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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.

Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 5-17-2013

   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

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


"My opponent supported shunting school money to porno films."

I guarantee such words will surface in 2014 campaign attack ads.

Blame Nicolas (Coppola) Cage, the Oscar-winning actor who slummed in Carson City last week to demand corporate welfare for Hollywood.

Senate Bill 165 was introduced by a bi-partisan pack of lawmakers who view it as a good idea even if it takes money from schools, roads, parks, police and fire protection.

Those public services generally employ skilled labor, usually union, with benefits.

I'm all for more union work, but trading a teacher or a cop for a short-term script girl or best-boy should present far better than a break-even proposition.

Proponents admit that a lot of talent will have to be imported.

"Nevada does not have a significant film crew base at the present time," stated producer Jeffrey Spilman in a May 14 Reno Gazette-Journal guest commentary.

Like lawmakers, he hopes that the proposed $35 million in annual taxpayer-funded subsidies will eventually result in a trained workforce.

Alas, Mr. Spilman ignores a valuable and growing sector of the Nevada economy, at least in Gomorrah South: film making.

Porno. Film. Making.

A few years ago, dirty movie moguls started migrating to Las Vegas, attracted by the same charms Nevada always touts: lack of both taxation and regulation.

Desperate for education and social service money, legislative Democrats are currently locked in a losing battle to close tax loopholes.

But some support this new freebie, demonstrating the dramatic irony of star power upon the star-struck.

The fun part comes in reading Section 8 of the bill. (Irony alert: "Section-eighter" is an old military term for a soldier sent to a psych ward.)

Sexion 8 states that the Nevada Office of Economic Development must review scripts for content of "obscene or sexually explicit material."

In Vegas.


Which means, as always, that those with juice get the loot.

Halle Berry's breasts constitute art, less-so Linda Lovelace's lips, while lugubrious lawyers lick their chops over this ludicrously lucrative lascivious legal landmine.

If the pornomongers can't get their (pardon the expression) piece of the pie, this could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where at least one justice is a noted smut expert.

George Carlin, call your office. Your censored Seven Dirty Words are back.

SB165 allows for transferable tax credits of up to $6 million per project.

That means you can still sell a piece of it after you've used it, potentially trading teachers to Taco Bell.

Awhile back, a Las Vegas candidate saw her campaign destroyed because her equipment company, with many clients, once rented cameras to a dirty-pix producer.

No hotels were criticized for renting rooms.

Candidates for re-election next year might defend themselves by saying they thought SB165 supported sex education because our underfunded schools aren't up to the job. [MORE]

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.


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I broke a bushel of major stories last year which the above lead item will very probably top.

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


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.

Smoking Guns...

Barbwire Corporate Welfare Archive
Barbwire Corporate Propaganda Archive

Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The best Nevada political commentator alive

Policy with the stars
Of Wynn service, lip service and Cage fighting
Las Vegas CityLife / 5-15-2013

Rules of Disengagement
Gov. Veto El Obtúse struck dumb, but with a smile
Las Vegas CityLife / 4-17-2013


...and more ammo...

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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 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 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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