March 2nd, 2005

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BTK suspect charged in 10 slayings
Computer disk might have led to Rader's arrest
Source: MSNBC [Link]
It appears unlikely Rader, 59, will face the death penalty. He has yet to be charged with a slaying that occurred after 1994, when Kansas passed its capital punishment law. Additionally, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional in December over a provision on how juries weigh evidence for and against execution.

A preliminary hearing was set for March 15, when Rader is likely to plead guilty or not guilty.
Can we examine that last snetence for a second. What's wrong wth pleading "I like taters! TATERS! TATERS I SAY!! I LIKE THEM AND THEY LIKE ME AND YOU'RE ALL BASTARDS!!"

Supper for this week

I've got a gallon of marinara simmering on the stove, I'm using it in the baked ziti I'm making tonight and I'll be using it again on Friday for the eggplant parmesan I'll also be making. It's just easier to make a big batch and save half of it. Tonight's ziti will have mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onions, spinach, turkey sausage, and two cheeses. Last night I made mushroom quesadillas with Cuban black beans and rice. Tomorrow I'm grilling some chicken and serving it with pudge and corn casserole. Corn casserole is something I normally associate with Thanksgiving, but I was craving it and so decided to make it this week. Pudge is homeade mashed potatoes with olive oil, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil. I learned to make it at the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Atlanta, co-owned by my beloved Emily Saliers of my beloved Indigo Girls.

My next big project is to finally finish my cookbook, so that those of you who would like can make these things at home for your own families and friends. Right now it's mostly pastas that are available, but you'll find other stuff too.

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Topeka retains anti-bias law
TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- Voters on Tuesday upheld an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals in municipal hiring, turning back a repeal movement led by a minister known for picketing the funerals of AIDS victims.
Source: CNN [Link]
One of the minister's granddaughters, meanwhile, fell far short in her efforts to unseat an openly gay member of the City Council.

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. was seeking to remove from the books a city ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays in municipal hiring. The repeal measure would also bar Topeka from reinstating such protections for 10 years.

In final, unofficial results, 53 percent opposed the repeal, with 14,285 voting "no," and 12,795 voting "yes."

After the vote, Phelps dared the City Council to consider another, broader ordinance and promised to continue his activities.

Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said the vote was encouraging, coming after voters last year amended 13 states' constitutions to ban gay marriage.

"This really was a question in every gay American's mind whether Fred Phelps represented the voters of Topeka," he said.

Phelps' granddaughter, Jael Phelps (pictureed above), was among three candidates challenging openly gay council member Tiffany Muller in a nonpartisan primary.

Complete results showed Jael Phelps finishing a distant fourth and Muller in second place. That allowed Muller to advance to an April 5 general election. An attorney finished first and also advanced. [More]


See also: Phelps to protest John Edwards at Democrat's 100th Anniversary Party

New Screenname!

Having reformatted the computer, I now come to find that my AIM screenname is no longer operable. THerefore, I'm now using AIM via Trillian, and my new screenname is nocturnalrelease. Please make the necessary additions to your respective buddy lists, and IM me so I can add you back as I have no way of remembering everyone that was on my old buddy list. Also, 1000 cool points to the person who can guess the name of the song my new SN comes from.

EDIT

1000 cool points to wsbsdrewnelson for correctly guessing "In The Air" by the Jennifer Nettles Band!