Monday, January 18, 2021

Pheaturing Kaia Kater


Hello, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Monday... it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to breaking racial barriers and creating a peaceful society for all. His story is one of passion, bravery and love for his community. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Prosecutors in Wisconsin have asked a judge to order an Illinois teenager charged with killing two people and wounding a third during a protest following a police shooting, to stay out of bars and away from white supremacist groups. Prosecutors stated that Kyle Rittenhouse made a hand gesture adopted by white supremacist groups while he was out drinking. The request comes a week after 18-year-old Rittenhouse was drinking at a Wisconsin bar in the southwestern city of Mount Pleasant, 25 miles south of Milwaukee. He had previously pleaded not guilty to homicide and other charges that resulted from the August 25th, 2020 shooting in Kenosha. The city saw several nights of chaotic protest after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is African-American, in the back seven times partially paralyzing him. Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond was set at $2 million. After his arrangement that took place on January 5th, Rittenhouse, his mother, and several other adults went to Pudgy’s Pub where he was seen drinking beer. Although the drinking age is 21, Rittenhouse can legally drink alcohol in Wisconsin due to his mother being with him. The prosecutor’s motion states that the teenager posed outside the bar for a photo with two white men as they all gestured an ‘okay sign’ with their hands. The sign has been known to be a symbol and white power sign used by white supremacists. The Kenosha County prosecutors noted that there are also five men at the tavern who serenaded Rittenhouse with the song "Proud of Your Boy," which has become the Proud Boys anthem. Proud Boys is a white supremacist group whose members have identified as being involved in the attack by President Donald Trump supporters and rioters on the U.S. Capitol that took place on January 6th, 2021. The motion reads, “The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm. Further, this association may serve to intimidate potential witnesses.” A hearing on the prosecutor’s request has not yet been scheduled. Rittenhouse defense lawyer Mark Richards stated that the teenager, of Antioch, Illinois, was acting in self-defense when he killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, with an assault-style rifle. Rittenhouse then told police that he was guarding a private business during the night of the protest. The chaos in Kenosha County happened after officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake on August 23rd, 2020, while he was responding to a domestic disturbance. Hundreds of people were arrested and multiple businesses were destroyed. The Wisconsin prosecutor on January 5th declined to file any charges against Sheskey, concluding that he didn’t disprove the officer’s contention that he had acted in self-defense.

"Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond revealed he is now battling stage 4 cancer. Diamond is currently undergoing treatment at an undisclosed Florida Hospital. A representative for the 44-year-old will release a statement when a formal diagnosis has been made, but is calling the cancer diagnosis serious and confirmed it was stage 4. As testing continues, the actor is said to remain in the hospital. His representative stated, “He’s undergoing chemo so he will be there at least another week and then we will figure out when he gets to come home. By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable.” He went on to further explain that Diamond is feeling fine, though he was not doing great when he was first admitted to the hospital. The actor was apparently fading in and out, was tired, and was feeling sleepy. He also reportedly had shingles and was in a lot of pain at that time. Another representative for the actor told "EW" that Diamond’s medical problems began with “a huge lump on his throat.” Diamond is best known for playing the nerdy sidekick Samuel “Screech” Powers in the sitcom "Saved by the Bell." He wasn’t a part of Peacock’s recent NBC reboot series which starred part of the original cast members, including former co-stars Mario Lopez, Dexter Darden, Josie Totah, and John Michael Higgins. The spinoff made up for the character’s absence by saying that he was living on the “International Space Station” with his robot Kevin. Although the revival series has yet to be picked up for a second season, Diamond’s team had previously told "EW" that the actor had been in talks to revise his role. In 2015 he was found guilty of two misdemeanors, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct with a concealed weapon, in connection with the stabbing during a nasty brawl. He was cleared of the steady charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 15 months of probation and was released from jail in April 2016 a month early for helping with jail cleanup work. By late May 2016, he was in jail for what correctional officers described as a probation violation after a urine test was positive for oxycodone. 

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy baby oil. Apparently, a nude model is now hoping for Pope Francis to light a candle for her, let’s say, raunchy pictures. Brazilians OnlyFans model Lunna Leblanc asked the pontiff to give a former blessing to a racy photoshoot she is doing for Playboy. In an upcoming cover of the Denmark edition of the top shelf men magazine, Leblanc stated, “I would like the Pope to say a prayer for the success of my Playboy.” Because well, maybe a blessing means that she will get more followers, good luck for the rest of the year, and money. Leblanc stated that she follows the 84-year-old on Twitter and feels at peace with all of his messages. But she stated that news of her request upset many people who feel that she was too sensual to even follow the Pope himself, to which she hilariously replied, “only God must judge.” While it hasn’t been very clear how Leblanc made the hilarious request, she may have been inspired by the several reports saying that the head of the Catholic Church has been going pretty crazy on social media, specifically Instagram. Pope Francis’ Instagram account was accused of liking a racy photo of Natalia Garibotto, who is a Brazilian model. The picture show Garibotta in lingerie sitting with her rear end facing the camera. The Catholic news agency responded to the incidents stating, “The exact time of the 'like' is unclear, but it was visible and reported by news outlets on November 13rd. The photograph was unliked on November 14th, after CNA asked the Holy See Press Office for comment.” But, it wasn’t unliked before Garibotto’s management company captured a screenshot and posted it to its own Instagram account along with the comment, “POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING.” The news agency did state that Pope Francis’ social media accounts are managed by a team and not necessarily Francis himself. Still, the Vatican launched an investigation into the matter. Do I think Pope Francis likes the pictures? Of course not, this man doesn’t probably even know how to log on to Instagram. He’s too busy blessing other people. I do think that maybe an intern accidentally thought they were logged into their own account and liked it. Still, it’s pretty funny to see, and it’s funny that now Playboy models are asking for his Blessing. Hey, we are all children of God. Everyone deserves a blessing now and then, even bunnies.

As we anticipate the 2021 presidential inauguration, the details on who will be a part of the special day have surfaced, and they have been selected to celebrate the diversity of the United States. For President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ swearing-in ceremony, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced that Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will also be headlining. According to CNN, Gaga has actively campaigned for Biden, and Lopez has used her platform during the coronavirus pandemic to speak out on how COVID has disproportionately affected minority communities. Other participants will showcase the diversity that the Presidential Inaugural Committee is determined to present in this swearing-in ceremony. The first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, who will deliver the poetry reading, and the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920 in Fulton, Georgia, Andrea Hall, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Hall is the first black woman in that department’s history to get promoted to the Fire Captain rank, and the IAFF was the first union to back Biden during primaries when he first launched his campaign. Father Leo J. O’Donovan will deliver the invocation, and the former Georgetown University president is a long-time friend of the Bidens. And Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which resides in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, will give the benediction. The inaugural committee CEO Tony Allen explained why the participants were picked in a statement, saying, “They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration as President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They are also committed to the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect’s steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation.” Following the craziness surrounding pro-Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol and Republican President Donald Trump’s impeachment, celebrating Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be a celebration. A Presidential Inaugural Committee official also told CNN that a prime-time special for the virtual inauguration will also be held in a place of normal celebrations. Tom Hanks is set to host and performances by Jon Bon Jovi and more will be featured. 

Alisa Andrews, a mother and home school teacher from Rogers, Arkansas, finally pleaded guilty in a Bentonville court to first-degree sexual assault charges, after she admitted to sexually abusing one of her students. She will spend four months in jail, serve 10 years of probation, register as a sex offender, and has been banned from contacting any minors outside of her own kids. The 54-year-old was in a sexual relationship with her 17-year-old student from her biology class at Rogers Christian Church, and the details are haunting. According to the probable cause affidavit, Andrews was the teenage girl’s biology teacher the semester before the inappropriate relationship and sex acts began, and Andrews had been sexually abusing the girl for over nine months. The police caught on to Andrews when a concerned pastor reported his suspicions. When Rogers police had begun investigating two years ago, they found text messages and a handwritten note that was evident of the sex assault. Andrews had also worked as the community theater director, where she helped put together an annual production with many actors who were children. In response to her actions, Andrews had said on social media, “My story is filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and ugly truths. It is also filled with a major comeback, peace in my soul, and a grace that saved my life.” However, her victim told police that she knew the relationship was inappropriate. Deputy prosecutor Sara Rhinehart read the victim’s impact statement, which said, “I know now that none of this is my fault, and I want you to know that you have no power over me anymore. I’m no longer the broken girl I was. You don’t know anything about the person I am today, and you never will. I hope you know I don’t forgive you, and I hope I never do.” The victim also explained to police that when she tried ending the relationship with her former teacher, on several occasions, she was not successful because Andrews threatened to commit suicide each time. What an absolute nightmare. For everyone involved. There’s that haunting feeling of discovering a crime like this one, only to realize that this woman has been around children for a significant amount of time. What truly goes on in the minds of pedophiles? And to make matters worse, this young girl still tried to pull away, but most likely felt trapped with no way out whatsoever. In my opinion, this woman definitely deserves more jail time.

Instead of doing this blog thing I should be listening to this album...

You should too. If I had a TARDIS I would go back to the 60s and play pool with Dr. King...

He would win with that backwards trick shot though. Hahaha. So, word is Trump already moved out of the White House... and I have proof.

