May 31, 2008

Open Letter to Philip Klein (I'm Back)


Dear Philip R. Klein;

I'm back and have some wonderful fish stories. I thought of you and the Southeast Texas Political Review only once during the entire trip, when I had to shoot a 320 lb. shark in the head before we got it on board; other than you, this was the biggest shark I've ever caught.  By the way, the kill took only one shot with my .45 Kimber, rather than a whole mag from a silly little 9mm Glock. You're gonna end up shooting yourself in the leg someday while you're "cranking the hot tube."

I see you've been busy with the "same old think, over and over and over again" while I've been gone:

This message is to all of our blogger friends (and enemies) :

We are asking you to dedicate a day on your site in outrage over the probation suggestion by the Jefferson County District Attorney for ANOTHER child sexual predator. Use the picture we have on our front page - and you have the opportunity to use our words today. We wave [sic] our copywrite [sic] on this story.

As for you the reader - we ask you to light up the message boards and make your outrage known.

Philip R. Klein, Editor

How funny! I'm sure one of your six attorneys can explain the difference between "copyright" and "copywrite."  When you talk to them, also ask them to explain the difference between "wave" and "waive." I'll note that this is not germane to the primary issue in your message, other than the lack of comprehension you've displayed in both instances.

I'm honoring your request by donating my first article back to the subject you've raised. I'm pretty sure you'll respond in the same cowardly manner by ignoring my article, but I have some questions for you:

Question 1:  If this were truly "about the children" as you claim, where is your manufactured outrage over the approximately 11,040 sexual offenders currently on probation in the State of Texas?  Tom Roebuck clearly pointed this out, but typically, you simply ignored his point:

Everything that goes on down there is not a conspiracy and is not is rare and frankly non-existent for a first-time woman offender  in a non-aggravated case not to get deferred [adjudication]. So, you guys can  be wrong and ignore the facts, but you are still wrong. 

Question 2: Where was your outrage when children's advocate Billy Dan Carroll was charged with only one count of aggravated sexual assault last week, even though Austin Police have a tape of him having sex with several children between the ages of three (that's 3-years-old) and 15, not to mention the two adult and unconscious women also in the tape? Or, where was your outrage when Dexter Folmar cut a plea bargain in Rusk for probation and deferred adjudication, after being charged with the felony sexual assault of a one-year-old baby girl? I have several other examples that are as heinous as this, but why have you failed to mention these other cases if you're truly concerned "about the children?"

Question 3:  Isn't your support of those Mormons in West Texas a little inconsistent with your position on Kerry Foulk?  How you can defend the forced sexual and physical servitude of 13 and 14-year-old children in a polygamous marriage to men over 50 years of age, but  express "outrage" over Kerry Foulk?

Question 4: Isn't it a little odd that you only seem to  express "outrage" when these cases involve Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness? Does this have anything to do with your personal agenda?

Question 5: Why is your Top Story page entitled "Editorials," your Editorials page entitled "Comments," and your Reader Mail page entitled "World Editorials?" Look in the title bar of your browser if you're confused.  Isn't this simply more evidence that you don't know the difference between an op-ed piece and real facts?  

In closing, I'm looking forward to your response, so that you can be "a part of the conversation,"  too.

Any response, buddy?

May 23, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits


Note to Readers: I greatly appreciate Philip R. Klein's cooperation in publishing his Nitwit Tidbits on the Southeast Texas Political Review early (see "Open Letter to Philip Klein" below).  I'll be gone for a few days over the Memorial Day holiday, so I won't be posting any new articles until the end of next week.  Please take a few moments to remember what this holiday is about and thank a veteran.  To my brothers-in-arms, job well done.

Regarding Philip's Nitwit Tidbits:

McCain Talk - Our prediction - Obama by 6+.

I'll revisit this in November, but let's remember that Philip has already predicted the outcome of the 2008 Presidential Election:

Welcome Mr. President - Fred Thompson joins the race.

What? No comment, buddy?

Click It Or Ticket - Put it on and save $200.

Or, do everyone a favor: stay off the road and "crank your hot tube."

Be Careful - Watch for bodies on the side of the road. Another homicide?

Isn't it sad that Philip can't read newspapers because of the multi-syllabic words? From the Beaumont Enterprise:

Beaumont police do not suspect foul play in the death of 45-year-old Cynthia Bossette, whose body was found Thursday morning near Avenue A and Lyle Street.

Officer Crystal Holmes said Bossette showed no signs of injury, but that Justice of the Peace Duce Jones has ordered an autopsy.

However, family confirmed to police that Bossette had medical problems and was in poor health.

Philip apparently gets his news from "UTUBE."

What A Joke - No recount - get this.....going to court. Some people just cannot give up. Go home.

Apparently, Philip is referring to his news item cultivated from his "anonymous sources:"

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.

What? No comment, buddy?

VX - Almost done. Nobody died and nobody got posioned [sic]. Hilton?

Let's not forget that Philip first announced "Mission Accomplished" on Thursday, December 6, 2007:

So we did some calling around to find out how things went and the horrible damage and terrible environmental damage that was done from the burning of the VX Gas on Highway 73...What really bugs us over here at the Review is that the gas was disposed of properly, there was NO environmental damage and there is no media..

Philip's simplistic statement concerning people who may be "posioned [sic]" underscores his lack of comprehension concerning the real issue.

I'm also reminded of the accidental emission at Valero last year, where Philip claimed that over 30 people were faking symptoms when they were hospitalized.  Philip contended that the residents of a neighboring complex were only inconvenienced by a "spill that stunk like a rotten egg." As it tuned out, the emission contained 619 pounds of hydrogen sulfide, which is so fatal  that TCEQ regulations allow absolutely no emissions of the substance. Fortunately, it's easy to identify - it smells like rotten eggs.

3rd Court - Strikes CPS at their heart. Overturned. Wow!

Is this a case of being "Klemmed" (or is that "Klemed," Philip)? Philip has no manufactured outrage, no graphic and imagined descriptions of  aberrant sexual contact between 14-year-old girls and 50-year-old men, no comment on children being raised to believe they have multiple mothers, or any of the other bizarre practices of this cult. Philip R. Klein is a hypocrite.

Memorial Day - Remember. Thanks Dad for all that you did in WWII.

Thanks to all of those who never made it home from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.

Ski Season - Record snow fall. Record visitors. And get this...record legnth [sic] of snow season. Global Warming.

Logical fallacies, extreme lack of comprehension, mangled punctuation, lies, distortions, half-truths, grammatical train wrecks, rampant misspelling, manufactured sources, wingnut opinions with no backing evidence...Idiot on a Keyboard.

Dream Team - Still alive.

To which dream team is Philip referring? My guess is he meant Brent Coon and Gerald Eddins.

Blogger Report - Dumpster is looking good. Welcome back and we must say how great it is to hear from him. Al is talking Military. Aggie goes on vacation. Nothing much other on the web. Simply nothing.

I'd have more upon which to comment if Philip hadn't pulled that sworn statement down from his so-called Legal Page.   Philip claimed this was a deposition, but that document was actually only a sworn statement.  I wonder why that disappeared from Philip's website?  Didn't he promise a "play-by-play" for readers?

I noticed that Mike Aguilar pulled his down, as well. I am, however, looking forward to reading the other two sworn statements that Mike promised to post. 

Question for Philip: you've now put a picture up your "Legal Page."  Exactly what is that guy shoveling, Philip?

May 22, 2008

Open Letter To Philip R. Klein (Re: Lock It Down)


Dear Philip;

As you may remember, you raised the issue of Operation Kleinwatch's recurring themes on the Southeast Texas Political Review page entitled "The Lawsuit."   After promising readers a "play-by-play" of the lawsuit, you've since pulled all of the content from that page for some reason. Why was that? 

Anyway, here is your comment:

April – May of 2007 – 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.

