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Held Over: What's missing from all the 'Iran' stuff; a
bit of good journalism on the origin of ISIS; a very virtuous bill
introduced in the House; George Carlin is suitably honored; the NSA
shooting; a telling evasion in Doreen's re-trial; more...
it would mean the government's been concealing and
denying the truth for years
and everybody knows THAT would never happen...
(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is
No Such Agency!)
know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?
someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated,
far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were
complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it
wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they
themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even
while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from
the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax
bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?
know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fourteenth)
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April 26- In 1607, English colonists make
landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia before going on to establish
Jamestown. In 1865, Confederate General Joseph Johnson
surrenders to Union General William Tecumseh Sherman near
Durham, North Carolina; and John Wilkes Booth is reportedly
found and killed by Union cavalry troops in North Virginia. In
1933, the Gestapo is established in Germany. In 1982, a South
Korean police officer spends eight hours using his
department-issued weapons (and a few others selected from the
police armory) systematically killing 57 civilians-- most in
their homes, but the first three being the local telephone
Anniversaries of interest for
each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter
First of all, THANK YOU!!! to everyone who has been
helping get the word out... Here's how the campaign is going,
and what's new...
WE RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM OUR COUNTY SHERIFF to
our request for his help in defending Doreen's rights that puts
the unique character of this case into focus. Michael Bouchard,
sheriff of Oakland County, Michigan, wrote back:
I appreciate you taking the time to contact the
Sheriff’s Office with your concerns. However, as the Sheriff, I
am not allowed nor do I have the authority by law to intervene
with any court cases or judicial proceedings. I would encourage
you to seek legal counsel on this matter.
Michael J. Bouchard
Oakland County Sheriff
President Emeritus, Major County Sheriffs’
Association of America
Bouchard's response nicely illustrates the
unprecedented and pardigm-shattering situation here, in which
Doreen is being victimized by members of the federal judiciary
in cooperation with with rights-violating executive-branch
Everyone is conditioned to resort to the federal
judiciary as the arbiters of last resort, and even to buy into
what has long been
the fiction that those judges are objective and
personally-disengaged. Consequently, many whose positions charge
them with responsibilities relevant to this kind of situation
just collapse into complete incomprehension when faced with the
actions of the judges involved in Doreen's case, which involve
crystal-clear and unmistakable Constitutional violations with
absolutely zero cover of precedent or credible rationalization.
That no-place-to-hide quality is unique. Even
when a court is dealing with a Fourth Amendment violation by the
NSA, or even a torture case, there actually are judicial
precedents (the virtues of which are irrelevant for purposes of
this point) and there is the "national security" rationale (the
virtues of which are irrelevant for purposes of this point.
But the orders made to Doreen, very much to the
contrary, are completely unprecedented. Further, they not only
serve no defensible government interest but are in service to a
government interest (the control of inconvenient speech and due
process rights) which the government is expressly prohibited
from advancing and the courts are expressly prohibited from
finding to be compelling.
In fact, the Bill of Rights says that it is a
compelling governmental and judicial interest to ensure that no
one is ever subject to orders like those made to Doreen, and no
one is ever punished for resisting such orders.
So someone like Michael Bouchard, who swore an oath
to uphold the Constitution, is not only authorized but is
required to "intervene with any court case or judicial
proceeding" of this kind. There is nothing in the law that says
that Constitutional violations by members of the judiciary, or
those committed under the cover of a "judicial proceeding" are
A lot of folks have spoken well to me of Sheriff
Richard Mack, formerly of Graham County, Arizona, as one who
recognizes the primacy of authority and responsibility of a
county sheriff in terms of law enforcement. I wonder if he would
recognize the realities of this situation that Michael Bouchard
is missing. If anyone knows him, perhaps they could ask him
about this and let me know what he has to say (and if it's the
right answer, encourage Mack to explain it to Sheriff
SCORES AND SCORES OF FOLKS have been sending me
word and copies of what they have sent to news organizations
about the assault on Doreen's rights. It's beginning to work--
I've been contacted by several media outlets and we will begin
getting some traction soon. This is wonderful, and all thanks to
Also, last week's press release is posted on
here. Commenting is available (and would be helpful).
