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Re-fund the police.

Notions of “defunding” are vacuous, dangerous, and simultaneously naïve and cynical. After decades of falling violent crime rates (despite Chicken Little cries from pandering politicians), crime is now rising—dramatically in many areas. “Defunding” now would be particularly ill-timed.

We need more police presence, not less. That requires more money, not less. We can make no better investment than in the safety and security of our citizens and communities.

But police must always earn, and in many cases now recapture, the trust and respect of the people they serve. “Backing the Blue” means holding The Blue to a standard worth backing. When the police are right, they’re right, and they deserve our steadfast support. But when the police are wrong, they’re wrong, and they must be held accountable. Good cops good. Bad cops bad. What’s so hard to understand?

Recruiting and retaining good cops is going to take money. Getting rid of bad cops is going to take money. Tight screening of police candidates is going to take money. Better and more extensive police training is going to take money.  I can think of no better investment or no higher priority.

Defund?  Are you kidding?  Re-fund. But raise expectations.  And stop protecting and coddling bad cops.

Thanks and respect to General Mark Milley for going all Mutombo on That Little Punk Matt Gaetz.  Rejected. Erased. Faced. Go away, little boy.

Yes, we have a politically and philosophically divided Supreme Court. But I thought SCOTUS had a pretty solid Wednesday. In a case I’m calling “Pissed Off Cheerleader v. The World,” an 8-1 majority (Justice Thomas was the lone dissenter) ruled in favor of upholding free speech rights for students outside of school grounds. The majority opinion penned by Justice Breyer was both Constitutionally and logically sound, in my view. “It might be tempting to dismiss (the student’s) words as unworthy of the robust First Amendment protections discussed herein,” he wrote. “But sometimes it is necessary to protect the superfluous in order to preserve the necessary.”

Don’t retire, Steve!  You’re good at this stuff.

Later, The Court in a 6-3 decision split completely along ideological lines, ruled that California cannot allow unions to enter the private property of agricultural businesses to address workers without compensating the businesses for the visits. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the Conservative majority, maintained that allowing uncompensated visits “amounts to simple appropriation of private property.”  I have zero problem with that.

Praying for the victims of that horrific condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. Hoping for the best. Fearing the worst.

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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.