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Solutions to Problems

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Solutions to Problems
by Saab Lofton

"On Earth, there is no poverty, no crime, no war. You look out the window of Starfleet Headquarters and you see paradise."
--Commander Sisko, from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, The Maquis, Part II

... and how exactly did the Human race achieve such a utopian state of affairs? Well, according to the 1996 movie, Star Trek: First Contact ...

No War but the Class War

No War but the Class War
by Saab Lofton

"The line must be drawn here -- this far, no further ..!"
--an often heard line in Star Trek

For me, the political has always been personal. For instance, as I once said in a commentary ...

Know Thy Enemy or Tea Party Hypocrisy by Saab Lofton

Know Thy Enemy
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Tea Party Hypocrisy
by Saab Lofton

"In the case of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, he's planning to hold back $614 million in 'performance bonuses' from the plane's lead contractor Lockheed Martin. (And you thought only bankers and financial wheeler-dealers got performance bonuses!) But it's striking that there are no tea party movements out in the streets of America demanding our money back or claiming that we're going to be broken by this."
--Tom Engelhardt, a Yale AND Harvard graduate, March 19th, 2010

The Future of Humanity's Economy by Saab Lofton

The Future of Humanity's Economy
by Saab Lofton

"Money is a terrible thing. Why do people work at jobs in Star Trek? Why does someone become a baker? Because the family is going to starve to death? No. People become bakers because certain people love the smell of things baking."
--Gene Roddenberry, from Yvonne Fern's book, The Last Conversation

Pacifists, NOT Masochists! by Saab Lofton

Pacifists, NOT Masochists!
by Saab Lofton

"Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character."
--philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632 to 1677)

In the Star Wars saga, the Jedi are able to psychically detect and physically manipulate emotions in a variety of supernatural ways. Well, all too many whites in the peace movement are under the delusion that they're capable of the same exact thing and it's costing the rest of us dearly.

The Real Welfare Cheats by Saab Lofton

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The Real Welfare Cheats
by Saab Lofton

"Probably the worst part of the S&L bailout is the message it sends to high-flying con men. It says, 'Plunder all you want. As long as your political connections are solid, you'll get to keep the money and probably won't suffer more than a slap on the wrist.' (Charles Keating only went to jail because his abuses were so extreme; he was the exception, not the rule.)"

The Problem is White Women by Saab Lofton

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The Problem is White Women
by Saab Lofton

"The Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate."
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Letter from Birmingham Jail

Christianity: Deeds, Not Words by Saab Lofton

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Christianity: Deeds, Not Words
by Saab Lofton

Obama, Where Art Thou? by Saab Lofton

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Obama, Where Art Thou?
by Saab Lofton

"Obama will not fulfill that potential for change unless he is enveloped by a social movement, which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough, that he fills his abstract phrases about change with some real content."
--Professor Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Politicians are like weather vanes; our job is to make the wind blow."

Dream Jobs or Death by Saab Lofton

Dream Jobs or Death
by Saab Lofton

According to an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, "Money went the way of the dinosaur," by the dawn of the 22nd century, thanks to something called the "New World Economy." Or as the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, said right before his death in 1991.

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