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Current Events and Continuing Education for December 28, 2015 through January 10, 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


Happily, we latter-day Americans need not engage in revolution, we need merely adopt the resolution in our hearts and minds to which Adams refers, and stand up for the law laid down by our revolutionary ancestors. Do it! Adopt that resolution! And then share it with the world.

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Features in this edition:

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Is it going to be real, or just "Hallmark"?

So, Resolution Day Is Upon Us!


A veteran warrior for the truth addresses the Obamacare tax

This Week's Featured Victory


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

What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don’t Want


So, did you do it?

Declaration Day


Share, share, share, people

Got Twitter?


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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Your Comments



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:

Why Doreen Was Attacked For Her Silence


A Senseless Investment


Regarding "Astroturf" And Trolls


An Important "Housekeeping" Note


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:

January 4- In 1884, the socialist "Fabian Society" is founded in London, England.  In 1885, the first successful appendectomy is performed.  In 1896, Utah becomes the 45th sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1903, Thomas Edison electrocutes an elephant named 'Topsy' in an effort to demonstrate the danger of alternating current over his preferred direct current technology.   In 1965, Lyndon Johnson announces the assault on fiscal sanity and the Constitution known as the 'Great Society'.  In 1974, Richard Nixon defies a Senate subpoena for 'Watergate'-related documents.  In 1999, Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

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


So, Resolution Day Is Upon Us!

What's it going to be? A Hallmark New Year, or a Grown-Up New Year?

AS EVERYONE KNOWS, there is a tradition of making resolutions with the start of a new year. The shedding of the old calendar and its replacement with a fresh one sets the stage for the shedding of old habits and practices which time has proven unwise, and their replacement with new ones that seem more likely to effect one's safety and happiness.

Tomorrow night all across the country American men and women will raise a toast and grin at each other. They will cheer as the clock strikes midnight.

At the same time, inside their hearts each reveler will face a question. Should our cultural tradition of re-appraisal, and a slap on the re-set button, be taken seriously? Or will this be just another big party and then, after a day-off to let the hangover pass, back to delusional, self-destructive distraction and paralysis? That is, will it then be back to the business-as-usual pretense that everything will be all right in the end without anyone having to break a sweat or be inconvenienced?

The people who live off your labor and the wealth you produce, which otherwise would be going to the needs of your family and the causes you favor, and who are easing your liberties away from you day after day under one pretext or another, really, really want your answer to be "Party, Dude! Resolutions? I dunno...less partying in 2016, maybe? Hey, I've got it! I'll start using that old Stairmaster in the basement again!"

But could anything be crazier than to respond to this moment with that kind of tripe?

AS WEARISOME AS IT IS TO constantly be pointing out the ever-more-frantic assault on our unique, fragile and precious American system of Constitutional rule of law by a corrupt class with a firm grip on the levers of institutional power, I have to say this once again: If you don't recognize the cold, hard and tight hand of a burgeoning police state closing around you, you are in denial, or asleep.

Think about 24/7 universal surveillance by the NSA and other agencies of the state. Think about a prison population greater by far-- per capita!-- than even any outright, declaredly totalitarian state on the planet. Think about laws meant to be understood as requiring the purchase of government-mandated products and services. Think about the militarized police army across the country, and how often its casual violence draws no punishment for the offenders. Think about a "civil forfeiture" structure whose haul for that militarized police army exceeded all burglaries combined, nationwide, last year.

Think about "free speech zones". The punishment Lois Lerner, James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, and all the torturers didn't get.

Think about how government schools are operated these days, with ID tags and armed guards in the hallways, arresting children for being themselves. Think of all the kids in those schools that are routinely drugged away from normal developmental patterns. Think of all the history, economics and critical thinking skills that are not taught to the vast majority of the nations school-kids, while deference to authority-figures and worship of the state are taught instead. Think about programs like, "See something, say something." The evidence is endless.

If you DO perceive the cold, hard grip of that growing police-state, and aren't brain-dead, you know something has to be done, and quickly. What you very much need to also recognize is that the truth about the income tax-- as exclusively revealed in depth in 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America', and as concisely summarized for easy intake and sharing in 'The Fascinating Truth About The 16th Amendment'-- has proven to be the one package of information which will motivate and inspire the average American to real activism on behalf of critical liberties and the rule of law in opposition to the threat.

I know some will not even consider the truth of what I've just said. They will imagine I'm just trying to sell books, and spend no time thinking about the actual record of events over the last twelve years since CtC was written.

 Please don't do that; please do think about that record, a useful picture of which can be found here. Then think about this: The information in 'The Fascinating Truth About The 16th Amendment', and what is linked from this site map page are all that anyone with the least bit of a head on his shoulders needs to proceed, without a dime out-of-pocket. This isn't about me.

What this IS about is getting a large enough fraction of the American people up and at it.

And that means it's about YOU resolving to spread the links people need in order to get informed and inspired. It's about YOU resolving to make and share the inspirational videos I've been asking you for, and doing it TODAY. It's about you being an encouraging light to everyone, and driving out all discouragement and darkness.

