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Updated 12-13-2017 GMT

Fake news Valhalla: Putin, my president and me
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-6-2017 Sparks Tribune

Darryl K. Feemster 1962-2017
A sojourn into the life of a fallen Nevada giant
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-29-2017 Sparks Tribune

Nevada rural racism update: Cow county coverup continues to corrupt

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Hope you and yours enjoyed enthralling Thanksgibleting.
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo

Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2018

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On Nov. 25, 2014, The New York Times published a quarter-page story about the resignation of Assemblymember Ira Hansen, R-Sparks/North Central Nevada, as 2015 Assembly Speaker-designate. A quarter-page in the NYT. Immortality, fergawdsakes! Did I get flowers or even a bottle of champagne for getting him major ink in the nation's newspaper of record, and with a photo even? Nah. Not so much as a six-pack or a thank-you card, even. Assemblymember Hansen is allegedly now running for Nevada State Senate while continuing to ignore some of the guys who helped him get where he is.

On 11-24-2017 — 143 years ago this Thanksgiving weekend,
Barbed wire was patented (11-24-1874).
On 18 Jan. 1813, Joseph Glidden, inventor of barbed wire, was born.
The west was never the same.
Likewise here.
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On Nov. 23, 2014, Assemblymember Ira Hansen, R-Sparks/North Central Nevada, stepped down as 2015 Assembly Speaker-designate after The Barbwire broke the story of his long record of racist writing.

Walter White and some other white guy

The resignation came after The Barbwire scored first-break in the 18 Nov. 2014 Sparks Tribune and Andrew Barbano's appearance later that day on Nevada Newsmakers TV. Barbano followed up by writing and distributing a Nov. 20 press release for the Reno-Sparks NAACP that called attention to a Nov. 20 major story by Dennis Myers in the Reno News & Review. Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Associated Press, the story went international from the likes of the Maui News to the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Guardian of London UK. Mr. Hansen continues to serve in the Nevada State Legislature. Read the whole story at BallotBoxing.US/

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Darryl Kent Feemster, Sr.
12 January 1962 / 19 November 2017

RENO, NV (19 Nov. 2017; UPDATED 11-26, 11-29, 11-30, 12-1, 12-8 and 12-13-2017 GMT) — Nevada titan Darryl Feemster died Sunday morning at about 07:00 PST at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit on Nov. 7 after being found unresponsive in his bedroom. He never regained consciousness after an apparent stroke. He was 55.

Reach out your hand
If your cup is empty
If your cup is full, may it be again
Let it be known
There is a fountain
That was not made
By the hands of men

— Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia*

A Reno native, he was an NAACP life member and long active on the Reno-Sparks NAACP executive committee.

"The year 2017 will be remembered as a time when we lost a gathering of giants," stated Patricia Gallimore, President of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112.

"The Feemster family has been the branch's bedrock for decades," she added.

"We will honor Darryl Feemster by building on his impressive achievements and using his legacy as a blueprint to guide us moving forward," she stated.

He was past retirement age but the City of Reno kept asking him to stay because of his value in senior citizen and youth services. The annual Senior Games was "his baby" among many other civic projects. He was the longtime City of Reno Youth and Senior Services Manager.

More than 20 years ago, he was instrumental in the construction of the stand-alone Duncan-Traner Community Library which serves not only the adjacent elementary and middle schools but is also open to the general public. His efforts kept the library open permanently despite two attempts to close it in recent years. It now serves northeast Reno neighborhoods with expanded hours. Before entering public service, he worked for several years at the Sparks/Reno General Motors western regional distribution center where he was a member of United Auto Workers Local 2162/AFL-CIO.

He was briefly appointed to fill out a term on the Reno City Council but declined the opportunity to run for the seat. He was the brother-in-law of Washoe County School District Trustee Debra Feemster.

He is survived by his mother, Dolores, and sons Darryl, Jr. and Marcus, Sr. He is further survived by sisters Lynette Cobb, Elaine Feemster, Carolyn Page (John), Janice Pickens and Cheryl Young; and brothers David Feemster, Sr. (Barbara); Lonnie Feemster, Jr. (Debra), Robert Feemster, Sr. (Tess) and Gary Feemster.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie Feemster, Sr., brothers James and Ronald, and daughter, Eboni. He leaves grandchildren and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, at Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks NV 89431. SCF is located at the northeast corner of Pyramid Way at Greenbrae Drive on the east side of historic Greenbrae Center. A reception will follow at the Boys and Girls Club, 2680 E. Ninth Street, Reno. A private family burial will be conducted at Reno's Mountain View Cemetery. Please watch this website for additional news and his official family obituary. Personal remembrances may be posted at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

BARBWIRE DEC. 6 UPDATE: ADIOS, COMPADRE. Almost a thousand people attended the Dec. 1 memorial at Sparks Christian Fellowship. Next step: Naming the Duncan-Traner Community Library in his honor. Stay tuned.

News Pic/Memorial Service: Darryl Feemster 1962-2017
Reno News & Review 12-7-2017

A sojourn into the life of a fallen Nevada giant
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-29-2017 Sparks Tribune

Mourning the loss of Darryl Feemster as Nevada racism runs rampant
By Sheila Leslie / Reno News & Review 11-30-2017

City of Reno Youth & Senior Services Manager Darryl Feemster dead at 55
By Siobhan McAndrew / Reno Gazette-Journal rgj.com 11-20-2017

* "Ripple" lyrics from The Grateful Dead's greatest album, "American Beauty."
Photo shows Darryl with his grandson, Marcus, Jr.

Darryl Kent Feemster, Sr.
January 12, 1962 — November 19, 2017

RENO, NEVADA — Darryl K. Feemster, Sr. passed away early Sunday morning, November 19, 2017 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was hospitalized after a stroke on November 7. He was 55 years old.

Darryl was born to Dolores M. (Mendocino) Feemster and Lonnie L. Feemster, Sr. in Reno, Nevada, one of 12 children from a loving and caring family.

Darryl and Vivian Michele (May) Feemster raised three children over their 31 years of marriage.

A Reno native, graduate of Procter R. Hug High School and the University of Nevada Reno, Darryl was a youth advocate and community activist for the majority of his life. He was a life member and longtime executive committee member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. He was a member of the Reno Cigar Lions Club and several other community service organizations. His passion and work as a volunteer for community service, children and senior advocacy earned him dozens of awards and distinguished honors.

Darryl was employed by the City of Reno as the Youth/Senior Division Manager. Darryl formerly worked for General Motors [Editor's note: as a member of Reno-based United Auto Workers Local 2162/AFL-CIO] and was the Washoe County School District's Director of the Family Resource Center.

