Saturday Bullet Points: January 11, 2020

Wow! 2020 is not even two-weeks old and the news has taken off: Impeachment, Soleimani and Iraq attacks, Iran destroying a Ukraine jet with a missile, and Democrat hatred not just for Donald Trump but now for Trump supporters! What else can happen?

Don’t worry: there’s a lot of 2020 remaining. This year is certain to be full of breathtaking “gotcha'” moments, especially in Washington. And each Saturday, TruthNewsNetwork will bring to you a synopsis of that week’s news in bullet points. You’ll be able to scan the headlines we present, and for those stories about which you want details, click on a link for complete details.

Let’s get started!

Bullet Points

These should catch you up on the really big news on a national scale for the week. Enjoy that Saturday morning cup of coffee and scan the headlines and/or read the in-depth details of whatever stories catches your interest.

Have a great weekend!

What, Who, Why? The “Answers”

What’s going on in our nation? Who is responsible for all of what’s happening? Why are they doing it?

We are tackling these questions with their answers. I’m beyond concerned about D.C. — ALL Americans are beyond concerned. Fear, anger, disbelief, even hatred have overtaken the normal American emotions regarding their government: caution and concern. Buckle-up for this conversation. Your will and temperament will be challenged.

What’s Going On?


Let’s face it: there’s no way an entity with hundreds of thousands (or more) of employees with several trillion dollars with which to operate annually is not attacked with constant attempts of corruption from without and within. You may ask, “How many federal employees could there possibly be?” This will blow your mind!

  • Executive Department Civilian — 2,674,353
  • Department of Defense — 1,352,081
  • Homeland Security — 41,460
  • EPA — 7060
  • Uniformed Military — 1,400,601
  • Legislative Branch — 33,530
  • Judicial Branch — 33,541

TOTAL U.S. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: 4,142,025* (2018 numbers from the Office of Personnel Management OPM)

◊ How much money is spent on and by these 4.142 federal employees?  $4.4 Trillion per the 2019 fiscal year official federal budget

◊ How much money is collected from all sources by the federal government? $3.4 Trillion per the 2019 fiscal year official federal budget

Any way you add it up, this government is at worst destined for non-stop corruption which always opens doors to blackmail, criminal activities of every kind, malfeasance, and political mischief. It’s happened and IS happening every day.


We’ll “stipulate” there are U.S. government financial evils of unfathomable proportions and talk about something else that is often left unmentioned: purposeful waste. Ever hear of earmarks and government pork projects?

The Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 was approved on February 8, 2018.  This legislation obliterated the spending caps set in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and increased spending by $143 billion, or 13.4 percent, in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017.

Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) 2018 Congressional Pig Book exposes 232 earmarks in FY 2018, an increase of 42.3 percent from the 163 in FY 2017.  The cost of earmarks in FY 2018 is $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2 percent from the $6.8 billion in FY 2017, or nearly nine times greater than the increase in discretionary spending.  The only other time the cost has at least doubled was FYs 1992-1993.  Since FY 1991, CAGW has identified 110,861 earmarks costing $344.5 billion.

Just imagine what could be done with all that waste if put to public use. After all: every dollar listed above lost in waste is a dollar that came from U.S. taxpayers.


We just completed another round of really contentious midterm elections. Can you remember a time in your life when there were so much hate and anger surrounding every part of our elections? Campaigning has become an industry unto itself with several billion dollars of contributions at stake every election cycle. Think for a moment of the ancillary support that goes into a national election: transportation, advertising, and promotion, hotel/motel services, printing, food and beverage, entertainment, broadcasting, etc. And even that list is not complete.

For decades from every election cycle, there are reports of election fraud. But political pundits continue to denounce those who claim election cheating — until today. It has been revealed (and election charges have been issued ) that California election fraud was real. Election proponents were caught red-handed paying street vagrants to fraudulently sign election ballots. A sting operation verified it.

And there are rampant “probabilities” of fraud in numerous other elections: candidates receiving tens of thousands of votes more in one election than did a member of their same party in the same statewide election, making the vote totals in each of these races far outside the numbers possibility. That happened in multiple races in multiple states.

