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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) bill allowing lawmakers to be armed is more self-delusion.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) bill allowing lawmakers to be armed is more self-delusion.

June 19, 2017 Representative Mo Brooks is introducing a bill today in the House of Representatives, Washington, DC, allowing lawmakers to be armed. After all, his name was on the list of those to be killed in last week’s mass shooting at the Republican baseball practice by James Hodgkinson. It sounds like a reasonable solution to the obvious problem of highly-armed constituents traveling hundreds of miles to take a shot at members of Congress. However, guns aren’t the problem. If you’re an elected official and your...

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Foreign and Domestic “enemies”

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Front Page, National Politics, Videos | 0 comments

Foreign and Domestic “enemies”

The United States by any definition is bankrupt and the very people who created the problem have failed to solve this out of control problem in a timely manner work in Congress and in the White House. If you ran the same scheme you would be in prison for stealing and lying. Everyone of them took an oath…”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” What exactly is a DOMESTIC enemy of the United States, could it be some...

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When your application doesn’t get the reaction you want take it to the top.

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

When your application doesn’t get the reaction you want take it to the top.

Note: The following is an email to Mr. Charles G. Koch regarding my application and a rejection letter from his institute. In 2005, Koch Industries, Inc. bought Georgia-Pacific Corporation for $21 billion. April 14, 2017 Mr. Charles G. Koch Chairman of the Board and CEO Koch Industries, Inc. Wichita, KS Mr. Koch,    I recently applied to an ad on LinkedIn with the Charles Koch Institute seeking to fill several positions including a Senior Policy Analyst. Yesterday, I got a rejection letter from Jenna Radford, one of your Talent Acquisition...

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In the company of geniuses v 2.0

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality | 0 comments

In the company of geniuses v 2.0

In the spirit of May being Mental Health Awareness Month enjoy my video from 2014, “In the company of geniuses”. The following short film (18 minutes +/-) is about famous people with a mental illness and how our schools, our teachers, our textbooks failed to mention the connection between their illness of bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia… and their groundbreaking achievements and breakthroughs to generations of American children that later created a false impression and a stigma for those diagnosed with a mental...

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Waiting on your call.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Waiting on your call.

April 27, 2017 Elliot, This week, via email, I discussed your name with Joe Bullard after your failure to call me this week, as earlier promised. Not knowing you, I took your original reply, back in February, at face value. I don’t know if my latest essay about Mayor Stimpson led to you changing your mind about a possible meeting or if you never really intended to meet with me. As CEO and Chairman of Gulf Distributing, I assume you keep your word and that’s the source of your success. How you run Gulf is your business, but how you...

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Mayor Stimpson: He’s done his best.

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Mayor Stimpson: He’s done his best.

April 3, 2017 Mayor Stimpson: He’s done his best. By Ted Burnett If there was ever a candidate who proved that his influence, popularity, and wealth had limits in his hometown of Mobile, AL, it’s Mayor Stimpson. In his first year in office, he was unable to get approval from the Mobile City Council or specifically (Councilman Fred Richardson) for his replacement fire chief, Captain Randy Smith. After losing round one to Fred Richardson (and his gang), Sandy simply quit and never bothered to nominate anyone else. That speaks of a rich...

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U.S. Government fails to catch Russians meddling in 2016 Presidential election.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

U.S. Government fails to catch Russians meddling in 2016 Presidential election.

There’s not another country on Earth with access to more technology and personnel than the United States and when it came to Russian interfering in the 2016 presidential election, we were asleep at the switch. Now, the Senate Foreign Intelligence Committee is trying to appear all stately as it seeks answers as to why Russia and its 4,000 hackers made them and the rest of our federal government look like a bunch of fools! Once again, our politicians and this government is caught with its pants pulled all the way down. Russian...

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No alcohol, no Mardi Gras!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

No alcohol, no Mardi Gras!

