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My political predictions for the near future are simple and clear:

Joe Biden: I don’t know if Vice President Biden will run for president but Hillary Clinton needs him to run—hear me out.  Junior Senator Barrack Obama got into a serious fight for the nomination with Clinton.  The battle sharpen the skills of both candidates.  Many voters felt that young Obama wasn’t ready to be leader of the free world; he had not put in the required time on the national stage.  But, the primary battle proved his steel.

Joe Biden could be to Clinton want Clinton was to Obama.  Yes, she is ready and experienced enough to be president but she needs a seasoned sparring partner.

Jeb Bush: The Republicans need to stop playing—stop it, I say…now.  Let me make one thing perfectly clear…read my lips….Jeb Bush is the only Republican with a real chance of defeating Hillary Clinton in the general election.  If you notice, Bush has an “I don’t need this crap” air about him.  He is the grown person in the room and to flirt with Trump and the others leading in the polls today is insulting to a leader of his caliber.

A Jeb Bush/John Kasich ticket is the best case scenario because the former House Budget Committee chair is the governor of swing state Ohio and both men intelligently tell far Right conservatives when their fervor is too much.  Maybe Bush isn’t suited to be the nom from a party increasing dominated by folks who dig Trump-like rhetoric.

Hillary Clinton: The biggest obstacle to Hillary Clinton winning the White House isn’t the Republicans pulling voters from her.  The obstacle or concern is getting out people who normally vote for the Democrat nominee.  If you notice, I didn’t say Democrats because many of the sometimes voters who put President Obama in office aren’t “card carrying, meetings attending” proud members of the Blue Team.  I think of it as how dedicated are University of Georgia football fans compared to UGA basketball fans.

So, Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton reach the people based in part on who they are personally rather than the power of the party as a cohesive operation (like the Republicans.)  Dem leaders think their base will vote for their nom (Hillary) as an only option because to GOP nom is head of a party with a crazy sub-division.  However, there is another option: stay home.  Say what, real Americans like me vote in every election including a run-off for local dog catcher.

But after the high of having Barrack Obama in the Oval, the next move for some people will be to look for non-governmental solutions because even the smoothest president in history couldn’t fixed your jacked-up life.  “….as not what this country can do for you…..”

Hurricane Farrakhan: Minister Louis Farrakhan is about to return to Washington, D.C., for a rally commemorating the historic Million Man March.  Team Hillary should be concerned….very, very concerned because the platform of the DNC seems to be based on governmental assistance rather than encouraging all Americans to step their personal games up.  If you notice the personal responsibility message to the Black community has always been the core of Farrakhan’s and  Malcolm X’s missions.

These young Blacks today are information savvy and recognize that the Democrats aren’t producing results. They want straight talk and clear solutions.  When Farrakhan finishes his indictment on “Brother Barrack”’s political party,  20% of the Obamacrats might blow off the next presidential election and that would be a mistake.

Team Hillary has countless Ivy League nerds with charts, polls and algorithms.  If those cats join with the bishops from the Black churches and folks who marched with King, they won’t create a message that will sense to regular people.

While the official Hillary campaign can’t address certain issues in certain ways, they better hope that outside operations come up with an approach similar to this blog’s Best Interest Initiative.

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

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Secretary Hillary Clinton recommended that Black Lives Matter activists get a more formal plan that involves solutions—good for her; good for them.  One of the biggest question marks about Clinton’s path into the Oval Office is can she get most of the Obama voters back to the polls in November of 2016. If she does, she would be president because she will (in my opinion) receive a surprising percentage of suburban women who voted for McCain and Romney.

Some say bloggers have delusions of grandeur.  Does Obamacare cover the treatment of this condition?  Well, I want to make a few points that will hopefully (unlikely) reach important ears through the six degrees of separation.

Black Lives Matter: While I can appreciate civil disobedience to a certain degree, this bum-rushing the stage stuff would be dangerous in the gun-loving South.  Also, they shouldn’t try that at a Minister Farrakhan speech because there would be more punches than at the last Ronda Rousey fight.

Because Black southerners are more moderate, Black Lives Matter might be surprised that many Blacks here think that equal outrage should be focused on Black on Black violence.

Judge Willie Lockette: Yes, he is grandfather of the football player from the Super Bowl but Lockette’s wisdom in Albany, Georgia, could save more people nationally than the number of fans in that stadium.  I took Administrative Law class from him in grad school so I know his logic is like Thurgood Marshall meets Andy Griffin.   While speaking to a fraternity’s youth group, Lockette broke down his recommendations for encounters with the police.

