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Current Events and Continuing Education for February 1 through February 14, 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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The Supreme Court needs your help

Nine Out Of Ten Lawyers Agree...


Nothing good happens until this does

More American Heroes Standing Up And Saying, "NO!"


On enforcing the law:

Breaking Rad-- Federalism For Real


Held over, 'cause seriously,

Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now


Other Voices

The Great Iran Debate


'Tis the season of troll-droppings; the pedestrian truth comes out; unfortunately, there are no vaccines against stupidity or selfishness; more...

This and That


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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments



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


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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Featured In This Update:



Your Right To Say No


The Educated American's Tax Filing Flow Chart


Why Are You Not Doing This?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fourteenth) edition of CtC!


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 8- In 1692, a doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts suggests that two daughters of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment.  In 1865, Delaware votes to reject the Thirteenth Amendment and continue the practice of slavery.  In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America is incorporated.  In 1922, the first radio is installed in the White House by President Warren Harding.  In 1978, United States Senate proceedings are broadcast on radio for the first time.  In 1993, General Motors (then a private company) sues NBC over a "Dateline" episode, alleging that the show's producers rigged GM vehicles to catch fire after crashes.  NBC settles the next day.

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


Nine Out Of Ten Lawyers Agree...

...THE SUPREME COURT IS EFFECTIVELY "INFALLIBLE" in its legal opinions. So, when that court says:

  • "[B]y [capitations and other] direct taxes in the constitution, those are meant which are raised on the capital or revenue of the people; ... paid directly from, and falling immediately on, the revenue;..." "[Capitations are taxes in which people are rated] according to what is supposed to be their fortune, by an assessment which varies from year to year;"

  • "[T]he Sixteenth Amendment did not authorize any new type of tax, nor did it repeal or revoke the tax clauses of Article I of the Constitution, quoted above.  [Capitations and other direct] taxes were, notwithstanding the advent of the Sixteenth Amendment, still subject to the rule of apportionment…;"

  • "If [a] tax is a direct one, it shall be apportioned according to the census or enumeration. If it is a duty, impost, or excise, it shall be uniform throughout the United States. Together, these classes include every form of tax appropriate to sovereignty. Whether the [income] tax is to be classified as an "excise" is in truth not of critical importance [for this analysis]. If not that, it is an "impost", or a "duty". A capitation or other "direct" tax it certainly is not;"

  • "…taxation on income [is] in its nature an excise...;" and

  • "...the requirement to pay [excise] taxes involves the exercise of privilege," 

...sensible, grown-up Americans turn their attention away from figuring out how to please the IRS and instead focus on learning how they have been so successfully misled about all this over the years (and how to recover their improperly collected money...).

How about you?

Are you a sensible, grown-up American; a fit inhabitant of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

Or are you fit only for the New World Order, in which those who connive their way into positions of power in the State apparatus rule you, morning to night-- "authorized" by virtue of your ignorance of the law to take from you what they wish and give of your hard-earned to themselves and their cronies, clients and co-conspirators?

Seriously, do you respect the law or don't you?

If not-- if you've not stood up to recover your wealth, and if you aren't doing all that you can to shake your neighbors awake to the individual-liberating, State-restraining truth about the tax, why is that?

Is the mere sense that some officials are apparently willing to commit crimes all that it takes to resign you-- and your future and your children's future-- to the whims, caprice and corruption of those who live handsomely off your sweat (and thus will never stop unless you make it happen)?

Isn't that rather like waking up to discover you're being drained of blood by a giant parasite and deciding not to move for fear you'll anger the beast...?

To put it another way, ISN'T THAT CRAZY??!!

Isn't it just as much crazy to convince yourself to lie quietly for your consumption by imaging that there must be something good for you in the situation, because...[enter your comforting delusion here]? Or because you hear the beast muttering into your ear over and over, "I have been authorized to take your blood... I have been authorized to take your blood... I have been..."?

You've just seen (if you hadn't seen it before) that the highest court in the land says the beast has NOT "been authorized". And frankly, if you wake up enough to listen really closely, you'll hear that the beast is REALLY saying, "I have been authorized to take your blood... under certain circumstances which I presume apply here since you haven't said otherwise..."

I tell you, my friend, this is WAKE UP TIME!

We're already thirty-one days into the three-and-a-half month period during which the beast fills out its menu for the rest of the year. This is the time when you can sign up-- either by outright declaring your earnings to be what tax law calls "income", or by standing silent like a box-of-rocks as a "non-filer"-- for a long slow blood-letting during which you get weaker and the ever-hungry beast gets stronger.

