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"80 percent of success is showing up" Woody Allen
A few weeks back, I
printed three unbreakable rules
for lobbying the biennial Carson City petting zoo and beer bust.
Now comes a fourth that is obvious to all save some with PhD's: Show up.
The Washoe County School District is going to the legislature to ask for an increase in sales and property taxes for school repairs and maintenance.
They are 16 years and
a few million dollars short.
Local media have forgotten how we got to this rickety place.
In 1997, Clark County schools got a piece of the real estate transfer tax for upkeep.
Washoe got shut out partially because of lawmaker irritation with then-superintendent Mary Nebgen who apparently didn't much like kissing the rings of holy legislators.
She had started off on the wrong foot by advocating for tax increases before she even moved here to take the job.
Bad form in taxophobic
Nebgen later held a reception for lawmakers asking their advice on how to be more effective. They uttered two words: "Show up!"
Apparently, Washoe could have gotten a piece of the transfer tax but WCSD reps didn't make a case.
Almost two decades down ramshackle road, local schools are falling apart and the district is not even asking for parity with Gomorrah South.
NEVER TRUST A PREACHING GUN RUNNER. The dehydrated Frenchman Wayne LaPierre committed another sin of moral obtuseness this week.
The National Rifle Association's flamer-in-chief torched President Obama's remark that he hosts skeet shooting at Camp David.
Moonhowlers are now demanding proof, including 2009 photos and a Kenyan birth certificate.
Newly outed messianic preacher LaPierre trashed Obama by again asserting that the Second Amendment reflects God-given rights, the U.S. equivalent of papal infallibility by the anointed black-robes of the Supreme Court.
Everyone knows that just like the pope, they are never wrong.
Such as their endorsement
of slavery forever just before the Civil War.
NEVER TRUST A PR MAN. I sent the following memo to KRNV TV-4 news last Friday. Still no reply.
"Several times today, your staff reported that 'Reno-Tahoe International Airport has never had a security breach.'
"As in follytix, one should never say never.
"Does the guy who drove his vehicle thru an open gate onto the tarmac about 30 years ago qualify as a security breach?
Or is there some public relations statute of limitations? Or does nothing count if it happened pre-9/11?"
Perhaps the aviation types justify the statement because the place was called Reno-Cannon International Airport when that yahoo went truckin' with the airliners.
"Apparently, those with institutional memories have been or should be institutionalized," I continued.
"Perhaps I've been doing this too damned long.
"Or perhaps you should never take the word of a PR person.
"And that includes me.
"Be well. Raise hell."
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Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
JFK, Jr.: Hope dies hard and yet springs eternal
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 7-25-1999
Your better life today had President Kennedy lived
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The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
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The Post-dated Recession
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Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012
Used in journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.
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