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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

Well, surprise, surprise. The groundhog saw his shadow this morning, predicting another six weeks of winter. Like that's no news. I can't remember if there was ever an early spring in my lifetime. Does anyone know if there ever was, and if so, what year?

The records indicate that since 1887, the groundhog has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn't seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years. So what was the last year when he hadn't seen his shadow, and did we really have an early spring that year?

According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.

Food for Thought

Although it's a bit late now for election "truths", I just thought these essays from Orson Scott Card were very interesting.

Nobody Was Listening

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

Upholding the Constitution

What Really Matters As We Vote

America Unplugged!