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Updated 12-16-2014

Hope you and yours enjoyed enthralling Thanksgibleting
Happy High Holly Days



ONE-TIME SHOWING, part of a coast-to-coast tour: Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.

FEATURING Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Janine Jackson, Dick Gregory, Roberta Baskin, Jeff Cohen, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges, Kristina Borjesson and many more.

Northern Nevada Labor Temple
1819 Hymer Ave. / Sparks NV 89431
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m. PST

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show
Tuesday 12-16-2014 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST
Andrew Barbano and Sam Shad for an entire program
(About damn time after 22 freakin' years)

Psychically cynical but nonetheless newsworthy political proctology, peerless professional prognostication and epic poetic proselytizing promiscuously promised.
TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

12-9-2014: Barbano and Gammick actually agree on something. Check hell for snowfall.
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: State Senator James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, Capital Senate District 
Pundits: Jesse Gutierrez, Former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Watch this website or get on the Barbwire e-mail list for future shows.

Breaking Bad 5: Machine Gun Michele and the good ole boys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 4: Ira & his ammosexuals flip us the finger
Hansen places his puppets in top slots but still controls the lower house.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-11-2014

Walter White and some other white guy

Breaking Bad 3: Ira, the guv and the dragonslayers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-2-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada Lawmaker Ira Hansen Is Forced From Leadership Post Over Remarks on Minorities
By KIMBERLEY McGEE and ADAM NAGOURNEY / The New York Times / 11-24-2014

Breaking Bad Part Deux: Ira blames the Tribune
Barbwire by Barbano / Submitted for publication 11-21-2014 / Expanded from the 11-25-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

IRA ON TV-4: I'm not a racist, I just play one on TV

BREAKING BAD 11-23-2014 —> Hansen resigns as Nevada State Assembly Speaker

Speaker-elect Hansen bigot, racist, homophobe

KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 11:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, 11-18-2014

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Pundits: Michael Hackett, Alrus Consulting
Jesse Gutierrez, charter school operator and former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services

Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Related item: Follytix '15: From Topless Campaign to Breaking Bad
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 11-18-2014

Walter White and some other white guy

The documented racism and bigotry of incoming Nevada State Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune
/ 11-18-2014

         I hope you will do all you can to get the Republican Party to repudiate this bigoted legislator. He is a disgrace to Nevada and a disgrace to democracy. The onus here needs to be placed on the Republican Party. Are they going to continue to harbor this man and treat him as a responsible human being or expose him as the scoundrel he really is? Can he continue in this position of responsibility or should he be made to step down? Make them choose! — Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus, 11-20-2014

Reno-Sparks NAACP calls on Assembly Republican Caucus to replace Hansen

Reno News & Review 11-20-2014: Republican leader left a trail

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files

Nationwide demonstrations Friday Nov. 14
1:00-5:00 p.m. at Reno Main on Vassar Street

On Friday, Nov. 14, the four labor unions of the U.S. Postal Service are sponsoring a National Day of Action rally at 125 locations across America. We encourage everyone who enjoys using the post office in its current form to attend.

Northern Nevada contact: Paul Maille (That's not a play on words. It's his real name.) 775-846-6982.

Click here to find National Day of Action locations nationwide. (It's a .pdf file and takes time to load.)

Please consider signing and sharing one of our petitions to save our post office.

This holiday season, we will be pushing hard once again to get everyone we can to send us a letter or postcard to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE, P.O. Box 5041, Terre Haute IN 47805.

We share these letters with Congress.


Your USPS neighbors

EDITOR'S NOTE: The strategy being employed by corporatists in Congress is to degrade the service to a point that it loses public support and can then be fully privatized. But FedEx is not going to delivery Aunt Tillie's medicine in Austin or your postcard to Cousin LeRoy in Paducah if they don't live on profitable routes.

After WW2, GE and GM bought up the cable cars of Los Angeles and degraded the service until they could get politicians to blow up the system. Result: People would have no choice but to buy cars. There is now talk of bringing the trolleys back to gridlocked LA — along the freeway routes which were built on the cable car lines. (The technically groundbreaking Robert Zemeckis-directed film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was actually a historical satire of that real-life scenario.) San Francisco and few other cities successfully resisted.

