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WPMI Local 15 interview about Petition to Move Airport Back to Brookley Aeroplex

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Business, Economy, Mobile Politics, Videos | 0 comments

WPMI Local 15 interview about Petition to Move Airport Back to Brookley Aeroplex

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) – An online petition to move Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley Aeroplex is taking flight in Mobile. Ted Burnett of Daphne is spearheading the petition and says the move would help the city to have a more centrally located airport, as well as increase air passenger traffic and boost economic development. Burnett believes the airport’s current location in west Mobile is inconvenient and far away from hotels and businesses. “It’s difficult to get on from I-10 and it’s not easy for anybody other than the people...

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Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Business, Economy, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.

Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.                  

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Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Business, Economy, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Note: The following is an email exchange between economist and college professor Mark Skousen and myself. Some minor edits have been made. December 13, 2014   Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants By Ted Burnett Mark, One of the essays that I hope to write is a comparison of medieval castles in Europe, how so many of them are now abandoned and the state of America. These structures once protected their owners (kings, queens or lords), maybe their subjects and all their worldly possessions. With their thick stone walls and...

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Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Addictions, Alabama Politics, Business, Economy, Environment, Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 5, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide....

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Dear Mayor Stimpson — Your 1st Year Performance Review

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Front Page, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Dear Mayor Stimpson — Your 1st Year Performance Review

November 21, 2014   Mayor William S. Stimpson The City of Mobile 205 Government Street Mobile, AL 36602 Dear Mayor Stimpson: I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. – Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) A German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. October marked the end of your first year in office. Earlier this month, two local media outlets reviewed your job performance; one even sought input from citizens. Both gave you passing grades, an A- and a B-, respectively. I...

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Gabby Get Your Gun

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Gabby Get Your Gun

Note: The following email is addressed to Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, who run a PAC (Americans for Responsible Solutions) to support candidates who are for gun-control. This email was written in response to their latest email blast seeking financial support. Some minor edits have been made. October 20, 2014 Gabby Get Your Gun By Ted Burnett Is there any real difference between gun violence in America and war? What would Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the non-violent Civil Rights movement in the South to end desegregation,...

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From The White House

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, National Politics | 0 comments

From The White House

The White House Washington October 8, 2014 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective. The needs of people with mental illnesses have gone unaddressed for far too long. Since the first White House Conference on Mental Health over a decade ago, doctors and researchers have made extraordinary progress in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, and promoting mental health. Yet, many families still lack access to the treatments and...

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My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, National Politics, Videos | 0 comments

My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

September 15, 2014 If you missed the live broadcast of my radio interview, here’s your chance to listen to the podcast. The interview starts at the beginning of the show and it’s about 50 minutes...

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Risk averse

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

Risk averse

Introduction If you missed your first chance to watch my short film, In the company of geniuses, I would encourage you to check it out. It’s been well-received. Here’s another chance… YouTube: http://youtu.be/3iClXzj32xo?list=UUG_arS5C4wdc4c6KorfrCwg “This 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...

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In the company of geniuses

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Education, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

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 illness. Rather than appreciate the mentally ill or have empathy for them, to often there’s fear and hate for this...

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Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Economy, Human Growth and Development, Mobile Politics, Videos | 0 comments

Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Note: The following short-film (6 minutes) is a one-man campaign, with the support of friends, to encourage the mayor of Mobile, Sandy Stimpson, and members of the Mobile City Council to move our under served airport (MOB) in West Mobile back to its original home at Brookley Field. July 26, 2014 Moving Mobile Forward – >> By Ted Burnett First Step To Achieving Our Dreams… Move “MOB” back to Brookley Field “I actually support that idea, and I have for some time…” U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne 1st...

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Talk #7: Getting Honest (Part 3)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Talk #7: Getting Honest (Part 3)

  Description:   Getting Honest, the benefits and liabilities, integrity, dignity, sanity, dishonest, cope, survive, insanity, home, church, school, society, lose our innocence, telling the truth, telling lies, lying stress all relationships, avoid reality, unable to face the truth, pain and suffering, drugs of choice, spiritual bankruptcy, rebirth, Living in the NOW, state of awakening, conscious, secrets, reclaim our sanity, regain dignity and integrity,   This seventh video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay and the Fairhope...

