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You can’t run from the awful truth
by Andrew Barbano
Apr 17, 2011 | 834 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Civil rights legend the Rev. Onie Cooper was laid to rest last Friday by a standing-room-only crowd at Reno’s Second Baptist Church. The great and exalted sat with the least among us and holy men and women of all stripes.

The highlight came with a rousing rendition of Onie’s favorite song “Lord, I Tried,” by awesome jazz and blues singer Pat Esters. Onie thus left us all feeling uplifted. He would like that.

Awful truth department

Just in time for your annual clandestine rendezvous with the IRS, Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraker David Cay Johnston has published a killer chronicle of who’s picking your pocket by rigging the tax system. It’s in many alternative weeklies nationwide. I’ll link it to the web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com.

Awful truth

department, part deux

Last Thursday, Rep. Dean Heller, R-Moonhowlers, responded by press release when his colleague, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Gomorrah South, announced that she will also seek the hotseat being vacated by U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Mea Maxima Culpa.

“Heller said in a statement that voters will have to decide whether to continue on a path that has led to record unemployment and high gas prices,” the Associated Press reported.

My, my — such slickly sly sophistry from the sickly high falutin’. Us less sophisticated High Desert Plantation refugees can tell when some slicker tries to draw a diversionary red herring across the path of hounds about to bite him on the ass.

Can’t blame Mr. Perfect. As the only protest vote available against limpid Donkeyites last year, the Party of Nixon and Harding did real good. President Obama’s stimulus plan was about a half-trillion too small to deal with joblessness.

As for gas prices, we are longtime victims of a domestic pricing cartel that I have been chronicling for two decades. Mainstream media and major political parties just aren’t much interested in screwing with the oil companies, freeing them to rape and pillage at the pump. For the awful truth, see the ever-burgeoning Barbwire Oilogopoly Archive at NevadaLabor.com.

Awful truth

department, hat trick

Former Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, once related his mother’s advice: “You can’t run from the truth.”

So here’s a lovin’ spoonful from the best columnist in Nevada, Las Vegas Gleaner Hugh Jackson: “Shelley Berkley finally made it official and announced that for the next 19 months, every sentence coming out of her mouth will contain the words ‘seniors’ and ‘veterans’  even more than usual.

“Jon Ralston, Nevada’s arbiter of political-industrial conventional wisdom, for months has been salivating over the prospective excitement of a 2012 election season headlined by a Senate race between Berkley and Dean Heller — ‘looks like 2012 in Nevada will be as much fun as 2010 was’ — that sort of thing.”

Aw, c’mon Hugh, at least Jon calls Shelley the Congressman from Likud.

“’Berkley’s Senate bid makes 2012 a political hot race for Nevada’ gushed the Las Vegas Review Journal’s headline. Yes. Hot.

“And the national political press is also delighted with a Nevada Senate ‘showdown’ that poses ‘a stark ideological clash that could mirror many other races across the country.’

“Berkley has worked tirelessly to protect Paris Hilton’s inheritance from the IRS and, enthusiastically echoing Republican lies, justifies tax cuts for big business by pretending big business is small business.

“America isn’t broke. It’s just that all the money belongs to the top one percent. Yet putting what they have calculated to be winning political strategy ahead of the nation’s best interest, and facilitating America’s rightward tilt in the process, Berkley, her fellow congressional Democrats and the president have completely surrendered to the right’s demands to cut spending — now they’re just negotiating over the price. Democrats in 2012 will be fighting, at best, a rearguard action, effectively promising that wealth will continue to be redistributed to the top, but at a slightly slower pace than if the Republicans controlled everything.

“The only ‘stark ideological clash’ on the 2012 campaign trail pits the reactionary party against the conservative party. The plutocrats are laughing at you, not with you. And a Berkley-Heller race does indeed promise to ‘mirror many other races across the country.’

“Unfortunately.”

Damn, he’s good. Links to his blog will be included with the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com. I suggest that you get on his e-mail list.

Shelley, part deux

Her campaign is not yet exactly well oiled. She did not inform local leaders that she would be declaring her candidacy on Thursday morning, the same time that the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans had scheduled demonstrations at Heller’s Reno and Gomorrah South offices.

Here in the provinces, that “save Medicare from Heller” rally could have provided local  news departments with pictures to back up Berkley’s announcement. Opportunity lost. Not a fatal error, but one that should not be repeated. Berkley has almost no statewide base to work from and Heller must be pegged as the early favorite.

As I told him at the local white bread and mayonnaise GOP Lincoln Day dinner (March 20 Barbwire), he will do well against either Berkley or Sharron Angle because he’s prettier than they are.

He sorta laughed.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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