Eighth Graders in Virginia Assigned to Conduct Opposition Research on GOP Presidential Candidates

Students at a Virginia middle school were assigned to conduct opposition research on the GOP presidential contenders and pass their findings along to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, according to a report in the Daily Caller.

Eighth graders in Liberty Middle School teacher Michael Denman’s class were reportedly instructed to “research the backgrounds and positions of each of the GOP candidates for president and find weaknesses in them.” From there, they were assigned to write a “strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign.”

“This assignment was just creepy beyond belief — like something out of East Germany during the Cold War,” one father at the Fairfax, Va. school told the Daily Caller.

Read more here.

Al Qaeda fanatic is DEAD

The Al Qaeda fanatic who murdered seven people in south west France died in a vicious gunfire battle after police stormed his apartment following a 32-hour siege.

The Toulouse terrorist burst out of his flat’s bathroom ‘shooting insanely’ at officers, before leaping to his death from a window.

In scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood film, Mohammad Merah, 23, unleashed round after round from automatic weapons after gas cannisters were thrown into his apartment and police stormed in.

Two officers were injured, including one who is still in a serious condition.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said: ‘We sent in special cameras to be able to see where he was but we could not find him. It was when we were able to locate him in the bathroom that he came out shooting madly at everybody.

‘The police had never seen anything like this kind of violence and the RAID police had to protect themselves.

Read more here.

Los Angeles Passes Resolution Against ‘Intolerable’ Radio Speech

The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution condemning speech on radio that some may find “intolerable.”

According to the local CBS station in L.A., Councilmember Jan Perry “introduced legislation this week that would call upon media companies to ensure ‘on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs’ on radio and other broadcasts.”

The resolution, which the L.A. Times notes is only a “symbolic” move, passed 13-2.

“It’s exactly appropriate for this council to speak up against the vile things we hear on the airwaves,” Councilman Paul Krekorian told the Times. According to him, he doesn’t want to see free speech stifled, but rather is looking “to seek a greater consensus on what is appropriate speech and to reject what is not.” [Quote is referring to the Times’ paraphrase — it is not Krekorian’s exact words]

That raises the question: Isn’t coming to a greater consensus on appropriate speech the beginning of censoring free speech?

Just consider what local radio host Dominique DiPrima of KJLH-FM (102.3), who supports the resolution thinks.

“Instead of censoring people, or firing people, we want to see representation in terms of hiring and clear standards of what can and can’t be said on the air,” she said.

And that raises another question: Who decides what is tolerable and intolerable beyond the regulations already set forth by the FCC?