How Healthy Is Your Frozen Dessert?

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Ice Cream

We’ve been screaming for it since 1851, when the American ice cream industry began. (Early versions of the frozen treat first appeared in the 1500s). In a poll, 90% said they’d bought some in the past 6 months. U.S. standards are strict: Ice cream must weigh at least 4.5 pounds per gallon, have at least 20% milk solids — protein, carbs, and minerals — and have at least 10% milkfat.

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Watch Your Substitutions

Ice cream isn’t exactly great for your bottom, er, line. A half-cup serving of plain vanilla packs 207 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 21 grams of sugar, with almost 24 grams of carbs. If you want to ditch one of these, lots of choices line the frozen dairy case. But for every ingredient you want to shun, others sub for them to make up the fat, texture, or sweetness. Read nutrition labels to see just what you’re getting.

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Solving the Dairy Case

New terms abound in modern ice cream. (Remember the ice milk in Grandma’s fridge? It’s been rebranded as “reduced fat” and “light.”)

  • “Reduced fat” ice cream must have at least 25% less total fat.
  • “Light” — or “lite” — must have at least 50% less total fat, or 33% fewer calories.
  • “Lowfat” can have up to 3 grams of total fat per half-cup serving.

“Nonfat” must have less than 0.5 grams of total fat per serving.

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Italy’s frozen specialty isn’t really “fancy ice cream.” The two treats do share most ingredients. But gelato has less air spun in, which makes it smoother and creamier. It has less butterfat too — 3.5% to 9%, compared to ice cream’s 10-plus. It’s also served a bit warmer, which fans say lets your taste buds enjoy flavor instead of going numb. Gelato has 139 calories and 17.72 grams each of sugar and carbs per half-cup serving.

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Frozen Custard

What sets this Midwestern fave apart? Eggs. While ice cream must be less than 1.4% of egg yolk solids, frozen custard should feature at least that. Slower churning makes it dense and creamy and sharply cuts down on air. (Air makes up 30% to 50% of ice cream’s total volume.) The eggs bump the fat to 24.5 grams per serving, though. At 314 calories, 18 grams of sugar, and about 23 grams of carbs, consider frozen custard a “special treat.”

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Soft Serve

It comes straight from the freezer, so you won’t find soft serve in the store ice cream case. Lots of air gives the treat its fluff, while it’s served cold enough so those swirls stay stiff long enough — usually — to eat. It’s a bit warmer than ice cream, at 21 F, vs. its colder cousin’s 10.4. One cup of chocolate soft serve has 222 calories, 13 fat grams of fat, and 21 grams of sugar. Its carb count is lower than ice cream: about 22.

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Frozen Yogurt

It’s made in the same way as ice cream, but yogurt — milk fermented with yogurt cultures — is the star ingredient. While it has less than 3 grams of fat, froyo’s sugar content can top 17 grams. A 6-ounce serving has 162 calories and just over 32 grams of carbs. Also, treats from dispensers don’t come in neat FDA-monitored packages. Researchers have found that some soft-serve “nonfat” frozen yogurt was actually low-fat or even full-fat.

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Marco Polo brought an ancestor of this skim milk-based dessert to Italy from his Far East travels. Usually flavored with citrus juice, such as lime or orange, sherbets are leaner than ice cream, at 1% to 2% butterfat. But the juice can make the sugar content soar to nearly 26 grams for a half-cup serving. This gives you almost 34 carbs and 141 calories.

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Nondairy Treats

In a recent poll, 45% of frozen treat buyers said they go for vegan “ice cream” versions more than they used to. But alternative “milk” — like coconut, cashew, or soy — still pack a lot of saturated fat. One tofu brand’s chocolate version has nearly 15 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, and 25 grams of carbs per 1-cup, 237-calorie serving. But nondairy frozen desserts tend not to have as many additives as light or low-fat ice cream.

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Sorbet and Italian Ice

Sorbet is a bit like sherbet, minus the dairy. It’s made of fruit juice, water, and sugar. Then it’s churned like ice cream, which nails the scoop factor. The big difference from Italian ice, or granita, is texture. Italian ice is scraped, not stirred, into icy flakes. A half-cup of these frosty treats will set you back only 61 calories with zero fat and only about 11 grams of carbs. As for the 14 grams of sugar — blame it on the juice.

