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An Alternative National Anthem

   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 that the boat is leaking.
Everybody knows that the captain lied.
   Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died.
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   And a long red rose.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that you love me, baby.
Everybody knows you really do.
   Everybody knows that you've been faithful,
Give or take a time or two.
   Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
   Without your clothes.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that it's now or never.
Everybody knows that it's me or you.
   And everybody knows that you live forever
When you've done a line or two.
   Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
   For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that the plague is coming.
Everybody knows that it's moving fast.
   Everybody knows that the naked man and woman —
Just a shining artifact of the past.
   Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
   That will disclose
What everybody knows.

   And everybody knows that you're in trouble.
Everybody knows what you've been through
   From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach at Malibu.
   Everybody knows it's coming apart.
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
   Before it blows.
And everybody knows.

Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.


By Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.
© 1988 CBS Records, Inc.

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



BLACK LIKE ME 2119: The problem as solution
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-13-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-14 and 2-16-2019 / Expansions in blue
Breaking News —> Culinary Union defeats decert at Circus Circus Reno

Dear Readers: The following column serves as the conclusion of remarks I submitted before the "Tahoe Talks: Racism in America" symposium at
the Incline Village, Nev., Library on February 12, 2019. So you might want to read "FADE TO BLACK" before you come back here.



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   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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This column will end where it begins.

With some trepidation almost two decades ago, I passed out one of my earliest Daily Sparks Tribune commentaries entitled "I was a teenage racist" at a local NAACP meeting. (Barbwire Jan. 12 1990 et seq.)

Former NAACP President and LDS Elder William Moon stood up and termed it "excellent."

Thanks, old friend.

"How could a kid like me have had any racist leanings? Didn't I grow up and go to school with 'Negro' kids? Sell newspapers with Mexican and Portagee buddies? Hey — color never mattered during a good game of sandlot baseball or parking lot basketball," I reminisced three decades ago.

"You're not born with racist leanings, you've got to be carefully taught," I added.

"Even living right next door, your world is white and theirs is otherwise. You hear adult relatives harshly criticize that big-lipped black Baptist preacher from Georgia: 'Their real goal is racial intermarriage so there will be only one race.' "

I believed exactly that. It took me many years to wash away all the teachings of my white elders.

If I have learned anything in the intervening half-century, it's that black people truly do view the world differently than white folks. (I apologize for continued use of the scientifically indefensible and totally phony skintone distinction.)

In George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" (aka "My Fair Lady"), Eliza Doolittle asserts that "the difference between a flower girl and a lady is not how she behaves but how she is treated."

In the area of honorable treatment, the United States of America remains sorely lacking. Right down to this very day.

The New York Times just sent journalists to Onancock, Virginia, hometown of embattled Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam who's under serious fire for wearing blackface in college.

His old friends support him. "We didn't see race," said Rev. Robert Garris, Jr., who played basketball with Northam when the future doctor was one of only two whites on a segregated high school's team.

"As a pediatric neurologist and volunteer medical director at a children's hospice, Mr. Northam visited the homes of hundreds of African-American families in crisis. And yet, many people who know him best now worry that he may have missed some basic lessons about the struggles of his black neighbors," The Times reported on Feb. 11.

"Gerald Boyd, who is black and has lived on the Eastern Shore since 1951, said Mr. Northam's case was a cautionary tale that the nation's racist conditioning can snare even well-meaning people."

Reminds me of me.

" 'That conditioning slips out in the form of thoughts and feelings and words, jokes and deeds,' he said. 'Until white people have a chance to talk about how they have been conditioned, it'll sneak up on them,' " Boyd added.

Been there. Done that.

So what's the cure for the ancient hangover of toxic, chronic, superficial, hard-wired, corrosive, societally manufactured "differences" originally used to justify slavery and oppression?

How about total intermarriage?

Everyone's cultural heritage will survive just fine. Witness the popularity of Ancestry.com/ (Blacks, whose roots were severed beginning 400 years ago, will have a bit more trouble.)

As wiseman Bill Maher once noted, "Americans don't do nuance."

Thus, only when everyone exhibits the same café au lait tan skin will this adolescent, superficial society, increasingly imprisoned within pocket-sized TV screens, begin to grow up.

Text me in 100 years.

"IN THE END, the love you take is equal to the love you make." — John Lennon

Happy Valentine's Day.

RE-MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Nevada César Chávez Celebration XVII will take place on Wednesday evening, March 27, at the Grand Sierra-Reno. Please change your schedule if you highlighted another date. I apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks for your patience. Monitor CesarChavezNevada.com for updates.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell.
Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (And my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.

Andrew Barbano is a 50-year Nevadan, executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, superannuated labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor ofNevadaLabor.com and BallotBoxing.US and SenJoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its ninth Nevada Press Association award (6th first-place) at the 29 Sept. 2018 NPA annual convention in Las Vegas. (Such ephemera and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)

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REAL NEWS DEPT. Last month, Culinary Union Local 226 defeated an attempt by Circus Circus-Reno to decertify (terminate) the union's representation of its workers. No word on whether management plans to appeal the result to the National Labor Relations Board which was recently put out of business and may soon be again. Thank you, Czar Donaldov.

PINK SLIPS, PURGES AND PRUNING. I need to hear from recently purged Eldorado Hotel-Casino, Circus Circus-Reno and Silver Legacy employees. Barbwire spies report perhaps 100 workers getting the ax just in time for the holidays. In this newspaper, at Barbwire.US and in the London Guardian, I have lamented the deepening desperation of renters here in Tesla boomtown.

I'm now getting complaints about medical and dental practices purportedly pruning their patient loads, cutting loose the less-lucrative. That's de facto malpractice but medical professionals are lawsuit-proof under Nevada law — unless you're rich enough to personally pay a few hundred grand in legal fees.

That's why TV lawyers only advertise for arrest or accident cases these days. If you've been cast adrift by patient pruning, call me at (775) 882-TALK or e-mail me.

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By Rory Carroll / The Guardian 7-3-2018

Editor's Note: The Guardian publishes 180,000 newspapers daily in London and environs and generates ONE BILLION monthly web page views.

(I should live so long.)
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$75 dead or alive: Still crazy after all these years
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How come nobody noticed 'til now?
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/ Expanded from the 2-21-2018 Sparks Tribune

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners Max Blank and Isaac Harris. Is not Mr. Harris eerily familiar to television junkies?

From the Emmy-winning opening slate of the blockbuster "Cheers" television series. Combined with its "Frasier" spinoff, it lasted 20 years.
The "shirtwaist kings" immigrated from Russia and made a fortune manufacturing "Gibson Girl"-style blouses. (Photo, "The American Experience"/PBS)
The Emmy-winning opening slate of the "Cheers" television series before the "slate" of creators is superimposed. Looks like Mr. Harris' dead ringer (at left) is having a bloody good time.

"Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Chico Marx disguised as Groucho Marx in "Duck Soup" (1933)
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Andrew Barbano is a 50-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org; 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 barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us.

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

Betty J. Barbano
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