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New Find: Pensofal Glass Cookware Lid with Aroma Knob

I just picked up one of these at my locally-owned hardware store where they were featuring them. I needed a lid for my 11' cast iron skillet but I wanted a glass one. The salesperson showed me this one and I bought it. It's pretty cool in that it has a tiny pinhole in the middle of the knob that allows you to add liquid to your food without removing the lid. It has a separate steam vent on the lid and when you turn the lid upside down and place it on a flat surface will hold the pan -- sort of like a small pedestal.

Seriously, I don't own stock in the company or anything, it's just something new that I found and I thought the foodies in C&B might be interested.


Am I Like the Last Person in California to Know This?

California’s Popular Vote Bill Signed Into Law

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would award all of California’s 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

The movement by a group called National Popular Vote aims to prevent a repeat of 2000, when Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote but Republican George W. Bush won the electoral vote. The group’s proposed changes would ensure the winner of the national popular vote becomes president.

With Brown’s signature Monday, California became the eighth state to sign on, giving the effort 132 of the 270 electoral votes it needs to take effect.


So, if the popular vote goes to say, Jeb Bush in 2016, all 55 of California's electoral college votes go to Jeb? Am I reading this right?

Have alerted on this, got no response so I

guess the hosts are good with it. I am, therefore, appealing to you.

There is an avatar that a DUer is using that I find extremely disturbing:


If you recall, Palin had a website that had gun targets on a map of specific Congressional districts. One of those was Gabby Giffords' district and was soon to become a victim of gun violence. I think this DUer's (I have nothing against him/her, btw) avatar is disturbing not only in the way that we should be above this sort of thing, but it's disturbing to those who have been affected by gun violence in their own family/friends, especially certain suicide victims.

Could I get your opinion on this?



CA-16 went from D (sort of) to R last night. UPDATE: It's switched.

We lost a Congressional seat. Costa (blue dog, BARELY a Democrat) lost to an actual Republican. A whole lot of Hispanics were pissed off at Obama for delaying immigration reform and didn't show up to vote.

UPDATE: As of last night, Costa pulled ahead but there are still provisional ballots to be checked.

Florida: Next time maybe choose a REAL Democrat to run against the Republicans?

Voters were LITERALLY given the difference between Republican and Republican-Lite. The outcome really is not surprising. Maybe try something new next time and get an ACTUAL Democrat.

It's a Record!

The West Coast hasn't even finished voting and already the Democrats lost because we didn't cheer loud enough:


So, which races are the nail biters in 2014?

I know Kentucky senatorial race and Georgia's senatorial race. There's one in Alaska (governor?). Which other ones are razor thin close and could go either way? I want to save this thread for election night.


People vote when they have something/someone to vote FOR.

The fact is that the vast majority of people are not political/policy wonks like we at DU are. It's simple, if they don't feel that their needs are being met, if they don't feel like they're being represented by EITHER party, they'll simply stay home. Whine and wail and render your garments all you want about it but the FACT is that if you don't give people someone to vote FOR (He's/She's not as bad as the other guy/gal doesn't work anymore), they're far more likely not to show up.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Locally, there's no Senate seat up and it's not a presidential election year. We did have a couple of Congressional seats that COULD have changed from R to D given the right set of circumstance (the DCCC did not send ONE CENT to either candidate) but since Obama delayed immigration reform the Latinos (majority of the population) in my area are LIVID and several have told me they're staying home because of it. The result is that both seats will remain in R hands.

And before I'm accused of it by the Party Faithful, let me be clear: NO, I AM NOT ADVOCATING PEOPLE STAY HOME ON ELECTION DAY. I just choose not to berate people because they don't feel like anyone represents them. All berating does is cause people to entrench themselves deeper in their beliefs. When promises are made and then not kept, time after time after time, it's not difficult to see why so many are saying they don't feel like their voices are being heard even when they make the "right" choice (voting for Ds).

The remedy is not to berate people but to put up candidates for whom people will get excited -- candidates that they feel will represent them and their interests and WHO KEEP THEIR PROMISES. Do this and people will show up to donate, work for the campaign and get out the vote. Continue to deny, delay and make excuses for why reforms have not even BEGUN to be enacted and you'll get what you have now which is massive voter apathy.

She was against it before she was for it.

Swerengin Voices Support for Gay Marriage

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has announced that she now supports gay marriage. Swearengin, a Republican who is running for state controller had been a supporter of Proposition 8. She announced her new position last week at a meeting of an LGBT conservative group in Southern California.


Swearengin: "It's not been a focal point of my campaign. it's unlikely I would ever have any opportunity to address the issue as state controller. So for the most part I'm staying focused on the two issues I'm campaigning on, the fiscal health of the state and economic development throughout California."

In a written statement released this week Swearengin said she recognizes that same sex marriage is now legal in California and that it is "time to move beyond this issue."


When she had to kiss up to the local religious right goobers she was a staunch supporter for Prop. H8. But because California's Republicans can't be quite as fanatical as their brethren in the rest of the nation (for example, you cannot run for statewide office, be anti-choice and expect to win), she's done 180 degree turnaround.

It's a miracle I tell ya!

Scored Big at the Fair This Year!

Ruby Boysenberry Preserves: FIRST PLACE
Spiced Pickled Beets: FIRST PLACE
Creole Sauce: Nada
Ruby Boysenberry Jam: FIRST PLACE
Blueberry-Basil Vinegar: FIRST PLACE
Macramé Bracelet: THIRD PLACE
Macramé Earrings: FIRST PLACE
Speecy Spicy Salsa: THIRD PLACE

5 BLUE RIBBONS!!!!! That beats my record of 3 Blue Ribbons in one year.
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