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About dcpetterson

D. C. Petterson is a novelist and a software consultant in Minnesota who has been writing science fiction since the age of six. He lives with his wife, a seriously affectionate pit bull, a cat, and a bearded dragon, and insists that grandchildren are the reward for having survived teenagers. When not writing stories or software, he plays guitar, engages in political debate, and reads a lot of history and physics texts for fun.

Night of the Long Knives

Here’s a very quick take on local politics that reflects national intra-party warfare. The Republican Party in Minnesota recently ejected 18 prominent and respected members, including a retired U.S. Senator and two former Minnesota Governors. Why? Because they were not … Continue reading

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How Should We Treat an International Criminal?

Shock waves ripple through the nation. A nefarious criminal, guilty of a heinous crime against the country, escapes prosecution merely because he is not a citizen. He hides in an undisclosed location, concealing his movements. But even if he were … Continue reading

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Land of 10,000 Recounts

To understand why we have a major recount in the governor’s election this year, and why we had one two years ago in the Senate race, you have to understand something about Minnesota. The state motto is “Land of 10,000 … Continue reading

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Another Election, Another Recount

It is becoming a habit. A third time, and it’ll be a tradition. Two years ago, there was a prolonged recount and legal battle over the Minnesota Senate race. This year, it is the Governor’s seat. The Senate recount was … Continue reading

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Should the FCC Silence the Noise?

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) voiced a criticism today of partisan cable TV. “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’,” he said. “It would … Continue reading

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Up To Our Eyeballs

I bring your attention to three quick articles on the debt and how to fix it, here, here, and here. The chairmen of President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission have presented a working draft that outlines the extent of the problem, … Continue reading

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Dark Fantasies

by D. C. Petterson I promised to give my fantasy scenario for the 2010 election. I don’t know if this is a worst case or a best case. A little of both, perhaps. It needs some preface. Back in the … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Won’t You Polish Your Crystal Ball?

So here we are, with only one more week to make and to hear the prognostications and forecasts. I have a four-part essay question for commenters. Feel free to address any or all of the parts. I’ll give some of … Continue reading

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Home Repairs

I read a wonderful article today http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130638147 that listed many of the impressive accomplishments of the 111th Congress. I won’t repeat them all here, but please do take a look at the article. Despite unstinting and unwavering Republican obstructionism, the Democrats … Continue reading

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Big Picture

Today, Nate (http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/gop-senate-odds-rise-third-consecutive/#more-1927) improved the Republicans’ chances a bit in the Senate. And I’ve seen some conservatives being very happy about that. So let’s briefly look at that big picture. Nate gives Democrats a 76% chance of having at least … Continue reading

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