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Happy Birthday, Medicare

From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac: On July 30, 1965, after defeating the bitter opposition of the American Medical Association in one of the monumental legislative battles of the 20th century, Medicare was created by Congress.


2014 MAKES A SIX-PACK: BARBWIRE SCORES SIXTH NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD

Words from God on Nevada ballots and Ebola
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-21-2014 Sparks Tribune

Southern Nevada doctors change prescriptions after painkiller reclassification
By Steven Moore / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-20-2014

Judge rules Las Vegas Democratic assembly candidate ineligible but sole valid opponent can still lose
By Ben Botkin / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-16-2014

LV police investigate death of woman after unapproved medical procedure
By Annalise Little / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-14-2014

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Former Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader Jack Jeffrey, D-Las Vegas, dies

True confessions from the back of the bus
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-7-2014 Sparks Tribune

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers
Associated Press 10-7-2014

LVRJ Poll: Hutchison leads Flores for Nevada light-guv
Dead Heats: Teachers' gross profits tax initiative, secretary of state and attorney general races

By Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-2-2014
The newspaper did not disclose who paid for the poll. Longtime reporter Myers also editorialized that the tax initiative is "headed to defeat." The story headline says "margins tax failing." From her own reportage, the poll in question does not support those assertions, showing a statistical dead heat with 23 percent undecided. This underscores the decades-long taxophobic, anti-union bias of the state's largest newspaper.

Why we call it Gomorrah South

Accused pimp held on $1 million bail for almost beating enslaved hooker to death
A Las Vegas pimp accused of beating a prostitute for months until her injuries required an amputation and skin grafts will not have his bail lowered, a judge ruled.
By Mike Blasky / Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-1-2014

Las Vegas hooker's treatment far worse than a dog's
By John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-28-2014

Police: Woman's Vegas 'dream' smashed by sex industry torture
By Mike Blasky / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-25-2014

Nevada Medical Board suspends doctor after drug probe
By Annalise Little / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-26-2014

Longtime Las Vegas MD found guilty of re-using medical equipment
By Jeff German / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-25-2014

Can megaresorts scam Tesla-style freebies?
EXTRA—>READ ALL ABOUT IT: Barbwire scoops Reno Gazette-Journal by 2 years on flammable NVEnergy fire meters
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Newspaper editor grills Washoe superintendent & principals about grad rate critics (aka Reno-Sparks NAACP)
The coming of Tesla's battery factory ensures perpetuation of Nevada's separate and unequal education system
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
TOLJASO DEPT.— >
9-23-2014 CRYSTAL BALL UPDATE: The above column accurately predicted Supt. Martinez's departure one week in advance

Tinkle-down economics: testing Tesla's testes
Theft of Washoe Med/Renown provides cautionary tale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

News Roundup: Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride


School district sex education proposals astonish some Gomorrah South parents
By Trevon Milliard / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-22-2014

Prosecutor: LV doctor endangered patients
By Jeff German / Las Vegas Review-Journal 9-15-2014

Suspended LV Judge Steve Jones signs plea deal in fraud case, may get 2 years
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-8-2014

Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Ex-US Attorney Semenza pleads guilty in tax case
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-28-2014

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Nevada's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
Police militarization barrier to community relations

105 + 285 layoffs at LV public hospital called necessary
Las Vegas Sun / 8-21-2014

Thou shalt not screw with the anointed crown prince
Law firm leak may prove fatal to Adam Laxalt's AG campaign

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review Blog 8-20-2014



DEFENSE LAWYERS CALL FOR REVIEW OF PROSECUTOR RENT PAYMENTS: Prosecutors paying key witnesses’ rent may have derailed justice for years in Clark County criminal cases, Las Vegas defense attorneys fear.
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-20-2014


Study Shows the Madness of States Refusing to Expand Medicaid
Joshua Holland / Bill Moyers.com / 8-14-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS: WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September. Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

The abortion candidate? Single issue threatens to consume Flores candidacy
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-31-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLII—>
We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014 UPDATED

How to assassinate Medicare and Medicaid
Health Savings Accounts: The insurance industry's Trojan Horse

Andrew Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2014

Equal Rights Amendment isn’t nostalgia in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-28-2014

