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Current Events and Continuing Education for December 11 through December 24, 2017

“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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A word to share with those sitting on the fence

Nine Out Of Ten Lawyers Agree...


A word to wishful but wasted warriors...

Hey, Gamers!!


Hey! It's that time again...

Christmas Specials Through The End Of The Year!!


On being reasonable and really unreasonable

Carpenter-- A Practical Solution, And The Truth About The Fourth


Uplift and inspiration from an American hero

A Knight's Tale


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


More from the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

Economic Lunacy On Behalf Of The Military Machine


What's happening and what needs to happen:

A Call To Action Or Two


Time for some push-back...

Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Other Voices

'Fighting Israel's Wars'


Setting 'em straight:

Questions For The Silent So-Called "Alt-Media"


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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


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Featured In This Update:

The Most Annoying Thing I've Had To Deal With Over The Years


A Lovely New Jewel, Fresh From The Endless-Evidence Mine


Michael Shumer Shares Some Love And Some Spirit


A Special 'Other Voices' Commentary


An Educated Filer's Check List


Now, THIS Is What I'm NOT Talking About!


Recent Victory Posts-- Each More Illuminating Than The Last!


Regarding Daft And Despicable Deniers


Regarding State Group Membership


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


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

- Thomas Paine

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

If CtC were actually right,

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

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fifteenth) 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:

December 18- In 1787, New Jersey becomes the third of the several states to ratify the United States Constitution and authorize the new version of the federal government.  In 1912, the "Piltdown Man" hoax begins.  In 1932, the Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9 - 0 in the first-ever NFL Championship game.  In 1972, Richard Nixon announces that the United States will spend the Christmas season bombing North Vietnam.  In 2002, California governor Gray Davis admits that the deficit faced by the state is actually about double the $17 billion or so he acknowledged during his re-election campaign a month earlier.


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


Fear nothing but God


Nine Out Of Ten Lawyers Agree...

(A word for all those who are sitting on the fence)

...THAT 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... [Capitations and other direct] taxes are, 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 imagining 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 THREE WEEKS FROM BEGINNING the three-and-a-half month period during which the beast will fill out its menu for the rest of 2018. That will be 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 will also be the time when you can rebut the presumptions of the beast and sign out of the incremental abattoir. That is, it will also be 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 will happen when you do? The dynamic will flip. You'll 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, America is about to begin another season of truth or lies. YOU will have the chance to choose.

PLEASE. Three weeks from now, 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 in 2019, if you do the wrong thing 2018? 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



DUE TO CHRONIC AND ESCALATING interferences by ISPs (or others) which have made newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I have transitioned to alternative announcement methods. These include:

  • Twitter (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts-- set for push notifications);

  • Facebook (click here to "like" the losthorizons page and receive the announcement posts);

  • GAB (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts); and

  • My RSS feed:

IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE getting notifications of newsletter and mid-edition update posts, you MUST make one of these connections (unless you're a member of the state CtC Warrior forums in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI, all of whom will continue to get the regular announcements if the membership is set to receive email updates).

NOTE: I will still not be engaging in correspondence by any of these alternative means-- those wishing to correspond should continue to use email for this purpose.

NOTE II: For those who have it, a fear of "social media" accounts is misplaced. Typically all that is needed to open one is an email address, which you already have, and possibly your age (or at least, that you are an adult). You don't even have to use your real name. No unwanted exposure will occur if you don't post anything personal on those outlets.

Indeed, you don't ever have to post anything at all on a facebook, twitter or GAB account, but you will still get my posts. Further, you can repost my posts on your own page (or "re-tweet" them) and you will do much to help advance the cause while still exposing nothing personal about yourself.

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Hey, Gamers!


You are surrounded by an actual battle between villains, monsters and true heroes, all simply concealed from you by sophisticated spells which also keep you from engaging in the fight.

There are real great deeds to be done, and real treasures to be had for your efforts, and frankly, your real future is at stake. You just have to gain "the sight" in order to penetrate the illusions.

Visit losthorizons.com to get the counter-spells and get onto the real field of battle!


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 19- In 1606, the colonists who will found Jamestown, Virginia, depart England.  In 1776, Thomas Paine publishes the first pamphlet in the series titled 'The American Crisis'.  It opens with the words, "These are the times that try men's souls..."  In 1777, the Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  In 1828, Vice President John C. Calhoun writes the South Carolina Exposition and Protest, reiterating Jefferson and Madison's positions that a state has the authority to nullify unconstitutional federal law, and secede if necessary.  In 1998, the House forwards articles of impeachment concerning Bill Clinton to the Senate for trial.



