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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 7 through August 20, 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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People, please...

On Raindrops And Fire-Hoses


Sorting out a hot item in the news...

Some Thoughts On Immigration Policy


What's happening and what needs to happen:

Current Events And An Action Call Or Two


Getting practical on a core issue:

Criminal Complaints Against False IR Creators


Time for some push-back...

Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Since you can't rely on the state to abide by the law...

The Fourth Amendment Enforcement Locker


Other Voices

'Brennan, Rice, Power-- Lock Them Up!' and 'Public Choice Theory is Crucial to Understanding the Criminal Justice System'


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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Your Comments



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Featured In This Update:

Prisoner Pathology


The FRP Hoax Lawsuit


A Complement To Rod Schmidt's IR Criminal Complaint Concept




Current Events


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:

August 14- In 1848, Oregon is organized as a United States territory.  In 1912, United States Marines invade Nicaragua in support of the puppet government installed by the U.S. in 1909 to ensure American firms' access to Nicaraguan resources.  In 1935, the United States Social Security Act is passed.  In 1980, Lech Walesa leads strikes at the shipyards in Gdansk, Poland.  In 2015, the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, re-opens after 54 years of abandonment during the United States effort to impoverish the Cuban population into submission.


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


They Can Handle Raindrops; We Need To Be A Fire-Hose

Keeping our candles under bushels until "____" is a gift to the schemers.

THE OTHER DAY I GOT AN EMAIL that said, in part: "Hello Pete, I will be sending you testimony for the victories I’ve accomplished since reading, and applying your book, but right at the moment I’m trying to deal with..." Here's a recent application for state group membership: "My wife and I live in Modesto. We have filed 3 years using the info from CTC. So far so good as far as Federal. However we received a..." Here's another: "I finally used your book after about 10 years. I waited until the day after tax day and I filed, I got the check about 2 months later from the IRS, but not the Ca. state, but this year I got the state refund..."

I get emails of this sort nearly every day. They are sent to ask a question or make a request or a comment, and the writer, from whom I have often never before heard, mentions in passing his or her victories over the years.

Here's the problem: A lot of good things that happen over the years are staying hidden in darkness, never being shared with others. At best these good things come out in dribs and drabs, which fall on the bad guys and their stonewall defense of the "ignorance tax" scheme with no more force than that of a gentle rain.

This is a terrible lost opportunity! In the aggregate, the dribs and drabs are much more than gentle raindrops, and that's how they need to fall! All together, in real time, all the time, in a torrent!!

THINK ABOUT HOW IT WOULD BE if every individual "raindrop" launched a YouTube channel and WordPress page on which he or she is as loud and as proud and as focused as possible in sharing CtC victories, CtC-educated activism and CtC-inspired resolution and confidence! Think about the effect of all those videos and written expressions making educated exposures, debunkings and denunciations of every sleazy schemer effort to distract, discourage and intimidate other Americans!

Imagine the results of every Google or Twitter or Facebook or Gab search for the phrase "income tax" or "CtC" drawing from a well in which those tens of thousands of statements and evidence occupy all the space they can.

Think of how much more effective I could be for being able to draw from all that wealth of resources to make a concentrated spear-point of evidence, inspiration, uplift and press releases. Those individual pages and videos and posts, and my concentration of them, can turn the tolerable rain falling on the enemies of the truth into the battle-winning, stonewall-destroying power of a fire-hose.

PLEASE, PEOPLE! Don't EVER keep victories to yourselves!

Post every victory, and every legal action you have initiated against the schemers (or their dupes-- see the article below) and shout about them as loudly as you can, as quickly as you can, in every way that you can and everywhere that you can. Share them with me so that I can do the same, and can aggregate them with others for ever-greater targeted effectiveness.

Never forget, all that is left to do on the "macro" side at this point is to awaken other Americans to the truth. Understand also that accomplishing that "macro" task will simultaneously win every "micro" contest.

"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

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Some Thoughts On Immigration

There are very good reasons for a conservative policy.


Current Events And An Action Call Or Two

What's happening and what needs to happen.

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.

I'LL BE SPEAKING IN SLIPPERY ROCK, PENNSYLVANIA on September 9. Contact Mike Green at (724) 992-8542 for more information.

ON OCTOBER 4, I'll be speaking to the Washtenaw County Libertarian Party, in Scio Twp., Michigan. Contact Jim Hudler at (734) 475-9792 for more information.