HERE IS THE LATEST PIECE for distribution to news
organizations (and my thanks to the most excellent Tim O'Brien
for putting this one together):
I HOPE EVERYONE IS TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY to raise
the consciousness of their interlocutors with the "Why?" point
when discussing what's being done to Doreen. Find some words on
here and in the two installments of my
post-sentencing-seminar videos (found
As always, the corrupt always go too far for their
own good with their evil-- at least, too far for their own good
if people like you and me make use of their excesses. Here, this
can be done by helping others recognize that the degree of
nakedness in defiance of the law being revealed in the assault
on Doreen would only happen as a desperate effort to evade a
very real threat to the vampire state-- a threat as unlike any
as potent on behalf of liberty as the violations by the
state in its efforts to evade that threat are unlike any others.
OF NECESSITY, I AM ASKING FOR HELP with Doreen's
legal expenses. It is my experience that when the name
Hendrickson appears on the caption, courts find themselves under
pressure from their clients to creatively misunderstand
arguments or authorities. Thus, my requests for oral arguments
in the appellate court have always been denied whenever I have
handled my own cases. I am sure the same would be true for
Doreen. But I believe it is harder for the courts to refuse such
requests when put by a licensed attorney admitted to practice
before a given court.
Partly for that reason, and partly to enjoy
the benefit of his many years of experience and excellent
quality of work, we are retaining a lawyer I know well and deem
to be an honorable man, and who is committed to working closely
with me on Doreen's appeal. All his good qualities
notwithstanding, though, Mark is not free, or even cheap.
Thus, I am asking all those who can and care to do
so to help as much as you can. Donations can be sent to Doreen
Hendrickson at 232 Oriole St., Commerce Twp., Michigan 48382.
Mark "legal expenses" on the memo line or an accompanying note
and you'll get back a specially-made "care bracelet" bearing the
message "I STAND WITH DOREEN" and an icon of an American Eagle,
which will help you engage in conversations with others about
just what is going on here, and will ultimately become a
treasured remembrance of your participation in important events,
FINALLY, FOR NOW, I HOPE EVERYONE WILL UNDERSTAND
and forgive that my ability to timely respond to email is even
more compromised than usual, just as is my ability to post the
fresh and eclectic material I usually offer on this page. I've
had much to do working on things in Doreen's case, as well as
the press releases and other materials you've been seeing-- and
dealing with the responses to same. Please be patient; I will
get to everything I can as soon as I can.
America's Only Hope Lies In Spreading The
Truth About The Tax
Reliance on the courts, the political process or the
timely conversion of the masses to an ideology of freedom by punditry
and educational programs are pipe-dreams.
I was amused (in a grim sort of way) at the irony of
a recent column by a self-described libertarian pundit, titled, 'Conservative
Blindness on Iran'. The writer chastises the neo-con nut-case
community for a mote in its eye while blithely putting the beam in his
own on display.
The hypocritical column critiques neo-con pundits for their deliberate
refusal to see deeper than the 1979 embassy hostage-taking when
writing about the boogieman-du-jour, Iran. But immediately after
pouring a little well-deserved scorn on his targets for treating a
willful blindness to any facts which put the national-security state
in the wrong as a principle of "patriotism", the columnist declares
"Of course, such principles don’t apply to
libertarians. Not only are we not reluctant to acknowledge that the
national-security state has engaged in horrific wrongdoing since its
inception, we would dismantle this Cold War dinosaur and
restore a constitutionally limited republic to our land."
Really? When are you planning to start, friend?
There being no advice to his readers to learn
CtC's revelations about the state's real taxing structure and
authority, this writer's fine intentions are as bankable as those of
any cheap political hack-- meaning not worth the paper on which they
are printed. Like those political hacks, the writer hopes to be judged
solely by those professed good intentions, with his ongoing financial support of
the state he loves to denounce, and his failure to actually help
restrain and dismantle it or introduce his readers to the means by
which this can be done, both conveniently overlooked.
HERE'S THE THING, my fine-talking friend (and every other mere and
motionless gripe-monger and critic of the empire): talk is cheap, and worse than
pointless. Talking about how bad things are without acting to fix them
does nothing but foster a delusional sense that the problem is being
attended-to while in fact, all that is happening is that precious time
and narrowing opportunities are passing away.
We've had this explained to us by better men than me. For
example, last Monday was the 240th anniversary of Patrick
Henry's rightly celebrated, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
speech. How glorious and inspiring are those seven ringing words!
But as inspiring of high feeling as those seven ringing
words can be, today we would be better off paying attention to those
which preceded them in Henry's famous oration. Let's remember that what
prompted Henry's speech was the inclination of many in his native
Virginia to just keep talking about the frightening darkness that was approaching,
rather than doing what was really needed-- shutting-up and putting-up.
