Last week, I reported that the May 18 Charlie Rose show on KNPB TV-5 did not bleep two of George Carlin’s legendary Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV (from the same dictionary sections as Fudge and Shucks).
Curious George would have been 79 this month. What better tribute could there be to the great wise man than a column about dirty words – real, imagined and especially unintentional?
Carlin knew that perversions of language erupt everywhere, even in hallowed halls.
LEGISLATIVE LASCIVIOUSNESS. Last week, I looked up “Who Represents My District” at the Nevada Legislature’s website.
Pretty standard stuff – unless you notice the first five letters of its web address: WHOREpresentsmy/zipcode/zipbyad.pdf/ (Emphasis added.)
MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING. The latter reminded me of a yesteryear marketing fox paw.
Lake Tahoe’s beauty is world renown so everybody wants a piece. Reno-Cannon Airport changed its named to Reno-Tahoe Airport for the same reason that arid Storey County has a “Tahoe-Reno” Industrial Center. (Given that it includes Mustang Ranch, the TRIC acronym actually becomes truth in advertising.)
Neither ranch nor airport lie at the lake, which has its own airport, but we’re talking money here.
RenoTahoe.com was taken, so some promotional genius started pimping RenTahoe.com.
Somebody qualified to read English noted that the Internet address reads as “rent a hoe.” Good for selling gardening tools, perhaps? The abandoned web handle is now for sale. Maybe TRIC will take it.
LEGAL EAGLING. Perhaps the RenTahoe guy moved on to George Mason University which recently renamed one college the Antonin Scalia School Of Law. So go acronym yourself.
LUNCHING WITH LYONS. This Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Silver Springs Airport, local development denizens will host a community open house. Good. Lyon County taxpayers need to keep abreast of where all that Tesla corporate welfare is going.
“Help us prepare for the future” said the announcement, “RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Badass Associates? My kinda guys.
BLEEPDOM OF THE PRESS. Nobody threw a chair at the recent Democratic state convention in Gomorrah South, but once the fallacious report went nationwide, not even actual video corrected it. Even longtime Nevada commentator Jon Ralston got hung up in the muck.
As usual, Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers published the truth in his Reno News & Review blog (linked to the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com/)
Alas and alack, nationally syndicated columnist Froma Harrop accused Sen. Bernie Sanders of racism in her commentary affirming the bogus reports.
“Sanders’ response to Nevada rampage racist” blathered last Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal headline. Her syndicate’s website titled it “Racism Lite” by “Sanders’ white posses.”
“Real black people seem to make Sanders uncomfortable,” Harrop harrumphed.
Her source: A “Saturday Night Live” skit.
Racist? That’s the dirtiest word in this column.
TV TIME. Airing multiple times starting Saturday, I tell “Old Tales of Nevada” (and some new ones). Check listings.
THE BIG 8-0. Bedridden Hall of Fame former Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, turned 80 on Monday. Nancy Price encourages visits to cheer up the legendary warrior.
Send birthday greetings and flowers to the longtime Rail City resident at ManorCare, 2350 Wingfield Hills Rd., Sparks 89436.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 47-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and First Vice-President of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his comments are strictly his own. E-mail <email@example.com> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.