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Here’s the way this works in America. If you’re served with a legal subpoena, you show up. If you are legally ordered to turn over documents, you provide them. If under either of those scenarios, you fail to comply, you are subject to criminal contempt charges, and you can go to jail. And you can sit there until you have a “moment of clarity.”

See, that’s the way this works in America, “patriots.”

Don’t be fooled by Merrick Garland’s relative silence so far. Dude don’t play. Just because he’s not showing his cards yet doesn’t mean he isn’t holding a royal flush. There are a lot of bad actors who are gonna have a “bad day.” I can only hope that begins with Steve “Race” Bannon.

Of course that was an attempted coup. Of course it was. How can anyone argue otherwise?  How do we know it was an attempted coup?  Because they’ve all admitted it. It’s all there. Documents. Memos. Emails. Videos. Audio recordings. They’ve all admitted it.

Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic” is one of my all-time favorite albums. Any Major Dude Will Tell You that.

But pretzel logic doesn’t get it for me when it comes to public discourse. Today’s big, puffy, doughy, yeasty, salty, gut-clogging, fluid retaining, brain-fogging, constipating  Pretzel Logic Award goes to GOP gubernatorial candidate Alan West.

West is an anti-vaxer. Like all anti-vaxers, his stance is not rooted in facts, but is rather the product of fear, ignorance, cowardice (and they call themselves “tough guys), tribalism, political opportunism and demagoguery.

Westy got “The Covid” recently. As did his fully vaccinated wife. Westy was hospitalized with COVID-related pneumonia.  That’s not funny, as the families of more than 700,000 dead Americans can attest. I and all people of good will wish him well.

But here’s where the illogical dough-twisting begins. Westy says this experience has solidified his anti-vaccination stance.

Say what?

Westy received Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment, and responded well. That’s good.

So his position is that treating COVID is better than preventing it.

Hey, it’s good that we are acquiring and developing treatments, including monoclonal antibodies, and, apparently, the new Merck anti-viral pill. The more weapons in our COVID-fighting arsenal, the better.

Now get your mustard ready. Westy says he’s still anti-vax in part because he doesn’t want to “line the pockets of Big Pharma.”

Uhhh…you know, Westy, that Regeneron and Merck’s Little Pill are products of Big Pharma, too, right, Westy?

And you would rather treat COVID (which, sadly is often unsuccessful) than prevent it? You think that’s good public policy? You think that’s sound economic policy? That’s “Conservatism”?

And you use your (happily) successful recovery to justify your truly ridiculous argument?

That is one large, dangerous and expensive pretzel.

Don’t Lose That Number, clown.

Now waiting for Abbott to try to out-clown West.  Abbott will try to get “right” of “West.”

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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.