But it is also the time when you can rebut the presumptions of the beast and sign out of the incremental abattoir. That is, it's also the time when you can choose to keep yourself whole and hale-- dignity, self-respect and blood-supply intact-- by just saying "No!"

And you know what happens when you do? The dynamic flips. You get stronger while the dangerous beast gets weaker.

Nine out of ten lawyers will tell you that when it comes to the law, the Supreme Court's words are the gospel. So, pay them heed. You'd be crazy not to...


IN THE END, it is YOU who decides whether you're going to authorize the evil little totalitarian fiction that the state has an automatic claim to everyone's earnings, and gets to decide how much each person keeps for himself, for his family's needs, and for his own security.

It is YOU who empowers the state as the arbiter of how much of your wealth and hard work gets handed over to the politically-connected class on Wall Street, or to the armaments industry, or to the prison industry, or to the welfare industry-- and how much goes to pay for the hard work of handing out all that money to these cronies and clients.

As long as YOU play along, that's how it goes, and when it goes that way, you've no right to even complain. 

AT THE SAME TIME, OF COURSE, it is also YOU who can decide to step back up into the sunshine of respect for the truth and the rule of law, including the Constitutional limits on federal taxing power and practices. That's what the CtC Community is all about-- courageous, committed individual Americans, actually taking meaningful steps to restore the republic.

As I noted above, right now America is in another season of truth or lies.  Right now, YOU have the chance to choose.

PLEASE. Use your power, make your choice, and honor the sacrifices made by your ancestors to give you the freedom to do so.

Or..., don't.

Keep hoping someone else is going to come along and fix everything, so that you don't have to pipe up or get up.

That's surely easier, and it seems safer, of course-- as appeasement and conflict avoidance always do.


"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.  Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."

-Frederick Douglass

And is it going to be better or worse when you face this question again next year, if you do the wrong thing now? Are the bad guys going to be weaker, or stronger after you've given in to them for another year?

How about you? Stronger? Or weaker?

Give it some thought.

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

-Mohandas Gandhi


More American Heroes Standing Up And Saying, "NO!"

JON AND CYNTHIA ARGUST have risen to their responsibilities as grown-up Americans. Jon and Cynthia understand that it's on them, and have chosen against silence and subordination and in favor of liberty and the rule of law.

Having learned what the income tax actually falls upon as provided in the law (contrary to the misunderstanding successfully cultivated in most Americans by a revenue-hungry and restraint-hating state over the last 75 years) Jon and Cynthia have claimed back everything withheld from them and given over the the federal government during 2013-- Social Security, Medicare and all:


These good folks are standing with the Founders and the Supreme Court in re-asserting their control over how much of their fuel feeds the furnaces in Washington and benefitting all of society with their share of the restraint on the state which is critically necessary for everyone's enjoyment of freedom, prosperity and security.

BILL AND DELLA CHENEY ARE STANDING, TOO. Like Jon and Cynthia, and all the rest of the CtC-educated community of activists, Bill and Della have put their weight on the brake pedal engineered into the central state's charter by wise and prudent Framers:

Among the only things left to chance by the Framers in their careful design of a proper and functional government was an unavoidable reliance on the character of their heirs. Bill and Della have proven worthy of that faith.

AND JAY A. IS LIKEWISE PROUDLY AND HONORABLY within the ranks of America's true heroes, defending and upholding the Constitution in the only way that actually works-- with concrete action. Jay has claimed and recovered everything withheld from and given over to the feds during 2012:

...with this filing (made in November, 2014, which is why no interest payment was added to this refund by the Treasury).

JON, CYNTHIA, BILL, DELLA and JAY are among tens of thousands of American grown-ups who are already on their feet and in action on behalf of their rights and their heritage. You should be, too


The Honor Roll 

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Which State Outrage Are You Most Pleased To No Longer Be Paying For?

I'M TAKING A LITTLE POLL, PEOPLE! As an active CtC-educated American, you are no longer a cooperating financial participant in every usurpation, assault on good sense or the rule of law, corruption, scandal or crime committed by Leviathan at home and around the world. I want to know which offensive behavior you are proudest to no longer be a part of.

 Is it no longer being a party to the NSA's wholesale violation of your neighbor's Fourth Amendment rights that puffs your chest the most? Is it having withdrawn your support for extrajudicial killings? Maybe it's the fact that you are no longer paying to militarize your local police department?