Cowboys get tied up in controversy Rob, [Holbert, Co-editor of Lagniappe Publishing] When you say that the Comic Cowboys make fun of “the rich, famous and politically powerful” know that they’re the rich, famous, political powerful and the wannabes. Who exactly do you thing is in it? Every judge and lawyer, businessman and politician in town with the right pedigree. A lot of energy goes into making Mardi Gras happen each year and it’s mostly negative. A lot of people getting drunk and making fools of themselves all...

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More mail from The White House (Obama)

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

More mail from The White House (Obama)

The White House, Washington January 17, 2017   Dear Ted: One of the most important things I’ve done as President is read messages from Americans like you. And whether you sat down to write me a letter back in 2009 or just last week, I wanted to say thank you for writing. Letters like yours have given me the chance to hear the real stories that make up the ever changing narrative of America. They are stories of your setbacks and successes, your fears and your hopes not just for today—but for the country and the world we’ll leave to our...

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Auburn Trustees say, “No!”

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Alabama Politics | 0 comments

Auburn Trustees say, “No!”

trustees@auburn.edu To ted@tedburnett.com Today at 9:41 AM Dear Thomas (Ted) Burnett, Thank you for your interest in serving on the Auburn University Board of Trustees. The Trustee Selection Committee has identified seven (7) individuals to be interviewed on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The selected nominees are listed below: Lloyd J. Austin, III Cheryl Casey Raymond J. Harbert Melissa B. Herkt Anita G. Newcomb Quentin P. Riggins Walter S. Woltosz This process will remain open for all applicants until such time that the committee recommends...

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Mr. Blackmon (the privileged few versus the rest of America. ) — Part II

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, National Politics | 0 comments

Mr. Blackmon (the privileged few versus the rest of America. ) — Part II

Mr. Blackmon, Thanks for the reply. You’re correct about your guest and that particular American Forum episode. You speak of American Presidents. I’ve long been a fan of our founding fathers especially Thomas Jefferson. They had a wisdom that seems to be lacking in our American Presidents, Congress and in Washington, today. Our country has enjoyed much success over our entire history and from the 1940’s through 2000 and that success has impacted how our president’s govern. They no longer want to speak the truth or do...

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PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Education, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

Ted Burnett To Ted Burnett dab5wd@virginia.edu CC Congressman Bradley Byrne Senator Richard Shelby Dr. Larry J. Sabato Lucien Bass Martha Roby Paula A. Kerger Today at 1:42 PM Mr. Blackmon, The following email is written out of great respect, I’ve watched your program and others most weeks on PBS. However, after the attacks of 9/11, two prolonged wars with no victories and the 2008 global credit crisis, the home foreclosure crisis that led to mass unemployment while an education arms race took place driving up the cost of a college...

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Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

trustee@auburn.edu To ted@tedburnett.com Dec 19 at 1:32 PM Thomas (Ted) Burnett: Thank you for completing your nomination to serve as an at-large member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees – The Trustee selection committee will review all submitted material and identify candidates [approx. 10 to 12] to be interviewed for the three open at-large positions – Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – For those selected to be interviewed, you will be requested to meet in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the State Capitol...

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GulfQuest: God is in the details.

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Business, Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

GulfQuest: God is in the details.

November 6, 2016 GulfQuest: God is in the details. By Ted Burnett We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. – Dave Ramsey (1960- ) An American financial author, radio host and TV personality. If there was ever a project where the details were ignored, where they got overlooked; it would have to be GulfQuest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s soon to be known as the federal government’s next boondoggle. The ship-shaped building blew its budget with years of cost...

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Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest…

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Economy, Front Page | 0 comments

Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest…

November 6, 2016 Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest… By Ted Burnett As a resident of Mobile, why not tell the rest of the Malcom Purcell McLean’s story? GulfQuest comes up well short of honoring him and his revolutionary accomplishment. The United States is lined with maritime museums on all three coastlines plus along the Great Lakes. The reason GulfQuest is a five-story building is to accommodate McLean’s idea of containerization while giving visitors “a walk through a ship” experience....

