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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 22 through September 4, 2016

“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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My Vote For Scalia's Seat: Alex Kozinski Of The Ninth Circuit


Features in this edition:

(Click on the underlined text to jump to each feature. To return, use your browser's "back" button. Please keep in mind that many more items of interest are to be found between featured articles, so your most profitable course is to scroll through the whole page...)

Seeking a step back from the twilight by the penultimate "court of last resort"

How Pathetic To Have To Pretend That These Are Real Questions...


1913 Americans adopted a Marxist tax structure. Sure they did... and there's a great big bridge for sale, cheap...

The Biggest Snow-Job In World History


A new victory shared by a remarkable activist

Brian's Illustrated Refund Claim


Some sticky and smelly stuff gets a little thicker on the ground...

Another Facet Of The "Frivolous Return Penalty" Hoax


Troll-droppings pop up like toadstools after the rain when Americans have been energized by Declaration Day. So...

A Reminder About An Important Reminder


Federalism is the intended solution to federal corruption

A Meeting With Michigan's Attorney General's Office


Setting 'em straight:

How To Explain To A Pundit The Error Of His Ways


Another great testimonial video by an actual grown-up-- educated, motivated, and committed to upholding the truth, liberty and the rule of law.

Real American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories


Either use your rights, or lose your rights

I Stand With Doreen- Updated


Other Voices

'The Lesser of Two Evils'


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


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

Why Doreen Is Being Assaulted By The State


More Good Folks Stand Up For The Truth!


Who's Going To Teach Your Kid This Year?


Greg Sutton takes On The Academy


A Nice Victory In Missouri Over 10-Year-Old Liability Allegations


A New Video Exposing Government Lies About CtC


An Illuminating Victory


Regarding State Group Membership


Why Are You Not Doing This?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


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

- Thomas Paine

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

If CtC were actually right,

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

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


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



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 29- In 1786, "Shay's Rebellion" a Massachusetts tax-revolt, begins.  In 1949, the Soviet Union conducts its first atomic bomb test.  In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans and much of the surrounding area.  In 2007, 6 nuclear-warhead-equipped cruise missiles disappear without authorization or security from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.  They are found 36 hours later in Louisiana.

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


Events Calendar


Start making your plans to be with us for the September 17 'Snowden' party!!

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How Pathetic To Have To Pretend That These Are Real Questions...

And isn't it time for every self-avowed liberty-activist to be shouting "NO!" in answer?


1. Can orders of a court commanding false speech-- and particularly false testimonial speech-- resistance to which has prompted a prosecution for alleged criminal contempt of court, be shielded from appellate Constitutional analysis and determination by application of the “collateral bar” doctrine?

2. Can a jury instruction removing from the jurors’ consideration and determination the statutory element of “lawful,” and explicitly instructing the jury that the unlawfulness or unconstitutionality of a court order is not a defense to a charge of criminal contempt, be properly shielded from appellate review by application of the “collateral bar” doctrine?  


Read it and weep for the corruption that has taken hold of our institutions of government while too many of us were letting our "public servant" chauffeurs do all the driving instead of staying actively in charge ourselves.

Read it, and get scared-- because you should be. For yourselves and for your children.

Then, while the words of the petition's conclusion are still ringing in your mind, get on the phone to the Institute for Justice ((703) 682-9320), the Pacific Legal Foundation (phone (916) 419-7111; fax (916) 419-7747), the Rutherford Institute ((434) 978-3888), the Center For Individual Rights (202) 833-8400, Judicial Watch ((888) 593-8442), the ACLJ (phone (757) 226-2489; fax (757) 226-2836), and even the ACLU ((212) 549-2500).

SCREAM at these folks to stop wasting time with the cutesy little anti-this-regulation and anti-that-regulation lawsuits they crow about in their fund-raising campaigns. They are fussing with the window treatments while the house burns down.

These "public interest" organizations need to wake up and soldier-up against the actual, dire and immediate existential threat to the rule of law that is represented by what's being done to Doreen. SCREAM at them to get their amicus briefs in RIGHT NOW.

Remind these folks that each and every one of the lawyers running their operations and working in their operations have sworn oaths to support the Constitution of the United States.

Make clear (and understand for yourself) that if the noise and support don't happen BEFORE the court decides whether to take the case, it will not take the case, and all the noise that might be made afterward will be too late.

