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Obama “cheapens” the Medal of Freedom

July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House announced Thursday the 16 recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, who include researchers, activists and athletes.

Recipients “make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House said in a written statement.

“Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive,” said President Barack Obama in the statement.

(Full list of recipients after the jump):

The recipients:

Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder of Susan G, Komen for the Cure, a grassroots organization that invests in research to fight breast cancer.

Pedro Jose Greer Jr. is the founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that provides medical care to more than 10,000 homeless patients a year in Miami, Florida.

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and author who has worked through a severe physical disability to pioneer academic research in math and physics.

Jack Kemp, who receives the award posthumously, served as a congressman and as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also encouraged development in urban communities.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, has served as a senator for 46 years and has pushed for quality and affordable health care for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Billie Jean King, a professional tennis player of the 1960s and 1970s, was the first openly lesbian major sports figure in the United States.

Rev. Joseph Lowery has been a leader of the struggle for civil rights since the 1950s. His work included helping to organize the Montgomery bus boycott that followed Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955.

Joe Medicine Crow – High Bird is the last living Plains Indian war chief and author on Native American history and culture.

Harvey Milk, who receives the award posthumously, became the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. city when he joined the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He pushed the civil rights movement for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Sidney Poitier was the first African American to be nominated for and win an Academy Award for best actor.

Chita Rivera was the first Latina recipient of the performing arts award from the Kennedy Center. She made her breakthrough performance in 1957 as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story and has won two Tony Awards.

Mary Robinson was the first female president of Ireland. She is also the founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, an organization that focuses on the link between human rights and globalization.

Janet Davison Rowley is a human geneticist and the first scientist to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of leukemia and other cancers. She received the National Medal of Science in 1999, the United States’ highest scientific award.

Desmond Tutu is a retired Anglican archbishop who played a lead role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Muhammad Yunus pioneered micro-loans in his effort to reverse poverty trends. The Bangladeshi economist provided small, low-interest loans to low-income people in Bangladesh. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

The award ceremony is set for August 12.

Only could this moron-in-chief consider giving the Medal of Freedom to people who are drunken murders (it was at least manslaughter), or for fellatio, cunnilingus, and sodomy. If this is now a qualifier, I have a few suggestions for next year. I nominate Jenna Jamison since her fellatio and cunnilingus skills are documented on video for all to see just how qualified she is. Too white? How about Kobe Tai? It is amazing how this sub 5ft. woman can do the things she can.

It is also clear, some only got it because their qualification is being non-white and not male. In that case, we have a double nomination of Kobe Tai–she’s an Asian female!

Billie Jean King? We give awards to people for publically humilating her husband by telling the world she is having a lesbian affair while still married? Yes, how proud her family must be. Only Obama would think this worthy of an award.

For someone who campaigned on a platform that will should be racially blind, EVERY decision this man makes is race, gender, or sexual orientation based. NEVER is it who is the most qualified or most deserving. TED KENNEDY????????????? We now reward philandering, alcoholic, murders? We reward the “idiot Kennedy”?

Although some of his picks were well deserved. I thank Obama for awarding it to Jack Kemp. I wish Jack was still here to receive it. He was a great American and he is missed.

Dr. Stephen Hawking. He has taken physics and brought it too the masses. Considering he is living with ALS–Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and he was still able and willing to communicate that well? Kudos!

Sandra Day O’Connor. This was surprising since she is a Republican and heterosexual. Well deserved, but surprising. Maybe Obama automatically thought she was a Socialist, Democrat, lesbian. Shhhhh, nobody tell him!


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You’re (Probably) a Federal Criminal………..

July 28, 2009

Brian Walsh

– FOXNews.com

– July 21, 2009

With all the attention that’s been paid lately to long federal sentences for drug offenders, it’s surprising that a far more troubling phenomenon has barely hit the media’s radar screen. Every year, thousands of upstanding, responsible Americans run afoul of some incomprehensible federal law or regulation and end up serving time in federal prison.

