Dec 31, 2008

2008 in Retrospect (A Baker's Dozen)

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As promised, here are some of the Philip R. Klein's funnier moments from 2008.  My choice for Philip's Quote of the Year is this:
If the media does their job (laugh) and if a lawsuit is filed - then will the District Judge that the Review has uncovered stand up and be counted? Or will he do a mia-copa?
That's mea culpa, not "mia-copa!"  For the proper usage, Philip, see my article below:
Philip R. Klein's Mea Culpa
On to the dirty 13: This list this is not comprehensive; rather these are a few of my favorite highpoints from the Southeast Texas Political Review 2008.  There is no implied order.

1. Gillam vs. Klein Settlement: Klein settled his lawsuit with Judge Tom Gillam by printing a retraction:
Evidence that we now have obtained indicates that the Review must side with Judge Gilliam and his denial of the incident. Seemingly, Judge Gillam is a victim in an attempt to smear him in the court of public opinion and that is not fair to him, his family, supporters and any other public person that may choose to serve their community. In the Review’s opinion, Judge Gillam is innocent of the accusations against him.
As a reader pointed out, the only person "in the court of public opinion" who smeared Gillam was Philip R. Klein. However, Philip later retracted his retraction:
Media outlets are reporting this morning that the Southeast Texas Political Review has issued a "retraction" of the story previously written one year ago regarding Justice Thomas Gillam.

This is incorrect. The Southeast Texas Political Review did not issue a retraction of its original story.


Simply put - we stand by our first story - and we stand by our second story.
This can only make sense to Philip R. Klein.

On a side note, Philip also claimed on occasion that Operation Kleinwatch was a conspiracy among plaintiffs in the trial to discredit his good name (said with tongue in cheek). Klein contended that Operation Kleinwatch would disappear as soon as the lawsuit was settled:
A new web site appears on the Internet. It is named “The Decline of Klein.” The site is written anonymously by a pen name of “Gus Pillsbury.” The site is originally headed according to Google Security from Lamar University Systems computer. The site abruptly changes its name to “Operation Kleinwatch” post enquiry [sic] from Google Security. The site keeps the following themes through all stories : (1) made up [sic] sources, (2) liable [sic] issues towards individuals or governments, (3) the purposeful inability to get stories correct, (4) and that “Klein lies.” The “writer” notes themselves as a retired professor.
This "writer" has never implied that I'm a retired professor, nor has Philip ever produced that communication from "Google Security."  My archives are up, but where are the SETPR archives?

Most importantly, Operation Kleinwatch continues.

2. The Great Gumball Investigation
: On March 11, 2008, Philip R. Klein alleged that a huge conspiracy existed regarding gum balls at the Jefferson County Courthouse:
The Review has learned over the last twenty four hours of an investigation ongoing by Judge Ron Walker regarding gumballs [sic]  being sold.
This was a one-hit wonder; Philip never mentioned the issue again.

3. The Tax "Abetment" [sic] that Never Was
: In early May, Philip claimed Jefferson County Commissioners were considering a new tax abatement for the Total Refinery:
Today, the Jefferson County Commissioners have on their plate a huge tax abetment [sic]. And this time it is with TOTAL. And it .... should pass. With yes votes from Arnold (leading the charge) and Waymon Hallmark.

"We will be watching today," said one manager to the Review over the weekend.
Philip clearly manufactured this source. Surely a plant manager would know the abatement had been passed five years earlier for the Total Hydrotreater project, completed in 2006.  The action Klein references as a "tax abetment" had to do forming a committee to determine whether conditions for all such abatements were properly met after completion.

4. Obama vs. Clinton Lawsuits
: On March 4, the night of the Texas Presidential Primaries, Philip wrote:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that lawyers for both Obama and Clinton have been dispatched to major cities and strong democratic held  [sic] counties - including Jefferson County - armed with lawsuits in an attempt to insure [sic] each candidate will obtain their proper amount of votes in the county caucus voting.
In which courts were those lawsuits filed?

5. Nancy Pelosi Visits Texas
: Back in January, Philip's sources revealed:
Okay - so get this....here comes Ms. Nancy [Pelosi] to Texas...what a joke." "We expect to raise around $300,000 for the speaker," said a loyal democrat [sic] in Houston this afternoon.
Nancy never made it to Texas, so apparently Philip and his source were quite disappointed.

6. Mangled Politicians and Races
: On May 14, 2008, Philip wrote:
Well Mississippi went democrat [sic] in a senate race this week. Why is that important? Well it has been held by a GOPER for the last ..... million [sic] years. Everyone is running around saying go democrat [sic] - but [sic] that really is not what the exit polls are showing.
In reality, Travis Childers won Mississippi's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, not the Senate as Philip claimed. Likewise, that seat has been held by Republicans since 1995, not the last million years as Philip claims.  Prior to that, the seat was held by Democrats since Reconstruction. Putting this into proper perspective, Republicans held the seat for 13 years, while Democrats held the seat for over 120.

On November 2, 2008, Philip made this prediction on the U.S. Senate race:
John Cornyn should be the winner. We think he will pull about 54% of the vote against Bell.
Philip and Philip weren't aware that Rick Noriega, not Chris Bell, was the candidate in the US Senate race against Cornyn. Bell ran in Texas Senate District 17 race against four other opponents.

And here' my favorite.  Back in January, Philip's sources revealed  that some candidates were waiting to run against an incumbent Jefferson County Commissioner:
Two are waiting in the wings to run the only GOPER for any seat - being Eddie Arnold.
Actually, no one ran against Eddie Arnold, either Democrat or Republican, who won reelection by default in the March primaries. Philip never mentioned that again.

7. The Calvary to the Rescue
: In March, Philip's sources  revealed that the US Attorney's office, the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, DEA, and the USCIS/Border Patrol were about to descend upon Port Arthur to help the Port Arthur Police Department:
Sources that we contacted late Sunday told us that not only is agencies [sic] in the United States have been lined up to help the local cops, pep rallies of sort will be given all week long to the shift officers in the Department.
That never happened.

8. The "No Endorsements" Endorsement: On March 20, 2008, Philip wrote:
We have never, will never and shall never endorse any candidate for any office. We say it before ever picks and pans we make on this web site?
This statement came shortly after Philip wrote this about Jefferson County Precinct 3 Commissioner candidate Jimmy Dike:
Jimmy Dyke [sic]. For over 10 years he has managed the biggest government project in the history of Jefferson County. That being Pleasure Island. And when you look about - you see a guy that understands the show. Sources this weekend tell the Review that Dyke  [sic] has simply put his resume out there. He is a leader with a positive outlook that is refreshing. And frankly - if any of the above should take the ride - it should be Jimmy Dyke [sic].  We would love to see him up there giving some common sense to some pretty big time guys in politics that have their own agendas in place and as a goal rather than what is best for Jefferson County.
Since Klein misspelled Jimmy Dike, this could have gone under mangled politicians, but Philip's "no endorsement" endorsement deserved a mention.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

9. The Red Tidal Wave in Southeast Texas
: Philip claimed,
Switch-a-roo is a rumor in Hardin County. Some kind of wave going around about party changing in the Court House like went down in Chambers County.
Reality: 0ut of 13 races, two had Republican candidates. Of those two, Commissioner Precinct 3 Ken Pelt is the sitting Republican, who drew no opposition. Philip further claimed that:
Orange County is...a Red County to boot!
Out of 12 local races, NO Republicans filed.

