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If somebody wants to shoot you, the odds are not in your favor. Witness the tragic case of the late David Pendleton.

"In 2008, deputies were called because Pendleton reportedly locked his ailing wife out of their home and would not allow her to get her medicine," reported Gardnerville Record-Courier journalist Sheila Gardner.

"In 2010, a family member said Pendleton removed his wife from a care center against doctor's recommendations...He eventually lost guardianship...Relatives alleged that he threatened her caregivers and greeted with a weapon a caseworker who came to the home for a welfare check. At one point, he attempted to abduct her from a care (facility). Pendleton's son told deputies his father was a federal arms dealer and had multiple weapons. He stated Pendleton was bi-polar, drank heavily and had multiple loaded weapons stored all over the residence. He said his father had made comments about shooting law enforcement officers or other people who attempted to come into his house," Gardner wrote.

On Nov. 30, he threatened a businessman with a BB gun and was busted on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He went before Judge on Dec Tom Perkins. 2.

I inquired about whatever system might be in place to protect the public.

"Judge Perkins ordered conditions of release," stated Michael Beam, Chief of the Douglas County Dept. of Alternative Sentencing (DAS).

He said Pendleton had "to be under the supervision of Douglas DAS; no alcohol possession or consumption; no consumption or possession of controlled substances; no driving; firearms and weapons can be taken into custody by a member of the defendant’s family or a friend approved by Douglas County DAS; weapons must be removed to a remote location prior to the defendant’s release," he added.

"It is my understanding the court approved a friend of the family to be responsible for removal of firearms and alcohol from the defendant’s residence. The family friend...removed approximately 66 firearms (and) alcohol. The weapons were stored off the defendant’s property. The family friend...contacted the Department of Alternative Sentencing and notified one of my officers of the circumstances of the removal of the firearms and alcohol.

"Two officers...conducted a search of the residence and did not locate any additional firearms or any alcohol or controlled substances," Beam noted.

A 911 call on Dec. 7, probably from Pendleton, reported a dead body in the Gardnerville cemetery. A deputy instead found Pendleton pointing a loaded shotgun at him. The deputy killed Mr. Pendleton 10 feet from the Pendleton family plot where his own gravestone was already engraved with everything but the year of death.

Authorities are trying to determine how Pendleton obtained the shotgun.

Could he have at least been red-flagged in our limited system of background checks for legal firearms sales?

Apparently not.

Convicted of no crime, he was bailed out on pre-trial release. Despite his record of wacko behavior, he could have purchased a firearm despite Judge Perkins' order. There was apparently nothing mandating Mr. Pendleton's inclusion in the FBI national database which may have prevented him from buying guns from licensed dealers.

Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson checked off a general laundry list of potential stumbling blocks including the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and confidentiality laws shielding the mentally disabled and concealed weapon permit holders.

An online ad for concealed-carry consultants accompanied Gardner's story.

It looks like the troubled Pendleton committed what's flippantly known as suicide by cop.

Mental illness is often inflicted upon the true victims of suicide: those who must live in the aftermath, from police officers to family members to railroad engineers.

If someone sane or insane is intent on shooting you, the odds are against you. Even guns aren't much of a defense. You are the most likely person to get shot with your own firearm.

From what the DA told me, the instruction manual with the do's-and-don'ts of posting to the federal firearms database apparently makes your average bible look thin. It's thus perhaps most useful as a physical shield from bullets.

May Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton rest in peace and may the responding officer live in peace.

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Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first 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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Economist: This is a true depression
Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011

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Nevada Press Assn. annual award winners announced.
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place for third year in a row.

The winning entries:

Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck
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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


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

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

...and more ammo

The plight of the paper pushers
The great recession made bashing public workers a national sport
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Bury the Bad News with Rose-colored Reporting
How urgent can economic troubles be if leaders say things are getting better?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Fact-free nation: Inside the lie machine
Mother Jones Magazine May-June 2011 / Cover story and in-depth analysis

Bill Moyers: Welcome to the Plutocracy
Money fights hard and it fights dirty
Speech delivered at Boston University on 29 Oct. 2010
Part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series

Barbwire Corporate Welfare Archive

From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP

BP/ARCO: The greasy root of our evils

Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 9-10-2006

The awful truth — Read it and weep, fellow suckers

Labor Day 2009: Rise of the Vampire Corpobots
Expanded from the 9-6-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

Angry Americans and Freudian fraud
Using war to market cigarettes
from the 8-23-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

BARBWIRE Nevada Corporate Welfare Archive

Propaganda fuels gasoline price fixing
Barbwire 8-14-2005

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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

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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.

      BARBWIRE: Labor Day '94: People vs. corporate con job, 9-4-94
Chilling forecasts from Alex Carey

      BARBWIRE: The Nevada Republican Party Becomes Communist, 3-30-97
A prescient Plato on the dangers of oligarchy

The sands of time do not cloud the long memories of the sheiks of Araby
Barbwire 9-10-2006

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Andrew Barbano is a 43-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 first 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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