Sep 30, 2008

Philip Shows Off His Advanced Math Skills

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From the front page of the Southeast Texas Political Review:

The Number : 64 Plus 12 = 76

Shouldn't that be "64 + 12 = 76" or "64 plus 12 is equal to 76?"

Special note to Philip: How's that vote in Congress going on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout?  I couldn't find anything about it in the  news whatsoever, but I did find a lot about the $700 billion bailout of the private banking industry.

I'm not partisan in the least - Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin, but as I remember, the last time Republicans got their hands on the banking industry, didn't U.S. taxpayers end up bailing out the savings and loan sector?

What, no comment, buddy?  Surely a shrewd investor such as yourself can somehow shed some light on the ignorant gibberish you've offered as examples of intelligent commentary?

Hal Ross Responds

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Regarding Philip R. Klein's latest editorial, "Hal Ross Must Resign" on the Southeast Texas Political Review, this comment was left on my site and sent to Philip's Reader Mail address:

Re: Hall Ross Must Resign

What Klein takes 23 paragraphs to say I can say in three.

The military and firefighters will never be intimidated by a mere airport manager during the seriousness of a special needs air evacuation.  Only Klein will.
The hamburgers were for those that actually did something.

I’m glad that Klein showed up to get to know me better.

Hal Ross
Airport Manager
Southeast Texas Regional Airport  

Readers should notice that while Klein libels Hal Ross, he won't print Hal's responses. And that, my friends, is the real story behind the story.

Bad Bill: Part III

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

Ted Poe voted no - because he is a conservative. Nick Lampson voted no - because he is a liberal in a conservative district.

While Philip attempts to make this a partisan issue, it's obvious that with Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, Neil Abercrombie, Sheila Jackson Lee, and the entire Congressional Black Caucus voting against the bill, both opposition and support for the bill was bipartisan. 

Question For Philip:  Don't you have a substantive understanding of the banking sector meltdown?  So far, your article only highlights your abject ignorance about the real issues here.  Really, Philip, you need to "talk educated" if you wish to be taken seriously.

Sep 29, 2008

Bad Bill: Part II

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Philip R. Klein wrote:

Or maybe the market will correct itself.

In one day!  The market dropped 777 points today, the greatest one day loss in the history of the stock market.  What does this mean, well the stock plunge wiped $1.2 trillion dollars from the market - the first post-trillion dollar day ever.

Read more here. I'm sure Philip believes the stock market is run by a Democratic conspiracy.

Philip Rewrites History: A Bad Bill

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

For those of you that do not understand what is going on - we will make it pretty simple for you.

Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Harry Reid and some other "do-gooder" legislators tried to make the American Dream real for many by two companies called Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae. Meaning - who cares what your credit looked like or your ability to pay a mortgage - you could own the American dream. In that - slush funds were created for the democrats to groups like ACORN and some other special interests. There were some that simply wanted to .... well make money after they got out of congress. And of course making money for campaigns like Obama - but ignore that. He was only the number one recipient from Freddy for congressional money.

I do so love it when Philip tries to "talk educated" about the economy!

Actually, the bill  to which Philip is referring has nothing to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Instead, this bill would have provided $700 billion for the bailout of private banks affected by the sub-prime meltdown, NOT Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were already addressed on Sept. 7, 2008, when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), placed "Frannie" into a conservatorship, to be administered by the FHFA.

Furthermore, Philip is so far off the mark that I wonder if he had heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the Sept. 7th announcement - "Frannie" is not an invention of anyone currently serving in the Federal Government.

Fannie Mae was founded as a government agency in 1938 under the Roosevelt Administration to provide liquidity to the mortgage market. For the next thirty years, Fannie Mae held a virtual monopoly on the secondary mortgage market in the United States. Readers will note that this was long before Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, George Bush (who Philip now claims is a Democrat) and Harry Reid were active in politics.

Frannie's association with the government ended in 1968 when a Democratic Congress and Administration removed Fannie Mae from the annual balance sheet of the federal budget. Instead, Fannie Mae was converted into a private corporation, under the theory that free market forces could best provide regulation. So, Fannie Mae ceased to be the guarantor of government-issued mortgages, and that responsibility was transferred to the new Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae). 

Neither does Philip R. Klein understand what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do:

What you call the above is social engineering by the government. And guess what? It screwed up the banking world who bought and sold these mortgages. Now less than 5% of the market is taking down the 95%.

Actually, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy loans from the actual mortgage originators; in this case, those banks and non-bank mortgage firms that Philip refers to as "the banking world." Fannie and Freddie repackage this paper, as mortgage backed securities, and sells them on the secondary mortgage market, with a guarantee that the interest and principal will be paid, whether or not the original borrower pays.

Freddie and Fannie got stuck when all of those questionable loans made by Countrywide and other banking firms started defaulting.  By the way, Philip, who made the initial loan on your house?  Any comment, buddy?

This is not to say that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn't have their own problems, but Philip is completely confused about what all of this means.  Pretty funny for someone whose company is called, "Klein Investments, Inc."   I think we can see why Philip is no stranger to the bankruptcy courts.

I'll address the rest of Philip's confusion in a later posting - really, how can one take such a buffoon seriously when they can't even get the principal issues correct?

Philip's Editorial: Hall Ross Must Resign

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Oh, look. Philip is demanding another public official resign.  Philip is apparently angry because Hal Ross wouldn't let Philip monopolize the free hamburger line.

"Words were spoken between Hal and Klein, alright, but it didn't have anything to do with any of the stuff Phil Klein wrote.  What really happened was that Klein kept going back for free hamburgers and stuffing his face, while plenty of real first responders were getting a little tiffed. So, Hal put a stop to that," according to an anonymous source who saw the whole thing.

And now you know the rest of the story.

The Number

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Typically, Philip R. Klein blames the media for bad coverage of Hurricane Ike:

The Media [sic[ has made hay over the fact that there is not [sic] a rumored 300 people from Southeast Texas are dead. But nobody asked how many are missing.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting over 300 missing - however - we are told many are with families that have just not checked in yet.

Actually,, many people have asked that question, but unlike Philip R. Klein's Southeast Texas Political Review, most reputable media outlets don't report rumors as fact. 

For a more balanced and realistic view, read this article from yesterday's Houston Chronicle:

Two weeks after Ike, more than 400 are still missing

Two weeks after Hurricane Ike swept through the Texas coast, 400 people remain missing, mostly from Galveston County, according to an analysis of calls logged to a hot line set up by the nonprofit Laura Recovery Center to assist local authorities.

I'll give Philip the benefit of the doubt on getting the number wrong, since 400 is definitely "over 300."  Philip R. Klein further confuses the issue with a quote from one of his so-called sources:

"Another source from Galveston County told the Review : "I can confirm the missing is 64."

As pointed out above, the Houston Chronicle article has already confirmed the number of missing at over 400, so Philip is again manufacturing details and reporting rumor as fact.

Furthermore, "confirmed missing" is not the same as "confirmed dead," according to the Houston Chronicle's article posted about two hours ago:

Hurricane Ike death toll in Texas rises to 32

HOUSTON — The Texas death toll from Hurricane Ike rose to at least 32 with the discovery of three bodies, which were found this weekend amid storm debris in Galveston and Orange counties.

NOTE TO PHILIP: Didn't you get sued for printing rumor as fact and had to issue a retraction

Sep 28, 2008

Philip R. Klein Writes:

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From the Southeast Texas Political Review Talk Back Line:

From: politics@setpoliticalreview.com
Subject: Editors Note

To All :

This past evening the Review learned of a blog spot that was mirroring this web site. Accordingly, it is a violation of Title 17 and our law firm is aggressively pursuing this issue this morning.

Unfortunately for the poster, whenever you download a picture, said picture has a code and usually has a hit and time of hit from the original source of the download (called a fingerprint). Said fingerprint leads directly to the download IP address which leads directly to the account to which is being used.

Accordingly, we have our suspect.

We believe that we are open to discussion and even web sites that parody. However, there is a line. And there are some that continue to attempt to cross that line because of either a serious issue or a lack of understanding of the law. For whatever it is - any reproduction of this web site will be dealt with strongly. As such - you will hear about it in it's proper time.

Thank you for your readership.

Philip R. Klein, Editor

Sep 25, 2008

For More Information:

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Readers who are curious about Philip's progress should join the Southeast Texas Political Review Talk Back Line:

This list is brought to you by SouthEast [sic] Texas Political Review http://www.setpoliticalreview.com.

Please post topics pertinent to issues related to SouthEast Texas.

This is a public forum so profanity and explicit sexual tones are of course not allowed.

This forum is also completely anonymous. There is a blacklist that other members can find your name if they wish. Members of the list will not know your name, or email address.  If you wish to have it known who the message is from you will need to place your email address or name in the body of the message (sign your name)

To JOIN  the list, send an email message to politics-request@setpoliticalreview.com with the word JOIN in the body of the message.

To POST a message to the list, send email to politics@setpoliticalreview.com

I'm sure most readers can find the latest "News Behind the News" during Philip's "server problems."

BREAKING NEWS: Philip R. Klein Posts New Article

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Sep 24, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now (Pt II])

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Real Readers Write:

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A reader left this comment [edit is mine]:

Gus, thought you'd like to know that Klein's explanation about his website problems is phony. If there was a server problem like he claims, the page wouldn't load at all, so the software problem is on Philip's side.

Most likely it's an IBC problem...Idiot Behind Computer. If you know how to read code, you'll know his website is as screwed up as his spelling. Here he's got TWO counters running:

<img src="_vti_bin/fpcount.exe/?Image=1|Digits=6" alt="Hit Counter">

<!-- Start of StatCounter Code -->; <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

He can manipulate that "Hit Counter" (the one that's visible) because FrontPage lets you set it to any number you want.

The statcounter is invisible so you can't see the real numbers, but he's tracking all IP addresses, the originating city, the service provider, the mac address of the originating computer and a bunch of information from each visitor. This and all the rest of this paranoid c**p he's got just slows down his website until the pages take forever to load.  

And he's only got about 30 people who check out his website regularly. Watch his "Hit Counter" and you'll see when Philip doesn't change the numbers over a couple of days.

So it's not the server, it's Philip's idiot website that's having problems.

Henry Stamper

A Likely Story

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From Philip R. Klein's front page on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

To Our Clients And Customers

Our server - PNX has been sold to a new company. We are having some software troubles and we are working those out as we speak. We will have the new site up when the servers change on Thursday. However, if the software issues are not solved with not be up until Monday [sic]. We thank all of you for your understanding regarding this matter. PNX / Wing / Caldwell Global is working on the issue.

Philip R. Klein, Editor

If Philip is truly having "software troubles," I wonder why his website for Klein Investigations seems to be working just fine?  See for yourself at this link.

Note to Philip: a server is a computer, so I think you actually meant, "The company that hosts our website..."  I thought this was quite apropos from your rate card:

Computer / Internet Investigative Rate - $85 Per Hour
Includes All Computer Diagnostics and Analysis at Home or in the Office.

I wonder how you can justify charging these rates when you can't tell the difference between a server and a hosting company. 

Blogger.com is cheaper and apparently a lot more dependable. The security is pretty darn good, too - I know at least one private detective has tried to secure some personal information about me through Google and ended up at a dead end.

The Countdown Continues: [Part III]

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The Countdown Continues [Part II]

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Sep 23, 2008

So, What's New?

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BREAKING NEWS: Philip R. Klein Fails Test

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Philip R. Klein posted this article yesterday:

 
A source close to the Southeast Texas Political Review told me, "Philip totally flunked the test. He misspelled so many words that the server just gave up and died, so all that's left of the test is that silly notice he's still got up."  When asked about the cost of the server, the source responded, "Who cares. He's paying for it with a disaster-relief loan from the SBA, anyway." 

Calls to Philip R. Klein at his current residence in the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department were not returned.

Open Letter to Philip Klein: What You Missed

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Since your new site is currently in the testing phase and a new article is imminent, I wanted to bring you up to date on some things you probably missed while you were rescuing pets,  jonesin' for free meals at Sanderson's, and sleeping in the air-conditioned comfort of the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department.

Your recent comments on the U.S. economy show gross ignorance of the real issues:

  • It is the economy stupid. And it is doing pretty d**n good.
  • Stock market - Bad day only. Watch it come back."
  • Good economy - higher gas prices. Supply - demand.

Because the economy has been so good, the Federal Government swallowed two gigantic mortgage companies and dumped more than $5 trillion of the firms' debt onto taxpayers, nearly doubling the amount Uncle Sam owes to his lenders. While I was still trying to get my head around what amounts to the biggest debt transfer since money was created, Lehman Brothers went broke, and Merrill Lynch felt compelled to shack up with the Bank of America to avoid a similar fate.

Then, having sworn off bailouts by letting Lehman fail and wiping out its shareholders, the Treasury and the Fed reverse course for an $85 billion rescue of creditors and policyholders of American International Group (AIG), a $1 trillion insurance company.

I realize that these are difficult issues for you to grasp. You have a hard time "talking educated" when it comes to financial matters, like the difference between actual numbers and percentages of a whole:

  • Folks - you have watched five men take a budget of 76 million and increase it almost 40 million dollars in just five years.
  • This would bring over a five year [sic] period a spending budget in excess of a 40% increase over five years.

Likewise, you're obviously confused about the effect of unreserved fund balances on city and county bond ratings. However, surely you have some comment upon these recent developments, considering your previous positions on "Nanny Government" and its indifference to the business community at large?

Sincerely,

Gus

New Server - Same Old Content

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From Philip's new site:

Senator Kay Baily (sic) Hutchison

Is that the same person as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison? I loved this:

Southeast Texas Political Voice Back (sic) Line and Breaking News List : Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Voice back line?  Philip has less than 10 people who regularly post to his "Voice Back" line. 

From the local TV and Radio links:

KOLE - Fox 1340 /1380

Are they back on the air yet, or is Philip waxing nostalgic for the "good ole days' when he had a radio show?  I suspect the latter, since the site is no longer functional.

Sep 22, 2008

Testing: Can You Hear Me Now?

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Oh, look!  Philip has new content posted::

 
I certainly hope Philip's test results are better than his grades during his brief college career.

Special note to Philip: Is it true Cisco had to double up on deliveries to Sanderson's during the recovery?

Philip R. Klein, Where Are You (Pt II)?

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Philip R. Klein has been too busy to update the Southeast Texas Political Review, according to another anonymous source who wishes to remain anonymous. 

"After the storm, Philip attached himself to the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department, especially around meal times when volunteers are given free food at Sanderson's.  Philip's always the first in line and the last to leave - the running joke around here is don't get between Philip and the food if you value your life," said the source.  "Not only that, but he's been sleeping in the A/C at the NFD offices, since they were one of only a few places in Nederland with power until last Friday." 

In addition to running the NVFD as his personal fiefdom during the recovery effort, Philip rescued two dogs, three cats, a goldfish, and sidestepped a gator with bad taste. 

Philip R. Klein, Where Are You?

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Anonymous sources who wish to remain anonymous tell me that Philip R. Klein has decided to abandon the Southeast Texas Political Review.

"It's all your fault," said the source. "He can't even go into a local restaurant anymore without someone asking about his 'Nitwit Tidbits.'"  According to the source, Philip R. Klein's Nitwit Tidbits from August 29, 2008 is his last article to be published on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

I sent an email message to his Reader Mail address, but the message bounced. Phone calls to the Southeast Texas Political Review were not returned, although I did get a message advising me that if I wished to proceed in Spanish, oprima el dos.

So long, Phil - we'll miss you, little buddy!

Sep 19, 2008

Open Letter to Philip R. Klein (Rainy Days)

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Dear Philip

Houston's current predicament is the logical conclusion when a municipal government fails to keep an adequate unreserved fund balance:

Sept. 19, 2008, 7:58PM

Houston's emergency cash fund drained
Ike empties Houston's $20 million "rainy day fund"

By CAROLYN FEIBEL, JENNIFER LEAHY and HARVEY RICE Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

The city council directed the entire emergency fund balance, as well as $5 million from a roadway repair fund, to debris cleanup. City officials hope FEMA eventually will reimburse Houston for all disaster-related costs.

Care to discuss your extremist, wingnut opinion about Jefferson County's "rainy day fund" again? I think now is an appropriate time.

Sincerely;

Gus

Sep 16, 2008

Philip R. Klein Stuck in Time Warp

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In his latest edition of the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein has reposted articles from the week of August 29, 2008.

Freak Out

There are some really mad retailers right now in Southeast Texas. The reason? A press release from the Port Arthur Police Department calling for all citizens to "prepare" for a storm.

The problem?

Nobody told the gas suppliers

Imaging Port Arthur

There are a few things that gets us fired up around here. And one of them is spending tax dollars for crap. And that is what Port Arthur got this week - crap.

Get this - Port Arthurs [sic] new image is "Oil and Water Mix?" What?" How about "Blood and Roses" in the graves of those who have been murdered, robbed and / or afraid to leave their homes in the middle of the night.

Start

Well.....it is a start.

Eddie Arnold made his voice heard and voted against the .... tax rate. But wherever. It is a start.

We have been pretty hard on Eddie around here. The token GOPER that continues to try to play along with the Gang of Seven - and loses every time - seemingly did the right thing on the tax rate.

Hoodwinked?

You have to admit...this is a good one on Joe Jr.'s part.

As the media does the GAGA dance over the DNC show in Colorado - the media fell hook line and sinker into a free plug for Joe Deshotel's web site called "POLLABEAR."

How?

A source close to The Southeast Texas Political Review told Operation Kleinwatch, "So what's new? Klein just keeps putting up the same old think over and over and over again, so I'm pretty sure no one will notice except you. He's only got 30 regular readers, anyway. "

Meanwhile, Philip may find this of interest:

Sep 14, 2008

Hurricane Information

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The Small Business Administration is making disaster loans for residents who truly need assistance during this recovery from Hurricane Ike.  Find out more information about obtaining an SBA loan here:

I'm not sure if these disaster loans cover the cost of improvements to existing homes, like swimming pools, but more information is available at the link above.

Sep 10, 2008

Open Letter To Philip Klein: Those SBA Loans

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Dear Philip;

I was checking out the local websites and read the latest posting on Sam The Eagle's site.  Is it really true that you took out another SBA loan in 2006 and used it to pay off a personal debt on your wife's house? 

That's what it looks like to me, but maybe I'm confused - didn't you write in your story entitled "I Want My Check" this week:

We have said it before and will say it again - we live in a nanny world. And in Jefferson County - we live in a place that receives more government checks than gives into the system.

Now that is funny no matter how you look at it - right Nanny?

We here at the Review are looking for a way to get on the check. But we guess it will not work because we like getting up and earning our money - it makes us feel....useful?

If this is true, it seems to me that you're already "on the check." How many SBA loans is that? I've lost track!

Please explain.

Sincerely,

Gus

P.S. You should still do the right thing and publish Hal Ross's response [see below] on your website; that is, unless you're biased and have a reckless disregard for the truth.

Sep 9, 2008

Hal Ross Responds (Updated)

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After Philip R. Klein attacked the Manager of the Southeast Texas Regional Airport in an article last week, Hal Ross posted this response simultaneously to Operation Kleinwatch and the Southeast Texas Political Review on Friday, September 5, 2008:

Re: "Hal is out of control".

The Preamble to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics states, “public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility.” It would be a fair assumption to believe Klein would adhere to such a code, but then again, he is not a professional journalist.

I don’t know who Klein is referring to but if anyone got their feelings hurt about the activities at the airport during the medical evacuation, I’ll buy the lunch and make the apologies.  But given the volume of compliments and thank you’s we received at the airport I doubt that Klein has any credible facts to back up his claim, but what else is new.  It was a well planned and executed operation and in my opinion the Guard, the Air Force, the firefighters, the tower, my crew and everyone involved all operated with good effectiveness and from the debriefings that seems to be the consensus from those who participated.  No operation goes perfectly, but this one worked well.

Anyone that knows me knows I’m more of a control person than “out of control”.  I invite Klein to get to know me better.  And bring those pissed off people with him.

Hal Ross
Airport Manager  

I waited a few days before publishing to give Philip a chance to respond on his own to Hal's articulate and well-reasoned  rebuttal.

Typically, Philip ignored the correspondence and refused to post it on his "Reader Mail" page, even though he published such obviously contrived and self-aggrandizing "mail" as this:

From Houston Texas :

"....you do a great job in keeping everyone on their toes around there. I miss Southeast Texas, NOT."

