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Labeling a person or a group of people as cowards is not a trifling matter, and should never be even considered without great deliberation and overwhelming evidence.

The Tennessee House of Representatives is the House of Cowards. And Thursday’s expulsion of two Democrat House members was one of the most cowardly and dastardly acts in American political history.

Let’s be clear. That outrageous expulsion had nothing to do with principle of any kind. It had nothing to do with the Second Amendment. It had nothing to do with deliberative “decorum.” It had nothing to do with enforcement of House rules.

It was a shameless, bald-faced power grab. Those members were expelled simply because it was possible under Tennessee rules to expel them. They were expelled for following their consciences and representing their constituents. They were expelled for refusing to knuckle under to the Church of Guns and to the state and national Tyranny of the Minority.

And, yes, absolutely, they were expelled in part because of their race. That’s not a statement I make lightly, either. But the evidence supports this grave charge.

Those legislators were expelled in part because in 2023 they dared to get “uppity.”

This was a political lynching.

No? How was it not?

Expelled? Expelled? If the Tennessee House felt it necessary to sanction those members, there were ample available measures short of expulsion. But it was easier and more politically expedient to kick them out than to talk it out.


And tens of thousands of Tennessee citizens are left without representation and have effectively been disenfranchised.


This was an act of pure political opportunism. The legislators were expelled because they could be.

It was an act of cowardice, perpetrated by cowardly bullies.

But we all know what ultimately and inevitably happens to bullies.

I take heart only in the knowledge that those who choose to act foolishly and move counter to the arc of justice will be rolled up under it and historically exposed as the cowards they are.

I pray for our country. Because what happened in Tennessee Thursday was an “un-American activity.”

Moving on. Friday’s “Oxymoron of the Day”—Supreme Court ethics.

Thank you for visiting this site. I’d like to invite you to scroll down on our “blog” tab at and read the excellent column posted by our friend and partner Anthony Pittman. Pitt describes the irresponsible and cynical way “The Meedja” manipulated and distorted the coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final between LSU and Iowa and its aftermath.  Pitt nails it.

Peace 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.