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2015/jun/10/albany-state-university-holds-justice-while-black/

Lockette, who had a meeting with Simmons and some youth earlier this week to discuss the topic, talked about how young blacks should survive an encounter with police officers.

 “We came up with a list of four Do’s and four Don’ts,” Lockette said. Things not to do include don’t react, don’t reach, don’t run and don’t resist. Running is a major no-no, Lockett said.

 

Lockette’s list of things to do:

 

“Do respect the police even if you think they are wrong; do use restraint; do record everything. You have a cell phone, use it; and do report any problems you might have.

“And always remember, you could be right, but you could also be dead right.”

Candidate Clinton: Winning elections involves three things: getting people to vote for you, getting people to vote against the other person/people and who stays home.  Candidates have big egos and want people to vote for them because they are wonderful.  But, consider the people who won office because people were voting against the other person (it’s like rebound kisses.)  For example, Sonny Perdue became governor of Georgia because people were voting against then Governor Roy Barnes’ changes to the state flag and some changes to the educational system.  Hell, some voters couldn’t pick Perdue out of a line up but he rode that wave.

The “stay home” factor is a two-edged sword for Clinton.  The bad edge involves infrequent voters who voted for Obama because he was such a wonderful person (like Bill Clinton and some think Ronald Reagan) but who would blow off the next election.

The good edge for Clinton will be the fact many conservative voters are so particular about their issues and candidates than the might blow off the GOP nominee because that candidate knocked out their guy/gal or isn’t hardcore enough on a few issues.  From the grave, Reagan is saying take the most electable conservative and from Atlanta reasonable Republican Charlie Harper of Peach Pundit is telling his fellow conservatives that Donald Trump will make Hillary Clinton president for sure.

Solutions: While Black Lives Matters is grabbing mics like Run/DMC, the southern effort to help our communities starts with listening to Judge Lockette’s wisdom about being right and dead.

Secondly, since Clinton called for solutions and an organized plan, someone from her camp (and every political camp) should spend an hour reading Project Logic Ga’s Best Interests Initiative.  BII isn’t actually about what elected leaders can do for the people, it’s about the people functioning smarter after acknowledging that we must do for self first and that there isn’t always a governmental solution to every personal and community problem.  Yeah, I must have some serious delusions of grandeur jumping off because I think those nine blog posts could/should heal the divide in this country.

To Democrats, BII is a starting point to secure moderates and maybe restart the conservative section of the Blue Team.  To Republicans, BII is how you’ll should approach others with conservatism but don’t.

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

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The Best Interests Initiative seeks to give the public and policymakers the non-governmental solutions to problems that end up requiring governmental responses and taxpayers’ money.  You could say BII is budget neutral if not budget zero because it’s about getting policymakers to acknowledge that not all answers come from them.  Actually, that acknowledgement could lead to a reversal of mindset; a future where governmental involvement is reduced and consequently governmental spending.

Listen to BII: If reading nine blog posts is long for some, the PC and smartphone offer the opportunity to cut and paste the text of the individual post and listen to them.  Cool.

System Speech for computers

http://melvindev.com/apps/system-speech/

@ Voice Reader Aloud for smartphones

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyperionics.avar

Background:  Destroying the opposition and holding power are the primary missions of political parties.  Improving this nation comes as an afterthought.  During the last few decades, the political arena has become a battlefield and the American people are the ultimate losers.

Mission:  The Best Interest Initiative (BII) was created to add a supplemental discussion/purpose to the public policy debate.  The BII concept is simple: governmental policies do not address many of the problems in the community and the nation but no one admits that fact.  The mission of BII is to educate everyone on non-governmental options and solutions by creating a platform for discussions that include everyone.

For Future Candidates:  It’s clear that the body politics and policy needs some new ideas.  Well, BII could be the I.V. that pumps good medicine.  Those who follow politics know the names being toss around as “who’s next” when current leaders retire or move up to different positions.   Some say the Dem and GOP benches are thin but I say not so because I know prep moves when I see them.

My advice to candidates is to slowly build your network and credentials but also come to the people with something fresh, outside the box and something solutions –based.   Something like the Best Interests Initiative.  I think of the BII as being a middle/centrists version of the TEA Party or the Contract With America….or better, what the Blue Dogs really say after retirement.

For Democrats: BII could open the door to moderates and centrists who think the party has been pulled too far left.