What is especially disturbing is that it could happen to anyone at all — and it has.

We should applaud Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), then, for holding a bipartisan hearing today to examine how federal law can make a criminal out of anyone, for even the most mundane conduct.

Federal law in particular now criminalizes entire categories of activities that the average person would never dream would land him in prison. This is an inevitable result of the fact that the criminal law is no longer restricted to punishing inherently wrongful conduct — such as murder, rape, robbery, and the like.

Moreover, under these new laws, the government can often secure a conviction without having to prove that the person accused even intended to commit a bad act, historically a protection against wrongful conviction.

Laws like this are dangerous in the hands of social engineers and ambitious lawmakers — not to mention overzealous prosecutors — bent on using government’s greatest civilian power to punish any activity they dislike. So many thousands of criminal offenses are now in federal law that a prominent federal appeals court judge titled his recent essay on this overcriminalization problem, “You’re (Probably) a Federal Criminal.”

Consider small-time inventor and entrepreneur Krister Evertson, who will testify at today’s hearing. Krister never had so much as a traffic ticket before he was run off the road near his mother’s home in Wasilla, Alaska, by SWAT-armored federal agents in large black SUVs training automatic weapons on him.

Evertson, who had been working on clean-energy fuel cells since he was in high school, had no idea what he’d done wrong. It turned out that when he legally sold some sodium (part of his fuel-cell materials) to raise cash, he forgot to put a federally mandated safety sticker on the UPS package he sent to the lawful purchaser.

Krister’s lack of a criminal record did nothing to prevent federal agents from ransacking his mother’s home in their search for evidence on this oh-so-dangerous criminal.

The good news is that a federal jury in Alaska acquitted Krister of all charges. The jurors saw through the charges and realized that Krister had done nothing wrong.

The bad news, however, is that the feds apparently had it in for Krister. Federal criminal law is so broad that it gave prosecutors a convenient vehicle to use to get their man.

Two years after arresting him, the feds brought an entirely new criminal prosecution against Krister on entirely new grounds. They used the fact that before Krister moved back to Wasilla to care for his 80-year-old mother, he had safely and securely stored all of his fuel-cell materials in Salmon, Idaho.

According to the government, when Krister was in jail in Alaska due to the first unjust charges, he had “abandoned” his fuel-cell materials in Idaho. Unfortunately for Krister, federal lawmakers had included in the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act a provision making it a crime to abandon “hazardous waste.” According to the trial judge, the law didn’t require prosecutors to prove that Krister had intended to abandon the materials (he hadn’t) or that they were waste at all — in reality, they were quite valuable and properly stored away for future use.

With such a broad law, the second jury didn’t have much of a choice, and it convicted him. He spent almost two years locked up with real criminals in a federal prison. After he testifies today, he will have to return to his halfway house in Idaho and serve another week before he is released.

The other hardened criminal whose story members of Congress will hear today is retiree George Norris. A longtime resident of Spring, Texas, Norris made the mistake of not knowing and keeping track of all of the details of federal and international law on endangered species — mostly paperwork requirements — before he decided to turn his orchid hobby into a small business. What was Norris’s goal? To earn a little investment income while his wife neared retirement.

The Lacey Act is an example of the dangerous overbreadth of federal criminal law. Incredibly, Congress has made it a federal crime to violate any fish or wildlife law or regulation of any nation on earth.

Facing 10 years in federal prison, Norris pled guilty and served almost two. His wife, Kathy, describes the pain of losing their life savings to pay for attorneys and trying to explain to grandchildren why for so long Poppa George couldn’t see them.

Federal criminal law did not get so badly broken overnight, and it will take hard work to get it fixed. It is encouraging that members of Congress such as Reps. Scott and Gohmert are now paying attention to the toll overcriminalization takes on ordinary Americans. Congress needs to begin fixing the damage it has done by starting to restore a more reasonable, limited and just federal criminal law. Today’s hearing is an excellent first step.

