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Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune
Updated 10-14-2013

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen


Only Great Depression2 can bring positive change to this corporate plantation of a country.

HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


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All else has failed.

The evidence is now pretty clear that the most recent liberal president of the United States was Richard Milhous Nixon.

Among other things, Richard the Rotten signed the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into law.

He came close to initiating a policy of treatment rather than criminalization of drug abuse.

Every president since has been a moderate-to-extreme pro-corporation conservative.

Two American industries are exempt from anti-trust law: baseball and insurance, the latter thanks to the McCarran-Ferguson Act, courtesy of Sen. Patrick McCarran, D-Nev.

Insurance bandidos may thus conspire to fix prices, Obamacare exchanges be damned.

As Harper's Magazine Senior Editor Luke Mitchell presciently put it in December 2009, should health care reform pass, it would be something insurance companies like.

Mitchell has proven correct: 30 million new government-mandated and often tax-subsidized insurance consumers, the proudest achievement of the hyper-conservative Heritage Foundation that thought it up. (Google Romneycare.)

Obamacare is not without its merits, but I still break out in a rash when I recall that the Donkeykongs took single payer off the table before any negotiation began.

Unilateral surrender is not good strategery. (sic intentional)

Now, the health care cure is causing disease.

Moonhowling alchemists are perverting it into a virus to crash the worldwide economy.

TRIPLE THREAT: The Sequester infected, the Shutdown further weakened and the Fiscal Cliff will finish the job.

What job?

Our plummet into the death spiral of Great Depression Part Deux.

Radical, constructive reform most recently came to this country during the 1930's, a bloody and only partially successful fight.

At the beginning of his film Sicko, Michael Moore ran President Franklin D. Roosevelt's nationally broadcast 1945 address advocating a domestic bill of rights—including the right to earn enough at a job to support a family and the right to health care.

It died with him a few months later.

Too bad that the bad guys convinced FDR to drop Henry Wallace as VP and add the Missouri Mule to the 1944 ticket.

The great and now largely forgotten VP Henry Wallace would have followed thru.

After dropping the bomb, Harry Truman did a helluva job of human service — for the far east and Europe.

Much of Roosevelt's fabled New Deal has been slowly buried next to him.

Like millions of others, I hoped Barack Obama would be the new FDR.

Alas and alack, an alpha dog he ain't.

Great Depression2 can produce one of two results: the rise of a new Roosevelt or the de facto dissolution of the formerly United States of America.

The states have a fair-to-middling track record of coming up with workable policies when the central government is paralyzed.

Breakup into regions of interest would just be a logical step.

I retain hope for a new Roosevelt rather than a new Confederacy.

The South must not rise again.

IRONY ALERT: Speaking of slavery, the estimate of people suffering under some form of involuntary servitude in the U.S currently stands somewhere between 100,000 and one million.

I could not retrieve the latest estimate because the shutdown has closed the federal website with the information.

Which brings us full circle, kinda like the current Washington firing squad.

"Media is the plural of mediocre."
                              — Jimmy Breslin



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The Barbwire got the late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Guy Richardson elected last year.

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






Andrew Barbano is a 45-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 As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Smoking Guns...

Bill Moyers: Shutdown is simply secession by other means

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

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

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.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

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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Andrew Barbano is a 45-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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