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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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Je suis Charlie
"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." — Joseph Pulitzer

Updated on 2-3-2021 GMT


Barbwire '21: Clinging to the Ledge and Excoriating Coronavirus Superspreaders

Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., 1935-2020

Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts:

The best who ever was just embarked on a new journey. At 12:45 a.m. on 1-1-21, Sen. Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas, informed me that her father, 32-year former State Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., D-North Las Vegas, died at 10:25 p.m. PST 12-31-2020.

"Hello, Mr. Barbano. Happy New Year. I bring sad news to you. My Dad, after a long-fought battle, succumbed to an illness. He passed away at 10:25 tonight at Dignity Health, Sienna Campus, in Henderson, (where) he received the best care, surrounded by family."

My friend Joe had become ill over the past several weeks and apparently succumbed to multiple system failure after rebounding many times to the surprise of professionals and family surrounding him with thoughts and prayers.

Please monitor and for details. You may send remembrances to me for posting.

Requiescas in pace, Senatore Maximissimo, frater mei.

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President & Political Action Committee Chair
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112


Hope you and yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days
Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2021

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Suicide for citizens but not political careers
Lives are on the line
/ Expanded from the 12-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
Remember her laughter

So this is Christmas —> What have you done?
/ Expanded from the 12-23-2020 Sparks Tribune

Transitions and decisions in a darkening winter

Expanded from the 12-16-2020 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-18 & 12-22-2020 GMT

A golden goose for the morally obtuse
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-9-2020 Sparks Tribune

Recipes to die for in a toxic holiday season
Black Friday Blooper and a tale of two Boyntons
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 12-2-2020 Sparks Tribune

The Sermon on Mount Barbwire
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-25-2019 Sparks Tribune

Typhoid Mary infects Sparks Addams Family
In the spirit of true democracy which provides that your rights don't allow you to sneeze on mine
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-18-2019 Sparks Tribune

A fake news fable for our times
Typhoid Mary, quite contrary

In the spirit of true democracy which provides that your rights don't allow you to sneeze on mine
Barbwire Confidential
by Andrew Barbáno
/ 12-11-2019 Online Edition

Red-flag warnings — Ignoring history at our peril
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-11-2019 Sparks Tribune

Happy St. Andrew's Day in Scotland and my house.
Hoist ye holy spirits.

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Attack of the Orange Crusher


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Sixth Anniversary
Overtly racist Nevada lawmaker Ira Hansen resigns after Reno-Sparks NAACP reveals his record
11-25-2020 Sparks Tribune / 11-25-2014 New York Times

American Monster M*A*S*H: Suicide is painless
Almost two-dozen mass transit drivers are now infected with COVID-19
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-18-2020 Sparks Tribune

Legerdemoniacal legerdemain: 3 Rights Make a Left
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-11-2020 Sparks Tribune

The greatest political figure of 2020
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-4-2020 Sparks Tribune

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE election bets. NEW!
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-28-2020 Sparks Tribune

Suede-shoe salesmen sucker city hall
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 10-21-2020 Sparks Tribune

Bigotry means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-14-2020 Sparks Tribune

Intervention Mayday! Suicidal Nevada union workers
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-7-2020 Sparks Tribune

NAACP launches national drive to contact infrequent voters

Superspreaders, homotextuals & hall of famers
Exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice-Designate Amy Coney Barrett
Barbwire by Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-30-2020 Sparks Tribune


NAACP Devastated by Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"On the basis of Justice, we honor RBG"
By Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO / Washington DC 9-18-2020

"THE SOLUTION: As always, expanding economic opportunity with a healing dash of human respect for this magical little place we've been given for just a little time. John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived their lives that way." — Andrew Barbano, Sparks (Nev.) Tribune 9-23-2020



Our Toothless Mask Mandates
By Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal / The New York Times op-ed 10-1-2020

A former big city ER physician, Dr. Rosenthal is an ex-NYT journalist who is now editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News. Her 2017 book "An American Sickness: How health care became big business and how you can take it back" is still the single best encapsulation of how to fix the broken US system. (For a film on some of its best suggestions, get Michael Moore's 2007 "Sicko.") Dr. Rosenthal's latest Times piece notes that law enforcement officials refusing to enforce gubernatorial mandates in Ohio and Wisconsin are creating "a new level of lawlessness." In Nevada, two of our Cow County sheriffs have announced the same thing, as has our Reno-Sparks-Washoe turkey. Likewise the Reno Police Dept. "Not our job." And our infection rate increases accordingly. What a country.

Teamsters Union sues to enforce bus system mask mandate
NAACP President Feemster supports Teamsters fight for passenger/worker safety


The Best Who Ever Was
Barbwire Nominee Dennis Myers elected to Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame
Barbwire / 9-30-2020

¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XVIII / Celebración de César Chávez XVIII
Wednesday 31 March 2021
/ miercoles 31 marzo 2021

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Messages from the gods: Ignore at your peril
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 9-23-2020 Sparks Tribune

There is justice in the world.
Trump actually had to drive the 60+mile route both ways.
Oh, the humanity!

Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx
Still crazy after all these years.

Czar Donaldov invades Nevada Sept. 12
Somebody build a wall — quick!

Cider House Rules: Admonitions & Ammunition