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The United States leads the world in COVID-19 deaths. Inexcusable.

The United States annually leads the world in gunshot deaths. Inexcusable.

There is a cynical, systemic effort in an alarming number of states to shrink the size of our legitimate electorate. Its intent is unmistakable. Its targets are obvious. It is a clear and present threat to American democracy, mounted by cowards. It is shameful and inexcusable.

Inexcusable.  Where’s the “accountability crowd”?

We must Finish The Fight against COVID. The pandemic is not over. Things are better at the moment, and we’re all grateful. Jo and I had a wonderful time last night attending a beautiful outdoor river parade together with dear friends. It felt good.  It felt normal. But it also felt tenuous. We could still blow this, yet again. This is math and science, not blustering partisan politics. Vaccinations stop rampant spread of the virus. If the virus cannot replicate, it cannot mutate. Our arsenal of vaccines is remarkably safe, and remarkably effective. But our current vaccination rates and levels are not sufficient to prevent viral mutation. The emerging Delta Variant is alarmingly transmissible among our non-vaccinated population. It is also more virulent than the “original” virus and previous variants. And, yes, it affects young people. Our arrogance, ignorance and hubris could throw us right back in the Covid soup. We have the means to stop this. So we have the obligation to stop it. It remains to be seen whether we have the will and the intellect to stop it.

Hell, yes, guns kill people.  OK, Stop shooting blood from your eyes. It’s unbecoming. Here’s what I did not just do.  I did not write or say one word about gun control. But I have plenty to say about intellectual dishonesty. Yes, a gun is an object. No, guns don’t pull their own triggers.  We get that. But denying the role of guns in this equation is both irrational and dishonest.  Hell, yes, guns kill people, especially guns whose sole purpose is to kill people as efficiently as possible. You say this is a “people problem”? OK. But to date we have been unwilling to address the “people” side of this. You tell me guns aren’t the problem? OK.  But blind worship of guns clearly is. Considering guns to be the solution to every dispute clearly is. The idea that “the only thing better than guns is more guns” clearly is. Note again.  I have not said or written one word about gun control. But I am asking—make that demanding—that we stop the bullshit. One more thing. If you drone on about how leading the world in gunshot deaths is “just the price of freedom,” you understand nothing about freedom.

So later today the U.S. Senate is going to block legislation to protect the legitimate voting rights of legitimate American voters. The “Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth is going to block legislation to protect the foundation of American democracy.

I’ll just let that sit there. Inexcusable. 

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.