Remember this: President Obama famously denounced then-candidate, Donald Trump, for warning Americans to be wary during the 2016 election, predicting possible and probable election fraud. Obama stated that “no reasonable person could possibly believe anyone could tamper with a United States election or in anyway impact the results.” Obama said that following his being told by the FBI and CIA that the Russians indeed for years had made credible attempts to hack into U.S. elections and were certainly going to continue attempting U.S. election hacks.

We know (almost with certainty) that elections have included people voting illegally. Several states have started giving voting rights to non-citizens. Supposedly those voters are to vote in only state and local elections. But who feels that — at least in some cases — those non-citizens are “accidentally” allowed to vote in federal elections? Most elections include local, state, and federal voting. Who realistically thinks that polling officials segregate ballots in advance of voting to assure illegal voting in these cases does not occur?

Justice Department

Where to begin the discussion about the DOJ? Let’s start at the top: Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to testify before Congress about multiple “improprieties” that occurred in the DOJ on her watch. James Comey — former FBI Director — has rejected a subpoena from Congress to appear and testify in a closed session.  Former Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired and faces criminal charges for felonies regarding classified information mishandling. And the list of terminated DOJ officials goes on and on.

Americans shudder to think that the once premier law enforcement agency in the world is in shambles. The Acting Attorney General — Rod Rosenstein — is himself embroiled in multiple scandals. He is accused of wrongdoing in the Mueller probe — even in his appointment of Mueller as Special Investigator. One major pending investigation underway is regarding possible illegal representations made by Rosenstein and Comey in the initial FISA application and subsequent renewals made to the FISA court to obtain a warrant to approve FBI surveillance of Trump Campaign officials to uncover alleged collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has issued one scathing report of FBI wrongdoing and mishandling of investigations. A second report from an additional Horowitz investigation is expected at any time.

All told, more than 20 top-level FBI and DOJ officials have either been fired, determined to retire rather than face charges, or have been demoted as misdeed after misdeed are revealed. The Obama Department of Justice will almost certainly go down as the most corrupt DOJ in any presidential administration.

Hillary Clinton and The Clinton Foundation

Who needs to hear more about Hillary’s “EmailGate?” I certainly don’t need to discuss it here, although it is important to note that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions authorized federal prosecutor Jim Huber to reopen the Clinton email investigation, using any resources necessary to ferret out the truth. It is anticipated findings of the Huber investigation are pending and that indictments are probable.

It is likely that Clinton Foundation wrongdoing in soliciting foundation contributions will be exposed. This wrongdoing is likely to include millions of dollars taken from multiple foreign countries and entities, illegal co-mingling of foundation gifts with Hillary Clinton Campaign funds, and a purported “pay-for-play” scheme perpetrated to obtain huge contributions for the Foundation with promises of access to Ms. Clinton once she was elected President.

The Mueller Probe

We all know the almost certain unethical appointment of Mueller to investigate the Trump Campaign. Rosenstein in the Mueller appointment violated multiple contingencies detailed in the Special Investigator law, chiefly related to his personal conflicts of interest. That is just the beginning. Many more have been added to the list of issues of the probe. (No need for us to detail them here…they’re trumpeted almost daily in national news)


Even as I write this, we face an imminent international conflict at our southern border. That first  Central American “caravan” has arrived, demanding entry to the United States. No one has yet to successfully explain the continued allowance of these and other illegals entry into the U.S. “Illegal” is the applicable term for this conversation.

Federal immigration laws are clear: there are specific steps all foreigners must take in immigration to achieve authorization to enter the U.S. No one today has any real concept of the actual number of illegals that have entered the U.S. Add to that the numbers of those who initially obtained legal status but who have overstayed their visas and remain here illegally. Estimates on the low side start at 10 million. Many immigration experts put that number closer to 30 million. The number though material is irrelevant to our conversation today. ALL of them are here illegally. Kudos to those approximate 12 million immigrants who spent the time, effort, and money to follow the processes in the law to obtain and maintain legal status in the United States.

Mainstream Media

Who can now argue that the MSM is complicit in the battles playing out daily throughout the American political system? Never before in my lifetime has the American media been so involved in NOT reporting the news, but INTERPRETING the news in specific political agenda fashion. It is obvious to most that the MSM has weaponized itself to attack non-stop the conservative agenda of the Trump Administration. And the attacks are relentless.