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 never 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.

SIGN THE PETITION YOU'LL FIND HERE. This one is addressed to Paul Ryan, in his capacity as Speaker of the House. If Ryan fails to act, it will be delivered to every member of Congress (and the media).

We will discover if any of these office-holders retain a shred of respect for the rule of law, and if so, who they are. Those whom we discover do not will go on the list of people needing to be shorn of their positions of trust and honor.

“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.

CtC WARRIOR ROD SCHMIDT has put together some good thoughts on the core element by which the "ignorance tax" scheme is implemented-- false "information returns". Preventing the blizzard of lies every winter would eliminate the need for filing for many folks, and would eliminate any of the balkiness by tax agencies that occasionally makes things difficult for those having to file to reclaim improperly withheld money.

Rod has crafted a simple complaint template and offered some thinking on how to use it. Rod readily admits that some of the implementation-advice may need tweaking as the procedure is deployed and more is learned, but this seems to me a very good and virtuous effort at producing something with which people can get started, and any needed refinements can be identified.

Initiating Criminal Prosecution of the Signer of a False W-2 or 1099 Form

by Rod Schmidt

We in the CtC-educated community are aware that someone who signs a W-2 or 1099 form falsely stating that you had "wages" or "income" as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, when you did not in fact receive such wages or income, has committed a crime.  But how do you report that crime?

This process is still in the early stages of development. To our knowledge, no one has yet attempted to initiate criminal proceedings against the signer of a false W-2 or 1099 that overstates "taxable income."


To swear out a Criminal Complaint you will need an Affidavit (or equivalently a Declaration, see 28 USC 1746) stating the facts that you know of your personal knowledge -- events that you have personally witnessed. Traditionally this went straight to a judge or magistrate (although in recent decades the common-law process has been corrupted to include gatekeepers to screen out politically inconvenient complaints) and so I would send one original to a Federal District Court judge and one to a State County/Circuit/Superior Court judge (they have different names in different states).

Also send one to the FBI and one to the IRS' CID (Criminal Investigation Division) and for good measure one to the City police and one to the County Sheriff in the city and county where the criminal lives, and one to the state police. AND I would send one by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested and Restricted Delivery and Signature Confirmation to "Grand Jury Foreman" at the address where the Federal Grand Jury meets, while they're in session AND the same for the State/County's Grand Jury Foreman.

The purpose of all that mail rigamarole is to get past the crooked attorney whose job is to try to control the information that gets to the grand jury so that certain people committing certain types of crimes will never be held accountable. I have a feeling (based on my reading) that the attorney would not honestly present your Declaration to the grand jury.

If I knew more, I would perhaps recommend a smaller list.

I said "one original" to each of these people. A photocopy is not good enough; it must have your wet ink signature. Preferably in color so it doesn't look like a photocopy. There can be "duplicate originals" or "multiple originals." As long as it has your wet ink signature on it, it's an original. (The phrase "original copy" is an oxymoron; don't use it or you yourself will sound like a moron.)

I would also include a brief explaining the law that was broken, and whatever official forms these people want, as, for example here. But all those things are of secondary importance, and if your materials are deficient then you will most likely be told what else is needed. Of primary importance is your affidavit or declaration setting forth facts of which you have personal knowledge, that constitute a crime.

I guarantee that the FACTS are the engine that moves everything, and specifically a SWORN STATEMENT (under penalty of perjury) made of your PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE of events that you have PERSONALLY WITNESSED. (So it's not enough to say "he violated my Constitutional rights" nor to quote laws nor to talk about things you haven't seen.)

You can get in front of a State or Federal court judge by finding out their "Ex Parte Days." Ex parte means from one Party to the dispute, in other words From One Side. For example, Ex Parte might be held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.  Everybody who has Ex Parte type business stands in line in the courtroom, and the judge hears them one at a time. When it's your turn, announce your name and say "I have a criminal complaint and here is my Declaration." You will be invited to hand it to the bailiff who will deliver it to the judge who will read it and ask questions and tell you if you need to do anything else.

Or you can show up at a courthouse and attend a trial or arraignment or whatever business is going on that day (check first to find out when anything is happening), and when it's over and everybody's getting ready to leave you stand up and say, "Your Honor, I have a criminal complaint, and here is my Declaration." Then the judge will either read it or tell you what to do.