Hahahahahahahaha. So, one thing I like is when people reenact photos from their past, like this one...

Well done! Well, It looks like this year is shaping up to be about as dumb as the last one. 

We're all directly related to him. Valentine's Day is a month away and if you're looking for a card to get someone how about this one?

Hey, did you see the new LEGO set that just came out? I'll show it here...

Fantastic, right? Didn't take then long to come up with that, did it? Now from the home town office in Port Jefferson, New York here is...

Top Phive Things Said About "My Pillow Guy" Meeting With Trump To Pitch Imposing Martial Law
5. Republicans: The President has committed to a peaceful transfer of power. He just touched a hot stove and got burned. My Pillow Guy: Not so fast there, fellas. I've got a few ideas. 
4. Make America sleep again. 
3. My Pillow Guy giving advice to Trump about another coup? That's a sham. 
2. Trump and the My Pillow Guy get along because they share a common love of white sheets. 
And the number one thing said about "My Pillow Guy" meeting with Trump was...
1. I know everyone is joking about the My Pillow Guy. But he was there to convince Trump that China was behind rigging he election. And his printed notes mentioned Trump declaring martial law. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but this is serious shit. 

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Okay, let's take a live look at Port Jefferson, shall we?

Look at the shadow of the flag pole... the flag is at half mast. By thew way, I was asked to see what is on the other side of that view. That's not a tent with that other shadow, that's a building. I will show you...

There you go. Okay, here's a story about this crazy state I live in now...

When it comes to judging whether a situation is abusive or not, it never hurts to go with your gut. And for Flavaine Carvalho, a waitress in Orlando, Florida, following her gut saved a little boy. Carvalho is a waitress at Mrs. Potato restaurant, and on New Year’s Day, she noticed something strange when a family entered the place. When the family ordered food, everyone else got something to eat except for the 11-year-old boy. He was given nothing. Carvalho asked first if something was wrong with the food, to which the boy’s stepfather, Timothy Wilson II, replied in stating that the boy was going to eat dinner later at home. But then, Carvalho noticed bruises running up the boy’s face and arms and how skinny he was. She told FOX 35, “I could see he had a big scratch between his eyebrows. A couple of minutes later, I saw a bruise on the side of his eye. So I felt there was something really wrong. I could not see the boy going away without any help.” Thinking quickly, Carvalho wrote a massive note that read, “Do you need help?” and in front of the boy, but behind the parents so that they could not see it. When the boy finally saw her, he nodded, leading Carvalho to call the police. She told the dispatcher, “I’m super concerned and I don’t know what to do, can you give me some advice? The boy is with bruises and he’s not eating.” When police from the Orlando Police Department arrived, the boy was able to tell them that his stepfather has been abusing him. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the boy initially said that the bruises on his face were from falling out of bed and that the ones on his arms were from wrestling with his stepfather. But Detective Erin Lawler said that after Orlando police took him to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the extent of his injuries became clear: bruises covered the side of his face, his eyelid and earlobes were swollen, and the bruises on his arm were so sensitive, it hurt to roll up his sleeves. He was also found 20 pounds underweight. According to Lawler, the boy had said that he would be tied from his ankles and neck and held upside down from a door in his home and that Wilson would beat him with a wooden broom, a back scratcher, and closed fists. The boy also had been tied to a large moving dolly. Along with Kristen Swann, the child’s mother, the parents would withhold food and make him excessively exercise as punishment. Although the boy claims the abuse began around Christmas, his injuries say that it had been longer. Wilson was arrested on charges of child abuse and neglect, and Swann was arrested and charged on counts of child neglect since she knew about the abuse but never sought out medical help. Thankfully, the young boy’s 4-year-old sister showed no signs of being abused, and they were removed by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Thankfully, Carvalho followed her instincts to help the young boy. If you suspect or know anyone that is suffering from any type of abuse, it’s important that you contact your local authorities immediately.

Phil Spector 
December 26th, 1939 — January 16th, 2021 
Truly an incredible resume of musical accomplishments. It's just that pesky murder that always seems to steal the spotlight.

At some point, everyone on Earth has been the youngest person alive. 

The 144th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

President Obama will be on the Phile next week. If that's not fucking cool I don't know what is. 

Today's guest is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitar, piano and banjo player. Her latest album "Grenades" is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Please welcome to the Phile... Kaia Kater.

Me: Hello, Kaia, welcome to the Phile. How are you? 

Kaia: Thanks, Jason Peverett, it's good to be here. I'm great. 

Me: You started off as teen playing music. Do you look back at those days when you started out? 

Kaia: I do. Looking back it was such an odd thing for a 15 or 16-year-old to do. I was having a lot of fun and it felt like a different world for me. I actually felt really awkward in middle school and high school, much like every other single person I met. 

Me: What do you mean? 

Kaia: I mean I had this big afro I didn't know how to manage and I was kinda a nerd. I was really smart in school and I felt like it set me apart. And musically I wasn't really into the music of the time like in '07 or '08. It was just like a lot of rock that I wasn't in to. 

Me: What were you listening to instead? 

Kaia: Nineties hip hop and going to folk conferences and stuff. Dock Boggs and Tommy Jarrell and Run DMC. That was the trio combo. LOL. 

Me: Did you hide from people that you played the banjo? 

Kaia: I did, yeah. I did for many years. 

Me: Why? 

Kaia: For probably the same reason. I already felt I was odd enough. I'm bi-racial so that was a troubling thing I was going through and something I was having trouble reconciling myself which is having these two identities. So adding on there's this bi-racial girl who is kind of a nerd and she plays the banjo. At that time it wasn't cool because Mumford & Sons haven't come out with their record yet and so it was really seen as like kinda this country instrument. I decided to keep my lives separate I think. That's why I was raging at these folk conferences because I was leading a double life I guess. 

Me: So, playing folk music and stuff do you think then you were able to be yourself? 

Kaia: Yeah, absolutely. In a lot of ways I climatised to it very naturally. It was a home of sorts for me that I don't feel that I had anywhere else sociality. 

Me: When you trace back the banjo it is not the southern, American, "hillbilly," instrument at all, is it? 

Kaia: No, not at all. It actually has its roots at west Africa. It really is historically an African instrument. The proof is in the pudding. If you look at the kora or the akoting, like if you Google both of those instruments you'll find they have a striking resemblance to what we know now as the American banjo. 

Me: Did you know this when you were in school struggling with your identity? 

Kaia: I had no idea. 

Me: Was it meaningful when you found that out? 

Kaia: It was extremely meaningful. 

Me: Why is that? 

Kaia: Because I think it's because the way I talk about folk music as being "at home" I was always puzzled as to why it was so natural for me. I was also puzzled why I was attracted to the sound of the banjo because it has been conceived of as such a "white" instrument. And so I had a little guilt for liking folk music. After the 60s revival was largely known as a white form of music. And so I was like why do I like all these "white" things that make me less "black"? When I found out through the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Bela Fleck that it actually was an African instrument I felt vindicated in some way. Maybe I was dean to it somehow because of that reason. 

Me: Did you want to write about race when you first started songwriting, Kaia? 

Kaia: No, I would have arguments with myself about that often. 

Me: Why is that? 

Kaia: So we're talking about my evolution as this awkward teen and figuring out the banjo had African roots, I was grappling with that first of all. In the midst of this I think I had a lot of resentment towards white people as a whole. This was very difficult for me because half my family is white and I love them so much. But it's difficult to think to have those two identities warring within me. And so I have been privy I think to some white people saying things that I disagreed with and I didn't want to out myself in a position of invulnerability to talk about these issues on stage and write about them in a way that would be open to attack and criticizism. 

Me: Do you think that's changing for you? 

Kaia: Yeah, I think I'm getting there for sure but it's still scary times to talk about it on stage for sure. Especially in a room full of white faces. 

Me: I have to ask you about the song "Rising Down" from your album "Nine Pin." Don't you talk about this? 

Kaia: Yeah, "Rising Down" was a long process. I actually wrote it while I was in college in West Virginia in the states. I went down there because I thought if I'm playing clawhammer music and old time banjo music then I need to spend time in the region that it comes from. And in my third year at the college I took a west African dance and music class and the professor encouraged us to write about what we were gong through and what we were thinking. Around that time, this was November of 2014, and Tamir Rice had just been killed in Cleveland, Ohio, he was 12. He was playing with a toy gun and two offices drove up on him and shot him dead and the whole thing takes about 5 seconds if you have the stomach to watch it. This was a very public symptom of a larger disease in the United States and in Canada. I had a lot of fear of addressing that disease. 

Me: Why is that? 

Kaia: I think to a certain extent we go about our days pathologically trying to avoid the fact that it's a reality. Unless you're a minority and can't avoid the fact that it is a reality... So, "Rising Down" I think came from a separate place of courage of speaking out for people. And so to a certain extent it's not about me anymore. It's about this larger cause. So through that I was able to speak a little bit more truthfully about those emotions and what it feels like to be black in the world. 

Me: Nicely done. Thanks, Kaia, for being on the Phile. Please come back again soon. You rock. 

Kaia: Thank you, Jason. Let's do it.