I certainly hope you've learned the difference between "liable" and "libel" by now, but I digress. In response, I pointed out that any recurring themes are yours, not mine, since the content of my site is taken solely from the items that you publish each day on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

Today's article, "Lock It Down," is an excellent example.  You previously published another article on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, with the same identical title on the same identical subject, but your new article published today has no new information whatsoever. Instead, you've only written more of the "same old think, over and over and over again."   I've previously mentioned and/or debunked your tired arguments regarding courthouse security here, here, here, and here. Unfortunately, you've never responded to any of the questions that I've raised.

Are you afraid to discuss the real issue, website to website?

I also found some inconsistencies in your latest article. For example, you write:

FLASHBACK : A women is killed in the front of the courthouse - after being shot in the head by her ex-husband - a Jefferson County Sheriffs [sic] Deputy. No other incidents are noted over a 10 year period [sic].

Yet, your "Lock It Down" article from August 28, 2007, mentions an escape from the Jefferson County Courthouse. As another example, you wrote on August 18, 2007:

Media Wacko Headline Award Of The Week - The kids over at KBTV win this one - "Man Who Terrorized Courthouse Indicted for Escape" Huh? The man who "Terrorized" the courthouse. From the third floor of a secure room, from a closet with a paper gun? Now that is crazy.

For the record, that report aired on KBMT Channel 12, not KBTV Channel 4.  Did you forget about those recent incidents in the past year when you stated, "No other incidents are noted over a 10 year period [sic]?"

As another example, you wrote on Friday, August 10, 2007:

"According to our sources and some media reports, the building will have only one entrance for the public and seven entrances and exits for the public. "

Did you mean there would be a total of eight entrances and seven exits for the public?  It seems rather ironic to me that your sources are as confused as you over the entire issue.

I used security measures in Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties as examples in my previous articles, since those counties have Republican majorities.  This clearly shows that this issue of courthouse security is not a partisan issue, as you've previously claimed. You've not responded on that, either.

On April 29, 2008, I also posted a link and quote from this story in the Beaumont Enterprise;

Next week, Travis county courthouse officials will tour our courthouse to provide an assessment of the new security plan. Travis county which includes the city of Austin has had a courthouse security plan for years, which includes 60 security officers.

You ignored that one, as well, and never responded to my question.  Are you really too much of a coward to debate the issue with an old man?  If you're more comfortable

So, here's the bottom line:  Why should Jefferson County handle courthouse security differently than the other 193 counties in the state who have a program for courthouse security in effect?

On a slightly related issue, you never updated this story concerning those gum balls in the Jefferson County Courthouse:

The Review has learned over the last twenty four hours [sic] of an investigation ongoing by Judge Ron Walker regarding gumballs [sic] being sold.

Even through your nature of your article seemed urgent, even hysterical, you never did a follow-up article.  How did that investigation into the gum balls in the Jefferson County Courthouse turn out?

Yours truly,

Gus Pillsbury

P.S. I''m leaving tomorrow on a fishing trip for the next few days, so I won't be publishing any articles until sometime next week.  As a personal favor, could you put your Nitwit Tidbits up early, so that I can punch holes in your wingnut opinions before I leave?  I greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter and sincerely hope you have a nice Memorial Day "cranking your hot tube." 

May 21, 2008

Perspective (On a Serious Note)


In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein gives us this perspective on Senator Edward Kennedy's malignant tumor:

Our question - how much of a loss is it? Really?

I'd love to discuss the issue with Philip, but Klein's limited intellect anal fixation on dirty underwear precludes serious discussion on anything remotely resembling a real issue.  Philip has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of compassion for anyone other than himself - I'm reminded of his comment about the tragic deaths of those "smelly little girls" who died in a terrible school bus accident. 

I usually attend church at least twice a week; as members of the body of Christ, we strive to follow His example.  In Matthew, Jesus taught that we should not judge, since this is God's province, not man's.  It's not my place to judge the actions of Senator Edward Kennedy beyond legal aspects. In this case, he was not charged with a crime, so whether I agree or disagree with Ted Kennedy's politics, it's not my place to judge his actions.

Christ's words seem especially appropriate today when considering Philip's latest article:

"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

Christ also teaches us that God is not the author of confusion; instead, we're to look for those ravenous wolves who masquerade as sheep:

"You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?

So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.

A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Thus you will know them by their fruits."

As a fruit inspector, I sincerely believe God has a special place for Philip Klein.

Reading Philip R. Klein's Mail


Philip R. Klein sat right down and wrote himself a new letter on his Reader's Mail page of the Southeast Texas Political Review:

"Have you seen the traffic on Dowlin [sic] Road in Beaumont. Why do you not write about the horrible traffic flow costing thousands daily in gas?"

Answer : Anyone stupid enough to go to the mall and sit in lines has enough money to spend on the gas? Is that an answer?

I think Philip - I mean, Philip's reader - was probably referring to "Dowlen" Road.  Since there are no malls in Sabine Pass, I'm sure his reader didn't mean Dowling Road.

On a similar theme, Philip apparently still has a hard time figuring out how to properly use question marks?

May 20, 2008

That's Enough

Philip R. Klein waxes hysterical over a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

First it was in God We Trust, then it was God Bless America, then is was gay's getting You bet - some whacko [sic] court has said that money Discriminates [sic] the blind [?] opening up lawsuits guessed  A Washington DC appeals court says so....

Readers will note it's a full moon tonight, as reflected by Philip's gibberish.

Actually the D.C. Circuit isn't "some whacko [sic] court " or a "Washington DC appeals court," but arguably the most important inferior appellate court in the entire U.S. judicial system. This court has direct responsibility for reviewing decisions and rules of most federal agencies.

As an example, no less than four sitting Supreme Court Justices came from the D.C. Circuit:

  • Chief Justice John Roberts
  • Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
  • Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Readers will note that this doesn't fall under any of Philip's themes as recounted on his legal page, but another example of how he mangles even the most basic issues. Neither is this a partisan issue, since the two majority judges in this decision were appointed by a Democrat (President Clinton) and a Republican (President George W. Bush).

Philip further compounds this ignorance by misinterpreting the ruling:

Now - if you give money to a blind person you are discriminating against them - or at least the US Government is.

Actually, discrimination has nothing to do with giving visually-handicapped money - read the decision for yourself at this location.  Instead, the court found that the Treasury Department discriminated against the blind by failing to properly design paper currency.  This is a big difference in what Philip Klein claims, but he's apparently too dense to understand the real issue.

In my opinion, if they can make Andrew Jackson pink and Abraham Lincoln purple with special ultraviolet ink and paper, I don't see how a bills with a few holes punched in one corner or slightly resized make a big difference. And neither did the D.C. Court of Appeals, who found that the Treasury department failed to show how slightly changing the design would pose an undue burden or expense for the agency.

From the actual decision:

"Of the more than 180 countries that issue paper currency, only the United States prints bills that are identical in size and color in all their denominations. More than 100 of the other issuers vary their bills in size according to denomination, and every other issuer includes at least some features that help the visually impaired."

As an example, the denomination of Euro currency can be determined by the length of the bill. As the denomination increases, so does the length of the bill. 

Philip hysterically claims:

And frankly - we are just sick of mother government or nanny telling us we are wrong all the time.

Unless Philip has been impersonating a Secret Service agent recently, he has no standing in this issue beyond a simple opinion. He arrogantly assumes a presumptuous position that he is somehow directly involved in the actions of the U.S. Treasury Department.

We cannot make everything perfect for everyone. There is simply no way. And for the left wing whackos [sic]  to suggest so simply flies in the face of everything this country has been built on.

Philip misses the point entirely.  Actually, this country was founded on the principle of inclusion - a government for the people by the people. Yet, Philip routinely argues that an entire class of citizens should be excluded simply because they're handicapped.   In other articles, he's made the same argument about minorities, the economically disadvantaged, and Democrats.

