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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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Terrorism in the Nevada outback

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Be well. Raise hell.

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MLK WEEKEND FOR THE RECORD BOOKS. Look for SRO this Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in south Reno, 780 Del Monte Lane, 89511. The annual interfaith service starts at 3:00 p.m. and no matter who's on the program, the stars will be Jayla Tolliver and Taylissa Marriott.

The sisters, both 14, have become national figures with a little help from the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the Barbwire (starting Oct. 18) and the Reno Gazette-Journal (Nov. 19).

Taylissa Marriott, left, and Jayla Tolliver

The African-American youngsters have been living a modern version of the 1955 deep south right here in the fabled Mississippi West.

The Yerington High School students have been subjected to bullying, overt racism and continuing death threats all for the crime of being born with skin the color of café au lait. (That means coffee with milk.)

Despite complaints by the NAACP to Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Yerington's top cop has not been held accountable for illegally shredding police reports. Chief Bull Connor's defense is that hate speech is a First Amendment right kinda like hollering "fire!" in a crowded theater or threatening to kill somebody, which is the legal definition of assault. Which is how the girls continue to be threatened.

At Nevadalabor.com, you will find original Snapchat photos of a teenager armed with guns and a knife captioned "The redneck god of all gods we bout to go nigger huntin". (The Barbwire and the Tribune do not sugarcoat hateful words, leaving them to wither in sunshine, the best disinfectant.)

The father of the Snapchat boy is a former Yerington police officer and now a local athletic coach. Yerington High suspended the kid who posted the photo. That student's father is an active Lyon County Deputy Sheriff. The girls' dad has been threatened with trespassing charges if he shows up at the Yerington HS campus.

Lyon County parents have recently been defending their ill-educated offspring. It gets worse.

"Yerington Mayor George Dini dismissed them as the act of teenagers who meant no harm and were ignorantly unaware of what they were doing," rgj.com reported on Nov. 18. 

“This is a case of some kids acting badly," Dini told reporter Siobhan McAndrew.

Regrettably, that statement has yet to see ink in the Reno paper.

World class civil rights attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper filed federal civil rights litigation last Thursday (no hometown judges and juries allowed).

She also asked the court for a preliminary injunction to protect the family which remains terrorized.

The court filings may be accessed hereinabove, regrettably compelling reading.

UPDATE 12 JAN. 2018 — BACK TO THE FUTURE IN NEO MISSISSIPPI WEST. The Pizen Switch poison proliferates. Taylissa and Jayla were charged by a kid in a truck in a McDonald's parking lot while another kid screamed "nigger! nigger! nigger!" The blackguard driver slammed on his brakes just before he would have hit the girls. They were understandably terrorized anew.
     The hatred has proliferated on anti-social networks (sieg heil!) with demonstrably derelict parents joining in, one shown embracing a confederate flag.
     The Reno-Sparks NAACP has received additional reports of overt racist threats in other parts of Lyon County. None of this would appear beneficial to Yerington/Lyon economic diversification efforts.
     Perhaps a campaign needs to be mounted to persuade Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. CD2, to stop his legislation to hand Lyon County humongous amounts of public land for development purposes.
     No matter what madcap Cliven Bundy and his under-educated secessionists might claim, Nevada's track record with public lands is dismal. At statehood, Congress gave Nevada almost 4,000,000 acres to support our education system. Through corruption and cronyism, almost all has been sold off. Nevada education got a whole $19,000 in a recent two-year period. Only 3,000 acres are left and Silver State public education remains starved.
     "Among small Western states, none has a worse record than Nevada for holding onto its original trust lands. The trust lands held by Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho are all in the millions of acres." (Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review 7-18-2013)
     Lyon County and Yerington are demonstrably retro governments content to go back to the future circa 1955 Alabama. Until they prove they can be responsible stewards of the public trust, Rep. Amodei's land grab should be stopped.

MORE MLK. The 20th Onie Cooper Memorial MLK Highway Caravan forms Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the LDS church, 2955 Rock Blvd. at McCarran, Sparks.

On Monday evening, most PBS stations will air the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro," a film which "envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends." Legendary author Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote "The Fire Next Time" and "Nobody Knows My Name."

KNPB TV-5 in northern Nevada will air the program at 9:00 p.m. PST on Monday, Sept. 15, with reruns as follows: Tuesday 1/16 2:00 a.m. Wednesday 1/17 4:00 a.m. Friday 1/19 12 midnight. Sunday 1/21 12 midnight and 3:00 a.m. All times Pacific Standard.


Check local listings and go tell it on the mountain.

OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT? In 2016 BCT (Before Czar Trumpsky), she said she didn't know enough. Not to worry. This guy has lowered the bar so that anyone who got past third grade is qualified for the job.

PREDICTABLY DESPICABLE. Employing the tactics of the tobacco, oil and sugar lobbies, a bunch of legal drug dealers paid for a Jan. 6 Reno Gazette-Journal full page blaming hospitals and surgeons for the opioid epidemic. Actually, blame Congress for neutering Drug Enforcement Administration authority and President Obama for signing the bill, as "60 Minutes" reported twice last year.

TRUMP UNDER OATH? Grand Inquisitor Robert Mueller won't know what hit him. As the late AFL-CIO leader Lane Kirkland said in Las Vegas about President Reagan in 1984, "The presidency has come a long way, from George Washington who couldn't tell a lie, to Nixon who couldn't tell the truth, to this guy who can't tell the difference."

Déjà vu all over again.

Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.
_______
Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org/ He serves as first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own.
Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988. E-mail <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>

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

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Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-27-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-28-2017
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Fake news Valhalla: Putin, my president and me
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How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news
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  This is important. We've got a lot of work to do.

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, executive 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 NevadaLabor.com and BallotBoxing.US and SenJoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 8th Nevada Press Association award and 5th first-place at the 30 Sept. 2017 NPA annual convention in Carson City. (That trophy and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is the executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us.

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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