Perhaps you get the most satisfaction from taking your name off the list of supporters for Common Core? Perhaps it's for closing your wallet to the nanny-state, or the welfare state, or the warfare state-- or all three? Or is it that you've stopped propping up dictators in other lands; administering Obamacare here at home; and pushing Agenda 21 everywhere?

WHETHER ITS ANY OF THOSE THAT DOES IT FOR YOU, or simply no longer paying for Keynesian economists in the White House, an unlimited CIA budget, and drinks for the presidential entourage every time it comes to town and snarls traffic all day, I want to know.

Your answers will help in the crafting of important new outreach tools (and thinking about the question might help you produce some nice outreach tools of your own)! So please participate in this poll about stuff in which you no longer participate.

Use the "Contact" link at the top of this page to send me an email and tell what rings your bell. Thanks for the help!!

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Breaking Rad- Federalism For Real

I WAS REFLECTING THE OTHER DAY on the underlying assumptions of principle involved in federal prosecutions of what are really non-federal offenses (however much the feds have invented a selection of "civil rights" violations in order to get in and make political points on stuff that is really purely local). You know the sort of thing I mean-- like the "civil rights" prosecutions of the California cops involved in the Rodney King beating (the virtues of which I am not challenging here-- though I was not present at any of the related trials, it seemed to me that crimes were indeed committed that evening).

I found my mind traveling around to the other side of that coin. Why, I wondered, do we seldom (if ever) hear of the states prosecuting the crimes committed by federales?

Think about nominal federal actors (by which is meant actors purporting to act in the capacity of federal agents exercising federal authority) who violate one or more laws of the state in which they act. At first blush it will be imagined that the "supremacy clause" of the US Constitution shields these actors from the state's laws, but I'm speaking of actors NOT acting pursuant to any legitimate federal statutory authorization.

For instance, in every state of the union there are criminals violating state eavesdropping laws day in and day out, and they are NOT doing so pursuant to any federal law by virtue of which the "supremacy clause" might be invoked in their defense. There IS no federal law which authorizes warrantless eavesdropping, searches or seizures. Shouldn't state or county governments be vigorously prosecuting these crimes?

Consider threats of harm for failing to testify in the government's interest, or for making claims on one's own behalf which the government doesn't like (such as by the assertion of a "frivolous tax return penalty" for declaring a belief that one's activities are not subject to the income tax, or failing to declare a belief that they are). This is plainly extortion, and a crime in every state of the union-- as are the violations of speech and due process rights which are part and parcel of the offense. No federal law actually authorizes these acts (nor could any do so, since the Constitutional violations involved make it impossible for there to be any valid law to this effect).

Shouldn't those responsible be arrested and prosecuted by the state or county in which the crimes are perpetrated? The feds aren't going to do it, and these crimes are perfectly amenable to prosecution outside of the federal courts, notwithstanding the jurisdictional provisions of Article Three of the US Constitution. After all, the "United States" is not actually a party to the matter, since the crime doesn't involve any actual exercise of federal authority, but merely the pretense of such authority.

IN THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE I REFER TO "FEDERALISM" and here's why: Inherent in the nature of "federalism"-- a compact of sovereignties-- is the structural diffusion of power between competing interests. In our Constitutional design, federalism leaves separate spheres of authority to the United States and to the union states, in which each is the guardian of the citizenry against the other.

Our Constitutional federalism, properly understood and implemented, does not allow any action assertedly or nominally pursuant to authority delegated to the United States to simply go unquestioned. Nor are any actions assertedly or nominally pursuant to authority delegated to the United States meant to be only tested or challenged by axiomatically-biased United States judges (who are as likely as not to also be, or become, parties to the offenses).

Nor are offenses committed in nominal or asserted pursuit of United States authority solely subject to remedy by the inherently slow, cumbersome and unreliable political process. Indeed, the "political process remedy" has already been undertaken. It is the process by which we separated spheres of authority, laid down prescriptions and proscriptions on the United States and the union states, and wrote it all down as the US Constitution, leaving to each distinct government the authority to define, determine and prosecute crimes committed within its territorial jurisdiction.

 FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW THERE HAS BEEN MUCH VIRTUOUS INTEREST in "nullification"-- the process by which states nullify federal enactments they deem unconstitutional. Generally this is thought of as the process of refusal to implement or enforce such unlawful enactments, such as in the refusal of 26 states to implement "Real ID" ten years ago.