Alternatively, phone up the Court Administrator (every court should have one, it's basically the clerks' boss with the job of making sure everything runs smoothly) and ask how to get in front of a judge. Maybe you can make an office appointment.

I suppose the easy way is to mail it to a judge. Ordinary first class mail should be good enough here, as you won't be trying to get around a crooked gatekeeper. Again, if there's something else you are supposed to do you will get a letter back.

You could go to a (state or federal) Court Clerk and try to file it. I don't think clerks accept criminal complaints from the public but I would love to be wrong.

BTW, you may say that this isn't worth doing because the judges and officials will do nothing. But -- first, you may be surprised. Some judge may issue an arrest warrant, or some agency may start an investigation, or the pile of ignored crime reports may mount up to the point where a new challenger for the office of District Attorney can make this a campaign issue: "look, this DA is soft on crime, look at all these crime reports that are still in limbo!"

At a minimum, you will be educating everyone who comes into contact with these Declarations (not only the officials themselves but also their staff members) about the CtC issues -- and about corruption, if they personally witness crime reports being ignored or buried or otherwise not treated the same as other crime reports.

In any event, you should report crime-- not because you expect any particular outcome, but because it is the right thing to do.

"Let Justice be done, though the Heavens fall!"


DECLARATION OF ____________ (your name)


  1. On ___/___/_____ (date), I received in the mail a W-2 or 1099 form (hereafter referred to as the "False Form") signed by __________________ (hereafter, the "Accused"). A true copy of the False Form is attached as Exhibit A. 

  2. The False Form reports that I had and received income tax-relevant gains in the form of "wages" or otherwise, in the amount of $_______.___.  

  3. However, the said number on the False Form is false as I had not engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s). 

  4. I never gave the Accused any reason to believe (for example by saying so) that I had engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s). 

  5. I am unaware of any reason that the Accused might have to believe that I had engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s). 

  6. To the best of my knowledge, the Accused has no reason to believe that I had engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s).

  7. [Check box and fill in date if applicable:] (___) On ___/___/_____ (date) I obtained from the Accused a copy of the corresponding Form W-3 or Form 1096 with which the False Form was transmitted to the government. A true copy of the said Form W-3 or Form 1096 is attached as Exhibit B.

  8. [Check box and fill in date if applicable:] (___) On ___/___/_____ (date) I notified the Accused that I had not engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s), and I asked the Accused to retract or correct the False Form, and the Accused refused to retract or correct the False Form.

  9. The Accused willfully signed a Form W-2 or 1099 containing false numbers. Therefore, the Accused has committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a): "[W]hoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years[.]"

  10. [Check box and fill in date if applicable:] (___) On ___/___/_____ (date) I asked the Accused whether the Accused is a Federal officer, agent or employee, and received an answer in the negative. 

  11. To the best of my knowledge, the Accused is not a Federal officer, agent or employee.

  12. The Accused signed and uttered a Form W-2 or 1099 { (___) and a Form W-3 or 1096 } without being a Federal officer, agent or employee. Therefore, the Accused has committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 912: "Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

  13. The Accused signed and uttered a Form W-2 or 1099 { (___) and a Form W-3 or 1096 } without believing that I had engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s) -- and without believing that the Accused is a Federal officer, agent or employee. Therefore, the Accused has committed a violation of 26 U.S.C § 7206(1): "Any person who—Willfully makes and subscribes any return, statement, or other document, which contains or is verified by a written declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury, and which he does not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter; ... shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution."


Every Federal income tax (including corporate income taxes, the U.S. Individual Income Tax, Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes) is an excise. See the U.S. Supreme Court case of Brushaber vs. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 240 U.S. 1; House Congressional Record March 27th 1943, page 2580; "Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Federal Income Tax" (C.R.S. Report for Congress 92-303A (1992)).

An excise is a tax on the exercise of a government-granted privilege. See American Airways v. Wallace, 57 F.2d 877,880; Flint v. Stone Tracy Co., 220 U.S> 107 (1911); Nicol v. Ames, 173 U.S. 509 (1899); United States v. County of Allegheny, 322 U.S. 174 (1944). Such exercises constitute taxable activities.

