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Updated 11-26-2015

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

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

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

Barbano on 10-22 statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV

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 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.)

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

  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.

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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


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