Less popularly discussed is the obligation of "interpositioning", under which the states are duty-bound to step between the rogue United States and its victims, and defend the latter from the assaults of the former. "Interpositioning" is a scary prospect to state governments, but its mandate as a natural and necessary principle under our Constitutional structure is of the same order as that of nullification (both of which were articulated in the same foundational documents by Jefferson and Madison in response to the first major unconstitutional federal enactments-- the Alien and Sedition laws). We have seen a beginning of this virtuous process in a few states considering bills to criminalize efforts to enforce federal laws with regard to entirely intra-state objects.

 What I am advocating here is related to nullification and interpositioning, and partakes of the same principles. But is also simpler than either, and less confrontational. After all, warrantless eavesdropping IS a crime under state laws. Extortion IS a crime under state laws. Neither are even nominally authorized under federal law, nor could be, considering the specific Constitutional prohibitions of such behavior.

Prosecuting crimes by those falsely purporting to act under the mantle of federal authority needs no action by a state's legislature, and calls for no face-down between federal and state agencies. It's just basic law enforcement. If those accused are actually empowered to act as they have done, then they will be vindicated by their juries, as they should be. If not, then they will pay the price, as they should.

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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.


Copy and post this one around, people!


Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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

OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE DEMONSTRATED FAR BEYOND RATIONAL DOUBT OR HONEST DISPUTE that for the last 75 years the income tax has been systematically mis-administered so as to capture far more revenue and from far more earners than it should and would were its actual statutory limits more broadly understood. I have further shown that this is not because of some quirk in the law being exploited by the IRS but solely because of the ignorance of the Americans to whom it ends up being misapplied.

People's ignorance is certainly being exploited by the IRS, of course. But as written, and as interpreted by the courts and the tax agency itself, the law is perfectly clear and entirely on the side of most Americans. Even while corrupt elements in the government have engaged in strenuous efforts to create a facade of opposition to what CtC reveals and thus shore up the ignorance regime  (such as is exposed here, here, here, here and here), and even while some folks are unfortunately targeted for annoying and sometimes protracted resistance to their claims before they are honored, nearly every person who simply learns how to stop the tax from being misapplied in his or her own case and acts accordingly has been enjoying proper acknowledgement and capitulation to the truth by federal and state tax agencies since 2003.

At the same time, I've also plainly shown that the collapse of the rule of law and metastasizing of the rogue State now threatening the well-being of every American (and possibly the entire world) coincides with, and results directly and exclusively from, the onset of the mis-application of the income tax in the early 1940s.

In short, I've shown the nature of the problem about which every non-state-coopted pundit steadily warns, and the nature of the solution to that problem. What's more, I introduce, highlight, and celebrate the tens of thousands of other American men and women who have also learned these facts and are leading the way down the only path to that solution.

NEARLY EVERY WEEK FOR NINE YEARS, I have shared my posts about all these things with all of you. For the last three years, I have copied those folks in the (purportedly) non-state-coopted media whose email addresses I believe I have.

At the same time, week after week the well-financed and much more influential enemies of the state-restraining, liberty-enhancing truth have steadily injected more and more noise into the ether in an attempt to drown out my signal. This means that the window of opportunity in which the liberating truth has a realistic chance to do its good work-- which it can only do by becoming widely known-- is finite and narrowing.

And yet every week the acknowledgements and desperately-needed signal-amplification offered by the purportedly-non-coopted media amount to... nada. Zero, zilch, radio silence.

This won't do. It also makes no sense-- unless my emails to these folks simply aren't getting through.

There are several reasons why my emails may not be making it. Some are as mundane as the possibility that they are being spam-filtered away from these folks' inboxes. It is known to me that, for instance, anyone on a pacbell, swbell or optonline server won't receive my emails-- these servers systematically (and apparently automatically, for reasons known only to their programmers) reject my emails as spam. There may be others that do the same without doing bounce-backs to me to let me know.

Then there are darker possibilities. As was posted here a few months ago in a letter from an educated American who works for the City of Los Angeles, while no other websites that might be described as "outside the box" are known to be so treated, access to losthorizons.com is blocked on the city's internet-capable computers. Wikipedia won't allow links to documents posted on losthorizons.com. Recent additions to the ongoing treasure-trove of revelations from the heroic Edward Snowden have awakened us all to the possibility of other knobblings of the same sort on a grander scale. It's also possible that some of these folks may simply have closed their own minds.

IN RESPONSE TO THIS PROBLEM, I am going to ask for everyone's help. Following is a short list of publicly-available alt-media-pundit email addresses which I have accumulated.

