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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bamachicks8, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. bamachicks8

    bamachicks8 Songster

    Ohio Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Famous Groundhog
    By Laura Blum posted Mar 21st 2013 08:20PM
    March 21, 2013

    Groundhog Club co-handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring, on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2013, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Six weeks after weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil signaled that spring would arrive early, much of the country remains in the throes of winter, with more storms on the way.

    Yes, Phil blew his big forecast - big time.

    And while some might just shrug off the mistake, officials in Butler County, Ohio, won't let it go that easily.

    On March 21, the county's prosecuting attorney Michael Gmoser indicted the groundhog, alleging that Phil "did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early."

    The indictment continues:
    Contrary to the Groundhog Day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future, which constitutes the offense of MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING.
    What's more, Gmoser alleges that Phil committed an unclassified felony, and he believes the rodent deserves the death penalty. In the words of the indictment:
    The people further find and specify that due to the aggravating circumstances and misrepresentation to the people that the death penalty be implemented to the defendant, Punxsutawney Phil.
    Gmoser needn't look far for support. Internet users far and wide lashed out at the groundhog in recent days, calling him a liar and calling for his head.

    The humorous newspaper "The Onion" even got in on the action, publishing a story on March 18 entitled, "Punxsutawney Phil Beheaded for Inaccurate Prediction on Annual Groundhog Slaughtering Day."

    So, does Gmoser really want to see Phil pay the ultimate price for his failed forecast?

    Not exactly. Regarding any potential litigation, the prosecutor told The Washington Post, "I hope everyone understands it's tongue-in-cheek..."

    Phew at first i thought this guy really wanted to do this!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I want to be on that jury. [​IMG] I am so done with winter, but apparently it's not done with me. [​IMG]
  3. KBlue

    KBlue Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    I think the death penalty is a bit harsh for a fraud conviction.

    Maybe a few mandatory courses in meteorology and business ethics would be appropriate?
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

  5. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Songster

    Apr 23, 2010
    [​IMG] I know the feeling.
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I swear we are getting more snow now than we did last month.
  7. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    Why would anybody put stock in an animal that is held in captivity to predict weather with a 40% accuracy? Seems foolish to me even if you don't take it seriously. Personally I think he would make an awesome hat. I go by what natures signs are. The signs are all around us. While not exactly perfect but far closer than that fat little hat. Numbers of acorns, how much pine needles are shed by pines indicate to me the amount of snow that will fall. How soon whitetail deer coats change, as well as geese flocking back up from raising their young tell me when winter will be. Thickness of coats and layers of down give you a pretty good idea how cold it will be. How active animals are during fall is a good sign. While these signs differ by region and I speak only of what goes on in New England I would like to believe that there are indicators in other regions as well. That's my two cents or IMHO. My hat size is 7 and 3/8.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013

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