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The south has risen again:
Racism means never having to say you're sorry

Expanded from the 9-14-2008 Daily Sparks Tribune

      Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe still picking cotton
      For your ribbons and bows,
Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen

Racism is back in your face, in your town, in your neighborhood, perhaps even in your house.

"Among voters who say race matters, McCain leads Obama by almost 20 points."

— ABC News, 6-22-2008

Maybe it's you.

The candidacy of Barack Obama has taken good old-fashioned American bigotry out of the closet.

Anybody who has ever worked for a black candidate knows that you always adjust poll results by giving an extra five points to the other side.

This controls for closet racists who will not admit their prejudice to anyone, not even a stranger on the phone.

That sub-rosa racism accounts in part for the consistently high ratings that have made KKKOH Radio the top station in northern Nevada for more than a decade. That the station was picketed last week for promoting a racist organization only adds to its haw-haw hooligan mystique.

Bombing Iran for fun and prophet
Barbwire / 9-7-2008

White sheets and dirty laundry
Barbwire / 6-29-2008

Freedom loving racists
Barbwire / 6-22-2008

Boys will be boys, just havin' fun with their hoods and white sheets. Gimme 'nother beer, Otis.

The West Virginia Democratic primary in May provided the warning.

One in five Democrats said race was a major factor in voting as Hillary Clinton defeated Sen. Obama in a two-to-one landslide (67 percent to 26 percent).

Cracker congresscritter Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia, has publicly called Sen. Obama "uppity."

A word that starts with "n" usually comes next.

Save northwestern Nevada community television
Donate to the cable ratepayer legal defense fund at our PayPal-enabled ReSurge.TV Consumer War Room

Updated math behind the move
Updated 11-16-2008

Charter Communications plans to illegally move four channels of analog to the digital tier.

One channel of analog bandwidth accommodates two to 10 channels of digital programming, depending on the complexity of the streams. High-definition movies eat up a lot of bandwidth.

A Charter statement quoted on TV-4's Aug. 4, 2008, 11:00 p.m. newscast said that Charter is doing this to "free up more bandwidth for high definition channels."

Charter thus gains bandwidth for between 8 and 40 digital channels by banishing community TV to the digital tier, a net gain of 4 and as many as 36, depending on content.

Charter VP Marsha Berkbigler, in her first speech to the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee in Dec. 2002, said each additional channel is worth $1 million a year to Charter — and that's at 2002 prices.

So Charter stands to make between $4 million and $36 million by doing this, unadjusted for inflation.

Talks with Charter fruitless
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 9-7-2008

Sparks, Washoe, Carson and Douglas consumers urged to contact their local governments to join the fight against Charter
Surge.TV 8-25-2008, Updated 8-28-2008

Evil empire eats its appetite
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 8-24-2008

Bandwidth bandidos admit their greed
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 8-17-2008

Sue the bastards
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 8-10-2008

Deregulation means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 8-3-2008

Last year's columns about skulduggery at the Nevada Legislature which led to this mess

Barbwire.TV: 15-year overnight success
Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
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That's the legacy of the confederacy and it doesn't affect us, right?


At a Martin Luther King Committee meeting last week, I had to report a grim finding.

I had a conversation with a precinct captain who was working Sparks a few days ago.

"Andy, we've got a real problem with race. Of 10 households I go to, four say they have a problem with Obama's race and two of those say they won't vote for him under any circumstances."


For decades, Nevada has been trying with little success to get out from under the old label of "Mississippi West." We don't make any progress when people look at things like our prison population and especially education funding, which is always competitive with deep south states with which we share the bottom of the barrel.

Washoe County has historically been the hotbed of liberalism in Nevada, if there is one. The lawmakers we elect make average legislators from Gomorrah South look like crypto-fascists (and some of them are.)

Pollsters have been saying that Washoe is emerging as the key swing county in a key swing state.

