02/11/21

Watching the Wall Go Up

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

We have in our collection of DVD movies, Bridge of Spies.  The dramatized movie is based on actual events, with Tom Hanks playing the lead role of a lawyer assigned to provide the appearance of a proper defense for a Russian agent caught spying on the United States.  His efforts later include trading the convicted Russian spy for an American pilot shot down while flying a spy plane over Russia, we are shown the transformation of a divided Germany.

(Image is a screen shot grab from the movie, Bridge of Spies)

There’s a scene showing an American student crossing from West Berlin into East Berlin at the very moment when the Berlin Wall is nearing completion.  His purpose for entering East Berlin was to advise a friend the time was nearly upon them when leaving would no longer be possible.  That time, in fact, had expired as he was prevented from returning to West Berlin; beyond that, he was charged as being a foreign agent for political purposes.

The reason for bringing this up has to do with a gut feeling, something tells me we, here in the United States of America, are watching the first few blocks of a wall being erected.  If not the wall itself, then certainly the foundation for such.

A friend sent an article about how Trey Goudy was responding to the current political scene, and while doing so, added his own observation.

“One of the first things a Marxist regime (We DO have a fledgling Marxist regime whether we want to admit it or not) does when taking power is destroy any and all potential opposition.  History makes that clear!  You can bet the fabricated charges are already in place to be used once this impeachment dog and pony show has ended.  For 4 long years the Dems have used false accusations to harass and overthrow Trump; from Trump/Russia collusion, the false Trump/Ukraine quid pro quo used to justify the 1st impeachment, the list is endless!  To assume their blind hatred and vindictiveness will end now that they have successfully overthrown him via election fraud is worse than naïve!  As long as Trump lives and has supporters, he will be a threat to the Marxist agenda!”

But… nothing of the kind is happening, you might say, shaking your head in disbelief.  Then let me point out some of the ‘red flags’ warning of impending danger.

All of last year leading up to the elections, the Democrat Party made a massive effort to alter the methods by which voters might participate…other than in person, and certainly not having to show a valid picture ID.  Their presumptive argument centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, which they claimed would inhibit far too many voters from attending the polls.  So, undermining the validity of the election became supremely important; speaking from the standpoint of one who believes fraud and corruption determined the outcome rather than the will of the people.

You’d also have to consider that the major news media outlets no longer report news events; rather, they are propaganda outlets owned and operated by…you guessed it…the Democrat Party.  When I say the Democrat Party, they are in fact the American Communist party; but that again is an opinion based on observation since the two parties have the same agenda planks.

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been happening on social media outlets such as Twitter, YouTube or Facebook you could hardly avoid noticing that conservative views, opinions and fact-based reporting have been censored; or as they would have us believe, Fact Checked by impartial individuals who just happened to be paid by the Communist Chinese government. That last tidbit has been Fact Checked and no response was made.

Fact Checkers, call them what you wish, have taken over to the point where individuals who express opinions that run counter to those held by the leftists are made to look as if they are spreading false information.  If the individual continues to share opinions that are contrary to those held by the left, that individual gets placed in a time-out box for a day, three days or even banned.

Does this look like the America we had only a year ago?

What about members of Congress submitting legislation that calls for stripping basic rights from anyone who supported Donald Trump’s bid for a second term as President?  How does it sound when half of the country is called ‘Domestic Terrorists’ simply because they don’t agree that going down the road to pure Totalitarian Marxism isn’t such a great idea?

Some in Congress have suggested that anyone who supported Donald Trump should be removed from society.  How does that work; just wondering as I seem to remember that kind of mindset being used to remove undesirables from Germany in order to improve the Fatherland.

What I’m seeing is the destruction of our constitutional republican form of government.  When Barack Obama was elected to fill the White House there were meetings wherein the goal expressed was to take down capitalism “brick by brick”; I believe those were the exact words used.  Every member of his appointed Czars/cabinet were radical leftists…and…it would appear that with Joe Biden having been “installed” as our current president, we have returned to that same path.

Sheila Jackson Lee recently submitted legislation aimed at the Second Amendment, an attempt to further erode individual citizen’s inalienable right to own and bear arms.  She’s called for the registration of all firearms along with phycological testing prior to being able to purchase a firearm or even purchase ammunition.

