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Current Events and Continuing Education for October 30 through November 12, 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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An e-letter to my congressman

Regarding Tax Reform


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department...

Some Thoughts About The Misunderstood National Anthem


Uplift and inspiration from real American heroes

Let's Celebrate Some More Victories For The Rule Of Law!


More uplift and inspiration from real American heroes

Recent Video Testimonials


You've got to do what you've got to do...

A Mental Exercise About Jury Duty


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

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


What's happening and what needs to happen:

Current Events And 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

'Torturer-in-Chief Turned Savior of Freedom?'


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


Got something to say?

Your Comments



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Featured In This Update:

What Do Tom Paine, Mohandas Gandhi and Jesus Christ Have In Common?


More On "National" This And That


Now, THIS Is What I'm Talking About!


Have You Noticed That The Swamp Just Keeps Getting Deeper?


Victories 248,001, 248,002, 248,003 and 248,004 Are Posted!


"Just One More Thing..." Some Share-Worthy Wit From The Net


An Excellent Presentation On "Civil Asset Forfeiture"


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


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 (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:

November 6- In 1861, Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.  In 1913, Mohandas Gandhi is arrested in South Africa for leading a march protesting the treatment of Indian "guest" workers.  In 1935, Parker Brothers acquires the rights to 'Monopoly'.  In 1962, the UN passes a resolution condemning the South African practice of apartheid, and calling on member nations to cease military and economic relations with the country.


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


Regarding Tax Reform

An e-letter to my congressman.

Congressman David A. Trott

1722 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Mr. Trott,

I write in opposition to the proposed reform of the United States income tax. The reform seems meant to decrease the impact of the tax-- that is, to reduce its burden on those to whom it applies. This is not something any sensible American would want.

The income tax is designed to discourage profligate exploitation of public resources for private profit-- and the skewing of public policy in order to facilitate such profits. It does so by obliging those enjoying such gains to return a portion to the public treasury (as well as to subject themselves to an onerous and obnoxious intrusion into their otherwise private affairs). What gets taxed more gets done less, as everyone knows.

At the same time, the tax does not fall on the economic activities of Americans who are NOT exploiting public resources. This contrast encourages a general preference for privately-financed and privately-enabled activities, and a minimization of "tragedies of the commons", both of which tendencies are obvious public goods.

Further Americans want pretty-much all activities that ARE subject to the tax done less, strictly on their own merits, so to speak (or, to put it more finely, their lack of merit).

We want, for instance, an end to the explosive growth of government. We want no more excess and overpriced munitions; we want a reversal of the competitive advantage enjoyed by national banks over union state and private alternatives, and we want a free market for consumer goods rather than the distortions resulting from subsidies and restrictions on competing products or suppliers.

The optimal and time-tested mechanism for discouraging the exploitations of federal privilege by which all these undesirable-- even ruinous-- afflictions on American liberty and prosperity are accomplished is the heavy hand of the income excise.

Because the income tax is inapplicable to non-privileged activities, a high rate of tax is the perfect mechanism for ensuring that a good portion of the legitimate expense of government is exclusively borne by those enjoying an extraordinary financial benefit from its existence. Indeed, a high rate of income tax ensures that those special beneficiaries of the state are, to the greatest extent possible, themselves the source of the public wealth upon which they draw. This strongly incentivizes efficiency and restraint by both the exploiters and those whose public policy decisions permit the exploitation.

All told, then, high rates of income taxation are a public good. I urge you, as my representative, to oppose all efforts to reduce the current rates of tax or any other burden of its imposition on the specialized community to which it applies.

Instead, I call upon you to draft legislation by which the rates would be raised. Even at current levels, the tax is manifestly failing to adequately discourage undesirable levels of taxable activities or to cause the return of adequate portions of the resulting private profits to the public treasury, as evidenced by the necessity of yet another raising of the debt ceiling last month.

I thank you for your time and attention.

Respectfully Yours,

-Peter E. Hendrickson

NOTE: Feel free to copy any or all of the above to send to your own congresscritters.



DUE TO CHRONIC AND ESCALATING server problems which have made newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I will be transitioning next week to a short list of alternative announcement methods. These will 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

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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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Some Thoughts About The Misunderstood National Anthem

It's not what you probably think...

IT'S INTERESTING HOW SUCCESSFULLY the American public has been infected with confusion about the legal and institutional character of the "United States" (that is, the Washington-based federal government entity), along with their relationship with that entity. The way Americans view the "national anthem" offers a good example of this confusion.

