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.

Supremacists Supreme

In Perlo on August 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

In a book of her Southern photographs I’m publishing next month, Dorothea Lange snaps a New Orleans monument; its inscription: “United States troops took over the state . . . but the national election Nov. 1876 recognized white supremacy in the south and gave us our state.” [].

That code was based not on hate but a divine birth right that came with being white—aided by good breeding from the best families and being well to do. The rabble rousing since then reflects how far the old noblesse oblige will bend to fit new needs. The prime belief in the original virtue is now a traveled secret.

In the name of this open secret, Senators Eastland, Russell, Thurmond, Robertson, others—all Democrats at the time—worked within the seniority system to rise as powerful committee heads. Then they made seamless transitions to the Republican Party, finding a new perch in Nixon’s Southern strategy.

They co-existed with Democrats for nearly a century, rising from pariahs whose politics edged treason and led to national war. Now building a new coalition with a population of in-migrating, suburban northerners (who are Tea Partyists; these northern immigrants are rarely mentioned!), they protect their power at the state houses, where political leverage has returned.

The old school has faced far tougher threats and mess than the Tea Party musters, who are a variant of the South’s conservative populism. In SC, the threat to Graham was a tempest in a teapot.

John Ferren: Untitled, 1934.

John Ferren: Untitled, 1934.

Comments On “Lifting the Veil”

In Perlo on August 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

“Lifting the Veil” first appeared as a comment in the New York Times online. Here are readers responses:

~~Thank you Walter!!!
I daresay…there exists no more succinct and accurate assessment of a key aspect of the Obama era then Walter’s after note..It lays bare the only pathway to our nation’s survival as a real democracy…be part of the solution and not the problem…dedicate yourself to share his advice and wisdom. Millions of Americans have suffered and died trying to make a grand vision a reality. Do you really want to see it wither away on your watch????

~~More than well said, you’ve summed up Pres. Obama, some highlights of his very successful campaigns and presidency and the America they exposed in stirring, accurate terms. I love the comparison to the kudu. What an absolutely perfect metaphor for Pres. Obama. Hillary Clinton as president, I believe, would be a bull in a china shop.

~~A Lynching would be disgusting & terrifying. I hope they are gone for good in our Nation (but…..I don’t think anyone has lynched a chair).
Equally disturbing are the photos I see of Mid-Eastern women who are being STONED to death by vicious groups (seemingly most are male) over perceived infidelity. This stuns me! Our world is sick. disgusting/depraved.

~~Jeez Walter!)you wild and crazy guy.) I see a new prose style beyond my wildest dreams, and marvelous in its obscurity! Those lynched empty chairs, swinging from sturdy branches, are worthy of Marquez, and the aspirant children send shivers down my spine, like Banquos ghost! Oh wow its just beyond organic!
But look up the kudzu, an invasive Chinese vine. There you will find Barack’s NSA. Measured, mystical; knowing the wisdom of when “nothing will further” and when to move ahead, impossible to root out, impossible to stop. In hindsight, that may be Barack’s greatest legacy: that his Presidency truly exposed where we stood on democracy, integrity, morality, and so-called liberty.

~~Thank you Walter Hett – perfectly stated.


Gale Stockwell: Parkville, Main Street, 1934. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Gale Stockwell: Parkville, Main Street, 1934. Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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