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The Lost Horizons News

Mid-Edition Update for August 26, 2019

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Featured In This Update:

Dealing With "Frivolous" Threats


Two Cognitive Tips


Other Voices: 'Here Are Five Lies About Iran...'


Shawn Laster Invites Everyone Into The Community


Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Selected Features From Recent Editions:

Bringing The Cleansing Storm


Other Voices: 'Israel Has "The Most Moral Army in the World"?'


Two Great New Testimonials (And A Very Important Afterword)


A Great Set Of Victories-- With A Message


Fake "Fake List" FRP Hoax Assaults


Another Criminal Practice By The IRS


Three Cognitive Touchstones


A Very Serious Question For Everyone


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"


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


See Prior Editions In Their Entirety:

Newsletter Archives


Get All Newsletters As They Are Published:

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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:

August 26- In 1883, Krakatoa erupted with a force estimated at 13,000 times that of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, generating a sound heard at least 2,000 miles away and destroying most of the island on which the volcano sits.  In 1920, American women gain the right to vote under the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


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


Dealing With "Frivolous" Threats

A handy list of tips, recommendations and references.

1. REBUT THE INITIAL ALLEGATION (i.e., the "LTR3176C), as discussed here or here (and read the drill-down on each of these here to get fully up-to-speed on the distinction).

NOTE: Always read such "LTRs" and other notices carefully to be sure you understand what each purports to be about. For instance, look for "CIVPEN"; look for "6702(a)" (to distinguish penalties allegedly arising from the filing of a return, which may otherwise be unclear); look for alleged submission dates; specifications of the filing year to which they relate; and so on.

2. IF THE INITIAL ALLEGATION is followed by any assertion that a penalty has been "assessed" or "charged" (such as on CP504s or CP15s), secure "pushback" documents through FOIA request or personal visit to a local TAC as discussed here (and sue for First and Fifth Amendment violations as discussed here).

NOTE: Read these assertion notices through carefully-- they usually do not call for responses, but there are exceptions. Usually the most these involve is a request for agreement or disagreement. Such a response need be nothing more than "I agree," or "I don't agree". If the latter, and a need is felt to offer an explanation, the contents of the affidavits provided with a proper response to the initial LTR3176C (or other initial penalty threat) should suffice.

3. IF A NOTICE OF INTENT TO LEVY arrives which alerts you to your right to a Collections Due Process Hearing (CDPH), promptly request that hearing.

NOTE: Such a notice will often include a furnished Form 12153 with which to request the hearing. This presumption laden form need not be used. See page 9 of the IRS Collections Due Process Handbook you'll find on the CtC Companion CD for information on how to request the hearing without the form. Keep in mind that the hearing request is NOT the hearing, and is no place for arguments. See a generic example of nice, simple request here (but understand that this example is purely illustrative).

NOTE II: A "Collection Appeal Program" hearing (offers of which have lately been appearing on notices which are NOT "final notices of intent to levy") is NOT a Collection Due Process Hearing, and cannot be appealed. You want the real deal, which can.

4. IF ANYTHING IS TAKEN (or diverted) from you prior to a CDPH (which means either prior to you being alerted to your right to a hearing, or before a hearing, once made available-- and then requested-- has gone through the whole gamut to final resolution), sue. Such a seizure or diversion (an example of which is given here) is a flat violation of 26 U.S.C. § 6330.

5. IF ANYTHING IS TAKEN (or diverted) from you based on the "ARG44" penalty allegation discussed here (as shown in any internal documentation you secure by the means discussed in #2 above, or as shown in any other way), plug your facts and documentation into the lawsuit template available here (and discussed in more detail here) to see if this is a viable avenue for redress (or troll-slappin') in your case in addition to the others listed above.

“Persons dealing with the government are charged with knowing government statutes and regulations, and they assume the risk that government agents may exceed their authority and provide misinformation.”

-Lavin v. Marsh, 644 f.2d 1378 (9th CA 1981)

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Two Cognitive Tips

Knowing the "who" from the "what", and why; and keeping a clear head about official competence.

WHILE WE'RE IN A "things to keep in mind" mode, as generated by the preceding article, let me talk briefly about something that I just saw for the thousandth time: An expression, from an otherwise pretty solid CtC-educated guy, concerning "who is subject" to the tax.

This expression reflects either an overly-casual attitude toward the subtleties of the tax, or a dangerous misunderstanding.

Never forget that the tax is in no way ever an "on-whom" thing. It is an "on WHAT" thing.

This may seem like nit-picking. After all, it's easy to explain away the "who" expression with the argument that "who" means "the person who does _____", as in, "A guy who gets dividends from investments in federal corporations is a "who" subject to the tax".

But, not really. It is the federally-privileged investment activity that is subject to the tax (and even then, only if gainful). Or, if you like, it is the receipt of gains from the investments that is subject to the tax (but only if the investments involve the exercise of federal privilege). Being the guy engaged in the investments or receiving the gains only makes a "who" subject to the tax as an effect of the other, more primary operations of law.