Senator Rand Paul responded, “Mandatory mental health screening could result in anyone with an unpopular political belief or lifestyle choice being labeled “mentally ill”.

If you wanted to use the old “connect the dots” process, popular a few years back, then by dismantling the Bill of Rights, one “brick at a time” a Totalitarian Marxist State could be installed.  Alter the 1st Amendment; freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably to address government with grievances, then seriously infringe on the 2nd Amendment by weeding out undesirable opponents of Marxism via mental health screenings run by government-paid psychiatrists, and I didn’t even mention that the Supreme Court was about to decide whether or not the 4th Amendment applies to warrantless searches of your home since they’ve already upheld such searches of vehicles.

Each of the bricks taken away from upholding our constitutional republic appears to have a purpose in building a wall to facilitate installing a Totalitarian Marxist State.  We are witnessing the building of a new and improved version of the Berlin Wall.  Tell me I’m wrong!


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

01/26/21

Working on the Engine

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

This morning there was a photograph of an airline mechanic standing on top of a ladder while putting what looked like Duct Tape around the front of the jet engine.  The likelihood of Duct Tape being used for that particular function is minimal at best, but it might have caused a mild panic for passengers looking on.

Back in 1970, while on my way back to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina (it might have been Ft. Gordon, Georgia, to complete Military Police School), I was awaiting a delayed flight out of IAH in Houston.  The delay had something to do with one of the four jet engines as I watched the mechanic standing on a huge ladder as he went over the schematic printed on the engine cover which was propped open.  His finger followed the diagram to a certain point whereupon he’d turn his head and try to follow the information offered by running his finger across the jet engine.  He did this several times; each time a scowl crossed his face as he grimaced in dissatisfaction.

He had my attention.

While talking into a portable radio, he again ran his finger along the schematic diagram while listening to the instructions being offered.  He repeated the ritual of feeling his way across the jet engine which didn’t match up with the diagram; his finger stopped as if there was a hole preventing it from moving further.  He put the jet engine cover down, similar to slamming the hood on a car in anger, and fastened the screws that held it in place; not having done anything other than shake his head in disgust.

My attention to his every action was intense as I followed his getting off the ladder and his using the stairs that led up to the passenger jetway.  After getting his attention, blocking his forward progress by standing in such a way as to make it impossible for him to ignore me, I asked if the plane was okay to fly.

His answer did not put me at ease.  “Oh, these newer planes fly just as well on three engines as they do on all four.”  He probably thought that was a clever comeback line as he walked away, thinking that he’d have a good laugh once he reached the employee’s break-room.

I, on the other hand, was about to fly across the county in an airplane that had been delayed for about an hour and a half.  From what I could tell, nothing had been done to correct whatever had been the cause of the delay.  Aside from that, the odds of meeting up with my connecting flight were slim.

About the only positive mark was that all the seats in Coach were filled and they had to put me in First Class.  One of the perks of being in First Class…speaking as a young Private in the Army who had never flown First Class…they served alcoholic beverages at no charge from the moment the doors closed until the airplane reached its final approach into Atlanta.  I got ‘properly snockered’; I believe that’s the appropriate term.  I figured if the plane was going to crash, I was going to be smashed before anyone else.

Amazingly, the flight across the country caught a terrific Jet Stream which pushed the arrival time making it possible for me to catch my connecting flight.  I hurried across the airport and was happy to see the connecting flight had also been delayed due to mechanical issues.  Running through the airport with a heavy buzz was a new experience; plowed would be a more accurate description, I was plowed.

They boarded everyone onto the plane while a team of mechanics dressed in overalls continued with their repairs.  I managed to engage one of them in conversation and found that something wasn’t working with the air conditioning system.  I told him about needing to get back to base to avoid being late and not to worry about the air conditioning.  He explained that the air conditioning and passengers being able to breathe were all part of the same system.

Looked like we might have to wait for repairs; I was going to be late reporting back in, about two hours late.  I took a bus back to base around ten o’clock; it was raining, just perfect.

The Duty Sergeant listened to my lame excuse for being late, observed my alcohol-induced state of readiness along with my sincere attempt to sober up.  He determined the situation really was out of my hands as I stood before him with my travel bag and paperwork.  Instead of writing me up, he assigned me to work a guard post the remainder of the night.

