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“Dunkirk II”?   “The Battle of Skeedaddle”?

Wuddya think? 

This high-drama exodus needs a marketable name, right?  Texas House Dems have headed for the hills. (Yes, there are hills overlooking the banks of the Potomac. I’ve seen them.)  Here’s where I am. Yes, there are occasions when strategic retreat is the only possible path to victory. Everybody has their “line.” (At least everybody with a conscience.) I draw my line at efforts to restrict, retract and suppress voter rights.

I’m still searching for a marketable name for this advance to the rear. “Rope-a-Dope” is already taken, too, right? Sometimes you have to take some body shots and let your muscle-headed opponent punch himself out.

“A complete joke.” Don’t take my word for it.  That’s the description of The Big Lie by the GOP’s top lawyer.  And don’t forget, “Just say we won,” as devised and prescribed by Drunk Rudy.  All of this turmoil.  Over complete and utter bullshit. And everyone knew it.

I’m going momentarily Bonnie Tyler on you. I can at least tenuously promise I will never do it again.  But right now?  “I Need a Hero.”  How about General Mark Milley? We’re just now finding out how close our democracy came to buying the farm. Milley looks like the guy who saved the crops.

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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.