Las Vegas cancer center drops Obamacare patients
Culinary Union is part of cancelled co-op
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-17-2014

Migrant laborers: Your folks and refugee kids
What do broke Baby Boomers and Central American refugee children have in common?
The future of the U.S. workforce.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Veteran Las Vegas lawyer R. Christopher Reade gets prison time in $2.3mm money laundering case
Jeff German / Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-15-2014

Ask Hobby Lobby to take in refugee kids
So five uptight old Catholic guys in grim reaper robes don't like contraception.
Wonder if they thought that way back in college?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

Las Vegas doctor to plead guilty amid broadening probe of pain med prescriptions
Jeff German / Las Vegas Review-Journal / 6-17-2014


Wage action filed: Reno Aceholes, other minor league baseball teams accused of slavery in treatment of players
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-21-2014

Reno Grand Sierra Resort sued for 4,700 employees' back pay

Workers Resist Scofflaw Employers in Wage Theft Capital of the US
Billions stolen from U.S. workers every year
Jordan Melograna / Truthout.org 7-2-2014


60 YEARS AGO
Oliver Brown, et. al., Appellants, vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et. al.
5-17-1954

Reno judge sanctions American Family Insurance $50,000
ABA Journal 5-16-2014
(A similar article appeared in the 5-13-2014 Reno Gazette-Journal)
Judge Janet Berry's order 5-12-2014

Lawsuit alleges state conspired with employers to subvert intent of minimum wage constitutional amendment
Ralston Reports / 5-12-2014


Copyright © 2004-2014
Andrew Barbano

Negative Optimism: Making the best of being worst
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

Mayday!
Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn
May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

Making the best of an inbred situation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

College athletes need unions, pay
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Banqueters cry: Hail, César
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, famously remarking "We have lost the south for a generation."

On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.

The Obamacare Bitcoin online vote exchange
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

In search of the modern day Barbara Bennett
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

César Chávez Celebration XII
Monday 31 March 2014 / Circus Circus-Reno
Order 2014 César Chávez Celebration tickets, tables & sponsorships

Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
Click above to support community TV & see all the news you never knew you needed to know 'til now

Hiding in Plain Sight
Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream two years later
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII —>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Another bizarro from Brent: From 10 years-to-life to a year & probation for sex with a 6-year old
Somebody call Mariska Hargitay
USA Today / 3-20-2014
More about retiring Washoe District Judge Brent Adams

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII —>
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

Continuing Barbwire investigation revealing bogus graduation rates finally confirmed by Nevada's two major newspapers
BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Campaign 2014: An expensive comedy act
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
ALSO: Nevada Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare for lieutenant governor in early March
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Fold your favorite charity, then go thank yourself
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Lying means never having to say you're sorry
Wasn't the doctors' 2004 ballot question supposed to give us all the doctors we'd ever need?
Never mind?!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

College values twisted: Unionize college athletes
Prof. Jake Highton
/ Expanded from the 2-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano the Barbwire Man and Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program

We Don't Need No Education: Time to give up?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

Grim picture painted of mental health care in Nevada
By Ed Vogel / Las Vegas Review-Journal 1-29-2014

Justice: Just another word for nothing left to lose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

All the news you wish you didn't need to know
Nevada rural health care and emergency response still stuck in the stone age
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 1-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program

2:00 p.m. Jan. 18 memorial set for former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman

Former Nevada Assemblyman Bernie Anderson dies
UPDATE: Funeral 10:00 a.m. PST Saturday 1-18-2014 @ Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sparks for longtime educator and Judiciary Committee Chairman
San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press 1-10-2014

Can Amazon drones deliver healthy cigarettes?
Lotsa laughs, César Chávez Celebration XII, Jello Biafra, 3 obits, the campaign to elect Don Dondero to the Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame + Barbwire.TV. What's not to like?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 1-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Solar-powered insurance drones from hell
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-2-2014 Sparks Tribune

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR/ Feliz Año Nuevo

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

Warring tribes battle the great black whale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-26-2013 Sparks Tribune

Hope you and yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days!
MerryChristmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus/Chanukah/Thanksgibleting