That about does to for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Kaia for the interview. The Phile will be back on Wednesday with Samantha Bee from "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee." Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Kiss your brain. 

Give me some rope, tie me to dream, give me the hope to run out of steam, somebody said it could be here. We could be roped up, tied up, dead in a year. I can't count the reasons I should stay. One by one they all just fade away...

Friday, January 15, 2021

Pheaturing Linda Perry


Hey, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Friday. How are you? The world is still spinning since the United States Capitol was stormed on January 6th, 2021 and new information just keeps coming. The latest is particularly unsettling as there is not only evidence the violent attack was planned months ahead of time... and out in the open... but rioters may have also had detailed schematics of the Capitol building at their disposal. A video recorded by one of the rioters from inside the Capitol building appeared on Twitter this week. It showed the explicitly detailed discussion of how to take the rest of the building as well as the Congresspeople who were still inside. As if the discovered bombs, weapons, vandalism, looting, zip-tie restraints and cable-fashioned noose were not enough, it’s likely the group had access to schematics of the building, as well. At the beginning of the video, someone off-camera asked, “What’s the floor plan?” Another man with long hair and a beard explained where to go in the building. “We go upstairs and go around. That’s what we’ll do.” Someone else yelled about infiltration. “We need more people! We need to push forward!” Most startlingly, a woman in a pink winter hat began talking to the group from outside the building with a megaphone. She was previously caught on camera in another video, helping another woman break one of the windows she would use to speak through to direct the group on the inside. She gave them explicit directions about taking the rest of the building. “Hey guys, I’ve been in the other room. Listen to me.” “In another room on the other side of this door, right there where you’re standing, there is a glass that if someone can get broken, you could drop down into the room underneath.” “There’s also two doors in the other room. One in the rear and one to the right when you go in it (the room).” “So, you should probably coordinate together if you’re going to take this building.” The woman continued to direct the group on how to break another window in their current room, so more people could easily get inside. The videographer then followed some of the rioters out of the room and into the hallway. They passed what appeared to be an office, where some insurrectionists were exploring bookshelves. They passed another room where it sounded like items were being broken. They then reached a room with multiple computer desks, where rioters were attempting to unlock the computers and were taking computer hardware. In the last seconds of the video, the videographer returned to the room that appeared to be an office to see a man who was attempting to break out a large, half-circle window from the inside. Twitter users were both disgusted and deeply disturbed by this video. The Twitterverse seems to be in agreement certain people in the video need to be held responsible for their crimes. The investigation of the storming of the Capitol continues as more people involved are identified and their exact intentions and involvement confirmed. President Donald Trump was impeached on Wednesday for his involvement.

There are now scores of images from the Capitol riots that will indelibly live in our brains forever. And among the most memorable was one that was by turns bizarre, hilarious and bone-chilling. A photo of a sweet-looking, slightly dazed-seeming, tiny old lady standing in the Capitol amidst the insurrection was shared online. The Internet named her “Capitol Meemaw,” and she instantly spawned a boatload of hilarious memes in the aftermath of the riot. Here's the pic...

But joke’s on all of us. It turns out she wasn’t even there. Capitol Meemaw’s journey to Internet infamy all began when a Twitter user posted a photo of her sweetly smiling at the camera, American flag in hand, amidst a group of other Trump supporters supposedly in Washington D.C. at the Capitol riot. And before long, the image was ricocheting around the Internet as part of myriad memes. She even spawned a new joke about Republicans’ repeated attempts to pin right-wing violence on leftists... the nickname Aunt Tifa. But if the photo didn’t quite add up to you... because the small number of people around her looks so calm and non-threatening compared to all the other terrifying images from the Capitol riot... you weren’t alone. BuzzFeed News tracked down Capitol Meemaw in Kansas, where she lives. And it turns out, she was nowhere near the United States Capitol on January 6th. Instead, she was at a protest at the Kansas state Capitol in Topeka, where the photo was taken. In fact, similar images of her appeared in news footage from local station KSNT taken at the Topeka demonstration... which, in contrast to its Capitol counterpart, was calm, orderly and legal. Not a single arrest was made the entire day and no one stormed, vandalized or looted unlike in Washington D.C. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, is actually a 66-year-old Christian who grew up on a nearby wheat farm. She attended the Topeka demonstration to pray for the country. As she told BuzzFeed, “At the Capitol, we were really just there to pray, and that’s really our mission every time we go there... just cover the whole Capitol with the presence of the Lord.” And she had no idea she had become Internet famous until a friend reached out about it. “He said he’d seen a picture of me and wondered if I was at the [U.S.] Capitol, and I assured him I was not. I was a long ways from there.” “I couldn’t be in two places at once!” On Twitter, people were shocked and even a bit disappointed to find the “Capitol Meemaw” moment had all been a ruse. Perhaps the biggest bombshell of all is that Capitol Meemaw never had any children... so she’s not even a Meemaw at all. So far, 2021 is full of surprises. 

The insurrection at the United States Capitol has definitely showed us the darker side of those we once thought of as harmless, despite any problematic belief systems they held. Even more so, it has showed it is not just the poor, uneducated and disenfranchised in the mob Trump inspired despite the excuses made for their behavior. Even elite athletes like United States Olympic Swimmer Klete Keller... who was identified among the domestic terrorists at the Capitol complex... decided to attack the United States legislative branch at the behest of the President over an imagined slight. Keller was identified in the video. He was wearing his U.S. Olympic Team jacket to boot. Keller’s social media accounts have all been suspended as well, in conjunction with Twitter and Facebook’s crackdowns on content. Keller was employed by the real estate firm Hoff & Leigh in Colorado Springs, Colorado until resigning his position after being identified by neighbors, teammates and coaches in the videos of the Capitol riot. Calls are mounting for him to be stripped of his Olympic medals. USA Swimming released a statement regarding Keller’s participation in the insurrection, “We respect private individuals’ and groups’ rights to peacefully protest but in no way condone the actions taken by those at the Capitol last week.” Keller had not been formally charged as of this writing, but was reported to the proper authorities. It is unclear what further consequences he may suffer, though it seems like the writing is on the wall for all who took part in this act of domestic terrorism.  Keller, 38, was charged with civil disorder, knowingly entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Charges were filed in federal court Wednesday. The criminal complaint includes an arrest warrant. 

Michael Smith, the franchise owner of a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakland, California, has been blamed for the working conditions he has put his employees in. Four employees have filed a lawsuit against him in blaming the conditions at the business for a coronavirus outbreak there, saying that they were asked to work even after they got sick, given makeshift items for face masks including dog diapers and coffee filters. Micheal Rubin, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, told, “They were provided as a stopgap but were completely inadequate, and it’s somewhat offensive that the company wouldn’t provide adequate masks. Eventually, they were given masks meant for one-time use, but they were told to use them day after day after day. One worker who had symptoms complained of being sick and said she couldn’t breathe and was told by the manager to just pull the mask down, which means this woman was infecting other people.” All four employees contracted COVID-19, and Rubin said that it resulted in 25 more cases of the virus, including employees, family members, and employees from another McDonald’s in Berkeley. McDonald’s workers from the Berkeley location are suspected to have contracted the illness when the managers of both the fast-food chains had a meeting, and one employee’s baby had a temperature of 104 degrees after becoming ill. Attorney B.J. Chisholm, who represents Yamilette Olimara Osoy Hernandez, told reporters, “Store managers do not enforce social distancing, and they do not give us proper gloves or sufficient masks,” and Hernandez added, “First, I had to buy masks with my own money. And at one point, the manager tried to give us dog diapers to use as masks.” Smith addressed the accusations in a statement to the Bay Area News Group, saying, “We identified and reached out to all restaurant staff who had been in close contact with the employees who contracted the virus and advised they self-quarantine in accordance with CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines. We expect to reopen in a few days when we can safely staff the restaurant again. Our people are the heart and soul of our McDonald’s family, and we are keeping those impacted in our thoughts for a fast and full recovery.” He also explained that workers at his McDonald’s location were required to wear personal protective equipment at all times and shut down the rumors that his employees had to wear coffee filters and doggie diapers for face masks instead. Nevertheless, the franchise followed California’s state-ordered health department guidelines, providing employees with paid leave and “nearly $20,000 worth of grocery gift cards to further aid them during this difficult time.” 

The blame game continues as Rudy Giuliani, who has been quite the talk to the town in recent months, decided to open his mouth on what he actually meant when he told Trump supporters to march down to Washington, D.C. to storm the U.S. Capitol, inciting a violent riot that resulted in five people losing their lives. Basically, he blamed the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" for his speech on the Capitol riots. Apparently, when the respected former New York City mayor said, “let’s have trial by combat!” he told The Hill’s White House reporter Brett Samuels that he was inspired by the HBO fantasy show. He said, “I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England. When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him.” If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (like the rest of the world!), you’ll understand the reference. I had to to look it up personally. But for the ones who need a refresher or who haven’t seen the show, Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) invoked “trial by combat” twice. The first time was in season one during the trial at the Eyrie, and the second time was during the trial at the Red Keep in season four. If Giuliani was trying to make his statement more reasonable, how could he do so when both those trials in the series resulted in a violent sword fight? And since the poor guy seems to always make matters worse for himself, he called "Game of Thrones" a “documentary.” What?! Well, he didn’t stop there in adding that he the trial he was referring to was one “between machines,” as in the voting machines that the Trump administration claimed were rigged in helping him lose the election. He said, “It incited no violent response from the crowd. None. The crowd didn’t jump up saying, ‘Lock him up, throw him to jail, go to hell.’ I’ve had speeches where people jump up and say, ‘lock him up.’ It was not an emotional... it was not an emotion-inspiring part of the speech.” Because of his comments, Giuliani is actually facing possible expulsion from the New York State Bar. According to the New York Times, a group of former assistant U.S. attorneys says that his comments contributed to the lives lost during the riot and have “inflicted damage on the country.” Giuliani served as Republican President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and has objected to now Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden’s win as the new president of the United States. The past few months have been rocky for Giuliani as his name has been in media for months like when he was suspicious featured in the Borat sequel, contracted COVID-19, and now seemingly helped incite the rioters. With President Trump’s second impeachment on deck, things have most definitely not gotten any easier for the politician.

