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Current Events and Continuing Education for September 14 through September 27, 2014

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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A primer for fighting the bigger battle.

How To Speak And Write The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Celebrating more of America's true heroes:

More Victories For The Rule Of Law


A nice example of how the bigger battle can be fought

Apathy And 'The Incredibles'


This week's recommended reading:

Did Certain Foreign Governments Facilitate The 9/11 Attacks?


The biggest lie of the week; the world according to neo-con nutcases; the REAL 'existential threat'; more...

On This And That...


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments


...and much, much more!


My interview by Lana Lotkeff for Radio 3Fourteen can be found here.


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

Plain Facts About The Tax


A Curious Thing


A Word To The Anarchist Community


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (thirteenth) edition of CtC!



I'm delighted when anyone wishes to share what I have posted here with others! Sharing this page is an important means of moving toward the restoration of the rule of law-- PLEASE DO IT!! But I'd appreciate your doing so by directing your friends here themselves, rather than by copying and emailing the material.




You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 14- In 1814, Francis Scott Key composes 'The Star Spangled Banner' after watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore by British warships during the War of 1812.  In 1847, American forces led by Winfield Scott capture Mexico City during the Mexican-American War.  In 1901, President William McKinley dies and is succeeded in office by Theodore Roosevelt.  In 1948, ground is broken in New York City for the headquarters of the United Nations.  In 1959, the Soviet 'Luna 2' becomes the first man-made object to reach the Moon.  In 2003, Sweden, by national referendum, rejects adoption of the 'Euro'.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


How To Speak And Write The Liberating Truth About The Tax

This community must become an intellectual force concerning the income tax. Here are a few tips for participating effectively in this very important project.

ALTHOUGH APOCRYPHAL IN ITS ORIGIN, the observation that, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing" is wisdom. Evil must be fought; lies must be countered with the truth.

In the arena in which the people and the state struggle against each other for supremacy, the battle is fought on several levels. Good men must fight on each of those levels.

For instance, the contest for who will command and dispose of each American's resources must certainly be joined on the level at which legal claims are made and rebutted. Each man and woman who wishes to remain in control of his own property, and the product of her own hard work must, in the face of all challenges, assert his ownership, and rebut claims made against her, each or both in the manner provided for by law.

But this immediate and small-scale engagement is not enough to defeat the evil of collectivist assaults on individual rights, even just in the area of taxation. The efforts of evil in this area are not only on the individual level.

The fact is, the need for fighting on the individual scale arises only because evil works hard on a much larger scale. Progressivist mythology about the nature of the "income" tax has been patiently taking root in the public mind for decades, and it is because of the success of that effort that those who know the truth about the tax must engage in the small contests. 75 years ago, no American had to argue with any payer or tax agency about the legal status of his earnings, or rebut false assertions simply in order to keep what belonged to her.

That the small battles must be fought today are because the larger battle has gone unfought. Good men must begin acting in the arena on THAT level, and quickly.

This community of educated Americans-- YOU, I mean-- must begin fighting the bigger fight. You must begin establishing yourselves as the intellectual counter-weight and corrective to the progressivist and statist myths about the tax. Failing to do so means staying mired in "trench warfare on Groundhog Day"-- winning each skirmish (in some cases only after some effort), but having to re-capture the same ground again, year after year.

FIGHTING THIS HIGHER-LEVEL BATTLE IS IMPERATIVE, but it is far easier than you might think. In this contest you have not only the truth on your side, but all the necessary facts have been assembled for your use. All you really HAVE to do is share them and put behind them your own energy.

What's more, fighting this higher-level battle is fun and very satisfying. Each salvo you launch into the public discourse makes you Neo with your hand extended in the "bring it" gesture while secure in the knowledge that you are armed for bear with unbeatable truth. Each presentation you send out into cyberspace is a persistent and multiplying mote of light.

You DO NOT have to be an expert debater (or a debater at all). You DO NOT have to write scholarly papers, or do research (although both are encouraged). You DO NOT have to defend anything.

All you have to do in order to be the critically-important intellectual counterweight to the myth-mongers and their false message is to put the facts into circulation.

You can put the facts into circulation individually. You can email around, for instance, just the following: "Did you know that the income tax really began in 1862? Look at what it says in the preamble to the 1939 Internal Revenue Code! You can see it right here. How about that?" Nothing more need be done; no explanation is needed.

