César Chávez, Thurgood Marshall and Thomas Jefferson
Expanded from the 3-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 3-22-2010, 3-28-2010
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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 of the Dec. 6 and Feb. 21 programs as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station.

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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In the same week that actor Fess Parker died, Nevada Gov. Jim the Dim offered bus rides to a teabagger demonstration in exchange for campaign money.

The self-styled "education first" governor once again lampooned himself. The anti-tax teabaggers are so dumb that they have named themselves after a demonstration staged to oppose a tax cut. And Jim Gibbons will go down in history as the governor who gutted education.

Alas and alack, no one will read history if right right-wing moonhowlers have their way. Among their many criticisms of public schools, they complain about the dumbing down of textbooks into boring pablum. They never mention that the dumbing is often their own doing.

The worst perpetrator is the Texas board of education. Bushyland is the second-largest market for school books in the country. As a result, publishers let Texas yahoos slice and dice.

Last year, they tried to eliminate labor leader César Chávez and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. This year, they voted to wipe out President Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. The human rights advocate was assassinated in 1980 by a U.S.-backed death squad while he celebrated mass. Romero was eliminated from approved Texas history because, as Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart put it, "he wasn't famous enough" for them.

The dumbing down of our history books allowed Walt Disney to make Davy Crockett a national hero in the 1950's. Parker, who portrayed Crockett in Disney TV and movies, became an American icon in a coonskin cap.

The fictionalized Crockett died heroically at the Alamo. More than half a century later, Americans remain largely unaware of the reason Texas wanted to secede from Mexico: the country had just outlawed slavery.

Davy Crockett died fighting to keep black people in chains.

The current governor of Texas has advocated treason if health care reform passes — he wants to secede from the union. Rick Perry has some cockamamie idea that it's allowed under the original deal that allowed Tejas in.

Guess he never heard of The Civil War. Perhaps it was deleted from the history books at his school.

Better that than the actual alternative: The Lone Star Snake can break into FIVE states anytime it wants, effectively giving those yahoos effective control of the country with 10 — count 'em — 10 U.S. senators.


Last Friday, I was privileged to say a few words before a Sparks meeting of United Auto Workers Union members and retirees.

I talked about César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall and their relevance today.

These guys were gimlets in the ribs of the system and remain so decades after their deaths. They can still drive the bad guys crazy.

That's why I'll be celebrating what would have been César Chávez's 83rd birthday on March 31 at Circus Circus.

SUBMIT SOON. Any Nevada student may enter the César Chávez video competition. It's very simple. Produce a 60-second public service announcement on any issue, Chávez or not. Upload same at and send me the URL so that the judges may review it. The decisions of the judges will be final.

We will show the winners at the César Chávez celebration. We will also produce a TV show to air on Sierra Nevada Community Access Television featuring the winners and best runners-up.

I know time is short, so anyone who has something already uploaded, even if it's a bit longer than 60-seconds, please submit. Spanish language entries are cool. I have help there. Any other language, I'll need a translation. Winners will get nice prizes, as always.

Nominations are still open for the inaugural César Chávez Silver State Public Service Awards. Categories include labor organizer of the year, employer of the year, humanitarian of the year and union project of the year. We are again inviting members of César Chávez's immediate family plus federal, state and local officials.

On March 31, doors will open at 5:30 with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Contact me for ticket and sponsorship information or go to

¡Sí se puede!

SUING FOR SCHOOLS, my latest TV program, will rebroadcast this week on Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter/SNCAT digital channels 16 and 216 and hi-def 80-295. Tune in at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 22; 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24; and 2:25 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

It's also available online at, along with If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions.

CARSON CITY Charter Ch. 210
Health Care 3/22-3/27, 3/29-4/3
Suing for Schools 4/5-4/10

5:30 p.m. Mondays
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
8:00 a.m. Thursdays
8:00 p.m. Saturdays

Both will be running in Carson-Douglas-Tahoe and Las Vegas. Check local listings.

SNCAT is the non-profit beneficiary of this year's Chávez event. The station airs programming in various languages on any subject, including many of interest to the burgeoning Latino community.

