‘After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet’

A booster seat, once used regularly by 7-year-old Daniel Barden, remains in the family van. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

This is journalism:

Eli Saslow (Washington Post): They had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother’s Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of politicians across the country. “A difference-maker,” the organizers had called it. Maybe if Mark could find the most arresting photo of his 7-year-old son, people would be compelled to act.

It hardly mattered that what Mark and his wife, Jackie, really wanted was to ignore Mother’s Day altogether, to stay in their pajamas with their two surviving children, turn off their phones and reward themselves for making it through another day with a glass of Irish whiskey neat.

“Our purpose now is to force people to remember,” Mark said, so down he went into his office to sift through 1,700 photos of the family they had been.

….  Mark turned on his computer and began looking for the right picture. “Something lighthearted,” he said. “Something sweet.” He had been sitting in the same chair Dec. 14, when he received an automated call about a Code Red Alert, and much of the basement had been preserved in that moment. Nobody had touched the foosball table, because Daniel had been the last to play. His books and toy trains sat in their familiar piles, gathering dust. The basement had always been Daniel’s space, and some days Mark believed he could still smell him here, just in from playing outside, all grassy and muddy.

Now it was Daniel’s face staring back at him on the computer screen, alit in an orange glow as he blew out seven candles on a birthday cake in September…..

Read the complete article here

After their children leave for school, Mark and Jackie walk back up the driveway to their house, back to the emptiness. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)





Sandy Hook Promise



Americans for Responsible Solutions


Demand A Plan



One of the issues that matter most removed from the spotlight by Greenwald’s hate fest. Contact Congress, let them know you haven’t forgotten.

167 Responses to “‘After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet’”

  1. 1 Layla
    June 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Chips ty

    • 2 Layla
      June 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      This is so heartbreaking! That they have been forgotten is a sin!

      • 3 Layla
        June 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

        There should be big billboards out there with an ongoing tally of the number of deaths by firearms since the tragic incident in Newtown. Remember when the repubs did this when they were trying to scare the American people re the deficit. The key is to keep reminding people of the ongoing tragedies in the country re guns not once in a while when another tragedy occurs. My God the press are not covering the incidents anymore or barely.

  2. June 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    From the ridiculous to the truly tragic.

  3. 5 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    This story broke my heart but also made me even more determined to continue the fight. As I wrote before, it will be hard, it will be long, it will be frustrating, it will be tiresome, but in the end, we will get there.

  4. 6 cluny
    June 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    can anyone tell me what time joy reid is on today please?

  5. 10 a4alice
    June 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  6. 11 a4alice
    June 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm


  7. June 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Congrats on 1st Layla. Thank you, Chips!!

    #FORWARD Together

  8. 16 Linda
    June 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Whoa ….we are having a ” gully washer ” down pour in Atlanta…..

  9. 17 Linda
    June 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Is Karen Finney on again at 4 PM ?

  10. 18 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Kind of goes to this whole thing… http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/06/09/how-our-political-pooped-outitude-works-for-republicans/

    Get up, dust off, get the steel in your spine…and get FIRED UP! We have no choice BUT to do the right thing…for these children, these families that have had their hearts ripped out. It makes us stronger…do not be distracted from our mission for goodness and fairness….FORWARD.TOGETHER.

  11. 21 Bill
    June 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Snowden say he does not plan on returning to the US.

  12. June 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This Snowden guy is very, very stupid. He’s setting himself up as a target not just by the US gov’t.

  13. June 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Okay, the stupid link did not work on the last thread. I”m still getting used to copy and pasting with my new phone
    This link should work:


  14. 36 a4alice
    June 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  15. 37 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  16. 38 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

  17. 42 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Only4RM ‏@Only4RM 7m


    .@davidfrum Every leaker wants the “hero” & “whistleblower” label w/o the pesky investigation & trial part that actually requires #courage.

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


    • June 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      THIS is what is making me crazy! They do this stuff and then they get rally upset when they are arrested – not sentenced – arrested. And all these people are going nuts about how awful it is that they are arrested for doing something illegal. I always thought that people took these actions WELL AWARE that they will be arrested because they want to use that arrest and subsequent trial to shine the spotlight on whatever heinous thing was disturbing them. These ‘whistleblowers’ act as those they should bypass the justice system entirely. That the police should not even arrest them. So the decision is not in the hands of the prosecutor, judge, or jury, but in the hands of police officers or FBI. I wonder what they would think if law enforcement decided not to arrest some right-winger for doing something illegal for a ‘good’ motive.

