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Current Events and Continuing Education for February 22 through March 6, 2016

“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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A major corporation decides to do right. We should all help.

Polishing The Apple


And the hits just keep on comin'...

A New Victory In Colorado Is Shared


More testimony about CtC

A Patriot Activist Talks About The One Source For The Liberating Truth


Another great testimonial video by an actual grown-up-- educated, motivated, and committed to upholding the truth, liberty and the rule of law.

Real American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories


Either use your rights, or lose your rights

I Stand With Doreen- Updated


Other Voices

There Is No Freedom Without Truth


So, did you do it? It's not too late...

Declaration Day


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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


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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


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Featured In This Update:

A Very Welcome Comment


This Week's Featured Victory


On Will O' The Wisps


WANTED! Your Articles!!


Regarding State Group Membership


The Educated American's Tax Filing Flow Chart


Why Are You Not Doing This?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


"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 (fourteenth) edition of CtC!



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 29- In 1504, Christopher Columbus leverages his knowledge of a lunar eclipse due that night to awe the Native Americans with whom he found himself into giving him needed supplies.  In 1864, an attempt by Union forces to free 15,000 prisoners of war being held by the Confederate Army, known as the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, fails.  In 1916, the minimum age acceptable to the government of South Carolina for work in factories, mines and mills is raised from twelve to fourteen.  In 1940, Hattie McDowell becomes the first African-American to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind.  In 1972, United States ally South Korea withdraws just under a quarter of its 48,000 troops fighting in the Vietnam war, as part of the "Vietnamization" policy.  In 1980, Gordie Howe scores his 800th goal.  In 2012, the 2,080.052493 foot Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower and second-tallest manmade structure, is completed. 

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


FRIENDS, WORLD NET DAILY has just posted an article about Doreen. See it at http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/woman-jailed-for-refusing-federal-order-to-commit-perjury.

I would VERY much appreciate everyone visiting that page and sharing it widely so that WND understands it did a very good and important thing here. Also, please weigh in with comments on Doreen's behalf, in praise of WND and Alex Newman for having the courage to publish it, and in response to any trollish comments-- especially with links to relevant webpages, such as http://losthorizons.com/BulletinBoard.htm, http://losthorizons.com/Documents/HundredsOfThousandsOfVictories.pdf, http://losthorizons.com/EveryWhichWayButLoose.htm, http://losthorizons.com/Documents/SelectedCuts.htm#7 and http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm.

Further, in those comments (and after thoroughly familiarizing yourself with http://losthorizons.com/Documents/SelectedCuts.htm#7), please try to move the focus to the question, and the answer to the question, "WHY did the government ask a court to make these patently illegal and utterly unprecedented orders?"



Polishing The Apple

Apple's resistance to the police state deserves everyone's vocal and vigorous support

THERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT LEGAL BATTLE being fought right now by Apple Computer on all our behalf against an extremely dangerous rogue national "law" enforcement apparatus. Everyone should step up and help Apple, with letters to editors, emails and phone calls of encouragement, and instructions to congressional representatives on the company's behalf.

Here's the background: A number of years ago a Constitution-contemptuous "national security" and "law" enforcement machine revved up and began exploiting the ever-increasing use of digital equipment in order to assemble intimately-detailed files on everyone within reach (which is to say, everyone). To a significant degree, this "panopticon" project involved, and relied upon, the cooperation of tech companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, as well as many telecoms.

An effort was actually undertaken to indemnify these private-sector co-conspirators against civil actions by aggrieved privacy-violation victims in federal courts (in the FISA Amendments Act of 2008). This is a measure the resort to which illustrates that what was being asked of these folks was understood to be illegal, and also itself illegal. As I wrote on these pages at the time:

REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, warrantless wiretapping HAS NOT been "authorized"...

The simple fact is, Congress hasn't got the power to issue such an "authorization", and the executive is prohibited from acting on such "authorization" even when it is pretended.

