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¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV
Wednesday 29 March 2017
/ Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017

2017 info and highlights from the record-breaking 2016 event at Circus Circus Reno

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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

Positively negative
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-7-2017 Sparks Tribune / Expansions in blue / Updated 3-9 and 3-12-2017

Coherent individuals should not psychoanalyze a narcissist like President Trump because sane persons use themselves as frames of reference. Bad idea.


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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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There is one bit of mass insanity available to pry into that twisted mind: Positive thinking.

Tsar Donaldov Vladimirovitch has stated that one of the formative experiences of his life was a sermon by Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the perennial bestseller "The Power of Positive Thinking." Don't buy the book or the concept.

Read "Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America" by human rights superstar Barbara Ehrenreich. Her 2009 masterpiece details how psychobabble gaga greased the skids for the still-lingering Great Recession.

Positive thinking was pioneered in the 19th Century by the founders of Christian Science, the faith-healing religion. Peale and a plethora of life coaches merely re-packaged. It has proven a godsend for governments and organizations large and small.

It boils down to "wishing will make it so." External forces are meaningless. It's all your attitude. If you get sick, lose your job or go broke, it's your fault. As actor Strother Martin famously stated before his sadistic "Cool Hand Luke" character applied unfriendly persuasion, "you've got to get your mind right."

Positive thinking has made us a blame-the-victim nation, perfect for the likes of morally obtuse presidents. Bush the Lesser banned bad news from security briefings, according to former National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.

What was Trump's answer about with whom he would counsel in a crisis? "First, I would consult with myself."

His mind ain't right.

MURDER MOST FOUL. For further depression, pick up "Piercing the Lion Heart" by lawyers Andy Boles and Ron Hutcherson. It's a chilling play-by-play of the 1979 killing of undercover Reno cop James Hoff by some very stupid young thugs. The memorial to slain peace officers in Reno's Idlewild Park is dedicated to Hoff, who died nearby.

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT UPDATE: Supported by all 11 Democrats plus non-partisan Patricia Farley of Las Vegas and Republican Heidi Seevers Gansert of Reno, the ERA (Senate Joint Resolution 2) passed the senate 13-8 last Tuesday. In two hours(!) of debate, many ancient opposition arguments were unearthed, including that existential threat to the republic (drum roll, please) — co-ed restrooms.

With a power assist from Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, local activists Barbara Stone and Laynette Evans distributed copies of last week's Barbwire to the senate before the vote. Next step: the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, 1:30 p.m. March 7. Two Sparks members sit thereon,
Democrat Skip Daly and Republican Ira Hansen. E-mail the entire committee at <>

HAIL CESAR. ERA leader Janette Dean addressed last year's César Chávez Celebration. Equal justice for all will again be on the menu at César XV the evening of March 29 at Circus Circus Reno. Info and reservations may be accessed via

Last week, the Washoe County School District held another public forum on sex ed. I got a call from a fundamentalist concerned that his children will see dirty pictures and receive contraception instructions. This week, lawmakers are reviewing repeal of religious loopholes allowing employers to ban birth control from company health plans.

The sex hangups of the sexiest state are always entertaining.

Dio benedica l'America.

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.


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THE GOOD DON. Nominations are afoot for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame.
Time to ramp up for world-famous Tribune photographer Don Dondero. Here's the compelling case for his induction.

SMOKING GUNS —> Equal Rights Betrayal
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 3-1, 3-3 and 3-6-2017
Reidless and Rudderless?
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Kate Smith & Lady Gaga
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"By the 1920s, pseudo-scientists and polemicists in the 1920s popularized the notion that Italians were a separate race from Anglo-Americans. 'There’s no doubt those ideas were still around in 1942.' ”

The Gorsuch Nonesuch: Poison Annie's Revenge
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Smoot, smut and stash
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The last question
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Patient Zero Plagues
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Democrats in Margaritaville
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Regressions, Transitions and Predictions
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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.

ANTE INTO THE GAME: Support the new season of Barbwire.TV by putting your money where my mouth is. A thousand thanks to those who keep sending show suggestions.

"Media is the plural of mediocre."
                              — Jimmy Breslin

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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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