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[[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to labor in particular and seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Copyright © 2007-2015 Dennis Myers. More Myers.]]

Je Suis Charlie

César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno

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Open season on law-breaking dangerous drones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-29-2015 Sparks Tribune, Updated 12-30-2015

Hunka Hunka Bernie Love
Bernie with Barbano and Nevada union sisters and brothers
"I've still got my Bernie '16 bumper sticker in my office window" — Andrew Barbano / CWA 9413

SOLIDARITY FOREVER Communications Workers of America members and their families from throughout northern Nevada pose with Sen. Sanders after his speech. NevadaLabor.com editor Andrew Barbano, far right, holds up his copy of the Dec. 3, 2015, edition of Rolling Stone with Sen. Sanders on the cover. The senator signed it immediately after the photo-op. Primo!

UPDATE 10-23-2022: Sen. Sanders has returned to Nevada to campaign for the great issues many times since the above photo was taken.

Sanders promises penalties for state corporate welfare

Sparks, Nev. (U-News) [Copyright © 2015 NevadaLabor.com] 4:55 p.m. PST 12-27-2015, 00:55 GMT 12-28-2015 — Campaigning in northwestern Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Northern Nevada Labor Temple that he would work to inhibit state vs. state corporate welfare.

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 26/AFL-CIO Business Development Director Rob Benner asked "Senator, I assume you've noticed the 'Fix Tesla First' sign on the wall. Another electric car company, China-owned Faraday, has just received $334 million in tax breaks to come to Nevada. This came almost exactly a year after state government granted Tesla $1.4 billion. What can you do to fix this?"

Sanders understood the problem, stating that "it's not as simple as I will say it, but I would work to see that states lose some portion of federal benefits when they grant huge tax incentives such as you are describing which hurt needed services."

Sanders also said that he would support automatic union recognition if 50 percent plus one worker sign cards saying they want a union.

President Obama promised to support such legislation when he ran in 2008, but the White House never got behind the now long-dead Employee Free Choice Act.

Sanders also opposed a recent proposal to enact a national "right-to-work-for-less" law, adding that if workers get the benefits of a union contract, "they should contribute."

He noted his longtime opposition to treaties such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership which ship jobs to low-wage countries. He added that he knows some Republican senators who have problems with the TPP and it may not pass in this session of Congress.

Sanders advocated for a $15 per hour minimum wage, noting that a working male today makes $700 per year less than he did in 1973, adjusted for inflation. Sanders added that women have also lost ground, especially over the past decade.

NevadaLabor.com Editor Andrew Barbano asked Sen. Sanders if he would support a fix to Obamacare which has put union health plans in jeopardy and is forcing union workers to pay a tax for which they receive nothing. [1]

"Absolutely," Sanders replied.

Sanders answered every question from the audience which ranged from moppets to retirees. One young man noted that since he will be 18 by the general election next year, he will be allowed to participate in Nevada's February caucus. Sen. Sanders noted that Iowa likewise allows youth participation. He added that he's running ahead in New Hampshire, is getting closer in Iowa and if he also does well in Nevada and S. Carolina, victory will be possible.

In the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone, he stated that "Nobody denies, Hillary Clinton least of all, that she is an establishment candidate."

Sanders signed Barbano's Dec. 3 Rolling Stone cover. Hot damn!


[1] 2-19-2020 — Obamacare was passed with an individual mandate that everyone carry insurance. Conservatives went to court calling it unconstitutional. Writing for the 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts found it constitutional under government's power to tax, terming the mandate a tax by another name. President Trump's 2017 trillion-dollar tax break mostly for the wealthy eliminated the mandate, raising cries that without it, Obamacare is again unconstitutional. Some people are never satisfied that they've done enough damage. In the 2-19-2020 candidate debate in Las Vegas, Sen. Sanders said that as president he would never sign a bill that reduced anyone's coverage. He did so as a direct response to Culinary Union pressure not to support Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who both favor "Medicare for All."

Weekend at Bernie's with Eugene McCarthy's grandchildren
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-10-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015


Hope you and yours had Happy High Holly Days

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005

Faraday's fair name befouled in fallow fields of North Vegas
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

FIX TESLA FIRST Unions protest Faraday giveaway
Las Vegas Sun 12-16-2015

"Democrats are pushing for a workforce diversity requirement in the legislation, looking at the way that Faraday’s workforce can represent and benefit the diverse population in North Las Vegas," the Sun reports.

BREAKING NEWS 3:00 p.m. PST 12-17-2015: Republicans have introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 1, not yet posted online, to prohibit unions from taking part in the workforce training program included. The Sparks City Council must be advising them. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: 2:49 a.m. PST 12-18-2015: STILL NO AMENDMENT POSTED. Skullduggery be afoot. Beware.

Another corporate welfare special legislative session begins
Building trades unions demonstrate: "Fix Tesla First"
Union workers protest no accountability for promised local jobs at Tesla corporate welfare site. Same old story, different players.
Officials again chant the old used car salesman's mantra: Get 'em in, mislead 'em & get 'em outta here

Outside of the capitol, a handful of protestors from the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada urged lawmakers to “Fix Tesla First.”

“During the Tesla deal, we only got 50% local hire requirement. There was no protection for local business and contractors,” says Rob Benner.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (is) also urging lawmakers to be cautious in drafting provisions for Faraday Future. (A letter stated) in part: "For a non-Nevadan company whose product remains unseen and performance and skills (are) unproven, it is only just and responsible that they adhere to protections to put our people and planet first," PLAN Executive Director Bob Fulkerson wrote.

—Information from KRNV TV-4 12-16-2015


Text of handbill distributed by workers at the legislative building —

What did the citizens in Northern Nevada get for $1.4 billion?

  • 50% local hire requirement. 100% Nevada taxpayer money.
  • Lack of enforcement for required reports
  • A strain on our aging infrastructure
  • More overcrowding in our schools
  • No requirements for local businesses and local contractors
  • No reporting requirements for percentage of local businesses
  • Washoe County taxpayers are faced with raising $819 million to pay for school overcrowding and repair needs.

In September 2014 the State of Nevada entered into the biggest tax giveaway in its history, giving away 1.4 billion dollars to Tesla.

Even though we were promised there would be transparency and oversight, Tesla has been slow to file all of the reports that were required. Storey County has not filed all of the reports required by Senate Bill 1.

Before Nevada enters into another huge tax give away with another electric car manufacturer, tell Governor Sandoval to FIX TESLA FIRST!

This message brought to you by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada

FIX TESLA FIRST Unions protest Faraday giveaway
Las Vegas Sun 12-16-2015

Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
"Shear me in cold winter, a corporate welfare fool."

Nevada legislators flock to special session for Faraday
Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-16-2015

Sometimes, even the moonhowlers get one right
Tesla numbers cast doubt on rosy Faraday projections
Audit shows Tesla project falling far short of 2015 forecasts

Victor Joecks / Nevada Policy Research Institute 12-17-2015
Is the moon full?

