Kill Phil: Calls For Justice For Punxsutawney Phil In The Face Of A Late Winter

IMG_0449220px-Groundhog3I woke this morning to find this Spring scene in my backyard. While I do not mind snow, it is a bitter pill for my kids who get a snow day while on Spring break when there is no school. At five this morning, I ran out to bring in the Spring plantings that we bought two days ago. I acted on the best of advice: Punxsutawney Phil assured me of an early Spring and once again the world’s most famous living rodent was wrong. The late Winter has already resulted in calls for beheadings and criminal charges for Phil.

I am not ready for beheading as I dry my snow soaked slippers but I suspect a certain rodent is playing with his human captives.

There is only one weatherman who saw the ugly truth about Phil:

By the way, it is still snowing.


29 thoughts on “Kill Phil: Calls For Justice For Punxsutawney Phil In The Face Of A Late Winter

  1. Spring is coming early in some places. Phil is always right, he just doesn’t tell us which state (or country) has captured his attention each year.

  2. Shout Phil be charged with Detrimental Reliance, Fraud in the Inducement…. But then is it reasonable to rely…

  3. Phil probably makes less bad predicitions than your local weather person, whats good for one should be good for all

  4. Bitter pill? Show them how to make a snow man. If ya know. They probably dont play outside anyway. Take that computer away from them and get them outdoors with a sled.

  5. Punxsutawney Phil says:

    “Why is it that once a year all these humans are staring at my burrow? Then, they all chirp out and one of them with a black tube on his head holds me in the air. When I come out of the burrow, half the time I just ignore them and go back inside, it all depends on how silly they look that particular year.”

  6. Gene H.1, March 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

    A bit of onion, some chilli powder, problem solved.

    Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream
    Recipe By: “Indian Cookin”, compiled by Herb Walker, 1977




    Preparation Method


    Groundhog, skinned & cleaned
























    Bacon fat



    Wild onions






    Sour cream

    Skin and clean the groundhog. Wash and dry and put in an earthen crock. Cover with water and a half cup of vinegar and 1 T. of salt. Let stand in a cool place overnight. In the morning, remove from brine, wash and pat dry with a damp cloth. In a large soup kettle combine 2 qt. of water and 2 T. of soda. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, removing the scum as it rises to the surface. Drain and rinse the groundhog meat and cut into serving pieces. Combinethe flour, salt and allspice and dredge the pieces of meat in the mixture. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the bacon fat in a heavy iron frying pan until smoking. jBrown meat on all sides. Transfer the browned meat into a greased 4 qt. casserole. Arrange sliced onions on top, add water, cover and bake in a preheated oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Transfer the meat to a heated platter to keep warm. Put the casserole on top of the stove over medium heat and spoon in the sour cream stirring constantly. Do not let the sauce come to a boil. Put the meat back into the casserole and simmer for about 15 minutes. Delicious served with creamed dandelion leaves.

  7. Oriental Groundhog:

    1.1 groundhog
    2. 2 quarts water
    3. ¼ cup salt
    4. ½ cup soy sauce
    5. 2 whole cloves garlic
    6. 1 whole pepper
    7. ¼ onion
    8. 2 tablespoon mild chile powder
    9. ¼ bunch whole parsley
    10. 4 beef bouillon cubes
    11. ¼ teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper
    12. 1 cup beef or chicken broth
    13. Teriyaki glaze

    Cut meat into pieces and let soak in 1 quart water and salt for three hours. Transfer groundhog to 1 quart fresh water and soak 4 hours. Drain and dry meat. Place meat in a baking pan with broth, soy sauce, garlic cloves, pepper, onion, Chile powder, parsley, bullion cubes, and white pepper. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half. Baste frequently and finish with teriyaki glaze.


    This recipe is more ironic than the others. Take it for what it is worth. Sorry we can’t remember where we found this recipe, but it was when we were looking for a bad meatloaf recipe while drinking Bear Whiz Beer.

    Take your small gun (again, .22 caliber is best). Remember to put the bullets in.
    Hunt & find the groundhog. They have good eyesight, so be sneaky. Aim for the head. We’re assuming the groundhog’s head, not your own.
    Skin groundhog and gut him. Clean out carcass with garden hose.
    Cut critter into quarters.
    Make up a big batch of your favorite marinade (be sure it has oil & vinegar to help tenderize the critter).
    Throw marinade and critter pieces into plastic trash bag and marinade around 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
    Take out marinated critter pieces and throw on the grill on low heat. Cook until rare to medium rare. Do not overcook, critter will dry out.
    No one likes their critter dry, except for your well soused uncle.


1 groundhog, skinned and cleaned 
1/4 cup onion 
1/4 cup green pepper 
1/2 tbsp minced parsley 
1 tbsp. salt 
1/8 tsp. pepper 
4 1/2 tbsp. flour 
3 cups broth
1 cup flour 
2 tbsp. baking powder 
1/4 tsp. salt 
2 tbsp. fat 
1/4 cup milk
    Cut woodchuck into 2 or 3 pieces. Parboil for 1 hour. Remove meat from bones in large pieces. Add onion, green pepper, parsley, salt, pepper, and flour to the broth and srit until it thickens. If the broth does not measure 3 cups, add water. Add the meat to the broth mixture and stir thoroughly. Pour into baking dish.
    For biscuits: sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. Cut in the fat and add the liquid. Stir until the dry ingredients are moist. Roll only enough to make it fit the dish. Place dough on top of meat, put in a hot oven (400 degrees F.) and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until dough is browned. Serves 6-8.

  10. Man, some of you guys will eat just about anything. What’s wrong with regular food such as Beer Batter Rattlesnake? Not highbrow enough for ya? :)

  11. Forget the disappointment that it isn’t spring. Enjoy the beauty of the snow. Take a walk down the street, around the block and see what beauty is in your neighbors’ yards. When you get home, change into dry comfy clothes, fix some hot chocolate with marshmallows or whipped cream. Enjoy.

  12. bettykath: I can stand the cold and ice, but my dog has no shoes. He can barely keep his scarf on. Plus he is very unsteady on slippery surfaces, the poor guy crouches down, legs far apart, and tries to duck waddle with his tail between his legs…

    He’s not made for this. I need to find a heated indoor wooded trail for this young man.

  13. Darn don’t know how to post a picture here but have one with Phil holding a sign reading :I lied.” ” Might be a different form of punishment given to him by a judge ((*_*))

  14. Darren,

    “Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you! ” – Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

  15. Great quote Gene from a great movie. In case you didn’t know, Groundhog Day was filmed in my town of Woodstock, Illinois. It was a hoot to see Bill Murray walking around the square!

  16. Tony, My advice was for JT. I’ve had enough snow, ice and cold. So, too, has my dog which also has no warm shoes. I’m ready for another trip south! If Max didn’t have a vet appointment next week we would be gone!!!

  17. Nice photo of the trees. We have the same here (MO.) and I don’t do shoveling so this looks like about a week of staying indoors at least. I’m a big fan of solar energy and given time, the sun will melt it off. Use what ya’ got, it’s the natural way.

  18. Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti rabies injections because the bites were so severe.

    The prosecutor decided to drop charges against Phil:

    “Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, said Monday the furry prognosticator had actually predicted six more weeks of winter, but he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil’s “groundhog-ese.”
    “Now it turns out, Punxsutawney Phil is little more than a scapegoat,” Gmoser wrote in the dismissal.

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