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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.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016

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"Patient Zero: the person identified as the first carrier of a communicable disease in an outbreak of related cases."


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It's sometimes helpful to identify origins of poxes upon the body politic. Here are four personal pox picks to click.

1. RONALD WILSON REAGAN. To keep a campaign promise, he needed a token female to appoint to the US Supreme Court. Alas, conservative babes proved scarce. He settled on an obscure Arizona local court judge who had gone to law school with morticianly taciturn Justice William Rehnquist.

2. SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR. The first Supreme who had ever been pregnant cut the ovaries out of Roe v. Wade as a warmup.

The party-line 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore was such an imprudent piece of jurisprudence that the blackrobes barred it use as precedent in any other case. Forever.

Sandra and the old men came up with the cockamamie rationalization that continuing to count the votes in Florida was somehow unfair to those whose votes has already been counted.


Please don't try to use your rational mind to make sense of total irrationality. (See below.)

President Dubya the Unelected soon phonied up stories of Iraqi nukes and placed us into a state of perpetual war. The world bleeds.

O'Connor in later years said she regretted that decision. Too little, too late.

3. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON sowed the seeds of her own destruction. Twice.

By caving to the major insurance companies, she spawned opposition that killed HillaryCare in the mid-90s. Obamacare would not have been necessary and her detractors would not have had it to run against.

Their campaigns were made easier by hate radio. It took the Donkeykongs over a decade to figure out what generated all the false rumors, now called fake news, that resulted in the 1980 election of Reagan and converted the senate to GOP.

Answer: Religious radio stations that liberals never monitored. It took the Demolitioncrats a dozen years to figure that out. First Lady Hillary was assigned to create a new liberal broadcast network in response. She likewise failed, thus paving the way for her "surprise" defeat by the Repellicans last year. (A Repellican is a deep-throated descendant of Jim Crow.)

4. DONALD J. TRUMP. Presidential candidate Hillary was handing the public re-runs while the psycho-narcissist was performing a new show every day.

I said last March that a Trump presidency would be a combination of Andrew Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. To that rogues gallery, add Julius Caesar.

He became head of the Colosseum and gained wide acclaim giving bloodthirsty Romans heady entertainment. He then marched north to gather the war cred necessary to supplant democracy with dictatorship.

Trump already has his own Josef Goebbels, a smiling Aryan blonde named Kellyanne.

Propaganda minister Goebbels was once described as having "a high intellectual varnish covering the emotional world of an adolescent."

Sound familiar?

GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT. The venerable Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tents. They should have just announced moving to Mexico. King Donaldo and Prince Pencil would have immediately found them millions in order to trumpet saving U.S. jobs, dirt cheap.

OOPS DEPT. Because I received erroneous info, last week I published the wrong location for one of the MLK weekend events. Both originated at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sparks. We were able to correct it online. Sorry for any confusion.

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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail <> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2017

Happy High Holly Days


Hope you and yours experienced enthralling Thanksgibleting.

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


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, 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.

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 48-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 48-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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