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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday!

I did, thanks to spending more time with my family than I usually am able to do.

Consequently, this will be a skimpier update than some.


But I hope you'll find what's here worth reading,

and that, like me, you'll be revved-up and rolling for the rule of law

as the 2014 season of truth and lies begins next week!


The Lost Horizons News

Mid-Edition Update for December 27, 2013


Featured in this Update:


A Most Disturbing Betrayal


The Actual Law Behind The Income-Tax Summons And Examination Authorities


Project Paradigm-Shift


Of Course NSA Mass Surveillance Is Illegal


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week


...and much, much more!


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Why are you lying quietly for the bloodletting when

Nine Out Of Ten Lawyers Agree...


Sometimes you've got to say it plainly...

An Open Letter To The Mainstream Media And Its Advertiser Clientele


The real story of Christmas is a story of courage and fidelity to the truth...

Make Someone You Love Sweat Bullets This Year


Out from under the bushel...

A Christmas Light II


This week's recommended reading:

A Conspiracy So Vast


As the [latest] Obamacare "deadline" approaches, CtC Warrior Barry Sullivan shares...

Some Enlightened Observations About The PPACA


Real Legal Resources for Real Americans:

The Actual Law Behind The 6020(b) Mandate


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


A musical interlude

Uncle Jay Explains Healthcare.gov


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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"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


Aren't You Really, Really Glad YOU'VE Taken Control Of How Much Of YOUR Money Washington Gets To Spend, Just As The Founders Intended?


A Most Disturbing Betrayal

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

-Thomas Jefferson


ELSEWHERE ON THIS PAGE I'M SHARING an essay by Theo Caldwell titled, 'Of Course NSA Mass Surveillance Is Illegal'. It's a great piece of writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you will enjoy it, too.


One of the virtues of Caldwell's piece is its proper emphasis of the inherent simplicity and straightforward character required of anything meant to pass as "law" in America. As Caldwell puts it,

As a moral matter, there is little defense for the NSA’s ubiquitous snooping. At times, the edification of law by morality is clear. It is often noted that murder is not wrong because it is illegal; it is illegal because it is wrong. Nevertheless, there is frequently a chasm between what is legal and what is right.

In such cases as these, there’s always some Harvard Law legerdemain, mystifying to the rest of us rubes, whereby the plain language of the Constitution somehow doesn’t mean what it says and, if only we’d read the Nosey vs. Parker decision, we’d appreciate the applicable precedent.

Nuts to that. America aspires to have a citizen government, not a lawyerly oligarchy. Yet time and again, from the wells of Congress or across the airwaves, self-styled experts defend the indefensible to us, in slow and measured tones, as though they were explaining civics to a small child, or a Golden Retriever.


Nuts to that, indeed. This sound expression of disdain for "Harvard Law legerdemain" reminds me of Thomas Jefferson's admonition, "A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Americans don't look for "official approval" for the nature and primacy of their rights.


In fact, Americans have it exactly the other way around. We measure the lawfulness of our magistrates by the degree to which they obediently acknowledge and respect what WE have decided are our rights.


HOWEVER, CALDWELL'S WORDS PROMPT another, less happy, thought, as well.


It is certainly absurd to let ourselves be swayed to tolerate (or misunderstand) the violation of our rights due to the pronouncements of magistrates. But does this absurdity not pale in comparison to the much more deeply-shameful absurdity of relinquishing our rights and our power to the lusts of avaricious political operatives, like a small child or a Golden Retriever, WHEN EVEN THE PRONOUNCEMENTS OF THE MAGISTRATES ARE IN OUR FAVOR?!


Frankly, I can't think of words with which to adequately discuss this depth of slavish infantilism. In the matter of the limits on federal taxing power-- a matter of nearly incalculable significance to the health of our governmental structure and our own individual well-being-- a massive body of authority stands foursquare and unambiguous on the side of the liberating truth, with nothing at all standing against it. And yet, in a stunning and deeply-disturbing betrayal of the sacrifices of our Founders to impose just those limits, many Americans lie paralyzed like helpless sheep while their law and their rights are ignored and evaded by mere bureaucrats.


