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  • Government Series II Les Paul

    02/03/2014 10:26:57 AM PST · by KingOfVagabonds · 19 replies
    Gibson.com ^ | 2/3/14 | Gibson.com
    Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.
  • What Gibson Guitars Did with the Wood the Government Returned

    02/02/2014 1:02:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-2-2014 | Victor Keith
    In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee. These raids were conducted due to the Lacey Act, which bans the importing of certain woods. The issue at hand was not that the wood was endangered or illegally harvested, but that it was not of the proper thickness that would have meant that some...
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • Stock tumbles after raid of Lumber Liquidators

    09/27/2013 12:32:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/27/2013
    Federal investigators raided the offices of Lumber Liquidators on Thursday, the company and authorities said. Stocks of the hardwood flooring retailer fell sharply on Friday as the news emerged, dropping just over 10% at midday. No arrests were made and the search warrants remain sealed, said Brandon Montgomery, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. He said the search involved special agents from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice. Lumber Liquidators (LL) suggested the investigation involved its importation of wood products, which come from "approximately 110 domestic and international mills...
  • Lumber Liquidators Import Probe Follows Gibson Guitar

    09/27/2013 12:04:01 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 09/27/2013 | James Detar
    Although details were initially sketchy, Lumber Liquidators' (LL) stock price plunged as much as 10% early Friday after a reported raid by federal investigators on its headquarters related to a probe of illegal imports. In a statement, the top flooring retailer with more than 300 stores nationwide, said it would provide to investigators information and documents related to the import of certain products. The Department of Homeland Security, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Justice conducted the raid, acting under a sealed court-issued warrant.
  • McKeon Panel’s Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Benghazi

    06/26/2013 6:17:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    SCVNews ^ | Jun 26, 2013 | Press Release
    [HASC] - The Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations received testimony in a classified briefing from three key figures involved in the response to the attack on Americans in Benghazi. General Carter Ham (ret), former Commander, AFRICOM; Lieutenant Colonel S.E. Gibson, former commander of the site security team at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli; and Rear Admiral Brian Losey, former commander, Special Operations Command Africa, all offered accounts of U.S. force posture and planning ahead of the attack, and actions taken during and after the attack. While the subcommittee will continue to carry out appropriate oversight, today’s witnesses did...
  • General Carter Ham Finally To Testify About Benghazi

    06/18/2013 5:14:33 AM PDT · by joygrace · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 17, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    General Carter Ham is scheduled to testify to the House Armed Services Committee on June 26 at a classified briefing about his knowledge of events that took place when the attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya happened last September, reports Fox News' Greta Van Susteren: Below is from my FNC colleague Justin Fishel: Subject: Fox First: General Carter Ham to testify on Benghazi for first time next week Fox News has learned that the House Armed Services Committee will hold a classified briefing next Weds June 26 at 9:00 on Benghazi. Briefers will include: Gen....
  • Obama had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican

    05/24/2013 5:21:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 24, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog President Obama had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican donor President Obama had armed SWAT agents raid the Gibson guitar factory, ordered the employees to leave, and seized guitars and other property from the factory – and all of this happened without any charges being filed.It was later reported that Gibson had not broken any U.S. laws.Obama’s so-called justification for the raid was that Gibson had broken environmental laws from India regarding the imported wood that Gibson had been using.Gibson claimed that it had not broken any...
  • Ed Markey Cheered Gov't Witch Hunt Against Gibson Guitar

    05/22/2013 8:49:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 05/21/2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The persecution and prosecution of Gibson Guitar stands out as a prime example of government overreach, similar to IRS Tea Party targeting. This video explains the insanity of the raid and ultimate charges — very technical and disputed interpretations of Indian law as to the importation of wood used in the guitars. This had nothing to do with conservation or protection of forests, it had to do with India keeping jobs in India, and insane paperwork requirements in the U.S. The trees would have been cut and the wood used regardless of how Gibson....Civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate wrote about...
  • Remember When Obama and Holder Went After Gibson Guitars? Now, it All Makes Sense.

