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I’m writing at 1:14 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24. Like you, I’m eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Like you, I have much to be thankful for and an inner need to express that gratitude. At the moment, the thing I am most thankful for is that “our flag is still there.”

I’m an American. I believe in real American values. I do not believe in the filth that has been masquerading as American values and co-opting American values. I will continue to fight the filth. I can do nothing other than continue to fight the filth.

Filth was defeated today in Georgia.

Essentially, I believe in justice for all under the law. I believe in the rule of law.

I’m encouraged. Actually, I was encouraged last week, despite my complete contempt for Kyle Rittenhouse. He was found not guilty under Wisconsin law, and the jury had the wisdom, discipline and stamina to get it right. Understand, Rittenhouse is not “innocent.” But he was, I believe, properly found not guilty under the law.

Today I am further hopeful. Another jury got it right, and for all the right reasons.

A jury decided that it is not lawful to track a human being down and shoot him to death like a trophy animal. A jury decided that “There’s a black man running in the neighborhood” is not a capital offense.

A jury showed disdain and derision for three racists claiming they were acting in self-defense.

Sounds pretty basic and unassailable. And yet I had a lot of anxiety prior to the reading of the verdicts.

The offense was heinous. The motive was deplorable. The souls of the perpetrators are putrid. And the “defense” was disgusting.

I’m thankful that our flag is still flying. But I am aware, as events in recent years have proved, that we can never take that for granted and must work without ceasing to preserve the genius that is and can be America.

Happy Thanksgiving from Jo, Anthony and Paul at Radically Rational Media, and from our beloved partners at GameDay Media.

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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.