Do this right now, before reading another word here.

Then tweet this link; "share" it... just do whatever has to be done to get it out there!

Get it on the screens of every journalist you can think of. Give them a chance to recognize our common peril, and to start becoming part of the solution instead of remaining part of the problem.


Did you do it? Did you make those calls and send those emails and tweet and share and whatever? OK, then, to continue...

DOREEN'S CASE IS THE MOST OVERT and unmistakable case of raw judicial corruption and systemic assault on the Constitution and the rule of law that has ever been seen. A lot of bad rulings have happened over recent years. But there have been no others in which, to take one example that you just saw in reading the petition, a federal appellate court has actually argued in a written, published ruling that a statute which reads, "Disobedience or resistance to its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command," doesn't actually include "lawfulness" as an element of the offense (and that someone can be punished for failing to obey an unlawful order).

Here's another good example: In no other case in American history has a federal court deliberately-- and in a formal "finding", no less-- misrepresented the content of a book.

So the lawlessness is unprecedented. But on the other hand, so is the reason for it. This unprecedented lawlessness is meant to suppress an equally unprecedented opportunity for the American people.

What all this unique government lawlessness underscores is the fact that CtC presents the American people with the one and only way that Leviathan can be cut back down to safe and tolerable size, and true federalism and the rule of law can be restored. CtC is the red-pill the masters of the matrix have been hoping for 75 years would never appear.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE a pretty darn hi-falutin' claim, doesn't it? Well... maybe so, but the evidence lies right before you. In fact, you just looked at it.

How do you tell which plane is right above the target? It's the one getting the heaviest flak.

We all expect to see corruption in government pretty much every where we look these days. But there has never been anything done before anywhere by United States officials as has been done in Doreen's case, and in all the preceding events related to Doreen's case.

Never before has a DOJ attorney flatly lied in a complaint about the grounds for a suit, with a federal judge repeating the lie in a formal "finding". Never before has such an attorney resorted to presenting an "informal examination report" as "support" for an allegation of tax liabilities in a civil lawsuit.

Never before have a federal trial court judge and government prosecutor flatly lied to a jury in open court about the content of a statute, while actually holding in their hands the complete and accurate text of the statute they were misrepresenting.

And, of course, never before has anyone been ordered, on pain of imprisonment, to withdraw claims against the government and replace them with government-dictated, government-serving, false sworn declarations of belief.

GET THE MESSAGE BEING TELEGRAPHED by all these unique, ongoing, and otherwise inexplicable events. What all these one-off crimes are being committed to suppress IS A VERY, VERY BIG DEAL.

You don't even have to understand why CtC's revelations are a big deal, or how they are the sharpened stake poised above the vampire's breast. All you need to see in order to know that it is that sharpened stake is the unprecedented thrashing and gnashing of the vampire itself.

And all you need to DO in order to drive that stake home, restore the real liberty and rule of law for which you have been praying and struggling your entire adult life, and halt America's descent into twilight is help others see the thrashing and gnashing, and then send them here to learn the cause.

I hope you will.

*This article is permalinked at http://losthorizons.com/A/DPFC.htm.

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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"

Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


Comments By Observers At Doreen's Sentencing

You can also find and share this film at https://youtu.be/1FUjk0tafmE.


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 30- In 1835, Melbourne, Australia is founded.  In 1836, Houston, Texas is founded.  In 1963, the "hotline" between The United States President and the Secretary of the Communist Party in the USSR goes into operation.  In 1993, historians took note that it was the 154th 30th of August since Iran last initiated military aggression against anyone.


Brian's Illustrated Refund Claim

A nice federal victory accompanied by graphics to help others and an excellent blog-post explaining it all

LIBERTARIAN ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR BRIAN WRIGHT celebrates his second educated-filing victory this week, adding a complete federal refund for 2015 (with interest) received last week to his complete Michigan refund for 2015 which was posted last spring. Here is the check:

...and here is the filing that produced that complete refund.

Here are Brian's introductory comments concerning educated filings that he wanted me to post for the benefit of others:

—Comment by Brian R. Wright—

It’s important for CtC filers to understand that they are dealing with an immense, ponderous, but rule-based system. The system will obey the rules, 99% of the time, and if you don’t raise any rule-defying flag, you’ll get your property back.

