Doc & Skip: On the Ground Reporting From Iowa

Doc & Skip phoned in from Iowa Monday morning to share their experiences on the ground in Iowa. The duo attended both Republican and Democrat caucuses, offering interesting comparisons and discussing quite a range of topics, including the real story in Iowa, Mike Huckabee's plan B and tidbits about several other "lower tier" candidates (hint: Jeb Bush got booed).

Interestingly, the two asked Bernie Sanders supporters to define socialism and communism. When they asked Doc the difference between the two, he had a stellar answer: "About a year and a half."

Listen to the full segment below:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: They'll give -- because I'm totally sincere about that. No, I really mean that. Totally sincere.

All right, let's go to Doc and Skip.

DOC: Glenn, you mentioned Mike Huckabee. What he said about him. About an hour before the Iowa caucus, because we're here in Des Moines, actually HEP Altune, outside of Des Moines, but about an hour before, he was on a local radio station being interviewed, Donald Trump, and, again, he sings the praises of Mike Huckabee. He comes out, "Mike Huckabee, great guy. He came out to the event I had. Great guy."

SKIP: Rick Santorum too. Like you said, all you have to do is kiss the ring.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Well, I think he's trying to get Mike Huckabee's -- and Mike is going to endorse Donald Trump.

JEFFY: Well, those two ended up speaking at his opposing rally to the debate, so --

DOC: Here's what we heard from a friend of a friend who knows somebody who saw Ferris HEP pass out at 31 Flavors last night, that Mike Huckabee is now -- and this is not going to be a surprise, but officially has been for the last couple of weeks, jockeying for that VP week from somebody. And then you know Trump is a deal-maker. I don't know if Trump is willing to do it, but that's what Mike is thinking. Mike is looking for a -- he's playing the base on -- Fox is up, you know. Where is he going to go?

GLENN: So are you thinking that somebody is going to want that whopping 2 percent or 4 percent?

DOC: No.

STU: He's a deal-maker, but he's not stupid. He won't sell the VP slot for 4 percent.

GLENN: No, that's ridiculous.

DOC: Maybe he's ambassador to Uruguay or something like that.

STU: Yeah. Have you guys been able to track down and meet any one of Gilcrestmorelandson's 12 votes?

DOC: No, they're very scattered throughout the state, the way we understand. We put out an all HEP points bulletin for them, but we haven't got any one of the 12.

SKIP: Sorry. Go ahead, Glenn.

GLENN: No, please, you.

SKIP: I was going to say, yeah, at this point, we can chalk it up to a statistical anomaly that he even got any points at this points.

STU: He really did -- I'm not joking. He legitimately got 12 votes statewide. Twelve.

PAT: Literally 12?

STU: Literally 12.

GLENN: Come on. That's more than I thought.

PAT: No way. He got 12 votes?

(laughter)

DOC: Do you realize "other" got 116?

(laughter)

PAT: "Other" beat Jim Gilmore?

GLENN: Pat, put two fingers up. Right there, he got that many people in Iowa. That many.

PAT: That many. That's crazy.

SKIP: Essentially, Glenn, you got more votes than he did.

GLENN: That's crazy. That's crazy.

PAT: That's the real story of the night then. Jim Gilmore -- you got to try to only get 12 votes. That's hard to do.

STU: That's very hard.

PAT: Seriously.

GLENN: So Doc and Skip, you're in Iowa. You did one of the campaign rally things last night.

DOC: No, we went to one of the caucuses. Precinct 76. And we actually got to sit in and witness both the Democrats caucusing and the Republicans caucusing. And it's really a fascinating procedure.

The Democrats just get up, and they all start speechifying. Everybody in the room starts yelling to try to convince people to come over to their side and support their candidate.

The Republicans, a little more refined. They sit down. One person stands up. Just anybody there that is representing or wants to speak on behalf of the person they're supporting stand up and speak for three minutes. And then they do a written vote, and that's the end of it.

They go down the list and they're like, "Okay. Anybody for Ted Cruz?" By the way, it was like four to one in our precinct, the group sitting there for Ted Cruz. Guy stands up and speaks. Trump. Everybody goes down the list.

Then they go, okay. There was one person in there for Mike Huckabee. Chris Christie? No. Carly Fiorina? No. Jeb Bush? And the place busts out in laughter. I'm not kidding.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Did you get that on tape?

DOC: They laughed.

GLENN: Wow.

DOC: They were like, "Okay. Let us just move on."

GLENN: How many people did Jeb get?

PAT: Well, he only had 3 percent, right? Did he have 3 percent of the vote? Last time I saw he was at 2 or 3 percent. Really bad.

