Now is the time …. to honor them

Dawn Hochsprung

CT Post: The six Newtown teachers and administrators who died protecting their students at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be the posthumous recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.

President Obama will make the presentations to surviving family members during a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 15 in the White House….

More here

The medals will go to the families of:

Dawn Hochsprung, the principal, Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist and teachers Rachel D’Avino, Lauren Rousseau, Anne Murphy and Victoria Soto.

183 Responses to “Now is the time …. to honor them”

  1. 1 Allison
    February 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    So touching…

  2. 20 yardarm756
    February 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I’m near the top.

  3. 29 Bill
    February 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Tweety just called Cantor “the young Dick Nixon”. Tweety can nail it at times.

  4. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    February 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This is a wonderful thing to do for the families of these heroes. We rightly focus on the families of the little children, but these were wonderful adults who deserved to live their lives and instead sacrificed them for those in their care. They must never be forgotten.

  5. 36 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Good healthcare news, good technology news and now good economic news. Pres. Obama is WINNING!

  6. 40 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It’s going to be an emotional day for everyone but richly deserved award.

  7. February 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    • 42 Allison
      February 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      The sad thing is if it doesn’t affect them personally, they don’t give a shit.

    • 43 4morefor44
      February 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      omg. that is an incredible article, and amazing what his mother did:

      “โ€œI owed it to him as his mother, the good, the bad and the ugly,โ€ she said. โ€œ. . . And as a little boy, you have to go in the ground. If I am going to shut my eyes to that I am not his mother. I had to bear it. I had to do it.โ€
      When the governor of Connecticut arrived, she brought him to see Noah in the open casket. โ€œIf there is ever a piece of legislation that comes across his desk, I needed it to be real for him.โ€ The governor wept.”

      just wow…

    • 44 donna dem 4 obama
      February 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Oh My God!
      I felt physically ill reading her description of what was left of her baby…โ€œThere was no mouth left,โ€ his mother said. โ€œHis jaw was blown away.โ€ – This is beyond sad!!!

    • 46 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      You have a wise mother and brave mother, Noah. She will always love you. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ And so will those who knew you.

    • 47 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      I was brought up reading with little exposure to TV or movies. When I read things like this I see it, I feel it, I experience it. The first time I saw someone shoot a duck, I could taste blood in my mouth. Books are more vivid to me than movies. Well-written ones.

    • 48 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      When I wrote my Congressman and Senator I mention the story of Noah Pozner, what his Mother said his sweet little face look like when she had to identify him.

  8. 49 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Even more fantastic news.

  9. 50 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Chris Matthews’s take on the drone program memo obtained by NBC News.

    • 52 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      I see where some lefties and MSM are trying to turn this drone memo thing into some big deal, but I’m sorry these American citizens who have turn their back on this country, they don’t give a dam about America and if given a chance they would hit us with another 9/11 or worse, we are fighting people who hate us, who want to kill us, and I feel if we get to them first, well so be it, better than they get to us first.

  10. 53 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

  11. 55 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Everyone! I have a lot of catchin up to do today. So I’m going back to Rise and Shine first.

    But I had to come here to say this, cuz I’m hyperventilating
    W-W-W-W-E-T P-O-T-U-S-S-S-S-S-S!!! Oh yeah!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. 58 Dakota
    February 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Hello my little D.J. and “Scandal” fan!

  13. February 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    A geek moment:

  14. 68 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Just found out Cory Booker is following me on Twitter. Now I have to watch what I say about him (not really, since I don’t tweet about him and I don’t follow him)

  15. 70 dotster3
    February 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I’ll take this contest. Charismatic, sane, smart Bruce Braley vs. birther, tea party nut, crazy man Steve King—–the 2 early favorites for Harkin’s Iowa senate seat.

    • 71 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Mmm, definitely one to watch!

    • 72 Lovepolitics2008
      February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Rove is going after King; he thinks that if Steven King wins the primary, the dems will keep the Senate seat.

      I really really hope that Rove’s money won’t succeed in blocking King… But even if Rove does succeed in making a less radical candidate win the primary, I’m confident dems will come out ahead anyway. This is Iowa, and democrats, thanks to President Obama, will have a big grassroots organization ready to work.

  16. February 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  17. 75 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hot-diggity-damn, my President is FINE! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Okay,back to the Heads Up thread…

  18. February 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    • 81 cookemom
      February 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Looks like it’s time for another game of chicken.

    • 82 57andfemale
      February 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      2014 looking a whole lot like 2006, if they keep up this idiocy.

      Speaking of idiocy, Corbett in PA — the PA ‘taxes are going to go sky high’ if he allows the Feds to help provide health care?

      May every alleged Democrat/liberal who stayed home in 2010 take take credit for this monster mess they helped create.

    • 83 Bill
      February 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Rep. Cole (R-OK) is one of the saner Republicans. He has a Ph. D in British history. He is not a flame thrower and is close to Boner. He must realize sequester would be a disaster,and this statement is simply for negotiating purposes. PBO has the GOP on the ropes, and they know it.

