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"If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." — Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Paul Valery, French critic & poet (1871-1945)

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11-24-2016 — 142 years ago on this Thanksgiving Thursday,
Barbed wire was patented (
11-24-1874). Stick with The Barbwire to sharply point out the awful truth. Always.
Je suis Charlie (Brown)

Hope you and yours enjoyed enthralling Thanksgibleting.
Happy High Holly Days
to all.


Updated 12-2-2016 GMT

The Barbwire billion-dollar cure for what ails us
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-29-2016 Sparks Tribune

On Nov. 23, 2014, after revelations by The Barbwire/Sparks Tribune, the Reno News & Review and the Reno-Sparks NAACP, Assemblymember Ira-Hansen, R-Sparks, resigned as speaker-designate of the Nevada State Assembly.

In Memoriam: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 5-29-1917/11-22-1963



   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes.
Everybody knows...
Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016

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Toxins, turkeys, takeovers and true Nevadians
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2016 Sparks Tribune


President Donald Trump as Andrew Jackson? So opined a plethora of prestigious, highly-paid expert pundits on election night. The Barbwire warned of exactly that last March. Twice.
And that ain't all. Read 'em and weep, pilgrims.

Nobody knows nothin'
By David Horsey, Staff Cartoonist / Los Angeles Times 11-9-2016
BARBWIRE SEZ the awesome Mr. Horsey's assertion that only the LAT/USC poll was accurate ain't necessarily so.

Those with crystal balls shouldn't throw stones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-15-2016 Sparks Tribune

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

"Any system of prolonged political paralysis and failed liberalism vomits up monsters. And the longer we remain in a state of political paralysis — especially as we stumble toward another financial collapse — the more certain it becomes that these monsters will take power." Christopher Hedges at 17 Oct. 2016.

History foreshadows a GOP November win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-16-2016 Sparks Tribune

All the more reason to subscribe to Barbwire Confidential.

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Paul Valery, French critic & poet (1871-1945)

Thank you for NOT voting early—>

"If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." Travus T. Hipp, 1982

EVIDENCE IN POINT: The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters
Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?
The Crosscheck program is a response to the imaginary menace of mass voter fraud.
By Greg Palast / Rolling Stone 9-8-2016

Democrats for Trump
Running Mate Exposed

If you voted early, read this and regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the U.S. presidency. (New York Times)
11-4-2016: On this date in 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, as the country chose him as its first black chief executive. (New York Times)

Death wish: How the war on drugs turned into massive black disenfranchisement, electing regressives
"How the Democrats screwed over their most loyal supporters."
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 11-3-2016

Poor Denny's Almanac — Déjà vu all over again and again

Child pawnography in the year of amorality
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-1-2016 Sparks Tribune

Downtown good ole boys never know when to quit
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-25-2016 Sparks Tribune

Single-Payer Health Care Essential for America
Government allows unwarranted corporate profits from taxpayer-developed medicines
By Jake Highton
Sparks Tribune 10-25-2016

Environmental champion Marge Sill dies
Memorial service set for Dec. 2, 2016

Oakland Rapists: Softshoe fascism on steroids
Nevada adopts an official state religion: The NFL
Also: Bernie Sanders and Trump Jr. blow into Reno
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2016 Sparks Tribune

News & Review editor Dennis Myers on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV

Psychotrump vs. Pantsuit: Vegetarian confrontation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2016 Sparks Tribune

Don't ask Renown for marijuana to help your chemo
Corporate welfare's bitter fruit: Union-busting, prevailing wage-violating Syufy burns Sparks City Hall again
Teamsters 533 CEO Debbie Calkins on statewide TV
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-4-2016 Sparks Tribune

Wolf Pack defeat foreshadowed Trump debate win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-27-2016 Sparks Tribune

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Most law enforcement officials at NAACP Tri-State Conference oppose gun show purchase background checks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-20-2016 Sparks Tribune

Justice delayed: Blackguards, gypsy cops and police poltroons
Bret Black charged with murder
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 9-13-2016
The sordid history of the case

None of the Above looking good in 2016
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-6-2016

Area workers again march through historic Virginia City to celebrate the value of work on Labor Day

Northern Nevada Central Labor Council: Labor Day stands for much more than selling sofas 9-5-2016

Walk a mile in Colin Kaepernick's cleats
"In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate."—Toni Morrison
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-30-2016 Sparks Tribune

Mark Twain for President
1879 | Hartford, CT

Member of Nevada's oldest union, CWA 9413/AFL-CIO

Campaign Promises

I have pretty much made up my mind to run for president. What the country wants is a candidate who cannot be injured by investigation of his past history, so that the enemies of the party will be unable to rake up anything against him that nobody ever heard of before. If you know the worst about a candidate to begin with, every attempt to spring things on him will be checkmated. Now I am going to enter the field with an open record. I am going to own up in advance to all the wickedness I have done, and if any congressional committee is disposed to prowl around my biography in the hope of discovering any dark and deadly deed that I have secreted, why—let it prowl.