GLENN: This is the real story. The real story on both sides: The establishment, Washington, the Democrats and the Republicans are over. It's just over.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You put Hillary Clinton in, there's going to be nothing left of the Democratic Party. You put an establishment guy into the office, there will be nothing left of the Republican Party. Nothing.

DOC: We sat down and talked to a bunch of Democrats. They didn't know who we are. We said, hey, why are you supporting Bernie? Why are you supporting Hillary? They said a lot of things where you could tell they were buying into the talking points. You know, well, we need this. We need that. One old lady said, "Well, it's time for a woman, so a woman can finally make the same as a man." And I was like, "Okay. That's been disproven. Got it."

But then several of us told us about how poor they were. And it wasn't about just getting free stuff. These people were really poor. One lady told us how she lost her daughter last year because she didn't have health care. She couldn't afford it.

And another lady has a brain tumor and says, "I can't afford the medicine. It was $700 a month."

And another old lady said she can't afford her medicine. These people are saying, "I'm here because I don't know what else to do."

And it occurred to me, this is lost on the Republicans. If you don't want to this to be a competition anymore, then you've got to actually put forth a plan to fix the economy. And they're not doing it. I mean, they're in it for the same talking points. You know, we're conservative. And values. And the party of personal freedoms or whatever. But where are the big ideas? Where are the people leading that are saying, we are going to pass a balanced budget amendment? We're going to do true tax reform. We're going to shut down the Department of Education. And put learning online. Where are those ideas?

PAT: Well, Ted Cruz.

GLENN: That's what I've been hearing him say on the campaign trail the whole time. The problem is that nobody covers him.

PAT: Yeah. And they don't talk about his tax plan.

GLENN: No. 10 percent tax plan.

PAT: 10 percent tax plan.

GLENN: And when you want to talk about creating jobs, the thing with creating jobs is his idea of, I'm going to get rid of the EPA. I'm going to get rid of the bureaucracy to be able to create the jobs. I mean, that's the secret here, is Donald Trump says, "I'll make America great because I'm going to manage Washington better."

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Donald Trump is saying -- I mean, Ted Cruz is saying, "There's no managing Washington better. Get Washington out of the way."

PAT: Right. Right.

GLENN: And that's what will create the jobs. But nobody is talked like that anymore.

DOC: No. But they have to explain it to these people. They have to sit down and say, "Guys, this is the way forward. We have to do it this way."

GLENN: But, you know what, play the cut where CNN asked the socialists, the people who are voting for a socialist, what is the definition of a socialist?

VOICE: Can you define socialism?

VOICE: Socialism?

PAT: No.

VOICE: Can you define socialism?

VOICE: Can I define socialism?

VOICE: Probably not. If I'm being totally honest.

VOICE: Socialism. Oh, boy, I don't think I can.

VOICE: Like Social Security. Roads. Medicaid, depending on the form that it takes. Anything that sort of comes together (?) and is publically funded through our government would be socialism. I might be wrong. So if you make me look like a fool on the news, I'll forgive you for it.

VOICE: Hillary Clinton, no, you can't. (?) you couldn't dream. It's nothing wrong with dreaming. You want to teach our kids to dream. Because you cannot dream. You can't dream. And it's possible for a political revolution.

PAT: Keep at mind, that's at a Bernie Sanders rally. That's at the big Bernie Sanders get together, and none of them know what the hell --

DOC: You guys think they can't dream?

GLENN: And that's not Fox News doing that, that's CNN doing that. They don't have any idea what socialism is. (?)

SKIP: The headlines are going to go viral with that headline. Media Matters is already writing up that post.

GLENN: It's amazing. It's amazing.

STU: We find that out on More-On Trivia.

PAT: No one knows what it is?

STU: It's like a social network when you socialize. (?)

DOC: Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn't know what it is.

STU: To Chris Matthews' credit, nobody wants to answer. (?)

SKIP: Nobody has been able to answer that.

GLENN: Here's the answer, it is the step between capitalism and communism. That's what the answer is.

DOC: When they say what's the difference? I say, about a year and a half. It's a step in the process. On the way there.

PAT: That's good.

GLENN: Let me show you now Ben Sasse. Ben Sasse was asked to define conservatism. What does it mean to be a conservative? He answered it less than 90 seconds. We'll go to that in just a second.

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Are your kids doing well in school? They might not be doing as well as you think.

A recent study found that the majority of parents in the US think their children are doing better in school than they actually are, and we largely have COVID to thank for that.

Due to the disastrous educational and social policies implemented during the COVID pandemic, millions of kids across the country are lagging and are struggling to catch up. They are further impeded by technology addiction, mental illness, and the school system, which is trying to mask just how bad things are. However, due to continued COVID-era policies like grade inflation, your kid's report card may not reflect the fallen educational standards since 2020.