    05/20/2013 12:41:35 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 61 replies
    MinuteManNews ^ | 20 May 2013 | Staff
    Remember Obama and Eric Holder’s attack on Gibson Guitars? Back in 2009 the Obama regime raided Gibson Guitars and demanded that its woodwork labor be done overseas. The original excuse by the Obama regime for their raid on Gibson Guitars was ‘environmental concerns.’ Court documents however, revealed that the raid and legal hassles were from a non-environmental question — which country is working on the wood? That’s right, the Obama regime wanted the ‘fingerboards’ produced outside the U.S. In something that was overlooked at the time but makes a lot more sense now, the Gibson Guitars CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz...
  • Sen. Graham challenges Joint Chiefs' Chairman on Benghazi testimony

    05/09/2013 4:51:55 PM PDT · by what's up · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2013 | James Rosen
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a sharp and unusual challenge to the truthfulness of the nation’s top uniformed military commander on Thursday, demanding that U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, return to Capitol Hill to provide fresh testimony on the Benghazi attacks. The point of contention involved whether any military officers issued an order to U.S. armed forces personnel on the night of Sept. 11, when the U.S. consulate and a nearby annex came under terrorist attack, to “stand down” from providing assistance. “I asked [Gen. Dempsey] directly,” Graham said in an exclusive interview...
  • Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks

    05/06/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday May 6, 2013
    The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa. The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday. According to excerpts released Monday,...
  • Gibson remains CEO of Righthaven, appeals to continue

    11/01/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    vegas inc ^ | 31 October 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright lawsuit saga will continue indefinitely after a judge on Wednesday blocked efforts to have Righthaven's CEO fired and its appeals canceled. Righthaven is known for filing 275 no-warning lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. As a company, as opposed to being a law firm, Righthaven had acquired copyrights from the newspapers for lawsuit purposes. It sued individuals, companies and nonprofits it claimed infringed on the copyrights by posting content from the newspapers online without authorization. The company essentially shut down last year after judges in three...
  • 5 wild things Ted Nugent said, including anti-Obama rant, during Fort Worth show

    08/26/2012 11:47:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 08/26/12 | Brenna Rushing
    Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent made a rambunctious stop on his “Great White Buffalo Tour” at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Saturday night. “Uncle Ted,” as he lovingly calls himself, took plenty of shots at President Barack Obama while his “hunting buddies” (the audience) rocked out to his raging glam metal. Nugent is notorious for running his mouth about topics like hunting laws, gun rights, and the current state of the government, and this Stockyards crowd was ready and waiting. Here are the top five jaw-dropping statements from Nugent on Saturday night:
  • CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood

    08/20/2012 1:18:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Landmark Report ^ | August 27, 2011 | Andrew Lawton
    On Thursday, the iconic Gibson Guitar Corporation issued a press release stating that government officials raided their Tennessee manufacturing facility over warrants concerning the legality of the importation of wood purchased from India that they use in their world famous guitars. The wood–which is certified and regulated by the Forest Stewardship Council–is not illegal, but rather subject to a domestic law in India frowns upon the processing of this wood by non-Indians. (Gibson uses American labor for the processing.) Gibson’s press release claims that, while this incident marks the second raid of their facility in around two years, this is...
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Strikes Deal with Justice Dept. to Avoid Prosecution

    08/06/2012 10:38:28 AM PDT · by kingattax · 68 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-6-12 | Bridget Johnson
    Gibson Guitar Corp. agreed to settle charges that it illegally purchased and imported ebony wood from Madagascar and rosewood and ebony from India, the Justice Department said today. The company will pay a $300,000 fine under a criminal enforcement agreement that defers prosecution for criminal violations of the Lacey Act. Another $50,000 fine will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation “to be used to promote the conservation, identification and propagation of protected tree species used in the musical instrument industry and the forests where those species are found.” Since May 2008, it has been illegal under the Lacey...
  • Feds threaten to disrupt summer concerts

    05/18/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    Lawmakers are scrambling to save the summer concert season from federal agents poised to seize the instruments of rock and country stars because the wood used to make them may have been illegally harvested--and without their knowledge. “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars,” said Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander, whose state is home to famed Gibson Guitars used by bands and stars like Van Halen, the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Ted Nugent and Paul McCartney, said Friday that he and Oregon...
  • Gibson Guitar case drags on with no sign of criminal charges

    04/12/2012 12:39:01 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12 2012 | Fox News
    t was seven months ago that federal agents with guns drawn raided the Gibson guitar factories in Nashville and Memphis. A half million dollars worth of Indian rosewood and ebony was seized under the premise that it had been imported illegally. The feds also took a number of guitars and computer hard drives. The factory was shut down for the day and employees told to go home. Yet after all this time, the Department of Justice has shown no sign that it will file criminal charges against Gibson. What’s more – it has been almost 3 years since federal agents...
  • 10-foot Gibson guitars arrive in Waukesha