Blast from the past
Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride

Barbwire Nevada Corporate Welfare Archive

This is not the America anyone's God blessed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-15-2015 Sparks Tribune

Nevadian hemlock: Cancer, brain damage & anti-education with a twist of racism

12-14-2015: Sparks council allows unlicensed plumbers & electricians

And we didn't even get kissed afterward
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks City Council Special online report 12-14-2015

Don't diminish value of technical education
SAFETY WARNING: Sparks City Council votes Dec. 14 to allow unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Guest editorial from Stan Jones and Andrew Barbano
Reno Gazette-Journal online 12-10-2015 / Print edition 12-14-2015

Listen to radio campaign rallying Sparks workers & citizens
Featuring the voices of Jim McClain, Donna Lewis and Andrew Barbano

NAACP unanimously opposes removal of licensing standards

     WHEREAS the NAACP has always supported the need for an educated workforce,
     AND WHEREAS the City of Sparks is proposing to remove licensing qualification requirements for plumbers and electricians,
     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes passage of Sparks City Council Agenda Item No. 10.2 on its 14 December 2015 agenda, which would remove all such licensing qualification standards.

— Passed unanimously at the 12-10-2015 Reno-Sparks NAACP general membership meeting

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap—again and again
Contact your Sparks councilcritters at (775) 353-2311.
Find ward maps and e-mail addresses at http://cityofsparks.us/city-services/mayorcouncil-and-manager/

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015

On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Want minimum-wage plumbers and electricians building your house?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Machine Gun Michele Fiore wants to shoot Syrian refugees
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 12-8-2015


Las Vegas luvs El Jefe Donaldo

Trump hotel workers in Las Vegas and elsewhere unionize
Culinary Local 226 / 12-7-2015

Trump can stay at his own unionized hotel when he debates in Las Vegas next week
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 12-7-2015

Donkeyites luv The Donald, too

What a guy.


Poor Denny's Almanac for Dec. 6, 2015

On this date in 1648, in London, troops raised during the civil war in effect staged a military coup d’etat by blocking access to Parliament to most of its members, allowing only 75 inside, who then ruled as the rump Parliament, breaking off postwar negotiations with Charles I and trying him for treason; in 1864 in his state of the union report, President Lincoln mentioned Nevada three times—as the newly admitted state, as part of the upcoming route of the transcontinental railroad, and as a source of more bodies and resources if the war wore on; in 1918 with the world war ended, the U.S. Department of War (now cynically called the Department of Defense) abolished torture and other brutal treatment of U.S. military prisoners (U.S. conscientious objectors had been manacled against prison walls and at least two religious objectors died in prison); in 1935, meat cutters in Boulder City and Las Vegas formed a union; in 1944, the U.S. Maritime Commission reported that a new U.S. ship to be named after Virginia City would be dedicated by Mildred Peope of Virginia City; in 1956, the Hungarian water polo team, which was isolated at a mountain training camp above Budapest and then traveled to the Melbourne olympics without learning much about the Hungarian uprising and the Soviet invasion until they reached Australia, defeated the Soviet team in a brutal match that drew blood and prompted police to clear the arena when the crowd became enraged (the Hungarians did not return to their nation, where the uprising was suppressed); in 1963, Harold Gibbons, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa’s executive assistant, and four other Teamster officials resigned in protest against Hoffa’s actions and statements after the assassination of President Kennedy; in 1976, toddler Ian Locklear, a four-year-old with a 160 to 169 intelligence quotient enrolled in a University of South Florida exceptional students program, was running for student body president; in 1989, twenty-five year old Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, entered the École Polytechnique in Montreal and killed fourteen women in just under twenty minutes before killing himself after claiming that he was “fighting feminism”, an event that is commemorated annually in Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women; in 1992, Seymour Hersh reported in The New Yorker that White House tapes indicated that after the attempted assassination of George Wallace by Arthur Bremer, President Nixon assigned an operative to travel to Wisconsin and plant McGovern-for-president literature in Bremer’s apartment before the FBI could get there.

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2015 Dennis Myers.]

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015

Poor Denny's Almanac for Dec. 1, 2015

On this date in 1885, the first carbonated soft drink, Dr. Pepper, was introduced; in 1919, Prince Regent Aleksander I Karadjordjevic declared the new state of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes; in 1933, the Civil Works Administration (a New Deal relief agency) turned down funding for two White Pine County road projects; in 1941, Newsweek published a report that Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi leader and architect of the final solution, was born into a Jewish family named Suss; in 1950, PFC Chester Roper, son of Carrie Roper of Reno, was taken prisoner in Korea (he later died in a prison camp) and Air Force pilot Bruce Shawe Jr. of Gardnerville was shot down over north Korea and captured alive to be held prisoner for nearly three years and released after the armistice; in 1955, on the night of Rosa Parks’ arrest, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson stayed up all night mimeographing 35,000 flyers announcing the boycott of the Montgomery bus system; in 1969, with six years of the war still to run, the draft lottery made men born on September 14 whose last names end in J the most likely to be drafted; in 1977 in Sacramento, U.S. District Judge Thomas MacBride asked for more legal research from both sides before he ruled on whether secret meetings between Sierra County officials and Walt Disney officials on Disney’s plan to build a resort at Independence Lake violated the due process rights of county citizens; in 1998, with the anti-trust division of the Clinton administration standing by ineffectually, the Exxon/Mobil merger took effect, recreating the Standard Oil firm broken up in 1911 (Exxon and Mobil were the corporate descendents of most of Standard Oil) and creating the largest commercial firm on the planet.,

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2015 Dennis Myers.]

Happy Thanksgibleting
Love and laughter to you and yours

On November 27, 1914, Boston suffrage leader and labor organizer Margaret Foley said of the successful 1914 Nevada ballot campaign in which she campaigned extensively, “It seems like a dream, a dime novel, a moving picture”—but also said she “wouldn’t go through it again for $1,000,000…”; in 1933, two hundred county officials met in Reno with federal relief administrator for the district Pierce Williams and state labor commissioner William Royle, who briefed them on how to administer 3,000 federally created jobs in the state, which would pay 60 cents an hour; in 1942, the French sank their naval fleet at Toulon to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis; in 1966, billionaire recluse Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas where he remained for four years and the Las Vegas Review-Journal learned of his arrival and reported it (the Las Vegas Sun, which knew in advance of Hughes’ plans to move to Las Vegas but withheld the news from its readers, published an editorial castigating the R/J for violating Hughes’ privacy); in 1968, Steppenwolf by Steppenwolf, which contained the anthem “Born to be Wild”, went gold; in 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in city hall and former supervisor Dan White was arrested for the crime, which came on the heels of the Jonestown mass suicide by members of the People’s Temple that had previously been headquartered in San Francisco; in 2002, U.N. inspectors began a new round of inspections in Iraq that found no weapons of mass destruction, a conclusion George Bush and his administration refused to accept.

The actual first Thanksgiving
December 11 1621 — letter from Edward Winslow to a friend in England, the only known account of the original thanksgiving event:  Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king, Massassoit with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted. And they went out and killed five deer which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our Governor and upon the Captain and others.

