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Do Prairie Dogs Have Shadows in Snow Storms?

February 2nd, 2011
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This is news? In the middle of “snowmageddon©” a groundhog doesn’t see his shadow.

But while your shoveling out feel happy in the knowledge that the rodent predicts an early spring. And he’s never wrong


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“It’s Very Scientifically Proven”

February 4th, 2010
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Hey, look who’s been reading At Home in Hespeler:

Toronto Sun – Feb 2010:  Don’t shoot the messenger, even if he is a groundhog.

At Home in Hespeler – Feb 2009: … How else to explain taking a bite out of New York Mayor Michael groundhog-aBloomberg at a weather ceremony yesterday. Of course, maybe he’s just sick of everybody blaming the messenger.

At Home in Hespeler March – 2008: Wiartin (HP) – Villagers of this hamlet east of Owen Sound today formed in a mob and marched to the site of locally famous Wiarton Willy. Carrying torches, pitchforks and snow shovels and chanting “kill the rodent”, the villagers came to demand an explanation of the weather from the local weather prognosticator.

At Home in Hespeler – March 2007: You, Mr. Groundhog, have one week to improve things…
or else…

I’m surprised the Mounties aren’t at my door. |

Since I’ve started this blog I have covered Groundhog/Prairie Dog day every year and the damn rodents have never been right when calling for an early spring. So this line surprised me:

Don’t blame the messenger. It’s very scientifically proven — and that’s just a fact of life

Who settled this science? The IPCC? Were groundhogs mentioned in the East Anglia emails?

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Groundhog Takes No Guff

February 3rd, 2009

Apparently weather rodent Staten Island Chuck is also a taxpayer. How else to explain taking a bite out of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a weather ceremony yesterday.

Of course, maybe he’s just sicking of everybody blaming the messenger. Either way I hereby dedicate this story to Rondi.

Gopher, Prairie Dog

Damn Grounbdhog – Part Deux

February 2nd, 2009

A couple of years ago, when I actually had an ice rink to skate on, the prognosticating prairie dog gave us an early spring. This year I had leaky hoses and never got around to  laying that ice sheet: a better winter for backyard hockey you would be hard pressed to find too. So what happens?

Wiarton’s weather woodchuck, Willie predicts six more weeks of this cold/snow/blowing crap.

If he’s right, I fear a repeat of last year.

Gopher, Prairie Dog

kill the rodent… Kill the Rodent… KILL THE RODENT

March 7th, 2008

Wiartin (HP) – Villagers of this hamlet east of Owen Sound today formed in a mob and marched to the site of locally famous Wiarton Willy. Carrying torches, pitchforks and snow shovels and chanting “kill the rodent”, the villagers came to demand an explanation of the weather from the local weather prognosticator. Willy this past February 2nd predicted an early spring.

“Six weeks ago today we put a simple question to the damned rodent, six more weeks of winter or early spring,” said one of the protesters. “He said early spring. Well six weeks later, not only do we not have spring, but they are predicting 30cm of snow.”

“Maybe he’s not a groundhog at all”, one protester suggested. “Maybe he’s a gopher.”

“Or a prairie dog,” said another, before re-lighting his torch and picking up on the chant.

kill the rodent… Kill The Rodent… KILL THE RODENT

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Governments – Sheesh!

April 27th, 2007
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I can’t figure out governments in this country anymore. The other day I was Praising Baird for his Kyoto paper, The Cost of Bill C-288 to Canadian Families and Business. But yesterdays nonsense makes no sense to me, especially considering the opposition for C-288 put forth by the environment ministry. Last week Baird was suggesting the costs of Kyoto would be onerous, this week he started imposing costs. The environment ministry is becoming the ministry of whack-a-mole (or is that ministry of whack-a-prairie dog?), bashing away here, then there… no up there.

This seems to me a simple problem. You believe global warming is on, it’s man-made and it is a looming catastrophe, or you don’t. If you believe all three parts of the first statement, then you do anything – ANYTHING – to solve the problem. If you don’t believe all three parts of that statement, then you do nothing, because there is no problem to solve. Half measures make no sense. And what John Baird is doing is half measures.

Which is it John Baird?

Then there’s the Liberals in Toronto. What ever came over them to release the FLICK OFF campaign. (Notice, by the way, you don’t need a fancy font. Use almost any font, type it in caps, it looks like what it’s supposed to look like.) If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

Never mind complaints about prissy indignation, it is entirely inappropriate for a government to be putting together this kind of vulgar campaign. The government should, and must, be held to a higher standard than the rest of us. They should be raising the level of debate, not lowering it.

But what boggles is, did they ever think this would be OK? As the Post points out “…the premier’s office thinks parents who find this campaign offensive lack a sense of humour — that they are just not with it.” Did they not realize this would be a problem? Or have they become so removed from reality, that it never occurred to anyone this would be a problem? If that is so, this group needs to be removed from office quick. If only there was somebody, anybody else to vote for.

Oh, and memo to a couple of children of my acquaintance. Telling your dear old dad to FLICK OFF at any time, for any reason, government approved or not, is hereby added to your “I really don’t recommend it” list.

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Migration Complete

April 23rd, 2007
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I went to Ottawa last Thursday, and when I got back this blog was down due to converting to *new* blogger. Not again. Last time, you may remember I was down for over three weeks, the time before ten days. A repeat, and I don’t think I would have returned, at least not in the form of At Home in Hespeler.

Once again, migration got stuck, and I wound up in the help groups where, to their credit, the blogger employees do their best to problem solve. As you can see, this time the fix was quick, and effective, as I am posting from the *new* blogger template.

Meanwhile I will be writing about Ottawa, but here’s a favourite moment. This little fellow was running around Parliament Hill.
I kept thinking, Prairie Dog? Gopher?
Either way, apparently they are getting a bit more respect from “Canada’s New Government.”

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