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The Big Lie not only won’t die, it’s re-emerging. And once again growing. And still groundless. And it’s pre-meditated and organized. And it is as clear and present a danger as our country has ever faced.

Here’s the thing about Crazy. Rational people always knew Crazy existed. But one of the things that made Crazy tolerable and seemingly minimally threatening is that it was rare, or at least we deluded ourselves that it was.

Turns out 45 percent of our neighbors are Effing Crazy.

And the Assault on Truth is on steroids, as dark is redefined as light and down becomes up.

Here’s a post from Facebook yesterday.

“People aren’t actually bothered by you not wearing a mask. If it was such a big deal, they would just stay away from you. They are bothered that you’re disobedient. They are bothered that your strength shines a light on your weakness.”

The author is clearly at the front of the Effing Crazy 45 Percenters.

Listen up, Gomer. Yes, it is about the mask. Because it is a public health issue, and should not be a political one. No, this is not about your “freedom.” Your freedom ends where others’ noses and lungs begin. No, Goober, it is not incumbent on rational people to “just stay away from you.” You’re a public health and even national security threat, not us. No, it’s not about you being “disobedient.” It’s about you being an ignorant, arrogant, selfish, uninformed, misinformed and disinformed reckless moron who is disingenuously trying to re-cast your cowardice as virtue. How is not wearing a mask “strength”? What’s strong about it?  As John McEnroe would demand, “Answer the question!”

And what’s “weak” about wearing a mask? Wearing a mask reflects intelligence, knowledge, discipline and concern for others, which is anything but “weakness.” That mindset historically has been the very definition of “strength.”

Forty-five percent of our neighbors are Effing Crazy. Their intent and strategy is to just wear us down with their ignorance and dishonesty.

It is tiresome. But I still feel pretty fresh. You?

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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.