"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." Joseph Pulitzer
Photo: Debra Reid, Sparks Tribune
I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016
Hounds of the Tubervilles
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-26-2023 / Expansions in blue.
Civil War is still going on. It's still to be fought, and regrettably, it
can still be lost." Historian
Closing scene from "The Civil War", Ken Burns' 1990 Emmy-winning PBS series.
Southern pols are so cute when they whine. William Shakespeare foreshadowed the breed when he termed infants as "mewling and puking" in their nurses' arms.
Too bad today's mewls are also puking on us.
Texas MisGovernor Greg Abbott, acting as though the Lone Star Republic is an independent nation, just groused that his state has sovereign authority over the Rio Grande, aka the U.S. border.
The mid-Rio constitutes the international divider between countries and is thus under federal control. Didn't stop the little fascist from putting up razor-wired buoys down the center line.
This from the same misdirecting mewler who blamed green energy for his rickety power grid's winter failure, killing hundreds of his constituents. Actually, it was Abbott's junky fossil fuel system. The U.S. has three major power grids east, west and Texas. AbbottLand allows no interties with the rest of the country. In a power crisis, it truly becomes a bloody lone star.
Just because he's a Republican, Tejanos re-elected this little dictator. Speaking of dictators...
FLORIDA IS AS FLORIDIANS DIE. The main front page headline of last Sunday's fake news New York Times froze the chilly cockles of this here old man's heart: "DeSantis' Flip on Vaccine Had Steep Cost for Florida: As his position began to shift, so did his state's death rate For the Worse."
DeSatanist's principal qualification for the presidency, in his own words, lies in boasting that he stood up to COVID-19 health "bureaucrats" and that "Florida got it right," re-opening just about everything and infecting just about everybody.
Seeing anti-vaxxing conspiracy theories grow popular with moonhowlers, he reversed his position and stopped advising Floridians to get jabbed even health care workers and cruise ship travelers.
Dead zone in the Sun Belt.
THE HOUND OF THE TUBERVILLES. Given the above prestigious chief executioners...er, executives, I can almost excuse dumbass U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama. Last week, I noted that the former Auburn University football coach, who could not even name the three branches of government, was stopping almost 300 top armed forces officer promotions.
The senate is disgustingly undemocratic. A single yayhoo like flag-waving Tubey Tommy can monkey-wrench the system.
At a time when China, Russia and a host of smaller bad guys are gunning for us, he wants to prevent the military from funding travel for women who need feminine health care services while posted in anti-abortion jurisdictions.
He is so pissily mewling and puking his newfound power that he has even demanded that Democrats write his bill banning the expenditures.
In all matters military, I always ask this question first: When do we stop making more veterans? I write this as my only sibling lies in a V.A. hospital recovering from major surgery.
The only remedy for this world of woes lies with women coming to power. Guys are just too self-absorbed to be allowed to continue to rule with impunity.
That said, the U.S. remains just about the only major global policeman.
A military career is a dangerous job. I applaud the courage of women who volunteer. According to the Pentagon, 8.4 percent of female and 1.5 percent of male soldiers admitted they were sexually assaulted in 2021.
However, the New York Times Magazine reported that for women, it's actually 25 percent.
"Women remain a distinct minority, making up only 16.5 percent (one in eight) of the armed services, yet nearly one in four servicewomen reports experiencing sexual assault in the military, and more than half report experiencing harassment, according to a meta-analysis of 69 studies published in 2018 in the journal Trauma, Violence & Abuse," the Times noted. (Oct. 11, 2021)
Nothing new. A friend of mine, a sniper in Vietnam, said women were treated as "little more than camp followers" when he served.
As to Tommy Tushdown, I wonder as to his position for military women who have become pregnant as a result of rape. Doesn't a lax organization bear some responsibility?
"Just have the baby" is not an answer, especially when some critical, life-saving medical procedures involve abortion.
I don't pretend to have solutions for everything although I have proposed one remedy for abortion: sex control.
The government should criminalize all sex save by appointment in supervised facilities. Extreme? That's where we're headed in Tommy's moonhowler Handmaid's Tale.
Every day that passes, we step closer to WW3 in Europe. Would you want your sister or daughter to join the 1.62 million women of reproductive age (15-45) under the military's purview?
CEO-types make awful politicians. Idolized football coaches present a worst case of that "my way or the highway" mentality.
Coach Tushdown Tommy's boneheaded playbook truly is a matter of national security.
FRY AND DIE. Gov. Giuseppe Lumbago's vetoes of eviction protections for Nevadans is throwing people out on the streets as predicted. See NevadaCurrent.com for horror stories. [Michael Lyle's Nevada Current item also appeared in the Sunday 7-23-2023 Reno Gazette-Journal.]
Joe the No also zapped legislation to protect outdoor workers from increasingly hot summers. The Las Vegas Sun won Nevada's second Pulitzer Prize more than a decade ago, reporting on unsafe conditions during construction of Strip hotels.
The newbie guv lived in Gomorrah South back then. Guess working stiffs don't count in his book, not even his former police colleagues.
HOT AUGUST STRIKES. Current strikes by the Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and at Bigbux Overpriced Coffee may be only the beginning. More nationwide work stoppages are imminent at United Parcel Service (UPS) [Teamsters]; Yellow Corp. (YRC Freight and Holland, formerly known as Yellow Freight) [Teamsters]; and General Motors, Ford and/or Stellantis (Chrysler-Dodge-Fiat-Peugeot) [United Autoworkers]. Tune up your picket sign and stay tuned. Viva Huelga!
¡Sí se puede!
Stay safe, get vaxxed and pray for those cruelly afflicted by the cruelly small minds on this small planet, especially victims of our perpetual wars.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (Pardon my French.) Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)
Andrew Quarantino Barbano is a 54-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com, SenJoeNeal.org, DoctorLawyerWatch.com, BallotBoxing.US, ConsumerCoalitionv.org, ChantalCoalition.org, Rentvolution.org, MIssissippiWestNV.org and CesarChavezNevada.com among others. He is a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP and Sparks-based Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO. As always, his comments are entirely his own. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
Priscilla Goodbody channels Princess Cassandra
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-19-2023 / Expansions in blue.
The seer of Troy warned against letting that towering wooden horse through the city's gates. Alas, no one listened to Princess Cassandra.