      • 44 nathkatun7
        June 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        That’s because they are cowards! They totally don’t understand the discipline of “non-violence civil disobedience.”

        • June 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

          Thank you, yes! I have been having this ‘discussion’ with several people who just don’t seem to get the difference. If you do something illegal you expect the consequences. Even if you do it to promote a greater good, you expect eh consequences. These cry-babies seem to shocked -SHOCKED – when they are arrested or whatever. They also don’t seem to have any specific point in mind.

  18. 48 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Fantastic article.

  19. 50 criquet
    June 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm


  20. 58 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    • June 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Posted this before, but seems appropriate now.

      Janine Gibson is Guardian US Editor-In-Chief:

    • 60 Layla
      June 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Hotchkiss’ seven deadly sins of narcissism[edit]

      Question book-new.svg
      This section relies on references to primary sources. Please add references to secondary or tertiary sources. (October 2012)

      Sandy Hotchkiss identified what she called the seven deadly sins of narcissism:[6]
      1.Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.
      2.Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.
      3.Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.
      4.Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.
      5.Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an “awkward” or “difficult” person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.
      6.Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed.
      7.Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist are treated as if they are part of the narcissist and are expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist there is no boundary between self and other.

  21. 61 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Jordan Ashby ‏@JM_Ashby 1m


    GG has presented this story like a lawyer prosecuting the administration. He makes it all about character. Not the law as it’s written.


    • 62 Layla
      June 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      I am tired of this GiGi person. All I want now is what the President is going to tell us about all of this shit!

  22. June 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  23. 64 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    This is the real scandal.


  24. 66 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    OK, I am laughing at #pillowfort. I’m late to all this breaking leak news. So let’s see—-he’s a h.s. drop out, broke his leg in training in the Army, discharged, went to work as a security guard which prepared him to then go to work in IT intelligence with the NSA and then snapped up by a defense contractor for $200,000/yr and then flees to Hong Kong to tell secrets and wears a hood when on computer to escape detection and lines his room with pillows for protection. Makes perfect sense. What???

  25. June 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    And in good news from the LGBT front:

  26. 70 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Very important difference between a whistleblower and a leaker. Snowden is not a whistleblower.

  27. June 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This is infuriating.

  28. 78 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm


  29. June 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    At this point, it truly would not surprise me if Snowden is actually an FBI agent …. nothing about what is purported to be who he ‘is,’ what he’s done, the fact that ‘PRISM’ is certainly NOT what is described in the ppt slides he ostensibly harvested from the NSA database and sent to folk, makes any sense at all. No one with even the remotest understanding of communication technology would ever admit to lining their door with pillows!!!!

    One thing for sure, if he really is who he claims to be, the HR Department at the NSA is going to be very, very busy!!


    • 81 Bill
      June 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      He worked for the contractor, Booz, Allen, Hamilton. This will not help them with the NSA and CIA.

    • June 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      This is a very curious episode. Hoodies and pillows keep you safe from intrusion. Either he’s an FBI mole, or he’s a complete patsy.

      • June 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        LL, I’m like you, we just don’t do the tinfoil thingy unless we’re covering something out of the oven to keep the moisture from evaporating 🙂

        But, ever since those slides appeared – well you know – just too weird, and now pillows and hoodies and Hong Kong as a bastion of free speech ….. the guy is either the most clueless patsy ever, or some serious sting is underway.

        Whatever … #TrustBarack

    • June 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • 86 Layla
        June 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        Bob do you think that this is all a big play by the President..congress wanted an investigation re the leaks and PBO complied by setting his own traps to uncover the leakers. His demeanor lately(since the latest leaks) does not equate to an upset President over leaks but rather a satisfied man!

    • 88 Layla
      June 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      At this point, it truly would not surprise me if Snowden is actually an FBI agent …. nothing about what is purported to be who he ‘is,’ what he’s done, the fact that ‘PRISM’ is certainly NOT what is described in the ppt slides he ostensibly harvested from the NSA database and sent to folk, makes any sense at all. No one with even the remotest understanding of communication technology would ever admit to lining their door with pillows!!!! This!!!

