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Current Events and Continuing Education for April 12 through April 25, 2015

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

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

(Click on the underlined text to jump to each feature. To return, use your browser's "back" button. Please keep in mind that many more items of interest are to be found between featured articles, so your most profitable course is to scroll through the whole page...)

Let the truth prevail

What Doreen Said To The Court (and what she heard in response...)


It's all in your mind...

Do You Know What You Aren't? A Four-Part Inquiry


Just follow the instructions, people.

About 'Line 61' And The "Obamacare" Tax


Other Voices

Kick Open The Door To Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?


Held Over: What's missing from all the 'Iran' stuff; a bit of good journalism on the origin of ISIS; a very virtuous bill introduced in the House; George Carlin is suitably honored; the NSA shooting; a telling evasion in Doreen's re-trial; more...

This and That


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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


Got something to say?

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 The Deep State Fears CtC


A Heartfelt Plea To All Those Who Cherish The Rule Of Law


New Video Postings


Two Good Articles From Other Voices


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:

April 19- Dateline: Boston.


Massachusetts Governor Condemns Armed Extremists Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19 by the elements of a paramilitary extremist faction.  Military and law-enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.


Speaking after the clash, the Massachusetts governor declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right wing tax protest movement.  The Governor blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices.  The governor described the group's organizers as criminals, and issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order.


The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.


The governor issued a ban on military style weapons and ammunition earlier in the week.  This decision followed a meeting earlier this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized forcible confiscation of illegal arms.  One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons.  Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition elsewhere in the state.


However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plan.  During an intense standoff in Lexington's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender their weapons and return to their homes.


The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right wing extremists.  Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.


Ironically, the local citizenry blamed the government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths.  Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.  Col.  Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.


The governor has called upon citizens to support the state and national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order.  The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against government troops.  Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as the ring leaders of the extremist faction, remain at large.


Also on this date:  In 1933, FDR announces the abandonment of the gold standard.  In 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion effort is defeated.  In 1993, the Clinton administration firebombs a community in Waco, Texas, killing 81 American men, women and children.  In 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City is partly destroyed by explosives.  In 2011, Fidel Castro resigns after 45 years in office as head of Cuba's Communist Party Central Committee.  In 2013, Tamerlan Tsarenev, alleged Boston Marathon bomber, is said to have been killed in a shoot-out with police. Some reason exists to be uncertain of the truth of this story.

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


What Doreen Said To The Court

This is a must read, all the way through the call to action, if you want to have any hope of preserving your rights.

I have to begin by acknowledging Melissa Siskind's powerful effort to make me look like a terrible person. She is very skilled.

But I believe Ms. Siskind's studied hostility is really just a tactic. I think she is implementing the concept that “the best defense is a strong offense”. Ms. Siskind wants to drive from everyone's mind the fact that the verdict in my trial was achieved, in part, by her astonishing lie to my jury that early government efforts against my husband were just an audit.

With that lie my jury was misled about the real background of events leading up to the production of the unlawful orders I resisted. With that lie my jury was given false cause to doubt my truthfulness. With that lie my jury was given false cause to doubt the legitimacy of my exhibits; and with that lie my jury was given false cause to doubt one of the bases presented for my good-faith conclusion that I was not under a duty in regard to these orders, which rested on an accurate picture of the sequence of events of which the issuance of these orders was a part.

Under the influence of Siskind's lie I was declared guilty. I have to say “declared” rather than “found”, because due to a jury instruction Siskind persuaded the court to deliver, it cannot be known that a single juror found I had actually committed one or the other acts with which I am charged, and neither charged act can be taken as found by a unanimous jury. It seems that engineering verdicts against innocent women is another skill honed by Ms. Siskind.

Now Ms. Siskind hopes to continue her streak. She means to keep everyone, and especially you, Judge Roberts, from remembering her earlier lie, and from thinking about the fact that whatever you do today rests on the legitimacy of a verdict issued under the influence of that lie.

Siskind hopes to distract you with more bluster, misdirection and additional falsehoods into disregarding the facts and acting instead on her primitive, hind-brain proposition that it doesn't matter that the government couldn't honestly prove me guilty as charged, because I'm a terrible villain anyway, and ought to be locked up on general principle.

The fact is Melissa Siskind doesn't know me at all, and I am not the bad person she would like you to imagine. I am just an American woman who believes she has a right to control the content of her own expressions, and a right to defend her own interests in any legal contest-- even a tax-related legal contest.

I want to explain what I believe is the legal dynamic of such contests, and what has been done to me that has led us to this day.

Our legal system here in America is designed to protect everyone's right to make claims, rebut allegations and defend herself against the claims of others. One of the key ways in which these paramount goals are accomplished is by providing that no one can be told what she must say in a legal contest.

I get to say my piece, and the other side gets to says its piece. Each of us get to say, without hindrance, intimidation or interference, whatever we think serves to support our claims. If what is said by the two sides is in disagreement, an appropriate and duly-authorized agency or tribunal makes a determination as to the outcome in accordance with the relevant provisions of law.

No one, not even the government, gets to pre-emptively evade the contest or control its outcome by taking, or being given, control of what its opponents say-- even if it really thinks what is being said or might be said is wrong. Both sides must rely on the strength of their own arguments to overcome those of their opponent, and are prohibited from using strong-arm tactics against each other. In fact, efforts to secure favorable testimony in such a contest by threats or coercion are crimes. Both sides must rely on the threat of a prosecution for perjury as their protection against deceit.

That's how it works, that's the only way it can work, and that's the only way it is allowed to work under our law here in America, where a declared purpose of bringing the federal government into existence in the first place is identified in the preamble to the United States Constitution as being to “establish justice”. The First Amendment to that Constitution says no one can be told what to say, and the Fifth Amendment guarantees everyone the right to due process.

In keeping with these principles, prescriptions and proscriptions, not only is no organ of government allowed to order any person to relinquish her own claims, or to agree with another's, but none has any plausible reason to do so-- at least, no reason that is honest.

For me, though, eight years ago a judge issued just such orders, at the request of a government agency wanting to make claims to my property. I was ordered by this judge to repudiate my own freely-made testimony relevant to a couple of government claims and to create sworn declarations of belief that would instead validate the government's competing claims. In another order I was told to refrain from disputing any future government claims.

The absurd pretext used to justify these plainly illegal orders was that I was only being told to say what was “correct”, as though my rights to control my own expressions and advocate for my own interests evaporate whenever some government official decides my expressions and advocacy are “incorrect”. This is ridiculous, and it is wrong-- my rights are not subject to the whims of officialdom in this fashion.

