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

HAPPY NEW YEAR/Feliz Año Nuevo

Hope you and yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days!
MerryChristmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus/Chanukah/Thanksgibleting

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

Warring tribes battle the great black whale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-26-2013 Sparks Tribune

2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR & downtown Reno theater firetraps mean little was learned from the Las Vegas Hilton & MGM disasters
Remembering Sen. Joe Neal's landmark high-rise fire sprinkler law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
Click above for lineup, re-run times and dates
Barbano vs. D.A. Gammick on cel-phone privacy
KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 12:30 p.m. PST Tuesday, 10 Dec. 2013

RENO, Nev. (12-5-2013) — Former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman died this morning at her home in Reno. She was 86.

Lamenting the loss of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reader beware of what's not really there
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-28-2013 Sparks Tribune

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune

Breaking News and Bulletins—>
Nov. 21, 2013: State Senate Majority leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, headlines Reno informational meeting regarding Driver’s Authorization Cards / Nov. 23: FOUR Immigration Reform marches in Reno

Immigration Shifts Political Power
AP-Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013

POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC 11-21-2013 — On this date in 2004, Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette-Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools.
        THE BARBWIRE RESPONDS: So what else is new? Over the decades, the RGJ has done a sterling job investigating separate but unequal health care and education. Alas and alack, nothing much ever changes on the High Desert Plantation. For a quick sad summary, see the Barbwire of April 2, 2006 (updated periodically). See also We Don't Need No Education, the continuing series.


Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
Click above for re-run times and dates
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Host: Sam Shad
Guests: CJ Hadley, Editor/Publisher, Range Magazine & Carolyn Dufurrena, Rancher and Author
Pundits: Chip Evans, former Washoe County Democratic Chair and talk radio host

John Gwaltney, Economist and President Emeritus, Truckee Meadows Community College
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com

As usual, the pundits jousted over schools and taxes. Read the Barbwire in the March 28 Sparks Tribune for a radically conservative solution.
For further outrage and erudition, go to We Don't Need No Education: The continuing and neverending series
A new med school for UNLV? Another program to underfund. What doctor shortage?

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

10-30-2013: Sam & TRPA boss + Barbwire Man vs. the Moonhowlers


Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-24-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013
Reno memorial service announced for Nov. 16

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

Sex, sports and rock 'n' roll dept.
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 10-3-2013 Sparks Tribune

Nevada union voters can represent more than one in six
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 10-3-2013

We Don't Need No Education Part XXV—>
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reno rally marks the 50th anniversary of the fabled
19
63 March for Jobs and Freedom
10 a.m.–12 noon Saturday, August 24, Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse, S. Virginia & Liberty streets

We don't need no education, Part 24
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune
Web extra — Bill O'Reilly's sex education

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
8-12-2013: Long-ago predictions of softshoe fascism sadly come true

Major union leaders blast Obamacare for hurting health plans
Labor starts to bail: Democratic health care plan support erodes
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-1-2013
Full text of letter to Reid and Pelosi

Visitors: Is America still tough enough?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-1-2013 Sparks Tribune

Workers & taxpayers protest Apple's lack of transparency
Schools pay the price of corporate welfare

The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-18-2013 Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education: The neverending series
Daily Sparks (NV) Tribune, Reno News & Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Charlotte (NC) Observer / 2012-2013

NAGPAC's Ghost Riders Saddle Up Again
Blackguards challenge Nevada's legendary None of the Above ballot option
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-17-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 9-6-2012: Federal appellate judges put None of the Above back on the November ballot. Alleluia!
UPDATED 7-13-2013: Appellate court throws out GOP attempt to nuke nihilistic None of the Above

Blogging with the rabble on the Tower of Babel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-11-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
7-8-2013: Nevada OK's Internet gambling and ignores addiction

Death panels hard at work right here in River City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-4-2013 Sparks Tribune

Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-27-2013 Sparks Tribune

Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

Googling for liquid Romanian castanets
Other than doing our laundry, what should we do about
Big Brother peeking into our collective lace undies?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-13-2013 Sparks Tribune

Enron II: Nevada's Battle-Born Toxic Event
Indigence and indigestion from ingestion of Warren Buffett's buffet
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-6-2013 Sparks Tribune

Gov. Veto El Obtúse rides again

D-DAY DEFEAT FOR WORKERS' WAGES / 6-6-2013Gov. Veto El Obtúse has vetoed Assembly Bill 218. Feeling invaded? Prepare for more as he challenges the record of his predecessor, Jim the Dim, for vetoing anything and everything that might help the little guy.

5-31-2013 — Nevada Gov. Veto El Obtúse's first veto of the 2013 legislative session came on a bill that would have expanded the rights of injured and oppressed workers victimized by illegal employment practices. What did we expect from this guy?

SB180 was a Democrat-backed measure that would have required courts to award damages, lost wages, benefits, costs and attorney's fees to workers who prevail in employment discrimination suits. Existing law caps damages to two years of lost wages and actual damages. In his veto message, the Republican governor said the bill goes too far by exposing employers to a wide range of damages and fees. Gov. Sandoval vetoed 28 bills from the session two years ago.

Sandoval vetoes SB180 employment discrimination bill, says it "goes too far"
Cy Ryan / Las Vegas Sun / 5-31-2013

Read the actual vetoed measure for yourself

The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-1-2013

Defrocked California doc allowed to practice in Nevada
by Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 5-30-2013

We don't need no education: The neverending series
Daily Sparks (NV) Tribune, Reno News & Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Charlotte (NC) Observer / 2012-2013

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

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

MAY 29: Sen. Harry Reid Keynotes Path to Citizenship Public Assembly
Little Flower Church / Kietzke and E. Plumb Ln. / Reno, NV

Details in the May 23 Barbwire>
Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-23-2013 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-1-2013

Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to Nevada school kids
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

CLINGING TO THE LEDGE: SB457 (municipal election ward voting for Henderson, Reno, Sparks and Carson City) comes before the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on May 7 along with SB458 (uniform election act) and SB325 (plain language ballot). Read more about them here. Show up and if you can't —> turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

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

The asinine assassination of KJFK talk radio
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-2-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

