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Archive of an Anachronism: The ever-expanding Ira Hansen file

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

Sen. Ira Hansen announces his pregnancy
by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 4-24-2019 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Plumbing contractor Hansen guts Nevada's construction defect law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Going both ways —>

Conservative Sparks GOP Assemblyman Hansen borrows from Sen. Neal's gross gaming tax playbook
Strange bedfellows and nubile wenches
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-29-2015 Sparks Tribune

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

African-American Senator: Hansen has not changed
By Ray Hagar / Reno Gazette-Journal online 3-12, in print on Sunday the Ides of March 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?

Walter White and some other white guy

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

¡Feliz año nuevo!

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

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,

Hand Puppets: Hansen and moonhowlers still control Nevada State Assembly
Reno News & Review Editorial / 12-11-2014

Hansen overrules puppet speaker Hambrick and reinstates Michelle "Bullet-in-the-head-for-union-demonstrators" Fiore
By Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-11-2014

Fiore loses leadership of Taxation Committtee, alleges "war on women"
By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-10-2014

Ralston: Fiore Faces Questions, Possible Criminal Charges About Unpaid Taxes
KNPR Radio / 12-10-2014

Breaking Bad 4: Ira & his 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 / Updated 12-11-2014

Hansen flips on Israel after all-expense-paid two week trip
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 12-4-2014

Hansen's own words brought him down
Sheila Leslie / Reno News & Review 12-4-2014

IRA RULES: Master manipulator Hansen placed his puppets in Assembly leadership
Number Three with a bullet
Jon Ralston 12-3-2014

Ira Hansen didn't fall very far
Daily Kos / 12-3-2014

Fiore bragged about carrying weapons in gun-free zones, mocked governor, chancellor in speech to conservative GOP group
Jon Ralston / 12-2-2014

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

Sheep dip bull'tin / burn clothes afterward

Here is the truly relevant question about Ira and whites: Were Ira Hansen and Walter White separated at birth?
We report. You decide.

Walter White and some other white guy

I'm not a racist, I just play one on TV

UPDATE: On KRNV TV-4's 11-24-2014 5:00 p.m. news, Ira lamented that he was forced (by whom, exactly?) to disclose that his beloved "baby brother" is both gay and married. (Once again, he makes himself the victim.) He still did not repudiate anything he's ever said about homosexuality. It was the equivalent of "some of my best friends are negroes."

He said he has been "wrong" about Israel, having seen the light after Atlantis Hotel-Casino owner John Farahi paid for Ira and his wife to travel there. At least he didn't say that "some of my best friends are Jews."

Never give a inch.

HE JUST WON'T GO AWAY DEPT.—> Ira will do Nevada Newsmakers on KRNV TV-4 Tuesday Nov. 25 at 11:30 a.m. PST. Complete rerun schedule at

UPDATE 11-25-2014: Ira told host Paul Enos that he stands by all of his previous opinions save for his stand on Israel.

Never give a inch.


Dear Friends, Enemies, Frenemies and Freedom Loving Racists (apologies to Leonard Cohen):

On this afternoon's 5:00 newscast (, veteran KRNV TV-4 (NBC-Reno) reporter Terry Hendry will interview the misunderstood, oppressed, besieged, bewitched, bothered and bewildered sorta-speaker Ira Hansen.

On the 12 noon news, Terry said that Ira will discuss homosexuals and Israel at 5:00 p.m. I can hardly wait.

To prepare yourself for (ahem) Ira's enlightenment, you will find journalist Dennis Myers' Ira-on-Israel archive here.

Wear your grubbies while reading it, as they will need to be consigned to a burn bag shortly thereafter. There ain't no soap powerful enough. Ask Dennis.

Ira just resigned from the post to which he was elected 15-10 by the Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus. (At least they spared us the sight of shamelessly caucusing in public. Can a mature politician caucus while fully dressed? Send video.)

Oddly, no one has asked ('cept'n me right now) what happens if Ira's bedrock 15 State Assembly GOP moonhowlers refuse to accept his resignation to become speaker of the 2015 legislative session? (This is commonly referred to as political Valhalla among Norsemen and early Christmastime for Democrats, even Jewish Democrats.)

At noon, Ira told Terry the same thing he has been polluting the web with. (Yesterday and today, northern Nevada TV has run without contrasting comment Ira's "I'm the victim" spin on his self-defrocking. Poor sweet baby.)