As I stood guard that night it might have been nice to have a roll of Duct Tape, something to hold me up till sunrise.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

12/18/20

Christmas Magic

By: T.F. Stern | T.F. Stern’s Rantings

There was a challenge handed out the other day, what did your family do at Christmas?  A handful of memories floating around so I’ll start with writing a wish list.  This was done either on Thanksgiving or very soon thereafter.

We’d jot down, in our very best handwriting, items we considered worthy of asking Santa for. It didn’t matter if the requests were based in reality; but as a rule, these items had been seen on television or in one of the many catalogs, catalogs which many folks referred to as Wish Books.

After completing the assignment we’d place our lists on a plate along with some cookies and a bottle of Coca-Cola.  The idea was to make sure the Big Guy was rewarded for having traveled over to our house and considered our requests.  We were told that Santa wore magic mittens and that while holding up our notes to be read, those mittens would catch the pieces of paper on fire; proof that he’d read them would be ashes left on the plate.

We didn’t need an alarm clock to get up the next morning as we all raced to the dining room table to witness the miracle which had occurred during the night.  There would be a scorch mark on the china and a small clump of burnt up ashes.  It was the beginning of the Christmas Season, official and verified.

My folks must have been gluttons for punishment as they’d also told us that Santa was the one who decorated our Christmas Tree, that all we had to do was pick out a good one, keep it watered out behind the garage until Christmas Eve, and then haul it inside to the living room; Santa would do all the rest.  Once the tree was in the living room it was easy to convince us to get to bed.

I should mention that I learned some of my locksmith trade vocabulary from my father, who never was a locksmith, as he struggled to get the trunk of the tree to fit inside the classic tree stand.  Apparently, other trades, auto mechanics and carpenters come to mind, use similar vocabulary to express frustration.  I later found these magic words remarkably similar to terms used by police officers.

I can’t imagine how late my folks stayed up that night putting lights, ornaments, and tinsel on the tree as they also put together bicycles, dollhouses, wrapped and sorted gifts to be put under the tree, and… I almost forgot, fill our stockings and hang them at the end of our beds.  It makes perfect sense, now that I’ve gotten older, that my folks would want to sleep a little later on Christmas morning as our excitement level climbed slightly higher than the Empire State Building.

We were to wait in their bedroom while my father made sure Santa had actually come.  That translated means he went to the living room and plugged the extension cord into the wall so the Christmas Tree lights would be on when we came in.  Remember, the night before when we’d gone to bed that very same tree was bare; but as we entered the room it was dazzling pure magic.

In my teen years, having pretty much figured out the Christmas magic thing, I remember hearing my father carefully open the door to my room as he carried a stocking to place on the end of my bed.  As he did his best not to make a sound I smiled and respectfully called out to him as he exited, “Goodnight, Santa.”  He smiled back and accepted the fact that I was no longer a little boy, and, as I recall, he even winked back.

12/12/20

A Republic If We Can Keep It

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

(Image of Ben Franklin courtesy of factfile.org)

This past month has been a roller coaster ride for anyone trying to figure out which candidate actually won the election. I was tempted to use the term ‘earned’ rather than won; but that would give away my feelings about cheaters, swindlers, liars, and the rest of the Democrat Party.

Ben Franklin has been quoted when asked if we had a monarchy or a republic, “A Republic if you can keep it.” He may or may not have actually said those words exactly as history has claimed. Rather than share without having done my homework, I looked it up. The first reference that came up on Google was from the Washington Post’s coverage of last year’s phony impeachment hearings, a treasonous coup attempt to remove President Donald Trump.

The inclusion of Ben Franklin’s quote in that particular article is… interesting, well, actually far beyond interesting; but I can’t print my actual thought as it violates decency in many ways.

There was a coup attempt, masquerading as an impeachment hearing by the Democrat Party to remove the sitting President of our Constitutional Republic and they’re quoting Ben Franklin… un-bye-god-believable!

I can say it was a phony impeachment hearing because evidence has since come to light; the entire investigation into Trump’s dealings with Russia was in fact a creation, a fabrication, or a scheme cooked up by Hillary Clinton to take her out of the spotlight for her illegal private server, a felony.

An article by Steve Nelson in the New York Post dated October 6, 2020, explained the timing. That story didn’t make the rounds of the major news networks, gee-whiz; is anyone surprised?