In the first place, I admit that I treed a rheumatic grandfather of mine in the winter of 1850. He was old and inexpert in climbing trees, but with the heartless brutality that is characteristic of me, I ran him out of the front door in his nightshirt at the point of a shotgun and caused him to bowl up a maple tree, where he remained all night, while I emptied shot into his legs. I did this because he snored. I will do it again if I ever have another grandfather. I am as inhuman now as I was in 1850. I candidly acknowledge that I ran away at the Battle of Gettysburg. My friends have tried to smooth over this fact by asserting that I did so for the purpose of imitating Washington, who went into the woods at Valley Forge for the purpose of saying his prayers. It was a miserable subterfuge. I struck out in a straight line for the Tropic of Cancer, because I was scared. I wanted my country saved, but I preferred to have somebody else save it. I entertain that preference yet. (Courtesy of Lapham's Quarterly)

MARK TWAIN, “A Presidential Candidate.” This sketch was published a year before the election of 1880, in which Republican James A. Garfield beat Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock with 214 of the 369 electoral college votes, but only by a 0.9% margin of the popular vote—the smallest in American history. Mark Twain published The Innocents Abroad in 1869, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885. In 1906 he observed in “What Is Man?” that “fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.” (Courtesy of Lapham's Quarterly)

Latest Barbwire by Barbano columns

Psychographic testing biases police application exams
By Patricia Gallimore and Andrew Barbano / 7-14-2016 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-17-2016

Top 10 cures for what ails us: Better late than never
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

Report: Rise in poverty threatens to further weaken Nevada educationsystem
Ian Whitaker / Las Vegas Sun 7-7-2016

When public interest is secondary to public relations
Managing the spin of the war on drugs
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

Who owns Nevada's PBS TV 5-and-10-cent store?
Who shot JR? Ralston show axed without notice.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-28-2016 Sparks Tribune

Donald Trump, Charles Manson and Mother Theresa
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-21-2016 Sparks Tribune

Rent control, damage control and butt control
Donald Trump's VP running mate uncloaked
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-14-2016 Sparks Tribune

Muhammad Ali: Winning against earthquakes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-10-2016

Nevada utilities continually consume consumers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-31-2016 Sparks Tribune

Dirty words for dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-24-2016 Sparks Tribune

Karmic fowl, fox paws and other freakin' f-words
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-17-2016 Sparks Tribune

Be careful what you wish for: Justice is a game
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-10-2016 Sparks Tribune

Quick fixes & old hexes in the month of yes, you May
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-3-2016 Sparks Tribune

It's OK, that's the way we've always done it, right?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-26-2016 Sparks Tribune

When taking the cure is worse than the disease
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-19-2016 Sparks Tribune

ON THE AIR —> Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore and First Vice-President Andrew Barbano will guest on The Crisis Magazine Radio Program, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 at 10:10 a.m. PDT. The hostess will be Crisis Publisher Laura Blackburne. The call-in number is (516) 877-9843. Established in 1910, The Crisis is the official publication of the NAACP. The program will air live on WTHE 1520-am in the New York City/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan area. A recording of the show will be available in a day or two at the station's website. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Barbwire Confidential: Hush-Hush!
[4-8-2016/U-News Exclusive ] —> On Thursday, April 14 at 1:45 p.m. PDT in Washoe District Court Dept. 7, 75 Court St. in Reno, Judge Patrick Flanagan will consider disqualification of Republican Jason Guinasso's candidacy in Assembly Dist. 26 (southwest Reno/Incline Village). Stay Tuned.

Deconstruction, carpetbaggers and hall-of-famers
District attorney's court filings in the Guinasso candidacy case available with the above column
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

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Voter Registration: The best method yet devised to prevent citizens from voting
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review cover story 4-7-2016

Turnabout is Airplay Dept.

DON: Hey, Ted. Got any pictures of your wife naked?
TED: No!
DON: Wanna buy some?

Copyright © 2016 Andrew Barbano BallotBoxing.US/ Use with attribution granted.

April Foolishness: How to stop a world at war
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

Fighting for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal

True love, machine guns and My Sharrona
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-22-2016 Sparks Tribune

3-17-2016 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's rarely remembered but always worth mentioning that St. Patrick was a slave who later returned to minister to Ireland.

Poor Denny's Almanac — On March 17, 1876, in a search for Crazy Horse, the U.S. Army claimed to have accidentally attacked the wrong Lakota village in South Dakota and on the same day in Montana, General George Crook and his force attacked a Native American village on the Powder River, wiping out many inhabitants and destroying the village; in 1942, General John DeWitt, architect of the concentration camps for U.S. citizens in the west, issued an order making Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah a second military zone from which “enemy aliens” were barred (the coastal states plus Arizona had already been designated the first prohibited zone); in 1960, President Eisenhower approved a covert paramilitary plan, illegal under international law, to overthrow the government of Cuba; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento. (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA

The Ides of March 2016: Washoe County Commission proclaims ¡Hail César!

¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016
/ Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno / Sponsorship & ticket info

Those with crystal balls shouldn't throw stones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-15-2016 Sparks Tribune

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

Hillary Clinton commits the ultimate typo:
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:15:38 +0000 (GMT)
From: "" <>
Andrew -- Polls just closed on the East Coast, and already, we've won Virgina and Georgia.

