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Current Events and Continuing Education for July 10 through July 23, 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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Crimes are being committed, so let's call the tax fraud what it is:



The parade of real American heroes goes on

Victory After Victory After Victory After Victory...


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

'The Fraud of the White Helmets'


Setting 'em straight:

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


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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


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Featured In This Update:



An Inescapably-Telling Victory


Debunking the "RoE" Scam


Regarding Daft And Despicable Deniers


Regarding State Group Membership


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


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

- Thomas Paine

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

If CtC were actually right,

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

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


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



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 17- In 1794, sixteen Carmelite nuns are guillotined by the Jacobins during the waning days of the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France.  In 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his family and retainers are murdered by the Bolsheviks.  In 1955, Disneyland opens.  In 1996, TWA flight 800 mysteriously explodes off the coast of Log Island, resulting in the deaths of all 230 aboard.  In 1997, Woolworth's closes its last store, after 117 years in business.  In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over eastern Ukraine, apparently by the leaders of the United States-fomented coup which overthrew the elected government of Ukraine the previous February. The attack may have been a hit on the wrong plane in an effort to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who was travelling the same route around the same time.


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



The process of overthrowing, destroying, or corrupting. Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed.

IN 1916 THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT definitively settled all questions concerning the meaning and effect of the then-recently adopted 16th Amendment. Its unanimous ruling, in Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR. Co., 240 U.S. 1, reaffirms an already-well-established chain of Supreme Court rulings that the income tax is and always has been an excise (privilege) tax.

The Brushaber court makes clear that the tax remains an excise after the 16th Amendment and that in no way whatever does the amendment authorize a non-apportioned direct tax, confused notions of plaintiff Frank Brushaber to the contrary notwithstanding:

"We are of opinion, however, that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the 16th Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation; that is, a power to levy an income tax which, although direct, should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption will be made clear by generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support it...”

Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916)

After generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support the erroneous conclusion that the 16th Amendment provides for a power to levy an income tax which is both direct and not subject to the regulation of apportionment, the Brushaber court goes on to point out that the very suggestion of a non-apportioned direct tax is crazy, because that would cause:

“...one provision of the Constitution [to] destroy another; that is, [it] would result in bringing the provisions of the Amendment [supposedly] exempting a direct tax from apportionment into irreconcilable conflict with the general requirement that all direct taxes be apportioned."


The purpose and effect of the 16th amendment, the court says, is merely the over-ruling of a mistaken 1895 decision that when applied to dividends and rent, taxation must be viewed by light of the personal-property sources from which those particular gains are derived. Based on that faulty reasoning, the 1895 court had held that even the then-33-year-old income tax, when applied to such gains, must be treated as a property tax requiring apportionment.

The Brushaber court's ruling that the income tax remains an excise and non-apportioned direct taxes remain prohibited is subsequently reaffirmed and recognized as the law of the land in every particular by repeated Supreme Courts and by legislative, executive and private legal professional experts over and over again down through the decades since, as is shown in this modest sampling of instances:

“[B]y the [Brushaber] ruling, it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation, but simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged, and being placed in the category of direct taxation subject to apportionment by a consideration of the sources from which the income was derived -- that is, by testing the tax not by what it was, a tax on income, but by a mistaken theory deduced from the origin or source of the income taxed.”

Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 U.S. 103 (1916);

"If [a] tax is a direct one, it shall be apportioned according to the census or enumeration. If it is a duty, impost, or excise, it shall be uniform throughout the United States. Together, these classes include every form of tax appropriate to sovereignty. Cf. Burnet v. Brooks, 288 U. S. 378, 288 U. S. 403, 288 U. S. 405; Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U. S. 1, 240 U. S. 12."

Steward Machine Co. v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 301 U.S. 548 (1937);

"In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., Mr. C. J. White, upholding the income tax imposed by the Tariff Act of 1913, construed the Amendment as a declaration that an income tax is "indirect," rather than ... an exception to the rule that direct taxes must be apportioned."