Media outlets of broadcast, print, and online are entrenched in 24/7  militant efforts to undermine President Trump. They demean his every action and proposed action, denigrate him personally along with every member of his family as well as any and all who participate in any role in the Trump Administration.

The MSM has literally abandoned all semblance of reporting and has now unofficially become a weaponized arm of the Democrat Party. Yes, there are those that take issue with me. But doing so at this point is pure hypocrisy. No reasonable person can argue that the non-partisan analysis of mainstream news reporting about the President and his administration is 90-95% negative. That fact is undeniable.

The Judiciary

As evidenced by the overturn of 68% of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Judiciary is in large part “in the tank” for the Deep State. Federal judges have insulated themselves from the realities of the law through unrealistic interpretations, not of the laws, but of the “state of mind” held by the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Doing so is ridiculous, and only for political purposes.


There MUST be an agenda. And that agenda MUST be purpose-driven. It has become virtually crystal clear that the purpose is the reinstatement and permanent maintenance of the Deep State control of the U.S. Government.

I am not a conspiracy theorist. But facts always bear the truth. If you still question the legitimacy of the Deep State, read former Congressman Jason Chavitz’ book The Deep State. In it, he chronicles specific proof for all of the incidents of Deep State intrusion into American government he dealt with while in Congressional leadership during the Obama Administration. The examples and their proof are hair-raising.

The “Why” answer for all of the above is simple: the Deep State was foiled in their certain attempt to perpetuate their power agenda initiated with the election of Obama and extended with his second term. There was certainty it would not only survive eight more years under Hillary Clinton but would reset the heretofore representative republic form of American Government to the only reasonable political system with which they identify: Totalitarianism disguised as Socialism. Obama started it — Hillary was to expand it.

The “Why” is not a quest for money, but a quest for power. With power, all things are attainable. Simply walk through the possibilities for all of the “What” items detailed above. After considering each individually, ask yourself “Why?” You will certainly understand the obvious answer is “Power.” With ultimate and overall power of government, ANYTHING becomes possible.

Deep State Members are literally consumed in their quest for power. And one can see in this explanation why so much chaos and anger and hatred is continuously vomited onto every American by the purveyors whose very breath tomorrow is dependent on regaining pure power in America.


Let’s get right to the point in our summary: who or what could possibly be at the root of this Deep State quest for power? Is it a person, a group, a company, a branch of government? The explanations for Who have been explosive and have included names from Barack Obama to George Soros, from Bill Clinton to Vladimir Putin, from Nancy Pelosi to Jeff Bezos.

But to puzzle to the answer, ask yourself THIS question: Who currently has the power to initiate and fulfill the process to control ALL? Taking all power requires the ability to impact and change the law, control elections, tell the Mainstream Media what to say and what not to say, control the military to prevent a possible coup in a government overthrow, and to garner benign approval for doing all of the above from the American people.

Figured it out yet?

The United States Congress!

The Congress is the only entity or individuals that can:

  • Pass laws to make processes needed to make such changes legal;
  • Fund any and all necessary spending for these changes;
  • Elect leadership across party lines to facilitate taking permanent power and maintaining it in perpetuity;
  • Prosecute those who stand against these objectives using all the necessary resources to do so;
  • Through prosecutions easily destroy their opponents through exhaustive and never-ending litigation — both civil and criminal;
  • Dismantle all treaties and foreign agreements to ease the Deep State’s ability to maximize its power over foreign foes;
  • Create new treaties and foreign agreements to enhance domination in foreign markets and to control world trade;
  • Abolish all immigration laws and open both American borders to mass immigration, which would initiate the dismantling of the federal election system. That would allow Deep State members to — in perpetuity — control every part of governing;
  • Create a Ruling Class of Americans to control every aspect of all Americans’ lives;
  • Establish a state of existence in which Government owns all, controls all, and punishes all who disagree with whatever the Government finds necessary to maintain its desired status, doing so in total disregard of the law;
  • Speaking of laws: terminate the U.S. Constitution with all of its protections for Americans’ rights.