"Wages" relevant to the income tax are those paid to employees of the United States or United  States possessions, territories agencies or instrumentalities, or to officers of United States corporations. See 26 U.S.C. §§ 3121(a) and 3401(a); Rowan Cos. v. United States, 452 US 247 (1981). Only payments which meet the foregoing specifications are to be made on Forms W-2 and W-3, see 26 U.S.C. § 6051. Hence, only someone acting as an officer or employee under the authority of the United States can actually make such payments, and/or report or declare of personal knowledge that such payments have been made, as is done by way of Forms W-2 and W-3, and to claim to have made such payments is to claim to be such an officers or employee.

"Non-employee compensation" or other payments relevant to the income tax and appropriately reported on Forms 1099 and 1096 are those paid by someone engaged in the performance of the functions of a United States public office. See 26 U.S.C. §§ 6041 and 7701(a)(26). Hence, only someone acting as an officer or employee under the authority of the United States can actually make such payments, and/or report or declare of personal knowledge that such payments have been made, as is done by way of Forms 1099 and 1096, and to claim to have made such payments is to claim to be such an officers or employee.

Since the income tax is an excise, imposed on gains resulting from the conduct of taxable activities, and since the Accused had no reason to believe I had engaged in any taxable activities in connection with the receipt of the reported payment(s), and since the Accused knew and believed him/herself to not be a Federal officer, agent or employee, it follows that the Accused has knowingly and willfully signed a false statement of fact, and acted as a Federal officer, without believing that all the material elements are true, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a), 26 U.S.C § 7206(1), 18 U.S.C. § 912.

(___) Executed without the United States. I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

(___)  Executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths. I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed on ___/___/_____ (date).



Nice work, Rod! I hope everyone victimized by false IRs make use of your work and become part of the torrent.

Btw, I think a valuable precursor to filing a criminal complaint for the reasons described above would be to furnish the errant payer/IR-creator with something like this, and then, after a suitable interval, to ask for corrections to any false forms received (as was anticipated by Rod in item 8 of his Declaration template).

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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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 15- In 1914, the Panama Canal opens to traffic.  In 1945, Japan surrenders to the Allies, ending World War II.  In 1947, India gains independence from the United Kingdom.  In 1948, Korea is formally divided into North and South.  In 1960, the Republic of  the Congo declares independence from France.  In 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival begins.  In 1971, Richard Nixon repudiates the Bretton Woods agreement to redeem Federal Reserve Notes in gold for foreign investors. 


Virtues Of The Income Tax

by Gregory Sutton, Contributor

SO, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why the American people would go through the trials and tribulations of a Constitutional Amendment to revive the income tax in 1913? Nothing else like that has ever been done in American history.

The answer(s) will surprise those unfamiliar with the tax as it is actually written and as it actually applies. Those folks imagine the tax revived by the 16th Amendment to be the ugly thing with which they grew up-- government hands in the pockets of every productive man and woman, as though our grandparents in the early 20th century had been barking mad and had authorized an unapportioned capitation.

Educated readers, who know that the tax is actually an excise by which private profits from the use of public resources are tapped for the public's benefit, will have no problem understanding our wise ancestors. They know that no small, limited republican government should be without this stupendous revenue production tool.

WHETHER IT IS USED continuously or only when exigencies suggest it, the actual income excise on the books has attributes which far out weigh any negatives. Let's look at a few of those attributes:

  1. The income excise is one of the easiest to collect taxes ever devised. Nearly all privileged occurrences, events, activities, uses or exercises which trigger the tax occur “in-house”, within the full purview of the privilege’s benefactor. The cost of collection is therefore amongst the lowest of any tax.

  2. The income excise exhibits qualities of elasticity rivaled by only the excises on addictive commodities. Elasticity refers to the lack of a reaction, either reflected by a reduction in overall sales of a taxed commodity or by increased subterfuge directed towards avoidance, when tax rates are raised. The success of the surtax of 1864 is a good example of this elasticity. Again, the “in-house” quality of the tax makes avoidance nearly impossible, no matter how high tax rates climb. Of course, high tax rates may discourage those leaning towards a career in the public service to instead get an untaxed real job in the private sector.

  3. The income excise, when properly enforced and administered, has very little negative effect on the private sector economy. What it does effect is that sphere of political privilege we’ll call the federal economy. The tax annually returns to the federal treasury a portion of what was earned as a result of the exercise of a federally granted privilege, however accomplished or for whatever reason, during a preceding annual period, for, basically, the privilege of reaping personal financial gain at the expense of the public purse or powers. Graduation of the rates of the tax are merely a reflection of the quantity of the reaping, and are akin to paying a higher price for good seats at the theater.

