Blizzard wars: Getting unstuck (5×8 – 12/29/10)

1) THAT’S NOT GOING TO BUFF OUT

We tried, East Coast, we really tried to give you the benefit of the doubt in the News Cut “blizzard war” with the Midwest over who can handle a little snow better. Look, we’ve got our faults here, East Coast, but it’s not our fault that New York City is on your side. (Be advised: There are multiple “F-bombs” in this video and I usually don’t link or embed video with obscenities. But this case is different).

The blizzard war category: Getting plows unstuck.

Some people are still stranded at airports out East. There are a few tales of passengers stuck on airport tarmacs for hours. Most of these involve foreign airlines because domestic airlines are subject to big fines for keeping passengers imprisoned for more than three hours. But why must our airline infrastructure collapse whenever there’s snow? Simple, says the New York Times’ Nate Silver: Airlines fly with fewer available seats now.

2) THE VALUE OF A SECOND CHANCE

Henry Covington is dead at 53. He apparently died last week and I missed it in all the holiday hoopla. He was an ex-con in Detroit who got a second chance and took it, helping the poor and the homeless. Mitch Albom wrote about him in his recent book “Have a Little Faith.”

Albom talked about Covington — and faith — during an appearance on MPR’s Midday a little over a year ago.

3) CUTTING THE CABLE CORD

No peeking. What is this?

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Answer: It’s David Katzmeier’s new-car-buying machine. He has done what more people are apparently doing: giving up cable and satellite TV, cutting the cord, and staying connected the old-fashioned way. He documents the process on the blog, Diary of a Cable TV Cord Cutter.

He talked to NPR’s Linda Wertheimer this morning about whether this was such a great idea. We admit thinking about this at Casa Bob (Actually, I’ve been thinking about this; I haven’t actually proposed the idea yet). If you’ve cut the cord, tell me your story below.

As for Katzmeier, he gave up and reconnected. The cord is a noose, afterall.

4) WHEN THE INVISIBLE WAR IS VISIBLE

How’d you like to wake up on Christmas morning and see a picture of your kid in a warzone firefight?

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That’s Spc. Andrew Vanderhaeghen of Rochester on the right. A New York Post reporter called his mother, Heidi Hilgers-Heymann, on Christmas morning. “I kind of don’t remember a whole lot about what she said,” Hilgers-Heymann told the Rochester Post Bulletin. The story — which for some reason the PB doesn’t put online — says the picture diminished the Christmas spirit for a lot of families.