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The Lost Horizons News

Mid-Edition Update for July 15, 2019

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Featured In This Update:

Fake "Fake List" FRP Hoax Assaults


Other Voices: 'Julian Assange and the Real War on the Free Press'


Another Criminal Practice By The IRS


Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Selected Features From Recent Editions:

Three Cognitive Touchstones


My Appearance Last Week On Patriot Watch Media


A Very Serious Question For Everyone


Other Voices: The Ongoing Destruction of the Minds of Children


The Country Is "America"; "The United States" Is Just A Tool


A 3 AM Thought


Why CtC Is The Only Remedy To Leviathan


I Love Stumbling Across A Good "Tell"!


Thwarting Judicial Corruption With 'Constitutional Avoidance' Doctrine


On "Cherry-Picking"


Re-Opening The National Forum


Why Congress Will Never "Just Pass A Law" Enacting The "Ignorance Tax"


On Tax Agency "Determination" Authority


See Prior Editions In Their Entirety:

Newsletter Archives


Get All Newsletters As They Are Published:

Newsletter Delivery Options


BTW, Don't Miss These Items Of Interest:

Regarding State Group Membership


The Educated American's Tax Filing Flow Chart


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


And Hey! Don't miss the great stuff in the main page of this edition!


The upgraded Fifteenth Edition of CtC Is Now Available!

Btw, a copy of CtC from anywhere except the link above may not be a current edition. CHECK. It matters. Also, there ARE no e-book, Kindle or .pdf versions of CtC. Don't get taken in by efforts to sell you-- or even give you for free-- any such thing.


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 15- In 1799, the Rosetta Stone is found in Rosetta, Egypt by members of Napoleon's army.  In 1959, 500,000 American steelworkers begin a 119-day strike, leading to the first, and ongoing, significant importation of foreign steel into the country.  In 2002, John Walker Lindh makes a coerced "guilty" plea as part of one of the first of a series of criminal acts related to the neocon "War on Terrorism" for which the Bush administration attempted to retroactively immunize its operatives and office-holders as part of the 2006 Military Commissions Act.


Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter mid-edition update below.


"The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves….."

-James Madison


Middletown, Moonbeam!! August 3rd!

Be there for the next CtC Seminar, in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley!!

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Fake "Fake List" FRP Hoax Assaults

... and a newly posted model of a response with which to address these particularly-lame ploys.

THE IRS IS INCREASINGLY DESPERATE in recent years to discourage CtC-educated filers, to whose proper and accurate filings and claims it has no legal recourse but surrender, and the resulting loss of revenue for the ravenous maw of Leviathan. The famous "fake list" "frivolous return penalty" hoax has been the agency's ploy of choice over most of that time.

However, in a truly remarkable escalation in frantic corruption the "fake list" ploy has mutated, in some cases, into a fake "fake list" hoax. Here, "fake list" penalty threats are made against events in which not only is there nothing "frivolous" involved, but there is not even a filing involved!

Instead, these fake "fake list" penalty threats are made against response letters sent by educated Americans to the IRS. Often the targeted response letters are those sent in response and rebuttal to the "fake list" penalty threats made against actual filings.

Let's take a look at how this works; at the newly-posted prophylactic to the ploy; and at the happy take-away.

HERE'S A TYPICAL EXAMPLE of the "fake list" hoax:

Educated American "John Smith" files an accurate and proper return reclaiming everything withheld from him during 2018. Either before or after John receives his refund, the frustrated IRS takes a (grossly illegal) shot at frightening John into reversing himself and replacing his inconvenient filing with one more to the liking of the tax agency by sending him a letter threatening to charge him a $5,000 penalty if he doesn't do so.

The threat is based on the pretense of an agency "determination" that John's filing is based on a "position" identified by the Secretary of the Treasury as "frivolous". (Filing a return which manifests a desire to delay or impede the administration of the tax laws can also draw the penalty, but is never alleged in these cases.) The alleged "position" is never identified on the threatening letter.

Internal agency documents subsequently secured by John show that no actual listed "frivolous position to which the penalty can apply has ever been alleged, and that the whole thing has been a hoax involving the use of a fake "frivolous positions" list.

Okay, so that's the standard "fake list" penalty hoax.

Btw, let me share a very important background fact before we proceed: By law, the IRS is allowed to allege a penalty for each filing of a return that is allegedly based on a listed "frivolous" position-- not "submission" of a return, or "mailing" of a return, or anything other than "filing" of a return. (The penalty is also permitted when frivolous-position-based requests for certain kinds of hearings or applications are submitted, but these alternative pretexts don't enter into the picture, as will be seen.)

NOW, ON TO THE FAKE "fake list" hoax escalation...

John fires off a response and rebuttal to the "fake list" hoax threat. In an effort to make sure the response and rebuttal are properly understood and that relevant evidence is and will be in the record if push comes to shove, John includes a reference copy of his filed return (the details of which he is describing in his rebuttal affidavit).

