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May Day! T-Rump reduces president to peanuts
by Andrew Barbano
May 01, 2011 | 597 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One night as the fireplace burned low after a 1977 holiday dinner in Carson City, a young lawyer asked Nevada Supreme Court Justice Al Gunderson how he rated Jimmy Carter’s first year as president.

“About a C-minus,” replied the wise old judge who passed away last year.

Gunderson went on to lecture us kids about President Carter’s mistakes, foreshadowing future errors that would make him a one-termer

Gunderson rightly viewed Carter as too much of a micro-manager. Too often, Carter personally looked into situations better handled by underlings.

“When the president devotes his time to something, he validates its importance as a serious problem because the highest level is involved,” Gunderson noted.

“The media are quick to pick up on it and it gets a lot bigger than it often deserves,” Gunderson noted.

Carter’s penchant for getting his fingers in everything from Palestine to purchasing paper clips ultimately proved his undoing. He ordered a daring commando raid to rescue American hostages held in Tehran, Iran. But he insisted on managing the mission himself from the White House, a principal reason for its failure.

I have repeatedly stated that Barack Obama now has a choice: Become Franklin Roosevelt and lead us out of Great Depression II, or become a latter day Jimmy Carter.

Last week’s birth certificate concession showed he is tending toward the once and future peanut farmer.

There was nothing wrong caving in to moonhowler demands to see the second of two Obama birth certificates on file in Honolulu. The mistake lay in the president presenting it personally. By doing so, he elevated the madcap Donald Trump’s rump candidacy.

In the finest Jimmy Carter style, Obama validated the importance of the problem by becoming personally involved. There was no percentage in doing it that way. The yahoos who insist he was born on Mars will still believe so. T-Rump enhanced his credibility by proving his ability to move the most powerful man in the world.

Micromanaging a tempest in a teapot was a lose-lose for no one but the president.

And he’s paying a lot of good taxpayer money to a lot of supposedly wise political advisors.

Blackrobed comic strip

Not only was T-Rump a big winner last week, so was acerbic comedian Lewis Black. In the new edition of Mother Jones Magazine, the one bearing the killer cover caricature of House Speaker Orange Juice John as Pinocchio, writer Rick Perlstein refers to Supreme Court Justice Lewis Black. Of whom there never was. The late Hugo Black served with distinction on the court decades ago. Likewise the recently deceased Lewis Powell. But if Perlstein unconsciously started a campaign to park Lewis Black among the current blackrobes, sign me up.


The Rail City just can’t get no respect. Sparks City Councilcritter Mike Carrigan’s ethics case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court a few days ago. The vaunted, highly credible, neutral, objective PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer committed a whopper, calling Carrigan a Reno city councilman. The City of Sparks and Mr. Carrigan should be insulted. There is ample evidence that Sparks elected officials are incompetent dingbats, but the boys on Prater Way are running a monastery compared to the cathouse in the black tower.

May Day!

The local contingent of the Industrial Workers of the World union, better known by their ancient nickname as The Wobblies, are putting together a May Day march for human rights and worker rights. The multitudes will gather Sunday between noon and 1:00 p.m. at Stewart Park on Wells Ave., just south of Ryland. They will march to the plaza (and future 7-11 gas station site) in front of Reno City Hall, followed by death-defyin’ speechifyin’. Those who can still stand will march back to Stewart Park about 3:30, with barely enough time left to make it to Earth Day at Idlewild Park. For more info, call 775-221-0738 or 775-513-7523.

Back from the ashes department

Support the return of community radio and television stations. The first step toward restoration has been taken. After going dark for six months, the public access channels now broadcast live legislative hearings and floor sessions fed to Reno-Sparks-Washoe from AccessCarson. (An obscure East Reno newspaper columnist got it started.) Charter cable victims can watch on digital channel 216 or high definition 80-295.

If you harbor a morbid interest in witnessing the assassination of the Nevada education system and most public services, turn on and tune in.

Go to Barbwire.TV for more information, to join the club and contribute via the web.

It’s important.

Moonhowler mentality department

The following from a “Janet” was posted on a website in praise of Gov. Sly Sandoval’s veto of a school bond bill: “He needs to go further and take the second language teachers out. And inforce (sic) e-verify. Then the citizen (sic) of Nevada can get back to work and those taxes paid will help our schools, also so he need (sicX2) to English (sic) is our states (sic) language.  And stop the liberal Demes (sic) from ruining Nevada like they have America.”

For those who don’t know, (sic) means the item is reproduced exactly and is usually used to denote gross grammatical error.

T-Rump understands all about grossness.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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