“Ratcliffe’s initial disclosure said that, according to Brennan’s notes, Clinton allegedly approved the scheme on July 26. The minor inaccuracy shortens the window of time between Clinton’s alleged approval of the plot and the FBI opening its investigation of possible Trump-Russia collusion on July 31, 2016.”

Amazingly, the FBI and DOJ didn’t see any wrongdoing and Hillary Clinton walked away, free to continue as if nothing ever happened. I haven’t done the research; but somewhere down the line, the folks who didn’t see anything wrong with Hillary Clinton’s criminal behavior must have ties to the deaf, dumb and blind Justices on our Supreme Court.

This past week the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a lawsuit contesting corrupt and fraudulent elections that affect all other states. Only two of the sitting Justices were willing to hear the evidence while the others did absolutely nothing to uphold the integrity of the election process which determines who will be President.

Saddened would be a mild description of how many American citizens feel at this time.

Here’s Allen West’s statement dated December 11, 2020, as Chairman of the Texas Republican Party’s official response:

“The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressman, has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law. Resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences. This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable. This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic. Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”

Where does that leave us?

Some have suggested forming a new nation, one that actually follows the Constitution while the remaining nation of criminals, liars, and thieves go on doing business as usual.  Perhaps that would work, but a nation divided cannot stand.

My thoughts turned to Captain Moroni, the last prophet in the Book of Mormon in charge of the sacred plates around 400 AD (you’ll notice I refuse to refer to it as CE for Common Era). He was instructed by the Lord to bury the sacred records in the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York, so they could come forth in our day. Moroni witnessed the destruction of his people because of their iniquity and their refusal to repent, to follow the commandments, and come unto the Lord, Jesus Christ… and yet, he remained faithful, even joyful in his mortal life.

The honest hard-working individuals who try to do their best each day… have had the rug pulled out from under them, but will eventually understand what has happened. It is my hope we will endure in spite of the corruption that’s taken over, the attacks to destroy liberties that God has provided. Do we have the courage to be as Captain Moroni, to have hope, faith, and charity in spite of all that is going on around us? Ahhh, that’s a true test that we’ve been given.

With all that is happening, it makes me admire the wisdom of our founders, individuals like Ben Franklin who recognized the wondrous miracle of our newly formed Republic; that and his warning… if we can keep it.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

12/11/20

Taking Care of Families in Need

By: T.F. Stern | T.F. Stern’s Rantings

Several years ago, there was a story printed, or perhaps I might have heard it from the pulpit; some of the details have left my memory so I’ve taken ‘creative license’ to replace that which I’ve forgotten. Accept my apology for not remembering the original author.

A congregation was asked to donate an extra portion during the Christmas Season to help families that were struggling. The challenge was given the week of Thanksgiving with the intent of having enough money collected before Christmas to offer relief for several families; a fine meal with all the trimmings, new clothing, and shoes, some toys for the children, and such depending on how much money could be collected.

One family had a meeting when they got home from church to consider various ways they could help with this wonderful project. The father said that after getting home from work he’d collect firewood and sell it. The mother would take in laundry and use that income to add to their contribution. Their son said he’d collect empty soda bottles and redeem them at the store while the daughter would babysit.

They did this for the entire month of December leading up to the final week and collected a little over fifty dollars which they proudly handed over to their minister. The father knew their contribution was probably smaller than most since he wasn’t one of the more affluent members of their congregation; but he wanted to know how much had been collected, thinking perhaps he could figure out a way to make up the difference by cutting down on some of his regular expenditures.

The minister sat quietly considering the moment as he tried to explain the situation in a way that would make sense. “We’ve received just over forty dollars in contributions so far, you being the only ones to have taken up the challenge.” The minister sat silent for a few more moments before continuing his thoughts.

“You see”, he looked heavenward for assistance as he struggled to further explain, “…your family was on my shortlist of those who could have used a little help during the Christmas Season.”

I’m sure there are many among us who could use the message contained in this story as we approach the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

11/21/20

Is it really over?

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

I read a comment issued by an old friend who happens to be a Biden supporter.  She was gloating, as if her intellectual superiority in assessing issues had prevailed, prematurely I might add.  “The election process is over; the final count had been done in Georgia.”  I have a great deal of respect for this individual and so rather than go for her throat, a rather crude way of saying we disagree; instead, I remained silent, temporarily, which is why I’m writing now.

