The Institute for Policy Studies is Coming for Your Guns

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

The far left Institute for Policy Studies, out of Washington DC, is the ideas factory for the Obama Administration.

Then Illinois state senator Barack Obama himself served on the founding board of IPS’ partner organization Demos. Obama’s short lived and still communist “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, served on the same board some years later.

If you want to know what Obama will do tomorrow, read what IPS is saying today.

IPS wants to take your guns away. Because they know that if they can do that, American socialism is a slam dunk.

The IPS doesn’t just want to regulate guns. It wants to virtually eliminate them.

Here’s some socialist utopian insanity from the IPS website:

Sure, some people can use guns safely. Some people can also smoke crack safely, drink and drive safely and handle explosives safely. We don’t let them because too many other people can’t.

In the wake of every horrific school shooting comes the predictable call for gun control. Just as predictably comes the crazy counter-argument: If only the teachers had been armed, the shooting could have been prevented.

The simple fact is that guns are not compatible with 21st century civilized life. We should get rid of them. If we can’t get rid of them today, we should at least start the process of getting rid of them for the future. The world needs a future without guns.

No one should have guns. Not criminals, not responsible citizens, not the police. Guns should be safely locked away for use in a serious emergency and issued to police officers on a limited basis only when necessary. Even most police don’t need guns.

What about criminals? They have guns. Don’t we need guns to fight them with? Sure, maybe for a while. But after a hundred years with no guns, the supply will dry up even for criminals. We should be planning for the future, not arming for the present.

What about the Constitution? Gun rights are enshrined in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Well, I have news for Constitutional fundamentalists: The US Constitution has been changed 27 times. It can be changed again.

The author then goes onto emphasize just how fragile the Second Amendment is:

Lest we forget, the Second Amendment was itself a change to the Constitution. That’s why we call it an “amendment.” It wasn’t there at first.

In fact, the Second Amendment only prevents the federal government from infringing “the right to keep and bear Arms.” States could have all the gun control they want if it weren’t for the later 14th Amendment that extends rights under the federal Constitution to apply to state actions as well.

Even this thin reed of gun rights has only existed since 2010. In the 2010 McDonald v. Chicago case, the activist US Supreme Court reversed 142 years of precedent to extend the meaning of the 14th Amendment to prohibit states from prohibiting guns…

It did so by a 5-4 margin. In other words, the nationwide Constitutional protection for gun ownership only came into existence in 2010 (not 1791) and even then by one single vote. So much for the everlasting, inalienable right to own a gun…Gun ownership is a great hobby. It was fun while it lasted. But easy access to guns is incompatible with daily life in 21st century society. There are no bandits on the prairie. There are no wolves at the door. It’s time to get rid of guns. If that means a 28th change to the Constitution, so be it. It’s worth it.

Don’t laugh gun owners. If IPS is saying this today, Obama and the Democrats will be planning to implement this tomorrow.

Obama may get to appoint two more Supreme Court judges before 2016. What’s the bet they will be strong anti-gun advocates?

The IPS and oObama are coming for your guns. You can take that to the bank.


The Institute for Policy Studies’ “Inside-Oustside” Strategy for the Obama Administration

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

In this video, made during Obama’s first term, Joy Zarembka of the Institute for Policy Studies, outlines her organization’s plans for influencing Obama Administration policy.

Basically, IPS plans to mobilize its radical Marxist allies to pressure Obama from the streets; to use its more respectable high level radical friends to burrow into the Administration and influence policy from the inside.

The Washington DC IPS is the ideas factory for Obama’s people. It was once infamous for its ties to the Soviet KGB and Cuban intelligence.

Today it spreads socialist ideas though a whole range of sympathetic Washington insiders and politicians, while inspiring its friends in Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA and a whole host of other “progressive” groups to take the battle to the streets.


The 2012 Fabulous 50 Awards

NoisyRoom is honored to be included in Doug Ross’ 2012 Fabulous 50 awards again this year under the category of Best Blog-Ring: The Watcher’s Council (All 2012 Council members are winners).

From Doug Ross:

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here.

The votes are in. The anxious nominees’ fingernails have been chewed down to the quick.

Winner – 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards. And at least one blogger just excused himself to go to the bathroom (number two, apparently, based upon the length of time he’s been gone).

So we’re more than pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards, the most prestigious new media awards in the conservative blogosphere.

Or, at the very least, in the 993 area code.

These awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to protect America from Statism — some in very unique ways.

So, without further ado, may I have the envelopes, please?

