Welcome to zFacts!  Fair, Not Balanced.

If one side is fanatical or just plain wrong, balance is no virtue. ZFacts takes on both extremes — left and right, Code Pink and the Tea Party. You won’t find that anywhere else. We focus on facts that shed light on key issues, not just media factoids.

Bernie Can't Win -- So Who's He Helping?

Hillary Clinton

Jul 31, 2015. I like Bernie. He says a lot of good stuff. But he can't win the nomination and he can't be President. He could usher in Jeorge Bush III. But don't take my word for it read Nate Silver the best political stats guy out there. Now a lot of Sander's supporters will think I just said I'm against him. They should start over from the beginning. Sanders cannot win. Neither can you -- doesn't mean I don't like you. Can we get that straight?

That leaves two possibilities, Bush III or Hillary Clinton. They've got the money. Now Sanderites will say I'm for money politics. No. [Read more...]


Trump's Unpatriotic Republican Base

Hillary Clinton

Jul 24, 2015. Think back to World War II, before Republicans became anti-Uncle Sam and anti-US-government. Back then it was patriotic to refuse favoritism because your father was a top military commander, as McCain did.

And no buffoons ridiculed you if you were in a plane that got shot down over enemy territory. And if you showed defiance and even humor, despite being tortured, yes, you were a war hero.

So what is with the 20% or so Republicans that think they are patriots but stick with draft-dodger Trump when he ridicules war-hero McCain? No, the Tea Party is not patriotic. Waving the flag whether US or the anti-US confederate flag is not enough. Not even close.

So where was Trump while McCain was in Vietnam? [Read more...]


Cruz Admits Lobbyists Control Everyone (But Him)

Hillary Clinton

Jul 24, 2015. Presumably in an effort to distance himself from Washington (hard to do when you’re a senator) Ted Cruz stated outright that the Republican-controlled congress listens only to lobbyists, and he told us why they do that. "And let me tell you why: [Read more...]


The Press Wants a Fight, Democrats Want Hillary

Hillary Clinton

Jul 19, 2015. Bernie Sanders gets support from about half of white Democrats. That's about it. He's become a lot more popular lately, but Clinton still has her 80 to 85% favorability rating among Democrats. Her unfavorable rating is around 10 percent, right where it was in January. So among Democrats, Sanders' gains are not Clinton's losses. [Read more...]


Clinton Caught in Vicious Press Cycle

Jul 14, 2015. Republicans are using a clever tactic to undermine confidence in Hillary Clinton. False accusations feed a media frenzy and all too many people think what they hear and read must be at least partly true. This is how it works:

1. Republicans make false accusations

For example: In April, Clinton was accused of “waging war on Christianity” because of her remarks on women’s reproductive health care. This scary story had no real basis as Clinton meant nothing of the kind, but simply more tolerance by some Christians.

2. The press repeats them

In this case, the idea was widely spread in the media, fueled by the likes of Bobby Jindal who claimed [Read more...]


The Democrats' Tea Party

Jun 1, 2015. Like the tea-party stirrings among Republicans in 2009, Bernie Sanders is a sign that liberal activists are looking for a fight. Organized labor is threatening to challenge vulnerable moderate Democrats in primaries if they vote for the president's fast-track trade authority. The newly-aggressive grassroots are letting their ideology blind them to political realities. Since left extremists like Ralph Nader (even with Michael Moore's backing) never pull more than about 3% of the vote, and all they've accomplished is the election of George Bush II, it looks like Clinton and the Democrats may be doomed in 2016 as Gore was in 2000. [Read more...]


How To Help Nepal

May 18, 2015. With boots on the ground  even before the quake, the Nepal Youth Foundation has  responded rapidly to the massive need for help both in Kathmandu and far-flung villages.  The 25-year-old NYF has launched a major relief effort to provide immediate help for those most in need as well as long-term rebuilding.

For example, NYF has temporarily converted two of their nutritional clinics in Kathmandu and Pokhara into recovery centers caring for earthquake victims, including mothers and their newborns. NYF has used its school buses to take victims home from hospitals. They have delivered tarps, tents, food and clothing to victims in six affected districts. The organization has expanded emergency day care and learning center programs in and around Kathmandu to care for 600 children. [Read more...]


Background Stories

Saudi Muslims Non-Violently Torture Blogger

Raif has been freed

According to Awad "In fact, there is nothing in our faith that encourages Muslims to be violent." Really? Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca, and the world's leading Muslim country, is currently in the process of publicly torturing Raif Badawi who is officially charged with "adopting liberal thought," "founding a liberal website," and "insulting Islam" — because he is an atheist. But Awad tells us (video 10:35) "The Koran, in a major chapter, describes the believers that when they are addressed by the ignorant [that would be Raif], their response is peace. [that would be the Muslims?]" Raif has been freed due to international pressure, but who is Nihad Awad? This shocked me. [Read more...]


What Went Wrong for Democrats in 2014?

Alison-Grimes

"He was the first black president. Okay, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it, Mr. Obama." Who would say that about the President? McConnell? Limbaugh? The truth will shock you. Republicans have been running on a simple anti-Obama platform for six years. It  worked.  [Photo: Alison Grimes — Who did I vote for?] [Read more...]


National Debt Graph by President

Republican National Debt When did the National Debt go crazy? Why? Who's to blame? Where is the debt headed? Compared to the US economy, the national debt is smaller than it was after World War II. But, take a look at what could have happened if three presidents had balanced their budgets. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]


How Obamacare Tricked the Republicans

To make sure Obamacare worked and could pass, Obama borrowed the conservatives' plan. So Republicans knew it would work if given a chance. Their only hope was to kill it with politics before it could take root. Too late now. In spite of politics and early computer screw-ups, a last-minute surge pushed it past its target of 7 million on April 1, 2014. But what about cost? [Read more...]


Why the Stock Market Favors Democrats

Reagan-Obama-stock-graph Republicans claim Democrats are bad for business, but the stock market disagrees. It rose more than twice as fast under Obama as under Reagan. In fact since Reagan (1981) stocks have gained 13% under Republicans and 450% under Democrats. That's 35 times more, and they had six years less time. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]


Unemployment Claims, Lowest in 47 Years!

Unemployment-claims

The Republicans left Obama with unemployment claims running higher than at any time since Reagan in 1982. Democrats (with the Republicans obstructing) reduced that to its lowest level in 14 years according to the Press. But, compared to the number of jobs, it's at its lowest level since they started collecting data in 1967. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]


Who are the Job Creators?

Jobs-Rep-Dem-percent

  For at least the last 85 years, since 1929, every time the Democrats took over, jobs were created faster. And every time the Republicans took over, jobs were created slower. Ten times in a row is no accident.  And the difference is huge. Why is that? [EMail the Fact Card] [Read more...]