There is room to wonder what she meant with her remark, it’s over.  In all likelihood a reference to the vote count in Georgia as reported by the major news media outlets, those honorable individuals who’ve presented their propaganda as is if it were factual information.  She believes that Georgia’s vote count assures Biden of the number of Electoral Votes needed to win.

Perhaps she was unaware of those individuals counting the votes in Georgia, the state where several batches of uncounted votes continue to surface, supposedly minor errors in the care and custody of presidential votes that had been cast on, …or even after November 3rd.  Never mind that the Senate seat, which has yet to be determined in Georgia, whose outcome will determine which party holds sway for the next several years.

I’d like to think she was selectively ignorant of yet another possibility, that our constitutional republican form of self-governance was over.  I say this because if we as Americans, regardless of which candidate we would prefer to win; if we allow the corruption which has tainted this voting process to stand then we are accepting corruption willingly and without regard for the consequences.

Many on the Biden side are asking for proof of any wrongdoing, any at all.  They have some kind of unrealistic idea of how to identify corruption, the intent to manipulate and control the outcome of this election.

I’m reminded of the scene from the movie, A Few Good Men, the courtroom scene where the now-famous line is uttered, “You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth!”

Let’s work on the idea that there is a ‘preponderance of evidence’ which would indicate to a rational individual that something seriously wrong has, in all probability, occurred in the voting process.  We’ll save having to prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ for later. In other words, is it possible that the statistical mathematics pointing out voting irregularities just happen to match with algorithms built into a machine intended to count votes, that these 20,000 Dominion machines were not intended to alter the outcome of such a count?

(Image of Eric Coomer found on Facebook, quote verified)

Never mind that the irregularities occurred in several states around the same time of night after it became clear that Trump was not only in the lead, but was projected to win based on the vote count prior to the unexplained ‘shutdown’.

If your answer is a flat out, No; then you’re not being honest.  Why would anyone design a machine that could be accessed from the internet by way of hidden backdoor passwords, have the ability to discount certain votes while at the same time award a higher percentage to the opponent?  Worse, why would any honest person consider using these machines, their ability to alter an election’s outcome wasn’t exactly a secret?

The machines in question have been used to assist the outcome of elections in other countries.  The CIA and other ‘three-letter government organizations’ are on record as having used them to disrupt elections in other countries. To say this is new information is beyond believable.  Some states refused to use the machines in question because the results offered could not be verified, thereby being unreliable and corrupt. But this could never happen in America…

So why did 30 states, to include so-called battleground states authorize the use of Dominion machines that were capable of altering election results, changing the outcome in favor of whoever had been pre-ordained to win?

But you say, that hasn’t been proven in a court of law…  I respond with, “If you’re walking along and see a pile of mushy brown substance, you wipe it with your finger, hold it up to your nose and take a whiff, then stick out your tongue and taste it.  After having puked on the sidewalk you say to yourself, Glad I didn’t step in it.”  Are you that hard to convince that something is amiss?

Or…are you willing to accept corruption, move on because the outcome went the way you’d hoped it would, your candidate won?

If that’s how you feel, then you’re probably right; it’s really over.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

11/18/20

Your Mother is on the Roof

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

(Image of Biden’s Miraculous Vote Count courtesy of theredelephants.com)

My father had a library of stories and jokes that he’d share, usually when we were a captive audience while on a long drive.  What has this got to do with anything… I’ll get to that after sharing one of dad’s stories.

While getting ready to go on vacation Fred stopped by and asked if my dad would feed his cat and look in on his mother from time to time.  He left a key to the house along with a phone number to call should he need to get in touch.

Two days later dad found the cat had been run over while crossing the street.  He called Fred and told him, “Your cat’s dead, got run over by a car”.  Fred could hardly contain his emotions; but at the same time explained to dad that he might have softened the news a bit instead of blurting out, “Your cat’s dead”.

Fred suggested that it might have helped if, perhaps, on the first phone call dad might have said something like, “Your cat’s on the roof and I’m having trouble getting it down.  Then on the next call, you could say that the cat fell and you took it to the veterinarian.  That way I’d have been more prepared for the bad news about the cat dying.”

Dad listened carefully, aware that often times he didn’t consider the feelings of others. He apologized and told Fred to enjoy the rest of his vacation.  Fred asked how his mother was taking the loss of the cat.  Dad’s response, “Your mother’s on the roof and I’m having trouble getting her down.”