If someone writes back to say "So what?" you can just reply that you found it intriguing, and leave it at that. THE SEED WILL DO ITS WORK-- not everywhere, but somewhere, and that's all that's needed.

Or you can put the facts into circulation in a more developed form, by sending, for instance, this file, or this file, or this one, or this one.

Again, YOU DON'T NEED TO EXPLAIN OR DEFEND. If asked, nothing more need be said than, "I thought you'd find it intriguing. I did."

OF COURSE, YOU CAN ALSO WRITE YOUR OWN ARTICLES,  and that's a great thing to do. As regards this latter option, I offer a few guidelines to help everyone in the community speak in the same language, so that the overall message is as clear to the larger community we are trying to educate as possible.


1. Never use the expressions, "income", "wages", "trade or business", "employee", "employment", "employer"-- with or without the "up-antenna" quote-marks, except to refer to the statutorily-defined things to which these apply as used in tax law. That is, don't ever call NON-federally-connected gains 'income'. Don't ever call non-federally-connected pay 'wages'

Indeed, it is best to not only never use the expression 'income' to refer to anything but [what really should be called] "fed-come", or 'wages' to refer to anything but [what really should be called] "fed-wages" when trying to educate others about the tax, but to never do so even just in casual conversation. Nothing will be more confusing to someone new to the truth about the tax than hearing you refer to NON-federally-connected gains with one of these words after you have just explained that all "income" is subject to the tax, or when they later see a court ruling or statute declaring that "all income is subject to the tax".

One of the hardest things for people to deal with in coming to understand the tax is that statutes and court rulings about those statutes (and the things those statutes concern) are entirely context-controlled. Consequently, when, for instance, the expression 'income' appears in either, only the statutory thing that goes by that name is being spoken of, not what goes by that name in common speech.

The US Supreme Court has explained this:

“Words having universal scope, such as 'every contract in restraint of trade,' 'every person who shall monopolize,' etc., will be taken [by everyone who understands how the law works], as a matter of course, to mean only everyone subject to such legislation, not all that the legislator subsequently may be able to catch.”

 American Banana Co. v. United Fruit Co., 213 U.S. 347 (1909)

As this observation by the court indicates, when a tax-related ruling is made upholding the application of the tax to "income", it is only referring-to the variety of 'whatever comes in' that is subject to the tax, and is NOT saying that what is subject to the tax is "whatever comes in". Those who can apply the appropriate cognitive filter can read such rulings (and the statutes with which they are concerned) without misunderstanding.

But without the filter misunderstanding is easy, and acquiring and making proper use of that filter is especially hard for people who have been subjected to a life-time of conditioning dedicated to suppressing its application in regard to the tax, as has been true of all Americans alive today. We have to guard against contributing to the confusion in others, even if we are able to keep things sorted-out properly in our own minds.

It's simply an unfortunate reality that the manner in which the income tax is constructed, and the voracious appetite of the unscrupulous State for resources which has informed its administration over the last 75 years, have combined to entirely co-opt a number of formerly societally-owned expressions. At this point it is no more appropriate to use these terms with any meaning other than the statutory ones than it would be to describe your heterosexual but light-hearted and whimsical uncle as "a very gay fellow".

So, NEVER say, for instance, "they can't tax people's wages". You may be meaning to say that they can't tax what average people earn, which we're all in the habit of calling 'wages', but what you will be heard to say is, "when I was telling you (or will tell you in a minute) about a class of taxable-activity earnings called "wages" in the law, I was speaking gibberish. I hope you can figure it out.

Don't even try to avoid this problem by a qualifier, like "they can't tax people's un-privileged wages". (Or "private-sector wages", or "common-meaning wages", etc..) You have told them (or will tell them) that there is a thing in the law called "wages" that are relevant to the tax. Use that expression to begin with and throughout to mean nothing but that thing. When not meaning that thing, use [un-privileged] 'earnings', 'pay', 'gains', 'receipts', and so forth. Apply the same principle to every other defined term in the tax law whose label mimics a common word.

2. Remember and adhere to the fact that the tax is on activities, NOT the dollars (or dollar-value) those activities produce. The dollars are just the measure of the amount of activity conducted, and the medium in which any applicable tax on those activities will be paid.

This can be a clunky thing to incorporate in an explanation about the tax tax. But it is a fact that helps people grasp and retain how the tax can properly and without internal contradiction be demanded from some folks and not from others.