Apparently, Philip believes that only fat, ignorant, white, male, crackpots should be allowed to participate in government or handle paper money.

May 19, 2008

On Philip's Latest Editorial


Philip R. Klein writes in his latest editorial on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

Let Me Speak For The Majority Dr. Coleman

How funny! Even funnier, Philip isn't a registered voter of Beaumont, so he has no standing to speak for anyone in Beaumont.

If the reader is still not confused, Klein claims to speak for the majority, but identifies himself as a minority:

As part of the minority in Jefferson County, being a white male and tax payer and not on public assistance - let me try and help you answer some of your questions or issues.

Philip implies that the majority of citizens in Jefferson County:

  • are not white
  • do not pay taxes
  • receive some sort of welfare

As I've previously pointed out on several occasions, the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show his statement is wrong. In percentages:

  • White persons: 60.9%
  • Black persons: 34.8%

Readers will also notice that he confuses the Beaumont municipal government with the Jefferson County government throughout the entire editorial.  I hope the majority of citizens in Beaumont now the difference, since Philip clearly doesn't.

His entire editorial probably falls under all four of his recurring themes:

(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.”

In my opinion, the funniest part of his so-called editorial was this:

Oh we love this one. Get this gang - the Junior League of Beaumont wants to build a kids [sic] museum. Yes - the West End Wanda's [sic] want to build a kids place for all kids...The City of Beaumont is going to seriously going [sic]  to consider [sic] giving money to this project because some "Renowned" [sic] production company is going [sic] to come to town and build this joint?

Oh, look! Philip uses the same terminology as those people who send him messages for his Reader's Mail page:

"What the hell is wrong with the DA's office. They let this thing go for four years? I bet Mrs. Maness bought some clothes at the ladies joint?"

And, his readers have the same proclivity for swearing! Philip uses the pejorative "hell" twice in his "editorial." 

However, the main issue of this item is this: Philip is again blatantly unfamiliar with the real facts. From the Beaumont Enterprise:

Grants would finance the museum-library, a combination used at the Houston Children's Museum.

The model for Beaumont would be the Mississippi Children's Museum because the community there addresses some of the same issues faced here - poverty, health and illiteracy.

This happens when one reads the big letters one-syllable words in the headline, but not the content of the story. Considering Philip Klein's literacy level, perhaps he could benefit from the proposed Children's Museum as well.

However, Philip offers his own suggestion:

Let's get the Jefferson County Book mobile [sic]  that we spend almost $250k for a year and send it to the corner of Crockett and Pearl....oh wait there are too many maybe in front of City Hall? Then lets get some flowers and sprinkle them around the book truck and sing fun songs?

While singing those fun songs, I'm sure Philip would enjoy burning the books as well, since he has a hard time comprehending anything past the level of early middle school.

Any comments, buddy?

Willie Bae


In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein throws mud under the guise of political commentary.

Lewis was defeated in his bid for a new seat on the Port Arthur City Council, after he gave up his original seat to run for Mayor. He lost the election to Mayor Bobbie Prince, so ran for Mayor Prince's at-large council seat. He lost that election, too, even though Philip predicted he would win. 

Klein's so-called anonymous sources now predict:

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.

I'm looking forward to revisiting this in detail in the near future.   Readers will notice there is absolutely no real political discussion or substantive content concerning issues or Lewis' positions on things like abatements, education, or taxes. Instead, Philip is accusing Willie Bae Lewis of thievery by "taking as of the city...,"  whatever that gibberish means.

Klein also offers unsupported opinion as fact:

The most decisive (?) city council member in the History [sic] of Port Arthur will leave on Tuesday - maybe never to return.

Since decisiveness is usually a desirable trait, I wonder if Flapjack Philip actually meant "divisive?" This doesn't fall under the theme of Philip's "purposeful inability to get stories correct," so I'll write this off as another example of his blatant ignorance.  He obviously doesn't remember the late Bernis Sadler.

Simmons and Tubbs


Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review is a juvenile commentary on Lamar University and the selection of Ray Woodard as head football coach:

Dr. Simmons and Athletic Director Tubbs have a huge week this week. They are going to pick a "leader" [sic] to lead a [sic] school into a sports era of a comeback. And we do not mean football....we mean brining [sic] a University [sic] back from the brink of shut down [sic]. The football program is just a sign of maybe one of the biggest come - backs [sic] in the history of Colleges [sic] in Texas.

There is a great cosmic irony in that Philip, who can barely string enough words together to form a coherent sentence, offers unsolicited advice to Dr. Jimmy Simmons. 

Typically, Philip is confused over the history of what really happened.   Actually a series of critical blunders led to the decline of LU in the 90s.  Many people still feel that splitting the Orange and Port Arthur campuses was a mistake. This was compounded by a series of Presidents and Chancellors who made many more mistakes - Philip has obviously never heard of Dr. Rex Cottle.

The last big blunder was the Galloway and Stiles legacy: merging the Lamar University system with Texas State University System.  Furthermore, the Texas Legislature renamed Southwest Texas State to Texas State University a few years after the merge, relegating Lamar University to the position of bastard step-child.

Readers will notice, however, that the school was never "on the brink of shut down [sic]" as Klein claims.

Even more humorous, Philip (AKA the Review),  promises to "watch" this pick closely:

The Review will watch closely [sic] his pick. It is huge - and it is one of the future cogs in the wheel for Lamar. It (Lamar) can no longer support itself as a regional school. It must bring in kids from all over Texas and for that matter [sic] the United States. It is going to have to make a name for itself. And this is the start [sic].

I'm elated that Philip has no real input - it was this sort of thinking that originally led to the end of the first football program at Lamar University, when the school routinely tried to compete in signing high-profile picks at the expense of promising local promising local players. The end result: poorly attended games since no one knew the players.  When the locals stopped attending the games, the athletic department incurred huge budgetary overruns.

As I've pointed out before, this entire article is quite revealing of Klein's mentality - to wit:

Every school has a mascot and in Texas that mascot is football. In Texas - football is king.

Lamar has always had a mascot and it's not a "football," but rather a Cardinal named Big Red. Klein apparently judges the quality of a school by how good the football team is, so we can suppose that he's never heard of Rice University.  

All of this is to be expected from someone who flunked out after only a couple of semesters from a school with the ignoble acronym of TT.  Isn't that something children do when they need to visit the restroom?

May 16, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits (Part 2)


I previously debunked Philip R, Klein's first item in today's Nitwit Tidbits on the Southeast Texas Political Review  below. In this item, he published a spam email that's been circulating as a an "Interesting Thought [sic] from a Reader [sic]." 

Here are the rest:

Uncle Hillty - Rumors are abound. Uncle Hillty is on a come back. Here we go! Oh...did you here about the IRS...never mind.

Did Flapjack Philip mean, "did you hear about the IRS?"    I'll revisit when PRK comments on something of real substance; this item is another example of slinging mud.  Should I mention the bankruptcy of PRK Enterprises?

Chamber of Commerce Moment - "God Bless America" - Off City Buses. We have such a great area. We wonder if the .... top 25 people know about on.

Much ado about nothing.

Big Splash - Front page Beaumont Enterprise - Beaumont makes the top 25 great places to live. We know - stop laughing. God Bless America! The group was paid?

Typically,Klein is confused - this wasn't a list of "the top 25 great places to live." Rather, the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council chose Beaumont-Port Arthur as one of the top 25 Best Small Metro Areas for Relocating Families. There is a difference, but Philip didn't get past the headlines in big letters.

The Worldwide ERC releases this annual list based on a number of factors, including commute times, tax rates, average home cost, and home appreciation. Other quality of life variables are also considered, including educational opportunities and in-state tuition, the service quality of local utilities, auto taxes, per-capita volunteerism, and the quantity of family-friendly events and venues.