Okay, so, I have been saying for a long time it seems that NFL teams this year have changed their logos. Well, I have the very last team that changed their logo right here...

On Monday's entry I interviewed Matthew On Monday's entry I interviewed Matthew McConaughey, who played David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused. Well, I originally had that role and I have proof...

See? Haha. You know what I love? When people reenact their old photos, like this one...

That's good. Haha. So, they tell me at Walmart I'd see some odd sights. I didn't believe it until I saw this...

When I get bored sometimes I like to go on Twitter and see what people are talking about certain things. One of those things is "Foghat," and this is a Tweet I saw recently...

Hahahahahaha. If I had a TARDIS I would go see a Miss Universe competition but knowing my luck it'll be the one where Miss New Zealand passes out from heat exhaustion. 

The fallen lady was Moana Manley and she was not the only one who got sick that day. Between people refusing to believe in the virus and politicians refusing to believe in votes, 2020 was a big year for face-palming. I'm surprised my nose hasn't been palmed right off my face. But 2021 will be different, right?! In 2021, people will believe science, accept facts, use our brains, and practice empathy, right? RIGHT???? WRONG! It looks like this year is shaping up to be about as dumb as the last one.

Can we get an F? Haha. Valentine's Day is a month away, kids. If you're looking for a card to get for your loved one how about this?

Nice. A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. How or if her body returns to a close version of what it was before the pregnancy is determined by a number of factors. Age is one of them. A man who wanted his wife to look more like his sister... 17 years her junior... post pregnancy turned to the Phile for feedback after he took action to make it happen.  

"Am I wrong for trying to help my wife to eat more like my sister? My wife (38) and my sister (21) were pregnant and gave birth around the same time. My wife gave birth in late September and my sister gave birth on the 2nd of October. We live in Florida, and despite my sister giving birth later, when we saw her during the holiday season, she was already back in a bikini and wearing her usual style of bra length tops and ripped skinny jeans and looked flawless. She’s an influencer and her followers have begun commenting the hourglass emoji under her content again. My wife has expressed envy at my sister when we’d go out in public and people would be vocal about how surprised they were that my sister was her son’s mother and not a big sister in high school. My wife works out all the time, going on runs every morning before work and going to the gym during the weekend. Recently in therapy she said she can feel me being so uninterested in her since our daughter was born and says she desperately tries to get facials and works out to try to keep my attention. I felt bad that my wife seemed to be exercising so much but the scale never seemed to budge and she was left agonizing over the fact that she had the beginning of the stereotypically gaunt ‘runner’s face.' So I asked my sister what her secret was to being so fit because I knew she didn’t like to work out much because she fears gaining muscle that would make her look unfeminine about as much as someone would fear dying. We went over to my sister and her husband’s home for Christmas and she showed us the contents of her fridge which were mostly fruits and vegetables and didn’t have stuff like pasta or bread in it, which I noticed that my wife continuously was eating, along with chocolate covered pretzels she compulsively munches on. So I offered got the groceries the other day with no junk food. However, a few hours later I come home from a run and I see the unhealthy crap my wife likes back in the pantry and fridge, some of the bread already eaten. My wife herself said that if she could adopt whatever my sister does and see it work, she’d do anything to look like my sister. So in an attempt to be a problem solver I tossed the new junk (including stuff for pasta, bread, ice cream) out. When my wife came back inside I was making lunch and she scrunched her nose up at the soup I was making and went to the pantry before I could stop her. She got furious when she saw that I had tossed out her food and I said that she wanted to look like my sister so I was trying to help make that happen. I said she didn’t need any of the so called comfort food and she started screaming that it’s all gone ‘from breastfeeding’ and that she couldn’t believe I was comparing her negatively to my sister. She said my sister was a stay at home mom with a husband who pays for her personal trainer and somebody to cook their food for them and started crying that she’s ‘lost me since our daughter arrived.' Am I wrong for trying to solve my wife’s body problem in a productive way?” Here’s your sisters secret… she's 21! And your wife is almost 40. If the wife works out that much and breast feeds and still is struggling with weight loss it is likely her hormones and her age. She could have thyroid issues that started due to yeah, you guessed it, hormones. Sir, no way he can’t realize how shitty he coming off. Just tell your wife you still find her incredibly attractive and you know in time she’ll lose the weight if she keeps up what she’s doing. It’s healthy to lose weight a little slower. Skin goes back to normal a little better. You failed to recognize the very different situation your wife and sister were in. Your helpful suggestions turned out to be harmful ignorance. So, um, yeah, sir, you are wrong. If you have a problem you'd like my opinion on email me at Now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York here is...

Top Phive Things Said About President Trump's Second Impeachment
5. Donald Trump is the first actor from Home Alone 2 to be impeached twice.
4. Hilarious that the only popular vote Trump actually won twice is to remove him. 
3. Congrats to Trump for finally making history in a way Obama never did.
2. This is the "gritty reboot" impeachment. 
And the number one thing said about Trump's second impeachment is...
1. I know it's easy to make fun Donald Trump because he got impeached twice, but that's only because he got impeached twice. 

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Okay, let's take a live look at Port Jeff, shall we?

Looks cold and rainy there. But still looks good. Okay, now for some sad news...

Siegfried Fischbacher 
June 13th, 1939 — January 13th, 2021 
Siegfried and Roy! Together again for an exclusive engagement! 

Sheldon Adelson 
August 4th, 1933 — January 11th, 2021 
For a man that built casinos, worked with mobsters, fought against weed legalization and Internet gambling, and was the single biggest supporter of a twice-impeached President, you'd think he was a complete shitbag. Turns out, you'd be right.

Oh, boy. Are you ready for this? The 144th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

Yup. President Barack Obama will be the guest on the Phile in a few weeks. I salute him. I am so excited. 

Today's pheatured guest is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two record labels and composed and produced hit songs for several other artists. And she's a fan of the Phile. Please welcome to the Phile... Linda Perry.

Me: Hey, Linda, welcome to the Phile. What's up? 

Linda: Thank you, Jason, I'm really good. 

Me: So, I didn't realize you are a producer as a songwriter. What is the producer's number one job in your opinion? 

Linda: I feel a producer is a director. The producers are the one that helps. The writers are the one who wrote the "screenplay" and comes up with the story, or the artist. But it's the producers job to help fulfill their vision. I have to put the characters, the cast, together. I have to make sure everybody stays focused. I have to know when to switch the story and edit to make a really solid foundations. I believe for me I'm thinking more old school because that's what the greatest producers used to do, they used to really make great albums and in order to make those really great albums they have to focus and make the artists feel safe, protected, developing them, nurturing them, helping them go from here to there. I think that's a kind of art that's mussing right now. It's an art that's missing in songwriting, it's an art that's missing in artists and it's an art that's missing in managers, labels, the art of development. 

Me: What's the number one thing wrong people are getting in production these days? 

Linda: To me the number one thing is chasing someone else's vision. 

Me: What do you mean? 

Linda: Say you and I get together, and you say, "Hey, Linda, really glad to see you, I want to write these great songs." 

Me: Yeah, I play the kazoo, let's do it. 

Linda: Okay, Jason, let's go to the radio and find out what all the hits are. Let's listen to what people are wanting to hear right now. Hey, let's go pull up all the main Spotify play lists, the Apple play lists and let's see what Zane Lowe is putting out there. Okay, this is what's hip, let's do it, okay. Jason, let's go. 

Me: So, they are trying to chase getting a hit? 

Linda: That's what I think is going on right now instead of people fulfilling their own destiny, they are riding the coat tales of other peoples. That is a severe problem because its already been done, you can buy that album. Why are we chasing it? I think that's why it sounds exactly the same all the time. Tempos, subject matter, structures, sonic, no one is being risky right now. So as a producer the number one thing I see that's happening that is a no-no is producers just being safe and just copying other things. 

Me: I kinda understand though that the artists are thinking if they fail it can take their career down and they don't want that. I'm just being devils advocate, but do you think that's what they are thinking? 

Linda: Well, it depends if you're failing at what you love. First of all there is no failure if they're doing that they want to do. That is more forgiving, but when they fail, I don't like that word, I don't believe in failure. It's incredible opportunities to evolve into something better. But when we don't have the success based on copying somebody THAT ruins their career. But they aren't having success by just being who they are, remaining incredible and their intention is good and their integrity, that doesn't ruin their career. If they do it a few times they are just cool. LOL. "Oh, I like that, Jason, he's always doing it his way." "I love him, he's great." 