2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR & downtown Reno theater firetraps mean little was learned from the Las Vegas Hilton & MGM disasters
Remembering Sen. Joe Neal's landmark high-rise fire sprinkler law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
Click above for lineup, re-run times and dates
Barbano vs. D.A. Gammick on cel-phone privacy
KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 12:30 p.m. PST Tuesday, 10 Dec. 2013


Copyright © 2004-2014
Andrew Barbano

RENO, Nev. (12-5-2013) — Former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman died this morning at her home in Reno. She was 86.
Memorial event 1-18-2014

Lamenting the loss of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reader beware of what's not really there
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-28-2013 Sparks Tribune

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune

POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC 11-21-2013 — On this date in 2004, Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette-Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools.
        THE BARBWIRE RESPONDS: So what else is new? Over the decades, the RGJ has done a sterling job investigating separate but unequal health care and education. Alas and alack, nothing much ever changes on the High Desert Plantation. For a quick sad summary, see the Barbwire of April 2, 2006 (updated periodically).

Breaking News and Bulletins—>
Nov. 21, 2013: State Senate Majority leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, headlines Reno informational meeting regarding Driver’s Authorization Cards
Nov. 23: FOUR Immigration Reform marches in Reno

Immigration Shifts Political Power
AP-Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013

Staff, visitors and patients sue Summerlin Hospital over TB exposure
AP & Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013

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Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
Click here for on-demand and re-run times
11-11-2013: Of special interest to doctors and lawyers —> especially in light of the proposed California initiative to raise the malpractice cap and new med school for UNLV.
Another program to underfund. What doctor shortage?
Host: Sam Shad
Guests: C.J. Hadley, Editor/Publisher, Range Magazine
Carolyn Dufurrena, Rancher and Author
Pundits: Chip Evans, former Washoe County Democratic Chair
and talk radio host
John Gwaltney, Economist and President Emeritus,
Truckee Meadows Community College
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com

As usual, the pundits jousted over schools and taxes.
Read the Barbwire in the March 28 Sparks Tribune for a radically conservative solution.
For further outrage and erudition, go to We Don't Need No Education: The continuing & neverending series

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.
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The bloody guns of October fire on November
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-7-2013 Sparks Tribune

Death on the job: Nevada workers remain cheap and disposable
Updates on two Laborers' Local 169 members killed and two injured on I-80
Worker dies trimming trees at MGM's Mirage on Las Vegas Strip

Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-24-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya

Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

Decay in Nevada’s mental health system goes beyond Rawson-Neal
"Nevada doesn't have decay in its mental health system because Nevada doesn't have a mental health system; it has a prison system paid for with the mental health care budget."
Las Vegas Sun / 9-9-2013

MGM Resorts orderd to pay $325,000 damages and reinstate whistleblower
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-6-2013

LV attorney Gerry Zobrist sentenced to 7 years for mortgage scams
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-5-2013

Second victim dies from hepatitis C outbreak at Dr. Desai's clinic
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 9-5-2013

Another public relations coup for Nevada
Report: Every nursing home in Nevada cited by inspectors
Chronic understaffing in a very lucrative and growing industry
"Nevada is one of two states where every nursing home was cited with one or more deficiencies by state health inspectors, and one in three nursing homes was cited for a severe deficiency, meaning a resident suffered actual harm or was in imminent danger."
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-12-2013

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
8-12-2013: Long-ago predictions of softshoe fascism sadly come true

Major union leaders blast Obamacare for hurting health plans
Labor starts to bail: Democratic health care plan support erodes

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-1-2013
Full text of letter to Reid and Pelosi

Visitors: Is America still tough enough?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-1-2013 Sparks Tribune

Workers & taxpayers protest Apple's lack of transparency
Schools pay the price of corporate welfare

The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

Beleaguered Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital issued preliminary denial of accreditation by Chicago-based Joint Commission
Las Vegas Review-Journal 7-23-2013

So what else is new? Joint Commission only acts after Nevada disasters
Barbwire by Barbano/Expanded from the 2-16-1997 Daily Sparks Tribune

Rawson-Neal ramps up efforts to treat mentally ill as local emergency rooms struggle
Las Vegas Review-Journal 7-22-2013

Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-18-2013 Sparks Tribune

NAGPAC's Ghost Riders Saddle Up Again
Blackguards challenge Nevada's legendary None of the Above ballot option
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-17-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 9-6-2012: Federal appellate judges put None of the Above back on the November ballot. Alleluia!
UPDATED 7-13-2013: Appellate court throws out GOP attempt to nuke nihilistic None of the Above

Blogging with the rabble on the Tower of Babel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-11-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
7-8-2013: Nevada OK's Internet gambling and ignores addiction

Death panels hard at work right here in River City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-4-2013 Sparks Tribune

Guilty of Murder: Las Vegas hepatitis C murder cases archive

Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-27-2013 Sparks Tribune

Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

Googling for liquid Romanian castanets
Other than doing our laundry, what should we do about
Big Brother peeking into our collective lace undies?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-13-2013 Sparks Tribune

Enron II: Nevada's Battle-Born Toxic Event
Indigence and indigestion from ingestion of Warren Buffett's buffet
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-6-2013 Sparks Tribune


Copyright © 2004-2014
Andrew Barbano

Gov. Veto El Obtúse rides again

D-DAY DEFEAT FOR WORKERS' WAGES / 6-6-2013Gov. Veto El Obtúse has vetoed Assembly Bill 218. Feeling invaded? Prepare for more as he challenges the record of his predecessor, Jim the Dim, for vetoing anything and everything that might help the little guy.

5-31-2013 — Nevada Gov. Veto El Obtúse's first veto of the 2013 legislative session came on a bill that would have expanded the rights of injured and oppressed workers victimized by illegal employment practices. What did we expect from this guy?

SB180 was a Democrat-backed measure that would have required courts to award damages, lost wages, benefits, costs and attorney's fees to workers who prevail in employment discrimination suits. Existing law caps damages to two years of lost wages and actual damages. In his veto message, the Republican governor said the bill goes too far by exposing employers to a wide range of damages and fees. Gov. Sandoval vetoed 28 bills from the session two years ago.

Sandoval vetoes SB180 employment discrimination bill, says it "goes too far"
Cy Ryan / Las Vegas Sun / 5-31-2013

Read the actual vetoed measure for yourself

The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune

Defrocked California doc allowed to practice in Nevada
by Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 5-30-2013

MAY 29: Sen. Harry Reid Keynotes Path to Citizenship Assembly
Little Flower Church / Kietzke and E. Plumb Ln. / Reno, NV

Details in the May 23 Barbwire>
Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-23-2013 Sparks Tribune

CLINGING TO THE LEDGE: SB457 (municipal election ward voting for Henderson, Reno, Sparks and Carson City) comes before the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on May 7 along with SB458 (uniform election act) and SB325 (plain language ballot). Read more about them here and in the May 23 Barbwire, above. Show up and if you can't —> turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.

(Pardon my Spanglish.)

Las Vegas hepatitis C murder cases archive

The asinine assassination of KJFK talk radio
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-2-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

4-28-2013
National Workers Memorial Day of the Dead
You're not worth much dead or alive
Impose the death penalty on co
mpanies knowingly causing worker fatalities
Do you think your life is worth more than $566 a year?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-25-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 5-7-2013 with Robert Reich commentary

Gov. Sandoval's $3 million New York State of Mind
New Nevada ad campaign slips on a sideways banana

Barbwire by Barbano
Expanded from
the Sunday 4-21-2013 Reno Gazette-Journal

Portions of the above also appeared in the 4-10-2013 RGJ and the 4-18-2013 Reno News & Review

Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-18-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

AFL-CIO and NAACP support Obama choice of Perez for new Secretary of Labor
Las Vegas Sun / 3-18-2013

César Chávez Celebration XI
Join us again on Thursday 28 March 2013 Circus Circus-Reno
Jueves, 28 de Marzo, 2013 en Circus Circus de Reno
Nevada Gov. Sandoval declines invitation for third year in a row

El Gobernador de Nevada, Brian Sandoval, declinó la invitación por el tercer año consecutivo.

Papa Francisco Primero: ¡Viva La Revolución!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-14-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

We Don't Need No Education Part XVI
—> School shootings:

Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot

Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?
School lawyers will need the construction defect law.