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Frozen Coffee Drinks

Iced coffee has long been a thing. So it wasn’t a long stretch before frozen caffeine-fueled super-sellers hit the coffee and doughnut chains. One cup of the frozen drink counts for 166 calories, 2.3 grams of fat — and a whopping 33 grams of sugar (but “only” 13 grams of carbs). Oh, and 82 milligrams of caffeine — just a mite shy of the 95 grams in a cup of brewed coffee.

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Ice Pops

These fruit-flavored pieces of ice on a stick might be a slightly better bet for your sweet tooth than most frozen desserts, at 79 calories, about 13.5 grams of sugar, and 0.24 grams of fat. (The fruitiness does bump the carb content up to around 19 grams.) Remember the double-stick kind that you can break apart? They were invented during the Great Depression, so two kids could share one for only a nickel.

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Take fine ice crystals like melting snow, drizzle with neon colors, and blend to slushy goodness. That’s the slushie, a generic name for the frozen treat you find in convenience stores and county fair midways everywhere. But watch out for the sugar bomb. While an 8-ounce slushie will only cost you 211 calories and 0 fat grams, you’ll get a whopping 40-gram blast of sugar and about 22 grams of carbs from all that high-fructose corn syrup.

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A milkshake is a frozen blend of milk, ice cream, and flavoring spun thick enough to just barely sip with a straw. The classic malted version has 127 calories, 12.5 grams of sugar, and 6.3 grams of fat with 14 grams of carbs. But don’t confuse the “real thing” with certain drive-thru versions — one famous burger chain’s small vanilla shake packs 490 calories, 14 grams of total fat, and 59 grams of sugar.

Declaration Day. Did you do it?; and Donald Trump proves himself a swamp creature through his assault on Julian Assange.

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So, Saturday Was Declaration Day. Did You Do It?


‘Julian Assange In Limbo’


Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


“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


HEY, PEOPLE! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

So, Saturday Was Declaration Day…

Did you do it?


That is,



  • “NO MORE, “I DON’T DARE…” Day”



In short, we’ve just had,

  • “GET OFF YOUR ASx Day”


I’m talking about,





That’s what the original “Declaration day” was all about. It was the day the American colonists finally acknowledged that the people they had been entreating to respect their rights actually didn’t want them to have their rights.

It was the day the American colonists finally acknowledged that the government operatives they had been petitioning and politicking and lobbying and arguing with weren’t misled or mistaken or suffering from misunderstanding, needing only to have things explained a bit better, or argued a bit more authoritatively.

Instead, as the colonists realized and finally admitted by way of the Declaration, those operatives were their competitors. Those operatives were the colonists’ opponents. Efforts to persuade them were pointless– they admitted to no limits on their power and had no interest in curbing its abuse, which was being practiced for their benefit.

IT WAS HARD for the colonists to reach that epiphany about their government. Because states exercise power (and partly also because they maintain an elaborate apologia dedicated to justifying that exercise as being for the good of the citizenry, or at least the way things must or are supposed to be), they come to be viewed as virtual parents in the hind-brains of those subject to that power.

It is very hard for people to recognize and acknowledge that actual Mom and Dad are bad people. It is nearly as hard for people to recognize that the state under the influence of which they have been raised is corrupt and malicious.

But of course, sometimes Mom and Dad are indeed bad, and states usually are. And while Mom and Dad can and often do become remorseful, and proceed to reform and redemption, states are institutionally-incapable of remorse.

The only remedy against a bad state is taking away its power. Eventually, after wasting all that time and effort on petitioning, politicking, lobbying and arguing, the American colonists admitted this truth on Declaration Day and said, “No more talking– it’s time for walking!”

Bless them for abandoning their child-like view of the state and becoming grown-ups at last.

IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN if we modern Americans are equally deserving of blessings. We should be up to the task; after all, we have a much easier row to hoe than the colonists did.

While we, too, must adopt a grown-up understanding of the true character of the dangerous servant against which we have been wisely warned, our state is already bound down by the written law, thanks to the blood and sacrifices of our ancestors. All we have to do is recognize that the state is constantly struggling to escape any limitations placed upon it by that law, and to suppress and marginalize anyone revealing its bad behavior and anything showing how it can be put back into its chains.