Because my emails do not seem to be making it through to these folks, I'd be grateful if you were to see if yours do. Compose your own thoughtful, courteous but plain-spoken entreaties and admonishments to these folks making clear to them that patriotic, activist and educated Americans are wondering why they are not contributing their voices on the side of the angels in this critically-important contest between State-serving myths and corruption and the liberating truth. Forward my emails to them, as well.

EXPECT RESISTANCE FROM THESE FOLKS! All of them are likely to think they already know all about the income tax, and will have opinions based on either some theories of their own or from the "tax honesty" community. Or they will be standard victims of "ignorance tax" mythologies.

These folks are also likely to imagine that they're just being told about another version of Irwin Schiff. Some will even reflexively resort to the troll sites and other noise generators maintained by the IRS and DOJ on the internet and fall prey to the fallacious notion that since I have been attacked by the government what I say must somehow be wrong, despite all the unambiguous evidence to the contrary. (This is as crazy as concluding that because John Kirkiaou and Chelsea Manning are in prison, and the government is salivating over the prospect of getting its prosecutorial hands on Edward Snowden and Julian Assange and Kangarooing them in as well, all the state crimes these folks revealed must not really have happened. But believe it or not, people can be that thoroughly conditioned to worship the State.)

 None of these folks will know a tenth of what you know about the tax. None of them will know a hundredth of what you know about CtC, its history, and the ferocious campaign to keep people like them from knowing the truth about it.

For one reason or another, I am unable to deal with this problem myself; your help will be greatly appreciated and may do much good. The email addresses are all offered with disabling formatting to protect against abuse from spiders, so to use them, please replace the "at" with @. By the by, if you have any other addresses of the same sort, please share them with me for addition to this list. (For instance, I have long sought an address for Paul Craig Roberts, whose work I esteem, and who seems to me a very likely ally in this fight, but who I am unable to contact, even through his website "contact form".)

Glenn Greenwald- glenn.greenwald"at"theintercept.org

Lew Rockwell- lew"at"lewrockwell.com

Tom Woods- woods"at"mises.org

Thomas DiLorenzo- TDilo"at"aol.com

Jacob Hornberger- jhornberger"at"fff.org

Will Grigg- wngrigg"at"msn.com

Chuck Baldwin- chuck"at"chuckbaldwinlive.com

John Whitehead- johnw"at"rutherford.org

William Anderson- anderwl"at"prodigy.net

Justin Raimondo- justin"at"antiwar.com

Karen Kwiatkowski- ksusiek"at"shentel.net

Paul Rosenberg- p.rosenberg"at"cryptohippie.com

Tom Englehardt- tomdispatch"at"yahoo.com

Laura Poitras- info"at"praxisfilms.org

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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...


A New Book On The Truth About The Tax

TOM BOTTARO, ChFC, HAS JUST PUBLISHED 'SECRETS of the Income Tax Code- What the IRS doesn't want you to know!' Tom's book is a nice, accessible drill-down on several key aspects of the tax. Find it here.

Find many other printables and sharables suited to every different occasion and purpose here.



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."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 9- In 1737, Thomas Paine is born.  In 1775, the British Parliament declares Massachusetts to be in rebellion.  In 1861, Jefferson Davis is elected Provisional President of the Confederate States of America.  In 1889, the USDA is established as a cabinet-level federal agency.  In 1942, Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in the United States.  In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy declares the United States States Department to be riddled with communists.  In 1965, the first United States ground combat troops begin making their way to South Vietnam (there had been "advisors" there for some time already).  In 1991, Lithuania declares independence from the USSR.


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. 

This Week's Outreach Bon Mot:

Collecting an excise is no more an "exercise of sovereignty"-- which is to say, no more special, and no more entitled to special advantages under the law-- than is charging parade-watchers for the use of your restaurant's bathroom.

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

-George Orwell

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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!!


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

-James Madison


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The Great Iran Debate

Get out the popcorn and kick back-- the show is about to start

by Justin Raimondo

The stage is set, the actors have committed their lines to memory, and the curtain is now rising: the Great Iran Debate is on! It’s a war story, as so many of our national narratives are these days, one pitting the President of the United States – and the overwhelming majority of Americans – against the US supporters of a foreign government, a "fifth column," if you will.

This debate underscores an amazing fact: not since the war of 1812, when the New England Federalists sided with Great Britain against their own government, has a fifth column wielded such power in this country. As President Obama seeks to avoid war with Iran – what would amount to World War III in terms of its military and economic consequences – the fifth columnists in our midst, ensconced in some of the highest councils of government, are actively undermining his efforts to avoid catastrophe. Unlike subversives of the past, however, whose treason was found hidden in pumpkin patches and took cover in the darkest corners of the State, these proclaim their allegiance to a foreign government quite openly.