The Fourth Amendment may be an enormous inconvenience to the state (just as it is meant to be), but it is still the law of the land, and Congress has no power to change it, or disregard it.  Nor does the executive; nor does any court.

Similarly, Congress is legally incapable of issuing "retroactive immunity" to telecomm felons.  All that august body can do is declare that IT won't participate or cooperate in prosecutions of crimes it chooses to view with favor-- or has been blackmailed into facilitating. (It's amazing how much cooperation can be secured from political careerists by those who have been spying on anyone they wish for years and years without oversight-- including, one must presume, members of Congress...)

In fact, Congress is specifically prohibited from even trying to supply anyone with "retroactive immunity".  Article 1, Section 9 of the United States Constitution says: "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."  The ex post facto clause prohibits Congress from instituting any change-- positive or negative-- in the legal consequences of someone's behavior after he or she has already acted.  Equality before the law is the principle involved: No friends of Congress get specially favored; no enemies get specially disfavored.

Also involved is the practical principle that actors are entitled to know the rules of the playing field, and must, or they cannot act.  To punish anyone for engaging in behavior not identified as punishable is conducive to paralysis, as well as unjust.  At the same time, because the risk of punishment is relied upon by all to restrain and direct the behavior of those with whom they deal, to decline to punish behavior identified as punishable is equally paralyzing.

It is also a recipe for chaos, in that it necessitates the administration of private justice to punish, and thereby deter, as well, bad behavior.  Let's remember that in the instant case, for example, although the telecomm's behavior violated a number of specific federal statutes, the offenses committed were not committed against the federal government, but against individual Americans.  The private communications turned over to a third party for its perusal without permission were yours and mine.

Frankly, though, this should be a moot point.  Congress can just leave it to the President to issue pardons if what these companies did was so virtuous and important.

Of course, by the time the trials were over there would be a different President than the one in whose crimes these telecomms participated...  I guess the current gang in Washington doesn't have much confidence in the strength of its arguments about the righteousness of the behavior being shielded here.

Although there has been some creativity exercised in deploying the "pardon" power in the past, any rational construction of that power confines its application to offenses of which the beneficiary has been already convicted, rather than blanket pardons of "offenses that may have been committed [during XXX] or [in connection with XXX]".  To illustrate the point with an extreme, but therefore easily understood example, imagine that it should be later discovered that the beneficiary of a "blanket pardon" had committed a murder during the relevant time or events...

The possibility that these bad actors would be exonerated by juries isn't being considered even for a heartbeat.

All in all, this overall oligarchic effort to evade the Fourth Amendment, and institute and exploit a total surveillance apparatus, is a deep dive into the sewer and all of us that let it happen are being carried along through the slime.  But it's also just another in a long series of pretenses during which the scoundrels involved-- at least, the wiser of them-- are carefully watching the rest of us out of the corner of their eyes to see if we're going to finally rein them in and growl, "Nice try, guys, but we haven't given you the power to do any of that.  Heel!"

If we don't, hold your breath.  We'll be going even deeper real soon.

HOWEVER, AFTER PATRIOT EDWARD SNOWDEN courageously revealed the tip of this outrageous liberty-smothering "panopticon" project iceberg (and after a lot of the customers of American digital service providers/manufacturers began making clear that they would take their business elsewhere if cooperation with the state doesn't cease) several of the tech companies, at least, backed away from their embrace with the devil and began installing fairly robust encryption into communications devices and on-line services. Apple was one of the first and most diligent.

Apple not only installed software providing for encryption in its I-phones, but it did so in such a way that the company itself was out of the loop. A user who chose to encrypt became the only one with decryption capability. No back doors, no secret keys; real privacy and security for the paying customer.

The police-state enthusiasts find this intolerable. These folks, whose already thoroughly-proven real ambition is to spy and collect detailed files on everyone are using an alleged interest in getting at the contents of a phone purportedly used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters to ask federal judges to order Apple to help them break into the phone. They are attempting to establish a judicial precedent in this regard, as well as using the matter as a stalking horse for a drive for legislation requiring the installation of "back-doors" in any device equipped for encryption. (I say "purported" because both of those we are told were responsible were unfortunately killed before standing trial or even having a chance to possibly protest their innocence. Thus, we don't technically know for sure that the purported perps really ARE the perps, as seems so often the case in these periodic fear-generating "terrorist" events...)