So what has this odd story got to do with current events?

If you’re only paying attention to how the results of the presidential election are being reported by major news media outlets, Twitter and Facebook then you’re in for one heck of a surprise.

These folks have already awarded the Oval Office to Biden/Harris even though not one state has officially certified the vote count.  In the meantime, they are ignoring what may be the biggest news story of the century, that being the use of computerized voting machines to steal an election.  They are not only ignoring the evidence of fraud, they are stifling anyone who says otherwise, censoring and containing the spread of facts.

Biden/Harris voters are thinking all is well, that their side has won.  The news media is telling them, “The cat is just fine, enjoy the trip”; not even a mention that, “the cat is on the roof and we’re just waiting for it to come down”…so to speak.

“There isn’t any evidence of voter fraud.  Trumpsters with their whacked-out conspiracy theories are only clinging on to hope.  The news media certainly would have reported something, that is if there had really been corrupted voting machines.”

But the news media has ignored the truth; swept it under the rug believing the courts would side with the news media’s having already “called the election for Biden”.

There’s little to nothing being reported about corruption which has been identified and graphed, mathematically and statistically impossible results have been referred to as ‘glitches’, baseless claims, rather than the result of intentional programming intended to steal an election.

There is irrefutable evidence that millions of votes for Trump were flipped and magically given to Biden, and this happened simultaneously in several machines at the same moment in battleground states giving Biden a presumptive lead and the presidency; but as with Jedi mind control, “Nothing to see here, move along”.

The impossible has occurred and yet the news media refuses to enlighten the public.

This will be painful to watch as it reaches the highest court.  Trump will be declared the winner, as he should; but what about the public that thought and actually believed the lies which the news media promoted?  They’re going to be told Trump stole the election by having a stacked Supreme Court because that’s the story the media has been repeating over and over.

Can you see where this will further divide the nation?  The propaganda outlets, having long ago given up reporting the news, continue telling the public Biden/Harris have won.

Dark days are ahead as the media sews discontent and chaos, all the while claiming we should all come together and Unite under Biden/Harris.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Biden/Harris are on the roof at this very moment.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

11/8/20

Avoid the Appearance of Evil

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

Call me ‘Old School’ if you wish, but certain principles of conduct from another era seem to have been lost along the way.  Let me explain…

Several years ago I was given the assignment to check up on a woman from church whose husband had recently died.  She moved into our area and was still in the middle of grieving for her loss while at the same time she had nobody locally to lean on when her emotions got the better of her.

I made it a point to drop by regularly during the month, no scheduled appointment; just a neighborly check by to let her know someone was thinking about her.  She would invite me into the house, but this is where avoiding the appearance of evil comes in.  Instead, I’d suggest we sit on the front porch where her neighbors could see that nothing inappropriate was going on.

That brings me to the handling of votes and the appearance of impropriety, whether it exists or not, can be proven in court or not; red flags of danger have caught the public’s attention.  Perhaps that should be re-worded, red flags of danger have been ignored by those whose motto is, “Win by any means and to hell with anyone who says otherwise”.

I realize that being a supporter for your political party means hoping your candidate wins; but does that mean ‘at any cost’, to include destroying the fabric which holds your nation together as a constitutional republic?

When I watched a news clip showing poll workers covering up the windows so nobody could see them counting the votes, ignoring the protocols which call for members of the opposing party to be in attendance while the votes are counted, refusing to allow poll watchers during the election and other actions which would lead a critically thinking person to wonder if possible voting irregularities were being carried out.

When I was in college taking a course in Insurance which involved actuarial statistics to determine risk factors along with other issues that comprised that industry, it became fairly clear that some statistics form the limitations of reasonability and allow for the determination of what is unreasonable.  That’s why people over eighty years of age don’t purchase life insurance; the cost would be prohibitive, that assumes you could find a company dumb enough to sell the policy.

The use of statistics is important when looking at votes.  Certain polling places shut down in the wee hours of the morning following the election and then opened up a couple of hours later proclaiming they’d found thousands of votes…all for one candidate; the laws of statistics chimed in and proclaimed in unison, “Male Bovine Excrement!”.  There’s no way, statistically speaking, that all the votes which mysteriously appeared during the night were all cast for the same candidate, at least not legally.

