** I have contacted American Spirit Arms requesting verification, as soon as I hear back from them I will update. **
Edit: I have received an email reply from ASA owner Joe Sirochman. See update below.
My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms and I wanted to share my recent experience with Bank of America .(which we have been doing business with for over 10 years)… Everyone is familiar with the latest increase in guns sales , dealers selling out of inventory , Manufacturers back logged for months , large revenue all generated in the last two weeks… American Spirit Arms is no exception to the overwhelming demand . What we have experienced is that our web site orders have jumped 500 % causing our web site E commerce processing larger Deposits to BANK OF AMERICA ..Well, this through up a huge RED Flag with Bank of America . So they decided to hold the deposits for further review , meaning that the orders/payments that were coming in through the web ,( being paid by the customer and that were shipped out by American Spirit Arms ),the BANK was keeping (UNDER REVIEW )..as you could imagine this made me furious…
After countless hours on the phone with BANK OF AMERICA I finally got a Manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on hold for FURTHER REVIEW…
HER EXACT WORDS WERE…
…” WE BELIEVE YOU SHOULD NOT BE SELLING GUNS and PARTS ON THE INTERNET “
…I flipped the F**k Out and told them that they have no right to make up their own new rules and regs..that we are a firearms Manufacturer with all the proper licensing FFL (Federal Firearm license ), SOT and that we follow all Federal and All
States’ rules and regulations on shipping Firearms and parts ..and that we are also Audited by ATF and Homeland
Security on a regular basis… She said that she understands that but that the deposits will be released After they have a
Chance to review and clear them… I told her that This was unacceptable and the those deposits (that were a week old by now ) needed to be released ASAP, that we are a small business and rely on the revenue to run and stay operational.
After that being said another Manager got involved and released one of the deposits (to help out )… So far to date after
Two weeks of sales only 1/3 of collected internet sales have been released… I am still pissed and looking for another
Bank and options…
I just thought the public should know…
I will keep everyone posted on new developments…
Joseph P Sirochman
American Spirit Arms
16001 N Greenway Hayden Loop
Scottsdale AZ 85260
Update: Email reply to my inquiry from American Spirit Arms owner Joe Sirochman:
A man who raped a 14-year-old girl and got her pregnant is now allegedly demanding visitation rights for the child.
The man, then 20, met his victim at church when she was in the eighth grade, and had sex with her, My Fox Boston reported.
His victim’s mother discovered what had happened and reported the crime to the police.
The victim met her rapist at church and he fathered their child – which he is now seeking visitation rights for
By that time her daughter was already pregnant and decided to keep the baby as she believed it to be ‘innocent’, the website reported.
The Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to four accounts of statutory rape on four counts in 2009.
The victim’s mother told Fox 25. ‘She decided to keep her baby. And now she has to hand her baby over for a visit with her rapist?’
The girl said her rapist had threatened her and promised to destroy her life: ‘He told me that he could make my life upside down, and I wouldn’t have anybody and he would pin it all on me. So I was scared.’
The unidentified rapist was sentenced by Norfolk Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire to 16 years probation in 2011, after prosecutors tried to have him jailed for three to five years.
Wendy Murphy is the victim’s attorney, and questions how a toddler could be given a relationship with their mother’s rapist
Part of the probation arrangement demanded he acknowledge he is the baby’s father and follow probate and family court rules, according to My Fox News station.
The law requires him to pay child support – but also entitles him to seek visitation rights.
Now the man has allegedly asked for visitation rights, but the teenage mother says he has ‘never cared’ about her three-year-old toddler until now, Fox 25 reported.
The man’s legal representative refused to comment on the requests to see his child, but said the initial relationship between the victim and his client was consensual.
The teenage mother’s attorney Wendy Murphy told the NY Daily News that she had asked the Superior Court judge to amend the sentencing conditions.
Ms Murphy has filed a motion asking that the rapist would pay ‘restitution’ instead of child support, which would deny him access to the child through family court.
She has also asked that he be made to stay away from the child and mother.
A shocked Ms Murphy questioned why a criminal court had ‘punished’ the father with potential parental rights, NY Daily News reported.
She said allowing the man access to family courts he could have the chance to influence the child’s upbringing.
