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.

The Investigators: Dashcam video clears NJ man; Cops now indicted |

In Perlo on September 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

The Investigators: Dashcam video clears NJ man; Cops now indicted |


A Fundamental Disagreement With David Brooks

In Perlo on September 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

David Brooks despoils his own argument when hes say ISIL–a “movement” he calls it–is strong in “spiritual purity,” a position condemned and challenged by Imans worldwide, including the high Egyptian leader. To wit: “The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, said the extremists violate all Islamic principles and laws and described the group as a danger to Islam as a whole.”

Also, a terrorist group with $2 billion in funding, seizing oil production facilities and vital resources, controlling towns and territory in two states seems like more than a “medium” threat.

In a changing world–accurately predicted down to the intra-country aspects of violence and the problems of refugees across borders–the detail-laden Nobel speech by President Obama was forward and prescient. It was not tied to an old school approach. Nor did it divide the world into the “energetic” and the “tired,” as Brooks does.

And how is it he can speak of governments not organizing “inner lives” and ignore the three century global travesty of Western slavery, which captured, purchased, transported, sold, regulated, and brutalized a group visible in democratic societies expressly for the economic benefit of others while closely controlling the songs sung and the beats played–along with marriage, family, movement, meals, work tasks, in an environment at best of benign fear? It’s entire justification purpose was to exercise control over the inner lives of its captives for profit–and their carefully regimented “uplift.”

Or closer to home, how could he not cite the government control of central choices in the lives of women in red states?

I often disagree with the logic of David Brooks’ columns. Today, he has strayed so far from the facts, that we lack any hope of common accord.

Dorothea Lange photograph. Library of Congress. 1936.

Dorothea Lange photograph. Library of Congress. 1936.


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