Love ain't free
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Barbano back on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV program
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5-31-2011: The Mining Addiction
to the Ledge: Cold War
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Unless otherwise noted, columns originate in the Daily Sparks, Nev., Tribune.
Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Bestest of the grotesquest for 2013
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
John Wayne, Michael Moore & Andrew Undershaft
The guns of mythology
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Tit for Tat: Body blows from Lydia and Kap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
COLIN KAEPERNICK, CALL YOUR OFFICE Groucho Marx sings Lydia the Tattooed Lady in the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus. The song gained renewed popularity in the 1970's and 1980's on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento radio show.
The Dean's List
The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008
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If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions new power to the people on the public airwaves
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Be well. Raise hell.
15-year overnight success
Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008
The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
Peace on earth, good will to Boise & Nepal
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Excerpted from the original full text from 12-29-1991 (.pdf)
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks TribuneWhy rednecks didn't vote for Obama
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-1-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Kiss the Reno Aces goodbye >NOW
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-25-2012 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 XI: Instant replay of rape and pillage
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
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
Please don't cook or eat the books
ITALIAN STEREOTYPE VALIDATED >
Aiazzi and DiLoreto almost throw blows
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
The flipside from an old fry cook
Legit media stenographers fail to pop the corporate welfare question
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
A great week for scandals
We Don't Need No Education, Part X
The master chefs continue cooking the books
[UPDATE 9-17-2012] TOLJASO DEPT. The Awful Truth: "Successes and Challenges" indeed As only the Barbwire predicted last spring, Dr. Heath Morrison's disappointing third-year graduation rate explains why he got outta Dodge after year two.
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 / Humongously expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
The Post-Dated Recession:
Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Special notice to Sparks Tribune readers
In its 25th year as a daily, the 102 year-old Sparks Tribune moved to twice-per-week publication as of 1 Sept. 2012. Alas and alack, the publishers have not done a very good job informing our readers and the general public. I've been getting phone calls. The print edition will now be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Four longtime columnists have been retained: David Farside, Jake Highton, Harry Spencer and the Barbwire. The newspaper's website will continue to publish stories on a daily basis.
My annual Labor Day column appeared in the Sept. 3 Reno Gazette-Journal.
I also highly recommend journalist Mark Robison's extensive piece Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy in the Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 RGJ (starting on page one of the Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Therein, union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. [Click here to access the shocking but not surprising graphic included in the print edition but not on the RGJ website.]
Women and Unions: Orphan Majorities
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-3-2012 Reno Gazette-Journal
Lie when that pollster calls you
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
Life is a bitch and the bitch is television
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-5-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
is a Liar
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
and light for the Hall of Flames
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATE 9-23-2012: WE WON! Guy Richardson was inducted into the Nevada PressAssociation Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on Sept. 22. Guy and another first-time nominee, longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal Carson City Bureau Chief Ed Vogel, bested seven other worthy contenders. Guy's widow, Zoe Rose, flew in from Ohio for the honors, as did hisdaughter and son-in law from Sparks. Thanks be to all of Guy's former colleagues who sent endorsements. I'll publish them shortly.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
looks nothing like Charlton Heston
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-8-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
apples with citizens as mushrooms
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-1-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Don't Need No Education, Part VIII
Departing Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss admits cooking the books
Eighth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-24-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Ghost Riders Saddle Up Again
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: Republican tactic thrown out by court
Rocking Ghosts of Del Mar Station
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-10-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Followed by a moon shadow
TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012
Our friend Travus,
75, passed away peacefully between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. PDT on 18 May 2012
at his home in Silver City, Nevada. The sun is
in eclipse as I write this at 6:30 p.m. on May 20.
remembers the artist
Love ain't free
T. Hipp & Tales of Nevada's Futures Passed
Expanded from the 6-3-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
T. Hipp leaves us laughing and forewarned
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Travus T. Hipp made his art look effortless
By Andrew Barbano / From the 5-25-2012 Reno Gazette-Journal
The Dean's List
don't need no education
The neverending series
The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune
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
Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
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
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