Brian W. Walsh is Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).

No  wonder there is a growing fear that the USA is getting more, and more, totalitarian! We are slowly giving away all our rights and, before long, we will no longer have any. Thankfully, we are not at the point of no return just yet. WAKE UP AMERICA! While we can still call ourselves Americans.

Proof of Obama’s Socialist Administration

July 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) — More work is needed on proposed health care legislation to make sure that it doesn’t add to the budget deficit, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday.

Appearing on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” Sebelius said a tax surcharge on wealthy Americans is “a legitimate way to go forward.”

The taxes would start with people making $350,000.

She noted the tax surcharge provision in a House proposal was one of several options under discussion to help pay for overhauling the nation’s ailing health system.

A final bill “will be paid for — it will not add to the deficit,” Sebelius said of health care reform, which is President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

Both the House and Senate are working on proposals that would create a government-funded public health insurance option intended to drive down costs of private coverage.

However, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported last week that the measures currently under consideration in both chambers would not pay for themselves, increasing the budget deficit.

Democrats pushing the health care bills argue the CBO analysis lacks the impact of cost-cutting measures under discussion for existing programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Sebelius said that all proposals include provisions to decrease fraud and improve efficiency of the current system.

“In all the plans, more than half the money to pay for the proposal is already in the system,”Sebelius said, referring to what she called misdirected money for ineffective programs and other instances of waste and inefficiency.

“In all the plans, more than half the money to pay for the proposal is already in the system,”Sebelius said, referring to what she called misdirected money for ineffective programs and other instances of waste and inefficiency.

Republican opponents so far say the government is over-reaching by seeking to reform the whole system, which is draining the federal budget while leaving 46 million Americans uninsured.

Also appearing on “Meet the Press,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called for expanding the tax deduction on health care costs for employers to include individual taxpayers — what the Republicans call equalized tax treatment — and limiting medical malpractice lawsuits that he said drive up the cost of medical care.

“I’m not in favor of doing nothing,” McConnell said. “It’s important to reduce the number of uninsured. The question is how to do that.”

Both the House and Senate proposals so far include mechanisms to raise revenue through increased or new taxes.

The Senate Finance Committee wants to create a new tax on medical benefits provided by employers, a plan that Obama opposes.

Sebelius said the new tax could cause employers who provide coverage for 180 million Americans to change or drop their programs, which could “dismantle the private market.”

“He’s reluctant to move in that direction,” she said.

Obama continues to favor reducing the limit on income tax exemptions for high-income Americans, Sebelius said.

Here is another “volley” in the Obama administrations “war on the successful”. Or, the establishment on the Democratic “Proletariat”. The thinking is, if you become a member of the Democratic party, you are somehow, endowed with, the absolute right to dictate to others on how much they can earn.  Of course, however, unless you are a Democratic politician. This only applies to people who build and create fortunes. Those who get it by sponging off hard working Americans are called “good Democrats”!

The first “volley” in the war against whitey……….

July 12, 2009

NAACP supports Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: Warns Senate foes to focus on qualifications

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group, kicked off its centennial celebration Saturday by throwing its weight behindSupreme CourtnomineeSonia Sotomayor.

The group vowed a “full-court press” to ensure thatBronxnative Sotomayor is named the nation’s first Hispanic member of the high court. Senate confirmation hearings begin tomorrow.

“We fully support her,” saidNAACP President Benjamin Jealous, calling for senators to stick to her record and stay clear of personal attacks. “An attack against one of us is an attack against all of us.”

Jealous singled outSen. Jeff SessionsofAlabama, theGOP‘s top player on the panel, who is expected to lead any challenges against her, and warned him to watch out.

“Sessions should cool his heels and focus on her qualifications,” he said, adding that thousands of members will be lobbying Sessions and other senators behind the scenes to confirm Sotomayor.

Jealous made the remarks at a press conference opening the group’s 100th anniversary convention in midtown, running through Thursday at the Hilton New York.