Further, I was NOT simply being told to say what Nancy Edmunds decided was “correct”-- I was being ordered to say that I BELIEVED what Nancy Edmunds decided was “correct”-- or really, what my government opponent simply TOLD Nancy Edmunds was “correct”, even though no government official, from the Secretary of the Treasury to a lowly IRS worker, had been willing to sign off on the government's assertions under any risk of penalty for being untruthful. Robert Metcalfe, the DOJ attorney who asked Nancy Edmunds to make me say I believed these assertions, had to resort to an unsigned, self-declaredly “informal” IRS examination report as his pretended evidence that the government itself believed this nonsense.

Nonetheless, without even so much as a single hearing of any kind, Nancy Edmunds ordered me to say I believed what she herself had no reason whatever to believe to be true, at the government's mere request, and over my objections and formal, sworn dispute of all its allegations of fact and law. As requested, Edmunds ordered me to say I believe that my earnings are of a taxable sort, suitable to declare to be “income” as that term is meant in tax law.

But I don't believe this. In fact, I know full well that it isn't true, just as the government knows full well that it isn't true, as is unambiguously proven by no government official being willing to declare it as a personal belief over a signature.

That a government official CAN make such a declaration is why government control of speech such as I am accused of criminally resisting is fundamentally and grotesquely wrong as a matter of law and principle. It is also why there is NEVER, EVER a legitimate government interest or necessity requiring or justifying this ugly mechanism for its fulfillment. It's this simple: If the government believes something is correct and needs to be said, it can have one of its own officials say it. In regard to the matters involved in this case, there is actually a statute that says not only that such a declaration MUST be made by a government official, but that when one is, that declaration is good and sufficient for all legal purposes.

If what that official swears to is then deemed to be correct by the proper authority-- say, Judge Nancy Edmunds, perhaps-- and what I say is deemed to be incorrect, then that decision can be enforced without any declaration of agreement or belief being needed from me.

Thus, the orders sought by the government and issued by Edmunds are neither necessary nor proper, both of which standards must be met, as specified at 26 USC 7402(a), for her to be authorized under law to issue any kind of injunction. Even if the orders Edmunds issued to me were not specifically prohibited by the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution, they would still not be within her lawful power to make.

Of course, beyond the creepily sick proposition that I was just being ordered to say what was “correct”-- however fraudulently and unlawfully-- there was another pretext given by the government in asking Judge Edmunds' to issue her orders. This was the even more creepy and downright scary argument that my being forced to say I believe what the government wanted would discourage other Americans from making claims of their own which the government dislikes.

Needless to say, the government self-servingly characterizes such disfavored claims as "false". Part of its elaborate pretense in the lawsuit brought in Edmunds' court is the phony assertion that my husband's book Cracking the Code argues that only federal, state and local government workers are subject to the income tax, and the equally phony assertion that claims like mine on my freely-made tax returns are based on this falsely ascribed and patently false and frivolous notion.

But you know what? I characterize the government's assertions as "false", just as do the many thousands of other Americans making claims the government hopes to chill by attacking me-- and unlike Nancy Edmunds, we've actually read the book. Sorting out who is right in each case is why we have a legal system, and keeping that legal system real and legitimate is why our First and Fifth Amendment proscriptions and prescriptions prohibit efforts by the government to evade its requirements by ordering people to say what it wants to hear through the means of cooperative judges, or attempting to chill inconvenient speech in advance by means of such orders.

Here is how the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put this in Beaty v. United States, 937 F.2d 288:

“A central tenet of our republic--a characteristic that separates us from totalitarian regimes throughout the world--is that the government and private citizens resolve disputes on an equal playing field in the courts. When citizens face the government in the federal courts, the job of the judge is to apply the law, not to bolster the government’s case.”

Everyone in this room knows this. Everyone in this room knows the government's call to Nancy Edmunds to issue her orders to me was wrong and lawless-- as are the orders themselves-- and that the pretense of a legitimate government interest in chilling the free expression of other Americans was even more broadly and darkly criminal. It does not speak well of Nancy Edmunds that she didn't refer Mr. Metcalfe for prosecution upon being presented with his demand and its revealing justifications.

Here today, those speaking for the government are making the same demented, un-American and Constitution-defying argument. They advise you to sentence me harshly as a “deterrent”. But a deterrent to what?

It can't be as a deterrent to resisting government-requested orders from a court dictating what they must say they believe to be true and correct. No such orders have ever been issued to anyone in American history before this was done to my husband and me, and none have never been issued since. No surprise-- orders of this sort are ILLEGAL.

Therefore, what the government must mean is to deter other Americans from testifying freely and honestly on their own tax forms, or anywhere else they are asked or expected to say what they believe to be true and correct, or have a need to make claims on their own behalf or assert and defend their interests in a legal contest. Thus, the government's call for a harsh sentence is a call upon this court to use a sentence upon me to commit a crime against the speech, conscience and due process rights of other Americans-- indeed, all Americans.

I note that whoever spoke for the government in its response to my sentencing memorandum also made much of the fact that one of my supporters started a petition on my behalf a few weeks ago. The government says those who have signed the petition are examples of Americans needing to be deterred by the sentence you issue today. I suppose the government attorneys here also feel that the good people behind me [and filling the hallway outside] need to be deterred from exercising THEIR rights, too.

Frankly, those who have signed that petition, and those here today, are examples of the millions of Americans who need to be reassured by what you do today that their rights will be respected by public officials, and that their courts recognize that it is efforts to chill their exercise of speech and due process rights that are criminal, not resistance to such efforts.

Here is what the person who started that petition has as its “mission statement”:

 “We, the undersigned citizens of America, are concerned for the security of our rights, seeing them threatened by the attack on those of our sister, Doreen Hendrickson. Doreen is plainly being punished by the United States for exercising her rights of speech and conscience, and her right to due process of law in any legal contest between herself and the United States, whether that contest concerns tax matters or otherwise.

We call upon our public servant, federal district court judge Victoria Roberts, to abandon this violation of Doreen's rights and to exercise her authority under the federal rules to arrest this judgment, dismiss the indictment under which Doreen was tried, or otherwise vacate and dispose of the lawless charges and proceedings against Doreen.”

I don't know anything about whether the remedies being asked for in those words are available at this point, but for the record, I echo them now.