Eight months later, John finds another "fake list" frivolous return penalty threat in his mailbox. This new one also declares itself to be in regard to John's filing for 2018, even though John already got such a threat concerning his 2018 filing, and the IRS is only allowed to do this once per filing incident.

When John deploys the "Pushback Project" document request to see what's going on, he discovers that the new "fake list" threat concerns a (supposedly frivolous) filing for 2018 which the agency says it received on or about the date of John's response and rebuttal to the first "fake list" penalty threat.

What is revealed is an IRS pretense that the reference copy attached to John's response and rebuttal to the first threat is a new filing, in regard to which it is legally able to make another penalty allegation!

PLAINLY, THE FAKE "FAKE LIST" HOAX is nothing but rank bs on stilts. I have now posted an example of a response letter and rebutting affidavit for the benefit of anyone victimized by this ridiculous and corrupt ploy alongside the long-posted examples of response letter and rebutting affidavit in regard to the simple "Fake List" FRP hoax.

Find this new posted .pdf among the other FRP hoax-related links here. As will be noted in the introductory observations in that .pdf, the affidavit also has utility-- both in terms of mental organization of the issue and as a direct evidentiary artifact-- in any judicial contest concerning the penalty allegations (whether at an administrative or higher level) as well as for purposes of a preemptive roadblock upon first receipt of the penalty threat.

I WANT TO FINISH by pointing out to everyone just how deeply-revealing of three important facts this fake "fake list" ploy really is. Please pay close attention.

The first of these important and revealed facts is the increasingly-frantic desperation of the tax agency in the face of CtC-educated Americans, which is manifest in the agency's resort to a ploy so utterly, 100% devoid of plausible deniability.

Consider: Some agency bad behavior enjoys a bit of cover (such as being able to claim reliance on "information returns" for asserting liabilities even in the face of rebuttals and contrary claims, or being able to pretend innocence in making standard "fake list" FRP threats due to having been deceived by the fake "positions" list in the IRM). But here there is absolutely no cover at all.

The reference copies of returns targeted by the fake "fake list" hoax threats are not sent to the IRS offices at which returns are filed. They are almost always expressly described as "copies" in the response letters to which they are attached (and often have "COPY" written upon their faces). They are always literal copies of already-filed returns, dates and all and therefore could not possibly be-- or be misunderstood to be-- replacements for those actual returns (and thus, filings in their own right).

There is no "innocent mistake" escape-hatch for this tax agency fraud, and it can only be deployed in the kind of utter desperation which is fueled by recognition that CtC IS the sharpened stake suspended over the breast of the "ignorance tax" scheme.

THE SECOND IMPORTANT FACT revealed by the fake "fake list" hoax will not be a revelation to this community, but will be to anyone not yet CtC-educated: The IRS (and any other tax agency engaged in this sort of resistance ) is playing a hand with no cards supporting their positions (no pun intended).

The deployment of this pretense-- and the implications of its use-- should be used to condemn everything done by the agency in regard to CtC-educated filings. When one thing is shown to be a lie, everything else must be seen as presumptively suspect, by default. In judicial contests, this fraud eviscerates what otherwise would be an habitual judicial presumption of correctness extended to IRS determinations.

THE THIRD IMPORTANT FACT revealed by the indefensible, easily-shown fraud of the fake "fake list" hoax is that the article below (excerpted to the beginning of the relevant portion) remains precisely correct, and should be guiding everyone made a victim of this kind of agency bad behavior:

The Best Response To Tax Agency Bad Behavior

This simple step will make a world of difference in how things end up.


IN ADDITION TO THE PREDICTABLE TARGETS of tax agency resistance described above, there are also a small number of folks being treated to pretenses of tax agency resistance which have no underlying basis of possible legitimacy. These are folks who came to CtC without baggage from the past (other than the no-problem variety of having been taken in by, and having cooperated with, the "ignorance tax" scheme in all previous years).

Others in this category include those whose past issues have either already been put to rest, or are the sort easily fixed once a complete and accurate understanding of the tax is finally in hand.

The "resistance" pretenses deployed against these uncompromised filers are generally of two types: the "frivolous return penalty" hoax and the (federal-exclusive) absurd effort to under-refund a claim by a no-explanation-attempted reservation of FICA withholdings from an issued refund, such as is documented and discussed here.

It is these folks for whom a hugely-effective response opportunity exists, and here it is: GO TO THE MEDIA WITH YOUR STORY!!

THOSE OF YOU IN THE LATTER CATEGORY of uncompromised resistance targets, who are simply and unequivocally being jerked around by a tax agency which just doesn't want to surrender to the law without a fight, have everything you need to present a great story to the press. This can be the mainstream press or otherwise.

You have the simple evidence of the law, in just seven pages of text.

You have the simple model of how the "ignorance tax" has misled your correspondent and everyone else.