“I didn’t say it would be easy, I just said it would be the truth.”



Make someone you love sweat bullets this year...

(...and show them you think they're the greatest!)

I THINK WE'D ALL AGREE that sometimes the truth can be a pesky thing-- demanding, disturbing, and seriously inconvenient. The fact is, when you know the truth, you have to act on it, or be party to a lie; and when that lie is old, entrenched, vigorously defended and comfortingly familiar, the correcting truth can be very hard to learn, and even harder to act upon.

That's why one of the most challenging gifts to receive this holiday season is a copy of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America'.

Learning the truth about the income tax means setting aside misconceptions nurtured for a lifetime. Acting on that truth means abandoning lifelong servility to the state through the offices of the IRS-- the one organization whose carefully cultivated reputation as a rabid junkyard dog is feared by everyone in America.

Both of those things are really hard!

However, those very same challenges also make 'Cracking the Code-...' the most rewarding gift to get or give this holiday season.

After all, how better could you communicate to those you love the high degree of esteem in which you hold them? How more certain of your high regard could they be made, after such a display of your faith in their character?

(Helping them stop unnecessary losses of up to 40% or more of their earnings each year goes over pretty well, too, by the way...)

So, pass out a little panic this year.

Then stand back and watch your special someone stand tall, like the real American he or she was born to be.


Oh, and by the way...


It being the season for giving, I'm giving special discounts during the month of December!

Click here for more information

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Carpenter-- A Practical Solution, And The Truth About The Fourth

The "reasonable" arguments being made about this case are the product of ignorance, and will at best lead to a flawed and insufficiently broad ruling. But there's another way of addressing this problem...

First, the simple solution to the practical problem presented in Carpenter:

MUCH IN THE NEWS LATELY has been the case heard by the Supreme Court on November 29, Carpenter v. United States, concerning warrantless police access to cell-phone data recorded by a telecom. An example is the November 27 article in The Guardian by Jameel Jaffer and Alexander Abdo, in which the authors express their view that what is at stake in the case is unhindered police access to increasingly elaborate information about a person's movements:

"Many cellphone users have only a vague understanding of the extent to which providers monitor their movements, but these companies now track us much more closely than even the most committed human spies ever could. Cellphones function by connecting to antennas – “cell sites” or “cell towers” – that provide cellular service. Those cell sites, which are owned and operated by the cellular companies, are programmed to record which phones connect to them, and when. They also record the direction from which the connecting phone’s signal is received and, often, the distance of the phone from the cell site.

So-called “cell site location information” is becoming ever more precise, because the cellular network is becoming ever more dense. The analytical tools that can be brought to bear on this information are also becoming more sophisticated, meaning that investigators can draw reliable conclusions from smaller and smaller amounts of data. It’s precisely because the information is so rich, of course, that the government is interested in accessing it."

Absent from the concerns of Jaffer and Abdo is the problem of unhindered police access to information about a person's movements at any level without probable cause for scrutinizing those movements. For Jaffer and Abdo, the problem is one of degree, as though a mushy kind of police state, in which a certain amount of unwarranted surveillance, which doesn't yield too much information, is ok.

But we'll get to that part of the issue in a moment. Meanwhile, after reading this article I was prompted to ask myself, "Why are we allowing these telecoms to record all this data anyway?" Isn't THAT the first-tier problem here?

After all, there is no valid service-providing reason whatever for this data to be recorded. Your cell-phone could take and make calls and do all the things cell-phones do for their owners/users without a spec of information remaining on the telecom's servers afterwards.

Those servers have to have the addresses of phones authorized to use their networks and services, so as to validate that use, and (in some cases) a record of the volume of data downloaded to a given number/address, or of call-time to (frankly, arbitrary and exploitive) out-of-general-service area locations-- meaning, out of the country-- so as to bill the user accordingly. But they have no legitimate need for any other data, including every kind described by Jaffer and Abdo.

SO, LET'S NOT REST on the Supreme Court, whether it gets this ruling right or not. I call upon state and federal legislatures to enact measures recognizing all normal calling area "user data" to be the property of the "user" (the customer), and its collection and retention to be a tort for which the collector/retainer is liable to the user.