I also ask you to understand that all of the petition signers, and all the folks here today, and all the many tens of thousands who are following this case and will continue to do so are Americans who, in their own study of the law, have concluded that what Judge Edmunds did is wrong and unlawful, and that what I have done is not.

All these good Americans are not alone, either. They are joined by others who may not be following this case today, but have already staked out their positions very plainly.

Let's start with the real heavyweight experts:

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”; and “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”

Now here's the United States Supreme Court in Armstrong v. Manzo, 380 U.S. 545, explaining the meaning of “due process of law”:

“A fundamental requirement of due process is “the opportunity to be heard.” Grannis v. Ordean, 234 U.S. 385, 394. It is an opportunity which must be granted at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.”

In Flaim v. Med. Coll. of Ohio, 418 F.3d 629, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says:

“Notice and an opportunity to be heard remain the most basic requirements of due process.”

“Opportunity to be heard” means an opportunity to be heard saying what I want said, not what my government opponent wants to hear said. Plainly, an injunction telling me I will be punished for saying things the government doesn't want said on a tax form by which I testify and make my claims in a contest over who gets ownership of my money is a violation of my rights, and so is an injunction telling me that I must say what my opponent wishes said on such forms.

Here is the Supreme Court on the freedom of expression issue in Agency for Int’l Development v. Alliance for Open Society Int’l, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 2321, a case decided just a month before I was arrested for exercising my speech rights:

“It is, however, a basic First Amendment principle that “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say.” ... “At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that each person should decide for himself or herself the ideas and beliefs deserving of expression, consideration, and adherence.” ... “The government may not . . . compel the endorsement of ideas that it approves.”.

“[W]e cannot improve upon what Justice Jackson wrote for the Court 70 years ago: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.””

And here is how the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals puts it in Newsom v. Morris, 888 F.2d 371:

“[E]ven minimal infringement upon First Amendment values constitutes irreparable injury...”


“[D]irect retaliation by the state for having exercised First Amendment freedoms in the past is particularly proscribed by the First Amendment.”

Doesn't that last line bring things right home? What is happening here today is the government asking you, Judge Roberts, to retaliate against me for exercising my First Amendment freedoms by expressing myself as I felt was right and true in the course of exercising my Fifth Amendment right to due process. That is exactly the retaliation that the Sixth Circuit says is “particularly proscribed by the First Amendment”.

So, am I missing something? Didn't every government official in this room-- including these government attorneys who are urging you to engage in this retaliation, and to “do it hard” so as to put a proper fear of the same treatment into all of these other people here, and those around the country who have signed that petition, and everyone else who is following this case-- didn't you all take oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution by which the Sixth Circuit says this punishment of me today is particularly proscribed?

Nancy Edmunds issued orders at the government's request abridging my First Amendment freedoms.

I have been declared by a jury (or at least part of a jury, but only maybe, really, since it may be that not a single juror found that I did one or the other of these things) to have resisted those orders by exercising my First Amendment freedoms by way of expressing myself freely on my 2008 tax return, and failing to express myself with government-dictated words repudiating my freely-made 2002 and 2003 returns.

Now we are here today with the government asking that I be punished for those exercises of my First Amendment freedoms.

Is this not a particularly proscribed direct retaliation for my exercise of First Amendment freedoms?

Does not “particularly proscribed” mean, “not allowed”, as in “no one, including anyone here today, is allowed to punish me for refusing to let my speech be controlled by the government and refusing to abandon my right to due process”?

I don't claim to be a legal expert, but I'm not stupid, either, and yet I do not understand how I can lawfully have been put through what I have suffered already, much less anything further.

Judge Roberts, you are aware that I take issue with many aspects of my trial and the way its outcome was achieved. I have detailed a number of those issues in post-trial motions, and alluded to others. I expect vindication in the appellate court and I think you have to acknowledge that I have good reason for that expectation. In light of this fact, for me to suffer punishment prior to having my opportunity to be vindicated by the appellate court would be a profound injustice.

For that reason, and for all the technical reasons that Mr. Cedrone has detailed in my sentencing memorandum and here in person today why it would be proper and appropriate even if no appeal were intended, I ask you to exercise your discretion here today with the lightest of hands.

SO, THAT SURELY LED to a merely nominal, non-custodial sentence, pending the appeal and disposal of the demented, grossly un-American and plainly un-constitutional idea that anyone can be ordered, over her objection, to write government-dictated words and sign them with a sworn declaration that they are her own words, right?

'Fraid not.

First the packed courtroom (with spill-over into the hall-- thanks SO MUCH to everyone that came!) was treated to a twenty-minute reading of scripted lies and calumnies about Doreen in which the "CtC says only federal employees are subject to the tax" strawman was carefully repeated over and over, leaving any listener who knows better to wonder if George Orwell himself was exhumed to work on the thing, and to marvel at how desperate the "ignorance tax" schemers are to sustain and spread that fictional pretext for disparagement.

During this screed, Doreen's steadfast refusal to waive her rights and bow to "authority" was literally described as "dangerous to the community", and the deliberate intention of using a harsh sentence on her to chill others from exercising their own rights of speech and due process was openly articulated.

Doreen was then sentenced to 18 months in prison, to begin in 60 days... or only in 30 if she has not, by then, submitted the illegally-ordered perjurious "amended returns" the government is SO revealingly-desperate to get by any means necessary.

SO, HERE'S MY CALL TO ACTION, PEOPLE. This renewed, and now even more pointed assault on the speech, conscience and due process (not to mention self-incrimination) rights is exactly the kind of federal government violation of the law for which Jefferson and Madison advocated interposition by the states.

All our rights are worthy of defense, of course, but those being trampled here, and in this fashion, are particularly so, even without consideration of the fact that the assault is being undertaken to protect the continued viability of an inherently exploitive, now outright fraudulent tax-collection scheme which is at this point itself crossing into unconstitutionality.

As written, the income tax is entirely Constitutional. But when what is now a sustained, illegal assault on the truth is launched in order to keep its limited scope successfully concealed and to preserve its systematic mis-application, the thing begins to become unconstitutional in substance even while remaining Constitutional in form.

Thus, we are faced here with a complex, multi-faceted power-play by the feds against the people's law such that the states, by the agency of which the federal government was created, and which are the countervailing and chief supervisory powers against it in our governmental structure, should step in and defend Doreen (and thereby, all of us) from this outrage.

