Bill Maher, host of Politically Incorrect, has issued a statement apologizing to the mentally retarded.  I was watching the other night when he compared them to dogs, and from the reaction by the audience, it was apparent he'd gone a little too far over the edge of Political Incorrect-ness.

My grandmother just e-mailed me her recipe for "Iowa Chocolate Cake".  I'll have to try that out this weekend with my new mixer.  I'm not sure what makes it "Iowa" chocolate cake, as opposed to just chocolate cake, but I'm not about to argue with her.  Perhaps it is because Iowa is kind of a boxy looking state, and if your 13x9" pan is really old and battered, it could resemble our state.  I take no responsibility if you get out a ball-peen hammer and attempt to modify your cake pan as such.  Here's the recipe, as typed up by her:

                                IOWA CHOCOLATE CAKE
3/4 C. shortening 
2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. boiling water
2 C. flour
1 t. vanilla
2 t. soda
1/2 C. cocoa
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs, beaten
    Put shortening and sugar in a bowl, cover with the boiling water.  Sift dry ingreds. together and add to the hot mixture.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Batter will be very thin.  Pour into greased 9 by 13" pan or 2 layer cake pans.  I make them into cupcakes, too.
350 degree oven.  For the long cake pan bake approx. 35 min.  Layer cake pans and cupcakes about 20 to 25 min.