It's not easy to see the difference between Joe's paycheck and Sam's paycheck. But it's easy to see the difference between Joe's work as a federal regulator, exercising powers that only exist because the federal government exists and are only Joe's to administer by permission of that government, and Sam's as a baker (or plumber, or whatever) doing what is his to do by right, and which can be done whether the federal government (or any government) exists or doesn't.

 Likewise, it's not easy to see the difference between the dividends Nancy receives on her investments and those received by Sally. But it's easy to see the difference between Nancy receiving the benefits of investment in federal activities (which is participation by proxy in those activities), also only possible by the existence and permission of the government, and Sally getting her part of profits achieved by activities done purely by the rights of the doers.

All that said, don't belabor this point. Explain it up front, and then explain that subsequent use of the expression "income" (or "wages" or whatever) is to be understood to really mean the activity which is measured by the receipts known as "income" (or "wages", etc.).

3. Draw on at will, and closely adhere to, the facts and analysis concerning the real meaning and effect of the 16th Amendment and the origin of the tax in 1862 found at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm.

4. Use common sense, rely on your audience's common sense, and use analogies whenever possible.


1. Be positive, and upbeat. I have been well criticized for an occasional excess of snarkasm and derision in discussing government behavior (for instance, in many, if not most, of the 'Every Which Way But Loose' postings). Let me be the only one guilty of that sometimes off-putting demeanor. Like in a marketing campaign, you want to show smiles, not grimaces or anger.

2. Be positive and upbeat!!

3. Calmly and without fire and brimstone, explain how learning and acting on the truth about the tax is a moral imperative. Use this or this, or your own formulations.

4. Point out how dramatically better-off America and Americans will be when the proper scope of the tax is again widely understood and respected, and when that understanding and respect has had its effect. Use this or this or this, own your own formulations.

5. Draw on, and communicate, your own passion and energy and resolve. DON'T let yourself get knobbled by any sense of the difficulty involved in communicating the truth, or of standing up for the truth. Push any such hindrances aside by looking inward and taking stock of what makes YOU rise and act.

Proudly let YOUR OWN resolve and sense of purpose inform your words and expressions to others. You will be amazed at how inspiring you will be when you push aside the rest and let your dedication to what is right do the talking with its own graceful, shining and powerful voice.

MOST IMPORTANTLY,  DO IT!!! Never forget: You can't score the goal if you don't take the shot.

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do."

-Everett Hale (...and every other person who has ever deserved liberty...)

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More Victories And Real Grown-Up American Victors To Celebrate

Stand and salute the real defenders of our liberties and the rule of law

IN EARLY FEBRUARY, American grown-ups Joe and Joslyn made their educated claim of their right to retain control of their property, and the power it represents, to their home-state (West Virginia) tax agency. Here is the claim, a part of which is a polite but very straightforward declaration as to the meaning and content of their claim forms.

Despite the nice cover letter and the clarity of their filing, West Virginia took its time honoring Joe and Joslyn's claim. In May the state actually registered a little balkiness, asking Joe and Joslyn for a little more support before releasing their property. But after that exchange (and another two and a half months of dithering), the state faced the facts and cranked out the money, plus interest:


George A. is also on the victors' list this week, and with an interesting victory. George secured, in 2013, a refund for 2005 withholdings on an amended return. Gotta love it:

George's money was diverted to an alleged outstanding liability for a different year, as shown below, but this is a nice demonstration of the fact that even erroneous filings made late can be corrected and turned into victories.

J2's and George's victories for the rule of law join all the rest celebrated and honored on this site and across America. WHERE ARE YOURS?!


The Honor Roll 

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.

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Apathy and 'The Incredibles'

Katie Hendrickson on clear thinking, First Principles and the foresight of the Founders

Over my years in theatre, I’ve noticed many things, but one thing in particular has stood out: the majority of theatrically-inclined people are either liberals or libertarians. Now, let’s examine why this is.

In most cases, theatre people are empathetic by nature. They are compassionate, caring, and considerate, able to put themselves in another’s shoes at a moment’s notice. They readily see and understand alternative perspectives to their own. They may not always agree, but they easily comprehend. For this reason, theatre people also have a strong desire to help those who suffer in any way.