Most Americans have this in-the-grain sense that the 'Star Spangled Banner' is, by law, "their song", to which they legally owe some kind of allegiance, respect, attention or ritualistic obligation. That is, most Americans believe themselves under some sort of duty as regards the song, by which they must or should rise and show obeisance to the flag, or just the song itself.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

THE FACT IS, the 'Star Spangled Banner' was designated the national anthem-- and originally just for military ceremonies-- by mere executive order (at the hands of the noxious Woodrow Wilson shortly before instituting big swaths of proto-fascism while flogging, cajoling and propagandizing Americans into the European abattoir known as "the Great War" right after winning re-election on the claim that he had kept us out of that madness during his first term...). By itself this reveals the anthem's real character-- it is a federal government theme-song, not an "American" anything.

Executive orders are nothing more than internal directives to federal government agencies and personnel. They have no relevance or authority outside of federal executive offices. They mean nothing more to American citizens not working for the United States than do the directives of the CEO of Sears Roebuck to anyone outside that organization.

In 1931 Wilson's directive was made more officially permanent by an act of Congress under the category of "Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies and Organizations". Its character didn't change at all, as can be readily seen by that categorization and the text of the enactment (codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301, in the same chapter as are designated the "national motto", "national floral emblem", "national march" and "national tree"):


The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b)Conduct During Playing.—

During a rendition of the national anthem—

(1) when the flag is displayed—

(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

SO, THE LAW MAKES CLEAR what should be done by everyone working in the Pentagon or the White House or any given "alphabet agency" when that song comes over the loudspeakers. But it has nothing to do with the rest of us (or even those others when they are not on the job).

It is no more appropriate for private persons to stand and uncover when the anthem is played (or to feel compelled to do so) than it is for private businesses to close-- or feel compelled to close-- on a "national holiday".

The contrary perception and reflexive behavior so many have had fastened upon them is really rather creepy when you think about it, right? All those American men and women who rise up and rotate en masse toward the federal totem like automatons when this particular tune begins, acting as though everyone is part of the federal machine -- it's like discovering that you're immersed in a gathering of the pod-people.

"Thinking about it" also makes clear the craziness of the current tempest about NFL players declining to play along. In fact, it makes clear that for football players to be expected, or worse, compelled to behave as federal personnel on the job are compelled to behave is seriously wrong, if not outright insidious.

However much the Poo-Bahs at the NFL might think presenting their boys as icons of flag-waving jingoism will sell more tickets, it really amounts to falsely pretending that these ballplayers are part of the United States military machine. This actually verges on illegality, as I read the law.

It's also disgraceful and fascistic. And involving kids in high school and college in the same theatrics is even more so.

Rather than arguing about whether players should stand or can kneel when the 'Star Spangled Banner' is played at the opening of an NFL game, we should stop playing it there. Or, if it is played, we should all sit it out.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 7- In 1893, the right of women to vote is recognized in Colorado.  In 1916, Jeanette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman in the U.S. Congress.  In 1921, Italy's National Fascist Party is founded.  In 1931, the Chinese Soviet Republic-- Mao Zedong's regional precursor to the People's Republic of China, is proclaimed in Jiangxi province.  In 1967, Carl Stokes becomes the first black mayor of a major American city, winning that post in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1967, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is established.  In 1973, Congress overrides President Richard Nixon's veto of the 'War Powers Resolution', which limits the president's power to conduct military activities without congressional approval.  In 1983 a bomb is detonated in the U.S. Senate in protest over United States military adventures in Grenada and Lebanon.  In 1989, Virginian Douglas Wilder becomes the first black elected governor of an American state.  In 2000, the contested election resulting in a United States Supreme Court intervention and the eventual declaration of George W. Bush as the President of the United States takes place.


Hey! Let's Enjoy Some More Victories!!

I've been neglecting this feature lately...

BECAUSE POSTING VICTORIES involves multiple page updates and other related tasks, and because I've had plenty of other things to post lately, new victory posts haven't gone up since early last month. So let's enjoy a selection of those that have accumulated recently and celebrate some fine upstanding warriors for the rule of law:

TERRY AND ALISA have secured a fine federal victory for 2016:

Here are the docs filed to generate this complete refund.