10. Cantu Can Do: After Philip alleged that Alma Cantu was illegally campaigning while being on the clock for Jefferson County, he conducted his own investigation by obtaining her time sheets. The results of Philip's investigation:

She gets a Grade "A" from us.
However, Philip's commentary was priceless:

She has also taken one "Holiday" pay for the 1st of January. Meaning, it was a holiday but she got paid.
Isn't that why it's called "Holiday Pay?" Klein is also quite confused about comp time by his own admission:

And so we know now how many hours have been taken in vacation time, comp time (we had no idea there was such a thing) and holiday time to stump on the campaign trail.
Philip doesn't comprehend simple payroll concepts like holiday pay and comp time, but attributed his incapacity to Jefferson County:

Sorry - we forgot this is Jefferson County...on with the story.
Someday, I hope to have a serious discussion with Klein about advanced payroll topics like overtime and time-and-a-half.

11. Refilling Cases
: My favorites from this year had to do with Philip's mud-slinging at Hardin County Attorney David Sheffield,  who ran a successful campaign for Hardin County District Attorney.

On January 22, 2008, Philip sources told him:
"Sheffield screwed up big time. He has attempted to cover up his mistake by going back and refilling [sic] over 800 cases in an attempt to correct the problem. But I have to tell you that any case that was settled or tried can be overturned without question. This is going to be a feeding frenzy if it gets out."

"We know of 27,000 cases that may be overturned," said a source that demanded there [sic] name not be used.
Philip claimed that he investigated the incident by obtaining copies of those cases through a public information request:

The SET Political Review has obtained copies of over 800 cases that have had to be re-filed [sic] in Hardin County by County Attorney Sheffield. The Review has also obtained copies of over 2,000 cases under investigation for the lack of filing the "Informational" as prescribed by Texas Law.
He also identifies the source of this paperwork:

[The] Review has received a list from a county employee this morning and we are researching it now.
Consider that the charge for copies of records obtained through a public information request is set by the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 3, Chapter 70, Rule §70.3, which mandates that standard paper copies are $0.10 per page.  Klein claims to have at least 2,800 pages of documents, if each case is only one page. At the minimum price of 10 cents per page, that would cost about $280.

By Klein's admission, these records were provided to him by a county employee.

Philip never answered my questions concerning who paid for those cases, nor could my own sources document any payment received in Hardin County for such a request during that time period.  Does this constitute theft of official court documents?

During this time period, Philip provided periodic updates of his "investigation;"
Sheffield - We did the research and got the cases. Over 1,320 so far that are in question. AG says the question must be raised. The media? Quiet. And this guy wants to be a DA? Oh...wait.
Eventually, Philip determined that over 27,000 cases would have to be "refilled."

Philip's mud-slinging apparently backfired, since Sheffield ironically won the race in a landslide. 

12. An Unreliable Source
: Examples are legion - I've already included several above. In this case from Jan. 23, 2008, Philip R. Klein invented an issue, a source, and an investigation. This had to do with Jefferson County Constable Precinct 6 Joe Stevenson:
Constable Joe Stevenson has put into place a program to "inspire" the employees that work for him by assigning police cars and putting his deputies names on them.:
A long time ago - namely in December of 1997 - the Attorney General of Texas came out with opinion 97-112. It is a simple one page letter. And here is what they said:
"An elected official may not inscribe his or her name on a county-owned motor vehicle."
 Philip purportedly contacted a source:
"I think we have a violation," said a Texas Attorney General's office representative when shown the picture.
His source was unaware that our current AG, Greg Abbot, officially overturned that Letter Opinion 97-112 in GA-0158
In our opinion, Letter Opinion 97-112 incorrectly concludes that section 721.004 provides an exclusive list of the items that may be printed on a county-owned vehicle.
Note that Letter Opinion 97-112 came from an underling in Morales' office, Rick Gilpin, not the Attorney General as Klein claimed. Readers should also note that GA-0158 came directly from AG Greg Abbott.

While most of this has to do primarily with advertisements on county-owned vehicles, Abbott, in his closing statements, found that other inscriptions, such as names of deputies, are indeed legal:
Attorney General Letter Opinion 97-112's construction of section 721.005 is overruled.
Inscriptions other than those described in section 721.004 may be printed on a county-owned vehicle, but they may not obscure the required identifying marks or make identification of the vehicle difficult.
Philip never commented on the issue again.

13. Missing the Forest for the Trees
: Philip's obsession with Willie Bae Lewis made for some funny articles over the year. After Lewis was defeated in his reelection bid for his seat on the Port Arthur City Council, Philip wrote on Monday, May 19, 2008:
Another source who spoke to the Review this morning told us that Willie's intent is to take as much time and money of the city [sic] and try to bring it down some more.
That never happened, so Philip wrote on June 10, 2008: 
The Southeast Texas Political Review has been told over the weekend that complaints have been filed with the Texas Ethics Commissioner on Willie Bae Lewis. According to the source, Lewis "violated two election codes."

Another source who spoke to the Review this morning told us that Willie's intent is to take as much time and money of the city [sic] and try to bring it down some more.
That never happened, either. However, Philip obliviously missed the real story in the Port Arthur City Council elections.

A war broke out between Elizabeth Segler and Cal Jones over the election, which resulted in a lawsuit. From the Beaumont Enterprise:
An ousted Port Arthur city councilman's dispute of his loss in the city's May election will be heard in a trial June 28, a judge ordered Monday.

Carroll "Cal" Jones, defeated by Elizabeth Segler, sued her after the May 10 election, claiming city election administrators improperly excluded mail-in ballots that could have swung the Position 2 race in his favor.
During the trial, voter fraud was alleged:
According to testimony during the trial, the Early Voting Ballot Board found that the mail-in ballot applications shared similar handwriting and were submitted without the signature of the person responsible for filling out the applications.
Even funnier, this incident had all of the necessary ingredients for another Klein "conspiracy:"
Under the instruction of the Texas secretary of state, Hanks reported the incident to the Jefferson County district attorney's office. The DA investigated, but found no criminal wrongdoing.
As it turned out, the votes in question were never allowed and Segler kept her seat.  My question, if Philip is so wired into the local governments, how did his sources miss this story?
 
In closing, I'm reminded of Philip R. Klein's quote from January 25, 2008:
We stand up and say we are wrong when we are wrong.
Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2008

The Second Hand Unwinds

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Philip R. Klein's latest diatribe on the Southeast Texas Political Review is a rehash of his most common themes:

  1. Jefferson County bad
  2. Beaumont bad
  3. Port Arthur bad
  4. Local media bad
  5. Philip R. Klein good

The high point of the article is another display of Philip's preoccupation with excretory functions:

As those in the media attack us for our bad grammar and spelling - make sure that when you go to the bathroom and tee tee, that you wash your hands and take a good hard look in the mirror and understand that you - the media  in Southeast Texas - have lost any and all credibility.

As I've pointed out before, this is highly symptomatic of Philip's emotional problems.

Concerning that lost credibility, consider Philip's statement:

So we went back and looked at the budget for two years ago under a different administration and as most everyone knows there has been an overall budget increase of almost 30%.

I doubt that "most everyone knows" the increase is  almost 30 percent, since this is either another of Klein's blatant lies, or he can't compute simple percentages. Here are the real numbers, taken from the actual budgets (please look them up yourself):

  • Griffith 2006-2007 Budget
    • Total approved expenditures: $107,000,209
    • Tax Rate: .40 per $100 valuation valuation
  • Walker 2008-2009 Budget
    • Total approved expenditures: 129,591,900
    • Tax rate: .365 per $100 valuation

Basic arithmetic will show this is a budget increase of only 17 percent, not 30 percent as PRK claims. While annual inflation data for 2008 hasn't been released yet, I suspect that a 17 percent increase in the budget will be only 5 or 6 percentage points ahead of inflation between 2006 and 2008.  We'll revisit in late January when annual data for 2008 becomes available.

Furthermore, Klein neglected to mention that the tax rate actually decreased under the Walker administration by more than 3 cents.  Isn't that pertinent to the point, Philip?  Readers can decide for themselves who is more credible, the local media or Philip R. Klein. 

