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Big Brass Alliance, and mailbag news catchup

Shakes Sis, while I’ve been slacking here with home improvement nightmares, has brought together a coalition of progressive bloggers, including yours truly, that we’re calling The Big Brass Alliance. If we can’t rely on the media to report on important topics, like the Downing Street Memo, then it’s up to us to blogswarm things “into existence.”

Regarding the Downing Street Memo, The BradBlog posts about John Conyers’ request for 100,000 signatures by citizens on the same letter that he and 88 other Congressmen sent to George W. Bush concerning the Downing Street Memo/Minutes. Go read and sign if you agree.

Some other stories in the mailbag while the nail gun is going:

* From Paul: Afghan TV host’s killing spotlights colliding cultures.

As the co-host of Afghanistan’s answer to MTV, 24-year-old Shaima Rezayee was one of the best-known women in her homeland. Now, her killing has made her even more famous. In March, shortly after complaints from the country’s conservative religious Supreme Court that “Hop” was “un-Islamic,” Rezayee was sacked. She said in a media interview shortly afterward that she believed her life was in danger. On May 18, her fears were realized. She was shot dead at her home.

And this one as well: Colorado Governor Vetoes Gay-Rights Bill. Paul said: “We should start bitching about these “activist governors” who are blocking the will of the people…”

* Cat passed along: White House Wants Search Limits Overturned. Chimpy’s asked a federal appeals court Friday to restore its ability to compel Internet service providers to turn over information about their customers or subscribers as part of its fight against terrorism.

* Jon Perr of Perrspectives has a fun feature over at his pad, “Conservatives Gone Wild: Powerline Drool Edition” about Powerline’s and Free Republic’s coverage (and photos) of Miss Universe. Too much!

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