It is no more proper that our data be collected and retained by telecoms or other service providers than that someone should peer with binoculars through the un-shaded windows of our houses, or follow us as we move about the town square, keeping notes on all we do for purposes of their own. And it is no more the right of these service-providers to take possession of the information thus gleaned simply because they are physically capable of gleaning it.

We can make the point of the measure in its title, as legislatures are wont to do anyway. We'll call it the ASAPT Act-- the Anti-Stalking, Anti-Peeping-Tom Act.

Let's remember that utilities managed to operate and be profitable just fine on this basis throughout the 20th century. There is nothing that would prevent those of the 21st century from doing so, as well, and this prohibition would, in one easy step, eliminate the perverse incentives which presently encourage government violations of privacy.

Now, addressing the REAL problem reflected in Carpenter:

I MENTIONED IN MY SUBTITLE that "the "reasonable" arguments being made about this case are the product of ignorance, and will at best lead to a flawed and insufficiently broad ruling." Very briefly, "reasonable" arguments are those which imagine the "unreasonable" in the text of the Fourth Amendment to provide for a judicial or police decision about what kind of warrantless poking through your stuff or spying on your movements is ok ("reasonable") and which is not.

Just to articulate this assertion reveals its absurdity-- how potent a limitation on government is one that government courts can variably enforce based on their view of its "reasonableness" in any particular circumstances? That makes it a pretty thin reed upon which to rest the preservation of liberty against the hazard of a despotic state, doesn't it?

(I know that many will retort, "But isn't that how they treat ALL the prohibitions and prescriptions in the Constitution, Pete?" And of course, that's true. But let's stick to the case at hand, the resolution of which will shed very valuable and antiseptic light on the other bad practices.)

The same Guardian article quoted above goes on to express this historically-ignorant "reasonable-unreasonable" notion, which has been the default position of the Supreme Court for decades now:

Privacy scholars are watching Carpenter’s case closely because it may require the supreme court to address the scope and continuing relevance of the “third-party-records doctrine”, a judicially developed rule that has sometimes been understood to mean that a person surrenders her constitutional privacy interest in information that she turns over to a third party. The government contends that Carpenter lacks a constitutionally protected privacy interest in his location data because his cellphone was continually sharing that data with his cellphone provider.

The idea here is that the only things the police CAN'T poke through or surveil without a warrant are things which the average person "reasonably" expects to be free of such attention (or that police poke-throughs or surveillances of things brought into public spaces or circumstances are inherently "reasonable", and that this kind of "reasonableness" means no warrant is required).

This idea-- whichever way it is cast-- is completely wrong. The historic record is perfectly clear that what the Framers meant by "unreasonable" in the Fourth Amendment was not a variable of any kind. Rather, the definition of an "unreasonable" search or seizure as used in the Fourth Amendment is one "without a particularized warrant based on probable cause articulated under oath to an impartial magistrate".

That is, to the Founders and Framers, ALL unwarranted searches and seizures were-- by virtue of the fact that they lacked the protections involved in the securing of a warrant-- unreasonable. See the definitive evidence here.

This historically-supported correct understanding of the Fourth Amendment is, of course, very inconvenient to the state. As has been shown over the centuries, the state is always be seeking new rationales and pretexts for invading the privacy of others, and therefore loves and has nurtured-- in its PR and through its courts-- the false notion of "reasonable/unreasonable" in regard to the amendment.

SADLY, THE SUPREME COURT can be counted on to get its ruling in Carpenter wrong, even if it finds that warrantless acquisition of cell-phone data by the police is unlawful. That'll be good for Carpenter, and better than an outright ruling in favor of the state.

But a victory for Carpenter based on the prospect that a warrant is required in this case because of Carpenter's "reasonable" expectation of privacy will really be a loss for everyone. It will be another lost opportunity to finally get Fourth Amendment jurisprudence back on track after far-too long astray, and an even deeper embedment of error.

Pity everyone hasn't long-since emailed this document to his or her Congresscritters, and every lawyer and journalist they know. It would be such a reasonable thing to do...


Btw, since this other bit of Supreme Court business is persisting in the news long past its expected cycle time for some reason, I have reposted my September 18, 2017 article about the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Those interested can find it here.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 20- In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase is completed in a ceremony in New Orleans.  In 1835, the Texas Declaration of Independence is signed in Goliad.  In 1860, South Carolina secedes from the union.  In 1917, Cheka, the first Soviet secret police force, is founded.  In 1924, Adolph Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison.  In 1951, a nuclear power plant in Arco, Idaho becomes the first to generate electricity.  In 1960 the National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam (the Vietcong) is formed.  In 1977, Vietnam joins the United Nations.  In 1989, the United States sends troops to Panama to overthrow CIA asset Manuel Noriega.  In 2013, China launches a telecom satellite into orbit for Bolivia.