I pray for and fear for the health and career of the poor staffer who blew it.

Community Teach-In for Gun Sense – Thursday March 3, 5:30 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 2655 Rock Blvd, Sparks NV
RSVP to Temple Sinai

TV or not TV — Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-1-2016 Sparks Tribune

Nevada workers strike megabucks Tesla battery plant
2-29-2016 / Updated 3-1-2016

Screw the courts and screw the dealers: Wynn continues to rip off tips
Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-24-2016

Thanks to all Nevada Caucusians

Nevada caucuses: Star-studded or star-crossed?
Interview with Titanic star Frances Fisher campaigning for Bernie in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-23-2016 Sparks Tribune

History foreshadows a GOP November win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-16-2016 Sparks Tribune

Las Vegas Culinary Union Plans Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Mass Arrests at Palace Station
Sheriff Joe "Arpaio" Lombardo Denies Culinary Union Members Constitutional Right to Peaceful Protest

Michael Moore hospitalized, asks the public's help as his new film approaches release

Michael Moore begs President Obama to visit the poisoned people of Flint, Michigan
Sign the petition!

Psycho-spying the presidential pretenders
Psychological profiles of candidates and presidents
Previous analyses of Justice Clarence Thomas and President Obama proven correct
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-9-2016 Sparks Tribune

Primary colors: NAACP supports statewide faith organizing campaign

For Lonnie L. Feemster, Nevada State Director
NAACP National Voter Fund
(775) 722-0042
e-mail <>

NAACP supports statewide campaign

The Las Vegas and Reno/ Sparks NAACP Branches will support the Faith Organizing Alliance (FOA) in Las Vegas and the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada (AACCONN) in a 2016 statewide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign organized and operated by faith-based leaders and organizations across Nevada.

Activities will include caucus training, voter registration, voter education and a number of voter turnout activities, including the popular “Souls To The Polls” effort during early voting and on election day. The statewide GOTV program expects over 150 organizations to work together on this historic effort.

"The GOTV effort will include telephone calls, sermons and community town hall meetings. The broadly-based groups will ask for commitments from citizens to educate themselves and fulfill their civic responsibility to choose our future leaders," stated longtime NAACP National Voter Fund Nevada State Director Lonnie Feemster.

"This presents a powerful opportunity to overcome the impact of big money and political inequality," Feemster added.

The campaign will target the black electorate in Nevada while collaborating with Latino, Asian, ethnic minority and other non-partisan efforts to empower communities and help overcome political inequality in Nevada.

The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP always supports voter empowerment and increased voter participation. Local NAACP branches do not endorse any candidate or political party.

The president of the Faith Organizing Alliance is Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, Senior Pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Las Vegas.

Bishop Dr. John Wynn, Pastor of Reno's Greater Harvest Church, chairs the African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada.

To support the GOTV effort or obtain additional more information, contact:

Northern Nevada — Lonnie L. Feemster, NAACP National Voter Fund, Nevada State Director (775) 722-0042
Southern Nevada — Rev. Leonard B. Jackson (323) 791-3242


Donald Trump: from ivory tower to Hightower
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-2-2016 Sparks Tribune

If only Shakespeare had written the Constitution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-26-2016 Sparks Tribune

Leading questions and lead-headed leaders
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-19-2016 Sparks Tribune

Hope you and yours had Happy High Holly Days

Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend traditional event schedule

In Sparks, politics isn't personal, just business
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

If you can't trust Dear Abby, whom can you trust?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

Open season on law-breaking dangerous drones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-29-2015 Sparks Tribune, Updated 12-30-2015

Hunka Hunka Bernie Love

SOLIDARITY — Communications Workers of America members and their families from throughout northern Nevada pose with Sen. Sanders after his speech. editor Andrew Barbano, far right, holds up his copy of the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone with Sen. Sanders on the cover. The senator signed it immediately after the photo-op. Primo.

Sanders promises penalties for state corporate welfare

Sparks, Nev. (U-News) [Copyright © 2015] 4:55 p.m. PST 12-27-2015, 00:55 GMT 12-28-2015 — Campaigning in northwestern Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Northern Nevada Labor Temple that he would work to inhibit state vs. state corporate welfare.

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 26/AFL-CIO Business Development Director Rob Benner asked "Senator, I assume you've noticed the 'Fix Tesla First' sign on the wall. Another electric car company, China-owned Faraday, has just received $334 million in tax breaks to come to Nevada. This came almost exactly a year after state government granted Tesla $1.4 billion. What can you do to fix this?"

Sanders understood the problem, stating that "it's not as simple as I will say it, but I would work to see that states lose some portion of federal benefits when they grant huge tax incentives such as you are describing which hurt needed services."

Sanders also said that he would support automatic union recognition if 50 percent plus one worker sign cards saying they want a union.

President Obama promised to support such legislation when he ran in 2008, but the White House never got behind the now long-dead Employee Free Choice Act.

Sanders also opposed a recent proposal to enact a national "right-to-work-for-less" law, adding that if workers get the benefits of a union contract, "they should contribute."

