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Does that Gibson Guitar raid make more sense now? (Think IRS)
Hot Air ^ | May 26 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 05/26/2013 9:09:13 AM PDT by Hojczyk

An editorial at Investors Business Daily may wind up being filed under how did I miss this one? Following the recent revelations of cases where the administration appears to have used the muscle of the federal government to go after its political enemies, IBD takes a walk down memory lane to the strange case of Gibson Guitars and the federal raids on their facilities for alleged illegal importing of exotic woods used in their products. They reach one provocative conclusion.

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…

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized? Well, let’s see… maybe C.F. Martin was getting their supplies from a properly regulated source? No. Did they fill out some forms that Gibson forgot to submit? No… so what could it be?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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.

“We feel that Gibson was inappropriately targeted,” Juszkiewicz said at the time, adding the matter “could have been addressed with a simple contact (from) a caring human being representing the government. Instead, the government used violent and hostile means.” The end of that story was a travesty, with Gibson being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in a settlement where there was no finding of criminal action just so they could get back to business. At the time of the judgement, our own Mary Katharine Ham covered the story and found a lot wrong with it, but even she didn’t seem to suspect this situation. And in retrospect, it doesn’t seem all that surprising.

While all this was going on, there was plenty of reason to suspect that there was politics of some sort involved. With Democrats in control of the White House and the Senate, it didn’t seem much of a stretch to think that the eco-warriors were in full throated, chest thumping mode and they would be pushing the limits to show how much they were doing to save the planet. The Gibson story, with its hook of endangered forests and evil manufacturing giants stripping the land, was a perfect fit. But I don’t think many of us imagined that even the Obama administration would be so blatant as to simply launch a police state style attack on a company which supported their enemies while leaving friendly, Democrat donating competitors alone. Or at least I didn’t.

Is this paranoid, tinfoil hat territory? I assure you that Obama supporters reading this will declare it to be exactly that. But given what we’ve been finding in the news recently, is it really that far fetched? Not any more.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: corruption; criminalgovernment; democrats; gibsonguitar; govtabuse; irs; irsbrownshirts; obama; rapeofliberty; tyranny

1 posted on 05/26/2013 9:09:13 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

The SA one does, to me. Votes are one thing. Demoralization is going on in the other corner.


2 posted on 05/26/2013 9:11:50 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Hojczyk

FReepers knew what was going down when it happened


3 posted on 05/26/2013 9:12:21 AM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48
Glenn Beck coined the appropriate term:


4 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:26 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Hojczyk
Obama is a terrorist and as president he has many tools for terrorizing the America he hates so much.

Just ask his victims.

5 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:44 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

The IRS...Obama’s Internal Revenge Service.


6 posted on 05/26/2013 9:19:51 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: Hojczyk

Everything makes sense where conservatives of all stripes are exposed as such ny this efin POS regime.
The criminal in the White Hut is the enemy.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 9:21:57 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Hojczyk

Can those people singled out for persecution sue the IRS? Sue Obama? What are he legalities here? Even a regular company audit where nothing is found can run into the thousands of dollars.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 9:22:18 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Hojczyk

Yes, we pretty well knew this to be the case though now the proof is very clear. It was political profiling of their (Obama and his helpers like Schumer writing letters to the IRS) political opponents. Revenge with the arm of the Internal Revenue Service. All People who were involved need to go to prison.


9 posted on 05/26/2013 9:25:17 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Hojczyk

I want to know how this culture of intimidation formed and the steps to be taken to prevent it from recurring.

Something like a Sarbanes Oxley act on government intimidation. Make them prove by audit that they comply with this new regulation.

Instead the GAO parties lavishly in Las Vegas with nothing to show for it.


10 posted on 05/26/2013 9:25:33 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: digger48

“FReepers knew what was going down when it happened”

Exactly. We already new what this thug was all about.


11 posted on 05/26/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Hojczyk

I recall a report of an EPA thug. His boast to copy the Romans.
Walk into town and pick one or two for execution. The rest will be silent and meek for a few years.
That’s what the EPA did, they targeted one or two for extreme abuse as a lesson and example to others.

Such is the US government under 0bama.


12 posted on 05/26/2013 9:31:08 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Hojczyk

Mayvbe if a few of these jackboots get themselves shot they will start thinking twice about barging in the front door with guns drawn.


13 posted on 05/26/2013 9:35:01 AM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: Hojczyk

The “historical” lesson learned from the 2012 “elections” is that you can’t beat the worst president this country has ever seen when you and your supporters have got giant targets painted on their back and the sitting POTUS turns all of the government agencies loose to harass, intimidate and threaten you. A lesson every politician in Chicago knows quite well.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 9:37:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Hojczyk

I just recently bought a Gibson for this reason. I always wanted a Martin but I wouldn’t get one now if it made me sound like Eric Clapton.


15 posted on 05/26/2013 9:43:44 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Hojczyk

then there is this.....
KNOXVILLE — The FBI and IRS locked down Pilot Flying J headquarters in West Knoxville today while executing a search warrant.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Marshall Stone said that FBI and IRS agents arrived at the corporate headquarters on Lonas Road this afternoon as part of a “ongoing investigation.” Stone declined to provide specifics of the raid.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/15/fbi-locks-down-pilot-headquarters/

The company is owned by the Haslem family, brother of Governor Bill Haslem of Tennessee who nixed the state exchange


16 posted on 05/26/2013 9:45:40 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: digger48

With only one or two exceptions FReepers connected the dots just fine.


17 posted on 05/26/2013 9:47:19 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Steven Tyler

And if any of you bible-clinging, gun-loving hicks want to start any funny business, well, you know we have a zillion hollow point bullets and thousands of homeland security thugs ready to stop you.

It’s going to take a military coup to remove these communists
from power.


18 posted on 05/26/2013 9:49:42 AM PDT by reaganbooster (The democrat party symbol should be the grim reaper instead of the donkey.)
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To: Hojczyk
I bought my Les Paul Custom thanks to them targeting Gibson.

I had always wanted to replace one that was stolen, but couldn't justify spending the money until GuvCo went after them.

I'm sure the Richlite fret board is wonderful and I applaud Gibson's "show must go on" spirit for taking that solution after GuvCo took their property, but the ebony plays as originally intended and protests much better.

Support America and protest obama and the GuvCo Beast: Buy and Play Gibson Guitars!

19 posted on 05/26/2013 9:50:48 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Hojczyk

That was pretty obvious from the start.


20 posted on 05/26/2013 9:51:43 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Hojczyk

21 posted on 05/26/2013 9:52:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Hojczyk

Judge Roberts and Obamacare suddenly make sense...


22 posted on 05/26/2013 9:53:12 AM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: Hojczyk

And Obama said that he will take revenge on his enemies.


23 posted on 05/26/2013 9:57:31 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: RoosterRedux

IRS - Intimidation Reigns Supreme


24 posted on 05/26/2013 10:14:32 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Hojczyk; All

is a 22 minute expose of the raid on Mountain Pure Water, and has info from Henry Juszkiewicz of Gibson included, as well as Duncan Outdoor.

Watch it all.

25 posted on 05/26/2013 10:25:13 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Hojczyk

Seems like a lot of people need to pay back prison time for their misuse of government authority. Is there a statute of limitations on this kind of thing?


26 posted on 05/26/2013 10:42:49 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Hojczyk

Third world president, third world justice.


27 posted on 05/26/2013 10:59:28 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery)
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To: left that other site

*~ping~*


28 posted on 05/26/2013 11:19:13 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: Hojczyk
I'm posting this on everyone of these -you want to follow this back. GMC dealerships closed, Gibson Guitars, IRS audits, favored union over bondholders,

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us, and they better be ready, because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.”

It all ties in to the government employee unions. THAT'S where the rot is. Because these faceless little Eichmann bureaucrats CAN'T be fired and are going to sabotage our country in order to protect their little fiefdoms, pensions, expense accounts and salaries.

Those are the little cockroaches that need to be ferreted out and imprisoned or fired. Start at IRS, TSA, every flag officer that signed off on the Gay agenda and State. Every single political appointee needs to be fired or put on a list for observation and scrutiny in order to file charges of tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud or any number of legal statutes these punks have violated.

Not inclusive of violating our trust in government and our constitution.

29 posted on 05/26/2013 11:24:02 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Hojczyk; yorkie

30 posted on 05/26/2013 11:52:37 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: GBA

Mine has Ebony too.

And I LOVE it!


31 posted on 05/26/2013 11:56:51 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: Hojczyk

And let’s not forget Government Motors. R and conservative owners were stripped of their dealerships, while D’s were not. All this will come out and become clear and it won’t be pretty for Dems.


32 posted on 05/26/2013 12:11:14 PM PDT by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: left that other site

LOL!


33 posted on 05/26/2013 1:21:08 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Hojczyk

Let’s not forget that they also closed republican GM dealers too.


34 posted on 05/26/2013 1:31:51 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: Girlene

Rock On!


35 posted on 05/26/2013 1:55:13 PM 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: Does so

...bump for later...


36 posted on 05/26/2013 2:54:50 PM PDT by Does so (Progressives Don't Know the Meaning of INFRINGED...)
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To: reaganbooster
It’s going to take a military coup to remove these communists from power.


37 posted on 05/26/2013 5:59:34 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: left that other site

Excellent! Who do I pay copyright royalties to? I put that in my wallpaper rotation.


38 posted on 05/26/2013 6:30:30 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA

I don’t know who created that graphic, but I have been saving it since the Gibson incident occurred!
Enjoy!


39 posted on 05/26/2013 6:44:25 PM 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: bert

From the article: “Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully.”

What matter? This is just Chicago thug BS!


40 posted on 05/27/2013 7:23:35 AM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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