Highlights include a speech byPresident Obamaon Thursday, as well an appearances byMayor Bloombergtonight andAttorney General Eric HolderandGov. Patersontomorrow.

Top leaders of the group were also wined and dined atGracie Mansionlast night at a swanky reception hosted by Bloomberg.

Organizers said another highlight of the six-day convention will come tomorrow when they plan to unveil a sweeping initiative on criminal justice and law enforcement.

Part of the initiative includes a new online push called the “Rapid Responder System,” which aims to combat police misconduct by encouraging witnesses to send in photos and videos of attacks, organizers said.

ActorJeffrey Wright, who claims he was Tasered by Louisiana cops during an arrest last summer, and police shooting victimSean Bell‘s father, William, are also slated to be on hand to unveil the program.

ehays@nydailynews.com


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/07/12/2009-07-12_naacp_gets_behind_sonia_warns_senate_foes_to_focus_on_qualifications.html#ixzz0L39m9LTI&D

Sounds to me that the NAACP (the national association against caucasian people) has declared war on anybody who dare say anything about the Supreme Court nominee. Just more proof that Obama’s election wasn’t about who was a better choice but……………”gettin’ whitey back!”

Kids recant abuse claims after dad jailed 20 years

July 12, 2009

Sun Jul 12, 3:04 am ET

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Former Vancouver police officer Clyde Ray Spencer spent nearly 20 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually molesting his son and daughter. Now, the children say it never happened.

Matthew Spencer and Kathryn Tetz, who live in Sacramento, Calif., each took the stand Friday in Clark County Superior Court to clear their father’s name, The Columbian newspaper reported.

Matthew, now 33, was 9 years old at the time. He told a judge he made the allegation after months of insistent questioning by now-retired Clark County sheriff‘s detective Sharon Krause just so she would leave him alone.

Tetz, 30, said she doesn’t remember what she told Krause back in 1985, but she remembers Krause buying her ice cream. She said that when she finally read the police reports she was “absolutely sure” the abuse never happened.

“I would have remembered something that graphic, that violent,” Tetz said.

Spencer’s sentence was commuted by then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2004 after questions arose about his conviction. Among other problems, prosecutors withheld medical exams that showed no evidence of abuse, even though Krause claimed the abuse was repeated and violent.

Despite the commutation, Spencer remains a convicted sex offender. He is hoping to have the convictions overturned.

Krause declined an interview request from The Columbian in 2005 and could not be reached Friday, the newspaper reported.

Both children said that while growing up in California they were told by their mother, who divorced Spencer before he was charged, that they were blocking out the memory of the abuse.

They said they realized as adults the abuse never happened, and they came forward because it was the right thing to do.

Prosecutors aren’t yet conceding that Spencer was wrongly convicted. Senior deputy prosecutor Kim Farr grilled the children about why they are so certain they weren’t abused, and chief criminal deputy prosecutorDennis Hunter said that if the convictions are tossed, his office might appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Matthew Spencer said his father had ruined the relationship with his mother and he had faults, “but none of them were molesting children.”

Friday’s hearing paved the way for the state Court of Appeals to allow Spencer to withdraw the no-contest pleas he entered in 1985 and have his convictions vacated. Both children had previously filed statements with the appeals court, but the judges required the hearing to ensure their new testimony held up under cross-examination.

Spencer, 61, hugged his son and daughter afterward while a dozen supporters cheered.

“For so many years, nothing went right,” he said. “When things keep going right, I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

The hardest thing about his ordeal was missing his children, he said.

“They were my life, and they were taken away from me,” he said. “I could serve in prison. …”

His voice trailed off, and his son came up for one more hug.

Articles, such as this, need to be a “wake up call” for EVERY MAN who has or works with children. There are TOO MANY over zealous and vindictive people who will stoop to any level to get what the want. Even if  it means an innocent man remains behind bars for 20 years. The Detective, in this case, should spend the next 20 years of her life in a prison cell. Also, ALL cases she has worked on, has to be re-investigated.