  4. The income excise provides much desired transparency and regulation for the highly mistrusted denizens of the political class. The Civil War income duty statutes even went so far as to make income tax returns open for public inspection. The politicos whined so loudly over this transparency that it was eventually removed.

  5. The income excise provides an annual sobering reminder to the federal political class that they are but privileged servants of the people, wherein the property they receive in exchange for the powers or privileges they exercise is the measure of a tax for doing what they have to take a sworn oath to do as a member of that political class. The oath contractually formalizes the actors receipt of political powers or privileges. His obligation (duty) to return a portion of his income derived from privileges back to the benefactor of those privileges, when called upon to do so, is presumed to be part of the deal.


No wonder Blackstone reported in his Commentaries that the income excise was regarded as “highly popular taxation.” Not popular, obviously, amongst the political class and its cronies being regulated by and paying the tax, but certainly popular amongst those in the non-taxpayer, private sector, free market, rights-exercising class reaping the benefits of the tax as listed above, with the added possible benefit of lower taxes on commodities, imports or land because the income excise is so productive.

John Sinclair, in his 1785 history of public finance in Britain, recommends that the income duty be one of the perpetual extraordinary excises used to finance the British government. Good call, Sir John.

The income duty served American interests very well also, from its 1862 inception until the misapplication scheme began in the early 1940s. It's long past time we set things back as they are meant to be on our side of the pond, and resume the benefits here in America of this truly extraordinary excise.

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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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 16- In 1780, the British defeat the revolutionary Americans at Camden, South Carolina.  In 1841, John Tyler vetoes a bill attempting to re-establish the Second Bank of the United States (which had been de-funded 8 years prior by Andrew Jackson).  Hamiltonians rioted, but to no avail.  In 1954, the 3.5-million-word IRC of 1954 replaces the far more transparent 1939 version as the official prima facie evidence of the underlying revenue laws of the United States.  In 1955, yours truly is born (alright, not such a significant anniversary, but what the heck...).    In 1977, Elvis Presley dies from a drug overdose.  In 2010, China becomes the world's second-largest economy.



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...


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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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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. p>

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:

August 17- In 1945, George Orwell's Animal Farm is first published.  In 1960, Gabon gains independence from France.  In 1982, the first CDs hit the stores.  In 1998, Bill Clinton admits to having had an "improper relationship" with Monica Lewinski, and to having "misled people" about the affair.


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

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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.



True American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories For Liberty And The Rule Of Law

...as every American should...

EDUCATED AMERICAN GROWN-UP JOE BLACK has stood up and acted to enforce the law upon its domestic enemies-- or, at least, upon agencies of the state whose operators seem to happily exploit ignorance and mis-apply the law at every chance for their personal benefit. Get inspired and encouraged by Joe's video sharing his spirit, his testimony and the acknowledgements he has secured:

Find more testimonial videos here, and please, people, share these around as widely as you can. To learn what, how and why to share your own testimony (with or without mere practical victories to go along with the far more important spiritual victories that are the real heart of CtC), click here.

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Two Simple Questions For Every Silent "Alt-Media" Journalist

The silence of these folks is the liberation bottleneck. Maybe this'll help, if enough people ask...

HERE'S A SIMPLE QUESTION: The income tax is, and always has been, an excise tax on privilege. This is established beyond any controversy whatever by repeated Supreme Court rulings, the words of the related laws, and, since 2003, by hundreds of thousands of acknowledgements by federal and state tax agencies.

You, like most folks, have been fooled into inadvertently agreeing that your economic activities are exercises of privilege, thereby allowing the tax to be applied to your earnings. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

HERE'S ANOTHER SIMPLE QUESTION: You and everyone else being fooled into agreeing that your economic activities are privileged and thereby allowing them to be taxed is what enables the flow of wealth that finances all the bad things done by the state of which you complain in every column. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

I GUESS THESE ACTUALLY LEAD TO A THIRD SIMPLE QUESTION: If you really feel that all these things of which you complain are so bad, why are you not helping more Americans understand the true nature of the tax and the ill effects of it being misunderstood and misapplied?


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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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?


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating Anniversaries:

August 18- In 1587, Virginia Dare becomes the first child of English ancestry born on American soil.  In 1909, Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokyo, presents 2,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C..  President Taft has them planted along the Potomac.  In 2008, the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharaf, resigns upon being faced with impeachment.


