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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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The Ted Burnett Radio Show (Coming this fall.)

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

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

[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 encounter that revealed his “insane” character in a downtown restaurant in Mobile (2008?). http://blog.al.com/live/2011/11/stephen_nodine_case_prosecutio.html From:Ted BurnettPhilosopher and writer The following is a...

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My reply: The jury is still out

In Sunday’s edition, of the Press-Register, there was a story about the BCA’s annual meeting held at the Grand Hotel, in Point Clear, AL. Saturday’s keynote speaker was General Stanley McCrystal. The P-R story follows: Gen. Stanley McChrystal: ‘Jury is out’ on U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. This email is addressed to BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. August 1, 2011 My reply: The jury is still out. By Ted Burnett Mr. Canary, Originally, my email was intended for the eyes of former Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) Sandy Stimpson, but I’m unable to locate his email address. I’m well aware of his past involvement and strong support of the BCA. After reading the story, I thought I would write to him. Maybe you...

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The Woodrow Wilson Center fellowship proposal

Introduction Since sharing with you my essay, “Saving Face or Saving Your Ass”, I made several attempts to write a follow-up to that piece, in July, but it just wouldn’t come together. So, after several weeks of struggle, I decided to drop it for now and to enjoy the rest of the summer. Meanwhile, I continue to grow my audience. I added professors from the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam and while looking for a list of top universities in Russia, I came across Moscow State. After visiting the school’s website over a period of several days and navigating around the site, which is written mostly in Pусский also known as Russian, I inadvertently found myself looking at the official webpage of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, after clicking my mouse...

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Ashoka Foundation

Note: The following commentary, “Ashoka Foundation”, is actually an application for a fellowship. In the course of answering their questions, with great thought, another one of my essays began to slowly materialize. Rather than share it with only Askoha, I thought I would share it with this audience. The work is fresh, forward-thinking, provocative and honest. As always enjoy! Ted April 29, 2010 www.ashoka.org About Us Ashoka is leading a profound transformation in society. In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and...

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Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email

Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email by Ted Burnett March 26, 2010 Dear Chief Justice Cobb, Thanks for sending to me, per my request, a copy of the story that appeared in The Birmingham News (AL), and in other news outlets, regarding your tentative plans to host a meeting for state officials (district attorneys, judges and corrections officers) to discuss Alabama’s overcrowded prisons and the high recidivism rate, in September. I am not sure if you had read my email dated “March 12, 2010” at the time you sent me this article. After first reading the story attempts to put my hands back on it, days later, went in vain. My search, both, in the Press-Register and on Google was fruitless. Therefore, my email to you was written from memory, my...

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Foie gras – American style

January 1, 2010 Foie gras – American style By Ted Burnett “There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” – Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J. (1931-1987), a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist [A writer’s note: Due to a lack of personal experience with this heavily French subject, I have found it necessary to quote extensively and verbatim, an online encyclopedia, in order, to educate some in this audience and to make a larger point (pages 3-4). I apologize, in advance, to all.] As defined by Wikipedia, Foie gras (pronounced /fwa: gra:/ in English; French for “fat liver”) is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially...

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Sex education for twenty-somethings?

The following link is an essay written by Susan Reimer of The Baltimore Sun on the subject of sex and irresponsible twenty-somethings.  It appeared in my local newspaper, the Press-Register.  After reading about her concerns, I decided to write her.  My letter to Mrs. Reimer follows. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.reimer21dec21,0,3943892.column December 24, 2009 Dear Mrs. Reimer, I read, with interest, your piece on “sex education for twenty-somethings”.  I couldn’t have seen it more differently.  I can’t believe you actually wrote this.  You’re looking at a snap shot of man’s time on Earth during, both, uncivilized times (some 70k plus years) and civilization (the last 5k years or more).  How do you think...

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The Dead Body

July 29, 2008 The Dead Body By Ted Burnett What feedback I received on my essay “The Fool’s Court” came from two close confidants. Both expressed that a few of my thoughts were a bit too sharp and barbed. If you share those same sentiments then I would like to apologize if I offended you. Their critique of my sobering words reminds me of the late Robert A. Friedrich, a former employer. In the days following 9/11, “Bobby” hired me to come sell commercial insurance at his newly reestablished agency, in my hometown of Mobile, AL. At the time, I was struggling to find my career, to find myself some six years after finishing college. There was no rhyme or reason for choosing this line of work over something else. His offer was simply the only one on the table up for...

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A Firing Squad of Nine

April 22, 2008 A Firing Squad of Nine By Ted Burnett Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 to deny a petition by two men on Kentucky’s death row to stop their execution by lethal injection in the case of Braze vs. Rees. The Supreme Court’s latest action gives further credence to the notion of God’s total absence from our religious society and this “democratic” government. From this one bench – a jury of nine – in the past forty years has sanctioned the taking of human life in two types of situations; one of the rulings was a landmark decision while the other was a reinstatement of the white man’s long-held belief. As the federal government’s justice system, is this news disturbing to your ears? Does this even bother you as a human being...

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The Never-ending story

March 27, 2008 The Never-ending story By Ted Burnett The only real story that is repeatedly told throughout time and is captured in so many famous stories in the Bible, in American and world history rages on today uninterrupted as never before, like a large roaring pot of red fiery crawfish under a hot summer sun along the shores of Mobile Bay. It’s the source of all things good and the enemy of all things evil. It’s the source of health, wholeness and authenticity and enemy of insanity, rot, emptiness and phoniness. It’s the source of having a strong backbone, guts, an iron stomach, a soft heart and a gentle spirit and the enemy of powerlessness, codependency, cold and callous attitudes, guilt and shame, all addictions, any and all things lacking in dignity and...

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From the desk of U.S. Representative Jo Bonner…

Re: From the desk of U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (AL-R) in response to my email addressed to Win Hallett – President, Mobile Chamber of Commerce The following transcribed message is a generous note from Jo Bonner written on his official stationary to me. His encouraging words on my one-year-old writing endeavor are the latest in a growing list from notables. Since last spring, I have repeatedly heard similar statements from area business leaders, as well as, from Alabama State Senator and attorney Ben Brooks (Mobile-R), former Prichard mayor and Fairhope attorney Jay Cooper. Most recently, I heard from Jan Love, Dean and Professor of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA, regarding my essay “Freedom and Slavery – A Cycle of Life.”...

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