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope
with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will
it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally
disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we
acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our
backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies
shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a
proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our
This fine-talking columnist and any other writer or commentator that
criticizes the state or warns darkly of how bad things are getting, or
declares his resolve in favor of restoring the limited government
under the rule of law bequeathed to us by the Founders but does not
end his or her comments with a direction to
Cracking the Codeis a hypocrite.
Such folks refuse to match their deeds to their
words. They condemn the rogue state but don't accompany their
implicit (or sometimes explicit) exhortations to action against
the threat with information on the one and only way effective
action can be taken short of taking up arms.
CtC AND THE TRUTH IT REVEALS WILL DO THE JOB.
Don't get me wrong. I take a backseat to no one in my admiration and
appreciation for Edward Snowden, William Binney, Thomas Drake and the
various other whistleblowers who have revealed to the world the
systematic violation of the Fourth Amendment committed by the United
States (by which I mean the government unit that goes by that name). I
feel the same abiding affection for those who revealed and
alerted us all to any and every other evil committed by the
Nor do I stint in my admiration and appreciation for the handful of
actual journalists plying that noble profession in the USA and
elsewhere, the members of which can be recognized by their
uncompromising presentation and coverage of the revelations of Snowden
and all the others. But all that admiration and appreciation notwithstanding,
all those revelations and all that coverage are going to do
no immediate good.
Revealing these violations empowers Americans and others to know
what's being done to them, and to scream and sue and politic about
them. But it has not and will not compel the violators (whose compatriots
and enablers and co-conspirators run the courts in which the suits are
brought and the political process in which the screaming and
politicking is done) to do anything different.
The fact is, revelations of these violations are merely road-markers identifying yet more
clearly the path down which we are going at an increasingly alarming
BUT THERE IS A
REVELATION which DOES promise to actually
be a solution, not just a highlighting of the problem. This revelation empowers individual Americans to do all
that needs to be done, with no reliance on a highly-unlikely sudden
embrace of virtue by the very malefactors whose evil needs to be
The revelation of which I speak is the simple, powerful,
unambiguous truth about the income tax.
The truth about the tax is so plainly-evident and
thoroughly-supported by every possible authority that anyone spending
as little as two hours reading through
this paper will irrevocably know it and understand it. That truth
is so unmistakable once an accurate presentation has been taken in
that it can never again be forgotten or misunderstood, and it
inescapably compels right behavior from everyone who comes to know it
(except those whose agenda is advanced by violation of the law).
One of the
key aspects of the tax that comes to be understood by that reading is
that its application under the law is entirely within the control of
each individual, rather than being an externally-imposed extraction.
Those who learn the liberating truth about the tax
discover that most of them have actually been simply hood-winked into
agreeing to the otherwise improper application of the tax to their
earnings and wealth. All their working lives they've been saying "Yes"
to being taxed to feed Leviathan, when they could have been saying
"No" and retaining control over the use and disposition of their
In practical terms suited to the context of this
observation, this means that while most anyone reading about Edward
Snowden's revelations will get righteously pissed and paranoid but
have no recourse for anything further, that same person, upon reading
CtC's revelations, will promptly cut the NSA's funding, and do so as
part of a larger, comprehensive withdrawal of consent to Leviathan's
illegal excesses in what is actually a meaningful manner.
In fact, that withdrawal of fuel and consent supporting Leviathan is
the implementation of the Framers' Constitutional provision of a "Smithian"
invisible hand by which each person's attention to his own
self-interest automatically and organically provides for the
well-being of society overall. The Founding generation was
far-sighted, and knew that it is the nature of states to metastasize
into a grave threat like the one confronting us today if not checked
by individual Americans acting from outside the errant institutional
And if you give it a moment's thought, you'll understand
how powerful a solution the Framers provided for us. Consider the
effect of 10 million Americans saying "No" instead of "Yes" on their
tax returns next month because they have learned they never should
have been saying "Yes" in the first place. That WILL actually make a
difference-- hugely, meaningfully, and right now!
No amount of journalism about this abuse or that usurpation will do
the same, or will do anything at all except inflict upon the American
people a will-sapping sense of despair.
I WANT TO REPEAT AND EMPHASIZE for those not yet knowing the
truth about the tax: The individual control over the application
of the tax to which I have referred IS the law. This is NOT a
matter of how I think taxes ought to work in America, or the
application of some "rights" doctrine by which I argue that the
tax law should be read in some particular way contrary to how
the government reads it.