I apologize upfront to the dozen or so folks who asked for e-list deletion after the last Ira bulletin. I manage my lists manually and the Ira follies are happening too fast for proper list maintenance.

The most interesting result has been that none — NONE — of Ira's freedom loving racist supporters have asked for deletion, just a minority of the disengaged and a few angered at how the hell I got their addresses in the first place. Ah, the wonders of cyberspace.

You will find a fairly comprehensive Nevada archive of Ira stuff at Only Google and Yahoo can keep up with the viral vicissitudes.

The above Ball'Box includes an expanded version of tomorrow's Sparks Tribune Barbwire —> Breaking Bad Part Deux: Ira blames the Trib

It was written before Ira self-defrocked but there's still some good new stuff therein.

News Tip: Keep an eye on that commie-liberal-treasonous New York Times.

Keep your sheets ironed and your boots polished.

Almanac for Almaniacal Columniators: On 11-24-1874, barbed wire was patented. (Item courtesy of CJ Hadley's Range Magazine calendar.)

Happy Thanksgibleting to you and yours.

Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Please pardon my Spanglish.)

Andrew Barbano
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PUNCHLINES DEPT.: From a financial advisor—> "Gives new meaning to term 'IRA Rollover' "
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BREAKING BAD—>Hansen resigns as Nevada State Assembly Speaker
Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 11-23-2014

Statement from NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch President Jeffrey Blanck

"We don't endorse candidates. This is about the operation of our state legislature.

"Now, we hopefully can move forward rather than take a step backward.

"If he had stayed in place, there are issues coming up like voter i.d. and health care that have racial overtones and impacts.

"We want to make sure all Nevadans are treated fairly.

"The sum total of his articles is that blacks are genetically inferior. That's the point to it."

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
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 11-18-2014

Walter White and some other white guy

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—>On Paper: Republican leader left a trail
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 11-20-2014

     I hope you will do all you can to get the Republican Party to repudiate this bigoted legislator. He is a disgrace to Nevada and a disgrace to democracy. The onus here needs to be placed on the Republican Party. Are they going to continue to harbor this man and treat him as a responsible human being or expose him as the scoundrel he really is? Can he continue in this position of responsibility or should he be made to step down? Make them choose! — Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus, 11-20-2014

Journalist Dennis Myers' Ira-on-Israel archive
Dennis Myers blog / Reno News & Review 11-20-2014

NAACP lashes out at new Nevada Assembly speaker
Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 11-20-2014

NAACP calls for Hansen's ouster as Assembly Speaker
Reno-Sparks NAACP story goes viral: Washington Post, Huffington Post and more
Update: Hansen 'sorry' after inflammatory columns highlighted, invokes the "out of context" cop-out
GOP U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford decry Hansen hatred

Ray Hagar / Reno Gazette-Journal 11-20-2014

Washington Post: Lame non-apology; Gov. Sandoval pulls a Pontius Pilate
Associated Press/Washington Post 11-20-2014

Hansen under fire for blatant racism, story goes viral
Another public relations coup for Nevada
By Kyle Roerink / Las Vegas Sun 11-20-2014

Nevada’s new Assembly speaker has a long history of controversial comments about women, blacks and gays
Niraj Chokshi / Washington Post 11-20-2014

Hansen to lawmakers, May 2013: Gayness a choice akin to bestiality, prostitution
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal 11-23-2014

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files


11-18-2014 — Let's begin with a bit of coincidental irony.

On Nov. 18, 1977, Klansman Robert Chambliss was convicted for his involvement in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four girls (Chambliss was convicted of murdering Denise McNair, one of the girls), a conviction achieved by Alabama officials after the FBI covered up evidence in the case. (From longtime Nevada journalist Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac)


I just forwarded the information on this page to some friends. My e-mail program has built-in red flags and warns that the content of this transmission "has language highly likely to be found offensive."


(Mitch is coming and boy, is he pissed.)

Who says artificial intelligence ain't here yet?

THIS JUST IN: "Celebrate a new Senate Republican Majority!

"Get your own limited edition 'Come at me bro' t-shirt." [1]

So reads today's e-mail offer from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

I am only too happy to oblige now that the Nevada State Senate and Assembly will be in dyspeptically Republican hands next year.

On Jon Ralston's Nov. 17 show, newly-elected Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said he was encouraged by the Sparks Tribune be provocative as a columnist.