Recognizing the various problems in our society, seeing the downtrodden and the desperate, they want to find a solution to those problems, and here begins the split. Some go the way of the quick fix: if we give people enough money, care, etc., they’ll be able to find their footing and be better off. The rest proclaim the long-term plan: allow the people to make their own decisions, and they’ll end up better off.

As you can see, both of these solutions have the goal of helping the less-fortunate. Both desire a better life for all involved. But both fall short of what could be achieved.

Furthermore, it appears unlikely that either side even wants to actually achieve anything, as there is an epidemic of apathy in our society. According to a recent study by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, just 14.8% of eligible voters have taken advantage of their right to raise their voices thus far in 2014. Quite honestly, that’s frightening, especially when paired with the fact that approximately 60% of Americans* disapprove of Congressional conduct. That means that the best solution they seem to have come up with is to simply do nothing, but as the saying goes, “All that is necessary for evil to win is for good to do nothing.”

Of course, this attitude is understandable, considering what’s been happening in our public education system of late. If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Incredibles,” you’ll probably remember the rather iconic line that practically summed up the entire moral of the story: “If everyone’s super…no one will be.” This point is so true, and yet so many fail to see it in all its glory.

When we give a child an award simply for participating in a particular sport, and give no real benefit to those who should have, by any other standards, won, the message we are sending is this: it doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll still get the same result. However, this is not how life works.

I completely understand the motivation to make children feel good about themselves, and not let them feel bad, and protect them from insecurity. But what we’re really doing when we tell them they’re all special is that none of them are. What we’re telling them is that nothing sets them apart from anyone else. We are teaching them that actions don’t have consequences, and achievements don’t earn rewards. Effort is meaningless, because there’s neither gain nor loss to be had as a result. In the long run, this is far more damaging than allowing them to fall, and learn to pick themselves up.

In the real world, that’s how it works. You gain respect, profits, and other benefits by doing well, and conversely, you are not respected, do not profit, and do not benefit by merely showing up. You must take action to see results.

Of course, this also makes apathy at the voting booth somewhat understandable. We’re told that we can make a difference by voting, only to find the same policies being passed again and again. Actions are not bringing results. One could attribute this to many factors, but I think the biggest problem can be identified as one of money. Government is being sold to the highest bidder, and ordinary voters simply don’t have the resources to compete in such auctions.

However, what if they could? What if none of this was ever supposed to happen? What if the Constitution holds the key to solving all our problems? What if it’s not “just a piece of paper”?

Before I tell you what I mean, an analogy:

Let’s say the neighborhood has a farm, and we grow tomatoes. I’ve been elected keeper of the farm. You come to me, and say you’d like to use some of the neighborhood tomatoes to make salsa you can sell for your own profit. I say that’s fine, but because you’re using the neighborhood’s tomatoes, into which we’ve all put some of our effort and resources, you have to give back to the neighborhood a portion of your profits from salsa sales. Of course, the use of this return money would be limited to buying things that would benefit the neighborhood, such as better gardening tools, more seeds, etc., and each purchase would be put to a vote.

So, because you’re using neighborhood tomatoes to make a living for yourself, you owe the neighborhood a portion of the profit. And, naturally, if you don’t use any neighborhood tomatoes to make your living, you don’t have to give any portion of that living to the neighborhood. Both options and outcomes sound perfectly reasonable, right?

Well, that’s how the income tax was meant to be applied, and is actually designed. As the Declaration of Independence reads, we all have a right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We have a right to make a living as we see fit, as long as making that living does not harm anyone else, and we cannot be penalized for surviving. The Founders knew this, and wanted to ensure it. So they crafted the Constitution in such a way that the income tax as it is widely misunderstood (and therefore misapplied) today-- that is, as a tax on any and all monetary gain-- is illegal. Only by using federal property in some way for personal gain is someone legally subject to that kind of tax. Like the tomato patch concept, this makes perfect sense. Having to pay someone else for your right to live does not.

It’s undeniable that people keeping all they earn would benefit them. Perhaps this, then, can be the so-called “middle ground,” the point upon which liberals and libertarians alike can both agree. The downtrodden and the desperate would have more with which to support themselves as they see fit.

Of course, people should vote; that’s also a Constitutional right, and a patriotic duty. Still, perhaps the voting booths aren’t the most effective place to make a difference. Even the Founders didn’t rely entirely on the electoral process (which is part of why they wrote the tax laws as they did).

Perhaps your tax form is a better tool than your ballot. At the very least, it’s a good place to start.

Learn more at www.losthorizons.com.

