Wis. spa shooting suspect found dead

A man police suspected of killing three and wounding four by opening fire at a tranquil day spa was found dead Sunday afternoon following a six-hour manhunt that locked down a shopping center, country club and hospital in suburban Milwaukee.

Authorities said they believed the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. The man they identified as the suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, had a restraining order against him.

Christine Bannister, a dispatch supervisor for Waukesha County communications center, said Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, had been found dead. She could not provide more details.

The shooting happened about 11 a.m. at the Azana Day Spa, a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from a major shopping mall in Brookfield, a middle-to-upper class community west of Milwaukee. Hours later, a bomb squad descended on the building, and Police Chief Dan Tushaus said an improvised explosive device had been found inside

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Taxes go up in 2013 for 163 million workers

President Barack Obama isn’t talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.

A temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes is due to expire at the end of the year and hardly anyone in Washington is pushing to extend it. Neither Obama nor Romney has proposed an extension, and it probably wouldn’t get through Congress anyway, with lawmakers in both parties down on the idea.

Even Republicans who have sworn off tax increases have little appetite to prevent one that will cost a typical worker about $1,000 a year, and two-earner family with six-figure incomes as much as $4,500.

Why are so many politicians sour on continuing the payroll tax break?

Republicans question whether reducing the tax two years ago has done much to stimulate the sluggish economy. Politicians from both parties say they are concerned that it threatens the independent revenue stream that funds Social Security.

They are backed by powerful advocates for seniors, including AARP, who adamantly oppose any extension.

“The payroll tax holiday was intended to be temporary and there is strong bipartisan support to let that tax provision expire,” said Sen. Orrin of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “The continued extension of a temporary payroll tax holiday has serious long-term implications for Social Security and, frankly, it’s not even clear that it has helped to boost our ailing economy.”

The question of renewing the payroll tax cut has been overshadowed by the expiration of a much bigger package of tax cuts first enacted under President George W. Bush. The Bush-era tax cuts also expire at the end of the year, and Congress is expected to try to address them after the election, in a lame-duck session.

The payroll tax cut could become part of the mix in negotiations that could go in many directions. But lawmakers in both political parties say they doubt it.

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“I think there’s a growing consensus that Congress and the president can’t continue to divert such a critical revenue stream from Social Security,” said Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, a senior Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. “I think more and more Americans understand that that payroll tax cut, while politically appealing, is endangering Social Security.”

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Egyptian Muslims Try To Rape French Female Journalist In Tahrir Square

So, the rocket scientists at French news media outlet, France 24, decided that they needed a report from Cairo, Egypt so they sent a female reporter, a WESTERN female reporter, mind you, into the same location that saw the rape of CBS reporter Lara Logan. Brilliant, huh? And yes, the French female reporter WAS attacked and if not for the valiant effort of another correspondent, she would have been the latest victim of the mongrels of Tahrir Square.

But hey, this is what democracy looks like, right?

Lara Logan should be suing the ass off of CBS News and this French reporter should be suing France 24 for all they are worth. As for the crowds in Cairo…welcome to the Stone Age, folks. Anything goes under the Muslim Brotherhood.

The story comes from the New York Daily News via The Religion of Peace.

A French television journalist said Saturday that she was attacked in the same Cairo square where CBS correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted last year.

Logan said her “heart goes out” to Sonia Dridi — who told the Daily News she had just covered a protest in Egypt’s Tahrir Square when she was surrounded by some men.

She said they put their hands all over her, tried to remove her clothes and attempted to drag her away from a male colleague who was trying to protect her.

“We see it all the time,” said Dridi. “Men touch women and grab them.”

She said Ashraf Khalil, a correspondent for Time and France 24, kept her from being carried off.

“There were at least 50 guys around us attacking us, but Ashraf held onto me and told me, ‘Don’t worry. Just breathe. Breathe. It’s going to be okay,’ ” she said.

Khalil told The Associated Press the crowd surged in toward them and “went crazy.”

“It was basically me keeping her in a bear hug, both arms around her and face-to-face,” he said. “It was hard to tell who was helping and who was groping her.”

Dridi said that at one point, some of the men were telling her to get in a van and she didn’t know if it was a trap or an escape route, but Khalil told her not to get in.

“There were a lot of men in there and I’m sure now that they were of the attackers,” she said.

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MINNESOTASTAN: Closes schools for two days so teachers can learn how to teach Islam in the classroom

Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days for a teachers’ conference. This year, not only will teachers be playing diversity games with dolls, they will be attending a workshop on how to teach Islam. Why don’t they just hire Muslim teachers? There certainly are more than enough Muslims in Minnesota. Talk to Rep. Keith Ellison, I’m sure he’ll be happy to import a few thousand more Somalis.

TOWNHALL Playing with dolls is meant to inspire teachers, as EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.”

The conference also includes a workshop on how to teach about Islam. The union says about the session: “An expert panel will present information on teaching about Islam in the context of social studies and world religion. They will share perspectives on how educators can help improve intercultural communication and well-being for immigrant and refugee students and families from Muslim countries.”

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Australian Radio Jock Forced Into ‘Factual Accuracy Training’ on Global Warming

For those who would claim liberals are the free-speech champions, see Philip Bump at the eco-leftist Grist magazine. Australian morning “shock jock” Alan Jones, “who apparently belongs to the Limbaugh/AEI school of factual accuracy” on “climate change,” is being cited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (like their FCC) and has been ordered to undergo “factual accuracy” training.