Best News Portal:
Drudge Report

Best Group Blog:
Hot Air

Best Op-Ed Blog:
Right Wing News

Best Blog Portal:
BadBlue and Memeorandum (tie)

Best News Site:
CNS News, Breitbart, and Washington Examiner (Tie)

Best Political Site:
American Spectator and RedState (Tie)

Best News Blog:
Weasel Zippers

Best Pundit:
Michelle Malkin

Best Blogger:
Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

Best Columnist:
Mark Steyn

Best Blogger in a Group Blog:
Ed Morrissey

The Ernie Pyle Award for Best Political Blogger:
Robert Stacy McCain

The Time-For-Choosing Award for Best Speech on Conservatism:
Bill Whittle

Most Influential Political Blogger:
Erick Erickson

Best Econ Blogger:
James Pethokoukis

Best U.S. Econ Blog:
Foundry (The Heritage Foundation’s Blog)

Best Global Econ Blog:
Zero Hedge and Global Economic Analysis (Tie)

Best Talk Radio Host Website:
The Mark Levin Show

Best Designated Blogger:
Doug Powers, for his work on MichelleMalkin.com

Best Event Coverage:
Steven Crowder, for his coverage of the Michigan union protests

Best Anti-Corruption Blog
Project Veritas

Best Investigative Blog:
New Jersey Watchdog

Best Voter Integrity Blog:
True the Vote

Blog Post of the Year:
“The Deepest Source of our Troubles”, Paul Rahe

Best Video Blog:
Afterburner, Bill Whittle

Best Gun Blog:
GunWatch and Larry Correia (tie)

Best Online Magazines:
City Journal and The Objective Standard (tie)

Rookie of the Year:
Liberty’s Torch

Most Valuable Blogger:
Clarice Feldman, American Thinker

Most Valuable Twitter Feed:
@MelissaTweets (Dr. Melissa Clouthier)

Comeback Blogger of the Year:
Dan Riehl

Best White House Coverage:
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier

Best First Lady Blog:
Michelle’s Mirror (MOTUS)

Best Blog-Ring:
The Watcher’s Council (All 2012 Council members are winners)

Best Latin American Coverage:
Fausta’s Blog

Best Essayist:
Gerard Van Der Leun, American Digest

Best Global Issues Writer:
Walter Russell Mead, Via Meadia and Victor Davis Hanson (tie)

Best Climate Blog:
Climate Depot, Pirate’s Cove, and Watts Up With That (tie)

Best Cartoonist
Chris Muir, Day By Day and Michael Ramirez (tie)

Best Op-Ed Page
Investors Business Daily

Best Link Aggregator

The Ronald Reagan Award for Best Anti-Communism Blogger:
Trevor Loudon

The Moshe Dayan Award for Best Israel Blogger:
Israel Matzav

The Golda Meir Award for Best Anti-Jihad Blogger:
Atlas Shrugs, Gates of Vienna, JihadWatch, Sultan Knish and The Astute Blogger (tie)

Best Law Blog:
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Best Investigative Reporter in Legacy Media:
Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News for her reporting on Operation Fast & Furious and Benghazi-gate

Best All-Around Blogging:
Nice Deb, Pundit & Pundette, Sister Toldjah, Wintery Knight, Wolf Howling and Yid With Lid (tie)

The Andrew Dice Clay Award for Political Incorrectness:
Angry White Dude

The Marx Brothers Award for Most Entertaining Group Blog:
Ace of Spades

Best Video Site:
The Right Scoop

Best Writing on a Blog:
Jeff Goldstein, Protein Wisdom

Best Catholic Blog:
The Anchoress

The Stuxnet Award for Best Information Warfare Campaign:
The Jawa Report

Best Media-Watch Site:

Best Media-Watching Blog:
Ed Driscoll

The Daniel Simpson Day Award for Best Graphics:
Hope n Change Cartoons, iOwnTheWorld, The Looking Spoon and The People’s Cube (tie)

The Salvador Dali Award for Most Creative Blogging:
Curmudgeonly & Skeptical and Sondrakistan (tie)

The David Brooks Award for Demi-Conservatism:
David Frum

The David Frum Award for Faux Conservatism:
Jennifer Rubin, Right Turn

The Jennifer Rubin Award for Pseudo-Conservatism:
David Brooks, New York Times

The Deb Morgan Award for Best Use of Cursewords:
Cold Fury and Double Plus Undead (tie)

The Matthew Yglesias Award for World’s Dumbest Blogger:
Ezra Klein

The Melvin Keynes Award for World’s Dumbest Economist:
Paul Krugman

The Kent Dorfman Award for Most Confused Blogging:
Charles Johnson, Little Green Foosballs (Diary of Daedalus accepting the award for Charles)


ICLA’s OSCE Mission In 2012 – Reflections

By: Aeneas Lavinium

Photograph of an OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Taken By ICLA In 2009

The month of December is a useful time to reflect on the year that is about to pass into history. 2012 has been a year in which human rights in Western countries have suffered sustained attack. ICLA has been at the forefront of bringing such abuses to public attention. This does not make ICLA popular with the governments that are presiding over such activities. Its activists may suffer unwanted attention from those with power. However, as an organisation and as individual activists we are willing to be unpopular in the eyes of the powerful. Even if, as individuals, we have our lives turned upside down we will continue to speak out for what is right.

