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INACTION JACKSON GUITAR POLICE: Holder (100% Douchebag) versus Gibson Guitars (Made in USA)

There are many many reasons why the industrial engine that once was the American economy now lies fallow. Zero Hedge readers are very well versed in these.

I don't know what kind of last minute half baked job creation nonsense Obama is planning to spout just before kick off time next Thursday night. But I do know one thing that that solar powered moron and his bankster loving halfwit AG don't know: America makes the best damn guitars in the whole wide world, bar none.

I have been thinking about what the administration is doing to the Gibson Guitar Corporation, the Cadillac of "Made in USA" guitars. The answer to our problems is likely to be found somewhere between Barry's pet solar powered stimulis project, Solyndra and the harassment of Gibson by Eric (Inaction Jackson) Holder's bankster loving DOJ in collaboration with the US Fish and Wild Life Service.

Solyndra is, or more accurately was, a US start-up manufacturer of solar panels. It just laid off approximately 1,900 employees, shut its doors and filed a bankruptcy petition. Solyndra received US government "stimulis loans of approximately $500 million, but was unable to come up with a business model capable of competing with low cost solar panels from guess where: China.

Gibson, along with several other American icons like like Fender, Martin and Taylor, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of fine guitars and other quality stringed instruments. It employs over 2,000 Americans. It has not borrowed a dime from the US government. It has a simple plan: people around the world will buy guitars that are designed and manufactured with love and care by American luthiers. It's primary competition is where? You guessed it: China.

There was a time when the American guitar industry was threatened to the verge of extinction by cheap foreign knock off manufacturers. It is still struggling in an intensely competitive global market. Nevertheless companies like Gibson have managed to hold their own on the basis of superior design and quality. 

Instead of studying what makes Gibson special, the Obama administration has decided to make it a target of more moron driven buffoonery. I am not going to go into the nitty details of it, you can read the link provided below. Google Gibson Guitars/Lacey Act and you will find tons of information and punditry.

The long or short of it is Gibson's factories were raided last week by armed Fish and Wildlife agents looking for evidence pertaining to possible violations of the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to import foreign exotic woods sourced in violation of the laws of the country of origin. In this case Indian rosewood fingerboards pre-finished in India by Indian craftsmen in accordance with Indian law.

The Lacey Act, as amended, is apparently a paradigm of regulatory ambiguity and confusing paperwork. It can be applied to a blatant violator of laws protecting endangered forest species as well as to a reputable manufacturer like Gibson. It can apply to the owners of small town guitar luthiers or retroactively to the owners of any vintage musical instrument.

More than 50% of Americans apparently own musical instruments, many of which were made before the Lacey Act was amended in 2008. The gun toting agents that raided Gibson, caused the factories to shut down and confiscated guitars, raw materials and tools, could be asking Grandma for the paperwork on her antique Bosendorfer before this is all over.

The irony is that Gibson's imported Indian rosewood fingerboards were apparently sourced in compliance with applicable Indian laws. The next irony is that the vast majority of illegal timber goes to what country? Hint: A country that lead in manufacturing cheap knock-off guitars and has lots of nouveau millionaries who like to sleep in $500,000 beds made from exotic foreign hardwoods.

I have many questions, but I am only going to ask one: Why the fuck is Holder's bankster loving DOJ harassing a uniquely successful American business like Gibson instead of hammering a mortgage fraudclosure racketeering factory like Bank of you know fucking who?  

Instead of asking Jeff Coremelt and Warren Bathtub for their folksy half assed job ideas on how to emulate China, Inc., Barry Obongo should be asking what kind of twisted clusterfucking priorities are causing a company like Gibson to get tied up in a web of poorly written red tape and sub-IQ enforcement zealotry.

As a musician, I enjoy an occasional visit to the internet guitar boards which are normally frequented by hoards of guitar geeks (I am one) and politically ambivalent musicians (I am not ambivalent though). Suddenly, those boards have lit up with all kinds of atypical political banter.

No, we will not turn the country we all love around simply by manufacturing the best guitars.

But we could begin to turn it around if enough people start asking the one question they should have been asking starting from a long time ago: What the fucking fuck? 

Gibson raids: Link






(This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie)

This scam is their scam, this scam ain't our scam
From California, to the Manhattan Island
From the subprime forest, to the bailed out whores
This scam wasn't made for you and me

As I was walking the Wall Street highway
I saw above me a swindler's skyway
I saw below me the fraudclosure valley
This scam wasn't made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed Greenspan's footsteps
To the leveraged quick sands of the fractionally reserved desert
And all around me that Keynesian voice was sounding
This scam wasn't made for you and me


The Bernanke bubbles rising as I was strolling
The 401ks, our savings in the dust clouds rolling
The ponzi fog was shifting and a voice come chanting
This scam wasn't made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it said JP somethin!
Now that side was'nt made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see the people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this scam was ever made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)





Monkey? MONKEY? I'm a fucking gorilla you clown!--Trading Places

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RemiG2010's picture

"Monkey? MONKEY? I'm a fucking gorilla you clown!--Trading Places"


True! So true!