  30. June 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’m sorry, but what exactly is courageous about this guy.

    Courageous is MLK fighting for what he believed in right smack dab in the middle of the South not from Central America or somewhere in Europe.

    Courageous is MLK continuing to work for Civil Rights, even after being stabbed in the chest, but some crazed woman. Or continuing to fight even after KKK literally burned crosses on his lawn as his family ate dinner.

    Courageous is MLK stint in Birhmingham jail and continuing to rally and fight even knowing he was under surveillance.

    Courageous is MLK returning to Selma, AL even after receiving death threats and with prices he knows were on his head.

    Courageous is John Lewis standing on that bridge being beat upside the head, or the freedom fighter sitting at lunch counters as people pour milkshakes and soda over their heads.

    Whatever the merits of what the guy did, “courageous” or “brave” or “hero” aint’ the word I’d used for this guy.

    Stand and fight, that’s courageous, not fleeing before the fight even began.

    Brave would be for the guy to come right back and face his actions, not looking for means by which to escape prosecution.

    • June 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Courageous is the children marching in the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama.

      “Many children left their schools in order to be arrested, set free, and then to get arrested again the next day. The marches were stopped due to the head of police “Bull Connor” who brought fire hoses to ward off the children and set police dogs after the children.”

      This guy is a narcissist and a coward.

    • 91 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Well said lamh36! MLK, John Lewis, the student led sit-in movement, the Freedom riders, and all those who marched and demonstrated against segregation laws were truly courageous people.

  31. June 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  32. 95 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  33. 99 Bill
    June 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    A former CIA agent on CNN said he thinks China was behind Snowden to get back at us for complaining about Chinese hacking. Sounds far fetched but who knows?

  34. 101 Linda
    June 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Joy Reid has Alter, Joan Walsh and Ari Melber.

    boo hiss

  35. 103 4morefor44
    June 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    edward snowjob.

  36. June 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    For those who can weave the pieces together into a coherent whole.

    Barton Gellman wrote Cheney’s bio “Angler” and also the WaPo PRISM article that broke at the same time as the loathsome @ggreenwald “scoop.”

    Judging by my twitter feed, the DC echo-chamber is squirming right about now.

  37. 106 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Ever have your service provider fix your computer remotely? Just wondering….

  38. 109 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Less than 3 months??? A big hmmmmmmmm

  39. 111 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Booz Allen is like noooooooo….this guy is not one of us.

  40. 112 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I thought it said he was a drop out. How did he join the Army? No can do!


    • 113 dotster3
      June 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Lowered standards during big Iraq push—-were even going to prisons to enlist those who had a yr. or 2 left on their sentences—no one was checking educ. levels. I’m reminded of this lower caliber every time I hear about another military rape.

  41. 115 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller
    It appears Snowden donated $500 to Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign — in two installments opensecrets.org/usearch/?q=edw…
    2 minutes ago

    • 116 desertflower
      June 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Zeke Miller ‏@ZekeJMiller 2m
      Contributions to Ron Paul were on 3/18/2012 and 5/6/2012 — both well after Paul was ever in contention.
      Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

    • 117 dotster3
      June 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      already reported he voted for a “3rd party candidate” in the pres. election.

    • 118 Bill
      June 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      No surprise. Rand Paul / Louie Gohmert 2016. “Protect Our Freedoms, Unless You Are a Woman or Minority”.

  42. 119 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    This shit stinks to high heaven…

  43. 121 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    What a pleasure to watch Joy Reid filling in for The Ed Show. There was an excellent discussion with Jonathan Alter, Joan Walsh and Ari Melber. Most of the excellence was coming from Joy. Will post the video when it becomes available.

  44. 123 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  45. 124 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Dan Amira ‏@DanAmira 49m


    So when Snowden says the NSA *could* spy on anyone at any time, does that mean they do? Bc the police *could* shoot anyone at any time.


    Retweeted by Smartypants

    • 125 Bill
      June 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Snowden said if he had PBO’s email address he had the ability to hack into it.

      • 126 anniebella
        June 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        So the guy who suppose to have done all this because of privacy rights of people are talking about hacking someone else email.