Our governor here in Michigan is a republican named Rick Snyder. Various ways of contacting him can be found here. Please use them and urge Gov. Snyder to step in and protect Doreen from the effort to violate her rights. The Michigan Attorney General is Bill Schuette. He can be contacted as indicated here.

UPDATE: It's very important that everyone use his or her own words in communicating with these folks. But this communiqué to Governor Rick Snyder (using Snyder's webpage "contact form") was sent to me right after I posted this article, and I am sharing it as a fine example of what I think is the right tone and focus on the point in responding to this call for action:

I chose this category [law and public safety] because the public can never be safe if government is not restrained by the rule of law.

I am specifically referring to Doreen Hendrickson's predicament : NO PERSON can be legally compelled to sign a government form under the penalty of perjury with facts which that person does not believe are true. PERIOD.

The State of Michigan must not allow the federal government to so curtail the due process of law and the first amendment so as to be able to imprison Mrs. Hendrickson. To allow this is not merely a travesty of justice in the matter of US v Doreen Hendrickson, it is the abandonment of the rule of law for all the people, in every state of the union and you, sir, have the opportunity and duty to prevent it.

Very sincerely yours,

Tim Richardson  

Non-Michiganders' own home-state officials should be equally interested, by the way-- they, too are supposed to be ensuring that the feds stay within the set boundaries. Further, the chill meant to be accomplished by the assault on Doreen is aimed at everyone living in every state of the union.

BY THE WAY, it's interesting to note that the charade of judicial process here was particularly-plainly nothing more than that. On Monday last week, the judge in the case asked both sides to submit supplemental sentencing memoranda taking consideration of a sentencing guidelines section she decided might be apropos. She indicated that she was prepared to continue the sentencing date so as to allow for proper jobs on these supplements:

Both sides were agreeable:

And then I'm guessing somebody at headquarters got wind of this and somebody else got her marching orders:

Gotta have this little show trial wrapped-up ready for the just-before-"tax day" PR campaign, yes?

PLEASE MAKE THOSE CALLS, and make some noise about this. If we all (this means you) steadily and diligently inject truth into the narrative and rebut the government spin on this, and keep the focus on the rights-violations that are the real substance of this story, we can avert a great evil from being committed on one woman, and protect all our rights from the erosion represented by this pernicious crime.

UPDATE: Shortly after this story was posted, Tony Jackson, a serious warrior-for-the-truth living in Ohio, shared a letter he had immediately written to his U.S. congressman demanding attention to this outrage. I think this is a great parallel action everyone can also take that has good promise of being helpful in a couple of different ways.

BY THE WAY, II: AS POSTED IN last week's Mid-Edition Update, a new video concerning the assault on Doreen's rights and on everyone's rule of law has been posted. This film was put together by David Schied, a court-watcher local to Doreen and me who became aware of her case and asked to do an interview for a series he produces called 'RICO Busters', which is focused on bad behavior in the federal courts. The interview is supplemented by some additional footage David had shot previously shot while Doreen and I were addressing a group of local activists about the case.

David graciously made the film available to me, and I have edited out as much of the series-specific material as possible in order to post a very focused version, which can be accessed here.

I'm sure everyone will find it interesting, and I expect everyone will find it very disturbing. I hope everyone will help it go viral.

HERE IS THE PETITION by which everyone can stand up and be counted as an American man or woman who disagrees with the idea that a federal court can deprive someone of speech, conscience and due process rights to suit the convenience and corruption of the state.

BY THE WAY, III: If by chance you are not already familiar with the backstory leading up to what is being done to Doreen, please see this.

BY THE WAY IV: If you are a lawyer with experience prosecuting violations like the ones being committed against Doreen here (and me, too), whether on a civil or criminal basis, please contact me with your thoughts about how to frame the issues and proceed with actions against the various malefactors here in either federal or state court.


from Amazing Spider-Man #537


"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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America's Only Hope Lies In Spreading The Truth About The Tax

Reliance on the courts, the political process or the timely conversion of the masses to an ideology of freedom by punditry and educational programs are pipe-dreams.

I was amused (in a grim sort of way) at the irony of a recent column by a self-described libertarian pundit, titled, 'Conservative Blindness on Iran'. The writer chastises the neo-con nut-case community for a mote in its eye while blithely putting the beam in his own on display.

The hypocritical column critiques neo-con pundits for their deliberate refusal to see deeper than the 1979 embassy hostage-taking when writing about the boogieman-du-jour, Iran. But immediately after pouring a little well-deserved scorn on his targets for treating a willful blindness to any facts which put the national-security state in the wrong as a principle of "patriotism", the columnist declares (emphasis added):

"Of course, such principles don’t apply to libertarians. Not only are we not reluctant to acknowledge that the national-security state has engaged in horrific wrongdoing since its inception, we would dismantle this Cold War dinosaur and restore a constitutionally limited republic to our land."

Really? When are you planning to start, friend?

There being no advice to his readers to learn CtC's revelations about the state's real taxing structure and authority, this writer's fine intentions are as bankable as those of any cheap political hack-- meaning not worth the paper on which they are printed. Like those political hacks, the writer hopes to be judged solely by those professed good intentions, with his ongoing financial support of the state he loves to denounce, and his failure to actually help restrain and dismantle it or introduce his readers to the means by which this can be done, both conveniently overlooked.

HERE'S THE THING, my fine-talking friend (and every other mere and motionless gripe-monger and critic of the empire): talk is cheap, and worse than pointless. Talking about how bad things are without acting to fix them does nothing but foster a delusional sense that the problem is being attended-to while in fact, all that is happening is that precious time and narrowing opportunities are passing away.

We've had this explained to us by better men than me. For example, last Monday was the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry's rightly celebrated, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech. How glorious and inspiring are those seven ringing words!

But as inspiring of high feeling as those seven ringing words can be, today we would be better off paying attention to those which preceded them in Henry's famous oration. Let's remember that what prompted Henry's speech was the inclination of many in his native Virginia to just keep talking about the frightening darkness that was approaching, rather than doing what was really needed-- shutting-up and putting-up.

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.

This fine-talking columnist and any other writer or commentator that criticizes the state or warns darkly of how bad things are getting, or declares his resolve in favor of restoring the limited government under the rule of law bequeathed to us by the Founders but does not end his or her comments with a direction to losthorizons.com or Cracking the Code is a hypocrite.

Such folks refuse to match their deeds to their words. They condemn the rogue state but don't accompany their implicit (or sometimes explicit) exhortations to action against the threat with information on the one and only way effective action can be taken short of taking up arms.


