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The Lost Horizons News

Mid-Edition Update for March 8, 2015


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Featured In This Update:

Friends, Please Be With Me On April 9


Still Remember How To Snail-Mail?


The Effect Of An 800 Kiloton Nuclear Blast Over Manhattan


Debunking Some Nonsense About TD 3980


And Don't Miss These:

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


Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


Coming next week: Victories for 2014 have begun!


Hot Topics In The News:


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

On Obamacare

On the "Minimum Wage"

And Hey! Don't miss the great stuff in the main page of this edition!



"The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves….."

-James Madison


Friends, Please Be With Me On April 9

BE WITH ME IN DETROIT at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 9 when a federal judge is scheduled to finish her part in an unprecedented, now-more-than-eleven-year-old campaign to suppress a book which is feared and loathed by the lawless state.

On that date, federal judge Victoria Roberts is scheduled to sentence my wife, Doreen, based on a crudely-engineered guilty verdict on a charge of criminal contempt of court. Doreen is to be punished for refusing to repudiate her own freely-made, previous testimony and falsely swear to contrary beliefs concerning facts relevant to a legal contest brought against her by the government, as she was ordered to do at the government's request by another judge eight years ago.

The matter is this simple: Doreen had freely completed U.S. income tax forms in the manner provided for by law, just like everyone else does every year. As called-for on those forms, and as everyone else does every year, Doreen declared those of her receipts she believes qualified for the tax.

Unlike what ever has happened to anyone ever before or since in the history of the United States, the government, which didn't like Doreen's declarations, sued Doreen on its claimed (though never formally-asserted) belief that other of her earnings also qualified for the tax and asked a federal district court judge to order her, on pain of imprisonment, to change her forms and swear that she agrees with the government's claims.

Doreen was not charged with perjury, filing false forms, or evasion, or anything. She was just ordered to bark like the government's trained dog, repudiate her own claims and endorse the government's version of the facts in its legal action against her, or get slapped around a bit if she refused.

DISTURBINGLY, THIS UNPRECEDENTED JUDICIAL and executive assault on speech, conscience and due process rights has had not a lick of objective, non-DOJ-press-release media attention even as it has dragged on now for nearly two years, and through two trials.

I think this lack of media attention is a testament to the extremity of the government crime being committed here. That crime is so bizarre and indefensible that no one not already familiar with the backstory-- even those who are supposed to be cynical, hard-bitten members of an adversarial, watch-dog press-- can imagine that what I have just described can possibly be true.

So, I rely on you to spread the word about April 9, and to be here showing the enemies of the rule of law that their corrupt efforts to intimidate you into silent abandonment of your rights by violating Doreen's have not worked and will not work. There will be a free seminar the next day, Friday, April 10, to which all those attending the sentencing will be invited.

Information on available area accommodations can be found here. The hearing will be at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse, in room 226.


P. S. Every time I write on this subject I am struck by some aspect of the affair that hadn't caught my attention before. This time, I became conscious of the fact that no book or body of information has ever been subjected to the suppression efforts to which CtC has been subjected throughout American history.

For instance, just as no one has ever been ordered by an American court to testify with words dictated by the government-- or has ever faced punishment for insisting that she does not believe something the government wants her forced to say she does-- so no book has ever before been systematically misrepresented as to its content by the government (as shown here and here).

Nor has any book ever had its content made the subject of a judicial ruling as in this case, when judge Nancy Edmunds formally declared her "finding" that CtC makes the arguments falsely ascribed to it by DOJ attorney Robert Metcalfe.

Think about it. What other book has ever had a federal court make a ruling declaring what it (supposedly) says?

Ask yourself why the government would ask for such a thing, and co-opt a judge into doing it. Now ask your family, your friends, your neighbor and the editor of your hometown newspaper or your favorite blogger.

This judicial-book-content-ruling is unprecedented, even without considering the manifest and deliberate falseness of that judicial declaration, and the government's own steady, contradictory acknowledgements of what the book REALLY DOES say-- and how correct it is-- on tens of thousands of occasions over more than eleven years now.

History is being made here. Everyone really should be paying attention.

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Still Remember How To Snail-Mail?

CtC WARRIOR GREG DARST mailed me a some samples of a great outreach item he had dreamed up. Greg took one of my newsletter articles of a few years ago and this month's featured graphic and married them together as a wonderfully eye-catching and interest-piquing postcard.

The card is great for mailing to anyone in your old-school address-book (anonymously, I might add); or for leaving under windshield wipers, on bulletin boards, or wherever.

I like Greg's work so much that I made up several versions, so everyone can have a selection. The backside text is the same in all versions:

Here are the four fronts available. Right-click on any of them and choose "save link as" to download a .pdf of that card. Print two-sided on regular white cardstock, yielding two postcards from each sheet.