ERIC D. has secured refunds of withholdings during 2016 from both the feds and Massachusetts:

Here is Eric's federal filing (Eric mistakenly failed to include the FICA income surtax withholdings in his refund claim, as will be seen, and is acting to rectify that with an amendment). Here is Eric's MA filing.


MATTHEW has secured a belated victory for 2015, filing for it just this past July and receiving his complete refund a few weeks later in early August:

Here is Matthew's filing that produced this victory for the rule of law.


And just last week, VINCENT AND SHELLY T. received their complete refund of 2016 withholdings from New Jersey, after a long, drawn-out argument with the state:

Here is the claim filed by Vincent and Shelly, and the obnoxious balking by the state in its effort to evade the law and browbeat or fool Vincent and Shelly into standing down before finally admitting the truth. The state should have known better. Vincent and Shelly are veteran CtC warriors with multiple federal and state victories posted

The alleged balance owed to the feds to which Vincent and Shelly's latest complete refund was diverted is itself a subject of dispute, and will doubtless soon end up as yet another victory post for these good folks.

SO, HATS OFF to Vincent and Shelly, and Matthew, Eric, Terry and Alisa as well!

These good Americans have all stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law, something desperately needed from everyone.


These newly-posted victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here, and constitute more critical steps toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

Don't you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?

It's easy. Stand up on behalf of the law, and then share the evidence.

That's all there is to it!

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A Little Mental Game

About jury duty, and overall civic duty

I CAME ACROSS A WELL-WRITTEN and apparently sincere lament about the behavior of American jurors the other day. The article ran in The American Conservative (an e-zine I now rarely visit since it dropped Philip Giraldi as a contributor...), and is called 'Our Shocking Acceptance Of State Sanctioned Violence' by David Goronsky. Find it here, and read it through, please.

Now, having read the piece, I wonder if you were struck by the same thing I was-- Goronsky very properly condemns the sheep-like behavior of many jurors, while never once pointing the finger at himself for having-- sheep-like-- gotten himself excluded from the jury for inclusion in which he was being questioned by the prosecutor in the opening portion of his story!

There was only one way in which Goronsky could have made good on the position he articulates throughout the article, and that is by getting on that jury. And yet when given the chance to do so, and to carry out his critically-important civic duty as that rarest of creatures today-- an informed American juror-- he instead guarantees his exclusion by his smart-ass trumpeting of the fact that he would not be a pawn or cat's-paw for the state and its kept-court.

WHAT A WASTE. Based on the quality of his writing, this guy clearly could have managed to express himself honestly in voir dire while not painting himself as someone the prosecution would obviously never want on a jury.

Anyway, I want to point everyone to 'The Power Of The Jury'. Today more than ever this palladium of liberty needs to be understood, revered and deployed.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 8- In 1889, Montana becomes the 41st sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1895, Wilhelm Rontgen discovers the X-ray.  In 1923, Adolph Hitler and his Nazis attempt the unsuccessful 'Beer Hall Putsch' to overthrow the German government.  In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt unveils his 'Civil Works Administration' plan-- a expression of economic illiteracy ostensibly intended to fight the Great Depression by relieving unemployment, and projected (by the administration) to cost only $400 million.  After five months of having 4 million Americans essentially dig holes and fill them in again at a cost to the productive sector of a billion dollars, this boondoggle was abandoned, and the Roosevelt central planners moved on to others ways of prolonging the depression.  In 1966, former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first black United States Senator. 


Recent Video Contributions

Brian Wright and Dr. Greg Keilman offer some inspiration and uplift!

HERE ARE SOME MORE uplifting testimonials:

Don La Vigne, Tony Jackson, Todd Ryan, Forrest Anderson, John Gartner, Brian Harriss, Joe Black, Darren Williams, Arron Reeves, Jeremy Lee, Guy Placencio, Andrew MacTaggart, Joe H., Robert Harvey, Kennard van Camp, Greg Sutton, Tim Kendrick, Christine Schrock, Brady Ness, Barry Sullivan, George Luniv, Brian Farmer, Greg Belcher, Patrick Hart and Ryan Latila, Gary Meissner, Abbott Morgan, Val Smithson, Sandor Bors, Erik Segelstrom, The Mystery Lady, Matt Zelina, Ralph Romano, Rod Schimdt, Tom Romin, Glenn H., Ms. B., Paul Smith, Patrick Mooney, Derek Cushman, Brendan Trainor, James Lambert, Graham Zelt, John Arthur and Bill Henggeler. A very share-friendly compilation of some of these testimonials and comments can be found here.