Ira demonstrably overachieved and continues to do so.

Read on for some of Ira's greatest hits, the Barbwire Iranamok Files.


Sage speakerings from the new Speaker in the Sparks Tribune
Full column texts may be accessed below

The confederated battle flag — Symbol of manly courage

"(I) am extremely proud of the 'lost cause' and the attempts to preserve the original States Rights (sic) position of the U.S. Constitution. In spite of what most believe, the War Between the States was not about slavery per se, but about whether or not a State (sic) had the right to leave the Union. (sic) Eleven southern states attempted to leave and were coerced by into the Union. (sic)

"Slavery was a serious dispute between the two sides, as were tariffs, but not the major issue of the war as so many are taught today....

"The issue today, that the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of slavery, etc., is a classic example of how ignorant most Americans are about our nation's history. Anyone who has read the Confederate Constitution, studied the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, read (John C.) Calhoun's arguments on nullification, and delved into the ideology behind the attempts at seceding from the Union (sic) know the Confederate battle flag represents the original thinking of the majority of our founding fathers. The death of the Confederacy was in fact the death of Federalism, the division of power between equal States (sic) with a common, intentionally weak central government handling primarily the foreign affairs and general needs...

"But the Confederate Flag is to me not so much about ideology, but about manly courage, bravery, struggle against great odds, heroic battle field actions. It represents many of my heroes: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest,* Jefferson Davis, and yes, my Rebel (sic) ancestors. To dishonor their memory and the great cause for which they gave their all, I would rather die a thousand deaths than do something so disgraceful. Sacrifice their honor for the political correctness of today? The thought makes me ashamed.

"The Confederate flag also represents a way of life now gone but still strongly influential in our thinking....

"Above my desk where I write this column every week, tacked on the wall, is a Confederate battle flag. I fly it proudly and in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause.

"Give it up or take it down?


* HISTORICAL NOTE: Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan. See Ken Burns' Emmy-winning PBS series The Civil War, 1990.


Barbano's column; Sparks' financing and Farley foolishness

"(University and Community College System of Nevada Board of Regents candidate Howard) Rosenberg's underdog role in the race, as well as his being the lesser of two evils, made him the logical (if not the most desirable) choice, his homosexuality and ultra-leftist views notwithstanding. There was no 'none of the above' slot on the ballot, so the voters were stuck with lousy choices. For me, in good conscious (sic), I couldn't bring myself to vote for either; I simply bypassed that race on my ballot."

Ebonics: Another example of self-segregation

"While Egypt is part of the African continent, its people and culture are not Negroid (sic) in origin: even today, after thousands of years of a mixture with dozens of different cultures and races, the Egyptians are more Semitic than anything else."

Surpressing (sic) The Truth: Slavery, Reparations and Censorship

"Jesse Jackson and his fellow and of marauding thieves have become very wealthy by playing off of liberal 'white guilt', and the greed for wealth without work has gone from a national to international racket."

An open letter to NAACP President Feemster

"Victimology' is rampant in Negro leadership. Until they stop blaming the past for their failures of today, and practice the real formula for success — postponing the gratification of an immediate desire for a greater good tomorrow — no amount of compensation for slavery will protect blacks from their own self-defeating behaviors."

Nevada Dilemma: Racism in government education?

"Conveniently overlooked in the all-problems-are-rooted-in-racism answer book is the fact two major minority groups with long histories of open, legalized discrimination, Asians and Jews, somehow manage to get through those horribly racist school systems and come out not only with diplomas but with disproportionate shares of the highest honors of academic achievement!

"Also ignored is the trend, consistent all across our land, of blacks always being at the very bottom, even in school systems run by black teachers and administrators. Unless you can prove blacks discriminate against themselves, it's hard to blame the continued failure on 'racism.'

"The real answer is one most will privately acknowledge but publicly run away from — native intelligence, i.e., your gene pool....I.Q. testing, graduation rates and how society layers out as a whole have shown remarkable correlation. The top ethnic group/race in I.Q. tests are Jewish, followed by, in descending order, Asians, whites, Hispanics and, at the bottom, blacks....

"Also not explained by the 'racist' excuse makers is how in our allegedly horrible racist society blacks especially have become dominant in sports, notably basketball and football. Using the quota system/ratio formula developed by liberals for proving de facto racism indicates high school, college and professional sports are among our most racist institutions....