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What Would Happen If An 800-Kiloton Nuclear Warhead Detonated Above Midtown Manhattan?

by Steven Starr, Lynn Eden and Theodore A. Postol

Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US less than 30 minutes after being launched. Of this total, about 700 warheads are rated at 800 kilotons; that is, each has the explosive power of 800,000 tons of TNT. What follows is a description of the consequences of the detonation of a single such warhead over midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York City.

The initial fireball. The warhead would probably be detonated slightly more than a mile above the city, to maximize the damage created by its blast wave. Within a few tenths of millionths of a second after detonation, the center of the warhead would reach a temperature of roughly 200 million degrees Fahrenheit (about 100 million degrees Celsius), or about four to five times the temperature at the center of the sun.

A ball of superheated air would form, initially expanding outward at millions of miles per hour. It would act like a fast-moving piston on the surrounding air, compressing it at the edge of the fireball and creating a shockwave of vast size and power.

After one second, the fireball would be roughly a mile in diameter. It would have cooled from its initial temperature of many millions of degrees to about 16,000 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly 4,000 degrees hotter than the surface of the sun.

On a clear day with average weather conditions, the enormous heat and light from the fireball would almost instantly ignite fires over a total area of about 100 square miles.




Debunking Some Nonsense About TD 3980

I RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED SOME PRESENTATIONS of "Treasury Decision 3980" (TD 3980) in connection with arguments concerning the proper construction of "includes" (and "including") as those terms appear in definitions in 26 USC. The presentation was meant to suggest that a ruling had been made to the effect that "including" is a term of enlargement by which what follows is added to what came before.

However, while this is a reasonably accurate description of what is presented in TD 3980, it is irrelevant to the construction of "includes and including" as used in tax law definitions.

 TD 3980 (which is merely a circuit court ruling: Red Wing Malting Co. v. Willcuts, C.I.R., 15 F.2nd 626 8th Cir., 1926) actually has nothing to do with definitions of terms in tax law. Rather, it concerned a provision under which a deduction could be claimed (under the Revenue Act of 1918):

 A reasonable allowance for the exhaustion, wear and tear of property used in the trade or business, including a reasonable allowance for obsolescence.

§ 234(a)(7) of the R.A. of 1918

The argument in the case hinges on whether, "a reasonable allowance for obsolescence" could be claimed exclusively for obsolescence of exhaustible, wearable and tearable "property used in the trade or business", as preferred by the C.I.R., or as a free-standing provision without reference to that property, as preferred by Red Wing, which sought to deduct from its taxes the "loss of good will" of its customers when it was put out of business by Prohibition, such "good will" having been rendered obsolescent by the company having been deprived of customers.

The issue here concerning "including", then, was whether "including a reasonable allowance for obsolescence" was an additional provision independent of the preceding language-- that is, whether a deduction could be claimed only for exhaustion, wear, tear and obsolescence of property used in the business, or whether one could be independently claimed solely for obsolescence of some unspecified thing (in this case, "good will"). In no way is this a matter concerning or relevant to the formal definition of a term, in which an empty label (instructively featuring quotemarks identifying it as not the common-word or phrase it may visually mimic but instead an artificial construct: "XX") is followed by defining descriptors and exemplars, such as the one as 26 USC § 3401(c):

For purposes of this chapter, the term ''employee'' includes an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term ''employee'' also includes an officer of a corporation.

In Red Wing, the court came down on the side of the government, holding that the "obsolescence" provision only added to "exhaustion, wear and tear" as a form of property loss for which a deduction could be claimed. This was a perfectly reasonable conclusion, in my opinion.

It's also a conclusion with no implications whatever to the meaning of "includes" and "including" deployed in any term definition (the proper construction of which can be found thoroughly presented in 'The Law Means What It Says' in CtC, or here). Don't let yourself be fooled into thinking otherwise.

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Warrior David LaRocque's Press Release:



Doreen Hendrickson, wife of the author of the book that exposes the income tax fraud that is being perpetrated on the American people, is being subjected to malicious prosecution by government thugs. The charge is “contempt of court” for her refusal to sign a statement drafted by the government attesting to facts which she knows to be untrue – specifically that she has a tax liability to the federal government under the government’s fraudulent interpretation of the law regarding the income tax, when in fact she knows that the statement she has been ordered to sign is false.

Pete Hendrickson’s book “Cracking the Code” shows, through penetrating analysis and in great detail, how the U.S. Constitution provides, in Article I of that document, for only two classes of taxes on the American people – direct taxes which are subject to apportionment, and indirect taxes (“duties, imposts, and excises”) which are subject to the requirement of uniformity.