For those, like PRK, who haven't actually researched the issue, you can read more about the group here. 

Here's an interesting question to ponder: if this is a laughable subject, why would an idiot like Philip R. Klein stay for years in an area that that he absolutely hates?   

Top 25 - Maybe the top 25 places to - we.....get a free lunch for your kid in school?

Previously debunked here. Philip still hasn't addressed those errors that I pointed out. Is this a recurrent theme, like the purposeful inability to get stories correct, or simply "Klein lies?"

Stupid Media - Headline on KBMT - TV : "Religious Message ..." Maybe we can get rid of the dollar bill next.

Much ado about nothing, but Philip's comment is interesting. Apparently, God isn't a religious subject to him, but something upon which he can hang his wingnut propaganda.

God Out Of Schools - It seems to be working. Test scores are...well.....discipline is .... uh well......never mind.

Perhaps Philip has a point: religion in schools has reinvigorated Islam extremists over the past 20 years or so.  I wonder what excuse Philip uses for his own low test scores?

Kimlar Leaves - City Manager of Port Neches leaves and so does the top cop Gene Marsh - who by the way is one of the best chiefs in the area. And is a great man. He will be missed. Kimlar leaves under anger by the area fire fighters (see story below). That is too bad.

Kimlar who? Did he mean Randy Kimler?  Is this another example of Philip's purposeful inability to get stories correct or just plain ignorance?

Take a few moments and revisit this item from January 29, 2008.

Build It And They Will Come - The Port of Houston built a new cruise terminal. ships are scheduled for the next year. It will just sit there. Funny stuff.

Taken from this article in the Houston Chronicle, where the Port of Houston built a new cruise terminal at a price tag of $81 million. I'm reminded of Philip's statement on February 27, 2008:

And we all say together....sigh. Just about as big as a sigh of pumping ANOTHER $6 million into the sinking Pleasure Island! THE BIGGEST PORT PROJECT IN TEXAS!

As I pointed out, NOT EVEN CLOSE! How about this Port of Houston project:

PHA Commission Approves $74 Million for Next Bayport Wharf

This would probably fall under Philip's recurring theme #3, Philip's purposeful inability to get stories correct.  Note to Philip: which is it, recurring theme #3, #4, or just stupidity?

Oil - Will go to $200 Per Barrel and Gas Will Be At $5.00 per by July. That is what they are saying. Go figure.

As a shrewd investment counselor, I'm sure Philip knows more about oil futures than a fly-by-night company like Goldman-Sachs:

Crude oil prices shot to a new high at $127.82 per barrel on Friday in New York after Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) upped its prediction for oil prices in the second half of the year to $141 per barrel, from its previous forecast of $107 per barrel.

We'll revisit Philip's statement in July. 

Gay Marriage - "God Bless America" - the gays can be married in Cali! Boy we are strong in the United States right now!

I'm not sure what the issue of gay marriage has to do with "strength," but Philip has an inability to understand most issues. Hence, his bumper sticker mentality of the "perfect storm," "war is breaking out," "fight for the sole [sic] of the democratic [sic] party," and  his belief that anyone who disagrees with him is an "enemy."  

It's too bad they didn't teach tolerance in Philip's school.  It's also too bad they didn't teach basic grammar, English, government, math, or logic.

Obama - Polls indicate he will win over McCain by more than 8% nationwide. But with the state of the people wanting anything for free........socialism is here. Enjoy! You get what you want. Nanny will take care of you.

On the polls, the average of the major polls is 3.8 percent. None of the credible polls show more than  percent. Perhaps Philip's results came from the same "exit poll" where Travis Childers won a seat in the U.S. Senate. I suspect this falls under Philip's recurring theme #1: "Made up [sic] sources."

More to come - check back later for Part 3!

Nitwit Tidbits (Urban Legend Edition - Part 1)


Philip R. Klein begins this week's Nitwit Tidbits on the Southeast Texas Political Review with an urban legend that's been circulating since March.

According to Philip, this was purportedly written by one of his readers:

Interesting Thought  From a Reader :

In just one year. Remember the election in 2006?  Thought you might like to read the following:

A little over one year ago:
     1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
     2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
     3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
     1) Consumer confidence plummet;
     2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
     3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
     4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual
         fund losses);
     5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
     6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!  Remember, it's Congress that makes law not the President. He has to work with what's handed to him.

This is standard operating procedure for Philip. As I've repeatedly pointed out, he typically publishes half-truths, distortions, and unsubstantiated rumor as fact. He's apparently one of those who still believes that Bill Gates is paying cash for every forwarded email.


Claim:   The 2008 U.S. economic downturn resulted from Democratic control of Congress in 2007.

Status:   False.

Origins:   This piece is one of the more ludicrous examples of the post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this") fallacy we've received in a long time. It attempts to blame a whole host of economic ills — high gasoline prices, unemployment, falling stock prices, the housing market meltdown — squarely and solely on the Democrats' having gained a majority of seats in the House of Representatives beginning in 2007.

We'll start by noting that it's not technically correct to claim the public voted "in a Democratic Congress in 2006." The Democrats did gain 31 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections, giving them a 233-198 majority over Republicans in that institution once the 110th Congress was seated in 2007. However, the current composition of the Senate tips towards neither party, with both Democrats and Republicans holding 49 seats each. (Two senators, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, were elected as independents.)

The other major fallacies here are the notions that a single party with control of only the House of Representatives (but not the Senate or the White House) could have, by itself, brought about all the economic conditions described above, and that it could have done so in the space of a single year. The financial woes currently being experienced in the U.S. are due to a multiplicity of factors (many of which are completely outside the purview of Congress), including policies of the current and previous presidential administrations, previous Congressional actions (or inactions), institutional investment decisions, credit expansion, market forces, and global events. Moreover, all these factors are part of ongoing processes that were underway well before 2007, as political/economic commentator Kevin Phillips described in his 2008 book, Bad Money:

Mr. Phillips begins with an overview of the current debt debacle. The 1980s were the start of "three profligate decades," when the expansion of mortgage credit and the invention of financial instruments like collateralized debt obligations (C.D.O.'s) led to an orgy of leveraging and irresponsible speculation. The Federal Reserve kept the bubble afloat with easy money, while regulators and ratings agencies looked the other way.

By 2007 total indebtedness was three times the size of the gross domestic product, a ratio that surpassed the record set in the years of the Great Depression. From 2001 to 2007 alone, domestic financial debt grew to $14.5 trillion from $8.5 trillion, and home mortgage debt ballooned to almost $10 trillion from $4.9 trillion, an increase of 102 percent. A crisis in the mortgage market in August 2007 brought the party to an end. Since then we have been living in a twilight zone of what a security analyst quoted in the book calls "one of the slowest-moving train wrecks we've seen."

The second component of the perfect storm is the upheaval in the oil industry. Domestic production peaked in 1971, and there are signs that production worldwide is also peaking. (Mr. Phillips cites experts who believe it already has.) And with the emergence of new economic powers like China and India, demand has risen dramatically and prices have been climbing steadily; by 2004 a rapidly growing China had become the second largest oil consumer, after the United States. Despite the bad news at the gas pump, however, America has actually been getting a cost break, because the major suppliers price their oil in dollars. But with the dollar falling, OPEC has been talking about moving into other currencies. Were that to happen, "the effects," Mr. Phillips says tersely, "could be painful."

Finally, Mr. Phillips turns to what he terms America's "calcified" political system. We may need new regulations to deal with the debt mess, along with an energy policy to address the changing world of oil, but Washington, he says, has become dedicated to "the politics of evasion," reluctant to pass dramatic reforms or to call for sacrifice from the public. Democrats and Republicans alike are so entrenched, so dependent on campaign money and special interests, that "the notion of a breath of fresh air has become almost a contradiction in terms."

