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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



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The hand of God stopped me from becoming bi-partisan last Saturday evening after I spent the day wallpapering the world with fair and balanced announcements about white bibs vs. white sheets.

The local Democratic Party hosted its annual crab feed at the City of Sparks Community Center. Meanwhile, the Washoe Republican Party produced its annual Lincoln (mea maxima culpa) Day Dinner at Reno's Atlantis Hotel-Casino.

The fare at both events was decidedly white. I crashed the GOP dinner several years ago and had quite a pleasant time. I didn't have the heart to correct the sweet ladies at the front door who naturally assumed that I was one of the faithful. As best I could determine, I was the token Italian liberal, former State Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, was the token African American and Gov. Brian Sandoval served as token Latino.

Afterward, I introduced myself to Gov. Veto El Obtúsè who responded "I know who you are." I've always hoped that his courtesy constituted a cordial compliment. Or perhaps not.

I took the opportunity to invite him to that year's César Chávez celebration. Alas and alack, since the event's inception, no governor has attended but hope springs eternal. (See below.)

I like the Donkeyite event because it's basically a chow line which facilitates max schmoozing and politicking. Formal dinners don't allow for much circulation although I did score an as-yet unpublished selfie with no less than the mercurial Sharron Angle at the GOP soirèe. (One never knows when such may come in handy.)

The Nevada Republican Party loves firearms to a fault. Witness Saturday's admirably acrobatic demonstration of shooting itself in one foot while inserting the other in its mouth.

A gentleman named Sebastian Gorka was keynote speaker. The former Trump White House advisor has been widely and credibly accused of bigotry and anti-semitism. (Websearch whiter portions of the Internet at will.)

I'll leave judgment up to qualified journalists and God hisself and/or herself. I have not heard if Atlantis boss John Farahi attended. He and his family own the hotel and have a very interesting history as Jews who immigrated from Iran. I wonder if John, always the impresario, got a chance to speak with Gorka.

I had hoped to meet Mr. Gorka should he have ventured out to the sidewalks to greet demonstrators rallying against him. Alas, the hand of God in the form of a hopelessly dead battery intervened, so I spent the evening curled up with The New York Times.

I look for better weather at César Chávez XVII on March 27 at the Grand Sierra-Reno. (Info at CesarChavezNevada.com/ )
¡ se puede!

With continued wicked weather predicted to continue, I suggest hibernating far away from any white stuff and far-right stuff.

Hie thee thus to the front page of NevadaLabor.com where you will find my Black History Month Tetralogy along with links to Dennis Myers' impressive BHM series from the Reno News & Review

RESPONSES FROM DIE-HARD FANS: "Take my Email address off your stupid site !!!!!!!!" stated an emphasis freak...From Sparks City Hall: "I don not want to receive any more of your emails." (Such a doubly negative person. Or perhaps big time into donuts.)

"Andrew, Sounds like you are still stirring the pot to keep political and racial differences cooking. We now have a president who wants to protect and include all of us and the infected liberals just can't accept it." I told my token freedom-loving racist thanks for the anonymous postcard from Uranus.

"Goofy as ever" said an erstwhile business associate who's now a confirmed moonhowler, adding "we may not even be able to meet in the middle, but you’re still a good guy." (Pssst: Don't tell anybody, but bi-partisanship has reared its ugly head.)

IT CAN HAPPEN HERE. Last week, California lawmakers introduced legislation removing the secrecy of the Catholic confessional should some creep confess to child sex or abuse.
All 50 states have placed some version of clergy privilege into law. See Nevada Gen. Statutes, 1885, S. 3405, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. Several searches of Nevada Revised Statutes turned up nothing more recent.

"A priest who intentionally violates the seal incurs an automatic excommunication," according to the Catholic News Agency.


So I must conclude that in Sparks once lived an excommunicated priest. The very corrupt early 1970s Sparks City Council had a couple of bonafide crooks thereon. One tried to shake down his parish priest during confession when the church needed a zoning change. I can only conclude that the very saintly source who informed me got it directly from God.

Nonetheless...

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.

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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 got 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

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(I should live so long.)
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OF CRABS AND CLANS: White bibs or white sheets tonight
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BLACK LIKE ME 2119: The problem as solution
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Dear Readers: The above column served 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 read "Black Like Me 2119".

Andrew Barbano, former governor of Nevada
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Striking sex: The only thing Trump understands
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Sands of time blast the milestones of life
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Bob Price: Cowboy, lawmaker, union man and Elvis fan
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How come nobody noticed 'til now?
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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)
Back to the story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist holocaust

Triangle tragedy recalled as requiem
"The Fire in My Mouth," a new oratorio by Pulitzer honoree Julia Wolfe, premiered with the New York Philharmonic Jan. 24

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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.

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