Glenn's staffers witness airstrike, strewn clothing, burnt-out cars in ISIS war zone

Glenn's head writer Dan Andros and chief researcher Jason Buttrill, traveled to the Middle East last week, on a mission to see who the good guys and the bad guys are, capturing their travels on camera for an upcoming special episode of The Root on TheBlaze TV.

In a phone interview on Tuesday, Dan recounted some of the stunning things he saw while driving along the Iraqi-Syrian border, toward the front lines of ISIS.

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"As we drove for hours, we passed refugee camp after refugee camp," he said. "Along the sides of the road, we saw burnt-out cars with clothing strewn all over the place."

He went on to describe seeing villages that had been completely razed and crumbled buildings everywhere.

"We soon realized the road we were traveling was the same route people had been taking to escape ISIS - and many of them clearly didn't make it," Dan said.

After hours of riding that emotional roller-coaster, an airstrike hit its target a mere 500 meters away from the car Dan and Jason were riding. In a note to Glenn reporting the experience, Dan expressed the feelings he had in that moment:

AS WE MADE THE FINAL APPROACH TO THE FRONTLINES THROUGH A DANGEROUS, EXTREMELY WINDING MOUNTAIN ROAD, WE WITNESSED AN AIR STRIKE JUST A FEW HUNDRED METERS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF US. I'M SURE SOME HAVE QUESTIONED OUR RESPONSE AND I MIGHT'VE TOO IF I WASN'T THERE. IF THAT STRIKE HIT AND DAMAGED ISIS THEN JUSTICE WAS SERVED. IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT THIS BEFORE THERE IS CERTAINLY NONE NOW. ISIS ARE ANIMALS. NOT HUMAN. THEY NEED TO BE DEALT WITH PERMANENTLY. WHILE I AM GRATEFUL, ESPECIALLY TODAY, FOR THE AIR STRIKES OBAMA HAS APPROVED AGAINST ISIS THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE. MUCH MORE.

Dan said their sources were confident this was a U.S.-led attack on suspected Islamic State mortar positions and that it's common for the U.S. to carry out airstrikes against such targets in that area.

Jason managed to capture some brief cell-phone footage of the airstrike. Although it was dark and very blurry, the voices of Jason and Dan make their emotions abundantly clear.

Watch.

Dan and Jason spent the night in Sinjar, Iraq with the Peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers) who fight on the front lines against ISIS.

As they continue their journey, they will continue to send updates - slightly delayed so as not to disclose their actual location. Meanwhile, Glenn has asked for prayers to protect them as they navigate their way through this very volatile part of the world.

Featured Image: Remains of Yazidis Genocide by ISIS at Sinjar roads after more than one year. Photo by Younes Mohammad at Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, October 5, 2015.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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