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World War II In Photos

World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the world’s population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths — killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.

This series of entries was originally posted weekly to TheAtlantic.com from June 19 through October 30, 2011, running every Sunday morning for 20 weeks. In this collection of 900 photos over 20 essays, I tried to explore the events of the war, the people involved at the front and back home, and the effects the war had on everyday lives. These images still give us glimpses into the real-life experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. There were thousands of events affecting millions of lives, and I hope that I was able to do justice to this important story in this large-photo narrative format and thank you for joining along the way.

 
 
 
 
 

RSTRUI

 

RSTRUI – Six letters you shouldn’t ever forget

Here’s a tip you won’t remember until you need it. But this little tip can pull you out of some serious problems. There are several new rogue security programs on the Web, and they all follow the same M.O.

Thousands of rogues are currently being distributed on the Web or by email. There are new ones appearing every day, and most of the time the new ones are simply old ones with new names and updated user interfaces.

Some of these rogues spawn full-page alerts (or pop-ups) that always stay on top of all other windows, no matter what you do. These kind are particularly annoying because you can’t access your browser, Windows Explorer or any other program because the rogue window is always on top. Some of these full page alerts and pop-ups have no “X” in the top-right corner with which to close them, some do but the “x” does not work, while some work but only close the alert or pop-up window momentarily.

You can get these rogues simply by visiting a web site or by clicking an attachment in an email. We wish we could give you a list of these sites but there isn’t any way to do that. The sites distributing these rogues may be legitimate sites which have been duped into “selling” these rogues; they may sites which are owned by less-than-honest business people who are trying to make a quick buck by partnering with the crooks who make these rogue security products; or they maybe sites created by the crooks themselves. And even if we could give you a list of sites – it would change and grow every day – there’s just no way to keep up with them. But you don’t need to know the sites, all you need to know is this:

When a warning appears telling you that a virus or Trojan has been detected on your computer – DO NOT PANIC. Take a deep breath. Look carefully at the warning. Pay no attention to fancy Windows-like graphics. Look to see if the name of your security program(s) appear anywhere on that warning. If you use Avast – does it say Avast? If you use Microsoft Security Essentials, does it say that? If you use SUPERAntiSpyware – does it say SUPERAntiSpyware?

You get the picture. If it’s a rogue – it won’t know what security software you have installed, but the alert usually will have a legitimate sounding name on it – like Windows Internet Security 2011. Clean This, Windows AntiVirus 2011 or similar.

You’re going to have to reach down and hold on – take a deep breath and use all your willpower so you don’t click the “Scan and clean my computer now” button. Remember, if you do click the scan and clean button on one of these rogues, you’ll be installing it. And if you do actually install one of these rogues, you’re going to have a lot more problems.

If you make a mistake and become infected or click a link that causes you to be infected, it’s important that you don’t panic. You can recover from this type of attack, but you need to stay calm and not do anything crazy like click “Purchase … now”, or “Clean your computer now”, or “Activate now”.

A number of these newer rogues are ingenious in their design. Their pop-ups cover your entire screen when you start your computer. And you’ll have no way to minimize or close it – they give you one easy choice. The choice you’ll have is to buy the rogue security program by clicking the button on the pop-up which says “Buy now and clean your computer”, or similar. It can be very frustrating to users – many of whom don’t know how to get this pop-up off their screens. You can’t use ALT F4 to close it. There is no X in the top right corner, there is no icon on your task bar to right-click and close – and sometimes you can’t see your task bar at all anyway.

If this happens to you – and it will happen to you sooner-or-later – there is a very simple solution. But you have to remember it and you have to remember not to panic. Here is the simple solution:

1. Shut your computer down. The only way you’ll be able to shut down is by turning off your computer. Use the power switch. You may not be able to shut down normally because your start button will be covered by the pop-up. (Some of the rogue’s cover everything but the task bar and the start button – but when you click anything on the task bar, the rogue pop-up reappears as soon as you click “Start” or anything else.)

2. Now after your computer has been shut down for at least a minute, turn the power button on and keep tapping the F8 key while Windows is booting. This will open your Safe Mode options. Choose “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”. This is the only option you should use in this scenario. The reason? Because it doesn’t start Windows Explorer – it opens a Window CMD window – the black and spooky “DOS window”. But have no fear. Your computer is not connected to the Internet. You’ve isolated your machine.

3. When the command window opens – and this can take some time so be patient – you’ll see something like C:WindowsSystem32>

When you see C:WindowsSystem32 > type ‘rstrui.exe’ and press the Enter key.

