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The Case for Broken Vessels

Posted by on 4:21 pm in About Blackacre, Adversity, Forgiveness, Leo Barron Hicks, Love, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy | 0 comments

We have all experienced public humiliation, communal scorn and social expulsion. Shame is a part of our shared humanity, an emotion which both separates and binds us. We realize that at times, public disdain and social isolation serves a legitimate purpose. There are some who are so detrimental to society as to warrant banishment. Adolf Hitler readily comes to mind. Moreover, some deeds are so repulsive as to cut against forgiveness. Consider for example child sexual abuse, public defecation or bestiality. The mere mention of such conduct...

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Crack vs. Opioids, the Arbitrary Nature of the War on Drugs and Social Rejection

Posted by on 3:09 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Crack cocaine, crime, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice System Reform, Forgiveness, incarceration, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Opioids, politics, Poverty, Prison, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Progressives, Public Policy, Reconciliation, Shame, social welfare, Think Tank, Uncategorized | 6 comments

  Are we the only ones who see a problem here? Are we the only ones concerned with how some people who self-medicate to dull the pain of living are thrown in jail while others who do the same thing are deserving of sympathy and treatment? No quarter is given or compassion afforded to crack cocaine users. They are publicly tarred and feathered; scorned and criticized. Those caught selling and/or using the drug are summarily arrested, prosecuted and sent to prison. In fact, with the untimely death of college basketball star Len Bias, the...

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The Return of Blackacre

Posted by on 3:40 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Blackacre, Donald Trump, Leo Barron Hicks, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Progressives, Public Policy, Uncategorized | 4 comments

  In case you hadn’t noticed we’ve been gone for a while. The reason for our hiatus is simple. We were not pleased with the direction we were taking. There is indeed a moral imperative to stand against evil. And we remain persuaded that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is contrary to our best interest. Yet, in opposition to this clear and present danger, we lost sight of our true purpose. The focus on politics and the current commander-in-chief brought out the worst in us. Like too many others we had become too...

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An Ape in Heels, Bring on the Hate

Posted by on 10:36 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Ape in Heels, Blackacre, Donald Trump, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Michelle Obama, politics, Progressive Think Tank, Race, Steve Bannon, The Alt-Right, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In response to last weeks post, President Dr. Frankenstein, a Wake-up Call, Ken, a loyal Blackacre follower wrote: I have read your latest posting with great interest and even greater empathy. I have voted in every national election since November, 1964. Never in my previous voting experience have I witnessed the ugly, embarrassing, spectacle that our country experienced for the better part of two years leading up to November 8. Regardless of the rational voter’s party affiliation, I believe he/she would agree with me that we have never...

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President Dr. Frankenstein, a Wake-Up Call

Posted by on 5:00 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Blackacre, Citzens United, Confederate Flag, Donald Trump, Immigration, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Marriage Equality, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, social welfare, Think Tank, Uncategorized, Voter Restrictions | 0 comments

A friend of mine recently predicted that Trump will become one of our greatest Presidents. Maybe so. But as far as we are concerned the 2016 election was more than a disappointment. It was a nightmare; an unmitigated disaster. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that a man who routinely tweets inanities at 3:00 am. in the morning, who habitually cheats people out of their money, hires illegal aliens, demeans everyone and everything in sight, hides his tax returns, has paid no federal income taxes for two decades, is being sued for...

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All Americans Matter: My Side Politics and the 2016 Election

Posted by on 7:57 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Blackacre, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Immigration, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Motivation, politics, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, social welfare, Voting | 4 comments

Alternatively called confirmation bias, anchoring, or the framing effect, my side bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor or recall information in a way that confirms one’s belief. It is also the tendency to give disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities. Where my side bias is concerned facts are irrelevant. What is important is that my beliefs are confirmed. All that matters is that my side wins. Consider for example this disaster of a Presidential election. One side has already predicted hell if it...

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God Got Jokes

Posted by on 7:43 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, Faith, Leo Barron Hicks, Personal Motivation, politics, Progressive Think Tank, Religion | 5 comments

Just when we thought that things couldn’t possibly get any worse, they do. We struggle to make sense of the election, truth, morality, politics as usual and the world in flux. Barely making it, scraping by at best, with mouths to feed and bills to pay, we need a change; a light at the end of the tunnel. We search for relief and wonder why a perfect God who could eliminate all pain and suffering with a mere thought, tolerates evil? The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young sheds light on the issue. After losing his young daughter to a demented serial...

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Colin Kaepernick, in Good Company

Posted by on 4:04 pm in About Blackacre, Black Lives Matter, Blackacre, Colin Kaepernick, Constitutional Rights, Flag Protest, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, National Anthem, Patriotism, Police Abuse, politics, Professional Sports, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Think Tank, Uncategorized | 2 comments

During an August, 26, 2016, preseason football game, San Francisco 49’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick did the unthinkable. In order to lodge a personal protest against racial injustice and police brutality, he remained seated during the playing of our national anthem. Of course he had done so in two previous preseason games but because he was not in uniform, no one noticed. Nevertheless, reaction was swift and brutal. Kaepernick was labeled an unpatriotic, attention grabbing malcontent who should just shut the hell up and play football....

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Who’s Zooming Who, the Defiance of Logic

Posted by on 8:42 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Black Issues, Black on Black Crime, Blackacre, Klu Klux Klan, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Minotity Outreach, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, The Southern Strategy, Think Tank, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This labor day weekend Chicago experienced 65 shootings, 13 of which were fatal. And in Brooklyn, N. Y., at a community festival, beautiful 22-year-old graduate college student, Tiarah Shanice Poyau, was shot and killed after telling a total stranger, to stop grinding on her. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/chicago-labor-day-weekend-shootings-add-to-staggering-toll/. In this presidential election cycle, we are constantly told that these and other problems within the black community can be laid at the feet of the Democrat Party, which takes us...

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Notes on Minority Outreach, the Sweet Spot

Posted by on 4:57 pm in 2016 Presidential Election, About Blackacre, Black Issues, Blackacre, Donald Trump, Latinos, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Minotity Outreach, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Progressives, Public Policy, Race, Voting | 2 comments

Last week, we responded to a question Trump posed to African-Americans. Why not vote for me. What the hell do you have to lose? Our reply was blunt, straightforward and unequivocal. Given his history, rhetoric and policy positions, African-Americans would not be wise to vote for Trump. To do so is to sleep with the devil. Shortly after posting the article, we lost a long time Blackacre supporter. We admit to biases and are no friend of the GOP candidate. Past blogs have been hard on Trump, a pattern that is likely to continue. We therefore...

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