Trifecta Man's picture

Incompetents love to control the competent.  Evil loves to control the incompetents to do the dirty work.

Bullionaire's picture

How about this.  Ask Obama if he likes music.  The answer will be "yes."  Then ask him which songs that he likes were played on Gibson guitars.  The answer will be "I don't know."  Suggest that this isn't very good "regulatory compliance," and that from now on unless he can identify songs played on Gibson guitars, he's not allowed to listen to them.



goldfish1's picture

What the fucking fuck?

The new decade's version of WWJD. About time we got loud and demonstrative about the fact that we're done taking their fukking shit.

williambanzai7's picture

It restores a certain amount of confidence in your fellow humanity to know you are not the only one who sees this bullshit for what it is.

Larry Darrell's picture



This is by far one of your best and most important contributions to the revolution of thought for the masses to date.  Thank you for continuing to do what you do.  I will be sending this link to everyone I think will take the time to read it and consider the ramifications.


Also, the comments on this thread are superb.  This is the first time I've heard this story, but you have all obviously been keeping a close eye on the ball.  Thank you to the commenters here as well.



williambanzai7's picture

Tnx, you never know what has the potential to resonate with people. I think this has very strong potential. plenty of Americans know Gibson.

Ergo's picture

As an attorney, I was horrified to read the news about raiding Gibson - or related news about arresting and forcing a plea deal on a man trying to import an old piano who ASKED how to fill out the paper work properly? 

Hiring lawyers to fight the government is an expensive process.  Most Americans can't afford it.  And these aren't people ignoring the law or doing something harmful.  Raiding them and confiscating their business supplies for testing - to determine compliance - is permanently damaging. 

SumSUN's picture

Oh shit!  Hal is watching the monkeys! haha.


OutLookingIn's picture

Business as usual in the good old US of A = S.N.A.F.U. or F.U.B.A.R. 

2discern's picture

WB hits another grand slam. Actually surprising the monitor screens show charts and stock flows in MOMO land. Isn't it usually porn?

williambanzai7's picture

I think they have learned not to display porn on their screens.

Pool Shark's picture

Great rant Will; perfect example of our "federal family" in action...

ihedgemyhedges's picture

Well, at least one smart guy has Zero Hedge pulled up on his screen......................

Careless Whisper's picture

Glam Genius Ace Frehley and His Les Paul;



JohnFrodo's picture

I feel threateded by professional axemen, Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton should be in jail.

nmewn's picture

Yes, ignorance of a newly minted law is no excuse!!!...they are all accesories to the crime!!!

They can share a cell with Michelle Antoinette and Sarkozy's main

Dr. Engali's picture

I read that story a while back and it all just seems surreal. I don't think there is a single industry that is safe in this country any longer.

I love the momo monkey.

GCT's picture

Mr. Juszkiewicz was interviewed in several stations yesterday.  The man has valid claims.  He had to have all the foriegn government papers signed and stamped before he could inport the wood and again to even clear customs.  He cleared customs. He is sueing over the first raid to get his materials back.  He did state yesterday the customs guys and the fed told him he would not have any problems if he moved to madagaskar to manufacture.  How fricking sad is that.  I bought a Gibson back in 1972 and still have it.  Great guitar made with pride. The man is proud of his craftspeople and wants to keep them making the guitars.

For the life of me we so need to take back our country and allow those that love their craft to prosper. 

williambanzai7's picture

It sounds like something some bureaucratic hack would say. It just shows how out of touch these people are.

Everyone should go to their barbecues this weekend and discuss this seriously.

Miss Expectations's picture

William, you may enjoy this.  Wonderful voice and nice acoustic.  Right on message.

williambanzai7's picture

This is very good. I'm impressed.

He's playing a Takamine, one of many very fine Japanese guitars.


Bartanist's picture

The answer that seems likely is also the answer that is so hard for people to accept. The Teleprompter and friends, whoever they REALLY are, are desperate to kill the US's ability to support itself without his personal permission and create a violent backlash in the US that will give him a pretense to declare marshall law and most likely make him dictator for life.

He seems VERY desperate since his charm has worn thin, his fascist policies are becoming increasingly transparent and his approval ratings keep dropping. He must be thinking that if he cannot win, what should have been a slam dunk, election he will have to accelerate the conversion to officially recognized dictatorship.

Why do we always seem to elect the certifiably certifiable?

Oh, and it is said that Gibson was targeted because they support the Repukes and did not give in to Demobrat blackmail.