Please make that resolution tomorrow (or right now). Your liberty and the future well-being of your children rest on your choice.

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.

-Learned Hand


SPEAKING OF RESOLUTION, I want to share with you an example of the real deal. As you all know, my beloved bride, Doreen, has been imprisoned for refusing to waive her rights to control her own speech and conscience.

The government itself has admitted that Doreen's original, educated returns are correct, in every way possible. These include its assessments, its refusal to create contrary returns which are statutorily-mandated if it believed otherwise, its issuing of refunds in accordance with those original returns after extraordinary scrutiny, and its resort to a fake "examination report" and series of frauds and lies in a sham courtroom proceeding in which it pretended the refunds made were just big mistakes (before going on to make the same "mistake" a hundred thousand more times, and continuing to do so even as you read these words-- a "mistake" also being  made routinely by three dozen state governments, as well), all of which is detailed and documented here.

But in the hope that you (and members of the press) won't look at the real backstory, but instead just focus on "Pete Hendrickson's wife in prison", and thus be scared away from Pete Hendrickson's work, Doreen was show-trialed into an 18-month prison sentence for refusing to obey orders made by a judge at the government's request that she repudiate her original return testimony and replace it with lies about believing her common-place, unprivileged earnings to be taxable-- again, something no government official has dared ever say under oath. These were orders so blatantly illegal that the government had to have the trial judge instruct the jury that it could not consider the unlawfulness or unconstitutionality of the orders a defense to the charge of "contempt" for disobeying them in order to get the jury to helplessly convict, as it did.

(This still took two bites at the apple for the government to get this accomplished. The first time, even with that instruction the jury refused to convict, because Doreen read the jurors what the Supreme Court has said about orders of the sort she resisted. In the second go-round, she was prevented from doing this...)

SO, FOR THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS, Doreen has languished in a federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia, awaiting the outcome of her appeal (oral arguments are being heard in two weeks). While there, Doreen has been occupying her bleak time with some of the educational programs made available at the place. A project was required of those participating in one of those classes earlier this month-- the creation of a collage title "Life Re-Imagined". The object was to induce some sort of breast-beating, "How will I do things differently once I'm free again" self-criticism exercise by the women attending. But in one case, there was nothing to criticize...

Here is Doreen's collage, which brought a unique, unanimous ovation from everyone in the class when she unveiled it for viewing:

Is it any surprise that I'm in love with this woman?


BTW, here's another image to study and think about, followed by a different question to answer. It is, after all, decision-time...

What's your answer?

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Have Oregon And New York Criminalized "Frivolous Return" Penalties And Threats?


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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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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This Week's Featured Victory

A complete refund of Social Security and Medicare-- which was all that had been withheld-- along with the first educated-filer Obamacare exemption form posted thus far on these pages.

BARRY SULLIVAN IS AN ACTIVE AND ACCOMPLISHED WARRIOR for liberty, the truth, and the rule of law. Today Barry shares his latest victory: a refund of everything withheld from him and deposited with the federal government during 2014 in connection with the "income tax" and a concrete acknowledgement by the government that Barry's unprivileged private-sector economic activities are not subject to the tax.

Barry's refund is small. It consists solely of FICA withholdings (Social security and Medicare taxes) taken from Barry during a brief stint working for someone other than himself. Thus, Barry's 2014 refund isn't going to ring the bell like any of the $25,000, $50,000 and $75,000 refund checks from federal and state treasury departments also posted on this site.

However, Barry's latest victory is notable and worthy of featured status because Barry is the first educated filer to share a victory in which the Obamacare tax provision is addressed using the Treasury Department form published for this purpose. Many Americans will find this example to be of great interest.

I also like the customized explanatory statements used on Barry's rebuttal documents. They nicely emphasize and enhance the clarity of Barry's latest evidence of the truth about the tax and about educated filings and claims made in conformance with that truth.

Let's start with the check:

Here is the return that Barry submitted to secure this 100% refund.

As can be seen, Barry incorporated three "information returns" into his filing:

  • A Form 4852 substituting for a "1099-R" on which amounts distributed to Barry by a life insurance company are acknowledged and an erroneous assertion regarding the "taxable amount" of the distribution are rebutted with a correct figure;

  • An undisputed 1099-INT reporting taxable interest paid to Barry by the federal government; and

  • Another Form 4852 substituting for an errant W-2 from the company that withheld from Barry the money returned to him by way of the check above, to which the accurate information from the W-2 (the amounts withheld) has been transcribed, and by which the inaccurate information on the W-2 (amounts listed as "wages" but which were actually paid in connection with non-federally-privileged activities) is rebutted.

You'll have also seen that Barry included one other form in his filing: Form 8965. The form 8965 is the one provided by the Treasury Department for addressing the application of the Obamacare "Didn't-buy-what-we-wanted-you-to-buy" punishment tax. Barry's use of the form makes this the first educated filing posted on these pages in which this form appears.

