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Mayor Stimpson: He’s done his best.

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 guy with weak character. Members of Mobile Fire and Rescue weren’t happy. Nor were they happy with Sandy’s decision to create a new position of public safety director who came with his own color-blind agenda. As I’ve written...

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

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 presidential election, 1996 (Wikipedia) Russian presidential election, 1996 Presidential elections were held in Russia on 16 June 1996, with a second round on 3 July. The result was a vict… Russian International Affairs Council...

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No alcohol, no Mardi Gras!

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 while the city continues to suffer. Mayor Stimpson makes a big deal out of Mardi Gras. To promote something to the world that’s still segregated and unequal between races and in wealth, in 2017, is embarrassing....

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More mail from The White House (Obama)

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 children and our grandchildren. I want you to know that I was listening. I heard your stories. And you made me a better President. In 2014, a young mom took a chance and shared her family’s story with me. She said she knew that...

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

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 the hard things required to continue making the United States a successful nation. Following 9/11, our government was quick to circle the wagons, re-organize our government while forming the 9/11 Commission to study the attack...

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

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 education. It created massive student loan debts backed by our federal government resulting in no prospects for jobs and finally random acts of global terrorism. I see no interest by your generation to understand the current path...

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Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

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 in Montgomery – You will be notified by phone or email if you are selected – Details and specific times will be provided after the first of the year. Grant Davis Secretary to the Board of Trustees 105 Samford Hall...

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GulfQuest: God is in the details.

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 overruns. It was somebody’s want that had no real public demand. The city agreed to step in and bailout its board of directors while it was still under construction. No doubt it was built with good intentions, a lot of money,...

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

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. The museum makes the claim that Malcolm came up with the idea while working and living in Mobile. I’m not so sure that’s true. After all, his first ship, an experiment, left the Port of Newark, NJ where it...

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

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 flew out of Mobile, AL (287,053) and Gulfport, MS (317,154) while Pensacola, FL saw an increase of 29,000 (787,916). Since 2013, there have been calls to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to its original home at Brookley...

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

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 cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health.  Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career...

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

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 the High Museum. I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show under the big tent where Fulton County Stadium once stood. My girlfriend described it as “a circus without animals”, which fell way short of what I witnessed and...

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

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, Auburn University.  Rather than sit around and wait for someone to recognize my many achievements and nominate me, I took the initiative to do it myself.  To my surprise, the application asked questions that I thought were...

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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

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 of The Beach Club, who will speak on “Earning the Right to Lead through Servant Leadership.”. David Clark has worked for Spectrum Resorts for the last 3.5 years. Spectrum Resorts is owned by Spectrum Capital with the...

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

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 were “protecting” us. Amendment II A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment...

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