4-28-2013
National Workers Memorial Day of the Dead
You're not worth much dead or alive
Impose the death penalty on co
mpanies knowingly causing worker fatalities
Do you think your life is worth more than $566 a year?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-25-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 5-7-2013 with Robert Reich commentary

Gov. Sandoval's $3 million New York State of Mind
New Nevada ad campaign slips on a sideways banana
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sunday 4-21-2013 Reno Gazette-Journal
Portions of the above also appeared in the 4-10-2013 RGJ and the 4-18-2013 Reno News & Review

Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-18-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Sitting ducks in Sparks as storks stalk Carson
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-11-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

César Chávez's fight continues
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-4-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Gov. Sandoval, César Chávez and the Grateful Dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune 3-21-2013

César Chávez Celebration XI
Join us again on Thursday/March 28, 2013
Jueves, 28 de Marzo, 2013 / Circus Circus - Reno
Nevada Gov. Sandoval declines invitation for third year in a row
El Gobernador de Nevada, Brian Sandoval, declinó la invitación por el tercer año consecutivo.

We Don't Need No Education: Part XIX—>
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

AFL-CIO and NAACP support Obama choice of Perez for new Secretary of Labor
Las Vegas Sun / 3-18-2013

Papa Francisco Primero: ¡Viva La Revolución!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-14-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

We Don't Need No Education Part XVI —> School shootings:
Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot

Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?

U-News e-Bulletin by Andrew Barbano / 2-26-2013

Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-21-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Las Vegas area black students three times more likely to get expelled than non-blacks
Odds of getting suspended are more than double / Some schools issue almost as many suspensions as they have students

Las Vegas Sun / 2-15-2013
See the ongoing Barbwire investigative series "We Don't Need No Education"

Pope Guido Sarducci & Wildhorse Annie II
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-14-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo
May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous time

BREAKING NEWS and then some—>

Barbano back on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV program

ED Part XVIII—>Petition pondering & pandering:
Just Say No, a Nevada tradition
CLINGING TO THE LEDGE—>Do the Nancy Reagan thing
Just say no to the teachers' tax petition and invalidate term limits and right-to-work-for-less in the process.
What's not to like?

Barbwire by Barbano / Special Online Abstinence Edition / 3-5-2013

An edited and updated version appeared in the 3-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XVII —>
The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part XIV: Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Clinging to the ledge and paying for our sins
Governor pays back Nevada health insurance monopoly/major campaign contributor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-24-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

MLK Weekend 2013

Barbwire MLK Day Trilogy + Poor Denny's Almanac Jan. 15 (MLK's Birthday) and Jan. 20-21 Inauguration Day

John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune


Moonhowlers, smoking guns & warning labels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-17-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Power politics & prescient predictions
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-10-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Nevada to mining: Never mind (the tax thing)
Hugh Jackson / Las Vegas CityLife 1-9-2013

Barbano back on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV program

Wine, winners, whiners & white guys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-3-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Bestest of the grotesquest for 2013
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy High Holly Days

John Wayne, Michael Moore & Andrew Undershaft
The guns of mythology
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Great minds think alike dept.—>Includes an update from Michael Moore

House Ethics Committee finds Berkley violated ethics rules
By Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun / 12-20-12

The House Ethics Committee has found that Rep. Shelley Berkley “violated House Rules and other laws, rules and standards of conduct” in a mixed decision that also cleared her of wrongdoing on her advocacy to protect UMC's kidney transplant center from closure. The committee found Berkley guilty of “improperly using her official position for beneficial interest by permitting her office to take official action specifically on behalf of her husband’s practice” when she helped him with trouble he had collecting claims through Medicaid, Medicare and the Veteran's Administration.

Calls to Action from the Nevada State AFL-CIO
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Come participate in the Festival of the Failure of the King Maker.
Where/when: in front of his palace, the Venetian Casino, 12-12-12 at 12:00
Who: Bring your friends, neighbors and countrymen (members) and celebrate with us.
Signs will be provided.
Join the Society of Trauma Nurses, Building & Construction Trades Council of Southern Nevada/AFL-CIO,
Culinary Union Local 226 and the Nevada State AFL-CIO.

FYI: In light of his recent failure, Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson has vowed to double down in the next presidential cycle.
President Gingrich, anyone?


WHEN: Monday, December 10, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lloyd George Federal Building / 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S. / Downtown
WHAT: Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts

"Tell Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Joe Heck we need more economic security, not less. Don’t continue to give tax breaks to the richest 2%. Don’t sacrifice Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for the wealthy." — Danny Thompson, Exec. Secretary-Treasurer
Join us on Monday, Dec. 10 to send Congress a message!

Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

Two Reno Black Friday Wal-Mart demonstrations on Nov. 23

John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Nevadalabor.com Wal-Mart Nevada War Room

Michael Moore and Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken assert that they have been thrown out of better places.
Mobilization message from the Mahatma: Michael Moore to President Obama

Why rednecks didn't vote for Obama
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

WEDNESDAY, 7 NOV. 2012, 12:24 a.m. PST, 08:24 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT Somebody place a want ad for campaign managers.

WOULD'A COULD'A SHOULD'A DEPT. Come Wednesday, Nov. 7, Sen. Harry Reid and Nevada Democrats may rue not having nominated Sheila Leslie for U.S. Senate.
Be well. Raise hell. — From Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 11-1-2012

Vote early and often

Michael Moore and Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken assert that they have been thrown out of better places.

Messages from the Mahatma, last-second scandals and much more

Latest Breaking News & Bulletins
NevadaLabor.com / 11-6-2012

Déjà vu all over again

GREG PALAST REPORTS FOR AMY GOODMAN'S DEMOCRACY NOW:
Ohio —> Wrong Ballots for Black Voters —>
Investigation Uncovers Thousands at Risk of Ballot Loss
Palast offers free downloads of new book "Billionaires and Bailout Bandits"

Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
A presidential candidate Nevadans can and cannot vote for + Reid regrets

B
arbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-1-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

HOPE YOU WORE HALLOWE'EN ORANGE
FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

¡Viva Los Gigantes!

