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Good news. The U.S. daily vaccination rate is up four-fold over the past two weeks. U.S. has averaged more than 700,000 new vaccinations for five straight days. Move those chains!

But then there’s Florida.  One out of every five new cases in the U.S. is in Florida, which is now back up to 21,000 daily new positives. Let freedom ring?

Maybe they’re waiting for the numbers to become clearer and more definitive. After all, now only 99.99 percent (accurate figure) of fully vaccinated Americans have avoided the hospital and the morgue. So, you know, there’s still some uncertainty there…

Membra when Austin was not considered “Third World”?

Vaccine mandates are legal. Plenty of precedent. And stop using “Emergency Use Authorization” as an excuse. “EUA” status changes nothing, either logically or legally.

A “Man of God” in Tennessee directly telling his congregants not to get vaccinated, not to wear a mask and that the presidential election was stolen? How very godly of him.

Mark Meadows is not an idiot. So why is he acting like one? Still referring to Trump as “the president”?  Referencing a “Cabinet meeting”? “on task”? Ready to “move forward in a very real way”? Toward…what?

“Q” the mouth breathers.

That bi-partisan infrastructure bill is 2,700 pages.  $550 billion. The obstacle here is gonna be “progressive” Dems.

2,700 pages. Not on this blog. Not today. Flip over to the sports blog…

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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.