He noted his longtime opposition to treaties such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership which ship jobs to low-wage countries. He added that he knows some Republican senators who have problems with the TPP and it may not pass in this session of Congress.

Sanders advocated for a $15 per hour minimum wage, noting that a working male today makes $700 per year less than he did in 1973, adjusted for inflation. Sanders added that women have also lost ground, especially over the past decade. Editor Andrew Barbano asked Sen. Sanders if he would support a fix to Obamacare which has put union health plans in jeopardy and is forcing union workers to pay a tax for which they receive nothing.

"Absolutely," Sanders replied.

Sanders answered every question from the audience which ranged from moppets to retirees. One young man noted that since he will be 18 by the general election next year, he will be allowed to participate in Nevada's February caucus. Sen. Sanders noted that Iowa likewise allows youth participation. He added that he's running ahead in New Hampshire, is getting closer in Iowa and if he also does well in Nevada and S. Carolina, victory will be possible.

In the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone, he stated that "Nobody denies, Hillary Clinton least of all, that she is an establishment candidate."

Sanders signed Barbano's Dec. 3 Rolling Stone cover.




Nevadian hemlock: Cancer, brain damage & anti-education with a twist of racism

Corporate welfare cancer spreads
Faraday's fair name befouled in fallow fields of North Vegas
Circuitous reasoning followed by circular logic leads to Sparks City Council forming circular firing squad
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

12-14-2015: Sparks council allows unlicensed plumbers & electricians
And we didn't even get kissed afterward
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks City Council Special online report 12-14-2015

Don't diminish value of technical education
SAFETY WARNING: Sparks City Council votes Dec. 14 to allow unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Guest editorial from Stan Jones and Andrew Barbano
Reno Gazette-Journal online 12-10-2015 / Print edition 12-14-2015

Listen to radio campaign rallying Sparks workers & citizens
Featuring the voices of Jim McClain, Donna Lewis and Andrew Barbano

NAACP unanimously opposes removal of licensing standards

     WHEREAS the NAACP has always supported the need for an educated workforce,
     AND WHEREAS the City of Sparks is proposing to remove licensing qualification requirements for plumbers and electricians,
     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes passage of Sparks City Council Agenda Item No. 10.2 on its 14 December 2015 agenda, which would remove all such licensing qualification standards.

— Passed unanimously at the 12-10-2015 Reno-Sparks NAACP general membership meeting

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap — again and again
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune /
Updated 12-2-2015

On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Want minimum-wage plumbers and electricians building your house?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV


Las Vegas luvs El Jefe Donaldo

Trump hotel workers in Las Vegas and elsewhere unionize
Culinary Local 226 / 12-7-2015

Trump can stay at his own unionized hotel when he debates in Las Vegas next week
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 12-7-2015

Donkeyites luv The Donald, too

What a guy.


Machine Gun Michele Fiore wants to shoot Syrian refugees
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 12-2 and 12-8-2015

Happy Thanksgibleting
Love and laughter to you and yours
Almanac for Thanksgiving weekend

Weekend at Bernie's with Eugene McCarthy's grandchildren
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-10-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015

Last of the dinosaurs: Grease for corporate gears
Reno Gazette-Journal "retires" most experienced journalists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-3-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015

The Donald and The Church Lady run among us
Trump deigns to descend upon Sparks to dispense his wisdom and ubiquitous wonderfulness
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-27-2015 Sparks Tribune

Bigoted Reno Gazette-Journal column debunked
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-29-2015
Reno-Sparks NAACP responds

Sen. Ruben Kihuen to emcee NAACP 70th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Oct. 24 at Circus Circus-Reno — Speakers & award winners announced

From holy of holies to lair of the moneychangers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Parsing the paranoia of powerful penny-pinchers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-13-2015 Sparks Tribune

Good news, bad news and Machine Gun Michele
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune

NAACP sets 70th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Oct. 24 Circus Circus-Reno

Voter I.D. and driver's license office closures black-out Alabama's Black Belt
Alabama statewide newspapers / 9-30-2015

Strange bedfellows and nubile wenches
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-29-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show

9-22-2015 —> Yogi Berra is dead at 90. All America mourns.


Editor, Reno Gazette-Journal:

Two great moralists topped the news last Thursday, September 24. Curiously, neither made the front page (1-A) of your newspaper.

While I enjoyed the huge photo of the young lady with the mohawk haircut stacking motorcycle helmets, you might have found room for at least a postage stamp-sized mention of either Pope Francis or the late Yogi Berra.

I know which one I would have chosen.

Andrew Barbano
Reno, Nevada

Published in the 10-1-2015 Reno Gazette-Journal

Pondering the bright side of warmongering
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sacramento mayor and Rheeactionary wife get right-wing millions to fund
private schools at taxpayer expense

Who's Funding Kevin Johnson's Secret Government?
Sister newspaper of Reno News & Review sued for seeking public information

By Dave McKenna / Deadspin/Gawker Media 9-18-2015

Making it: Do casino jobs provide a way into the middle class?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015

Cheering for cheating when jockocracy rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-15-2015 Sparks Tribune

Another lawsuit challenges religious school tax grants
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015

Parents file second lawsuit against Republican education privatization law
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-9-2015

We don't need no education, biblical or not
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act
"This fall, I will introduce a bill in Congress whose sole purpose is to restore and encourage workers' rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions."
The Workplace Democracy Act will help our economy and rebuild the middle class. It will
1. Ensure companies can’t prevent workers from getting a first contract.
2. Make it easier for workers to form unions through a majority sign up process.
3. Strengthen the enforcement when corporations break the law.