As Caldwell observes, the deep assault on the Fourth Amendment is supported by a mountain of elaborate briefs and rulings by secret courts and by the Supreme Court, all purporting to justify and authorize the Amendment's evisceration. There can be some forgiveness of those who imagine that those writing these briefs and rulings are well-intentioned and competent, and therefore let themselves be persuaded that, however contrary to common sense and plain reading of the amendment they manifestly are, there must be some legitimate basis for them, and thus for the exercise of power they purport to validate.


But in stark contrast to these circumstances by which past tolerance of Fourth Amendment violations can be somewhat forgiven, the legal history and doctrinal circumstances of the "income" tax offer no such defense for Americans who have failed to meet their civic responsibilities. In the case of the "income" tax, every single high court ruling on the subject squarely supports what is revealed in CtC about the nature and limits of that tax.


Unlike any other controversial subject involving the scope of governmental authority, in the case of the "income" tax, and the general limited nature of federal taxing power to which it conforms, both the rules of simplicity and individual authority over the nature of legitimate law AND the "Harvard Law" rulings stand with the liberty and the people. Yet most people STILL sit on their hands, with pacifiers or chew-toys firmly lodged in their mouths.


I know the adoption of the term "income" for the limited class of things subject to the tax was enormously clever, and understandably effective in clouding some peoples' minds. This is especially so in light of the fact that a tax on the all-inclusive class described by the common WORD 'income' has always been recognized as a direct tax, and thus those who don't understand the special meaning of the TERM "income" are seduced into imagining that judicial rulings upholding the tax are actually upholding an unapportioned, direct tax on "all that comes in".


But when the Supreme Court repeatedly and specifically says THIS IS NOT TRUE, I have to wonder if those who persist in misunderstanding don't actually just WANT to not understand, in subordination to some deep-rooted psychological malady...


ANYWAY, I AM STILL UNWILLING TO STAND BY AND WATCH this betrayal of our American heritage proceed un-denounced and unimpeded. I cling to the mitigating suspicion that despite my best efforts thus far many Americans have still not actually SEEN all the rulings to which I refer.


In the hope that my suspicion is sound, I'm going to append below a selection of those authorities. These are taken from one of the "explanation of terms" pages attached as a comprehension aid to the true history of the 16th Amendment posted here.


Perhaps those who have overlooked this material thus far will be prompted by it to read the rest and learn the whole truth. Perhaps those folks will then become faithful heirs to the vision and bequest of their forebears by virtue of which America once was (and can again be) the most liberty-friendly and prosperous place in human history.


The Income Tax Is An Excise, And Excise Taxes Are Privilege Taxes 

"[T]axation on income [is] in its nature an excise..."

A unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916).


"I hereby certify that the following is a true and faithful statement of the gains, profits, or income of _____ _____, of the _____ of _____, in the county of _____, and State of _____, whether derived from any kind of property, rents, interest, dividends, salary, or from any profession, trade, employment, or vocation, or from any other source whatever, from the 1st day of January to the 31st day of December, 1862, both days inclusive, and subject to an income tax under the excise laws of the United States."

(The “affirmation” on the first income tax return form, emphasis added).


"The income tax... ...is an excise tax with respect to certain activities and privileges which is measured by reference to the income which they produce. The income is not the subject of the tax; it is the basis for determining the amount of tax.”

Former Treasury Department legislative draftsman F. Morse Hubbard in testimony before Congress in 1943.


"...the requirement to pay [excise] taxes involves the exercise of privilege." 

Flint v. Stone Tracy Co., 220 U.S. 107 (1911).


"The 'Government' is an abstraction, and its possession of property largely constructive. Actual possession and custody of Government property nearly always are in someone who is not himself the Government but acts in its behalf and for its purposes. He may be an officer, an agent, or a contractor. His personal advantages from the relationship by way of salary, profit, or beneficial personal use of the property may be taxed..." 

United States v. County of Allegheny, 322 US 174 (1944).


Case law recognizes no distinction between a privilege tax and an excise tax. See Bank of Commerce & Trust Co. v. Senter, 260 S.W. 144, 148 (Tenn. 1924) (“Whether the tax be characterized in the statute as a privilege tax or an excise tax is but a choice of synonymous words, for an excise tax is an indirect or privilege tax.”); American Airways, Inc. v. Wallace, 57 F.2d 877, 880 (M.D. Tenn. 1937) (“The terms ‘excise’ tax and privilege’ tax are synonymous and the two are often used interchangeably.”); see also 71 AM JUR. 2d State and Local Taxation §24, (“The term ‘excise tax’ is synonymous with ‘privilege tax,’ and the two have been used interchangeably. Whether a tax is characterized in the statute imposing it as a privilege tax or an excise tax is merely a choice of synonymous words, for an excise tax is a privilege tax.”) Thus, the excise tax now before us is, by more complete description, purportedly an excise upon a particular privilege, assessed according to the quantity of substance possessed in enjoyment of such privilege.