The absolute low point in Klein's article is his blatant exploitation of deceased person. As I remember, Philip promised to solve the crime.

How's that investigation going, Philip?

Dec 29, 2008

Down To The Wire

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Philip R. Klein waxes hysterical in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

KBMT - TV made a deal with NBC to carry programming - less local news (why compete with yourself?) this last month after KJAC went to FOX. And then the bomb shell. Time Warner - who represents almost 70% of the market in Jefferson County was having problems in closing the deal with the owners of KBMT. Now - KBMT has warned loyal viewers that there is a chance that you may not get programming if you subscribe to Time Warner.

First let's correct a couple of Philip's factual errors - KJAC (Channel 4) changed call letters during the last century and has been KBTV for the last 10 years or so.  The KJAC call letters are currently unassigned.  Since Philip can't get the call letters right, why should his speculation, half-truths, and manufactured sources be credible? 

Philip also made this error concerning email at KBMT:

So we made a couple of calls because email does not work over at KBMT.

More on this below.

In an effort to appear somewhat in touch with reality, Philip typically manufactured another source:

"It does not look good. I think both sides have dug their heals in and we are getting productive but frankly I just do not know," said a source close to the negotiations.

"So I do not know what we are going to do. If we lose that kind of market we are dead," said the source.

Readers will note several of Philip's signature grammatical errors and trite phrases in this spurious quote. Furthermore, the only people at KBMT who know the real situation are General Manager Mike Elrod and the station attorneys. Since the attorneys would not refer to the station as "we (sound familiar?)," but rather as "the station," "our client," or simply KBMT, Philip is obviously quoting a source that only exists in his vapid imagination.  But we all knew that anyway, since no one at a local media outlet other than The Examiner would give Philip R. Klein the time of day (how's that radio offer coming along, Philip?).

Here's  a quote from my source:

Mike Elrod, general manager of KBMT, indicated in an e-mail that the station is trying to reach a reasonable compensation agreement with KBMT based on the market rates for its programming.

"This is just a normal negotiation that goes on between broadcast stations and cable companies," Elrod, general manager of KBMT, told The Enterprise, noting that these contracts typically last for about three years.

That came from the Beaumont Enterprise, who did a much better job in explaining the situation.  Readers will note that Mike Elrod responded to questions from the Enterprise via email, so apparently Channel 12's email is working perfectly. I suspect it's an IATK problem on Philip's computer (Idiot At The Keyboard).

As Mike points out, this is a routine matter, since the the old agreement expires on December 31, 2008. Rather than just automatically renewing, a new deal has to be negotiated since KBMT now has a dual affiliation with both NBC and ABC.

I'm reminded of a similar claim by Klein in his Nitwit Tidbits  on November 14, 2008:

MSNBC - Off the air at Time Warner. Subscribe? Like anyone would pay a penny?

A reader made that correction:

As usual, PRK has leaped to a conclusion and suffered a hard landing: MSNBC was only briefly unavailable on some televisions sets because of a cable glitch.

Philip never explained what a simple business deal has to do with politics in Southeast Texas, so we can assume that this is just another of his many examples of why "JEFFERSON COUNTY IS THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS."

Note to Philip: can't you find anything better about which to manufacture quotes?  How about this one:

Homicides down in 2008, but number caused by guns remains high

Seventeen people were slain in 2008 in Beaumont and Port Arthur and 14 were killed by gunshots.

That number, however high it seems, is lower than in recent years, according to local police.

That's not what you claimed in your Nitwit Tidbits on December 12, 2008:

Crime Stats : We are told get ready for a shocker this February when the numbers are leaked. If there was no more crime in Jefferson County from December 1 to 31 - and not one cop wrote one report - we would still be up 8%? Wow!

The numbers have already been leaked, and while the crime rate is basically static, it's not an 8-percent (or more) increase as  you claim.  Should we include this in the 2008 or 2009 list of your bogus claims?

Broken Promises

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Before we write "The End" on 2008, let's review a couple of promises upon which Philip R. Klein never followed through.

Philip originally offered a $1,000 reward for the identity of Sam the Eagle and me:
Poll of the Week: Should The Review Offer A $1,000 Reward For The Identity Of Sam The Eagle And Gus Pilsbury [SIC]?
  • Yes - I would love to see them squirm: 62%
You want it .....we give it. Stand by for next weeks fun!
By the time Philip actually made the offer, he apparently felt it was unnecessary to offer a reward for my identity, since he's already claimed at various times that I am Beverly Parker, Dr. Bruce Drury, Joe Deshotel, Jr,, and Dr. Richard Kimble.

So on October 19, 2008, Philip R. Klein offered a $1,000 dollar reward for any information on the true identity of Sam The Eagle:
Today - the Southeast Texas Political Review - puts on the table the following offer of $1,000 cash for any person that can give me the name and identity of Sam The Eagle Blogspot's author or author's [SIC] ( who is behind the site ).
Philip made this promise:
I will assign one person from my office for an entire month to look into every aspect of their lives. And I will post it.
Less than 24 hours later, Philip made this claim on Oct. 20, 2008:
We want to thank those of you that gave us tips. At 6:10 p.m. tonight we have a winner. As we review the information given to us and the person behind the blogspot - we are not shocked.
Philip Klein also made this promise about three weeks ago:
Next Week - We will start the vote on the political newsmaker of the year. Should be interesting.
He never allowed readers to vote, but perhaps he was discouraged that the many thousands of people who read his website each week refuse to vote in his weekly polls. Regarding these polls, 35 of Klein's regular readers decided the fate of his future in the media on October 10, 2008:
Should The Review Accept An Offer To Return To The Radio?
Yes - I Enjoyed The Show:  78 %
I'm still waiting for Philip's return, but I challenge PRK to poll readers with this question: "Should the Review shut down permanently?" I suspect he'd get a lot of response on that one.

SPECIAL NOTE TO READERS: 
 

I'm considering an article outlining all of Philip's manufactured claims from this year. For example, consider this claim from April:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this afternoon that the former owners of Goldstar EMS, whose offices were raided by the FBI and Medicare investigators has noticed the United States Attorney of the "Intent" to file for $205 million dollars in damages against the United States Justice Department and related agencies.

Mark our words...This may be the biggest legal story to hit in years and will go national. 
As you can tell, I did indeed mark Philip's words, so how's that lawsuit going? 

I'm sure most readers will remember Klein's hysteria over gas prices:
Per Barrel [May 9, 2008] - Estimated at $150 per by August 1. It will make it. And $5 per gallon is coming. There is no stopping it.
Oil [May 16, 2008] - Will go to $200 Per Barrel and Gas Will Be At $5.00 per by July. That is what they are saying. Go figure.
Crude and Gas [June 27, 2008]- By end of summer $200 per barrel and $7 a gallon. Drill now.
$200 By The End of Summer [July 11, 2008]  - Washington Whispers. That means gas at 7 per gallon.
Those criminal cases in Hardin County remain one of my favorites.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that...27,000 cases will have to be refilled [sic] in Hardin County.
Philip claimed this story would generate national news, too. If you have favorites you'd like to see revisited, emal Operation Kleinwatch!

Dec 28, 2008

2008 Gadfly of the Year Award

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Before commenting on Philip R. Klein's latest article, here's a quick pop quiz: can you name the winner of the 2007 Gadfly of the Year Award?  I couldn't either, so I had to look it up.  Answer: Galen Key and Kyle Hayes.

Klein chose Linda Makin for his silly award this year, but his article is as much about Philip as it is about Linda:

We like her because she is the real deal. Silent, running under the radar, giving her time and the best of all - she is a anti-Klein. And she makes it well known to anyone who will read or listen. She does not irritate us - we just admire from a distance. And we monitor her activities.

