Read it yourself or glance at this summary below – the comments section is as revealing as the post.
Basically, there is a law in the U.S. called the Lacey Act, 112 years old, which regulates the trade in bird feathers for hats. The idea was to protect rare species. Now we get into the first poltical rule if you wish to do something dastardly – do it under the guise of something altruistic, so that your shills and trolls can go to any dissent sites and shout “conspiracy theory”. Then go ahead carefully, covering your butt as you go.
The act was amended in 2008, pretty well cross-party, to cover wood and plants to make sure the woods used were not exported in violation of another country’s laws. We’re talking rare woods here. So we don’t actually have an issue at this point – most people would like to see rare earths, wood etc. protected.
The issue is in the application of the act. Looking at the headline of the article:
Feds threaten to disrupt summer concerts
… and read some of it and it appears that the Feds are going to stop any guitars with “suspicious” wood having made them since 2008. The article then concentrates on Lamar Alexander and mate loudly thumping the drum about how they “will write” and “will do something” about it for the sake of Tennessee and other places.
So you could say this is, as Chuckles puts it: “Bureaucrats and the iron law”. It’s bureaucracy run riot and is a commentary on the mindlessness of officialdom. We can shake our heads, palm our faces and move on, maybe blogging on it. I’m not sure whether Chuckles went any further with it but assuming he did, he’d have come across this:
It IS a political issue. USF&W says the wood Gibson had was illegal under the Lacey Act because is was illegaly harvested under Indian and/or Madagascar law. The Indian and Madagascar governments said, no, that wood was perfectly legal under our laws.
The USF&W responded, “Not the way we interpret your laws.” So what you have is a US gov’t agency deliberately mis-interpreting a foreign law to seize property from a US company that openly opposed the current administration.
Further, USF&W has refused to either file charges or return the seized property. When Gibson asked the Court to force the gov’t to give them their day in court or their property back, USF&W retailiated by raiding them again, seizing more property but still refusing to file charges or give Gibson it’s Constitutional right to their day in court.
Now that’s an entirely different matter. Naturally, leftist shills came in and pointed out that the head honcho at Gibson supported both Democrat and Republican in recent years, at local level. That may be so but another guy came in and pointed out that he is still a member of the Republican party and non-Union, at which another leftist came in and started about how Gibson mistreats its employees, despite a lack of documentary evidence in the form of judgements against Gibson that that was so.
And even had it been so, what has that to do with what the Feds were doing, targetting one company only in what was meant to be universal legislation? What, they hadn’t got round to the others yet?
Both sides do it from time to time but the left, with their NLP training and battery of weasel words, know that to make a casual assertion, as though it came from the shop floor, is usually enough to smear the opposition. Not too many uninvolved are ever going to check it out. People are lazy and would rely on a Republican to come in and correct this, which in fact one did.
Further, it was ONLY Gibson which was getting raided and guitars and guitar making wood taken away and impounded by two Fed raids. The word hovering on my lips but which I’m loathe to use because it’s overused by the left, is “fascism”. This really is jackboot stuff and is one of the reasons I detest the hypocrisy of the left.
They make a huge noise about being soft and kind and loving all little creatures and discriminating positively, in the nicest possible way yet behind that facade, they’re sinking the boot into freedom, then going back to their blogs and spouting the very word freedom. This comes out nauseatingly in the case of Kimberlin, coming up tomorrow and prefaced here.
An aside to this is a blogger like Twilight. She says that these dastardly things are nothing to do with the Left, e.g. that teacher was known by the “Real Left” as an Obot. But as all these things are obviously not centre-right, e.g. Brett Kimberlin, then what are they? A glance at Twilight’s blog shows she’s of a Left which is the “feely-do good but never mind who’s using me without my knowledge” type which loves the earth and humanity and well done to her – so she should. So do I but I have the additional unfortunate trait of cynicism.
Yet we’re seeing the types of things I’m currently posting on happening with regularity, so if we of the “small state, freedom defending” centre-right libertarian area don’t claim such people and Twilight’s “be nice to one another” True Left doesn’t claim them, then who the hell are they?
They certainly claim that they’re of the Left and their attack targets are all conservative values. Could it be that these people are merely shills of the Global Left or Them, the Statist elite who are moving to snuff us out as human beings at this very time? You see, if you want to split hairs over who is the Real Left or the False Left, leave labels aside and looks at the values. These people, from that Obot to Kimberlin to Mulgan’s Common Purpose are all spouting the same thing, namely removal of freedom of thought, word and deed.
Now you label that as you will.