 SO, WHERE'S YOUR VIDEO??!! See this for guidance.

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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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 9- In 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower have their first sight of the New World.  In 1688, William of Orange captures Exeter, a major step forward in the course of the 'Glorious Revolution'.   In 1872, a fire breaks out in Boston which goes on to consume 776 buildings over the next twelve hours. Unhindered by FEMA, the citizens quickly rebuild.  In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt takes the first official trip outside the USA of any sitting president (he travels to Panama to inspect progress on the Canal).  In 1918, the German Revolution forces the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II and declares a republic (ultimately, the Weimar Republic).  In 1938, 'Kristallnacht'-- a Nazi rampage against Germany's by-then-largely-disarmed Jewish population begins.  In 1965, Roger Allen LaPorte sets himself on fire in front of the United Nations building in protest of the Vietnam war.  In 1970, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a suit by Massachusetts against the U.S. Secretary of Defense over the drafting of citizens for service in an undeclared war (Vietnam).  In 1989, East Germany abandons efforts to prevent crossings into West Berlin.


Current Events And A Call To Action Or Two

My latest speaking schedule, and much more.

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.



What Is Paid For By The "Ignorance Tax"


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 hthttps://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:

November 10- In 1871, Stanley finds Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika.  In 1928, Knute Rockne asks the Notre Dame squad to "Win one for the Gipper!".  They do.  In 1940, Walt Disney begins serving as an FBI informant against "subversives" in Hollywood, according to at least one biographer-- the family disputes this, but he does go on to testify against some associates before the House Unamerican Activities Committee.  In 1969, 'Sesame Street' debuts.


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

NEW! Orders of twelve or more books now come with a free DVD containing six informative and inspiring videos-- 112 minutes in all. Click here for the details.


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.

YYou'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:

November 11-  In 1620, the Mayflower Compact is signed.  In 1864, Union General Wm. T. Sherman orders Atlanta burned to the ground.  In 1889, Washington becomes the 42nd sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1918, World War I ("The War to End All Wars") ends.  In 1926, U.S. Route 66 is established.


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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Torturer-in-Chief Turned Savior of Freedom?

by James Bovard

Former President George W. Bush gave a speech yesterday [Oct. 20, 2017] implicitly slamming President Donald Trump for dragging down democracy. Bush told political cronies and other attendees: “We are gathered in the cause of liberty this is a unique moment.” He assured listeners that freedom “should be the defining commitment of our country, and the hope of the world.” Bush invoked the “high ideals” of our nation, declaring, “We become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. Constitution.”

After the speech, much of the media exalted Bush as if he were the second coming of George Washington. Twitter showcased the spiel with an unusual summary in its “trending tweets” lineup - "George W. Bush gve a powerful speech on democracy, freedom, and American values."

If Bush had never been president, it would be easier to understand the adulation. But Bush was one of the most disastrous, authoritarian presidents in modern American history. Bush committed more abuses of power than could be recounted in anything less than a book. But there was one issue which should forever define Bush in Americans’ memory.

After the 9/11 attacks, Bush’s lawyers quickly assured him that the Constitution and federal law no longer constrained the president’s power. Bush proceeded to authorize the type of torture regime that civilized nations had formally abandoned hundreds of years earlier.


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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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 12- In 1912, the frozen bodies of the Scott expedition are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia becomes the first spacecraft to be launched twice.  In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee publishes the design of what becomes the World Wide Web.  In 2006, South Ossetia holds its second referendum to validate its 1991 declaration of independence from Georgia (the first one in 1992 having gone unrecognized by the international community).  95% of ethnic South Ossetians participated (66.2% of the population), and the vote was 99% in favor of independence.  The vote was monitored by observers from Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden and several other countries.  Nonetheless, most Western governments refuse to recognize this second affirmation of the will of the people either, in part because the government of Georgia refuses to do so.

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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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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


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-J-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


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"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


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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:

November 13- In 1916, Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes is expelled from his party (and post) over his support for conscription.  In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opens for traffic between New Jersey and New York.  In 2002, Iraq agrees to the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 concerning inspections for alleged "weapons of mass destruction", while maintaining that it is already in compliance with previous disarmament demands.  No such weapons were found by the inspection teams, but Iraq's alleged continued possession of these WMDs was nonetheless used as a pretext for the March 2003 invasion by the United States.  The WMDs have still not turned up...


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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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