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

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 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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Needs and Wants

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 announcement, in the media, several years ago.  From reading this latest piece, Commissioner Connie Hudson’s efforts to bring this project to life with any deal that she can strike is coming off as looking pretty...

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Lawyers gone bad.

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 Chandler Burnett of Shreveport, LA died. She was preceded in death by her husband and my grandfather, Verne Burnett of Shreveport, who died on April 1, 1988 and by her youngest son and my father, Thomas Edward Burnett of Daphne,...

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

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: ted@tedburnett.com W:...

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Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

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 Shore where he attended Fairhope High School. Eric works as an Investment Advisor Representative with his brother, Terry, at Southern Capital Services and Chess Coach at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL. He is married to his...

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The Live Oak Forum (April 2016): Opening Remarks

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 past 27 attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In the process, I’ve heard hundreds, if not thousands of stories told by alcoholics and drug addicts about their addiction and recovery. I have also had the privilege to hear the...

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That won’t fly!

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 too real, literally. Since Mayor Sandy Stimpson came into office, I’ve been pushing for the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to be moved back to its original home at Brookley Field, off Interstate-10 and Michigan Avenue, for a...

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