I'm reminded of a line from an old movie, "That's enough about me - let's talk about you. What do you think about me?" 

Since Linda is apparently one of many whom Philip stalks "monitors," perhaps he's forced to "admire from a distance" because of a restraining order.  According to several rumors, he's quite familiar with those.

Philip again has a hard time stringing together enough words to form a coherent sentence, so I suspect he's TWI (typing while intoxicated) again:

With that comes some anonymously [sic] that sometime irritates some of those in the democratic [sic] party.

If some can figure out some of what Philip meant sometime, please let me know. Here's my favorite example:

And the place where Gadfly's [sic] life [sic] and breath [sic] life into a corrupt system.

Did he mean "...Gadflies live and breathe life...?"

On a similar subject, Philip has written another letter to himself. From his Reader Mail section:

"...........and I had never read your site. After reading it I must say that your stories are always five days ahead of any of the media in the area. You may be one of the reasons that many people are reading sites like yours rather the arrogant media in this area."

Real readers will notice several of Klein's signature grammatical mistakes and hackneyed phrases, including the one I've emphasized.  No less than 17 of the letters that Philip has published over the past year have used that phrase, "I must say...."  Two such instances can be found on the page right now.

Of course, when Philip is actually referring to himself and not a fictitious reader, he uses the plural "we must say:"

Say Hey Willie Bae!!!!  It was close - and a recount will be had we hear late tonight....but we must say...he has nine lives!!!

Blogger Report - Dumpster is looking good. Welcome back and we must say how great it is to hear from him.

However, there is a bigger problem with the logic in Philip's letter.  If this purported reader had never read the Southeast Texas Political Review, why would he or she think that Klein's "stories are always five days ahead of any of the media in the area?"   Like most of Philip's logic, this doesn't make sense.

I must say (snicker) that it's sad when a person is so insecure that he has to write letters to himself to bolster his poor self-image(s).

Dec 26, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits

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Not much of interest in Philip R. Klein's Nitwit Tidbits this week, although he failed to mention his latest "Polling Question:"

Readers should remember that his poll has been up for two weeks, yet Philip has generated only 50 votes.  I predict he'll break 100 votes by July of 2010.

Here are some recent comments from real readers of Operation Kleinwatch:

The death toll due to Ike has reached 37 and at least 11 still are missing. Every life is precious, but isn't the number far short of PRK's estimate? Didn't Klein write "cover up" ?

Philip's words:

Sadly - the officers that I am know and are friends with in that area tell me that over 300 bodies will be found.

I suspect that if a "cover up" is at work, it's not by the media. Rather, Philip won't acknowledge this irresponsible prediction.

Another reader wrote;

A muckracking talent wasted in a corrupt, backwater corner of Texas: Philip Klein should work for a supermarket tabloid and enlighten the world on the latest Elvis sightings and his one-on-one conversation with a UFO pilot.

Philip's words:

Strange? I think not. I firmly believe in the business I am of the 6th sense.

Perhaps we should ask how many of Philip's sources come from "the other side.'

Another reader pointed out one of Philip's errors in an article earlier this week:

I enjoyed reading PRK's latest Freudian slip of the typing finger. This week's gem is from his rant about the courthouse security and Jerry Jordan:

"Second, we believe this courthouse security plan is the most ill deceived plan we have ever seen. In fact, it is embarrassing."

Was he thinking about how he tries to deceive the public with his own brand of anonymously-sourced news?

Perhaps he conceived that article while "cranking the hot tube."

Dec 24, 2008

Merry Christmas, Philip

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Did anyone notice that Philip R. Klein never allowed readers to vote on his Political Newsmaker of the Year, as promised on December 12, 2008?

Next Week - We will start the vote on the political newsmaker of the year. Should be interesting.

Very interesting. While Philip is not known for his follow-through and attention to detail, he obviously believes his vote is the only one that matters.

Anyway, Merry Christmas, Philip - try to avoid those flying oil cans!

Dec 23, 2008

The Other Side Speaks

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In Philip's first article this Christmas week, Philip rehashes the rumors surrounding an alleged affair between a district judge and a court reporter  This time, Klein comes down solidly on both sides of the issue:

So here is where we are on this story - she says they had an affair and he got mad when they broke up and had her new boyfriend fired from the county. He says - no sex and she did not do her job - but is very quiet about the firing of the new boyfriend.

Here's the bottom line: Philip's speculation is just rumor and gossip, much like his allegations concerning JP Tom Gillam.  Klein was forced to publish a mea culpa, after Gillam filed a defamation lawsuit  and produced conclusive evidence that the rumor, as reported by Philip R. Klein, was patently false.  Like this story, Philip originally reported the Gillam rumor as truth, based upon multiple "anonymous sources."

Philip is again irresponsibly publishing rumor as fact and alleges that a "media conspiracy" exists to cover up the story.  As previously shown by the Gillam lawsuit, Philip's standards are much more lax than professional journalistic practices.   Most readers will realize that a conspiracy between the Beaumont Enterprise, The Examiner, KFDM, KBMT, and KBTV is preposterous. If true, this is indeed a story that would generate ratings and readership. I suspect if there were any verifiable facts beyond rumor and innuendo, local media outlets would stampede the courthouse.

Until a lawsuit or judicial complaint is filed, however, this remains firmly under the rumor category, regardless of how many sources Philip R. Klein manufactures. 

So far, Philip has claimed an investigation into judicial misconduct by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct is, an investigation by federal authorities, and multiple lawsuits concerning back wages, sexual harassment, and improper termination. None of this has happened.  Consider that more documentation exists on Philip's divorces than this alleged rumor.

We'll revisit again in the future, but I'm still waiting for the 27,000 cases to be "refilled" in Hardin County.

Dec 19, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits (Part 1)

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Philip's first item this week is a sophomoric piece on Mike Aguilar and the passing of his blog, Going Underground. Typically this condescending piece is as much about Philip and his opinions as Mike Aguilar:

As we were the first on the block...

That is until others came along and knocked off Philip's block.

A good friend of mine before he died, Victor Rogers, once told me this after I was blasted by the Beaumont Enterprise Editorial Board : "There is one thing about newspapers - they are today's news and tomorrows bird dropping catcher." It has taken me a long time to understand what he said.

I knew Vic very well, but Philip apparently doesn't know what Vic really thought about him.

You might wonder why I say what I say about Mike.

Actually, I wonder more about why Philip spends so much time talking about himself and his opinions, rather than Mike.

Did Mike ever offend me?

Anyone who disagrees with Philip offends him. 

This was particularly funny:

So Mike - a tip of our hat over here at the Review! You are gone now and you cannot come back.

In reality, Mike can "come back" whenever he wishes.    As I recall, this is the third time he's gone on hiatus from his site. 

Here's my personal favorite:

Not many of you know this, but other than Sam The Eagle and Operation Kleinwatch, we all have back channel communication.

Philip has never answered my messages, which I sent regularly to his reader mail address until the messages started bouncing. The bigger question is this, however: how would Philip know whether I have no "back channel" communication with other local bloggers?  I suspect Philip would be shocked if he knew the real truth.

By the way, Philip - you never revealed the identity of Sam the Eagle, even though you promised your readers that you would investigate every aspect of Sam's life for a month and post it on your website.

We're still waiting.

To be continued.

Poor Response to Philip's Latest Poll

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Philip's latest poll on the Southeast Texas Political Review had just 43 votes as of 8:00 am this morning:

Philip's claim of thousands of readers each week doesn't ring true. 

Dec 18, 2008

Real Readers Write

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A funny comment from a real reader:

Scandals. Ruined careers. Compliant media. County's corruption confirmed by "Houston Attorney." Wow! PRK must be cranking his "hot tube" 24-7!

Here's the backstory!