Five Ways To Help Labor on Labor Day
Jonathan Cohn / Huffington Post 9-6-2015

Remember workers on Labor Day weekend

Labor Day 2016: Nevada workers' last stand
Barbwire Exclusives: Gansert will run to replace Brower in Nevada Senate
Complaint filed against welfare-bashing illegal GOP front petition

Barbwire by Barbano / Uploaded 8-30-2015/ Expanded from the Tuesday 9-1-2015 Sparks Tribune

Hope one of your detractors attends your funeral
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-25-2015 Sparks Tribune

I Didn't Come From Your Rib You Came From My Vagina
Country wisdom for moonhowlers who salivate to take their country back
A musical reminder to the GOP / Daily Kos 8-20-2015

Anaconjob continues
Mining is The Pits Business often blocks health and safety measures
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-20-2015

Don't call a lawyer to sue a doctor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-18-2015 Sparks Tribune
DMV lines, voting lines and lines in the sand
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-11-2015 Sparks Tribune

Modest Catherine Cortez Masto Fundraiser Aug. 9 in Reno

Barbano promotes Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary on statewide television
Sam Shad turns down wager that FOX News debate will not win time period

Heroic lions, pampered elephants & sweating RINOS
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-4-2015 Sparks Tribune

JFK and LBJ: The truth about the besieged 1965 Voting Rights Act

Ironic colonics, shameless strumpetry & repo men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-28-2015 Sparks Tribune

Happy birthday, Sen. Joe Neal. Born 7-28-1935, Mounds, Louisiana.

Stumpin' for Trump
Democrats should join Donald Trump on the bridge to the future and push
Andrew Barbano guest editorial / Reno News & Review 7-23-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LIX—>
Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

15 July 2015
On this date in 1986,
César Chávez spoke to Nevada workers at the Musicians Union hall in Reno

Just in time for the Nevada Presidential Caucus:
Barbano announces Democrats for Trump
Trumpwump Logo contest begins

Education Dysfunction Part LVIII—>
School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

All the news you never knew you needed to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Blue text represents substantial expansion from 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

New developments in the Judith Black murder case

Applying Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune

Federal lawsuit aims to declare Nevada minimum wage unconstitutional
Las Vegas Review-Journal 6-24-2015

Life & death tickle the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-23-2015 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part LVI—>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune

The 2015 Nevada Legislature's greatest hits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-9-2015 Sparks Tribune

Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
The ghost of Trayvon Martin today hangs heavy over Sparks.
Would killer Wayne Burgarello have been acquitted if he was black?

Barbwire by Barbano / Full-length edition expanded from the censored 6-2-2015 Sparks Tribune

2015 LEGISLATIVE END GAME (at least until special sessions start)
Union workers sound the alarm door-to-door in Carson City and Las Vegas
9:00 a.m. PDT Saturday 30 May 2015

Union cabbies plan mass Las Vegas Strip stoppage/demonstration May 29
Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-28-2015

Gomorrah South casino mogul castrates First Amendment in Nevada
Lawmakers bend over to make it easier for Steve Wynn to file frivolous lawsuits that can stifle and bankrupt any critic
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 5-28-2015

Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune

Cab users: buckle up or else
By John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-21-2015

Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Even Ira Hansen sells out to the gambling-industrial complex
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune

Hotplates, hotheads, hot rumors and hot Moose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-12-2015 Sparks Tribune

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Poor Denny's Almanac for 5-5-2015

On May 5, 2012 at Barrio Logan, the Navy cargo ship U.S.N.S. César Chávez was christened.

MayDay! The bright side of riots in the streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-5-2015 Sparks Tribune

In the Uber-Nevada Legislature, words can kill
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-28-2015 Sparks Tribune

Tesla rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

Radiation Nation:
Gomorrah South bakes in the glow of victory

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015
/ Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Circus Circus Reno event highlights

Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Plus highlights from César XIII
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

César Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga

Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015

Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano: GOP strategy to cripple labor, the gerrymander Nevada control thru at least 2022
By Cole Stangler / International Business Times 3-25-2015

High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable"/Updated

Who was that lady I saw you with last night?
(But can she cook?)

Barbano to legislative committee 3-9-2015: Let Tesla, Switch and Apple help pay for police officer video cameras

Clinging to the Ledge: guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-3-2015 Sparks Tribune

We don't need no stinking wages!
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online legislative edition 2-26-2015

The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Parsing our parsimonious public pursers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

The flush of victory and the irony of deceit
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-10-2015 Sparks Tribune
Murder most foul on the Comstock

Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
The last bastion of local hire comes under fire
By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-4-2015

Follytix, Foxcatchers and corporate weasels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-3-2015 Sparks Tribune

Machine Gun Michele and cheap Ma Bell
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-27-2015 Sparks Tribune

The South Rises Again. Does Ira Hansen know about this?
3 states make MLK holiday a co-celebration honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Shaun King / Daily KOS 1-22-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LIII—>
Gov. Veto El Obtusè talks some trash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Dastardly dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-30-2014 Sparks Tribune


ONE-TIME SHOWING, part of a coast-to-coast tour: Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.

