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No. Just hell no:

Hell no, Trump’s deliberate attempt to inflate the value of his assets was not a “victimless crime.” You can stop that nonsense right here and right now. Trump dishonestly and illegally obtained lower rates from lenders by lying about his worth. That defrauded banks from earning interest to which they were legally entitled. Honest companies with whom Trump competes were put at a fraudulent disadvantage. The integrity of our financial institutions was jeopardized.  By lying on loan applications, Trump dishonestly and illegally avoided paying $168 million dollars in interest charges. Read the report. It’s all there.Try cheating on your personal taxes and then telling the IRS it was a “victimless crime” and/or that “no one was harmed.”  No. Hell no. Get outta here with that weak stuff.

Hell no. This laundry list of 91 criminal charges against Trump is not a “witch hunt,” “election interference” or “purely partisan politics.”  Sure, when Trump commits crimes—which he clearly has—that has political value to his opponents.  But the value did not create the charges. Trump’s criminal behavior did. Justice is not persecution. No. Hell no. Get outta here with that weak stuff.

Hell no. Dealing with his myriad legal woes is not keeping Trump from running his campaign. His behavior is responsible for that. Try telling a judge that you can’t make your criminal court date because you have a business appointment.  That’s neither the judge’s nor society’s problem. Get outta here with that weak stuff.

No. Hell no. Presidents and former presidents have no “absolute immunity” from criminal prosecution. This absurdity requires no discussion or explanation. So we will elevate this one to “fuck no.” Get outta here with that weak stuff.

No. Hell no. Trump is not a business genius. He is one of the most notable business failures and business frauds in U.S. history. He’s a life-long con. When one of his lies fails, he simply replaces it with a bigger lie. Get outta here with that weak stuff.

No. Hell no. Trump and his MAGA Monkeys are not “defending American values and institutions.” Quite the contrary. They are currently the biggest threat to those principles. Get that weak stuff outta here.

No. Hell no. Under our Constitution, Congress cannot impeach a government official merely on the basis of “I don’t like that boy.” Nah, you can’t impeach folks over mere policy differences or party divides.  Impeachment charges must rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” such as corruption, bribery and treason. Of course, you are free not to like Alejandro Mayorkas or anybody else. But when you attempt to bring impeachment articles you are abusing your office and wasting everybody’s time. Get that weak stuff outta here.

No. Hell no. There are no legitimate grounds to disqualify Fani Willis from prosecuting 14 defendants on election interference charges in Georgia.  Yes, she and Nathan Wade displayed jaw-droppingly poor judgment. But their actions have in no way damaged, compromised or threatened their legal rights and ability to get a fair trial. There’s no connection here.  Think Fani deserves to lose her job for being tone-deaf and unprofessional?  OK. Vote her out next time. But until then, get that weak stuff outta here.

No. Hell no. The United States is not a “Christian Nation.” The founders could not have made that more clear. It’s called the Establishment Clause.

No. Just hell no.

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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.