Don't get me wrong. I take a backseat to no one in my admiration and appreciation for Edward Snowden, William Binney, Thomas Drake and the various other whistleblowers who have revealed to the world the systematic violation of the Fourth Amendment committed by the United States (by which I mean the government unit that goes by that name). I feel the same abiding affection for those who revealed and alerted us all to any and every other evil committed by the state.

Nor do I stint in my admiration and appreciation for the handful of actual journalists plying that noble profession in the USA and elsewhere, the members of which can be recognized by their uncompromising presentation and coverage of the revelations of Snowden and all the others. But all that admiration and appreciation notwithstanding, all those revelations and all that coverage are going to do no immediate good.

Revealing these violations empowers Americans and others to know what's being done to them, and to scream and sue and politic about them. But it has not and will not compel the violators (whose compatriots and enablers and co-conspirators run the courts in which the suits are brought and the political process in which the screaming and politicking is done) to do anything different.

The fact is, revelations of these violations are merely road-markers identifying yet more clearly the path down which we are going at an increasingly alarming pace.

BUT THERE IS A REVELATION which DOES promise to actually be a solution, not just a highlighting of the problem. This revelation empowers individual Americans to do all that needs to be done, with no reliance on a highly-unlikely sudden embrace of virtue by the very malefactors whose evil needs to be rectified.

The revelation of which I speak is the simple, powerful, unambiguous truth about the income tax.

The truth about the tax is so plainly-evident and thoroughly-supported by every possible authority that anyone spending as little as two hours reading through this paper will irrevocably know it and understand it. That truth is so unmistakable once an accurate presentation has been taken in that it can never again be forgotten or misunderstood, and it inescapably compels right behavior from everyone who comes to know it (except those whose agenda is advanced by violation of the law).

One of the key aspects of the tax that comes to be understood by that reading is that its application under the law is entirely within the control of each individual, rather than being an externally-imposed extraction.

Those who learn the liberating truth about the tax discover that most of them have actually been simply hood-winked into agreeing to the otherwise improper application of the tax to their earnings and wealth. All their working lives they've been saying "Yes" to being taxed to feed Leviathan, when they could have been saying "No" and retaining control over the use and disposition of their hard-earned property.

In practical terms suited to the context of this observation, this means that while most anyone reading about Edward Snowden's revelations will get righteously pissed and paranoid but have no recourse for anything further, that same person, upon reading CtC's revelations, will promptly cut the NSA's funding, and do so as part of a larger, comprehensive withdrawal of consent to Leviathan's illegal excesses in what is actually a meaningful manner.

In fact, that withdrawal of fuel and consent supporting Leviathan is the implementation of the Framers' Constitutional provision of a "Smithian" invisible hand by which each person's attention to his own self-interest automatically and organically provides for the well-being of society overall. The Founding generation was far-sighted, and knew that it is the nature of states to metastasize into a grave threat like the one confronting us today if not checked by individual Americans acting from outside the errant institutional structure.

And if you give it a moment's thought, you'll understand how powerful a solution the Framers provided for us. Consider the effect of 10 million Americans saying "No" instead of "Yes" on their tax returns next month because they have learned they never should have been saying "Yes" in the first place. That WILL actually make a difference-- hugely, meaningfully, and right now!

No amount of journalism about this abuse or that usurpation will do the same, or will do anything at all except inflict upon the American people a will-sapping sense of despair.

I WANT TO REPEAT AND EMPHASIZE for those not yet knowing the truth about the tax: The individual control over the application of the tax to which I have referred IS the law. This is NOT a matter of how I think taxes ought to work in America, or the application of some "rights" doctrine by which I argue that the tax law should be read in some particular way contrary to how the government reads it.

The law only reads one way, and the government reads it exactly the same way I read it. The misapplication happens not by disagreement over what the law says, but by simple exploitation of the fact that YOU haven't ever read the law at all, and it has been constructed in a way to allow that ignorance to be used against you, with your unwitting cooperation.

As a consequence, revealing the truth about the tax simply enables American men and women to act knowledgeably in accordance with the law, and informs them of the fact that their prior ignorance has been ruthlessly exploited to their great harm for all their working lives. Serendipitously, coming to understand the tax also provides a deep and liberating education in federal law and the real legal relationship of citizen and state generally.

The revelations of CtC don't call for a revolution. They simply call for a restoration of the law by knowledgeable action fully within and respectful of the existing legal structure, in which every American can enthusiastically participate with no qualms or trepidations.

It's really this simple: All that is necessary to restore limited government and the law in America is for enough Americans to learn the truth about the income tax. At the same time, nothing else will do.


THE STATE WHOSE LAWLESS PRACTICES AND AMBITIONS will be reined-in once enough Americans come to know the truth about the tax is very conscious of this reality. This is why its efforts to suppress CtC-- the sole and exclusively-complete and accurate presentation of the truth about the tax-- have even gone so far as unprecedented government-sought court orders commanding that my wife and I pretend to repudiate our sworn tax-return testimony and replace it with government-dictated disavowals of what CtC reveals.

By itself this should answer any doubt anyone reading this might harbor about all that I have said here. This deep a step into the swamp would never be taken except in direst need.

To put it another way, you can tell when you're right over the target by the heaviness of the defensive flak. CtC is drawing a flak-attack such as nothing else ever has, because it IS the one and only stake poised right over the vampire's heart, needing only enough Americans to pile on and drive it home.

I know how surreal this is, and how difficult to credit. With all the sturm und drang on so many issues reverberating in the media and on everyone's radar-screens, the idea that there should be a superbug able to take down the monster, and that this little chunk of information from this obscure source should be it, seems impossible.

But while it may seem impossible to you, every act by the state makes clear that IT doesn't think it impossible at all; quite the contrary.

After all, what else has prompted an explicit government campaign to misrepresent the content of a book (as shown here and here)?

What else has prompted the state to seek plainly unconstitutional court orders such as those mentioned above, one deliberately adopting as a "judicial finding" the government's misrepresentation of that book (and purporting to take control, by prior restraint, of sworn declarations of belief on tax forms), and the other commanding the book's author to replace his research-based conclusions about the suitability of his earnings for reporting on a tax return with contrary declarations dictated by the government, to create the appearance that the author had repudiated his research?

What else has prompted an outright hoax on a government website?

What else has produced hundreds of thousands of complete tax refunds, Social security and all, for twelve years and counting, from every tax agency in America even while unstinting efforts are made to discourage and suppress the spread of the information by which they are secured?