America may have "voted for change" in 2006, but the detrimental changes that have manifested themselves so far are the product of forces that have been a long, long time in the making, not the sudden caprices of one political party.

Last updated:   21 April 2008

More to come - check back later!

May 14, 2008

Lowest (Part II)


I previously pointed out a major error in Philip R. Klein's latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review in the article below. The error concerned the campaign of Travis Childers for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's another example of  Philip Klein's recurring themes:

It is the perfect political storm. And frankly - it is going to get ugly.

Much like the "Courthouse Shocker," Hardin County Shocker," and the "Vincent Shocker," Philip regularly flogs this dead horse on a regular basis. For instance, he used the same imagery only yesterday (all of the emphases are mine):

And we are ready - as others are in the wings. The perfect storm is here.

I've previously addressed Philip's paranoid fantasy here

From March 6, 2008:

Perfect Political Storm

It has been clearly written in stone that Thurman Bartie is the man to beat in a few weeks. He has the money and he held a commanding lead in the election.

Clearly - unless a miracle is going to happen, Bartie is in.

We think unless Bartie is found with a man in bed he is the next county commissioner. And that will bring us to a place where war in the middle east will look like a cake walk.

Philip never revealed what miracle occurred. Typically, that same "perfect political storm" never materialized last October, either:

As everyone rejoiced over Judge Ron Walkers beating of former Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith  this past year, nobody, and we mean nobody, could have ever predicted the outright war that is brewing behind the scenes in Jefferson County. Those who are friends are now enemies.

Judge Larry Thorne...will draw a surprise candidate. And that candidate will be pushed guessed Walker in a stealth version.

The Perfect Political Storm brewing.

Judge Throne ran unopposed, but that probably falls under one of the other recurring themes of either "Klein lies" or his "purposeful inability to get stories correct."

Any comments, buddy?

Lowest (Part 1)


In Philip R. Klein's timeline found on his lawsuit page in the Southeast Texas Political Review, he identified a number of recurring themes on Operation Kleinwatch:

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.”

As I pointed out in yesterday's article, any recurring themes reflect Philip's own themes, since the entire purpose of my little blog is to debunk his factual errors and to shine a light on Philip's agenda on an article-by-article basis.

With that in mind, let's examine Philip's latest article, where he 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.

Actually, Travis Childers won Mississippi's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, not the Senate as Philip claims.

Likewise, that seat has been held by Republicans since 1995, not the last million years as Philip clearly 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.

And, to have an exit poll that matters on Congressional races between Republican and Democrats, one would have to have a regular election. We haven't had one of those since 2006 and won't have another one until November of this year.  If there are indeed exit polls as Philip claims, then why doesn't he put links to the proper citations?  I suspect that everyone knows the answer to that one.

Consider Philip's claim concerning the results of these non-existent exit polls from the perspective of this article in Bloomberg:

Republicans are increasingly concerned about their election prospects after Democrat Travis Childers yesterday won a Mississippi House seat that Republicans had held for more than 13 years, the third time since March that a Democrat won a Republican-held seat in a special election.

The emphasis is mine. The problem isn't so much that Americans want change; rather it's the lack of a Republican plan to provide that change:

U.S. House Republicans said an election loss in Mississippi yesterday may portend widespread voter rejection in the November races, and some complained that party leaders are failing to provide an adequate election-year strategy and agenda.

Regarding those themes, either Philip is simply too stupid to get his facts straight, he's exhibiting a "purposeful inability to get the stories correct,"  or "Klein lies."  So, which is it: stupidity, lies, or a "purposeful inability?" Or, did we hit the Philip R. Klein Trifecta with all three?  Too bad Philip lacks the mental capacity to logically discuss a topic without butchering the facts.

Note to Philip: I'm always here for you, buddy, in case you want to debate real issues website-to-website, instead of paranoid fantasies.

What, no comment?

May 13, 2008

Philip R. Klein's Paranoid Conspiracy

Philip's been quite busy over the past day or so. He pulled the deceptive posting on his page entitled  "The Lawsuit,"  after I documented his deception here.  Instead, he's now posted a "timeline" and a couple of cherry-picked pages from depositions taken in Gillam v. Klein.  In Philip's world, I suppose page 23 always comes before page 15.

He also posted an article on his "Top Story" page referencing this new content, but never mentioned the original deception. Isn't that par for Philip R. Klein's Southeast Texas Political Review? 

According to his timeline and article, he's allegedly uncovered a massive conspiracy of people who are apparently out to get him.

Philip notes in his "play-by-play" timeline on his lawsuit page:
April – May of 2007 – 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.
Addressing these points one at a time, Google has some serious problems if they tracked this site to a "Lamar University Systems" computer. Note to Philip Klein: if this statement is indeed true, then post the communications from "Google Security" which claims this site is "headed" from a Lamar University Systems computer. I don't believe you and think this is a bald-faced lie.

Neither was this blog ever called "The Decline of Klein," but rather "The Decline of Kline." I simply changed the name to Operation Kleinwatch since it's much more descriptive of what this little blog is about.  Readers can decide for themselves which is more appropriate, but perhaps I'll change it back as an example of another blatant lie from Philip R. Klein. I've never received any "enquiry" from Google Security (note the period indicating the finality of this statement).  Note to Philip: did you mean "inquiry?"

While Klein has claimed that I'm Dr. Bruce Drury, regular readers will also know that I have never claimed to be a "retired professor,"  Unlike Philip's site, all of my articles remain available through an archive on the sidebar and a search engine in the banner at the top of this page.  See for yourself.

Regarding those recurring themes, my little blog simply examines Philip's articles one at a time. Any recurrent themes come from the source material.

Let's next examine the charge of "made up sources [sic]."  In an article last week, Philip claimed that:
Today, the Jefferson County Commissioners have on their plate a huge tax abatement.

And this time it is with TOTAL. And it .... should pass. With yes votes from Arnold (leading the charge) and Waymon Hallmark.
As I documented, Jefferson County Commissioners actually appointed a committee to review abatements approved years ago for compliance. In other words, Philip's entire article was based on an egregious error in comprehension.

Yet, Philip's purported source corroborated Klein's error:
"We will be watching today," said one manager to the Review over the weekend.
In reference to defamation by "liable [sic]," Philip posted this statement last week regarding the aforementioned committee in an effort to mitigate the damage to his credibility::
You have the county judge, keeping a distance from and appointing his assistant to run a committee of people that (1) cook the books, (2) is a lawyer and will prepare the suit, (3) that hates business, and (4) takes the money from you.
By claiming that members of this committee "cook the books" as fact,  Philip is accusing them of fraudulent and illegal activity without corroboration. This is not protected speech under the First Amendment. 

Note to Philip:
that's "libel," not "liable," Philip.  When you libel someone, you're liable for damages if they can prove you did it with malice.

Another theme mentioned by Klein is the "purposeful inability to get stories right:"
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.
As I documented, that issue had actually been decided and reported in the media long before Klein made this outlandish claim.  In defense of Philip, perhaps that army of attorneys filed the lawsuits though the same "Lamar University Systems" computer that in the "Liberal Arts" building that "heads" this website.

Regarding the theme of "Klein lies," my favorite example is the case of the De Novo blog, where Philip R. Klein claimed:
I had never heard about that site. He gives good advice. Oh... and he called me. Nice guy. Wanted to tell me what he thought of the lawsuit. Funny thing what others see out there looking into Jefferson County.
The emphasis is mine. As it turned out, the author of the site was a female who responded to Klein on her own blog:
Unless I have been sleep-calling radio shows, I never have called Mr. Klein.
Here's another recent example - Philip claimed:
10% - The unemployment rate in Jefferson County.
I responded:
This is a blatant lie. The current unemployment rate for Jefferson County is up to 6.2 percent, according to the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission. 
Philip's conclusion is contained in his Top Story concerning his lawsuit:
Now you can be assured that sites like "Sam the Eagle" and "Operation Klein Watch" will post excerpts and UTUBE videos of Mr. Klein's deposition over the next months.