Here are five facts that show the real state of America's youngest citizens. It's time to demand that schools abandon the harmful COVID-era policies that are failing to set our children up for success.

Gen Alpha is struggling to read

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Literacy is the foundation of education. Being able to read and write is paramount to learning, so when a young student struggles to gain literacy, it severely impacts the rest of their education. According to a 2021 report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP):

In 2019, some 35 percent of 4th-grade students and 34 percent of 8th-grade students performed at or above NAEP Proficient.

This means that 65 percent of 4th-graders and 66 percent of 8th-graders performed below NAEP proficient. As to be expected, the effects of this lack of literacy are still being felt. A 2024 report called the "Education Recovery Scorecard" created by Harvard and Stanford researchers found that in 17 states, students are more than a third of a grade level behind pre-pandemic levels. Moreover, in 14 states, students are more than a third of a grade level behind in reading specifically.

Grade inflation

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If you thought the U.S. dollar was the only thing suffering from inflation, you would unfortunately be mistaken. Grades are also being inflated, caused by more lenient grading practices that began during the pandemic and have yet to return to normal. While students undoubtedly love this practice at the momentafter all, who doesn't like an easy A?in the long run, it only makes their lives more difficult.

This practice has seen attendance and test scores drop while GPAs rise, making it more difficult for colleges to decide which students to accept, as more and more students have 4.0s. Students are also less prepared for the increased workload and stricter standards they will face when they start college. Overall, there has been a decline in preparedness among students, which will inevitably cause issues later in life.

Failure is no longer an option (literally)

To mask just how ill-prepared students have become, some universities have decided to double down on their grading system. Some schools, like Oregon University, have decided that they will no longer give students failing grades. Instead, if a student fails a class, they will simply receive no grade, thus keeping their academic record blemish-freebecause heaven forbid a student should face the consequences of their own actions.

These universities are doing a real disservice to an entire generation of students. To cover up their failures, they are waving students through their programs, failing to prepare them for the world they will face.

Addiction to tech

Tech addiction has been a concern for parents since before the pandemic, but unsurprisingly, the lockdowns only made it worse. A 2023 study showed that internet addiction in adolescents nearly doubled during the lockdowns when compared to pre-pandemic numbers. This doesn't come as a surprise. Forcing kids to stay inside for months with the internet as their sole connection to the outside world is the perfect recipe for addiction to tech.

Mental illness

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The mental health crisis has been growing across the world for decades now, but it took a turn for the worse during the pandemic. Both a study from Iceland and Australia recorded a decline in the mental health of their youth during the pandemic, and a study out of San Francisco measured physical changes to the brains of children that resembled the brains of people who suffered childhood trauma.

5 SURPRISING ways space tech is used in your daily life

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Is your vacuum cleaner from SPACE?

This week, Glenn is discussing his recent purchase of a Sputnik satellite, which has got many of us thinking about space and space technology. More specifically, we've been wondering how technology initially designed for use outside Earth's atmosphere impacted our lives down here on terra firma. The U.S. spent approximately $30 billion ($110 billion in today's money) between the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the Moon Landing in 1969. What do we have to show for it besides some moon rocks?

As it turns out, a LOT of tech originally developed for space missions has made its way into products that most people use every day. From memory foam to cordless vacuums here are 5 pieces of space tech that you use every day:

Cellphone camera

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Have you ever seen a photograph of an early camera, the big ones with the tripod and curtain, and wondered how we went from that to the tiny little cameras that fit inside your cellphone? Thank NASA for that brilliant innovation. When you are launching a spaceship or satellite out of the atmosphere, the space onboard comes at a premium. In order to make more room for other equipment, NASA wanted smaller, lighter cameras without compromising image quality, and the innovations made to accomplish this goal paved the way for the cameras in your phone.

Cordless vacuums and power tools

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When exploring the moon, NASA wanted astronauts to use a drill to collect samples from the lunar surface. The problem: the moon has a severe lack of electrical outlets to power the drills. NASA tasked Black & Decker with developing a battery-powered motor powerful enough to take chunks out of the moon. The resulting motor was later adapted to power cordless power tools and vacuums in households across America.

Infrared ear thermometer

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What do distant stars and planets have in common with your eardrum? Both have their temperature read by the same infrared technology. The thermometers that can be found in medicine cabinets and doctors' offices across the world can trace their origins back to the astronomers at NASA who came up with the idea to measure the temperature of distant objects by the infrared light they emit.

