"We Have Heard Weapons Are Coming, But So Far We Haven't Seen Any'

Kurdish commanders say they haven't seen any weapons yet

This is Outrageous. On one hand, the Obama Administration is saying the Iraqis will have to fight this battle and defeat ISIS themselves. Then when the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters ask for weapons to match ISIS firepower, they are put on hold. The Kurds, who are U.S. allies,  are not asking for troops, just for weaponry from the U.S.. So far there's nothing according to this report. Take your time Barry, ISIS forces are 300 yards from the Kurdish front line in Bashiqa, near Mosul

NPR reports-
Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.

They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.
"We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. As you know, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense doesn't give us any weapons. And that just encourages ISIS to attack us," says Esmat Rajab, a commander in the Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga.
Rajab speaks on a hilltop overlooking the terrain that's at stake in the Islamic State onslaught. Before him is the village of Bashiqa, which minority Yazidis fled as the Islamic State took over. They still hold it.

 The Pentagon said this week that Baghdad is shipping some "equipment and assistance" to the Kurds, but the U.S. is exploring more direct options.

We've waited for 8 years...Not one belt of ammunition:

In Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish northern region, peshmerga spokesman Helgurd Ali says morale is strong since the Kurds retook the Mosul dam from the Islamists. But he's frustrated at Baghdad's attitude toward arming the Kurds.
"In the face of this crisis, if Baghdad still says 'no' to international weapons, then let them send us the weapons. We've waited for 8 years; they didn't send anything. Not one belt of ammunition," he says. "We can't trust Baghdad, and that's why we have to turn to the international community."


Biden: ISIS Can Be Defeated Without U.S. Boots on the Ground...'They Are Far From Invincible'

Well that sucks. It looks like now ISIS cannot be defeated without boots on the ground because this genius, Joe Biden has been wrong on every single solitary foreign policy position for the last 4 decades.

Whatever he says, the opposite is true.

Vice President Biden expressed confidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could be defeated without U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq, calling the militant group "far from invincible."

In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, Biden described the threat as a "long-term challenge" but said the United States is prepared to increase its support in the fight.

"ISIL has no legitimate cause or grievance to espouse,” he said, using an alternate name for the group. "And as we saw at the Mosul dam, when its fighting strength is eroded, it can be routed by local forces without U.S. boots on the ground."

The United States launched 60 airstrikes — two-thirds of all U.S. operations — in helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake the Mosul dam, which the adminisration said could have been catastrophic if it was breached.

Biden called the mission last week the first operation where the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraq security forces worked together.

"As Iraqis continue to make progress, we are prepared to further enhance our support for Iraq’s fight against ISIL — and will call on the international community to join Canada, Australia and our European allies in doing the same," Biden said.

The call came days after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley and the threat to kill another captured U.S. journalist if the United States does not end its airstrikes.


Armed Chinese Fighter Plane Buzzes U.S. Navy Jet in International Airspace, Came 'Within 30 Ft.' -Pentagon

Defense Dept. Photo of Fighter-

The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter made several dangerous passes by a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace — the fourth such incident since March.

Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." And U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months.

CNN's Barbara Starr: How close?
Rear Adm. Kirby: 'Within 30 feet'...'Pretty aggressive'


Ultimate ALS Challenge: Dave Ramsey Brings in 2 Aerial Firetrucks For 400 People (Video)

Best-selling author and radio host Dave Ramsey, along with his family takes the challenge, he's also donating $7,500 from his charitable foundation to ALS

He then turns the camera.
Behind him is his entire company

He mentions that one of the local firefighters in the area is also suffering from ALS

They brought the aerial trucks and turn on the deluge guns

Watch- This one's gonna go viral


Youth Football Team Drops 'Redskins' Name After Complaints

PC Insanity.
The 'Redskins' are now the 'Bears'

It is a flag football team

NYDN reported:
A Brooklyn youth football team is doing what the Washington Redskins has refused to do — change the name.

Bowing to complaints from parents, the Saint Francis Xavier Youth Sports League in Park Slope dropped what many consider a derogatory term to describe Native Americans.

The team, one of 32 in the flag football league, will now be called the Bears.

“It was causing controversy, and we’re more interested in having kids play,” said Stanley Lehman, one of the organizers of the league, which kicks off its season on Sept. 13 in Prospect Park.

Lehman said the team was new to the league this year and the Redskins name had been chosen by the coach, Edward Tully.

Lehman said he had hesitations about using the name, but Tully argued the name had a rich, long history in the NFL.

Racist! Of course-
Kris Franklin, whose 12-year-old son, Gabriel, was assigned to the team, was the first parent to complain, writing a post on the league’s website. Another parent chimed in calling the name “racist.”

