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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.

   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

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune
Updated 11-26 and 11-28-2013

We will laugh again, but we will never be young again.
— Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY

Inauguration day crept up so cruelly cold you could understand how it killed William Henry Harrison.

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.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.


Be well. Raise hell.


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A light wind atomized bursts of freshly fallen snow across the vast field of expectant faces.

Was it the sun or the new president's words which caromed off the airborne crystals and transmuted the moist, icy air into a multimedia assault on the senses?

Was I there, or was I dreaming?

JANUARY 20, 2014

I stand before you today as aware of the pain in the nation as I am of the closeness of the coldness gripping my breath.

The dank hand of doubt today clutches the throat of the country that seemed so very sure of itself such a very short time ago.

Somehow, a great spirit has been dulled by the accumulated demons of the day. The greatest nation of the century now sits beggarly by with time on its idle hands.

I have felt hungry hands eager for labor, lusting to create new wonders of worth for the world to see.

I pledge this president and this government to filling those extended hands with the tools and the fuel with which to forge a renewed nation.

With clear heads on our shoulders and purposeful resolve in our hearts, we shall proceed to refresh and renew our national promise.

Our progress has only paused, not passed into the hands of others.

Can the United States continue to lead in a world where every little group pursues only narrow self interest?

Yes, but only by honest example. Let us not be so arrogant as to think we deserve nationhood simply because we were born in a united country.

That union was twice birthed in blood and preserved by fire. We must not let it become extinguished in the sea of self doubt which afflicts a woefully large number of our brethren around the globe.

I have walked amazed through the streets of Los Angeles and so many other great cities, cities today perhaps in name only.

Have we become a country in name only?

Everywhere, I have witnessed people erecting fences and building barriers between themselves and others who might speak or dress a little differently.

This is the anti-work of pernicious minds and idle hands.

The government of this country has been too long removed like a stain from the fabric of its people.

Rather than being woven from the same warp and woof, it has too often chosen to be a government of and for itself.

The treasury has been looted and national purpose perverted by tarnished knights inventing dragons to slay.

How many died in those pursuits? How many children were never born because their mothers and fathers died as children themselves?

The nation has paid dearly for overuse of the iron fist.

Now, we must pay again to cure this deadly comedy committed in the name of making a safer planet.

Let that price be paid, but let this be enough.

Let the word go forth from this time and place that our future shall be one of eliminating want, of subordinating greed, of serving true need, of succumbing to the better angels of our nature.

This president extends his open hand in this cold season of wishes for hope.

To this great work let us once again pledge our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor.

JFK: A Tale of Two Speeches
By Dennis Myers
Also: JFK and Nevada
+ Eisenhower & Kennedy
Reno News & Review / 11-21-2013

JFK vs. the War Machine
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Rolling Stone / 12-5-2013

Much, much more

DEAR TRIBUNITES: John F. Kennedy, Jr., read the complete 12-29-1991 original from which the above was taken.

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

The medium that shapes public opinion needs at least one refuge where it is not filtered through the distorted green eye shades of prissy corporate accounts for whom profit is the only priority; where self-censorship is the journalist's normal work environment and where all sins of omission are tacitly encouraged and forgiven with the wave of a balance sheet.

This is important.

Happy Thanksgibleting to you and yours.

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


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His life's work appeared worldwide, including the Tribune and most probably every newspaper in Nevada.

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

Let's go for a repeat.

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...

JFK, Jr.: Hope dies hard and yet springs eternal
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 7-25-1999

Your better life today had President Kennedy lived
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-28-1997

The bloody guns of October fire on November
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-7-2013 Sparks Tribune

Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-24-2013 Sparks Tribune

Death on the job: Nevada workers remain cheap and disposable
Updates on two Laborers' Local 169 members killed and two injured on I-80
Worker dies trimming trees at MGM's Mirage on Las Vegas Strip

Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words

Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
Barbwire Special Web Edition / 10-21-2013

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATE—>Bill Moyers: Shutdown is simply secession by other means

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

...and more ammo yet

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 | U-News | Bulletins + Almanac
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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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