For those who have not followed the story of Obama’s corrupt government vs Gibson Guitars, let me try to encapsulate it: In 2011, the Feds raided the Gibson Guitar factory, claiming that Gibson illegally bought rosewood (used for fingerboards) from a company in India. In point of fact — backed up by the Indian government — the sale was entirely legal. That didn’t stop the pieces of shit in our government from trying to prosecute. Seeing the writing on the wall and lacking the funds to fight our corrupt government, Gibson finally settled. For more on this, see my (chronically listed) posts here, and here, and here, and here, and finally, here.

By the way, the government finally returned the seized rosewood to Gibson. Gibson is now using that rosewood (shall we say) in a commemorative series issue:

Government Series II Les Paul

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.

From its solid mahogany body with modern weight relief for enhance resonance and playing comfort, to its carved maple top, the Government Series II Les Paul follows the tradition of the great Les Paul Standards—but also makes a superb statement with its unique appointments. A distinctive vintage-gloss Government Tan finish, complemented by black-chrome hardware and black plastics and trim, is topped by a pickguard that’s hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series graphic—a bald eagle hoisting a Gibson guitar neck. Each Government Series II Les Paul also includes a genuine piece of Gibson USA history in its solid rosewood fingerboard, which is made from wood returned to Gibson by the US government after the resolution.

One reason I’ve followed this story through the years is that, before my left wrist and hand were damaged in a work accident (back in the 1980’s) I was a guitar player. I owned a beautiful Les Paul guitar and loved it.

Anyway, my final thoughts on this whole sad story of Obama’s corrupt government is this: Think about the IRS scandal, where Obama directed the tax agency to go after his enemies. Think about how Obama has used the DoJ and the FEC to go after his critics (Dinesh D’Souza comes to mind) and how other government agencies have gone after reporters from Fox, Think about how the EPA has targeted Obama’s least-favored industries, etc. If Obama was a Republican, and the targets were Democrat organizations, the mainstream press and liberal bloggers would be howling. Hypocrites that they are, they remain silent or — astonishingly — defend Obama’s government misuse.

Other than for lack of executions, there is no difference between what Obama is doing and what Kim Jong Un is doing.

Simply put: The largest crime syndicate in the U.S. is the Obama administration.