Today’s cup: oil prices, Libya Day Six, the Sweet Sixteen, and dog photos

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There’s been no “Mission Accomplished” moment in Tripoli yet as the allied military operation to defeat Gadhafi’s (this spelling seems to be popular) forces entered its sixth day.  Seems the coalition fighting for the rebels has dealt a crippling blow to Gadhafi’s air force but he fights on.  President Obama appears anxious to hand over the leadership role in the maneuvers to NATO as soon as possible.

The bombing at a bus station in Jerusalem Wednesday has put an obvious crimp in Israeli talks of a peace negotiation with the Palestinians, though the process was already on life support.  No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack that killed a British tourist and injured dozens of others, though Israel has every right to assume that the terror tactic was connected to Hamas.  U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Israel today to discuss the situation.

The death toll among Syrians protesting against their repressive government continues to mount as police patrol Damascus in a military-style crackdown.

A barrel of oil fell about 64¢ in price Thursday from a 30-month high of $105.75 on Wednesday because there’s less fear of Saudi Arabia being pulled into the mess surrounding them than there was a few days ago.  All I know is that it cost me $75 to fill up my swagger wagon yesterday and no oil company is wondering how they’re going to pay their bills.  For the umpteenth time, gas prices are beeeeee essssss.

Jobless claims fell by 5000 last week to around 380,000, keeping the unemployment level for five of the past seven weeks under 400,000.  Keep it up and economists say the numbers will have a significant effect on the job market, in a good way.

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee in June or even sooner so she can participate in early GOP presidential debates.  What a colossal waste of money, but she should be good for a few laughs.  Sarah?  How ‘bout you?  Are you back from Israel yet?

Along those lines: Ed Harris will play John McCain to Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change” about McCain’s decision to choose Palin as his running mate and all that came after.  Good casting.  I love Ed Harris.

Governor Paul LePage of Maine, rather than get into the messy doings of threatening public workers with eliminating collective bargaining rights, has instead decided one problem and, therefore, solution in dealing with the unions is visual.  He’s ordered the removal of a 3-year-old mural at the state’s Department of Labor building, saying it’s one-sided in its depiction of Maine’s labor history.  He’s taking a different approach, however lame.  Give him that.

The Sweet Sixteen begins tonight.  Duke/Arizona, UConn/SDSU, Butler/Wisconsin, and BYU/Florida.  CBS, TBS, check your local listings.

Dog photos: adorable, funny joke, cuddling baby, dog doing squats.  (I get so many.)

Fuggedaboutit, fugacious is an excellent word even if it only lasts but a moment.

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