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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Your federal government keeps buying lots — and lots — of gun ammunition. It previously said the purchases were part of the normal restocking process for government law-enforcement stuff. Now there's word that it's bought another 21.6 million rounds. And as Paul Watson, writing at, ciphers it, and calculating how many rounds have been used in recent U.S. wars, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has now acquired enough bullets to wage 30 years of war.” And the feds really wonder why God-fearing and liberty-loving Americans have been buying guns in record numbers? ... Your federal government, courtesy of the same ammo-hoarding folks at DHS, has produced a training video that advises office workers to confront a workplace gunman with scissors in a worst-case scenario. Which is about the stupidest thing we've ever heard. Anybody with an ounce of sense knows that office workers confronted by a workplace gunman should instead run to the breakout room refrigerator and grab any one of the number of biological weapons therein and throw it at the attacker. ... Seriously though, what do you get when you make God-fearing and liberty-loving Americans sitting ducks? Dead ducks, of course. ... By gosh, those brainiacs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research have discovered a remedy to stop “global warming” — working fewer hours and increasing vacation time. Yet another example of the sheer genius of the “progressive” mind, eh?

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