    • 85 Lovepolitics2008
      February 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Wanna bet that republicans will sing a different tune when all the lobbyists “work” on them ?

      I’m pretty sure that President Obama’s strategy is to obtain some cuts in defense spending, but cuts based on the ones recommended by the Pentagon (on obsolete arms programs, etc.). What he proposed in the sequester is bigger than what he wants; this gives him and democrats some leeway in the negotiations.

      I think that President Obama is counting on the lobbyists of the defense contractors to push for less defense cuts, so republicans will have to accept to close some tax loopholes to raise more revenue.

      It will be interesting to watch…

  19. February 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    That is one lovely photo of Dawn Hochsprung. May she rest in peace with the grateful thanks of everyone for what she did to save some of those kids.

  20. February 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

  21. 91 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  22. February 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  23. 96 yardarm756
    February 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Subject: Tequila!

    A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it’s filled to
    the brim with $10 bills. He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it.He
    approaches the bartender and asks, “What’s with the money in the jar?”

    “Well…, you pay $10, and if you pass three tests, you get all the money in the jar and the
    keys to a brand new Lexus.”

    The man certainly isn’t going to

    pass this up, so he asks, “What are the three tests?”

    “You gotta pay first,” says the bartender, “those are the rules.”

    So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender $10 which he stuffs into the

    “Okay,” says the bartender, “here’s what you need to do:

    First – You have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in 60 seconds or less, and you can’t
    make a face while doing it.”

    “Second – There’s a pit bull chained in the back with a bad tooth. You have to remove
    that tooth with your bare hands.”

    “Third – There’s a 90-year old lady upstairs who’s never had sex. You have to take care
    of that problem.”

    The man is stunned! “I know I paid my $10 — but I’m not an idiot! I won’t do it! You’d
    have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and then do all those other things!”

    “Your call,” says the bartender, “but, your money stays where it is.”

    As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks and finally says, “Where’s the damn

    He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can.Tears stream down
    both cheeks — but he doesn’t make a face — and he drinks it in 58 seconds!
    Next, he staggers out the back door where he sees the pit bull chained to a pole. Soon, the
    people inside the bar hear loud growling, screaming, and sounds of a terrible fight -then,
    nothing but silence!

    Just when they think that the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar.
    His clothes are ripped to shreds and he’s bleeding from bites and gashes all over his body.

    He drunkenly says, “Now…, where’s that old woman with the bad tooth?”

  24. 98 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Here’s your chance.

  25. 108 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Fabulous geek moment!!!!! http://news.yahoo.com/3d-printed-human-embryonic-stem-cells-created-first-165551783.html

    Imagine if you could take living cells, load them into a printer, and squirt out a 3D tissue that could develop into a kidney or a heart. Scientists are one step closer to that reality, now that they have developed the first printer for embryonic human stem cells.

    In a new study, researchers from the University of Edinburgh have created a cell printer that spits out living embryonic stem cells. The printer was capable of printing uniform-size droplets of cells gently enough to keep the cells alive and maintain their ability to develop into different cell types. The new printing method could be used to make 3D human tissues for testing new drugs, grow organs, or ultimately print cells directly inside the body.

    Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are obtained from human embryos and can develop into any cell type in an adult person, from brain tissue to muscle to bone. This attribute makes them ideal for use in regenerative medicine โ€” repairing, replacing and regenerating damaged cells, tissues or organs. [Stem Cells: 5 Fascinating Findings]

    Since my incredible mom died in 1998 of CHF,while waiting for a heart transplant, I have longed for this time to come…may this become commonplace and accessible to all. Thank you, PBO for stem cell research and the funding of science!!

  26. 112 lisalovesobama
    February 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    so………. Eric Cantor plagerized PBO’s Kansas Fairness Speech from 2011? ๐Ÿ™„

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      February 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Hi LisaLoves! I was just thinking of Cantor because I read Pearce’s article analyzing his speech. I noticed how he and his wife make money doing basically nothing.

      Net Worth: $2.97 Million……..Source of Wealth: Politics……………Eric Ivan Cantor Age: 49years old
      American politician and current House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, has a net worth of $2.97 million. Due to new filing requirements, the Virginia Republican listed a total of $1 million in mortgages for homes in Arlington, Va., and in the Richmond, Va., area. Cantor took out a loan on his personal home in 2011, adding $500,000 to $1 million in debt, according to the filing. Cantorโ€™s wife, who pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars from serving on corporate boards, is now a director for the Edelman Financial Group, according to the disclosure. She kept her spots on the boards of Media General , and Dominoโ€™s Pizza.


  27. 114 yardarm756
    February 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Here ya go carolmaewy

  28. 119 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Eric Cantor is a fool. Of all the people to plagiarize, you choose Pres. Obama? Pres. Obama’s speeches are recognizable and not obscure.

    • 120 Nena20409
      February 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Eric Cantor is Not that bright, really. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The speech, I am certain that he didn’t right it. โ—

      Now….he is going to doubly get it if and when the rethugs learn that he stole his speech from Pres Obama. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 122 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Really pathetic! Ugh, he makes me sick!