For Republicans:  Aspects of BII grew from talks with my disenchanted Black conservative friends who feel their party has the correct objective but approaches problems with ugly, brutish methods.

For the Sensible Center: BII is an education movement to compassionately outline a fresh approach to living better with less governmental involvement.

Goal: BII has the lofty goal of having 1,000 readers before March 2016.  At some point, someone with some juice is going to read BII and say “this is it…this is hot.”

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/    and the link is a tab at the top of projectlogicga blog.

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Best Interests Initiative    Power point show

Best Interests Initiative –Outline

Listen

Solutions

Desired result/build Backwards

B.I.I.- non-governmental solutions to community problems that create governmental actions.

Key Topics

Education/Career Training– Education is the foundation of a nice life.

No bad legal job

24/7 Grammar

Cost of College

Hoop Dreams

Military Education Option

Networking/The Hustle

Straight To Work Option

Hip Hop Music and Culture – Rap is an art form and artist should be free.  Musical sub-culture leads to choices which lead to financial consequences.

Proper Context

Art imitating life

Life imitating art

Hip is a Culture

Dress and Speech (Employability)

“Old men for counsel; young men for war.”

1 Kings 12:8

Music Executives/Klan’s work

Solutions

Music/Cultural Decisions

2nd Thessalonians 3:10-15

Law/Freedom  What’s more important than freedom?

Would you rather be a slave in 1815 or an inmate in 2015?

Put it on the scale.

Bill Badass- no one tells him what to do

Closet living

Cost of Prisons- big governmental budget item

$21,000 for Georgia inmate in 2011

$90,000 for Georgia Juvenile offender

Other freedoms

Reporting to government

Alcohol, drug and food addictions

Financial Freedom

Basic Law 101

Ignorance is not an excuse

Civil, Criminal, Torts, Property And Family Law

Two hour Intro to Law for Youth

Home Economics/Housing Everything starts at home/Home Training

Home = Small Business

Home Business Plan

Investing- college cost, homeownership

Training- etiquette, faith walk, dinner table discussions

Research- Successful families, DIY Home Improvement, Useful T.V.

Development- building stronger kids, parents who learn from other’s wisdom, family sacrifice for career opportunities

Risk Management- Nipping problems in the bud, surrounding family with positive people in healthy environments, particular about schools.

Savings/Financial Foundation- untouchable nest egg, retirement program at work, struggle-free living

Marketing- Networking positive constructive people who witness your solidness, dating people who enhance your life

Human Resources- family members are new employees/partners, exhaustive interview process, detailed research of history and experience

Home Ownership

House is 2nd biggest investment

Renting is buying for someone else

Appreciable Asset

Means – Don’t bite off more than you can chew

House Poor/Counting Chickens

Struggle, Stretch, Strain

Struggle is part of life

Constantly Stretching Money

Financial and Emotional Strain

Conspicuous Consumption/Bling

Smart Financial Planning

$3,000 Rims on $2,000 car

Air Jordans at the Bus Stop

Lump Sum / Earned Income Tax Credit

 Public Policy Arena Agenda Everyone has an agenda/staying paid

Eye for detecting agendas

Teachers’ Union – Johnny Can’t Read

Georgia Peanuts

Activists- sincere or love drama

Gun Control

Press as Activists

Right Wing Media and Hip Hop Culture

Negative Energy = Opportunistic Agenda

Psalms 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Tail Wagging the Dog

Conflict and Demonization = ratings and money

Presidential Candidates Building a Brand

Hip Hop Industry – worse than the Klan

Do anything for more money

Music executives get the real money

East money for thugs and dancers isn’t easy

Role of Government/Unhealthy Liberal Agenda

Federal Government should protect everyone’s rights

Temporary Assistance leads to Entitlement Mentality

Does assistance limit doing for self?

Are city liberals’ agenda healthy for rural communities?

Every voice at the table

Far Right and Far Left too vocal

Justice Clarence Thomas’s Grandfather : Keep the government out of your business

Summary:

Everyone has an agenda

Develop Agenda Detection Capabilities

Compare and Contrast

Personal Responsibility  Choices, Decisions and Consequences

Government can’t fix everything

Solutions start with personal responsibility

Own what you did

Conservative Movement P.R. movement failed: Too Mean

Positive Encouragement

Speaker Newt Gingrich’s federal government limited role: fair playing field

Prosperity determined by actions

If your life stinks, what did you do or didn’t you do

Choices, Decisions and Consequences

Does governmental involvement encourage risky decision-making?