On November 26, 1944, with eight months still to run in World War Two, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Brethren churches and several religious organizations opposed the imposition of a peacetime draft (the draft expired at the end of the war, but in 1948 the red-baiting Truman administration used anti-communist hysteria to win approval from Congress of a peacetime draft that lasted until the Nixon administration and made presidential military adventurism easier); in 1956, Merle Travis’ mine worker song “Sixteen Tons” by Ernie Ford, the fastest selling single in history, hit number one on the Billboard chart where it remained for seven weeks; in 1986, One >From the Heart, a Francis Ford Coppola movie filmed in a Las Vegas built in southern California for the film, was released (the movie never recovered its cost and bankrupted Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, becoming one of the legendary failures of motion picture history); in 2006 in post-election “news” coverage after Democrats won congressional majorities on the issue of opposition to the Iraq war, NBC reporter Norah O’Donnell said on-air that “not one military or foreign policy expert” supported withdrawal from Iraq, prompting Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting to produce a list of such experts.

On November 25, 1881, Angelo Roncalli, later John XXIII, was born in Sotto il Monte; in 1916, a month after collapsing during a speech on a western campaign trip against President Wilson and the Democrats, National Women’s Party leader Inez Milholland—known as the woman on the white horse—died of pernicious anemia at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times: “LONG STRUGGLE IS VAIN, MRS. BOISSEVAIN IS DEAD Idol of the Suffragists and One of the Most Beautiful Women in United States Passes Away at the Good Samaritan Hospital After Long Efforts to Prolong Her Life Failed. … Lays Down Life for Women’s Cause.”) [EDITOR'S NOTE: She was the daughter of John Milholland, a newspaper editorialist and a reformer with the NAACP]; in 1942, the Nevada Intercollegiate League voted to have no state high school basketball tournament or track meet in 1943; in 1958 in the story line of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, “Roger Thornhill” (Cary Grant) was framed for a murder that took place in a United Nations lounge; in 1967, “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1972, the Oakland Tribune reported that a federal investigation of Howard Hughes’ Las Vegas operations had begun in the spring of ‘72 and that indictments could be returned by early ’73; in 1986, President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese shocked the nation and stunned Congress by admitting that $10 to $30 millions in profits earned from arms sold to Iran through Israeli agents had been turned over to Nicaraguan rebels; in 1998, the dueling pistols used in the 1859 Broderick/Terry duel (in which former California supreme court justice David Terry killed U.S. Senator David Broderick) were sold at auction for $34,500.

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2015 Dennis Myers.]

On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Want minimum wage plumbers and electricians building your house?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Weekend at Bernie's with Eugene McCarthy's grandchildren
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-10-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015

Last of the dinosaurs: Grease for corporate gears
Reno Gazette-Journal "retires" most experienced journalists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-3-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015

Bigoted Reno Gazette-Journal column debunked
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-29-2015
Reno-Sparks NAACP responds

The Donald and The Church Lady run among us
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-27-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sen. Ruben Kihuen to emcee NAACP 70th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Oct. 24 at Circus Circus-Reno
Speakers and award winners announced

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show

From holy of holies to lair of the moneychangers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Parsing the paranoia of powerful penny-pinchers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-13-2015 Sparks Tribune

Good news, bad news and Machine Gun Michele
Washoe County schools norovirus outbreak spreads
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune

NAACP sets 70th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Oct. 24 at Circus Circus-Reno

NN Central Labor Council president rebuts Reno Gazette-Journal GOP-jaundiced Labor Day coverage
By Mike Pilcher / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial/ Sunday 10-4-2015

Strange bedfellows and nubile wenches
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-29-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show

Worker dies after a construction accident at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-23-2015

9-22-2015 —> Yogi Berra is dead at 90. All America mourns.


Editor, Reno Gazette-Journal:

Two great moralists topped the news last Thursday, September 24. Curiously, neither made the front page (1-A) of your newspaper.

While I enjoyed the huge photo of the young lady with the mohawk haircut stacking motorcycle helmets, you might have found room for at least a postage stamp-sized mention of either Pope Francis or the late Yogi Berra.

I know which one I would have chosen.

Andrew Barbano
Reno, Nevada

Published in the Reno Gazette-Journal 10-1-2015

Pondering the bright side of warmongering
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sacramento mayor and Rheeactionary wife get right-wing millions to fund private schools at taxpayer expense
Who's Funding Kevin Johnson's Secret Government? Sister newspaper of Reno News & Review sued for seeking public information
By Dave McKenna / Deadspin/Gawker Media 9-18-2015

"Why Wait? Citizenship Workshop in Las Vegas Sept. 19
Progressive Groups, Local Attorneys, Labor Organizations, Spanish Language Media and Grassroots Advocates Make Huge Push to Honor Citizenship Day 2015
Culinary Union Local 226 / 9-17-2015

Making it: Do casino jobs provide a way into the middle class?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015

Cheering for cheating when jockocracy rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-15-2015 Sparks Tribune

KID STUFF: The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will hold foster/adoptive parent training in Fallon, Nev., on September 26 and 27 and October 4. Each day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Training sessions will be held in the Lake and Tahoe rooms at Banner Churchill Community Hospital, 801 E. Williams Avenue, Fallon, NV 89406.

Space is limited. For reservations, call Lori Nichols, LSW, 1-888-423-2659
INFO: Angela Delmedico, FM Marketing, Cell: 651.343.3458, Office: 702.706.8250

Better late than never dept.:
The Reno Gazette-Journal confirms Brower retirement 11 days after the Barbwire


Old Glory's red stripes have always represented the blood of America's patriots.

Another lawsuit challenges religious school tax grants
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 9-17-2015

Parents file second lawsuit against Republican education privatization law
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-9-2015

We don't need no education, biblical or not
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act
"This fall, I will introduce a bill in Congress whose sole purpose is to restore and encourage workers' rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions."
The Workplace Democracy Act will help our economy and rebuild the middle class. It will
1. Ensure companies can’t prevent workers from getting a first contract.
2. Make it easier for workers to form unions through a majority sign up process.
3. Strengthen the enforcement when corporations break the law.

Five Ways To Help Labor on Labor Day
Jonathan Cohn / Huffington Post 9-6-2015

Union sisters and brothers: Participate in the Sept. 7 Virginia City Labor Day Parade.
Contact Liz Sorensen at CWA 9413, (775) 322-9413 ASAP.
Participants should meet at the top of the hill at the old school house at 537 South C Street no later than 11:00 a.m.

On 9-3-1937, in his powerful “Labor, like Israel” radio address now included in many collections of U.S. rhetoric, labor leader John L. Lewis denounced politicians who were aided by labor in elections but then supported management in industrial disputes, mentioning Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly, Ohio Governor Martin Davey, and President Franklin Roosevelt (who during the bloody “Little Steel Strike” had said “A curse on both your houses” to employers and the workers who had been brutalized and murdered by management goons). [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac]

Labor Day 2016: Nevada workers' last stand
Barbwire Exclusives: Gansert will run to replace Brower in Nevada Senate
Better late than never dept.: The Reno Gazette-Journal confirmed the above on Sept. 9
Complaint filed against welfare-bashing illegal GOP front petition

Barbwire by Barbano / Uploaded 8-30-2015/ Expanded from the Tuesday 9-1-2015 Sparks Tribune

I Didn't Come From Your Rib You Came From My Vagina
Country wisdom for moonhowlers who salivate to take their country back
A musical reminder to the GOP / Daily Kos 8-20-2015

Anaconjob continues
Mining is The Pits Business often blocks health and safety measures
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-20-2015

Poor Denny's Almanac Aug. 28: Sanitizing MLK

Martin Luther King/August 28 1963: This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