A Knight's Tale

Uplift and inspiration from a very sharing and activist CtC Warrior.

BRIAN WRIGHT TOOK THE PLUNGE into the actual self-governance and exercise of civic responsibility and authority that is the point of a CtC-education nearly two years ago. Since then, Brian has very thoughtfully devoted time and effort to sharing much more than just the basic events involved in his filings and victories (on which he is 4 for 4-- see Brian's victories posted on this page, this page and this page).

Brian, who publishes a blog serenely titled 'The Coffee Coaster', has also made a point of accompanying his victory blog posts with background and explanations so as to help his readers better understand what he has done, and why. Brian realizes that timidity about standing erect when it has become the norm to go on all fours arises from an ignorance of what the weather is like up there, and that knowledge is the cure for that affliction.

LAST MONTH BRIAN JOINED a special little group of CtC-educated filers who have been presented with a half-assed, hokey and tellingly hoax-based "frivolous return penalty unless you change your return to say things that better serve the government's interests" threat. (These threats, which are both overt crimes of soliciting a false return-- see 26 U.S.C. § 7206(2), for instance-- and effective admissions of the government's inability to overcome educated filings by its own authority, are wonderfully-bright expressions of "ignorance tax scheme" desperation in the face of CtC's revelations.)

In keeping with his generous practice, Brian has just posted a column discussing this chapter of his saga in a very virtuous and helpful way. See it here.

BTW, a comprehensive discussion of the "FRP" hoax can be found as the first five posts listed in The Arms Locker.

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The craziness of the neo-con nutcases in Washington is starting to generate its predictable blowback, but on a much more dangerous scale than in the recent past.

Based on relentless hostile rhetoric and steady efforts at military encirclement the Russian Federation Armed Forces Command has concluded that the United States intends to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia. While this perception continues to be fed, the risk of a prophylactic Russian first strike exists and grows more perilous.

The persistent, recently-escalated, plainly unfounded and deliberately provocative saber-rattling against Iran-- a long-time close ally and buffer-state of Russia's, the destabilization or regime-change within which would be another substantial threat factor-- has magnified the intensity of the peril.

So, more than ever...


What You Need To Know If CtC Doesn't Spread Like Wildfire RIGHT NOW So The Nut-Cases Can Be Stripped Of Their Resources:

NOT THAT "DUCK AND COVER" would do you or your kids any good, of course... The Russian Federation has 7,400 nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them. China is coming on strong, too, these days.

Perhaps you imagine the US has some magical technological advantage that will protect us when all the nut-case bellicosity leads to its inevitable outcome? Read this, this, this, this and this. And in any event, don't forget the inescapable issue of nuclear winter and fallout-- the world-killing harm from either of which doesn't require even a single Russian or Chinese warhead to hit a target.

Really, it's this simple:

Click here for the sourcepage of the image above and for more scary details from actual grown-ups which the neo-con nutcases in Washington wish you would never find.

Spread CtC's revelations like wild-fire.

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Speaking of Money Unwisely Given As Fuel To War-Mongers...

...as in the preceding article...

I READ A REALLY DISTURBING "sales pitch" by the governor of Michigan (where I live) related to this subject (military spending). It is disturbing both for the degree of economic ignorance it reveals, and for its reminder that much of the wanton economic blood-letting by which most Americans suffer every year is based on self-serving deceptions by the politically-connected.

In a publication entitled, 'Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy' presented by something called "The Michigan Defense Center" (MDC) at the direction of Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder, the following excited assertions are made (on page 18):

It is estimated that all defense-related spending for FY 2014 supports over 105,000 job throughout the state, added more than $9 billion in Gross State Product, and created nearly $10 billion in Personal Income. Finally, the personal income generated by Michigan’s defense-related activities supports nearly $8 billion in personal consumption expenditures throughout the state.