Deliberation –  big choices require a slow well-researched decision-making process

Focus – implement and execute decisions

Family Engineering – who had a baby with whom at what time and under what financial conditions

Self-analysis – look in the mirror

Faith and the Moral Compass

Faithless people – costly circumstances

Why God allows suffering?  Earthly Heaven

Moral Compass = Act Right

Matthew 22:35-40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Randy Pausch: Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.

Thoughts, Words and Deeds

JFK: Ask Not

Governmental Authority:

Romans 13: 1-5 1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 

Rulers do not bear the sword for no reason

Without order, chaos

Shame

Residual Benefit of Church

Understanding – Proverbs 3, 5-6.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

                Limit life in the streets

                Positive Networking/ Job Search

Money/Worldview

            1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

                Biblical justification for wealth seeking

                People your faith consider wrong

Religious, Spiritual and Righteous

Plenty room in Hell

Peace: respectful and considerate toward others    

 

T.V. and Social Media Influence

T.V. and internet shape lives

Fashion, Cultural and Social Trends

T.V. as an educational tool

                Maury Show, Honey Boo Boo  

                High channels: Law, Food, Home, History, Money

Classic T.V.

Social Media

                Facebook isn’t the devil

                Educational You Tube

Summary- media shouldn’t replace family

 

 

 

Health/Wellness

Life and Death

Personal responsibility for diet and exercise

Foods literally “to die for”

Food choices: low-fat fat back

Drinking calories

First Lady Michelle Obama’s food choices efforts

                Government involvement – public healthcare cost

                Speaker Newt Gingrich: healthcare system should reward fighters

Moderation – portion control

U.S.D.A. My Plate: Fruits, Grains, Veggies, Protein, Dairy

Other Choices: Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, Relations

Healthcare Industry 

                Doctors with pills

                Emergency room = doctor’s office for uninsured

                Annual exams for early detection

                Big Pharma vs. diet/exercise

Mental/Emotional Health

                Emotional Problems – Self-medication

                Counseling Needed

Peace, Rest and Happiness = Good medicine  

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The aftermath of the Charleston church tragedy has some Americans flirting with crazy talk.  The killer wanted to spark a race war in this nation and he just might get his oxymoronic civil war.  The central theme of my day is often set by the scripture in my daily devotion and today Isaiah 1: 17-19 hit right on time.

Isaiah 1:17-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…..If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. 

“Let us reason together” has been on my mind since I started this blog with the influence of a Black Republican and a Black Independent.  We were just weary of those who favored fussing and fighting for political gains with little regard for the ultimate objective…a more perfect union.

If we reason together, we would calmly sit down and here from every point of view about the history of this nation as it relates to peaceably moving forward.  It’s silly to think that private citizens shouldn’t be able to displace the stars and bars flag or the red, black and green flag on their private vehicles and shirts when the flags represents themselves only and not the community or state as a whole.  It’s silly to discuss removing the figures from Stone Mountain in Georgia.  Really?  With all the jacked up things happening in the state and nation, this is your focus.  We shouldn’t remove all vestiges of racism because clearly we still have much racism–black and white racism.

During the civil rights movement, Atlanta was called the city too busy to hate.  Leaders in this southern city were about turning the corner faster and reaping the financial benefit of being cool, calm and collected.  You can trip all you want but when tripping starts costing you real money…hold your horses.

A friend pointed out a beautiful building in Savannah that was built to lure BMW to Georgia.  In the end, the German automaker went to South Carolina because in part that state addressed a confederate flag issues before Georgia.  The nation that has Hitler and the holocaust in their recent past was tripping because BMW was concerned about racial problems on their factory floor in the American South.  Again, when tripping cost you real money is time to sit down and come to some reasonable conclusions.

Reasonable people can say that someone fought hard for a cause that I don’t support..i.e. a Nazi combat flying ace or the military maneuvers of General Robert E. Lee.  But, if we insist on refighting the Civil War or addressing the stealing of this land from the Native Americans, we are going to open a big can of worms like the discussion of reparations…let’s not go there.

On my blog, I wrote the Best Interests Initiative to start a discussion about improving the South in a non-governmental way by having governmental leaders openly and honestly outline their limited roles.  It’s in our best interest to work together as brothers or perish as fools.

http://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

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My niece McKenzie won first place at a Jack and Jill regional Oratorical Contest with good speech about being yourself–nicely done.

