PETA wants to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot-groundhog. This is just stupid: How can a robot-groundhog tell whether winter is over or not?

Meanwhile, according to the AP, the president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club (the Inner Circle? Why make it sound so insidious, Groundhog Club?) says Phil is "being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania" and lives in a climate-controlled environment. If the latter is true, he is being treated better than the average Stranger writer; our heating SUX. It's 47 degrees in Seattle and approximately 42 degrees in the office.