*Percentage is an estimate based on results from polls by Rasmussen Reports, Politico, and Gallup.

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?  Expediency asks the question - is it politic?  Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 15- In 1789, the United States Department of Foreign Affairs (now the Department of State), is commissioned.  In 1916, tanks are used in battle for the first time.  In 1997, historians take note that it was the 158th 15th of September since Iran last initiated military aggression against anyone.  In 2008, Lehman Brothers files the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history (to that date).


Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself. 

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell

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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax.  Test yourself, test your friends and family!  Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!


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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Did Certain Foreign Governments Facilitate the 9/11 Attacks?

 – and why is the US government keeping the evidence a secret?

by Justin Raimondo

Some thirteen years after the event, the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon still darkens our world. The legacy of that terrible day has impacted not only our foreign policy, bequeathing to a new generation an apparently endless "war on terrorism," it also has led directly to what is arguably the most massive assault on our civil liberties since the Alien and Sedition Acts. Getting all the information about what happened that day – and why it happened – is key to understanding the course we have taken since.

This was supposed to have been the purpose of the 9/11 Commission, whose massive report is now looked to as the primary source on the subject. Yet there is another, far more specific investigative report, the one issued by the intelligence committees of both houses of Congress, entitled "Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001."

If you actually take the time to read the report, all goes along swimmingly (except for occasional redactions) until you get to p. 369, whereupon the text is blacked out for the next twenty-eight pages.

What is in the twenty-eight censored pages? You aren’t allowed to know that, but members of Congress can read them provided they write to the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees and get permission. If such is granted, they are escorted into a soundproof carefully guarded room in the company of various spooks, where they get to read the material: they aren’t allowed to take notes.

Do you get the impression someone has something to hide?

The censored section is entitled "Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters," and the introduction – left largely intact – is instructive:

"Through its investigation, the Joint Inquiry developed information suggesting specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States. The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, concerning these potential sources of support. In their testimony, neither CIA nor FBI officials were able to address definitively the extent of such support for the hijackers globally or within the United States or the extent to which such support, if it exists, is knowing or inadvertent in nature."


Click here to read the rest of this article and then ask yourself:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE taken control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


If you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?!


Do you not understand how IRRESPONSIBLE YOU ARE for not having done so?




Even as ardent a statist as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."


Held over:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


'The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude'

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 16-  In 1920, a bomb in a horse-drawn wagon explodes in front of the J.P. Morgan Building on Wall Street, killing 38 and injuring 400.  In 1991, the drug-trafficking trial of one-time CIA-asset and Panamanian "strongman" Manuel Noriega begins.


There is little more important to the long-term health of America than how our children are educated..




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This And That

The biggest lie of the week; the world according to neo-con nutcases; the REAL 'existential threat'; more...

ON WEDNESDAY, BARACK OBAMA GRACIOUSLY INFORMED US that our servant government has resumed sending vast amounts of individual Americans' wealth to armament manufacturers with good friends in Congress. This is being done under the pretext of national defense against the (in some quarters) ludicrously-described "existential threat to America" represented by ISIS, and by exploiting hysteria and delusion (again, in certain quarters) occasioned by the purported murder by ISIS of two Americans, supposedly in an expression of mindless hatred of America.

However, anyone who believes that ISIS murdered James Foley and perhaps Steven Sotloff because they hate us, or even just because they're evil, is crazy (and also apparently incapable of remembering that we were treated to the same utter bs as the explanation for 9/11, too). If ISIS did these things at all, the only reason would be to attract more adherents by proving themselves this week's most effective gadfly to the United States on the basis of our predictable over-reaction. (Maybe there'd have been a little deliberate irony there, too, seeing as the timing of the Foley murder coincided with close US ally Saudi Arabia committing 19 beheadings.)

But this "recruitment" notion really is not credible, either. ISIS was already well-enough established as the go-to group for haters of the United States-- all that it needed to do for recruiting purposes on that basis was to display copies of neo-con publications and speeches. To listen to these nutcases anyone would think the 30,000 nomads of ISIS were the reconstituted Third Reich, cranking out massive numbers of tanks and warplanes and submarines, when the reality is that these people can't even make their own replacement bullets.

So what is said to have been done by ISIS in the way of these two murders and video broadcasts did nothing needful for them. Instead it just ensured that many of them will be killed more quickly and more assuredly than would otherwise be likely, and their hopes for having enough relatively undisturbed time to become entrenched and fortified and defensible will be thwarted, as anyone would have predicted if asked beforehand about the outcome of doing such things.

