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

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 be bankrupt sooner than originally projected because of the Great Recession. The unemployed, from around the country, who used up their benefits were encouraged to sign up for disability when they didn’t even qualify....

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Do #BlackLivesMatter?

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 the shooting of the nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, I’ve taken a heightened interest in this incident given the fact that I’ve visited this charming city numerous times and that I got married on one of its barrier...

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No Pain, No Gain

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 few including myself find “sobriety” while some were incarcerated repeatedly and others went to their grave a bit too soon. Among the group was my own father, at the age of 53. This Vietnam Veteran, like many, died penniless...

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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.

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 hiring and capital spending, hasn’t worked. Following the housing bubble and the home foreclosure crisis, policymakers and politicians have been looking for the next red hot industry to expand our economy. There have been...

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

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 communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

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 Administration to invade Iraq. I am deeply concerned by the rise of ISIS and I support a strong, coordinated response – but I also believe it is critical for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected...

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A letter from President Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation

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 application. This anonymous nominating process collects names from experts in various fields where the names are turned over to the board and its president who select the recipients.  Each recipient gets $625,000 over five years...

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Another letter from The White House: ISIS

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. As Commander in Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war on the ground in Iraq. There is no American military solution to the larger crisis there; the only lasting solution must...

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Congress: No skin in the game.

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 much of our dukes and duchesses, princes and princesses to pay their fair share during a time of crisis and it is. In many ways, it’s the actions of Congress and our presidents that have caused the current problems....

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Iran: Take a walk in their shoes

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 everything figured out, that we’re right when in reality we probably aren’t. I would argue that the United States hasn’t made one good decision on domestic or foreign policy since the dot.com bust. That...

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A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

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 and narrowly-tailored AUMF. The President’s draft AUMF submitted on February 11, 2015 is serious and thoughtful, one which ends the outdated 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq war that I opposed; restricts the use of ground...

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