The ONLY thing that could prompt these extraordinary, completely unprecedented events is the correctness of all that CtC says, and the state's recognition of its superbug status.

After all, iIf CtC were wrong (and therefore not the threat to ongoing state lawlessness that it is), there wouldn't be a campaign to discourage and suppress the book. I simply wouldn't have those refunds to post. Those refunds never would have happened, and certainly even if a few inexplicably "slipped through some crack" at first they would have ended many years ago, after the first few hundred at most.

There'd be no effort to make me appear to have repudiated CtC-- none would be needed. It would be more than enough that I would have nothing to show in its support, and that all the thousands of readers who have independently tested my research and analysis with their own would be reporting its errors.

There'd be no misrepresentation of CtC by government officials. Those officials would have no need to pretend that the book says what it does not, so as to create a false pretext for declaring it wrong.

There would be no carefully-nurtured troll-campaign planted on the internet and within the "tax honesty" movement steadily pumping out dis-information about CtC. After all, why bother with such things if the book were wrong, or not the super-weapon for liberty and restraint of the state that I say it is?

And there would have been no stunning array of unprecedented assaults on due process and the rule of law committed in the railroad trial of my wife, Doreen, who is being made the poster-child for the effort to frighten you away from the truth about the tax by a show of the depths of corruption to which the state is willing to sink for this purpose.

Face the facts, people. CtC is it.

And right now is the time to use it, because like Patrick Henry said, we only grow weaker and more in peril the longer we wait.

ACT ON BEHALF OF THE LAW, NOW. If you haven't already put your education about the tax and the law to use, do it now. If you haven't already gotten that education, get it now.

If you haven't already shared the introduction to the truth about the tax with everyone you know, do it now. If you HAVE already shared it, do it again, now.

Do all you can to be in Detroit on April 9 to show support for Doreen and for your rights and the rule of law, and to show opposition to lawlessness and corruption. See location and time info at the end of these comments.

Burn into your brain now recognition that anyone who tells himself that it can't be as simple as CtC is in denial of the facts in front of his own nose.

Burn into your brain now that anyone who lies quietly in the weeds for fear of being noticed by enemies of the truth and the law is thereby conceding victory to those enemies.

Burn into your brain now that anyone who seeks to distract his fellows from CtC is a collaborator, wittingly or unwittingly, with the enemies of liberty and the Founders' republic.

Burn into your brain now that anyone who gripe-mongers without referring his audience to the solution of CtC is a hypocrite.

Burn into your brain now that anyone who calls himself or herself an advocate of "tax honesty" who doesn't direct his website visitors and everyone else with whom he has influence to losthorizons.com and CtC-- the exclusive sources of actual liberating truth about the tax, endlessly proven accurate in even the most challenging circumstances and on tens of thousands of occasions and by the equally-unprecedented judicial evasions and distortions mentioned above-- really isn't.

WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND at what's going on in America today, you should be scared. But what you should be scared of is that you have been letting precious time slip away without having exerted your utmost to strengthen and deploy the solution that lies right at hand, while you still are able to do so.

A few weeks ago I quoted William O. Douglas on this page, who said,

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

I was soft-pedaling with that quote. There is no "slight" change in the air for us to be aware of-- the fact is, darkness is already well upon us. It only seems otherwise to those not looking closely because the land is filled with bonfires in which our rights, the Constitution and the rule of law generally are being burned away.

Wake to the peril; wake to the remedy.



PEOPLE!! I ask each of you to take a moment RIGHT NOW and email Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, urging them to take notice of what gets posted on these pages every week. Maybe hearing from all of the thousands upon thousands of Americans and others around the world who get these newsletters, all demanding the attention of these journalists to the same subject will bump one or both of them into waking to this hugely-important story.

Greenwald's email address is glenn.greenwald@theintercept.com

Poitras' email address is laura.poitras@theintercept.com

By the way, there is a little cracking in the ice: this article on Doreen's ordeal appeared in the Pontiac Tribune Tuesday, March 17; and this excellent special letter to the editor on the same subject appeared  in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Strike now for more of the same everywhere you can think of, and by way of the emails to Greenwald and Poitras, while the iron is heating up, people!

P. S. There is a petition on Doreen's behalf waiting for YOUR SIGNATURE and for your sharing with others. Find it here.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-Mohandas Gandhi



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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?  

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 20- In 1861, Robert E. Lee resigns his United States Army commission and devotes himself to the defense of Virginia.  In 1912, Tiger Stadium in Detroit and Fenway Park in Boston open for business.  In 1916, the Chicago Cubs play their first game at Wrigley Field.  In 1918, the Red Baron shoots down his 79th and 80th dogfight opponents, his last before being killed himself the next day.  In 1999, two students kill or wound 37 unarmed students and teachers at Columbine High School in Colorado.


Copy and post this one around, people!


Do You Know What You Aren't?

An Inquiry In Four Parts

SUPPOSE YOU WENT OUT TO YOUR MAILBOX one afternoon and found a notice from Sears, Roebuck & Co. instructing "all employees" to report to the nearest company office for a staff meeting the next day.

Would you go?

If you DON'T work for Sears?

It’d be pretty stupid to go to the meeting if you don't work for Sears, wouldn't it?

So, when you're presented with a notice from the United States government instructing "all employees" to do this or that, why would you do whatever it says, if you DON'T work for the United States government?


HOW ABOUT YOU BUSINESS OWNERS?  Suppose you found a notice from Sears in your mailbox one day declaring that "anyone to whom any employees report", and anyone who paid any contractors for services rendered or paid any dividends to stockholders, is to send information on all salaries and other payments made during the past year to the main office.

Would you send Sears such a list?

If your company is NOT a division of Sears?

It'd be pretty stupid to send in such a list if your company isn't a division of Sears, wouldn't it?

So, when you're presented with such a notice from United States government, why would you do what it says, if you're NOT a division of the United States government?


NOW, SUPPOSE YOU FOUND A NOTICE in your mailbox alerting you to the fact that someone has sent an affidavit to the Sears accounting department claiming that you were paid $50,000 by Sears last year-- and the Sears accounting department is going to debit your Sears charge account for what they figure your Christmas Club contribution, health insurance premium, retirement plan matching contribution, reserved parking space fee, and/or sundry other employee/contractor/investor-related expenses add up to.