My Uncle John, who was the Southern Pacific agent in Reno in the early 1950's, said the railroads did the same thing to what was once legendary passenger service. They cut it back and made the accommodations maddeningly poor so that there would be little outcry when it was eliminated. They kept the passenger revenue only without the all the food and sleeping car glamour of old — and without all those union workers. How?

Ever wonder why just about every Greyhound terminal in the U.S. was built next to a railroad station? And they kept a lot of the small freight and mail business in the belly of the busly beasts.

See you on the picket line.

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

ONSITE IMPRESSIONS: More than 100 showed up to the picketing, as did the Reno Gazette-Journal and all major network-affiliated TV news departments, English and Spanish. The postal service made a profit of $600,000,000 last year, but incurred a $5 billion on-paper loss due to the 2006 Republican congressional mandate that USPS pay for health care for as-yet unborn retirees 75 years before they are birthed, conceived or even a twinkly in their parents' eyeballs. (Don't you wish you could get your health insurance paid just by thinking about it?)

There's a strong right-wing minority lobby for the rights of the unborn, but might this not be a trifle excessive? The media largely ignore the 75-year absurdity to focus strictly on the annual accounting bottom line red ink.

WHAT'S NEXT? Greyhound, FedEx wants to meet for lunch to learn more about how you do it.

BLAST FROM THE PAST —> FED UP AT THE FEDERAL BUILDING (9-27-2011) —> More than 200 postal workers and members of other unions demonstrated at the Bruce Thompson Federal Building in Reno in favor of passage of HR 1351, which would remove the funding drain now threatening the United States Postal Service. The federal courthouse may be seen in the window reflections of the auto in the foreground. Another rally was held in Reno on 24 march 2013. ( photo)

Voting, gloating, loathing and scapegoating
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-11-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Get Outta Dodge, Part Deux
ToljaSo Dept.—> Evil twin school bosses Martinez and Morrison axed in the same week. Read the latest dispatches about The Music Man scoring tar and feathers in North Carolina Tar Heel country, then remember how Heath Morrison and Pedro Martinez created a similar climate of fear in Nevada.
Bully boys run out on a rail
Take special note of the Barbwires of 5-13 and 5-20-2012

At Last: Journalist Dennis Myers deconstructs the day that Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss Pedro Martinez melted down
Nevada attorney general succumbs to Reno paper's reprehensible rabble-rousing

MUST SEE: Myers interview on 11-11-2014 Nevada Newsmakers with Sam Shad. Click here for re-runs and webstreaming.

If you voted early, this will make you regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-4-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Virginia City's next scary sexy Hollywood movie
Virginia City 911: Sexy Sheriffing in Old ConforteLand
Barbwire by Barbano / Special Nevada Day Edition 10-31-2014, Updated 11-1 and 11-3-2014

Follytix '14: Year of the Topless Campaign
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-28-2014 Sparks Tribune

Happy 150th Birthday, Ms. Nevada
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

The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on display in Reno thru Nov. 2

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

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

BREAKING NEWS 10-24-2014: Travus and Lynne Hughes' longtime home, the old church in Silver City, has burned to the ground with the loss of one life. Say a prayer and treasure the memories. Sean Laughlin promises to rebuild. Victims were Travus' first wife, Sandra, and her dog.

The Bullfrog Times-Picayune
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

Love ain't free: Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine (CD available)

Words from God on Nevada ballots and Ebola
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-21-2014 Sparks Tribune

"I heard a bit of good news today. We shall pass this way but once."
And the moonhowlers criticized Vice-President Joseph Biden for visiting Gomorrah South to press for an increase in the minimum wage. Need any more reason to vote?