On this date in 1878 in Virginia City, the Territorial Enterprise was collecting contributions for victims of the yellow fever epidemic that was sweeping across the U.S. south, killing tens of thousands and desolating many communities; in 1913, just weeks after taking office as president, Woodrow Wilson — who invaded Mexico incessantly during his presidency — warned U.S. citizens to leave Mexico in preparation for an invasion; in 1936 as former Spanish King Alfonso moved close to the Spanish border, leaders of the fascist forces announced that if they won the civil war, they would set up a military dictatorship allied with the “friendly nations” Germany and Italy that had made their victory possible, followed by reestablishment of Alfonso’s monarchy; in 1944, Paris’s beautiful airport, Le Bourget Airdrome, was in ruins after a German unit made a suicidal stand at the site; in 1953 in a ceremony at the Fifth Street School, three new Carson City schools were dedicated with two Nevada governors in attendence — incumbent Charles Russell and future governor Paul Laxalt, then the school district lawyer; in 1963, African-American labor leader A. Phillip Randolph, who first scheduled his March on Washington for July 1 1941 but cancelled it after President Roosevelt signed an executive order throwing thousands of defense jobs open to previously barred blacks and creating a Fair Employment Practices Committee to enforce it, finally held the March on this day (this time over the objection of President Kennedy), drawing 200,000 to the nation’s capital where the press sanitized the militant posture of many participants and speakers (above); in 1976, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Towell accused U.S. Senator Howard Cannon, D-Nevada. of opposing open meetings in the senate; in 2002, the Washoe County School District settled for $451,000 the lawsuit of teenager Derek Henkle who accused school administrators of failing to protect him from years of physical abuse for being gay; in 2007, California Catholic Daily published an article claiming that Attorney General Jerry Brown had filed a legal brief with the state supreme court that argued that marriage is a “constitutionally insignificant label”, which turned out to be untrue — Brown’s filings did not contain the term.

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Hope one of your detractors attends your funeral
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-25-2015 Sparks Tribune

Workers demonstrate at Las Vegas Trump hotel 8-21
“Want to make America great again? Start here.”

Longtime Nevada union leader Richard Ciesynski dies at 81
Memorial service 1:00 p.m. Friday, 21 Aug. 2015, Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker, Reno NV 89503

I Didn't Come From Your Rib You Came From My Vagina
Country wisdom for moonhowlers who salivate to take their country back
A musical reminder to the GOP / Daily Kos 8-20-2015

Anaconjob continues
Mining is The Pits Business often blocks health and safety measures
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-20-2015

Don't call a lawyer to sue a doctor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-18-2015 Sparks Tribune
DMV lines, voting lines and lines in the sand
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-11-2015 Sparks Tribune

Modest Catherine Cortez Masto Fundraiser set for Aug. 9 in Reno

Barbano promotes Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary March on statewide TV
Sam Shad turns down wager that FOX News debate will not win time period
Wednesday 8-5-2015 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 12 noon PDT
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: Xiaoyu Pu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UNR
Pundits: John Sande, Lobbyist, Argentum Partners
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com
Statewide TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

The light side of prison escape
The Lost Column: Composed 6-9-2015 and refused by major corporate media / Uploaded Wednesday 8-5-2015

JFK and LBJ: The truth about the besieged 1965 Voting Rights Act

Ironic colonics, shameless strumpetry & repo men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-28-2015 Sparks Tribune

Happy birthday, Sen. Joe Neal. Born 7-28-1935, Mounds, Louisiana.

Longtime union leader and former Nevada labor official John Byrne dead at 90
Memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, 25 July 2015, Our Lady of the Snows, 1138 Wright St., Reno NV 89509

Freedom rider Erma Arvilla Rupp Fritchen dies
Memorial service 10:00 a.m. Saturday 25 July 2015, Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way

On July 24, 1963, to avoid the embarrassment of a civil rights march against Las Vegas’ segregated casinos, the Sahara broke the solid phalanx among casinos and agreed to talks with the local NAACP branch headed by Marion Bennett; in 1971, John D. Loudermilk’s Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) by The Raiders hit number one on the Billboard chart and went on to become the biggest selling single in the history of Columbia Records.
[Courtesy of Poor Denny's Almanac]

On this date in in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for due process under the law, was ratified. [PDA]
On this date in 1991, President Bush the Elder signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Stumpin' for Trump
Democrats should join Donald Trump on the bridge to the future and push him off
Andrew Barbano guest editorial / Reno News & Review 7-23-3015

Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

15 July 2015
On this date in 1986,
César Chávez spoke to Nevada workers at the Musicians Union hall in Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit

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School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano announces formation of Democrats for Trump
on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show

Longtime Sparks resident and decorated airman Fidel Sauceda dies

Final confirmation on arrangements for our friend aka "Sauce" or "Feets"
Friday, 10 July 2015
Holy Spirit Church, 355 E. Champlain Drive, Fresno, CA / 559-434-7701
(at the corner of Friant Road and Champlain)
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. viewing / 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Rosary / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Mass
Celebration of Life festivities and Military Service will be at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building will begin at 1:00 p.m.
808 Fourth Street. Clovis, CA 93612
Please call Felicia for food or money for food contribution at: 559-847-7491

DEAR FEET: I will forever treasure the old days of making music with your brothers, our brothers & sisters and the band.

Love and laughter,
Trumpet, VFW Post 8900 Marching Band, 1960-68

Andrew Barbano remembers his old friend Feet in the newspaper of his adopted home town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

All the news you never knew you needed to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Blue text represents substantial expansion from the Tuesday 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

New developments in the Judith Black murder case

Applying Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune

Federal lawsuit aims to declare Nevada minimum wage unconstitutional
Las Vegas Review-Journal 6-24-2015

Life & death tickle the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-23-2015 Sparks Tribune

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 22: Black woman rescues Klansman

On this date in 1883, former Nevada governor John Kinkead’s private secretary George Lyon bought into the Seattle Post and Intelligencer, paying $12,000 for half ownership; in 1911, the Nevada State Journal reported that the establishment of a Mormon colony on 17,000 acres of land in Humboldt County was likely; in 1932, responding to a letter of complaint from the Reno Chamber of Commerce, U.S. interior secretary Ray Wilbur wrote that Nevada was receiving much more than it was providing in the way of educational and other facilities for Boulder Dam project workers; in 1938, two years after Nazi leaders trumpeted Max Schmeling’s defeat of Joe Louis as a triumph of racial supremacy, Louis beat Schmeling in two minutes and four seconds in at a Yankee Stadium rematch, knocking Schmeling down four times in the only round until the referee stopped the fight (Schmeling was not the Aryan champion the Nazis suggested; on Kristallnacht he saved the lives of two Jewish brothers); in 1944, the G.I. Bill of Rights (AKA Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944) became law, a program of government handouts that sent millions to college, fueled a generation of economic prosperity, and turned the United States into a scientific/economic powerhouse; in 1956, Australian government officials insisted that a radioactive cloud from British atomic tests that was drifting over Australia posed no danger to the public; in 1961, Congress extended for the tenth time taxes imposed as a Korean War measure; in 1980, Mohawk-Algonquin Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, was beatified by the Catholic Church; in 1996, during competing rallies in Ann Arbor, Mich., and after a liberal leader urged protesters to “look for people who may be identifying themselves with the other side and deal with them appropriately”, anti-Klan protestors began chasing Confederate flag-wearing Albert McKeel Jr., knocking him to the ground and kicking him, whereupon African-American woman Keisha Thomas threw herself over him to protect him from the angry liberals, producing memorable newspaper photos.