Would you go to your local Sears store and pick up one of the "affidavit acknowledgment/correction/rebuttal forms" published by its accounting department, put $50,000 on the "amount paid to you by Sears" line on the form, spend 10.7 hours over a weekend figuring out how to take advantage of Sears company policy for reducing the related expenses for which Sears wants to charge you, and then sign the form and send it in-- feeling pretty good about how you reduced the hit that your Sears account is going to take?

Would you do all that?

If you HADN'T gotten paid by Sears?

It’d be pretty stupid to do all that if you hadn't actually been paid by Sears, wouldn't it?

SO, IF SOMEBODY SENDS YOU A COPY of an affidavit they've given to the IRS or a state tax agency on which they claim that you've been paid as a federally-connected person last year-- such as a W-2, 1099 or K-1, which are only used to report such payments-- and it isn't actually true, why would you respond as though it is?  Why wouldn't you use the IRS or state tax agency's "affidavit acknowledgment/correction/rebuttal forms" to correct, or rebut, the erroneous affidavit, both of which are among the primary functions of such forms?

It’d be pretty stupid to do anything else, wouldn’t it?


It's All In Your Mind

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About 'Line 61' And The "Obamacare" Tax

I'VE HEARD FROM A FEW FOLKS wanting an article concerning the new "Obamacare" tax line appearing on this year's 1040s. I don't really believe this is needed, since I think the instructions and forms are very sufficiently self-explanatory, as they usually are.

Nonetheless, for everyone's convenience, I will post here what are, in my opinion, the relevant portions of those forms and instructions for most educated filers. (Each person must go through the forms and instructions on his or her own, though, because each is responsible for his or her conclusions.)

Here is the line on a 1040:

Here is the relevant portion of the 1040 instruction booklet:

Here is the first relevant portion of the Form 8965 instructions:

...and the second (be sure to read the "TIP"...):

...and the third:

...and the fourth:

And here is the relevant portion of the Form 8965:

You'll have observed that everything hinges on "requirement to file", which hinges on having received more than the relevant exemption amount of "income" (the gainful exercise of federal privilege)...

DON'T FORGET THE COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION of "Obamacare" found here; and be a good neighbor and share all the educating, liberating information you have with family, friends, acquaintances and anybody you know of that is upset with what they mistakenly imagine the "Obamacare" tax to be.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 21- In 1836, Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto.  In 1944, France recognizes the right of women to vote.  In 1975, Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam, flees Saigon.  In 1989, 100,000 students fill Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.



Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


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


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


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

-Thomas Paine




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

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

-George Orwell

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 22- In 1509, Henry VIII takes the throne of England.  In 1898, the United States Navy initiates a blockade of Cuban ports in an opening move of the Spanish-American War.  In 1912, Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, Russia.  In 2000, federal agents seize six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez from his relatives in Miami in order to return him to the island prison.


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


How About You?


Are You Governing Yourself?


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Kick Open The Door To Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

by John Whitehead

“The greatness of America lies in the right to protest for right.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything this nation once stood for is being turned on its head.

Free speech, religious expression, privacy, due process, bodily integrity, the sanctity of human life, the sovereignty of the family, individuality, the right to self-defense, protection against police abuses, representative government, private property, human rights—the very ideals that once made this nation great—have become casualties of a politically correct, misguided, materialistic, amoral, militaristic culture.

Indeed, I’m having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

What kind of country do we live in where it’s acceptable for police to shoot unarmed citizens, for homeowners to be jailed for having overgrown lawns (a Texas homeowner was actually sentenced to 17 days in jail and fined $1700 for having an overgrown lawn), for kids to be tasered and pepper sprayed for acting like kids at school (many are left with health problems ranging from comas and asthma to cardiac arrest), and for local governments to rake in hefty profits under the guise of traffic safety (NPR reports that police departments across the country continue to require quotas for arrests and tickets, a practice that is illegal but in effect)?

Why should we Americans have to put up with the government listening in on our phone calls, spying on our emails, subjecting us to roadside strip searches, and generally holding our freedoms hostage in exchange for some phantom promises of security?


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Now consider:

First of all, wouldn't it be nice if a guy with a bully pulpit like John Whitehead actually knew about Doreen's ordeal-- a far more egregious assault on speech and due process rights than any he mentions-- and actually knew about CtC and the solution it offers, and about the community of CtC-educated activist Americans who are actually doing something about all that he warns against? How about making it so?

Now consider this:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually make a difference by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior?


Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my 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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"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

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

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And don't miss:

'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

picks up where 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About The Income Tax' leaves off.

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This And That

HELD OVER: What's missing from all the 'Iran' stuff; a good bit of journalism on the origin of ISIS; a very virtuous bill introduced in the House; George Carlin is suitably honored; the NSA shooting; a telling evasion in Doreen's re-trial; more...

THERE'S BEEN A LOT GOING ON LATELY concerning Iran. We've got the "negotiations" over how much of its lunch-money Iran needs to hand over to avoid getting a beating from the US; there's the infamous "47-senator threat letter"; there's the latest installment of Bibi Netanyahu's nut-case rants about Iran-- a country that hasn't even seized its easy chance to wreak vengeance on the former Iraqi leadership responsible for killing nearly a million Iranians in the 1980s-- as a threat to world security, and so on.

Through it all, I've been struck by the fact that the conversation never includes anything about where the United States gets the right to tell the Iranian people what they have to do if they don't want to get knee-capped. Am I alone in being bothered by this? (By the way, a good history of the modern Middle East-- particularly focused on Iran-- through 1991 can be found here.)


Ben Swann delivers some good journalism on the origin of "ISIS"


A VERY VIRTUOUS BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE by Reps Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Accurately titled the 'Surveillance State Repeal Act', this proposed legislation would roll back Fourth Amendment shredding to pre-'USA PATRIOT Act' days, even including the mandated destruction of much of the data illegally collected under the current law-breaking regime.

As reported by 'The Hill':

The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people's communications through the Internet.

It would also reform the secretive court that oversees the nation’s spying powers, prevent the government from forcing tech companies to create “backdoors” into their devices and create additional protections for whistleblowers.

“Really, what we need are new whistleblower protections so that the next Edward Snowden doesn’t have to go to Russia or Hong Kong or whatever the case may be just for disclosing this,” Massie said.

Of course, as also reported by 'The Hill':

The bill is likely to be a nonstarter for leaders in Congress, who have been worried that even much milder reforms to the nation’s spying laws would tragically handicap the nation’s ability to fight terrorists. A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but failed to gain any movement in the House.