    02/01/2012 11:51:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 2-1-12 | Laurel Walker
    Waukesha - Ten 10-foot tall guitars, modeled after the Les Paul Gibson, arrived on a flatbed trailer - guarded by a mammoth fiberglass bulldog - Tuesday morning, a sure sign that the GuitarTown Project is for real. The Gibson Foundation and Mayor Jeff Scrima announced earlier this month that Waukesha had been selected for the project, following on the heels of cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville and London. In other GuitarTown Project cities, the guitars typically were decorated by artists, often signed by celebrities and auctioned off to raise money for charity. Later Tuesday, a Waukesha steering committee planned...
  • Why Gibson guitars ran afoul of logging rules, and why activists are in Anaheim for NAMM

    01/20/2012 3:33:45 AM PST · by Son House · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Southern California Public Radio ^ | Jan. 19, 2012 | Molly Peterson
    Over the last few years, guitars and a sort of obscure law against illegal logging have come into conflict. Environmental activists are in Anaheim today, at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, to do a raising awareness song-and-dance about this. Literally: they've got a musician with them. The guitars are Gibsons, and the law is the Lacey Act. An NPR colleague reported on this issue from Tennessee last year. Gibson is just a flash point: federal law enforcement officials have investigated the company on the suspicion that it broke laws in India and Madagascar. The Lacey Act makes...
  • Peter Frampton Reunites With Missing Guitar 31 Years Later

    01/05/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4 Jan 2012 | Erin Carlson
    Peter Frampton and his favorite guitar are together again following a 31-year estrangement, the New York Times reports. The singer, who played the Gibson Electric Guitar on his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!, assumed the instrument had been wrecked in 1980 when a cargo plane crashed in Caracas, Venezuela, en route to Frampton's concert in Panama. As it happened, the guitar was recovered -- and sold to a musician on the Caribbean island of Curacao. “For 30 years, it didn’t exist – it went up in a puff of smoke as far as I was concerned,” Frampton told The Times...
  • Court hearing over seized Gibson wood delayed

    12/12/2011 10:38:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via WKRN-2 ^ | 12/12/11
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal court hearing over wood seized from Gibson Guitar Corp. has been pushed back from Monday to Jan. 30. Federal prosecutors and Gibson Guitar Corp. asked for the hearing to be rescheduled, but court documents don't give a reason for the delay. Nashville-based Gibson is contesting a judge's ruling that the company must wait until a criminal investigation is complete before proceeding with efforts to reclaim wood seized by the government.
  • The Government and the Guitar Man

    11/13/2011 1:15:54 PM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/12/2011 | Nancy deWolf Smith
    On Aug. 24, federal agents descended on three factories and the Nashville corporate headquarters of the Gibson Guitar Corp. Accompanied by armored SWAT teams with automatic weapons, agents from the Fish and Wildlife Service swarmed the factories, threatening bewildered luthiers, or guitar craftsman, and other frightened employees. A smaller horde invaded the office of CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, pawing through it all day while an armed man stood in the door to block his way. "I was pretty upset," Mr. Juszkiewicz says now, sitting outside that same office. "But you can only do so much when there's a gun in your...
  • Newt on the Gibson Guitar Raids

    11/13/2011 5:04:05 PM PST · by Maceman · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 16, 2011 | Newt Gingrich
    Newt on the Gibson Guitar Raids
  • A different type of protest: Hundreds rally in support of Gibson Guitars (VIDEO)

    10/10/2011 4:48:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/10/2011 | Tina Korbe
    As the Occupy Wall Street protests grow “increasingly debauched,” Tea Partiers in Tennessee remind us what a polite, impassioned and principled protest looks like:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Hundreds of Gibson Guitar supporters rallied for the legendary guitar factory at a dual demonstration-concert in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday, following a federal raid in August over the company’s importation practices.The “We Stand With Gibson” rally drew about 500 attendees, including members of the Tea Party, according to the Tennessean. Some carried signs that read “Who’s next“ and ”When they come for you, who will be left to speak?”Gibson supporters have railed...
  • After Gibson Raid, Other Guitar Makers at Risk of Breaking Law