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 19: Medgar Evers laid to rest

Roy Wilkins/Arlington National Cemetery/June 19 1963: "Medgar Evers believed in his country. It now remains to be seen whether his country believes in him."

On this date in 325, the Nicene Creed redefining Jesus as “God from very God” was adopted, a turning point in Christian history (known in one book title as When Jesus Became God); in 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories, including the Territory of Nevada, and unlike the later Emancipation Proclamation, this congressional act actually had legal effect (see below); in 1918, there was hope that the German near-monopoly on potash (a form of potassium carbonate used in the manufacture of glass and soap and as a fertilizer) might be broken by the discovery of a potash field in Dixie Valley, Nevada; in 1936, Max Schmeling, heavyweight champion from 1930 to ’32, came back as a ten to one underdog to beat Joe Louis for the championship, a victory German Nazi officials portrayed as a triumph of racial supremacy; in 1962, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on President Kennedy’s nomination of Nevada Attorney General Roger Foley to be a federal district judge; in 1963, assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers was buried in Arlington National Cemetery; in 1967, Jack Edward Cossins of Henderson, Nevada, died in Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam (panel 22e/row 0100 of the Vietnam wall); in 1970, Mark Crouse of Yerington, Nevada, was wounded in action in Cambodia with a foot injury and shrapnel in the back and arm; in 1982 at Lake Tahoe, Steve Miller began a tour to promote his album Abracadabra; in 2002, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama disclosed information he received as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence to Fox Network reporter Carl Cameron, but although a grand jury was empaneled on the matter, the Bush administration chose not to prosecute.

CHAP. CXI.—An Act to secure Freedom to all Persons within the Territories of the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.
APPROVED, June 19, 1862.

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2007-2015 Dennis Myers.]

Education Dysfunction Part LVI—>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune

The 2015 Nevada Legislature's greatest hits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-9-2015 Sparks Tribune

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 3: From Dens of Iniquity to Holy of Holies

Vatican press statement/June 3d 1963: "He suffers no more."

On this date in 1647, Puritans in the British Parliament outlawed Christmas; in 1825, the United States expropriated all Kansa tribal land (20 million acres/81000 km”) of land), putting the tribe on a reservation and giving their land to whites; in 1864, former California Governor John Bigler, after whom Lake Tahoe was once named, left Virginia City following a visit to use the hot springs at Steamboat south of Reno; in 1906 for the second day in a row, the Nevada State Journal reported on its contention that workers at the little mountain lumber town of Floriston were paying a dollar a month fee for health care and were being given grossly inadequate care by their employers; in 1937, the Las Vegas Typographical Union began an effort to convince businesses to get their printing done in the community and not send it out to Los Angeles or other cities; in 1944, at a London reception, General George Patton called out to General James Gavin, “I’ll see you in the Pas De Calais, Gavin”, which later decoded cables revealed caused the Nazis to assume that the invasion of Europe would come at Calais; in 1955, Barbara Graham, former Tonopah resident who was convicted of murder after the notorious “Bloody Babs” newspaper campaign against her but whose guilt was uncertain, was executed at San Quentin (in an Oscar-winning performance, Susan Hayward portrayed Graham in 1958’s I Want to Live); in 1963, one of the monumental figures of the 20th century, Pope John 23d, died in Rome after a life that included the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Nazis and the beginnings of reconciliation of the Catholic Church with Protestants and Jews (on his fiftieth birthday in 1931, he wrote in his diary that he was “humble and ashamed before the Lord” because he had “achieved very little in half a century of life”); in 1971, Jimmy Hoffa announced he would not run for reelection as president of the Teamsters Union in order to devote full time to his new job as an inmate at Lewisburg federal penitentiary; in 1991, the body of civil rights leader Medgar Evers was exhumed from Arlington National Cemetery and secretly taken to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York for a second autopsy after the results of the first 1963 autopsy could not be located for use in the 1994 trial that convicted Byron De La Beckwith; in 2003, a special session of the Nevada Legislature, the first of two in June, began at Governor Kenny Guinn’s order less than a day after the regular 2003 legislative session ended.

Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
The ghost of Trayvon Martin today hangs heavy over Sparks.
Would killer Wayne Burgarello have been acquitted if he was black?

Barbwire by Barbano / Uncensored full-length edition expanded from the 6-2-2015 Sparks Tribune

June 7 ceremony in Dayton, Nev., honors former slave and Union Army Civil War Soldier Pvt. Scott Carnal, 79th U.S. Colored Infantry,
died 7 June 1917, buried at Dayton Cemetery

2015 LEGISLATIVE END GAME (at least until special sessions start)
Union workers sound the alarm door-to-door in Carson City and Las Vegas May 30

Carson City Walk to Protect the Middle Class
9:00 a.m. PDT Saturday 30 May 2015
Nevada AFL-CIO
602 E. John St.
Carson City, NV 89706

Las Vegas Walk to Protect the Middle Class
9:00 a.m. PDT Saturday 30 May 2015
Silver Springs Park
1950 Silver Springs Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89074

Info: aflcionevada@gmail.com

Union cabbies plan mass Las Vegas Strip stoppage/demonstration May 29
Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-28-2015

Gomorrah South casino mogul castrates First Amendment in Nevada
Lawmakers bend over to make it easier for Steve Wynn to file frivolous lawsuits that can stifle and bankrupt any critic
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 5-28-2015

26 May 2015: On this date in 2012, Travus T. Hipp was laid to rest in Silver City, Nevada

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

BREAKING NEWS 10-24-2014: Travus and Lynne Hughes' longtime home, the old church in Silver City, has burned to the ground with the loss of one life. Say a prayer and treasure the memories. Sean Laughlin promises to rebuild. Victims were Travus' first wife, Sandra, and her dog.

The Bullfrog Times-Picayune
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

Love ain't free: Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine
(CD available)

Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune

Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune

Postal Workers National Day of Action
Thursday 5-14-2015

BLAST FROM THE PAST —> FED UP AT THE FEDERAL BUILDING (9-27-2011) —> More than 200 postal workers and members of other unions demonstrated at the Bruce Thompson Federal Building in Reno in favor of passage of HR 1351, which would remove the funding drain now threatening the United States Postal Service. The federal courthouse may be seen in the window reflections of the auto in the foreground. Keeping up the heat Demonstrations were also held on 14 Nov. 2014 and 24 March 2013. (NevadaLabor.com photo)

Contract expires May 20, 2015, amid a bogus financial crisis, part of a scheme to privatize the system when USPS already delivers 30 percent of United Parcel Service packages because the postal service can already do it for less.
Nevada demonstrations
Reno: Vassar Street Main Post Office
12 noon-4:00 p.m. PDT
Contact: Paul Maille; (775) 846-6982 <pm857@att.net>
Carson City: Main Post Office 
Contact: Dave Storie or Estella Morgan <davestorie@netzero.net>
Indian Springs: 185 North Highway 95
12 noon-1:00 p.m. PDT
Contact: Al Weyen; (702) 879-3289
Las Vegas:
Main Post Office
Contact: Chris Washington; (702) 439-8587 <ctwash007@gmail.com>
Meadow Mesa Station
Contact: Robert Van Buskirk <vanbuskirk@aol.com>
National news and updates