FEATURING: Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Janine Jackson, Dick Gregory, Roberta Baskin, Jeff Cohen, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges, Kristina Borjesson, and many more.

Northern Nevada Labor Temple
1819 Hymer Ave. / Sparks NV 89431
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m. PST

Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone. Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: Why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news?

OFFICIAL SELECTION: IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HotDocs, Vancouver Intl. Film Festival, DOKFILM, Bergen Intl. Film Festival, Canberra Intl. Film Festival, Leeds Intl. Film Fest, Docs DF, London Intl. Documentary Festival, Open City Documentary Festival


Debra Brown, U.S. Outreach Coordinator
Shadows of Liberty

Barbwire review of the film and its predecessor / Sparks Tribune / 1-6-2015

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show
Tuesday 12-16-2014 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST
Andrew Barbano and Sam Shad for an entire program
(About damn time after 22 freakin' years)

Psychically cynical but nonetheless newsworthy political proctology, peerless professional prognostication and
epic poetic proselytizing promiscuously promised.

TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST Wednesday, 12-10-2014
Check hell
for snowfall: Barbano and Gammick actually agree on something.

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: State Senator James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, Capital Senate District 
Pundits: Jesse Gutierrez, Former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Andrew Barbano, Editor,


Walter White and some other white guy

Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Even Ira Hansen sells out to the gambling-industrial complex
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 5: Machine Gun Michele and the good ole boys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 4: Ira & ammosexuals flip us the finger
Hansen places his puppets in top slots but still controls the lower house.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 3: Ira, the guv and the dragonslayers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-2-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada Lawmaker Ira Hansen Is Forced From Leadership Post Over Remarks on Minorities
By KIMBERLEY McGEE and ADAM NAGOURNEY / The New York Times / 11-24-2014

BREAKING BADDER: 11-24-2014: Ira on TV-4 about Israel and gays. Whatta guy!

Breaking Bad Part Deux: Ira blames the Tribune
Barbwire by Barbano / Submitted for publication 11-21-2014 / Expanded from the 11-25-2014 Sparks Tribune

Speaker-elect Hansen bigot, racist, homophobe

KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 11:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, 11-18-2014

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Pundits: Michael Hackett, Alrus Consulting
Jesse Gutierrez, charter school operator and former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Related item: Follytix '15: From Topless Campaign to Breaking Bad
On the documented racism and bigotry of incoming Nevada State Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune
/ 11-18-2014

Reno-Sparks NAACP calls on Assembly Republican Caucus to replace Hansen

Reno News & Review 11-20-2014: Republican leader left a trail
By Dennis Myers

Mark Lipparelli Republican favorite for Dec. 2 State Senate appointment by Democratic Clark County Commission
By Ben Botkin / Las Vegas Review-Journal 11-18-2014 R11/7

Democratic-dominated commission to appoint new GOP state senator
By Ben Botkin / Las Vegas Review-Journal 11-7-2014


Poor Denny's Almanac for Armistice Day, 11-11-2014

Voting, gloating, loathing and scapegoating
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-11-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

If you voted early, this will make you regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-4-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbwire Confidential: Hush-Hush—>Thank you for NOT voting

Sen. Virgil Getto, R-Fallon, 6-19-1924/11-6-2014

I first met Virgil during my maiden voyage at the Nevada Legislature in 1973. I saw a lot of him during the federal court water wars of the 1970s when I did media work for the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.

My most vivid memories of the good senator lie in his plain-spoken manner.

Once, he came out of a Reno federal court hearing fuming — at the irrigation district's lawyers for their self-protective, weasel worded language. He didn't care who heard him. I surely did and I remember four decades down the road.

During the 1981 legislative session, Virgil came up to me and offered his sympathies after finding out that I was stuck putting up with some of his cliquish fellow lawmakers and their good ole boy club.

My late wife, Betty, liked Virgil, once noting that in the senate he was a farm boy surrounded by city boys, an onion in a field of flowers.

I think he would have found that a compliment coming from a woman who married another onion.

Sometimes onions get noticed and do great things, occasionally bursting into beautiful flowers themselves.

Such was the life of Virgil Michael Getto. I remember him warmly and with great respect.

Andrew Barbano, Reno

Posted to 11-11-2014


Pirate Laureate of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

Virginia City's next scary sexy Hollywood movie
Virginia City 911: Sexy Sheriffing in Old ConforteLand
Barbwire by Barbano / Special Nevada Day Edition 10-31-2014, Updated 11-1 and 11-3-2014 and 2-12, 3-3, 6-23, 7-2 & 7-15-2015, 9-13-2016

Every 10 years or so, a major scandal springs from outback Nevada to the cheers of journalists, columnists and scriptwriters.