Grooved pavement

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This one may seem obvious, but sometimes you need a massively complicated problem to come up with simple solutions. During the Space Shuttle program, NASA had a big problem: hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is dangerous enough when you are going 70 miles an hour in your car, but when you're talking about a Space Shuttle landing at about 215 miles per hour, it's an entirely different animal. So what was NASA's space-age solution? Cutting grooves in the pavement to quickly divert water off the runway, a practice now common on many highways across the world.

Memory foam

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If you've ever slept on a memory foam mattress, it probably won't come as a shock to find out that the foam was created to cushion falls from orbit. Charles Yotes was an astronautical engineer who is credited with the invention of memory foam. Yotes developed the technology for the foam while working on the recovery system for the Apollo command module. The foam was originally designed to help cushion the astronauts and their equipment during their descent from space. Now, the space foam is used to create some of the most comfortable mattresses on Earth. Far out.

5 most HORRIFIC practices condoned by WPATH

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Whatever you know about the "trans movement" is only the tip of the iceberg.

In a recent Glenn TV special, Glenn delved into Michael Schellenberger's "WPATH files," a collection of leaked internal communications from within the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Glenn's research team got their hands on the WPATH files and compiled the highlights in Glenn's exclusive PDF guide which can be downloaded here. These documents reveal the appalling "standards" created and upheld by WPATH, which appear to be designed to allow radical progressive surgeons to perform bizarre, experimental, and mutilating surgeries on the dime of insurance companies rather than to protect the health and well-being of their patients. These disturbing procedures are justified in the name of "gender-affirming care" and are defended zealously as "life-saving" by the dogmatic surgeons who perform them.

The communications leaked by Schellenberger reveal one horrific procedure after another committed in the name of and defended by radical gender ideology and WPATH fanatics. Here are five of the most horrifying practices condoned by WPATH members:

1.Trans surgeries on minors as young as 14

One particular conversation was initiated by a doctor asking for advice on performing irreversible male-to-female surgery on a 14-year-old boy's genitals. WPATH doctors chimed in encouraging the surgery. One doctor, Dr. McGinn, confessed that he had performed 20 such surgeries on minors over the last 17 years!

2.Amputation of healthy, normal limbs

BIID, or Body Integrity Identity Disorder, is an “extremely rare phenomenon of persons who desire the amputation of one or more healthy limbs or who desire a paralysis.” As you might suspect, some WPATH members are in favor of enabling this destructive behavior. One WPATH commenter suggested that people suffering from BIID received "hostile" treatment from the medical community, many of whom would recommend psychiatric care over amputation. Apparently, telling people not to chop off perfectly healthy limbs is now considered "violence."

3.Trans surgeries on patients with severe mental illnesses

WPATH claims to operate off of a principle known as "informed consent," which requires doctors to inform patients of the risks associated with a procedure. It also requires patients be in a clear state of mind to comprehend those risks. However, this rule is taken very lightly among many WPATH members. When one of the so-called "gender experts" asked about the ethicality of giving hormones to a patient already diagnosed with several major mental illnesses, they were met with a tidal wave of backlash from their "enlightened" colleges.

4.Non-standard procedures, such as “nullification” and other experimental, abominable surgeries

If you have never heard of "nullification" until now, consider yourself lucky. Nullification is the removal of all genitals, intending to create a sort of genderless person, or a eunuch. But that's just the beginning. Some WPATH doctors admitted in these chatlogs that they weren't afraid to get... creative. They seemed willing to create "custom" genitals for these people that combine elements of the two natural options.

5.Experimental, untested, un-researched, use of carcinogenic drugs 

Finasteride is a drug used to treat BPH, a prostate condition, and is known to increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer as well as breast cancer. Why is this relevant? When a WPATH doctor asked if anyone had used Finasteride "to prevent bottom growth," which refers to the healthy development of genitals during puberty. The answer from the community was, "That's a neat idea, someone should give it a go."

If your state isn’t on this list, it begs the question... why?

The 2020 election exposed a wide range of questionable practices, much of which Glenn covered in a recent TV special. A particularly sinister practice is the use of private money to fund the election. This money came from a slew of partisan private sources, including Mark Zuckerberg, entailed a host of caveats and conditions and were targeted at big city election offices— predominantly democratic areas. The intention is clear: this private money was being used to target Democrat voters and to facilitate their election process over their Republican counterparts.

The use of private funds poses a major flaw in the integrity of our election, one which many states recognized and corrected after the 2020 election. This begs the question: why haven't all states banned private funding in elections? Why do they need private funding? Why don't they care about the strings attached?

Below is the list of all 28 states that have banned private funding in elections. If you don't see your state on this list, it's time to call your state's election board and demand reform.

Alabama

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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Florida

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Georgia

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Idaho

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Indiana

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Iowa

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Kansas

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

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Mississippi

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Pennsylvania

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South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

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Utah

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Virginia

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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