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Eco-zealous feds target Gibson guitars, antique piano sellers; Updated: Gibson explains
Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/25/11 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 08/26/2011 10:07:48 AM PDT by Nachum

The real endangered species?

I’ve seen a lot of enviro-nitwittery over the years, but this takes the cake.

US Fish and Wildlife officials have raided the famous Gibson Guitars. And the instrument-maker isn’t alone. Antique piano dealers are also in the crosshairs. Why? Because rare, beautiful instruments made of ecologically incorrect materials must be sacrificed at the green altar. Talk about hitting a sour note.

Eric Felten at the WSJ reports:

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. “The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.

It isn’t the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian’s ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name “United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms.”

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1 posted on 08/26/2011 10:07:51 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 08/26/2011 10:08:39 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Sick bastards.


3 posted on 08/26/2011 10:09:21 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: Nachum

Obviously, the fed Eco-Nazis have run out of stuff to do. It’s time to fire all of their asses! America is broke. We don’t have money to waste on this kind of garbage anymore.


4 posted on 08/26/2011 10:10:56 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: Nachum

I swear I feel like I’m living in some sort of parallel universe.


5 posted on 08/26/2011 10:11:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Nachum
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. “The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.

More likely this is a Jesse Jackson-style shakedown in disguise because Gibson either isn't unionized or doesn't hire enough of Holder's people to please Der Furher.

6 posted on 08/26/2011 10:11:07 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Nachum

This administration is doing everything it can to destroy the American economy and American jobs. Just another day at the office for those fools . . . .


7 posted on 08/26/2011 10:13:45 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Nachum

Anyone still want to argue we cannot balance the budget on spending cuts alone?


8 posted on 08/26/2011 10:14:28 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Nachum

There was an article about this in the WSJ today. It’s not only Gibson, and not only guitars. Some poor guy was threatened with years in jail for exporting an instrument that had ivory. His crime was that he had actually checked with Customs first, and this put him on a watch list; even though he had certificates that the instrument was old enough to have been before the ban, they didn’t consider this sufficient. He actually had to plead guilty and pay a $17,000 fine in order to avoid jail.

This is killing the importing and exporting of instruments, to say nothing of building them. It’s the US government eco-terrorists at work.


9 posted on 08/26/2011 10:16:22 AM PDT by livius
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To: Nachum

Really ! Federal busybodies taking down more businesses just because they have nothing better to do. I bet Gibson didn’t pay his shakedown fee to those favored by the current regime !


10 posted on 08/26/2011 10:17:57 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: livius

I am thinking of starting a composite file “EPA Gone Wild” with Obama/EPA articles tracking the administration. Should be a large file.

:)


11 posted on 08/26/2011 10:18:40 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
I wonder if any of the leftie musicians will switch sides.
12 posted on 08/26/2011 10:19:28 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


13 posted on 08/26/2011 10:19:31 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Nachum

Time for every department in this stinking morass of a federal government to be impeached and thrown out of office.


14 posted on 08/26/2011 10:21:31 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Obama couldn't run a lemonade stand. Let him eat peas!)
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To: Nachum
This is all about The MONEY!! Fed agents=revenuers.
15 posted on 08/26/2011 10:24:04 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: Nachum

Speaking of wood, I hope those nouveau Nazis are buried in cardboard boxes, because even #2 yellow pine caskets would be too good for them. Can we revolt now?


16 posted on 08/26/2011 10:26:35 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Gibson makes beautiful guitars, musicians make beautiful music with them, and we all benefit. Uncle Barry’s regime makes nothing useful and no one benefits.

If Gibson were to eventually respond to an out of control Gov’t by moving all corporate and manufacturing operations overseas, Mr. Soetero would be the first in line to fail to understand why.


17 posted on 08/26/2011 10:27:31 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I swear I feel like I’m living in some sort of parallel universe.

We all do!

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18 posted on 08/26/2011 10:31:56 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Sanitized for your protection)
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To: Nachum

Sounds like another industry the feds are trying to drive offshore...