Ms Murphy, who teaches classes on sexual violence at New England Law-Boston, told NY Daily News: ‘This family has been very clear from the beginning that they want nothing to do with this guy.
‘What legal system requires a toddler to have a relationship with the man who raped her mother?’
A legal team that has gone to court in the past to protect Christians at Arab events in Dearborn, Mich., is returning to the fray, this time taking on the local sheriff’s department over a decision by officers to threaten Christians with disorderly conduct while angry Muslims were heaving chunks of concrete, stones, bottles and debris at them.
It happened at the 2012 Arab International festival on Father’s Day weekend, and a video of the attacks has gone viral on the Internet.
There, an angry mob of Arabs chanting “Allahu Akbar” is seen throwing concrete and eggs at the Christians who were holding signs about their faith.
Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, however, stood idly by during the attacks and then threatened the Christians with arrest if they did not leave, after a leader of the Christian group asked that officers enforce the law.
Now that Christian leader, Ruben Israel, has begun working with the American Freedom Law Center on a challenge to the police actions.
The AFLC reports that Israel “asked the law enforcement officers present to step in and enforce the criminal law so that the Christians could exercise their right to freedom of speech,” but was “given the option of either leaving the festival or facing arrest.”
WND reported earlier that a video reveals that the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing “intifada” scene from the Middle East – hurled a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries.
WND later learned that the Christian crowd had been carrying a pole with a pig’s head attached to the top, further angering the Muslim crowd. At the beginning of the video, Christian street preachers shout, “God is good, and God is not Allah!”
Police approached Israel, of OfficialStreetPreachers.com, warning him, “The city of Dearborn has an ordinance, OK, that you guys can’t use the megaphone. So, if you guys continue to use that, you will get a citation.”
Israel noted that the group was allowed to use the megaphone in 2011. Then he asked the officer, “So, if we don’t use a megaphone, can we throw water bottles at the crowd?”
The officer shook his head no.
“So what are you going to do if they throw water bottles at us?” Israel asked.
“If that happens, we will take care of that and address it,” the officer promised.
When Israel said he had captured the mob’s assault on the Christians on video, the officer suggested he “take it through the proper channels, and we’ll try to find them.”
However, at the 2:17 mark of the video, the mob can be heard screaming, “You want to jump ‘em? C’mon, let’s go!”
One boy yells, “Let’s beat the sh-t out of them!”
A girl shouts, “Go home! Do you understand English?!”
The Christians are no longer using megaphones, as the mob advances on them from all angles – hurling bottles, cans, eggs, chunks of concrete and even milk crates toward their heads.
Even young children shout obscenities such as, “F—k you, b-tch!”
Meanwhile, police are nowhere to be seen in the video: (Editor’s note: The following 22-minute video contains profane statements shouted by an angry mob and may be offensive to viewers.)
Despite the attacks the Christians endured, a man identified in the video as Deputy Chief Dennis Richardson of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tells them, “You’re a danger to the safety right now.”
Officers claim they don’t have the manpower to protect the Christians at the festival.
“Your safety is in harm’s way. You need to protect everybody,” said Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. “You do have the option to leave. I just want to make that clear.”
Israel replied, “You have the option to stand with us” as Jaafar walked away, leaving the Christians to the mob.
When police leave, the crowd continues harassing the Christians and screaming profanities.
Then police begin escorting the Christians away from the crowd.
Deputy Chief Richardson tells Israel, “We have the responsibility of policing the entire festival, and obviously your conduct is such that it’s causing a disturbance and is a direct threat to the safety of everyone here. Someone could get hurt. You already have blood on your face. One of the festival people, one of my officers, anybody can get hurt. Now we’re going to escort you out.”
Robert Muise, senior counsel for the AFLC, said, “Whether you agree to disagree with the Christians’ message, there is one issue to which there is no dispute: no citizen should be stoned in a city street in America for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech. And what makes this case so egregious is that law enforcement officers were present and made the conscious choice to allow the Muslim mob to silence the Christian speakers through violence. Indeed, the video of the incident looks like something you would see in the Middle East, not in the United States.”