Waters, et al. v. Chumley No. E2006-02225-COA-RV-CV, Court of Appeals of Tennessee


“PRIVILEGE:  A particular benefit or advantage enjoyed by a person, company, or class beyond the common advantages of others citizens. An exceptional or extraordinary power of exemption. A particular right, advantage, exemption, power, franchise, or immunity held by a person or class, not generally possessed by others.”

Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition


THE “PRIVILEGE EXCISE” PRINCIPLE, AND THE WAY IT PLAYS OUT, is very simple. For the government to be able to charge an indirect, non-apportioned fee (tax) for engaging in an activity, the activity must be one done by permission of the government, rather than anything done by right (for which one obviously can’t be charged). This makes “the things done” for which the fee can be charged necessarily and inherently an exercise of privilege.


To put it another way, if you can’t do a thing without paying the government for doing it, doing it is a privilege, and by permission only. When you pay the tax, you’re paying for the privilege of [x], in the most basic sense of that expression. The reciprocal, of course, is that such a tax can’t apply to things for which you don’t need government permission (like trading your labor for pay with anyone except the feds, or engaging in any other economic activity not involving federal stuff).


“Since the right to receive [commonly-defined] income or earnings is a right belonging to every person, this right cannot be taxed as privilege.”

Jack Cole Company v. Alfred T. MacFarland, Commissioner, 337 S.W.2d 453 (1960)


"[Although the Legislature may declare as privileges and tax as such for State revenue purposes those pursuits and occupations that are not matters of common right], the Legislature has no power to declare as a privilege and tax for revenue purposes occupations that are of common right."


“The right to engage in an employment, to carry on a business, or pursue an occupation or profession not in itself hurtful or conducted in a manner injurious to the public, is a common right, which, under our Constitution, as construed by all our former decisions, can neither be prohibited nor hampered by laying a tax for State revenue on the occupation, employment, business or profession. ... Thousands of individuals in this State carry on their occupations as above defined who derive no income whatever therefrom. But, where an income is derived from any occupation, business, profession or employment, then the Legislature may lay thereon a tax...”

Sims v. Ahrens, 167 Ark. 557, 271 SW 720 594, 595 (Ark. Sup. Ct., 1925);


“The right to follow any of the common occupations of life is an inalienable right,…”


“It has been well said that 'the property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. The patrimony of the poor man lies in the strength and dexterity of his own hands, and to hinder his employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks proper, without injury to his neighbor, is a plain violation of this most sacred property’.”

Butcher’s Union Co. v. Crescent City Co., 111 U.S. 746 (1883);


”Included in the right of personal liberty and the right of private property- partaking of the nature of each- is the right to make contracts for the acquisition of property. Chief among such contracts is that of personal employment, by which labor and other services are exchanged for money or other forms of property”.

Coppage v. Kansas, 236 U.S. 1 (1915)


So, the receipts subject to the federal excise (the "income" in the federal income tax) are those produced through the exercise of certain federal privileges. Just like the name says, it’s a federal income tax.


Find the true history of the 16th Amendment of which these explanatory citations are a part at losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm. READ IT ALL-- LINKED ATTACHMENTS, NOTES, EVERYTHING!!


Then GET BUSY!! This liberating information doesn't spread itself. It has no way to email itself to your local newspaper editor, or to your "Human Resources" department, or your CPA, or your congressman, with a cover letter insisting that it get read in its entirety, linked attachments, notes, everything (or any way to print itself in its entirety and send itself to folks like this via snail-mail).



If you do, the People win, and get back the law and the republic.


If you don't, the state keeps getting all the money it wants from the vast majority of Americans who haven't a clue. It remains able to finance the army of DOJ attorneys who spend their well-paid days concocting "Harvard Law" legerdemain with which they justify the trashing of the Fourth Amendment and all the rest of our law (and financing the army of spies who are doing the trashing, as well).