  29. 123 Betsy
    February 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    February 15th is a special day for me. It was my dad’s birthday. He passed on last year on March 9th and he had just turned 94. Even though he was around a long time and I was lucky to have him that long, I still miss him so much. I am honored that this wonderful act will take place on such a wonderful day.

  30. February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  31. February 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  32. 135 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  33. 137 dotster3
    February 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Diahnn Carroll (on Rev. Al)—–takes me way back. About the only vacation that wasn’t a fishing trip to Northern Minnesota during my growing up years in Iowa was a trip to the East coast one year with a stop in New York City to see Diahnn in No Strings, the Broadway musical. I was such in awe of her and that show, wore out the soundtrack record album. Remember record albums?

    • 138 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Oh, sorry I missed that. Will have to go watch the video online. Thanks for that. Ms. Carroll is the epitomy of grace and beauty. Always admired her.

      And yes I most certainly do remember record albums. I remember 45s, 78s,12in LPs and deck tapes too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 140 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Phew, still not caught up! [deep breaths]

    Meanwhile, here’s an ode to the rest of the freaky weirdy nerdy spooky geeky TOD fam out there! You know who you are… Love all my peeps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 142 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Dick Morris is the one who predicted almost daily that Romney would sweep the electoral college.

  36. 147 hopefruit2
    February 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    • 148 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      A good question. I would like answer.

      • 149 Nena20409
        February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        It was Not Classified report. The CIA nominee had spoken about the report at a forum some time ago. The “leak” was done, my guess ,for the senate hearing for the CIA nominee to gin up some controversy. The hearing starts this Thursday. Remember in 2009, the guy was pulled for many on the left were against him.

    • 150 Vicki
      February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      That’s right.
      When Rachel and Michael Issikof presented it as news last night I thought “huh? deja vu, we already knew that.”

      One guess is that it is designed to slow down POTUS’s momentum.
      The President and his agenda are flying very high and the whole country is responding positively to our leader.
      Apparently this is making Corporate Overlords from both parties very nervous.

      Any one else see it this way?

      • 151 hopefruit2
        February 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        I see it exactly that way Vicki.

      • 152 Lovepolitics2008
        February 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        It’s tempting to say yes. Because when things are going particularly well for the president, some controversy or some bad incident happens. A document leaked, an ugly incident in Afghanistan like the burning of Korans on a military base, etc.

    • 153 lisalovesobama
      February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      This isn’t going to be an obstacle for gun control and immigration. Why? The American people dont care how we stay safe, we just care that we are safe. This only makes a sound in the echo chamber that is the DC press and idiot liberals who think we live in a utopic society. Like I said last night: screw ’em. Bunch of asses. ๐Ÿ™„ I ain’t sacrificing my life for a bunch of traitors, who’d just as soon murder me as spit on me.

      • 154 Vicki
        February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Agree with you, Lisa.
        This strategy will fail.
        Country wants gun safety and humane immigration reforms.

      • February 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm


        Scroll down for a tweet I meant to attach here ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • 156 Nena20409
        February 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Yep. Nailed it. It is the issue with mostly for the professional left and Libertarians. Many TBGOPers don’t care. The rightwingers would cover it as JoeScar did this morning. To nag and snide at president Obama while using false equivalences.

    • 157 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Eric Cantor.

  37. 158 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Weird and wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. February 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  39. 161 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I’m up to the Sequestration Statement thread.
    Wanna thank you for the 3 photos on that one Chips — especially the last one. Don’t know why exactly, but it moved me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. 162 Claire
    February 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I am sorry if this has already been posted, but love my Ravens and so does the POTUS!


    • 163 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I’m sorry to say this but POTUS love his Chicago Bears.

      • 164 Claire
        February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        That’s okay too. He was showing the Ravens some love today by congratulating them.

        • 165 anniebella
          February 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          Let me show San Fran some love cause after the lights went out it became a good game and they almost pull it out. I was just hoping it was a good game. Didn’t care who win cause my Cowboys weren’t there. But Congratulation to the Ravens. Keep the trophy safe it will be the Cowboys next year. I hope.

    • 166 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      That was a really nice call.

  41. 167 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm


    The Obama administration is poised to launch trade talks with the European Union that would form a $5 trillion trans-Atlantic free-trade zone.

    European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will meet with Obama administration officials Tuesday and Wednesday to work toward announcing the talks, which many observers expect could happen this week.

    Such a time frame would give President Obama a chance to tout progress in next weekโ€™s State of the Union address.

    I just smile ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 168 anniebella
    February 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    So POTUS will be going to Israel next month, I wonder if FLOTUS will be going with him.

  43. 175 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  44. February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  45. 179 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Great article on former Rep. Pat Murphy and the repeal of DADT. Pg 22


  46. 182 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Now is the time indeed. What a beautiful gesture for these heroic souls. We need a Day of Remembrance for all gun victims.

  47. 183 Carolyn Verdin
    February 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    God bless the families that lost their love ones to this un- except able act of violence . Remember your family act of love and protection was not done in vain. We all appreciate them.

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