Living Unapologetically

I remember the 1960s. Or at I least remember being told about the 1960’s. Peace, flower power, freedom and afros. A time when black became synonymous with beautiful and the afro was a sign of pride. Black people were living unapologetically. As pride grew, so did the afros. And as pride shrank, so did the afros. And as pride died so did the afro, by way of heat and chemicals. Appearance was a person’s livelihood. So if a Jheri curl was acceptable over an afro then curl activators and shower caps were in order. Hair modification once done for employment purposes shifted to social purposes which merged with psychological sanity.

I have experienced my own connection between my hair and social acceptance in a 6th grade camping trip. “Mom please let me wear it straight so it will flow in the breeze with the rest of the girls.” She finally gave in and I was overjoyed. After the first day of camp full of breezes and flowing hair I went to sleep ready for day two. I woke up, stroked my hair only to realize my flowing mane had reverted to my naturally bushy afro. I was devastated. I no longer fit in like a puzzle piece, but I stuck out like a sore thumb.

Everything has changed now. In 2015 being different is the new goal and being basic is the new fear. I’ve grown from a time where my afro was my shame to a time where my natural hair is my pride and fame. But are all differences really accepted? What about the people who are different beyond the superficiality of outward appearance.  A young woman who decides to embrace her body despite society’s mold, and a young Christian man who reveals his pledge of abstinence. Is this the same “different” we praise? Or is this the type of “different” we reject?

Truth is, standing out is not about being different, it’s not about going against the grain, but it’s about being yourself. When God took time to create you, he made you unlike any of the 7 billion people on this earth. And he didn’t make anyone else the way he made you. You’ve already been made differently. Standing out is simply a side-effect.  Why fit in, when you were born to be uniquely yourself.

I wear my hair the way I want now, not to stand out or to fit in, but to be myself. Marcus Garvey taught me not to remove the kinks from my hair, but to remove them from my brain. Whether my hair is kink-less or kink-filled, my mind is kink-free. When I choose to be myself and live life unapologetically I don’t stick out like a sore thumb, but I stand out like a candle amidst darkness. And if any one questions my authenticity, I reply with the words of Chance the Rapper “I don’t wanna be cool. I just wanna be me.”

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How little people know about people living near them.  As a Black southerner, I am a descendant of people who built America for free against their will.  This land is definitely your land and my land.  The Confederate battle flag is a part of our collective history…as was my “X” hat in college.

Firstly, there should be a difference between a flag in places that represent all citizens of a state and individual recognition of heritage.  Since the beginning of human interaction, you have had winners and losers and winners write history.  How did the southern states imprint parts of the CSA into southern governments after they were defeated in war?  I won’t go into comparisons with Germany, Nazi and swastika but you get the point.

Consider this: why should we remove indicators of our trouble past when our present is also troubled.  If I go into my pantry and remove all the labels on canned goods, it wouldn’t change what’s inside.  For the record, Blacks and Whites can be racist and to some, Black racial mindfulness is somewhat understandable.  My point is change what is inside first.

Malcolm X use to say he had more respect for a man who tells him how he feels (even if he is wrong) than for a man who smiles in his face but who is evil.  During my youth, I read Black nationalist information and came to appreciate the “do for self” mentality.  There was a time when rocking an X hat made certain folks steer clear of you.  Good.

I often steer clear of folks with the Confederate battle flag but I in some way appreciate their display of how they are thinking.  You wanted a group to win a war and if said group won, I might be a slave today.  From a military standpoint, real history buffs can intelligently admire fighting techniques and efforts of the Confederates and the Nazis but haul ass from around me with that “I wish they won stuff.”

Remember also, Whites in the North weren’t fight for equal rights for Blacks.  Many of them just wanted to stop the expansion of slavery because slave did work for free that Whites wanted to be paid to do.

In D.C., I saw a bumper sticker that said “If I knew it was going to be like this, I would have picked my own dam cotton.”  A friend once said life is too short to argue with fools.  A fool believes America would have been a great power again Spain, England and France without years of the economic boost of free labor.

I also steer clear from certain Blacks with their own indicators but that’s a topic for another day.  Project Logic Ga continues it’s Best Interests Initiative and hopefully reasonable folks will get to know the opinions of others.

My Congressman Austin Scott was courageously interested in changing the Georgia flag when he was in the state legislature.  I bet he is singing a different tune today…he isn’t whistling Dixie because the Tea Party is a beast.

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