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Fifty—or five hundred—years from now, there’ll be chapters in American history and political science books titled, “The Era of Just Making Shit Up.” Call me a dreamer, but I’m cautiously optimistic that yesterday may have at least marked the beginning of the end of this insanity.

Ted Cruz, you are pathetic. You’re almost Tucker Carlson Grade Pathetic. You’re gonna need new kneepads pretty quick, Teddy. You pretty well wore the old ones out last night, Spaghetti Strap Tedi.

No Republicans at the Capitol yesterday? I mean except for a couple of Cheneys? That’s a brand new level of chicken-shit. But whatever that is, it is not surprising.

So, that wasn’t an armed insurrection? It wasn’t domestic terrorism? It wasn’t an attempted coup? Then what was it? Of all of their sliminess, this Cult/Fox effort to downplay Jan. 6, 2021 and even deny its occurrence is the most odious. They make fun of anyone who regards it as anything other than a frat party. Here’s where we are. They hate anything that even smacks of basic decency. The Mean is the Message. The Cruelty is the Point.

Distortion Are Us.

Over? OVER? Was it over when FDR and Antifa bombed Pearl Harbor? It ain’t over til we say it’s over!

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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.