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The only problem I have with the president using the term “semi fascism” is “semi.”

The predictable scream this morning. “He can’t call everybody fascists!”

He didn’t call everybody fascists. He called fascists fascists. Except he diluted it with “semi.” With a nod to the late Dan Jenkins, that’s just Semi-Tough Shit. Look up “fascism.” Now review the words and actions of the likes of MTG, Matt Gaetz, the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, etc. They’re fascists. Yes, the Mussolini hat fits. So I’m gonna make ‘em wear it.

That’s quite the tightrope Judge Reinhardt is demanding the DOJ walk. We’ll find out today how well DOJ performs this Flying Wallenda act. Give us enough from the affidavit to provide an idea of what this is ultimately all about. But redact anything that compromises investigations, FBI agents, witnesses, evidence and due process. I’m not sure those two mandates are mutually achievable. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’re not. Let’s see what they come up with.

This ridiculous idea being promoted by Texas GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw that there was no need for the FBI/DOJ to conduct a search at Mar-a-Lago? That all they had to do to recover those documents was ask nicely? Horse hockey. And there is an open-and-shut paper trail. All other options had been exhausted. The warrant was legally obtained and the search was conducted completely by the book.

I so much yearn to live in “precedented times.”

Oh, anybody seen Mark Meadows?  Yeah, me neither. Put the load on Fani. As in Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis. She can handle it.

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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.