U-News e-Bulletin by Andrew Barbano / 2-26-2013

Proposed legislation would allow nurses to practice independently of doctors
Las Vegas Sun / 2-28-2013

California and Nevada take opposite stances on disciplining doctors
Nevada doesn't disclose its stance on a doctor who admitted to battery on a woman. California pulled his license.
Las Vegas Sun 2-22-2013

Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-21-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

 

 

Las Vegas area black students three times more likely to get expelled than non-blacks
Odds of getting suspended are more than double
Some schools issue almost as many suspensions as they have students

Las Vegas Sun / 2-15-2013
See the ongoing Barbwire investigative series "We Don't Need No Education"

We Don't Need No Education Part XIV
Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Clinging to the ledge and paying for our sins
Governor pays back Nevada health insurance monopoly/major campaign contributor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-24-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Moonhowlers, smoking guns & warning labels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-17-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Power politics & prescient predictions
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-10-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV program

Wine, winners, whiners & white guys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-3-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo
May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous time

John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Bestest of the grotesquest for 2013
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy High Holly Days

John Wayne, Michael Moore & Andrew Undershaft
The guns of mythology
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Great minds think alike dept.—>Includes an update from Michael Moore

House Ethics Committee finds Berkley violated ethics rules
By Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun / 12-20-12

The House Ethics Committee has found that Rep. Shelley Berkley “violated House Rules and other laws, rules and standards of conduct” in a mixed decision that also cleared her of wrongdoing on her advocacy to protect UMC's kidney transplant center from closure. The committee found Berkley guilty of “improperly using her official position for beneficial interest by permitting her office to take official action specifically on behalf of her husband’s practice” when she helped him with trouble he had collecting claims through Medicaid, Medicare and the Veteran's Administration.

NEVADA'S CANCER KIDS: New lawsuit claims Fallon cancer cluster isn't over and leaking fuel pipeline is cause
Superintendent refuses transfers from suspect school

Guilty of Murder: Las Vegas hepatitis C murder cases archive

Lawyers and judges dance the recusal rhumba in Whittemore vs. Seeno

Critics say judge who took campaign funds from Harvey Whittemore must step down from civil case against fired researcher
Judge Polaha was randomly assigned after Judge Adams recused himself and Judge Elliott was challenged
Will Judge Crater soon be the only one left?
Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-22-2012

Judge Brent Adams recuses self from case after disclosing campaign funds from Whittemore
Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-15-2012

DoctorLawyerWatch.com Exclusive
Judge Adams, who recused himself late in the Whittemore cases, now faces a disqualification motion in the bitter, decade-old litigation between warring U-Haul millionaire heirs
.

Warring U-Haul heirs want Judge Brent Adams disqualified because of campaign contributions from lawyer-developer Harvey Whittemore
by Andrew Barbano

RENO, NEVADA, THURSDAY 3-29-2012 8:40 a.m. PDT / 15:40 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT (U-NEWS) — Late yesterday, attorneys filed a thick motion in Washoe District Court demanding the disqualification of Judge Brent Adams in decade-old litigation between warring U-Haul millionaire heirs.

The plaintiffs allege that because Adams received substantial amounts of campaign cash from the defendants and their interests while the case was before him, he cannot effectively handle the case. Adams was re-elected in 2008.

"In 2008, Judge Adams received $36,000 in campaign contributions from several of the Defendants (including $10,000 from non-party U-Haul International, Inc., a subsidiary of one of the Defendants.) Despite Plaintiff's previous request for reassignment to another judge, neither Defendants nor Judge Adams disclosed these campaign donations to Plaintiffs," the motion reads.

Plaintiff lawyers stand to be very embarrassed for not having noticed publicly available campaign expense reports for almost four years.

"As evidenced by Judge Adams' recent recusal in another matter involving significantly smaller campaign contributions (both in absolute dollar amounts and as a percentage of total campaign contributions received in that election cycle), such contributions by a party to this litigation create a sufficient appearance of impropriety to necessitate Judge Adams' disqualification from further hearings in this case," asserts the motion filed by The O'Mara Law Firm, P.C., of Reno.

Judge Adams recently recused himself from a case involving lawyer-developer Harvey Whittemore after noting that in 2008 he received $10,400 from Whittemore business interests and family members.

