Bo Diddley Quote

“Don't let your mouth write no check that your tail can't cash.”

~ Bo Diddley

Ratings and Comments

Logan, Memphis, TN

Ah, one of the natural laws of currency: If you spend more than you make, you're screwed.

Mike, Norwalk

(-; I like it

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Like also don't make statements you cannot backup. Like a guy on this site who says that the IRS is incorporated in Puerto Rico and therefore has no jurisdiction in the 50 states. Further he says that a corporation only has a jurisdiction in the state of incorporation. Can anyone confirm this gentleman or is he delusional or an unrepentant liar. Once a liar always a liar, so I would like to get the lowdown on "whether he is just a mouth with no tail".

Mike, Norwalk

Waffler, you should be more clear, your specific lies can't be separated from your half truths, misrepresentations, and ignorant innuendoes. Who said that? It may be true. Can you disprove it, that you may honestly call who ever said it a liar? You must not have read my post the other day. For a government entity to commence operation, an enabling act must be passed. An enabling act defines the entity, delineates the entity's job descriptions, and authorizes the entity to do what it does. No enabling act has ever been set forth in the US for the IRS. (no one can show the enabling act to you because it doesn't exist) I have stated here several times that I have been in court when the Federal Prosecutor has stated as a matter of Res Judicata (a thing already adjudicated and settled) that the IRS is not a government entity. It then follows, the IRS is something other than a government entity - a corporation, an association, a dba, an aka, a (hmm ?) acting within the US against the individual sovereigns and other entities. A non-governmental entity must register in the state in which it operates (in essence, taking the place of the enabling act). By way of example: if a Nevada or Puerto Rico domiciled corporation is to do business in Arkansas, it must register with that state. To my knowledge, the IRS has never registered in any State or Federal jurisdiction to do business. (if you can show me one of their registrations, I would be very interested) This once was a Republic, governed by law. It is no longer that Republic or a government of law but rather, it is now a despotic oligarchy of men with among other things, thieves issuing notes that can never be cashed.

RKA, Wasilla, AK

This is incredible. We live in a society where with a new introduction of gadgets like iphone creates a long long long line in front of Mac Store. I have no grudge against Mac, in fact I am planning to get one end of this year, but what really surprises me is the fact that these lambs so easily seduced by corporation that with a blink of an eye, they have a plastic card out, and they don't know which is their head and which is their tail. Back in college, these credit card companies would sponsor many college sports and encourage fresh out of high school students to sign up for their cards. Of course they would, they want pseudo-financial-freedom. And thus the cycle continues.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Well said Mike.

E Archer, NYC

Brilliant! This is indeed a Golden Rule. Don't make promises you can't keep. Don't spend more than you can make. Natural laws need no human enforcement -- you cannot cheat the Laws of Nature. If you eat all your stash of food before you can get more, you will go hungry. Most of the sub-prime borrowers have fallen to this simple rule because banks 'lent' more than the borrower could pay back. Most people don't realize that when a bank issues a check for a 'loan,' that money is simply 'created' by monetizing the borrowers promise to pay (i.e. an IOU that other banks will accept) -- when the borrower cannot repay with interest, the bank takes the REAL property for which this promise was collateral -- in other words, the bank gets the house for FREE -- they have acquired real property in exchange for a 2 cent piece of paper. Now that's a trick! The banks know what they are doing -- do you?!

Jack, Green, OH

Bo probably meant; "Don't let your mouth write ANY check....", which would make a practical proverb, but there is no need to make such a grammatically improper statement, literally meaning just the opposite.

Bobble, Burlington, VT

Hoping Washington, D.C. enjoys Bo ...

E Archer, NYC


The solid link between the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury, Puerto Rico, was first published in the September 1995 issue of Veritas Magazine, based on research by William Cooper and Wayne Bentson, both of Arizona.

One month later in October, a criminal complaint was filed in the office of W. A. Drew Edmondson, attorney general for Oklahoma, against an Enid-based revenue officer, and in the time since, IRS principals have failed to refute the allegation that the IRS is an agency of the Department of Treasury, Puerto Rico.

In essence, the IRS works as a collection agency for foreign banks and operates out of Puerto Rico under color of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) which was quickly declared unconstitutional within the 50 States when Prohibition was repealed.

In United States v. Constantine (Dec. 1935) 296 U.S. 233, the Supreme Court ended Federal enforcement of State law relating to liquor, ruling that when the Eighteenth Article of Amendment was repealed by the Twenty-first in December 1933, concurrent State and Federal jurisdiction for enforcement of State law relating to alcohol was lost. In effect, unless or until the Constitution enumerates power for United States Government to regulate any given commodity, other than possibly taxing production and distribution, no such authority exists.

The decision put the brakes on the Federal Alcohol Administration, which Congress created in summer 1935, with the eventual consequence of President Franklin D. Roosevelt placing administration of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act under the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Puerto Rico jurisdiction via reorganization plan in 1940 (Bureau of Internal Revenue, Puerto Rico name changed to Internal Revenue Service via T.D.O. No. 150-29 (1953); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms spun off from IRS in 1972 via Treasury Order.).

Chapter 3, Title 31 of the United States Code, states that the IRS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are not listed as agencies of the United States Department of the Treasury. The fact that Congress never created a Bureau of Internal Revenue is confirmed by publication in the Federal Register at 36 F.R. 849-890 [C.B. 1971 1,698], 36 F.R. 11946 [C.B. 1971 2,577], and 37 F.R. 489-490; and in Internal Revenue Manual 1100 at 1111.2.

Has the Secretary of the Treasury established internal revenue districts in States of the Union, as required by 26 U.S.C. 7621 and Executive Order #10289? If not, IRS "venue" (territorial jurisdiction) is governed by 4 U.S.C. 72:

"Departments of the government may operate in the District of Columbia, and not elsewhere, except as specifically authorized by statute."

Per 3 U.S.C. 301, the president may delegate authority for whatever power he has vested in him by statute. He authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to establish internal revenue districts via E.O. #10289. The Secretary has established customs collection houses, per 19 CFR 101, but has never created internal revenue districts for general administration of internal revenue laws of the United States inside States of the Union.

No legitimate authority resides in or emanates from an office which was not legitimately created and/or ordained either by state or national constitutions or by legislative enactment. See variously, United States v. Germane, 99 U.S. 508 (1879), Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, 441, 6 S.Ct. 1121 (1866), etc.

Thanks to Daniel J. Meador (1926-2013), professor of law, University of Virginia School of Law.

Mary, MI
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Mary, MI    5/11/21

Love this quote! 


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