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Oh, that Joe Biden impeachment inquiry brewing in the House? Never mind, at least for now.  Special Counsel David Weiss Thursday charged former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov with lying. The 43-year old Smirnov has alleged that Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, benefitted from clandestine business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company. Smirnov is charged with lying to the FBI and creating false records. He was arrested Thursday at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas after returning from an overseas trip. Sorry ‘bout that, MAGAs.

Fani Willis screwed up. About that there can be no debate. But her horribly bad judgment has nothing to do with the election-rigging charges pending against Donald Trump and 14 of his goons. Nothing. How have these defendants been damaged? How have Willis and her ex-boyfriend prejudiced the cases against these defendants in any way? But they have provided Trump et al with an opportunity to do what they do best: Deny, Deflect and Delay. Of course, let’s not forget what Fani does best: Chew up and spit out lame hostile attorneys. She just lined ‘em up and shot ‘em down in that evidentiary hearing Thursday. More “Must See TV” coming up this morning. Get your popcorn ready! And, men, don’t forget to ask your wife where she stashes the cash in the house.

I’m adding this distressing news item that broke shortly after 6 a.m. CST. The Russian prison system says that Putin critic Alexey Navalny has did in prison at the age of 47. Navalny was a true freedom fighter, an unfailing humanitarian and a man who ultimately gave his life for the cause of liberty and self-determination. Navalny never waivered, even after Putin’s regime poisoned him with a nerve agent in 2020. He was sentenced in August to 19 years in a maximum security prison.

Alexey Navalny was a hero for those who believe in human dignity. Navalny stood up to Vladimir Putin. We as Americans dare not fail to do the same, without pause or interruption. That includes ongoing support for Ukraine and its people in the face of criminal Russian aggression.

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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.