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.

An Interview with “The Syrian Girl,” A Middle East Actiivist

In Perlo on September 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

It seems to me her facts are accurate; her analysis is conspiratory, but presents and articulates the most common, mainstream interpretation and expressions of US connections, involvement and intent in the region and how it ties to the ongoing warfare. Watch and listen carefully.

Turkey and ISIL

In Perlo on September 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

A strong case can be made for engagement with Turkey, which sources two of ISIL’s most important drivers, its economic engine and its recruiting. Turkey is the center of ISIL’s smuggling operation that produces revenues of $1-3 million a day from sales of black market oil! This money fuels ISIL’s military operations, pays its combatants, supplies its stores. Without it, ISIL would be ineffective in the field.

Turkey is also the center of ISIL’s recruiting: the New York Times identifies a neighborhood in Ankara, Hacibayram, as supplying a 1000 men a week. Disrupt this chain and ISIL is unable to expand.

Take away these two pillars, revenue and recruiting; and what’s left? Strategically, Turkey is clearly more important than Syria–or Assad–and without the hypocrisy evident in US policyid if an alliance with Syria is established.

Moreover, Turkey (since 1952) is a member of NATO! Why is the US building a Western and regional alliance but failing to pressure Turkey, which cites hostages for own its reticence–when it could use its blind eye to black market smuggling as leverage on ISIL for the hostages release? Let ISIL make the call: return the 49 or lose a million or more dollars every day!

For efficiency, effectiveness, and expediency, Turkey has far more strategic impact engagement with ISIL than Syria or the Saudis. The original Times article dissembles a case for a “deal with Assad” which would only send matters of US credibility to a new low. The question about Turkey is why there has been no follow through.


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