The law only reads one way
and the government reads it exactly the same way I read it. The
misapplication happens not by disagreement over what the law
says, but by simple exploitation of the fact that YOU haven't
ever read the law at all, and it has been constructed in a way
to allow that ignorance to be used against you, with your
As a consequence, revealing the truth about the tax simply enables
American men and women to act knowledgeably in accordance with
the law, and informs them of the fact that their prior ignorance
has been ruthlessly exploited to their great harm for all their
working lives. Serendipitously, coming to understand the tax
also provides a deep and liberating education in federal law and
the real legal relationship of citizen and state generally.
The revelations of
CtC don't call for a revolution. They simply call for a
restoration of the law by knowledgeable action fully within and
respectful of the existing legal structure, in which every
American can enthusiastically participate with no qualms or
It's really this simple: All that is necessary to restore limited
government and the law in America is for enough Americans to
learn the truth about the income tax. At the same time, nothing
else will do.
THE STATE WHOSE LAWLESS PRACTICES AND AMBITIONS
will be reined-in once enough Americans come to know the
truth about the tax is very conscious of this reality. This is
why its efforts to suppress
CtC-- the sole
and exclusively-complete and accurate presentation of the truth
about the tax-- have even gone so far as unprecedented
government-sought court orders commanding that my wife and I
pretend to repudiate our sworn tax-return testimony and replace
it with government-dictated disavowals of what
By itself this should answer any doubt anyone
reading this might harbor about all that I have said here. This
deep a step into the swamp would never be taken except in direst
To put it another way, you can tell when you're
right over the target by the heaviness of the defensive flak.
is drawing a flak-attack such as nothing else ever has, because
it IS the one and only stake poised right over the vampire's
heart, needing only enough Americans to pile on and drive it
I know how surreal this is, and how difficult to
credit. With all the sturm und drang on so many issues
reverberating in the media and on everyone's radar-screens, the
idea that there should be a superbug able to take down the
monster, and that this little chunk of information from this
obscure source should be it, seems impossible.
But while it may seem impossible to you, every act by the state
makes clear that IT doesn't think it impossible at all; quite
After all, what else has prompted an explicit
government campaign to misrepresent the content of a book (as
else has prompted the state to seek
plainly unconstitutional court orders such as those
mentioned above, one deliberately
adopting as a "judicial finding" the government's
misrepresentation of that book (and purporting to take control,
by prior restraint, of sworn declarations of belief on tax
forms), and the other commanding the book's author to replace
his research-based conclusions about the suitability of his
earnings for reporting on a tax return with contrary
declarations dictated by the government, to create the
appearance that the author had repudiated his research?
The ONLY thing that could prompt these
extraordinary, completely unprecedented events is the
correctness of all that
CtC says, and the state's recognition of its superbug
After all, iIf
CtC were wrong (and therefore not the threat to ongoing
state lawlessness that it is), there wouldn't be a campaign to
discourage and suppress the book. I simply wouldn't have those
refunds to post. Those refunds never would have happened, and certainly
even if a few
inexplicably "slipped through some
crack" at first they would have ended many years ago, after the
first few hundred at most.
There'd be no effort to make me appear to have
CtC-- none would be needed. It would be more than
enough that I would have nothing to show in its support, and
that all the thousands of readers who have independently tested
my research and analysis with their own would be reporting its
There'd be no misrepresentation of
government officials. Those officials would have no need to pretend that
the book says what it does
not, so as to create a false pretext for declaring it
There would be no carefully-nurtured
planted on the internet and within the "tax honesty" movement
steadily pumping out dis-information about
CtC. After all, why
bother with such things if the book were wrong, or not the
super-weapon for liberty and restraint of the state that I say
Burn into your brain now
recognition that anyone who tells himself that it can't be as
CtC is in denial of the facts in front of his own
Burn into your brain now
that anyone who lies quietly in the weeds for fear of being
noticed by enemies of the truth and the law is thereby conceding
victory to those enemies.
Burn into your brain now
that anyone who seeks to distract his fellows from
CtC is a
collaborator, wittingly or unwittingly, with the enemies of
liberty and the Founders' republic.
Burn into your brain now
that anyone who gripe-mongers without referring his audience to
the solution of
CtC is a hypocrite.