'Toon by George Price from the 14 April 1973 edition of The New Yorker. Sent by a reader.
Copyright © The New Yorker 1973

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
How to intimidate Nevadans from registering to vote — by a Democrat, no less
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part L—>
True confessions from the back of the bus
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-7-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XLIX—>
We don't need no education: Leaks R Us

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

LA Times 9-28-14: Nevada overstating economic benefits of Tesla factory

Federal judge refuses to stop Nevada fracking
By Scott Sonner / Associated Press 9-27-2014

–>9/23 Teamsters OK new contract with Reno-Sparks-Washoe transit system
–>9/23 Washoe School Superintendent Pedro Martinez out as Barbwire alone predicted last week

As with the bright, shining lies of the Washoe and Clark County School Districts' graduation rates, the
Reno Gazette-Journal is again two years behind the Barbwire (11 October 2012) regarding NVEnergy's combustible "smart meters." It ain't news unless the legit media find it first, right?

The latest shrift & shred on Tesla fever
Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Elon Musk: Pseudo-green plantation overlord and union buster

Can megaresorts scam Tesla-style freebies?
EXTRA—>READ ALL ABOUT IT: Barbwire scoops Reno Gazette-Journal by 2 years on flammable NVEnergy fire meters
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
9-23 CRYSTAL BALL UPDATE: The above column accurately predicted Supt. Martinez's departure one week in advance

Tinkle-down economics: testing Tesla's testes
Tesla and the hospital thieves:
Theft of Washoe Med/Renown provides cautionary tale

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Navigating the flagship—>Making quick work of

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS DEPT.—> I recently got my first criticism in 19 years that this site is a bit confusing to navigate. I take that as a compliment. Confusing people is one of my few talents.
    I thought I had anticipated any such problems years ago by liberally sprinkling links to the front page site map. (These days, am I supposed to say that I sprinkled progressively rather than liberally?)
    The front page of acts as a chronological listing of recent workplace news with the latest at the top. I archive annually to create a continuous permanent record fully accessible via the site map or any garden-variety websearch.
    "We Don't Need No Education" is now approaching its 50th installment and thus merits its own section inside. Say hi to Don Quixote.
    Current Barbwires plus more than 20 years of columaniacal archives, the Statewide News Roundup and Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac are all available via the site map—>as well as the usual general or specific ongoing madness and historical inflammation. (Once something's posted here or to any of my other sites, it's up forever.)
    While the front page is chronological, the Statewide News Roundup is categorical, e.g., construction, hospitality, legislation, health care and many others. Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac often publishes original U-News as well as links to items at other sites that are not hot enough for the front page chronology. The search engine acts as a short-cut to everything, depending on what you seek. So simply seek and ye shall find.
    As my old friend Wise John the Lake Havasu Cropduster Pilot often says, "when all else fails, read the instructions." So when all else fails, re-read the above, then go to the nearest site map link and/or "search." The search engine is really amazing. It's also union-signatory and thus quite efficient.
    Thanks for your inputs and support over lo, these many years. Keep up the good work and the good fight.
    Esté bien. Haga infierno. / Be well. Raise hell.

—> Andrew the Barbwire Man

Top Gun mechanics at NAS Fallon vote to strike

Teamsters reach new tentative agreement with Washoe mass transit contractor
U-News / 9-5-2014

Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Happy Labor Day
On Sept. 1, 1907, labor leader Walter Reuther, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. (More Labor Day Poor Denny's Almanac)
Labor Day 2014: Red, white and screwed
Silver State Lining: Nevada union membership 10th-highest in the nation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-28-2014
Be well. Raise hell.

Southern Nevada rally for good jobs at Boulder Station Aug. 29

UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2014 01:07 a.m. PDT, 08:07 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT —> On this date in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was formed from a merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and became a powerful tool for the advancement of Latinos under the leadership of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. (Courtesy Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2014)

OCTOBER, 1969 — César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center, at the dedication of the United Farm Workers' new headquarters in Delano, Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother, Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring the land and funding for the "The 40 Acres," as the site was known. The man at left was on a picket line for five years and may or may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please contact me. A character resembling him appeared in many scenes of the 2014 major motion picture César Chávez. (Photo courtesy of George Nelson, UAW Local 2162 Retirees.)