That said, there are folks jumping up and down cheering for their candidate’s presumptive win, closing their eyes, ears, and minds to the likelihood of massive voter fraud; instead, euphorically caught up with, “He did it! We’ve won the White House!”

I’m having a difficult time congratulating the presumptive winners and those who’ve sold out this nation’s constitutional republican form of government for a cheap copy of a banana republic complete with bought and paid for election results.

Some might claim ‘sour grapes’ because my candidate hasn’t been re-elected.  My gut reaction tells me I’m watching an election process that steals a victory at any price and a public that will not only tolerate evil; but blindly congratulate those involved.

Putting it all in perspective with lessons learned from the Come Follow Me home study course, which only this past week covered Mormon’s witnessing the destruction of his people, a people ripe with iniquity who delighted in flaunting their evil ways rather than repent.  I had to wonder, did the Lord know this week’s lesson would be a duplicate of what is going on in America nearly two thousand years later?

The idea occurred to me that regardless of the outcome of this election, the steady downward spiral our nation has taken towards socialism along with accepting, tolerating, or even so many of our fellow citizens boasting of their evil ways; in spite of all these warning signs, we must place our faith in Jesus Christ and find joy in our knowledge of the gospel.  We have enjoyed the easy life; but the refiner’s fire proves us in our trials, whether we endure to the end is us to us.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

10/20/20

Mister Trump Goes to Washington

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

A curious dream awakened me this morning, tying an old Jimmy Stewart movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with current political situations.  Wiping the sleep from my eyes it occurred to me how President Trump and the fictional character Jefferson Smith, newly appointed Senator, have much in common.

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The corrupt political machine run from behind closed doors by a mover and shaker named Jim Taylor, had the puppet strings on just about everyone in their state, to include long time Senator Joseph Paine, played by Claude Raines.  Jefferson Smith idolized Paine, his having been a close friend of his own father.  Little did Smith know the underhanded dealings that were being pushed through by Senator Paine and his buddies, legislation which would greatly enhance their financial holdings by selling out their constituents.

With a little effort, very little effort, it would be easy to insert George Soros’ name for Jim Taylor and then trade out the Clinton Crime Syndicate/Obama Crime Syndicate along with Joe Biden and Son Criminal Enterprises.  So, we’d have former Senator Hillary Clinton and Former Vice President Joe Biden taking the place of Senator Paine.  Remember, we’re making a movie, purely fictional, just a silly movie for entertainment purposes only.  (Yeah, right)

The plotline would have to be altered a bit; but basically, the corruption would easily work the same way.  President Trump, upon taking office was unaware of exactly how much corruption was involved as his every move to clean up Washington was under fire.  Those involved in moving taxpayer’s money overseas to corrupt politicians so those politicians could line their pockets; but in return would pay huge kickbacks to the Clinton Foundation or to Biden family members to launder that money; all this was done to enrich the crime syndicate members.

The Obama administration “allegedly”, have to remember to include allegedly, had moved a large number of munitions illegally from the U.S. Government to our enemies, arms which eventually were used to take out one of our helicopters.  Unfortunately, the serial number for the ordinance which took out the helicopter was identifiable and belonged to weapons that were supposedly still in U.S. military possession.  Long story short…an arrangement was made whereby those weapons would be transferred back into our hands in a place called Benghazi.

It was supposed to have gone smoothly but as they say in the Middle East, “Shiite Happens”. Those friendly terrorists murdered the U.S. diplomat (arms smuggler) and three unexpected special forces heroes who defended the embassy for a couple of hours.  The Obama administration claimed the terrorist attack was the result of a YouTube video and arrested the maker of that video in order to distract the public.  Hillary Clinton, then-Secretary of State, erased thousands of email entries from her illegal server to eliminate any connection with illegal arms sales to Islamic terrorists and the FBI and Justice Department, “allegedly” working under the direction of President Obama, turned a blind eye to the entire incident.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden “allegedly” set his son Hunter up as a bag-man between corrupt Ukrainian government officials and the U.S. taxpayers.  Money was handed over to the politicians so they could line their pockets and the Ukrainian crime bosses “allegedly” hired Hunter to a high paying position which only existed on paper in order to launder money back to the Biden Crime Family account. This process was “allegedly” duplicated with the Communist Chinese government with even more U.S. taxpayer money being laundered back and forth.