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Talk #6 Getting Honest (Part 2)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Talk #6 Getting Honest (Part 2)

Description: spiritual awakening, Father Joseph Martin, chalk talks, alcoholism, AA, Melody Beattie, Codependency No More, John Bradshaw, author and speaker, Bradshaw on: The Family, PBS, spiritual life, Father Anthony de Mello (a Jesuit priest from India and author of Awareness, Song of Bird, de Mello talks on YouTube, integrity, dignity, sanity, at birth, facing our problems, solving problems, organized religion, the God within, insanity, schools, teachers and coaches, direction and personal satisfaction, tests over talents, school is an...

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Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

    Description: Getting honest, spirituality, truth, searching for the truth, drinking problem, learning disability, benefits and liabilities, unexpected relief, personal truths, source of pain, self-esteem, self-worth, self-hate, telling lies, getting caught, life experience, master and student, facing reality, stop running and start facing our problems, new problems, consciousness, denial, procrastination, emotional and spiritual development, building character, changing man, an evolving person, Madison Avenue, twenty-something,...

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Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Subject matter: Spirituality, Living in reality, letting go of the past, projecting the future, Now, Getting honest, a logical vs. illogical life, pursuing what you want, taking risks, solving problems, happiness, peace of mind.   This fourth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay on June 19, 2014.   www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com   Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #4: More on Spirituality (Part 2)” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://wwwtedburnett.com. I can be contacted...

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Talk #3: Spirituality

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Talk #3: Spirituality

  Description: Spirituality, Living in reality, Facing past and current problems and learning to solve large and small ones.  Conquering our fears with faith in God, courage and strength.  Growing up.  Being a survivor. nature vs. artificial. This third video was shot at Bayfront Park in Daphne, AL overlooking Mobile Bay on June 18, 2014. Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #3: Spirituality” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://www.tedburnett.com. I can be contacted via email at –...

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Ted Burnett’s second video shot overlooking Mobile Bay, on June 16, 2014.

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Human Growth and Development, Judicial System/Law, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

The following 7 minute video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay on the afternoon of June 16, 2014.  Its my first video in almost a year.  I’m standing behind the camera and my voice can be heard in the background.  Look for more videos in the near future.

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USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Mental Illness, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

Note: An email to Gabrielle Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions.May 29, 2014  Gabby, I live across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. I caught your recent visit to the port city for “the laying of the keel” ceremony for your new combat ship, on the local news. Given the unique qualifications for naming a Navy ship after a living person, it seems to me that a person who nearly died from an assassination attempt and who lost members of her staff and even constituents from that event might want to pass-on...

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My thoughts on last night’s community meeting with Mayor Stimpson.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

My thoughts on last night’s community meeting with Mayor Stimpson.

Note:  This community meeting with Mayor Sandy Stimpson was held on April 7, 2014. April 8, 2014   Sandy, Last night’s community meeting, which appeared to be a success, focused extensively of litter, blight and the new coal terminal. I took the opportunity to question the added value of this type of a facility to our waterfront and to our quality of life. Fines were mentioned as a possible way to get the attention of citizens and residents to curb the throwing of trash from the car window into city streets. My question to you...

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USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014.

Note: The following is a series of email exchanges from me to Mayor Sandy Stimpson and the Mobile City Council about the city’s latest ranking on Gallup’s list of best and worst cities for well-being published in the USA Today, on March 25, 2014.  I received a response from the mayor’s chief of staff, Colby Cooper, the mayor’s communications director, George Talbot, and the mayor, himself.  Some minor edits have been made. March 26, 2014 USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014....

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David and Goliath

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

David and Goliath

Introduction Last week, I wrote to Hon. David M. Walker (the former United States Comptroller General ((1998-2008)) seeking an update from him on the state of the union and his intended plans.  In our previous phone call and email exchanges over the past year, Dave expressed an interest to leave Connecticut for “somewhere warm”, if the president and Congress couldn’t come together to pass new legislation, by 2015, that rewrote the rules on how just three social programs operate (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security), which makes up...

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Is Mayor Stimpson too nice for the city of Mobile, Alabama?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

December 28, 2013 Is Mayor Stimpson too nice for the city of Mobile, Alabama? By Ted Burnett Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator and author (1909-2005)  Disclosure: I grew up with some of Sandy Stimpson’s younger cousins and nephews. I know his brother-in-law, Richard Miller of Brewton, AL. While a student in high school, I once did some contract work at his family business, Gulf Lumber Company....

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The Camp by Tommy Burnett (2013)

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Addictions, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

The Camp by Tommy Burnett (2013)

Note: The following is the second of two stories written by my late father. December 3, 2013 Introduction to “The Camp” “The Camp” was first written in the spring of 1995 while my father was working as a project manager for a Louisiana-based construction company on a construction project in Warner Robins, Georgia. His firm was a subcontractor in the construction of a new Frito-Lay® plant. During his downtime while at the job site and possibly in his apartment he penned the following story. I have always described it to others as being about...

