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César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016
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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...
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

Be careful what you wish for: Justice is a game
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-10-2016 Sparks Tribune

The indictment of Reno doctor Robert Rand and several others on pill-mill drug charges has dominated local news. Last week, the parents of one his patients filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The family may not recover much.

Thanks to the fraudulent 2004 "doctors are leaving Nevada" media campaign, voters passed an initiative petition capping damages. Worse, the petition mandated that all expenses paid by a victim's insurer be deducted from any award. Most malpractice lawsuits today would thus cost more to pursue than maximum possible recovery. That's why almost all current lawyer advertising solicits only accident cases. Much more at

NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET. Last week, I marveled that Assemblyperson Michele Fiore, R-Gomorrah South, won the endorsement of the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO in her primary bid for congress.


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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.

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That resulted in the umbrella Nevada State AFL-CIO endorsing both Machine Gun Michele and Democrat Jacky Rosen, Sen. Harry Reid's pick to replace incumbent Republican Joe Heck. Gen. Heck is now running for U.S. Senate and thereby hangs two tales.

Organized labor supported an unknown Dr. Heck who beat the anti-union State Sen. Ann O'Connell in the 2004 GOP primary. Four years later with Obama on the ticket, Heck was knocked out by a more suitable Democrat.

The monster labor created came back from the dead in 2010. In the year of the Tea Party, Heck beat first-term Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas Congressional District 3. (She now holds former Rep. Shelly Berkley's super-safe seat in LV CD-1.)

One union leader theorized that labor is replaying Harry Reid vs. Sharron Angle from 2010, trying to get the weakest possible Republican into November against the unknown Rosen.

That's a very dangerous game, even with Fiore's labor endorsement expiring after the June primary. All who know her admit that mercurial Michele is an excellent campaigner.

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

DIOGENES ALERT: "Now I understand that people don't like taxes, but we are at 1992 state government spending levels. That's after the tax reform." So said Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, in a recent debate. Roberson is the favorite to beat Fiore and perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian in next month's CD-3 primary.

Roberson is correct. Only The Barbwire pointed out months ago that Nevada education spending remains flat despite the much-ballyhooed 2015 business tax hikes.

Republican State Controller Ron Knecht, the Nevadan who comes closest to Donald Trump in self-importance, recently wrote that the "alternative budget" he proposed to the legislature last year "would have significantly increased educational spending from prior levels."

He did not present an alternative budget, just a ludicrous three-page letter.

WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE in education has finally been documented. Read journalist Hugh Jackson's report Chartered Cruise on the Las Vegas public radio website, also linked to this column at

HALL OF FAME former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, remains bedridden at Tahoe Pacific South Meadows in the same complex as Renown South Meadows, 10101 Double-R Blvd. (89521)

Send well-wishes and flowers to the longtime Sparks resident or call (775) 326-6148. Nancy Price encourages visits to cheer up the legendary warrior.

Bob Price served almost three decades in the lower house. Bob and Nancy retired to Sparks years ago. He has been a member of Las Vegas IBEW Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century. He helped build the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton which was opened by Elvis Presley in 1969. Bob has the King's autograph on his old lunchbox to prove it. He chaired the Assembly Taxation Committee for many sessions and became legendary for his advocacy on behalf of the little guys.

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

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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS —> TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on threeconsecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) 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, whom can you trust?

Smoking guns: Rooftop solar assassination Energy War Room

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.

UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.

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

Andrew Barbano is a 47-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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Andrew Barbano is a 47-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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