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Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
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.

Sex, sports and rock 'n' roll
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-26-2013 Sparks Tribune
Updated 11-21-2013

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


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The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

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POLIAN DANCINGUniversity of Nevada-Reno Football Coach Brian Polian will be named to the NCAA moral obtuseness watch list.

His longtime predecessor, Chris Ault, bailed as it became painfully apparent that UN,R would be unable to compete in its new pro league.

Polian kept his football team practicing in the toxic pollution of the recent California wildfires when local schools had shut down all outdoor activity.

Perhaps he was trying to acclimate his players to southern California smog. They still got smoked by UCLA. Now, he won't even give them a day off between games.

The team is being vaporized. RECOMMENDATION: SELL.

HEY, IT'S A LIVING. In 2014, local sportsbooks will start making odds on how many motorcycle fatalities northern Nevada will experience during the annual Street Vibrations Harleyfest.

Side bets for bar fights and shootouts. BUY.

THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN, PART ONE. It took the current government shutdown ("slimdown" at Fox Paw News) for anyone to notice a major similarity between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Carter started the shutdown game during his oft-damned administration.

Former sportscaster Reagan and Speaker Newt Gingrich merely upped the ante.

Many policies for which conservative moonhowlers venerate St. Ronald the Vague (deregulation, sucking up to big business, tax-cutting, union-busting, expanding military deficit spending while cutting domestic programs), actually started under southern conservative Carter. [1]

The Gipper just sold it better on TV. DON'T BUY.

Carter let the Iranian hostages rot
Barbwire 7-3-2005


The highly-touted PBS series Latino Americans ignored the fact that the legendary heroes of the Alamo died fighting for slavery.

Mexico outlawed slavery and Texas was part of Mexico in the 1830s. History was rewritten and the rewrite was set in cement, or at least in celluloid, that the American legends at the Alamo died fighting them damned dirty Mexicans for some nebulous desire for freedom. (Hmmm, didn't some forgettable U.S. president from Texas have a penchant for endlessly repeating "they hate us for our freedom"?)

Jim Bowie had been a slave trader. William Travis brought his personal slave, Joe, with him to be trapped in the siege. Joe was one of two Texian combatants spared post-battle execution.

Two months after the Alamo, former President John Quincy Adams said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that "the war now raging in Texas is a Mexican civil war and a war for the re-establishment of slavery where it was abolished." (Ewers, Justin; Misremembering the Alamo; U.S. News & World Report, 4-4-2004).

Make you wanna toss your pseudo-coonskin cap and plastic Bowie knife? DUMP.

For the first time, the cheerleaders at the Reno paper have grudgingly admitted that part of former Washoe School Superintendent Heath Morrison's miraculous graduation rate increase was due to "better tracking of students." (Sept. 29 editorial)

In other words, Morrison changed the count, as only this column has been reporting for 18 months.

See the newly expanded We Don't Need No Education section at BUY.
U.S. Olympic team members, coaches, staff, media and hangers-on will all declare themselves openly gay and encourage every other nation to follow.

They will organize a mass kiss-off at the opening ceremonies in Putin's repressive Russia. (Risky gambit. He's got chemical weapons.)

Miley Cyrus will lead the U.S. team into the Olympic stadium flashing a temporary Putin tat on her telegenic tushy. HOLD.

Will "twerking" make it into the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary as a legit new word?

If you don't already know the definition, you are too old to be reading this column, let alone a dictionary. BUY.

        UPDATE: "Selfie," a noun meaning a self-snapshot posted oneline, beat out "twerking" and "bitcoins."

"Good golly, Miss Miley!" (Rolling Stone, Oct. 10)

If you don't recognize in that title the homáge to a Little Richard rock 'n' roll classic, you are too young to be reading this column. BUY.

Several of my Facebookies have requested that I join them on Twitter.


Don't ask me to tweet and twerk at the same time. HELP.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.


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The Barbwire got the late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Guy Richardson elected last year.

Let's go for a repeat.

"Media is the plural of mediocre."
                              — Jimmy Breslin


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






Andrew Barbano is a 45-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Smoking Guns...

1. Gebbie, Melinda and Smith, David; Reagan for Beginners; Writers & Readers Publishing, Inc./Distributed in the U.S. by W.W. Norton Company, New York, NY; 1984; pages 81-89.
   Unfortunately, the opening episode fails to mention that the Texas rebellion, sanitized by the Alamo myth, was a pro-slavery war. Late-coming Anglo settlers from slave states were angered that Mexico had banned slavery. Makes you want to toss your Davy Crockett pseudo-coonskin cap and plastic Bowie knife.
   Later installments show how the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and union leader César Chávez sparked a long-smoldering fire. Check listings for frequent re-runs of the six-hour PBS series.
   Let your local station know about the omissions and tell us what they say.
César Chávez is featured on the final first-run installment.
Check local listings and for re-runs.

Almanac: On Oct. 2, 1835, the Battle of Gonzales, the first skirmish of the Texas Revolution took place. Texian settlers half-heartedly exchanged fire with Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River. The Mexican Army finally withdrew. It wasn't much of a fight, but it was the first.

Latino Americanos, una serie documental que marca un hito con sus seis horas presentadas en tres partes.
PBS sacará al aire la serie a nivel nacional en el otoño de 2013.

Nevada K-12 rankings: See how your school did

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012

Used in
journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

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


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 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?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008

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Andrew Barbano is a 45-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

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

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