What is becoming more and more evident is that this process — which is the truest form of Anarchy — has already been seeded through our political, economic, social, and educational systems. How else could the American public devolved so rapidly from true capitalists who depend on the Rule of Law to a nation of self- labeled “progressives” who care for nothing but total domination? That seeded ground is fertile. And it is rapidly producing its fruit.

We are witnessing the demise of the most powerful nation on Earth and in World history.


Questions Answered Right Here and Right Now!

Tuesday Bullet Points

(questions listed in top section; answers listed in bottom section)

  • Why are so many retiring or declining re-election bids in Congress? (see #1 below)  As of June 5, 2018, 55 representatives will not seek re-election to their U.S. House districts. Party breakdown:
    Democratic Party 18 Democratic members of the U.S. House
    Republican Party 37 Republican members of the U.S. House

    Incumbents retiring from public office

    • Democratic Party 10 Democrats
    • Republican Party 25 Republicans
  • Why does it seem that the media as a whole stopped reporting the news opting to instead be “in” the news? (see #2 below)
  • What reasons could the Department of Justice have to slow-play document production under subpoena by Congress? (see #3 below)
  • What is Attorney General Jeff Sessions doing on his job? (see #4 below)
  • Why does President Trump tweet so much? (see #5 below)

Tuesday Bullet Points Answers

  1. It is very uncommon for so many elected Congressional members to retire or simply refuse to run for re-election. 55 at one time means 10% of Congress is “voluntarily” turning over in the mid-term elections in November. Certainly, several are simply retiring for normal reasons. Some are running for other federal, state, or local offices. But questions abound as to why most of those 55 are vacating office with no re-election efforts. Conspiracy theorists assume those 40,000+ sealed federal indictments that no one seems to have answers for “might” include the names of some of these 55 and they are making plans for what that might mean to them. Others feel that the vitriolic political climate in D.C. has just worn their tolerance for such too thin. (That answer is hard to reject!) Others feel that attractive opportunities in the private sector are drawing some away. The conventional wisdom is that all of these answers are realistic as possibilities. Usually, when in doubt — especially about political matters — “follow the money.” I will not speculate as to which of these answers is/are the reason(s). I will, however, assume that the truth almost certainly lies in one or several of these examples of possibilities. No doubt whatever the real reason(s) is/are we will know in the next few months. “IF” the answer lies among those 40,000+ indictments, there will be a political bloodbath BEFORE the midterms.
  2. This is a really tough one to answer. As a journalist, I struggle to understand the basis for which we see such extreme “reporting” from today’s media, which is not really “reporting,” rather “editorializing.” Just today we have an extreme example of this “reporting.” Here is story headline from the front page of “Is Trump a danger or just ‘incompetent’ or a ‘Buffoon?’ CNN and other media outlets have made such headlines and stories the “new” normal. Simply asking such a question is as ridiculous as my asking a friend, “When did you stop beating your wife, or are you still doing it?”  This practice is bad enough on its own. But what is really terrifying is that a major news organization’s editors would allow such a headline on a “news” front-page yet alone as a story headline that appears anywhere. Their possible reasons? Extreme news competition might be an explanation. Twenty years ago there were few national news outlets other than the ” Big Three” — ABC, NBC, CBS — plus upstart CNN and local newspapers. With the advent of the internet and the ease in which “news” can be given instantly to millions, competition for readership and viewership is so voracious that major news organizations through desperation for ad revenue will write or say anything to capture an audience. The fundamental for that parallels the fixation by many on soap operas, shock radio and television, and even the propensity for plain daily gossip by many. Another thought is that news organizations now feel news neutrality is NOT as important as it has been for decades. Taking sides is fair game. A case can be made for the likes of CNN, MSNBC, the “Big 3” national broadcast television networks and large city newspapers to take the liberal news perspective against more conservative news outlets. There is no secret that conservative news outlets like FOX News, Breitbart News, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, The Drudge Report, stay more down the middle politically than others and possibly skew conservative in their reporting. In any case, there is no doubt that news reporting has devolved into political partisanship in most cases. The “politically correct” double-standards in the media are unexplainable and leave most shaking their heads. Case-in-point: The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah who is now embroiled in several racist comments he made — one in a video from several years ago in which he denigrated Aboriginal Australian women. The other comes from a recent story in which he refers to the World Cup winning team from France as “an African team,” because many of that team’s players are black. If Noah was a conservative show host, he would have already been banished from his television show. So far from Noah, not even an apology demand by any in the media to apologize for either remark. Just imagine if someone like Rush Limbaugh made either of those statements!