  46. 127 Layla
    June 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Is this really a hotel room, look at the bookshelf!

  47. 131 Jovie
    June 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  48. 132 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Something smells really bad

  49. 133 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    • June 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      UTAL and dotster.

      Noose is tightening. WaPo piece written by same person who wrote Cheney’s “Angler.”

      There will be more than egg on the faces of the DC echo-chamber, and hopefully the MSM will finally wake up to the fact that emoprog “liberals” are actually Cheney-lite.

  50. 135 cluny
    June 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    this feels like a hoax – it’s too stupid to be true

  51. 144 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Something’s amiss

  52. 148 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    In other news—-IRS agent in Cincinnati, a self-described conservative Republican, said he and a colleague made the decision that tea party and “patriot” groups needed extra scrutiny, believed their request for tax-exempt status would affect future IRS filings. Should be end of story.


  53. 149 globalcitizenlinda
    June 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Please help call out the gop; one of their recent obstructions was effort to make private contractors accountable for the security of their network – otherwise forfeit their ability to get government contracts.

  54. 150 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    FLAHBACK – For some reason, I was reminded of this post today.


    By Steve Benen (November 20, 2010)


    Indeed, we can even go a little further with this and note that apparent sabotage isn’t limited to economic policy. Why would Republican senators, without reason or explanation, oppose a nuclear arms treaty that advances U.S. national security interests? When the treaty enjoys support from the GOP elder statesmen and the Pentagon, and is only opposed by Iran, North Korea, and Senate Republicans, it leads to questions about the party’s intentions that give one pause.
    But I get the sense Republicans no longer have any such fears. The media tends to avoid holding congressional parties accountable, and voters aren’t really paying attention anyway. The Boehner/McConnell GOP appears willing to gamble: if they can hold the country back, voters will just blame the president in the end. And that’s quite possibly a safe assumption.

    If that’s the case, though, then it’s time for a very public, albeit uncomfortable, conversation. If a major, powerful political party is making a conscious decision about sabotage, the political world should probably take the time to consider whether this is acceptable, whether it meets the bare minimum standards for patriotism, and whether it’s a healthy development in our system of government.



  55. 151 carolyn
    June 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Something stinks in this “revelation”. No one, even hiding behind pillows and hoodies in a Hong Kong hotel room, willingly admits to leaking classified information of the U.S. Government. I don’t believe this guy is the ultimate betrayer. I wonder how much he’s being paid to pull this stunt? Someone up thread said “follow the money”…..yes…..His supposed employer is now disavowing him……”only three months”…..there’s someone else behind this…….
    This is all too easy, too well timed a disclosure…….
    As Chips has reminded us, we have to keep the important things, like gun reform, immigration reform, student loan rates, repealing the sequester at the forefront and not let our Congresscritters get distracted by this new shiny object………which may be the purpose for the money behind this, because I do believe there is big money behind this…….not this guy’s $200,000 salary for three months.

  56. 152 globalcitizenlinda
    June 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    for those making the Edward Snowden connections – read the guardian article and you can see that they mention he currently has in his room the cheney book – angler. Why?

    someone needs to create one of those famous charts which show linkages and relationships

  57. 155 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  58. 156 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Valerie Patterson ‏@ValPatterson1 15m


    @TheReidReport Great job today. Smartest conversation so far on NSA issue; excellent panel. Keep up the awesome work.


  59. June 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  60. June 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Snowden = supercilious little dick

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Joe: Indictment could be something that had to be done and we have crossed a line that could be dangerous
  • The effort to defend Trump is very haphazard, says former federal prosecutor
  • Ari Melber: Jack Smith hasn’t said a word and he has the whole country listening 
  • A look back to 2019: Predicting Trump could run for re-election to shield himself
  • Neal Katyal: Indictment makes clear no person can brazenly disregard the law without consequence
  • Rep. Raskin: Trump has transformed Lincoln's party; he runs it like a religious cult
  • Republican lawmakers react to Trump's indictment predictably
  • Joe: Trump will now find out you can't bully federal judges or the feds themselves
  • Ibram X. Kendi: When we assess structural racism, we are talking about groups not individuals
  • Women are still pessimistic about the U.S. economy, polling shows



Blog Stats

  • 43,366,933 hits

%d bloggers like this: