WaPo Apparently Doesn’t Remember Who Was President in 2011

While they mention the NATO-assisted overthrow of Qaddafi, there is no mention of whose idea it was. In Libya, fears of full-blown civil war as fighting nears capital Tripoli.

A battle for control of Tripoli would mark the most significant escalation of violence in oil- and gas-rich Libya since the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 following a populist rebellion backed by NATO bombing

But Foreign Affairs (at least in 2015) wasn’t so forgetful.

On March 17, 2011, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973, spearheaded by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, authorizing military intervention in Libya. The goal, Obama explained, was to save the lives of peaceful, pro-democracy protesters who found themselves the target of a crackdown by Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi.

It didn’t work out that way.

In retrospect, Obama’s intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy; it has devolved into a failed state. Violent deaths and other human rights abuses have increased severalfold. Rather than helping the United States combat terrorism, as Qaddafi did during his last decade in power, Libya now serves as a safe haven for militias affiliated with both al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove, who also links to the WaPo opinion pages where they seem to be lobbying for more intervention on the part of the US.

Let’s go to the NY Times opinion pages, where they are suddenly cool with American intervention. If they can bash Trump at the same time


Crime In Chicago Not of Interest to the Media

Second City Cop reports on a Massive Wilding Downtown.

Don’t expect the media to say a word about it.

If you have a scanner, it’s all over the place.

Patrol and the Bike Unit is pretty much overwhelmed.

While he expected zero arrests there were more than 10. Not that anything will come of it.

And he was right about the “regular media blackout.” Not a word. (I guess that means it never happened.)

The Police Shooting Completely Ignored By the National Media

I guess it doesn’t advance the narrative. Or something. Trial To Begin For Black Officer Who Fatally Shot A White Woman.

Now you could say that it is only that jury-selection has begun, but even a Toronto, Canada news outlet has some coverage. A quick Google search for news stories on the subject of the officer’s name, shows lots of coverage in Minnesota, and some coverage in Australia (the woman shot was Australian), in addition to that Toronto coverage. There were no stories from the US national news media.

On the evening of July 15, 2017, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman named Justine Damond. Jury selection began today. Minneapolis Public Radio reports, “Seventy-five people, known only by numbers on cards hung around their necks, began filling out juror questionnaires Monday.”

The jurors are being kept anonymous because of threats made against the trial. I guess some people think it isn’t fair if a black cop is on trial for killing a white woman.

“But You Can’t Fool All of the People All of the Time”

The Daily Wire has the info on America’s reaction to the Mueller Report. After Mueller Finds No Collusion, Americans Now Believe Russia Probe Was ‘Politically Motivated’.

The news comes from a recent CBS News poll, conducted between March 25 and March 26, which found 54% of respondents believe the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was “politically motivated,” compared to 37% who believe it was “justified.”

Of course CBS did almost everything in its power to suppress those numbers, or at least avoid highlighting them. I a little surprised that they didn’t omit those numbers from their reporting, or just deep-six the poll altogether. It would fit in with the rest of the Fake News the media has been spewing for the last 2 years.

Hat tip goes to Don Surber, who has had much to say on the topic of the media and “Russia, Russia, Russia!”

It’s Almost Like They Never Heard of Capital Gains Taxes

I was talking with a friend about the current state of the stock market. And in particular, the insanity in late December over the sell-off. See the image for an overview. (Clicking on it will enlarge the view, as always.) More on the image in a bit.

But of course the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) were HOPING for a stock market collapse. Because they were hoping that it would help them take out Trump.

Now we may be at the start of a Bear Market, or we may be near the end of a correction. But I guarantee that no one in the media knows what is coming next. If they could predict the future, they would have make a fortune already and be sitting on a beach somewhere. But let’s take a look at the December insanity.

I could make that list much longer of course, but you get the point.

One of the other sources I reviewed for that list (I forget which) said something like “It’s been a party for 5 years on the stock market.” Which is pretty much true, and it is why when November’s downturn hit, (Now is a good time to view that image) everyone who manages their own portfolio, and every financial planner and fund manager started looking at the question, “Are there any stocks where I want to take my profits?” and in mid-to-late December the question became “Is there anywhere I want to take a loss for tax purposes?” You know (or maybe you don’t), capital gains taxes also talk about capital losses.

It’s almost as if no one working in the media has ever paid attention to the stock market. Or the business cycle. Or taxes. Or anything. There is an entire investment strategy around looking for stocks that are ripe for tax sales, and then buying them between Christmas and the first week in January. Because if they were sold based on taxes, they will likely rebound. (Make sure they weren’t sold for fundamental reasons, or you could be part of the Dead Cat Bounce.)

But of course 99.9 percent of the coverage the stock market in December and January, wasn’t about informing the investing public, it was about destroying Trump, because even by December the “Russia! Russia! Russia!” attacks weren’t looking so good.

As I said at the start, I don’t know if this is the start of a bear market, or the end of a correction. When I look at things like housing sales and freight numbers, things look good to me, but I can’t predict the future. The point is, neither can any of the talking heads on the 24 hour news cycle.

“Welcome to the Poverty Palace”

The New Yorker is NOT a part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the last time I checked. (My version of the VRWC handbook is a bit out-of-date!) The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It’s the New Yorker, so a long-ish read, but not bad. Some great quotes, including the one that forms the title to this post. Just go read it.