If you don't, America-- the noble experiment-- continues its death spiral into totalitarian darkness, no matter what gets done about the surveillance-state outrages.






"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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LEARN the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the 16th Amendment and the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the "income" tax. STOP merely reading (or writing) about how bad things are and START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!





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"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed."

-I. F. Stone


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Some Folks Have Already Surrendered To The State's War Of Terror...

I'm proud to be a member of our ever-growing CtC community of grown-up Americans who have not.

To learn how the Founders anticipated this kind of internal assault on our liberties-- and provided against it-- read

'The Shield'

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The Actual Law Behind The Income-Tax Summons And Examination Authorities


MANY OF YOU IN THE CtC COMMUNITY have equipped yourselves with the CtC Companion CD, and its rich collection of research and analysis resources. I trust that everyone has found the materials included to be useful and informative.


Among those materials on the disk are the very significant "derivation tables" produced by Congress to specify the actual statutes reflected (with varying degrees of accuracy and clarity) in the current Title 26 of the United States Code. These tables are accompanied by a guide explaining how they are to be used, and everyone should be using them to drill-down on important nuances of particular sections of the law.


Everyone should also be using the tables (in concert with the comprehensive body of statutes provided on the disk) to uncover the many sections of the current code which are very misleading in their representations of the actual law. It behooves anyone concerned with the liberating truth about the tax to learn what these misrepresented laws actually say, thereby ensuring the accuracy of their own understanding and equipping themselves to share it with others not yet enjoying the benefits of a CtC education, and to make use of it in legal contests, as well.


TWO OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND BROADLY-MISAPPLIED aspects of the "income" tax are the "summons" and "examination" powers. As part of my new program of posting my own research compilations for the convenience of the community, this week I've uploaded the compiled enactments related to the summons and examination powers, along with some analysis and observations. Find the compilation here.


Some additional discussion of this subject and its relationship to section 93 of the original income tax act can be found here.


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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.

Everyone's failure to step up and fulfill this simple request is really getting to me, now...


"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.


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.


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.


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.


Keep in mind 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.


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!


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.


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.


So, please make and send those videos right away! 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 here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead


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Project Paradigm-Shift


IN ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE I SPOKE OF AMERICAN HERO EDWARD SNOWDEN, who is now rightly celebrated for his efforts at spreading an important truth. I hope YOU are doing YOUR part at being an American Hero by spreading this document far and wide! Anything and everything must be done to get it into a state of viral distribution across America.

I'm asking you to help me with this by very purposefully sending this link to every single person you can, with a little note from yourself urging your correspondents to read the file, study it, and verify for themselves each assertion made and each fact cited. Urge your correspondent to let what is learned thereby percolate and settle in and begin shining its transformational light on his or her mental landscape, and in the meantime, to PASS IT ALONG TO OTHERS in the same way!

It is critically-important that all Americans regain their once-common understanding that even after 1913, capitations-- taxes on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them-- remain subject to the apportionment rule, and that the income tax is not in conflict with that fact, being NOT a tax on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them (however misleadingly worded parts of the tax law may be, and however routinely misapplied at the expense of the uneducated, apathetic or intimidated the tax may have been over the last 70 years).


I am counting on you to help make this happen by sending everyone this document.


Seriously, my friend. Even if you never do "action items", please do this one.

Right now. Without fail. Please.


You may not recognize how doing this will make any difference. I tell you, it will make ALL the difference.


This document is the anti-body to all the germs of error, disinformation and misunderstanding that allow the "ignorance tax" to persist. It needs to be given a chance to take root in as many minds as possible-- especially those NOT in the CtC community.


In many of these minds, perhaps, this truth anti-body will wither for lack of a hospitable environment. But in just as many, it will flourish and bloom, and those folks will become the patient and innovative teachers of others.


Pleas help me with this oh-so-important project.



P. S. I know a lot of folks out there have self-defeating notions planted in their minds about how clearing up confusion about the "income tax" won't matter, "'Cause they'll just pay for all the badness with inflation, man!" or whatever.


No, they won't.


If "they" could do that and survive politically, (and weren't getting a whole lot more out of the maladministration of the "income tax" than just a couple of trillion dollars a year, as well), the tax would've been dropped with a grimace and without a backward glance like the universally-hated thing that it is, at least forty years ago. This "they'll just inflate" thing could only be said by someone not old enough (or alive at all) during the 1970s when we had a test of just how Americans would tolerate real inflation...