I was only able to find the overall federal tax bite on Michigan residents in the aggregate for 2015 in time for this article ($77 billion). But the differential between that number and 2014's figure will be small enough to allow me to make my point here:

Of that ~$77 billion sent to Washington by Michiganders in 2014, around $20 billion will have gone to defense spending (which sits at a bit over 25% of the overall federal budget in recent years). Had that money stayed in the hands of those who produced it, it would mean a retention in the state of double the "Gross State Product" and "Personal Income" figures enthusiastically touted in the MDC's PR piece (each of which is just a different puffed-up characterization of the same dollop of money, the lion's share of which-- direct DoD re-injection-- only totaled $3.9 billion) and supported well over double the "personal consumption expenditures".

The same is true of the jobs stats. The MDC gushes about 105,000 jobs paid-for by the return in defense spending of some of the money taken out of the state and given to the Washington-based military-industrial-congressional-complex.

But that $20 billion could have paid for 200,000 jobs here in Michigan-- at $100K each-- if it had stayed at home where it belonged. Maybe that big, well-paid workforce could have been devoted to fixing our roads...

AMERICA NEEDS A NATIONAL DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT-- this is undisputed. But we do not need a behemoth that steadily consumes more than a quarter of our wealth year by year. That's insanity.

We especially do not need a parasitic behemoth whose voracious appetite is blithely rationalized and facilitated by economic gibberish (if not deliberate self-serving blindness) from corrupt political and industry hacks. This is "the swamp" people. Let's stop feeding it.


NOTE: The article that brought the MDC paper to my attention offers a good discussion of military spending gimmicks generally. Find it here.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 21- In 1620, William Bradford and the other Mayflower Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.  In 1913, the first crossword puzzle is published in the New York World.  In 1937, the first full-length animated film-- Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'-- premiers.  In 1954, my darling Doreen was born.  In 1967, the first heart transplant recipient dies 18 days after the operation.  In 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned expedition to the Moon, launches from Kennedy Space Center.  In 1988, a bomb explodes on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.


A Call To Action Or Two

Nothing happens if you do nothing.

THE VIDEO OF MY JULY 16 PRESENTATION on judicial fraud to conceal the true legal character of the income tax is posted here. Everyone should see it and share it like crazy.* It is hugely powerful and WILL successfully educate even the most stubbornly skeptical and disengaged.

Video of the Q&A session that followed that presentation can be seen here; this is also a "must see".

*Here's a sample formulation for sharing:

The American people have been victimized by massive and sustained corruption in the federal judiciary in order to fuel the ambitions of the Deep State. See the incontrovertible evidence at https://youtu.be/105GKdmJ9HU.

This enormous harm can be remedied, but the path to that solution begins with widespread awareness of the problem. Please watch the film yourself, and please pass this wake-up call along as widely and urgently as possible.

If you have a serious-minded group that you think will benefit from an in-person presentation on this long-running assault on the rule of law in America, contact me.


A call to action

CLEARLY, THE MERE AIRING OF THE JUDICIAL AND EXECUTIVE CRIMES revealed in the presentation discussed above is not enough. What is revealed here is a vicious widespread plot to destroy our Constitutional republic. It can be stopped, and it must be stopped, and all culpable parties-- who have each and every one grossly betrayed and defiled the trust and honor the people of America have bestowed upon them-- should be harshly punished. Therefore...

I call on every law-respecting journalist to raise the hue and cry about these outrages.

I urge every American reading these words to join me in demanding action.

Append this article or this video (or both) to an introductory note and a demand for action, and mail it to Jeff Sessions, Paul Ryan, your federal and state congressional delegations and to every journalist possible. This will ensure that these folks will be made aware of this matter, and cannot say otherwise as an excuse for inaction.

Click on the name below for contact info:

Jeff Sessions

Paul Ryan

Journalists (this is a short list-- you may know or have access to more; send to all of them)

Your representative

Your senators

Your state legislators

Your mom, your dad, your sibs, your best friend, the guys and gals at the office or the plant, etc.-- you have these addresses or must find them on your own.

ALSO!!! Send to law school faculty!!! Find schools, faculty names and contact info however you can and send! Send to every lawyer you can find.

Understand, if YOU haven't shared this film with any given judge, prosecutor or attorney, he or she will not have ever seen any of the information presented. He or she will not only know nothing of the truth about the tax, but will believe the untruths about the tax which the falsifying officials exposed in the film (and in the text treatments of the same material here and here) have been peddling on behalf of the "ignorance tax" scheme.

Don't make the mistake of imagining that "they all know the truth, and are part of a giant conspiracy against it." This is not true.

Most of those folks have never seen even a single one of the authorities you have seen in these presentations. They never knew there was a reason to look for them. Certainly none of them have ever seen this material knowledgeably assembled and presented.