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An email to the new mayor: Two of Mobile’s most crippling problems — affecting the city of “perpetual potential”.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

Note: The following email is addressed to the new Mayor of Mobile, AL, Sandy Stimpson. December 9, 2013 Sandy, The following analogy came to me as I was driving to Mobile for lunch, on Sunday.  I thought I would sit on the idea for use at a later date, but I’ve since changed my mine.  I’ve long known, as a fourth-generation resident, that Mobile has lots of exclusive and often unspoken clubs and memberships due to birth, religion, education, neighborhoods…, like most old cities and towns do, but a recent discussion with a...

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July 24 by Tommy Burnett (2013)

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Addictions, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

July 24 by Tommy Burnett (2013)

November 2, 2013 Introduction to “July 24” October marked the sixty-eight birthday of my late father, Tommy. He died fifteen years ago at the age of 53, in November 1998, from chronic alcoholism. Only months before dying “unexpectedly” this Vietnam Veteran would reveal in writing, for the first time, to my family including his eighty-three-year-old mother and his older brother, an unbelievable secret from his exposure to war, in 1968. His confession came as a complete shock and devastated, both, my mother and me. Having long viewed his life...

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President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Front Page, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.

Note: The following is an email exchange with Jan McNamara, an executive with PBS, in response to my complaint over Mark Shields’ recent comments made on inside Washington about the president.  Some minor edits have been made. October 31, 2013 President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team. By Ted Burnett To: Jan McNamara, Sr. Director and Sr. Strategist, Corporate Communications, PBS [Public Broadcasting Service] Cc: Senator Jeff Sessions (AL-R) Senator Richard Shelby (AL-R) Senator Mitch McConnell (KY-R) Senator Rand Paul...

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Maturation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

Maturation

Introduction Since writing to you in early July, I’ve had several more opportunities presented to me.  In my last essay, “Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?”, I mentioned Mark Skousen, PhD and his annual conference at Las Vegas known as “FreedomFest”.  Mark reported back to me that they had 2,500 attendees for the three-day event and that it was very successful.  John Stossel of Fox Business News hosted a panel discussion on this year’s theme, “Are We Rome?” (Clink on link).  Mark was so happy with my...

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Linkedin: Choice and Its Vicissitudes: A Lesson in How Science Works by Barry Schwartz — my response

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130824120435-91343717-choice-and-it-s-vississitudes-a-lesson-in-how-science-works?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_1August 25, 2012 Humanity is all screwed up and this piece doesn’t help to explain it. Most Americans live an unhappy, unconscious and soulless life. Our culture and its many institutions, as well as, through marketing and advertising have trained us to look outwardly, make endless purchases to solve an inside problem – to solve an empty, a lonely and a loveless life. We lack “a...

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My response to the Sam Jones for mayor commercial on his Facebook page

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

(Note: Some edits have been made.) August 15, 2013 “Mayor Dow, The following are my comments to the Sam Jones for Mayor TV commercial that you appeared in. It recently aired on TV and was posted on his Facebook page, today. “In the eight years that Sam Jones has been mayor of Mobile, the cities of Saraland and Chickasaw have taken bold action by taking ownership of educating their children with the creation of their own school systems, why has Mobile forced black, white and Latino families to accept the mediocrity of the Mobile...

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Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements — my response

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Alabama Politics, Education, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

(Note: Some minor edits have been made.) August 6, 2013  Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements [at Mobile County Public School System, Alabama] http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=6652&sid=1 At the age of 42, I’ve become a pretty big critic of education, both, private and public, as well as, higher education.  Much of education is artificial in nature — the length of the school year, the selected curriculum, the number of days spent covering the material, the...

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The Ted Burnett Radio Show (Coming this fall.)

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Ted Burnett Radio Show on blogtalkradio.com(Coming this fall, 2013)

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Ted Burnett’s introductory video as an American philosopher and writer.

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Human Growth and Development, National Politics, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

This is my first video shot overlooking Mobile Bay (Daphne, Alabama), in May 2013. For more information on me, you can visit my website at www.tedburnett.com Over eighty commentaries can be read on my blog at www.toxicnationus.com Copyright © 2013 by Ted Burnett.  All Rights...

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An interview with Jennifer Meadows and Josh Bernstein on the Grit and Grace Radio Show.