You have staggering evidence of agency admissions in huge volume, fully-vetted and of the most compelling possible character, which makes clear that the bad behavior is knowingly-committed and news-worthy.

You have thoroughly-documented evidence of a very deliberate and sustained federal effort to suppress all the foregoing, even while that huge volume of admissions are steadily made.

And you have your personal story of transparently-invalid, bad-faith tax agency efforts to violate the law by exploiting the fact that no one in the press has known any of this or has been paying attention.



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A Very Serious Question For Everyone

One that is very hazardously going unanswered...


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 16- In 1790, the District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States.  In 1935, the world's first parking meter is installed Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  In 1945, the first nuclear weapon is exploded in a test at Trinity, New Mexico.  In 1957, John Glenn sets a transcontinental speed record, flying from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.  In 1969, Apollo 11 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  In 1999, JFK Jr., is killed in a plane crash in the Atlantic with his wife and sister-in-law.


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The Entire Legal And Practical Truth About The Income Tax In Three Short Sentences

Focus on these simple points and you can teach anyone the truth about the tax.

1. The income tax is an excise.

2. Excise taxes are taxes on the gainful exercise of privileges.

3. You probably didn't earn your money by exercising any taxable privilege (or earned very little that way).

Inarguable (and nowhere disputed) proof of the first two statements above can be found concisely spelled-out in this little 7-page document. Whether the third is true for any particular person can be determined by consulting this guide to understanding "income-taxable privilege".



Other Voices:


Julian Assange and the Real War on the Free Press

Don't be fooled: those attacking him want censorship powers not seen since the Nixon administration.

by Ted Galen Carpenter

Trump administration officials were enthusiastic when Ecuador decided to expel Julian Assange from its embassy in London, where he had received sanctuary for nearly seven years. British authorities promptly jailed him for jumping bail on sexual assault charges in Sweden, and U.S. officials began plans to have Assange extradited to face espionage charges in this country. He just turned 48 in prison on July 3.

Last month, the Department of Justice added 17 counts to the one-count indictment that it had filed years earlier. His current imprisonment in Britain and the probability of a lengthy extradition battle have delayed the prospect of a high-profile trial in the United States, but that outcome remains Washington’s goal. The United States reportedly submitted a formal extradition request on June 6.

The issues at stake go far beyond whether Assange is an admirable (or even a reasonably likeable) person. He symbolizes a crucial fight over freedom of the press and the ability of journalists to expose government misconduct without fear of criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, a disturbing number of “establishment” journalists in the United States seem willing—indeed, eager—to throw him to the government wolves.

Official Washington’s hatred of Assange borders on rabid. The website WikiLeaks, which he and his colleagues founded in 2006, has published voluminous quantities of leaked documents—in some cases highly classified documents. Those revelations have embarrassed, even discredited, powerful government officials and political factions in the United States and other countries. Among WikiLeaks’s revelations were specifics about the torture of terrorist suspects at CIA “black sites” in the United States and allied countries, and evidence of U.S. war crimes, notably brazen killings of civilians, including two Reuters reporters, in Iraq. Some of the most spectacular news accounts emerged because of leaked documents that a young Army private, Bradley (later Chelsea) Manning had given to WikiLeaks.

U.S. officials were furious about such information becoming public. They not only prosecuted Manning for espionage—eventually imposing a draconian 35-year prison sentence—but they filed an espionage charge against Assange. The ongoing attacks on him are a bid for censorship powers not seen since the Nixon administration sought to prevent The New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the government’s bid for prior restraint. The ruling did not explicitly address the question of whether authorities could prosecute journalists once a story using classified documents was published. However, a succession of administrations have refrained from pursuing that option, and the prevailing assumption was that post-publication attempts at prosecution might run afoul of the courts as well. Individuals who leak items to the press remained as vulnerable as ever to prosecution for espionage, but members of the press have enjoyed de facto immunity. With the Assange case, that situation threatens to change. 


Click here to read the rest of this article

...and then proceed to the afterword below...

I HOPE YOU READ ALL of Carpenter's article. It's a highly-important call to America to wake up and recognize that our rights are under corrupt attack in order to better conceal myriad other crimes carried out by the same corrupt actors.

All of these crimes are made possible-- even inevitable-- by the bloated size of the federal government, and this causal element highlights the one thing Carpenter fails to include in his alarm: a remedy to the problem. Simply drawing attention to systemic corruption won't prevent it happening.

Here's what will prevent these crimes: Depriving corrupt state operators of the resources and power by which their crimes can be committed. This can only be accomplished by a widespread American awakening to the liberating truth about the income tax uniquely revealed in CtC.

In short, We the People (you and me) have to do as the Founders meant for us to do, and resume control over what is properly ours, both as money and as power. We must make ourselves once again strong and in charge of our own lives and choices!

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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.


