The Daily Show is reporting that Punxsutawney Phil has been reassigned for statements he made during last week's Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
After attempting to use media attention to warn against the dangers of anthropogenic climate change, Phil was put back in his hole. Not a week later, he has been reassigned to a Whac-a-Mole machine. Oh the indignity. You can view the video here.
Phil's fate is, of course, parody of the not-so-funny experiences of some federal agency scientists. Those real stories will likely come up at the Senate Hearing on Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity taking place later this morning.