    10/05/2011 11:39:47 PM PDT · by Gene Eric · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 05, 2011 | John Roberts
    It's as sweet a sound as you can imagine. A $10,000 guitar expertly crafted by the hands of Dave Berkowitz, a master luthier in Washington, D.C. But Berkowitz's guitars include fretboards and bridges made from Indian rosewood and ebony, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service declared to be illegal to import in its actions against Gibson Guitar back in August. Now, every time Berkowitz uses that wood to build his immaculate instruments, he is potentially breaking the law. "I use the exact same ebony and rosewood fingerboards that were confiscated in August from Gibson," Berkowitz told Fox News. Does...
  • Perry Stands With Gibson

    10/01/2011 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Missouri News ^ | October 1, 2011
    During a campaign stop in Memphis this week, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry adeptly played to the rhetoric of unrest reverberating around Tennessee and beyond as a result of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s raid on Gibson Guitars. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, himself a critic of the Gibson raid and one of Tennessee’s highest profile Perry supporters, introduced the Texas governor during a lunchtime fundraiser at the Memphis Botanical Gardens. Before striding to the mic, Perry took a quick detour over to the guitar player in the corner of the room. “Let me come over here and make sure...
  • Feds to Gibson: Hand over more wood

    09/30/2011 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    http://www.bizjournals.com ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | Annie Johnson
    Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars. The complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and mirrors a 2010 action that sought official forfeiture of wood obtained in a 2009 raid of Gibson facilities. The latter of those cases has been stayed, pending the outcome of the most recent suit. As has been the case in previous allegations, at issue is the classification of certain wood imported to the United States from...
  • We Stand With Gibson Guitar Rally and Concert Sat Oct 8 Nashville

    09/28/2011 10:28:00 AM PDT · by Taxophobic · 20 replies
    Gibson Rally HQ ^ | Rally Sponsors
    What: A Rally and Free Concert to show our support for Gibson Guitar When: Saturday Oct 8 2-4PM Where: Parking Lot of the Scoreboard Restaurant, Nashville (See website for MAP) Website: http://GibsonRally.com Why: Federal agents raided two Gibson factories in August and confiscated part of the production inventory of this 100 year old American Manufacturer and Employer. This abuse of federal power must not go unanswered. We, the citizenswho grant government its power and authority, MUST act to hold government accountable when that power is abused. Please join us on Oct 8 in Nashville and Stand with Gibson.
  • Stand up for Gibson

    09/23/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT · by KyGeezer · 18 replies
    Tennessee Tea Party ^ | 9/19/11 | Amy Kremer
    Saturday October 8,2011 2 - 4 p.m. (CDT) Scoreboard Resturant 2804 Music Valley Dr. Nashville TN (across from Opryland Hotel) We need your help: - PLEASE make plans to attend and help us support Gibson Guitar - If you have contacts with musical talent who would like to lend their support, please let us know - If you can help with security and staffing and promotion please let us know - Please spread the word by emailing the link to the website
  • Feds Still Mum on Reason for Gibson Raids

    09/21/2011 7:09:53 AM PDT · by indthkr · 31 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | 09/20/11 | Andy Meek
    Federal officials have shed a little light on last month’s raid of Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Memphis and Nashville – without really revealing much at all. In a letter dated Monday, Sept. 19, Christopher Mansour, the director of congressional and legislative affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, wrote to congressional leaders in broad terms about the federal Lacey Act. That’s the legislation that provided the backdrop of the Gibson raids. Their letter was in response to a letter sent by congressional leaders, including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,...
  • Gibson is playing a Tea Party tune

    09/20/2011 4:47:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/11 | Brendan Sasso
    Gibson, the maker of the iconic Les Paul electric guitar, has become an unlikely political symbol in the fight over regulations and the reach of government since the company protested federal raids on its factories last month. And its CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, has become a reluctant warrior against excessive government regulations. Juszkiewicz has become a hero to Tea Party groups for fighting back against the investigation. He has become a public face of the debate, and sat in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) box during President Obama’s address to Congress earlier this month. In his jobs speech last week, Boehner...
  • Weekly Republican Address: 9/17/11 by Peter Roskam of Illinois (Boeing & Gibson Mentioned!)