Notwithstanding government assertions to the contrary, the United States Supreme Court ruled (in the Brushaber case) that the Sixteenth Amendment created no new power of taxation which did not exist prior to the amendment, and that the income tax authorized by that amendment is an excise tax applicable only to government-connected activities. Accordingly, while the government has no authority to impose income taxes (direct taxes or “capitations”) on private sector activity, the Internal Revenue Code has been carefully manipulated to create the appearance of tax liability when no such liability exists.

When one reads Pete’s book and learns how this is done, the effect is tantamount to being struck by lightning. For anyone who was educated to believe in the essential legitimacy of the American government and its operation, this revelation is beyond shocking. The only conclusion one can reach is that the level of corruption has become so great in our system of government that heroic measures will be needed to save it from the rot and corruption which has been allowed to penetrate it, and take root in its foundation.

Pete Hendrickson has taken it upon himself, at great personal sacrifice, to sound the alarm about the governmental fraud that is destroying the greatest economic system the world has ever seen. This is Pete’s battle, not Doreen’s. But the government was unsuccessful in its assault on Pete, so it attacked his wife, who has nothing to do with the battle to bring out the truth to the American people.

While this fact in itself is highly disturbing, the government’s line of attack on Doreen is nothing short of outrageous. The government is trying to use the enormous power of the federal government to force Doreen to accept a version of official truth which she knows to be a lie. This behavior by the government is the behavior of a tyrannical regime – nothing more, nothing less - and is absolutely incompatible with the rule of law. This assault on Doreen Hendrickson is of a type familiar to anyone who has studied the history of Communist and Fascist regimes in recent world history. This is not something one would have thought possible in America. Yet this is exactly what is happening in our country today.

The Doreen Hendrickson case, as little known as it is, could be seen as one of the most important cases taking place in America today. If Doreen Hendrickson is sentenced to prison for refusing to sign a statement, under court order, which is demonstrably false and contrary to Doreen’s deeply held belief, then the constitutional protections afforded us by the Founders to preserve and protect our liberty may no longer exist.

If you do not understand what is happening to Doreen and Peter Hendrickson, I urge you to investigate further at www.losthorizons.com/TheAssaultOnDoreen.htm.

Contact Pete Hendrickson at newscritter@losthorizons.com

Doreen's sentencing is scheduled for April 9, at 10:30AM in the courtroom of Victoria Roberts at the Theodore Levin Federal Building in downtown Detroit. Your attendance will be much appreciated.

Click here to get this press release as a .pdf for easy distribution

Click here to get the alternative press release as a .pdf for easy distribution

Janice Daniels Has Some Good Words On Doreen's Ordeal here:

It's Not Just Unlawful, It's Downright Awful

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Regarding That State Group You Joined (Or Are Trying To Join)

1. THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO JOIN A STATE GROUP: Go here and follow the instructions exactly.

When you have done so, and sent that request, wait. I'm only one guy. I can only do these updates as I find time between writing these newsletters, my research posts, and my replies to the very large volume of mail I get continuously. It may be several weeks, or even more than a month, before you find an automated "group invitation" in your mailbox from GoogleGroups, or a "Welcome, CtC Warrior" email from me. When you do, follow its instructions promptly or it will expire.

If something goes wrong with your invite or your membership (such as you let the invite expire, or lose the email address with which you joined) go through the process above again. It will do no good to try to do something through GoogleGroups or to try to apply (or re-apply) to the group directly.

2. BE A LEADER IN THE GROUP YOU HAVE JOINED! Most folks don't find leadership to come naturally (and some folks join these groups in order to "lead" people astray).

Vie with everyone else in the group (or step into the vacuum) to be the one who most diligently and creatively keeps everyone focused on CtC's message and information; on newsletter items; and on step-up-to-the-plate activism.


The Educated American's Tax Filing Flow Chart

Get the Flow Chart as a printable and sharable .pdf

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Be sure to wait and see both panels of this animated graphic, and please paste it into emails and share it widely. Most folks will "get it" without a word of explanation necessary.

Rilian and the Serpent

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American Understanding Of The 16th Amendment At The Time Of Adoption

WERE YOU AWARE THAT OUT OF A POPULATION OF 122 MILLION+, with more than 45 million gainfully-occupied, only 4.171 million tax returns were filed by Americans in 1925? That is, were you aware that the America of 1925, consisting of the generation that had adopted the 16th Amendment 12 years before, found that only about 9% of its adult, working citizens were subject to the tax, even though a vastly higher percentage of these folks earned more money than the very low exemption figure of $1,500?