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Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Economy, Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

October 28, 2016 Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015. By Ted Burnett The Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) continues to lose ground to its rival Pensacola International Airport (PNS) in air passenger traffic, according to the latest FAA numbers, released in September.  Mobile Regional (MOB) and Gulfport-Biloxi International (GPT) Airports, both, fell in U.S. rankings from 162 to 163 (-1) and from 149 to 153 (-4), respectively while Pensacola held its same position at 98. In 2015, fewer passengers...

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The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum (October 14, 2016) — YouTube video

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Human Growth and Development, Spirituality, The Live Oak Forum, Videos | 0 comments

The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum (October 14, 2016) — YouTube video

This was the second Live Oak Forum held on October 14, 2016, in downtown Mobile, AL, at the Holiday Inn. The speakers were: 1) Alabama-born and internationally-known artist “Nall”, Fairhope, AL (“Expressing one’s truth through art.”) 2) David Clark, General Manager at The Beach Club, Gulf Shores, AL (“Earning the right to lead through servant leadership.”)Playing time:...

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The Second Live Oak Forum (October 2016): Opening Remarks

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Education, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality, The Live Oak Forum | 0 comments

The Second Live Oak Forum (October 2016): Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks: Good morning and welcome to The SECOND!! Live Oak Forum. (Can we get a round of applause?) My name is Ted Burnett and I am the Founder, the Event Organizer of this Forum and today’s Master of Ceremonies. Let me take a minute to restate why I’m here at this event, once again. I’ve spent the past 27 years of my life seeing the value of personal growth through facing my own fears and problems (both, large and small) while pursuing many opportunities that came my way. Both, the problems and the opportunities, have taught me...

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Front Page, International Politics, Judicial System/Law, National Politics | 0 comments

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process.  Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to...

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Lagniappe: Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US??

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Lagniappe: Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US??

Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US (Ashley Trice, Co-Publisher and Editor of The Lagniappe) Ashley, I have been a longtime fan of Mobile, but I’ve also become one of its biggest critics. My criticism of the city has come with my travels to other cities and what I’ve experienced. I lived in Atlanta, GA for two years, enjoying the entertainment and restaurants that go along with big cities. I attended several Braves games at Turner Field. I saw some great plays in local playhouses. Van Gogh’s Starry Night came to...

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An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness | 0 comments

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

September 11, 2016 An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee… A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. – Clive James (1939-) An Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist In 2013, I had the audacity, some might say, to nominate myself to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame.  It’s one of two halls of fame that I have an interest in being nominated into.  The other being where I graduated from college,...

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The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality, The Live Oak Forum | 0 comments

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum. FOR RELEASE August 14, 2016 Media Contact: Ted Burnett, ted@tedburnett.com The Live Oak Forum announces its line up for The Fall Breakfast at The Live Oak Forum on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Historic Holiday Inn, in downtown Mobile, AL.  The doors open at 8 am and breakfast is served.  The program begins at 8:30 am.  Nall will tell his story, as well as,  speak on the impact of creativity on communities.  He will be joined by David Clark, General Manager...

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The British – the Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

The British – the Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment

christopher.ingraham@washpost.com Christopher, Re: British – Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment It sounds like you know a lot about American history while working in Washington of all places, as a journalist.  If the British Army (red coats) were the American colonists standing army as some might want to believe then please explain how the American Revolution (1775-83) would’ve ever gotten started?  Remember that the Red Coats had the guns, we (George Washington and the founding fathers didn’t) because the British...

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Needs and Wants

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Needs and Wants

May 28, 2016 Needs and Wants By Ted Burnett Most of the things we buy are wants. And we call them needs, but they’re wants. – Dave Ramsey An American financial author, radio host and TV personality. (1960- ) Dear Mobile County (AL) Commissioners Hudson, Ludgood and Carl, I’m writing in response to the cover story, “Lofty Goals”, which appeared recently in The Lagniappe about the proposed $60 million soccer ($20 million) and aquatic complex near the I-10 and I-65 interchange.  I’ve been following this story with great interest since its...