Hotplates, hotheads, hot rumors and hot Moose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-12-2015 Sparks Tribune

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Poor Denny's Almanac for 5-5-2015

On this date in 1568 aided by an orphan, Mary, Queen of Scots, broke out of Loch Leven Castle where she had been imprisoned by Scottish nobles, reached shore (the castle is on an island), stole a horse, and made good her escape; in 1862 four thousand Mexican soldiers defeated a French and collaborationist Mexican army of 8,000 at La Puebla de los Ángeles, Mexico, showing the nation’s ability to defend its sovereignty against an army feared throughout Europe, a notable victory that for some reason has become widely celebrated in the United States (Mexican independence day is September 16 1810); in 1866 the second of three enlargements of Nevada’s original territory occurred when 18,325 square miles were detached from the Territory of Utah and added to the State of Nevada; in 1867 reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) was born in Burrell Township, Pennsylvania; in 1919 Clark County commissioners limited the operation of a car ferry over the Virgin River to daylight hours; in 1930 the Literary Digest was doing one of its post card polls, this one of nine cities around the U.S. on alcohol prohibition, and the tally so far showed 727 Renoites favoring repeal, another 328 supporting modification of prohibition, and 218 supporting full enforcement of prohibition; in 1945 a mother and five children were killed in Oregon by a bomb from a Japanese balloon, the only fatalities on the mainland U.S. in the war from Japanese attack (though another such balloon knocked out power to the Hanford Engineering facility in Washington, causing the failure of the cooling system for a nuclear reactor and delaying the Manhattan project); in 1969 Creedence released “Bad Moon Rising”; in 1970 Lloyd Willner Jackson, a 22 year old Native American from Austin, Nevada, died in Thua Thien province, Vietnam (panel 11w line 124 of the Vietnam wall); in 1970 one day after Kent State, University of Nevada officials decided not to cancel an already scheduled ROTC ceremonial inspection on the Reno campus, thus guaranteeing that the military event and campus protests against the invasion of Cambodia and the deaths at Kent State would collide, as they did; in 2012 at Barrio Logan, the Navy cargo ship U.S.N.S. Cesar Chavez was christened.

MayDay! The bright side of riots in the streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-5-2015 Sparks Tribune

In the Uber-Nevada Legislature, words can kill
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-28-2015 Sparks Tribune

80 percent of success is showing up—> So show up!

Tesla rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

Radiation Nation:
Gomorrah South bakes in the glow of victory

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

Road construction worker Ron Raiche Jr. of Battle Mountain, Laborers' Local 169 member, dies on I-80 East
By Dylan Woolf Harris / Elko Daily Free Press 3-31-2015

César Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga
Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015

Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano: GOP strategy to cripple labor, then gerrymander Nevada control thru at least 2022
By Cole Stangler / International Business Times 3-25-2015

High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable"

Searching for the right words to say?
All suggestions welcome .

Draw me a picture of tasing my brains out.

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

"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session." — Judge Gideon J. Tucker, 1866 (often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain).

—> Nevada workers will demonstrate in front of the Cartoon City capitol and in the wildes of Las Vegas from 9:00-3:00 p.m. PDT Thursday March 12. Stay tuned.

Barbano to legislative committee: Let Tesla, Switch and Apple help pay for police officer video cameras

Clinging to the Ledge: guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-3-2015 Sparks Tribune

We don't need no stinking wages!
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online edition 2-26-2015

The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

UPDATE 3:38 p.m. PST / 23:38 GMT — Breaking News Hot Tip: Defrocked Washoe Super Pedro Martinez is a finalist for Boston, Mass., school boss. Aaaargh! What does this mean for Gov. Veto El Obtusè's plan for Pedro to become the savior of all Nevada's struggling schools? Are we about to lose the new messiah? That should jinx any potential Patriots Super Bowl repeat.
Say it ain't so!
At least it will get him the hell outta here.

"It occurs to me that the fools might think this is retired Boston Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez. Makes as much sense as can be found in Reno," said citizen watchdog Sam Dehne. "Sandoval's highly paid pal education czar Erkeeyaga (State. Supt. Dale Erquiaga) says that Pedro's job here was only going to be for a few months, up to June, 2015," Dehne added.

BARBWIRE UPDATE 4:10 p.m. PST / 00:10 2-20 GMT — Yeah, they modified that after the rape of the state speech, adding that Pedro would be paid by private funds, especially from the Eli Broad Foundation, which opposes public education. Pedro and his predecessor, Heath Morrison, are Broad Academy grads.

From a Barbwire Confidential subscriber —> Dear Andy: I am imagining, without any foundation, that Sandoval et al. trumped up this job for Pedro so that he could be employed while he applies for jobs and tries to get out. Being unemployed looks bad. I am just guessing.

BARBWIRE: Makes ultimate sense to me. I once did the same for a buddy several decades back.

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BARBWIRE We Don't Need No Education Archive

U-News Exclusive


Student Josh Turner gets hosed and loses his shoes
He does not appear happy.
Guns and parents and kids. Most of the hazmat teams in the region responded.
A memorable day at the office
Photos courtesy of parent Joe Turner

UPDATE 3:28 p.m. PST / 23:28 GMT — Maddie Turner reports that since some mercury was spilled on a school bus, all Winnemucca schools will be closed Friday. [UPDATE: The closure was extended thru Monday, Feb. 23.]

Some students are probably jumping for joy for a second three-day weekend in a row.

—> Ah, to be younger, dumber, foolisher and slimmer once again.

RESPONSE FROM THE HUMBOLDT SUN: It was a mercury spill — one of the students brought some in a salt shaker, reportedly.

Several kids played with it; it was spilled in a few spots throughout the school and some students walked through it.

As a precaution, all of the kids are being decontaminated and some of them are having their shoes confiscated due to contamination.

All emergency personnel are quite busy, but we are updating our website and facebook page as we get information. (2:12 p.m. PST / 22:12 GMT)

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00 or 2:00 p.m. PST / 22:00 GMT

To: news@frontpage.reno.nv.us
From: Andrew Barbano <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: Hazmat evac/decon at Winnemucca Junior HS
Cc: nevadapc@yahoo.com (Maddeline & Joe Turner)

Dear News Types:

Because big AT&T in the sky regularly defaults to my talk line number when someone asks for Reno TV, I just got a call from a Lowry High School student named Maddeline Turner.

Her brother attends Winnemucca Jr. High and she says the school was evacuated due to a hazmat situation about one hour ago.

She gave me the phone numbers of the Humboldt County Sheriff's office (775-623-6429), which refused to make any comment.

I asked for a PIO. The receptionist then placed me on ignore until the phone system hung up on me.

I tried the number Ms. Turner gave me for the school (775-623-8120). First time busy, second time voicemail.

I hit zero for operator. Got voicemail, box full. Hit another extension, voicemail full.

I called Ms. Turner who said the school is swamped.