He was instrumental in the development and continuous support of the Duncan-Traner Community Library. Darryl became the first Black male to serve on the Reno City Council in 1998 at the age of 37.

Darryl is survived by his mother, Dolores; sons, Darryl, Jr., and Marcus, Sr.; sisters Cheryl Young; Carolyn Page (John); Lynette Cobb; Elaine Feemster; Janice Pickens; and brothers Lonnie L. Feemster, Jr. (Debra); David Feemster, Sr. (Barbara); Robert Feemster, Sr. (Tess); and Gary Feemster.

Darryl was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie L. Feemster, Sr.; brothers James and Ronald, and daughter Eboni. He leaves grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017; 11:00 a.m. at Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV. A reception will follow at the Boys and Girls Club, 2680 E. Ninth Street, Reno, NV. A private family burial will be at Mt. View Cemetery.

— Family obituary uploaded to NevadaLabor.com 29 Nov. 2017
— Family obituary published in the Reno Gazette-Journal 30 Nov. 2017

BBQ AND BACKPACKS (8 Aug. 2015) —Branch members at the Backpacks and BBQ event at the Duncan Library. Left to right (unidentified lady, please let us know), Branch President Patricia Gallimore, longtime Branch member and library co-founder Darryl Feemster, Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung and Save the Library Committee member Tim Feutsch. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

BRAIN TRUST (6 Aug. 2015) — Save the Library Committee members leave the Aug. 6 organizational meeting at the Duncan facility. Clockwise left to right are library co-founder and Committee Chair Darryl Feemster, longtime Librarian Marilyn Jones, Mary Cooper, Don Gallimore Sr., Patricia Gallimore, Tim Feutsch, Andrew Barbano and two Gallimore grandchildren learning how to demonstrate at an early age. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

Labor Love-Fest at UNR Nov. 16

WORD GAMES — For those not familiar with the bureaucratic thesaurus of modern academia, a "knowledge center" is something that used to be called a library. (Remember how the late great George Carlin warned us to beware when the Orwellians start adding syllables?) Thus, those who prefer a more dinosaurus thesaurus might deem a '63 Riviera, or somesuch educational conveyance, as our most fondly-remembered knowledge center. Instead, we will park in the UNR Lawlor Events Center Parking Garage, perhaps for a fee, rather than drive our Chevies to the levy with Miss American Pie. Alas, love's labours lost. Bye, bye.


Happy Birthday, Ms. Nevada
Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's award-winning Nevada Admission Day classic written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words (E.B. White would be so proud.)
Sparks Tribune 11-4-1990 and oftimes since


Las Vegas 2017

Fire is the devil's only friend
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-4-2017 Sparks Tribune

Throwing the book at big guns and little cowboys
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-8-2017 Sparks Tribune

8 the hard way!
Barbwire wins eighth Nevada Press Association award

True racism means never having to say you're sorry
Endemic racism in Washoe and Lyon County schools
Blushing Violet Warning: Uncensored dirty pictures attached

Protecting and serving whom?
Half of Yerington's high school students skip school despite debunked rumor of school shooting
By Amy Alonzo, Mason Valley News 12-8 & 9 / Reno Gazette-Journal 12-9-2017

Where credit is due: Who's on first?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 12-7-2017

Racist bullying is part of Yeringtonís fabric
Scroll down to second letter entitled "Yerington blowback"
By Pizen Switch scion Brad Nelson / Reno News & Review 12-7-2017

Bullied Yerington teens get letters of support from Reno middle school students
By Siobhan McAndrew / rgj.com 11-29, Reno Gazette-Journal 12-1-2017

Yerington sheriff and police chief kill racism investigations and cover their kids' asses
By Siobhan McAndrew / Reno Gazette-Journal 11-30-2017 rgj.com 11-29-2017

Nevada racism runs rampant + Yerington reader comment from Mason Valley News
By Sheila Leslie / Reno News & Review 11-30-2017

Lyon County officials say they 'stand against' racism & discrimination after recent events
By Kenzie Bales / KRNV TV-4, KRXI TV-11 / Nov. 28, 2017

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXII—>
Thanksgibleting 2017: Success, sorrow & sustenance
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-22-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-23-2017

Standing with Taylissa and Jayla: Politicians and others show support for bullied Yerington teens
By Siobhan McAndrew/ Reno Gazette-Journal front page 11-22-2017

Did Yerington police mishandle racial bullying investigation?
By Joe Hart / KRNV TV-4 11-22-2017

A bullying nightmare
Two black teens face overt racism at Yerington High and they say no one is stopping it
Sunday front page lead story by Siobhan McAndrew
Reno Gazette-Journal print edition 11-19-2017 / online 11-18-2017

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXI—>
Brain damage means never having to say you're sorry
Nevada's Most-Censored News Stories of 2017
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 11-15-2017 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXX—>
The poisoning of old Pizen Switch proliferates
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-1-2017 Sparks Tribune

Racial bullying angers Yerington parents
By Ed Pearce / KOLO TV-8 10-26-2017 / Updated 10-27-2017

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXIX—>
Mississippi West don't need no education
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-25-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 10-29 and 10-30-2017 GMT

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXVIII—>
You've got to be taught to learn to hate
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-18-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 10-19-2017 GMT

Nevada students denied diplomas over failed exams get shot at redemption
By Meghin Delaney / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-20-2017

Window of opportunity: 48 hours for human rights
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-11-2017 Sparks Tribune

Labor's stake in the fight for veterans' health care
By Suzanne Gordon and Ian Hoffmann / Labor Notes 10-12-2017
Ian Hoffman is with AFGE 2152 representing workers at Reno's Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans Medical Center

Rewriting the Civil War and the Mexican War
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-27-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 9-28-2017

Freedom-loving racists shoot to rewrite history
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-20-2017 Sparks Tribune

How to get rich quick in hurricane country
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-13-2017 Sparks Tribune

The grasshopper and the dragonfly
Adios to a grandfather and a grand-daughter who never met
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-6-2017 Sparks Tribune / Expansions in blue

Virginia City Nevada celebrates Slave Labor Day
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Special online Labor Day edition 9-2-2017 / Updated 9-3 and 9-4 2017

Life: What happens while you were making other plans
Adios to a grandfather and a grand-daughter who never met
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 8-30-2017 Sparks Tribune

Letter Carriers unions present $10,000 to Food Bank
Reno, NV (30 Aug. 2017) — On August 31, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will receive one of two $10,000 national "NALC Stamp Out Hunger" donations from CVS Health. The funding will provide 30,000 meals to Reno-Sparks area residents. National Association of Letter Carriers Branches 709 and 2778 will make the presentation at 8:15 a.m. at the Reno Main Post Office, 2000 Vassar Street. The public is invited.