BigJim's picture

...create a violent backlash in the US that will give him a pretense to declare marshall law...

MARSHALL law? I thought this was about guitars, not amplifiers...

williambanzai7's picture

Barry's situation is getting Jimmy Jonesian, with little or no help from the field of up and coming GOP nincompoops.


glokk26L's picture

Ron Paul.

As everyone I've talked to says,

"He's unelectable."

My response is, something to the effect of, "if he's not electable, then we're doomed."


We have no real alternative because the sheep in this nation made it a contest for corporate bailouts and welfare.  Apathy in most minds because "it's all fine, ABC/CNN told me so!"

goldfish1's picture

Dream on. One word Diebold. Ron Paul gets in if they want him in and can use him as a puppet in their agenda. Ron Paul ain't no answer. Same as Obama warn't no answer and Bush warnt no answer neither.  Nor the Clintonistas, BushI, Reagan...blah blah.

People are dumb as in uneducated and brainwashed. This place is even crawling with the plants, trolls, govt disinfo pricks.

When people as a united group begin to unplug, the system will fall away. I think it begins with each individual. How to do it? Is it a spiritual mindset like Ho'oponopono where we acknowlege we are creating our very reality with our thoughts and we have to reconnect with the Divine and claim and take responsibility for our reality and cleanse ourselves and thereby our  world? Is it bloody revolution? 

Can anyone provide discourse on this?

williambanzai7's picture

I still have my flexible flyer. Another fine American icon.

wang's picture
wang (not verified) Sep 2, 2011 8:03 AM

Bove, ZH, Cramer the Momo screens are great

williambanzai7's picture

The devil is in the details, that's what the gorilla told me;-)

fishface's picture

This should be a customs problem only for imported material

Check documentation

check material is same as documented

everything o.k.? then start making bloody good guitars

raid a factory only if suspicion on smuggling or illegal use of native material


too easy... I should become a lawmaker...puke...ohh better not

wang's picture
wang (not verified) fishface Sep 2, 2011 8:22 AM

back a few months ago Obama signed into law the FSMA (food safety modernization act 2011)

it's destroying small farmers


goldfish1's picture

Obama put Monsanto in change of the USDA. Fukk the whole bloody lot of these fukkers.

mynhair's picture

Anyone remember Zicam?

williambanzai7's picture

I don't know who is worse Holder or that other crackpot Gomez.

I just call him Gomez, his real name is Garbage Can.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Did somebody say "a banana republic without any bananas?"

Bagbalm's picture

Go Galt - shut down to make every guitar lover an acticist.

wang's picture
wang (not verified) Sep 2, 2011 7:07 AM

KMJ Radio host Chris Daniel interviewed Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, The Gibson CEO told Chris that the Obama Administration told them, "Your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor."



CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?

HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a .

CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me?

HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that it a pleading.

CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?


williambanzai7's picture

That, I believe was in relation to the first time they were raided.

I am not an expert on this, but from what I can tell the restrictions on using endangered wood have an exception for wood processed by craftsmen in the country of source.

Obviously there was an argument about injuring local labor. The law says the wood must be obtained in accordance with local laws on this, which Gibson apparently did in India. But the government apparently disagrees with the Indians and how they should apply their laws.

It is a complete mind screw. My point is instead of knocking down doors and shutting down factories, they should be expediting proper compliance.

But no, they don't have to worry about their fucking jobs, they can run around like enviro-storm troopers.

wang's picture

JUSZKIEWICZ interview  on the youtube clip was just put up yesterday (Thurs) and is an excerpt from an interview on Weds Aug 31, 2011 (2 days ago) original source here:



New American Revolution's picture

Does anyone realize that this country is already in a state of revolution.   It's true, the mile posts go zipping by everyday, its just that people don't know how to recognize them.   By the time they notice the revolution the first stage is over.   That's where America is today.   Welcome to the New American Revolution.    What are you going to do about it?

goldfish1's picture

Welcome to the New American Revolution.    What are you going to do about it?

I'm sorry, fresh out of ideas. Grow my own, support local, attempt to tread lightly, raise the kids as right as I can, love my fellow beings...

I've been asking for at least 10 years, "what's the plan?". What will restore us as a people and vanquish the pricks? Maybe I just had the creative process zapped right out of my head because I am mother fukking fresh out of real useful ideas.

What are you doing about it?

What can be done?

duo's picture

found that, but it won't take my comments.  Not an AIM/Twitter/etc. user.

duo's picture

I guess next the DOJ will dig up the bodies of early 20th century piano makers and haul them off to...rot in jail.  Owners of pianos with ivory keys will have to pry up the ivory and replace them with Chinese melamine.

WB7, I have to spend next weekend in HK (9-11 Sept).  I'd like to buy you a beer.

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