...all of whom are represented by a labor union

2012 Nevada union-endorsed candidates


Beginning the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year

We don't need no education, Part XII
And we don't need no evolution, 'nuther
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XI—> Instant replay of rape and pillage
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Betcha don't see this debate spin: Romney basically took LIBERAL POSITIONS.
So we learned something. Bueno.
Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

Don't register your drunken relatives
Apathy is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-4-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part X
The school district master chefs continue cooking the books
Click here to access the ongoing education series
Teachers' business tax petitions hit Nevada streets while Chicago teachers do likewise
Damning inspection report brings union call to oust Reno VA hospital leadership
State ignores voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER: New community TV channel

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

NAGPAC's Ghost Riders Saddle Up Again
Blackguards challenge Nevada's legendary None of the Above ballot option
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-17-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 9-6-2012: Federal appellate judges put None of the Above back on the November ballot. Alleluia!

The Post-Dated Recession:
Pay me now or pay me later

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Women and Unions: Orphan Majorities
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-3-2012 Reno Gazette-Journal /
Updated 9-4-2012

Lie when that pollster calls you
Breaking News: Morrison appointee ousted at Washoe County School District
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-26-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

You can't handle the truth
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

You've lived here too long when...
PLUS: Myth Rumpney & Retro Ryan Alert
77th Anniversary of Social Security celebrated statewide Tuesday

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-12-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Cold Reality TV
Life is a bitch and the bitch is television
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-5-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Fear is a Liar
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Heat and light for the Hall of Flames
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Playing with fire
Too stingy to pay for fire protection but not to raise taxes and blame unions
PLUS: Legendary labor folksinger Anne Feeney plays Reno July 17
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATE: Anne Feeney hospitalized in Oregon.
Concert off. BBQ, music and party still on.

If you give it away, you can't sell it
How the Beehive State bested Nevada by investing in education rather than prostituting to corporations
High-tax Utah has now surpassed Virginia on the Forbes list of most business-friendly states
Tax-the-workers Nevada is at the bottom of the barrel, as usual

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-12-2012

Jobs bill demonstrations July 9 & 12 at Sen. Heller's Reno & LV offices

i'toon: Fertilizing apples with citizens as mushrooms
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-1-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

NAGPAC's Ghost Riders Saddle Up Again
Blackguards challenge Nevada's legendary None of the Above ballot option
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-17-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 9-6-2012: Federal appellate judges put None of the Above back on the November ballot. Alleluia!
UPDATED 7-13-2013: Appellate court throws out GOP attempt to nuke nihilistic None of the Above

The Rocking Ghosts of Del Mar Station
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-10-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Travus T. Hipp (1937-2012): Tales of Nevada's Futures Passed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-3-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune


We don't need no education
The neverending series

Dirt cheap
Congress gave the new state of Nevada 4 million acres to pay for schools. What happened to them?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-18-2013

ED XXIII—>Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXII—>The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXI—>Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to Nevada school kids
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED20: Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Toljaso Dept.: Morrison malady spreads
Gomorrah South grad stats a shuck
Las Vegas Review-Journal 4-10-2013

ED Part XIX—>
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.
"The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad."
The Atlantic / 12-29-2011

ED Part XVIII—>Petition pondering & pandering:
Just Say No, a Nevada tradition
CLINGING TO THE LEDGE—>Do the Nancy Reagan thing
Just say no to the teachers' tax petition and invalidate term limits and right-to-work-for-less in the process.
What's not to like?

Barbwire by Barbano / Special Online Abstinence Edition / 3-5-2013

An edited and updated version appeared in the 3-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XVII —>

The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

We Don't Need No Education Part XVI —> School shootings:
Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot

Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?

U-News e-Bulletin by Andrew Barbano / 2-26-2013

Las Vegas area black students three times more likely to get expelled than non-blacks
Odds of getting suspended are more than double / Some schools issue almost as many suspensions as they have students

Las Vegas Sun / 2-15-2013

ED XV: Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part XIV: Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XIII: WCSD Trustee-elect Rosenberg is a non-believer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education, Part XII
And we don't need no evolution, 'nuther
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XI—> Instant replay of rape and pillage
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part X
The school district master chefs continue cooking the books
Teachers' business tax petitions hit Nevada streets while Chicago teachers do likewise
Damning inspection report brings union call to oust Reno VA hospital leadership
State ignores voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER: New community TV channel

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Morrison import Jane Woodburn ousted from Washoe County School District
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-26-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED IX: You can't handle the truth
Third year of Morrison's graduation rate miracle proves mythological
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part VIII
Eighth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-24-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Morrison & Maurins: M&M's hard to swallow
Seventh in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

All that's missing is an enemies list
Sixth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Playing Dixieland - The shell game continues
Fifth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Abandon hope, all ye who enter college
Fourth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Mythological Morrison Miracle
Third in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Update 4-24-2012 Dr. Morrison is in Charlotte, NC, today signing his contract to accept the superintendent position.

The marshal is getting outta Dodge
So much for Nevada education's strategic plan + 4/25 Workers Memorial Day commemoration
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Breaking our own backs: If you have kids, move from Nevada
Have Nevada teachers made a deal with the devil? / St. Mary's firings begin

Barbwire by Barbano /
Expanded from the 4-8-2012 Daily SparksTribune


Nevada would profit handsomely from Obamacare
Hugh Jackson / Las Vegas CityLife 4-5-2012

Reno and Carson City Trayvon demonstrations March 24
Sign the petition to win justice for 17 year-old
Florida murder victim Trayvon Martin + continuous updates

UPDATE 4-11-2012: The Florida special prosecutor today indicted Trayvon Martin's killer
on charges of second degree murder. He has been arrested.

César Chávez Celebration X
Saturday / March 31, 2012 / Circus Circus-Reno

César Chávez X Celebracion
sábado
31 DE Marzo, 2012 en Circus Circus de Reno

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Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

Renown 150: Profiting at taxpayer expense
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 3-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

More sucker punches from Lush Rambo
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 3-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Corpo-Dems, Labor-Greens and golden mensches
Also: Jeanmarie Simpson previews her new play in Reno March 9
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-4-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

This bitch just isn't sexy enough
A domestic cartel fixes the price of gasoline while politicians say nothing can be done and media sit shiva.
Such is BigOil's power to intimidate while hiding in plain sight.

Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 2-26-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Democrats helped elect Republicans Halseth and Heck
By David McGrath Schwartz / 2-22-2012 Las Vegas Sun

Red line in a new bottle:
We are caged for slaughter in an electronic zoo

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

God herself decrees every sperm is sacred
Plus: Bogus Beach Boys Grammy Awards claim
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-12-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Forward to the same damned old place
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-5-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

LIBERALS PICKET BIDEN IN RENO

Mixed Mayan mammary metaphors:
Going belly up and upside down

Barbano by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-8-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy High Holly Days!
Feliz nuevo ano

Merry Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus

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

The Christmas conundrum, harrumph-a-pump-pump
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-27-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Economist: This is a true depression
Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011

Why African-Americans aren't embracing Occupy Wall Street
Stacy Patton / Opinion / Washington Post / 11-25-2011

AFL-CIO urges unions to treat Occupy DC as a picket line
WashingtonPost.com / 11-21-2011

Bury the Bad News with Rose-colored Reporting
How urgent can economic troubles be if leaders say things are getting better?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Grading Nevada lawmakers and governor
Progressive Leadership Alliance publishes 2011 Racial Equity Report Card
(To which the Reno-Sparks NAACP provided input)
Read/Download the report for yourself
Las Vegas Sun / 11-21-2011

Nevada's 11 most powerful in 2011
Send in your picks to click
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-20-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

The dog ate my press release
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-23-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Loss of Faith
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-16-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune
"Casino Women" book hits nationwide

Dirty books, holy men, false prophets and sex profits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-9-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program

Corporate bake sales for broken governments
Unions threatened in attempt to stifle Obama administration criticism
Democrats schedule national convention with rat labor

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-18-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

So what else is new? Republican Amodei smokes titular Democrat for 30-year GOP Nevada House seat. Portents hereinbelow.
"There was no reason for the base to come out (for Kate Marshall). I was very disappointed in her campaign."
— Marlene Lockard, former chief of staff to former Gov. Richard Bryan (D)
Nevada Newsmakers / 9-14-2011

Piss up a rope: Vote
NY, NV special House elections all about bragging rights
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-11-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

State Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, brings his new congressional campaign to northern Nevada

Princess Cassandra's neverending labor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-4-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

If you can't win, be spectacular
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-28-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Miners don't even kiss us afterward
Hugh Jackson / Las Vegas CityLife / 8-25-2011

Suicide via Laborcide in Carolina
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-21-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Bullshots and bum watches
Will Nevada unions picket their own convention?
Culinary 226 cuts new deal in the face of Grand Sierra Reno's wholesale outsourcing
Huge Tonopah solar array project Nevada's newest corporate welfare queen

Residents opposing Comstock pit mine schedule events
Seniors group endorses Democrat Kate Marshall in 9-13-2011 Nevada special election

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-14-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Bullfighting in Tonopah, Part Deux
Latest survival bulletins from the High Desert Plantation
Washoe County D.A. defends his instant plea bargain program

Barbwire by Barbano special web edition 8-11-2011
Substantially updated and expanded from the 8-7-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

UFW leader Richard Chávez, brother of César Chávez, dies at 81
Los Angeles Times / 7-28-2011

Unions protest FAA shutdown at Rep. Joe Heck's Las Vegas office

Lord Rupert's Rupture & President Tiger Wuss
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-24-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

President Kevorkian and Harry Potter's Congress
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-17-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Dr. Strangelove and Sen. Don the Dumberer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Daily Sparks Tribune 7-10-2011

Nevada Supreme Court upholds Republican plan for party-controlled special house election

A precedent of sorts for
The contested one-vote North Las Vegas City Council election


Update: Single-vote loser seeks recount / Las Vegas Sun 7-19-2011

In the 1980 Republican primary for the southwest Reno Assembly District 25 seat, Patty Cafferata defeated Bob Kerns by one vote. (Sue Wagner, the incumbent, had vacated to run for state senate.)

Kerns did not ask for a recount but took the matter immediately to court, citing the short time frame between the Sept. 9 primary and Nov. 4 general.

The case was assigned to Washoe Dist. Judge John Barrett.

Kerns brought forward a woman, a registered Democrat, who was given a Republican ballot by mistake. She testified that she had voted for Mrs. Cafferata.

Judge Barrett would not throw out the election, adding that he hoped whoever won the seat would address the gap in state election law where such an issue was concerned.

I don't know that it was and, given the confusion over the recent North Las Vegas city council election, it has not.

Barrett's point was that no matter how she testified how she voted, there was no way to corroborate that assertion and he could thus not vacate the result or wipe out one vote for Cafferata and call it a tie.

Cafferata went on to win the general election in the heavily Republican district. Kerns won the seat in 1982 when Cafferata ran for state treasurer.

If the law has not been changed since the Kerns-Cafferata mess, then the Barrett decision, while not having been appealed and thus not a precedent, may provide some guidance in the current debate.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano
6-14-2011


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Barbwire.TV 5-31-2011: The Mining Addiction
Barbwire banned in prime time
Tune in tonight LIVE 7:00 p.m. PDT / 02:00 ZULU GMT 6-1
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Déjà vu, dustbusters and living legacies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-29-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Clinging to the Ledge: Cold War
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-22-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune


TV PROGRAM REGIONAL RERUN SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Next live call-in show 7:00 p.m. PDT Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Same originating cable stations noted at above link which also has a regional coverage map.

TV this week:
Freedom Riders and wage defenders

Live with your phone calls throughout northwestern Nevada Tuesday, 5-17-2011
7:00 p.m. PDT 5-17-2011 / 02:00 5-18 ZULU
Click above for live webstreaming and rebroadcast times
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-15-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Updated 5-16-2011, 5-17-2011, 5-19 and 5-25-2011

Support the return of community broadcasting to Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, Nevada — To donate, just click within the TV set image. Thank you.

