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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.

Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

   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


Even they who haven't bedded her become transfixed by her ululating, undulating, gyrating gesticulating.

That skin, those moves, her tongue, the lips, that face.

For weeks now, the righteous of right have been frozen in place by her heat.

Possessed, inert, catatonic, unable to break her spell, indifferent to their obligations to provide for their families.

Rosy has always been such a horrific homewrecker.

I've watched them follow her as she descended on the pole, slithered down to the floor, snaked her way out the door, leaving them lusting for more.

Miss Rosy Scenario has always had that effect on the wishful.

Since the Nevada Legislature adjourned earlier this month, I've witnessed non-stop homáge to raunchy Rosy.

She is the principal reason that the teachers' education tax petition will fail next year at that other kind of pole.

The 2013 session was called "collegial," a term more suitable for a wax museum or the Sistine Chapel.

The sausage-making was dubbed harmonious and respectful.

Leaders of both parties reached across the aisle so often that they risked dislocating their collective shoulders.

To hear them and Gov. Veto El Obtúse tell it, untold millions were shunted toward schools.

The economy is getting better.

Nevada is on the way back.

The education establishment couldn't wait to jump aboard.

Haven't you heard?

Student achievement has been rising despite the slumping and slicing of the stingiest school spending in the nation.

Nevada is close to conservative Nirvana, taxophobic Valhalla.

Let's all go down to Topless Rosy's and celebrate!

Don't even hint that all that taxpayer money, staff time and lawmaker effort produced zilch in a zootsuit.

Don't whisper that all they did was grunt thru the easier stuff while ignoring the 800-pound gorilla sitting on the coffee table.

Sure, this or that secondary piece of legislation passed.

Lawmakers as always were allowed to parcel out crumbs that fell on the carpets of the upper crust.

We remain the High Desert Plantation.

Fewer than one in five of our high school graduates who take military entrance exams can pass.

Not qualified to get shot.

At a time when the warrior class is even accepting convicts, that's pretty embarrassing.

But Nevada stopped blushing decades ago.

At the polls next year, people will favor the words of all those public officials, bureaucrats and hangers-on who insist that all is well and thus no need to add serious money to education and other questionable public services.

Most houses never catch fire.

Rosy rules.

WHAT'S NEXT. The education initiative will crash either at the polls or in court.

The only remaining option will be major litigation against the state for failing in its Constitutional duty to provide for a system of education.

See the Barbwire of 21 Feb. 2010 entitled Suing for Schools.

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...

Googling for liquid Romanian castanets
Other than doing our laundry, what should we do about
Big Brother peeking into our collective lace undies?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-13-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbwire Corporate Welfare Archive
Barbwire Corporate Propaganda Archive

Enron II: Nevada's Battle-Born Toxic Event
Indigence and indigestion from ingestion of Warren Buffett's buffet
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-6-2013 Sparks Tribune

Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-23-2013 Sparks Tribune

Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to 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

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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