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There’s not one rational reason not to get vaccinated.

The available vaccines are almost 100 percent effective in keeping you out of the hospital or morgue. The vaccines are safe. Don’t let anyone tell you they are not. The vaccines give us control over the pandemic. This ends whenever we choose to end it.

So after more than 600,000 American deaths, wouldn’t a rational society choose to end it?

Rational societies protect children, who are now in particular danger. We can no longer take comfort in or be deflected by the notion that children are largely unaffected by COVID. Children now account for 16 percent of reported new U.S. COVID cases. Last week, 23,000 American children tested positive. Our children’s only protection is us—American adults. Currently, the vaccines are not available to children under 12 years old, and won’t be available until at least the winter. So for now all children living in a household in which all adults are not vaccinated are both vulnerable and helpless. Rational societies protect their children.

Viruses that cannot replicate cannot mutate. Stop the spread, stop new variants. I’ll remind you that “Delta” falls pretty early in the Greek alphabet. Each new variant that we allow to emerge will be more transmissible and more virulent than the last. That’s not “speculation.”  That’s science. That is why and how viruses mutate.

You “want your life back”? Get vaccinated. You want to stabilize our economy? Get vaccinated. You want to protect our children? Get vaccinated. Want students back in classrooms? Get vaccinated. Want to keep your own hide on this side of the dirt? Get vaccinated.

Oh. Life expectancy in the U.S. fell a year and a half in 2020. All of that is statistically attributed to the pandemic. There is no acceptable reason for life expectancy to decline in the United States. We can end this any time we choose to. So why would we not choose to?

There is not one rational reason not to get vaccinated. (Hell, even Sean Hannity admitted that yesterday, if only to try to avoid litigation and liability.)

Brady threw a couple of touchdowns yesterday at the White House. Who says he can’t still get some “zip” on it?  ZING!!!

And score that a clean knockout by bantamweight champion Tony Fauci. Rand Paul is a “tomato can.”

Who says being a good guy doesn’t pay? Ask Van Jones and Jose Andres.

Finally, Jim Jordan on the committee to investigate the shame of January 6? That’ll be a “nay” from me.

It’s Hump Day.  Hump ‘em if you got ‘em…

Failure to register as a foreign agent is frowned upon. Then lying about it will land you in prison. For quite a long time. To quote a big band classic, “Sing, Sing, Sing!”

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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.