A Wise Warrior With An Uplifting Message

DON LA VIGNE, a long-time warrior and real American grown-up, shares a nice and inspiring testimonial on what CtC has done for him for over nine years now:


"Like a muddied stream or a polluted fountain is the righteous man who gives way before the wicked."

-Proverbs 25:26


"A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves."

-Edward R. Murrow



Another Criminal Practice By The IRS

...which should have a fair number of folks steaming and stirring.

I HAD LUNCH THE OTHER DAY with a good and virtuous warrior who, along with his wife, had just received a nice, complete federal victory for 2017:

Here's the return Steve and Daisy filed. You'll notice that the refund claim was for $33,046.01. And the fact is, that's the amount Steve and Daisy had refunded to them-- plus the interest shown on the check, above. The total-- overpayment plus interest-- was $34,848.71.

Here is the refund notice the couple received a few weeks prior to the check, which acknowledges that complete refund total (when the accrued interest is added):

BUT, OF COURSE, the check Steve and Daisy received is $10,000 short of the refunded amount.

Why? Because that $10K was diverted by the IRS to "frivolous return penalties" (one against Steve and one against Daisy) allegedly arising on the amended return they filed for 2014. Here is the first diversion notice, and here is the second.

That diversion was a criminal act, in my opinion. But right now I'm not talking about the crime of making bogus "frivolous" allegations.

Right now, I'm referring to the fact that in this case Steve and Daisy had never been given the due process required by law prior to the seizure of their property:

(a) Requirement of notice before levy (1) In general No levy may be made on any property or right to property of any person unless the Secretary has notified such person in writing of their right to a hearing under this section before such levy is made.

26 U.S. Code § 6330. Notice and opportunity for hearing before levy

Steve and Daisy had gotten the frivolous threat by way of a LTR3176C. They had even gotten CP15s alleging that the threatened penalties had been "charged".

See this one for Steve, for instance:

But note the date on this mere initial assertion of a charge. These starting-point notices were sent to Steve and Daisy less than three weeks before their money was seized and the short refund check issued.

Steve and Daisy had never gotten any mandated notice that levy was impending. Nor any mandated notice of their right to a hearing (along with a schedule of their mandated 30-day "hearing request" window) in which the levy could be challenged before it is carried out.

I KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF OTHERS have also been subjected to this same illegal behavior by the IRS in recent months-- the diversion of refund money to alleged "frivolous penalties" for which no "collections due process hearing" opportunities have been provided. The tax agency dreads those hearings, of course, because it knows it cannot defend the penalty allegations.

I think anyone subject to this flatly illegal treatment should be furious, and I suggest that any such victim consider raising hell with someone in the agency on an administrative level; with his or her congressperson; and with a federal district court if no satisfaction in the way of the prompt return of this illegally-diverted money-- plus interest-- is quickly secured.

I think such a victim should also be re-reading the post which is excerpted at the end of the lead article in this Newsletter Update and recognizing their opportunity.

Be the storm!!

Oh, and by the way,

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE AND DAISY for their fine victory on behalf of the rule of law, and not least for the fact that in securing it they exposed a crime by the IRS. Well done, Steve and Daisy!!

Steve and Daisy's victory joins those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each constitutes another critical 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!

AND, HEY! DON'T YOU WISH YOUR INSPIRING BEING-THE-STORM VIDEO was posted? This is easy to do, and very important (plus it can get you some great losthorizons swag!). See (and carefully read in their entirety) these guidelines and encouragements.

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams

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See Who's Really Been Lying About The Tax


Daft And Despicable Deniers

What the hell is wrong with these people?!


CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE how abysmally stupid someone would have to be to continue to doubt or deny that CtC has revealed the actual, complete and insurmountable truth about the income tax in light of the overwhelming mountain of historical, legal, practical and logical evidence to the contrary? (Not to mention the outright lies and even ludicrous hoaxes the executive and some corrupt members of the judiciary have been caught at in desperate efforts to conceal the truth...)

Plainly any such denier must either be abysmally stupid or be an abysmally corrupt government official or other person who sees him or herself as benefitting from the lies about the tax by which America has suffered for 75 years now. Isn't this true?



A Few Good Folks With Good and Important Things To Say:

Find this film on YouTube at youtu.be/K0CYo57I3ks


How Do You Know When The State Is Lying?

An old joke, but in regard to this deceiver, not a laughing matter at all.

““When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.

-Abraham Kuyper


Assessing The Damage From The Misapplication Of The Income Tax

Man, are young Americans getting ripped off...!

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.


Looking For A Litigator Who Wants To Do Well While Doing Good

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT presents details of a long-running (and still-ongoing) violation of the speech, conscience and due-process rights of two Americans. The offenses, in a nutshell, involve a federal district court attempting to dictate to these two folks-- word for word-- sworn "testimony" they are ordered to make in a legal contest with the government.

Click the link below to read the brief. You'll find it thoroughly supported with relevant testimony by the chief perpetrator and other similarly unambiguous exhibits.