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Nevada's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
Police militarization barrier to community relations

HANDS UP! Moment of Silence for slain Mo. teen Aug. 14, Reno & Carson City

Education Dysfunction Part XLV—>
Bringing serious heat well into the night

Nevadans host moment of silence for Missouri police shooting victim Michael Brown
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-14-2014


Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS—> WCSD Board of Trustees Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September. Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

College President: Race an issue in l'affaire Martinez

RENO (4 Aug. 2014) — On today's Nevada Newsmakers program on KRNV TV-4/Reno and KENV TV-10/Elko, Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan stated "I cannot tell you that race is not a factor" with respect to the suspension of Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Her statement came in response to a question from host Sam Shad. The Reno-Sparks NAACP is preparing a response and has asked for a statement from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The full interview, which comes in the first segment of the program, will be available by about 6:00 p.m. PDT at It may also be viewed this evening at 9:30 on Charter Cable Channel 190 and 24/7 via Charter Cable On Demand. Click here for the full statewide re-run schedule.

The Barbwire of July 31(below) first decried the bogus injection of race into an already tense situation.

Stay tuned.


Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLII—>
We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014 / UPDATED

Happy Birthday, Medicare

From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac: On July 30, 1965, after defeating the bitter opposition of the American Medical Association in one of the monumental legislative battles of the 20th century, Medicare was created by Congress.

8-1-2014 — A tentative agreement has been reached with the operators of the Reno-Sparks-Washoe transit system and Teamsters Local 533. Members will take a ratification vote August 10.

How to assassinate Medicare and Medicaid
Health Savings Accounts: The insurance industry's Trojan Horse

Andrew Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2014

Last chance to endorse Don Dondero for NPA Hall of Fame
Send it in NOW or forever hold your peace

Migrant laborers: Your folks and refugee kids
What do broke Baby Boomers and Central American refugee children have in common?
The future of the U.S. workforce.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevadans premiere live concert and film at Artown

A cold shower for the NY Times Tesla gusher
40 years in the wilderness: Study says Silver State on downhill slide since 1970
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Ask Hobby Lobby to take in refugee kids
So five uptight old Catholic guys in grim reaper robes don't like contraception.
Wonder if they thought that way back in college?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

Sign Rep. Barbara Lee's petition against a 3rd US-Iraq War
Barbara Lee: The latter-day Jeannette Rankin
More about Congressmember Lee

Building Trades Council responds to GOP misrepresentation
Sen. Dean Heller attempts to stage an illegal political rally at federally-subsidized housing complex

Teamsters contract with Washoe transit system expires Monday, extension possible
JUNE 30 UPDATE: Current contract extended through July 31, 2014.
6-29-2014 Update: Strike authorization passed overwhelmingly.
7-31-2014: A tentative agreement has been reached. Local 533 members will take a ratification vote on August 10.

Labor Losses:
Former Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer/CEO Louis E. Martino, Jr., 67

NEWLY UPDATED: Martino graveside memorial service June 24/Mountain View/NW Reno

Twila "LaDawn" Kulhanek Tutrow, Painters & Allied Trades Local 567, 52

The Status Quo Ante versus the Status Quo Uncle
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-26-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers show

Tesla plants PR slants to get into the public's pants
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-19-2014 Sparks Tribune

"If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." — Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Nevada follytix '14 still played under 1952 TV rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-12-2014 Sparks Tribune

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Paul Valery, French critic & poet (1871-1945)

Thank you for NOT voting—>

Nevada's righteous ayatollahs arise once again
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-5-2014 Sparks Tribune

Reno Grand Sierra Resort sued for 4,700 employees' back pay

Longtime CWA member Bill Birkman dies

When your enemy is destroying himself, never interfere
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-29-2014 Sparks Tribune

Keep chipping. Pretty soon, you've got a sculpture—>and lots of arrowheads!
LV unions get deals with all 9 holdout hotels
Golden Gate caves. No strike.
GG was most recent Gomorrah South property struck (2002)

about America's latest carnage

Souls to the polls—> early voting

Barbara Bennett, Erik Holland & Václav Havel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-22-2014 Sparks Tribune

Stabbing rock-sucking kangaroos on the Ides of May
Reno Gazette-Journal blatantly manipulates mayoral contest
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-15-2014 Sparks Tribune

Negative Optimism:
Making the best of being worst

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

The massacre at Kent State 5-4-1970

Nevada State AFL-CIO conventioners join anti-education tax initiative business coalition
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-2-2014

Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn

May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded & Updated from
the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

Revolution, evolution, devolution & truth dilution
Also: Labor leader Joe Assalone dies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-24-2014 Sparks Tribune

Making the best of an inbred situation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

College athletes need unions, pay
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day
Equal Rights Amendment will return to 2015 Nevada Legislature

Banqueters cry: Hail, César
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

The Obamacare Bitcoin online vote exchange
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Strike Chess: LV Culinary and Bartenders unions plan picketing
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 4-8-2014

In search of the modern day Barbara Bennett
Barbwire by Barbano / Substantially expanded from the 4-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

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Assemblymember Lucy Flores, Chávez alumna Maria Zamora & Sen. Joe Neal headline César Chávez Day 2014
NEW! 1960s Northern Nevada Chávez work disclosed

César Chávez Celebration XII
Monday 31 March 2014
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Celebración de César Chávez XII
Lunes 31 de Marzo 2014

Las puertas se abren a las 5:30 p.m., la cena a las 7:00 p.m.

Circus Circus—Reno

Bob McGowan, Miss America and César Chávez
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

When César Chávez came to Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit

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Hiding in Plain Sight —>
The Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream 2 years later

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education Archives

2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII—>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Largest Nevada newspaper confirms Barbwire investigative series about Clark and Washoe County school districts' phony graduation rates. CLICK HERE FOR THE AWFUL TRUTH UNO MAS.

Campaign 2014: An expensive comedy act
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

WE LOVE LUCY! As political junkies and others of questionable character (which describes most of my fans) learned before the rest of the great unwashed in the Barbwire of Feb. 20, Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare her candidacy for Nevada lieutenant governor at 2:00 p.m. PST Saturday, March 1, at the College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus. Does the date imply Lucy is coming in like a lion? Well, she is woman, hear her roar. She will address Washoe Democrats on Tuesday evening, March 4, at DemoHQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno. Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Shirl Elliker: Nevada loses an honorable man
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers show


Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
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We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
ALSO: Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare for lieutenant governor in early March
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

NEW: The Bullfrog Times-Picayune and
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

NEWLY UPLOADED: Love ain't free
Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine

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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

2014 makes a six-pack

Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

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

Barbwire-nominated candidate Guy Richardson wins election to the Nevada Press Association. Hall of Fame on first try

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In 2002, we were honored to produce the Centennial Book for the 100th anniversary of the founding of northern Nevada Painters and Allied Trades Local 567/AFL-CIO. Working on a short time frame, we cast a nationwide net for appropriate cover art and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams thanks to muralists Kathleen Scarboro and Kathleen Farrell. The above illustration ("Papering the World: Joliet's Wallpaper Industry") appeared on the cover and interior of Local 567's Centennial Book, copies of which have been submitted to Nevada libraries and historical organizations. The mural, painted on a wall in Joliet, Illinois, depicts Painters Union members manufacturing wallpaper the old fashioned way, long about the time of Local 567's founding. Ms. Farrell is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades/AFL-CIO. Ms. Scarboro is a member of the Maison des Artists in Paris, the association which represents artists in France.

Ms. Farrell executes murals, mosaics and figurative sculptures for the labor movement. Her work and that of others may be viewed at the Friends of Community Public Art web site. "We have added new table top size sculptures for sale as well as additions of our life size sculptures," she says. "A number of the sculptures feature union members including the Baseball Player (The Catch) and The Firefighter. I have also finished the rad workers sculpture I mentioned awhile back. I welcome work from unions that would like to buy the existing sculptures or hire me to create awards, tabletop size sculptures and life size sculptures."

Sister Farrell may be contacted at; phone (815) 722-4140; fax (815) 722-9007. You may view more of her work and obtain additional contact information at

Rotating at the top of this site as well as in pastel form in the background of this page is a mural produced for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union/AFL-CIO. The others were acrylics on canvas done for the United Food and Commercial Workers and to memorialize the plight of U.S. chicken processing workers (si podemos). Enjoy.

Be well. Raise hell.

Murals/montages copyright © Kathleen Farrell

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