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.

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-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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-James Madison

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Brennan, Rice, Powers-- Lock 'Em Up!

by David Stockman

We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide—-so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial exoneration is dangerously beside the point.

We are referring here to the unrelenting witch hunt that has been unleashed by Imperial Washington against the legitimately elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. This campaign of lies, leaks and Russophobia is the handiwork of Obama’s top national security advisors, who blatantly misused Washington’s surveillance apparatus to discredit Trump and to effectively nullify America’s democratic process.

That is, constitutional protections and liberties were systematically breached, but not simply to intimidate, hush or lock up citizens one by one as per the standard totalitarian modus operandi. Instead, what has happened is that the entire public debate has been hijacked by the shadowy forces of the Deep State and their partisan and media collaborators.

The enabling culprits are Obama’s last CIA director, John Brennan, his national security advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power. There is now mounting evidence that it was they who illegally “unmasked” NSA intercepts from Trump Tower; they who confected the Russian meddling narrative from behind the protective moat of classified intelligence; and they who orchestrated a systematic campaign of leaks and phony intelligence reports during the presidential transition—-all designed to delegitimize Trump before he even took the oath of office.

So all three of them should be locked­up—-that’s for sure. But the more urgent solution would be to unlock and make public all the innuendo, surmises, assessments, half-truths and boilerplate intelligence chatter on which the entire false narrative about Russian meddling and collusion is based.


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Public Choice Theory is Crucial to Understanding the Criminal Justice System

by Radley Balko

Nancy MacLean’s new book, “Democracy in Chains,” is causing a lot of controversy. In the book, MacLean, a well-regarded and award-winning historian at Duke University, takes on the late libertarian economist and Nobel laureate James Buchanan, one of the originators of public choice theory. The book has been enthusiastically praised by outlets such as NPR, New Republic, Slate and the Atlantic.

It has also been roundly criticized by libertarians (though not just libertarians) for a number of reasons, including MacLean’s misleading (often deceptive) use of quotations, her conspiratorial tone and tendency to draw links that don’t exist, her fundamental misunderstanding of her subject matter, her sourcing that at times directly contradicts her assertions, and her tendency to assign sinister motivations to her source material.

I’ll leave the in-depth criticism of the book itself to others. Instead, I want to delve into public choice theory itself, explain the influence it has had on my own work and explain why it’s so important to the issues we cover here at The Watch. Before I do, I’ll go ahead and note that I identify as a libertarian. I’ll also disclose that prior to my work here at The Washington Post and previously at the Huffington Post, I worked for Reason magazine and the Cato Institute, two organizations commonly affiliated with the Koch family, one of the targets of MacLean’s book. I also know and have worked with some of the people MacLean targets in her book. /p>

It was during my time at Cato that I was first exposed to the public choice work of Buchanan and Gordon Tullock. Generally speaking, public choice theory is the use of economic tools to analyze political behavior. One of the most important findings from the field is that when people work for the government, they don’t always act in the public interest. In fact, they are more likely to act in their own interest.


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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 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:

August 19- In 1919, Afghanistan gains independence from the United Kingdom.  In 1934, Hitler's office as Fϋhrer of Germany is approved by 89.9% of the electorate.  In 1953, the CIA succeeds in overthrowing the recently elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and re-installing the brutally repressive but more United-States-compliant dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlavi.  In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest by members of his administration attempting to thwart the collapse of the Soviet Union.  In 2005, the first ever joint military exercise by Russia and China begins.  In 2010, a token portion of United States troops leave Iraq under the pretense that the U.S. was de-occupying the devastated country and allowing it to resume self-determination.  Actually, vast numbers of United States mercenary and uniformed forces remained in the conquered country (at least 50,000).

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

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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"


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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'?"


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 20- In 1866, the War of Northern Aggression is formally declared to be at an end.  In 1920, the first commercial radio station, (WWJ in Detroit, Michigan) begins broadcasting.  In 1938, Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd grand slam homerun.  In 1969, the Beatles share a recording studio as a group for the last time.  In 1991, Estonia seceded from the Soviet Union.  In 1998, Bill Clinton, hoping to distract public attention from the Lewinski scandal, launches cruise missiles at al Qaida encampments in Afghanistan, and a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.


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"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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