‘I Feel the Presence of The Lord’  

"I Feel The Presence of The Lord" is a personal collection of devotions intended to encourage the reader to seek and see the Lord in every aspect of their life.
The enemy of our souls would have us subscribe to the mentality of being endlessly busy, and therefore it being excusable to relegate God to a Sunday morning church service, if that. Thus, many in our churches today are powerless Christians and/or Christians in whom faith and fellowship with God is sorely wanting.
I Feel The Presence of The Lord is not just a book to be read as part of our daily devotions. It is a collection of thoughts and instructions to inspire the reader to meditate upon the Lord and His Word.

Who Will Man The Walls by Rich Kozlovich

The following was written by my friend and colleague Rich Kozlovich, founder of the blog Paradigms and Demographics.  It first appeared on same, September 5, 2022.  I share it here to remind you as I have many times prior, that most of America (Christendom especially), slept their way to where Americans find themselves today.  We were warned biblically and by the post World War II/ Korean War generation and the Baby Boomer generation to be alert and watchful; but thanks to the ophidian character of the post Vietnam generation zeitgeist, families went from watchfulness to feckless, led through the nose, give me-give me-give-me, culture that has forgotten our roots.  I hope Rich’s article shows you the error of so many and what not paying attention has wrought.


I subscribe to the non-paid version of Common Sense with Bari Weiss, and some it’s pretty good, some of it’s liberal, but it’s worth a look or two on occasion.  Weiss resigned as an editor from the New York Times because as liberal as she was, and is, she just wasn’t Woke.  And if you’re sane, at some point, you can’t possibly be Woke enough to avoid the outraged criticism from the most extreme elements of that human plague, that Temple of the Church of Wokeness, Twitter!  

There are no boundaries on the left, and outrage expressed by one insane Wokester on Twitter can destroy a leftist’s career.   Real conservatives who are attacked kind of smile, snort and move on for two reasons.  An attack by these loons is a point of honor and evidence they must be doing something right.  And real conservatives totally understand there’s no appeasing these misfits, which is why the left keeps getting more radical and the right appears to become more conservative.

One of the articles that appeared in Common Sense that I thought was worth some time was, The Origins of Woke, with the subtitle, A forgotten satirical book form the nineties predicted cancel culture, by Phoebe Maltz Bovy saying:

The front cover of the dictionary shows a man, a woman, and a dog, each affixed with labels such as “hair disadvantaged” (he’s balding), “woman of noncolor” (she’s white), and “nonhuman animal companion” (it’s a shaggy dog). None of them, though especially the woman and the dog, would be out of place in a 2022 farmers market. (Again: cyclical fashions.)

The back cover bears a warning: “Be sensitive or else!,” with the follow-up, “Welcome to the nineties. But you better watch what you say. If you’re not politically correct, not even your pet—oops, your animal companion—will love you anymore.”

Beard’s author bio begins, “Although Henry Beard is a typical product of elitist educational institutions and a beneficiary of a number of negative action programs, he has struggled to overcome his many severe privileges.”And Cerf’s: “Christopher Cerf is a melanin-impoverished, temporarily abled, straight, half-Anglo-, half-Jewish-American male.”

Privilege disclaimers in the early 1990s! I had to have it.

Her conclusion is that wokeness is political correctness, and political correctness is wokeness which I think is a bit of a duh!  However it demonstrates the fact the left is like rust, it never sleeps, always changing the same old nostrums in ways to make them look new and enticing, and have been doing this forever.

Kevin Freeman writes this is part of the plan that has been decades in the making.  A plan “to take down the greatest obstacle to totalitarianism the world has ever known: the United States of America.”  He makes the point these leftist “elites are neither incompetent nor insane. They are evil, and they are freedom’s enemies.” While I agree this is their plan, and has always been their plan, I disagree about their competence or their sanity. No rational competent person could possibly subscribe to such insanity.  They’re just evil.

The reason I said the right “appears” to be more conservative is because the left keeps getting more and more openly radical, so even if conservatives are merely standing still they automatically appear more conservative and moving more to the right.  But real conservatives who steadfastly defied the left for decades are already “the right”, and can go no further because conservatism, unlike leftism, has boundaries, it’s just that more people are joining them there.  In principle conservatives believe it’s fundamental that society must not “lie, steal, cheat or tolerate those who do“.  I’ll tell you what.  We’ll come back to that.

Clarity can only be achieved through definition, which Stephan Helgesen does very well in his article, The Rise of the Unprincipled Left, saying:

Let’s start with traditional conservatives.  By traditional, I am referring to a set of values that have transcended many generations.  Some of them are love of country, respect for authority and the rule of law, trust in our institutions, belief in personal accountability, fidelity to our Constitution and Bill of Rights, trust in our courts (and juries) to fairly adjudicate the cases before them and mete out appropriate punishment to the guilty, confidence in our schools and teachers to educate our children passionately but objectively, respect for our military service members and law enforcement organizations for the dangerous jobs they do, and many more, not the least of which are found in the Christian Ten Commandments.

In the past, those core values have been the touchstone we would go to when we were wrestling with a thorny question.  Would our opinion track with our basic values?  In short, could we look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “Yes, that is my belief, and I will defend it because I am a principled person”?

Now the left:

The left’s world is dominated by, as I’ve stated, a belief in situational dependency coupled with might makes right.  Leftists eschew actual democracy and fear free speech.  They see the forced imposition of their cultural views as a holy crusade, and if anyone dares question that crusade’s legitimacy, he is summarily banned, doxxed, de-platformed, ostracized from polite society, vilified, and fired from his job — or accused of being a white supremacists, misogynist, homophobe, right-wing extremist, or domestic terrorist.  Leftists have no qualms about offering up the names of the “opposition” to the media and to municipal, state, or federal authorities for later prosecution or persecution.

