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LOVE HURTS: Michele Fiore says she wants to shoot Syrian refugees
Las Vegas Sun / 12-7-2015

The Moonhowler Love Song

    Thought you were a friend of mine
Thought you were my buddy
    I found out a short while ago
Your thoughts were dark and muddy

    You scare me half to death my friend
with the things you say and do
    So I'm goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

    Hey! Goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

    Easy come, easy go
Some call me Easy Money
    Sometimes life is full of laughs
Sometimes it ain't funny

    You may think that I'm a fool
and sometimes that is true
    But I'm goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

    Hey! Goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

    Some can dance, some can sing
Some can play the fiddle
    I've been left, I've been right
I've been down the middle

    You don't have to see my side
or share my point of view
    Cause I'm goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

    Hey! Goin' to heaven in a flash of fire
with or without you

— Recorded by Hoyt Axton a long time ago
Written by Hoyt Axton (1938-1999) and Catherine Smith

Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 3-12, 3-13, 3-30, 11-16, 12-2 and 12-7-2015

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I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

<—— "She forgot the spurs, the whips AND the chains?"

"If you take your clothes off, it's amazing what will happen." Lady Gaga to David Letterman
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I didn't realize it until I laid eyes on her in the flesh last week.

Assemblymember Michele Fiore, R-Gomorrah South, is the embodiment of the Italian girl my mother always wanted me to marry.

Alas and alack, I was born 30 years too soon.

Blame my parents. I do.

I had only seen photos until I beheld her in the legislative hallway last Tuesday.

The petite blonde looked every bit like the "young hot little girls" she says she wants so desperately to protect by giving them guns to take to school.

She is so militant that I wonder if her father wanted a boy. Her first name is Italian for Michael, whether male or female. I'd be Andrea in the old country.

We have that and so much more in common.

I don't know if she is Italian by conception or connubial conversion, and I don't care.

This is love at first sight.

She sauntered past me wearing an extremely form-fitting little black dress.

The lady says she packs serious heat at all times, even in the legislative building, but she wasn't carrying a purse.

Women often carry guns strapped inside of thighs, but the black dress was so tight that any garter holster would have been easily detected.

Only one place could conceal secret heat.

With the weapon, she's a top-heavy smokin' 45. Minus her concealed carry, she'd still be an NRA-perfect 38.

Either way, she's high caliber material.

I know she can shoot, not a biggie.

But can she cook?

Mama would want to know.

I fantasize seeing her in that little black dress, wearing an apron in a big kitchen cooking pasta.

Ah, que bella.

MICHELE, PART DEUX. Later in the week, Machine Gun Michele testified in favor of Assemblyman Jim Wheeler's Pop Tart gun bill.

Because a kid in another state got busted for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun, the Douglas County cowboy wants to make all Nevada student gun hijinx immune from prosecution.

St. Joan of Fiore to the rescue!

She reportedly showed fellow lawmakers another example, a two-inch gun charm she wears around her neck.

Michele, Eddy Arnold & Harry Reid
Barbwire 3-31-2015


Two inches.

Dr. Freud, call your office.

The romance is in trouble.


Michele Fiore says she wants to shoot Syrian refugees
Las Vegas Sun / 12-7-2015

APOLOGETICS. Copious mea culpas to all my feminist readers for the above sojourn into male chauvinist piggery, but the heart is a lonely and pasta-craving hunter.

   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...
Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose. That's how it goes.
   Everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

¡HAIL CESAR! César Chávez Celebration XIII happens on the great one's birthday, Tuesday, March 31, at Circus Circus Reno. Details at

 I guarantee a good time even without Gov. Veto El Obtúsè.

Maybe he's ticked because I forwarded an e-mail headlined "State Treasurer Resigns and Pleads Guilty to Attempted Extortion."

With all the grief madcap Nevada treasurer Dan Schwartz has been causing him, I thought Gov. Sandoval might enjoy momentary relief — until realizing that the story concerned the treasurer of Pennsylvania.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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65 YEARS OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Read Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers' tour de force about a tour de farce in the Feb. 5 Reno News & Review.

His cover story "No Fair" provides a quick and vicious history lesson about Nevada government failing to take care of its people.