A ONE-STEP-REMOVED STATEMENT about a "who" can seem ok in an exchange between educated correspondents. But the use of that short-hand will inevitably undermine the firmness of one's grip on subtle aspects of the tax which are often the most confusing and thus the most contributory to its misunderstanding. No one can afford that erosion.

Further, in attempting to educate others, the use of any short-hand expressions will invariably come back to haunt. So, just as we all must habituate ourselves to the sometimes awkward invariability of using "worker" instead of "employee" when we mean someone not custom-defined in the law, we must also be diligent about other accuracies, even when short-hand might seem sufficient, and much the easier or more convenient choice.


AGAIN, WHILE SPEAKING OF THINGS to keep in mind, here's another: There is a natural and dangerously wrong tendency on everyone's part to imagine competence in others. This delusion is especially strong as regards people in positions of trust and honor, or at least, authority.

Don't be misled by this unfortunate tendency!!

Never assume that any official with whom you may be dealing, whether a grunt at a tax agency or one in a black robe, knows ANYTHING about the real nature of the tax. Don't assume such a person knows anything about tax law in general.

I FEAR I MAY HAVE inadvertently encouraged this false assumption myself, in a way...

I often speak of the "ignorance tax"-- that is, the misapplication of the tax laws-- as a "scheme", and it is one. At some level of the state, the truth is known and the misapplication is deliberate.

But at every other level, it is highly likely that those you encounter, regardless of their official or professional status, know nothing more about the tax and tax law than you did before you became CtC-educated. Now that you ARE CtC-educated, most everyone with whom you deal-- regardless of that person's professional or official status; and regardless of their claims or protestations to the contrary-- knows a great deal less than you do.

The point is that it falls to you to ensure that anyone with whom you must deal concerning the tax-- most particularly appeals officers and judges-- knows what he or she is talking (or making decisions) about, or has reason to know it. Again, such critical knowledge should never be assumed.

Templates for the presentation of the facts about the nature of the tax and tax law in general can be found on "restricted" pages linked from the losthorizons.com site map in this collection and this collection.

(Mind you, nothing above is to be taken as encouraging the education of any pencil-pusher at any tax agency with whom contact is had. Tax agency employees just quietly follow the manual, generally, and trying to explain to them why the manual tells them what it does won't accomplish anything except the wasting of your time and theirs, unless undertaken purely in the spirit of charity.

Those who don't just quietly follow the manual, like the busybodies who sometimes surface during "identity verifications" phone calls or might be encountered when making in-person requests for documents related to alleged FRPs, and who seize such opportunities to harass with absurd questions, like, "How can you say you had no "wages" when amounts were withheld from you?" are likely ineducable from lack of wattage, as shown by the idiocy of the challenges they attempt to pose.

In any event, time spent trying to educate the "bad-apple" category of tax agency worker is just as much wasted as in the case of the "worker-bee" types. It doesn't MATTER whether any of these folks know the truth. Encounters with such folks are not legal contests, and even the busybodies are going to just follow the book in the end.)

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A Very Serious Question For Everyone

One that is very hazardously going unanswered...


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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".


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 27- In 1859, oil is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania.  In 1921, the British install King Faisal I of Iraq.  In 1928, sixty nations-- including virtually all who would be embroiled in World War II a few years later-- sign the Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war.


Other Voices:


Here Are Five Lies About Iran That We Need To Refute to Stop Another Illegal War

by Mehdi Hasan

FORGET URANIUM ENRICHMENT: Has Iran mastered time travel?

Last month, the Trump White House put out a typically Orwellian statement, chock-filled with lies, distortions, and half-truths about Iran and the 2015 nuclear deal. One line in particular stood out from the rest: “There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”

strange wording in this new White House statement on Iran. "There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms." ? pic.twitter.com/6b8Wizod2p

— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) July 1, 2019

Huh? The Iranians were violating an agreement — before it even existed?

Is it any surprise that even the foreign minister of Iran took to Twitter to join the online ridiculing of the White House?

Seriously? pic.twitter.com/oZApumVt2T

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 2, 2019

The Trump administration’s lies on the topic of Iran are now beyond parody. There is, however, nothing funny about them. U.S. government lies can have deadly consequences: Never forget that hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, not to mention more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel, are dead today because of the sheer volume of falsehoods told by the George W. Bush administration.

So it is incumbent upon journalists to do in 2019 what we collectively did not do in 2003: Check the facts, challenge the lies, debunk the myths.

Here’s my contribution: a refutation of five of the most dishonest and inaccurate claims from the hawks — claims that brought the United States and Iran to the brink of conflict only a few weeks ago.


Click here to read the rest of this article

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



I HOPE YOU READ ALL of Hasan's article. Unfortunately, Hasan makes some absurd swipes at Iran in his last paragraph, such as accusing it of being a "serial violator of human rights". It's pretty tough to make that case on a relative basis against any country with Israel and Saudi Arabia for neighbors...

Hasan also accuses Iran of being complicit in "Bashar Assad's murderous attacks on his own people"-- something anyone above room temperature knows to be nonsense-- and of backing Hamas and Hezbollah, while offering not a word of explanation as to why this is somehow a bad thing (keep in mind that the mere fact that nut-cases like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo call these organizations "terrorists" doesn't make it true...).