Me: "Even if he's not selling a thousand records." By the way, that's the barrier in nowadays by the way. 

Linda: Somebody said to me once, and I started to get upset by it but I didn't. I was saying how this particular person, this guy who does syncs, the songs sound like syncs, they sound like commercials. But everything he played me I thought was genius. So I played it to this guy and I said, "I think this guy is a genius." He said, "Genius is when you can captivate the whole world and getting everybody singing your song, blah blah blah." I said, "That's not genius." I know many geniuses that are homeless. There's a lot of people that will never be heard. But that's the key right there, what is success to you. Is success getting validation? Acceptance? Or success being able to express and be exactly who you want to be and be okay with that? 

Me: What do you look for when you're looking to work for somebody? 

Linda: Um, I'm picky. The thing is I have a lot of great intention. My intention is I want a lot, I want a lot of success. I want both. I want the material success and I want the credibility and feeling good about what I do success. So in order to achieve what I want I have to really think about what I'm doing because honesty if I didn't leave 4 Non Blondes when I did I believe my credibility would've went down the tube. But I left just at the right moment where people couldn't really call me a one hit wonder because we were making a second record and we were about to do it but the industry knows I left a very successful situation. Then instead of trying to make this pop record for 4 Non Blondes that Jimmy Iovine wanted me to do I didn't. To me I did an album that emulated "Dark Side of the Moon." I was so in love with that album and the feeling that it gave me I wanted to do my version of that. So I made this record called "In Flight" and Interscope shelved it. But I was so happy that I made that album, so gorgeous and so beautiful. I've listened to that album many times and I've probably listened to that 4 Non Blondes album maybe seven times. Serious. So all my choices have been leading me up to this ultimate goal and the ultimate goal is one day I want to be like 86-years-old and I'm going to get this massive lifetime achievement award for all the wonderful things I did in the music business. And all the artists that I mentored or helped, and that to me is my ultimate goal. But I'm not going to get there if I do a bunch of cheesy uncredible pop songs that don't represent who I am. So that's why, I'm not snobby, I just have my dream. I know what I want to do and if I go over here I'm changing the "movie." I see my "movie," I'm really happy with it. That's what I'm trying to do, I'm trying to complete my "movie." 

Me: You worked with Dolly Parton, which must've been very cool. What was it like working with her? She might be on the Phile soon... fingers crossed. 

Linda: I love Dolly. Dolly was like, "Tell me what your ideal situation would be, where do you want to end up?" I want to end up like Dolly Parton. She is amazing, she has so much energy. She has taught me so much because she really lifts people. There's nothing negative coming from her at all. Everything is about uplifting, everybody in the room. Not just the famous people. Everybody. The guy that comes in to change the trash, she'll lift him up. It's extremely inspiring, she's operating on a frequency that is far above most people. Very high frequency. We get along awesome because our work ethic is incredible and we write well together. We wrote six songs in two days. 

Me: So, what was it like working with her? 

Linda: I work with a lot of people, right? I barely can get these kids to sing a whole song in one day. I'm not kidding. They cannot get through one song, to do one thing, to sing one song with one vocal it's been sometimes up to three days. No kidding. Just trying to get a vocal. And so with Dolly, I do all the tracks in L.A. because the deal I was not going to work in Nashville even though I LOVE Nashville, but I didn't want the Nashville artists, the musicians, that sound. So I recorded everything at my house in my studio and I put a band together. I took band members from different band. Anyway, now Dolly is supposed to come and sing. I see her and we have our songs. So she comes in and Dolly sings six songs in one day. Very complex songs, she just comes in one day and sings six songs that we wrote. And I'm going, "Holy fuck." What the hell? They were all great, all keepers. Not a flaw. She'd stop and say, "I could do that better, you tell me what you think but I feel I could do that better." I'm like, "You did it great like five takes ago." The work ethic today is very alarming to me because I don't see the kids putting in the time and the focus that needs to happen in their careers. When I have someone who is 70 something that Dolly is and blowing through six songs in one day, I would step it up, man. I would step it up severely. 

Me: You redid "Jolene" with Dolly. What made you do it different with an orchestra? 

Linda: I love that version not because I think it's absolutely brilliant. When they wanted to put "Jolene" on the album there was a remix, they wanted to put that on the album. I'm like, "You're not putting that bad remix on the perfect album, it's not going to happen." So I said, "Hold up." I made a phone call and called my string guy and said, "I need to do a 16-piece version of 'Jolene' right now." So I go meet with him, we dial it in and I tell Dolly, "How about we redo 'Jolene' and we do it all strings like 'Eleanor Rigby.'" She said, "Oh, I can do that. That's interesting." She's always open minded. It literally happened in two days, we got the arrangement, go to Blackbird and it's kids. I never go with the norm so I got kids, in their early 20s, they are like whatever they are with Dolly Parton, they are in Blackbird and I said, "You should go in there prior." She wasn't going to sing with them, she was going to sing in another booth after. Earlier I had put a microphone in there with them because my dream was she'd sing with them. So I take her in there, I'm egging this on a little bit, I take her in there and they're introducing. She said, "Oh my God, where do you want me to sing?" I said, "I have you over there but it'll be great if you're in the room." She said, "Well, I cannot be in the room and not sing with them." I had a camera there and I said, "Roll." That version is one take. That perfect, perfect vocal is one take with Dolly singing live with the strings. 

Me: Wow. How did you feel? 

Linda: I cried. I got chills. Everybody in the studio freaked out. It was like they saw something happen that's historical. 

Me: So, I have to mention "What's Up" which is a pretty big song on TikTok. What's up with the story of that song? 

Linda: Originally the producer, David Tickle, he had a marching drum solo in it, he asked me to change the lyrics because he didn't understand why I was repeating, "and I try," be put a solo in there. At the end I went to Interscope and said, "I cannot stand it, this is not the song I wrote." They were like, "Can't you just be happy, Linda? It sounds great to us. Can't you just be an artist?" Then I said, "Actually, no, I can't." And then I grabbed the band, we had one reel of tape, we had no more money, no more budget, they weren't going to give us a dime. We went back to San Francisco, went back to the Plant and said, "Can we come in? Can you give us a day? We have a reel of tape." We go in there, they give us an engineer, I don't know anything about production but I know what I don't like. So, I sat in there with the engineer and we start dialing in sounds together. I started moving microphones around unit the drums sounded right, acoustics, guitar, everything and then we started recording the song. What's funny and great about it on tape we only have three options... so we had to be sure when we were going over a take that that wasn't going to be the master takes. We were rolling over takes. Then we get our take, do our shot, then David Tickle walks in at the end of it while we were getting our last take and I was so annoyed. I didn't realize we had to mix and make mastering the next day. So he came to get there so we could mix the song and make mastering. So basically that's what happened, we worked all night, got the song mixed and done and it made the mastering date. Then when I asked for production everybody said, "Can't you just be happy that you saved the day and you're an artist that wrote the song and saved it?" 

Me: And became the biggest song in the world for a little while, right? 

Linda: Yes, and that version is really my first production. That's my version that's all over the world.

Me: You wrote Pink's "Get This Party Started," What's the story behind that song? 

Linda: I was a total analogue snob and when I moved to Los Angeles I had this really great studio in San Francisco that was all analogue and when I moved to L.A. I was like, "What is this sound that's on the radio?" I asked a friend of mine, "Tell me what this sound is in 2002." He said, "Oh, it's a Tritan keyboard, Roland expansion..." 

Me: You did what you told me in the beginning, you wanted to know what is going on right now, am I right? 

Linda: Yeah. Exactly. I get all this gear and I hook it up and I'm just playing with it going this is fun, blah blah blah blah. Like literally 30 minutes later I had that song. Mind you, I didn't have Pro-Tools, I was still go tape, so that loop I played down for three and half minutes, I played bass for three and a half minutes, it was all live, I played all the samples live. So then I just grabbed a bullet microphone which is a harmonica microphone and said I'm going to think of every fucking cliche I I can think of. I laughed and played it to my manager on the phone and she said, "What's that?" I said, "I think I just wrote a dance hit." Then literally a week later I met Pink and played it to her and she said she loved it and L.A. Reid said, "That's her first single." 

Me: Was it surprising to you that you were writing Top 40 pop hits? 

Linda: No. What was interesting was it was so me. I went to Interscope Records and told them I would never write a pop hit for them ever again, so they better just let me go. I was being captive. They just wanted me to do that over and over and I said I wasn't going to do that so either I was going to commit suicide and it was going to be their fault and I was going to leave a letter saying it was their fault or they can get let me go. Even if "What's Up Part 2" was in my pocket I would never give it to them. So finally they let me go and it was so funny that the first thing I started doing was writing pop hits. LOL. 

Me: You wrote "Beautiful" for Christina Aguilera. I love that song, especially Elvis Costello's version. What's the story about that song? 