YOU have to show it to them. If you haven't done so, assume that no one has.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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CtC Warrior Richard Bristol has produced a nice little wake-up tool that puts the matter well: Even an 8-year-old can understand the truth about the tax by just doing a little study. See it and share it.


On Criminal Complaints For Filing False IRs

Getting practical on a core element of the "ignorance tax" scheme.



A Nice Model Of The "Ignorance Tax" Scheme In Action

From 'The Little Shop of Horrors'.


Here's Audrey II, grown up from the cute little relatively harmless thing she once was into just shy of what she's about to become-- a powerful monster that takes what she wants-- all because Seymour kept feeding her when he should have known better...

Say, what does THAT remind you of?


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

-Edward R. Murrow



What Is Paid For By The "Ignorance Tax"

LOTS of very bad things...

The U.S. Income Tax: An Excise On The Profitable Exploitation Of Federal Privilege

The U.S. Ignorance Tax: The Profitable Exploitation of Confusion About The Income Tax

I WAS IN A GROUP THE OTHER DAY in which I overheard, "The income tax just goes to pay the interest on the national debt!" Would that it were so...

The statement is a long-standing misconstruction of something said by Peter Grace of the Reagan-era Grace Commission, which had been tasked with an analysis of the federal budget. Grace attempted to illustrate the significance of the federal debt burden by pointing out that the interest paid on that monstrous debt was so much as to more-or-less match the amount taken in by the income tax-- an amount that is a metaphorical synonym for "huge".

Money, of course, is fungible, so even if the tax take were earmarked for the interest payment, that would simply free up other funds for other uses. Thus, the "earmarking " concept is illusory at best. Income tax revenue gets spent for any and all government purposes, just as is true of every other dime that goes into the general fund.

Further, Grace undervalued the income tax dramatically. This is because Grace didn't understand that FICA (Social security and Medicare) taxes are just income "surtaxes"-- meaning income taxes like any others, despite the misleading application-specific label of "employment taxes". As a result of this misunderstanding Grace failed to factor this additional enormous amount into his casual analogy.

The reality is that the income tax take-- by which we really mean the "ignorance tax" take, since we're talking about the amount captured by government through exploitation of ignorance about what is really subject to the income tax under the law-- is many times the amount paid in interest on the national debt. Last year, for instance, the interest payment was about $432 billion. The ignorance tax total was a whopping $3.9 trillion.

MY POINT HERE IS NOT TO CRITIQUE THE GRACE REPORT, however. I'm only interested in stopping its mistakes from being repeated and persisting as a false "factoid".

The reason I'm concerned is that the throw-off, "It just goes to pay the interest on the national debt..." line, though not meant as, or in support of, anything but a disparagement of the tax, actually serves to minimize or conceal the horrendous evil for which the tax really does pay.

Lets look at a small sampling of the things made possible by the ignorance tax:

  • The corruption of our political office-holders;

  • The drug war and all the violence and corruption it brings;

  • Our wives, daughters and ourselves being virtually strip-searched in airports;

  • Agricultural price supports raising the cost of our food;

  • A bloated military unable to account for $6.5 trillion given to it over recent years;

  • Hundreds of millions who hate us for the harm we have inflicted directly after violently invading their homes (here's an analysis of just a few of these affairs), or by supporting the despotic regime holding them in thrall;

  • A Department of Education working to fill American kids' minds with mush and PC propoganda;

  • The Panopticon surveillance state which spies on all of us all the time, subverting our privacy and any hope of confidence in the independence of our elected officials;

  • The militarization of our local police;

  • A direct and indirect federal workforce of 14,000,000 or so, every member of which needs to be messing with some or many citizens' lives in one way or another in order to justify his or her pay;

  • The coercion of state governments into certain behaviors even where no Constitutional authority exists for Washington's decrees, by issuing grants with strings;

  • The supplanting of genuine prosperity opportunities for young Americans by entrapment in rotten, impoverishing economic prisons.

  • And on, and on, and on...

NOW LET'S LOOK at what preservation of the "ignorance tax" scheme has made valuable to the schemers, and therefore an increasing part of our lives:

  • The inculcation and maintenance of a pervasive fear of government lawlessness;

  • A corrupt judiciary;

  • The systematic erosion of the rule of law;

  • The mis-education of our children about our founding principles and the legitimate authorities and limits of our public institutions;

  • The co-option of our churches into cheerleaders for the statist-quo;

  • A de-emphasis on logic, economics and history in our schools and school textbooks;

  • The infection of our legal framework with hive thinking, identity politics, and "social justice";

  • And on, and on, and on.

EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE IS what is actually paid-for by the "ignorance tax", either in the conventional sense of being financed with its enormous, corruption-inducing aggregation of wealth into the hands of a political class with feet of clay, or as a price we all pay by the degradation and loss of our principles and our values.

Is all this really how a sensible people want to be spending their resources? I think not, but this IS what we're doing now, because of all those not yet awakened to the truth about the income tax.

Be an alarm clock.

(Click on Saruman to see what he means..."

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The Biggest Snow-Job In World History: The Myth That 1913 America Adopted A Marxist Progressive Tax On "All That Comes In"

“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



Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


PRO TIP: If I were the IRS and I wanted to discourage people from rebutting allegations that they had done things I can tax, and keep them from successfully reclaiming withheld or paid-in money, I would salt the "tax honesty" community with passionate-seeming "legal researchers" who would warn anyone whose ear they captured that filing a 1040 is a bad idea for one reason or another...


A Review of CtC by Derek Cushman

You can also find this film at https://https://vimeo.com/175424277.


Regarding Trolleries

(Deceitful efforts to discourage Americans from learning the truth about the "income tax")



FOR ALL THE YEARS SINCE 2003 when CtC was first published, the government has engaged in a concerted effort to frighten people away from its truths. This effort involves official government websites and press releases touting an occasional court ruling that appears to be at odds with some CtC-revelation (but without details sufficient to expose the real substance of the ruling)-- and sometimes even more mendacious behavior.

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Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.



Why Does The Government Lie About 'Cracking the Code'?

THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION is the key to the restoration of the republic and the rule of law in America. See it below. (NOTE: It's very important that the entire 24 minutes be viewed.)

This video can also be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/hgzzYl-eeUI.

Here are links to the two pages to which viewers are directed at the end of the film: The Crime of the Century and The Truth About The 16th Amendment.

The other two mentioned in the film are this one (the "bulletin board" stack of 1,200 or so posted refunds and other victories in knowledgably applying the law; and this one (the collection of resisted claims and the outcomes of those little battles).

PLEASE be a real activist about sending this link to every single person in your address book, and about sharing it through facebook, reddit, twitter, and any other distribution channel with which you are familiar. Send it to every journalist you can. It's time to really make something happen.

Accompany your emails and posts with with a strong admonishment to watch the film through, and that doing so will show the viewer an individual-empowering, state-restraining truth about the income tax which the government has been trying to keep hidden from view for 75 years and which that person really needs to know.

BY THE WAY, as is impossible to miss, I have neither the skills nor the tools to make even moderately good films. This is simply not my forte. Anyone able to do better is encouraged to talk to me about that.

As is ALSO impossible to miss, though-- even in my amateur production-- reader video testimonials have GREAT POWER. Send me yours.

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Illuminating Anniversaries:

December 22- In 1864, Savannah, Georgia is taken by William Tecumseh Sherman, the last conquest in his and Abraham Lincoln's barbaric "March to the Sea".  In 1937, the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City opens to traffic.  In 1942, Adolph Hitler orders the military development of the V-2 rocket.  In 1965, rural roads in the United Kingdom get speed limits for the first time (70 mph).  In 2015, SpaceX manages an intact landing of a first-stage rocket after reaching Low Earth orbit.  In 2016, Russian and Syrian forces push American-backed jihadists out of Aleppo, restoring control of the city to the Syrian government.


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:






All-in-all, just be the sort of person for others that you would go to yourself for trustworthy leadership.

Leadership is a challenge. But it's not complicated, and you can do it.


PRO TIP: By the physics of the law, an indirect tax is necessarily a privilege tax. Here's why:

The distinction between a direct tax and an indirect tax is incidence. A direct tax arises by the direct imposition of the taxer, without any election of the taxed (other than that of authorizing the taxing power in the first place).

An indirect tax arises by the taxed choosing to do something by which the taxer's claim is then created. The choice that is a valid object of an indirect tax can't be anything done as an exercise of an untaxable right. Nor can it be any activity of necessity. A tax on anything done by necessity would arise not by actual election of the taxed but simply because the tax had been imposed by the taxer. Such a tax, whatever it may be called, would be in actual substance a direct tax, even if one that arose only intermittently. Think of a tax on eating, for example, or working, or engaging in trade with others (all of which are things done by right as well as by necessity, but you get the point).

