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Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense
Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2013 | Editorial

Posted on 05/24/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by rktman

IRS Scandal: The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood that its competitors also used was another targeting by this administration of its political enemies.

On Aug. 24, 2011, federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. One of the top makers of acoustic and electric guitars, including the iconic Les Paul introduced in 1952, Gibson was accused of using wood illegally obtained in violation of the century-old Lacey Act, which outlaws trafficking in flora and fauna the harvesting of which had broken foreign laws.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: didiots; intimidation; irs
After learning that the Gibson folks supported the "wrong" people I had little doubt that this was pay back for not supporting the "right" people. What a tangled web eh? But, most folks only care about angelina jolie or bee-ontz-eh being pregnant. Sad. Very sad.
1 posted on 05/24/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

What percentage of guitar players are white? Maybe Eric Holder can answer that question. Think ‘tanning salon tax’ in 0bamacare. Purely racist. Purely punitive against whites.


2 posted on 05/24/2013 9:54:26 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: rktman

Proud owner of a 335 and SG-standard. Maybe it’s time for a third Gibson axe.


3 posted on 05/24/2013 9:55:31 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Did you read the complete article?


4 posted on 05/24/2013 9:57:05 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: rktman

Yep, payback for daring to support a Republican.


5 posted on 05/24/2013 10:02:04 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I had never heard of the tanning salon tax. Just did a little research. This administration is completely out of control!!! We are in the USSA


6 posted on 05/24/2013 10:03:10 AM PDT by Moleman
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To: rktman; Scoutmaster

From a previous thread about the same article

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3023205/posts?page=46#46


7 posted on 05/24/2013 10:04:34 AM PDT by Roccus
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8 posted on 05/24/2013 10:05:41 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: rktman

Back when it happened, we all knew why:

http://landmarkreport.com/andrew/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitar-a-republican-donor

This unfortunate event begs the question, Why Gibson?

Putting aside the presumably misguided motivation to enforce another sovereign nation’s laws, why would a homegrown American company be the target of the Department of Justice in the first place?
It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. According to the Open Secrets database, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats. (The CEA did, however, contribute more to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.)

When warrants as ridiculous such as these are issued and executed, there appears no other reason than because the company or individual at hand is being targeted, not because there is any sort of wrongdoing. As a company, Gibson is a legendary. They’ve done nothing wrong, except, apparently, deigning to have a Republican CEO.

The plot thickens, however.

One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

The Gibson facility wasn’t raided over allegations of tax evasion, charges of embezzlement, or even something as drab as child labor. Not even close. It was raided over what the DOJ deems an inability to follow a vague domestic trade law in India (one that apparently the Indian government didn’t seem too concerned about enforcing) regarding a specific type of wood. Not illegal wood, just wood with obscenely specific procedural guidelines.

Stand with Gibson: They have the Law on their side, just not the government.
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9 posted on 05/24/2013 10:08:10 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Huskrrrr

To avoid any possible raids on my house, I only have one guitar with a rosewood fretboard. Gibson made ‘65 Kalamazoo Epiphone Riviera that I bought new. All my other guitars have maple fretboards so maybe I’m safe. Unless the maple was imported from Madagascar or something.


10 posted on 05/24/2013 10:11:31 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman
I said this very thing the day it happened!
11 posted on 05/24/2013 10:24:48 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Huskrrrr
Proud owner of a 335 and SG-standard. Maybe it’s time for a third Gibson axe.

Proud new owner of a new Gibson Hummingbird, given to me by my wife on my 62nd birthday. This brings me to 6 great guitars.

FMCDH(BITS)

12 posted on 05/24/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: rktman

Who’s the lame brain who ordered out the SWAT team?


13 posted on 05/24/2013 11:10:07 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill

Not sure but those strings at high tension can be very dangerous. But I can tell you for certain that king hussein only learned about it on the evening news like the rest of us commoners. (the king needs a “swat” team to keep the flies off of him)


14 posted on 05/24/2013 11:18:36 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman
By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.
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15 posted on 05/24/2013 11:27:00 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Tupelo

He only played a marine. And, he was gay. Surprise, surprise, surprise. LOL!


16 posted on 05/24/2013 11:33:07 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman

My daughter’s Hummingbird sounds great live and on recordings. She also has a ‘58 custom shop SG reissue that she won in NYC last year. She doesn’t play it but I have, and it sounds good! Love their guitars even though I can’t play worth a darn.


17 posted on 05/24/2013 12:00:33 PM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Apparently Gibson was non-union; another big no no.

The federal SWAT gestapo reportedly terrorized employees at gunpoint as well as stealing hundreds of thousands of $$$ worth of computers, equipment, stock and merchandise.

Didn’t Gibson sue and win their case (at considerable cost)?

Guitars have to be assembled out of country now - how many American jobs were destroyed?

Wonder if they ever get any of their plundered stuff back? Wonder how many democrats and union thugs have those stolen guitars on their wall?

Gestapo government... Ain’t it swell?


18 posted on 05/24/2013 12:32:45 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: Huskrrrr

As drummer my hats off to you. Always loved the sound of a 335.


19 posted on 05/24/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: rktman

Can Gibson sue Obama and the Democrat party for damages?


20 posted on 05/24/2013 12:55:36 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta
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To: rktman

The People’s Republic of Obamastan.


21 posted on 05/24/2013 2:18:01 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: jmacusa

Thanks, my favorite for sure.


22 posted on 05/24/2013 9:17:31 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Roccus; rktman
Thanks. Here's a better description of the 2011 raid and what went on.

2011 raid

If you have any interest in the 2009, then here's one synopsis I wrote of it: 2009 Raids.

23 posted on 05/25/2013 4:49:37 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (What happens over the rainbow stays over the rainbow)
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To: Scoutmaster

Yeah, I remember the earlier raid too. I found it odd then that Gibson was the only one “attacked” since the other makers use the same stuff. I have a ‘65 Gibson made Kalamazoo Epiphone Riviera with a rose wood fingerboard. Since I don’t have the receipt any more (bought in new in ABQ, NM) I don’t know if I would trust taking it out of the country for fear of it being “liberated” coming back in. The other axes[4 Strats, 1 Tele] all have maple fingerboards (less a 2011 Tak acoustic). I hope they’re safe. LOL!


24 posted on 05/25/2013 6:11:32 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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