Sit back, grab some coffee and wait. It may take 5 or 6 minutes before you see anything change. But don’t worry, eventually it will change.

After a few minutes you’ll see the System Restore dialog appear. And when it does, start breathing easier because you’re almost home free. Choose a restore point at least 24 hours prior to the time you were attacked. After you have selected a System Restore point, go ahead and restore your computer. After a few minutes your computer will reboot. When Windows boots, your rogue security program will be gone, no more pop-ups, no more trouble – it will be like nothing ever happened.

And the best thing is – you won’t lose any emails, photos, music files, or documents, etc. The only thing you’ll lose is any program(s) you’ve installed since the restore point you chose.

This tip can be used for many other problems too. Safe Mode with Command Prompt does not even load the Windows shell – but it does load the Windows system files, so you can access other Windows tools and features from the Command Prompt.

The key is RSTRUI.EXE and accessing it from Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Because when you do you can go back in time and get rid of the rogue and all the changes it made to your system. And your computer will be back to normal. It will be like the problem had never even happened.

Written on November 28, 2011 by Ann-Marie Murrell

 
 
alfonzo rachelThis past summer I spent an entire day with PJTV’s AlfonZo Rachel at his Macho Sauce Productions studios. AlfonZo has some amazing upcoming projects including an appearance in the new movie Runaway Slave which will be opening in January.

Since Barack Obama took office in 2008, his administration has seemingly been trying to create huge race/class divisions between Conservatives and liberals. Almost daily someone in the media comes out swinging their race card, trying to vilify Conservatives and/or the Tea Party.

For years, AlfonZo Rachel has been creating brilliant mini history lessons via his PJTV videos, telling the truth about the huge role Democrats have played in everything from perpetuating slavery, forming the KKK and fighting against the Civil Rights movement. Following is part 1 of 4 of the interview I conducted with AlfonZo about race relations in America 2011.

A-M: AlfonZo, as white people we’re told if you say anything about racism you’re a racist. If you don’t say anything about race, you’re a racist. In other words, we can’t win. The Black Caucus has said the Tea Party wants to lynch people; actor Morgan Freeman said people don’t want Obama to be reelected because he’s Black. What do we do?

AZ: As always, the Democrats try to control the narrative and in this case they want to make sure the accusations come out and they pretend that Republicans are the ones who started this whole thing. It’s all projection, all smoke and mirrors. All these things Black people are angry about, it wasn’t white people in general that did this to them, it was Democrats—white Democrats. Whether it was trying to keep slavery legal, white Democrats. Whether it was when Republicans got their way and abolished slavery, Democrats had a hissy fit and formed the Ku Klux Klan. That was Democrats. Jim Crowe laws, Dred Scott decisions, revocation of Civil Rights, this was all Democrats—Republicans didn’t have anything to do with that. But the Democrats know what gets them votes. At the times, if you were Democrat that was a way to get votes. The Southern region wanted to be able to force people into slavery. There was slavery in the North, too, but the difference between slavery in the North and the South was if Republicans freed slaves, what would happen is Democrats would force the freed slaves into slavery. At the time, the safest place for a Black person to be was in slavery with the Republicans. Republicans kept slaves in a lot of ways for their protection because if they let them go, they were going to get caught by Democrats who would enslave them brutally. So as it is right now, Democrats want to change and throw slavery back onto the Republicans and it’s just not us. We had nothing to do with it.

A-M: So what do we do about this?

AZ: We do what we’re doing right now—talking about it and we’ve gotta keep talking about it. The big problem Republicans have, like you said before, if you say too much about it, you’re labeled a racist; if we don’t say enough about it, racist. And actually it’s worse to not say anything about it because Republicans have a tendency to have a sour grape attitude in that if they can’t say anything and if they get pushed back from Democrats, they say ‘you know what, I don’t even have time for this—I’ve got work to do.’ This in a way is good because that’s why we have this problem—because Republicans are working, just trying to feed their families and live the American Dream so they can provide goods and services to other people so they can put food on their tables, too. But thing is, when you’re doing that, keeping your head down, you’ve got other people who are trying to run their programs, and their program is to get what you’ve got and they’ll use any means. They’ll use race warfare, class war, sex war, whatever they can to make sure they can get into your pocket while you’re trying to work. That’s how Democrats and liberals roll. As far as Conservatives go, sometimes you have to say this conversation just can’t be one-sided in your favor anymore. This is where we’ve got to come in and say, ‘you’ve been lying and we’re going to call you out on it.’ But when you do that it, it’s going to be like throwing salt on a slug. They’re gonna act like demons getting holy water thrown on them and work their way into a fit, but we have to stand there and face it. Every time we tell them that they say ‘well, there was a big party switch and there was the Southern Strategy and we can’t have that conversation anymore’ which is all bogus! Everything is all bogus! The ‘party switch’ was bogus; the Southern Strategy was bogus! When they try to come back with all their excuses, you’ve gotta know in our mind that this is bogus.