On the other hand, the broadcast of videos purportedly showing ISIS doing these heinous things DID provide a much-needed boost in the interests of those wanting expanded and perpetuated US activities in the Middle East. Qui bono, America? Qui bono?

P. S. The idea of ISIS as a threat against America itself is absurd in one sense. It is irrelevant in another.

ISIS as a conquest- or even just an attack-threat against America nationally is plain fantasy. No such capability exists in this little group of nomads, and if it settled onto some territory and grew into an organized, industrialized state which had such capabilities it would also grow into an institutionalized structure that would never sacrifice itself in that way, whether on the altar of mindless animosity or any other.

At the same time, ISIS as a source or locus of terrorism against Americans simply cannot be prevented by any degree of US military action. It can only be exacerbated by US military action. A handful of pissed-off people are all it takes to commit dramatic acts of terrorism, and US military action cannot eradicate all pissed-off people, no matter how hard it tries, or for how long.

The claim that the US has a legitimate self-defense policy objective in battling ISIS is a lie.



My appreciation to whoever it was that first created this little graphic, which originally circulated with the title, 'The World According To Americans'. I took the liberty of editing that title, 'cause we don't ALL see things in quite these moronic comic-book terms...


DO YOU KNOW WHO IS AN 'EXISTENTIAL THREAT' TO AMERICA? The folks contriving an absolutely unjust, unnecessary and "false-flag" based confrontation with Russia-- a mega-state armed with thousands of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to a city near you. And hey, aren't those the same folks actually attacking our freedoms, too, with massive warrantless surveillance, assaults on speech and assembly rights, efforts to gut the jury system, and other offenses against our liberty and the rule of law too numerous to mention?

Know the real threats, and the real enemies, folks. And know the real heroes defending our freedoms, too.


SPEAKING OF THE LYING POLITICAL CLASS AND ITS CLIENTS AND CRONIES, have you ever given any thought to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

The lying political class thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 17- In 1787, the final draft of the United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia by participants in the Constitutional Convention.  In 1908, the first airplane fatality occurs when Orville Wright crashes The Wright Flyer, killing passenger Thomas Selfridge.  In 1916, 'The Red Baron' wins his first aerial combat.  In 1939, the Soviet Union joins in Germany's invasion of Poland.  In 1993, the last Russian troops leave Poland.  In 2011, the 'Occupy Wall Street' project begins.

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

I HAD THIS QUESTION POSED TO ME BY AN EMAIL CORRESPONDENT the other day. I guess this just shows how poor a job I've done at communicating, because I have been trying to shout the answer to this one from the rooftops for a long time.

That answer is simple: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado



A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


CtC-Educated Lawyers: It's Way Past Time For You All To Queue Up!


[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s).  He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

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"Your book is a masterpiece!"

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"Received your book yesterday.  Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM."  "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar."  "I hope you sell a million of them." 

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law.  THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 18- In 2001, the first post-9/11 "anthrax letters" are mailed to ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the New York Post and the National Enquirer, successfully keeping the "terrorism"-hysteria pot boiling.  A second set of anthrax-laden letters were mailed to a pair of influential United States Senators three weeks later during Senate "consideration" of the draconian 'USA PATRIOT Act'.  Click here for more on this subject.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




'Don't Tread On Me' Polo Shirts Say It All!



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More Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In CtC, And Have Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly!  See The Following Chart...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 19- In 1778, the Continental Congress passes the first United States budget.  In 1796, George Washington's farewell address is published as an open letter to the American public, offering, among much other wisdom, the observation that:

"...nothing is more essential, than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The Nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The Government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of Nations has been the victim.

"So likewise, a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation."


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(How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)




LostHorizons.com traffic stats now available for the past year (March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013) show approximately:

6,000,000 hits and 2,000,000 page views during that period!






“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."


Honest Cope Agree




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Films That Belong In Every Home Library




Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?





Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 20- In 1633, Galileo Galilei is tried before the Inquisition for teaching the disfavored truth that the Earth orbits around the Sun.  In 1891, the first gasoline-powered car hits the road in America.  In 1990, South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.  In 2001, George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror".  In 2011, the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the US military ends, allowing openly gay men and women to serve.


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Last Word


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


 Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


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