Nobody is out to get you for speaking out or being politically active; I, myself, am living proof of that: I wrote a book about Doreen’s ordeal (The Motor City Witchcraft Trials) and was a witness for Doreen at that proceeding. The prosecution, in front of the judge, quoted to the court from my Website, “… that this was a Kangaroo Court with a capital ‘K’… etc.” The prosecutor was outraged and the judge gave me a dirty look. They KNOW who I am and that I’ve pushed the boundaries of the 1st Amendment in condemning and ridiculing them.

[The only exception is if from very high in the management of that system, they want to single you out because you are threatening to expose them—as the diabolical Men of the Power Sickness VERY HIGH in the US Justice Department (and/or perhaps Homeland Security) pulled the strings to lawlessly per/prosecute Pete and, then, Doreen… not even the Mafia goes after your family or women.]

So read Cracking the Code, DO Cracking the Code—using the simple templates and resources available on Pete’s site losthorizons.com—, and take back your money and power by locating and shutting the spigot by which the Men of the Power Sickness drain your precious bodily fluids. It’s your blood and treasure. Take it and keep it. For heaven’s sake, stand up and man up for yourself and your family.

...and here is Brian's blog post discussing this victory and the importance of standing up for the rule of law in greater depth. It's well worth reading.

FINALLY, BRIAN, A DYNAMO of activism, has even gone so far as to render his "information return" rebuttals from this filing as graphics with explanatory notes for those who are not yet veterans:

GOT TO LOVE this fine, heroic American!

Brian has stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law, something desperately needed from everyone. His latest victory joins those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here, and is another step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

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

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

That's all there is to it!

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A Review of CtC by Derek Cushman

You can also find this film on YouTube at https://youtu.be/V3_MViZDvo0 and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/175424277.


Another Facet In The "Frivolous Penalty" Hoax

The sticky stuff keeps getting deeper...

ANYONE HARASSED BY "FRIVOLOUS PENALTY" THREATS might be interested in what sharp-eyed and properly-suspicious warrior Jeff Rische noticed the other day: Current versions of at least some "frivolous return penalty"-related scare-notices include a curious statement in one place or another:

"the penalty applies when the underlying conduct in relation to filing such a return is based on a position that the Internal Revenue Service has identified as frivolous (see Notice 2007-30)..."

This assertion is made as the explanation for the threat of a $5,000 penalty for the filing of a return. See an example here, from the backside of a CP15:

SO,... NO.

What is said here is absolutely NOT what the law says. It is particularly and expressly not what is very carefully said in the law, which was modified when the penalty amount was raised to $5,000 almost certainly with the specific purpose of taking the application of the now much-higher penalty OUT of the undisciplined hands of the IRS. Here is what the law actually says:

(c) Listing of frivolous positions

The Secretary shall prescribe (and periodically revise) a list of positions which the Secretary has identified as being frivolous for purposes of this subsection.

 26 U.S.C. § 6702(c)

As is seen, it is only the Secretary of the Treasury who can prescribe the "positions" for reliance on which one can be held to this penalty.

SO, WHY DOES THIS MATTER, when one might imagine the IRS would just rely on positions that the Secretary has, in fact prescribed (which are, in fact, found in the "Notice 2007-30" misleadingly referenced in the CP15 language excerpted above)? Because, in fact, the IRS does NOT rely on the Secretary's list, and instead makes up its own-- at least when trying its occasional harassment of CtC-educated filers-- as is explained in detail here.

Putting the bogus "position list" hoax together with this carefully worded dodge on the threat notice (remember, there's no reason for them to not have said "...that the Secretary has identified as frivolous...", and such things don't happen by accident) raises the question of the legal sufficiency-- or even meaningfulness in any sense-- of the threat notice itself. On its face it would appear that the notice is carefully disclaiming its own validity.

I'm beginning to think that I've been way to mild in using the term "hoax" in regard to this AR-44 scam. Maybe "fraud" is more appropriate...

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A Reminder About An Important Reminder

Pre-emptive prophylaxis against troll-poop toxins

EVERY YEAR JUST AFTER "DECLARATION DAY" an unusual volume of fresh troll droppings meant to scare Americans away from CtC will be found polluting the internet. The reason is simple: those seeking to suppress CtC understand that D-Day awakens a strong sense of civic responsibility in the American breast, and that sense, combined with the knowledge that comes from reading CtC, is what these operators of the Leviathan state fear more than anything else.

