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“Oh, yeah, Ebeneezer? Hold my beer.”

Nine hundred employees of mortgage company got on a Zoom call with CEO Vishal Garg last Wednesday.  Whatcha think? Maybe news about a holiday bonus? Free Friday Pizza at all the local offices?

Actually, no. This was the message from The Chief. “If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group that is being laid off. Your employment here is terminated immediately.”

Garg did say that they’d all get a phone call from HR about severance and stuff, which was nice. 

I’m just guessing Garg didn’t take a pay cut or return his own bonus. That’s leadership? Who does he think he is, Kevin McCarthy?

Man. That’s more like 

A U.S. “diplomatic” boycott of the Winter O. Could we BE any lamer? Or is the proper form, “more lame”?

The Texas Taliban strikes again. This is alarming. Based on the Faux Flap about Critical Race Theory, the Fringe Wing of the GOP (also known as the GOP), has pushed Senate Bill 3 into law. From the bill: “A teacher may not be compelled to discuss a widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”

Translation. A teacher cannot teach. Facts are non-existent. Issues are irrelevant. Documented historical events simply never occurred. You know. Like the Civil Rights Movement. Or maybe a pandemic that has killed almost 800,000 Americans, and counting. Or a documented armed insurrection whose clear goal was to overturn the results of an election and effectively stage a coup to overthrow the government of the United States.  You know, insignificant stuff like that. Can’t even bring it up. Nothing to see here.

Slavery? Hey, it was just a mutually beneficial economic and social compact among consenting adults. Because to describe what it actually was would be “controversial,” and subject to “political bias.”

Going forward, nothing of actual import can be discussed in a Texas classroom. Because anything can be classified as “controversial,” if you are in charge of defining and categorizing what is “controversial.”  And guess who is in charge?

The law says teachers must explore topics “…objectively and in a manner free from political bias.” Sounds noble, right? Again, translation is required. “Our political bias is just the truth. Your political bias is, you know, political bias.”

If your hair is not on fire, it should be.

THIS is real “indoctrination.”

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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.