Maddeline's father and mother, Joe and Leslie, are onsite.

Mr. Turner's cel is 775-389-9202. He is shooting video and wants the story out.

"Most of the first responders in the surrounding counties are here," Joe Turner tells me.

All students are going thru decontamination, including his son, Josh Turner. (At right.)

Sounds like a story in which you might be interested.

I'll keep you posted from here.

Feel free to do the same.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano

775-882-TALK (882-8255)

CWA 9413/AFL-CIO   

Parsing our parsimonious public pursers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

Moms Demand Action against campus carry bill

Reno Letter to the Editor Party- Say No to Campus Carry
When: Feb. 17th @ 5:30 PM
Where: PLAN Office, 821 Riverside Dr, Reno
**Bring a laptop if you can, but writing materials will be provided**

Carson City Letter to the Editor Party- Say No to Campus Carry
When: Feb. 18th @ 6 PM
Where: Carson City Democrats HQ, 502 E. John St, Carson City
**Bring a laptop if you can, but writing materials will be provided**

ASUN Hearing on Campus Carry Resolution
When: Feb. 18th @ 5:30 PM
Where: Rita Laden Senate Chambers in Joe Crowley Student Union, UNR
**ASUN has drafted a resolution against campus carry and they will vote if they want to follow through with it and publicly come out against campus carry. There will be room for public comment at the beginning and we would like to have people there to speak in support of the resolution**

Grassroots Lobby Days
When: February 22nd @ TBA
Where: Carson City
**Presenting petitions, photo petitions, and statements to legislators against campus carry. We will be setting up carpools for this event**

Ananda Tomas






















Washoe school boss addresses NAACP (2-12-2015)

We don't need no stinking wages!

UPDATE 2-12-2015 — At the request of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 525/AFL-CIO, the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO has authorized strike sanction "against Service Plumbing at the convention centers for violation of area standards." Given that the offices of the Nevada Labor Commissioner and Attorney General routinely fail to enforce Nevada labor law, we wish them best of luck. Stay tuned.

The flush of victory and the irony of deceit
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-10-2015 Sparks Tribune

Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
The last bastion of local hire comes under fire
By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-4-2015

Follytix, Foxcatchers and corporate weasels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-3-2015 Sparks Tribune

Machine Gun Michele and cheap Ma Bell
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-27-2015 Sparks Tribune

The South Rises Again. Does Ira Hansen know about this?
3 states make MLK holiday a co-celebration honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Shaun King / Daily KOS 1-22-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LIII—>
Gov. Veto El Obtusè talks some trash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Poor Denny's Almanac for Jan. 19: Lord of War

On this date in 1747, Johann Bode, author of Bode’s Law on the empirical relationship of the mean distances between the planets and the sun, was born in Hamburg; in 1886, U.S. Representative William Woodburn of Nevada placed in President Cleveland’s hands a plea from the Citizens Mint Committee that the branch mint in Carson City be reopened; in 1920, residents of Burke’s addition and other parts of Reno, represented by Patrick McCarran, won an order from the Nevada Supreme Court to the Public Service Commission and Reno Traction Company halting abandonment and removal of city trolley lines pending a January 28 hearing; in 1939 in a reported drunken stupor, Nelson Eddy married Ann Franklin in Las Vegas, prompting Eddy’s supposed true love Jeanette McDonald to take to her bed; in 1943, as drummer Gene Krupa left the stage of the Golden Gate theatre in San Francisco after leading his orchestra in a 45-minute concert, he was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor by allegedly sending a teenager to pick up some marijuana for him (Krupa was convicted but the conviction was overturned on appeal); in 1953, three months after his arraignment in Las Vegas on New York-based charges of forgery and conspiracy, organized crime figure Joseph Stacher got a judge in tiny Ely to grant him a permanent writ of habeas corpus that prevented Stacher’s extradition from Nevada to New York; in 1963, President Kennedy refused to participate in a cold war peace summit with Premier Khrushchev (Khrushchev had agreed) because Pope John XXIII was the go-between and Kennedy feared the public reaction to the first Catholic president working with a pope; in 1975, painter Thomas Hart Benton died; in 1985, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA reached number nine on the music charts; in 1998, after Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of boxing promoter Don King, he called Jack Lemmon to the stage and gave Lemmon his award, saying, “I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I’d like to give this to you. ... Jack has given so much to the world. . . . I’m a better man by watching his work.” (Lemmon tried to return the statuette to Rhames, who refused it, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globes, arranged to have a second award statuette sent to Rhames); in 2001, Belgium announced the decriminalization of marijuana.

Poor Denny's Almanac for Jan. 18: Goose and Gander

On this date in 1883, Nevada’s Roop County was abolished and attached to Washoe County; in 1903, the following appeared in Reno's Nevada State Journal: “From the Arcade Champion Bootblack his friends and the public: Some negroes and dagoes are advertising my stand as ‘unfair’ for the simple reason that I am a white American citizen, and born on the soil and do not associate or affiliate with that class, and desire to accommodate and please my patrons. Because the barber shop bootblacks are compelled to close Sundays is no reason why I should be compelled to. If my health permitted and I was able, I would sooner shovel sand than be a bootblack, but I must make an honest living and trust and hope that my friends and the public at large will assist me in so doing as they have in the past. Wm. M. Trieb.”; in 1935, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Boulder City Journal jointly began publication of a magazine insert, Five Star Weekly; in 1943, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began; in 1958, a group of Lumbee tribe members, irritated by cross burnings and other white race problems, put participants in a Maxton, North Carolina, Ku Klux Klan rally to flight; in 1964, plans for a World Trade Center in New York City were announced; in 1969, Vanessa Gower Coates was born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno; in 1972, location shooting began on Ulzana’s Raid, filmed in Arizona and Nevada; in 1985, the United States, which had turned to the World Court in 1979 to hear its case against Iran for the taking of the Tehran embassy, walked out of the Court and refused to recognize its jurisdiction when a case was brought against the United States for its efforts to overthrow the Nicaraguan government (the court ruled against the United States and ordered it to pay financial reparations, which are still unpaid); in 1990, six and a half years after the first arrest, after 28 months of trial and years of lurid news coverage, and at a cost of more than $15 million, the McMartin child sexual abuse trial ended in an acquittal for the defendants; in 2003, several hundred people filled Reno’s Manzanita Bowl hillside to protest George Bush’s impending invasion of Iraq.