Another reader posted an interesting observation on one of Klein's many inconsistencies:

Gus, check out the letter on Phillips mail page where he said "It is important that the media take this story. It is a big one. So far many are looking but nobody has it. They are close...the storm is coming."  Now he claims it's a media cover up.

The confusion is just beginning - I suspect Philip will allege a "cover-up" by the District Attorney's office in the next several days.  More of Klein's "same old think, over and over and over again."

Ho No!

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Philip R. Klein keeps rehashing the same innuendo in the guise of "new information" on that "breaking scandal" in Jefferson County:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned today that another woman has come forward in the scandal rocking the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Sources close to the court tell the Review that another woman has come forward and "is willing to tell her story too."

Other sources that have called the Review and work at the Jefferson County Courthouse have confirmed that the first woman that was fired as a court reporter, and her now husband who was also fired [sic], have made the decision to file a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against Jefferson County and the Judge.

Challenge to Philip Klein: Well, Philip, if they're really filing lawsuits as you allege,  now's your chance to get into the media fast lane and write a balanced story fairly, just like Anderson Cooper! 

Go ahead and publish those names, since the First Amendment will protect you (if this is all true). After all, you claim the media is ignoring the story:

And the mainstream media? D E A D I N T H E W A T E R!

Wow! Do we have a media cover up going???????

I suspect not, Philip. Instead, I'm pretty sure they're waiting on something of real substance to report, rather than rumor, innuendo, and hearsay.  

By the way, Philip, how's that big scandal with Christina Delgadillo's ticket going?

Wake Up

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In this latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, dimwit Philip R. Klein provides us with an excellent example of his confusion between rumor and real news:

The Review has received over 35 tips from the public with information regarding the "situation."

Philip expects us to believe that he got approximately the same number of tips as people who actually vote in his weekly poll.

"I am not going to touch that story," said one reporter in the media. "It is way too flammable and I might get burnt even taking it to my editor," one caller told the Review.

Philip obviously made this up, since this quote highlights his ignorance of the real news media - editors assign stories, not the other way around. What else would an assigments editor do?

Here's another great example of Philip's ignorance:

"H*** yes it is a huge story. I knew about it for about a week. But we have been told not to run it. So I let it die," said one major network media rep."

Philip made this up as well (see below), but it's a great example of why he was forced to retract his "news" story on Tom Gillam.

Astute readers will notice that Philip has not provided any conclusive evidence - only rumor and innuendo. As examples, lawsuits (I've lost track of the number) are "expected to be filed," investigators "may be" assigned to the case, and a complaint "will be sworn out."

Here's my favorite so far: Klein alleges that a Houston law firm "may have to file further action." Doesn't further action" imply that at least one other "action" has already been filed, Philip?

Readers should also note that Philip has referred to a "major network media rep." If Klein's purported quote had any truth whatsoever (doubtful), it came from a local reporter, not a network reporter. I'm reminded of Klein's claim that Fox News "was investigating" those 27,000 cases "to be be refilled" in Hardin County.  That never happened and I don't believe this happened, either.

All of this is exactly why Philip has refused to identify any of the parties.  After the Tom Gillam lawsuit, Philip apparently realized that you can't publish unsubtantiated rumor as fact without corroborating evidence. Since Klein has no real proof to back up his accusations, he would be liable for defamation if he mentioned anyone by name.

Such a suit would be predicated, of course, on whether anyone actually believed that Klein had enough credibility to damage someone's reputation. I suspect that's where Gillam ran into problems with his suit - he couldn't find enough anyone who actually believed Philip's unproven allegations. 

If any of this is true (which I think is highly improbable), I predict that any legal action will deal solely with the monetary issue of nonpayment to a court reporter. These red herrings of illicit affairs and sexual harassment upon which Philip is focused will be purely fiction.

We'll revisit this in the future. In fact, we'll probably revisit many times, just like those 27,000 cases to be "refilled" in Hardin County and Klein's manufactured story concerning sex Tom Gillam's office.  Did I mention that "big scandal" concerning Christina Delgadillo and her Class B misdemeanor ticket?

Dec 17, 2008

Real Readers Write (On Philip R. Klein's Idiocy)

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Out of my inbox:

FYI, Gus, this stuff on Loma George is very old news unless Klein really is saying she had an affair with Ron Walker or some other made-up b*******. Loma has only one suit filed against her which was originally filed over a year ago. You can look it up on the county website...case number 109923. The case had some movement on it this past week, which is what Klein is referring to. You are right...he is an idiot since he got this one completely wrong and since no one in the courthouse has ever discussed Loma as a candidate for office.

Hey, Philip, care to provide the case numbers on those "two lawsuits [that] have been filed against Loma George?"

Another reader wrote:

Six tips to investigate
Three independent sources confirming
Two tipsters tipping
Sources close to the law firm confirming
And a partridge in a pear tree?

Philip must be full of holiday cheer, or full of cheer, or full of something.

And, that's not to mention four investigators investigating and five SBA loans! 

Lawsuits Filed

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Philip R. Klein wrote yesterday in his article, "Scandal Grows:"

"The Review has learned that two law firms have been contacted by both the accused and the accuser and that a Lawsuit [sic] may be filed in the next week concerned the almost $10,000 that is being held in lue [sic] of payment to the former Court Reporter. "

Further, two tipsters this morning tell the Review that : "This is not the first affair for any of the three in question."

In today's article, "Lawsuits Filed," Philip Klein writes:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that two lawsuits have been filed against Loma George, administrative assistant to Jefferson County Judge Ronald Walker and budding candidate for County Clerk. The two suits were filed over the last 90 days and one is in the summery [sic] judgment process.

So is Philip suggesting that Loma George had an affair with a sitting judge?  And, since we're almost into the winter season, would that be a "wintry judgment process?" Or, did Philip mean "summary judgment?" 

Philip comments:

Loma George has been highly touted as being a candidate against Carolyn Guidry for Jefferson County Clerk. Guidry is an enemy of the gang of Seven [sic] and Team Walker. She has stood up to the powerbase [sic] and taken her licks in commissioners [sic] court.

And this further sends the Walker clan into a tail spin politically. They had high hopes of getting Guidry out of office and putting one of their own in place.

And all of this is according to whom? Philip's personal opinion?

Philip doesn't even have a manufactured "source who demands anonymity" to back up this bizarre and unsubstantiated claim that Loma had intentions of running for public office, but perhaps he could offer some advice to Loma on bankruptcy.

Philip has also written himself some new reader mail - this was quite funny:

I am a lawyer from Harris County and I was told to read your site. Congratulations on have the **** to bring the truth to the people of your God forsaken community.

Does anyone believe that an attorney in Harris County would make the same grammatical errors as Philip? Or, how about this:

"You gutless *******. Name names ........ "

Gutless is an interesting word - who uses that fairly frequently? 

I'm reminded of a point that PG at the de novo blog made while discussing Tom Gillam's case against Philip R. Klein:

No matter how good a point the writer is making, if I am an educated person who judges others based on their literacy (as most people do -- hence the social bias against Ebonics and other non-standard forms of English), then I am not going to bother reading this article because I will quickly dismiss the author as too careless to be likely to have informed, well-thought-out ideas.

I think PG described Philip quite well.

Dec 16, 2008

Scandal Grows

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I'm sure that by the end of the week, Philip R. Klein will tie Christina Delgadillo and Tom Maness into this somehow.

Philip still hasn't provided us with names. Apparently, he's afraid of being sued for posting unsubstantiated rumor as fact.

Any Comment, Buddy?

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From the Beaumont Enterprise:

Eastman Chemical committed to $1.6 billion Beaumont plant

December, 15, 2008

Despite global economic uncertainty, Eastman Chemical is following through on plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Beaumont over the next two years, a facility that officials say will provide another boon to the local economy.