The left is unprincipled, period!  It is now, it has always been, and it will always be unprincipled because principles require a stable moral foundation, a touchstone for what we do, what we think and what we work to bring into being.

The only morality of the left is a morality of the moment.  A morality that can and will shift as the need arises.  They are the “ultimate carpetbaggers — unscrupulous opportunists who would betray anyone and anything to feather their own nests”.  And that means do anything to take and hold power over the masses, no matter who has to be sacrificed, and since the French Revolution they’ve sacrificed over millions of people.  The American left was able to hide who and what they are better in the past. No longer.

Their claims of “defending our democracy” is a clever rhetorical ruse since they clearly hate “our Republic”, which they unendingly work to undermine and ultimately eliminate by destroying the foundation of America’s Democratic Republic.  The Constitution.

We saw that during the false covid pandemic where societies went along with these ridiculous mandates, much of which was imposed by unelected bureaucrats.  These sheep then turned on those who saw these mandates for what they were and refused to bend the knee to this power grab, dehumanizing them and smugly, arrogantly and self righteously approved of granting unconstitutional powers to police which allowed them to abuse the unmasked and unvaccinated.

This wasn’t accidental.  It was deliberate, it was unconstitutional, “it was planned” and it was implemented to impose tyranny on America.  It’s time we get that’s part of “the plan”.  It’s time for those who see these things for what they are to have the courage to stand and be counted, no matter how many slings and arrows are flung in their direction.

The cadets of West Point were referred to as that Long Gray Line.   A Long Gray Line that once had an “Honor Code” that said “A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do”, with the motto “Duty, Honor, Country”, creating an “unchanging path of discipline needed by an individual to follow” and “to lead with character, abide by the Honor Code, and live above the common level of life in order to be leaders of the nation.”

But when society has eschewed the concept of honor that lack is transmitted into every field of endeavor, including West Point, which was demonstrated with the cheating scandal at West Point and how the administration at West Point watered down that code in the way they handled it.  In times past each and every one of those cadets would have been expelled.

Recent events have demonstrated senior officers, many graduates of West Point, have abandoned all of that, including the Secretary of Defense.  When the people leading those who are supposed to be the defenders of a nation lack honor, and promote those who are equally lacking, who will man the walls and tell the nation, “no one will harm you on my watch”?

Over the weekend I watched Midway, the 2019 version and it was just as inspiring this time as it was the last time.  Watch it and ask yourself: If that’s who we were, who are we now?  This movie depicts another generation. This movie shames the current generation.

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Barney Brenner

Barney Brenner grew up in New York City and has been a resident of Pima County since 1972. He graduated from Francis Lewis High School, lettering in varsity handball and bowling. Barney had an early start in the working world by helping out at his dad’s dry cleaning store in Brooklyn. During his early teens, he ran three newspaper delivery routes every day and also started a business doing paneling and other minor remodeling for neighbors. Arriving in Tucson at age 20 with little money and a dying VW van, he became interested in auto repair. Friends soon started asking for help with their cars and within two years, Barney bought a small property on East Prince Road near North First Avenue and opened a repair shop. He designed and built a three-bay garage addition on the property a few years later. Barney married the former Carole Dickinson in 1976, and while they were still in their twenties, they designed and Barney built the home they lived in until Carole’s untimely death in 1995. In 1982, after expanding into engine building and machine work, Barney’s company was featured in the Arizona Daily Star “Neighbors” section for its exceptional customer service. Barney would help do-it-yourselfers, even teaching them to assemble their own engines. He would do the precision machining, answer their questions, and sell them parts from his growing inventory. When Mr. Brenner moved into the retail store and warehouse he built on West Prince Road near Romero, the company became a full-scale auto parts operation, Barney’s Import Parts. Three weeks after 9/11, Mr. Brenner bought a struggling competitor’s auto parts store and turned the company around, despite the difficult economy. He duplicated that feat with another store purchased in December 2003. In 2005, when Barney was 53, he sold the 30-employee, three-store chain and retired. Mr. Brenner has completed a number of other building projects of his own including, just last year, a garage and workshop at the west-side home where he and the former Sharon Tucker live. They were married at that home in December 2000. Because of his personal construction endeavors, Barney is familiar with Tucson and Pima County building permit processes, having been down that path more than a dozen times. In addition to his other activities, Mr. Brenner developed an interest in local politics. In 1996 he was campaign manager for David Morales when the former Marana Town Councilman and Legislative District 11 Chairman made a run for the Arizona State Senate. In 1999, Barney walked precincts, gathered signatures, installed signs, and helped with fundraising and photography in Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup’s first campaign. In 2001 Mr. Brenner was elected president of the Pima County Republican Club and held the office for three years. Barney’s other accomplishments include earning a black belt in American Tae Kwon Do karate and a United States patent for a VW heating system, which has sold in the thousands to date. He earned a commercial pilot’s license for hot-air-balloon flight, and has helped to raise thousands of dollars by donating balloon rides to dozens of local charities. He has been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and he was a columnist for the Tucson Citizen in 2006 for their inaugural “My Tucson” series. He has also had numerous other op-eds published in both the Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star. Barney announced in March 2008 that he is a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Ora Mae Harn, the former Mayor of Marana, is his Campaign Chairman.

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