Regular readers know that I have been raising money for SNCAT toward a matching foundation grant of $40,000. If you can help, give me a holler at 882-TALK (775-882-8255) or drop me a line.

And thanks to readers who have called with Chávez award nominations.

I'll be doing Sam Shad's pundit panel on Nevada Newsmakers this Tuesday, March 23. The statewide show has its first run at 12:30 p.m. PDT (19:30 ZULU) on KRNV TV-4. For northern Nevada Charter cable victims, it reruns at 9:30 p.m. PDT (04:30 ZULU March 24), then online and in Gomorrah South later in the week. My fellow panelists will be Sparks Republican true believer Bill Brainard and Wayne Frediani, Executive Director of the Nevada Franchise Auto Dealers Association. Sam's guest in the first two segments (pundits get the back of the bus) will be Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute. [ARMAGEDDON AVOIDED, thank God. See below.]

SOAKED AND WET. The City of Sparks has found Sparks Marina subcontractors guilty of violating Nevada wage laws but has asked the state labor commissioner to waive fines totaling more than $30,000 which would go to the city's bankrupt treasury. Who's in charge over there? Many more wage complaints are in the pipeline. Keep an eye on

On the Ides of March, a group of 95 workers at both Stead and Reno-Sparks-Tahoe International airports voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 533. They had been a solo union for 31 years but felt they needed Teamsters representational experience.

And before you write, yeah, I know the official name of the main airport, but Sparks has been screwed into anonymity for years, so it's payback time.

Be well. Raise hell.

CELEBRATION AT THE TEAMSTERS HALL (March 15, 2010) — Members of the Airport Authority Employees Association pause to pose immediately after their positive vote to affiliate with Teamsters Union Local 533. Front row, left to right, IBT 533 office administrator/dispatcher Lynnelle Koski, bookkeeper Lori Pittard, AAEA members Raymond Saldana and Cory Hernandez. Back row, left to right, AAEA member Tod Spicher, Local 533 President and Organizer Frank Thurston, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Paul Tea, Vice-president and Human Rights Coordinator George Thrower, AAEC members Scott Dewhirst and John Patterson. The workers perform a wide range of services including maintenance, custodial, parking, dispatch and security at both airports. AAEC acted as an unaffiliated union for 31 years prior to its new Teamsters linkage.


Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan, second vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of 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...

From Sam Shad's weekly e-mailed program schedule

"Armageddon has not ensued; they are not in war in the valley of Megiddo in Northern Israel. No one's been raptured up, I don't feel any earthquake, and life seems to be going on pretty well.Andrew Barbano, publisher of, on the passing and signing of the Obama health care legislation. Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Shad editor's note: Megiddo — an important archeological site of the Israelite kingdom, and location of many battle scenes, according to Jacqueline Schaalje, Jewish Magazine.

Barbano editor's note: Megiddo is where the final battle between good and evil known as Armageddon is prophesied to take place.

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Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
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Phillips, Kevin; Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know

Harper's Magazine; May 2008; page 43
Phillips has authored numerous books on history and politics over the past 40 years. His most recent, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, was published by Viking on April 15, 2008.

NAOMI WOLF: Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps
There are some things common to every state that's made the transition to fascism. Author Naomi Wolf argues that all of them are present in America today.
Alternet 5-20-2007

Johnson, Chalmers; REPUBLIC OR EMPIRE? A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States; Harper's magazine; January, 2007. I love it when heavy hitters validate what I've been saying for years in the tiny Sparks Tribune.

Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B.; America: What Went Wrong? (1992); America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? (1994); America: Who Stole the Dream? (1996) ; Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate.

Review of Alex Carey's Taking the Risk Out of Democracy:
Propaganda in the US and Australia

The Orwell Diversion by Alex Carey
Excerpted from the book available below

ORDER Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
By Alex Carey
Edited by Andrew Lohrey
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
University of Illinois Press

     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

     Adjusted for inflation, that 1948 $100 million becomes $801,659,751.04 in 2005 dollars.

Conservatives Help Wal-Mart, and Vice Versa
As Wal-Mart struggles to rebut growing criticism, it has discovered a reliable ally: conservative research groups.
New York Times 9-8-2006; Free registration may be required.

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Andrew Barbano is a 41-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 second vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

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