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No. A 17-year-old (or anybody else) cannot cart an AR-15 across state lines, “deploy” himself to a hotbed of civil unrest, falsely cast himself as a “medic” or “community supporter,” effectively deputize himself in the name of vigilante justice, provoke fear and animus, execute two people and severely wound another and then claim “self-defense.”

That’s like the old joke about the guy who kills his mother and father and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an “orphan.”

No.

And I’m wondering. Does the state of Wisconsin require judges to have any legal training?

Rittenhouse’s attorney, in closing argument, said the people his client killed were not “peaceful protesters” or “good people.”

I don’t know whether they were or not. It’s irrelevant in this case. What is the attorney saying? That it was then fully justifiable for this juvenile to appoint himself judge, jury and, in this case, literally executioner? Because that seems to be exactly what the attorney is saying. How is that not what the attorney is saying?

Insanity.

From there, we look to the South, where I have Georgia on My Mind. So, we have too many “black preachers”?  Oh, but you’re not trying to make this trial about race, right? You would NEVER do that.

Insanity.

Steve Bannon, in the name of “America” and “law and order” simply ignores a lawful Congressional subpoena. This from the guy who on January 5 told the world that, “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.  This is not going to go down the way you think it is.”  Wow. That proved to be an amazingly accurate prediction. I mean, that’s Nostradamus stuff, unless, you know, you were a big part of planning and organizing “all hell breaking loose” and just waiting to light the inferno.

Insanity.

Liz Cheney is one of the most legitimately Conservative lawmakers in Congress. She is not a RINO. The crazies who are calling her a RINO are the RINOs. And now the Wyoming GOP Politburo declares that she will no longer be considered a Republican, because she has declared fealty to the Constitution rather than to a mindless, amoral demagogue? She has displayed the temerity to pursue the truth and tell the truth. So she has to go?

Insanity.

And, oh, Russia, goddammit, kindly dispose of your space junk properly. No wonder we can’t have nice things.

Insanity.

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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.