Laura Flanders discusses her views on women, race, class and the 2008 U.S. elections.
Laura Flanders is an Air America radio host and journalist. She is the author of Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species and Real Majority, Media Minority: The Cost of Sidelining Women in Reporting. Flanders was the Founding Director of the Women's Desk at the media-watch group FAIR.
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LOGLINE: A "Military Interrogator" returns from Iraq with Acute Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
DESCRIPTOR: "SAW" meets "FARENHEIT 9-11"
•Shocking, compelling, overwhelming, intense...
Thom Hartmann, Air America Radio Host
•"I got sucked right in... from beginning to end. It's like a Stephen King/John Grisham short story. SCARY!!! I'm a little spooked now..."
Christina Park, WNYW/ Fox 5, New York, Formerly of CNN
•Its the perfect festival film
Chad Coles, Asst. Producer, SAW 1,2&3
•I watched the final cut of Torturer today and called Rich to tell him what a riveting film it is -- great performances...
James Seale Director of Throttle and Juncture
•The flick is killer!! To the Nth degree! You and anybody else can kiss my ass if you., they... whoever thinks different!!
Mark Alston, Producer Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress
•I wish you the best of luck and say that I appreciate what you are doing.
Anthony Lagouranis, author of the biography Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq
'Shocking, compelling, intense...' Thom Hartmann, Air America Radio
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US Senate candidate Al Franken was loose and making jokes as his legal team prepared for Monday's election contest trial that could determine who is Minnesota's next US Senator.
After a state-wide hand recount, Franken holds a 225-vote lead over former US Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman is taking the election to court claiming irregularities on how some of the votes were counted and handled. You can watch that trial live on The UpTake *******www.theuptake**** starting Monday at 1pm CT/ 2pm ET/ Noon MT/ 11am PT.
Known initially as a comedian, Franken solidified his seriousness about politics while hosting a radio show on Air America. Saturday he recalled those days while speaking at a party thrown by the Minnesota Air America affiliate AM 950, KTNF "The Voice of Minnesota". While he joked he has "lost his sense of humor", Franken showed that he still has his comic chops and used them to make points about the right wing, the recount and the future of America.
I feel coming to the Blue State Ball that this is my base. I am very proud of what we did with progressive radio. I am very proud of people like Rachel Maddow who have gone on to such great things. And we've really established a foothold. We really have. The other side is really floundering. They don't know what to do. Rush is now " I want 'em to fail". It's pretty amazing, huh? Showing their stripes. And don't they show their stripes.
First of all I want to say something about Amy. Amy really taught me how to run for the Senate. In the '06 cycle I must have done about 50 or 60 bean feeds and burger bashes and spaghetti dinners around the state. And everywhere I went, out of the 60, say Amy was at 40. And if Amy wasn't there, her husband John was there. And if John wasn't there her dad Jim was there. And if none of them were there I wondered 'why am I here, there must be something wrong with this, must be something wrong with this one' (laughter)
And when I started, and it's almost two years ago now, we on the Franken campaign believe the third year of our campaign will be the best ever (laughter and applause)
But when I started two years ago, I said ' no one will work harder for this Senate seat than me because Amy Klobuchar isn't in the race'. (laughter)
And Franni and I worked really hard and we're really proud of that. (applause) And Franni was amazing, has been amazing this whole time. You know when I first started I called all my friends and said 'Franni and I are running for the Senate and if we win I get to be the Senator' (mild laughter) And at a certain point in the race I had a lot of people coming up to me and saying like 'God I love Franni.'
So I finally had to put in my speech for awhile, then it got cycled out after everyone heard it, was that it's fine to like Franni more than me, but you just, you don't have to tell me. (laughter)
I'm the candidate and ... (audience member "we love you too") Well thank you (applause).
What an amazing week. Franni is here, where are you honey? (applause) . We were in Washington last week. An unbelievably inspiring inauguration. To look around and see folks as far as the eye can see. You could not see the end of people. There were people from the Capitol, where Barack Obama was sworn in, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial where 45-years ago Martin Luther King gave his 'I have a dream' speech. This has never happened before. It was just awe inspiring.
And the President said something that spoke to me. He quoted the bible and said 'it's time to give up childish things ' I think. And it made me think, about what I'm doing and the transition I'm making. And there will be some that argue that what I did was ....
Audience member: Please don't give up humor. (laughter)
No I, the gentleman said 'please don't give up humor'. I've lost my sense of humor. (laughter). That happened in the ...
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The voters have spoken, and they said no to California's budget balancing proposals, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. Mark Walsh, founder of Air America, and Dan Mitchell, of the Cato Institute, share their insights.
Comedian Tangela Ekhoff launches her Campaign to Elect New Oprah. When Oprah's show goes off the air, America will face the most challenging days she has ever seen. Ever the concerned American, Tangela has decided to run for Oprah. Please support Tangela with your vote. America needs an Oprah, and Tangela needs a job...it's a win-win.