Symptoms: Profit-mongering health care crashing in northern Nevada

Renown (hospital) nurses say low wages, high turnover can jeopardize patient safety
By Ben Margiott / KRNV-KRXI TV 8-26-2017

St. Mary's medical conglomerate will close women's health center in Oct. 2017
KRNV-KRXI TV / 8-26-2017

The disease
Nevada consumers consumed again
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-6-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-8-2017

Wednesday —> Just in time for President Trump's visit to Reno:
True confessions of Nevada's undercover Republican PR man

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 8-23-2017 Sparks Tribune

Weeding the gardens of bad judgment
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 8-16-2017 Sparks Tribune

2018 —> The year of estrogenizing dangerously
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 8-9-2017 Sparks Tribune/ Expansions in blue

On Aug. 10, 1939, a Reno bartenders union picket line was thrown up at Tommy’s Victory Club in Carson City. [PDA]

Bitter Lesson: Sierra Nevada College firings prompt union charges
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-10-2017

Requiescat in pace

University of Nevada Journalism Prof. Emeritus and longtime Sparks Tribune columnist Jake Highton (1931-2017) passed away of a heart attack on 7 Aug. 2017. Remembrance gathering 2 Sept. 2017 at the U.

May the great teacher rest in peace from work well done and a life well-lived.


What a long, strange trip it's been.
Updated 12 August 2017: On this date in 1988, Barbwire by Barbano first appeared in the Daily Sparks Tribune.
Peruse the sordid story of how it came to pass lo, those many years ago.
Step into the Wayback Machine: The Nun's Story, the tale of the first Barbwire

Teamsters and transit contractor reach tentative agreement
Strike avoided pending Aug. 4 worker vote
UPDATE 5:58 p.m. PDT 4 August/ 00:58 GMT 5 August: Secret ballots were counted Friday afternoon, Aug. 4. Union members approved the new contract with MV Transportation of Texas.
Read more about it

Texas Hold'em —> RTC Washoe transit system workers overwhelmingly reject contract offer, strike authorized
Strikebreakers on the streets of Reno-Sparks without a strike
Charges of illegal unfair labor practices filed with federal authorities
System manager given big pay raise

Union busters in town to disrupt bus system
Workers reject deficient contract offer, strike authorized
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Special Online Edition 7-13-2017 / Updated 7-14, 7-15, 7-16, 7-20 and 7-21-2017 GMT
An edited version of this commentary appeared in the 7-20-2017 Reno News & Review

Big-time guy with big pictures
Vote Dondero
Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno

Expanded from the 8-2-2017 Sparks Tribune
Expansions in blue

Dondero, 1920-2003
(Photo courtesy of D. Brian Burghart, Reno News & Review)

Dondero—Nevada's photographic memory
Barbwire by Barbano
Expanded from the 6-1-2003 Daily Sparks Tribune

On Aug. 4, 1944, after 25 months in hiding, the eight members of the Frank family of Amsterdam were hauled out of the secret annex, a hiding place in a building behind Prinsengracht 263, and sent to Westerbork transit camp, then to Auschwitz (Miep Gies, who had hidden the Franks, retrieved Anne’s famous diary from the annex after the police departed and gave it to Anne’s father after the war and it was published as The Diary of a Young Girl rather than under the title its author gave it—The Secret Annex); in 1947, Steve Coulter, author, four-term member of the Nevada Assembly (author of Nevada’s generic drug substitution law and first living will law) and 18-year member (under four mayors) of the San Francisco Library Commission, ten of them as president, and author of the sci-fi novel The Chronicles of Spartak/Rising Son was born in Los Angeles; in 1958, Sharon Sheeley’s “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1961 except in the minds of a cult called birthers, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu; in 1964, the bodies of three lynching victims—civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman—were found in an earthen dam on the Old Jolly Farm near Philadelphia, Mississippi 44 days after they vanished, events fictionalized in the deceitful film Mississippi Burning; in 1987, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the “fairness” doctrine which requires broadcasters to carry certain types of content and prevents broadcasting from enjoying first amendment rights (President Reagan later vetoed an effort to reimpose the doctrine). [PDA] Also on this date, two great artists were born: Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1792 and Louis Armstrong in 1901.

On Aug. 3, 1994, the Pullman strike ended with 13 dead after Democratic President Cleveland used federal troops to break it, and the company was apparently victorious — strike leader Eugene Debs went to prison — but the company’s autocratic conduct helped change attitudes toward unionism; on this date in 1909, author Walter Van Tilburg Clark, whose novels (The Ox Bow Incident, The Track of the Cat, The City of Trembling Leaves) are set in Nevada where he grew up, was born in East Orland, Maine; in 1931, the Hobart Estate, which held the Hobart Lumber Company, which in turn owned Independence Lake, authorized the lake’s gates be opened and some water sent downstream to relieve drought stricken western Nevada; in 1946, Warner Brothers released Bacall to Arms, a cartoon that recreated in humorous terms the memorable, sultry Bacall/Bogart scenes in To Have and Have Not (the two characters were called “Bogey Gocart” and “Laurie Becool”); in 1958, the Northwest Passage was finally located when the submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the north pole underwater, with a Reno sailor, Clarence Price, on board (another submarine also named Nautilus had tried and failed to do the same thing in 1931); in 1965, a report by Morley Safer of CBS was broadcast showing GIs using a flamethrower and Zippo lighters to burn down homes in the Vietnamese town of Cam Ne after opposing soldiers had already fled the area, starting a huge controversy during which President Johnson said CBS had “shat on the flag” and threatened to go public with FBI files on Safer’s “communist ties” unless he was fired (it was later learned that the attack on the town had been ordered by a Vietnamese official to punish its residents for failing to pay their taxes); in 1975 in a weird throwback to the private filibustering expeditions of the 1800s, French mercenary Bob Denard and a small force overthrew the government of the Comoro Islands, a nation off the east coast of Africa, one of four coups d’état he led there in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s during which two chiefs of state were murdered; in 2002, George Bush signed legislation to revoke foreign assistance from nations that support the creation of a war crimes tribunal and also to authorize an invasion of Holland to retrieve U.S. officials or soldiers put on trial at The Hague for war crimes (which could only happen if the U.S. itself failed to prosecute). [PDA]