When they try to say there was a party switch, Blacks were switching sides long before the so-called big ‘party switch’. They were switching sides back in FDR’s day. What were Black people’s reasons for voting Democrat back then? There was no excuse—it was entitlements. What happened was Democrats disenfranchised the Black community. It was like Democrats poisoned the water, then they accused somebody else of doing it, then they came back around the front with a doctor’s jacket on saying ‘we have the cure’. That’s how they roll. So what they did is they disenfranchised the Black community, kept them away from education, separated them from Republicans and stepped in saying, ‘you know what, we’re your friends. We have the Food Stamps, we have the entitlements; you throw your votes our way, you’ll be happy.’ It was just another way to keep the Black community enslaved.

So Black people were voting Democrat long before the so-called party switch. As far as the Southern Strategy goes, the only thing Democrats can say was that Nixon was using ‘southern sentiment language.’ Well, what’s this language? Nixon was trying to appeal to white Christian voters–big deal, so what? That’s how he was getting them to believe that there’s more to America important than you hating Black people; there’s your country, your rights and so forth. This is what Nixon was focusing on, it wasn’t the sentiment of keeping people enslaved and segregated, he was appealing to their Christianity. Even though Southerners were racists, which ain’t very Christ-like, they still had enough self-righteousness to think that they were Christians and that’s what Nixon was speaking to. So the whole Southern Strategy thing is bogus.

Not only that, here’s where you can really call them out on their hypocrisy. When they talk about how the Democrats switched sides and that now the racists are the Republicans, if they’re going to go there, then they have to admit that Democrats were racists in the first place! But they won’t even do that. So racists Democrats turned into racist Republicans—so first you have to admit they were racists. Those racist Democrats went over to the Republican side only to pass Civil Rights. How does that make sense? Democrats did themselves a favor by staying Democrats—that’s how George Wallace got elected, on a racist platform. You got people out there like Bull Connor—Democrat, member of the KKK, out there hosing people. Martin Luther King, Republican. People don’t want to admit that but Martin Luther King knew who he was fighting. Martin Luther King got put in jail—who put him in jail? Democrats did. Bull Connor was hosing the people that were marching with him or protesting in his honor. These were all Democrats! Look at the history of the south. Look at their governorship, their legislature—all Democrats throughout their history. So the whole Southern Strategy thing is a myth. This whole thing about Democrats becoming Dixiecrats and then going to Republicans? Myth. They all went back to the Democrat Party. The one Republican that Democrats always wanna point to is Strom Thurman. That’s your cherry pick? That’s all you got? I got a whole list of Dixiecrats who went back to the Democrat Party. There are no Dixiecrats that are in the Republican Party! Robert Byrd? Forgiven! It just goes to show you, racism is forgiven in the Democrat Party. You wanna be a racist, the place for you to be is in the Democrat Party—you come over to the Republican side, we’re gonna throw you out! If you want to keep to those Dixiecrat sentiments, we’ve seen it happen—Trent Lott? Bye. Don’t even try to play those Dixiecrat sentiments with us, you’re gone.

A-M: Then is it a matter of not backing down? Like you say, usually with Republicans arguing with liberals, we get to a certain point and then we leave. Should we stay at it, continue reminding them the actual facts and history of their own party? Many don’t even know who their Democrat Party really is.

AZ: Don’t even feel like with Democrats you have to have all the facts. Be as honest as you can be with what you know. None of us have all the answers; Democrats certainly don’t—but they know how to lie real good. The difference is that you have to remember they’re lying. So don’t be concerned with having all the facts because facts don’t matter to them anyway. Just know at the end of the day they’re not going to change you. At some point you’re going to probably have to say ‘at this point I may not know how to address what you’re saying because more than likely it’s not going to be true.’ It’s like Rush Limbaugh would say, ‘Don’t have an argument with an idiot because somebody else listening won’t be able to tell the difference.’ So at some point you may have to say, ‘You’re saying something that I know isn’t true. I may not know how to respond to you, but I do know that you’re lying.’ From there, you don’t just step away from the argument and say you can’t be bothered with this, go back and research what they said and chances are you’re going to find out they were lying! They go back to them and let them know you know the truth.