Burn into your brain now
that anyone who calls himself or herself an advocate of "tax
honesty" who doesn't direct his website visitors and everyone
else with whom he has influence to
the exclusive sources of actual liberating truth about the tax,
endlessly proven accurate in
even the most challenging circumstances and on
tens of thousands of occasions and by the
equally-unprecedented judicial evasions and distortions
mentioned above-- really isn't.
WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND at what's going on in America
today, you should be scared. But what you should be scared of is
that you have been letting precious time slip away without
having exerted your utmost to strengthen and deploy the solution
that lies right at hand, while you still are able to do so.
A few weeks ago I quoted William O. Douglas on this
page, who said,
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does
oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where
everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such
twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however
slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
I was soft-pedaling with that quote.
There is no "slight" change in the air for us to be aware of--
the fact is, darkness is already well upon us. It only seems
otherwise to those not looking closely because the land is
filled with bonfires in which our rights, the Constitution and
the rule of law generally are being burned away.
Wake to the peril; wake to the remedy.
PEOPLE!! I ask each of you to take a moment
RIGHT NOW and email Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras,
urging them to take notice of what gets posted on these
pages every week. Maybe hearing from all of the thousands
upon thousands of Americans and others around the world who
get these newsletters, all demanding the attention of these
journalists to the same subject will bump one or both of
them into waking to this hugely-important story.
April 27- In 1773, the
British Parliament grants a monopoly of tea imports into North
America to the politically-connected British East India
Company. In 1861, Lincoln suspends habeas corpus in order to
facilitate his suppression of dissent against his policies. In
1945, Benito Mussolini is captured by Italian partisans while
trying to escape Italy disguised as a German soldier. In 1974,
10,000 march in Washington calling for Richard Nixon's
impeachment. In 2002, the last successful signal exchange with
the Pioneer 10 spacecraft takes place as it continues its
journey toward interstellar space.
Do you have a victory to share?
here to learn how to do so.
If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled
or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go
here to learn what to do.
Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax
has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's
ministerial community. This must change.
passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular
contributions of fuel from the passengers to
keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable
waterfall ahead, and note a
soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger
each day. What does common sense suggest?
April 28- In 1788,
Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the United States
Constitution. In 1945, Italian fascist dictator Benito
Mussolini is executed by fed-up Italian citizens. In 1947, Thor
Heyerdahl sets out from Peru bound for Polynesia on the Kon-Tiki
raft to prove that it could be done. In 1952, the post-World
War II occupation of Japan ends after 6 1/2 years. In 1996,
President Bill Clinton testifies for the defense in the
"Whitewater" land fraud, conspiracy and political corruption
trial of his and Hillary's partners Jim and Susan MacDougall and
then-Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker.
Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the
well-funded disinformation specialists
Are You Having Trouble Spreading The
SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE
EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that
everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to
believe about something as entrenched and significant as the
income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help
cut through the resistance:
Ask your listener how he or she would react if
you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of
Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the
earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the
time because people don't understand how it works? Or how
about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying
Now you just have to explain that
you're going to show exactly those things-- but because
the state really doesn't want people to know this, these
things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would
all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these
admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press
release. But it'll be worth the effort...
IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of
energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool
families and community groups, your neighbors, your
family members, your pastors and
co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs,
members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia,
Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone
in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth
movement, other activist movements and everyone
you have only yourself to blame for your
troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which
you might complain. It's on you.
WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note
explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic
is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI
(weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the
harder I work, the more I have of it."
A teacher asked
her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by
teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for TJ.
The teacher asked TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian. TJ answered, "Well,
my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and
your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
With a big smile, TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big
Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of
adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the
truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar
at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.
ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY:
Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled
outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it
here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't
do this all by myself.
"In a time of
universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary
April 29- In 1770,
James Cook arrives at what he names 'Botany Bay' in Australia.
In 1968, 'Hair' opens on Broadway. In 1974, Richard Nixon
releases an edited version of the Watergate-related tape
recordings made in the Oval Office. In 1975, the United States
begins evacuating Americans from Saigon in the expectation of
its imminent fall to North Vietnamese forces. In 1986, Roger
Clemens throws 20 strikeouts in nine innings. In 1992, riots
break out in Los Angeles after the acquittal of police officers
on trial for use of excessive force in the arrest of Rodney
King. In 2004, Oldsmobile builds its final car; and George W.
Bush and Dick Cheney "testify" before the "9/11 Commission",
refusing to be under oath, recorded, or witnessed by anyone but
the two commission members allowed to be present, and insisting
on "testifying" in each other's presence.
"Income" Tax IQ!