Particularly, we have to recognize that the biggest and most important limitation put upon the state concerns its ability to take resources from individual citizens for its own use. It’s this simple– the one who controls the disposition of property is the one in charge.

Because it is so important, for decades the United States has been engaged in the cultivation and exploitation of myths about what limitations are placed upon it in regard to resource acquisition. Sadly, for most of those decades most Americans have fallen for the fictions.

Chief among these state-serving, people-harming myths is the truly absurd proposition that our grandparents amended the Constitution in 1913 to authorize the state’s exploitation of their resources at its will, in defiance and rejection of the previous tax-limiting Constitutional rules under which the American people had become the freest and most prosperous in the history of the world.

THIS IS A MYTH! It never happened. Even the premier organs of the state itself have said so endlessly– but quietly, so as to preserve the on-the-books harmony of the law while allowing the state (and its clients and cronies) to ruthlessly exploit anyone who doesn’t know to look and remains in ignorance.

See the definitive proof that this is a myth here. Read the 1916 Cornell and Harvard Law Review articles on the Supreme Court’s unanimous conclusions about the Sixteenth Amendment.

See what Department of Treasury experts admit about the income tax. See what the Supreme Court continues to say about the amendment and the tax over the decades. Learn the real history of the tax and its antecedents.

Learn what the tax really falls upon and how it really works in application. Learn how and why it may have been misapplied to you in the past. Click here and see what those who have learned these long-obscured but accurate facts about the income tax have been accomplishing since they were revealed in 2003.

Then go here and see how the state has been struggling to keep you from knowing any of this.

AFTER YOU TAKE THESE enlightening little excursions, recognize that every single person or institution that would lose prestige, power or profits by acknowledging the truth about the tax can be expected to lie about the subject if queried (even those in high office). So will every interest that sees itself benefitting from the existence of a mammoth state (which might even include those who make their living complaining about the mammoth state, or the supposed evils of the income tax).

Every one of these co-opted voices are today’s equivalents of the invested promoters and defenders of the “divine right of kings” myth that kept people enthralled and exploited in the colonists’ time.

But also recognize that now knowing the truth, the power is in your hands. The responsibility is, too.

Rise to deserve the blessings of posterity.

Make this year’s “Declaration Day” real. Make it a personal Declaration Day– a day of resolution to act on behalf of liberty and the rule of law.

What’s your sign, Baby? How about this one:

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

-Proverbs 25:26

“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

“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

“A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves.”

-Edward R. Murrow

Be the change you want to see in the world.”

-Mohandas Gandhi

Speaking of Declaration Day…

DOREEN AND I want to express our appreciation to all those who joined us Saturday for the Thirteenth Annual Declaration Day party and helped make it a special occasion. You all were great company!

One Last Thing

…with an eye toward the ongoing “Covid-19”-predicated assault on the rule of law:

“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

-James Madison

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A Collection Of Facts To Help With Clear-Thinking About Anxieties And Policy Choices

An Entertaining Lesson In Proper Analysis Of Scare Stats

A Rebuttal Of Discouraging Responses To The Emergence Of A Cure For Covid-19

Another Well-Taken Analysis And Debunk Of Scare Stat Fallacies

Draft Legislation For Compelling Hysterical (Or “Crisis”-Exploiting) Political Units To Stand Down

It’s Time To Post A Reward For Information Leading To…

Hydroxychloroquine And Azithromycin Are Again Proven To Cure Covid-19– This Crisis Is, And Must Be, OVER!

So, How Many Michiganders Have Died Thanks To Gretchen Whitmer’s Worship Of Centralized Bureaucratic Authority?

Productive Economies Are Not Factories That Can Be Stopped And Then Simply Restarted

As The Panic-Mongering Collapses, Watch For A New Scam

The Very Dangerous Pathologies Of Continued “Sheltering In Place”

Michigan Rallies To Oppose C19 Edicts While The Data Debunk The Government’s Pretexts

Actual C19 Fatality Rates By State

Some Observations Regarding Any Government’s Alleged “Emergency Powers”

The Ongoing Effort To Leverage Months of Conditioning Into Residual Despotism With Bogus Fatality Figures

The Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming and Georgia “Lockdown” Liberty Keys

WATCH THE VIDEO below. All the way through.