 

Can you say “Roadapples”?

Federal ID Pays Illegal Aliens Billions a Year?

November 28, 2011 

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Established 15 years ago, the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number [ITIN] is a seemingly innocuous administrative requirement that the Internal Revenue Service assigns to anyone who is employed and pays taxes. According to the IRS website, the numbers are used for federal tax reporting only. But since ITINs, as they are commonly known, are issued to wage earners regardless of immigration status, they’ve frequently been abused by the aliens who hold them.

For aliens, the ITIN is an extremely useful vehicle. Since the IRS isn’t required to share its information with any other federal agency, including immigration authorities, the promise of intra-agency confidentiality allows aliens to file tax returns without fear of deportation. At the same time, holding an ITIN enables aliens to authenticate their presence in the United States and prove that they have paid taxes. This information could be crucial if Congress ever enacted an amnesty.

The ITIN’s improper use is once again in the news. The Federation for American Immigration Reform, in its recent analysis entitled “Treasury Department Says Illegal Aliens Collection Billions in Tax Credits,” revealed that according to the Department of Treasury’s Inspector General, more than $4.2 billion in additional child credits were paid out in 2010 to illegal immigrants. In 2005, the pay outs totaled $924 million. This program allows low income earners to claim a $1,000 per child credit. If the household ends up with no additional tax obligation—as most alien families do not—then $1,000 is paid to them.

Pursuant to the IG report, 72 percent of tax returns filed by ITIN users claimed this credit compared to just 14 percent of returns filed with social security numbers. The generous payment of these benefits represents yet another incentive for aliens to enter, reside and work in the United States without permission. Providing incentives to aliens, financial or otherwise, is against the law.

 

 

 

 

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November 28, 2011

Millions of Americans are unemployed. State and local governments are under tremendous financial pressure, much of which is caused byhaving to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits to illegal immigrants and their families. The Obama Administration is slashing funding for border enforcement, and instead of covering this outrage and the financial burden caused by illegal immigration, the liberal media prefer to generate sympathy for those that are breaking the law.

  • CBS Evening News featured a report on Alabama’s tough new immigration law. The reported centered around a family that has been here illegally for 13 years. The piece portrayed them as living in fear, but brave enough to stay an fight an unjust law. (NewsBusters.org 11/24)
  • NBC Evening News’ Brian Williams and Kate Snow reported on Alabama’s new immigration law, brazenly comparing it to segregationist laws of the past with Snow stating, “They feel like Alabama blacks of the Jim Crow era.” (NewsBusters.org 11/15)
  • NPR ran a report from a pro-amnesty rally, comparing illegal immigrants being made to follow U.S. laws with victims of a civil rights era bombing in the 1960s. (NewsBusters.org 11/22)
  • MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry took the week of Thanksgiving to make the on-air declaration that the Pilgrims were illegal immigrants. (NewsBusters.org 11/26)

The liberal media have clearly chosen sides in the immigration debate and the rule of law doesn’t matter to them.

Click here to take action and read NewsBusters.org’s full report on all of these outrageous liberal media stories on illegal immigration.

+ + As the liberal media are pushing amnesty, they’re mum on the work of their friends in the Obama Administration dismantling what little border enforcement is in place.

MRC’s CNSNews.com reported this morning that the Obama administration has slashed spending on border fencing, infrastructure and technology, cutting it by more than half since it peaked under President George W. Bush in fiscal 2008. This leaves 1,300 miles on the US-Mexico border unfenced. As commander in chief it is President Obama’s responsibility to secure our border; he’s not doing it and the media are happy to ignore that fact.

The Obama Administration has increased annual spending by almost $1 Trillion since 2008, yet they’ve chosen to cut spending on border fencing by 56%.

As the topic of illegal immigration becomes a top news story due to the Republican primary debates, new laws passed, and the costs of illegals at all levels of government, the liberal media are ignoring this bombshell story.

Click here to read CNSNews.com’s full report on this frightening abandoment of one of the core responsibilities of the federal government – protecting our borders!

Glenn, stretching back decades, the liberal media have distorted the costs, crimes and dangers associated with massive illegal immigration. We’re asking that you stand with us today by adding your name to our petition do demand honest reporting on illegal immigration.

After adding your name, forward this email to 20-30 friends. Help us make the largest possible statement when we deliver our petitions to ABC, NBC, CBS and NPR.