"Equality in all things can only be achieved through accepting as your standard the lowest common denominator. You can look at Zimbabwe, the former Soviet Union and soon, South Africa, for case studies. Or you can use a free market approach and let everyone sift out naturally, rising and falling, reaping what you are capable and willing to sow."

BARBANO RESPONDS: Back in college, I remember Fresno State history professor Dr. Jose C. Canales noting his rule of thumb for identifying oppressed classes in a country. In the United States, it was the nationality/ethnicity of the heavyweight boxing champion. In Spain, he pointed to bullfighters.

As to blacks and testing, the facts have long been on the record that standardized tests standardized by the majority for majority students are indeed biased against some minorities.


Illegal aliens and our schools: Americans must come first

"Believe it or not, the racist quotes (in this column) are almost verbatim from UNR professor Richard Siegel. Yes, anyone who opposes illegal immigration does so because we can't shout 'nigger' anymore, according to our learned professor.

"Isn't it interesting that hypocrites like Siegel always interject race into everything. It seems like they're the ones obsessed by 'racism.'"

"...We do not need more taxes; we simply need to remove those who are not supposed to be here in the first place."


Illegal aliens: Send them back

"Yet, as English-speaking Americans, most of which (sic) who (sic) would not consider themselves racist, are confronted with a foreign culture pouring into their neighborhoods, their tax sponsored schools, their everyday lives, so much so that they must push buttons to talk in their native English tongue, the basic instinct of self-preservation kicks in. They feel threatened, outnumbered, surrounded.

"Contrary to multicultural dogma, they detect a definite shift in ways of living that they find inferior, and hence see the changes as degrading , a cultural slide.

"For those with a more long-term perspective, a major issue is the absolute lack of of political stability and blatant corruption rampant in Central and South America. Can a people whose history is steeped in such instability change by merely crossing a border?"

BARBANO: It apparently never occurs to benighted Ira that such instability may well be exactly why they have fled north.


Democrats, teacher unions and blacks: master vs. slave

"Ironically, in the Democratic Party, 'freedom of choice' in killing a black baby is exalted, but freedom of choice in educating a black child cannot be tolerated."


Think this will throw cold water on the flames of north vs. south sectionalism at the legislature?

Ballot process protects minority rights

"With the almost unbelievable growth of Clark County, without checks and balances, the rest of Nevada will be reduced to peon status. Every Nevadan should guard with jealousy every possible tool to safeguard his liberty from this very real threat. If the qualifying for the ballot process is changed, and the 13 out of 17 counties check eliminated, another balance will be gone, and with it another check against your way of life being dictated to you through the teeming millions now pouring into Las Vegas."

With liberals, is being black about race or ideology?

"...The NAACP and the ACLU are accusing the Reno Police Dept. of 'racial profiling' and demanding a 'citizens review board' be set up to act as some sort of cop conduct court....

"If the NAACP has any credibility left, the thin thread of it is rapidly shrinking. Rather than have a citizens' review board, perhaps we need to reverse this a bit. Instead, we need a board made up of cops to review the slanderous and vicious attacks from left wing groups who coddle criminals and act like the cops are at fault for doing their job."


Debunking Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

"...Forced segregation was wrong and King was correct to fight it. But forced integration is also wrong for the exact same reason. No one should be FORCED BY THE GOVERNMENT to segregate or integrate. But again, such political correctness is not colorblind or unbiased....the NBA and the NFL and most sports are grossly over-represented by Negroes without any allegations of racial discrimination. Such double standards abound, with whites always getting the short end of the stick."

BARBANO RESPONDS: Maybe he meant hockey sticks.

Mr. Speaker gave no non-sports examples.

This circular-firing-squad illogic is Calvin Coolidge-style reasoning. The 1920's era president purportedly said "poverty is caused by people being poor."

All-white private schools and country clubs remain legal in the United States. After long, often-bloody and continuing struggle, public accommodations are no longer.

[1] "The evidence of how (Rand) Paul has rubbed off on the Kentucky GOP establishment could be summed up in one sign held by a young McConnell supporter: 'Come at me bro.'

"It’s a nod to MTV’s reality show 'Jersey Shore', in which one character doesn’t want to start a fight but tells another if he initiates the fight, it will get ugly. The very idea of the 70-something incumbent having rabid supporters waving signs touting MTV pop culture is completely absurd, but only in a pre-Rand Paul world." (Washington Post 8-5-2014)

Does Snooky Polizzi know about this?