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Lawyers gone bad.

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Front Page, Judicial System/Law | 0 comments

Lawyers gone bad.

May 21, 2016 G. Blane Clark, Jr., Managing Partner Kean Miller, LLP Baton Rouge, LA blane.clark@keanmiller.com Re: Carey Messina Dear Mr. Clark, In November of 2013, I was referred to one of your attorneys, Carey J. Messina to represent me in a Louisiana family succession case that was going nowhere after three years of deceit and lies by my uncle, Jimmy, a licensed attorney, in Shreveport, LA. As of late, I’ve become very unhappy with Carey’s management of my case and his protection of my assets. On March 11, 2010, my grandmother, Ava...

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Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Front Page, Mental Illness, National Politics, Videos | 0 comments

Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

I gave a 30-minute speech to a local NAMI group about my story on mental illness, the impact of denial by the patient, the stigma by society and whether one should work before taking questions from the group. My website: www.tedburnett.com. I’m available for public speaking, traveling from Daphne, Alabama, out of PNS or MOB. I charge a modest speaking fee for my travel time. Sound quality maybe so so. Running time: 48:32 Contact information: Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street Suite B-105 Daphne, Alabama 36526 USA C: 251-709-0280 E:...

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Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Business, Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, The Live Oak Forum, Videos | 0 comments

Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)…(click on video) Our first speaker is Aaron Beam. Aaron was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. He was a co-founder and first CFO of HealthSouth Corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. Aaron is married to his wife, Phyllis, of 45 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and he later got an associate’s degree in Turf Management in Faulkner State Junior College, all of which he will soon explain. Our second speaker is Eric Nager. He grew up on the Eastern...

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The Live Oak Forum (April 2016): Opening Remarks

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Human Growth and Development | 0 comments

The Live Oak Forum (April 2016): Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks: Good morning and welcome to The Inaugural Live Oak Forum. My name is Ted Burnett and I am the Founder of this Forum and today’s Master of Ceremonies. Since announcing this event earlier in the year, I have frequently been asked, “What is the purpose of the Live Oak Forum?” For me, it’s never been an easy one-sentence elevator pitch. To answer this question, I have to explain a little about my own life. After 4 years of drinking while in high school, I got sober at the age of 18. I went on to spend the next 22 years of the...

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Dear Representative Bradley Byrne

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in National Politics | 0 comments

Note: The following email is addressed to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District (Southwest Alabama). December 9, 2015 Congressman Byrne, When I recently spoke with you, I mentioned that this country is becoming too expensive to live in. Healthcare and Higher Education are breaking the bank of families and individuals. This government continues to raid the Social Security Trust Fund to tune of $150 billion, this year. In the coming weeks, the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will...

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That won’t fly!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Alabama Politics, Economy, Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

That won’t fly!

December 27, 2015 That won’t fly! By Ted Burnett Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion and adoption. – John Stuart Mill, English Philosopher (1806-1873) Mobile has long been called “the city of perpetual potential”. To me, this decades-old phrase had always been a theoretical way to somehow explain why the city has repeatedly failed to live up to its full potential, wasting each passing opportunity, while time and the rest of the world march on. Never in my wildest imagination would this concept become all...

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The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in National Politics | 0 comments

The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

Note: I recently shared my latest essay on Congress robbing the Social Security Trust Fund with the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the leadership from both parties. I specifically sought a response from the new speaker. Here it is… Ted Burnett Daphne, AL December 23, 2015 Ted Burnett Philosopher and writer 500 Lincoln Street, Apt. B105 Daphne, AL 36526 Dear Ted: Thank you for contacting me regarding federal spending and H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. I appreciate you taking the time...