Thank you for standing with us on this crucial issue!

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Apparently this video is trying to be censored by the government (read ‘unconstitutional’) and should be viewed before it completely disappears.

Latma, Israel’s premiere satire website brings you the Arab world’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s immortal Times They Are a-Changin’ performed by Egyptian Minister of Conspiracy Theories Halil Majnoun, Libyan rebel leader Adel Herayme and Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage Tawil Fadiha

Riddle: whats the difference between the “Arab Spring” (aka, rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia) and Occupy Wall Street freaks?
Answer: nothing.

 


between the lines Joseph Farah


 

Posted: November 28, 2011
2:31 am Eastern

© 2011

 

I had high hopes the 2010 midterm election would really result in the kind of change tea-party activists envisioned and worked so hard to secure.

It’s time to admit the system is still broken.

It’s time to admit representative government is just plain malfunctioning.

 It’s time to admit the Democrats are only a part of the problem and Republicans are not necessarily the solution.

I know you don’t want to hear this message today.

After all, it’s late fall 2011. We’re in the midst of a presidential election year. For most freedom-loving Americans, they can’t wait to elect any and every Republican seeking office next year so we can get our country back on track.

But let’s look at the political record since Republicans took over the House of Representatives in January.

What did they accomplish? What did they do to stop Barack Obama’s efforts to bankrupt the country? How did they challenge him? How did they provide a clear vision of an alternative to socialism, debt as far as the eye can see, official corruption and the most aggressive social engineering agenda ever to come out of Washington?

I don’t see much of a track record of accomplishment by House Speaker John Boehner and his crew.

The predictable failure of the “stupor committee” is actually a welcome sight. It was Boehner’s surrender, capitulation and appeasement on the debt limit that set up this farce. Boehner wielded a nuclear political weapon with the debt limit and gave it away. It was unforgiveable. It was a disaster. But it was in the nature of Republican politics. Boehner never even considered the possibility of freezing the debt – which was completely in his power to do.

Instead, after complaining about how much Obama had spent and how he was wrecking the economy and saddling our great-grandchildren with debt, they authorized him to spend another $1.5 trillion we don’t have. What did Republicans get out of the deal? I’m still trying to figure it out.

Did Obama outsmart him?

No so much. My theory is that Republican leaders like Boehner are simply political co-dependents. They can’t help but enable their Democratic counterparts. They are two sides of the same coin. And that coin is losing its luster for me.

And where have the Republicans been as Obama exhibits some of the most egregious and outlandish and blatant forms of political corruption since Tammany Hall? Have they called him to account for Solyndra and the green energy scam that looted the Treasury and lined the pockets of his political cronies? Where are the demands for a special prosecutor? How can we be ready for a new election when we’re still learning how he stole the last one? How much more evidence do we need to see when his administration insisted that Solyndra hold off any layoff announcements until after Election Day last year?

I could list dozens of other Obama scandals enabled by the Republicans.

At some point, we have to acknowledge the GOP as complicit in these crimes.

Obama’s not that smart, and I don’t think Republicans are that dumb.

What’s going on here?

Are we really going to fare better in 2012 by electing a Republican to the presidency and winning GOP control of the Senate?

I wonder.

It’s time to demand more than talk from Republicans.

In election years, Republican politicians tickle our ears with talk to a return to limited government, eliminating entire departments of the federal bureaucracy, ending corruption. But do they mean it? Where’s the evidence? Where’s the track record?

Why aren’t they challenging Obama like they believe the very fate of our nation hangs in the balance?

And this from Nov 22, 2009;  which the Party of Lincoln failed -miserably- to act on:

 

The Definition of Treason

Lately, it seems to me that many politicians and government officials have failed to read and understand the Constitution of the United States. In particular, Article III, Section 3 is being grossly violated.
Article III, Section 3 defines treason as the following:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

