I was never a “never Trumper” nor was I ever an enthusiastic supporter.  Donald Trump was at the absolute bottom of the list of Republican contenders for me all during the primaries.  I studied his speeches and positions on all of the issues and found him to be a big government type with beliefs on a lot of issues aligned more closely with moderate Democrats than Republicans.

As a Libertarian, I absolutely abhorred the thought of Hillary Clinton, or any other radical leftist, being elected president this election cycle.  Eight years of President Obama and his destructive progressive governance was bad enough.  I could not envision another four years of the same failed policies.

I would have loved to have voted for a Libertarian; unfortunately none ran in the last election.  Yes Gary Johnson did run, however he is a Libertarian in Name Only.   His only claim to fame is marijuana legalization.

When Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination I became a very reluctant Trump supporter.  I agreed with a lot of his campaign promises but I did not believe he would carry through with many of them.  That to me was still a vast improvement over the other alternatives.

On one key issue alone I was an enthusiastic supporter.  During the campaign President Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court Justices.  Every single one was a strict constitutionalist, something I greatly approve of.  That list was the only reason I voted for President Trump.  With the nomination and eventual confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump fulfilled that campaign promise in magnificent fashion.

During the election President Trump promised to undo the regulatory behemoth unconstitutionally thrust upon us by President Obama.  Through the use of executive orders President Trump has in large part carried out this pledge.  I have been an outspoken critic of presidents who abuse executive orders.  President Trump using executive orders to undo regulations placed on us by a predecessor through executive orders does not violate the Constitution.  President Obama’s use of executive orders to enact these regulations did violate the Constitution because these regulations were given the force of law despite never being passed by congress.

The border wall promised so often during the campaign is still a work in progress but it is too soon to say if President Trump will keep his promise on this key issue.  I believe if the wall does not get built the blame will lie with a congress controlled by spineless Republicans.

I believe President was on the wrong side during the ObamaCare repeal.  He sided with the big government Republicans instead of the American people who wanted a full repeal.  I do not agree with him on infrastructure.  The federal government should play absolutely no role in this issue.  States and local governments alone should solve this problem. The federal government can only waste money and add a bureaucratic quagmire,

The biggest losers in the election were members of the out of control liberal media.  They completely unmasked themselves as a radical progressive mod that lacks any objectivity.  It was great seeing President Trump take on the whole lot of them during the campaign and keep up the fight during the first six months of his presidency.   I applaud his use of Twitter to continue the fight.  I wish he would use a more polished approach to do battle.  He flies of the handle too easily on trivial issues and he needs to improve his communication skills.  Just imagine what a great communicator like President Reagan would do with a Twitter account.

The Republicans in control of both houses are failing the American people much more than President Trump has.  They do not have the courage or the vision to do what is right for the American people.  Too many people make this failure of the Republicans in congress out to be just about enacting the Trump agenda.  Limited government, free market principles, and upholding the Constitution are the principles the President and congress should enact.

One of the more annoying things in the current preponderance of opinion pieces instead of actual reporting is the dismissal of news on our hemisphere. Rarely do you find information on, say, Brazil, the world’s ninth-largest economy, unless you actually go looking for it.

Each country is treated as a piece of puff pastry on a tray shaped like South America: Exotic, tasty but a rare treat that you don’t want to overdo, interchangeable. Today, arepas. Tomorrow, guava pastries.

The reports you find are few and far apart, and focus mostly on Cuba as a tourist spot, and on Venezuela as an ongoing train wreck.

Of course, Cuba fits the socialist agenda. By now the “excellent free healthcare” nonsense has been replaced with the “travel to Havana before it modernizes” gimmick. Just last night PBS aired Weekend in Havana, enticing us to “Travel to Cuba’s vibrant, alluring and rapidly changing capital,” while ignoring the very grim reality:

that under the tyrannical regime of the Castros, Cuba is a fourth-world country with collapsing buildings and a crumbling infrastructure that cannot provide humane conditions for its own enslaved people, let alone foreign tourists.

