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.

COP 21 Paris: a Dangerous Climate Summit

Nov 25, 2015. The Paris climate summit is the sequel to the Copenhagen climate conference. But perhaps more dangerous, because the UN learned from past mistakes and this time it has coopted and snookered the environmentalists. They're now cheering for an agreement that even OPEC loves. We've read the EU and  [Read more...]

Krugman on Terrorism — Almost Right

Nov 16, 2015. Krugman's op-ed on terrorism is generally excellent. No, those puny terrorists can't destroy western civilization, a spectre raised by Jeb! Bush, who apparently learned nothing from his big brother. And yes, appeasement (as the Liberals in Canada are doing) is a dreadful idea.

But right at the end he misses the most horrible truth when he says "Do you remember all the pronouncements that 9/11 would change everything? Well, it didn’t — and neither will this atrocity." Unfortunately Krugman's dreaming. So what did 9/11 change?

By enabling the Rumsfeld-Cheney-Bush overreaction, it caused: [Read more...]

Isreali spy guy supports Iran deal — and he's not alone

Aug 24, 2015. So a bunch of politicians (mostly Republican) are sure they understand the nitty gritty of the Iran deal and can out-think six major countries and a whole slew of US nuclear physicists. Believe that, and I've got a bridge to sell you. Let's check with somebody who might actually know something.

Efraim Halevy, a former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency, said the deal forced Iran to accept an “unprecedented” system of inspections.

“Anyone who has followed events in Iran in recent decades or has studied the matter has to admit truthfully that he never believed Iran would ever agree to discuss these issues, let alone agree to” some of the deal’s terms, [Read more...]

Is Bernie another Obama?

Hillary Clinton

Aug 20, 2015. Bernie knows it's nonsense, but he's not saying. He's happy to have people fall for this line. 2015 is like 2007 and Bernie is like Obama. Let's take a look.

    • This time in 2007
      • Hillary had 125 Democratic endorsements
      • Obama had 47

Carly: Really?? Five Facts You Should Know

Hillary Clinton

Aug 19, 2015. Carly Fiorina shot into the spotlight after the GOP debates, even though she didn't make it to the top 10 but was relegated to the second tier of candidates. Sure, she came across better than the swarm of others at the podiums but let's take a closer look at her track record: 

  1. She has not served as CEO since her firing from Hewlett Packard in 2005. (HP stock rose 7% the day she was fired.)
  2. She nearly destroyed the company with her [Read more...]

Bernie Get Elected? With 28%? That's Insane

Hillary Clinton

Aug 14, 2015. In 1980, just before he won his first election, Bernie Sanders made a documentary about socialist Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs. Bernie's known the electoral score for 35 years. So why won't he tell his supporters?

Debs ran for president five times, getting a high of 6% of the popular vote in 1912. If Bernie ran as a Democrat (which he's not and never has been), he just might get as much as 28% of the vote!

That would leave the Republican candidate with 70% (2% independent), by far the biggest landslide of any president in history. Second place would then go to Lyndon Johnson who got 61% in 1964. [Read more...]

Trump Is Toast

Hillary Clinton

Aug 11, 2015. Update (Aug 13). Nate Silver has now analyzed seven pairs of pre-post-debate polls. Trump came in next to last (Walker last) with a 2.3% slide pre to post. Not as bad as Rasmussen found, but he is still Toast. Next-to-last out of 17 is not going to frighten the GOP establishment, which is still out to do him in. Of course, he can still run on his own, if he doesn't like Murdoch and the Kochs dictating the Republican nomination. [Read more...]

The GOP Ticket: Bush and Fiorina

Hillary Clinton

Aug 10, 2015. You read it first here. The 2016 Republican ticket will be Jeb and Carly. No, the GOP establishment is not going to listen to its base. Not after Ted Cruz said they were all slaves to K-Street lobbyists. 

Fox News just took out Trump and and pumped up Fiorina. She's not part of the political establishment (though she once tried to be) but she is part of the corporate establishment and that's who lobbies Congress. So no chance [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?


"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...]

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!


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?


  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...]