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Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Note: The following email is addressed to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District (Southwest Alabama). December 9, 2015 Congressman Byrne, When I recently spoke with you, I mentioned that this country is becoming too expensive to live in. Healthcare and Higher Education are breaking the bank of families and individuals. This government continues to raid the Social Security Trust Fund to tune of $150 billion, this year. In the coming weeks, the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will...

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Do #BlackLivesMatter?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Education, Front Page, Judicial System/Law, National Politics | 0 comments

Do #BlackLivesMatter?

November 12, 2015 Do #BlackLivesMatter? By Ted Burnett I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence. – Malcolm X (1925-1965 (assassinated)) As a political writer, many people upon meeting me for the first time assume that I do a lot of writing given all the newsworthy material coming out of Washington, across the country and around the world. In reality, I write very little while taking a long view towards the subject matter that I do cover. Since...

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No Pain, No Gain

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Addictions, Economy, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

No Pain, No Gain

September 17, 2015 No Pain, No Gain By Ted Burnett There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung, 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist I’ve spent my entire life, all 44 years, living with alcoholics and drug addicts, their families and friends. As a child, I played with them in the neighborhood and later I partied with them on Friday nights. I went to school and to college with them. I even worked with them. As an addict, I grew up seeking the next big thrill while trying to avoid pain, at all cost. I’ve watched a...

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Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Alabama Politics, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Note: The following is my response to Representative Bradley Byrne’s (R-AL) commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal. His original comments follow mine. September 13, 2015 Bradley [Byrne], U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District of Alabama By what measure? Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the United States looks like a sinking ship, like a burning Rome with a growing national debt at $18 trillion that Congress simply ignores. Where three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid’s unfunded mandates total $127...

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From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Education, Human Growth and Development | 0 comments

From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

August 10, 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you for applying to the Emerging Leaders program at Harvard Kennedy School of Education. Your background and experience are exceptional, and we believe that you would make a strong contribution to this year’s program. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, we must place your application, along with a high number of other qualified applicants on a waiting list for the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session. If space becomes...

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Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Education, Human Growth and Development | 0 comments

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Dear Mr. Ted Burnett, Thank you for your interest in Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programs. We have received your application to the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session of the Emerging Leaders program. Your application will be carefully reviewed by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions are typically made within three weeks of receiving a completed application. Once a decision is made, the Program Director will be in touch with you. To check on the status of your application, you can log into...

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Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Alabama Politics, Judicial System/Law, National Politics | 0 comments

Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

To: Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com I read your tweet that appeared in a story, in today’s Huffington Post where you placed demands on South Carolina’s government to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol’s grounds. See below… Marc Benioff @Benioff I agree @MittRomney: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove to honor victims. 2:54 PM – 20 Jun 2015 As a southerner from Alabama and a thinking man, what’s the difference in flying the...

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Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Addictions, Economy, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

May 31, 2015 Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being. By Ted Burnett For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? – Jesus Christ (0-33 A.D., Troublemaker to some and Savior to many.) As the U.S. and much of the industrial world struggle to recover economically from the 2008 global credit crisis, the Federal Reserve’s policy to keep interest rates artificially low to spur new growth among businesses, through...

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Mobile’s Big Band Society playing at Bayfront Park

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Mobile Politics, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Mobile’s Big Band Society playing at Bayfront Park

Published on May 19, 2015 The Mobile Big Band Society played at Daphne, AL’s Bayfront Park. A 2 minute clip of Mobile’s Big Band Society.

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Judicial System/Law, Mental Illness | 0 comments

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with...

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Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Education, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality | 0 comments

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Note: Dr. David G. Bronner is the CEO of the Alabama Retirement System, which manages pensions for, both, state employees and public school teachers. The system’s assets include buildings in New York (Manhattan), Mobile, AL and Montgomery, AL, golf courses and resorts, newspapers, a cable-TV network and stocks. The fund is currently valued at $28 billion.  Minor edits have been made. April 4, 2015 Up in lights — for mental health awareness month? By Ted Burnett Dr. Bronner, May is national mental health awareness month. In...