The Civil Rights Lawsuit Documentation

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."

-Frederick Douglass

"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


"A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him."

-Ezra Pound


A Michigan Version Of The "Watching The Watchmen" Amendment Has Been Proposed


Did you know…

 …The US may be the only country in the world where people working in the non-federal private sector must commit perjury in order to owe and pay ‘God’s things to Caesar’?

If you work in the private sector, stop falsely swearing that your private-sector earnings are federal “income”1.  Perjury is a crime.  Exercise the law’s provision for protecting your private-sector earnings from the 154-year-old2 indirect excise known as the federal income tax.  Rebut fraudulent allegations made by your payers regarding the legal nature of your work and the earnings derived therefrom, so that you pay only your fair share.  Join the hundreds of thousands of honest, law-abiding Americans who have been doing so for more than a decade.  Learn how for free at losthorizons.com.

1--“We must reject… …the broad contention submitted in behalf of the government that all receipts—everything that comes in—are income…”.

United States Supreme Court, So. Pacific v. Lowe, 247 U.S. 330, (1918)

2—The income tax in the United States was first instituted into law on July 1, 1862, during Lincoln’s presidency under the excise laws of the United States.   The preamble to the 1939 Internal Revenue Code traces its roots to this original income tax law.


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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.

Poisonous Pieties

Now click here to learn the truth about the myths that have kept you from knowing the truth about the income tax


Trolls Against The Truth: A Dis-Information Campaign

UNLESS YOU'VE LOOKED, you can have no idea of the volume, intensity and mendacity deployed in the government's efforts to discourage Americans from learning what is revealed in CtC. It's truly astonishing.

A lot of folks are aware of the show-trial events in which my wife and I have received state-engineered public beatings meant to scare people away from the truth about the "ignorance tax" scam. But many are unaware of the overall campaign. This is a shame, really, because a focused propaganda effort like this one is a very powerful acknowledgement of the significance of CtC's revelations.

While the majority of Americans do not yet know how CtC protects them from the vampire state, the vampire itself certainly does. Dis-information campaigns like this one make that very clear.


FORMER CBS REPORTER SHERYL ATKISSON describes some aspects of this sort of dis-information campaign in the following video. Despite the annoying preliminary 15 seconds or so of advertising, her presentation is very much worth watching:

(H/T to Greg Belcher for finding and forwarding this great presentation.)

Losthorizons.com is one of those websites specifically-targeted by the corrupt interests at Wikipedia described by Atkisson. The behind-the-scenes folks at that site won't allow links on their pages to anything posted at losthorizons.com, nor even just text corrections of misinformation in their pages about the income tax.

That's the least of it. Click here for some specific discussion of the enormous scare campaign that's been actively spreading false information in hope of discouraging legitimate media attention, as well as men and women simply seeking the truth about the tax and liberty from the scourge of the "ignorance tax".

PLEASE GIVE SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT to the fact that YOU being secure in your own freedom rests on others learning the truth as well, and recognize that it falls to you to help overcome the dis-information campaign. Post and share your videos; share your victories; help silence the agents-provocateur and distraction-injectors whose nonsense is discussed and debunked here; and widely (and frankly, impatiently) share this page, this page and this page, challenging everyone in your address book to disconnect the phone and the TV for an afternoon and get educated.

Doing these things will be what makes it happen, Cap'n.

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Please Help losthorizons.com Be As Effective As Possible!

OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS I've heard from a number of folks that a firewall known as "Comodo" blocks access to this website. This is apparently a glitch in that program. This site is safe, as can be seen by going here.

Please share this info with others in your own address book so it gets around-- obviously those suffering the ill effects of this defect in Comodo won't be able to see it here themselves until they go into their firewall settings and manually whitelist losthorizons.com.

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Sharpen those quills, people!

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Why Aren't People Suing?



A New Policy

I HAVE DONE MY BEST to lead this country to liberty from the mis-applied income tax. I have labored hard. I've shed a lot of sweat, a fair bit of blood and more than a few tears. But I seem to be pretty poor at that kind of work.

When I have asked all of you for what I firmly believe is a necessary resource to move the ball downfield and give all of us the best chance at justice and an end to the assault on the rule of law-- simple testimonial videos requiring nothing from any of you but the phone in your pocket and three minutes of speaking from the heart-- I have had only a handful of people answer my call.

I CAN'T KEEP GOING THIS WAY. I have to be able to turn my attention away from writing new persuasive or skepticism-addressing articles week after week, and toward research, analysis and educational presentations that will benefit everyone already in this community. I need time to do some suing, and to bring together the resources and talent toward that end.

As said, it is my firm belief that your testimonial videos are the resource that I need to make big things happen, and they are unquestionably the thing I need to allow me to turn my attention away from trying to get horses to drink at the waterhole to which I have led them. Your words, in your great numbers and all in your own different ways, will do that better than anything I write possibly could.

And yet, you are not providing them. This, despite my having been asking you for them for many years now.

Therefore, with enormous reluctance, I am making portions of this website restricted access only. People have been urging me to do this for years now, telling me I should impose a charge to access my work-product, so as to enable me to keep producing.

I have never been inclined to charge fees for access. I ask for donations, and will continue to do that, and if they do not come, then I will conclude that my work is of no value to anyone, and I will close shop.

But I now WILL charge a special something for access to some key portions of that work.

Opening selected pages on losthorizons.com comprising higher level legal resources now requires the submission of testimonial videos, as discussed, described and demonstrated here. The videos must be accompanied by scans of a recent educated filing along with responsive documents from the IRS, whether in the form of a check, a notice identifying and reflecting the filed return, or "return" and "account" transcripts for the year for which the return was filed. Names must be shown in full.

Similarly, if an email comes my way asking for guidance or assistance, I had better already have your video posted.

I HATE TO PLAY IT THIS WAY. But I want to win.

I'll tell you a story from when I was coaching my kids in soccer. Both of my kids at a certain age in their careers had run into a wall common to all but the very exceptional. They had gotten to be pretty good, and they wanted to enjoy the benefits of their hard work. But the arrival of this interest coincided with a new self-consciousness which made them reluctant to risk failing and looking foolish. So, they were hanging back from seizing the main chance when it appeared, and driving for the goal.

My solution was to post on the wall of our dining room a couple of simple points about self-discipline, the chief of which is this: You can't score a goal if you don't take a shot.

That's how it is here, too. If you don't stand up, you are laying down, and you'll never score that goal.

Here is what my kids live by now, in their own version of that lesson. I hear it from them all the time as they excel (accompanied by the sound of a father's breast swelling with pride): Go hard, or go home.

You, too. Go hard, or go home. Send those videos.

Do I ask for a lot? I want your victories to post, your financial support, your efforts at spreading the word, and your beautiful faces and inspiring words, too. It IS a lot.

But it's not too much. I'll let Thomas Paine explain:

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

Fear nothing but God.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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, 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).

Give Yourself A 30% Raise: A New Flyer


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?

We each have our reasons, and our story. It's time, and it's needed, for you to share yours with the world.


"The day we see truth and do not speak is the day we begin to die."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

What does it for you?

Is it simply because no moral and upstanding person has any choice when it comes to telling the truth over his or her signature, whether on tax forms or anywhere else?

Is it recognition of the critical importance of the rule of law, and the knowledge that if everybody leaves its caretaking to someone else, it will soon be lost to us completely?

Is it the money?

Maybe it's just simple respect for your own rights as a human being, who is not and cannot be not involuntarily subordinated to others?

Maybe it's just simple respect for your general civic responsibility to be the grown-up and enforce frugality and restraint on a big, powerful creature of our own devising which otherwise is like a badly-raised teenage boy given whiskey and car keys and let loose on the road to wreak havoc?

Or is it, perhaps, a more acute anxiety that if our bonfire of a state isn't damped, and quickly, it'll soon burn down the house around us all?

What IS it that firms up your jaw and stiffens your resolve?

It's time to take off the bushel and share your light!

I would like you to think about what it is that motivates you for a few moments (or all day, if you like), and then send me your thoughts. I want to put YOUR reasons to work inspiring folks who don't yet understand what this is all about.

In this day and age, the most effective way for you to share your thinking for the benefit of others is to video-record yourself talking about how you feel, and explaining what inspires and motivates YOU.

All you need is a webcam or cell-phone equipped with a camera. If you don't have, or know how to use, one of these, have a friend help. (And if you use a cell-phone, please have the orientation horizontal, not vertical-- that is, so that the screen of the phone on which you are watching yourself while taping looks like a TV or movie screen.)

If needed, write a little script for yourself. Better, though, to just speak extemporaneously, after spending a little time sorting out your thoughts and getting down into your heart. Perhaps make it a video of someone in your family, or a close friend, interviewing you.

Dress "business casual". Be well-groomed.

Keep yourself to no more than 2 or 3 minutes, and keep in mind that the purpose is not to educate, but to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE. Your video will be one of many to be shared. If you need to go longer to really say your piece, go for it (but long or short I may edit if something strikes me as wandering or off-key).

You needn't feel any obligation to be profound, and you shouldn't try to explain anything about the law, other than to say that you have read it and you know it's on your side. You just need to be sincere, and uplifting. Your object is to make your audience want to have what you have, and to be where you are in your heart.

Don't talk to ME, or to others in the CtC-educated community. Make remarks that are suited to the NON-CtC-educated community, and at the same time, be mindful that you're speaking to an audience that doesn't yet know ANYTHING about the subject, and whose first reaction is, "This must be illegal; this must be dangerous; this is too good to be true." You want to pull that audience right past such things, and straight to a focus on truth, morality, and our American heritage of liberty and the rule of law.