(Not that we're going to be spared getting a good dose of inflation soon anyway, you understand, unless we very quickly shrink the state down so small that it no longer has the resources to quash the emergence of free and valid currencies. This will only happen by Americans reclaiming individual control of their resources, as is relied upon by the framers in their design for a meaningfully-Constitutionally-limited republic-- and that, of course, is what this document is all about.)


The misunderstanding of the income tax is the thoroughly cultivated thing that it is (and anyone reading through this document will come to understand just how diligent is that cultivation) BECAUSE THE MISAPPLIED TAX IS THE INDISPENSABLE LIFEBLOOD OF THE UNRESTRAINED STATE. The state knows this well.


Indeed, the reason the truth about the tax is hedged about with a more enormous army of lies (and constantly-recruited "stakeholding" defenders) than any other organ of the state is because it is so vital to Leviathan's excesses, ambitions and survival. It is the heart of the monster.


This document is the monster's bane. Your efforts to spread this shaft of illuminating, inspiring and disinfecting sunlight will do more for your future well-being and that of your children than anything else you could do.


"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)


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Of Course NSA Mass Surveillance Is Illegal

by Theo Caldwell


The recent decision of Federal Judge Richard Leon, that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ communication records does violence to the Constitution, demonstrates a rare convergence of elite jurisprudence and common sense.

While this is by no means the last word on the matter – Judge Leon stayed his own ruling, noting that the debate will likely end up before the Supreme Court – it is encouraging to see prominent legal minds alight upon the self-evident conclusion that mass surveillance of Americans is very wrong.

The propriety of the NSA’s conduct is not a difficult question. What is the meaning of life? Does ensoulment occur at inception? What is the appeal of white chocolate? These are difficult questions.

Should the government of a supposedly free country help itself to the private communications of its citizens? That’s a gimme.

Ah, but they say, we are at war! Always, it seems, we are at war – with drugs, with poverty, with terror, with common sense. (Herewith, I propose America’s next domestic battleground: a War on Bureaucracy). The NSA’s data collection, like the militarization of police or the TSA’s busy hands, supposedly bolsters the noble campaign to keep us safe.

This is rhubarb of the first order. The average American, going about his daily business, has more to fear from power-drunk cops or “Knockout Game” enthusiasts than from al-Qaeda. And increasingly, he has more to fear from his own federal government – the most powerful and omniscient force on the planet – than from all of these combined.


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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:


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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




A Brief Introduction To The Fascinating Truth About The Income Tax


Seriously. Do you want to win? SPREAD THIS FILE AROUND!

 Doing so will accomplish more than anything that happens in a courtroom, more than any argument you make with any bureaucrat, more than ANYTHING else that you can do.

Are You Not Bothering?

Then You're Just Talking The Talk.


You've GOT To Walk The Walk If You Want To Win.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine







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


Hey, don't bother me with that "morality" argument, and all that stuff about "upholding the rule of law". I'm a pragmatist. I'm just interested in looking out for "numero uno", and living my life without any hassles from the IRS!


So I'm okay with submissively letting the government:

  • take 45% of my earnings;

  • habituate itself to the conveniences of "creativity" in the writing of laws and the behavior of its officers in courtrooms in order to take that wealth from me with an appearance of legitimacy;

  • use my money to mess with foreigners on behalf of special interests, engendering hatred and contempt of all Americans-- including me;

  • use my money to finance an army of bureaucrats who rule my life for the benefit of themselves and their special-interest clients;

  • use my money to pay for an army of lawyers who will sue me or prosecute me if I try to make my own choices about who works for me and on what terms; about what I say-- and when, and how; about what I do with my own property; about whether I'm equipped to defend myself and those I love; and about how I raise and educate my children;

-- just as long as I'm left alone, dude!


To suffer abuse without complaint or struggle is to suffer it nonetheless-- but to suffer it without the amelioration of dignity and self-respect.



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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!


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A Few Tips For Making Best Use Of This WebSite


USE THE SITE MAP AT www.losthorizons.com/IncomeTaxSiteMap.htm!!!


USE THE SITE SEARCH PAGE AT www.losthorizons.com/search.htm!!!


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.