 

What may well have been the first marriage of talk radio, talk TV and webcast webchat

July 4 Railroad Jobs: We're Red, White and Screwed
PLEADING POVERTY: Washoe County Commission tries to up D.A.'s quickie conviction rate
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-3-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Railway engineer gives his perspective on the fiery and fatal Trinity, Nevada, tractor-trailer/AMTRAK crash
UPDATED 7-3-2011

Shame on NV Energy Asks Board Chair Philip Satre to Release Internal Report on Ensign-Yackira Scandal
IBEW 1245 / 6-28-2011

Nevada government's license to kill
A funeral dirge for the disposable worker
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-5-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Déjà vu, dustbusters and living legacies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-29-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Slaves taxes, bread crumbs and another brick in the wall
There are no virgins in politics. The best you can hope for is that your friends treat you a little better than your enemies and promise to kiss you afterward.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

The perils of playing the other guy's game
Obama botches gasoline price issue in Reno speech
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-24-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

You can't run from the awful truth
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-17-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

No more Mr. Nice Guy
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

MLK 43 National Unity Rally
Workers and students rally Monday, April 4, at Western Nevada College in Carson City and College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas
43rd anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A walk with the giants
The César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame Awards
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-3-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

César Chávez Day in Nevada
EL DÍA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ

¡Sí se puede!
Be well. Raise hell.

César Chávez Celebration IX
Thursday/jueves, March/marzo 31, 2011
Circus Circus-Reno
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César Chávez IX Celebracion del 2011
Jueves 31 DE Marzo, 2011 en Circus Circus de Reno

César Chávez and Dr. King still lead us
Barbwire by Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial / 3-31-2011

The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland


Mr. Holland will be selling cards and prints at the March 31, 2011, César Chávez celebration at Circus Circus in Reno. The original watercolor is currently displayed at the Nevada Legislature in the office of Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

UNR students honor César Chávez

César Chávez, Dr. King and the kids are alright
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-27-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Reagan Ranch, hall of famers and protest fatigue
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

It ain't broke, but we'll fix it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-13-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Charlie Sheen and the Price of Gasoline
ENERGY, PART DEUX: PUC sides with electrical workers, orders NV Energy staffing investigation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Last chance to save your old SNCAT TV shows and help Reno-Sparks-Washoe community radio-TV rise again

Cowboys and Indians
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-27-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Too old to work, too young to die
High noon on President's Day: Nevadans rally statewide to support Wisconsin workers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-20-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATE: Great Minds Think Alike Dept. The stakes could not be higher.

A Valentine for Tura Satana —>Union Star
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-13-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

40 Years on the High Desert Plantation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-6-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barack Brian Obama Sandoval Carter
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-30-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

SOS Means Chicken Follytix
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-23-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbwire Breaking News Exclusive

Still Sierra Pacific Powerful
No matter whether they call it Reddi Kilowatt, Nevada Power or NV Energy, it's just bright new branding for the same old monopoly rape and pillage — the public knows it and the latest poll proves it
Time for another initiative petition after 21 years?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-16-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Billy Brawl: Raggio Resigns
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-9-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 1-18-2011: Toljaso — Raggio's boy gets the boss' job

Courtesy of Hugh Jackson's Las Vegas Gleaner

Sunday 12-26, the last Barbwire of 2010:
Liberal reasons to oppose liberal positions and policies
Guaranteed to irritate all points of the political spectrum

Tea Party reality

   Poor Denny's Almanac 12-16-2010: On this date in 1773, Bostonians dressed as Native Americans threw tea into Boston bay to protest tea taxes being too low and to demand that those taxes be raised; in 1924, masked men invaded a Nashville, Tenn., hospital, seized and lynched black teenager Samuel Smith; in 1966, Eddie Scott was elected president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP; in 2005, The New York Times admitted that it does not publish all the news that's fit to print. Copyright © 2010 Dennis Myers. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

Forced to play against a stacked deck
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 12-19-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Rebels, heroes and mavericks are made, not born
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 12-12-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Why Are Wars Not Being Reported Honestly?
by John Pilger / UK / AntiWar.com / 12-11-2010

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, proposes Nevada tax on big business

Smoking guns and suing for schools
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 12-5-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

All I want for Christmas is a wet, warm GOP
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-28-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Postmortems, creepy factotems & revolting developments
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-7-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Your vote is your voice / Su voto es su voz
Our Harry proved as magical as his legendary ancestors, Harry Houdini and Harry Potter
It's all over but the shouting, the whining and the wining (hic!)
NBC/AP report: 7 of 10 Nevada union members voted for Sen. Reid
Good job!

Fladager & Reid: Legends of the Fall
Senior sparkplug and union stalwart Patricia Fladager dies at 89
Barbwire by Barbano /Expanded from the 10-31-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune

Political brass & unbreakable crystal balls
GOP sweep could spawn new Labor Party

NEW Barbwire TV show on hope for jobs

Barbwire by Barbano /Expanded from the 10-24-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune

Clueless is one thing, trespassing is another
Sharron Angle signs popping up on foreclosed vacant homes
U-News / 10-18-2010

Red warnings
Downticket Dems starting to worry
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune

Déjà vu all over again, again and again
Reid v. Angle: Shades of 1952 and 1972
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 10-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Velma Bishop, 1928-2010: Mom is gone
Advice from beyond for Sen. Harry Reid / Labor leader Frank Byrne, Sr., dies
Previews of coming attractions at this website and Barbwire.TV
Barbwire by Barbano / Substantially expanded from the 10-3-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 10-4-2010

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

Crapshoots, trapshoots and turkey shoots
Carrows restaurants run workers into the ground / Washoe DA race starts to rock
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-8-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune

UPDATE THURSDAY 8-5-2010 04:44 a.m. PDT, 11:44 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT — Retired teacher and former Carson City Democratic Chair Pat Potter died at her Carson City home after a long illness. Click here for the formal obit and photo. Condolences may be sent to 1555 Kings Canyon Rd., Carson City, NV 89703-5301, called to (775) 434-9377 or e-mail Rob Potter. May the sweet lady rest in peace. (Sen. Neal called his old friend toward the end.)