The presidency might be decided by those closet racists now emboldened by the likes of KKKOH to come out of the woodwork.

What can we do? The logical thing is to appeal to calm and reason, which are usually grotesquely ineffective when people are acting on the basis of prejudice and emotion.

The average American worker has not had a raise since 1973. Credit card debt is at an all-time high. People are stressed to the breaking point. Instead of looking up at the billionaire pickpockets who are to blame, we are rabble-roused to scapegoat the other, that someone who is somehow different from me.

It's them uppity women, feminazis, fat people, Jews, negroes, godless secular humanists, queers, Muslims, eco-terrorists, evolutionists and co-ed matriculators. They are all in it together.

Yes, we are.

Rev. John Auer is currently putting together the program for his third quarterly teach-in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be held at the end of next month at the venerable First United Methodist Church in downtown Reno on the river.

I don't envy Rev. Auer his task this time and will help all I can.

War, peace and prosperity may be the great issues of the day, but the bloodlust to slaughter straw men and skin scapegoats is usually far more powerful.

McCAIN AIN'T COOL DEPT. Sen. Obama's typically mild response to the latest lies and smears of the McCain campaign accuses the Republican nominee of (gasp!) not using e-mail and not knowing how to get online.

Because typing is woman's work.

When the first Univac computer was made operational after World War 2, Remington Rand executives stayed late and popped champagne while the girls were sent home.

The guys had built the hardware, while the secretaries who had designed the software that made it work were given no credit at all.

In 1985, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., commenting on personal computers, told Business Week that "I won't have one on my desk."

Typing is an admission of having an inferior position in the male-dominated pecking order.

John McCain simply can't shake his ancient prejudices.

Which is why it seems that one in five voters will support McCain and white-out Obama.

God save us and forgive us.

Be well. Raise hell.

...and more ammo

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

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?

Phillips, Kevin; Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know
Harper's Magazine; May 2008; page 43
Phillips has authored numerous books on history and politics over the past 40 years. His most recent, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, was published by Viking on April 15, 2008.

NAOMI WOLF: Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps
There are some things common to every state that's made the transition to fascism. Author Naomi Wolf argues that all of them are present in America today.
Alternet 5-20-2007

Johnson, Chalmers; REPUBLIC OR EMPIRE? A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States; Harper's magazine; January, 2007. I love it when heavy hitters validate what I've been saying for years in the tiny Sparks Tribune.

Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B.; America: What Went Wrong? (1992); America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? (1994); America: Who Stole the Dream? (1996) ; Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate. For additional comments on the work of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning team, use the search engine and sweep for "Barlett."

Review of Alex Carey's Taking the Risk Out of Democracy:
Propaganda in the US and Australia

The Orwell Diversion by Alex Carey
Excerpted from the book available below

ORDER Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
By Alex Carey
Edited by Andrew Lohrey
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
University of Illinois Press

     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

     Adjusted for inflation, that 1948 $100 million becomes $801,659,751.04 in 2005 dollars.

Conservatives Help Wal-Mart, and Vice Versa
As Wal-Mart struggles to rebut growing criticism, it has discovered a reliable ally: conservative research groups.
New York Times 9-8-2006; Free registration may be required.

      BARBWIRE: Labor Day '94: People vs. corporate con job, 9-4-94
Chilling forecasts from Alex Carey

      BARBWIRE: The Nevada Republican Party Becomes Communist, 3-30-97
A prescient Plato on the dangers of oligarchy

The sands of time do not cloud the long memories of the sheiks of Araby
Barbwire 9-10-2006

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Andrew Barbano is a 39-year Nevadan, editor of and, former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee and serves as political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. He hosts live news and talk (775-682-4144) Monday through Friday, 2-4:00 p.m., at Barbwire.TV and Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter cable channels 16 (for at least the next 90 days) and 216. E-mail As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Barbwire by Barbano premiered in the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988. Tempus fugit.


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