8/26/2011

Tyranny Alert: Feds Turn Sights On Big Guitar and Big Wood Industries

Posted by Brian
Do you own a vintage or guitar?  Better make sure all of your documentation is in order.  The Federal Government has decided that one of the greatest dangers to life as we know it is the type of wood used to make instruments such as Gibson guitars, woodwind instruments, and even bagpipes, which all use ebony woods. The Feds are comparing the smuggling of some of these hardwoods to "blood diamonds".  Just a little strong on the hyperbole.  But this is the M.O. of this administration and the leftists - Use the most extreme example to describe whatever it is that they are currently targeting. Tea Partiers are "terrorists" or "Nazi's".  Illegal immigration and gay marriage are inexplicably compared to the 60's Civil Rights Movement.  It appears that the best way to stay out of the sights of the feds is to dress up in paramilitary gear, stand out in front of a voting pricinct wearing dark sunglasses, carrying a nightstick, and intimidating white voters.
So tell me again: What does tyranny look like? 

Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear

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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