MYERS: Nevadans may well wonder why one of the state’s biggest and most familiar problems could be ignored so assiduously for decades, like an elephant in the room. In the end, the explanation comes down to a rule of thumb for politicians: Offending the affluent comes with consequences. Offending the working poor does not.

He also posits a tax solution which liberals may find quite surprising. (I resemble that remark.)

TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28) on NV Energy smart meter fires.

Welcome aboard.

Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail — 11 October 2012)

FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment —> If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.

In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study.

On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects —> It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.

Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing!

If you can't trust your power company, who can you trust?

DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES?" On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material.

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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)


Andrew Barbano is a 46-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 and and 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 Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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We don't need no stinking wages!
It became necessary to destroy the community in order to save it
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The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
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Parsing our parsimonious public pursers
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The flush of victory and the irony of deceit
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Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
The last bastion of local hire comes under fire
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CAPTION ROULETTE: Please (pardon the pun) feel free to send your additional suggestions

Who was that lady I saw you with last night?
That was no lady, that was...none of your damned business!

But can she cook?

There is very little difference between man and woman— but vive la différence!
  • Why is he wearing a parachute?
  • It's a back and shoulder brace for heavy lifting.
  • Is he going to take a dive?
  • Quite a jump.
  • Gives new meaning to "leap of faith."
  • Searching for the awful truth?
  • Is it real or is it Memorex? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.
  • Only Victoria's Secret knows for sure.
  • Clears up your face and messes up your mind.
  • Searching for the right words to say?
  • I know she hid her .45 someplace in here with her 38's.
  • What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like him?
  • Watch your fingers — those things bite.
  • Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.
  • Let your fingers do the walking.
  • If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
  • Do you know Charlie Sheen?
  • Where's the beef?
  • Mama Mia! That'sa some spicy meat'a ball.
  • I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
  • How do you spell relief?
  • Plop, plop. Fizz fizz. Oh, what a relief it is.
  • It's morning in America.
  • In your heart, you know he's right.
  • Come out, come out — wherever you are.
  • Don't ask. Don't tell.
  • Nobody's going to believe you're my doctor.
  • When you care enough to send the very best.
  • When in the course of human events...
  • In order to form a more perfect union.
  • In order to Maidenform a more perfect union.
  • There's always a catch. Here, lemme show you...
  • I really need to get something off my chest.
  • Y'all want fries with them?

    "If you take your clothes off, it's amazing what will happen."Lady Gaga to David Letterman

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

Dr. Michele's Greatest Ding-Dong Bells: Google at will

  • Cancer is a fungus that can be washed out with salt water. Anybody for an ocean swim? Surf's up for God's own cancer cure.
  • Her campus carry bill (AB148) is not dangerous because alcohol is banned on campus
  • But what if the student bitches ask for it? Well, according to Machine Gun Mama, packing heat will ensure the safety of "hot little girls."*
  • Culinary Union protestors should be shot, especially if they inconvenience Michele's grand entrance to a hotel.
  • Let's shoot the lawmakers who gave Nevada land away to the feds. (Anyone serving in 1864 is dead anyway, so no harm, no foul?)
  • Government welfare queen Cliven Bundy is just a misunderstood patriot.
* "If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head." (New York Times 15 Feb. 2015) Do they get extra points if the person they kill is a union member?

Nevada gun bill hijacks campus rape discussion
Reno Gazette-Journal Editorial 3-11-2015

"Fiore's argument makes the case that if only woman defended themselves better, they would not get raped. This is the definition of victim blaming. Supposing Nevada's bill passes using Fiore's logic, think what this will mean for female students who get raped. It will mean that they will have no one to blame but themselves if they failed to carry a gun with them at all times." (Will Fiore recommend waterproof guns for shower use?)

Breaking Bad 4: Ira and his ammosexuals flip us the finger
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-11-2014

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012
Labor Day: State of the Unions
By Mark Robison / Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 9-1-2013

The above graph was used in journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

...and more ammo...

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

...and more ammo yet

IMF Head Says Inequality Threatens Democracy. Here Are 7 Charts Proving She’s Right.
By Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones/ 5-30-2014
“The behavior of the financial sector has not changed fundamentally…since the crisis.
The industry still prizes short-term profit.”

The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

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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.
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