César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Highlights from the record-breaking event at Circus Circus Reno
words for dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-24-2016 Sparks Tribune
Last week, I reported that the May 18 Charlie Rose show on KNPB TV-5 did not bleep two of George Carlin's legendary Seven Words You Can't Say on TV (from the same dictionary sections as Fudge and Shucks)
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Curious George would have been 79
this month. What better tribute could there be to the great wise man than a
column about dirty words real, imagined and especially unintentional?
Carlin knew that perversions of language erupt everywhere, even in hallowed halls.
LEGISLATIVE LASCIVIOUSNESS. A few days ago, I looked up "Who Represents My District" at the Nevada Legislature's website.
Pretty standard stuff unless you notice the first five letters of its web address: WHOREpresentsmy/zipcode/zipbyad.pdf/ (Emphasis added.)
MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING. The latter reminded me of a yesteryear marketing fox paw.
Lake Tahoe's beauty is world renown so everybody wants a piece. Reno-Cannon Airport changed its named to Reno-Tahoe Airport for the same reason that arid Storey County has a "Tahoe-Reno" Industrial Center. (Given that it includes Mustang Ranch, the TRIC acronym accidentally becomes truth in advertising.)
Neither ranch nor airport lie at the lake, which has its own airport, but we're talking money here.
RenoTahoe.com was taken, so some promotional genius started pimping RenTahoe.com.
Somebody qualified to read English noted that the Internet address reads as "rent a hoe." Good for selling gardening tools, perhaps? The abandoned web handle is now for sale. Maybe TRIC will take it.
LEGAL EAGLING. Perhaps the RenTahoe guy moved on to George Mason University which recently renamed one college the Antonin Scalia School Of Law. So go acronym yourself.
LUNCHING WITH LYONS. This Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Silver Springs Airport, local development denizens will host a community open house. Good. Lyon County taxpayers need to keep abreast of where all that Tesla corporate welfare is going.
"Help us prepare for the future" said the announcement, "RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org".
Badass Associates? My kinda guys.
BLEEPDOM OF THE PRESS. Nobody threw a chair at the recent Democratic state convention in Gomorrah South, but once the fallacious report went nationwide, not even actual video corrected it. Even longtime Nevada commentator Jon Ralston got hung up in the muck.
As usual, Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers published the truth in his Reno News & Review blog. (See The Riot that Never Was linked to the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com/)
Alas and alack, nationally syndicated columnist Froma Harrop accused Sen. Bernie Sanders of racism in her commentary affirming the bogus reports.
"Sanders' response to Nevada rampage racist" blathered last Sunday's Reno Gazette-Journal headline. Her syndicate's website titled it "Racism Lite" by "Sanders' white posses."
"Real black people seem to make Sanders uncomfortable," Harrop harrumphed.
Her source: A "Saturday Night Live" skit.
Racist? That's the dirtiest word in this column.
TV TIME. Airing multiple times starting Saturday, I tell "Old Tales of Nevada" (and some new ones). Check listings. [UPDATE: After column deadline, I was informed that the program would not begin its run until June 4. My apologies. Details as they become available.]
THE BIG 8-0. Bedridden Hall of Fame former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, , D-North Las Vegas, turned 80 on Monday. Nancy Price encourages visits to cheer up the legendary warrior.
Send birthday greetings and flowers to the longtime Rail City resident at ManorCare, 2350 Wingfield Hills Rd., Sparks 89436.
Bob Price served almost three decades
in the lower house. Bob and Nancy retired to Sparks years ago. He has been a
member of Las Vegas IBEW Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century.
He helped build the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton which was opened
by Elvis Presley in 1969. Bob has the King's autograph on his old lunchbox
to prove it. He chaired the Assembly Taxation Committee for many sessions and
became legendary for his advocacy on behalf of the little guys.
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 fixthe problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, whom can you trust?
Smoking guns: Rooftop solar assassination
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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 47-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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