Linda: Well, I wrote that song thinking I was going back to being an artist because I "disappeared." So I was thinking all right, I'll go do that again. So I wrote this song and when I write everything comes together. The melody and the lyrics, so when I got to that chorus and it was "I am beautiful no matter what..." I stopped dead and thought I don't think I'm beautiful. It had a very crazy emotional affect on me. Then I realized I DON'T think I'm beautiful, I'm trying to tell myself that, I need to realize that people can't make me feel bad for what I look like. That's where it kind of came from, it was going to be my song, it was going to be my hit then Christina I played to for her because she wanted to break the ice. I played it to her, that song and she said, "I want that song." I said, "Tell you what, let me hear you sing it because you are beautiful, there's no way you relate to this song." Then when I heard her sing it she literally was at the top off the song and to her friend she whispered, "Don't look at me." I knew I was going to keep that at the top of the song which I did and I knew she felt as vulnerable and insecure as I did. It made sense. 

Me: So, I love buying albums on vinyl but nowadays it's all about the single. What do you think of that? 

Linda: I believe in the album. I own a vinyl pressing plant so I actually press vinyl, I believe in the power of the album. I do believe it's coming back and I want to make one little statement. The way I write I don't have a bunch of songs coming out all the time. I just do what I do but lately my phone has been ringing off the hook. And I know that means something because I said I'm not going to write what people want, when people want songs again they'll call me. And lately everybody's been calling me. 

Me: Does that mean you're hopeful? 

Linda: I'm super hopeful, yeah. I love music, I love the industry, how fucking crazy as it is and how negative it can be I find it very thriving always because there's so much I could do. There's so many ways to step in and make a difference. 

Me: Not just the industry, are you hopeful about music? 

Linda: I am. I'm hopeful what I'm doing, I'm hopeful about what we're talking about. I'm hopeful about a lot of my friends. I'm hopeful what I'm seeing in kids right now. I'm hopeful for the energy of the world as crazy as that is. It feels very right on. Very spot on right now where we are. 

Me: This has been a cool interview, Linda. Thanks so much. 

Linda: You're welcome. You're a good guy. Very sincere and I get why you're popular. 

Me: Ha. Everybody rolls their eyes. Thanks, Linda.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Linda for a cool interview. The Phile will be back Monday with musician Kaia Kater. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Kiss your brain. 

Give me some rope, tie me to dream, give me the hope to run out of steam, somebody said it could be here. We could be roped up, tied up, dead in a year. I can't count the reasons I should stay. One by one they all just fade away...

Monday, January 11, 2021

Pheaturing Matthew McConaughey


Alright, alright, alright, welcome to the Phile for a Monday. How are you, kids? Six days into 2021 on January 6th radicalized Trump supporters including white supremacists, white nationalists and QAnon adherents attacked the United States Capitol complex in an attempt to stop the certification of the presidential election results. The crowd was told by President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump at a rally staged in front of the White House to march on the Capitol to send Congress a message among other incitements. Leaving directly from that rally, many of the participants followed Trump’s orders and stormed the Capitol grounds causing destruction and five deaths, including a Capitol police officer. Despite the seriousness of the violent insurrection... in true Internet fashion... people couldn’t stop themselves from noticing the “unique” outfit choice of one of the rioters. Jake Angeli... one of the extremists... attacked the building shirtless, furry, horned and face painted. Angeli is a well known QAnon fanatic based in Arizona who showed up to several Black Lives Matter events as counterprotester with a “Q sent me” sign. Right-wing pundits and Trump supporters mistook Angeli’s self-professed neo-Viking garb as Indigenous regalia and falsely claimed he was an Indigenous Antifa member to support false claims the Capitol rioters were really Antifa members in disguise. Angeli... the so-called QShaman... told several news outlets his neo-Viking garb is designed to gain attention at events so people will approach him and he can spread the message of the Q online conspiracy theories. But the neo-Viking ensemble was also dubbed the “Chewbacca bikini.” Chewie fans were not happy having the beloved character associated with a domestic terrorist, they even told jokes about it on Twitter. However, amongst the humor was acknowledgement joking and comparing Chewbacca to an insurgent who was part of the Capitol riot that killed five people is not entirely appropriate. Since the attack, right-wing media sources have also been trying to blame Antifa and undercover liberals for the seditious attack. The actual participants, Angeli included, have vocally pushed back against the attempt to blame another group for their violence. Instead the radicals are proud of their violent interruption of the democratic process. The FBI is compiling the names of those who participated. Certainly they’ll know Jake Angeli and not Chewbacca needs to be front and center on that list. My heart go out to all those affected by this violent attack. BTW, According to the Department of Justice, Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, of Arizona... longtime QAnon supporter known as Jake Angeli... was arrested Saturday. He faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

The fallout from Wednesday’s coup attempt at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. has been shocking in many ways, including giving us a glimpse into just how far some supporters of President Trump will go to disinform the public. Count "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" star Kevin Sorbo among them, who has taken to Twitter to regurgitate several times the preposterous lie that the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were actually leftist protestors in costume. And Sorbo’s former costar Lucy Lawless... "Xena: Warrior Princess" herself... absolutely wasn’t having, dragging him in a epic Twitter response. 

In her searing takedown of her former co-star, Lawless placed part of the blame for the riots squarely on Sorbo’s shoulders. “They are the douchebags that go out and do the evil bidding of people like you who like to wind them up like toys and let them do their worst.” “Peanut” is a nice touch, don’t you think? Lawless and Sorbo were frequent costars in the 1990s, appearing on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" in their respective characters. Sorbo has been an outspoken proponent of the baseless claims of election fraud that incited the violence at the Capitol. And the tweet to which Lawless replied is but one of several that Sorbo has posted that traffic in ridiculous conspiracy theories about the Capitol insurrection itself, which began ricocheting through social and right-wing media almost immediately. Right-wing figures have repeatedly claimed that the rioters were members of Antifa, including Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar, two of Trump’s most ardent supporters, who made such claims on the House floor immediately following the riots. And far-right social media platforms and messaging boards like Parler have been full of incredibly bizarre conspiracy theories, including one that claims that Ashli Babbitt, the rioter who was killed by police during the insurrection, is still alive and that her killing was staged as part of a psy-ops stunt by the so-called “Deep State.” Many have been left enraged by these efforts by Trump’s supporters to blame the left for a deadly riot that Trump himself instigated on Twitter and at the rally that preceded it. And there was no shortage of appreciation for Lawless speaking out about it. Lawless may have won the Twitter war, but Sorbo is not backing down... the actor was still claiming the riot was faked as recently as yesterday evening. 

It may end up being one of the most indelible images of Wednesday’s violent insurrection at the Capitol building... a photo that will be instantly identifiable to future generations. A man with a white beard reclined in Nancy Pelosi’s office, his boots up on her assistant’s desk. But perhaps it shouldn’t be, because he was just looking for a bathroom, you see. No sedition here. That’s the story the man is telling, anyway, now that he’s been identified by a news station in his hometown. The man has been identified as Richard Barnett, also known by his nickname, “Bigo.” Barnett gave an interview to 5News in the Fort Smith/Fayetteville area of Arkansas. Barnett is from the nearby town of Gravette. Speaking with 5News, Barnett explained he just happened upon Pelosi’s office while searching for a bathroom. “As I’m looking for the bathroom I walk by and there’s doors open to offices. I looked in and saw… it was Nancy Pelosi’s office.” Barnett then told 5News he considers himself to be the rightful owner of what he thought was Pelosi’s desk (the desk is her assistant’s) because he’s a tax-payer. “So I sat down there at MY desk. I’m a tax-payer.” “I’m a patriot, that ain’t her desk! We loaned her that desk!” “And she ain’t appreciating the desk so I thought I’d sit down and appreciate the desk.” Barnett was the subject of a second viral image as well... a photograph of him holding a piece of Pelosi’s mail he’d taken out of the Capitol... a federal felony. Barnett explained he took it because he bled on it following an injury presumably sustained while vandalizing the Capitol building. But he insisted it wasn’t theft because he left a quarter in its place, presumably to pay for the postage. “I put a quarter on the desk, cuz I’m not a thief.” “She ain’t worth a quarter, but I paid for the envelope, I didn’t steal anything or tear anything up.” “Cuz we don’t do that, we’re patriots.” Barnett admitted to 5News he is likely to face legal repercussions, but said he wasn’t worried about the outcome since he ended up in the Capitol by accident. “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t breach the doors!” “I got shoved in! I didn’t even mean to be in there!” “Hell, I was just walking around looking for a bathroom!” On Twitter, people were definitely not buying his story. As for the violence and vandalism that erupted at the Capitol... which resulted in five deaths... Barnett characterized the incident as “peacefully protesting.” According to a Department of Justice official, Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas was taken into federal custody in his home state on Friday. He faces federal charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.

