PHOTOS & VIDEOS - Behind the scenes at the front lines of ISIS

Dan Andros and Jason Buttrill have had no shortage of adventures during their visit to the front lines of ISIS, guided by Kurdish Peshmerga.

In a cell phone video he sent to Glenn the night before heading to the front lines, Jason spoke of the amazing people he was meeting.

"The Kurds are awesome," Jason said. "Everyone wants to include us and they want us to know who they are."

Watch.

In a somewhat unsettling turn of events, the building where Jason and Dan were having dinner suddenly lost power - no big deal. They thought at first they were going to experience a bomb raid. Watch their reactions below.

Check out some of Dan and Jason's pictures and another video from Facebook below.

12113413_1123142094364965_6117843815696412054_o Jason and Dan with the Kurdish freedom fighters of Sinjar. Photo by Jason Buttrill.

12141013_10206048944675629_719234112134284048_o The crew. Photo by Dan Andros.

12144657_1121857077826800_4634817497683212735_n "The shining symbol on the hill of our little section of Iraq. Watching over her and us," Jason writes. "Providing hope to millions. What a comfort - to walk by and see this. Protected not only by these walls, but with the fierceness of faith that Chaldean Christians represent. Extraordinary Christians... extraordinary people." Photo by Jason Buttrill.

12065671_10206048976196417_5952552882470699067_n "Hate cigarettes," Dan writes. "But the combination of mortars, snipers, rockets, and the commanding officer offering me one in front of everyone... I figured, you only die up on a mountain once so yeah. I lit it up." Photo by Dan Andros.

12091433_1121788191167022_1754143834351348349_o "Two VERY brave men. A father and son team," Jason writes. "Survivors of the ISIS massacre at Qaraqosh. " Photo by Jason Buttrill.

12140094_10206048827872709_3879214072289742597_o Yazidi refugee camp near Sinjar, Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.

12141112_10206048670308770_6603602434692773822_o Kurdish Peshmerga at the base in Sinjar, Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.

11148314_10206048856913435_751574063374790312_o "This is the road we traversed in the middle of the night to get to the front line," Dan writes. "The base is on the far left of the shot. Many Yazidis died at the hands of ISIS here. The Peshmerga have now pushed them back beyond that far ridge line in the distance." Photo by Dan Andros

12080235_10206048688509225_4613990061295356269_o "I asked this man in Erbil if I could take his picture," Dan writes. "He then struck the best picture pose I have ever seen." Photo by Dan Andros.

12087296_10206048898634478_7823043928474074725_o Sunset somewhere in northern Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.

12120014_10206048782911585_1266240883093543277_o "Peshmerga soldier sleeping under the stars. On concrete," Dan writes. "His Kevlar vest is propping up his pillow. (His friends who were awake found it very amusing that I took his picture while sleeping)." Photo by Dan Andros.

12029661_10206048731270294_8028955869199222545_o Rockets and mortars fired by ISIS at Peshmerga at Sinjar Mountains in Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.

12120032_10206049047358196_5553261942256102460_o "Commander Mohammed is a great man! He made sure not to laugh at me too much when I crawled under the table after every mortar round," Dan writes. "And he gave us TEA! Lots and lots of tea." Photo by Dan Andros.

Dan provided a little background on the video below:

It was a little quiet on the hill this morning. Some sporadic sniper fire. Mortar every once in a while. Fine with me! Jason says, "man I'd love to fire a couple rounds at these guys!" Peshmerga decide it's high time for some mortars.

Watch what happened next.

Dan Andros on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dan writes:

Long story short. ISIS woke up after those 2 mortars shelled one of their buildings. They started firing back. Pay particular attention to the pleasure Jason takes in potentially helping trigger the firefight that ends our lives lol. Really never felt too worried-- definitely uneasy knowing these idiots could get a lucky shot...but the Peshmerga are on top of the hill so it's very difficult for ISIS to hit positions just beyond the wall. Lots of stuff seems to land far over them but the Peshmerga have things locked down real good up there.

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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