Watch this new film about Americans from the time when everyone knew the meaning of "capitation" and "excise" and knew what the 16th Amendment really did (and didn't do). Get the liberty-enhancing facts, Jack...

SHARE THIS VIDEO WIDELY!! You've got to be the teachers, my friends-- or the lessons will not be taught. Share this page, or at least the video link at: http://youtu.be/qd46hg4Wj0Y, and when you do, direct your correspondent to follow-up by taking in the all-important big-picture context for these revelations.

Here are links to other recent educational films: 'Educated Americans Love The Income Tax' and 'Busting The Myth-Mongers'. And don't forget this one: 'Now, More Than Ever, It's Time To Learn The Truth About The Income Tax'.

"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed."

-I. F. Stone

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In The End, It's A Question Of Morality

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THOSE IN DENIAL OF THE TRUTH ABOUT THE INCOME TAX laid out in cold, hard, unambiguous documentation on the previous pages has always fascinated me.  These folks are presented with a simple choice between an obvious, patently ridiculous fiction and a plain, thoroughly-documented truth which has been being continuously acknowledged for years now even by the peddlers of the absurd fiction.  Yet the deniers still manage to avoid choosing to embrace the truth.

On the one hand, these deniers are invited to imagine that their ancestors were drooling idiots, who inexplicably authorized their government agents to seize any portion of anybody’s and everybody’s earnings, at the whim of those agents, in perpetuity.  According to this myth, the only "control" imposed on this utterly despotic power is that those who abuse it can be turned out of office afterwards (by what might then be an utterly ruined and subjugated population).  Simply to describe this fantasy in plain words reveals it to be nonsense-- indeed, even after what most of them would admit has been a life-time of conditioning to the acceptance of mammoth government, not one of the deniers themselves would be so daft as to grant such authority to the state.

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The Motor City Witchcraft Trial(s)

A NEW BOOK CHRONICLING DOREEN HENDRICKSON'S heresy trial has hit the presses. Find it here, and read all about it!



See and hear from some others who "did", too, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Learn how to share YOUR testimonial here.



"[T]axes are not raised to carry on wars; [it is, rather,] that wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Tom Paine


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Some Folks Have Already Surrendered To The State's War Of Terror...

I'm proud to be a member of our ever-growing CtC community of grown-up Americans who have not.

To learn how the Founders anticipated this kind of internal assault on our liberties-- and provided against it-- read 'The Shield'

(and share it around widely)!

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

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Don't Keep A Bushel Over Your Candle!!

I HAD A CONVERSATION THE OTHER DAY with a warrior still waiting for his first victory, and who is instead being put through an obnoxious stall-and-distract "frivolous" routine (along with his warrior wife). This recently-retired professional man has done everything to comprehensively uphold the law, even going back as far as possible to correct his business filings as well as his personal ones, but so far with no joy.

My correspondent had suing on his mind, and wisely so-- the stall-and-distract "frivolous" assertions are calculated to occupy their target while the two-year window to launch a suit to compel the issuance of a thus-far unmade refund closes, and these folks aren't going to get foiled by that cheap ploy. So, I encouraged my friend to proceed, with all possible dispatch.

At the same time, though, and more vehemently still, I urged this good man to another, parallel activity which I think even more virtuous, since it offers direct benefit to everyone: WRITING UP HIS STORY FOR PUBLICATION!! Thinking about what this wonderful couple has been put through, I was struck hard by how compelling their story is as evidence of the truth about the tax-- just as is the story of every carefully-scrupulous educated filer and claimant whose claims are being evaded with the manifestly inapt, obviously-dodgy "frivolous" bs.

I was also struck by the realization that those who have been victimized by this run-around don't understand the power of their stories! My correspondent said as much to me when I brought up the idea of him writing up his story for his local paper, and/or posting in one place or another on the internet; his initial response was that,

1. He HAD thought about writing it up, but as a book; and

2. He didn't want to write it up until he had gotten a favorable resolution of the matter, thinking that only then would it be a virtuous story to tell.

No, no, NO!

Both of these notions-- that the whole tale could fill a book, and that it is desirable to be able to report a victory at the end of the story-- are understandable. But both overlook the very important facts that a 1500-word article will get read, while a book might not; a 1500-word article will get written, while a book might never be (and in any event, won't get written and out there NOW, while the need is immediate and high); and the story of illegitimate resistance to a CtC-educated claim is just as powerful an educational tool as a victory-- maybe even more powerful.

I ask you all, would the civil-rights movement have gotten the attention it did if the only people who ever told their stories were those NOT subjected to manifest abuse? If Rosa Parks' story had been, "Well, a white guy came on board and demanded that I give up my seat in the front of the bus to him. I refused, and he gave up and went to the back himself," do you think her experience would have inspired anyone to pay attention?