Having researched the tax-related aspects of Obamacare, Barry was able to make proper use of the Form 8965, per the following on the first page of its instructions under the sub-heading "Who Must File" (emphasis added):

If you are not required to file a tax return, your tax household is exempt from the shared responsibility payment and you do not need to file a tax return to claim the coverage exemption. However, if you are not required to file a tax return but choose to file anyway, claim the coverage exemption on line 7a or 7b of Form 8965.

As said in the first sentence of this instruction, simply having less "income" than the personal exemption amount, and thus no requirement to file regardless of how high overall earnings may have been, automatically exempts one from the Obamacare "punishment-for-disobedience" tax. Accordingly, it could be argued that use of Form 8965 is superfluous in any case, whether one files a return for one's own purposes, like Barry did in order to get back what was improperly withheld from him, or not.

Indeed, a number of folks have apparently dealt with the situation from that perspective, and with the agreement of the government. Several examples are posted here.

 But it's nice to see each option explored, too, if only for educational purposes. Barry's thoroughly-vetted return package unsurprisingly passed muster as indicated by the issuance of his complete refund check three weeks ago, once again proving the truth of Madison's always timely admonition:

“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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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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

January 5- In 1759, George marries Martha.  In 1781, Richmond, Virginia is burned by British forces led by Benedict Arnold.  In 1914, the Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday, and a minimum $5-per-day rate-of-pay.  In 1918, the "Free Committee for a German Workers' Peace" (later changed to the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party), is founded.  In 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate bridge.


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

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:

January 6- In 1553, Francisco Pizarro founds Lima, Peru.  In 1838, Samuel Morse successfully tests his 'telegraph'.  In 1907, Maria Montessori opens her first school in Rome.  In 1912, New Mexico is admitted to the union as the 47th of the several states.  In 1929, Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta.  In 1936, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Roosevelt's 'New Deal' Agriculture Adjustment Act is unconstitutional.


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:

January 7- In 1782, the Bank of North America, the first United States national bank, opens for business (it continues today as Wachovia Bank).  In 1927, the first trans-Atlantic telephone call is made.  In 1953, Truman announces the development of the hydrogen bomb.  In 1980, Jimmy Carter signs off on a $1.5 billion dollar federal loan to the Chrysler Corporation.  Constitutional scholars are still scratching their heads and searching for the authority for that...  In 1999, the impeachment of Bill Clinton begins.  In 2015, shootings of curious character in the details suggesting false-flag possibilities but ascribed to Islamic extremists enraged by what they viewed as sacrilegious cartoons about Mohammed take place in Paris, France, and lead to a massive re-affirmation throughout the Western world of the unequivocal sacredness of unconstrained speech rights.



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Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Did you miss the 'Set Your Church Free' commentaries?

Set Your Church Free

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?  


Copy and post this one around, people!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the well-funded disinformation specialists


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

January 8- In 1790, George Washington delivers the first State of the Union speech.  In 1835, the United States national debt hit $0 for the only time, after Andrew Jackson succeeded in shutting down the Second Bank of the United States (an early version of the Federal reserve).  In 1973, the trial of the Watergate burglars begins.

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!!


Click here to take the test


Click here for more Tax IQ tests

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-James Madison


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What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don’t Want

by John Whitehead

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1

In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book 'Battlefield America: The War on the American People', we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again—egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc.—although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.

What remains to be seen is whether 2016 will bring more of the same or whether “we the people” will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2015 was far from a banner year.

The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don’t find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized surveillance state.

More surveillance. The surveillance state is alive and well and kicking privacy to shreds in America. Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, will still be listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. We are now in a state of transition with the police state shifting into high-gear under the auspices of the surveillance state. In such an environment, we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing or other. Even our homes provide little protection against government intrusions. Police agencies, already empowered to crash through your door if they suspect you’re up to no good, now have radars that allow them to “see” through the walls of your home.

More militarized police. Americans will continue to be rendered powerless in the face of militarized police. In early America, government agents were not permitted to enter one’s home without permission or in a deceitful manner. And citizens could resist arrest when a police officer tried to restrain them without proper justification or a warrant. Daring to dispute a warrant with a police official today who is armed with high-tech military weapons would be nothing short of suicidal. Moreover, as police forces across the country continue to be transformed into extensions of the military, Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield. Having already transformed local police into extensions of the military, now the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone Stingray devices and so much more.


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NOW HAVING READ THAT, don't you think it would be nice if John Whitehead, who is so eager to sound the alarm, would also look outside himself enough to point his readers to the solution for the problems about which he complains?

Here's another question for you: When was the last time you screamed at John to do so, in the same sense of urgency his words are meant to inspire in you? Maybe you should do that today...

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:

January 9- In 1788, Connecticut becomes the fifth of the several states to ratify the United States Constitution and authorize the new version of the federal government.  In 1861, Mississippi becomes the second of the several states to secede from the Union.  In 1951, the United Nations headquarters in New York City opens for business.  In 1968, snow begins falling for the first (and so far only) time in Mexico City, continuing off and on for the next two days. In 2015, the alleged perpetrators of the shootings in Paris two days previously (the 'Charlie Hebdo' shootings) are silenced by police gunfire.


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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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