Venezuela gets attention for its horrible near-civil-war, brought about by the implementation of 21st Century Socialism™ which is rarely mentioned. Yesterday’s news carried a few more stories on Venezuela because Pres. Trump is considering sanctions against the communist regime, including a possible oil embargo.

Most of those articles were opinion pieces, low on substance.

It is extremely unusual to read factual reporting connecting the many threads of Latin American politics. Mary O’Grady does an exceptional job this week in her article, How Cuba Runs Venezuela. Havana’s security apparatus is deeply embedded in the armed forces (emphasis added)

Havana doesn’t care about Venezuelan poverty or famine or whether the regime is unpopular. It has spent a half-century sowing its ideological “revolution” in South America. It needs Venezuela as a corridor to run Colombian cocaine to the U.S. and to Africa to supply Europe. It also relies heavily on cut-rate Venezuelan petroleum.

This is the first time this year I’ve seen this mentioned in an article in a national newspaper. O’Grady’s article is a must-read.

One can only wish other “journalists” were in the same league as O’Grady. They might even find a Russia Russia Russia angle – and a little China for measure.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

Mr Prosser: But, Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.
Arthur: Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or anything.
Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display…
Arthur: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Mr Prosser: That’s the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Mr Prosser: The lights had probably gone out.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Mr Prosser: But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?
Arthur: Yes yes I did. It was on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Something odd happened on Tuesday.

I accidentally hit one of my bookmarks to the Vatican Bible that was not working a few days ago and to my surprise the page came up.

Given the disappearance of scripture from the site this caught me completely by surprise.

My first thought was that it was an old cache page so I tried it on my other computer and sure enough the same Psalm page came up.

This threw me off so I wondered if the Vatican decided pulling the bible was a bad idea after all so I headed back to the main vatican page, followed the reference link to scripture but I still got this page:

That was even stranger At this point I went back to the page on the 2nd computer and decided to try to get to the front page of the bible from the Psalm page that worked and this came up:

then I tested the links on the page, they all worked.

Now feeling really confused I went back to the wayback machine and checked to see if their capture had caught scripture as back up but the latest capture still showed this:

Finally I had a thought, instead of accessing the bible through the reference link as normal try a search for the term “Bible” in the search box on the main page.  So that’s what I did, and here is the page that came up

Here’s the weird thing, if you click on the first result, you get the bible front page as if it was never gone.  If you click the 2nd result you get the “local episcopal” page from the reference link.

So the question on the floor is this:  What on earth is going on?  If you are still referring people to the local sites and not providing a link to the Bible, why put sacred scripture back up if you’re going to make it tough to find?

Two logical answers come to mind

A charitable suggestion would be that people realized that even though they wanted people to go to local sites for scripture, every single document on the Vatican site since it went up that had existing links to the former online scripture became dead once it was pulled.  Fixing all those links would be an expensive, time consuming and frankly herculean task. So given the choice between fixing those links or putting scripture back up without a direct link to it they choose the latter.  If I had been their tech advisor that’s certainly the advice I’d have given to fix the problem.

A much less charitable explanation would be that the Vatican didn’t like the blowback from pulling the Bible but didn’t want to link to it, so they put it back up without a direct link to allow a spokesman to say “Of COURSE sacred scripture is available at our site, we just prefer you to use our local sites translation.” or in other words: “Beware of the Leopard!”

Of course it’s also possible that these explanations aren’t mutually exclusive.

Either way I’m happy as it means I don’t have to make changes to the links of my ebook or my regular book, however if you bought  copy thinking was now a collector’s item, you’re out of luck.

And for the sake of the readers I’ll put the link back to the vatican Bible both here and on the blog sans wayback machine so if you want to get to the Bible on the Vatican you can without worrying about fast felines.

Cue Arthur Dent:

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