They will manipulate it and they make fun of it - but be assured - there is way more to this suit than one is lead to believe. And we are ready - as others are in the wings. The perfect storm is here.

There is a new word we have learned from our friends in high places - that word is conspiracy.
Isn't this a bit melodramatic? Is Philip so paranoid that he believes a huge conspiracy exists, whose sole purpose is to "get Philip Klein?"   I think it's more probable that his emotional problems are showing again. 
Applying Occam's razor, the real explanation is the simplest. I don't like the way Philip R. Klein manipulates the truth to argue poorly-formed and indefensible opinions. Nor do I like the way he attacks people personally for their positions with which he disagrees.  In my opinion, Philip doesn't have the mental capacity to discuss an issue rationally on its merit, hence the lies, distortions, half-truths, manufactured facts and sources, and omission of pertinent information.

Really, does anyone believe that 27,000 criminal cases in Hardin County have been appealed because of a clerical error on a form used by David Sheffield?

May 12, 2008

Bond Bloodbath


Astute readers will notice that Philip R. Klein offered no predictions on the Southeast Texas Political Review concerning the outcome of any local elections over the week-end.  Given his dismal average of about 30 per cent correct, I'm not surprised.

This time, Philip offers hebetudinous commentary and manufactured sources after the fact:

 "This is not Beaumont. This is not Port Arthur. We have great schools. People moved to Lumberton to get away from the horrible schools and the high taxes. There is a faction in Lumberton that wanted to pull a Beaumont Bond. When the numbers were done it would have cost us thousands a year. So we shut it down and removed the problem," said the source.

Typically, Philip missed some facts about these bond elections. 

Bond proposals voted down:

  • Hardin County ESD #2
  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD
  • Lumberton ISD
  • Vidor ISD

Bond proposals approved:

  • Hardin ISD
  • City of Nederland
  • Port of Port Arthur

Not exactly a "bloodbath" in my opinion, but I'm not prone to exaggeration and histrionics as is PRK.   

Most importantly, Philip's bumper-sticker mentality lapses into the "same old think, over and over and over again," but he completely missed the 800 pound gorilla in the room during these elections. 

Note to Philip: It's the economy, stupid.  The Vidor school district is holding classes in portable buildings while other facilities are in great disrepair, so the need is obvious.  However, with a great many homeowners struggling to meet all of those flexible interest rate mortgages right now, any increase in property taxes could have a major effect in their ability to pay.  

I found Klein's last three paragraphs particularly amusing, where every sentence and sentence fragment ended in a question mark:

The only question - will things get better? We say no - but what do we know?

So the story? Everyone is tired of high taxes? Tired of the corruption on city councils and school boards?

Is this Southeast Texas? Someone pinch us?

This makes sense? Only to a wingnut?

May 11, 2008

Dancing With The Devil (Philip R. Klein's Gross Ignorance)


In his latest so-called editorial on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein again attempts to mitigate an egregious error where he claimed Jefferson County Commissioners were to consider a new tax rebate for the Total Port Arthur Refinery. Commissioners really only appointed a committee to study previous abatements for projects already completed. I documented Philip's idiocy here

Jefferson County Texas is based upon the democrats [sic] and their philosophy. Which is government is good [sic]. When they control it [sic]. They believe that government can help anyone and everyone. And they believe that socialism not democracy and / or the free market should control economic factors .

More of Klein's "same old think, over and over again."   As evidence, Philip provides an example:

Lake Charles is a prime example. Do you want to build a plant in Lake Charles or New Orleans - come on in. Hire who you want when you want - we just want the jobs. Because those who have jobs spend

This is absolutely wrong. Philip is completely unfamiliar with tax policy in Louisiana, where abatements (called exemptions) are administered at the state level and not the local level. These exemptions are primarily granted through a number of very specific programs. The most important programs are:

  • The Industrial Tax Exemption Program
  • The Quality Jobs Program
  • The Enterprise Zone Program

Readers may also notice that Philip has omitted any reference to the Louisiana state income tax. As I frequently point out, Philip simply makes this gibberish up to support an indefensible position.

And, of course, everyone knows there is no graft or corruption in Orleans Parish or in the New Orleans municipal government - just ask William Jefferson.

As another example of Philip's ignorance, consider this statement:

That is why we like Motiva so much. These guys know politics. Yes - they could have built another place - but they knew that if they held to their own business plan they did not have screw around with the gang at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Yes - they will pay more in taxes - but even better - they save money by controlling and keeping their costs. A sound business decision.

Not true; another manufactured statement. As I previously pointed out, Motiva was granted a 20-year tax abatement in 2006.  Philip never answered those questions.

Another question for Philip: What's up - with all of those - dashes - huh?

Philip also engages in a little name calling:

  • And dim whit [sic] media types cannot even grasp the situation.

How funny!  I think he actually meant "dimwit."   I can think of only one real dimwit involved and his name is Philip R. Klein, editor of the Southeast Texas Political Review.

May 9, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits and New Reader Mail From Philip to Philip


This week on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein posted a fish story, a story about an alligator scuffing up "the boss's" $250 pair of boots,  an erroneous article claiming that Jefferson County Commissioners  were considering a new "tax abetment" for Total, and an obtuse piece concerning the race for the Democratic nomination.

Philip is an anachronism with little relevance, insight, or credibility, as further evidenced by this week's Nitwit Tidbits.

Coolest - According to the National Weather Service - the month of April has been the coolest in 114 years. Global Warming.

Actually, the National Weather Service provides predictions and forecasts. Analysis of climactic patterns comes from NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). This is obviously manufactured, unless Philip would like to provide a citation to back up his statement.

He's obviously confused over the freeze event in April, which NOAA has analyzed. Philip doesn't understand that one localized event doesn't mitigate the overall trend:

As another example, Philip failed to comment on the March NOAA analysis:

The average global land temperature last month was the warmest on record and ocean surface temperatures were the 13th warmest. Combining the land and the ocean temperatures, the overall global temperature ranked the second warmest for the month of March. Global temperature averages have been recorded since 1880.


Per Barrel - Estimated at $150 per by August 1. It will make it. And $5 per gallon is coming. There is no stopping it.

Estimated by whom?  Philip provides no citation, but the long range forecast over the next 12 months is 163.80 per barrel. However, the bubbles in oil and food futures are so unpredictable right now that one person's guess is as good as another.  All of those investment bankers who were buying securities based on mortgages are now investing in food and oil futures, which is driving the price increase.

As is the case with the housing bubble, these can collapse as quickly as they develop, so we'll revisit Philip's statement in August.  

New York Times - Down almost 17% in readership. We wonder why? Layoffs in the Newsroom.

Even someone as dense as Philip R. Klein can figure out that print media is becoming the first casualty of the Web. However, we'll revisit his prediction concerning those lay-offs in a few weeks.

Hillary - Done. Austin sources tell us that she WILL NOT try for more Texas money. Those doors got closed last week. It is not about debt retirement.

What does Klein mean by "debt retirement?" Is he now reneging on this prediction from April 21, 2008?

Sources close to the Clinton Camp in Austin say that William Jefferson Clinton will be making a visit in six cities across Texas in a last minute push for big money for Hillary before the next primary if she wins in Penn on Tuesday.

So much for those sources close to the Clinton Camp in Austin.

Quote of the Week -

“You send a kid in who’s drug-free, clean-cut, dressed right with his shirt tucked in and you think he’ll be interviewed or tested for the job and he doesn’t get the interview or the testing and you don’t know why. This will give me the data,” Sinegal said. “The kid may not have the training, but they’re (industries) supposed to be giving on-the-job-training. “It’s not about beating up on industry, but we need to hold industry accountable. It’s up to the (city) council because we give them (industry) the incentive agreements.” Future Commissioner Sinegal

Philip never provides citations, but the quote came from this article in the Port Arthur News. Philip has taken this statement out of context and inserted more of his "same old think, over and over and over again" in a poor effort at sounding credible about an issue of which he knows nothing about.