More to the point here, evasions are evidence of truths-- just as much so as are admissions or capitulations. Those of you who are attentive will have noted that while most of the EWWBL episodes I post end up as victories, I also post those that are not-- because an unfounded or transparently-evasive dodge by the government is just as much evidence of what the law actually requires as is a surrender to that requirement. When you can show your opponent doing the equivalent of muttering, "Yeah, THAT's the ticket...!" you are showing that he's lying. When you show that he's lying, you are showing that the truth is not on his side, and IS on your side.

I REALIZE THAT EXPLAINING HOW THE STATE'S AGENTS ARE LYING is not as easy as simply announcing a victory. But it IS just as compelling to those we need to reach, and in some ways, more so.

Despite its ever-increasing ludicrousness, there are still some who cling to the feeble "denial" notion that CtC victories are just a [ten years long, tens of thousands of occasion] "slip through the cracks". These folks convince themselves that CtC-educated victories don't happen because they should, but only happen by accident.

But that "it's all been a big mistake" notion, even as deeply delusional as those who resort to it are willing to be, can find no traction when facing demonstrable outside-the-law behavior by the state in response to CtC-educated claims. No one can argue that gimmicked "frivolous" notices making fake and deliberately incorrect references to statutory language, for example, are "slips through the cracks"!

SO, HERE'S THE THING, PEOPLE: This community really needs to become a very vocal, very widely-published community of revelatory voices-- RIGHT NOW. Every one of you needs to get busy bearing witness to the truth-- trumpeting your victories and denouncing any and all law-defying, truth-revealing evasion of the truth by its enemies.

As I counseled my correspondent the other day, every one of us must write our 1500-word testimonials. Write them for consumption NOT by me or by the CtC-educated, but for reading (or watching-- video stories, even just of you reading or telling your story are great) by those not yet equipped with the liberating truth about the tax.

Get them out there-- in your hometown paper, your newsgroups, your chatrooms and your blogs. Email them around, and copy me, please. The ice is breaking, because lies only hold up until the weight of the truth becomes too much for them, but it has a way of hardening back up if the pressure upon it doesn't grow.

If all you've had are victories, sing them out! If you've had resistance, sing that out, just as loudly.

Use the resources on this site. You don't have to analyze any evasions to which you might have occasion to refer-- just describe them with an eye to pointing out that they are unmistakably knowing and deliberate, and provide the URL at which they can be read about here as the means for explaining how they are manifestly contrary to the law.

Understand that EVERY state reaction to CtC IS A RESOURCE on behalf of communicating and emphasizing the liberating truth.

But only if you put it out there...

One Candle Is Uncovered...

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What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?

We each have our reasons, and our story. It's time, and it's needed, for you to share yours with the world.

Everyone's failure to step up and fulfill this simple request is really getting to me, now...

"The day we see truth and do not speak is the day we begin to die."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


What does it for you?


Is it simply because no moral and upstanding person has any choice when it comes to telling the truth over his or her signature, whether on tax forms or anywhere else?


Is it recognition of the critical importance of the rule of law, and the knowledge that if everybody leaves its caretaking to someone else, it will soon be lost to us completely?


Is it the money?


Maybe it's just simple respect for your own rights as a human being, who is not and cannot be not involuntarily subordinated to others?


Maybe it's just simple respect for your general civic responsibility to be the grown-up and enforce frugality and restraint on a big, powerful creature of our own devising which otherwise is like a badly-raised teenage boy given whiskey and car keys and let loose on the road to wreak havoc?


Or is it, perhaps, a more acute anxiety that if our bonfire of a state isn't damped, and quickly, it'll soon burn down the house around us all?


What IS it that firms up your jaw and stiffens your resolve?


It's time to take off the bushel and share your light!


I would like you to think about what it is that motivates you for a few moments (or all day, if you like), and then send me your thoughts. I want to put YOUR reasons to work inspiring folks who don't yet understand what this is all about.


In this day and age, the most effective way for you to share your thinking for the benefit of others is to video-record yourself talking about how you feel, and explaining what inspires and motivates YOU.


All you need is a webcam or cell-phone equipped with a camera. If you don't have, or know how to use, one of these, have a friend help.


If needed, write a little script for yourself. Better, though, to just speak extemporaneously, after spending a little time sorting out your thoughts and getting down into your heart. Perhaps make it a video of someone in your family, or a close friend, interviewing you.


Keep yourself to no more than 2 or 3 minutes, and keep in mind that the purpose is not to educate, but to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE. Your video will be one of many to be shared.