Amongst the other things done to vandalize the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., the rioters not only broke windows, fought with law enforcement, and scared lawmakers into taking shelter, they also took a massive dump on American democracy. And I mean, literally. According to a source close to Senator Chuck Schumer, as staffers were cleaning up the mess that the pro-Trump mob left in its violent wake, they discovered that the Trump supporters left poop tracked down several hallways. If you thought the Capitol riot was insane, it got even more ridiculous as feces were found smeared all over the Capitol building, along with “brownish footprints” that probably reeked of disgusting excrement. Apparently, some of those who had stormed Capitol Hill to protest in the name of Republican President Donald Trump against the certification of electoral college votes that indicated Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, had gone No. 2 in the bathroom and instead of flushing, proceeded to take the dung and spread it around the government building. This was just a small part of what had happened to the U.S. Capitol and those inside. The lawmakers within were forced to take shelter and also given gas masks in fear of possible tear gas being used in the building. Five people reportedly lost their lives, including a Capitol police officer. Many have called for the enactment of the 25th amendment, and for a small amount of time, President Trump’s account was censored and flagged on popular social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Twitch. It’s been a dark time for the United States as violence continues to plague upon the transfer of power in the White House. Inauguration Day is coming up faster than ever, but we must not forget that COVID-19 is still a very real issue. However, if we can grab a few laughs from this whole incident, it would be at the ridiculousness of the idea that spreading your poop along hallways will send a message. A very smelly one at that.

There is little doubt that Cara Dune is one of the fan-favorite characters in "The Mandalorian." However, people haven't been pleased with the woman who plays the character. Gina Carano is currently getting backlash for her comments on social media that have led to the Twitter hashtag #FireGinaCarano from the Star Wars series but it looks like the actress isn't bothered by all the attention. Carano was recently interviewed for the YouTube channel "Drunk 3PO" where she opened up about sharing a scene with Luke Skywalker. In addition to that, the Deadpool star was asked about the Twitter outrage over her online presence. Interestingly, Carano chose not to comment on the movement but she did state that she simply isn't backing down. “I’m going to stick around and if my presence bothers you, okay, but also a lot of people are not bothered by my Twitter presence or my social media presence. So I focus more on those people. I bring the fire out in people. I’m not sure why,” Carano said. Carano previously made headlines when she allegedly mocked the idea of posting pronouns in Twitter bios. Although she has since removed the "pronouns" she added to her bio, people continue to call for the actress to be fired from "The Mandalorian." For now, it is unclear whether Cara will be back in "The Mandalorian" Season 3. However, there is a huge chance that Carano will continue to appear in the Star Wars series. 

Instead of doing this blog I should be listening to this album...

Actually, I should. It's a great album. I'd love to get Jeff Beck on the Phile. You know what I think is fun? When people reenact photos from when they were kids, like this one...

Hahahaha. If I had a TARDIS I would probably end up on Bloody Sunday, Alabama, 1965. 

On March 7th, 1965, 600 civil rights protesters attempted a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the state capital, to draw attention to the voting rights issue. Led by Hosea Williams of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC, the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River on their way to Montgomery. There they encountered Alabama state troopers and local police officers who gave them a two-minute warning to stop and turn back. When the protesters refused, the officers tear-gassed and beat them. Over 50 people were hospitalized. Ugh. NFL teams have changed their logos this season, like this one...

So, today's guest Matthew McConaughey was in the movie Dazed and Confused, but did you know I originally had the part of David Wooderson before McConaughey had it. Don't believe me? Check this out...

Hahaha. I also had the part of Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street...

He got that pounding he chest from me. Okay, so, Valentine's Day is like a month away and cards are already out in stores. If you need an idea for a card how about this one?

Hahahaha. The death of a loved one often brings a showering of gifts. The homes of the grieving are filled with floral arrangements, fruit baskets, and greeting cards stuffed with cash. Sometimes, the influx can be daunting. On top of mourning, now there is the need to arrange a cluttered house. For a Phile reader, the post-mortem gift-giving took on a whole new level. 

"Am I wrong for refusing a free house on my child’s behalf? Some quick bullet points: I’m a 29-year-old male and a widower with a daughter who is a 1-year-old female. My girlfriend passed in labor. I have a relatively nice 3 bedroom apartment that we live in. I’m a professor at a university. My late girlfriend’s family is loaded, both her parents were engineers who started and sold several companies and have been retired for a couple decades now. They decided without much warning to start looking to buy us a house. By this I mean they want to buy a house my daughter and I will live in, but it will be in their names until my daughter is 18, then it’s transferred to them. I am not involved at all, my name is on nothing. They want to mortgage it and have me make monthly payments to live there. This was a plan when my late girlfriend was pregnant. They wanted to buy a house, have it in her name, then it would become the matrimonial home when we got married and I would have equal rights to it. Since this didn’t happen, they still want to go ahead with the house but the conditions are changed such that I have no right to it. I am refusing because I don’t want to pay for something I have no rights to. You can argue I do this right now by renting, but I have some rights with regards to my living conditions. I also don’t manage the property. With a house, I am on the hook for everything, and the way they want to do it is I still yet have no right to it. Am I wrong?" Sir, this was by no means a free house you were refusing. That’s not a free house they are gifting you a mortgage and I would assume it has a gazillion strings attached. If you have to pay for it, then it’s not free. It would be in their name, so if they any point during those 17 or 18 years decide to keep it, you’re pretty much screwed. If they want to do something for your daughter they can start a college fund or something in her name. Sounds like they want to control everything. Homeownership is about owning your own home. Not vaguely renting it until your daughter can "own" it. How is your relationship with them? It seems like your late girlfriends family only cares about your daughter and not in the slightest about you. If this is the case I’d stay away from living in a house under their control where all you do is pay to stay and pay more to maintain it. Sit down with them, thank them kindly for the offer, and offer instead if they are really wanting to help their grandchild in the future to set her up a college fund or mutual fund so that when she gets older she has a nice little nest egg from her grandparents. It’s quite clear that he and his daughter will be renting for at least a little while longer. If you have a problem or situation you'd like my advice on email me at Good luck, everyone. Now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York here is...

Top Phive Things Said About President Trump Being Banned On Twitter
4. Ummmmm, okay, why is Trump on Venmo liking everyone's transactions? 
3. My therapist job is going to be so much easier now.
2. Trump violated Twitter's "42,000 strikes and you're out" policy. 
And the number one said about President Trump being banned on Twitter is...
1. He's furiously Googling "how to become a TikTok teen."

Yeesh. If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Okay, let's take a love look at Port Jefferson, shall we?

Looks like a cold day there, right? 

A bed is a shelf for your body when you are not using it.

This is cool. Today's guest is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, this was considered by many to be his breakout role. His new book Greenlights is the 143rd book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club. Please welcome to the Phile... Matthew McConaughey!

Me: Alright, alright, alright, hey there, Matthew, welcome to the Phile. How are you? 

Matthew: Jason, Jason, Jason, Jason, good to be here. 

Me: So, first thing before we start my friend at work, Sylinda is a HUGE fan of yours and recently lost her dad. It'll be cool if you can say hello to her. 

Matthew: Hello, Sylinda, sorry about your dad. 

Me: Thanks, man. So, your book Greenlights is the 143rd book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club and the first of this 15th and final year of the Phile. So, were born in Texas, right? 

Matthew: Yeah, I was born in Uvalde, Texas, home of the famous Frio Bat Cave, then moved to Longview, Texas, 12,000 population up to 75,000 population. 

Me: What were your parents like, Matthew? 

Matthew: They were married three times and divorced twice. Always to each other. 

Me: You were runner up for Little Mister Texas in 1977? 

Matthew: Yeah, and I actually I held the title too not so long ago. 

Me: What kind of jobs did you have growing up? 

Matthew: Boat mechanic, bank teller, a photo processor, a construction worker, and an assistant golf pro, waiter at a blues bar, a hand model... 

Me: Damn, man, what didn't you do? 

Matthew: LOL. That's quite a few, I won't say all I did. 

Me: Okay, so I first heard about you from the movie Dazed and Confused, which is so cool that Foghat's "Slow Ride" was played over the credits. 

Matthew: That's a great song, man. Your dad left a cool legacy for you. 

Me: Thanks. So, your new book you don't hold back, you tell a lot of stuff. Why is that? 

Matthew: Because this one I wrote, produced and directed everything so its not someone else's project. I mean I wrote it and you can ask anything you want. 

Me: So, tell the readers how the book starts. 

Matthew: My mom and my dad in a violent fight involving a knife and a ketchup bottle. 

Me: Man alive. How typical were scenes like that when you were growing up? 

Matthew: They weren't that typical. My mom and dad had a very violable relationship, as I said they were divorced twice and married three times. That's a good example of they can't live and can't live without each other, but they ended up living together. So that's how they communicated. They would get into sometimes what would be a violent fight and then it'll be over and like that story they would end up making love on the kitchen floor. It always ended well, it was just rough getting there sometimes. It didn't happen that often. 

Me: Then why start the book off with that story? 

Matthew: Because that story really sets the table which would seem a contradiction to the title of the book, Greenlight how the hell do I see that story with my mom and dad fighting violently, a knife was pulled, blood was drawn, I'm talking about this is a "green light"? Yes! And I go on and explain how and why. 

Me: So, you were going to go to law school and then decided to become an actor. What was your parents reaction to that? 