“The idea of having to go there and say ‘Yeah team’ when it’s a team name that I find offensive is really troubling,” Franklin said Wednesday.


AP Reporter, State Dept. Spokesperson Marie Harf Get Into Testy Exchange Over Threat Posed By #ISIS

Matt Lee of the AP once again grills the State Dept. spokeswowan

During a press briefing on Wednesday, deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists while adding that the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) “is not about the United States and what we do.”

That comment led Associated Press reporter Matt Lee to ask if President Barack Obama's speech the day before -- in which he called for “a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread” -- was a sign that “you’re actually going to do something” about terrorism.

"I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions,” Harf said before asserting that the president was actually calling for “countries in the region” to come together and “fight a shared threat, and this is not about us."

When she said the department has no evidence that any governments are supporting the group, Lee interrupted to ask why Obama stated: “From governments and peoples across the Middle East, … there has to be a clear rejection of this kind of nihilistic ideologies.”

“You’re reading something into that statement that I don’t think is actually there,” Harf replied.

“Well, I’m reading into this that you’re actually going to do something,” Lee fired back.


Obama Approval on Foreign Affairs 36%, Economy 35%

Overall approval 44%

PRINCETON, NJ -- Throughout his second term, President Barack Obama's overall job approval rating has exceeded his approval ratings on both the economy and foreign affairs, arguably the two most important areas of focus for presidents. Obama's 36% approval rating for handling foreign affairs and 35% approval on the economy in Gallup's Aug. 7-10 poll, compares with a higher 44% overall job approval rating in the same poll.


Video- Harry Reid Cracks Asian Jokes

What if a Republican had said this?

Everybody knows it would lead the Nightly News.

Harry Reid cracks a couple Asian-themed jokes at the Chamber of Commerce

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew laughter from an Asian audience Thursday with a pair of Asian-themed jokes.

“I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told the guffawing crowd at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Video of the remarks was recorded by the Republican opposition research group American Rising.

Later, before walking off stage, Reid quipped: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

Flashback: Does anyone remember the firestorm after Sen. Alphonse D'Amato mocked Asians' accents on radio program a few years ago? He had to apologize, of course.

Reid's comments here will get a collective yawn,  just like the 'negro dialect' comment did


Romney: I Had My Turn, It's Paul Ryan's Turn to Run For President

Romney and Ryan talk about 2016 at the 9 minute mark here.
They were on with Megyn Kelly on FNC last night

Mitt Romney on Thursday night said that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) should make his own run for president in 2016.

"He's very generous. But I had my turn. It's his turn now," Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, said about his former vice presidential running mate.

Romney made the comments during a joint interview with Ryan on Fox News — their first since the failed campaign. The two later appeared at an event in Chicago, where Romney quizzed Ryan about his new book, "The Way Forward." During the interview, they were asked who would make a better president.

"I'll give it to him," Ryan said. Ryan has asserted he would like to see Romney run for president a third time, something the former Massachusetts governor has continually ruled out.

The interview also touched on President Obama's foreign policy and the events taking place in Ferguson, Mo.

Romney pointed to Hillary Clinton's disagreement with Obama about not arming Syrian rebels soon enough and her criticism that: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle."


Video- 2-Year-Old Boy Battling Brain Cancer Becomes Honorary Firefighter

Great story, great video.

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - At 2 1/2 years old, Brayden Williams is getting his career started a little early. “We made him an honorary fire firefighter,” Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden, of Lee’s Summit Fire Department, said.

Brayden knows how to dress like a firefighter and how to spray a hose. And he got to do what every firefighter loves to do.

“I'm going to ride on the fire truck,” Brayden said. Brayden’s mom, Julie, said Brayden loves fire trucks and has always wanted to get close to one.

“I posted on Brayden's Facebook that he loved fire trucks,” she said. “And I had so many offers, generous offers from people offering to set up days for him to do this.”

Because unlike many parents who have kids with a dream, Julie and her husband, Bret, just don’t know if they’ll see the day when their son is big enough to actually drive a fire truck.

“He has inoperable brain cancer and he's taking chemo"

The police and fire dept. came together to make this happen


CNBC: Obama Hitting the Golf Course After Foley Remarks Reinforces the Narrative That He's Checked Out From the Job

CNBC contributor: "One minute he's on TV talking about beheading of an American journalist,  people are scared people are freaked out about ISIS, they're there certainly scared about what happened to this young man and his family and then he's smiling with Alonzo Mourning on the golf course about 10 minutes later"

"The juxtaposition of those images is troubling"

..."Not what you want from a president"