Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Only In America - Punxsutawney Phil

I could not believe what I heard on the news today, actually caught on the Wall Street Journal. A prosecutor filed a criminal indictment against a groundhog, who happens to go by the name Punxsutawney Phil. Phil’s crime? It predicted an early spring which turned out to be fraudulent. And this so happened to make headlines, that the rodent was to be pardoned and the blame would be transferred to the Phil’s handler.

*Punxsutawney Phil - a groundhog, resident of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 (Groundhog Day) of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an "early spring." The date of Phil's prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada. He is considered to be the world's most famous prognosticating rodent. During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis.

I'd rather you tagged me (or my ignorance) un-American, but I must say I am amazed at the ridiculousness of this whole scenario. What?! It's really tempting to insert a clip from Sweet Brown, who woke up to go get a cold pop, and then thought somebody was barbequeing. "I said, 'Oh, Lord Jesus, it's a fire!' Then I ran out. I didn't grab no shoes or nothing, Jesus, I ran for my life. And then the smoke got me, I got bronchitis! ...'" AIN'T NOBODY GAT TIME FOR DAT!

I guess it is safe to conclude that when such trivialities make headlines, it implies all is well in the land. After all, I have seen gas prices drop these past couple weeks from $3.89 per gallon to $3.45, employment in Georgia is presently seeing some economic victory with companies like Caterpillar erecting a $200 million factory and employing people in thousands, and General Motors making a comeback in Metro Atlanta this year, also recruiting, expanding and building new facilities. There's a lot of ongoing reconstruction and expansion on the GA state route 316. And just the other day on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, there was some rather dense talk about the TSA allowing knives back on airplanes, a policy that will take effect on April 25 this year, since terrorist groups reportedly know not to take a plane with a knife. So I guess, while Erin Burnett reports it's been 600 days since 'we' lost AAA, it's all peaches in the Peach state, and peaceful in Uncle Sam's land at the moment. 
Hey, what was I ranting about again? Nothing. Other than the fact that this year's spring is fraudulently cold, nothing.

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