Apple has been resisting, and hopefully, will have appealed a magistrate's order commanding compliance with the break-in-assistance demand by the deadline tomorrow (Tuesday, February 23).

APPLE'S LEGAL TEAM AND ITS CEO have offered some arguments from pragmatism on behalf of their position. Unfortunately, these arguments are well-meant but lame. They focus on issues like the tendency of proposed "back-doors" to make hacking easier, and therefore compromising the security of their customers.

The real issue, in my view, is that the prospect of government access to whatever ends up stored on someone personal device is little different (in fact, no different) from the horror eerily anticipated by George Orwell, in whose '1984' every omnipresent telescreen watched and recorded what went on in every room or place in which it was present.

There was nothing kept from the eyes of the state, just as is rapidly becoming the case here and now, and will be all the more so if this push being resisted by Apple succeeds. That's simply no way for people to live, even if one should make it through a lifetime with such total awareness not being used directly against one personally.

And in any event, that "total awareness" WILL be used against everyone. It is not humanly possible for anyone in whose hands resides the power given by such knowledge to resist using it for their own agenda, which necessarily means using it at the expense of your agenda.

The absurd fig-leaf of a "warrant" requirement is just that: absurd. It is from appointees of the abusers that these "warrants" will be sought, and in secret 9as they already are under the "FISA" provisions. Further, the sort of invasion of privacy of which we speak here can and will be conducted remotely, with the victim not even knowing it has been done. Only an inability to read the data will stop the data from being read at the will of the state.

Which, then, is the more compelling argument? Vulnerability to private hackers with no greater interest than stealing your credit card info and a few dollars, or vulnerability to those whose interest is in perpetuating themselves in power over you and your children, suppressing dissent, contriving cases against the rebellious and controlling the perception of reality by those under their sway?

Think I'm being hyperbolic? Look at the case of Doreen Hendrickson, languishing in a federal prison for refusing government orders to declare a government-serving belief she doesn't hold. Even without yet quite having "total awareness" capability, the state is already showing itself plenty corrupt enough to make every conceivable ill-use of that kind of power.

SO, ROOT ON THE PEOPLE AT APPLE! And if you have the ear of anyone on their team, clue them in to the "American" arguments they really should be making along with their pedestrian "what about the private hackers?" positions.

"I would rather suffer the inconveniences of too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."

-Thomas Jefferson

Related: The Fascinating Truth About The Fourth Amendment; If The State's Lips Are Moving, It's Lying; What Life Is Like In America When The Truth Revealed In CtC Is Widely Understood

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A New Victory From Colorado Is Shared

UPSTANDING COLORADAN Brian Crabb proudly shares a new victory on behalf of the rule of law concerning the Centennial State. On January 26, and in response to this claim, Brian received a complete refund of every penny withheld from him and given over to Colorado against the possibility of him owing a tax on his gains during 2014.

Here is Brian's refund notice, crediting the entire amount withheld to an outstanding balance he owed in another matter (and in regard to which Brian says, "I owe back child support from back in 2006 so they sent the money to my son which is fine by me. Better he has it than them."):

Hats off to this hero, who has stood up to enforce the Constitution and help keep our servant governments safely in harness! Brian's victory joins all the others posted over the last thirteen years, and the vast number of others not yet shared, but being won daily by tens of thousands of Americans across this great land of the free and home of the brave.

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Jeremy Lee Shares Testimony And Victories

Another real American shares the liberating truth, and some serious inspiration


YOU WILL HAVE NOTED JEREMY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IN THIS VIDEO of his multiple victories thus far. These include IRS acknowledgements of zero income and zero tax liability for four years now, as well as complete refunds of everything withheld from Jeremy and given over to Georgia during two years in connection with the income tax.