ICLA is keen to participate in civil society institutions and in 2012 we have continued our mission at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ICLA activists working tirelessly at the OSCE to ensure that important human rights issues get the attention that they deserve.

The on-going efforts of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to undermine freedom of expression has been the focus of much of our efforts. Its quest for a global blasphemy law is one of the principal threats to human rights in the world today. Since it is freedom of expression that guarantees the right to freedom of religion and not the other way around religious freedom is also in grave danger if the OIC’s ambitions are realised. The connivance of Western governments with the OIC will be something that we will need to monitor closely in 2013.

From left to right:
Alain Wagner (France) is the leader of the Stop Sharia campaign and a co-founder of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).
David Erzet (Belgium) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).
Dave Petteys (USA) represents ACT! for America 5280 Coalition.
Felix Strüning (Germany) is the managing director of the Stresemann Foundation — A Lobby for Freedom.
Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).
Liz Schmidt (Germany) represents Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Austria).
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (Austria) is a board member of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Germany).

ICLA’s work at the OSCE has been done in partnership with members of a number of courageous organisations. We would like to take this opportunity to salute our colleagues at Act for America 5280 Coalition, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, Stresemann Foundation, and Association NONALI for the constructive working relationships that we developed at the OSCE (a list of document submissions can be found HERE). Together we drew attention to a number of important issues in relation to human rights (submitting organisation in brackets at end of each point) including:

  • Brought attention to interference by British authorities with the right to freedom of assembly at a demonstration against Islamist extremism in Walthamstow on 1 September 2012. (BPE).
  • Highlighted the incompatibility between the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam of 1990 (CDHRI) and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948. (BPE).
  • Drew attention to the incompatibly of Islamic laws relating to apostasy and norms established in the OSCE region. (BPE).
  • Use of labels such as “Islamophobia” to undermine freedom of expression. (Act for America 5280 Coalition).
  • Called for the rejection of the CDHRI and for OSCE member states to participate in the 2012 Brussels Process. (ICLA).
  • Called for precise definitions of key words used in OSCE documents in order to facilitate sincere and constructive dialogue and cooperation.
  • ICLA helped to expose possible US Government pro-sharia and anti-Israel intentions at OSCE
  • Asked for a concise legal explanation of the difference between “anti-Muslim discourse” and criticism of Islam as well as a definition of the term “Islamophobia”
  • Urgently called on the British Government to take measures to ensure that the Rotherham grooming scandal that was arguable caused by political correctness never happens again.
  • Highlighted many examples of politically motivated discrimination in supposedly liberal democracies.
  • Reminded the OSCE of its commitment to guaranteeing freedom of artistic creation with reference to the case of German professor Armin Geus. (BPE). (BPE). (The trial of Prof. Geus was shut down shortly afterwards).
  • Recommended that Austrian authorities demand a certified German copy of the Koran to check whether Islamic teachings are indeed compatible with Austrian laws.
  • After citing numerous examples of interference with the right to freedom of assembly and association ICLA called for international monitors for political protests in Western Europe. (ICLA).

ICLA was mentioned in the official OSCE consolidated summary of the conference that was held in Warsaw from 24 September – 5 October 2012. The consolidated summary can be found HERE, but some of the references to ICLA can be found below:

“International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)”

The ODIHR could therefore greatly help participating States ensure that their legislation concerning freedom of religion and belief is and remains in compliance with their commitments by:

  • Inducing state members to demand the abrogation of the Cairo Declaration, or at least to reject it, so as to prevent the duplicity of language that has appeared in the international agreements and within the OSCE;
  • Inducing state members to join the Brussels Process launched by the International Civil Liberties Alliance on July 9, 2012 in the European Parliament. The Brussels Process aims to assist governments and civil society in protecting civil liberties and freedoms, and more specifically to defend the freedom of belief against attempts to implement Sharia regulations;
  • Helping to create bi- or multilateral partnerships among OSCE members in order to optimize the implementation of the Brussels Process, to contribute to its growth and evolution and to the expansion of its field of application.” (page 86)


“International Civil Liberties Alliance”

Recommendations to ODIHR:

  • To allow sincere and constructive dialogue and cooperation between state members, NGO’s and exterior participants, IClA ask ODIHR to systematically provide a precise definition of both the expressions “Islamophobia” and “religious hatred” each time they are used in a document and, in absence of precise definitions, to adopt a bydefault non-receivability rule for all document containing one or both of those expressions.” (page 94)

Distributed documents submitted by ICLA can be found on page 157 of the report.

In 2013 we will continue our mission at the OSCE. Inevitably it will be a key year in which the OIC tries to close the deal for a global blasphemy law. Western governments will continue their own efforts to undermine fundamental rights and freedoms. ICLA will be there to expose such threats to freedom.

If you run an organisation that shares the values outlined in our Mission Statement then we would be thrilled to be in contact with you. Those that challenge freedom are powerful and have access to huge resources. Our work can therefore only move forward in partnership with others.