The motion in the U-Haul heirs case is supported by eleven exhibits including recent news articles about Adams and Whittemore.

Lawyers and judges have been dancing the recusal rhumba in the high-stakes Whittemore vs. Seeno Brothers litigation. Judge Steve Elliott was randomly selected to replace Adams but defendants' lawyers used a peremptory challenge to disqualify him. The case was then randomly assigned to Judge Jerry Polaha who received $3,000 from Whittemore in his 2000 election campaign.

Judge Polaha has not announced whether or not he will step aside.

If Washoe County runs out of jurists, might the long missing Judge Crater come out of a long retirement to save the day?

If you can handle more as matters degrade and/or develop, tune in Barbwire by Barbano every Sunday in the Daily Sparks Tribune.

I know several of the guys involved in the above screwed up mess and hereby serve notice that if any of the parties are looking to cut costs, I'd be glad to screw up at least as badly for just half the price or less.

How hard can it be?

All lucky 13 documents filed yesterday are exclusively available for viewing at DoctorLawyerWatch.com/, along with some links to recent Harvey stories.

Be well. Raise hell.



UPDATE: Judge Adams recused himself Thursday afternoon, March 29, about eight hours after the above story was uploaded to U-News media and professional lists. Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Martha Bellisle posted her story at 5:15 p.m. PDT March 29 / 0o:15 March 30 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT. It ran in the March 30 print edition.

Perhaps Ms. Bellisle has since discovered that you can't believe everything a lawyer says. Check out the Barbwire followup in the Sunday April 1 Sparks Tribune.

Motion to disqualify Washoe District Judge Brent Adams filed 28 March 2012
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Michael Moore and Crackers, the corporate crime-fighting chicken make a house call on Mike's Emmy-winning 1994-96 NBC+FOX show, TV Nation. See below. He went on to win an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, the story of American and her guns, then produced Sicko about everything wrong with our health care system and how to fix it.


St. Mary's firings begin
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Nevada would profit handsomely from Obamacare
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A bunch of law-breaking, union-busting, profit-gouging sleazoids
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Nevada Supreme Court: Lawyers shouldn’t have gotten bigger award than brain-dead girl
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If you can't win, be spectacular
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UPDATE: Confirmed, controversial and perhaps corrupt
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Las Vegas doctor among 3 indicted in oxycodone pill mill case
Las Vegas Sun / 9-29-2011

Bullshots and bum watches
Streaming video: Washoe DA melts down like a Dali painting on TV
Culinary 226 cuts new deal in the face of Grand Sierra Reno's
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Residents opposing Comstock pit mine schedule events
Seniors group endorses Democrat Kate Marshall
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State closes LV Nursing home after reports of abuse and theft
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Bullfighting in Tonopah, Part Deux
Latest survival bulletins from the High Desert Plantation
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Substantially updated & expanded from the 8-7-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

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Greenspun: Hospitals should examine what ails them, seek cure

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Unlicensed process server under investigation re: false affidavits

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Former medical consultant sentenced for failing to report criminal activity

Grand jury indicts Dr. Dipak Desai in hepatitis outbreak

LV Attorney Noel Gage sentenced in felony obstruction case

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Health care in prime time, ready or not
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Available to every TV in N/E California and N/W Nevada
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NOTE: The above webstreaming link will not be hot until 5:30 p.m. PST / 01:30 ZULU/GMT, a half-hour before showtime on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Message from the Mahatma
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IMPORTANT: The Laub & Laub law firm, ubiquitous in TV advertising, has been hit with an embarrassing decision for attempting to rip off an injured client. "Instead of doing anything to benefit Mrs. (Raquel) Mora, Laub and Laub simply sought to increase its fees in direct conflict with the law and its clients' interests while purporting to represent her," Judge Robert Perry ruled. "In reaching this decision, the Court is mindful that Laub and Laub has a reported history of conduct wherein it disregarded clients' rights in preference to its own," Perry wrote in zeroing the firm's legal fees in the case and awarding them to Mrs. Mora. (From the 7-26-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune. Download the decision here. Access more Laub laments here.)

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New Michael Moore film premieres on SNCAT this week
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