César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Updates from the event at Circus Circus Reno
welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Even Ira Hansen sells out to the gambling-industrial complex
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 9-29-2015
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Not even Sparks Assemblycritter Ira Hansen is as conservative as me right now. I am one with the werewolves.
Walter White and some other white guy
Back in the day, I used
to tell people that I liked having Ira's column in the Trib. Compared to socialist
Jake Highton, libertarian
Republican Travus. T.
Hipp and uber-conservative Ira, I looked reasonable.
Over 17 years, extreme distaste for Nevada corporate welfare was the only issue upon which Ira and I ever consistently agreed.
Alas and alack, Ira just sold out to the dark side of the force, relegating me to the lair of the moonhowlers he usually controls in the Assembly Republican Caucus. That includes my fantasy fiancée, Machine Gun Michele Fiore, R-Gomorrah South, and 10 other GOP lycanthropic misanthropes who took a 31-11 drubbing from the gambling-industrial complex.
The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority successfully pimped a $4 million tax increase for its casino overlords. Senate Bill 312 imposes a one- or two-dollar per night surcharge on local hotel rooms. Now on its way to be signed into law by Gov. Veto El Obtúsè, it gives the money to the board which Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve last February called ineffective, beset by infighting and "the worst I've ever served on." (Reno Gazette-Journal 2-13-2015)
That's pretty much intentional. The first modest room tax was imposed in 1955 to fund "fair and recreation boards," still the legal description of the RSCVA. It meant just that county fairs, parks and local recreational activities.
The casino moguls couldn't let such a pot of money go untouched and over the years skimmed the lion's share toward subsidizing their private businesses. SB312 stinks worse than a nicotine-besotted hourly crashpad because the hit is not just on tourists. A definition in the bill says "a hotel has an interior hall and lobby with access to each room from the interior hall or lobby."
That excludes most weekly motel hells, but not the decrepit multi-story dives that often accommodate the least among us. Soon, those destitute denizens of the detritus will contribute an extra dollar or two a day toward a dwindling industry's advertising budget.
The Republican automatic anti-tax zealots thus voted right for the wrong reason, including Sparks Sen. Don Gustavson and rookie Rail City Assemblymember Jill Dickman.
Ira remains the de
facto speaker of the lower house. Inside the Republican Caucus, straw man Speaker
John Hambrick, R-LV, is openly called "an empty suit." Both
abandoned the powerless underdogs leaving the dogmatists to do something decent.
So today I proudly run
with the werewolves after all my friends forgot why they were elected.
I will inscribe their names in the bible of Nevada corporate welfare at CabellyUp.com/
MILESTONES. Barbwire/Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall-of-Famer Travus T. Hipp signed off on May 18, 2012.
Camel jockey and Laborers'
Local 169 member Mike Shaffer joined Mark
Twain and Travus in the Comstock of the mind last April 19.
I wish them an elegiac drink on me at the eternal ethereal frontier saloon.
Be well. Raise
hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU DEPT.
From last week's Barbwire:
SALUDO. Much has been made of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority landing three major veterans gatherings. The American Legion convention has played a lot of towns, even hitting Paris, France, in 1927, perhaps because of aviator Charles Lindbergh's solo Atlantic flight that year. I like to think they went to celebrate New York Yankees Ruth and Gehrig building the greatest baseball team ever in that storied annum. Who knows?
I do know the validity
of a 1970 prediction uttered to me by a veteran Las Vegas executive: "The
American Legion will never be invited to Las Vegas again. Sure, it's nice we
can say they came here, but they are never, ever, coming back. They don't spend
money, they don't tip, they don't gamble and they cook in their rooms!"
I checked the American
Legion website. Indeed, joining Paris among one-shot visits is our own Gomorrah
South from 1962.
Reno-Sparks has always been a cheap date, so welcome back 9,000 legionnaires. I'm now thinking of opening a hotplate rental business.
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65 YEARS OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Read Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers' tour de force about a tour de farce in the Feb. 5 Reno News & Review. His cover story "No Fair" provides a quick and vicious history lesson about Nevada government failing to take care of its people.
MYERS: Nevadans may well wonder why one of the states biggest and most familiar problems could be ignored so assiduously for decades, like an elephant in the room. In the end, the explanation comes down to a rule of thumb for politicians: Offending the affluent comes with consequences. Offending the working poor does not.
He also posits a tax solution which liberals may find quite surprising. (I resemble that remark.) With less than two weeks to go before the beginning of the first special session, Myers once again looks positively psychic. Actually, he just reads history.
TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012)
FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment > If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.
In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, who can you trust?
DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
Andrew Barbano is a 46-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 NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail email@example.com. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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That was no lady, that was...none of your damned business!
But can she cook?
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Walter White and some other white guy
Breaking Bad 4: Ira and his ammosexuals flip us the finger
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The above graph was 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.
...and more ammo...
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...and more ammo yet
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Andrew Barbano is a 46-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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