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BB and I came up with this idea for Radically Rational about four years ago. We just had a loose and evolving conceptual framework based on what we were seeing and hearing in our beloved country.

Crazy is bad. Crazy is fucking crazy, in fact. And crazy is metastasizing. Crazy is not cool.

Rational is good. And increasingly rare.

Facts need to come back into fashion.

Sanity is sexy.

Crazies need to be identified, isolated, ostracized and marginalized.

So, I jotted this stuff down on a piece of spiral notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on the door of our refrigerator. So, I saw it every day. And essentially did nothing with it every day.

I couldn’t. I was employed as a local market television news director, and good at it. Part of the reason I was good at it is that I take ethics and standards and truth in labeling seriously. Double-dipping in RR, which is a fact-based, non-politically partisan but highly opinionated news/entertainment multi-media platform, never crossed my mind. Conflict of interest.

That was then. This is now. And now we are going to sing our Unchained Melody.

Some days the RR blogs and videos seem to write themselves. After all, it’s not like we have an Insanity Shortage in our country right now. For RR, this is a “target rich” environment.

But then there are days like this one, when the level of insanity is so pervasive, and so insane, as to almost defy description and commentary. Calling it crazy rightly comes under the heading of, “duh”…

The GOP Team Crazy attacks on Zelenskyy and Ukraine reflect a new quantum level of  head-shaking  ignorance, arrogance, panophobic hatred, reflexive tribalism, misinformation, disinformation and neo-fascism.

Why would any American who believes in American principles and values go after Zelenskyy?

Answer? Because these clowns DON’T believe in American principles and never have. They simply sound their White Nationalist-Supremacist, Faux-“Krisschin,” anti-truth, anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-anything that even smacks of basic decency and human kindness dog whistle and wait for the mutts to come runnin’.

I’m talking about you, Tucker Carlson.

I’m talking about you, MTG.

And I’m especially talking about you, Trump Junior.

You called Zelenskyy a “welfare queen”?  You, of all people? You, who are a product of life-long “welfare”?  

Zelenskyy is us at our best. Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind of us of our real greatness.

At RR, we are going to sing our Unchained Melody at the top of our lungs. We invite you to join the choir. 

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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.