Harvard Law Review, 29 Harv. L. Rev., p. 536 (1915-1916);

"The income tax ... is an excise tax with respect to certain activities and privileges which is measured by reference to the income which they produce. The income is not the subject of the tax; it is the basis for determining the amount of tax.” ... "[T]he amendment made it possible to bring investment income within the scope of the general income-tax law, but did not change the character of the tax. It is still fundamentally an excise or duty..."

House Congressional Record, March 27, 1943, p. 2580, testimony of former Treasury Department legislative draftsman F. Morse Hubbard;

"The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice White, first noted that the Sixteenth Amendment did not authorize any new type of tax, nor did it repeal or revoke the tax clauses of Article I of the Constitution, quoted above. Direct taxes were, notwithstanding the advent of the Sixteenth Amendment, still subject to the rule of apportionment…"

Report No. 80-19A, 'Some Constitutional Questions Regarding the Federal Income Tax Laws' by Howard M. Zaritsky, Legislative Attorney of the American Law Division of the Library of Congress (1979).

The income tax is an excise, and non-apportioned direct taxes are Constitutionally-prohibited. This is the thoroughly settled law of the land, and every institution of government knows it.

HOWEVER, STARTING IN THE EARLY 1940s, the United States and many state governments stealthily launch a scheme to exploit what had by then become widespread public confusion about the nature of the tax (due to the diligent dis-information efforts of Progressives intent on implementing this scheme). The object of the scheme is the birth, care and feeding of an unrestrained Leviathan state, in defiance of the Constitution.

The scheme consists of two elements. The first is the nurturing of a myth that the 16th Amendment DOES authorize a direct tax (thus, one on "all that comes in", rather than only on privilege-related gains to which excise taxes are inherently confined) without the apportionment requirement.

The second element of the "ignorance tax" scheme is the establishment of a tax-related paperwork structure that induces people not involved in privilege-related activities to unknowingly mischaracterize their gains as though they are. This creates a legal pretext for collecting the income tax as the excise that it is, but where it does not objectively apply.

Between them the two elements of the scheme facilitate the wide and largely un-resisted misapplication of the tax, and that's just what was thoroughly underway by 1945. A river of wealth began flowing into Washington and about three dozen state capitals.

WITHIN TEN YEARS of the "ignorance tax" scheme being proven effective the remarkably clear and truth-revealing 1939 Internal Revenue Code is (otherwise inexplicably) replaced in its entirety as official evidence of the law by a 1954 version that is a masterful exercise in obfuscation. Within twenty-five years more, federal judges at the district and appellate court levels begin systematically lying about the Brushaber court ruling and the actual nature of the income tax:

“[T]he income tax is a direct tax,... See Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.., 240 U.S. 1, 19, 36 S.Ct. 236, 242, 60 L.Ed. 493 (1916) (the purpose of the Sixteenth Amendment was to take the income tax "out of the class of excises, duties and imposts and place it in the class of direct taxes")."

United States v. Francisco, 614 F.2d 617 (8th Cir. 1980)

“The Supreme Court promptly determined in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Ry. Co.., 240 U.S. 1, 36 S.Ct. 236, 60 L.Ed. 493 (1916), that the sixteenth amendment provided the needed constitutional basis for the imposition of a direct non-apportioned income tax.”

Parker v. Comm'r, 724 F.2d 469 (5th Cir. 1984)

“For seventy-five years, the Supreme Court has recognized that the sixteenth amendment authorizes a direct nonapportioned tax..., see Brushaber v. Union Pac. R.R., , 240 U.S. 1, 12-19, 36 S.Ct. 236, 239-42, 60 L.Ed. 493 (1916).”

United States v. Collins, 920 F.2d 619 (10th Cir. 1990)

WOW! These lies-- by panels of actual US appellate court judges, in actual rulings by which actual Americans suffered actual and substantial harm-- are grossly, egregiously and staggeringly criminal, and so glaringly false as to raise the specter of dementia. This is the sort of behavior that should land these judges in prison, if not facilities for the criminally insane.

These lies are also fundamentally despotic in nature and purpose. This fact is ironically underscored by the 1984 date of the Parker ruling quoted above.