It is an hour of truth power, by which you will come to understand the falseness of the alleged C-19 death toll by which the panic and all its attendant evil is being sustained.

As you watch keep in mind that New York, in which this whistle-blower worked and on which she concentrates, is responsible for fully 25% of the supposed C19 deaths making up the current scary national total. Other states like Michigan, for instance, which have engaged in the same vile practices exposed here, have kicked in other big chunks of that total.

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Remember ‘War Games’?

THIS VIDEO PROJECTS THE PROGRESS of a nuclear exchange between Russia and the United States. It’s frightening, as it should be, as well as sobering and instructive. My only criticisms are, first of all, that it fails to account for the imbalance that will now be present in any such exchange due to the new Russian hypersonic weapons.

Secondly, the video fails to account for China’s contribution to the exchange against the US, which is a virtual certainty. China knows that if Russia goes, and the US survives, it goes soon after. So, that will not be allowed to happen.

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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”.



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, legalpractical 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 slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.”

-Ezra Pound


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

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

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

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

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Other Voices:

Important guest observations and commentary with an important afterword by Yours Truly

Julian Assange In Limbo

by Patrick Cockburn

(Held over from two weeks ago for second airings in this edition, along with an updated ‘Afterword’, because both are hugely important but are getting way too little attention…)

Julian Assange​ was running WikiLeaks in 2010 when it released a vast hoard of US government documents revealing details of American political, military and diplomatic operations. With extracts published by the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El País, the archive provided deeper insight into the international workings of the US state than anything seen since Daniel Ellsberg gave the Pentagon Papers to the media in 1971. But today Ellsberg is celebrated as the patron saint of whistleblowers while Assange is locked in a cell in London’s Belmarsh maximum security prison for 23 and a half hours a day. In this latest phase of the American authorities’ ten-year pursuit of Assange, he is fighting extradition to the US. Court hearings to determine whether the extradition request will be granted have been delayed until September by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the US he faces one charge of computer hacking and 17 counts under the Espionage Act of 1917. If he is convicted, the result could be a prison sentence of 175 years.

I was in Kabul when I first heard about the WikiLeaks revelations, which confirmed much of what I and other reporters suspected, or knew but could not prove, about US activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. The trove was immense: some 251,287 diplomatic cables, more than 400,000 classified army reports from the Iraq War and 90,000 from the war in Afghanistan. Rereading these documents now I’m struck again by the constipated military-bureaucratic prose, with its sinister, dehumanising acronyms. Killing people is referred to as an EOF (‘Escalation of Force’), something that happened frequently at US military checkpoints when nervous US soldiers directed Iraqi drivers to stop or go with complex hand signals that nobody understood. What this could mean for Iraqis is illustrated by brief military reports such as the one headed ‘Escalation of Force by 3/8 NE Fallujah: I CIV KIA, 4 CIV WIA’. Decoded, it describes the moment when a woman in a car was killed and her husband and three daughters wounded at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Fallujah, forty miles west of Baghdad. The US marine on duty opened fire because he was ‘unable to determine the occupants of the vehicle due to the reflection of the sun coming off the windshield’. Another report marks the moment when US soldiers shot dead a man who was ‘creeping up behind their sniper position’, only to learn later that he was their own unit’s interpreter.

These reports are the small change of war. But collectively they convey its reality far better than even the most well-informed journalistic accounts. Those two shootings were a thousand times repeated, though the reports were rare in admitting that the victims were civilians. More usually, the dead were automatically identified as ‘terrorists’ caught in the act, regardless of evidence to the contrary. The most famous of the WikiLeaks discoveries concerned an event in Baghdad on 12 July 2007 during which the US military claimed to have killed a dozen terrorists. But the incident had been filmed by the gun camera of the US Apache helicopter that had carried out the shootings, and the people it targeted were all civilians. Much was known about the killings because among the dead were two local journalists working for Reuters. It was known, too, that such a video existed, but the Pentagon refused to release it despite a Freedom of Information Act request. Appalled by what the video revealed about the way the US was conducting its war on terror, and appalled by the contents of the thousands of reports and cables it was stored alongside, a junior US intelligence analyst called Bradley Manning, who later changed her legal gender and became Chelsea Manning, released the entire archive to WikiLeaks.

The video still has the power to shock. The two helicopter pilots exchange banter about the slaughter in the street below: ‘Ha, ha, I hit them,’ one says. ‘Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards,’ the other says. They have mistaken the camera held by one of the journalists for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, unlikely though it was that armed insurgents would stand in the open in Baghdad with a US helicopter hovering overhead. They shoot again at the wounded as one of them, probably the Reuters assistant Saeed Chmagh, crawls towards a van that has stopped to rescue them. When the pilots are told over the radio that they have killed a number of Iraqi civilians and wounded two children, one of them says: ‘Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into the battle.’


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…and then proceed to the afterword below…


SO, LET ME PUT THIS IN THE MOST concise terms possible: I would trade every single adversary, persecutor and denigrator of Julian Assange into prison in exchange for his release, and consider the deal an incalculably positive gain for America and the world. Clear enough?

I stand foursquare with Thomas Jefferson, in his remark that, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

By this observation Jefferson was speaking of real newspapers– independent, courageous, informative and honest, or so I take it. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the gold standard for such journalism in this century– meant to inform and empower the people against the corruption and danger of the secretive state, as nicely encapsulated in Cockburn’s quote of Robert Lowe from the NYT in 1852.

The enormous good Assange has done even just in the brief window he had before the attacks on him began in 2010 and while trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy is the direct reason the US swamp population hates, fears and wishes to crucify him.

Assange has shone a bright light upon these vile creatures, both through the 2010 document and video dump and his subsequent revelations of DNC corruption in favor of Hilary Clinton at the expense of Bernie Sanders, the Vault 7 Releases– and who knows what else that has yet to appear? The monsters want Assange destroyed, both to pay him back for their embarrassment and unwelcome sense of vulnerability, and as a deterrent to other truth-tellers and ugly-secret-revealers.

Indeed, Assange continues to expose monsters even in his imprisonment. For instance, everyone afflicted with illusions about Donald Trump as a “swamp drainer” can and should abandon them in light of the current despicable mistreatment of Julian Assange.

That mistreatment is administered at the hands of Trump’s subordinates (and could be ended by Trump either reining in those subordinates or issuing a presidential pardon). Trump’s behavior in this one thing alone is enough to prove him nothing but a well-camouflaged swamp creature, and an enemy of the People.

I WRITE OFTEN ABOUT ASSANGE because with him rests a great deal of our security in our liberties. If Julian Assange is shut away and others like him are thereby deterred into silence, we resume the status of mushrooms– kept in the dark and fed shit.

Mushroom people are the furthest thing from sovereign and self-governing; indeed, mushroom people are serfs at best, however much they may harbor delusions about being free. Mushroom people won’t ever see the emails and memos exchanged between officials responsible for all the C19 bs with which we’ve been “locked down” and seen our economy and way of life ruined this past spring.

Mushroom people won’t ever see the real records of concerning the “Russiagate” assault; or the truth about the bogus claims of Bashar Al Assad using chemical weapons; or the real backstory of the assassination of Quasem Soleimani.


Defund the state.

If we can’t put all of Julian Assange’s persecutors in prison, we can at least put them on the street, where they can do no more harm.

Don’t just close your eyes and dreamily smile at the thought. Get up and make it happen.

Spread the knowledge you already have about the true nature of the income tax. The simplest way to do this is to share this little document with everyone you can, in every way that you can.

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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 comprising higher level legal resources now requires the submission of qualifying 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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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 or unacceptable).

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– 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. Don’t get into details– your audience is going to have no idea what a “LTR3176” is, and you will NOT be capable of explaining it adequately. This is an subject area concerning which you should speak from the heart, not the head.

If you haven’t yet begun to act, share the reasons for your decision to do so, and your plans.

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

Watch your own video after you record it and ask yourself: Putting yourself in the place of someone completely immersed in “the matrix”– oblivious to any notions that you might have been a victim of an “ignorance tax”, and comfortable with the status quo– would the video you just made encourage you to push aside your comforting illusions and learn the liberating truth? If not, try again.

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, 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, 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 DropBox, or GoogleDrive (if you do GoogleDrive you MUST give access permission to, 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 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). I will be the judge of whether your submissions qualify for access, but if you do your best you should do fine.

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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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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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.


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


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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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.