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 here and right here, 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.
Feb 4, 2016. Be a civil liberties watchdog. With footage from cell phone videos becoming increasingly important, here's an easy way to record and report interactions with law enforcement: Mobile Justice CA. What you record and submit through this app will be sent immediately to your local ACLU affiliate. This is still only for California, but ...
Mobile Justice CA has three main functions: Record, Report and [Read more...]
Feb 3, 2016. Is the Democratic nomination really up for grabs? True, Bernie could still win if his momentum continues after a near-tie in Iowa, but right now the delegate count is 385 for Hillary to his 29.
Yes, Hillary won in Iowa, but Sander's supporters are jubilant and hoping a win in New Hampshire [Read more...]
Feb 2, 2016. Who is saying GOP candidates have a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle-schooler”? None other than long-time Republican and former US defense secretary Robert Gates who has served under eight presidents. “People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable."
“In some cases, the things they’re saying they’re going to do are unconstitutional or [Read more...]
Feb 1, 2016. While endorsing Clinton, the NY Times said Sanders had "pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left." Everybody says that, but nobody knows. He likes to sound very left and she doesn't. Both have their reasons. Obama half explained these reasons when he endorsed Hillary. "Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose." That was the smart thing for Bernie to do, and it's good to see his views getting a lot of air play.
Hillary has also been playing it smart. But all politicians say and do things for strategic reasons. They have to, or they would not be politicians for long. For example, Bernie voted against the Brady (gun control) Bill several times (to the delight of conservatives), but he claims this was for strategic reasons. You just can't be sure what's talk and what's strategy. But there are two things you can tell for sure. [Read more...]
Jan 30, 2016. In our first endorsement post, we reported that Hillary has 152 endorsements from the House vs. Bernie's two. She also has 36 endorsements from Senators and 12 from governors to Bernie's zero. But does this mean anything for the election? Don't the people decide?
Here's why they matter: those endorsements are bets. Elected officials are betting their careers. It doesn't matter if you like them or not, you can trust them on the one point that matters most. And here's why that's so important and telling: [Read more...]
Jan 29, 2016. In presidential primaries, endorsements have been among the best predictors of which candidates will succeed. Of course, some endorsements are much more valuable than others. They may not be foolproof predictors, but the evidence is striking ... [Read more...]
Jan 21, 2016. Paul Krugman is left of almost every Democrat, and he hates Wall Streeters. He's Bernie's kind of guy. Except for one thing. He's smart. Really smart. And he knows health plans — from Medicare to Obamacare, from Hillary's two plans to Bernie's new plan. Here's what he says.
"For all the talk about being honest and upfront, even Sanders ended up delivering mostly smoke and mirrors." As Krugman reminds us "I say this as someone who favors single-payer—but it’s just not going to happen anytime soon." He finishes with: "And Sanders isn’t coming clean on [Read more...]
Jan 20, 2016. "He's a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him." That's the Donald talkin' about Ted Cruz (listen). Everyone knew Cruz was just using Trump to boost his own popularity until he got a chance to take his place. “Nobody likes him,” and the Republicans would suffer "cataclysmic" losses if they ran him for president. That's Bob Dole, 1996 Republican presidential candidate, talkin' about Ted Cruz. [Read more...]
Oct 20, 2014. 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...]
Oct 18, 2014. 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...]
Oct 11, 2014. 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...]