Like the other judicial lies about Brushaber and its law-of-the-land ruling concerning the nature of the income tax and the ongoing Constitutional prohibition of any kind of non-apportioned direct tax, the Parker court's falsehoods seek to exploit a dynamic George Orwell insightfully explained in his book, 1984: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." The object of all the judicial lies is to enable the perpetuation of the "ignorance tax" scheme by corruptly falsifying history.

All told, the behavior exposed above is nothing less than subversion. These judges-- and their present-day mimics, co-conspirators and enablers-- were and are oath-breaking enemies of the Constitution, engaged in a deliberate and sustained assault on the rule of law in America.

An in-depth but concise discussion of the assault, with evidence, details as to its reasons and effects, and links to further information, can be found at losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf. It will make electrifyingly clear just what is and has been going on.

A video of a presentation of this material which I made on Sunday, July 16, 2017 to a small gathering of activists can be seen here.

A call to action

CLEARLY, THE MERE AIRING OF THESE CRIMES 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 Jeff Sessions to immediately convene grand juries and seek indictments of every IRS apparatchik and DOJ Tax Division attorney making arguments or assertions echoing or reflecting the lies about the income tax exposed above, and of any and all officials who attempt to hinder, obstruct or disable this process. I don't know the specific charges which would be appropriate in either case, but I'm sure the clever folks at the DOJ can think of plenty.

If AG Sessions fails to act, I call on President Trump to immediately replace him with an Attorney General with greater respect for the rule of law, and to add Mr. Sessions to the list of those against whom indictments are sought./p>

I call on Paul Ryan to immediately convene impeachment proceedings against every single judge at every level of the Article I and III judiciary who has participated in this subversion of the law and the infliction of associated harm upon any litigant or defendant.

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 this demand for action.

Append this article to an introductory note and a demand for action, and mail it to Sessions, 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.



P. S. An order for a book arrived at the house last week accompanied by a note in which this is said:

"I am so glad there are Americans like you still. I am new to USA I been here for 5 years, and I love the country. The reason I love it cause I love the constitution of it and the real concept of being American a truly freeman that was the intent of the founder father.

In addition, it does shock me the American people just having fun, going from party to another and getting more ignorant about their basic rights.

I came from North Africa, and the way I see this country going is worse than where I am coming from.

Back home everyone know there is corruption but here people still believe America is the land of the free while you can't keep your own earnings, you can't even do what you want on your own land, they changed all the rights to be privileges with permissions and licenses.

I am wonder how people do not see it, I am 32 years old and been here only 5 years and its clear to me as the sun clear to me in the sunniest day ever.

I hope they will wake up before it is too late."

I hope so, too. The blatantly obvious crimes laid out above amount to a serious wake-up call if ever there was one.

So, seriously. Make some serious noise about it.

I know that I have issued many calls for such activism over the years. Some of you may have grown a bit weary of hearing them, and frustrated because though the ranks of the educated and activated continue to steadily grow, the explosion of awareness we need remains elusive despite these prior calls for action.

I am very sympathetic to such frustrations; in fact no one suffers from them more than I do. But I want you all to consider this: Communicating merely the truth about the tax as a legal matter is a challenge.

The problem is simple and obvious. However unmistakable the evidence that can be presented to anyone willing to sit and study it for some time, and think about it for an even longer time, that study and contemplation is necessary.

Even showing the evil but complicated fraudulent behavior of the IRS in such things as the "frivolous penalty hoax" and other institutional efforts to evade or discourage the truth, is hard, for the same reasons.

Generally the only people who will devote such study and attention to a subject are those already inclined toward what it is they are being shown. Those who are not will afford the teacher a few minutes, and nothing more. Only one out of ten not already inclined will invest as needed to learn what is being taught.

But this revelation of executive and judicial corruption needs only twenty minutes of reading to be glaringly clear, and its implications concerning matters keenly of interest to every American leap out.

This material represents a break-out opportunity. Purge yourself of all jaundice and jade, and send this post (here is a permanent url) to EVERYONE.

 P. P. S. Take note: There is no body of flat-out desperate lies of the sort described above deployed in defense of any other government thing. That is because nothing else is remotely as much the source of, and vital to, Leviathan's power and health.

