Jun 12, 2008

Ketchup

Tonight we'll cover Philip R. Klein's recent postings on the Southeast Texas Political Review since his mea culpa earlier this week.

Last week, Philip R. Klein and/or his sources predicted the end of the Southeast Texas Regional Airport:

Our sources in HOU say that SET Regional is on the chopping block.

Typically, Philip predicted that Continental Airlines would leave Southeast Texas, never to return.  The truth is different:

Continental Airlines has announced it's ending service in a number of U.S. cities, but a spokeswoman tells KFDM News there won't be any change in service to the Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

"When oil was $70 a barrel it made economic sense to serve a number of communities, but not when oil is nearly $170," said Continental Airlines spokeswoman Julie King.  "It still makes economic sense to serve Beaumont-Port Arthur."

In his latest article, Uncle Hilty is Back, Philip R. Klein references an article about Hilton Kelley on an obscure website. I'm reminded of a libelous comment that Klein made about Kelley on December 14, 2007:

[Hilton Kelley] was...given thousands by the plants to shut up.

If true, the check from the plants apparently bounced.  Instead of commenting on the message, Philip attacks the messenger:

We have been asked [sic] around about Uncle Hilty. We started with our friends at the IRS C-3 [sic] group in Austin Texas. And guess what? No listing of a tax return for 2007? Although this may not be unusual for Kelly and his gang (sorry our bad) [sic]. As you will remember, two of his board members are convicted criminals.

Actually, Philip is referring to a 501(c)(3), which is a tax designation for a non-profit group. If Kelly's organization, the Community In-Power and Development Association, is delinquent in their taxes, the Texas State Comptroller didn't get the memo. 

I suspect that Klein is confused about a 501(c)(3).  After years of display, Klein took his page soliciting donations for his so-called Gadfly Foundation down shortly after Judge Gillam filed his lawsuit.

In the past, Klein claimed the Gadfly Foundation was a not-for-profit charity, where donations were dispensed by Philip R. Klein, under the auspices of Klein Investments, Inc., a for-profit corporation. Readers can do their own search on this dubious charity - the only Gadfly Foundation I found was listed in New York City. 

For several years, Klein referred to this charity as a corporation, Gadfly, Inc. Here's  his original announcement:

The Jacobs House will be our first project. In a private effort between Gadfly, Inc., private donors and corporate sponsors, the first project will be the building of two houses near St. Mary's Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Hospital for family members, siblings and parents of Premature Babies. This house will be a place, a haven so to call it, for family members to rest, visit and stay overnight free so that they can be near their new babies that are in PICU or NICU at both hospitals.

The Jacobs House was never built, but Klein continued to solicit donations through the Southeast Texas Political Review for years.  According to Klein, thousands of dollars were collected through the year, but we have no documentation as to how that money was disbursed.

While it's possible that Klein's Gadfly Foundation was an unincorporated nonprofit association and not a 501(3)c not-for-profit corporation, there are certain provisions for this type of charitable organization that must be met under the Texas Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act (TUUNAA).

These associations are defined as an unincorporated organization consisting of three or more members under TUUNAA. If Klein Investments is a for-profit corporation, and Philip is listed as both the President and Director, I wonder how he got around those requirements and how he offered donors to his so-called foundation a tax deduction for a charitable gift.

Where did those donations go?

Another article earlier this week, Get Your Wallets Out?" is more of Klein's "same old think, over and over and over again."  As an example, he used the same phrase just last Friday in his Nitwit Tidbits:

45 Trillion - Get your wallets out. The government says it needs 24 trillion to fight global warming. Guess where that is going to come from? Anyone...raise your hands?

Likewise, the article is on of Klein's regularly recurring themes, security at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Ironically, his last article on this issue from May 22, 2008  had the same identical title on the same identical subject as another article on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. More of the "same old think, over and over and over again."

FLASHBACK :    A visitor was killed post [sic] a divorce hearing. The killer was an armed and uniformed sheriffs deputy.

So as you stand in line starting next week - think about that. Look around at the place that you pay for and are searched before going into. And welcome to your courthouse.

For the record that tragic shooting happened on the steps of the courthouse, not inside the courthouse proper. 

I'm reminded of  Philip's statement from Friday, August 10, 2007, attributed to another of his many sources:

"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. "

Was that a total of eight entrances and seven exits for the public?  More importantly, does anyone other than Philip Klein understand this gibberish? 

Klein has never responded to my question concerning the other 193 counties in the state who all have similar programs for courthouse security.  Since Texas has only 254 counties, only about 25 percent have open access. 

After this week, even the most obtuse readers will recognize that Philip has no credibility whatsoever:

"Simply put - we stand by our first story - and we stand by our second story."

Note to Philip: If you hate Jefferson County so much, why do you continue to live here?    Isn't it time that you pulled up stakes and moved somewhere else?

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