Ira's Greatest Hits
50 megabytes of rants and rebuttals from Mr. Speaker and some of his closest personal friends

   You've got to be taught
To hate and fear.
   You've got to be taught
From year to year.
   It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear.
   You've got to be carefully taught.

   You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
   And people whose skin is a different shade.
You've got to be carefully taught.

    You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
   To hate all the people your relatives hate.
You've got to be carefully taught.
— Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II
South Pacific

1995 (.pdf)

Sparks Tribune Titles

Statistics don't support the theory that the police are racists
See also "Racist Chic" / New York Times / 10-13-1995
and Reno News & Review 10-11-1995

In defense of a great statesman — U.S. Sen. Patrick McCarran
He couldn't have been anti-Semitic. He was Irish!

Pocahantas: Politically correct revisionism or reality?

Ernest Walker: Sparks' government watchdog

We must push for justice, equality
Hansen's "casual dismissal of the past compounds the ignorance of (his) argument."
Timothy Keim letter to the Tribune editor

Affirmative action is racial discrimination

1996-1999 (.pdf)

Sparks Tribune Titles

More taxes: Teachers' union wants cut of business profits
(Where did we hear that one recently?)

Some thoughts on the theories of evolution
Ira has evolved from embryo to fetus to permanent pre-adolescent.
He looks like almost like a white-sheeted global warming visionary when he talks about the sun darkening skin.
What more proof does he need?

Campaign finance reform — GOP initiative vs. liberal left
Ira has evolved enough to do some serious union-bashing.

Franklin D. Roosevelt — should we stigmatize or memorialize?
Watch out, Ira. He was Ronald Reagan's idol

Barbano's column; Sparks' financing and Farley foolishness
Ira compliments the Barbwire and queer bashes at the same time.

Ironies: Some contrasts between actual and intended
Hitler, Jews and abortion all rolled into a nice little wrinkled package

Hansen's 2-12-1996 column was an insult
Letter to the Tribune editor
Maria Bell 2-29-1996

Mississippi West trouble, right here in River City
Barbano asks Ira for a meeting which has yet to happen
Barbwire by Barbano 2-25-1996

Name proposed community center at Paradise park after local leader
This is the column about which Ms. Bell complained so eloquently on 2-29-1996, as did the Barbwire on 2-25-1996, but not nearly as well.
(The date appended to the column itself is transposed and erroneously reads 2-12-1996. Sorry for the error and any confusion.)

1998-2002 (.pdf)

Sparks Tribune Titles

New Taxes: Overlooked Sources Abound
10-6-2002 / Reprinted in 2009

The homo tax tells you all you need to know about Mr. Speaker. Many of the other taxes he lampoons are just as hate-filled, including the affirmative action tax "for white liberal phonies who demand public quotas for minorities, but who fail to privately practice what they demand from others.

"Democratic assembly candidate Jan Gilbert, a typical leftist, defeated a black man in the primary. In keeping with her alleged value system of promoting racial justice by having better-qualified white people forced aside, Gilbert should have voluntarily withdrawn her candidacy."

John Farahi and Ira Hansen Meet Face to Face
Ira was axed from KKKOH Radio after Atlantis Resort Casino principal John Farahi complained of Ira's anti-semitic comments.

Sports betting and cock fighting; death penalty unfair
Ira blasts African-American Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, for failing to recognize that most crime is committed by minorities.

The evolution dilemma — Piltdown man strikes again

Evolution is hoax, kinda like that their global warming thingy.
This guy Darwin would never be invited to dinner at Ira's house.

Free speech in America — not when defined as hate
Liberals are acting like J. Edgar Hoover

The confederated battle flag — Symbol of manly courage

Reno cops deserve praise for a job well done

MORE Ira Encores / Can't get enuf of that phunky stuph

Common sense and economic reality
Obama the Magic Negro
Daily Sparks Tribune 1-11-2009

Ira always speaks kindly of those who wear hoods: Godhood of Obama: soon to end?
Daily Sparks Tribune 1-17-2009

Sen. Washington's career, brief but excellent
Daily Sparks Tribune 3-21-2009

Illegals, health care and public schools
Daily Sparks Tribune / 10-10-2009



Andrew Barbano is a 46-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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