Crapshoots, trapshoots and turkey shoots
Expanded from the 8-8-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 8-9 and 8-15-2010

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   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.

— Leonard Cohen

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For the past couple of weeks, national media have been reporting a slow uptick in the economy coupled with a stubborn stall in hiring.

Employers enforced huge cutbacks while the burning Bushies torched the American Dream, some cutting much more than necessary.

American workers now produce much more for much less, laboring in the well-founded fear of future layoffs.

As a result, we remain by far the most productive workers in the world per hour worked.

So how would you like to be burdened doing the jobs of six people for one person's pay?

Some employers continue to run their workers into the ground.

The Carrows restaurant chain eliminated bus trays a year or more back.

Food servers must now run dishes directly back to the kitchen, which means hundreds of more trips per week for the understaffed operations.

Servers already had five jobs: seating/hosting, food service, pantry (soups and salads), bussing and cashiering. Now, they also have to wash dishes. Six for the price of one.

Business has been picking up but the servers are not picking up any extra help — or pay.

Carrows needs a union.

CRAPSHOOTS, TRAPSHOOTS AND TURKEY SHOOTS. John Cahill of the Nevada Outdoor Democrats advises that the Union Sportsmen's Alliance is sponsoring a sporting clays shoot next Sunday morning, Aug. 15 at Sage Hill Clay Sports, 7370 Desert Way in Reno.

For information, contact Paul McKenzie at the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO in Sparks, (775) 355-9200.

Speaking of crapshoots, Washoe County district attorney candidate Roger Whomes is holding two fundraisers this week to develop support for his attempt to turn the race against madcap 16-year incumbent Dick Gammick into a turkey shoot.

The first will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, up Tahoe Way at 1140 Vivian Lane in Incline Village from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to attend should contact Donna Prishmont at (775) 831-1662 or 741-6921.

The fun party will be this coming Friday the 13th at the very hip Cathexes Architectural Studios, 250 Bell Street just north of Second in downtown Reno.

It begins at 5:45 p.m. and features the entertainment of local lawyer and longtime folk-rock artist Geoff White and his Smokin' Bulldogs, a group of superannuated Beatles specialists, albeit without much hair.

That's cool, because Mr. Whomes has little hair and Mr. Gammick has none, but as long as he pays his 99 bucks at the door, I'm sure Big Roger will make him feel most welcome.

The DA may show up anyway, or just send the DEA with his warmest personal regards.

Mr. Gammick has been known to suffer extreme kneejerk reactions when he hears anybody's smoking anything, even if it's bulldogs.

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ONLINE UPDATE 8-9-2010 — Learned lawyers Whomes and Gammick have reportedly accepted invitations to debate on Wednesday, Aug., 18, at the Atlantis Hotel at 7:00 p.m. The Republican Jewish Coalition is the sponsoring entity. Their contact is Don Kaplan, (775) 832-6886.

The candidates are wrangling over who will moderate, which seems rather incongruous, given that moderation has long been absent from this contest and is likely to remain so for the duration.

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JOE NEAL 75. According to former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Eddie Scott, Sen. Joe Neal's July 30 birthday bash was one helluva party.

The food was great and, better yet, free.

The turnout was huge.

Mr. Scott did a great job representing us frozen norte Nevadianos at the North Las Vegas event.

"It was held at a community center where the people are, not on the Strip," Scott noted.

The longtime former Democratic state senator wouldn't have had it any other.

Sen. Neal thanked the crowd and noted that he's been recovering from (oxymoron alert) "a slight stroke."

I made it my business to make sure that invitations were sent to everyone who showed up to witness Neal's historic filing for governor in 1998.

Pat Potter

Two had already left us, Reno-Sparks civil rights legend Bertha Woodard and Carson City Democratic Party official Lewis Rosenberg.

Alas, a third must now be added to the list of the lost.

Distinguished educator and former Carson City Democratic Chair Pat Potter passed away last Thursday at the age of 80 after a long illness.

She taught in the capital city school system for 25 years and went on to win election to the Carson-Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees, eventually chairing the body.

You may read a full obituary about this great lady linked to the expanded web edition of this column at, where you will also find Sen. Neal's very entertaining and often hilarious oral history of his five decades in public life.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, second 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 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.

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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.

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     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.

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