David Yerushalmi, an expert on Muslim law and a co-founder with Muise of the SFLC, said, “While it is shocking to see video of Christians being stoned in the United States for criticizing Islam, it is not necessarily surprising that this incident occurred in Dearborn, Mich., a city where the mayor and law enforcement have consistently violated Christians’ free speech rights in favor of appeasing a large Muslim population and where, in line with the Islamic legal dictates of Shariah, the Christian Gospel is treated as criminally offensive speech, and violence ‘for the sake of Allah’ is reinforced by arresting or removing the Christians. What you are witnessing on the video is the enforcement of Shariah by a hostile mob and law enforcement aiding and abetting,” he said.
Following an attack on Christian pastor George Saieg at the festival in 2009, when he was prohibited from distributing information about Christianity, a lawsuit was filed and at its conclusion, a court awarded Saieg more than $100,000.
Then in 2010, four Christian missionaries were cuffed and jailed for peacefully preaching to Muslims. The city accused the Christians of “breach of the peace.”
After they were found innocent, a civil rights complaint was filed again the city and its officials and a judge recently rejected a request by the defendants to dismiss the complaint.
In 2011, a controversial Christian pastor proposed a peaceful demonstration against Shariah and the city and county hauled him into court, demanded a “peace bond” and jailed him until it was paid.
In that case, the AFLC said, “The prosecutor argued that because Muslim counter-protestors threatened violence if the Christians were allowed to hold their protest, the imposition of a ‘peace bond’ to prevent the demonstration was justified. A local state court judge agreed. Following a two-day trial, the court imposed a ‘peace bond,’ issued an order preventing the Christians from going near the mosque for three years, and jailed them until they paid the bond.”
Yerushalmi said the actions of authorities are not new; they have been seen before in locations where Islam demands those of other faiths have a lower standard of rights.
“The city of Dearborn and now the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office appear to be serial violators of the Constitution when it comes to defending the free speech rights of Christians who seek to evangelize Muslims or criticize Islam. Under Shariah, this is known as dhimmitude, which is the status that Islamic law mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians, that deprives them of equality of rights and seeks to subdue them under Islamic rule,” he said.
Muise said in America, speech serves “its ‘high purposes’ when it stirs people to anger.”
“Speech is often provocative and challenging, and it may have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea. That is why freedom of speech is protected against censorship or punishment. There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view. Additionally, the courts have made clear that a police officer has the duty not to effectuate a heckler’s veto, nor may he join a violent mob intent on suppressing speech. Instead, the officer must take reasonable action to protect persons exercising their free speech rights,” he said. “The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office egregiously breached its duty in violation of the U.S. Constitution.”
The center confirmed a legal action is being prepared.
A video of a prank zombie attack going around the internet is being heavily criticized as both insensitive and dangerous after the recent cannibal attack of a homeless man in Miami.
The video shows a young man running around the streets pretending to be a zombie wearing a ripped, bloodied shirt, growling at people and scaring them away.
At the beginning of the footage, the screen says: ‘On Saturday May 26, 2012, a naked man was chewing on the face of another naked man in downtown Miami.
Sick joke: The men on the basketball court show genuine fear as they run away from the prankster who is pretending to be a zombie
Fearful: Residents of Miami have been on the alert since the gruesome attack last week shocked the nation
Disgusting: The man’s prank is being slammed as sick and dangerous after Rudy Eugene attacked a homeless man last week and ate his face off
‘After police arrived the man kept eating and growling, the police had to open fire until the cannibal was dead… It’s not over, it’s only the beginning!’
The incident they are referring to is one that has captivated and shocked America after Rudy Eugene – apparently high on a potent form of LSD – attacked Ronald Poppo on MacArthur Causeway last week, beating him and eating his face off during a horrific 18-minute ordeal before being shot dead by police.
The video is being slammed as sick and dangerous by viewers, many of whom say the prankster was lucky he did not get shot.
What the? The men on the basketball court cannot believe their eyes when the ‘zombie’ crawls out of the bushes
Reverse: The tables are turned and one of the teenagers starts to run after the prankster
Down: Surveillance footage shows the two naked men lying on the walkway next to a major Miami highway, and since the left body never moves, he is the victim whose face was being chewed by the right man
Residents of Miami have been on the alert since the gruesome attack last week and you can see in the video the unsuspecting onlookers have genuine fear in their eyes as they run away from the man.
