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
colonics, shameless strumpetry & repo men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-28-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 8-5-2015
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"Irony is a state of affairs or event that seems contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result."
TRUMPETING STRUMPETRY. I announced Democrats for Trump (NVCaucus.com) on Sam Shad's show two weeks ago.
Even without David Letterman
and Jon Stewart, The Donald has guaranteed that we will laugh again.
And again. And again.
NAKED AMBITION. This Wednesday, Shad's guests include defrocked Assembly Republican leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, and Jill Tolles, Hickey's anointed heir apparent.
Ms. Tolles has a lot to prove. Parent Leaders for Education, her GOP-leaning education lobby, was unable to secure even one vote among four Republican county commissioners to increase taxes for school repair in Dec. 2013. Only Democrat Kitty Jung tried to move the issue to a vote.
Ex-Tribune columniator Ira
Hansen defrocked Hickey after the last election. The Barbwire returned
the favor by defrocking Sparks Assemblyman Hansen as incoming speaker. (First
newsbreak here Nov. 18; viral Nov. 20 with a little help from ex-Tribunista
Dennis Myers; New York Times Nov. 25. Read
the full, sad, bizarro neverending story for yourself.) [UPDATE: Mr. Hickey
did not appear on the program.]
Ironic colonic: Tony Fianacca's Sparks Florist voicemail must have been full when Ira called to send bouquets to the Tribune for making him a national figure.
NAKED STUPIDITY. Reno City Hall jumps when I holler. I implored Black Tower councilcritters not to spend a quarter-million implementing a butt-ugly logo (a stop sign outlining a capital "R").
That mess would have filled this entire column save that I can't get a straight answer as to whether or not this fiasco can be reversed. They swallowed the sales pitch, guts, feathers and all.
Barbano to Reno City Hall:
Please return to Earth ASAP
Now Reno will have two logos. Go
Ironic colonic: They placed a ban on new strip clubs the same day they approved the stop sign.
OF GOD. Local ecumenicist Rajan Zed ramrods a weekly Reno
Kazoo-Journal religion Q&A. A few Sundays ago, the yes/no question involved
performing non-traditional marriages.
The Catholic Diocese "did not provide (an) answer," Zed told me.
Ironic colonic: Perhaps silence equates to progress. Perhaps not.
REPO DEPOT. Lots of news last week about Wired Magazine hackers remotely hijacking new cars.
In 2013, Candice Smith of Las Vegas testified before the Nevada Legislature that she thought she was going to die on a freeway when her car dealer hit her GPS kill switch. The story went nationwide, including the Times, but nowhere in Nevada. Why? Local corporate media avoid pissing off major advertisers.
Ironic colonic: Nevada car dealers tried and failed to get remote repossession legalized in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. Again, web search blanko.
ADIOS. Memorial services were held an hour apart Saturday for two heavyweights.
Congenial local union leader Johnny Byrne, 90, was a Virginia City native who also served as deputy state labor commissioner.
Erma Arvilla Rupp Fritchen,
84, became a freedom rider when such activity was life threatening. The retired
Sparks teacher went south with former Reno-Sparks
NAACP President Eddie Scott and was even served food in an Alabama church
basement by a seamstress named Rosa Parks. (Barbwire
MY BEST TO THE VERY BEST. Happy 80th birthday to 32-year Nevada Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, born 7-28-1935 in Mounds, Louisiana.
Be well. Raise
hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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FROM DARRYL FEEMSTER: Special Library Open House Saturday 8 August 2015, 11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. 1650 Carville Drive, Reno
"We are on the road to a library open house and back to school celebration at the Duncan Community Library on August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have back to school supplies, food and more but we need people willing to help. Please let me know if you know of anyone that will come out to make it a great day for our community's youth. Please call me at 775-722-4303. I really need people to help get the word out so give me a call."