What is left as the valid object of an indirect tax is the exercise of privilege-- something done not by right, and therefore done by the permission of the taxer (who, due to being possessed of an ownership right in the thing being permitted, is entitled to claim of portion of the proceeds when the thing is profitably used).

"[Although the Legislature may declare as privileges and tax as such for State revenue purposes those pursuits and occupations that are not matters of common right], the Legislature has no power to declare as a privilege and tax for revenue purposes occupations that are of common right."

Sims v. Ahrens, 167 Ark. 557, 271 SW 720 594, 595 (Ark. 1925)


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

If you're not talking this one up everywhere and helping generate a buzz, you don't really want liberty and the rule of law...


PRO TIP: The argument that a concept explicitly given a statutory definition for purposes of this or that chapter or "title" has the same meaning as the common word the legislature has borrowed for its label-- which meaning plainly didn't suit the legislature's purposes, hence its replacement-- is a preposterous reading of the law.

“It is axiomatic that the statutory definition of the term excludes unstated meanings of that term.” 

Meese v. Keene, 481 U.S. 465 (1987);

“[W]e are not at liberty to put our gloss on the definition that Congress provided by looking to the generally accepted meaning of the defined term.”

Tenn. Prot. & Advocacy Inc. v. Wells, 371 F.3d 342 (6th Cir. 2004).



In light of the actual evidence,, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because some government officials denounce it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.

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If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.

Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax

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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.

You're a passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular contributions of fuel from the passengers to keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable waterfall ahead, and note a soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger each day. What does common sense suggest?


Copy and post this one around, people!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating Anniversaries:

December 23- In 1913, Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act.  In 1947, Bell Lab scientists demonstrate the transistor.  In 1979, Soviet forces occupy Kabul, Afghanistan.  In 1986, Dick Routan and Jeana Yeager's 'Voyager' becomes the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe non-stop.


Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word?

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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


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

-Thomas Paine




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

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

-George Orwell


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

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

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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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Fighting Israel's Wars

How the United States military has become Zionized

by Philip Giraldi

There has been a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into foreign lobbying in Washington while another story relates how his team is investigating the alleged contact of a Donald Trump associate with a Hungarian. Both are part of the ongoing investigation into Russiagate. Unless I am wrong, which happens occasionally, Hungary is a member of the European Union and also of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It has relatively free elections and its government changes as a result.

No one but the Mueller commission has considered contact with a Hungarian citizen to be a potential threat to American democracy. But then again, no one has really made the case in any kind of credible fashion that meeting with a Russian is either ipso facto criminal or treasonous, or that Moscow’s media does anything beyond what other state-owned broadcasters tend to do, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the mainstream press or from watching MSNBC and CNN.

An independent observer might well note that there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy in all of this. Case in point, the latest globalist-interventionist-neocon think tank the Alliance to Secure Democracy is currently being funded by a bundle of foreign governments, presumably doing so without any interference from Mueller or from those who run the Foreign Agents Registration desk at the Department of the Treasury.

And one other thing you can bet on is that Mueller will not be looking at the country that actually does interfere in American politics most, which is our best friend in the whole world and greatest ally Israel, the beneficiary of roughly one billion dollars-worth of lobbying carried out by hundreds of full time staff on its behalf.

Punish Israel for corrupting our politicians and media? On the contrary, now that we are officially into the holiday season, a whole bunch of goodies designed to make Benjamin Netanyahu’s eyes sparkle are pending. The highest priority item is the Trump Administration’s cooperation with the Israeli government in a frantic effort to bury a United Nations report that includes a database of all the companies that operate in Israel’s illegal settlements. Also regarding the U.N., Congress is considering a bill that would block U.S. aid to any country that opposes “the position of the United States.” Lest there be any confusion, Ambassador Nikki Haley has made it clear the American “position” would pretty much consist of never criticizing or voting against Israel.


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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 restrain those in -on-the-Potomac from fastening more dysfunction upon us all by ll by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior?

Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my lifetime?


EVEN AS ARDENT A STATIST as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."

Held over great reading recommendations:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie


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

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Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".

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

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson







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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...





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





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

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


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


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library


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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 24- In 1851, a fire destroys about two-thirds of the collection of the Library of Congress.  In 1906, the first radio broadcast is made.  In 1943, Dwight Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander in World War II.  In 1968, the crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea after being held 11 months on suspicion of being spies.


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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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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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