César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Highlights of the 2015 event at Circus Circus Reno
only Shakespeare had written the Constitution
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The U.S Constitution was mostly composed by future president James Madison in late 18th Century English.
Too bad he had no flair
for early 17th Century Shakespeare.
In the longrunning sit-com Two and a Half Men, screwoff urchin Jake Harper (played by Angus T. Jones) protests that his school assignment, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, is not written in English.
If only the Constitution were so arcane, we might not have the likes of madcap Ammon Bundy freezing his buns off in Oregon and asserting that the federal government has no power over him unless the local sheriff grants it.
That's the same doofus constitutional scholarship that landed actor Wesley Snipes in prison for tax evasion.
In addition to Madison's text, there are more than two centuries of amendments, legislation, court decisions, regulations, treaties and presidential executive orders which impact every aspect.
Bundy is a sideshow compared to the union-busting case currently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association).
The plaintiff asserts
that public employees don't have to pay for union services even if they receive
union benefits in states which have passed "agency shop" laws.
Republican State Controller Ron Knecht, proving that college degrees don't guarantee depth, recently wrote in the Elko Daily Free Press that it's like a magazine subscription. If you don't re-subscribe, you don't have to pay.
Actually, in Nevada, which has no agency shop law, about four in 10 workers get a free ride courtesy of dues-paying union members.
The chiseling minority
receive union pay, benefits and representation for nothing, the equivalent of
getting Knecht's magazine for free.
Union busters assert a First Amendment right to freebies on grounds of freedom of speech and assembly (free association).
OK, two can play that game. The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments mandate that no person may be deprived of property without due process of law. Taking union member dues to service non-members certainly fits that description.
That's two amendments for the good guys vs. one for the bad guys.
Perchance to dream.
MAJ. JOHN ARTHUR RIGGS, 1946-2016. The longtime Sparks resident, holder of a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, died Jan. 12. His was a lifetime of service to America and Nevada. The UNR grad established full-time schools in the state prison system and was also a longtime parole and probation officer.
He served as state president of the Nevada Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) and commander of Reno Camp 25 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
My friend John will be memorialized at 10:00 a.m. on Jan. 26 at Mountain View on Stoker Ave. in northwest Reno.
HAPPY TALK. "The happiest human activity is sex and the second-unhappiest is Facebook." So reports the venerable Harper's Magazine in its February edition.
I would have guessed right on one of out two.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS... TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on threeconsecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) 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, whom 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.)
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