19 posted on 08/26/2011 10:32:00 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Made In The USA

The Lacey Act of 1900

Lacey Act vs. Declaration Requirement

The Declaration Requirement is only a small part of the entire Lacey Act

Even if a shipment is exempt from the Declaration Requirement –the Lacey Act is still in force

Example: Bagpipes with wooden pipes

HTS Section 92059020 –no declaration required

The Lacey Act itself still applies to the wooden pipes

If the pipes were made from illegally harvested treesthen the bagpipe shipment is in violation of the Lacey Act

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/downloads/LaceyActPrimer.pdf

Next they will come for our bagpipes!


20 posted on 08/26/2011 10:34:53 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Made In The USA

Note to Feds: You, Bastards! I’ll give you my guitar when you take it from my cold dead hands!


21 posted on 08/26/2011 10:37:05 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It’s gonna take Tea power to do it. For the sake of Gibson Guitars everywhere, we have to win big in 2012. I own a ‘78 Gibson Les Paul custom BTW. It’s one of those rare American things that doesn’t ever become worth less than you paid for it (unless you break it).


22 posted on 08/26/2011 10:39:43 AM PDT by RC one (NO MORE RINOs!!!)
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To: Nachum

This is just the Fed’s version of the mafia protection racket.

“Yous mights want to consider a campaign contribution, strictly voluntary mind you, ‘cause you never knows what could happen to your bidness. The Fish and Wildlife might pay yous a little visit.”


23 posted on 08/26/2011 10:39:55 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Nachum

It is an issue that can be used to hammer youth cullture with next year.

don’t forget the Amish milkmen.


24 posted on 08/26/2011 10:46:54 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Nachum

It’ll be a huge file. The other unnerving thing is that most people are totally unaware of what’s going on.


25 posted on 08/26/2011 10:50:35 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
This is killing the importing and exporting of instruments, to say nothing of building them. It’s the US government eco-terrorists at work.

not just instruments, it's *anything" with even a small chunk of whatever material they deem "endangered." jewelery, guns, clothes, furniture, antiques and curios, art..
26 posted on 08/26/2011 10:53:01 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Army Air Corps; SteamShovel; Bockscar; Thunder90; rdl6989; marvlus; Fractal Trader; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the econuttery ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

27 posted on 08/26/2011 10:54:42 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: absolootezer0

I don’t know how many voting guitarists there are in the USA, probably millions.

Big O might have scewed his own pooch (apologies to Bo).


28 posted on 08/26/2011 10:59:36 AM PDT by justapicker (I don't want the cheese, I just want out of the trap)
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To: RC one

I never owned a Gibson although I would have like to have had one. Always played Fenders to get that “Waylon Jennings” sound. I knew a guy in the Army whose father gave him a Les Paul. This was back in the mid 70s and the guitar was already old at that time. The guy had it thrown in the back seat of his car. He didn’t even have a case for it. Needless to say, it was getting beat up pretty bad. I could have strangled him. He wouldn’t sell it to me because it “used to belong” to his dad.


29 posted on 08/26/2011 11:00:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: RC one
I own a ‘78 Gibson Les Paul custom BTW. It’s one of those rare American things that doesn’t ever become worth less than you paid for it (unless you break it).

Yep! I own a Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1958 Les Paul reissue. Some day it will be my son's.


30 posted on 08/26/2011 11:00:27 AM PDT by Gena Bukin (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: RC one

I had a ‘73 Les Paul Deluxe and a ‘78 Les Paul Standard, back when you could get them used for $500. That’s what I paid for my ‘06 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Vintage now.

I wonder if any values will spike like what happened to Colt Series 70 pistols and Python Revolvers?


31 posted on 08/26/2011 11:02:45 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Anyone still want to argue we cannot balance the budget on spending cuts alone?

Yeah, I'd include massive tax cuts as well.

32 posted on 08/26/2011 11:07:04 AM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Gena Bukin

I hope you’re happy those mother-of-pearl frets cost an abalone its life somewhere! /green


33 posted on 08/26/2011 11:09:06 AM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: Nachum

...Been pissed off at the SchutzStaffel on lots of things but, as a musician, guitar and piano, this rrrrreally pisses me off!!!


34 posted on 08/26/2011 11:14:21 AM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: RC one

I own a martin D-18 made in 1948. I bet I would be charged with something in a minute if ‘they’ knew I had it.


35 posted on 08/26/2011 11:22:40 AM PDT by squarebarb (ADE IN 1948.)
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To: Nachum

Was Gibson on a list of Republican donors?