    09/18/2011 10:07:30 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/17/11 | P Roskam
    Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivers this week's address, highlighting some of our federal government's many burdensome regulations that hurt small businesses. The private sector will grow if government just gets out of the way. Job creation can only come from businesses with confidence and reducing regulations will give them the confidence to grow jobs in America. Visit http://jobs.gop.gov to see what we're doing to help.
  • Guitars, Guns, and Federal Excesses

    09/15/2011 4:55:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    firearmscoalition.org ^ | 5 September, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    On August 24, 2011, federal agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service raided offices and production facilities of the Gibson Guitar company. They sent workers home and confiscated several pallets of wood along with computer files and numerous guitars (amounting to about $2 million in lost production and property). This was the second raid on Gibson in as many years over questions about some of the wood the legendary guitar makers use in their products. The timing of the latest raid is convenient for the government as they are currently trying to convince a federal judge to indefinitely delay a...
  • The Feds Raiding Gibson Guitars VS The Feds Seeking Illegal Aliens Killing Americans. Well?

    09/13/2011 4:13:35 PM PDT · by Liberals_R_BiPolar_Turkeys · 14 replies
    So where was Obama during the Black Panther incident? Where was Obama when ACORN was registering dead people,Where was Obama when Americans were getting killed by Ilegals in Arizona? and he calls out the Fed to investigate Gibson Guitars? This is evidence that Obama hates white conservatives,especially businesses owned by them. Then again,us Freepers already knew that in 2008.
  • Gibson Guitars

    09/12/2011 4:11:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2011 | Mike Adams
    On the mantle above my fireplace there sits an old picture of my grandfather, Joe Dee Adams, Sr. The picture was taken some time during the Great Depression when he was a professional musician. It was actually his promo picture for the radio show he hosted on WSGN in Birmingham, Alabama. In it, he is holding an old Gibson acoustic guitar. No one in our family has any idea what happened to that old guitar. It was lost along with his purple heart from World War I some time before he passed away in the fall of 1978. His death...
  • Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for Judah Maccabee Movie (Exclusive)

    09/09/2011 10:30:21 AM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 89 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | Sept 9 2011 | Alex Ben Block, Daniel Miller
    "Casting him as a director or perhaps as the star of 'Judah Maccabee' is like casting Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission," says Rabbi Marvin Heir. Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee. SNIP
  • Mel Gibson And Joe Eszterhas To Collaborate On Film Telling Jewish Hero Judah Maccabee Story

    09/09/2011 6:34:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Deadline New York ^ | 9/8/11 | Mike Fleming
    It’s a project that will have everybody in Hollywood and beyond talking. I’ve learned that Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Eszterhas will write the script, and I understand that Gibson will collaborate with him. Joe Eszterhas Judah Maccabee MovieMaccabee teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. Gibson has the first option to direct but will definitely produce the film through...
  • Gibson CEO to Obama: Show Some Concern for Nation's Job Creators

    09/08/2011 6:59:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2011 | none stated
    -snip Juszkiewicz was House Speaker John Boehner’s guest at Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, in which he unveiled a $447 billion plan to jumpstart the weak economy. -snip The chief executive of Gibson Guitar Corp., which has been the target of two federal raids in the past two years over the exotic wood it uses to make the instruments, said Thursday he wants Obama to show some concern for the nation’s job creators.
  • GOP Inviting as Guest to Obama Speech the CEO of Company Raided by Feds [ Gibson not Solyndra ]

    09/08/2011 2:20:40 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 8 2011 | Tapper
    In addition to those Republican lawmakers who have announced – motivated, it seems, by disrespect — that they will decline to attend President Obama’s Thursday night jobs address to a joint session of Congress, Republicans are also taking the additional step of inviting a man whose company the Obama administration is investigating for possibly breaking the law. Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., will either sit in the House Gallery as the guest of his member of Congress, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (members of Congress each get to invite one guest to sit in that balcony), or he...
  • Embattled Guitar Exec to Attend Obama’s Speech

    09/07/2011 12:38:34 PM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/07/11 | Robert Costa
    Sources tell National Review Online that Gibson’s chairman and chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, will attend President Obama’s joint address to Congress on Thursday. Federal agents recently raided Gibson’s manufacturing facilities, suspecting that the company was using illegally-imported wood. Juszkiewicz has vocally defended Gibson’s practices and denied the allegations. “There’s no doubt we’re being persecuted,” he said in an interview with the Tennessean. “But while I was sitting in my conference room, while agents blocked the door to my office, I decided two things. One, we were going to try and fight this in court. Secondly, we were going to give...
  • Obama Is Looking Like America's Job-Killer-in-Chief (by Peter Schiff, Forbes)

    09/04/2011 12:56:32 PM PDT · by Clairity · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | Peter Schiff
    Friday morning, many on Wall Street were stunned by the big fat zero put up by the August jobs report, the worst showing in 11 months. The data convinced many previously optimistic economists that the United States will slip back into recession. As President Obama prepares to unveil a new plan for the Federal Government to create jobs, evidence is rapidly piling up on how his administration is actively destroying jobs with stunning efficiency. Recent examples of this trend are enough to make anyone with even a casual respect for America's former economic prowess hang their head in disgust. So...
  • Race Hustlers, “Green Jobs” and Government Guitars, Welcome To Progressive America

    09/04/2011 4:49:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2011 | Derek Hunter
    I was going to write about the Obama/Boehner speech timing dust-up this week, but that’s already over. And I was going to write about Obama’s upcoming “jobs speech” that will undoubtedly be all the rage this week, but what’s the point in writing a long piece about something that can be summed up thusly: blah, blah, I’m doing all I can. Blah, spend billions. Blah, infrastructure. Blah, inherited. Blah, let me be clear. Blah. Won’t people please stop not letting the man be clear? Just once? Read anything anyone has written about Obama’s other “major” speeches on jobs and you’ll...
  • Gibson: Feds Want Guitar Woodwork Done by Foreign Labor

    09/03/2011 6:52:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published September 02, 2011 | Judson Berger
    Gibson Guitar Corp. is claiming the Obama administration wants more of its woodwork done overseas, as a bizarre battle heats up between the government and one of the country's most renowned guitar makers. The dispute started in 2009, when federal agents raided the company over suspect wood shipments from Madagascar. Gibson took that case to court but has denounced the administration with a vengeance after agents returned late last month to raid several Gibson factories -- this time out of concern that Indian export laws had been violated. Though some reports on the dispute have cited environmental concerns, court documents...
  • Gibson: Feds Want Guitar Woodwork Done by Foreign Labor

    09/02/2011 8:01:23 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/02/11 | Judson Berger
    Gibson Guitar Corp. is claiming the Obama administration wants more of its woodwork done overseas, as a bizarre battle heats up between the government and one of the country's most renowned guitar makers. The dispute started in 2009, when federal agents raided the company over suspect wood shipments from Madagascar. Gibson took that case to court but has denounced the administration with a vengeance after agents returned late last month to raid several Gibson factories -- this time out of concern that Indian export laws had been violated. In an interview earlier this week, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz claimed that the...
  • Gibson CEO: Obama Administration Told Us Our Problems Would Go Away If We Used Madagascar Labor.....

    09/01/2011 4:47:56 AM PDT · by blueyon · 110 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/01/2011 | Jim Hoft
    Gibson CEO: Obama Administration Told Us Our Problems Would Go Away If We Used Madagascar Labor (Audio).......KMJ Radio host Chris Daniel interviewed Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz on Wednesday. Juszkiewicz told Chris that the Obama Administration told them, “Your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor.”
  • DOJ Advises Gibson Guitar to Export Labor to Madagascar

    09/01/2011 12:02:29 AM PDT · by Cymbaline · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | Wednesday, August 31st at 11:16PM EDT | Ben Howe
    The Gibson Guitar saga has taken a sinister turn. It seems that the Department of Justice wasn’t satisfied with merely raiding the law abiding factories of Gibson Guitar with armed agents, shutting down their operation costing them millions, and leaving the American company in the dark as to how to proceed without going out of business. Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.
  • Michelle Obama Gives French First Lady a Gibson Guitar (flashback to 2009)

    08/30/2011 1:50:33 PM PDT · by DFG · 34 replies
    Gibson ^ | 04/06/2009 | Gabriel Hernandez
    American First Lady Michelle Obama presented France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, with a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar “as a sign of friendship” over the weekend. The two first ladies met for the first time on Friday afternoon when President Barack Obama and his wife visited French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife at French Palace Rohan in Strasbourg, France. Mrs. Obama presented Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy with the Gibson guitar on Saturday before the first ladies visited the Cathedral de Norte Dame de Strasbourg, along with the rest of the NATO Summit spouses. The Gibson Hummingbird apparently hit the right chord with...
  • Dana with Gibson CEO - Henry Juszkiewicz (Audio)

    08/30/2011 9:07:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/30/11 | Dana Loesch
    Dana talks to Gibson CEO - Henry Juszkiewicz about the OVERSTEPPING of this administration - and the Dept. Of Justice raiding Gibson of inventory....AGAIN.
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid

    08/30/2011 3:31:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson Guitar Corp, YouTube.com ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Gibson Guitar Corp.
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: "Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence."