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Current Events and Continuing Education for March 29 through April 11, 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:

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It's this simple:

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


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

What Would Ike Do?


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...

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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


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


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Featured In This Update:

I Can't Post Much New Material Today, But Here's What I've Got...


How Big Is Government In The United States?


My Exciting New Screen-Play Idea


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


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"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 5- In 1614, Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.  In 1792, the first presidential veto is exercised by George Washington.  In 1930, Gandhi marches to the sea.  In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signs an executive order purporting to ban the "hoarding of gold" by U.S. citizens, and requiring the surrender of nearly all privately-held gold to the United States.  Needless to say, a mere executive order lacks the actual force of law of a general nature, and this remains true even despite Congressional pretensions of having delegated the authority to the Executive under actual legislation, such as the 'Trading with the Enemy Act'.  Nonetheless, most Americans divested themselves of their gold under the threat of imprisonment accompanying the pretense.  Only one prosecution was ever attempted under the order, and it was subsequently ruled invalid by the federal district judge overseeing the case.  In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death after being convicted of espionage for giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.  In 1955, Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of Great Britain.

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


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 6- In 1320, the Scots sign the Declaration of Arbroath.  In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is organized by founder Joseph Smith.  In 1862, the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee begins.  In 1869, celluloid is patented.  In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece-- 1500 years since the last round.  In 1917, the U.S. Congress accedes to the relentless pressure of Woodrow Wilson and his fellow traveler's and declares war on Germany.  In 1919, Mohandas Gandhi calls for a general strike by India's native population.  In 1926, the company that will become United Airlines makes its first commercial flight.  In 1930, Gandhi makes tax-free salt and tells the British to go pound sand.  In 1965, the first geosynchronous communications satellite is launched.


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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 7- In 1795, France adopts the meter as the basic unit of length.  In 1827, the first friction match hits the market.  In 1922, the US Secretary of the Interior grants no-bid leases to the federally-owned Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming (and reserves in Elk Hills, California, as well) to cronies, in return for substantial bribes.  In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower articulates the "domino theory" of impending communist conquest of the world.  In 1990, Admiral John Poindexter is convicted of five charges connected with the Iran-Contra scandal.  His convictions were later reversed on a technicality.  In 2009, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for "Human Rights" violations, specifically involving the ordering of renditions and assassinations under the auspices of his state's "war on terror".  This came after a 2007 conviction for ordering an illegal search and seizure, resulting in a six-year sentence.



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 8- In 1513, Ponce de Leon declares Florida a territory of Spain.  In 1895, the U.S. Supreme Court holds 10 sections of the 1894 Revenue Act to be unconstitutional.  In 1917, the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct popular election of senators as opposed to the previous method of selection by state legislatures, is ratified.  In 1935, FDR's "Works Progress Administration" boondoggle is established.  In 1943, the Roosevelt administration claims the authority to freeze pay rates and prices, and to control the movement of Americans from one job to another.  In 1952, President Harry Truman threatens the federal seizure of all domestic steel mills in order to prevent a nationwide strike by steelworkers.  In 2004, Bush administration National Security Advisor Condaleeza Rice "testifies" before the "9/11 Commission".


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What Would Ike Do?

by Patrick J. Buchanan

In November 1956, President Eisenhower, enraged he had not been forewarned of their invasion of Egypt, ordered the British, French and Israelis to get out of Suez and Sinai. They did as told.

How far we have fallen from the America of Ike and John Foster Dulles has been on painful display this March.

An Israeli leader told a joint session of Congress that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is stupid and dangerous and must be rejected. Congress gave him 40 ovations.

Bibi Netanyahu then went home and told the world there will be no Palestinian state, and was re-elected in a smashing victory.

“Perhaps it’s time for Americans, especially those in the White House, to recognize this new reality of Israeli politics,” says The Wall Street Journal. We should restore “Israeli confidence in U.S. support.”

Excuse me? Who is the senior partner here? Who needs whom more?

Israel is entitled to choose its own leaders, who are entitled to make their own policy. But that goes for us as well.


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Now consider:

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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This And That

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 9- In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrenders for the Confederacy.  In 1867, the Senate ratifies the treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska by a single vote.  In 1953, Warner Bros. premiers the first 3-D movie (House of Wax).  In 1969, the "Chicago Eight" enter "not guilty" pleas to charges of conspiracy to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national Convention.  In 2003, Baghdad is captured by the U.S. forces invading Iraq.

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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!


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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".


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:/p>

April 10- In 1606, the charter of The Virginia Company of London is granted by James I.  In 1710, the first copyright law is issued in Britain.  In 1816, the Second Bank of the United States is created.  In 1864, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of the Austrian Habsburg family is crowned Emperor of Mexico.  In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is founded.  In 1869, José Marti founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.  In 1912, the RMS Titanic leaves port on her maiden voyage.  In 1971, China hosts the US Table Tennis team for a week of competition.


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-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


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


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Films That Belong In Every Home Library




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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 11- In 1775, the last execution for witchcraft in Germany is carried out.  In 1876, the American Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is established.  In 1951, Harry Truman relieves Douglas MacArthur of command in Korea for insubordination.  In 1970, Apollo 13 is launched.  In 2002, an attempted coup fails to oust Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.


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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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