Here is Jeremy's complete refund from Georgia of everything withheld from him during 2011, plus interest, which was issued on January 22:

Here is the filing that produced this victory in enforcing the rule of law-- that is, in enforcing the actual Constitutional provisions controlling the ability of the federal government to assert and collect unapportioned taxes (and that of state governments acting under federal permission to lay claim to a portion of the same things the feds tax as "income").

Jeremy's complete refund of everything withheld from him and turned over to Georgia during 2013, plus interest, which was issued on December 11, 2015, can be seen below:

The filing which produced this victory for the rule of law can be seen here.

It will have been noted that Jeremy included an IRS transcript for each year involved in his Georgia filings. Both showed the IRS's own calculations and conclusions that Jeremy had received no "income" for those years and had no tax liability, after having examined his federal filings for those years.

Transcripts showing the same conclusions concerning Jeremy's examined filings for 2012 and 2014 can be seen here and here. The federal filings involved in all of these years can be seen as follows: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Jeremy is still waiting for the return of what was withheld and given to the feds for three of these years, but the United States has already made its admissions/acknowledgements, so in due course those checks should arrive.

HATS OFF to Jeremy Lee, a real American and a real man, who rises to the animating contest for freedom and rejects the "tranquility" of servitude. Jeremy joins the ever-greater host of grown-up Americans who have stood, acted and shared. I love the smell of righteous courage in the morning!


P.S. Speaking of real Americans and rising to warrior-work: C'mon, people! Get those Operation Uki Goshi videos into me!!!

P.P.S. The "misunderstandings" page to which Jeremy refers in his video can be found here.

Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing


Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.


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A Patriot Activist Talks About CtC

"McFloyd" on who got the tax wrong, and who gets it right



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 1- In 1781, the Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.  This day in 1803 is designated as that of Ohio's admission to the union as the 17th of the several states, but the actual congressional action on the admission didn't take place until August 7, 1953.  In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returns to France after escaping his imprisonment on Elba.  In 1867, Nebraska is admitted to the union as the 37th of the several states (36th, really-- see the Ohio entry above).  In 1872, Yellowstone becomes the first United States park.  In 1912, Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from an aircraft in flight.  In 1932, the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped.  In 1941, the first FM radio station in America begins broadcasting (WSM-FM in Nashville, Tennessee).  In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists open fire on United States representatives from the visitor's gallery during a session of Congress, wounding five.  In 1966, the Soviet Venera 3 space craft becomes the first to land (by crashing) on the surface of another planet.  In 1971, the Weather Underground sets off a bomb in a men's room in the U.S. Capitol building.  In 1974, seven suspects are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in.  In 2014, eight assailants armed with knives massacred 29 people and left another 140 wounded in an attack in the Chinese city of Kumming.  Predictable calls for strengthened "knife control" laws echoed throughout statist lairs across America.


The IRS and SSA Share A Nice Institutional Acknowledgement Of CtC

It's always gratifying when these agencies just come right out and admit the truth...

OVER THE 12+ YEARS SINCE CtC REVEALED the liberating truth about the income tax, government agencies have steadily issued acknowledgements of that truth to the real American men and women who have applied those revelations and upheld the true rule of law. These acknowledgements most commonly take the form of complete refunds of every penny taken from someone under the auspices of the tax.

But sometimes other forms of acknowledgement are presented. Today we're going to look at one of these more unusual varieties, an example of which was recently sent to one of those real Americans who are standing up to enforce the Constitution.

THE GOOD FELLOW WHO RECEIVED the unusual acknowledgement at which we're about to look is an accomplished upholder of the law. He has three proudly-posted victories to his credit so far since learning the truth about the tax a few years ago, successfully overcoming false assertions that his earnings were subject to the income tax, and recovering everything withheld from him in connection with that tax during each of those three years.