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Addictions, Human Growth and Development, National Politics, Spirituality, Videos | 0 comments

Listen to internet radio with Grit and Grace on BlogTalkRadio Click on the above “arrow” to play my first radio interview as a writer.   The interview starts at the 35:00 mark in the show (45 minutes long).  This internet audience has around 800 listeners. (Starts at the 35:00 mark.) The interview was recorded on July 9,...

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Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Economy, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

IntroductionSince I last wrote to you, in early May, several interesting opportunities fell in my lap.  First, I was contacted by two members of this audience requesting that I call-in on their radio shows after they received my latest essay. However, I have a poor history with public speaking so I deferred their offers to a later date.  Anticipating more of these types of situations coming my way, I’ve made a conscious decision to work on developing some strategies and aids that lets me work around these weaknesses while gaining some...

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What does it take to make democracy work as it should?

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

What does it take to make democracy work as it should?

Introduction If you haven’t already figured this out by now, know that “life” is simply a series of problems from birth to death, from our beginning to our end.  Even our own birth was fraught with peril as our death could be, if it’s not sudden, quick and painless.  This may be seen as a pessimistic view on life, but it can also be the starting point for taking full responsibility for our lives, for our problems (both, new and old) and any opportunities that come our way while making the remaining years of life – our best!  Knowing how to...

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The case of Ted Burnett vs. Coursera, Inc. — Dear President Naylor

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Education, Front Page, Mental Illness | 0 comments

Introduction In my second year of this writing project (2008), I began to enjoy some success after adding faculty from, both, Harvard College and Yale.  What might have seemed like a man’s final steps in reaching the pinnacle of academia and the high watermark for this endeavor became just another stepping stone that would serve as a launching pad for taking my message across the country and around the world.  With their names in my audience, it gave me instant credibility and critical leverage.  I soon was crossing the...

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My response to — Linkedin: Would you rather be honest and lose or dishonest and win?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

Linkedin: I’d Rather Be Honest and Lose Than Be Dishonest and Win (Note: A few minor edits have been made.) January 31, 2013 My response – Linkedin: Would you rather be honest and lose or dishonest and win? By Ted Burnett I’ve been in the truth-telling business for the past 23 years. The first truth that I ever told was when I admitted to myself and to others that I had a drinking problem and that I needed help. At 18, I attended my first AA meeting and went continuously for the next 22 years. More personal truths were soon...

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America – “She’s brain dead.”

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Addictions, Front Page, Human Growth and Development, National Politics | 0 comments

America – “She’s brain dead.”

January 6, 2013 America – “She’s brain dead.” By Ted Burnett Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  – Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister of Great Britain (1874-1965) If Washington’s mishandling of the “fiscal cliff” demonstrated one thing to me, it’s that our elected officials can no longer govern on behalf of the nation.  It’s as though the body no longer has a functioning brain to make accurate and timely decisions...

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My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman on the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Economy, National Politics | 0 comments

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/perspective-on-the-deal/?comments#permid=109 January 1, 2013 By Ted Burnett It’s obvious that Paul and many pundits have never fought in the trenches nor have they led an army of any size into war and come out victorious. The United States is bankrupt and the response to our crisis is nonexistent. We have dug ourselves into a deep hole and we’re arguing about how much dirt to put back in the hole. Will it be one or two shovel fulls, not a backhoe’s worth. If this were a football...

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What the brain doesn’t know could kill it.

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Addictions, Economy, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

December 27, 2012 What the brain doesn’t know could kill it. (My response to a Linkedin discussion on drug addiction.) By Ted Burnett The sole purpose of a drug, of all drugs is to numb the central nervous system of pain. Americans and America is facing a crisis of survival and yet the brain doesn’t know this information, nobody knows this information because the body has been put to sleep. Given the spiritual crisis, the emotional and financial crisis, the mental and physical crisis, there’s no appropriate response by the...

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My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman’s When Prophecy Fails

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Economy, Front Page, National Politics | 0 comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/opinion/krugman-when-prophecy-fails.html?_r=0  December 24, 2012 My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman’s When Prophecy Fails By Ted Burnett The United States and its people have become a bunch of emotional and spiritual cripples.  We’re incapable of walking and running on our own two feet because our psychological wounds are being treated with drugs and lots of denial that never heal and not with sunlight and the truth.  The drugs are simply pain killers that allow the infection,...