You needn't feel any obligation to be profound, and you shouldn't try to explain anything about the law, other than to say that you have read it and you know it's on your side. You just need to be sincere, and uplifting. Your object is to make your audience want to have what you have, and to be where you are in your heart.


Keep in mind that you're speaking to an audience that doesn't yet know ANYTHING about the subject, and whose first reaction is, "This must be illegal; this must be dangerous; this is too good to be true." You want to pull that audience right past such things, and straight to a focus on truth, morality, and our American heritage of liberty and the rule of law.




Speak about rights. Speak about morality, and the obligation of a grown-up and responsible person to speak the truth and to enforce the Constitution. Speak about everyone's duty to give to God what is God's, always, and to Caesar only what is really Caesar's. Speak of your obligation to respect yourself, and to look out for the current and future well-being of your children and your fellow citizens.


If you have had victories, describe them. Better still, show them, if possible.


Be clear about just what you accomplished: EVERYTHING back-- Social Security, Medicare and all; a "notice of deficiency" closing notice; an on-paper agreement or acknowledgment that your earnings weren't subject to the tax and everything withheld or paid-in was an "overpayment"; a transcript showing all $0s; or whatever happened.


When you speak of state victories, name the state. If you had to overcome balkiness from a tax agency before winning any victory, describe that, too!


Remember, your purpose is to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE.


If you're dealing with ongoing balkiness, describe that, too, if you wish-- but be sure to explain why you're not discouraged, and why you are not standing down, not slinking back into the barn, and not choosing to endorse the lies.


Mention what you do for a living, whether you're a doctor, homemaker, lawyer, trucker, IT guy or gal, or a retiree or student. Help people understand that the company of grown-up activist Americans they are being invited to join cuts across all demographics and all interests-- with the common denominator being respect for the law and love of the principles on which this great country was founded.


This is your chance to get a LOT accomplished.


We've all had frustrating occasions of trying to explain all this to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker, only to pile up against the wall of a mind not yet ready to listen and learn. Here is your chance to address a self-selected audience of folks who have themselves decided that it's time for them to begin paying attention, and have clicked on your testimonial for exactly that reason.


So, please make and send those videos right away! The restoration of institutional respect for individual rights and the rule of law depends on enough individuals insisting upon it. Do your part to let those starting to rub the sleep from their eyes know that there is a community already waiting for their fellowship with open arms and open hearts and shining spirits.


See how some of your fellow warriors for the truth have done their parts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

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A CtC Warrior's Solution To Illegal NSA Spying


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The Crime of the Misapplied Income Tax


Project Paradigm-Shift


IN ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE I SPOKE OF AMERICAN HERO EDWARD SNOWDEN, who is now rightly celebrated for his efforts at spreading an important truth. I hope YOU are doing YOUR part at being an American Hero by spreading this link far and wide! Anything and everything must be done to get it into a state of viral distribution across America.

I'm asking you to help me with this by very purposefully sending this link to every single person you can, with a little note from yourself urging your correspondents to read the file, study it, and verify for themselves each assertion made and each fact cited. Urge your correspondent to let what is learned thereby percolate and settle in and begin shining its transformational light on his or her mental landscape, and in the meantime, to PASS IT ALONG TO OTHERS in the same way!

It is critically-important that all Americans regain their once-common understanding that even after 1913, capitations-- taxes on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them-- remain subject to the apportionment rule, and that the income tax is not in conflict with that fact, being NOT a tax on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them (however misleadingly worded parts of the tax law may be, and however routinely misapplied at the expense of the uneducated, apathetic or intimidated the tax may have been over the last 70 years).


I am counting on you to help make this happen by sending everyone this link.


Seriously, my friend. Even if you never do "action items", please do this one.

Right now. Without fail. Please.


You may not recognize how doing this will make any difference. I tell you, it will make ALL the difference.


This document is the anti-body to all the germs of error, disinformation and misunderstanding that allow the "ignorance tax" to persist. It needs to be given a chance to take root in as many minds as possible-- especially those NOT in the CtC community.


In many of these minds, perhaps, this truth anti-body will wither for lack of a hospitable environment. But in just as many, it will flourish and bloom, and those folks will become the patient and innovative teachers of others.


Pleas help me with this oh-so-important project.



P. S. I know a lot of folks out there have self-defeating notions planted in their minds about how clearing up confusion about the "income tax" won't matter, "'Cause they'll just pay for all the badness with inflation, man!" or whatever.


No, they won't.


If "they" could do that and survive politically, (and weren't getting a whole lot more out of the maladministration of the "income tax" than just a couple of trillion dollars a year, as well), the tax would've been dropped with a grimace and without a backward glance like the universally-hated thing that it is, at least forty years ago. This "they'll just inflate" thing could only be said by someone not old enough (or alive at all) during the 1970s when we had a test of just how Americans would tolerate real inflation...