"The benefits of us working here are great, and in return, we expect to be good corporate citizens," [CeeGee McCord, spokeswoman for Eastman] said.

Under the tax abatement plan Jefferson County commissioners approved Monday, Eastman will pay no taxes for 10 years beginning in 2009 if it ensures that it strives to use local contractors and suppliers in construction of its plant and continues to employ local residents. Eastman must document its attempts to use local help, Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddie Arnold said, during quarterly status meetings.

How's that love triangle going - any names yet? Or, is this another case of your premature speculation, as in the identity of Sam the Eagle?

Dec 15, 2008

A Philip R. Klein Challenge

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Philip's latest "scandal" is simply another unsubstantiated rumor with no basis in fact, much like the spin that Klein put on the  Tom Gillam incident.

If there is any truth to this rumor, then I challenge Philip R. Klein to name the individuals involved.  I'd say put his money where his mouth is, but at $1.93 per day, the word of the Southeast Texas Political Review isn't worth much.

The Southeast Texas Political Review

NOTE TO PHILIP: Considering the individuals that you're afraid to name, it's pretty obvious that this is simply more of your personal agenda. We'll revisit this many times in the future. 

Did I mention Philip was forced to print a retraction on the Tom Gillam story?

Scandal

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Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review reads like one of Klein's previous stories involving Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam:

At the center of the case we have been told that there is a sitting Jefferson County District Judge, a court reporter and a now former probation officer that was terminated. According to sources both inside and outside the courthouse - there was seemingly a love triangle.

Philip obviously knows a lot about "love triangles."  From December 12, 2000:

Two months ago, my wife Eileen and I separated and we have both filed for divorce. I write this column today because I have been informed that there are two reporters that have been looking into the file and that there is a possible story that will be written about the divorce.

Yes, the story will be juicy with sex and a powerful family in a small town. Frankly it is none of the publics [sic] business what happens in private lives. However, for this strategist who has made a living from dealing with others lives misery's [sic], it has been a huge slap in the face for me to deal with for the last few years. I have rethought how I will handle myself when asked to step into a situation again.

Apparently, Klein didn't rethink his position clearly, since he was later sued for publishing unsubstantiated rumor on a similar subject as fact.  As part of the settlement, Philip had to publish a retraction.

Reading Philip's editorial eight years after the fact is highly amusing - typically, he was suffering from delusions of grandeur, since no no one published a news story about Philip's divorce or his "powerful family." Of course, that was before the Jefferson County District Attorney's office set out to "get" Philip (for more information on Philip's latest paranoid fantasy, read his latest editorial).

Philip has apparently learned a lesson from the Gillam suit, however:

As the Review knows the parties names - and knows the Judges name - in fairness to all we have chosen to exclude them from this report. And not because of why you think.

Since truth is the best defense against a defamation charge, readers can draw their own conclusions about why Philip has refused to provide a name.

Capitol Security

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As I've pointed out repeatedly, Philip has absolutely refused to acknowledge that most courthouses in the State of Texas and most federal buildings have security programs in place. Instead, Philip claims the new security measures at the Jefferson County Courthouse are evidence that Jefferson County is "THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTY IN TEXAS:"

They are running the place like it was a jail. You the citizens are the criminals and the county employees are your keepers. They are the elite.

Here are the security regulations for the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Note the restricted items on the left are for the Visitors Center, while the restricted items on the right are for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives galleries.

Before entering the Capitol Visitor Center, all visitors are screened by a magnetometer and all items that are permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device. The following items are strictly prohibited:

Item All Capitol Visitors
Capitol, including Capitol Visitor Center House / Senate Galleries
Aerosol Containers Prohibited Prohibited
Any battery-operated electronic device Allowed Prohibited*
Medical devices are permitted.
Any pointed object (knitting needles, letter openers, etc.) Prohibited Prohibited
Pens and pencils are permitted
Any bag larger than 14" wide x 13" high x 4" deep Prohibited Prohibited
Cameras Allowed Prohibited*
(both in and out of session)
Cans and bottles Prohibited Prohibited
Creams, lotions, or perfumes Allowed Prohibited*
(both in and out of session)
Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices Prohibited Prohibited
Food or beverages of any kind Prohibited Prohibited
Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks Prohibited Prohibited
Knives of any size Prohibited Prohibited
Mace and pepper spray Prohibited Prohibited
Non-aerosol spray Prohibited Prohibited
Prescriptions for medical needs are permitted.
Razors and box cutters Prohibited Prohibited
Strollers Allowed Prohibited*
Video recorders or any type of recording device Allowed Prohibited*

Readers should note that Philip is also blatantly lying about the cost of the system:

The million dollar security system is working just fine thank you.

Actually,  the system cost $320,000, not $1 Million as Philip claims, but Philip has never been one to let the truth get in the way of his personal prejudices and bias.

Dec 14, 2008

County Employees Only?

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Philip R. Klein presents a profound analysis on a burning political issue in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

Let's just suppose that a county employee brings in a lighter? Like they do - just watch the smoke breaks out in front of the building?

Anyway - so they go to the bathroom or they go take their break and they loose [sic] their lighter? It is picked up by one of those bad criminal citizens doing business at the courthouse? Really....please!

Since Philip has devoted a page full of gibberish to the issue of Zippos and Bics running loose in the Jefferson County Courthouse, I can only assume that he has a point hidden somewhere. 

Here's another of Philip's many lies factual errors:

So, walk in and take your lighter! The million dollar security system is working just fine thank you.

Actually,  the system cost $320,000, not $1 Million.  Philip has repeatedly proven he's not adept at higher math functions, like addition and subtraction, so in idiot math, that's roughly a third of what Philip claimed.

Readers should also note that Philip has never addressed the question I raised concerning the 20 most populous counties in Texas - which of these 20 counties do not have some sort of courthouse security?   Nor has he addressed the question that I raised concerning the number of counties with courthouse security - by my count, at least two-thirds of the state's 254 counties have some sort of courthouse security in place.

Ironically, Philip has debunked his own paranoid allegations of a conspiracy out to "get him," as detailed in his latest so-called "editorial:"

"They told us to check your licenses and to see if you are armed and following the law. S*** man I think it is coming from the DA's office or something. I just think that you have hit a nerve and they are going to do what they can to make your life miserable,"

If these allegations were true, then spending his days sneaking in and out of the courthouse isn't a very wise thing to do, especially since Philip tends to stand out in any crowd.

Dec 12, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits

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Well, let's go:

Heart of Gold : In Jefferson County - do not shoot until shot upon! That is the rule. Linden gets prison is our guess. Bad for both families.

A jury of Linden's peers apparently didn't agree with Philip's take on "the Linden boy," especially since Tran had no firearm with which to shoot first. I suspect that juries all over the U.S. feel the same, but perhaps I'd have a different opinion if I were known to have used a handgun upon occasion to serve a simple summons.

Items ignored by Philip: Linden's abusive behavior, his previous arrest on weapons charges,  and off-color remarks to Tran's companion which initiated the entire incident. In any other case, Philip would use this an example of rampant crime in Port Arthur.

Hey Philip, how's that the Linden/Klein boycott of Operation Kleinwatch going?  Does this mean you have a personal bias in the trial?

Sexton : Dude - pack your car and get out. Seriously. This is silly.

Even though the issues are almost identical, Klein's opinion on Benjamin Sexton's residency is distinctly different from his opinion on David Bradley's residency.  Perhaps Philip should contact David Sheffield for his opinion.

El Nino - The libs are saying it was the old El Nino for the snow and global warming is still in full swing! Funny stuff.

When you put ice cubes into a glass of tea, the temperature of the tea goes down temporarily. Care to discuss this issue, Philip, or are you really that clueless?

