BY ANDREW BARBANO
For the 9-23-2020 Sparks Tribune
Messages from the gods: Ignore at your peril
Blasphemy, defined as mocking someone's god, is the most popular capital sin in most religions. I prefer keeping my head by promoting presumption instead.
The preachers who irritate me most are those who presume and thus purport to speak for whatever god or Olympus they are selling.
Well today, I'm joining the rogues gallery of presumptuousness.
Look around you and tell me that whatever concept of the almighty you prefer is not sending serious telegrams by whatever means are available to omnipotent spirits.
Fire, ice, water, pestilence, disease, winds, storms, murder, mayhem, reality TV, carrier pigeon. God has even sent Donald Trump to us because She's fresh out of locusts.
We are now without both Rep. John Lewis and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Czar Donaldov may have nominated a Scaliante homotextual to Mrs. Ginsburg's seat by the time you read this.
The Notorious RBG's best bud on the court was her polar opposite, Antonino the Ancient. (He was apparently a good comedian, so they got along.) La Scalia's method of judicial activism was to get out the dictionary, look up the meaning of words, and consider those the gospel according to the framers. Easier than working.
Indiana Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has apparently grabbed the president by the presumption, believes that Chief Justice John Roberts has betrayed the commands of textualism. Zounds. Call out the dragoons and have the blackguard flogged, drawn and quartered.
I wonder how a fundamental homotextual like her could bear to live in the same town where Pete Buttigieg served as mayor. I also wonder if she voted for him. Probably not. No self-respecting Notre Dame professor would commit such blasphemy.
Theocracy has made a big comeback in recent years and the wave has yet to crest.
As poet e.e. cummings might say, this monster mannunkind is devolving.
Our shaky democracy might shortly devolve into national breakup or civil war. At least the National Rifle Association's clients will continue to profit.
THE PROBLEM. As always, control by the wealthy, whether in the flesh or in legal fictions called corporations, who rape and pillage the body politick.
THE SOLUTION. As always, expanding economic opportunity with a healing dash of human respect for this magical little place we've been given for just a little time.
John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived their lives that way.
Remember the end of e.e. cummings greatest line: "pity this monster mannunkind...not."
RNR REDUX. Former Reno Gazette-Journal investigative ace Frank X. Mullen now helms the online reincarnation of the Reno News & Review. Glad to see it. His latest scoop about local Q-Anon moonhowlers seeking out sex trafficking where it doesn't exist is a-must read. See the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com/
CITY HALL HIJINX. Economic Development Authority of Washoe County (EDAWN) Executive Director Mike Kazmierski is actively campaigning for the defeat of Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus, D. That's dumb politics, especially when your outfit is knocking down a cool $100,000 a year in cash support from both the cities of Reno and Sparks.
GOVERNMENT WASTE R US. Within a few days of being sued by the Teamsters Union, the Regional Transportation Commission and its bus system subcontractor Keolis-19 are paying for slick TV spots selling the bright, shining lie that they are complying with Gov. Steve Sisolak's mask mandate.
See all the evidence to the contrary for yourself at NevadaLabor.com/ The three Washoe County transit systems carry upwards of 20,000 passengers a day. Without masking, they are little more than rolling ocean liners, spreading deadly disease. And they're doing it on your dime.
The Sparks seat held by the late Mayor Ron Smith still needs filling. RTC is currently comprised of County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung and Bob Lucey, joined by Reno Councilmembers Neoma Jardon and Oscar Delgado (the only Democrat on the board). Doesn't matter. Moral obtuseness in bi-partisan. They won't lift a finger without you pushing. So push.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. I've been on this beat for 50 years and nothing has changed. People of average means get elected to local government and are quickly surrounded by sycophantic buzzards who pick the public's pocketbook clean. It's called economic development by its supporters, corporate welfare by its detractors. (See the NevadaLabor.com corporate welfare archive.)
If you ever wonder why local schools, parks, roads and first responders are underfunded, now you know one big reason.
ETHIX, EFFLUENT AND AFFLUENCE. Lemmon Valley activist Tammy Holt-Still has filed a complaint with the Nevada Ethics Commission about Reno Councilmember Bonnie Weber, R, but that's not all.
Did you know that University of Nevada researchers would not test that open cesspool in Lemmon Valley (euphemistically called Swan Lake) for Coronavirus and other gremlins, but does so with sewage effluent in more affluent areas? Did you know that developers want to subdivide Swan Lake for sale when it dries up, just like the scam they pulled in the southeast Reno flood plain
Stay tuned and keep your waders handy.
Take care of each other and be careful out there.
¡Sí se puede!
Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.
NevadaLabor.com Editor Andrew Barbano is a 51-year Nevadan whose reputation remains impervious to further augmentation or denigration. E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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