09/07/22 You never know what you’re going to find, do you?

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You never know what you’re going stumble upon at the club in South Florida, right? It might even be a tip-top level classified document that describes a foreign nation’s military defenses and nuclear capabilities.

You do realize that that document is not supposed to be at Mar-a-Lago, right? And you do realize that its presence there is a crime, right? And you do realize that the person or persons who took it there are criminals, correct? You are aware of the fact that the document is the property of the United States government and not its former president, aren’t you?

And you do realize that this is a clear and present threat to our national security, I’m assuming. Our friends will no longer trust us and our enemies are confident we can be compromised.

Right?   RIGHT?

It’s what Trump has always done. Alienate our allies and give aid and comfort to our foes. That’s not an admirable quality in a POTUS or a former POTUS, wouldn’t you agree?

For the moment overlooking the facts that Trump is amoral, dishonest, narcissistic and ignorant of our American government, my biggest problem with Le’Grande L-Orange is that he is frighteningly incompetent.

And still The Cult will defend him.

Russia and China are going to huddle up about the war in Ukraine later this month. That’s probably not good.

Intelligence confirms that Russia is using the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a shield for military personnel and equipment. That is definitely not good.

Can somebody tell me when and how it was that Bill Barr has suddenly developed a brain, a conscience and an allegiance to the United States? 

Take a look at that video that shows Trump operatives in a Georgia election office on the same day a voting system there was breached and then tell me what side was trying to steal the 2020 election.  Right out of the Goebbels Playbook—accuse others of that of which you are clearly guilty.

Any morning that starts with news that Steve Bannon is going to get arrested is off to a good start.  Happy Wednesday to all.

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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.