The administration’s negotiations with Tehran over Iran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program have been extended beyond the deadline for success twice now, reflecting the eagerness of both sides to reach some kind of agreement. Neither wants war: but there are those who do. In a demonstration of how radically different societies nonetheless share overarching patterns of human folly, both the Americans and the Iranians face pretty much the same conundrum at home: how to overcome the influence of their hardliners in order to avoid a war that would surely be the ruination of both. In this sense, our neoconservatives and their Republican sock-puppets are mirror images of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), both of which are trying their damnedest to sabotage the talks.

Not that the neocons are pro-IRGC, except in the sense that they share the same fanatic mindset: in making their case against even the faintest possibility of peace, they echo the arguments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has declared that Iran represents an "existential threat" to the Jewish state and conjures images of a Second Holocaust to make his rather unsubtle point.


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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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 10- In 1933, New York City's Postal Telegraph Co. introduces the "Singing Telegram".  In 1962, captured United States spy Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.  In 1996, 'Deep Blue' becomes the first computer to defeat a chess grandmaster (Garry Kasparov).


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"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

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

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And don't miss:

'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

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


In this new volume, you'll learn about:


  • The in-depth, real story behind the Sixteenth Amendment;

  • A simple little model of just how the "income" tax works;

  • Cognitive stumbling blocks exploited by tax agencies against liberation-seeking Americans;

  • The disturbing relationship between the "income" tax and the Federal Reserve;

  • Why tax reform ideas like the "Fair Tax" are not only unnecessary, but completely counter-productive and even dangerous;

  • Why the "income" tax is what it is, and has to be;

  • The truth about common myths and misunderstandings within the "tax honesty" movement;

  • How to think clearly about the tax, the law in general, and the voracious state;


  • A sordid little passport application scam revealed;

  • How to know if you're in denial about the current crisis in America;

  • Whether the Constitution is going to save you, or is it the other way around?

  • The truth about paper "money; government schools; the Second Amendment...

...and much, much more!

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Page Two

This And That

'Tis the season of troll-droppings; the pedestrian truth comes out; unfortunately, there are no vaccines against stupidity or selfishness; more...

THE OTHER DAY A READER SENT ME A NEW TROLL-POST recently put into circulation in the annual effort to dissuade folks from reading CtC. The government frantically pumps this stuff out at this time every year, hoping to prevent the arising of more informed Americans during the critical red-pill/blue-pill period between January and April during which folks either agree to another blood-letting, or don't.

These efforts are all of similar character. They either simply cite to court rulings purporting to dispute things presented in CtC, or offer their own strawman knockdowns.

All share the characteristic of failing to explain why, if what they say or allude to is true, the tax agencies across the country haven't caught on and stopped issuing all those heavily-vetted, and sometimes strenuously-resisted refunds over all these years. None of these purported disputations actually transcribe verbatim passages from CtC for critical analysis; instead all merely offer alleged summaries of portions of the book, and then "dispute" only what the disputer claims the book to have said or meant.

Pretty shabby stuff. But of course, these strawman mendacities will work on anyone who doesn't know that they are just strawmen mendacities, and especially those who cling to child-like delusions that government officials are pre-disposed to honesty and integrity, even in the face of their own self- or institutional-interest. I encourage everyone to stay familiar with the posts here and here, and to be pro-active inoculators of the public against these germs of dis-information during especially the next several months.


CtC WARRIOR WALTER HELFRECHT shared something from an outfit called the "Government Contract Registry" earlier this week. I don't know whether to call this amusing or interesting or what-- I'll let you decide how you feel about it (while acknowledging upfront that this is presented by the GCR as part of a marketing pitch, not a formal declaratory statement of any kind):

"The Federal Government is, first and foremost, a business. They (sic) spend more than $57 million per hour."

This is how things are seen by all those snufflers at the trough vying for influence in Mordor-on-the-Potomac. Maybe having it so plainly stated will help dis-illusion some of those Americans who still put the State on a saintly pedestal and imagine its claims and demands as altruistic and worthy of deference and special respect...


I SAW AN ARTICLE IN OUR LOCAL PAPER LAST WEEK about a couple arguing that all children should be banned from their kid's school unless vaccinated against measles. Their child is in remission from leukemia, and cannot himself be safely vaccinated. So everyone around the child should be dosed in order to prevent him from possibly encountering a carrier, goes the argument.

