Wednesday, October 05, 2011

"We Stand with Gibson" Rally and Concert

What: A Rally and Free Concert to show support for Gibson Guitar

When: Saturday October 8 from 2-4 P.M.

: Parking Lot of the Scoreboard Restaurant, Nashville


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 citizens who grant government its power and authority, MUST act to hold government accountable when that power is abused. Please join us on October 8 in Nashville and Stand with Gibson.

Those attending will include Gibson Chairman and CEO Mr. Henry Juszkiewicz and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), pictured below:


At 10/05/2011 4:28 PM, Blogger Michael Hoff said...

Fish and Wildlife stormed the place with guns. Too bad... well, I better stop there.

At 10/05/2011 4:49 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As background:

- while a police-style-raid with guns is too much,
- Gibson IS alleged to have violated a federal law against trade in certain wood (among other wildlife), and which law has been adopted internationally
- Gibson was already on notice of their problems with..."undocumented materials" they had been investigated for this previously.

At 10/05/2011 4:57 PM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

Well....Gibson did lie on trade documents. If there is no sanction for intentionally lying, then why have any laws?

Like many stories in the left- or right-wing echo chambers, the truth is more nuanced.....

At 10/05/2011 5:25 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

5years and 250K in fines for some....

At 10/05/2011 5:25 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

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At 10/05/2011 6:31 PM, Blogger Che is dead said...

Once again, the left-wing hallelujah chorus, led by "Benji" and Steve, has gotten the facts of the case wrong. The wood in question is used by every guitar manufacturer in the U.S.. It is not the wood that was used that has led to these raids, but the amount of value added by Gibson:

Gibson Guitars Raid and Fallout Over Illegal Wood

Like I said, every guitar manufacturer uses this wood, but not every manufacturer is owned and operated by a Democrat Party stooge and Obama groupie:

It has come out that Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor. Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn’t raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations. Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously. … If nothing else, this incident illustrates the misguided priorities of the Obama administration. Harassing American businesses on frivolous grounds is not exactly what our economy needs at the moment. But the anti-business Obama administration just can’t help itself. -- Hot Air

The Obama administration is both corrupt and petty. Let's all hope for a change.

At 10/05/2011 7:02 PM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

"In an affidavit, agent John Rayfield of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said U.S. Customs agents in June detained a shipment of sawn ebony logs from India.
The paperwork accompanying the shipment identified it fraudulently as Indian ebony fingerboards for guitars and it did not say it was going to Gibson, the affidavit said."

Okay, so Gibson falsified paperwork and lied, possibly to get a leg up on competitors who were complying with he law. --of such stuff heroes are made?

Yes, they wanted the wood from India--and they should work to change laws that prevent them from getting that wood in a shape or size that they want. However, the law must be complied with, even if it is a bad law. We should not pick and choose the laws we want.

Gibson, with the easy deluded right-wing echo chamber is full throat, is trying the PR route to solving its criminal activities.

Simply breaking the law, or committing perjury, is not heroic.

Try to get bad laws changed. In a democracy, that's how it works.

At 10/05/2011 7:11 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Fish and Wildlife stormed the place with guns. Too bad... well, I better stop there."

I believe they also carried fishing poles.

At 10/05/2011 7:29 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"However, the law must be complied with, even if it is a bad law. We should not pick and choose the laws we want."

MLK would disagree:

"There are just laws and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all... One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly...I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law."

Others will have to decide whether regulations on importing wood rise to this level.

At 10/06/2011 9:28 AM, Blogger Eric H said...

"Others will have to decide whether regulations on importing wood rise to this level."

Or whether it is any business of the U.S. Federal government to enforce the wood finishing laws of another country.

I'm expecting to hear of another fish & wildlife raid on Monsanto's offices any day now. After all, they are planting their illegal, genetically modified plants in India, jeopardizing their food supply. Surely our federal government cares as much about their food as we do about their wood finishing.


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