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.) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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22 July 2015
To: City of Reno, Mayor and Council
From: Andrew Barbano
Re: Proposed new city logo, Item J.6 on the 22 July 2015 council agenda
Executive Summary: Please don't
The Hon. Mlle. Mayor and Council:
Don't do this logo thing today. The proposed black-on-white capital "R" captured in an octagon borrowed from the second Reno arch is neither innovative nor imaginative.
The proposed new logo is both plain and plain ugly. It's also quite trite.
Local graphic artists chafe when telling stories of inexperienced clients who insist on what they perceive as a unique image idea: their own initials superimposed over the outline of the State of Nevada.
Even that's better than the Octo-R. Replacing the meaningless octagon with the state's outline would at least provide beholders a sense of place. We might even reverse the R like Toys R Us to prove we have a flair for thinking outside the literacy box (see below). Given that the state's new education budget is actually stagnant, that would at least constitute truth in advertising. (Barbwire 7 July 2015 et seq.)
All this reminds me of the infamous comma controversy, the big brouhaha at UNR a few years back over a comma vs. a hyphen in the institution's fully-expressed name.
They settled on placing a comma in the middle of the school's monicker leading to sentences like this:
University of Nevada, Reno is a grammatical clunker.
So which entity stands accused of clunkerdom, Reno or the U? Because of the comma, the reader can't know. Sister Ellen Marie passed out D's for that kind of fuzzy writing.
She might excuse the Octo-R idea in an eighth-grade art assignment, but spending the public's money on such a cliché will be a taxpayer travesty. Of course, if the idea is to look like a retro backwater, please sally forth.
Northern Nevada is populated by dozens of very qualified designers. Turn them loose on coming up with some ideas and you will be blown away by what you get.
Besides, the R in the octagon might bring trademark infringement lawsuits from the likes of the infamous Octomom and who knows who else.
This logo is uncool even if placed above a Twitter hashtag. Please don't stub your collective tic-tac-toes on this ticky-tacky concept.
Be well. Raise hell.
44-year Reno resident and media maven
Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune
School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune
All the news you never knew you needed to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 7-9-2015
Applying Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / From the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune
Life & death tickle the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-23-2015 Sparks Tribune
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-17-2015
The 2015 Nevada Legislature's greatest hits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-9-2015 Sparks Tribune
Chaos theory: Republicans learn to use their majority — on each other
Cover Story by Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 6-4-2015 Several related stories linked thereat
Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
Barbwire by Barbano / Uncensored full-length edition expanded from the censored Tuesday 6-2-2015 Sparks Tribune
Updated D-Day, 6-6-2015: How I handled a similar situation
Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune
Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune
Hotplates, hotheads, hot rumors and hot Moose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-12-2015 Sparks Tribune
MayDay! The bright side of riots in the streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-5-2015 Sparks Tribune
In the Uber-Nevada Legislature, words can kill
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-28-2015 Sparks Tribune
Tesla rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune
Radiation Nation: Gomorrah South bakes in the glow of victory
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-14-2015 Sparks Tribune
Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune
Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune
High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 3-12 and 3-13-2015
Who was that lady I saw you with last night?
That was no lady, that was...none of your damned business!
But can she cook?
Barbano to legislative committee: Let Tesla, Switch and Apple help pay for police officer video cameras
Clinging to the Ledge: guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
We don't need no stinking wages!
It became necessary to destroy the community in order to save it
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online edition 2-26-2015
The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
Parsing our parsimonious public pursers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
The flush of victory and the irony of deceit
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-10-2015 Sparks Tribune
Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
The last bastion of local hire comes under fire
By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-4-2015
Follytix, Foxcatchers and corporate weasels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
Walter White and some other white guy
Breaking Bad 4: Ira and his ammosexuals flip us the finger
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-11-2014
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...
We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire seriesBarbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune
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
...and more ammo yet
IMF Head Says Inequality Threatens Democracy. Here Are 7 Charts Proving Shes Right.
By Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones/BillMoyers.com 5-30-2014
The behavior of the financial sector has not changed fundamentally since the crisis.
The industry still prizes short-term profit.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
Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013
The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014
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.
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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
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Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008
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