FEAR - Okay...so you are watching the Tube in New Orleans, the kids are all pumped up about seeing snow and the national commentator comes on real gloomy and says : "The last time New Orleans saw snow, eight months later Katrina hit!" And the media people wonder why their numbers continue to tank?

An interesting comment from someone who can't string together enough words to form a cohesive sentence without grammatical trainwrecks, spelling errors, and a failure to comprehend even the simplest of concepts. Here's a site for those who prefer to read more about this issue, rather than take Philip's biased opinion at face value.  I really wonder how much of this has to do with Philip's grudge against the locals who won't hire him as a "political commentator."  What about the new radio show you promised, Philip:

(October 10, 2008) Should The Review Accept An Offer To Return To The Radio?

Yes - I Enjoyed The Show:  78 %

I heard Bill O'Reilly is giving up his radio show - is this the show you were talking about?

Courthouse Security - We know....we are picking on them. But gezzz....when you spend a million you expect? And you get? Please...it is not about us.

Gezzz!

Crime Stats : We are told get ready for a shocker this February when the numbers are leaked. If there was no more crime in Jefferson County from December 1 to 31 - and not one cop wrote one report - we would still be up 8%? Wow!

To be revisited.

Kid Dead In Parade - A sad thing. Downtown cannot cut a break. We hear the lawsuits are going to fly. Get ready.

Philip exploits a tragedy again for his own personal prejudices. To be revisited.

Next Week - We will start the vote on the political newsmaker of the year. Should be interesting.

Did anyone notice that Philip didn't name a "Turkey of the Year" on Thanksgiving this year, after honoring this tradition for 10, 12, 13 or 15 years (depending upon which number Philip claims today that he's been publishing the Southeast Texas Political Review))?   Perhaps I'm a little sensitive since I won Klein's award last year. From Thanksgiving 2007:

Turkey Award of the Year - Goes to Gus Pillsbury of the DOKS and one of our Whack Packers. Why? Not why you may think. We were forwarded some interesting items and quotes. Get this....Gus was taking Klem's side in his sentencing this past month. Thanks to some cops that passed that along to us....guys at the JCSO! What a turkey Gus. What if it were your kid? Take a firmer stand next time. Remember Gus...your buddy that would not try the case says : NEVER EVER HURT A CHILD.

Typically, Philip missed my entire point, which had more to do with Philip's exploitation of another tragedy (see "Parade" item above) than my opinion about Dr. Klem. 

In closing, did anyone else notice that Klein failed to mention his poll this week, after I posted the article below?

Personal note to Philip: what does Buda, TX, have to do with anything?  That its, unless you meant the "Buddha," and not "Buda," TX. Did I mention that you can't string together enough words to form a complete sentence without a failure to comprehend even the simplest ideas?

100 Percent Participation!

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All 32 of Philip R. Klein's regular readers voted in his latest poll on the Southeast Texas Political Review. From 8:50 AM this morning:

Sam the Eagle notes that Philip's daily traffic has declined from over 80 page views per day to about 65 or so.  Read all about it here.  According to Website Outlook, you can own the Southeast Texas Political Review for less than $2.00 per day:

Here's an interesting question, if "the Review" has to lay off employees, will Philip fire himself?

Dec 11, 2008

Breech

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In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein proves the economic downturn has affected his business, since he apparently has nothing better to do than sneak into the Jefferson County Courthouse:

Two times the Review was able to make access into the building unquestioned and through the front doors of the old courthouse by doors left open by employees. In fact, one time, a citizen that was leaving the courthouse held the door open for the Review and two other people walking into the courthouse to do business.

After reading that, I had some questions:

  1. Did "the Review" have to turn sideways to squeeze through the door?
  2. Did "the Review" leave their concealed handgun in the car(s)?
  3. Would "the Review" get stuck if "they" tried to squeeze through a window?
  4. Was "the Review" at the Courthouse for the trial of that "Linden boy?"
  5. Is this an example of hard-hitting investigative journalism by "the Review?"

On this subject of security, I noticed that Philip has moved his office (again) to a new storefront in the  900 block of Nederland Avenue.  As I remember, that's the third move in as many years, with each new office cheaper than the last. I think this latest office is a converted Dairy Queen, but I could be mistaken. No doubt this new office is closer to "the Review's" budget, but I wonder how hard it is to sneak in the back? Maybe the empty bottles serve as a burglar alarm.

Like his Enterprise subscription, I suspect Philip keeps downgrading when the bill comes due.

Real Readers Write:

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Regarding Philip R. Klein's attacks this week on the Beaumont Enterprise, a real reader wrote authoritatively on the subject:

First, no Enterprise employee would say anything like that, especially from a work phone because all calls at the BE now are recorded.

The paper has a new publisher, and since he's arrived there have been many changes, starting with a realignment of the advertising/editorial percentages. The paper didn't have enough advertising to justify the number of pages it had been publishing per day prior to his arrival.

Now, the paper isn't much bigger than the PA News, and actually has less content than the News.

They've also dumped their entire printing operation along with all the pre-press people. You also will notice the paper has fewer reporters. That trend will continue.

The new Lifestyles (they call that section BE now) editor doesn't even need any writers. She fills the front page of her section each day with some kind of huge graphic and another story that has about 10-12 inches of copy and a jump that leads to her inside page that contains mostly pre-packaged stuff.

At least the Enterprise still maintains its journalistic integrity. You won't find any anonymous sources (real or made-up) in their pages.

If PK thinks people read his site for news, he's dead wrong. They read it to see what kind of @#$(@ stuff he has made up that day.  

Excellent posting, especially the last point!

If Philip didn't invent the majority of biased content on his site, Operation Kleinwatch would have no reason to exist.

A Defining Moment

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In a Nitwit Tidbits item on Nov. 21, 2008, Philip R. Klein wrote of Texas Tech University:

Item Last :   Every person in every walk of life has a defining moment. This is it for TTU! 

From today's Lubbock Avalanche Journal:

Tech radio off air due to money issues
Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 11:57 pm

After 47 years of providing music and programming for the Texas Tech campus, the student-run KTXT-FM radio station made its last broadcast Wednesday after budget issues forced a complete shutdown of operations.

What's that moronic point you were trying to make about the Beaumont Enterprise, Philip?

Snow Day

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On Global Warming ( From Wikipedia):

Global surface temperature increased 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the 100 years ending in 2005.[1][2] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that most of the temperature increase since the mid-twentieth century is "very likely" due to the increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.[3][2] Natural phenomena such as solar variation and volcanoes probably had a small warming effect from pre-industrial times to 1950 and a small cooling effect from 1950 onward.[4][5] These basic conclusions have been endorsed by at least 30 scientific societies and academies of science,[6] including all of the national academies of science of the major industrialized countries.[7][8][9] While individual scientists have voiced disagreement with these findings,[10] the overwhelming majority of scientists working on climate change agree with the IPCC's main conclusions.[11][12]

Climate model projections indicate that global surface temperature will likely rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the twenty-first century.[3] The uncertainty in this estimate comes about from differing estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions and from the use of models with differing climate sensitivity. Another uncertainty is how warming and related changes will vary from region to region around the globe. Although most studies focus on the period up to 2100, warming is expected to continue for more than a thousand years even if greenhouse gas levels are stabilized. This results from the large heat capacity of the oceans.[3]

Care to discuss the issue, Philip?

Dec 10, 2008

30%?

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In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein continues his attack on the Beaumont Enterprise.  Today, he's whining about the 30 percent increase in the annual subscription rate:

So we made a few phone calls. And found out that not only had the Enterprise gone up 30% to it's readers - but ad buyers have seen around the same increase in the purchasing of ads. Yes....almost 30%.

We called a friend at the Enterprise and got a funny reaction.

"No you did not. You did not see a 30% increase in the cost to you," said the source.

