/21)

Here are my most popular bogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Maybe I’ll vote for Deb Kerr for state DPI Superintendent after all

2) Final thoughts on the Franklin school board election

3) Today’s highly interesting read (04/07/21): Mask-Wearing Represents Fear and Blind Obedience, Not Science

4) When I vote Tuesday I will not be wearing a mask

5) Post-election thoughts: Franklin School Board

6) The latest pro-life news (04/05/21)

7) UPDATE: Red-Flag laws: A slippery slope toward abuse


9) Recreational marijuana kills

10) Here’s a thought: LOW voter turnout is best

Culinary no-no #692

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

Franklin (WI) where I live is one of the locations in the state for the Milwaukee Burger Company restaurants. The place comes as advertised.

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Want cheese on that burger? You’ll have plenty of options.

American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce, Bleu, Bleu Jack, Mozzarella, Provolone, Swiss.

Nice to have so many choices.

I checked other restaurants named by Thrillist as having the best burgers in Wisconsin to see if they said cheese.

Oscar’s Pub & Grille in Milwaukee sure does: American, White or Yellow cheddar, Havarti, Swiss, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Boursin, Chipotle Jack, and Smoked Gouda.

Monk’s Bar & Grill in WI Dells: American, Wisconsin Cheddar, Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Pepperjack, Bleu cheese crumbles or Mozzarella cheese.

Kroll’s in Green Bay: Sharp American, PepperJack, Swiss, and Mozzarella.

No, cheeseburgers are not being frowned upon this week. But are any of the restaurants missing anything perhaps?

None of them offer Colby cheese. In fact it’s difficult to find Colby cheese on any menu in the Badger State (though I’m sure it’s out there.

So what’s wrong with Colby? Not a thing. So what gives, Kev?

This past week state Senator Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie) and Representative Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield) introduced a bill to name Colby cheese Wisconsin’s State Cheese. The authors issued a statement:

“Colby began as a farm family recipe dreamed up by a young man on the floor of his father’s small wooden cheese factory. Today, it has gone on to become world-famous and one of America’s most popular cheeses. Colby was real innovation – its inventive processing led to breakthroughs in cheesemaking that have truly changed cheese and put Wisconsin on the cheesemaking map. This bill celebrates that history and innovation, but it’s about more than just cheese – it’s a reminder that just one small person from one small place can take an idea and change history – even cheese history.”

Coming from Bernier and Rozar, this bill makes perfect sense in that both represent the City of Colby in Clark and Marathon counties – the birthplace of Colby cheese. Wisconsin now has 28 official state symbols.

Reaction to such a proposal like Colby cheese can get rather stinky. Doesn’t matter if the suggestion that of other state symbols came from school kids studying Wisconsin history or state government. Cries of “Don’t they have anything better to do?” are common.

When I worked for now-retired state Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) we heard plenty of criticism when she authored a bill that was approved and signed into law designating an official state tartan as sought by the Saint Andrew’s Society of Milwaukee.

If Wisconsin can have a state song, ballad, waltz, dance, beverage, tree, grain, flower, bird, fish, animal, domestic animal, wildlife animal, dog, insect, fossil, mineral, rock, soil, and tartan, then why not a state cheese? Problem is that’s like asking what should be our state pizza.

Wisconsin has nearly 1,200 licensed cheesemakers that produce more than 600 styles and varieties of cheese — nearly double the number of any other state. Choosing the official cheese would open Pandora’s Box. arguments could be made for numerous other varieties besides Colby. I do take issue with the legislators’ claim that Colby is one of the country’s most popular cheeses.

This one might be too difficult to single. Pick my favorite Beatles’ song? Hell if I know. State cheese? Is this like Baskin-Robbins? Do I get 31 possibilities?

Given that two Republicans are the authors and the GOP controls the Legislature I suspect the bill will at least get a public hearing. Otherwise, because we have so many outstanding cheeses, when it’s time to “Say Colby,” the answer will probably be no.


What is the dining table really for?

ICYMI…Culinary no-no #691

Photos of the Week (04/11/21)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Asylum-seeking migrants’ families attempt to get off an inflatable raft with a help of a Texas Ranger officer after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Roma, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Go Nakamura

2) Leanne Montenegro covers her eyes while she receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College, April 5, 2021, in Miami, Florida. Photo: AP

3) Carlos Mayorga, Mexican candidate for federal representative of the Solidarity Encounter Party (PES) lies in a coffin as part of his campaign slogan “If I don’t deliver, let them bury me alive” near the Zaragoza-Ysleta international border bridge between Mexico and the U.S., in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

4) Visitors walk from the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance centre, on the eve of the ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

5) People visit Cape Collinson Chinese Cemetery to pay respects to their departed loved ones to mark the Ching Ming Festival, also known as tomb-sweeping near the Chai Wan area of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

6) A woman walks past writing painted on a wall reading “When will I be able to walk alone at night and feel safe?” in Dublin, Ireland, April 4, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

7) Twenty two ancient Egyptian royal mummies are transported in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, April 3, 2021, to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Photo: AFP

8) An effigy representing Judas Iscariot burns as people wearing masks watch during Holy Week in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, on April 4, 2021. Photo: Matias Delacroix / AP

9) Lava oozes from a new fissure near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. Photo: Ao Thor/via REUTERS

10) A flamboyance of flamingos fly over Mogan Lake near Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

11) Members of the Hungarian dance and folk art ensemble Marcal throw water at a woman as part of traditional Easter celebrations in Gyor-Menfocsanak, Hungary. Photo: Reuters

12) Jerry Seinfeld speaks to journalists after performing at Gotham Comedy Club on its first night back open after loosened coronavirus restrictions in Manhattan, New York, April 2, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

13) The Easter Bunny makes a surprise appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2021. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty