Jul 23, 2008

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Resident partisan hack Philip R. Klein displays more confusion over numbers bigger than three digits.

In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip tries to tackle the issue of the Nederland ISD Bond:

Tax and spend. Tax and Spend. Tax and Spend. Tax and Spend.

In lieu of an actual point, Philip resorts to the "same old think, over and over and over again."

Voters in Nederland can decide for themselves whether this proposal is a fair one Hopefully they'll look at the real issues, rather than take someone's unsubstantiated speculation as fact:

Simply put - NISD could past [sic] a nice $20 million dollar bond and fix what they have.

Readers should note that Philip offers no evidence for this unsubstantiated opinion - I suspect that renovations to the 37-year-old high school will cost more than 20 million dollars. Langham Elementary is almost 70 years old, so Philip's figure doesn't make sense to me. 

Here's the bottom line that residents need to consider: what's the most effective way to address the needs of aging buildings that require significant maintenance and are not energy efficient? Should the district attempt renovations, which would add only a few years to the serviceable life of the building? Or should the district examine opportunities to replace facilities, which would serve the district for a period of 60 years, thereby reducing the financial drain on the maintenance and operations budget?  Any comment, buddy?

Of course, I don't have the capacity for numbers like Philip:

...the a [sic] preliminary budget that is being floated around may top $140 million dollars [sic].

Three weeks later, Philip wrote:

They came out with the number $122, then they said that they must subtract some costs to around $114 million. And hold the contingency fund (slush fund or over taxation fund) at $20 million. And what do you get?

Clear as mud!

Here's one of my favorites, taken from Philip's now-defunct radio show where he berated a listener for not "talking educated" about VX Hydrosylate:

It's already been dissolved to a point where you would need to wallow in it for two years to even get one point of one-tenth of a side effect.

And, who could forget this prediction from May 16, 2008:

Oil - Will go to $200 Per Barrel and Gas Will Be At $5.00 per by July.

Here's the real info, as I write this:

Oil Dashboard

July, Wednesday 23 2008 - 15:45:49
Price Change Trades Volume
$ 124.27 0.17 0.14% 117,089 272,507

1 Year Forecast: $161.55 / Barrel

On a closing note, readers will find one of Philip's obvious grammatical tells in this article:

And it makes us sick. Seriously sick.

Philip regularly uses this phrase - from a former quote of the week:

"We hear [sic] at the Review are just sick over the entire matter."

Consider these statements from his "anonymous sources," and postings from his "Reader Mail" page:

One county employee that demanded anonymity that works in the Jefferson County Courts told us : "I am just sick over this.

My husband and I read the Gus Pillsbury letter to your daughter and were just sick over a person that cannot sign their true name and calling you the things he called you.

For the record, I stated that I think Philip R. Klein is a liar. Read the letter for yourself here.

A person shameless enough to exploit his own children for the sake of his vanity will have no problem in manufacturing statistics and facts to bolster a case based on poor logic and uniformed opinions.

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