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Political and social commentary from Self-Educated American’s gifted Senior Editor, T.F. Stern.

51st State – New California Secession Possible

BY T.F. STERN Folks who understand that self governance requires self discipline, those who’ve found themselves living on the ‘left coast’ while not being able...

Just Say NO to High Speed Rail

BY T.F. STERN My wife and I own property on the north side of Houston and another piece of property half way between Dallas and...

Standing Armies and Targets — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern, At what point do you come to the realization that perhaps a society isn’t worth saving?  That’s an interesting thought to enter...

I can’t sing the National Anthem

BY T.F. STERN Well, that’s not quite true; I can’t sing the National Anthem without tears dripping down my cheeks and a large knot forming...

NBC Core Values

BY T.F. STERN Moments after the dismissal of Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” NBC issued the following statement: “Dear colleagues, on Monday...

Background Checks and Fingerprints

BY T.F. STERN Recently the State of Texas altered the requirements for the renewal process licensed locksmiths must complete in order to continue applying their...

We Are Made In God’s Image — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern, Watching the shenanigans going on in Washington of late, I’m reminded of the Biblical story, Noah and the Ark; how God nearly...

If You’re in Trouble Find a Policeman

BY T.F. STERN I’m sixty five years old and recognize the blessing in being able to call my mother on the phone; makes her claim...

Erasing Christianity a piece at a time

BY T.F. STERN In case you've just awakened, as did Rip Van Winkle, from a hundred year nap, sitting under a huge tree that had...

In Loco Parentis or Just Plain Loco — T.F. Stern

Public schools teach reading, writing, arithmetic, science and even sex education; can’t have prayer, that’s against the law. The idea that parents and children must forego family values in the classroom is absurd. If these stories are any indication of how administrators in our public schools or Planned Parenthood represent, or in this case, ignore family values under authority provided by “in loco parentis”, then we need to change the definition to just plain “loco” because parents have lost their say in the matter.

Are we celebrating Thanksgiving or Black Friday?

BY T.F. STERN What are we celebrating this Thursday?  Are we taking a day off to be with family and friends to express gratitude to...

Men are that they might have joy — T.F. Stern

Folks shouldn’t have to “settle” for a religion or denomination which doesn’t fulfill their understanding of the Gospel. Important instructions intended to help us through mortality should add excitement to our testimonies...

Membership Dues Serve a Purpose — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern,   I had a lock job close to downtown the other day, close enough where I could stop by and visit with...

2010 and the Right to Bear Arms — T.F. Stern

It would be a welcome step toward restoring America to that which our founders envisioned if the Supreme Court were to favorably word their ruling, to acknowledge once and for all times, the nature of rights, that they apply uniformly across state boundaries, to include and spotlight the predominant idea that such rights are not granted from government at any level; but exist because of the eternal nature of rights.

Diversity and Tolerance — T.F. Stern

God’s laws are restrictive and not conducive to many activities condoned by a diverse segment of our morally bankrupt society. Is it any wonder that an institution run by the left would find Christian values incompatible?

Orienteering Lessons — T.F. Stern

Pirate maps are hard to come by so I took some time off in the middle of my work day to swing by the church in order to create an Orienteering course for the boys to use that evening.

Beware Lest Thou Forget — T.F. Stern

We live in perilous times; the very foundations of our society are under attack. If we are to survive as “One nation under God”, much less prosper, we need to adhere to those principles which were taught from our inception, principles which included humility before God, prayer in private and publicly to acknowledge the Lord as our head, moral values which provide the lawful marriage of a husband to a wife in order to raise a family and keeping the commandments.

Morals, Manners, Virtue and Religion — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern, Recently a friend who lacks faith in God or formal religion asked, “Can you have morals/manners without it being centered around god?” ...

Justifying the Locksmith Licensing Scam

BY T.F. STERN I’ve been involved in the locksmith industry right at forty years.  As far back as the 70s those who taught me the...

Video Gaming and the 1st Amendment — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern, Here we go again, another extremely violent video game to shock the public with graphic mutilations and sexual implications; Bulletstorm takes...

Spinning the Circles

BY T.F. STERN Many years ago a friend of mine invited me to become a part of a multilevel marketing business, a chance to start...

Don’t Support Ban on Assault Rifles

BY T.F. STERN I saw this poster on Facebook and had to respond.  How do you gently explain to one of your ‘friends’ that by...

U.P.S. v. Postal Service — Guess Who Wins? — T.F. Stern

Imagine that; the US Postal Service reported a steady decline in volume causing it to lose billions of dollars while UPS has shown a steady increase in volume and profits. Could it have anything to do with the fact that one is managed under free market conditions while the other languishes under the burdens of bureaucratic mismanagement typical of most government agencies?

Good Advice — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern, I ran across a photo by Lexie Garrett this morning, a short piece of advice from Thomas S. Monson, President of...

Symbols Unlock Our History — T.F. Stern

It’s interesting how symbols seem to validate eternal truths, as if they speak to our spirits in concepts which attempt to define what words cannot.

Recognizing Truth — T.F. Stern

We live in curious times filled with challenges which seem to consume all our best efforts. Many of us are looking for answers; how do we return our nation to those foundational footings necessary for restoring the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? We have been studying and searching through all that is available, history books, commentary by the finest minds in our day as well in times past; have we taken the next step and asked for divine inspiration?

Locksmith Legislative Input Opportunity — T.F. Stern

By  T.F. Stern,   An Open Letter to Anyone in the Locksmith Industry Wesley Hottot, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, sent an email a while...

Ishmael or Isaac — T.F. Stern

I read through the history and found something else of interest, Eid Al-Adha commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael in response to God’s command; notice the difference? Christian scriptures record that Abraham sacrificed Isaac, not Ishmael; so what’s the big deal?

Are Police Public Relations in the Toilet?

  BY T.F. STERN This past Sunday a friend of mine at church asked me how I felt about police public relations.  He’s an active...

Inalienable or Unalienable Rights? — T.F. Stern

Our inalienable rights, spell it any way you like, undeniably come from God.