Did Al Gore call us “Nazi’s”?

July 8, 2009

The Times of London reports…..

Al Gore invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill yesterday when he urged political leaders to follow the example of Britain’s wartime leader in the battle against climate change.

The former US Vice-President accused governments around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid taking difficult decisions.

Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.”

Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as that from Hitler.

“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change,” he said. “The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.”

Mr Gore, who brought the issues around climate change to a mass audience with the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, said that the great hope for the future lay in the high level of environmental awareness among young people.

He said sceptics who refused to believe that dramatic cuts in carbon emissions could be delivered should consider the example of the young scientists in the Nasa team who put a man on the Moon on 1969.

“The average age of scientists in the space centre control room was 26, which means they were 18 when they heard President Kennedy say he wanted to put a man on the Moon in ten years. Neil Armstrong did it eight years and two months later.”

He said future generations would put one of two questions to today’s adults. “It will either be ‘What were you thinking, didn’t you see the North Pole melting before your eyes, didn’t you hear what the scientists were saying?’. Or they will ask ‘How is it you were able to find the moral courage to solve the crisis which so many said couldn’t be solved?’”

Sir David King, the Government’s former Chief Scientist and now director of the Smith School, also berated politicians. “I do think it’s relatively easy for a prime minister to make a speech on climate change, which sounds committed, and very much more difficult for that prime minister to persuade the Treasury to put the finance behind that commitment to make it a reality.

“There is a long distance in government between saying what you think needs to be said and then making budgets available.”

Sir David expressed disappointment that no senior British politician had agreed to address a conference attended by top climate scientists, business leaders and the presidents of the Maldives and Rwanda. “I tried to pull in a lot of IOUs. But where was Lord Mandelson, where was Ed Miliband? Where was David Cameron? Where was William Hague?”

Al Gore still doesn’t, nor we he ever get, the fact that man can only do just so much damage to this planet. This planet will survive BILLIONS of years after we are gone. The fact that solar output may have something to do any heating that might have occurred doesn’t seem to factor into his thinking at all. The fact more distant planets in our solar system have also increased in average temperature also is disregarded.

The most OUTRAGEOUS of his statements was to equate those who disagree with him as Nazi’s. Hey AL? It isn’t THIS side of the argument who is the one lining his pockets on this. IT IS YOU!!! This is your scam.

Biden: ‘We Misread How Bad the Economy Was’

July 6, 2009

AP reports……

The Obama administration “misread” the depth of the economic troubles it inherited and still expects more new jobs in the long term as the spending pace from the $787 billion stimulus plan quickens, Vice President Joe Biden said.

Republican congressional leaders expressed disappointment about the impact of stimulus spending. “I’m very skeptical that the spending binge that we’re on is going to produce much good and, even if it does, anytime soon,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement Sunday.

“I think the economy is just as likely to begin to recover on its own, wholly aside from this, before much of this has an impact.”

Biden, in an interview that aired on ABC’s “This Week,” said the 9.5 percent unemployment rate is “much too high.” The administration had predicted unemployment would stay below 8 percent with its stimulus plan.

“The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue chip indexes out there,” Biden said. “We misread how bad the economy was, but we are now only about 120 days into the recovery package.”

He cited the economic conditions inherited from the Bush administration. “It’s now our responsibility. So the second question becomes … is it the right package given the circumstances we’re in? And we believe it is the right package given the circumstances we’re in.”

While Biden argued that more jobs will be created in the coming months, House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said the GOP had wanted the bill to focus on small businesses and helping people keep more of what they earned.

“This was supposed to be about jobs, jobs and jobs. And the fact is it turned into nothing more than spending, spending and more spending on a lot of big government bureaucracy,” Boehner said.

Even House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said no one is satisfied with the results of the stimulus so far. “But we believe the stimulus was absolutely essential,” he said.