Happy 75th, Sen. NealFormer State Sen. Joe Neal, D-N. Las Vegas, marks his 75th birthday on July 28, 2010. Join him, his family and a few hundred of his closest personal friends on Friday, July 30, to celebrate the long journey from Mounds, Louisiana, to the wilds of Nevada.

Where: Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center
Rooms A, B and C
1625 West Carey
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

When: 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, July 30, 2010

RSVP: Dina Neal

The simple song of greatness
Longtime Nevada labor leader Danny Coyle dies
Carson City Democratic activist and teacher Pat Potter terminally ill

Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 7-18-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune


Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn dies 7-22-2010

The twisted ethics of sports, politics & rock 'n' roll
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-11-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Interdependence Day 2010:
Red, white and screwed

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-4-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Take my daughter, please:
City hall hicks are still easy to con

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-27-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Translating the politically inscrutable
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Sexy follytix 2010: Reality vs. Superficiality
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-13-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Drill baby drill for jobs, maybe, jobs
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-6-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP
TOLJASO LONG TIME AGO

BP/ARCO: The greasy root of our evils

Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 9-10-2006

The awful truth — Read it and weep, fellow suckers

Trying to brighten the unelightened
A little hate mail on Memorial Day weekend
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune

Gov. Raggio: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-25-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

César Chávez, Thurgood Marshall & Thomas Jefferson
Submit your nominations for the César Chávez Silver State Public Service Awards
Enter your video (for cash and/or prizes) in the public service announcement competition
Event will benefit Sierra Nevada Community Access Television

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Union men run for office in Reno-Sparks

Clinging to the Ledge
Ledge X:

The Deer-in-the-Headlights Legislative Session

Suing for Schools rerun schedule begins
Expanded from the 2-28-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

SUNDAY FEB. 21, 2010 — LIVE REGIONAL TV+webcast 6:00 p.m. PST
Rerun at 9:00 p.m. PST

SUING FOR SCHOOLS: The case for making Nevada finally obey her constitutional mandate to provide for public education
Can we do any worse with a judge running the system?
Interview: Sen. Harry Reid kicks Gov. Jim the Dim

Michigan keeps PEG stations for basic cable customers where Nevada failed
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 2-14-2010

Many more direct hits fresh off the Barbwire

Déjà vu all over again and again and again
Barack Obama: A bit too much of Clarence Thomas?
Al Qaeda uses U.S. Predator drone video surveillance:
Been there, done that story — in 1991

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-20-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

Running red in a frozen economy
Sparks and Reno face huge fines for labor law violations
Cancerexia: Ralph Lauren boycott widens
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from Daily Sparks Tribune /
12-13-2009

Health care in prime time, ready or not
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from Daily Sparks Tribune /12-6-2009
Click here to view the Dec. 6 show on your computer
If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions LIVE TV Dec. 6, 2009
Available to every TV set in N/E California and N/W Nevada
Note: The following live telecast link is now disabled. See above to view the show on your desktop.
Click here to see the show live on your computer
NOTE: The above webstreaming link will not be hot until 5:30 p.m. PST / 01:30 ZULU/GMT,
a half-hour before showtime on Dec. 6, 2009.
Catch the CW network re-run, 9:00 p.m. PST/05:00 ZULU/GMT

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend
If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions
LIVE TV Dec. 6, 2009

Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from Daily Sparks Tribune / 11-29-2009
Give 'em health Harry, part deux
Barbwire by Barbano/ Daily Sparks Tribune / 11-22-2009

President Barack Hussein Obama
Great inaugural moments

Rory, Rory Hallelujah?
Barbwire by Barbano/ Daily Sparks Tribune / 10-18-2009

Dingbat voters in the belfry of follytix
Expanded from the 5-3-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

UPDATE: Thursday, 5 Feb. 2009, 12:00 PST, 08:00 GMT/ZULU/SUT/CUT
U.S. State Department muzzles visiting journalists from Kyrgyzstan

Chainsaw massacre in Carson City
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-7-2008

CWA WINS 4-1 AT ST. MARY'S-RENO
NevadaLabor.com Exclusive
Thursday, 4 Dec 2008, 12:24 p.m. PST, 20:24 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT

Tony the Tiger and the flaky NFL
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 11-30-2008

Not even 30 pieces of silver
Reno City Council Signs Community TV Death Warrant

Contact Sen. Harry Reid for help
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 11-23-2008

Rise of the Machines
Rise in protest to save community television

Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 11-16-2008

So sue us: Charter tells Sen. Reid and Reno
11-14-2008

The devil and the deep blue sea
Charter cable deal and Reno "settlement" offers are all death warrants for community television.
Court battle looms closer.

Sparks Tribune / 11-11-2008 + Barbwire special web edition, 11-12-2008

Back to work
Reno City Council reviews defective, deflective Charter cable settlement as FCC investigation opens
+ The Cycles of History revolve again

Barbwire/ Sparks Tribune / 11-9-2008

Margins of error
Obama takes Nevada black vote for granted
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 11-2-2008

Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter cable channels 16 & 216
2:00-4:00 p.m. PST, 22:00-24:00 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT
What may well be the first marriage of talk radio, talk TV and webcast webchat

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 9:03 a.m. PDT, 16:03 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —
Oct. 28, 2008—> On TV and online TODAY: The premiere of Renoite Robert Joshlin's hilarious and deliciously nihilistic song of follytix, Margin of Error—> Tomorrow, Oct. 29: César Chávez tribute album producer Ray De La Paz with the premiere of his new CD Little Heroes—> Thursday, Oct. 30: Judge Bob Perry. Read more about it: Judge in the Sludge—> Analysis of Reno's Charter cable dealbacle: Caveat Emptor—> Read it and weep at ReSurge.TV.

