It's February 2 so it must be...

Groundhog Day

and Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an EARLY SPRING

yup, Phil did NOT see his shadow, and according to German folklore, this means we can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter

he's been predicting an early spring each year since 2000
they've been tracking his prognostications since the 1800s

Phil was not the only one who did not see his shadow. Staten Island Chuck, Long Island's Marmota monax Malverne Mel, Georgia's whistle pig General Beauregard Lee, Ontarios's albino groundhog Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's own woodchuck Shubenacadie Sam all predicted an early spring for their respective locales.

One contrarian is land beaver Holtsville Hal, also from Long Island, who did see his shadow. Up north, Manitoba Merv mutely declared that Winnipeg residents would have six more weeks of spring.

While we here in North America were busy consulting rodents about the arrival of the next season, scientists in Paris were discussing how to convince Bush that global warming is not a myth and that it may be caused by people's actions. The French even turned off the lights of the Eiffel Tower to acknowledge the meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations. George Will would be aghast!

On to more important things... The only Bill Murray movie I like is, no kidding, Groundhog Day (1993). That has less to do with him and more to do with the story. Didn't that old geezer Schopenhauer allude to eternal recurrence, w/c is like the central thing that dude Nietzsche ended up talking about? You have to love every aspect of your life that you'd be willing to live it over and over again. And she's like, I've heard about Nietzsche and he's a downer; I'm sure he wouldn't have said anything like that. Whatever!