But for today, this gentleman's name is going to go unmentioned, because despite the IRS having faced the truth concerning his earnings for each of those other years (after subjecting each claim to the agency's routine rigorous scrutiny), for some reason the IRS employee that began to process this man's 2012 filing has been dragging his or her feet. A lawsuit is in progress, and what we're going to look at is relevant to that. Our friend doesn't want to show his hand too soon.

So, there is no name to show until this contest is over. But the chink in the tax agency's stonewall that was revealed a few weeks ago will be of great interest to all nonetheless.

WITHOUT ANY PROMPTING, and to our hero's considerable surprise, out of the blue and into the mailbox came a notice from the Social Security Administration announcing the IRS acknowledgment that our hero's earnings as a contractor in 2012 don't qualify as IRC-defined "self-employment income" (the kind of contractor pay that is subject to the tax). Our hero's educated rebuttal of the contrary "1099-MISC" assertions of his payer, on which the tax agency had been mindlessly relying, has prevailed.

This kind of inter-agency acknowledgement happens constantly. But for the filer to get notice of it is rare.

The SSA's accounting of taxable earnings used to calculate any benefits for which our friend might someday want to apply has been reduced accordingly, of course. But even if the gentleman hasn't already accumulated the maximum credit (as many folks of a certain age have done long since, over years of suffering the misapplication of the tax prior to learning the truth) I don't think he minds...

Here's the notice:

Isn't it nice when these bureaucrats finally give up on lying and stonewalling and just do the right thing? Frankly, I'm as happy for the one that found the right path to walk here as I am for our hero.


P. S. Want more? Click here to see some even more fascinating acknowledgements by the IRS of the complete accuracy of the liberating truth about the income tax revealed in CtC. If you've got what it takes to recognize "back-door" acknowledgements, read this page, too.

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What's your answer?


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:






All-in-all, just be the sort of person for others that you would go to yourself for trustworthy leadership.

Leadership is a challenge. But it's not complicated, and you can do it.

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True American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories For Liberty And The Rule Of Law

...as every American should...

EDUCATED AMERICAN GROWN-UP JOE BLACK has stood up and acted to enforce the law upon its domestic enemies-- or, at least, upon agencies of the state whose operators seem to happily exploit ignorance and mis-apply the law at every chance for their personal benefit. Get inspired and encouraged by Joe's video sharing his spirit, his testimony and the acknowledgements he has secured:

Find more testimonial videos here, and please, people, share these around as widely as you can. To learn what, how and why to share your own testimony (with or without mere practical victories to go along with the far more important spiritual victories that are the real heart of CtC), click here.

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Two Simple Questions For Every Silent "Alt-Media" Journalistt

The silence of these folks is the liberation bottleneck. Maybe this'll help, if enough people ask...

HERE'S A SIMPLE QUESTION: The income tax is, and always has been, an excise tax on privilege. This is established beyond any controversy whatever by repeated Supreme Court rulings, the words of the related laws, and, over the last twelve years now, hundreds of thousands of acknowledgements by federal and state tax agencies.

You, like most folks, have been fooled into inadvertently agreeing that your economic activities are exercises of privilege, thereby allowing the tax to be applied to your earnings. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

HERE'S ANOTHER SIMPLE QUESTION: You and everyone else being fooled into agreeing that your economic activities are privileged and thereby allowing them to be taxed is what enables the flow of wealth that finances all the bad things done by the state of which you complain in every column. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

I GUESS THESE ACTUALLY LEAD TO A THIRD SIMPLE QUESTION: If you really feel that all these things of which you complain are so bad, why are you not helping more Americans understand the nature of the tax and the ill effects of it being misunderstood and misapplied?

Learn how and why you should ask every journalist in the so-called "alt-media" these questions here.

PRO TIP: By the physics of the law, an indirect tax is necessarily a privilege tax. Here's why:

The distinction between a direct tax and an indirect tax is incidence. A direct tax arises by the direct imposition of the taxer, without any election of the taxed (other than that of authorizing the taxing power in the first place).

