“Big Mouth Billy” scares off intruder

The crime scene of a break-in at a Rochester’s Hooked on Fishing shop showed evidence that a burglar got scared off by a motion-activated, singing bass

The novelty bass, which had been hung near the door and would start singing “Take Me to the River” whenever someone entered the shop, was found on the floor after the intruder knocked it down as part of breaking the door to get in, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

But the intruder appeared to have left in a hurry, without stealing anything — not tackle nor cash that had been left in “a very visible spot,” Sgt. Tom Claymon said.

The bass “took one for the team,” Claymon said. “There were plenty of things to take but nothing was missing … other than Billy’s pride”

A burglar whose level of sophistication matches that of the fish.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg – or some bought-and-paid-for political hack in Missouri?


Missouri has challenged a law that would require all eggs sold in California to come from hens kept in larger cages.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the law, which takes effect in 2015, would mean higher egg prices in California and force Missouri egg producers to either invest heavily in new cages or give up one-third of their sales…

Missouri says California, by imposing regulations on other states, is violating the Constitution’s Commerce Clause…

Under current law, chickens are guaranteed 67 square inches of floor space each. Koster said the California law, which does not specify a cage size but says hens must be able to move around, could mean anything from slightly bigger cages to more than 400 square inches a chicken.

The Humane Society, which pushed for the California law, said its aim is to keep hens from being housed in “barren battery cages that are more likely to be infected with salmonella. Officials said Tuesday Koster wants “to curry favor with Big Agribusiness.”

Gasp! Can you actually say that out loud in America?

Punks like Koster are in office to represent one class of people – especially in a Confederate state like Missouri. Some of the sleaziest profiteers in our natiion run agribiz in Missouri.

Perish the thought they compete with farmers willing and able to meet healthier, humane standards.

Pic of the Day

Click to enlargeNASA/JPL-Caltech/U of Arizona

From the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter…The image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released Wednesday shows a crater about 100 feet in diameter at the center of a radial burst painting the surface with a pattern of bright and dark tones, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., reported.

The impact that excavated this crater threw some material as far as 9.3 miles, JPL said.

The scar on the Red Planet’s surface appeared some time between imaging of this location by the orbiter’s Context Camera in July 2010 and again in May 2012.

I surely wish I was there. My idea of real adventure travel.