Of course, the logical extension is that everyone in the family's church must also be vaccinated or barred from services to pick one example; and what about strangers at the mall, or his gymnastics class, or every restaurant in town?

The madness and insidious evil of this argument is mind-boggling, but found no acknowledgement in the newspaper article or the local TV news reports on the story. Nor was any appearance made of the obvious answer to this child's dilemma in light of everyone else's rights (not to mention even just simple economic considerations): homeschool the child, and keep him otherwise isolated to the degree the parents feel necessary until his infirmity is passed.

It will be argued that this is tough on the kid (by those who don't know the joys and other amazing benefits of homeschooling). But the real tragedy lurking in this story is in the call by this kid's family for bankrupting society as a whole in a selfish and entirely futile effort to escape the fact that life is unfair.



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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Got Twitter?

THERE'S THIS THING CALLED "TWITTER"... What an off-putting name! I'm a man of what I fear is quickly becoming "the old school", and I have great difficulty imagining myself "tweeting"...

But as most of you probably know far better than I do, Twitter is an amazing way to communicate with a huge number of people-- at least, if one's "tweets" get attention and are shared by others. As of July of 2014, there were more than 645 million Twitter participants. Out of respect for this reality, I opened a Twitter account some time ago, and actually "tweeted" newsletter post announcements for a little while last year.

Anyway, I am a million miles from being knowledgeable about how this media tool can best be used. But from within the limits of my understanding, it seems to me that right now would be a good time to try to make use of it, and that if everyone who has an account (or who can take a few moments to open one) goes to my account and clicks the "follow" button, and then begins posting the following tweets (and "re-tweeting" mine and everyone else's posts and replies), something important might be accomplished.

Each of the following tweets are within posting lengths and ready to simply copy and paste into a "new tweet" field:

Are you letting folks who live on taxes tell you what the tax laws say? Read 'em for yourself! http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Relying on tax-beneficiaries to tell you what the tax laws really say? Are you crazy?   http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Awake? Then you know some in govt. will lie about anything when they see a gain in doing so. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

You've been lied to for years about what actually qualifies as "income" in US tax law. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

A long-running scheme conceals the real meaning of "income" under US tax laws. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See mind-blowing evidence of the true nature of the income tax at http://losthorizons.com/BulletinBoard.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn what the income tax really is and how it really works before you file this year. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Getting free of the income tax is as easy as falling off a bicycle.  http://losthorizons.com/comment/archives/BobsBicycles.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Understanding the truth about the income tax brings freedom, prosperity and security. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCLife.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See mind-blowing evidence of the true nature of the income tax at http://losthorizons.com/EveryWhichWayButLoose.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why does the govt. try to keep you from reading 'Cracking the Code-...'?  http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why do trolls try to keep you from reading 'Cracking the Code-...'? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/RegardingTrolleries.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Test your knowledge of the income tax. http://www.losthorizons.com/Documents/TheQuizPage.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/SiteMap.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/index.html #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Explore judicial evasions used to prop up income-tax myths over the years at http://losthorizons.com/WeedWhackers.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See what lawyers have to say about 'Cracking the Code-...' at http://losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm#ReaderComments  #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See what readers have to say about 'Cracking the Code-...' at http://losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm#ReaderComments #TheTruthAboutTheTax

The truth about the income tax is critically important! http://www.losthorizons.com/comment/archives/WhyItMatters.pdf TheTruthAboutTheTax

Do you think your Grandpa was a complete moron? http://losthorizons.com/comment/WasGrandpaReallyaMoron.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

American doesn't need tax reform, we just need law-abiding tax administration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRCxUf_jI_w #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Nine out of ten lawyers agree the income tax doesn't apply to most earnings. See http://losthorizons.com/Newsletter.htm#PageOne #TheTruthAboutTheTax

TODAY'S income tax began in 1862, and has remained unchanged ever since. See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn all that most folks need to know about the income tax in eight easy pages at http://losthorizons.com/comment/archives/BobsBicycles.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are 3 Constitutional terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "excise". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Excise.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are three terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "capitation". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Capitation.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are three terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "income". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Income.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

National railroads and the 16th Amendment-- the connection is fascinating! See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/Snippet.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why would the govt. and its courts lie about the contents of a book? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm#Civil #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn some things beneficiaries of the SNAFU status quo would rather you didn't know at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/PlainFactsAboutTheTax.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn how the income tax and the Federal Reserve are related. See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/TaxAndFed.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Send any or all of these prepared tweets, or make your own. Just pick a link from the Site Map and add the hashtag #TheTruthAboutTheTax and some text that you think will intrigue. You can even use https://hootsuite.com/ or to schedule tweets to be sent automatically at various times of day.

If you add a hashtag from another existing tweet-thread, your tweets will go to everyone following that thread, too. Those folks will then not only see your tweets, but also be able to engage with the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread themselves.

For instance, there is a hashtag "#Tax" currently in use. If you add that tag to a tweet from the list above (or one of your own of a similar sort), you can get your tweet in front of everyone in the other thread as well as the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread. Such a tweet would look like this, for example:

Nine out of ten lawyers agree the income tax doesn't apply to most earnings. See http://losthorizons.com/Newsletter.htm#PageOne #TheTruthAboutTheTax #Tax

You can see what hashtags are "trending" (that is, getting LOTS of views) on the left side of your twitter account page. If any appear at any point which seem a reasonable fit (they change from time to time), use those as the add-ons to maximize the impact. (Keep in mind that if you add a hashtag, you may need to shorten the message in order to keep within the 140-character limit. The same issue may arise when you re-tweet, if the system adds a reference to the original tweeter such as "@losthorizons1".)

Be prepared to dialogue with respondents, answer questions, reassure skeptics and correct trolls, but remember that everyone can step in to help with these tasks, so they won't fall on you, personally, any more than you want.

Should be fun, and with any luck, this will do a lot of good for a lot of folks in a very short period of time.

"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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 11- In 1808, anthracite coal is tested for use as a fuel.  In 1812, Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry introduces the practice of redrawing legislative districts for the political advantage of the party currently in power.  In 1861, in an effort to stave off the dissolution of the union, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing non-interference with slavery in any state (this was futile, as the secessionist movement was mostly over the inequities of federal tax policy).  In 1937, General Motors ends a 44-day sit-down strike by recognizing the United Auto Workers union.  In 1941, the first 'Gold Record' is won by Glenn Miller's 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'.  In 1990, Nelson Mandela is released after 27 years in prison in South Africa.  In 2006, Dick Cheney shoots his attorney in the face with a shotgun while hunting quail.  In 2011, US-backed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak resigns after 30 years in power in the face of massive popular protests against his regime.

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What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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


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


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

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


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

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


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

-John O'Neil Green, JD


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

-Eric Smithers, JD


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

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


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


Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials?  Send me an email. 


Have You Taken A Military, Law Enforcement or Public Office Oath To Uphold And Defend The Constitution?


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 12- In 1733, James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, and its first city, Savannah.  In 1818, Supreme Director of Chile Bernardo O'Higgins signs the Chilean Declaration of Independence from Spain.  In 1879, the first artificial ice rink in North America opens at New York's Madison Square Gardens.  In 1909, the NAACP is founded.  In 1924, Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. President to deliver a political speech by radio.  In 1961, the USSR launches the Venera 1 to survey Venus.  In 1999, the U.S. Senate declines to impeach Bill Clinton.  In 2000, the last 'Peanuts' strip goes to print.


  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".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."/p>

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




'Don't Tread On Me' Polo Shirts Say It All!



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



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 13- In 1866, Confederate soldier Jesse James and his gang commit their first bank robbery, targeting a Union militia officer's institution in Liberty, Missouri.  In 1899, Tallahassee, Florida records a temperature of -2 degrees Fahrenheit.  In 1935, Bruno Hauptman is found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Charles Lindbergh's baby.  In 1960, France tests its first atomic bomb.  In 1974, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is exiled from the USSR.  In 1996, CtC Warrior Thomas Jefferson Hendrickson is born.


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





“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


GGet your FREE* CtC bumper sticker and help spread the word!

Just send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Lost Horizons, Bumper Sticker Offer, 232 Oriole Rd., Commerce Twp., MI 48382/p>

(*If you want to throw a few bucks into the envelope to help with costs, that'd be nice, but it's entirely optional...)




If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HHOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS./p>


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




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."


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library




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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 14- In 1779, James Cook is killed in Hawaii.  In 1803, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall acknowledges that any act by Congress in conflict with the Constitution is null and void.  In 1859, Oregon is admitted to the union as the 33rd of the several states.  In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray each apply for a patent for the telephone.  In 1899, Congress approves the use of voting machines in federal elections.  In 1903, the United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established.  In 1912, Arizona is admitted to the union as the 48th of the several states.  In 1929, Al Capone's gang commits the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  In 1989, the first GPS satellite is put into orbit.  In 2011, a popular uprising against the US-backed dictatorship of Bahrain begins.


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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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