Changing one's mind about an issue and coming into the proverbial light is seen as a sign of seriousness and credibility. And it certainly should be celebrated and commended. But these converts are often treated with more respect than those who were right from the very beginning.
Someday a Sandy Hook mother - or a Columbine mother, or an Aurora mother, or a mother from massacres yet to come - will say, like the mother of Emmett Till, "I just want the world to see." And then nothing about guns in this country will ever be the same again.
I know it takes BuzzFeed time to write all the articles about 17 Celebrity Puppies You Didn't Know Are Bisexual. (I'm not judging, I just clicked on that myself.) But it would be great if they could find some time in the day for journalism too.
The controversy and shortcomings of Zero Dark Thirty has opened a critical conversation and debate. Hopefully it will lead to brave new Hollywood storytelling about these years when America went in search of monsters to destroy, and ended up slaying things once held dear.
There was a question that was on everybody's lips: "What is wrong with us, how do we stop our violent madness?" Where did that conversation go?
Last night, as an elected Governor of the Documentary Branch, I and my fellow Governors were co-hosting the nominee dinner for the documentary filmmakers. But one of the nominated directors was not there -- Emad Burnat, the co-director of the Oscar-nominated 5 Broken Cameras.
I don't want to be a statistic any longer. I don't want to be a "baby boomer" that is living longer but sicker than my parents. I don't want the illnesses that can be prevented by simply moving more and eating right.
Michael Moore has characterized the movie Zero Dark Thirty, as a "21st century chick flick." Oh, absolutely. Women now to be fully integrated into combat opens up possibilities for an entire oeuvre of "war chick flicks" for Ms. Bigelow or some as-yet unknown up-and-comer.
That really should be the main takeaway from Zero Dark Thirty: That good detective work can bring fruitful results -- and that torture is wrong. Eight years of torture -- no bin Laden. Two years of detective work -- boom! Bin Laden!
The Genovese story left me and many other New Yorkers with troubling questions. How would I react to a similar situation, especially one in which the actual level of danger -- to the possible victim or to myself for intervening -- were unclear?
You might have seen that on Monday President Obama will likely nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. But what you probably haven't seen -- because everyone has forgotten -- is that back in 2007, Hagel went totally crazy and told the truth about our invasion of Iraq.
What Moore fails to realize is that not all that has happened "between the lines" of this war can be painted with the same broad stroke as "bad" or "good," "evil" or "righteous."
I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you. Here's what I do support: I support them coming home. And the best way you can support me -- and the ideals our country says it believes in -- is to get out of the military as soon as you can and never look back.
Michael Moore has a way of cutting through the knee-jerk responses of both conservatives and liberals to the heart of the matter.
While we are discussing and demanding what to do, I respectfully ask that we stop and take a look at what I believe are the three extenuating factors that may answer the question of why we Americans have more violence than most anyone else.
Democracy Now! airs comments made by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore about the Newtown shooting. "Yes, we need more gun control. Yes, we need f...