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
U.S. Military Should Stay Home: America, Not
Iran, Is The Biggest Threat To Mideast Stability
by Doug Bandow
The Obama administration’s decision to negotiate with
Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits
who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that
the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran’s malign
intervention throughout the Middle East.
These critics denounced Tehran’s imperial ambitions.
For instance, the ever-hawkish Foreign Policy Initiative insisted
that “Iran’s drive to dominate the region has been years in the
making.” The group warned of Sana’a becoming “the fourth Arab
capital to fall under the sway of Tehran.” The Economist put it
slightly differently, pointing to Iran’s “strong influence over
Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and Sana’a.”
However, if regional domination is a long-term
priority, it is striking how little Tehran has accomplished. Most
governments in the region dislike and oppose the Islamic regime. Nor
is Iran much of a dominatrix, especially compared to America with
its strong influence throughout the entire Persian Gulf and North
Africa and in Iraq and Jordan; Saudi Arabia’s equally significant
role in the Gulf and Egypt and among Syrian rebels; and Israel’s
overwhelming regional military strength.
Tehran’s principal client is war-torn Syria, where the
Assad regime’s, and thus Iran’s, reach barely extends to the
Damascus suburbs. Tehran enjoys outsize but not overwhelming
influence in small, divided Lebanon, where Hezbollah listens to but
is not controlled by Iran (and does nothing to threaten America). In
Yemen Tehran is loosely connected to a long-time disaffected rebel
movement in what amounts to a permanent civil war.
Iran matters in Baghdad not because of calculated
policy but cultural connection, facilitated by George W. Bush, who
removed the secular Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Iran’s great
nemesis. FPI complained that “Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq,
Tehran has worked relentlessly to turn Iraq into a client state led
by Shiite militants,” but the U.S. occupied Iraq from 2003 until
2011 and worked equally hard, though less successfully, to turn that
nation into an American client hosting military bases for use
against Iran. The Economist denounced Tehran for sponsoring militias
in Iraq—which have battled the Islamic State at Baghdad’s request.
Iraq’s relationship with Iran is one of the heart; the ties with
Washington were and always will be ones of convenience.
Yet the Economist magazine warned that “Iran’s
belligerent behavior in the Middle East is an increasing menace.”
Even without nukes, argued consultant Michael McBride, “Iran will
continue to pose the greatest threat to our interests, allies, and
influence in the region.” Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal
complained of “the nature of action and hegemonistic tendencies that
Iran has taken in the region.” More specifically, wrote columnist
Jonah Goldberg: “A civilized Iranian regime would presumably stop
supporting Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Houthis in Yemen,
Bashar Assad in Syria and Shiite militants in Iraq.”
But none of these activities have yielded much
geopolitical benefit. Anyway, Iran is a populous and potentially
prosperous nation that cannot be expected to supinely accept U.S. or
Saudi domination. Perhaps Tehran should ask in return that more
humane U.S. and Saudi Arabia governments stop backing multiple
allies, friends, and proxies, including flagrant authoritarians and
extremists, and warring against various enemies and adversaries,
including indigenous democracy and independence movements. Who is
Now ask yourself this: Have I really done
all that I can to
urge everyone I
know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring
about change in my lifetime?
Even as ardent a statist as Abraham
Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to
keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in
his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip
service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel
available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands
of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to
be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my
rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite
HELD OVER: What's missing from all the 'Iran' stuff; a good bit of
journalism on the origin of ISIS; a very virtuous bill introduced in
the House; George Carlin is suitably honored; the NSA shooting; a telling evasion in Doreen's re-trial;
THERE'S BEEN A LOT GOING ON LATELY concerning Iran. We've got the
"negotiations" over how much of its lunch-money Iran needs to
hand over to avoid getting a beating from the US; there's the
"47-senator threat letter"; there's the latest installment of Bibi
Netanyahu's nut-case rants about Iran-- a country that hasn't
even seized its easy chance to wreak vengeance on the former
Iraqi leadership responsible for killing nearly a million
Iranians in the 1980s-- as a threat to world
security, and so on.
Through it all, I've been struck by the fact that the
conversation never includes anything about where the United
States gets the right to tell the Iranian people what they have
to do if
they don't want to get knee-capped. Am I alone in being bothered by
this? (By the way, a good history of the modern Middle East--
particularly focused on Iran-- through 1991 can be found
Ben Swann delivers some good journalism on the origin of "ISIS"
A VERY VIRTUOUS BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE by Reps
Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Accurately titled
State Repeal Act', this proposed legislation would roll back
Fourth Amendment shredding to pre-'USA PATRIOT Act' days, even
including the mandated destruction of much of the data illegally
collected under the current law-breaking regime.
As reported by 'The Hill':
The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the
sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11,
2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law
that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people's
communications through the Internet.
It would also reform the secretive court that
oversees the nation’s spying powers, prevent the government from
forcing tech companies to create “backdoors” into their devices and
create additional protections for whistleblowers.
“Really, what we need are new whistleblower
protections so that the next Edward Snowden doesn’t have to go to
Russia or Hong Kong or whatever the case may be just for disclosing
this,” Massie said.
Of course, as also reported by 'The Hill':
The bill is likely to be a nonstarter for leaders in
Congress, who have been worried that even much milder reforms to the
nation’s spying laws would tragically handicap the nation’s ability
to fight terrorists. A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but
failed to gain any movement in the House.
Reference is given to
this story about Speaker John Boehner's claim that the
illegal surveillance foiled plots directed at or endangering him
personally and his using that as his reasons for supporting
massive, systematic warrantless violations of the rights of
hundreds of millions of other people in direct disregard of the
Constitution to which he took an oath of fealty.
'THE HILL' IS DOUBTLESS CORRECT that "the leadership" will do
all possible to scuttle this rare good legislative effort.
SCREAM to your congresscritter demanding co-sponsorship and
all other support anyway. You've got nothing to lose by trying,
and while the political process isn't going to be an enduring or
satisfying avenue to restoration of the republic until the state
has been stripped of its ability to command resources at will,
it is good that everyone be reminded at all opportunities that
the American people take their rights and the rule of law
GEORGE CARLIN, ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST stand-up
philosophers, has been posthumously honored with a portrait at the
Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery. Here's a little
something to remember him by:
I COULDN'T HELP BUT CRACK A WRY SMILE when I read an
official comment about the two guys that ran the gauntlet of firing
police and guards at the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, on
Monday, March 30. Per the Associated Press story that ran in my
local paper Tuesday, "An FBI spokeswoman said that the incident was
not believed to be linked to terrorism."
Up to that point the idea that it could have been
"terrorism" (in the sense meant by that official comment) hadn't
crossed my mind even remotely. All I had imagined was two Americans
who had gotten angry past the breaking point about having their
Fourth Amendment rights routinely violated...
SINCE LAST JULY I HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY
CATALOGING the seemingly endless illegalities resorted-to by
prosecutor and court in their struggle to engineer a guilty verdict
of my wife Doreen for the non-crime of resisting a blatantly
unlawful court order as part of the ignorance-tax-addict State's
desperate effort to suppress
CtC. As is true of virtually every State effort to resist or
those perpetrated against Doreen in this proceeding actually have
the effect of emphasizing the truth of what the State wishes nobody
knew, 'cause lying and cheating are only needed when attacking the
This week I had occasion to excerpt and highlight a
portion of the trial transcript recording both the lead prosecutor--
a DOJ Tax Division specialist-- and the judge herself explicitly
misrepresenting to the jury the words of 26 USC § 6020(b).
Those words of 26 USC § 6020(b) are, verbatim:
"If any person fails to make any return required by
any internal revenue law or regulation made thereunder at the time
prescribed therefor, or makes, willfully or otherwise, a false or
fraudulent return, the Secretary shall make such return from his own
knowledge and from such information as he can obtain through
testimony or otherwise.
Any return so made and subscribed by the Secretary
shall be prima facie good and sufficient for all legal purposes."
Holding that verbatim text of the statute in their own
hands, the DOJ prosecutor and the judge in turn, instead declared it
to say... well, what you can see for yourself
Having reminded myself of this calculated evasion, I am
inclined to remind all of you of the significance of what the
government meant to obscure and evade with these "mis-statements". I
have a write-up on the subject
here (including, among other things, a significant backdoor
admission by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals).
I HEARD A STORY earlier this week about an
anti-statist-quo political activist who fell prey to what is
described as an entrapment scheme and has been put on ice for a
couple of days. The information given to me was very sketchy, but to
the degree that I understand it, this story serves as a micro-view
of the big, ugly picture of a resource-rich, unbridled state. So,
I'll do my best with what I know...
It seems that a fellow named Steven Dean is a candidate
for sheriff of a county in Utah, but has a felony in his past.
Somehow Dean let himself be gotten onto a gun-range by a couple of
local law enforcement officers, who then promptly turned around and
served as witnesses to Dean's handling of a firearm for which he was
As so often is contrived in matters like these,
the arrest took place on Friday evening. This provides for a couple
of (likely visitorless) days of imprisonment before Dean can be seen
by a magistrate and released, which otherwise would happen within
If this was, in fact, an entrapment, and timed for
maximum inconvenience, it was corrupt, certainly, even if the
exercise of corruption required a lot of cooperation from the
target. But there's a big-picture take-away, too.
A casual little abuse of power to harass and smear a
political opponent-- however disturbing on its own-- is an example
of what can and does happen when the state and its wealth-sharing
subdivisions are allowed to become fat and sassy. This happens when
institutions have managed to take control of their own access to
resources, in direct contrast with
how things were and should be, and can easily be again.
SAY, HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN ANY THOUGHT to
what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3
million-- learn what you
know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of
acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?
April 30- In 1492,
Christopher Columbus receives his royal commission. In 1789,
George Washington takes the oath of office as the first
President of the United States. Unlike modern holders of the
office (and a few bad moves during his tenure notwithstanding),
he means it. In 1803, the United States purchases the Louisiana
Territory from France for $15 million. In 1812, the Territory
of Orleans becomes the 18th of the several states, styling
itself 'Louisiana'. In 1900, Hawaii is declared a territory of
the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor. In 1900,
Casey Jones wrecks the Cannonball Express. In 1927, the first
United States federal prison for women opens. In 1938, Porky
Pig goes on his first rabbit hunt. In 1945, Adolph Hitler and
Eva Braun commit suicide. In 1993, the World Wide Web goes
public. In 2004, photos of grotesque detainee abuse by
officials at the United States Abu Ghraib prison facility in
Iraq make it to the media. In 2009, Chrysler files for
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MMore Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes
Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In
CtC, And Have
Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly! See The Following Chart...
Illuminating anniversaries of this week:/p>
May 1- In 1328, England
recognizes Scotland as an independent state after 32 years of
attempted conquest. In 1931, the Empire State Building in New
York City is dedicated. In 1950, Guam is organized as a "State
of the United States". In 1960, the U2 spyplane piloted by
Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union. In
1971, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) is
formed. In 2003, George W. Bush declares: "Mission
accomplished!" in Iraq. In 2006, the government of Puerto Rico
closes its Department of Education and 42 other government
agencies in responsible recognition of its fiscal situation. In
2011, Barack Obama announces the assassination of Osama bin
Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by a crack team of Navy Seals.
The truth of this assertion is unknown. According to the
official story, although arguably the most potentially-useful
subject of interrogation in US history (at least in the context
of the alleged "terrorist war" paradigm within which all of this
happened), and although described as unarmed and easily-taken,
bin Laden was instead summarily shot in the head. No body was
ever seen; instead it is claimed that the body was taken away by
the SEAL team and then simply dumped at sea. Considerable
evidence exists indicating that bin Laden had actually died
years earlier, in December of 2001; further, the series of
videos purportedly of bin Laden making various pronouncements
useful to the US propaganda campaign supporting its foreign and
domestic policies in the intervening years were obvious fakes.
Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that,
"Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple
statement ..how about the purchasing power of
that same penny 'not lost'?"
May 2- In 1670, Charles II of England grants a
perpetual charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to ply the
fur-trade from North America. In 1863, General Stonewall
Jackson is accidentally wounded by his own troops, and dies of
complications eight days later. In 1885, Good Housekeeping
magazine goes on sale. In 1918, General Motors acquires the
Chevrolet Motor Company. In 1932, Jack Benny's radio show hits
the airwaves. In 1945, Berlin falls to the Soviet Army. In
1998, the European Central Bank is founded in Brussels.
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We
seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that
feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen."
Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution
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Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of
politics, public policy and law; many of these works are
collected in his second book, ‘Upholding
the Law And Other Observations’. He is a member of
award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth
soccer coach. He is a long-time political activist as
well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention
delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party
organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work
Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the
Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International
Society for Individual Liberty. He is a frequent
radio-show guest on stations across the country.
Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a
decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy
industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials
Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy
Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and
energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and
president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design,
manufacture and installation firm.
Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years
before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the
rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing
activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing
division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose
and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct
supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental
authority over several hundred divisional workers. He also
ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and
distribution systems in four states, and designed and
administered the company's website.
rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane
pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative
force behind a small
card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several
Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife
and two children. He is currently working on his next