Text of Barack Obama's 10-25-2008 address at the University of Nevada-Reno

Cleansing the soap opera of Follytix 2008
Judge in the Sludge + More Charter Cable Trudge
New 2008 Michael Moore film rebroacast schedule on Reno TV

Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 10-19-2008

Drag queens for change
Nugget makes workers an offer they can't refuse
Charter cable on the financial skids as AT&T enters the market
Shoddy Sequoia voting machines play into Karl Rove's hands

Expanded from the 10-12-2008 Daily Sparks Tribune

The good, the bad and the ugly
Illegal voting machines and killer vaccines

Michigan judge's ruling will affect Nevada cable ratepayers

Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 10-5-2008

WW4
October surprise: Bush planning to bomb Iran soon
Major media ignore the story
Daily Sparks Tribune / Barbwire 9-7-2008

The south has risen again
Racism means never having to say you're sorry

Daily Sparks Tribune / Barbwire 9-14-2008

Sen. Obama, meet Mr. Durocher
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 8-31-2008
Plus: The long lost labor films Ronald Reagan tried to destroy

Obama picks Biden for VP

Charter cable attempts to kill community TV stations

Charter negotiates Russian-style: Will accept 100% of everything
Daily Sparks Tribune 9-5-2008 / Barbwire Update 9-7-2008

Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes Charter channel switch

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., ready to join legal action against Charter Cable

Fight Back!

WE WIN ROUND ONE — As the Barbwire show scooped the state on Friday, Aug. 22: Charter has caved in and postponed the execution date for 90 days. Thanks for bringing the heat. See the Barbwire in the Sunday Sparks Tribune for all the inside baseball. Be well. Raise hell. AB

SPARKS, WASHOE, CARSON AND DOUGLAS CABLE CUSTOMERS URGED TO CONTACT LOCAL OFFICIALS
ReSurge.TV may broaden legal action to include ratepayers and program producers outside of Reno
8-25-2008, Updated 8-28-2008

The evil empire eats its appetite
Community television wins a 90-day stay of execution
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 8-24-2008

Reno city council votes unanimously to sue Charter Communications to keep community TV accessible
Resurge.TV will also file

The people were heard on Aug. 14. Call, write or show up at Reno City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 20

Bandwidth bandidos admit to their greed
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 8-17-2008

The people vs. Charter's pirate ship
Time to sue the bastards

Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 8-10-2008

Donate to the cable ratepayer legal defense fund at ReSurge.TV

Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Bad news for cable subscribers, good news for Hug High School
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 8-3-2008

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What may well be the first marriage of talk radio, talk TV and webcast webchat


Breaking News:

Obama picks Biden for v.p. according to AP and CNN

A PROUD LABOR MAN ADDRESSES NEVADA LABORSen. Joe Biden, D-Del., addresses the Nevada State AFL-CIO convention at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on August 21, 2007.

Skinny dipping with the devil
Barbwire/ Sparks Tribune 7-20-2008
UPDATE: Angle spurns offer to debate Raggio on Nevada Newsmakers
Barbwire calls her bluff 8-7-2008

Ringers & zingers go down in flames
The end of a pseudo-Democrat's new political career

REALITY BITES — McCain bitten while biting wallets in Beantown

BOSTON (June 11, 2008) — Well we almost made the national news. This picture was taken on the side of John McCain's bus. The bus says "Straight Talk Express" (what a load of crap!). The Secret Service let us get this close. He was in Boston for a fundraiser Wednesday evening, the good looking guy third from the right is me. So now you can put a hunk face to the emails. So now go out and vote for our favorite fellow Sicilian, Obama. (Photo and caption courtesy of the editor of this website's fellow Siciliano, union brother Al Capozzi, who still wanders the wildes of merry auld New England. Be well. Raise hell. — Andrew.)

IT'S ALL TRUE — The bible on gasoline price fixing: Barbwire Oilogopoly Archive.


Thursday, April 17, 2008
Barbano and the usual suspects dissect the gambling-industrial complex's taxophobic PR blues machine on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/Radio/Webcast/Podcast
Host: Sam Shad, Co-Host: Scott Craigie
Guest: Tom Cargill, UNR Economics Professor
Pundito Banditos: Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com
Mike Hillerby, Executive Vice-President, Wingfield Nevada Group
Click here for statewide TV / Radio re-runs and Webcast/Podcast potentialities
Tune in, turn on and tell a friend

Monopolists and mass malpractice
Gasoline price fixing and greasing pols to exploit the sick

Barbwire / Sparks Tribune 4-13-2008

ANOTHER WORLDWIDE PUBLIC RELATIONS COUP
FOR NEVADA

Tens of thousands statewide in jeopardy as Nevada health care provider inspection system collapses
Clinics close, nurses surrender licenses

LONGTIME RURAL NEVADA CONUNDRUM: Imported doctors abused and small county patients suffer

Does your race predict your health care? New mini-series says yes

NevadaLabor.com exclusive
New Paycheck Deception Initiatives Filed

Nevada union busters re-start a fight they lost in 1998

Republican immigration plank plunked into Washoe Democratic platform.
Employer and employee sanctions spark opposition.

STRIKE LOOMS CLOSER — Culinary Union files for injunction against Reno Grand Sierra.

NEW Barbwire.TV
Launch of Barbwire cable/web trimulcast postponed
MORE: Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 2-10-2008

BARBWIRE: The disappointment tango
Ditchdiggers and the danse macabre
NBC orders affiliates off the air to dump Kucinich from debate

Clinton and Romney win their respective party presidential caucuses in Nevada

Full Frontal Hillary
Sen. Clinton was absolutely correct that it took a president to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The attacks against her are based on historical revisionism. MORE

BARBWIRE: The crying game
The peacock network flips Kucinich the bird
BREAKING NEWS 1-14-2008: SPARROW DEVOURS GE's BUZZARD
Judge orders Dennis Kucinich included in Jan. 15 Las Vegas NBC presidential debate

Nevada culinary workers and bartenders unions endorse Obama

Nevada teachers union sues Democrats to help Hillary
Special "at large precincts" for on-duty hotel workers challenged
New York Times 1-13-2008 (Free registration may be required.)

Statewide Nevada Communications Workers Union endorses Edwards

Tim Russert: Nevada culinary union being pressured to back off from presidential endorsement

Using totally unscientific and archaic campaign superstition,
Full Frontal Hillary.com
accurately predicted Sen. Clinton's Iowa loss

Rep. Dennis Kucinich and three others locked out of ABC News New Hampshire debates




"I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

RARE BIRD OVER RENO
ORGANIZED DEMOCRATS — not an oxymoron anymore. The above photo was taken from the aircraft towing a banner over the Truckee Meadows promoting participation in the Jan. 19 Democratic presidential caucus. That the event may be the last prayer for some campaigns is evidenced by the church fortuitously positioned under the banner. Good luck.