Only the income tax scheme is supported with falsifications like these, because it is the income tax scheme that IS the source of, and vital to, Leviathan's power and health.

Understand this, and communicate this: The income tax scheme is Leviathan's "One Ring". When it is unmade, Leviathan's evil power collapses, and the Founders' limited republic is restored.

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Victory After Victory After Victory After Victory

The parade of real American heroes upholding the law and helping prove the truth about the tax marches on.

GEORGE & DEBI PAPP get us rolling this week with their latest accomplishment on behalf of the rule of law-- a nice federal victory for 2016. These real American grown-ups filed this return, claiming the return of everything withheld from them last year, promptly resulting in this complete refund:


JOHN BRENNAN shares his latest complete refund-- everything that had been withheld from him and given to Michigan during 2016:

Here is the filing that secured John's new victory for the law.


RICHARD A.'s new victory posted this week is also a complete refund from Michigan of all 2016 withholdings:


Here is the filing that produced Richard's second complete refund in as many months.


DEAN MALONE shares his newly-arrived federal victory for 2016:

Click here to see the return which produced this victory-in-progress, in which the United States has acknowledged that Dean had no "wages" or other "income", but lies about how much had been withheld and is therefore owed back to him. See Dean's return for the correct number, and see this redacted W-2---- a copy of which was sent to the United States by the company that did the withholding-- for corroberation of Dean's claim. Based on its bizarre falsehood about the amount withheld, the US is pretending it has a right to keep around $3K of Dean's money.

Unlike other such victories-in-progress, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to the selection of how much of Dean's money to which the feds are trying to cling. (Usually in this kind of effort the venal feds try to hang on to everything withheld as the FICA surtaxes which would have applied if the victim's earnings had actually qualified as "wages" under the tax law definitions. This isn't done for any legitimate reason, of course, but simply in the hope people will be unaware that if one had no "wages" subject to the normal tax, then one had no "wages" subject to the surtaxes.)p>

It is true that Dean listed the FICA withholdings in inappropriate places on his return (see here and here). But even that offers no rationale or pretext for the feds trying to stiff him, and particularly not for an amount which equals neither the Social security tax withheld, nor the Medicare tax withheld, nor both combined. The amount the feds are trying to keep appears to have been just made up out of thin air.

Also interesting here is that even while attempting their petty theft, the feds dutifully added the interest owed to Dean on the amount they DID return to him, having taken more than 45 days to issue even that partial refund.


FINALLY, TONY CARRION shares his first victory-- a complete refund of everything paid-in during 2016 against the possibility that any of Tony's earning would prove to have been "income" subject to tax:


Here is Tony's return.

WELL DONE, Everyone!!

But watch out for that robot... I think it's going to explode!!

HATS OFF to George and Debi, John, Richard, Dean and Tony! Gotta love these heroic Americans who have stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law-- something desperately needed from everyone.

The new victories of these good people join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each one is another critical step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

I say to all these wonderful folks, "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!"

Say! 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!

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

-Mohandas Gandhi

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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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 18- In 1925, Adolph Hitler publishes 'Mein Kampf'.  In 1942, the German military test flies the first jet-engine aircraft.  In 1962, Intel is founded.  In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy takes a drunken drive off a bridge.  Freeing himself from the sinking vehicle, he leaves his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown.


Virtues Of The Income Tax

by Gregory Sutton, Contributor

SOSO, 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 capitationa>.

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:

July 19- In 1588, the Spanish Armada is sighted in the English Channel.  In 1979, the Sandinistas overthrow the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua.  In 1990, Pete Rose is sentenced to five months imprisonment for tax evasion.  In 2007, the Dow Jones closes above 14,000 for the first time ever.



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://vimeo.com/175424277.


Regarding Trolleries

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



FOFOR 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.