Poor Denny's Almanac
for Jan. 17, 2015: Imperial America

On this date in 1893, the U.S. Navy, acting on orders of sugar planters led by Sanford Dole, invaded the Kingdom of Hawaii, overthrew Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani, and installed Dole as head of a new government (the U.S. went through several years of wringing its hands and condemning the planters’ provisional government but never doing anything to reverse the events of 1893, and on July 4 1898 Congress approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Francis Newlands of Nevada “legally” seizing the islands; on November 23d 1993, the U.S. Congress enacted Public Law 103-150, a formal apology to Hawaii for U.S. conduct and its impact on the health, economy and culture of Hawaiians); in 1920 at 12:04 a.m., a Brooklyn café owner was arrested for selling a glass of brandy as alcohol prohibition began; in 1920, the ownership of huge stocks of alcohol around the nation (1,300,000 gallons of whisky in San Francisco alone) came into question, with one prohibition official opining that it all belonged to the government; in 1929, Popeye made his first appearance in the comic strip “Thimble Theatre”; in 1945, diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who had saved 20,000 Jews from the death camps, was arrested by Soviet agents and never seen again; in 1953, in order to make a living after he was effectively blacklisted in journalism, renowned reporter I.F. Stone began publishing the legendary newsletter I.F. Stone’s Weekly, which went on to break numerous stories (Stone was the only reporter to question Lyndon Johnson’s account of the Tonkin Gulf incident and exposed an Eisenhower administration lie about the detectability of a Nevada atomic test), with its 1953-1967 work product being named in 1999 as number 16 on the 100 best works of journalism of the century (the Weekly closed down in 1971 after Stone developed chest pains, whereupon he went back to the University of Pennsylvania—he had dropped out in the 1920s—and took a degree in classical languages, learning ancient Greek so he could write a book about The Trial of Socrates, which was published in 1988); in 1961 in his “farewell” speech, outgoing President Eisenhower warned of “unwarranted influence” of military and industry (see excerpt below); in 1966, Foreign Service officer Douglas Ramsey of Boulder City, an aide to Col. John Paul Vann, was captured by the National Liberation Front and held until February 1973, reportedly the longest held NLF prisoner of the Vietnam war; in 1981, forty U.S. citizens residing in Nicaragua occupied the U.S. embassy in Managua to protest renewed Reagan administration military aid to neighboring El Salvador and the ambassador and staff of the Salvadoran embassy in Managua resigned to join the anti-government resistance in their nation; in 1991, U.S. Navy pilot Michael Speicher was shot down over west-central Iraq, believed to be the first casualty of the first U.S. war against Iraq (18 years later, Bedouins led U.S. troops to Speicher’s burial plot, saying he was dead when found, disproving MIA/POW activists who believed he was captured alive and imprisoned).

President Eisenhower/January 17 1961: Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research—these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we which to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs—balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between action of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration...

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist…

In memoriam
Longtime LV Assemblymember Jerry Claborn dies
The former Las Vegas Democratic Assemblymember and strong union man's memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. Wish he were in Carson City today.

January 16, 1959, brought the births of Debra Joyce Donlevy/Carson High '77 (1959-1978) and Donna Leslie Cline (1959-1999). Their youth was cut in twain on the same night in 1978 within the loneliness of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream. Remember them fondly.

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James Brown: I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang “Old Blind Barnabus” together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother.

John Lennon: You know, you went to see those movies with Elvis, when we were still in Liverpool, and they’d all scream when he came on the screen. So we thought, “That’s a good job.”

On this date in 1815, the battle of Chalmette Plantation, also known as the Battle of New Orleans, was fought between U.S. and British forces (with a sizable contingent of African Americans troops) to a victory for the U.S., though it failed to win the war for the U.S., and the British troops departed by ship for Biloxi where they captured Fort Bowyer on February 12 (contrary to popular myth, the war was not over when the New Orleans battle was fought — the Treaty of Ghent specifically provided that the war continue until the treaty was approved by both governments and the U.S. had not done so); in 1890, temperatures in Reno fell to minus-16 degrees; in 1921, after conferences between Governor Boyle and local alcohol prohibition officials, there were reports that the state would shift enforcement from the state police to local police because the state fund for the purpose had become depleted; in 1931, at the behest of Boulder Dam contractors who did not want to hire workers in a town where alcohol was allowed, a 30-person force of California federal alcohol prohibition agents swept into Las Vegas late at night, arresting at least 20 people and padlocking speakeasies; in 1935, Jesse Garon and Elvis Aron Presley were born in Tupelo, Mississippi, only Elvis surviving alive; in 1941, as part of his effort to destroy the commercial prospects of Citizen Kane, William Randolph Hearst forbade all his newspapers from accepting movie ads for it; in 1954 Las Vegas Sun publisher Hank Greenspun wrote in his column, “Joe McCarthy has to come to a violent end...Destroy people and they in turn will destroy you”, prose the Eisenhower administration used to indict Greenspun for using the mails to incite the assassination of McCarthy; in 1960, movie character actor Hoot Gibson, who served as a “greeter” at a Las Vegas casino, underwent surgery after being transferred to a Woodland Hills, California hospital from Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital; in 1966, Rubber Soul hit number one on the album charts; in 1992, President Bush pere shared his dinner with the Japanese prime minister (I was overnighting in London on my way back from Spain and was jolted by newsstand banners reading “BUSH COLLAPSES”); in 1999, The New York Times reported falsely that Iraq had expelled weapons inspectors, the first of seven times during the year it repeated the lie, only one of which was corrected by the newspaper (the weapons inspectors actually fled Iraq because of a spy scandal — the U.S. had planted an agent among the inspectors—and because of an impending bombing attack by the Clinton administration during the Clinton impeachment).

Huey Lewis: Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis’s keep getting better and better.

Joe Cocker: Elvis is the greatest blues singer in the world today.


Division of Child and Family Services Holds Foster/Adoptive Parent Training in Carson City Beginning Jan. 17
Foster parents needed in Nevada’s Rural Regions

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will hold foster/adoptive parent training on Jan. 17, Jan.18 and Jan. 24 in Carson City.  Each day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Training sessions will be held at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Valley View Room, 3rd Floor, at 1600 Medical Parkway, Carson City, NV  89703 (lunch and snacks will be provided, courtesy of Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center). 

The training curriculum utilized is P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) and consists of nine three-hour sessions designed to educate and equip applicants to provide foster and/or adoptive care to children in the child welfare system. 

Sessions 1 – 3 address Connecting with PRIDE, Teamwork Toward Permanence, and Meeting Developmental Needs in Regards to Attachment.

Sessions 4 – 6 address Meeting Developmental Needs in Regards to Loss, Strengthening Family Relationships, and Meeting Developmental Needs in Regards to Discipline. 

The training concludes with Sessions 7 – 9, Continuing Family Relationships, Planning for Change, and Taking PRIDE – Making an Informed Decision.

“Training sessions help prepare interested foster/adoptive caregivers with the information they’ll need to become successful parents. The training addresses many of the unique challenges they may face, and helps them decide whether they’re ready to get started in becoming a licensed foster parent,” said Lori Nichols, licensed social worker and recruiter at Division of Child and Family Services.

Foster and adoptive care needs arise when the safety and protection of a child is not met by their parents or caregiver. If relatives cannot be located for a child who needs out-of-home placement services, DCFS helps by arranging foster care placement. The removal of a child from his or her natural environment is taken only as a last resort, as part of the overall continuum of services provided by DCFS.

Foster parents are required to attend a pre-service training prior to obtaining a license. A foster family must meet all minimum licensing standards as established by Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 424.

FBI background checks are conducted on all applicants and residents 18 years of age or older living in the home. After the initial license is issued, resource families must complete four hours of advanced training per year in order to keep the license current. Licenses are renewed annually to assure an acceptable level of care is maintained by the foster parents and an on-site visit to the home is made for each renewal license issued.

For more information or to register for the foster/adoptive parent training, please call Lori Nichols, LSW, Division of Child and Family Services Foster Care Recruitment Director at 888-423-2659 or visit http://www.dcfs.state.nv.us.

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