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.