On Aug. 2, 1924, author James Baldwin was born in New York City. The author of "Go Tell It on the Mountain," "The Fire Next Time" and so many other works, eventually relocated to France to escape the stigma of being known as "the black author." He died on 1 Dec. 1987 in St. Paul de Vence, France; on this date in 1942, farmworker José Gallardo Díaz, near death, was found in a road near Sleepy Lagoon reservoir in southern California, sparking a wartime orgy of anti-Latino police and journalism activities, dubious prosecutions of suspects, and the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943; on this date in 1957, The Big Beat, a rock and roll show that predated American Bandstand and featured an astonishing array of stars, appeared for the last time, cancelled by ABC after singer Frankie Lymon was spotted dancing with a white girl on the show. (The 1924 item was suggested by Garrison Keillor's daily Writers Almanac sponsored on National Public Radio by The Poetry Foundation; the latter pair appear courtesy of longtime Nevada jourmalist Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac.) [PDA]

On July 28, 1917 during World War One, and after rioting whites in East St. Louis killed 40 black residents, 8,000 African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue in absolute silence to protest U.S. oppression of its black citizens in community life and in the armed services; on 7-28-1932 in the District of Columbia, four troops of cavalry, six tanks, infantrymen with machine guns, and miscellaneous other forces all led by Douglas MacArthur (who said the fate of the republic was at stake) attacked the Bonus Army, unemployed veterans of World War One who had marched across the nation to demand early payment of a promised bonus; on 7-28-1967, President Johnson established the National Commission on Civil Disorders (whose report, submitted on February 29 1968, he ignored). (Courtesy of Nevada journalist Dennis Myers'daily almanac.)

Sparks' flying philosopher
John Hanks dies at 91

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno

Expanded from the 7-26-2017 Sparks Tribune
Expansions in blue

Authentic fakes, blonde flaks & grumpy old men
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-19-2017 Sparks Tribune

Trump converts flaming liberals into gunfighters
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-12-2017 Sparks Tribune

America's final Independence Day looms
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-5-2017 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXVII—>
Flint Michigan, Sparks-Reno style
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-28-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-29-2017

Of Sons & Giants: Reno-Sparks NAACP families grieve

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., opposes GOP health care bill
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 6-23-2017

Workers demonstrate at Sparks Nugget

Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada Construction Workers Rally at Nugget Casino Resort
Marnell Gaming hiring practices for Nugget Casino Resort are raising concerns in Northern Nevada

Reno, NV (June 23, 2017) – Local workers and community members gather at the Nugget Casino
Resort in Sparks to protest against the new owner Anthony Marnell and his group Marnell
Gaming. Anthony Marnell bought the Nugget Casino Resort on May 6, 2016. John Ascuaga, long
time former owner of the Sparks Nugget and community leader, paid fair wages to local workers
and contractors. Under Ascuaga’s leadership, the community thrived as he employed local workers
to build and develop the community in which they lived. Local workers built the two main towers
of the Sparks Nugget and laid the foundation that is now suffering under new owner Marnell
Gaming. The new owner of the Nugget Casino Resort, Anthony Marnell, is taking us in the wrong
direction for Northern Nevada. Anthony Marnell continuously undermines Ascuaga’s legacy and
undercuts the wages of local workers.
Under Marnell Gaming, services have gone down at the Nugget Casino Resort. What was once a
pillar of the community is now a dilapidated casino with poor customer service and unclean rooms.
Reviews on major websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor have plummeted under Marnell’s
ownership. Over 55% of Yelp reviews are under 2 stars, with complaints emphasizing bed bug
infestations and dirty rooms upon guests’ arrival. The average Yelp Review for 2017 is 1.9 stars.
As the cost of living in Northern Nevada continues to rise, Anthony Marnell drives down wages
and working standards for workers. For decades, Ascuaga employed Northern Nevadans who take
pride in improving and building within their community. Anthony Marnell is wrong for our
community and wrong for Northern Nevada.
The Northern Nevada Building Trades represents tens of thousands of construction workers
in Nevada
For more information, contact the Building and Construction Trades Council
of Northern Nevada, Russ James at (775) 762-9941 or russ@dc16.us.

Rx for Rape and Pillage

SMOKING GUN —> The big picture ain't pretty. DC GOP lawmakers are trying to bludgeon thru Obamacare "repeal" because the budget cuts therein will substantially reduce projected deficits. Without those projections in law, under current revenue-neutral rules, they will not be able to pass their tax cuts for the corporately wealthy. No less than conservative Reason Magazine Editor Peter Suderman said that on the June 19 PBS/Bloomberg Charlie Rose TV program. As Lily Tomlin once opined, no matter how cynical you become, it's hard to keep up.
The game's afoot. So use a foot to kick some ass.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Labor Day Parade
6 September 2010 Virginia City, Nev.

On 20 June 1967
, heavyweight champion and Muslim minister Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating the federal draft law (he was stripped of his title and blacklisted for three and a half years); on 20 June 1910, the Nevada governor’s office reported a flood of telegrams and other communications asking Governor Denver Dickerson to stop the Johnson/Jeffries prizefight in Reno, but Dickerson (traveling back to Nevada from Oregon) gave no indication that he planned to interfere with the fight. [Courtesy of Journalist Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac]

On June 16, 2016, United Auto Workers legend and boxing historian George "Battling" Nelson (at left) died in Sparks, Nevada.


One for the books under the bus
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-20-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-21-2017

Condemned at Birth
The diabetes establishment inhibits research on a very promising diabetes CURE
"Tell us how it will make ever make us money."
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 6-13-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-14 and 6-20-2017

Robert Nagel (775) 322-8922

1:51 p.m. PDT 8 June 2017

Dear Local Media Types:

Retired City of Reno electrical engineer Robert Nagel just called me. He is a prisoner in his own north Reno home, which presents serious safety concerns.
An outfit called SNC Construction is sealing Hoge Road off North Virginia Street northwest of the Bonanza Casino area. Mr. Nagel was not notified unlike some other homeowners. Orange cone hell showed up last night and many residents were unable to get out for work or to medical appointments today.
Many would need a 4x4 if they could do so at all, Mr. Nagel says.
I suggest immediately informing the public over and above garden variety traffic bulletins.
Your attention is appreciated.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano

ps: Mr. Nagel called because my Carson City live talk line is the only "TV station" listed in the now-obsolete Yellow Pages. Here's an item from my column in this week's Sparks Tribune:

WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT? Years ago, Ma Bell made the phone book almost useless without a magnifying glass. As of 2017, phone books are no longer delivered in these parts. To get business white and yellow pages, you have to call India or the Philippines. Residential numbers are no longer available except on the internet. That eliminates roughly one in four Washoe County residents without web access.
COW COUNTIES BEWARE. Nevada made international news last week in a BBC story about AT&T phasing out dependable landlines. Ma Bell got a law passed in the 2013 Nevada Legislature opening the door to dropping service altogether in many communities. (Barbwire 31 May 2016).

bec: City of Reno, NDOT, RTC

A reader reponds: "Just for info, I’ve noticed the same thing in my area. The City here used to alert residents to such things. It no longer does so. Kinda puts a damper on that whole “community” thing it pushes." — Craig Ayres-Sevier, Reno

Nevada consumers consumed again
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-6-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-8-2017

Ring up hope before checking out
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-30-2017 Sparks Tribune

BLAST FROM THE PAST — Pictured above, the Gold Hill News staff in 1975: (seated) Rob Maximov and Jack Feliciano; (standing, from left) Dave Moore, Leanna McNeilly, Jan Maximov, Dan Murray and Barbara Herman; (back row, from left) David Toll, Lila and Jimmy Crandall, Darlene Hickerson, Susan and Bill Germino. [Photo provided by David Toll via Mary Works Covington at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. ¡Gracias!]

DOWN AMNESIA LANE. Eminent Nevada author David Toll hearkens back to the history of his legendary Gold Hill News this Thursday evening at Carson City's Nevada State Museum. Details with this column at Barbwire.US/ BARBWIRE BY BARBANO, Sparks Tribune, 5-23-2017

UPDATE: Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 5-30-2017

Drafting the Donkeyite Dream Team
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-23-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-25 and 5-26-2017

In Memoriam
Seattle, Wash. (5-22-2017) — Former Reno-Sparks NAACP President and Nevada civil rights legend Eddie B. Scott is dead.

His family informs us that he was a victim of cancer. He was in his 80s. A memorial service is tentatively targeted for June. Watch this site for more information as it develops. May the great man rest in peace knowing that he did his work so admirably well.

HOT-WIRED (and wireless) STRIKE
AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV workers walk off the job

After AT&T refuses to present serious proposals by deadline, three-day strike hits dozens of cities.
First-ever AT&T wireless strike could close many retail stores this weekend.

"Frustrated over the lack of progress in contract talks, more than 17,000 AT&T union members
in California and Nevada walked off their jobs on Friday."

Los Angeles Times / 5-19-2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 12:04:19 p.m. PDT
National Contact: Anjali at anjali.cadambi@berlinrosen.com.
Nevada Contacts: Barry Blueian, President, CWA Local 9413 (775) 322-9413
Carson City: Marc Ellis

**Key Picket Weekend Locations Where Strikers Are Available for Interviews**
(Nevada Saturday/Sunday locations hereinbelow)

New York City
4PM ET TODAY: AT&T Stores at 1330 Avenue of Americas and 82 Wall Street
12PM ET SUNDAY: AT&T Store at 350 Park Avenue

4PM ET TODAY: AT&T Store at 699 Boylston Street
11AM ET SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 699 Boylston Street

3PM CT TODAY: AT&T Store at 600 North Michigan Avenue
11AM CT SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 600 North Michigan Avenue

San Francisco
1pm PT TODAY: AT&T Store at 1 Powell Street
10am PT SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 1 Powell Street

Los Angeles
2pm PT TODAY: AT&T Store at 350 N San Fernando Rd, Burbank
2pm PT SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 350 N San Fernando Rd, Burbank

NATIONWIDE— AT&T workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job today, protesting AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future. During the three-day strike this weekend, a majority of AT&T wireless, wireline and DIRECTV workers fighting for their contracts are expected to be on strike.

The groups striking represent four different union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and DC; wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut; and DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada. This is the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, which could result in closed retail stores this weekend and may be the largest strike of retail workers at a national company is U.S. history.

“We will no longer stand by as AT&T hems and haws at the bargaining table, keeping its own workers from achieving the American Dream they once promised,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1. “Despite being the largest telecom company in the country with nearly $1 billion a month in profits and the CEO earning $28 million, AT&T continues to pinch its workers’ basic needs and stand in the way of high-quality service its customers pay good money for. This is a warning to AT&T: there’s only one way out of this now—a fair contract—and we’ll settle for nothing less.”

While the three-day strike may inconvenience customers in the short term, AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T’s lack of investment in its core business. AT&T workers will return to work on Monday and have vowed to do what they have to do if AT&T violates their rights or an open-ended strike becomes necessary.

“As a father, striking is not an easy decision for me. But to make sure I can give my kids the future they deserve, we must take a stand against any and all attempts to skimp on good jobs and financial security,” said Mark Bautista, an AT&T wireline worker from El Sobrante, California. “And our fight for a fair contract is about more than just my co-workers and me—it’s about fighting a system that’s been rigged against us and way too many others for far too long. On the picket lines today, I’ll be chanting ‘No Contract, No Peace,’ until I lose my voice.”

AT&T workers are demanding that AT&T commit to bargaining that addresses wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy. Retail workers’ take home pay has plummeted in the last year after AT&T unilaterally changed its commission plan. Workers are also protesting AT&T’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. At a time when most Americans believe they are worse off financially than the generation before them, AT&T workers are taking a stand and making an example of the company.

“We’re walking off the job today because AT&T has every means available to support its core workforce and the customers who help make them $1 billion a month in profits, but chooses to undercut us at every turn,” said James Stiffey, an AT&T wireless worker from Pittsburgh. “As a retail worker, I know that my store and many others across the country could close and disrupt service, but our strike is about demanding conditions that allow us to provide better service for customers too. We are standing together to win a fair contract that protects customers, families and entire communities—and we’ll do whatever it takes to get it.”

As AT&T comes under fire for offshoring thousands of jobs, <http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2017/04/14/Keep-call-center-jobs-in-the-U-S/stories/201704140090?pgpageversion=pgevoke>workers are rallying around new federal legislation that would penalize companies like AT&T who offshore call center jobs. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

A <http://goodjobsatt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OffshoringCustomerService.pdf>recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T’s sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers. <http://fortune.com/2017/05/04/att-outsourcing-dominican-republic/>AT&T workers and CWA representatives met with call center vendor employees in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to learn more about what has happened to the jobs AT&T has shipped overseas and the anti-union backlash facing Dominican workers who attempt to improve conditions.

At AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting at the end of April, <https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/04/att-protest-dallas-culminates-72-hour-notice.html>AT&T wireless workers protested the company’s unfair bargaining and <http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/28/technology/att-wireless-strike/>announced they had given the company 72-hours’ notice to end their contract extension. CWA currently has charges against AT&T Mobility pending with the National Labor Relations Board because the company is refusing to provide the union with information about several important issues, including the number of calls going to contractors and overseas. This information is necessary to negotiate basic job security for call center workers. The company has also refused to provide information related to vacation, sick days, training, job transfers and benefits.

In late March, AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada, who have been working without a contract for over a year, went on strike to protest the company’s changing of working conditions in violation of federal law. The strike ended when the workers won an agreement with the company that it will no longer require employees to do work outside of their expertise and classification.

More than 2,300 DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada and hundreds of workers at AT&T East who manage the 911 dispatch system for AT&T have been in negotiations for their first contract since last year. Also covered under the wireless workers’ contract are nearly 800 DIRECTV call center workers in three states and more than 600 CRICKET retail workers.

Saturday & Sunday AT&T Strike Locations
AT&T workers on the picket lines and CWA representatives will be available this weekend to speak to media. NOTE: This list of strike locations is not comprehensive—if you have questions about pickets in your area or wish to arrange interviews contact Anjali at anjali.cadambi@berlinrosen.com.

Albany, NY – 1762 Central Avenue
Anchorage, AK – 1118 North Muldoon Road
Bakersfield, CA - 4300 Ming Avenue
Boston, MA – 699 Boylston Street
Carson City, NV – 1894 East William Street
Chicago, IL – 600 North Michigan Avenue
Columbus, OH – 1495 Polaris Parkway
Davenport, IA – 3120 E. 53rd Street
Fresno, CA – 6685 N. Blackstone Avenue
Harrisburg, PA – 4920 Jonestown Road
Indianapolis, IN – 8812 US 31 South
Las Vegas, NV – 325 N. Nellis Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA – 350 N San Fernando Road, Burbank
Madison, WI – 3902 East Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN – 2724 Lincoln Drive
New York City – 1330 Avenue of Americas and 82 Wall Street
Philadelphia, PA – 1501 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA – 4030 William Penn Highway
Reno, NV – 1274 E. Plumb Lane
Sacramento, CA – 1407 J Street
San Diego, CA – 2011 Camino Del Este North
San Francisco, CA – 1 Powell Street
Seattle, WA – 1501 4th Avenue
Springfield, IL – 2410 West Wabash Avenue
Triadelphia, WV – 405 Cabela Drive
Washington, DC – 1518 Connecticut Avenue

Trumping Reagan's television rules
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-16-2017 Sparks Tribune

Bench warrants and G-forces
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-9-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-10-2017 GMT

On Cinco de Mayo, 2012, at Barrio Logan, the Navy cargo ship U.S.N.S. César Chávez was christened.
©ourtesy of Dennis Myers' Daily Almanac)

¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XVI / Celebración de César Chávez XVI
Saturday 31 March 2018
/ Sabado 31 de Marzo 2018

Highlights from the record-breaking 2017 event at Circus Circus Reno

May Day for Labor Day
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-2-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-3 and 5-4-2017 GMT

Trump'll shake 'em up
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-25-2017 Sparks Tribune

Busted at the Legislature
Fear & Loathing @ the Ledge
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-18-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 4-20, 4-21, 4-22, 4-23 and 4-25-2017.
Expansions in blue; much more to follow; stay tuned.

Multiple Mea Culpa Dept.
The Sinclair Lewis quote about fascism which I have oft-used is apparently either mis-stated or inauthentic according to Snopes.com/
I will correct the following items over time. My apologies.

• NevadaLabor.com Bulletins 8/1-9/22/06 (/bulletins06d.html)
• Barbwire: Softshoes of the Fisherman (/barbwire/barb05/barb5-8-05.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: Acting Patriotically (/barbwire/barb05/barb8-21-05.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: All the news you wish you didn't need to know (/barbwire/barb14/barb1-16-14.html)
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• Barbwire by Barbano: Tol'jaso Long, Long Ago (/barbwire/barb04/barb9-4-94.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: They don't do anything until somebody dies (/barbwire/barb13/barb12-12-13.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: Lamenting the loss of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (/barbwire/barb13/barb12-5-13.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: Cable TV Agenda Benders (/barbwire/barb03/barb3-23-03a.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: A personal message from an assassin who worked for you and me (/barbwire/barb01/barb10-7-01.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: Liberal reasons to oppose liberal positions and policies (/barbwire/barb10/barb12-26-10.html)
• Barbwire by Barbano: Angry Americans and Freudian fraud (/barbwire/barb09/barb8-23-09.html)
• NevadaLabor.com Breaking News & Bulletins (/bull07/bull07f.html)
• Breaking News & Bulletins June 1-30, 2007 (/bull07/bull07d.html)
• U-News: Nevada Labor Responds to Day of Infamy (/unews/infamy.html)
• NevadaLabor.com Bulletins 9/23-10/31/06 (/bulletins06e.html)
• NevadaLabor.com News Bulletins Jan. 1-April 10, 2006 (/bulletins06.html)

60 Revenging Rakkasans
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-11-2017 Sparks Tribune

On April 4, 1968, the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tenn. (NY Times)

¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XVI / Celebración de César Chávez XVI
Saturday 31 March 2018
/ Sabado 31 de Marzo 2018

Highlights from the record-breaking 2017 event at Circus Circus Reno

Halls of Fame and Glory
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-4-2017 Sparks Tribune

In search of César Chávez
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-28-2017 Sparks Tribune

Listen to the man himself / entravista con César Chávez

SPECIAL BULLETIN 31 March 2017 (U-News) — An archival interview with César Chávez will air this evening on the Sacramento/Lake Tahoe/Reno-Sparks-Carson City NPR Radio station 90.5-fm | 91.3-fm Stockton/Modesto | 88.1-fm Quincy. It was recorded when César Chávez and more than 10,000 marchers arrived in Sacramento. They included Nevada César Chávez Day stalwarts Mary Valencia Wilson, Maria Zamora and José Refugio Rubio Avalos. Times: 7:00 p.m. PDT/10:00 p.m. EDT/02:00 GMT/SUT. Spread the word. ¡ se puede!

The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland

The original watercolor was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. (now Congressman) Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

On March 31, 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona. On this date in 2017, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was timely for once and declared today César Chávez Day in the Silver State. Although invited, he did not attend this week's annual celebration. Hope springs eternal for March 31, 2018, at Circus Circus in Reno.