36 posted on 08/26/2011 11:23:13 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Feds going after luthiers. McCartney and Jackson’s “Ebony and Ivory” come to mind.


37 posted on 08/26/2011 11:38:20 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Gena Bukin
that is basically exactly what mine looks like except I have the Bigsby tremolo. I never play it though, I actually prefer my '72 telecaster thinline reissue. I installed 500 K pots on the volume and tone and it screams like a banshee.


38 posted on 08/26/2011 12:06:28 PM PDT by RC one (NO MORE RINOs!!!)
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To: absolootezer0
it's *anything" with even a small chunk of whatever material they deem "endangered."

Yes, that's true. They can lock down anything they want.

39 posted on 08/26/2011 12:10:00 PM PDT by livius
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To: Gena Bukin
that is basically exactly what mine looks like except I have the Bigsby tremolo. I never play it though, I actually prefer my '72 telecaster thinline reissue. I installed 500 K pots on the volume and tone and it screams like a banshee.


40 posted on 08/26/2011 12:25:02 PM PDT by RC one (NO MORE RINOs!!!)
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To: Nachum
I was researching this law a little bit. Apparently, the Lacey Act of 1900 (designed to protect species from overhunting and prevent the interstate transportation of certain plants) was expanded in 2008 to include logging.

I was going to blame this on Bush but...

He vetoed the Farm Bill that this expansion was attached to. Twice! (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.)

Bush's veto was overridden by congress.

Yep. Guitar players can truly blame the democrats for this mess.

41 posted on 08/26/2011 12:26:27 PM PDT by Gena Bukin (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: RC one

I have, among many others, a ‘57 San Marino Blue Strat. No worries with that one. Maple neck, and whatever they were using for the bodies back then. But my ‘63 Sho Bud Fingertip has Rosewood aprons and necks.


42 posted on 08/26/2011 12:32:03 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Nice. I was looking for a strat when I bought my tele but I liked it so much when I played it I couldn’t resist. So now I’m torn on my next guitar purchase between a strat with a floyd rose tremolo or a Jackson Randy Rhoads model with floyd rose. I think I’ll have them both eventually.


43 posted on 08/26/2011 1:33:51 PM PDT by RC one (NO MORE RINOs!!!)
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To: squarebarb
I own a martin D-18 made in 1948. I bet I would be charged with something in a minute if ‘they’ knew I had it.
Its probably a fake but I'll give you $500 for it before the feds take it away from you ... ;-)
44 posted on 08/26/2011 1:34:23 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Gena Bukin; RC one

Mine’s a ‘76 Les Paul Standard bought new.
I think I’ll be playing it exclusively this weekend.


45 posted on 08/26/2011 2:04:11 PM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: Nachum
The Obama administration won't be happy until nothing is “Made in America”. Not even Americans.
46 posted on 08/26/2011 2:10:07 PM PDT by 444Flyer
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To: livius; Nachum
There was an article about this in the WSJ today. It’s not only Gibson, and not only guitars.

That article is in the WSJonline Opinion sction:

Seems some are also stripping the ivory and ebony keys out of their concert pianos and harpsichords because of this misguided nazi enforcment.

47 posted on 08/26/2011 2:40:54 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: RC one
Sweet Tele!

I've got a Mexican-made 50s Classic series. Really a decent guitar! Big fat neck just like I like 'em! Got a few others kicking around the house that I plug into a Marshall stack (that I gotta get repaired because my toddler left it turned on all day while I was at work with nothing plugged in to it. Not good for a tube amp. Fried something inside).

48 posted on 08/26/2011 2:41:27 PM PDT by Gena Bukin (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: brityank

Yes, this was bizarre beyond words. One of these people replaced his ivory keys with plastic so that he wouldn’t have any problems.


49 posted on 08/26/2011 3:28:21 PM PDT by livius
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To: RC one

Teles? Don’t even ask! I had five, but am down to four, as i gave a mint ‘86 MIJ to my amp tech. My favorite is a frat boy abused ‘91 MIJ, that I put a late ‘60’s maple neck on. It’s my Gatton/Hellecasters guitar. It’s 2 feet away as I peck out this post.


50 posted on 08/26/2011 3:33:43 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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