An indirect tax arises by the taxed choosing to to do something by which the taxer's claim is then created. The choice that is a valid object of an indirect tax can't be anything done as an exercise of an untaxable right. Nor can it be any activity of necessity. A tax on anything done by necessity would arise not by actual election of the taxed but simply because the tax had been imposed by the taxer. Such a tax, whatever it may be called, would be in actual substance a direct tax, even if one that arose only intermittently. Think of a tax on eating, for example, or working, or engaging in trade with others (all of which are things done by right as well as by necessity, but you get the point).

What is left as the valid object of an indirect tax is the exercise of privilege-- something done not by right, and therefore done by the permission of the taxer (who, due to being possessed of an ownership right in the thing being permitted, is entitled to claim of portion of the proceeds when the thing is profitably used).

"[Although the Legislature may declare as privileges and tax as such for State revenue purposes those pursuits and occupations that are not matters of common right], the Legislature has no power to declare as a privilege and tax for revenue purposes occupations that are of common right."

Sims v. Ahrens, 167 Ark. 557, 271 SW 720 594, 595 (Ark. 1925)


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

If you're not talking this one up everywhere and helping generate a buzz, you don't really want liberty and the rule of law...


PRO TIP: The argument that a concept explicitly given a statutory definition for purposes of this or that chapter or "title" has the same meaning as the common word the legislature has borrowed for its label-- which meaning plainly didn't suit the legislature's purposes, hence its replacement-- is a preposterous reading of the law.

“It is axiomatic that the statutory definition of the term excludes unstated meanings of that term.” 

Meese v. Keene, 481 U.S. 465 (1987);

“[W]e are not at liberty to put our gloss on the definition that Congress provided by looking to the generally accepted meaning of the defined term.”

Tenn. Prot. & Advocacy Inc. v. Wells, 371 F.3d 342 (6th Cir. 2004).


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 2- In 1836, The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico.  In 1861, Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom in Russia.  In 1901, the Platt Amendment, providing that U.S. troops will not leave Cuba unless it agrees to ongoing United States control, passes Congress.  In 1956, Morocco declares its independence from France.


In light of the actual evidence, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because government officials make weaselly representations against it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.



I Stand With Doreen

A New Story In The Tribune On Doreen's Case

ARE YOU JUST LEARNING ABOUT the crime against your rights and the rule of law by means of a heinous crime by which Doreen Hendrickson is being victimized? Get up to speed with this and this, and this film:

Free Speech On Trial: IRS v. Hendrickson

(Find and share this on YouTube at http://youtu.be/IagZzFIIymw)

The longer but much more comprehensive and question-answering backstory (the "why" history leading up to this unprecedented assault on the First Amendment and principles of due process) can be found here.

There's a good article on Doreen's ordeal here.


DOREEN'S ADDRESS: Doreen Hendrickson 48564-039, FPC Alderson A-4, P.O. Box A, Alderson, WV 24910. She would love to hear your encouragement, uplift, appreciation and solidarity, and she can even be sent paperback books, as long as the envelope in which they are packaged has clearly written at the top: Paperback Book Enclosed.

Anyone wanting to send Doreen a few dollars for her commissary account (with which she can get better food, soft drinks, clothes and other amenities) can do so by mailing a money order made payable to Doreen Hendrickson 48564039. Mail to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons,

Doreen Hendrickson


Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

DO YOU NOTICE THAT MESSAGE ON THE T-SHIRT being worn by the lovely model of the 'I Stand with Doreen' care-bracelet? It reads, THINK. It's not illegal yet!

But you know what? The charge against Doreen is an effort by the state to make it so.

Doreen was charged, remember, with criminally-refusing to cede control of her expressions to the state. Now, I'll grant you that technically her thoughts would remain her own, but if the state can dictate what everyone says, then pretty soon that atmosphere of controlled expressions will result in first influencing, and then ultimately controlling what everyone thinks.

If the State gets away with establishing the precedent that every written expression-- even just those on testimonial instruments-- can be required to echo the state's preferred view of things, the fate of free thinking and liberty is obvious (and it's not good).