Biden noted that the plan was set up to spend the money over 18 months. Major programs will take effect in September, including $7.5 billion for broadband Internet service, plus new money for high-speed rail and the nation’s electrical grid, he said.

Biden said it’s premature to say whether the country will need a second stimulus package.

Other issues Biden discussed during his ABC interview:

–Asked whether the United States would put the lives of U.S. troops on the line should violence flare up again in Iraq, he said “no.” The U.S. still plans to withdraw all troops by 2011, Biden said. “We believe the Iraqis will be fully capable of maintaining their own security.”

–Biden said if the Iranian government seeks to engage in a dialogue with the United States, the U.S. will engage. “The offer’s on the table.”

–Biden said Israel has the right to pursue a different course of action on Iran than the U.S. does. “Look, Israel can determine for itself — it’s a sovereign nation — what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else.”

–On North Korea’s Saturday launch of missiles, he said such actions appear to be efforts to seek attention. “The question is, is there anything that we should do about it?” Arguing that the U.S. policy has been correct so far, he said, “We have succeeded in uniting the most important and critical countries to North Korea on a common path of further isolating North Korea.”

–The Obama administration is “well on the way” to resolving a dispute between CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, Biden said. The conflict centers on Blair’s effort to choose his own representatives at U.S. embassies instead of relying only on CIA station chiefs. “He declined to give details.

Of course, you could have said it more honestly………….”we lied and you fell for it”! Next will be when the economy starts turning around by years end, like the economists predicted it would BEFORE the stimulus package, and this moron and his huckster boss begin to pat each other on the back when the had NOTHING to do with it.

Who is telling the truth?

July 2, 2009

Below, I copy/pasted 2 articles that were posted on MSN Money one on top of the other.Think you may find it interesting……..

Weekly jobless claims fall

While the unemployment numbers were bad, new claims for jobless benefits declined, suggesting some stabilization is ahead.

The previous week’s claims were revised to a gain of 18,000 to 630,000, more than the initially reported increase of 15,000.

The number of continuing claims fell by 53,000 to 6.7 million for the week ending June 20, only the third weekly decline in continuing claims so far this year.

Dow off 223 as unemployment jumps

The dismal report on job losses startles traders. The S&P is now a loser on the year, and oil falls below $67.

Investors won’t be celebrating much over the July 4 weekend.

Not after the shock of a dreadful report on unemployment and payrolls and the drubbing they took from the stock market on Thursday.

The unemployment report was much worse than expected and pushed stocks sharply lower as investors apparently concluded that any economic recovery will be slow to start and slower to gain any momentum.

The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) closed down 223 points, or 2.6%, to 8,281. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) was off 49 points, or 2.7%, to 1,797, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index ($INX) dropped 27 points, or 2.9%, to 896.

The selling came in light trading, however, and it’s not clear if the trend will continue next week.

With the close, the Dow and the S&P 500 both finished lower for a third straight week — their first three-week losing streak since March. In addition, the S&P 500 fell back into the red for 2009.

The Nasdaq suffered its second weekly loss in the last three weeks.

The markets will be closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday.

Getting a final close took some time because a computer failure at the New York Stock Exchange forced trading to be done with paper and pencil. The exchange allowed trading to continue until 4:15 p.m. ET.

As a result, the final computation of the Dow’s finish was delayed. Dow Jones & Co. computes the index using only the closing prices from the floor of the NYSE for the Dow components listed on the exchange.

That affects 27 of the 30 Dow stocks. Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) are listed on Nasdaq. (Microsoft is publisher of MSN Money.)

Now, please tell me how you can have unemployment both rise and fall simultaneously? Makes it look like the economy is improving and collapsing. Do you think that somebody is purposely “siding” their opinion? From what I have seen around both the internet and other venues, either you “tow” the Obama line or be called every epitath there is. From what I see in the “real world”, this economy is still in the crapper and there isn’t too much optimism being displayed. You be the judge…….