Thus, in early July, more than any other time of year save around April 15, we see steady injections of usually-outright-idiotic but anxiety-inducing posts from obviously self-interested commentators. Most are along two lines.

THE NATURE OF THE FIRST OF THESE ESPECIALLY-COMMON efforts to frighten is dictated by the facts on the ground-- which is to say, the fact that all these refunds, like those posted above, are being issued. The effort to get around this inconvenient fact with any effect (and to undermine the illuminating power of this inconvenient fact) is along the line of, "Well, sure, lots of people get these refunds... but the government just comes back for them later!"

The troll hopes that it won't occur to the target audience that NO ONE (and especially not the world's most rogue government agency, which is widely understood to do whatever it wants and suffers no penalty of any kind for simply refusing to issue a claimed refund) would operate like this. NO ONE (especially that rogue agency) would hand over a refund that (per this storyline) isn't really owed, or the validity of which had not been ascertained, on the reasoning that it can always be recovered later.

The silliness of this assertion is impossible to put into words. But when one is a troll, one does the best one can, I suppose. (This absurd argument is sometimes fortified with another absurd assertion-- that tax agencies are required to simply issue, without delay, any refund which anyone has claimed, no matter what.)

The fact is, refund claims go through a rigorous gauntlet of scrutiny, skepticism and resistance-- EVERY TIME. This is especially so in the case of CtC-educated claims, which are of a particular and highly obvious character that is as unfriendly as possible to any tax agency's primary mission of collecting as much revenue as possible. We'll get to the IRS's own discussion of this fact in a bit.

(There ARE sporadic attempts by the tax agencies to get an educated claimant to reverse him-or herself and repudiate the claim-- a completely and very-revealingly different thing from what is meant to be imagined by the "...they'll come back for it later!" scare-line. See how those events play out here and here.)

THE SECOND OF THE UBIQUITOUS TROLL-DROPPINGS around D-Day is the assertion that, "The courts have ruled against what CtC teaches about the law!" This latter effort is in defiance of the facts on the ground, but I guess when you've been given the mission of arguing with reality you aim high and hope the runback evaporates before it reaches you.

Plainly, the courts have NOT "ruled against" what CtC teaches about the law. Had that happened, ever, even by some judge or judges acting in blatant disregard of what the law really says, there would be no CtC-educated filing honored at any time. Let me explain.

Every tax agency, from the IRS to those of every state and municipality that collects the income tax, has a legal office. The IRS, for instance, has its "Office of Chief Counsel".

Among other things, the job of these legal departments is to issue opinions and directives controlling the way their agencies handle claims. The directives are based on (usually the most self-serving possible) interpretations of any valid and relevant court ruling that serves the agency's mission of capturing and keeping every penny of revenue possible.

Plainly, had "the courts ruled against what CtC teaches about the law", CtC-educated claims, nearly all of which share unmistakable characteristics, would be subject to "Do not honor" directives, and the understanding of the law on which CtC-educated filings and claims are made would be prominently featured on the IRS's famous "Frivolous Positions" list. At the least, that understanding would appear there somewhere, prominently or not...

But instead, CtC-educated claims are routinely honored, and have been on hundreds of thousands of occasions since 2003. And very much contrary to the appearance of CtC's teachings about the law on the "Frivolous Positions List" the IRS resorts to an outright hoax by which it pretends that there is a "frivolous list" reference to CtC-educated claims in order to occasionally harass certain filers, dramatically underscoring the fact that what CtC teaches cannot be put on the actual list-- because it is correct and the government knows this full well.

Plainly, "the courts" have not ruled against what CtC teaches about the law-- unless by "courts" you mean the ones with which Alice had to contend in Looking Glass Land.*

SO ALL THAT SAID, let me get to the reminder about "The Reminder" promised in the title of this article: A short and concise rebuttal to all trollish nonsense can be found here, at the #Reminder bookmark on the Bulletin Board page. Please familiarize yourself with it, and please use it!

I've said a thousand times that we are way past there being any kind of battle over the law, or what the law says and means. Those things are known, and settled, and beyond dispute.

What we've had since 2003 is a battle against lies spun by those whose gravy-train and tyrannical agenda are threatened by the truth about the law. Things like the "Reminder" are your best weapons in that battle, and I hope everyone has a firm grasp on them and is swinging away.

That's how we will win.

"But what do we mean by the American Revolution?  Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people..."

-John Adams

*Frankly, it really wouldn't matter if a court HAD "ruled" against what CtC teaches about the law, would it? You've read the law for yourself! You know what it says, and that if a court "ruled" against it, the court would simply be lying (or personified by a moron).

Surely the fact that some fool or scoundrel in a black robe issued a bogus ruling wouldn't be cause for you to surrender your rights and stand down in your defense of the rule of law, would it? I hope not.

See this and this for a few thoughts in depth on this important point.

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I Had A Great Meeting With Michigan's Attorney General's Office


ON THURSDAY, MAY 12, I HAD WHAT SEEMED TO BE AN EXCELLENT HOUR-LONG MEETING with Carter Bundy, a representative of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The subject was the investigation and possible prosecution of the federal judges and DOJ attorneys who have committed crimes against Doreen Hendrickson in violation of Michigan laws.

Michigan, like every other state, criminalizes subornation of perjury, witness tampering and coercion committed by anyone upon anyone else. The state also criminalizes aiding and abetting any of these crimes.

There are no exceptions in Michigan criminal law for government officials, whether foreign or domestic. Nor are there exceptions if the crimes are committed while "official duties" are purportedly being performed.

In Doreen's case, of course, no actual "official duties" were involved at all. The crimes themselves were the objects of the acting officials.

For instance, the subornation of perjury was itself the purported "official act" conducted when orders were issued attempting to control Doreen's testimony. Everything done to Doreen has always been pure crime, committed under the mere "color of law".

A selection of Michigan statutes criminalizing coercion of false testimony can be seen here. As can be seen by a review of those statutes, what has been done to Doreen is a slam-dunk smorgasbord of blatant felonies in violation of Michigan law.

I WILL ADMIT THAT FOR ME this approach to seeking justice for the criminal assaults on Doreen seemed a stretch. Not that it lacked anything in theory, mind-- indeed, the principle involved is about as straightforward as they come.

In fact, the principle involved here is among the most basic in our American system of government overall: federalism. This is the division of power in this country into coexisting and competing (therefore countervailing) forces, with the feds holding the states accountable when they are abusive to citizens (something we are all very familiar with) and the states doing the same to the feds in return (something we see very little, but only because it has gone out of fashion, not because it isn't the way things are supposed to work).

Here is how this was put by Alexander Hamilton, while striving to get the Constitution ratified in New York 1788:

 This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them.

Nonetheless, I expected something of a "Huh? You've got to be kidding!" reaction from the state. Instead, there was no head-scratching or bemusement at all. Very gratifying.

AND AS IT TURNED OUT, just show.

I've heard nothing from Schuette's office since that meeting. My inquiry a month or so after the meeting was met with a request for patience, and now two-and-a-half more more months have passed. That's bad enough, but one of the many folks who wrote to Schuette's office on behalf of this initiative DID finally get an "answer': a ridiculous blow-off to the effect that complaints about judges should be taken to the judicial tenure commission. Here it is:


This is a pathetic dereliction of duty.

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Explain To A Pundit The Error Of His Ways

Educated, grown-up American Brendan Trainor shares his excellent example


Mr. Vance:

Very good article on tax deductions "Are tax deductions subsidies?" LewRockwell.com April 14, 2016.

However, unless that actress who lobbied Congress received her salary from a federal grant or contract of some kind, she really didn't have to lobby Congress for her deduction. She could have simply rebutted the presumption that her earnings were statutory wages as declared by those who issued her a W-2 or 1099, on her tax return, like thousands of Americans do today.

Ms. Karas did her lobbying in 1986, so she can be forgiven for believing that she had to travel to Washington DC to get a deduction. However, in 1986 there were people criticizing her understanding of the tax laws, but due to the inability of the mainstream media to understand them, or desire  to understand them,  she may not have heard of these criticisms. Or perhaps being someone of "New York Values", she herself did not want to understand them.

In 2003, a libertarian in Michigan named Peter Hendrickson wrote the book on tax deductions, which thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans use to get the biggest deductions of all- a 100% refund of income tax withholdings, and if asked for , social security and medicare taxes as well. All these taxes are excise taxes, and as such cannot be laid on unwilling participants in the free market economy.

Perhaps you would like more information on this "biggest loophole of all?". I will send a link for you to Mr. Hendrickson's website, called Lost Horizons.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps like most of the libertarian/conservative establishment, you want to deny the reality of how the income tax actually works. Too bad, because then you will continue to write articles on the tax that are of limited truth and will not advance the cause of liberty very far. Just as the libertarian/conservative establishment lost the biggest tax case of recent times, the Obamacare case, NFIB vs Sebellius, because they didn't understand the income tax. Instead of admitting their ignorance of the tax laws, they continue to blame Chief Justice Roberts.

Who will you blame? Despite your lack of intellectual curiosity as displayed by your unwillingness so far to engage this libertarian in Michigan,  thousands of Americans will find their way to the Lost Horizons website, and the people's knowledge will grow. When the truth becomes more widely known, and your children ask did you speak up, what will you tell them?

Brendan Trainor,

Reno NV

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A Patriot Activist Talks About CtC

"McFloyd" on who got the tax wrong, and who gets it right




What's your answer?

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 31- In 1422, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of nine months.  In 1803, Lewis and Clark start out on their expedition across America.  In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins the assault on Atlanta that would end with his troops being ordered to burn the city to the ground.  In 1897, Edison patents the movie projector.  In 1939, the Hitler regime stages a false-flag Polish attack on the Gliewitz Radio Station in order to justify Germany's intended invasion of Poland.


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.

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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 to to 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 government officials make weaselly representations against 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.


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 1- In 1752, the Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia.  In 1807, former vice president (and the man who rid the world of Alexander Hamilton) Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason charges.  In 1939, Germany attacks Poland, beginning World War II.  In 1972, Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky to take the world chess title.  In 1985, the wreck of the Titanic is discovered.



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Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Did you miss the 'Set Your Church Free' commentaries?

Set Your Church Free

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

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


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 2- In 1666, the Great Fire of London breaks out.  It will burn for three days, and destroy 10,000 buildings.  In 1789, the United States Department of the Treasury is founded.  In 1945, Vietnam declares its independence from France.  In 1969, the first ATM in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York.  In 2008, America receives emergency treatment for a life-threatening political sclerosis when thousands gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic.


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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-James Madison


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The Lesser of Two Evils

by L. Neil Smith

Apparently, our friend P.J. O’Rourke is back, to the extent that he ever left, and last night I heard that he dislikes Donald Trump so intensely—P.J. called him a “flying monkey”—that he’s going to vote for the Deathcamp Dolly, instead. I could speculate about what brought P.J. to this unspeakable lapse in judgment, but instead, I want to bring an unprecedented sense of proportion to the concept of voting for “the lesser of two evils.”

If Donald Trump is a bad guy—and, given his sticky-fingered habits with other people’s real estate, I have no doubt whatever that he is, at more levels than one—then comparing the New York Mercantilist King to the former Worst Lady is more than a little like comparing Mister Smee (Captain Hook’s bumbling henchman) to Hannibal Lecter.

If you think I exaggerate, I urge you to consider: Mr. Smee killed nobody, as far as I remember, while Hannibal Lecter killed (and sometimes ate) about three dozen victims. With fava beans, he said, and a nice Chianti. Of course, Lecter was a mostly fictional character if you go in for that sort of thing, strictly eliminating other fictional characters.


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Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will restrain ANY future occupant of the White House from being able to do too much damage 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:

September 3- In 1783, the Paris Peace Treaty is signed, bringing the American Revolutionary War to an official end.  In 1838, Frederick Douglass makes his break for freedom from slavery in Maryland.  In 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its all-time high to that date, 51 days before Black Thursday.  In 1935, an automobile cracks 300MPH for the first time.


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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"


"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."


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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:

September 4- In 476, the last of the Western Roman Emperors is deposed.  In 1781, Los Angeles, California is founded.  In 1884, Britain ends its policy of shipping convicts to Australia.  In 1888, George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film camera.  In 1956, the first commercial computer using magnetic disk storage-- the IBM RAMAC 305, is introduced.  In 1957, Ford Motor Co, introduces the Edsel; and Governor Orval Faubus calls out the Arkansas National Guard to block black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.


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Last Word


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


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