IMPORTANT, dammit!
A pre-Iowa Caucus message from Michael Moore
Mike's Iowa post-mortem

GOOD NEWS FOR EDWARDS FROM IOWA

RENO (Nov. 18, 2007) — Presidential candidate John Edwards autographs a sign for United Auto Workers Union Local 2142/AFL-CIO retiree and boxing aficionado George "Battling" Nelson after the former North Carolina senator addressed a large crowd at Hug High School. In the background wearing an "I'm a health care voter" patch stands UAW member and Reno-Sparks NAACP 2nd Vice-President Larry Wilson. (Rudy Viola/UAW 2142 photo)


EXCLUSIVE!

BALLOTBOXING.US SPY AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO:
Undecideds will probably break for Edwards on Iowa Caucus night.

BARBWIRE: Blasts from the past
1-6-2008

BARBWIRE: Time to launch
12-30-2007

Texan of the Year: The Illegal Immigrant
12-29-2007

       He is at the heart of a great culture war in Texas and the nation, credited with bringing us prosperity and blamed for abusing our resources. How should we deal with this stranger among us? He breaks the law by his very presence. He hustles to do hard work many Americans won't, at least not at the low wages he accepts. The American consumer economy depends on him. America as we have known it for generations may not survive him. We can't seem to live with him and his family, and if we can live without him, nobody's figured out how. He's the Illegal Immigrant, and he's the 2007 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year for better or for worse.

NEW: Full Frontal Hillary.com
A superstitious, totally unscientific prediction about the good senator's fate in the Hawkeye State
Barbwire/Sparks Tribune 12-23-2007

Hunter S. Thompson: Tune in, turn on or drop out?
It all went wrong in Elko in 1974, foreshadowing the politics of the next 35 years

Las Vegas Sun 12-25-2007

BREAKING NEWS

Clark County School District denies pushing students toward military enlistment as part of career counseling

PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama vs. Unions
Although the movement is a shadow of its former self, unions still matter politically.
New York Times 12-24-2007 / Free registration may be required

EXCLUSIVE!
Barbwire spy at the Battle of Waterloo reports that uncommitteds will probably break for John Edwards on Iowa Caucus night

12-17-2007

Nevada Culinary Union organizes for caucus but not for a candidate
Can the leadership throw a switch at the last minute and get its members to support one candidate and forsake others who've been courting them?

BARBWIRE: Blackguards and gold stars
Full frontal Hillary, Part Deux
Daily Sparks Tribune 12-16-2007

BARBWIRE: The last picture show
Shamelessly caucusing while Gov. Jim the Dim is cutting
No strike at Grand Sierra Reno this month
Statewide Communications Workers of America Local 9413 endorses John Edwards

Daily Sparks Tribune 12-9-2007

Follytix for fun and prophet
The Barbwire hoists the Democratic presidential candidates up for scrutiny
Daily Sparks Tribune 11-11-2007

NEW: MUST-READING FOR POLITICAL JUNKIES
NevadaCaucuses.com
By veteran political reporter Dennis Myers



Longtime Nevada political pollster Brent Tyler dies
UPDATE: August 21, 2007, 12:55 a.m. PDT, 09:55 GMT/SUT/CUT — LAME EXCUSES DEPT. — Sens. Chris Dodd and Hillary Clinton both backed out of their commitments to address the Nevada State AFL-CIO convention in Reno on August 21. This round goes to Dodd, who came up with the superior lame excuse. MORE>

Las Vegas Review-Journal Poll: Hillary has huge lead in Nevada

UNDERBRUSH
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: In-depth poll shows Gov. Gibbons @ 29%, Bush @ 34% in Nevada.
Hillary and Rudy would win presidential primaries today. Nevadans pessimistic about direction of state. Heavy stuff.
TOLJASO ABOUT JIM THE DIM. CAN YOU SAY ONE-TERMER?


Reno-Sparks NAACP advocates rising above the Biden/Obama dustup

The following was hand-delivered to Sen. Biden in Carson City, Nev., on 2-20-2007

Reno-Sparks NAACP Branch No. 1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
(775) 322-2992
Fax (775) 322-9909

Feb. 19, 2007

The Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
United States Senate
201 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Sen. Biden:

The Reno-Sparks NAACP welcomes your presidential campaign to Nevada. Enclosed, you will find a letter which is being distributed to newspapers statewide.

We look forward to learning more about you, Sen. Obama and the rest of the candidates as the 2008 election season gets underway.


Sincerely,

Lucille Adin, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Andrew Barbano, Chair
Political Action Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 19, 2007

Editor:

At a recent meeting of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the membership voted to write to Nevada newspapers regarding the media-fueled controversy generated by remarks which Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del, made about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Sen. Biden’s complimentary statements were somehow twisted into some sort of a "read between the lines" criticism. We view all of this as distracting, unfortunate and uncalled for.

No fair reading of Sen. Biden’s statement can be interpreted as degrading Sen. Obama.

The candidates for president have work too important to get sidetracked by word games.

Sen. Obama himself said "I’m not going to parse his words that carefully."

War and peace and prosperity affect people’s daily lives. Policies matter.

The pundits and the press would serve us best by focusing on the legitimate national debate.


Sincerely,


Lucille Adin, President
Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

 

Reprint and redistribution of the NAACP material granted. Please notify the editor.


DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL FORUM: War prompts discourse
CARSON CITY — Nevada provided the backdrop for the kickoff of the 2008 presidential campaign season Wednesday as eight Democrats seeking their party's nomination participated in a nationally broadcast forum.
What the candidates said

Candidates in Carson City bash Bush and bloodshed

LVRJ Columnist Erin Neff: The battle is joined
"Candidates who are really in it to win don't mind getting nasty. And they did it here first."

Sen. Clinton courts teachers' votes in Gomorrah South
School visit includes barbs at No Child Left Behind Act


 

 

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