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 Dignity and joy of Family Combined With Opportunity: A Precious American Freedom

In Perlo on September 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm


The Money Pit

In Perlo on August 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

The balance sheets guys quickly turn to blame to cover their tracks as they extract cash from overheated markets. It’s not the shift to 401Ks, it is the shift to untethered greed as a central value, backed by vaults of servers and trunks of fiber optics supporting electronic trading and front running (to gain a nanosecond’s advantage), programmed to execute faster than a speeding bullet.

The small investor takes the bullet. Jeff Sprecher, the CEO of the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange (once a gentlemen’s club; once doing business in trading pits by open outcry, once (not long ago!) using handwritten tickets for settlements and stabilized by specialists) has said: small investors “don’t have access to the information that professional (or computerized) traders do, the ones trading reams of stocks at speeds that no human can match.”

Technology is the platform that put steady growth out of reach, but the second element that places stocks beyond the pale is the separation of capital production from material output. Labor’s added value and manufacturing and service underlying outputs matter little in the global battle royal for wealth through capital. Simply, technology is overlaid with greed. Corporations back greed; thrive for it. (Ask Argentina, another story!)

Capital accumulation requires bouts of high volatility. Traders are indifferent to the scorched earth left behind. Greed and technology are indifferent. Ironically, as markets tumble, capital, extracted, increases.

 Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site divided between Israeli and Palestinian control. A forum and a temple to Augustus remain from the pre-Christian Roman city.

Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site divided between Israeli and Palestinian control. A forum and a temple to Augustus remain from the pre-Christian Roman city.


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