Had Donald Trump been defeated and Hillary Clinton become president the American public would never have known about any of the criminal activity that was being covered up with a phony FBI investigation followed by the Justice Department sweeping any left-over dust under the rug.  Hillary Clinton, as we have recently found out, didn’t want the public looking into all her email transactions.  What better way to throw off the spotlight than to cook up a phony document making it look like Donald Trump had violated his office by asking for an investigation into former VP Joe Biden’s crooked dealings over in Ukraine?

The Democrat Party was then given the task of making the phony Ukraine investigation look legitimate which included the 40 million-dollar Mueller Investigation which led up to the phony impeachment hearings.  At one time those involved in an attempted coup would have been rounded up, charged with Treason, and tried for their crimes; but that has not happened.

It can be officially called an attempted coup, we now have a ‘smoking gun’, the information found on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.  Apparently, the FBI had this information for over a year and kept it from the public’s view, hoping that Biden would win the Oval Office and this whole mess would blow over.  But the information got out before the November elections and, even with the help of the major news media outlets refusing to share the story along with Twitter and Facebook censoring stories linked to the Biden’s corruption…the public can now connect the dots.

Unlike Senator Paine in the movie, whose conscience caused him to break down and admit his own corruption there on the Senate floor, there are no individuals with any honor left in them; referring to the Obama Crime Syndicate, the Clinton Crime Syndicate, and the Biden Crime Family.  They are content to remain silent as to their “alleged” involvement; instead, ramping up their attacks on President Trump, hoping the November elections will make this all go away.

It isn’t much different than the original movie; thugs pushing young boys carrying their home edition newspapers into the ditch and stealing away any news of the Shadow Government’s involvement while their own big-city newspapers unleash all manner of lies about President Trump.  “Your Comment Violated Community Standards”, oh, and Trump must be destroyed or we’re all going down!

The only thing that matters is holding onto or obtaining power.  Secret Combinations are made between those willing to sell their souls for a piece of the pie.


t-f-stern-1Self-Educated American, Senior Edi­tor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer and, most recently, a retired self-employed lock­smith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since January of 2005.

10/18/20

Appreciating the Moment

By: T.F. Stern

These last few weeks have been fun as I’ve been able to improve the audio-video capabilities of our modest home theater system.  We updated the audio quality by switching to an optical digital cable that’s now hooked to our television, and anything that goes through the television to the soundbar speakers.  I had no idea the difference would be that noticeable, speaking as a half-deaf senior citizen.  We also changed out the RCA type cables that run from the LaserDisc player to the back of the television to ‘Monster Cables’ that are supposed to have the better transfer of information.

But that’s not why I’m writing today…

One of the laserdiscs enjoyed this morning was Horowitz in Moscow.  There were images of various patrons soaking up the music produced by this world-class pianist. There was a camera shot from the balcony seating area where someone had placed their personal cassette recorder hoping to capture the experience so it could be played again once they’d gone home.

Here I am on the other side of the world watching and listening to a command performance given many years ago as if I were there.  I’m fortunate to own a laserdisc that captured each moment visually along with crystal clear reproduction of music.  It’s a good bet the audio reproduction on my copy far exceeds anything that was on the cassette recording made from the balcony.

The image shown includes a couple of items of importance.  Center stage is Horowitz as his fingers carefully and methodically move across the keyboard; but secondarily, as the laserdisc progressed, are images of those in the audience taking in the performance.  It occurred to me that I was among those in the audience, no different than if I’d purchased a ticket to sit among them as my reflection ghosts in from my vantage point on the sofa, nearly invisible until you study the image looking for that ghost.

Do we express our appreciation for the gifts we’ve been provided?  Perhaps we should say Thank You more often, not only for the things which are pleasing; but for the challenges that make us appreciate when things aren’t quite so hectic.  Gratitude is our way of paying for those moments, tears of sorrow for the passing of someone close, someone who was part of our world and made a difference, tears of happiness that they’ve gone home to continue their eternal progression.

Think I’ll put on the laserdisc with Harry Chapin’s Final Concert, the one that has Cat’s in the Cradle; yeah… “but he smiled as he did and he said, I’m gonna’ be like him, yeah, you know I’m gonna be like him”.

It dawned on me, my father passed away four years ago, those tears must be for the beautiful music I’ve been enjoying; yeah, must be the music…