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Putin is on the ropes. The question now is does NATO press its current advantage or try to give Vlad a face-saving off-ramp?

It’s dicey. And there are no guarantees going forward. But to this point NATO, the United States, and yes, Joe Biden have played this masterfully. Don’t you just love functional adults?

Or a country that is full of functional adults? I’m talking about Ukraine.

Now, we should not overplay our hand, either. While I appreciate the spirit of Poland’s proposal to funnel MIGs to Ukraine, it’s a bad idea. Period.

I support the president’s Tuesday decision to ban Russian energy imports from entering the United States. It was also smart to make that a unilateral U.S. move, without pulling NATO countries who are more dependent on Russian oil than we are into it.

Yes. U.S. gas prices are high. Yes, they are going to go higher for a while. Think Big Picture.

Applause also for McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coke and even The Ubiquitous and Pretentious Coffee House for shutting it down in Vlad Land. Russians like saturated fat, caffeine, sugar and fizz almost as much as we do. This is not going to play well in Mother Russia.

Updated reports show that at least 114 U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured in the January 6, 2021 attempted coup. Tell me again how that wasn’t an armed insurrection.

No more gaslighting. We all saw it. Or at least anyone with eyes saw it.

You’re Number One, Guy Reffitt. Congrats, convicted insurrectionist. Hopefully, there are about 7,000 soon-to-be incarcerated criminals lining up behind you.

Also a special citation to Nothing to be Proud of Boys leader Enrique Tarrio. I think “criminal conspiracy” has a nice ring to it, don’t you? Seems this conspiracy spreads to the Oaf Keepers, too.  What a bunch of maroons.

Color me unimpressed with Lester Holt’s recent “interview” with Bill Barr. The former U.S. attorney general was a mealy-mouthed, ass covering, try to play it both ways wimp. And Holt let him be just that. That was not an interview. It was a book promotion.

The global COVID-19 death toll has now exceeded six million. The United States leads all nations of the world in deaths with more than 960,000. There’s not a single excuse for that.

And let me ask you a question, Ron DeSantis. It’s one thing, I guess, to oppose mask mandates. But it’s quite another to tell folks who choose to wear masks to take them off. And you say this is about “freedom”?

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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.