Reference is given to this story about Speaker John Boehner's claim that the illegal surveillance foiled plots directed at or endangering him personally and his using that as his reasons for supporting massive, systematic warrantless violations of the rights of hundreds of millions of other people in direct disregard of the Constitution to which he took an oath of fealty.

'THE HILL' IS DOUBTLESS CORRECT that "the leadership" will do all possible to scuttle this rare good legislative effort. SCREAM to your congresscritter demanding co-sponsorship and all other support anyway. You've got nothing to lose by trying, and while the political process isn't going to be an enduring or satisfying avenue to restoration of the republic until the state has been stripped of its ability to command resources at will, it is good that everyone be reminded at all opportunities that the American people take their rights and the rule of law seriously.


GEORGE CARLIN, ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST stand-up philosophers, has been posthumously honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery. Here's a little something to remember him by:


I COULDN'T HELP BUT CRACK A WRY SMILE when I read an official comment about the two guys that ran the gauntlet of firing police and guards at the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, on Monday, March 30. Per the Associated Press story that ran in my local paper Tuesday, "An FBI spokeswoman said that the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism."

Up to that point the idea that it could have been "terrorism" (in the sense meant by that official comment) hadn't crossed my mind even remotely. All I had imagined was two Americans who had gotten angry past the breaking point about having their Fourth Amendment rights routinely violated...


SINCE LAST JULY I HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY CATALOGING the seemingly endless illegalities resorted-to by prosecutor and court in their struggle to engineer a guilty verdict of my wife Doreen for the non-crime of resisting a blatantly unlawful court order as part of the ignorance-tax-addict State's desperate effort to suppress CtC. As is true of virtually every State effort to resist or attack CtC, those perpetrated against Doreen in this proceeding actually have the effect of emphasizing the truth of what the State wishes nobody knew, 'cause lying and cheating are only needed when attacking the truth.

This week I had occasion to excerpt and highlight a portion of the trial transcript recording both the lead prosecutor-- a DOJ Tax Division specialist-- and the judge herself explicitly misrepresenting to the jury the words of 26 USC § 6020(b). Those words of 26 USC § 6020(b) are, verbatim:

"If any person fails to make any return required by any internal revenue law or regulation made thereunder at the time prescribed therefor, or makes, willfully or otherwise, a false or fraudulent return, the Secretary shall make such return from his own knowledge and from such information as he can obtain through testimony or otherwise.

Any return so made and subscribed by the Secretary shall be prima facie good and sufficient for all legal purposes."

Holding that verbatim text of the statute in their own hands, the DOJ prosecutor and the judge in turn, instead declared it to say... well, what you can see for yourself here.

Having reminded myself of this calculated evasion, I am inclined to remind all of you of the significance of what the government meant to obscure and evade with these "mis-statements". I have a write-up on the subject here (including, among other things, a significant backdoor admission by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals).


I HEARD A STORY earlier this week about an anti-statist-quo political activist who fell prey to what is described as an entrapment scheme and has been put on ice for a couple of days. The information given to me was very sketchy, but to the degree that I understand it, this story serves as a micro-view of the big, ugly picture of a resource-rich, unbridled state. So, I'll do my best with what I know...

It seems that a fellow named Steven Dean is a candidate for sheriff of a county in Utah, but has a felony in his past. Somehow Dean let himself be gotten onto a gun-range by a couple of local law enforcement officers, who then promptly turned around and served as witnesses to Dean's handling of a firearm for which he was then arrested.

 As so often is contrived in matters like these, the arrest took place on Friday evening. This provides for a couple of (likely visitorless) days of imprisonment before Dean can be seen by a magistrate and released, which otherwise would happen within hours.

If this was, in fact, an entrapment, and timed for maximum inconvenience, it was corrupt, certainly, even if the exercise of corruption required a lot of cooperation from the target. But there's a big-picture take-away, too.

A casual little abuse of power to harass and smear a political opponent-- however disturbing on its own-- is an example of what can and does happen when the state and its wealth-sharing subdivisions are allowed to become fat and sassy. This happens when institutions have managed to take control of their own access to resources, in direct contrast with how things were and should be, and can easily be again.

Share the People's weapon against corruption-- widely and vigorously.


SAY, HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN ANY THOUGHT to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

The political class thinks about it-- a lot.

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

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 23- In 1968, students protesting the Viet Nam war take over the administration buildings at Columbia University.  In 1985, Coca-Cola changes to the "New Coke".  The fit of madness passes within a few months and use of the old formula is resumed.  In 1988, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' is bumped from the Billboard 200 for the first time after 741 consecutive weeks on the chart.

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Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing





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


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


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

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


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

-John O'Neil Green, JD


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

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country.  There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.


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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."/p>

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson







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



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:/p>

April 24- In 1184 BC, the people of Troy are fooled by avarice into being the means of their own undoing.  Presented with a magnificent giant wooden statue of a horse, the Trojans bring it within their city's walls.  When night falls, Greek warriors hidden within the statue slip out and open the gates of their enemy's stronghold, allowing their fellows who waited outside to pour in and conquer formerly impregnable Troy.  In 1800, President John Adams signs legislation appropriating $5,000 to establish a library of "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".  Now occupying three large buildings holding well over 32 million books and counting-- none of which circulate to the public, and the vast, vast majority of which never have been used by any Congressman and never will be-- and with an annual budget of over $600 million and a staff of more than 3,600, the Library of Congress is a fine example of a cancerous federal boondoggle...  In 1916, the phase of the Irish rebellion known as "The Easter Risings" begins.  In 1970, China puts its first satellite into orbit.  In 1990, the Hubble Space telescope is launched into orbit; and Gruinard Island, Scotland, the test site of weaponized anthrax by the British government during World War II, is declared safe after 48 years of quarantine.


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(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."


Honest Cops Agree




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:

April 25- In 1846, a U.S. patrol excursion across the Texas border into Mexico precipitates the Mexican-American War.  In 1859, ground is broken for the Suez Canal.  In 1898, the United States declares war on Spain, using the pretext of the mysterious sinking of the USS Maine in a Cuban harbor.  The war resulted in U.S. claims of ownership of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and a more limited sovereignty over Cuba.  In 1916, Britain declares martial law in Ireland in response to the Easter Uprisings.  In 1953, the structure of DNA is described.  In 1961, the integrated circuit is patented.  In 1983, Pioneer 10, launched March 2, 1972, passes the orbit of Pluto.


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Last Word


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

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


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


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


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


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


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


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


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