Think about it, while you still can.

Click here for more on Doreen's ordeal and its assault on the rule of law.

"A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate"

-Thomas Jefferson

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 3- In 1845, Florida is admitted to the union of the several states.  In 1849, Congress passes the Gold Coinage Act, providing for the minting of gold $1 and $20 (double eagle) coins.  In 1875, Bizet's 'Carmen' premiers in Paris.  In 1885, AT&T is incorporated.  In 1931, the 'Star Spangled Banner' is adopted as the official anthem of the United States.  In 1938, oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.  In 1939, Gandhi begins a fast in protest of British tyranny in India.  In 1991, the police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles is captured on video.



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Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's ministerial community. This must change.

You're a passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular contributions of fuel from the passengers to keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable waterfall ahead, and note a soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger each day. What does common sense suggest?  


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 4- In 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a royal charter.  In 1681, William Penn is granted a land charter by Charles II of what will become Pennsylvania.  In 1778, the Continental Congress enters the American states into their first treaties (with France).  In 1789, Congress meets for the first time under the provisions of the new United States Constitution.  In 1791, Vermont is admitted to the union as the 14th of the several states.  In 1794, the 11th Amendment, limiting the judicial power of the United States, is passed by Congress (ratified by the several states on February 7, 1795).  In 1797, John Adams becomes the second President of the United States.  In 1837, the City of Chicago is incorporated.  In 1861, the Confederate States of America adopt the "Stars and Bars" as their first flag.  In 1865, the "Blood-stained Banner" is adopted by the Confederate States of America as their final flag.  In 1929, Charles Curtis becomes the first Native-American vice-president of the United States; and in 1933 Frances Perkins becomes the first female cabinet secretary (Secretary of Labor).

Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word??

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


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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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


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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There Is No Freedom Without Truth

by Paul Craig Roberts

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.” — President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general in charge of the Normandy Invasion and a popular two-term President of the United States. Today he would be called a “conspiracy theorist.” 

Were Ike to be issuing his warning from the White House today, conservative Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be screaming at Ike for impugning the motives of “the patriotic industry that protects our freedom.”

Neoconservatives such as William Kristol would be demanding to know why President Eisenhower was issuing warnings about our own military-industrial complex instead of warning about the threat presented by the Soviet military.

The presstitute media would be implying that Ike was going a bit senile in his old age, a tactic the presstitutes used against President Reagan as he struggled to end stagflation and the Cold War.


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Now, aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad that YOU know, and that YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually strike the root and prevent the problem in the first place by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior?


Now ask yourself this: Have you really done all that you can to urge everyone you know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in your lifetime? 


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 great reading recommendations:

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:

March 5- In 1770, British troops murder five Americans in what becomes known as the Boston Massacre.  In 1836, Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, in .34 caliber.  In 1933, FDR declares a "bank holiday"-- closing all banks under United States jurisdiction; and in Germany, the Nazis win 44 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections.  In 1940, members of the Soviet oligarchy order the murder of about 22,000 Poles in what becomes known as the Katyn Massacre.  In 1979, Voyager 1 makes its closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles).


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  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".


"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







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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...





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





“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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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."


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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:

March 6- In 1819, the United States Supreme Court acknowledges in its ruling in McCulloch v. Maryland that the power to tax is the power to destroy.  In 1836, the Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated.  In 1857, the Supreme Court issues its ruling in Dred Scott v. Sanford, holding that African-Americans were not persons and could not become citizens, and that Congress could not prohibit slavery in federal territories.  In 1869, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev creates the periodic table.  In 1899, Bayer trademarks "aspirin".  In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg go on trial for giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.  In 2007, "Scooter" Libby, Chief of Staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, is found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with revealing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in retaliation for her husband's having made public evidence that the Bush administration's claims of Iraqi ambitions to make nuclear weapons were false.


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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.


© All written and graphic material on this page and website are copyrighted by Peter E. Hendrickson, unless otherwise attributed