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What would be a more apt historical comparison for what’s going on at the Ukrainian border?

The Cuban Missile Crisis?

Or the Alamo?

We will know very soon. This is some bad stuff. Putin is an evil man, and he is playing his American Useful Idiots. “There once was a fool named Tucker…”  I’ll let you complete the limerick.  

I found Stephen Breyer’s remarks following his retirement announcement to be both inspiring and reassuring. He has retained an almost child-like (not childish!) love for the genius of America.

So pledging to nominate a Black woman is “identity politics”? You mean like both Reagan and Trump did in pledging to nominate a woman?  Hmmm…methinks the difference this time is the adjective that precedes “woman.”

And consider the howling racism that is contained in the notion that the nominee will be a raging leftist. Do you not realize that the available roster of totally qualified Black woman candidates is lengthy and represents every location on the political continuum? No, you don’t. Because you don’t want to.

Remember (not all that long ago) when the U.S. Senate was often called “The Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth”?  Yep. That was then and this is now. We done got “Mitched.”

Finally, it’s January 28. Look up “Resnik, Judith.” A case can be made that she was the most astoundingly accomplished woman in American history. Let’s all “Challenge” ourselves to be better than we are right now.

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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.