At one stage one of the men he is chasing appears to point his gun at the ‘Zombie’ before running away.
By the end, the tables are turned and a group of teenagers in a basketball court run after the prankster.
Many who have watched the video in YouTube have expressed amusement over the footage, though it is feared there will be more copycat pranks and someone will get seriously hurt or killed.
An adviser to Barack Obama who played a key role in developing the energy provisions of the so-called stimulus bill has served on the boards of several companies that recently received government funds, including hundreds of millions in “stimulus” money.
TJ Glauthier served on Obama’s 2008 White House Transition Team. He is widely credited with helping to craft the energy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the “stimulus.”
n addition to serving on the boards of major energy companies, Glauthier previously held two presidential appointments during the Clinton administration.
He was the Energy Department’s deputy secretary and chief operating officer, the second-highest ranking official.
Earlier, he served in the White House for five years as the associate director for natural resources, energy and science in the Office of Management and Budget.
Glauthier is tied to several energy companies that benefited from the “stimulus” bill he helped to craft.
One such company investigated by WND is GridPoint Inc., where he was appointed to the board in March 2008. GridPoint provides utilities with software solutions for electrical grid management and electric power demand and supply balancing.
The “stimulus” provides $4.5 billion for so-called smart grid projects. GridPoint has benefited from scores of smart grid deals funded by the “stimulus” bill.
The company partnered with the Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), Nissan, the Idaho National Laboratory and others in a project to deploy electric vehicles (EVs) and their charging infrastructure in five states. The Energy Department had awarded eTec almost $100 million in “stimulus” funds to support the project.
GridPoint’s role in the eTec project was to supply smart charging and data logging capability to utilities located in strategic markets of eTec’s program in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.
GridPoint also benefited from “stimulus” funds when it recently provided home energy management, load management and electric vehicle management software solutions for a KCP&L’s Green Impact Zone SmartGrid Demonstration in Kansas City, Mo. The project was the recipient of stimulus funding.
Additionally, GridPoint helped the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, or SMUD, manage power from its customers’ rooftop solar panels.
The Arlington, Va.-based company had landed a contract to help the Sacramento, Calif.-based municipal utility manage renewable power integration, energy storage and home energy management systems. SMUD had won $127.5 million in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy to carry out the project, which also includes deploying 600,000 smart meters in its service territory.
Also, in early 2009, the Energy Department awarded Argonne National Laboratory nearly $2.7 million in stimulus funding for three solar-energy related research projects. In addition, Argonne reportedly shared another $5 million in stimulus funding for projects with GridPoint and other companies and the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Besides benefiting from stimulus grants, GridPoint last year won a $28 million contract with the United States Postal Service to install energy management systems in selected post office locations across the U.S.
Glauthier, meanwhile, also had come under fire after Fox News reported the U.S. Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about four times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon.
And HotAir reported last week that Glauthier is a “strategic adviser” to Solazyme, the California company that is selling a portion of the biofuel to the Navy.
HotAir noted Solazyme received a $21.8 million grant from the 2009 stimulus package.
Also, writing at BigGovernment two weeks ago, Whitney Pitcher found that prior to serving as adviser to Solazyme and after his time as part of Obama’s transition team, Glauthier served on the advisory board of SunRun, a solar financing company.
In October of 2010, just a few short months after Glauthier joined SunRun’s advisory board, SunRun secured a $6.73 million grant from a Treasury Department stimulus program. The company was the ninth largest recipient of such programs through December 2010.
The City of Richmond charged the local tea party $10,000 to hold three rallies at the Kanawha Plaza… But, the #Occupy squatters were allowed to set up a tent city on the plaza for free.
In late October the Richmond Tea Party sent a letter to city officials demanding a refund for the $10,000 the group spent on permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel for three rallies held at same plaza where the Occupy Richmond squatters set up their camp. Now the tea party is being audited.
Right Side News reported:
Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies; we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.
As reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.
The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.
The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.
Last week the tea party received this letter from the City of Richmond.
In the audit letter signed by Cynthia Carr, Field Auditor for the City of Richmond, it states that our Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such our group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit.
What thuggery. I hope you all help me spread word about this obvious abuse of power.