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Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
by Andrew Barbano
Feb 22, 2013 | 1755 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The case against term limits was validated this week by Washoe County Republican lawmakers.

Inexperienced Minority Leader Pat Hickey and Assemblymember Randy Kirner advocated exemption of senior citizens from a proposed property tax increase to maintain and repair slumly schools.

They apparently don't know about the Nevada constitutional provision that mandates "a uniform and equal rate of assessment and taxation." (Article 10, Section 1)

That's probably why seniors could not be exempt from previous property taxes but could apply for a legally questionable and now-cancelled rebate program.

Not to worry. Watch the Barbwire for instructions about invalidating the term limit law.

ABHORRENT ABE. What legislative dingbat allowed one Walden Earhart to parade around Monday in Abraham Lincoln drag?

Mr. Earhart has two claims to fame. He was the first candidate in Nevada history to lose to none-of-the-above and vaguely resembles our greatest president.

Speaking as Lincoln in 2011, he revised history to morph Honest Abe into a 19th Century clone of Grover Norquist and other moonhowling brutes. After almost a half-hour of rambling, he left his bogus Lincoln to launch a hateful, bigoted screed, concluding with a promise that if Barack Obama were re-elected, he would leave the country.

Travel light, Mr. Earhart. Your white sheet will fit nicely over a long coat and your hood can be snugly supported by a stovepipe hat.

RENDER UNTO CÉSAR. César Chávez Celebration XI happens on the evening of March 28 at Circus Circus-Reno.

Chávez's mentor, legendary union organizer Fred Ross, Sr., will be installed in the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame. A national campaign is underway to convince the president to award Mr. Ross a posthumous presidential medal of freedom. He did a lot of work in Nevada which I will explore in future columns.

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RENDER UNTO GUIDO. Great minds think alike. Since I endorsed Father Guido Sarducci's election as the first American pope, a Facebook page has been launched on behalf of former Saturday Night Live comic actor Don Novello's alter ego.

The Catholic Church may be a lot of things, but a lotta laughs, it ain't.

Time for a change alá Voltaire who said that God is a comedian playing to an audience afraid to laugh.

HONOR YOUR DON. Keep sending comments supporting legendary Nevada photographer Don Dondero (1920-2003) for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. The Barbwire got the late RGJ columnist Guy Richardson elected last year. Let's go for a repeat.

HONOR THY FATHER. Next year, Erin Bilbray, daughter of former Nevada university regent, state senator and congressman James Bilbray, will probably seek to unseat sophomore Congresscritter Joe Heck, R-Las Vegas.

BARBWIRE.TV. Support the return of community TV to these parts.

If last year's elections didn't convince you of the need, the 2013 legislature certainly will.

Go to ReSurge.TV for more information and to contribute.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.

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