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