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   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...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016

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Martin Luther King weekend was a whipsaw of conflicting emotions.

At the Reno Unitarian church last Sunday, preacher Barbano's introduction of the racially oppressed and internationally famous Yerington family brought a sustained standing ovation.

Taylissa Marriott, left, and Jayla Tolliver


ONLINE ADDENDUM: Their presence later motivated me to sing "We Shall Overcome" very...robustly. I am not bashful when it comes to Pete Seeger. I was certainly by far from the best singer but I was damn sure the, most visceral.

I was honored to meet 14 year-old sisters Jayla Tolliver and Taylissa Marriott, their mother, Nancy, and Uncle Reggie Brantley (Sparks Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO, ret.). They were accompanied by fearless top-gun civil rights attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper who recently filed major federal civil rights litigation against the City of Yerington and the Lyon County School District.

ONLINE ADDENDUM: I still marvel that pockets of Nevada still insist on taking us back to the future of Mississippi 1955. As I told the assembled multitudes, Alabama Judge Roy Moore could win an election in Lyon County. As MLK Day dawned, I was further depressed to learn that the Douglas County GOP is importing defrocked Phoenix star-crossed dresser Joe Arpaio. Nothing like a little competition to bring out the worst in Cow County Nevada. Sheriff Joe should come out and visit his buddy, Yerington Sheriff Bull Connor.

SchutzStaffel Joe is an expert at running concentration camps and Yerington obviously has trouble concentrating. They could have one helluva bash-the-brown people fundraiser to help all them their freedom-loving racists take their country back...ward. As Sheriff Bull said, all this 12th Century conduct is covered by that first First Amendment thing, including the right to free expression, cozily protected by pointy hoods and white sheets. Maybe they can solicit an (ahem!) cross-promotional deal with Tide or Mr. Clean. (Scratch Mr. Clean. He's obviously a furriner and probably swishy with that ear-ring thing.) Don't forget, the Constitution was written by white guys, so what else do y'all need to know?

BACK TO ALTERNATIVE REALITY, AKA REALITY. Adding to Nevada's embarrassment, the Huffington Post just published an incisive review of the Yerington case which you may access with the actual legal docs via this column at Barbwire.US/ Alast and alack, the Huf 'n' Puff's photos have been sanitized. You may view the disgusting (ab)originals here.

MLK SUNDAY IN CHURCH — (Left to right) Jayla Tolliver, Taylissa Marriott, their mother, Nancy, and Uncle Reggie Brantley (Sparks Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO, ret.), attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper and four-time former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster.

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Ms. Keyser-Cooper is not charging for her estimable legal expertise but the family must foot expensive ongoing court costs, 10 grand and more. They've built a GoFundMe page at

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SPARKS ANTES IN. The 20th Onie Cooper Memorial MLK Caravan formed last Monday morning at the Sparks LDS church. All of the above generated news from four locally-affiliated network stations.

I was gratified that The Barbwire brought out people who would not have otherwise known. I also got vile responses.

"I get death threats all the time," attorney Terri said, speaking from the hard-earned experience of the avatar for justice she has always been.

IN CHURCH, TOO. Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore asked those in attendance on Sunday to pray for NAACP matriarch and former president Dolores Feemster. Grandma has been hospitalized for more than a week. I visited her and played video of her son, Lonnie, also a former president, with the Yerington family.

INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENTS, PART DEUX. The hits just keep on comin' so I'll make some bizarro projections.

Barbwire Peerless Predixion: If Haiti receives substantial international aid as a result of Czar Trumpsky's explicit and exlaxatively racist comments, Donaldov the Great will take credit for having stimulated "HUGE" non-taxpayer relief for that beleaguered island. Almost makes me wish he'd utter additional putdowns of our U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico. Anything to bring back electricity and running water.

BPP2: You can win bar bets identifying the next nation upon which Trump will foment war. (Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria don't count.)

And the winner is: MEXICO! They won't pay for Emperor Hatrian's Wall, so he can declare as a bad deal the 1848 treaty securing our spoils from winning the Mexican War (in defense of slavery). He will consider it a corporate takeover, noting that drug cartels are making billions in profit that should go to US corporations.

BPP3: After conquest, we will make Mexico our 51st state which will distort the symmetrical American flag star lineup. Trump's solution will be to simply replace the stars with his face.

We will instead keep it at 50 by letting Texas secede because they're dangerous. Under its deal to gain admission to the union, the Lone Star Republic can metastasize into five states anytime, thus giving it permanent U.S. Senate control.

That solution came from White House demonstrators via Nevada expatriate and Barbwire DC spy Jan C. who suggested "pressure on the Lyon school board to teach the origin of our DNA in Africa. We're all related. 'But all our schoolbooks are printed in Texas so they'll never tell the truth about this' as a young black girl or maybe ten told me down at the White House."

So let's remove their influence.

El Presidénte, of course, will take credit for renegotiating the Mexican War even if he couldn't change the flag to worship his own image and likeness.

Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of and He serves as first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own.
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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, executive 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 BallotBoxing.US and 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 Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 8th Nevada Press Association award and 5th first-place at the 30 Sept. 2017 NPA annual convention in Carson City. (That trophy and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is the executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president and political action chair 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.
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