Click here for the rest of this articlea>

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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.p>

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:

July 20- In 1903, Ford Motor Co. ships its first car.  In 1945, Congress ratifies the Bretton Woods agreement, making the U.S. dollar (still redeemable on demand in gold for foreign holders at $35 to the ounce) the reserve currency of the modern world.  In 2003, two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice, France.  In 2012, a gunman opens fire in a theater in Aurora, Colorado during a showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises', killing 12 and injuring 58.  The theater chosen was the only one in the area with a posted policy prohibiting weapons the only one in the area with a posted policy of prohibiting weapons, thereby ensuring that unlike people in other theaters in the area, several of which were closer to the gunman's home, and were showing the same film, the victims of the attack would be unable to defend themselves. (The gunman entered through an emergency exit, thus evading the detection of his weapons.)  In 2015, The United States abandoned its 50-year-long campaign to oust the government of Fidel Castro from Cuba by embargo, a policy which trampled on the rights of Americans and impoverished generations of Cubans, all for nothing (actually, not quite for nothing-- the policy prevented the kind of engagement between Cubans and Americans that would have prompted organic change within Cuba and almost certainly helped perpetuate the Castro regime for many more years then it would have otherwise lasted).


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.



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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Set Your Church Free

Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's ministerial community. This must change.

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


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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:

July 21- In 1865, Wild Bill Hickock and Davis Tutt inaugurate the "showdown".  Hickock is the one that walks away.  In 1925, John Scopes is found guilty in a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom of teaching evolution, and is fined $100.  In 1931, television begins assaulting Americans on a seven-days-a-week schedule in New York City.  In 1954, Vietnam is partitioned into North and South by the Geneva Accords.  In 1969, Neil Armstrong takes "one small step".  In 2005, four terrorist bombings were allegedly attempted in the London subway system two weeks after those discussed here.  No bombs actually went off...  In 2011, the final Space Shuttle flight landed.


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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The Fraud of the White Helmets

Hollywood buys into yet another lie

by Philip Giraldi

I actually forced myself to watch the documentary The White Helmets, which is available on Netflix. It is 40 minutes long, is of high quality cinematographically speaking, and tells a very convincing tale that was promoted as “the story of real-life heroes and impossible hope.” It is overall a very impressive piece of propaganda, so much so that it has won numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary Short this year and the White Helmets themselves were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. More to the point, however, is the undeniable fact that the documentary has helped shape the public understanding of what is going on in Syria, delivering a Manichean tale that depicts the “rebels” as always good and Bashar al-Assad and his government as un-redeemably evil.

It has been reliably reported that celebrities like George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Hillary Clinton really like the White Helmets documentary and have promoted it with the understanding that it represents the truth about Syria, but it is, of course, not the whole story. The film, which was made by the White Helmets themselves without any external verification of what it depicts, portrays the group as “heroic,” an “impartial, life-saving rescue organization” of first responders. Excluded from the scenes of heroism under fire is the White Helmets’ relationship with the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra and its participation in the torture and execution of “rebel” opponents. Indeed, the White Helmets only operate in rebel held territory, which enables them to shape the narrative both regarding who they are and what is occurring on the ground. Because of increasing awareness of the back story, there is now a growing movement to petition the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revoke the Oscar based on the complete and deliberate misrepresentation of what the White Helmets are all about.

Exploiting their access to the western media, the White Helmets have de facto become a major source of “eyewitness” news regarding what has been going on in those many parts of Syria where European and American journalists are quite rightly afraid to go. It is all part of a broader largely successful “rebel” effort to manufacture fake news that depicts the Damascus government as engaging in war crimes directed against civilians.


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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 Mordor-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:

July 22- In 1937, the Senate votes down FDR's scheme to add more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to start getting favorable rulings on New Deal legislation after having his socialist programs ruled unconstitutional over and over.  (Roosevelt soon replaced enough retiring justices with his own men to start getting more congenial readings of the "living Constitution" anyway...)  In 2011, a terrorist bombing of government offices and shooting attack on schoolchildren is committed in Norway by a man apparently filled with a mindless hatred of Muslims.

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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


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


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library


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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 23- In 2002, the Bloomberg administration of New York City announces that it will not make public audio and written Fire Department records of the events of September 11, 2001.  In 2007, historians took note that it was the 169th July 23 since Iran initiated military aggression against anyone.


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-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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