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An introduction and emails to David M. Walker, Founder and CEO of Comeback America Initiative

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in National Politics | 0 comments

Introduction My last essay, At the Heart of Climate Change, caused quite a stir.  I lost some twenty professors from top schools (double the norm), but I also got my share of accolades and one odd request.  My favorite response was simply…  “Hi Ted,  Thank you!”[Name withheld], Associate Professor Columbia UniversityNew York, NY  Her reply evoked a “wow!” from within me.  I liked it.  On the other hand, a professor at USC’s Marshall Business School who will also remain anonymous asked me the following,...

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Lagniappe: A letter to the editor on bullying in school

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Alabama Politics, Education, Mobile Politics | 0 comments

November 29, 2012 A letter to the editor: I’ve been on both sides of this equation.  I’ve been a victim, a bully and again a victim.  My first “bully” wasn’t a fellow student, but the nameless, faceless, religious and bureaucratic system known as Catholic education with its sheep for teachers that deemed themselves as being experts in education when they were anything, but.  My intelligence and that of my classmates was assaulted, daily and for years.  Most don’t know it.  According to...

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At the heart of climate change

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Economy, Environment, Front Page, International Politics, National Politics | 0 comments

Introduction Last year, I added the faculties from three top-ranked medical schools – Harvard, Penn and Johns Hopkins to my audience.  Having an awareness of the reputation of Harvard’s School of Public Health, I told myself that I would one day return and add this graduate school, as well.  In October 2012, I did just that, as well as, adding two other top schools – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.   Enjoy! Ted   P > 14,500...

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Are we trying to cure the infection or the fever?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Front Page, National Politics, Spirituality | 0 comments

Note: The following essay was debuted on The Huffington Post, on September 14, 2012.  Click on the link to check it out: Are we trying to cure the infection or the fever?  Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, has been in this audience since 2010.  During a recent email exchange, she invited me to add my voice to her site.  This is the first attempt to get one of my essays posted or published by online or print media beyond a LTE. Enjoy!Ted September 9, 2012 Are we trying to...

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What inspires leaders? True north

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Front Page, Human Growth and Development, Spirituality | 0 comments

Note: The following short essay was originally posted in a Linkedin discussion: What inspires leaders?  I was asked the following question.  Some minor edits have been to this version. Enjoy! Ted August 6, 2012 True north by Ted Burnett Hi Ted, So, what is your true North? The short answer, but a radioactive one is “God”. I’m speaking in the spiritual sense, not in the religious. Everyone has their own concept of God, our Creator, a Higher Power… or worse one has been given a concept of God in religious terms. The...

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Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven!

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Human Growth and Development, Judicial System/Law, Mental Illness | 0 comments

Note: The following email and story are true. May 10, 2012 Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven! by Ted Burnett Mom, I was released from the Monroe Co. (Georgia) Jail, on Wednesday, following my appearance in Superior Court. I plead “guilty with mental illness” to felony obstruction (whatever that means) instead of the original felony charge of Aggravated Assault Upon a Law Enforcement Officer which carries a 12-18 year prison sentence. No one goes home from court a free man after facing this particular...

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Dear Ashley Rich, Mobile (AL) District Attorney’s Office

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Alabama Politics, Mobile Politics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ashley, After reading in the Lagniappe, this morning, what I perceived as your sincere comments about Gordon Waller, I thought I would bring the following “hot potato” to your attention. You’ll probably want to recues yourself and your office from any investigation involving former D.A. John Tyson and Asst. D.A. Steve Giardini and their handling of the local Catholic priest molestation unit which they established, in 2003, in response to the national priest scandal. That summer, I came toward and met with the two of them...

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U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions’ response to my allegations of Catholic priest molestation cover-up by the D.A.’s office

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

United States SenateWashington, DC 20510-0104 November 18, 2011 Mr. Ted Burnett500 Lincoln Street, Apartment B105Daphne, AL 36526 Dear Mr. Burnett: Thank you for your letter concerning your allegations of abuse by a Catholic priest. As a United States Senator, I have no jurisdiction nor authority in court matters. In an effort to be of assistance to you, I am forwarding your correspondence to the [U.S.] Attorney General’s [Eric Holder] office for response. If you have any legal questions, please contact the Alabama State Bar Association at...

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Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Alabama Politics, Judicial System/Law, Mobile Politics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

[November 11, 2011] To: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (The Agent of Record) Subject: Cover up of Catholic priest sex crimes by Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Asst. DA Steve Giranidi (2003) Civil rights violations by the Mobile Police Department, then Police Chief Sam Cochran, City of Mobile, Mobile County Sheriff Department, now Sheriff Sam Cochran. I also have some information on former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine that [State] Special Prosecutor David Whetstone might be interested in hearing about a one-time...

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