Regulators ruled that Jones breached broadcast rules by claiming Australians contributed just ”1 per cent of .001 per cent of carbon dioxide in the air.” Climate activist scientists will apparently police the radio airwaves in Australia in a way Al Gore and the American Left can only envy:

Controversial shock jock Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo “factual accuracy” training, and to use fact-checkers, in another damaging blow to his credibility.

External trainers will conduct training sessions for Jones and other news and current affairs staff at [radio station] 2GB.…

University of Melbourne climate change scientist David Karoly said Australians were in fact responsible for .45 per cent of total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. ”Obviously, we would much rather prefer that the comments of people like Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt were, in fact, correct, so it is pleasing to get this ruling from ACMA,” Dr Karoly said.

The radio station told ACMA Jones’ claims should have been taken as commentary, because his show was neither news nor current affairs, but, ”overwhelmingly … the personal opinion and comment of Jones”.

But the authority said any ”ordinary, reasonable listener” would have taken his claims to be fact.

The media authority said 2GB had ”some” fact-checking and verification measures in place, but these had shortcomings in the case of Jones’ show. ”The editorial pieces, the subject of the ACMA investigations, did not involve the wider production team.”

The station volunteered to ”pre-broadcast fact-checking by the program’s executive producer of any material provided by non-media sources or third parties”.

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Sandra Fluke Campaigns For Obama and Free Birth Control in Nevada – 10 People Show Up

Free birth control activist Sandra Fluke campaigned in Nevada on Saturday for Barack Obama.
10 people showed up.

The RGJ reported:

Sandra Fluke, the woman at the center of a media firestorm earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” spoke Saturday in front of about 10 people at the Sak ‘N Save in north Reno.

The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats to get Northern Nevadans to the polls on the first day of early voting.

“I’m trying to do everything I can for an election that I feel is very important. I have a unique opportunity for how I get to do that,” said Fluke, who is coming off recent campaign trips to Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida as a surrogate for Democratic President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Mark Steyn added, “Democratic momentum unstoppable.”

NYT and AP at Odds (For Now) on Whether Obama Admin Is ‘Nearing a Diplomatic Breakthrough’ With Iran

Seventeen days before Election Day and 45 months after Barack Obama’s inauguration following a presidential campaign during which he expressed his eagerness to meet enemy leaders “without preconditions” (Obama responded “yes” to a 2008 presidential debate question containing those words), the New York Times is reporting that the U.S. and Iran “have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations,” despite the fact that the White House has “denied that a final agreement (to negotiate) had been reached,” and despite a reactive AP report (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) claiming that while “The White House says it is prepared to talk one-on-one … there’s no agreement now to meet.”

Despite the supposed certainty of the Times’s headline (“U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks”), the paper’s Helene Cooper and Mark Landler report that “American officials said they were uncertain whether Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had signed off on the effort.” If Khamenei isn’t on board, it doesn’t matter what anybody else, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says or does. Three years ago, two AP reporters covering the government’s crackdown on dissidents noted Khamenei’s “virtually limitless authority,” i.e., he’s the country’s behind-the-scenes dictator. In a piece that’s supposed to be about a supposedly important international development, Cooper and Landler predictably blow through quite a bit of ink and bandwidth trying to paint this development as a problem for Obama’s GOP opponent Mitt Romney (bolds are mine):

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CDC called out for sexual-orientation discrimination

A team of legal experts at the United States Justice Foundation is calling on the U.S. government to quit discriminating based on sexual orientation.

They have sent a letter to Kevin Fenton of the National Center for HIV/AIDS in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was written on behalf of PFOX, Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays, which pointedly noted that the groups and resources cited by the federal government fall short of a scientific standard.

“How do these links ‘meet scientific standards supported by published, evidence-based studies,’ as the CDC claims?” asked Regina Griggs, PFOX’s executive director.

The letter explains that the CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Youth Sources website links to homosexual activist organizations and homosexual resources. It also includes links to sites that “warn others against the use of therapy for diminishing unwanted same-sex attractions.”

For example, it links to the GSANetwork, which is described as “empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools” as well as “campaigns to …. empower youth activists to create changes that will transform schools.”

“The website also contains links to anti-heterosexual publications and organizations, such as PFLAG, which openly denigrates former homosexuals, and the infamous anti-ex-gay publication ‘Just the Facts,’ which advocates against Christian ex-gay ministries and lists only those religious organizations that affirm homosexual behavior,” the letter says.

“Why is the federal government spreading intolerance against the ex-gay community and Christians who support the religious testimony of former homosexuals?” the letter asks. “The promotion of these negative anti-heterosexual comments spreads hate towards the ex-gay community. Is the federal government singling out a certain class of people to denigrate?”

The letter also takes issue with the government’s links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “which creates unsafe communities by promoting intolerance against the ex-gay community and actively targeting Christian organizations who disagree with their political beliefs.”

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White House Lies About Talks With Iran

The New York Times reported Saturday that the United States has agreed to bilateral talks with Iran over its highly contested nuclear program.

The story read, in part:

News of the agreement — a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials that date almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term — comes at a critical moment in the presidential contest, just two weeks before Election Day and the weekend before the final debate, which is to focus on national security and foreign policy.

It has the potential to help Mr. Obama make the case that he is nearing a diplomatic breakthrough in the decade-long effort by the world’s major powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but it could pose a risk if Iran is seen as using the prospect of the direct talks to buy time.

However, the White House denied the report Saturday evening.

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