Recently some officials and politicians have made the most dangerous decision since the terrorist attacks of 9 September 2001. Specifically, the current Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, decided to send the perpetrators of 9/11 and of the attack on the U.S.S. Cole to New York City (just blocks from Ground Zero). The accused are best served by having military tribunals at a neutral site such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Geneva Convention states that prisoners of war are only to be offered legal representation from their native countries at a military tribunal set at a neutral site, not at a civilian trial in one of the affected countries. However, the native countries from which the accused hail do not want to represent them. It is NOT the responsibility of the United States to represent them. Even if they were declared POWs, they cannot be represented by American attorneys. There is no way that a fair trial can be conducted on American soil anyway for the accused!
Also, several members of the current Administration is trying to send the detainees currently at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to prisons within the U.S. One of prisons that were considered was the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth. This fort is 20 miles from my residence. I feel threatened by this foolish decision. This is a severe compromise in national security. I do not see how residents living near Fort Leavenworth, the prison at Thomson, IL, or the prison being considered in Colorado feel about terrorists being sent to their back yards.
These two decisions, in my opinion, constitute treason. Thus I feel that Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama be held accountable about these foolish actions.
Derek Witt
Too weird. I almost put this under a new category “Bizarre”, except for their being deadly serious.
Note – Under “related stories” on this pg, there is a list far too numerous to post here. Link: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=368769
 
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Feds warns kitchen staple considered part of ‘silencer’

 
Posted: November 26, 2011
6:50 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND

“Put down the Chore Boy and back away from the weaponry!”

It’s an order that actually could be heard, given that a letter has surfaced from the federal government warning against consumers stockpiling Chore Boy household scrubbers because they can be considered a component of a gun silencer and, therefore, regulated by federal gun laws.

The letter is from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the ATF. It was obtained by David Codrea, who publishes online as the Gun Rights Examiner.

And it comes from a federal agency that earlier determined a 14-inch-long piece of shoestring must be regulated under federal gun laws and restrictions because it is a “machinegun.”

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The latest unusual determination from the agency is found in a letter submitted to the agency on behalf of a client. The letter is dated Nov. 26, 2010, and Codrea said it was obtained recently.

In it, an attorney was asking about a repair that a client wished to make on an already-registered silencer for a .22 caliber rifle.

“Does sound/gas absorbing materials manufactured from Chore Boy copper clean pads, along with fiberglass insulation, constitute a silencer part as defined in 18 U.S.C 921(a)(24)?” he asked 

“Yes,” confirmed the letter signed by John R. Spencer, the chief of the Firearms Technology Branch. “Gas/sound-absorbing material is the same as a baffle in that it is designed to reduce/trap hot gases within the expansion tube to allow cooling before they are released from the silencer, subsequently reducing sound.”

Spencer, responding to a question about whether such material which becomes worn in a silencer could be replaced, said it would be a violation of federal law.

“Replacement of any component part or parts of a registered silencer, other than a silencer wipe, would be a violation of the NFA if performed by a non-licensed manufacturer,” the letter said.

The correct procedure would be for the owner of the registered silencer to submit an application to the ATF and pay a $200 tax, the letter said.

“Further, he would have to submit a ‘no-marking’ variance to FTB since there is no viable area in which to apply a serial number to the sound-absorbing material,” Spencer wrote.

He also noted that it would not be lawful for the owner of the registered silencer to “have a stockpile of sound-absorbing materials for his own use in replacing deteriorated sound-absorbing material.”

Here’s Page 1 of the letter, which is available online:

Codrea pointed out that not even two years ago, ATF seized toy guns designed to shoot plastic BBs and said it would take only a “quick retooling” to make them fire live ammunition.

The “retooling” would involve replacing the barrel, bolt, upper and lower receivers and trigger assembly, he said.

Here’s the letter, from 2004, describing the string as a “machinegun:”

The letter from Sterling Nixon, then-chief of the branch, said any part designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun is a machinegun.

“The FTB examined and classified a 14-inch long shoestring with a loop at each end. The string was attached to the cocking handle of a semiautomatic rifle and was looped around the trigger and attached to the shooter’s finger. The device caused the weapon to fire repeatedly until finger pressure was released from the string. Because this item was designed and intended to convert a semiautomatic rifle into a machingun, FTB determined that it was a machinegun as defined in 26 U.S.C. 5845(b).”

Everything you’ll ever need to know about gun is here, in the “FIREARMS MULTIMEDIA GUIDE”

Codrea said the Chore Boy letter just became available to him, and he blacked out the name of the attorney to keep identities confidential.

The ATF declined a request from WND to comment on the letter.

Codrea told WND that the government’s responses to the questions were “ridiculous.”

“They have created a condition where a Chore Boy pad can be considered a silencer,” he said.

The agency also has classified the M1 Garand, a rifle used by the U.S. military for two decades and issued to thousands of soldiers and Marines during World War II and Korea, as a “threat to public safety in the U.S.”

States already have begun rebelling against federal rules for guns, with eight formally adopting laws that exempt guns made, sold and kept within the states from federal regulations.

A court case over that law is in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

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