Hasan also confusedly accuses Iran of anti-Semitism, a ridiculous charge in light of the facts that Iran has always welcomed and respected its Jewish citizens and has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel. Sadly, Hasan is buying into the false argument that opposition to the actions or policies of the State of Israel is, or is an indication of, hatred of Jews (which is like saying that opposition to the regime of Kim Jong-un is, or is an indication of, hatred of Asians...).

Hasan may have considered these gratuitous and inappropriate swipes to be obligatory, lest as a journalist with an Arabic name he be assumed to be biased in Iran's favor, leading to the reflexive dismissal of the meat of his article. But though they mar the piece, the swipes do not diminish the substance and value of its preceding and central point: The pretexts for the ongoing assault of Iran-- and its intended escalation into a hot war-- which are being peddled by the Trump administration and its fellow travelers in neo-con think-tanks throughout Washington and elsewhere are all bullsh*t.

As Hasan says, this vile tripe is of the same character (and is, in many cases, oozed forth from the same orifices) as the despicable lies that suckered Americans into enthusiasm for the ruinous and deeply-immoral Iraq invasion in 2003. Everyone-- journalists especially, perhaps, but everyone else to the greatest degree possible-- must denounce these lies and refuse consent to the aggression they are meant to facilitate.

OF COURSE, beyond simple denunciation, everyone should also act to regulate the embarrassingly out-of-control state apparatus that is committing the crimes against which Hasan writes. That civic responsibility needs to be practiced for many other reasons, as well, but this immediate one is pretty compelling.

All that is needed to accomplish that very virtuous regulation is for enough Americans to learn about the Founders and Framers intentions that such regulation be practiced, and the mechanisms hard-wired into the US Constitution by those wise and farseeing men. The best way to accomplish that is to share with everyone you can reach the little two-page paper here.

Well, and uphold the law yourself, of course... That's the beauty of the Founders' design-- you don't have to be party to the crimes of others, and in refusing to do so the law is 100% on your side.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 28- In 1845, Scientific American publishes its first issue.  In 1961, Motown Records releases what will be its first #1 hit, 'Please, Mr. Postman' by the Marvelettes.  In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech to 200,000 in Washington, DC.  In 1968, riots erupt at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  In 1991, Ukraine declares its independence from the USSR, and Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.  In 2016, Brazil's president is impeached and removed from office.


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



Shawn Laster Urges Everyone To Join The CtC Community

...and take up their civic responsibilities like real American grown-ups.

GOTTA LOVE THIS GOOD MAN-- a true patriot who is standing up from amongst his more timid fellows to bear witness to a challenging but hugely-important truth. Shawn realizes that there is only ONE WAY to accomplish the restoration of the Republic. He realizes that without that restoration, America is doomed to collapse into total despotism and barbarism.

This grown-up American knows that the fatal collapse is already well underway, as indicated by:

  • 24/7 government surveillance of the citizenry;

  • widespread and worsening infringements on speech rights;

  • steady incremental infringements on Second Amendment rights and constant pressure for more;

  • the effective end of the right to trial by jury in civil cases at the whim of politically-appointed judges and in criminal cases by the corrupt leverage of plea bargains;

  • the subversion of our churches;

  • the virtual control of Congress by the "security state" industry;

  • the aggressive and near-universal mis-education of children (read: future voters, officials, etc.) at the hands of government schools to which they are surrendered by parents coerced into doing so by their relative impoverishment at the hands of the misapplied income tax;

  • the distortion of public and private morals, policies and practices and the destruction of the overall economy that result from a huge percentage of America's aggregate wealth being concentrated in the hands of institutions vulnerable to political pressures and manipulations;

  • the theft by fiat-money-inflation of what otherwise would be a steady productivity-growth premium in the hands of every American;

  • and the looming threat of thermonuclear extinction;

...to name just a few of the demons now stalking what was once the land of the free and the home of the brave.

This good American grown-up realizes that all of these ruinous things are the dire and immediate threats and active harms that they are because the Leviathan state is just that: an overgrown, and thus arrogant and uncontrolled Leviathan so swollen by pelf as to be able to overwhelm and defeat invocations of Constitutional restraints by which the Founders and Framers meant to keep it small and lean and a servant of the People.

Don't YOU realize these things, too?


These videos are easy to make, and very important (plus they 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:

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.


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.


Get this flyer as a printable .pdf here

Get this flyer as a multi-piece printable .pdf here


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 2013, historians took note that it was the 174th 30th of August since Iran last initiated military aggression against anyone.

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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WANTED! Your Article!!

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:

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.

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:

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.  In 2017, Russia expels 755 US diplomats in response to the imposition of economic sanctions premised on the spurious assertions that 1. Russia had invaded and seized Crimea (the Crimean population voted overwhelmingly in favor of Russian annexation of the peninsula after a US-engineered coup expelled the Russian-leaning elected government of Ukraine and replaced it with an administration of Ukrainian Nazis which then proceeded to shell eastern Ukraine for its refusal to recognize the new regime and 2. that Russia had interfered in US elections in 2016.


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