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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
Tempus fugit.

   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

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

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



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


I personally thank novice Pope Francis I for forgiving me all of my sins.

As long as I don't have any impure thoughts, if I die right now I'm guaranteed the stairway to heaven via the plenary indulgence he transmitted to my house via satellite on March 13.

I look forward to meeting Martin Luther on my way up.

Network TV commentators have only gingerly shot around the edges as to what the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio can mean to Catholics, ex-Catholics, recovering Catholics (Sinead O'Connor, call your office) and the world at large.

Herewith, my humble comments, informed in my youth by the hardassed Christian Brothers (only occasionally with their wine) and the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

I didn't become editor of my high school newspaper because uptight young Sister Steven called me "too antagonistic."

Perceptive woman.

Now, five decades down the path of propriety and perdition, comes my forecast on Pope Francis I.

Sister Stevie would never have printed it, but the late great Brother Hugh Kennedy (yes, one of those Kennedys—>died young as a missionary in Africa), would have had a good laugh.

     1. WOMEN SHOULD EXPECT LITTLE. The Catholic hierarchy is too hidebound to loosen up on women's rights.

I was hoping that the cardinals would pull a fast one and elect a woman.

Gloria Steinem looks great in both red and white.

Alas and alack, the intrepid Nuns on the Bus remain in the back seat.

     2. BY HIS NAME, YOU WILL KNOW HIM. Cardinal Bergoglio, who apparently lives very humbly and even takes the bus to work, chose the name of Italian Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals (equine advocate Annie Jantzen, call your office).

Francis led a very humble and ascetic life and has long been held up as a model by Catholic teachers.

He was also a bit uptight.

One day in sophomore religion class back at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial High School, Brother Ernest told us horny guys that Francis would take off his clothes and roll in a thorn bush when tempted by the (gasp!) pleasures of the flesh.

"Where's the nearest thorn bush?" became a standing joke among us teens whenever any of the upper class foxes flitted past.

Mea maxima culpa.

     3. WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION. Cardinal Bergoglio is a Jesuit, the Society of Jesus, founded by Spanish St. Ignatius Loyola.

Every cabrón dictator in this world should be quaking in his boots.

Previous popes pulled the Jesuits out of countries because they fomented revolution, preaching "liberation theology" and advocating for basic human rights.

Good Brother Hugh once said "they tend to take over everywhere they go."


Bergoglio lived through the gulag era of the murderous Argentine generals.

Many of the country's "desaparecidos" (disappeared ones) remain unaccounted for.

El Salvador Bishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980), who was assassinated by a U.S.-trained death squad while saying mass, was Jesuit-trained and remains a leading candidate for sainthood.

My personal favorite is Jesuit Miguel Pro (January 13, 1891 — November 23, 1927), who was executed without trial on phony charges by Mexico's dictatorship.

Requiescant in pacem.

Pope Francis can right a lot of wrongs as he undertakes the Herculean task of righting the foundering ship of the Vatican State, including its money-laundering bank. (The film "Godfather III" was only part fiction. Read "In God's Name, an investigation into the murder of Pope John Paul I" by David A. Yallop, Bantam Books, New York, 1984.)

     4. SIGNS FROM GOD AND TRAVUS T. HIPP. As I'm writing this in a post-deadline rush (thanks to editorial indulgence), the 1969 Marlon Brando film "Burn" runs on a movie channel in the next room.

It's about anti-colonial revolution in Latin America and was one of the late Tribune columnist's favorites.

I wish Francis I the best, will continue to pray for him, and fervently hope that he has the cojones to...

Be well. Raise hell.


RENDER UNTO CÉSAR—> CÉSAR CHÁVEZ CELEBRATION XI happens on Thursday, 28 March 2013, at Circus Circus-Reno. (Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m.)

Antacids available for all who suffer thru Sen. Heller's joint address earlier in the afternoon.

The César soirée during the 2011 legislative session almost drew a floor session quorum and this year may well break that record.

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Prices go up as the event gets closer.

PARDON THE CHAMP. United Auto Workers Union boxing manager George "Battling" Nelson was undoubtedly heartened to learn of Sens. Reid and McCain's renewed efforts to pardon Jack Johnson, the heavyweight champion convicted of the crime of being black about a century ago.

Nelson will expand on the subject at the March 28 César Chávez event at Circus Circus.

HONOR YOUR DON. Keep sending comments supporting legendary Nevada photographer Don Dondero (1920-2003) for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame.

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I broke a bushel of major stories last year which the above lead item will very probably top. Blowing out more than a century of Nevada law in one swell foop doesn't happen every day.

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Be well. Raise hell.


Andrew Barbano is a 44-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.

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We Don't Need No Education
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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.

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Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
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The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
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Andrew Barbano is a 44-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 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
Tempus fugit.

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