(Not that we're going to be spared getting a good dose of inflation soon anyway, you understand, unless we very quickly shrink the state down so small that it no longer has the resources to quash the emergence of free and valid currencies. This will only happen by Americans reclaiming individual control of their resources, as is relied upon by the framers in their design for a meaningfully-Constitutionally-limited republic-- and that, of course, is what this page is all about.)


The misunderstanding of the income tax is the thoroughly cultivated thing that it is (and anyone reading through this page will come to understand just how diligent is that cultivation) BECAUSE THE MISAPPLIED TAX IS THE INDISPENSABLE LIFEBLOOD OF THE UNRESTRAINED STATE. The state knows this well.


Indeed, the reason the truth about the tax is hedged about with a more enormous army of lies (and constantly-recruited "stakeholding" defenders) than any other organ of the state is because it is so vital to Leviathan's excesses, ambitions and survival. It is the heart of the monster.


This document is the monster's bane. Your efforts to spread this shaft of illuminating, inspiring and disinfecting sunlight will do more for your future well-being and that of your children than anything else you could do.


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

-Everett Hale

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


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Was Grandpa Really a Moron?

Critical Inquiries for a New American Century


Bob’s Bicycles


Getting Free Of The "Income" Tax Scheme Is As Easy As Falling Off A Bike




To get an idea of how today's "income" tax scheme works, try this little exercise:


Think of the federal government as a guy named Bob, who lives down the street from you in a town that is really big on bicycles. Bikes get used for commuting, deliveries, shopping, etc.. In fact, other than walking, bicycles are the exclusive form of transportation in your town.

Your neighbor Bob has a by-the-mile bicycle-renting business-- "Bob's Bicycles". Bob's Bicycles is far and away the biggest business in town.

Part of Bob’s success is because he does a lot of contract business. However, Bob doesn't just get paid by riders who have signed an agreement with him, or even just those using Bob's bikes. Bob gets something every time anybody in town does any riding at all, through an odd combination of circumstances that took many years to come together.


Here's how it happened...


Bob's Bicycles was launched long ago by the great grandfather of the present Bob (Bob IV). Great Grandpa Bob started out not only with a main location for his contract business-- he also had the bright idea of setting up spots around town where he parked some of his bikes for use by the more occasional rider, on an "honor system". Anyone could take and use one of these bikes, but they were expected to keep track of their mileage, and send Bob a "1040 Mileage Ridden/Rent Due Form" (and the appropriate rent), periodically. The initial design of the form was like this:


I, ______________, rode a Bob's Bicycle a total of _____ miles this year.

At Bob's rental rate of $.15 per mile, I owe Bob $______


I said that Great Grandpa Bob planned to deal with these occasional riders on the "honor system", and that's true. But he liked his money, too, and didn't want to miss anything that was due him. So, after setting up the "self-serve" locations, Great Grandpa Bob went around handing out "W-2, 1099 or K-1 Rider Reporting Forms" to every other business in town. The forms-- accompanied by notices that if Bob didn't get his rent from someone riding a bicycle in connection with any business, he would sue the company involved-- said:


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You Can’t Fight Well When You Don’t Know What You’re Fighting About


If you are having an argument with the IRS or any other tax agency,

  • You are NOT being presumed to have made “corporate profit”.

  • You are NOT being alleged to have received “foreign income”.

  • You are NOT entangled in an invisible “adhesion contract”.

  • You are NOT being obligated by a law whose subject is never identified.

You are being targeted because REAL EVIDENCE exists that YOU PERSONALLY HAD “INCOME” to which the revenue laws apply-- even though that evidence is almost certainly incorrect, and CAN be corrected.


There IS "A Law" By Which You Can Be Made Liable, And This Is How It Works


Now Learn How To Be Master Of The Situation


See the Proof


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Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri. America is waking up.


Do You Know What Happens When YOU Decide To "Let Someone Else Do It"?



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

-Everett Hale

(...and every other person who ever really deserved liberty)


"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

-Daniel Webster


"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

-Edward R. Murrow







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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

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


Click here to take the test


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

Hey, don't bother me with that "morality" argument, and all that stuff about "upholding the rule of law". I'm a pragmatist. I'm just interested in looking out for numero uno, and living my life without any hassles from the IRS!

