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Have the Greens Heard of “Presumption of Innocence?”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 dicembre 2011

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The Gibson Guitar saga continues to raise the ire of radical environmental groups. This is partly because of Gibson’s willingness in the past to go along with their Green agenda. But it’s also to do with the profile of the case. In the past few weeks this has reached fever pitch. A Wall Street Journal opinion column that criticized the Lacey Act and described the Gibson Green shakedown has drawn scathing criticism from former Greenpeace staffer and campaigner Glenn Hurowitz. Hurowtiz implies that court filings from U.S. Fish and Wildlife accusing Gibson of importing illegal timber are all the evidence that is needed to string up Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz as an environmental pariah.This is typical Green logic: make the accusation and destroy the reputation, regardless of whether any laws have actually been broken. Gibson’s response to the allegations has been to point out that the wood in question was mislabelled by the exporters. Memo to Hurowitz: In the U.S., we have a thing called “presumption of innocence.” Gibson hasn’t been found guilty of breaking any laws yet. Hurowitz would do well to remember that the lobbying by him and his colleagues to make importing illegal timber a crime means that these accusations are now assessed in a court of law – not by Green lobbyists and their cronies.

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Watch Out Mickey; Are You The Next Gibson?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 novembre 2011


In referring to the federal government’s ongoing war against Gibson Guitar, last week’s newsletter noted that Gibson’s history of embracing the radical forestry standards set by green groups had clearly gotten it nowhere. In fact, to say the very least, Gibson’s propensity to accede to radical green demands clearly only just emboldened them. And where has it got Gibson? Under federal investigation. One could also say the same about Disney, who as you will remember, was subjected to a campaign by Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and other green groups because they purchased paper products from sources that were not endorsed by the flawed Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).Well, having raised the white flag once, Disney again finds itself under attack from the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation, which claims Disneyland exposes “children to lead at some of the theme park’s most popular attractions.” Of course, Disney has disputed the allegations, but from research, it’s pretty clear that Mateel thrives from filing lawsuits, particularly those related to California’s Proposition 65, a law that’s widely regarded as a gift to progressive activists and trial lawyers. What can you say, though? Obviously the last thing Disney should do is cede yet more ground to radical environmental groups—they must fight back against these frivolous accusations. Unfortunately after raising the white flag last time around, Disney is more susceptible to attacks from radical green groups. Hate to say it, but we told you so.

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Gibson’s Opportunity to Renounce Greenpeace and FSC

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 ottobre 2011

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On Saturday, October 8, a rally will take place in Nashville in support of Gibson Guitar as left-wing groups funded by George Soros continue in their attempts to smear this household American brand. Attendees at the rally include Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn, Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, radio hosts Steve Gill and Phil Valentine and Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. The rally follows calls of support from House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Governor Rick Perry, who have jumped to Gibson’s defense. But as expected, Gibson is still coming under attack from left-wing groups and activists such as Glenn Hurowitz, despite embracing some of the most rigid standards for forestry products set by the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace. In a letter to CEO Juszkiewicz, the Consumer Alliance’s Andrew Langer notes that rather than receiving praise from the Green movement, Gibson has witnessed “raids by armed agents of the U.S. federal government and increased loathing from other members of the Green movement. In sum, partnering with radical environmental groups is always going to be a losing proposition.” Fundamentally, Langer recommends that Gibson should “not only reject the relationships you have formed with radical environmental organizations, but also join our growing mission to both educate, empower and mobilize people to stand up against Green injustice and promote free trade, economic growth and pro-consumer policies.” Meanwhile, the Greens and anti-Gibson crowd have surprisingly found themselves an ally in former Bush administration Agriculture Department official Mark Rey, who recently stated, “to say that the Lacey Act is an example of an extreme, unworkable regulatory framework is flatly preposterous.” That a former Bush USDA official, from an administration that was purportedly pro-trade, to believe Lacey shouldn’t be reformed is more than preposterous. The numerousexamples of over-criminalization throughout Lacey’s history justify a re-examination. And federal government’s arbitrary war against Gibson Guitar has now taken on even more controversy after one of Gibson’s spokespeople claimed that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Kevin Seiler “lied” in an affidavit filed in federal court. The federal government and the Green crusade against Gibson continues on.

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