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From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

March 30, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for contacting me about President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On February 11, 2015, President Obama submitted to Congress an authorization for the use of U.S. military force against ISIS. The proposal would formally authorize continuous U.S. military operations against ISIS or forces associated with this terrorist group for three years, and would repeal the 2002 AUMF used by the Bush...

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A letter from President Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development | 0 comments

A letter from President Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation

Several weeks ago, I received a broadcast email from the MacArthur Foundation where they announced their new president, Julia Stasch, a longtime executive and the interim president with the foundation.  For several years, I’ve been sharing my commentaries with the previous president, Robert Gallucci, for the following reason.  Annually, the MacArthur Foundation names some 20-40 recipients known as the MacArthur Fellows who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work“.  The program has no...

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Another letter from The White House: ISIS

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

Another letter from The White House: ISIS

The White House Washington March 25, 2015 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have been meeting regularly with my national security team to implement the strategy I outlined last year to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria. ISIL poses a threat to the Middle East, to the international community, and to our Nation, and we will continue to meet ISIL’s atrocities with the undeterred and united resolve of the international community. Part of the reason I ran for this Office was to end our foreign wars and welcome our troops home....

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Congress: No skin in the game.

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Congress: No skin in the game.

March 24, 2015 Congress: No skin in the game. By Ted Burnett Representative Byrne (R-AL), I think the time has come to ask members of Congress to start “feeling the country’s pain” even if the financial sacrifice is just symbolic. Its time for these millionaire public servants, your colleagues in the House and in the Senate to take a pay cut especially those who have access to family fortunes. For Congress not to suffer while the rest of the nation does and already has — is quite the joke. I guess I’m asking too...

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Iran: Take a walk in their shoes

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

Iran: Take a walk in their shoes

March 8, 2015 Iran: Take a walk in their shoes By Ted Burnett U.S. Representative Byrne (R-AL), Today, we (the world) are living with the failed, know-it-all policies from the West, the Bush Administration that just had to invade Iraq, at all cost, following 9/11. The unforeseen consequences of this war, beginning in 2003, have escalated beyond what anyone could have ever imagined taking place in the Middle East. Our failure to see the other side, to hear out the minority opinion before 9/11 has constantly led to our false belief that we have...

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A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

Congress of the United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515-0508 March 2, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for taking the time to express your opinions about an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue. As our nation confronts the ISIS threat, President Obama has engaged Congress in determining the United States strategy to degrade and destroy these brutal terrorists. A key part of Congress’ responsibility is to debate and pass a new...

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Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Business, Economy, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

http://www.wtvm.com/story/28197426/mayor-stimpson-invites-citizens-to-attend-tourism-town-hall — on Friday, February 27, 2015, 9 am — 11:30 am at the Mobile Convention Center. Admission is free. February 26, 2015 Sandy, Mobile’s lack of tourism is really a reflection of the city’s quality of life offered to its residents, the attitudes and the narrow thinking of its old residents. Much damage was done to Mobile’s downtown and psyche following the closure of Brookley Field Air Force Base, in 1969. Homes and...

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Economy, Front Page, International Politics, National Politics, Videos | 0 comments

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Note: Minor edits have been made. The following email is addressed to Mr. Richard Fisher, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He’s featured in the documentary, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. See the embedded film below.  All of the regional presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank were Cc:ed. February 17, 2015 Mr. Richard W. Fisher President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Mr. Fisher, This past week, I discovered on NetFlix the film, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, and I found it to...

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 Ted Burnett: I'm an American thought leader and pioneer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health. I write about the role that integrity, dignity, sanity play, as well as, on the topics of spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. I produce and deliver original, world-class commentaries on business, political, social and spiritual matters to a global audience of world leaders, chief executives and key decision makers, top faculty and notables in the fields of academia, banking, business, foundations, government (including heads of state, lawmakers and governors), healthcare, media, non-profits and policy institutes. Website: www.tedburnett.com