The actual issue is the creation of a database that would track Port Arthur residents that are being hired for local jobs.  Data mining is a very valuable tool, which can provide a lot of useful information. Philip is obviously on the stupid side of the digital divide and apparently believes that a word processor is a #2 pencil.

He comments on Sinegal's quote:

Reason 1 - Never do business with the government. They just want your money.

What does this have to do with doing business with the government? Please explain?  I'm reminded of a rather large loan that a  local businessman (I use the term loosely) took from the Small Business Administration for his now defunct Dairy Queen business just before those DQs went belly-up.

Reason 2 - This is classic - a job is a right.

Another red herring that displays Klein's bumper sticker mentality - this has no relevance whatsoever to the creation of a database that would track local jobs. 

Quote of the Week 2 -

“We don’t want to beat up on industry, but they need to live up to their end of the bargain. And if industry can’t improve (in hiring locals), they’re going to lose it,” he said. City Manager Stephen Fitzgibbons

Reason 1 - See above

Reason 2 - See above

Again, no relevance, since the issue here is tax abatements.  If a company agrees to hire 75 percent of its workforce locally to secure a long-term agreement, but only hires 35 percent - should they pay? This is a legally binding agreement, so both parties should be held accountable to uphold their end of the deal.  I'm reminded of Klein v. Faggard.

Quote of the Week 3 - "How Government Grows"

Councilmember Willie “Bae” Lewis believes the city has not had their fair share of consideration in industry hiring practices and he’s in favor of budgeting for the hiring of a city compliance officer in the future.

Reason 1 - This is how your government grows. First, you entice them in with incentives. Then you make it mandatory they hire locals (that could not pass a drug test if they used your urine). Then if they do pass the pee test they have the mentality of an apple and the government still expects you to put them in a place that goes boom. How about this? Clean up your friggin schools and teach kids reading, writing and math. That is what gets kids jobs Mr. Lewis. But Mr. Lewis is TOO STUPID to understand that. It is a right ya know! Hire a compliance officer - what Mr. Lewis? For your illegal activates?

Another red herring based on Philip R. Klein's interest. Companies who are in the process of locating new facilities already know the exact make-up of the labor workforce in the prospective market and future projections on the growth of labor pool.  This is just one of several studies done before a business invests billions of dollars in a project and is the way modern business is done - any questions why six Dairy Queens went bankrupt with Philip as CEO?

Furthermore, I wonder what a preoccupation with urinary matters could mean?

Reason 2 - Willie Bae Lewis wants to talk about people being honest? Please Willie. Really?

Another red herring - Philip is libeling Willie Bae Lewis, rather than addressing his comments on the proposed database.  Philip's poor comprehension skills and short attention span preclude a thorough understanding of the real issues.

May 8, 2008

Alligator Story (Philip R. Klein's Personality Disorder)


Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review has no substantive content regarding politics. Even though the story in itself is quite pedestrian, this article is highly revealing of Philip Klein's personality.

As an example, I've previously documented Klein's shame-based references to himself in the plural.  In his latest article, Philip references himself in the third person:

It charges our boss - and he reaches for his service weapon (that he left in the car) and now resorts to a big kick in the teeth as both back away.

A cursory examination of syntax, punctuation, and sentence structure reveals the same grammatical train wrecks and poor command of written English contained in all of Philip's writing. For example, who received the kick in the teeth - Philip or the alligator? This is definitely his work, not that of an employee.

As I've pointed out in the past, Philip's references to himself in the plural and in the third person are highly symptomatic of low self-esteem and problems with passive-aggressive tendencies.  Since Philip feels like an outsider, he represents himself in this disassociated manner.  This is quite common among adult children of alcoholics, who have emotional difficulties stemming from abandonment issues as a child. It's a way of saying, "You didn't acknowledge me, so now neither do I."

Likewise, Philip's mention of a $250 pair of boots in this context is braggadocio intended to prop up his weak sense of self and fragile ego.

All of this is what drives Philip to post the same articles with the same cognitive misperceptions on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year basis. It's simply a cry for attention, rather than legitimate political discourse.

Sad, don't you think?

May 7, 2008

Comparing Fish Stories (Part II)


A reader commented:

You should be ashamed of yourself, Gus. Philip Klein has uncovered serious evidence of widespread corruption in Jefferson County, this time among the local game wardens and all you did was make fun of him.  Isn't that sort of like picking on the mentally disabled?

I sincerely apologize; as penance, I'll treat Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review with the proper decorum it deserves.

Philip wrote:

According to a source to the Review - this years [sic] Fishing Rodeo was marred by two officers being Game Wardens that showed up and started to request fishing licenses and checking coolers next to the children in the Wheel Chairs [sic].

I'm glad those two game wardens weren't being something more serious, like a private investigator. Typically, Philip has more  anonymous sources than you can shake a stick at:

"I was so angry at these two wardens. They did not have to do that. They knew this [sic] kids were in wheel chairs and walkers. If they had any guts or any type of care for these poor children they would have stepped up and helped these kids rather than act like storm troopers," said a source that says she witnessed the event.

Philip tried to get the real story, but no one would talk to him:

We tried to contact the game wardens [sic] office and we were referred to Austin. We called Austin and they stated that they did not know what we were talking about.

I heard a different version. According to my source:

In a surprise turn of events, two Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens stopped by the fishing Tournament.

The two wardens saw a group of handicapped people in wheelchairs who weren’t fishing and a group of adults who were fishing and stopped to check for fishing licenses, TPWD Capn. Rod Ousley said.

The men checked one person for his license before event organizer Jody Jorgensen pulled the wardens aside to explain the situation. Friday’s event was held from 11 a.m. to noon — one hour, and was about to wrap-up when the confusion occurred.

No citations were issued, Ousley said.

Note to Philip R. Klein: write this information down and try hard not to lose it.

TPWD Law Enforcement Center
5550-K Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708

Phone: 409/892-8666

Another reader commented:

Klein should contact David Sheffield in Hardin County...I hear he's an authority on people in wheel chairs and I'm sure he'd love to talk to the fat man, unless David's too busy "refilling" 27,000 cases.

Now, how about that big sinkhole in Daisetta, Philip?

Fish Story


Philip R. Klein writes in his latest article on The Southeast Texas Political Review:

According to a source to the Review - this years Fishing Rodeo was marred by two officers being Game Wardens that showed up and started to request fishing licenses and checking coolers next to the children in the Wheel Chairs.

Boring - what else ya got, Philip?

Speaking of wildlife, how about this one:

Seems the kids over at KBTV - 4 have a story simmering regarding the question of who is lying in the Wildcatters business deal. We do too! Let's see who will publish first next week!

I missed that follow-up article on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

Here are a few more stories you missed while complaining about children in wheel chairs and game wardens:

I realize those require a little research, so here's a story more befitting your abilities and skills:

If that's still a bit much, let's revisit this statement:

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.

Maybe they bypassed the district courts and just filed a direct appeal with the Ninth Court?

Any comments, buddy?

"Thank God for the 9th," said Flapjack Philip R. Klein.


In Philip R. Klein's answer to his own question on the Southeast Texas Political Review concerning his new legal page, PRK writes:

We will be providing you a play by play description of the rulings in this lawsuit Gillam v. Klein along with all of the evidence as such. So far - well...lets just say this is Jefferson County and my name is Philip Klein. You legal beagles are gonna love it. Thank God for the 9th.

I've already described Philip's attempt at fraudulently altering the documents in last night's article.  As I pointed out, both decisions by the Ninth Court of Appeals upheld the original district decisions in Klein v. PAISD, and PAISD v. Klein, et al. and threw both cases out.

