June 20th, 2010

God Hates Shrimp!

Hoisted with their own petard?

Closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a.k.a. the Prop 8 trial, were June 16th, though the judge has not indicated how long he will take to reach his decision.  From everything I've read, the defendant's position was extremely weak, offering just two (rather poor) witnesses to the plaintiff's 17.

Whatever the outcome, the case will almost certainly be brought before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then likely to the United States Supreme Court.

If the plaintiffs in the case manage to win their appeals, it seems to me that this would establish a legal precedent, nationwide if it goes to the Supreme Court, or at least in the 9th Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Marianas), possibly overturning gay marriage statutes already on the books in other states.

Could the Mormons, in their zeal to pass Prop 8, have actually brought about the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide?
Cooking - Homer Can't Cook

Cinnamon chili

I started out trying to make taco soup.  Alas, I couldn't find any taco seasoning, so I switched to making chili soup.  I reached for the cumin,  measured some out into my hand, and dumped it into the soup.  Then I realized it smelled funny.  Kind of sweet...  and cinnamony...   CRAP!

It's actually pretty good.  It's not sweet, and it's actually a bit hot.

Follow the basic taco soup recipe, but instead of taco seasoning, add 3 Tblsp of chili powder, 1 Tblsp of cumin, 1 Tblsp of cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper (to taste).  I also used 3 cans of beans, one each of pinto, kidney and navy, rather than the usual 2 cans of pinto beans.