Back in the 1970s, it was the Nye County Brothel Wars which originated in New West Magazine and became of a book of the same name. The scandal was turned into a blah 1981 TV movie starring Pernell Roberts (Trapper John, MD and Adam Cartwright from Bonanza) and Eileen Brennan (Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Private Benjamin). The book was all about Nevada's Nye County cat houses and the good ole boy system.

TV did everything but write in Big Bird. "Dirty City," the original title was scrapped and the whole thing was transplanted to the fictional Crestridge, Wyoming, about a political tussle over (don't laugh) massage parlors.


Maybe that's why we had to wait until 2010 for Love Ranch starring Dame Helen Mirren (Oscar winner for The Queen) and Joe Pesci (Oscar winner for Goodfellas) as Grace and Charlie Bontempo, a thinly disguised Sally and Joe Conforte.
Love Ranch had everything — sex, jealousy, corruption, shooting and death. Because some of downtown Reno had not changed since the 1970s, part of the film was shot in these parts.

The script was kinda sappy. Doomed heavyweight boxing contender Oscar Bonavena's fictional character was named (I'm not making this up) Armando Bruza.
Get it?

We don't have to wait another 30 years. The next promotional bonanza is staring us right in the face.

If it flies, I will personally nominate Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro as Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Promotion Man of the Year, an honor first given to the guy who brought all those bowlers to the area back when the Confortes held sway in Virginia City and Sparks.

Since it will be set in the present, we won't have G-rating considerations cluttering our minds. Today, anything goes.

You want rough sex, you got it. Call the Sparks Police Department for the gruesome rape complaint filed last April against the sheriff and one of his deputies. It's so grotesque, I will neither quote from it nor upload it to any of my websites. When Joe Hart at KRNV TV-4 first reported it last May, he didn't upload it either.

MARISKA HARGITAY, CALL YOUR OFFICE. At the Oct. 15 Virginia Highlands candidates night, the sheriff said the rape never happened, then questioned why the victim took eight years to report it. I guess he doesn't watch Law & Order SVU.

When challenged by his opponent, Shawn Mahan, Mr. Antinoro added "This victim worked at Sparks P.D. She contacted the other person involved and that was just a year ago."

So did it happen, or not? You can listen for yourself at the sheriff's own campaign website.

What kind of courage did it take to walk into a place where, according to Sheriff Antinoro, many people know you, and then make public such twisted and intimate details?

Another woman recently filed eerily similar charges with Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto. It's as depraved as the Sparks file, including intimations of the legendary kinds of petting zoos only found south of the border.
Chains mandatory, whips optional, bring your own handcuffs.


Antinoro endorses Assemblymember Jim Wheeler, who would bring back slavery "if that's what the constituency wants."

   “As Sheriff, it is my fundamental duty to protect people and their rights. It is good to know there are lawmakers like Assemblyman Wheeler, working to ensure those rights are not infringed upon by the government.”
      — Gerry Antinoro, Sheriff, Storey County
         From Assemblymember Wheeler's website

Another public relations coup for Nevada

Blood in the water:
Wheeler's hypothetical slavery vote
Stephen Colbert/Comedy Central 10-31-13

Jim Wheeler a "slave" to his constituents
Jonathan Capehart/Washington Post 10-29-13

Wheeler apologizes, sorta. Chamber of Commerce demands resignation
Ed Vogel/Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-29-13

Baby, this movie is writing itself! Another public relations coup for Nevada. Maybe we can get major product placement sponsorship from Tesla. (The state's tapped out on that project and can't afford it.)

2-10-2015: Clark M.E. concurs with Washoe — Murder most foul

3-3-2015: Spatter me not on the lone prairie

6-23-2015: Murder, she wrote


A third woman has also come forward.

I've filed public records requests with both Storey County and the AG. The sheriff publishes his cel-phone number (775-881-8196) on county business cards but District Attorney Bill Maddox says since the sheriff pays the bill himself, it's not a public record.

So if a Nevada government agency wants to keep its dealings secret, officials just need to figure out a way to subcontract? Public meetings and public records be damned, we're talking heavy business here.

Barry Smith, Executive Director of the Nevada Press Association in Carson City, says "No elected official should be able to hide public records by using a private cell phone or e-mail account. Clearly, that’s not the intent of Nevada’s public records law."

So who should play the sheriff in our movie? I nominate Howie Mandel for his first dramatic role. Hey, nobody thought Michael Keaton could do Batman, but he was saved by the rubber muscle suit. Mandel looks like Antinoro with about as much hair. Both guys present psycho-scary visages on camera. Perfect.

Our film can conclude by going from light to dark.

You want federal investigations? I've got a great one for action movie lovers. You want drugs and motorcycles? We've got drugs and motorcycles running up and down Interstate 80 with Storey County curiously marked absent from the regional drug interdiction task force. (Last I heard, a goodly chunk of I-80 was within Storey jurisdiction, but maybe they moved the freeway while nobody was looking.)

Sex in squad cars? Part of the job (and better than yoga, from what I understand). Sex in public offices? Piece of cake.