  3. In Congressional hearing after Congressional hearing, Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein has downplayed his personal stone-walling in producing Congressional committee subpoenas of the D.O.J. for supporting documents from the Clinton email investigation and that of President Trump’s campaign for Russian election collusion. For more than a year Congressional requests have been non-stop. Yet Rosenstein does very little in the way of complying with those requests, using the excuse multiple times that those “documents contain classified information that would jeopardize intelligence undercover individuals.” Only after threat of contempt have any of those documents been released. When released — though heavily redacted — what IS revealed in the documents are many details that are embarrassing to the FBI and D.O.J. but have not evidenced any jeopardy to any intelligence personnel. It has become abundantly clearer and clearer that (at least in the case of Rosenstein) there is a concerted effort to slow-play document production to comply with Congressional requests. Based on those already released, it is a fair assessment that national security is NOT the reason for stalling on the production of that evidence — that hiding information contained in that evidence from Congress is the probable cause.
  4. The virtual disappearance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is obvious. There is no doubt the Department of Justice has many investigatory matters it is dealing with. But with the most visibility-heightened legal matters in American history playing out daily, many are concerned at the apparent lack of direct involvement in these by the A.G. Certainly the mild-mannered former Alabama Senator could be uninvolved directly in these cases, relying on his management underlings to carry the load. But that would not be normal for A.G. Sessions. And many think the exact opposite is more realistic: that the Attorney General is busy behind the scenes on some of these legal issues that are playing out in a visible fashion, opting to “hold his cards” to his chest. That could explain those 40,000+ sealed federal indictments all handed down by judges from every U.S. Federal District Court since October of 2017. Certainly, the Attorney General would have detailed knowledge of those even if he was NOT directly involved in those cases. Federal prosecutors are obviously responsible for each of those and the investigations that resulted in each indictment. 40,000+ would certainly demand his attention.
  5. Two weeks after President Trump’s inauguration we put forth a plan in writing suggesting that the President take steps to totally bypass the Mainstream Media in information dissemination to Americans. Our suggestion was a White House YouTube channel, immediately terminate the daily White House Press Briefings, and once a week release a YouTube press briefing in which the President or his staff members would answer multiple questions given to the Press Office in advance of the YouTube release, and would announce pending presidential policy matters and reports of meetings upcoming and details of past meetings. The President opted to expand his Twitter conversations that have accomplished several things. Most importantly, it has given Mr. Trump the ability to message Americans WITHOUT any editorial media filters that had become so common before the 2016 election. Yes, the Mainstream Media continue to daily provide “interpretations” of all White House matters in their newscasts and talk shows and daily newspapers. But they no longer control the narrative. On this one thing, President Trump has certainly hit a home run.


One thing in D.C. in the Trump Administration is a certainty: news happens 24/7 without fail. We certainly do not know everything for certain. But Americans now have the benefit of hearing from the President daily, all day, and in his own words. Gone are the media filters that painted whatever narrative they chose for what the President had to say about anything and everything. It’s humorous to watch as Mr. Trump daily carries around a sharp stick, poking media members.

His words and messaging is calculated, planned, and objective. Those who may feel that any or emotional outbursts and nothing more need to look more closely: each has a cause and effect. He plans EVERYTHING.

Will we get specific and accurate answers to these questions? When will we get the answers if at all? Who are the real players in D.C. today? These and more questions perpetually hang in the air. At we watch and listen perpetually for evidence and answers to these and other questions. Stay close — as we get answers, they immediately come to you!


Tuesday Bullet Points: May 22, 2018

Today we are re-activating our “Tuesday Bullet Point” feature. Every Tuesday we will summarize via bullet points highlights of the previous several days regarding important happenings of all types critical to all Americans. The difference going forward is “Tuesday Bullet Points” will be presented via our podcast instead of a written post. Enjoy!