Walter Rhett

“Strike the Last Word:” Videos and Links to Today’s News

In National Affairs, Perlo on May 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

“Strike the Last Word,” is a motion used by members of the US House in order to obtain time (5 minutes) to address the House on particular issues.
Some things never change. see this oldie but still true DNC clip on social security.

A quick look from Anita Perry on the jobs we need.

Richard Pryor’s comedy skit, The First Black President, was produced 32 years ago. It has an eerie resemblance to the issues that swirl around Barack Obama today. Look for Robin Williams, Masha Warfield, Tim Reid, and Sandra Bernhart in the sketch.

Leave a comment.  Share your reaction after you are through laughing and marveling at how close Pryor comes to the real thing and why his comedy was timeless.


The greatest lawyer in South Carolina history died on Friday, July 29, 2011. Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. was one of the greatest lawyers in the history of the Southern civil rights movement. He almost single-handed guided South Carolina into the modern era, ending the priactice of legal racial separation known as segregation. He dampened violence and hostile confrontation by using the courts again and again to open the doors to public and higher education, public accomodations, voting, employment, and the legal system, winnning landmark case after case to forever chase the face of the state. Click the link below to see profounding moving tributes by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, US Congress member Jim Clyburn, and US Circuit Court Judge John Anderson, among others. The sermon is a powerful example of Southern homiletics by one of the state’s most gifted preachers. The video, recorded by the state’s ETV network, is unique as oral history, in telling the story of segreagation at the funeral of the man most engaged in overturning its legal structure within South Carolina.
Click here to see the tribute video and web page.

The video clip below captures Rep. Clyburns remarks during the House debate over the debt ceiling bill.

Jon Stewart after the verdict stretches a point and strikes his best politcal best from left field.

The UN Makes Rape a Crime of War, A Historic First for the International Criminal Tribunal

US House of Representative Member, Gwen Moore, WI, discusses defunding Planned Parenthood in light of her own pregnancy at 18.

Right and Wrong

In Perlo on July 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

Israel is killing children. Under no law, no historic precedent, no security demand, no right to exist, no provocation, no threat, no remorse over collateral damage, no rocks thrown or tunnels dug or missiles launched is this right.

Doc McStuffins

In Perlo on July 28, 2014 at 8:06 am


An African-American doll, Doc McStuffins, has risen to the top of the doll market, selling $500 million units last year.

As an observer of race in American culture, I have an exuberance and unbounded joy at the broad success of the young Doc; more so, when I recall the protests against the dolls and video games that pandered and reinforced offensive stereotypes a few years ago—the games awarding points and levels for violence and thuggery. Because dolls are the companions, friends, and playmates of children, this quiet movement by children clearly shows a new generation sees race differently and are willing to have race-enriched experiences. The requests by children to be photographed with a child whose color adds authenticity to the character tells us the acceptance is inclusive, real, and honest—and supported by parents.

Yet (with more caution than cold water), I recall the long legacy of commercial successes in popular culture by African-American products and characters: the dance, the Charleston; another doctor, Cliff Huxtable; many more, and realize these successes have to deepen our understanding and empathy for the history and challenges of others. Many great conversations and play sessions can begin with Doc McStuffins’ back story, including barriers that children recognize she may have overcome, and they can tell how in stories springing from their own hearts and minds.

I hope the young Doc has siblings that branch out into other careers and an extended family that is multi-racial. I would love to be a part of those family dinners; I’ld bring Lexie, my daughter’s Cabbage Patch kid.


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