Speak about rights. Speak about morality, and the obligation of a grown-up and responsible person to speak the truth and to enforce the Constitution. Speak about everyone's duty to give to God what is God's, always, and to Caesar only what is really Caesar's. Speak of your obligation to respect yourself, and to look out for the current and future well-being of your children and your fellow citizens. Speak of CtC, and what its information has done for your understanding and resolve. Show the book.

If you have had victories, describe them. Better still, show them, if possible.

Be clear about just what you accomplished: EVERYTHING back-- Social Security, Medicare and all; a "notice of deficiency" closing notice; an on-paper agreement or acknowledgment that your earnings weren't subject to the tax and everything withheld or paid-in was an "overpayment"; a transcript showing all $0s; or whatever happened.

When you speak of state victories, name the state. If you had to overcome balkiness from a tax agency before winning any victory, describe that, too!

If you're in a battle now, speak of your resolve to uphold the law, come what may. If you haven't yet begun to act, speak of your decision to do so, and your plans.

Remember, your purpose is to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE.

If you're dealing with ongoing balkiness, describe that, too, if you wish-- but be sure to explain why you're not discouraged, and why you are not standing down, not slinking back into the barn, and not choosing to endorse the lies.

Identify yourself. Anonymity is for criminals and self-doubters, not CtC warriors. Naming yourself is a requirement, and your name will appear as a subtitle on the video when I prepare it for posting, in any event.

Mention what you do for a living, whether you're a doctor, homemaker, lawyer, trucker, IT guy or gal, or a retiree or student. Help people understand that the company of grown-up activist Americans they are being invited to join cuts across all demographics and all interests-- with the common denominator being respect for the law and love of the principles on which this great country was founded.

This is your chance to get a LOT accomplished.

We've all had frustrating occasions of trying to explain all this to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker, only to pile up against the wall of a mind not yet ready to listen and learn. Here is your chance to address a self-selected audience of folks who have themselves decided that it's time for them to begin paying attention, and have clicked on your testimonial for exactly that reason.

Further, think about this: You want judges, bureaucrats, CPAs, lawyers, the HR people where you work, your pastors, your neighbors and everyone else to acknowledge the truth about the tax openly and straightforwardly. How and why would these folks do this if YOU won't?

You want these folks to learn the truth. Why would they even recognize that there is a truth to be learned if you won't attest to having learned it yourself? You've got to stand up, face forward and chin up and tell these folks that you have studied and checked and verified and seen the evidence and seen the government evasions and you know that the tax is not the capitation that the beneficiary government wants everyone to think it is but a benign, but strictly limited thing, and that they need to study and learn that, too.

Again, if you have victories to show, that's nice, and powerful, too. But you don't have to have victories to display in order to declare your knowledge of what the law says. I've never flown around the world, but I've seen the evidence and considered the arguments, and I'm not hesitant to declare it a sphere...

Even those of you who haven't yet studied CtC have surely read this short document, and have verified everything in it for yourself. You should therefore be declaring its veracity and its message, loud and proud. Again, if you won't say it, how can you hope that others will ever even bother to look at the facts?

Be the change you want to see in the world, or there won't be any change.

So, please make and send those videos right away! You can share them with me via a cloud-based drive space like OneDrive.Live.com or GoogleDrive (give access permission to stategroups@losthorizons.com), or mail DVDs to me at 232 Oriole St., Commerce Twp., Michigan 48382, or even email to me if each file is no more than 20 megs (and you can break a video up if need be-- I can reassemble them). Render as .mpg or mp4, if possible; if not, send them how you have them and I'll make them work.

BTW: An encouraging and inspiring video will earn you access to the restricted pages on losthorizons.com and membership in the National Forum if you have also sent me a recent educated federal filing and IRS response (or relevant "return" or "account" transcript).

Remember, the restoration of institutional respect for individual rights and the rule of law depends on enough individuals insisting upon it. Do your part to let those starting to rub the sleep from their eyes know that there is a community already waiting for their fellowship with open arms and open hearts and shining spirits.

See how some of your fellow warriors for the truth have done their parts in videos sent over the years, many of which are posted here.

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams

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The Crime of the Misapplied Income Tax


Was Grandpa Really A Moron?

Critical Inquiries for a New American Century

Bob’s Bicycles


Getting Free Of The "Income" Tax Scheme Is As Easy As Falling Off A Bike

To get an idea of how today's "income" tax scheme works, try this little exercise:

Think of the federal government as a guy named Bob, who lives down the street from you in a town that is really big on bicycles. Bikes get used for commuting, deliveries, shopping, etc.. In fact, other than walking, bicycles are the exclusive form of transportation in your town.

Your neighbor Bob has a by-the-mile bicycle-renting business-- "Bob's Bicycles". Bob's Bicycles is far and away the biggest business in town.