Matthew: Well, I planned it out well, it would happen at 7:30 on a Tuesday night... a time when my notoriously volatile dad would be home from work, he would have had dinner, and he'd be enjoying a beer on the couch with his wife, my mom. He said, "Hey, little buddy." He would call me "little buddy." I told him straight, "I don't want to go to law school anymore. I want to go to film school." I had to catch my breath to say that. I was already sweating on the other end of the phone line. And I'm waiting for him to go, "You want to WHAT!?" But instead, real calm he goes, "Huh. Are you sure that's what you want to do?" And I immediately said, "Yes sir," There was another pause and I think he was going to yell, "Are you out of your mind?!" I was raised as a blue-collar and had to work up the ladder and I was always going to be a lawyer in the family and here I was introducing this avant garde European idea of being an artist. Ha ha ha. Then he gave me three words that changed my life. He said, "Well, don't half ass it." And I remember tearing up when he said that. It was more than approval that he gave me. He gave me rocket fuel with that line. The way he said it, he was like "Do it. Not only do I approve of you doing it, but awesome. I'm giving you privilege and freedom to do it and responsibility to do it." And it was the best thing he could have ever said to me. I did not expect it. 

Me: That was a tremendous risk, right? 

Matthew: Yes. Indeed. Look, our family was middle class. We had a roof over our head and food on our table. I did find out later that dad was on the verge of going bankrupt for years in the 80s and then into the 90s. I didn't know he was that strapped money wise so they didn't have a big account or a lot of money to be my safety net if things didn't work out. Pretty much what I made is what I made. 

Me: So, like I said I first heard about you and I guess most people did through the movie Dazed and Confused where you played David Wooderson. For the people who never saw the movie explain the character... 

Matthew: Ha ha ha. David Wooderson was a guy in his 20s who still hung out with high school students and checked out the young girls as they went by. 

Me: What was it like playing that character? 

Matthew: These come up in a lot of different characters I played but this was the first time I had one in the very first film I was in, and the very first character. I call it a launch pad line, one of the original three lines that was written for the character was the scene where they are hanging out at the pool hall on the front curb, checking out the girls going by. Someone said I better cut it out or I'll end up in jail. And I said, "No, man, that's what I love about those high school girls, man. I get older, but they stay the same age." That line was the launch pad line. I said, "Whoa, if that character believes that... if that's really an ethos of that guy, this is not an attitude, he's not being cool to make a joke, he believes that... well, who the hell is that guy? I mean, there's an encyclopedia on that guy." This guy really believes that. I remember in the scene I didn't say that line to anyone in particular, I sort of stepped up to the curb and kind of said it to the heavens. Just throw it out there. So that's what unlocked the character for me. 

Me: Was the character based on anybody? 

Matthew: The character was based on and impression I had of my older brother when he was 17-years-old and I was about 10. 

Me: A mental impression or an actual impression? 

Matthew: A mental impression. I've really being enjoying as an artist playing on, because I always loved the definition... I'd say the last six years of my life, seven years I've really been leaning into the value of the impression and going somethings are better from a distance. Well, it's one image when I'm 10-years-old looking out the back window of our station wagon when we were pulling through the high school to pick up my older brother from school after school because his car broke down, he was not there where we were supposed to meet him, we're looking for him, we're driving by, I look out the back of the window I see this silhouetted image of this guy leaning against a wall in the smoking section, smoking a cigarette in a lazy right-handed way, left knee bent up, boot heel on the wall. And he was 10 feet tall. He was cooler than James Dean ever was. And who was he? He was my brother, Pat. He was really only five-foot-10. But in my 10-year-old eyes from that 80 yards away, he was the coolest thing in the world. I remember going, "There's Pat!" I had to immediately shut my mouth because he was smoking a cigarette and he'll get in trouble by my mom if he gets caught smoking a cigarette. But that image for whatever that three seconds was in my mind looking out the back window at Pat became who Wooderson was. So I take the line that they are staying the same age and I throw it with that three second impression that was in my mind I got that guy. I know who Wooderson is. Press record, say what they want, I ended up working three weeks because of that. 

Me: The main line that people impersonate you with and quote you with is "alright, alright, alright." How did that come about? 

Matthew: I wasn't even supposed to work that night, I wasn't supposed to be on set that night. I was just doing makeup and wardrobe test which is where for those that don't know, I show up on set because I'm there with the wardrobe and makeup people and their shooting other scenes with other actors. I wasn't supposed to be filmed. When the director gets free time he steps of the set, the AD says, "Can you check out McConaughey's David Wooderson?" He looks me up and down and says, "I like the hair-do..." That happens this time and Richard Linklater comes up to me in the street and says, "This is great, look at you." He says as Wooderson was possibly with all the hot chicks in high school, do I think he'd have any interest in the redheaded intellectual? I'm like, yeah, man, Wooderson likes all kind of chicks. He says, "Cool, Marissa Ribisi is over here playing the redheaded intellectual, she's parked in the drive-thru, she's got friends that are kinda nerdy in the backseat, think you can kinda pull over and try to pick her up?" I'm like yeah, man, The next thing I know I'm in the car wired with a lavalier microphone about to shoot my first scene when my nerves started to kick in. So I asked myself, "Who is Wooderson? And what is he about?" I'm like, "Wooderson's about his car. Well, I'm in my 70 Chevelle, there's one." I said, "Wooderson's about getting high." I looked to my right and see Slater's riding shotgun. "He's always got a doobie rolled up. There's two." I said, "Wooderson's about rock and roll. I got Ted Nugent "Stranglehold" in the eight track right now, and I'm rocking to it. There's three." And then I hear "action" and I looked up at Cynthia and I said, "And Wooderson's about picking up chicks. I got three out of four. Put it in drive. I'm going to get the fourth. Alright, alright, alright." 

Me: That's great! After the movie A Time to Kill you went on this big trip, am I right? 

Matthew: I had this dream about floating naked on the Amazon River and I went on this 22 day solo trip. I took minimal clothing, my journal, camera and medical kit and a host of ecstasy and my favorite headband. 

Me: Man, what was that like? I could not do that. 

Matthew: That was the first of these many walkabouts that I've gone on. It was a time right after I've gotten very famous after A Time to Kill, the world had become a mirror, I was no longer meeting strangers, it was an awesome time. But it was an unbalancing time, at a time where I needed to fo away and was looking for a reason to go away with myself and let memory catch up and figure out what the hell mattered to me. I had this dream and it was the second time I had this dream, it was the EXACT same dream I had and it was so specific of a dream and so ironic what the outcome was. Which wait to you read the book on that part. I needed to follow it so I went to the Amazon River and took a 22 day trip there, the first 12 days were hell for me, I did not like my own company at all. I'd beaten myself up mentally and physically and didn't like it, I didn't even enjoy the trip. But I had hunch in my guy even at that time maybe it was because I already did the Australia year, but I had a hunch there was something I was going to learn from this penance I put myself through. And then I had a night of a purge, I woke up on the night of the 13th clean as a whistle and a new person and had shaken hands with myself. I had forgiven myself for stuff I had probably forgiven myself for earlier and had said enough is enough with some other things I was letting myself off the hook for. I woke up with buddy's with myself again and the rest of the trip was beautiful. I finished the first half after that dream thinking I had finished the entire dream but as you know when you read the book four years after that I had the exact same dream again and had to chase down the second half of that dream. 

Me: So, about the book, what can you say about it? 

Matthew: It's the most permanent true expression of me that I ever put out for sure. 

Me: What do you hope people are surprised by when they read your story? 

Matthew: People are surprised. 

Me: What do you hope they're surprised by? 

Matthew: I'm hoping they're laughing through seeing the humanity in what could be read as the ugly parts and humanity in the awesome parts like of course talking about the green light moments where I'm just rolling, winning trophies and getting married. Humor is a great through line through my life and through these stories. I hope there is some laughter in the wisdom, I hope theres some laughter in the pain. I think we can all use that and I know I have and it really comes through in this book I think. 

Me: A lot of people are making big decisions now because of the pandemic, don't you agree? 

Matthew: Of course since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people are making big life changes... moving homes, quitting jobs, getting married, getting divorced, pursuing things they've always wanted to do... even though we're in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. 

Me: What about you? 

Matthew: I had some decisions I had made recently that I did not choose to change because why would I make such a big decision in the time of the most unknown and why would I make a big decision that won't be realized until things are known again? It's like wait, let's get out of this, but at the same time I understand it is a time for all of us to take inventory. 

Me: So, what's your advice to people who are home right now? 

Matthew: My advice would be this: Think long money. Make sure you're considering the outcome of the decision. How will you feel about that outcome when the world's grand again, and we're freely engaging and moving around and COVID and whatever other problems we may have are in the rearview mirror? Try to measure it. I sometimes think about what I would want my eulogy to say, and use that as a litmus test. "I love writing the headline first and then writing the story to get to the headline. Now is a good time to think, "What is the headline if I make this major change?" If your eulogy feels too far off imagine yourself in 10 years looking back at your current self. Just go 10 years out and lay this decision out there and interview yourself. Have your 10-year-in-the-future self interview yourself now and see if this big decision that you want to make comes up, and how you feel about it. 

Me: That's cool, especially with me wrapping up the Phile in September. Thanks, Matthew, for being on the Phile. 

Matthew: Thank you, Jason. Take care.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Matthew for a cool interview. The Phile will be back on Friday with musician and songwriter Linda Perry. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Kiss your brain. 

Give me some rope, tie me to dream, give me the hope to run out of steam, somebody said it could be here. We could be roped up, tied up, dead in a year. I can't count the reasons I should stay. One by one they all just fade away...