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Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
by Andrew Barbano
Jun 26, 2013 | 1390 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Black people, brown people, old people and poor people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. After all, didn’t the founding fathers mandate that balloting should be limited to property-owning white men?

Justice Antonino Scalia, that ongoing disgrace to my heritage, is manic about staying true to the intent of the Constitution’s original framers — guys who probably would not have considered him white enough. (We Italians turn quite dark working the vineyards.)

This week, Little Anthony and the Imperials fulfilled the legacy of the presidents who appointed them by perpetuating the power of the Republican Party. King Ronald the Vague and the Bushmasters continue to bite the ass of the body politick.

It was bad enough that the blackrobes backed Bush the Lesser into office with the resultant neverending war. With this week’s 5-4 decision gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act, all that remains is to bring back official titles of nobility for the ruling class.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, himself a former federal judge, is an enthusiastic member of Club Scalia. This month, Gov. Veto El Obtúse personally scuttled several bills that would have made it easier for Nevadans to vote. Like Justice Niño, he would have been considered too bronze for balloting in 1789.

At least Clarence Thomas continues to make me look good. In 1991, with a little help from Nevada Chief Justice Al Gunderson and Duke University historian James David Barber, I predicted that upwardly-mobile Clarence would “fear the double-binding situation in which mass love can be sustained only by firm aggressive action against his close friends.”

So the man who benefited from affirmative action and trashed his beloved sister for receiving welfare, continues to repay his overlords by disgracing the chair once held by Thurgood Marshall.

The 1991 Barbwire, as expanded in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Legal Journals, will be linked to the web edition of this column at

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS. The Comstock Residents Association has gone hemispheric. At 10 a.m. today, it will demonstrate at 160 W. Liberty Street in Reno as the Nevada Museum of Art hosts the annual Comstock Mining Inc. shareholders meeting. CRA will be joined by Guatemalan human rights activists, who are being impacted by CMI and its banana republic henchmen. A “Cantastoria” street theater commences at 11:45 a.m. Now that’s artistic activism. Info: 775-240-4871 or

OF HUMAN BONDAGE. At 10 a.m on July 2, the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans and the Nevada State AFL-CIO will form a human chain in front of the Social Security offices at Vassar and Harvard in Reno. It will protest proposed cuts to Social Security by a gimmick called the “chained CPI” (Consumer Price Index). Info: 775-622-6659 or

Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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