Then comes the really heavy stuff: The botched investigation into the death of Judith Black, bounced from Storey to Washoe County and back, then whip-sawed down to Las Vegas for a third or fourth opinion.

Sister files papers to freeze all Judith Black assets
Comstock Chronicle 7-3-2015

Julia Depew filed the action in Washoe District Court on June 25. Judge Lidia Stiglich has entered a temporary restraining
order, according to Reno attorney Julie Throop.

"We're trying to freeze all assets until there is some resolution in this matter and
what we know so far is in the filings," Throop stated.

"In addition to (widower Bret) Black, Margaret Parks, ADP LLC and US Bancorp are listed as defendants. A hearing is set for July 6," the newspaper reported.

Civil action filed by Judith Black's sister alleges murder most foul
KRNV TV-4 / 7-13-2015

Justice delayed
Bret Black charged with murder
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 9-13-2016

  Nary a peep has been heard from Gomorrah South since June.

  Nice of them to wait until after that pesky November election.

  Antinoro's the perfect anti-hero, leaving Wendover during seriously troubled times for eastern Nevada law enforcement, then heading for Vegas to change his name from Gerald Cook and reinvent himself.

WELCOME TO THE PONDEROSA. Taking advantage of small town divisiveness, he's now the biggest fish in a small pond and he does have his fans.

"He's the best Storey County has had in living memory," said an oldtimer I've known for decades.

At least the best since Joe Conforte, anyway.

All we need now is a convenient grand jury investigation and perhaps a good car chase down Geiger Grade, then I can start writing my book and screenplay.

Thanks for the career opportunity, sheriff.

Your place in Nevada history is secure.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

Andrew Barbano is a 46-year Nevadan and editor of BallotBoxing.US among a dozen or so others. His commentaries have appeared in most Nevada newspapers, occasionally in regional and national magazines, national radio networks and Nevada television systems. Excerpts from the above were published in the 10-28-2014 Sparks Tribune. E-mail <>

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If you voted early, this will make you regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-4-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy 150th Birthday, Ms. Nevada
Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words
Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on display in Reno only thru Nov. 2

Follytix '14: Year of the Topless Campaign
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-28-2014 Sparks Tribune

Words from God on Nevada ballots and Ebola
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-21-2014 Sparks Tribune

A second LV Democratic candidate for assembly ruled ineligible due to residency but remains on ballot
Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-29-2014

Judge rules Las Vegas Democratic assembly candidate ineligible but sole valid opponent can still lose
By Ben Botkin / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-16-2014

Ex-Prez Bill Clinton rallies LV Democrats, Biden coming next
Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-28-2014

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
How to intimidate Nevadans from registering to vote — by a Democrat, no less
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

2014 BallotBoxing.US News Archive

Liberal reasons to oppose liberal positions and policies
Guaranteed to irritate all points of the political spectrum

Political Animal Crackers & Crackups

      "I think it is dangerous to confuse the idea of democracy with elections. Just because you have elections doesn't mean you are a democracy...I'm still taken aback at the extent of indoctrination and propaganda in the United States. It is as if people there are being reared in a sort of altered reality, like broiler chickens or pigs in a pen."

Indian novelist Arundhati Roy
in the Barbwire of 9-12-2004

The American electorate is a dumb cow that follows the herd, is easily stampeded, gets milked for all she's worth and produces offspring for meat, muscle or cannon fodder to benefit the few. When all used up, she is sent to the slaughterhouse so that she may give her overlords the last full measure of devotion, bones for Jello and hide for belts. No stars and stripes for her grave because she doesn't merit one, having been totally consumed by our consumptive system.
Barbwire 9-12-2010

"If elections mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Great Minds Think Alike Dept.
Over-rated New York Times Pulitzer over-achiever Thomas Friedman predicts emergence of a third political party a month after the Barbwire did so for the umpteenth time (He's just one short.)
Paul Krugman: Murdoch as Citizen Kane / GOP candidates paid off by Faux News
New York Times 10-3-2001

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

BREAKING NEWS 10-24-2014: Travus and Lynne Hughes' longtime home, the old church in Silver City, has burned to the ground with the loss of one life. Say a prayer and treasure the memories. Sean Laughlin promises to rebuild. Victims were Travus' first wife, Sandra, and her dog.

NEW: The Bullfrog Times-Picayune and
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

NEWLY UPLOADED: Love ain't free
Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine
CD available

In Memoriam

Assemblymember Pete Livermore, R-Carson City, dies at 73
4th Nevada State Assembly veteran (+Peggy Pierce, Jeffrey, Hogan) to die in the past year

By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal Capital Bureau 10-20-2014

Nevada Assemblymember Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, a strong voice for justice, dies from aftereffects of stroke at age 77
By Laura Myers/ Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-17-2014

Former Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader Jack Jeffrey, D-Las Vegas, dies / U-News 10-10-2014


2014 BallotBoxing.US News Archive

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2006 Statewide Political News Roundup

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BallotBoxing.US 2004-2005 Archive

HBO Special: Hacking Democracy

BARBWIRE: Election theft warnings ignored for 30 years

Nevada Newspapers + Hottest Blogs

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