Part of Bob’s success is because he does a lot of contract business. However, Bob doesn't just get paid by riders who have signed an agreement with him, or even just those using Bob's bikes. Bob gets something every time anybody in town does any riding at all, through an odd combination of circumstances that took many years to come together.

Here's how it happened...

Bob's Bicycles was launched long ago by the great grandfather of the present Bob (Bob IV). Great Grandpa Bob started out not only with a main location for his contract business-- he also had the bright idea of setting up spots around town where he parked some of his bikes for use by the more occasional rider, on an "honor system". Anyone could take and use one of these bikes, but they were expected to keep track of their mileage, and send Bob a "1040 Mileage Ridden/Rent Due Form" (and the appropriate rent), periodically. The initial design of the form was like this:

I, ______________, rode a Bob's Bicycle a total of _____ miles this year.

At Bob's rental rate of $.15 per mile, I owe Bob $______

I said that Great Grandpa Bob planned to deal with these occasional riders on the "honor system", and that's true. But he liked his money, too, and didn't want to miss anything that was due him. So, after setting up the "self-serve" locations, Great Grandpa Bob went around handing out "W-2, 1099 or K-1 Rider Reporting Forms" to every other business in town. The forms-- accompanied by notices that if Bob didn't get his rent from someone riding a bicycle in connection with any business, he would sue the company involved-- said:

Click here to enjoy the rest of this illuminating little parable

(...and if you want to see a liberating transformation take place THIS YEAR, forward this file to everyone in your address book.)

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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.


You Can’t Fight Well When You Don’t Know What You’re Fighting About

If you are having an argument with the IRS or any other tax agency,

  • You are NOT being presumed to have made “corporate profit”.

  • You are NOT being alleged to have received “foreign income”.

  • You are NOT entangled in an invisible “adhesion contract”.

  • You are NOT being obligated by a law whose subject is never identified.

You are being targeted because REAL EVIDENCE exists that YOU PERSONALLY HAD “INCOME” to which the revenue laws apply-- even though that evidence is almost certainly incorrect, and CAN be corrected.

There IS "A Law" By Which You Can Be Made Liable, And This Is How It Works

Now Learn How To Be Master Of The Situation

See the Proof

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Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri. America is waking up.


Do You Know What Happens When YOU Decide To "Let Someone Else Do It"?



"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do."

-Everett Hale

(...and every other person who ever really deserved liberty)


"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

-Daniel Webster


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

-Edward R. Murrow





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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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CtC Videos And Audio Resources


"Never must thou take up a false cry, or join hands with the guilty by giving false witness in their favor. Never must thou follow with the crowd in doing wrong, or be swayed by many voices so as to give false judgment; even pity for the poor must not sway thee when judgment is to be given."

-Exodus 23:1-3


Doing A Little High-Payoff Math

IF EACH PERSON receiving this newsletter each week distributed as few as 100 of any of the great outreach tools featured here to co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members (or just strangers on the street, in the mall, etc...), we could have SEVERAL MILLION new Americans suddenly introduced to the liberating truth about the tax!

Just like that! In one week!

C'mon, people, let's roll on this!

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

‑Dale Carnegie

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Spread The Truth


A Few Tips For Making Best Use Of This WebSite



When directed to a page by topic or link, read everything.

I know that this can mean the investment of a lot of time, attention and effort, but although some may imagine otherwise, I don't write as much as I do because I can't think of any other way to spend my time...

Furthermore, when you encounter a hyperlink within, or associated with, the text you are reading, follow it!

It is pretty common these days for web-based material to be littered with hyperlinks. Sometimes the purpose is to provide definitions or examples, in order to ensure that folks reading the original material aren't presented with a word or reference which they don't understand. Sometimes the links lead to illustrations pertinent to the original text.

It is common-- and perfectly understandable-- for folks who are confident that they are familiar with language or references within the main text they are reading to get in the habit of skipping over included links. I do it all the time, myself!

However, I very rarely include links for definitional or explanatory purposes; and when I DO make a link out of text in one page it is generally to another self-contained page, rather than merely illustrative material. These other pages contain material the clear understanding of which I deem highly important for the proper and complete understanding of the original page. (Links to CtC, the Victories pages, CtC Warriors and so on are obvious exceptions to this general rule. On the other hand, a link to the victory Highlights or 'Every Which Way But Loose' pages, which might seem like such exceptions, are not. The special selection of victories on those pages, and the filed docs and tax-agency correspondences included therewith, themselves constitute highly instructive material which merits careful attention. Thus care needs to be taken in all cases.)

Please make a habit of clicking on all provided links and at least looking briefly to ensure that the linked page is one with which you are completely familiar from another study session.

Finally, please keep in mind that, annoying though it may seem at first blush (but not, I trust, upon reflection), I constantly tweak material already posted. Obviously this doesn't mean that every page is in flux at all times, but it does mean that if you are directed to a page that IS familiar, it's worthwhile to read it through again if it's been a while since your last having done so.


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"Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."

-George Gordon (Lord) Byron