César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV
Wednesday 29 March 2017
/ Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017
2017 info and highlights from the record-breaking 2016 event at Circus Circus Reno


CWA wins California/Nevada strike at AT&T
By Samantha Masunaga / Los Angeles Times 3-23-2017

Not necessarily news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-21-2017 Sparks Tribune

Workers make a house call on their congressman

The Dean's List

   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.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

Barbwire-nominated candidate Guy Richardson wins election to the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame on first try

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8 the hard way!
Barbwire wins eighth Nevada Press Association award

GOLD 2017
Don't ask Renown Med for marijuana to help your chemo
We Don't Need No Education
Kate Smith & Lady Gaga

Bronze 6-pack
In the Uber-Nevada legislature, words can kill
On artificial turf, don't breathe unless absolutely necessary
Leading questions, lead-headed leaders

Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
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Subject: Make your Mark this p.m. in Reno & Carso
TO: Flaming Nevada redistributionist socialist progressive bleeding heart liberals and trade unionistas
FROM: The Barbwire

Just before his address to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature yesterday, Representative Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said he would not vote for the current proposal to eviscerate Obamacare with Trumpcare aka I-Don't-Care.

Good for him. Last Thursday, Mr. Amodei said "“Instead of going about this process in an open, transparent, and collaborative manner, House leadership has opted for a rushed approach – undercutting sound analysis, public transparency and the time necessary to determine the implications of their policy."

Now, let's hold him to it. As you know, Obamacare can use a few tweaks like stopping any phaseout of Medicaid expansion. First slated for 2020, a move's afoot to assassinate it by the end of 2017. Then there's that Obamacare provision to make workers pay income tax on health benefits starting in 2020, something that hasn't happened in 70 years. The former Cadillac Tax may now be re-named the Trumpcare Rolls Royce Tax. (Tsar Donaldov wouldn't be seen in something as pedestrian as a Cadillac.) it needs to be permanently scrapped.

Earlier this year, Culinary Local 226 President Geoconda Arguello-Kline pegged it as a "40 percent tax on worker’s health benefits." One estimate projects the cost as much as $200 billio

On his show last night, Stephen Colbert quipped that the expenses are probably overstated because many of those affected will die early. (See Death Panels 2.0, below.) If this doodad goes thru, employer-paid health plans will become an endangered species anyway.

Mr. Amodei may still be in Nevada today, so let's pay him a courtesy call.

At 2:00 p.m. today, workers will gather at the Culinary 226 office, 1135 Terminal Way, Suite 207 in Reno. At 2:30, the assembled multitudes will proceed to Rep. Amodei's office and ask to meet with him. His Reno office is on the west side of Kietzke extension, south of McCarran past Lowe's: 5310 Kietzke Lane, Suite 103; Phone: (775) 686-5760; Fax: (775) 686-5711. If you like, you can go directly to Kietzke.

Thereafter, the health campaigners will caravan to the capital city to make a housecall at Mr. Amodei's domicile: 805 West Sunset Way, Carson City, NV 89703. They will then further bring it home by hanging doorknobs throughout his neighborhood with information.

Those who can't make the 2:30 thing can try for the later soirée. (Daylight Saving Time may actually be good for something.) Coordinate with Culinary representatives Nico delaPuente and JT Thomas. Nico's cel is (775) 287-4268.

For less polite enlightenment on the same subject, check out The Barbwire in today's Sparks Tribune: Death Panels 2.0

And don't forget César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV / Wednesday 29 March 2017 / Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017 at the Circus Circus Reno Mandalay Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30, dinner and program seven-ish. Award nominations are still open. Info at CesarChavezNevada.com

I hope to see you later today and no later than March 29.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

In Solidarity,

(775) 882-TALK (882-8255)

CBO Deals Paul Ryanís Health-Care Plan a Major Blow
Russell Berman / The Atlantic 3-13-2017

Death Panels, Part Deux
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-14-2017 Sparks Tribune

NEW World-class inaugural inductee to Nevada Musicians Hall of Fame announced

Positively negative
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-7-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 3-9 and 3-12-2017


In memoriam
16 January 1959 — 4 March 1978

Rural Nevada is a very dangerous place should you ever need medical attention — and nothing has changed in four decades. January 16, 1959, brought the births of Debra Joyce Donlevy/Carson High '77 (1959-1978) and Donna Leslie Cline (1959-1999). Their youth was cut in twain on the same night in 1978 within the loneliness of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream. They made much of the little time they were given. Remember them fondly.


Equal Rights Betrayal
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 3-1, 3-3, 3-6 and 3-8-2017

Recall in Tesla County moves ahead
UPDATE 3-13-2017: Storey sheriff recall set for 11 April 2017
18:18 GMT 2-24-2017 / 6:18 PST 2-23-2017 (Barbwire Confidential U-News) — A petition to recall Storey County Sheriff Gerald Cook Antinoro was certified today by acting county clerk and registrar of voters Vanessa Stevens as having enough valid signatures to move forward. Ten percent of county registered voters from the previous general election were necessary, or 477. Stephens today certified 491. The next step is up Republican Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. Click here for the continually updated sordid story of Storey's lawless lawman. Now you know why I haven't journeyed to Storey County since 2014.
Be well. Raise hell. — Andrew

First woman Teamsters CEO re-elected to new term

Reidless or Rudderless?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-21-2017 Sparks Tribune

Kate Smith & Lady Gaga
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-14-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-16, 2-17and 2-21-2017

Feliz al dia de Santo Valentino

On Feb. 11, 1960, sixty members of the NAACP appeared at the doors of the whites-only Hawthorne, Nev., casino, the El Capitan, and were refused entry. [PDA]

Go Trump Yourself
23:18 GMT 2-9-2017 (Info from Reuters via Las Vegas Review-Journal, comments via Barbwire) — A U.S. federal appeals court (made up of three so-called judges) on Thursday unanimously upheld a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Stay tuned.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

How Donald Trump could build an autocracy ó and how you are democracy's only chance
Cover article by former GW Bush speechwriter David Frum / The Atlantic Monthly March 2017

"The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Hereís the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism....Those citizens who fantasize about defying tyranny from within fortified compounds have never understood how liberty is actually threatened in a modern bureaucratic state: not by diktat and violence, but by the slow, demoralizing process of corruption and deceit. And the way that liberty must be defended is not with amateur firearms, but with an unwearying insistence upon the honesty, integrity, and professionalism of American institutions and those who lead them. We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Donít be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American." (Emphasis added.)

¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV
Wednesday 29 March 2017
/ Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017

2017 info and highlights from the record-breaking 2016 event at Circus Circus Reno

11-24-2016 — 142 years ago on last Thanksgiving Thursday,
Barbed wire was patented (11-24-1874).
On 18 Jan. 1813, Joseph Glidden, inventor of barbed wire, was born. The west was never the same.
Likewise here.
Stick with The Barbwire to sharply point out the awful truth. Always.

The Gorsuch Nonesuch: Poison Annie's Revenge
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2017 Sparks Tribune

Death knell not so distant for organized labor
By Naomi Klein / The New York Times 2-7-2017

Smoot, smut and stash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2017 Sparks Tribune

The last question
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-24-2017 Sparks Tribune

Patient Zero Plagues
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-17-2017 Sparks Tribune

For the Tuesday 1-10-2017 Sparks Tribune

Democrats in Margaritaville

"Some people claim there's a woman to blame, but I know it's my own damn fault."
Jimmy Buffett sang those words four decades ago and nothing better describes today's Donkeykong Party collectively crying in its beer.
Desperate liberals are now begging for street demonstrations. A Hollywood outfit called RefuseFascism.org paid for a Jan. 4 full page in The New York Times demanding mass mobilization to stop the coronation of King Donaldo. Too little, too late.
Americans just don't have the attention span to do what Ukrainians did in 2004, massing by the millions night after night to overturn an election stolen by the incumbent president who even tried to murder the man who defeated him.
Besides, we must prepare for our biggest religious celebration, the Super Bowl.
The most the Dems could muster in 2001 was hurling tomatoes at unelected Bush the Lesser's limo.
Us little people have one practical hope: greed. Infighting among gluttonous factions can be exploited for minority victories.
Repeal Obamacare? Not so fast. The insurance and pharmaceutical industries are enjoying record profits. Ditto the big banks, military contractors and prison privateers. Cosmetic regulation is working fine, thanks.
The foxes are in the chicken coop boinking the hens before cutting them up, selling their eggs and body parts.
Foxes caught committing fowl deeds will defend themselves by asserting that those cute chicks are actually their wives, so please respect traditional family values and the sanctity of marriage between male and female as God intended.
Colonel Sanders, call your office.
I need a margarita, heavy on the dark rum.
MLK WEEKEND EVENTS. This Sunday, Jan. 15, the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee hosts its 31st Annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service. It starts at 3:00 p.m. at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2655 Rock Blvd., Sparks. On Jan. 16, the 19th Annual MLK Community Memorial Caravan will depart at 10:00 a.m. from Bethel AME and travel the five-mile MLK Highway on US395/I-580.
END OF TIMES SURVIVAL KIT. Defend yourself with humorous or humorless but always-peerless predictions for 2017 by subscribing to the Barbwire Confidential News Service. Last year's dark foreshadowings unfortunately became reality, so I suggest inoculation by signing onto the HushHush! list at BallotBoxing.US/
DISASTERS R US. Recent flooding was oft-compared with 2005 and 1997 but not 1986 when Sparks Blvd. became a river and a man drowned. After repeated flooding in the early 1950s, local voters were asked to support tax increases for flood control in specific neighborhoods. Only northwest Reno residents voted in favor. The Army Corps of Engineers proceeded to make that the one flood-proof area of the Truckee Meadows. Sometimes, taxes work.
MORE BAD OMENS. Speaking of northwest Reno, a crackerbox 988 square-foot home in those parts just sold for $222,000. In sync with the weather, a replay of the 2008 underwater bubble is forming.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Regressions, Transitions and Predictions
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-3-2017 Sparks Tribune

Love's Labours Lost Dept.

On 12-27-2005

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005

On 12-27-2015

Hunka Hunka Bernie Love

SOLIDARITY — Communications Workers of America members and their families from throughout northern Nevada pose with Sen. Sanders after his speech. NevadaLabor.com editor Andrew Barbano, far right, holds up his copy of the Dec. 3, 2015, edition of Rolling Stone with Sen. Sanders on the cover. The senator signed it immediately after the photo-op. Primo.

Sanders promises penalties for state corporate welfare

Sparks, Nev. (U-News) [Copyright © 2015 NevadaLabor.com] 4:55 p.m. PST 12-27-2015, 00:55 GMT 12-28-2015 — Campaigning in northwestern Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Northern Nevada Labor Temple that he would work to inhibit state vs. state corporate welfare.

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 26/AFL-CIO Business Development Director Rob Benner asked "Senator, I assume you've noticed the 'Fix Tesla First' sign on the wall. Another electric car company, China-owned Faraday, has just received $334 million in tax breaks to come to Nevada. This came almost exactly a year after state government granted Tesla $1.4 billion. What can you do to fix this?"

Sanders understood the problem, stating that "it's not as simple as I will say it, but I would work to see that states lose some portion of federal benefits when they grant huge tax incentives such as you are describing which hurt needed services."

Sanders also said that he would support automatic union recognition if 50 percent plus one worker sign cards saying they want a union.

President Obama promised to support such legislation when he ran in 2008, but the White House never got behind the now long-dead Employee Free Choice Act.

Sanders also opposed a recent proposal to enact a national "right-to-work-for-less" law, adding that if workers get the benefits of a union contract, "they should contribute."

He noted his longtime opposition to treaties such as the Clinton administration's North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the current Trans Pacific Partnership, both of which allow shipping U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. He added that he knows some Republican senators who have problems with the TPP and it may not pass in this session of Congress.

Sanders advocated for a $15 per hour minimum wage, noting that a working male today makes $700 per year less than he did in 1973, adjusted for inflation. Sanders added that women have also lost ground, especially over the past decade.

NevadaLabor.com Editor Andrew Barbano asked Sen. Sanders if he would support a fix to Obamacare which has put union health plans in jeopardy and is forcing union workers to pay a tax for which they receive nothing.

"Absolutely," Sanders replied.

Sanders answered every question from the audience which ranged from moppets to retirees. One young man noted that since he will be 18 by the general election next year, he will be allowed to participate in Nevada's February caucus. Sen. Sanders noted that Iowa likewise allows youth participation. He added that he's running ahead in New Hampshire, is getting closer in Iowa and if he also does well in Nevada and S. Carolina, victory will be possible.

In the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone, he stated that "Nobody denies, Hillary Clinton least of all, that she is an establishment candidate."

Sanders signed Barbano's Dec. 3 Rolling Stone cover.

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