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."


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.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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