From PAISD V. Klein, et al:

The judgment of the trial court is AFFIRMED.

From Klein v. PAISD:

Appellant's issues are overruled. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

The actual decisions from the appeals court can be found at the links on the sidebar.  While it strains credulity, Klein actually tried to appeal this decision with a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari. The Supreme Court court ignored his petition and denied the writ - the link to that is on the sidebar, as well.

On a different issue, here's a comment from a reader, who's also apparently having a hard time getting an email through to Klein's "Reader Mail" address:

Can Philip assure us that the out-of-town workers have better drug test scores than locals?  And what exactly are their contributions to the Southeast Texas economy other than short-term restaurant and hotel receipts?  

Excellent questions - any comment, buddy?

May 6, 2008

On Philip R. Klein's Cowardly Deception


On the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein has a new page entitled,"The Lawsuit,"  where he references the Gillam v. Klein lawsuit.

Unfortunately, Philip is deceiving his readers with the content.

Notice the title on Philip's page:


The Gillam v. Klein Investments, Inc. Lawsuit

Play by Play




On Appeal from the 172nd District Court

Jefferson County, Texas

Trial Cause No. E-163290-A


Very misleading, since the rest of the page is the legal decision from an entirely different lawsuit, PAISD v. Klein, et al.  Readers will notice that Klein cut the PAISD citation out of the title as appellants and only included the reference to Klein and Associates as appellees. 

In its place, he's substituted a reference to the Gillam v. Klein lawsuit, which is still in litigation. Here's the actual title of the document that Philip posted: 


In The

Court of Appeals

Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont


NO. 09-01-239 CV







On Appeal from the 172nd District Court

Jefferson County, Texas

Trial Cause No. E-163290-A


Apparently, Philip hopes his readers are too ignorant to notice that the decision from the three justices of the 9th Court of Appeals concerns the PAISD suit against Klein.  He apparently thinks that his readers are as stupid as he is and that they'll think the Gillam suit has already been decided. Check out the actual decision in PAISD  v. Klein on the web at this location.

Readers can find all relevant legal documents on this case, Klein's countersuit against the PAISD, and Gillam v. Klein in the sidebar of Operation Kleinwatch. I'll keep these updated as they become available. I have a few other suits to which Klein has been a party that I may put up as well.

For a truly funny read, check out the decision in Klein's countersuit, Klein v. PAISD. In this case, Klein is the appellant, after the original trial court threw his entire case out. The appeal court's ultimate decision:

Appellant's issues are overruled. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

Philip's previous statements concerning the local district courts are also quite deceptive, since the 9th Court of Appeals upheld both decisions of the local district  court.

Any comment, buddy?  I suspect not, since Philip is too much of a coward to discuss these issues website to website.

Seven Minus Two (Philip R. Klein Needs Help with the Math)


Philip R. Klein hurriedly put up an article this morning correcting his egregious mistake on the Southeast Texas Political Review, where he stated:

Today, the Jefferson County Commissioners have on their plate a huge tax abatement. And this time it is with TOTAL. And it .... should pass. With yes votes from Arnold (leading the charge) and Waymon Hallmark.

As I pointed out in two previous articles (see below), Philip and his purported source were very confused: Jefferson County Commissioners simply appointed a committee to review two previous abatements.  In his latest article, Philip attempts to mitigate the damage to his non-existent credibility:

A tax abatement committee (stop laughing) has been formed by Jefferson County Commissioners Court to "insure" that bad old business has help up to their end of the bargain in their tax abatement contracts.

Philip is still having a hard time figuring out the difference between "insure" and "ensure."  He continues:

So you have a total ANTI BUSINESS [sic] team put together for one purpose - get as much money as they can out of three companies (this week) and in the future bust the deals.

Actually, they're only reviewing two abatements, one for Total and one for the Port Arthur Steam Energy project. Even though he's still confused about what all this means, Philip typically offers his unsolicited opinion and another prediction based on his ignorance of the issue:

Now here is how they are going to do it.

First, they will come out and say that the companies did not hire enough locals. Never mind that many of the perspective employees in this area could not pass a drug test even if they had their mothers piss in the cup - there are not enough locals that can be hired.

Second, they will point to the Unions. Hey - hire these guys! But we want our goodey [sic] also. Pass the cash. And the cash gets passed bet ya....the politicos.

Third, remember if the abatement is not upheld - each of the companies will be forced into paying back dollars as well as new dollars. Ouch! Where will that money go? Hmmmm? Let's think for a minute? You guessed it. To bigger government.

We'll revisit this (often) once the committee has done its work, but I particularly liked this statement from Philip:

You have the county judge, keeping a distance from and appointing his assistant to run a committee of people that (1) cook the books, (2) is a lawyer and will prepare the suit, (3) that hates business, and (4) takes the money from you.

By claiming that members of this committee "cook the books," Philip is accusing them of fraudulent and illegal activity; this is not protected speech, rather it's defamation by libel and not protected by the First Amendment. Isn't it too bad that no one pays attention to Philip, else he'd be facing another lawsuit?

Philip also claims:

We think the smartest person in the group is Motiva. They told the county to go blow. Screw your abatements. We will do it on our own. And they did. They can use who they want, when they want and how they want it. And they are making money. And that pisses off the power grid here in Jefferson County.

Philip's still quite confused over what these abatements mean, how they're structured, and associated details. I suppose this is to be expected from someone who originally thought these were "tax abetments."

Instead, he makes making up details and sources again to mask his ignorance:

For that Motiva pays. But they are a player. The big dog in the backfield. And we are told dislike [sic] Jefferson County Commissioners Court.

Actually, the Port of Port Arthur has already granted Motiva a 100 percent abatement specifically for this project:

Port of Port Arthur commissioners officially gave their blessing for Motiva Enterprises' proposed refinery expansion Wednesday by granting the port's first-ever 100 percent tax abatement

Regarding the county, the current Motiva project is not a tax abatement project:

County Auditor Patrick Swain said the county currently has 14 different tax abatement agreements with 12 companies. Motiva’s $7 billion expansion is not a tax abatement project, but county officials are in constant contact discussing local labor.

QUESTIONS FOR PHILIP: Why isn't this specific Motiva expansion a tax abatement project? And, how does that 20-year tax abatement that Commissioners granted Motiva in 2006 fit in?

Any comment, buddy?

BREAKING NEWS: Philip R. Klein Still Confused


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

Today, the Jefferson County Commissioners have on their plate a huge tax abatement. And this time it is with TOTAL. And it .... should pass. With yes votes from Arnold (leading the charge) and Waymon Hallmark.

Actually,  the abatements in question were previously approved years ago on projects that are already completed or in progress.  Jefferson County Commissioners simply appointed a committee to review the agreements for compliance with the terms of the abatements.

Even funnier, Philip quotes an "anonymous" source on this issue who comments on the purported vote concerning Philip's fictitious abatement:

"We will be watching today," said one manager to the Review over the weekend.

From today's Port Arthur News:

Five named to tax abatement review committee

A five-person committee was formed Monday to determine whether local industry has lived up to its end of tax abatement agreements that are becoming more and more prevalent in Jefferson County.

The committee members will review the percentage of local labor, local subcontractors and local vendors the companies used during the construction phases of their projects. Based on those findings, the committee will make a recommendation of the final abatement percentage due each company, [Jeff] Branick [assistant to County Judge Ron Walker] said.

Though Total’s hydrosteam project and the Port Arthur Steam Energy project are both completed, Branick said other ongoing industrial expansions could tap the local workforce.

Philip also makes an observation about Jefferson County residents:

Being too stupid to understand this - most citizens think they are going to be immune from the long arm of commissioners.

Stupidity apparently runs through the Klein household and his anonymous sources, as well.