So I'm okay with submissively letting my federal and state governments:

  • take 35-45% of my earnings;

  • habituate themselves to the conveniences of "creativity" in the writing of laws and the behavior of their officers in courtrooms in order to take that wealth from me with an appearance of legitimacy;

  • use my money to mess with foreigners on behalf of special interests, engendering hatred and contempt of all Americans-- including me;

  • use my money to finance armies of bureaucrats who rule my life for the benefit of themselves and their special-interest clients;

  • use my money to pay for an army of lawyers who will sue me or prosecute me if I try to make my own choices about who works for me and on what terms; about what I say-- and when, and how; about what I do with my own property; about whether I'm equipped to defend myself and those I love; and about how I raise and educate my children;

  • etc.... etc.... etc..

I'm good with all of it, just as long as I'm left alone, dude!



TELL ME YOU UNDERSTAND that leaving the government alone to break the law with impunity (and worse, participating in the process by lying on your own sworn tax returns, or by silently acquiescing to the erroneous allegations of others about your earnings) ensures NOT ONLY that you are morally and legally compromised, but also that you WON'T be "left alone, dude!"

You DO understand this, right, dude?


To suffer abuse without complaint or struggle is to suffer it nonetheless-- but to suffer it without the amelioration of dignity and self-respect.


If You Have Done So, Aren't You Really, Really Glad YOU'VE Taken Control Of How Much Of YOUR Money Washington Gets To Spend, Just As The Founders Intended?


If You Haven't, ARE YOU CRAZY??!!




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LEARN the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the 16th Amendment and the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the "income" tax. STOP merely reading (or writing) about how bad things are and START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!


BY THE WAY... WHERE ARE YOUR SCHOLARLY OR INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TAX, PEOPLE? Do you think I can change the law-defying false paradigm of the "ignorance-tax" beneficiaries all by myself? That's not possible!!

YOU LAWYERS have to publish and post your own CtC-educated scholarly articles in your profession's journals and on its websites.

YOU CPAS have to publish and post your own CtC-educated scholarly articles in your profession's journals and on its websites.

YOU NON-SPECIALIZED AMERICAN GROWN-UPS have to publish and post your educated and inspirational letters and personal stories in your hometown newspapers, in every e-zine out there, and in every chat-room and news-group.

I can't do it alone. But we CAN do it together-- if you'll do your part.

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CtC Videos And Audio Resources



"Never must thou take up a false cry, or join hands with the guilty by giving false witness in their favor. Never must thou follow with the crowd in doing wrong, or be swayed by many voices so as to give false judgment; even pity for the poor must not sway thee when judgment is to be given."

-Exodus 23:1-3


Doing A Little High-Payoff Math


If each person receiving this newsletter each week distributed as few as 100 of any of the great outreach tools featured here to co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members (or just strangers on the street, in the mall, etc...), we could have SEVERAL MILLION new Americans suddenly introduced to the liberating truth about the tax!


Just like that! In one week!


C'mon, people, let's roll on this!


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

‑Dale Carnegie

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Spread The Truth




A Few Tips For Making Best Use Of This WebSite






When directed to a page by topic or link, read everything.


I know that this can mean the investment of a lot of time, attention and effort, but although some may imagine otherwise, I don't write as much as I do because I can't think of any other way to spend my time...


Furthermore, when you encounter a hyperlink within, or associated with, the text you are reading, follow it!


It is pretty common these days for web-based material to be littered with hyperlinks. Sometimes the purpose is to provide definitions or examples, in order to ensure that folks reading the original material aren't presented with a word or reference which they don't understand. Sometimes the links lead to illustrations pertinent to the original text.


It is common-- and perfectly understandable-- for folks who are confident that they are familiar with language or references within the main text they are reading to get in the habit of skipping over included links. I do it all the time, myself!


However, I very rarely include links for definitional or explanatory purposes; and when I DO make a link out of text in one page it is generally to another self-contained page, rather than merely illustrative material. These other pages contain material the clear understanding of which I deem highly important for the proper and complete understanding of the original page. (Links to CtC, the Victories pages, CtC Warriors and so on are obvious exceptions to this general rule. On the other hand, a link to the victory Highlights or 'Every Which Way But Loose' pages, which might seem like such exceptions, are not. The special selection of victories on those pages, and the filed docs and tax-agency correspondences included therewith, themselves constitute highly instructive material which merits careful attention. Thus care needs to be taken in all cases.)


Please make a habit of clicking on all provided links and at least looking briefly to ensure that the linked page is one with which you are completely familiar from another study session.


Finally, please keep in mind that, annoying though it may seem at first blush (but not, I trust, upon reflection), I constantly tweak material already posted. Obviously this doesn't mean that every page is in flux at all times, but it does mean that if you are directed to a page that IS familiar, it's worthwhile to read it through again if it's been a while since your last having done so.




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"Those will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."

-George Gordon (Lord) Byron