And then......"well we increase subscriptions because we are losing money. And we cannot stay afloat if we lose money," said the source.

Does anyone really believe an employee of the Beaumont Enterprise said this?  If this spurious conversation really happened, then I suspect Philip missed a great deal of other information. This is verified by Philip's biased and simplistic conclusion:

Call us a "Muckraker" or a "Gadfly" or whatever you want. But we are a customer.....and you and your paper do not represent our interests. You are a part of the downfall of Jefferson County and your editors have turned their backs to the corruption of Jefferson County and those who run it.

I call him a wingnut, but Philip is apparently not aware of the real trends in general business right now, due primarily to the economy. Every business sector is experiencing declining revenue coupled with escalating costs. As an example from the newspaper sector, the cost of newsprint has skyrocketed over the past year while print editions of all newspapers are declining. 

However, the biggest problem for the media is this:  when revenue goes down in business, the first cut is usually advertising budgets. Don't take my word for it, this is a quote from business analyst Catherine Fox-Simpson:

The recessionary climate has caused retailers to cut back in many ways, and advertising budgets are among the first items retailers consider when reducing spending.

For further proof, the average reader need look no further than yesterday's news, where the Tribune Company filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy suit.   Other well-known newspaper companies having problems include Gannett, Scripps, Copley, and McClatchy. In the TV industry, Viacom cut 7 percent of its work force loose last week, while NBC is laying off 500 employees. 

The biggest irony in Klein's article is this: he considers himself competitive with the local media! How funny!

Here's a question for Philip - if he truly represents the peoples' "interest" in Southeast Texas, then why does his weekly polls only have from 25 to 50 responses?  Readers should review (pun intended) this article on Philip's real numbers.

Dec 9, 2008

Mum's the Word

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Philip hasn't commented on the Desrel Linden trial, which started today in Beaumont.  However, readers may remember Philip's distinctly biased version of the incident from his posting on May 22, 2007, when he wrote of the  47-year-old male:

"The Linden boy was at the gas station...and was approached by two Asian males."

Actually, Linden started the confrontation when he approached an 18-year-old Asian female with a lewd sexual advance, so who you calling "boy," Philip?

Real Readers Write

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From the comments sections:

Philip's latest editorial shows more than his paranoia. Judging from this sentence "One of the companies that I owe - has a web site" his Freudian slip is showing again as well!  

Excellent point! I wonder if Philip's financial stress has triggered another psychotic episode - how's that bailout working for you, Philip?

On an administrative issue, another reader writes:

Please lighten the color of the background on your posts.  As I am getting up in years, contrast between text and the background it is on, seems to make more difference.  I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, but since you changed the format (theme, colors, etc.) it has become more difficult for me to read without eye strain. 

Thanks for your request! I have the same problem and plan to introduce a new theme over the holidays, which will address this issue. 

Dec 8, 2008

Branick To Run/Philip's Latest Editorial

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In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein predicts the next race for Jefferson County Judge in 2010:

Two sources confirm that they have received direct confirmation that attorney Jeff Branick will run for the seat when it comes up

Nick Lampson, Bo Alfred and a dark horse blast from the past that has asked us not to use their name at this time. That name may be a GOPER.

To be revisited, many times I'm sure. 

Philip R. Klein's paranoid delusions run amok in his latest editorial:

You need to be really ready if you feel you need to come get me. Be sure your case is air tight. Be sure that you follow the criminal or civil rules of procedure. Make sure that you trust those that you ask to come get me or anyone of my family. Be sure that you follow those rules and regulations. And make sure you understand my relationships with those that live outside of this area. And those that I have relationships that watch every move I make. And the documentation - which can only make some of you shake in your boots. The files that I have? Or might not have? The keeper of the secrets?

Keeper of the secrets? How about that info on Sam the Eagle - still waiting on that. Or did his check for the $1000 dollar reward bounce? Regarding those relationships "with those who live outside the area,"did Philip ever make good on that donation pledge to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison?

I think Philip may be suffering from some sort of mental crisis - in the past 24 hours, he's claimed he has more readers than the Beaumont Enterprise and now claims that a conspiracy exists against him, but he's protected by unseen forces:

Strange? I think not. I firmly believe in the business I am of the 6th sense. 

Note to Philip: Regarding those indictments, those are just rumors - right?  Or, do you think they might have a real case on you?  I have to go - I just kicked the lamp over while rolling on the floor laughing.

Dec 7, 2008

Another Open Letter to Philip R. Klein

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Dear Philip;

I'm back!  I hope you had a great week, - I did!  I'll have more on that below.

I had a chance to read over this past week's postings. I noticed nothing new; as an example, you're still making wild claims about the new security system at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

However, you failed to put this into proper perspective. Here's a list of the Top 20 most populated counties in the state - which have no courthouse security system in place?

  • Harris: 3,935,855
  • Dallas: 2,366,511
  • Tarrant: 1,717,435
  • Bexar: 1,594,493
  • Travis: 974,365
  • El Paso: 734,669
  • Collin: 730,690
  • Hidalgo: 710,514
  • Denton: 612,357
  • Fort Bend: 509,822
  • Montgomery: 412,638
  • Cameron: 387,210
  • Williamson: 373,363
  • Nueces: 321,135
  • Brazoria: 294,233
  • Galveston: 283,987
  • Bell: 276,975
  • Lubbock: 260,901
  • Jefferson: 241,975
  • Webb: 233,152

No comment, buddy? 

I was greatly amused by your latest article, where you predicted the death of the Beaumont Enterprise.. You stated:

You see - as much as the editors and news directors hate this place we call the Southeast Texas Political Review - we have done what they have not done in a long time. And that is become a better advocate for the people - rather than the message voice for left wing political groups

I see you're still suffering from megalomaniacal delusions of grandeur. While you may call "this place the Southeast Texas Political Review," most who are familiar with it call it a joke.

Let's look at the real numbers, shall we?

In your Nitwit Tidbits on Friday, you claimed that The Southeast Texas Political Review generated this traffic over the past month:

Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
348,712 137,412 54,954 156,346

I noticed by extrapolating the page loads or page views that you're claiming your daily page views averaged about 11,623 each day for the past 30 days.

I think it's interesting to note that you're claiming more people visit your site than the Beaumont Enterprise's site, whose average daily page view rate is 9,841.  Channel 6's website generates 14,716 daily page views.  

According to my sources, your site only generates 83 page views per day, not 11,623 as you claim.

Site Daily Page Loads
KFDM.Com 14,716
Beaumont Enterprise 9,841
Southeast Texas Political Review 83


This is further corroborated by Alexa site rankings:

I'm sure that even you can see the disparity in numbers between a ranking of 18 million and a ranking of 77 thousand.

Ironically, your statement doesn't match the numbers on your hit counter either:

According to your visible "hit counter," you had a total number 34,875 visits, not 348,712 as you claimed.

All of this is further corroborated by the very low response rate on your weekly "Polling Questions."  Fore example, here is your response to last week's question:

Note that total respondents in your poll (as of today) amounted to 31 participants. In the case of the "polling question" on David Bellow, your poll generated only 24 votes after a week:

Since studies have shown that the average response rate for online surveys is about 26 percent, the response rates on your online polls suggest a weekly readership approximately a hundred, not hundreds of thousands as you claim.

Here's an easy way to verify your claim. The information that you're allegedly quoting comes from the Stat Counter on your site.  The icon is clearly visible at the top of your page:

In the admin section of your Stat Counter, you can simply choose to allow anyone to see your stats, as shown below:

So, how about it, Philip? Care to document your spurious claims over the next month? Then perhaps we can have a more credible discussion about who's truly representing the interests of the greatest number of people in Southeast Texas.

Sincerely,

Gus Pillsbury