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Democrats for Trump
Running Mate Exposed
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
testing biases police application exams
By Patricia Gallimore and Andrew Barbano / RGJ.com 7-14-2016 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-17-2016
10 cures for what ails us: Better late than never
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-12-2016 Sparks Tribune
Rise in poverty threatens to further weaken Nevada education system
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
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
Trump, Charles Manson and Mother Theresa
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-21-2016 Sparks Tribune
control, damage control and butt control
Donald Trump's VP running mate uncloaked
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-14-2016 Sparks Tribune
Ali: Winning against earthquakes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-10-2016
utilities continually consume consumers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-31-2016 Sparks Tribune
words for dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-24-2016 Sparks Tribune
fowl, fox paws and other freakin' f-words
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-17-2016 Sparks Tribune
careful what you wish for: Justice is a game
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-10-2016 Sparks Tribune
fixes & old hexes in the month of yes, you May
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-3-2016 Sparks Tribune
OK, that's the way we've always done it, right?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-26-2016 Sparks Tribune
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.
[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.
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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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.
Hey, Ted. Got any pictures of your wife naked?
Copyright © 2016 Andrew Barbano BallotBoxing.US/ Use with attribution granted.
Foolishness: How to stop a world at war
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-5-2016 Sparks Tribune
for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal
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!
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!
César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno / Sponsorship & ticket info
Clinton commits the ultimate typo:
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:15:38 +0000 (GMT)
From: "HillaryClinton.com" <email@example.com>
Andrew -- Polls just closed on the East Coast, and already, we've won Virgina and Georgia.
pray for and fear for the health and career of the poor staffer who blew
workers strike megabucks Tesla battery plant
2-29-2016 / Updated 3-1-2016
the courts and screw the dealers: Wynn continues to rip off tips
Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-24-2016
Thanks to all Nevada Caucusians
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
foreshadows a GOP November win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-16-2016 Sparks Tribune
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
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
HISTORY IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH: AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLERGY VOTER EMPOWERMENT
PROJECT EXPANDS TO LATINO AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Trump: from ivory tower to Hightower
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-2-2016 Sparks Tribune
only Shakespeare had written the Constitution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-26-2016 Sparks Tribune
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
Sparks, politics isn't personal, just business
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-12-2016 Sparks Tribune
you can't trust Dear Abby, whom can you trust?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-5-2016 Sparks Tribune
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
promises penalties for state corporate welfare
Nevadian hemlock: Cancer, brain damage & anti-education with a twist of racism
welfare cancer spreads
Sparks council allows unlicensed plumbers & electricians
diminish value of technical education
to radio campaign rallying Sparks workers & citizens
deeds done dirt cheap again and again
and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Las Vegas luvs El Jefe Donaldo
hotel workers in Las Vegas and elsewhere unionize
can stay at his own unionized hotel when he debates in Las Vegas next
Donkeyites luv The Donald, too
What a guy.
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
Love and laughter to you and yours
Almanac for Thanksgiving 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
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
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
holy of holies to lair of the moneychangers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-20-2015 Sparks Tribune
the paranoia of powerful penny-pinchers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-13-2015 Sparks Tribune
news, bad news and Machine Gun Michele
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune
I.D. and driver's license office closures black-out Alabama's Black Belt
Alabama statewide newspapers / 9-30-2015
bedfellows and nubile wenches
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-29-2015 Sparks Tribune
the bright side of warmongering
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-22-2015 Sparks Tribune
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
it: Do casino jobs provide a way into the middle class?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015
for cheating when jockocracy rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-15-2015 Sparks Tribune
lawsuit challenges religious school tax grants
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015
file second lawsuit against Republican education privatization law
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-9-2015
don't need no education, biblical or not
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-8-2015 Sparks Tribune
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 cant 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.
Ways To Help Labor on Labor Day
Jonathan Cohn / Huffington Post 9-6-2015
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
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
Mining is The Pits — Business often blocks health and safety measures
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-20-2015
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
promotes Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary on statewide television
Sam Shad turns down wager that FOX News debate will not win time period
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
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.
Democrats should join Donald Trump on the bridge to the future and push
Andrew Barbano guest editorial / Reno News & Review 7-23-2015
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
On this date in 1986, César Chávez spoke to Nevada workers at the Musicians Union hall in Reno
in time for the Nevada Presidential Caucus:
Barbano announces Democrats for Trump
Trumpwump Logo contest begins
Dysfunction Part LVIII>
School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune
the news you never knew you needed to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Blue text represents substantial expansion from 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune
Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune
lawsuit aims to declare Nevada minimum wage unconstitutional
Las Vegas Review-Journal 6-24-2015
& death tickle the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-23-2015 Sparks Tribune
Dysfunction Part LVI>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune
2015 Nevada Legislature's greatest hits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-9-2015 Sparks Tribune
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
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
cabbies plan mass Las Vegas Strip stoppage/demonstration May 29
Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-28-2015
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
and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
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users: buckle up or else
By John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-21-2015
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
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.
The bright side of riots in the streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-5-2015 Sparks Tribune
the Uber-Nevada Legislature, words can kill
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-28-2015 Sparks Tribune
rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune
Gomorrah South bakes in the glow of victory
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César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Circus Circus Reno event highlights
redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Plus highlights from César XIII
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune
Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga
Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015
Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune
GOP strategy to cripple labor, the gerrymander Nevada control thru at least
By Cole Stangler / International Business Times 3-25-2015
noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.
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Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
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
to the Ledge: guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
don't need no stinking wages!
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online legislative edition 2-26-2015
skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
our parsimonious public pursers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
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
Foxcatchers and corporate weasels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
Gun Michele and cheap Ma Bell
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-27-2015 Sparks Tribune
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?
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WATCH THE FILM'S TRAILER ON YOU TUBE
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
TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30
a.m. PST Wednesday,
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, NevadaLabor.com
Walter White and some other white guy
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
Bad 5: Machine Gun Michele and the good ole boys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
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
Bad 3: Ira, the guv and the dragonslayers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-2-2014 Sparks Tribune
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!
Hansen bigot, racist, homophobe
BARBANO REMARKS ON STATEWIDE NEVADA NEWSMAKERS TV PROGRAM
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, NevadaLabor.com
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
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
Voting, gloating, loathing and scapegoating
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-11-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune
Pirate Laureate of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream
Everybody knows the
dice are loaded.
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 and 7-15-2015
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.)
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, thats not the intent of Nevadas 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
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.)
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second LV Democratic candidate for assembly ruled ineligible due to residency
but remains on ballot
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rules Las Vegas Democratic assembly candidate ineligible but sole valid
opponent can still lose
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Bill Clinton rallies LV Democrats, Biden coming next
Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-28-2014
thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
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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.
Love ain't free
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
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
Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader Jack Jeffrey, D-Las Vegas, dies
NevadaLabor.com / U-News 10-10-2014
Updated Political History of Nevada published
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Election theft Y2K: 1988 warnings ignored
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