Answer : I am sorry you choose not to live here. Although Jefferson County is a dying county owned and operated by the Democrats - enough said.

Philip apparently enjoys hearing the sound of his own keyboard tapping.

As I've repeatedly pointed out, Philip is a bully  who hides like "a scared little girl" when someone questions his wingnut opinions.

You are a low life, Philip R. Klein - your bias is showing quite clearly when you make ridiculous charges, but won't give the offended parties a chance to defend themselves on your website.

And that, my friends, is the real story behind the story.

Where Is He

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

Let's get this straight - it is not us - it is whispers in the media. They are asking where County Judge Ron Walker has been and why he has not done very many interviews on the tube during this last hurricane and the previous one. Interestingly enough - his surrogates have been doing all of the talking.

"During the last hurricane and the previous one?" At least Philip's writing abilities are better than his information-gathering skills. 

Channel 6 apparently had no problem finding Judge Ron Walker:

"We are prepared for that," said County Judge Ron Walker. "Those people in East Texas better pay close attention; they're gonna get wet. What kind of resources would it take to get those people back by Tuesday or Wednesday? Buses, ambulances, manpower. It would take an army of people. That's what it takes."

Klein quotes a source in the media:

"Greg <Fountain> is around and all over the place. But when we ask to speak with the Judge on Camera we get a firm no. They say he is too busy. I think the people need to see him and not just on the phone for a phoner or simply a written interview. It is time to see the man and let him tell everyone what is going on. We never had this problem with Griffith," said the source.

"Greg Fountain is around and all over the place?" Hmmm - that sure sounds a lot like his last statement and the previous one.

Given that Philip is at war with the Beaumont Enterprise, all of the local TV stations, and can't find a job at any of the the local radio stations, I suspect this is another of Philip's manufactured quotes.

Note to Philip: This is the best you can do?  How about the fed take-over of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - isn't this an example of your notion of "Nanny Government?" Or, is this okay?

Sep 7, 2008

Prediction - The Next President

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Philip predicts the next President (again) in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review. He tells his readers than Obama will win, so in reality, I suspect McCain may actually pull this out.

But seriously, folks, I'm  not sure how anyone can take a self-proclaimed expert on political relations seriously with such rookie mistakes as this:

Welcome Mr. President - Fred Thompson joins the race.

Poor Fred didn't even make it through the second primary before dropping out and Klein missed his first prediction by an Alaskan mile.  Or, how about these idiot mistakes from our wannabe pollster (emphasis is mine):

There seemingly is a consensus between all pundants [sic] that Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the next president.

I suspect Philip meant pundits, but he's obviously just repeating something he misheard on TV.  In order to "talk educated," Philip wrote some gibberish about "the Bradley effect" on polling data, which means absolutely nothing.  For evidence, look at the movement in the most recent polls between Thursday (see article below) and today:

Poll
Date Sample
Obama McCain Spread
Gallup Tracking
09/04 - 09/06 2765 45 48 McCain +3
Rasmussen Tracking
09/04 - 09/06 3000 48 48 Tie
Hotline/FD 09/02 - 09/04 916 46 40
Obama +6
CBS News
09/01 - 09/03
734 42 42 Tie
CNN
08/29 - 08/31 927 49 48
Obama +1


As most people know, one generally throws out the high and low numbers, then uses an average of the middle to get a real feel. We can see that the race is still really too close to call.

For those readers who'd like to look at real data, rather than a bogus internet poll with less than 75 responses and run by a wingnut, try this map at RealClearPolitics.com.  This makes a lot more sense than Philip:

The Southeast Texas Political Review is calling the race already post [sic] our weekend of listening in on meetings with pollsters and those in the political business that do this business [sic]  for a living.

Those in the "political business who do this business for a living" think Philip is a nut - if Philip is as connected as he claims, why has he never attended the RNC? 

Question for Philip: Did you ever make good on the campaign pledge to Kay Bailey Hutchison, or is your name still Philip R. Mudd?

Sep 5, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits (Pt 1)

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In Philip R. Klein's Nitwit Tidbits on the Southeast Texas Potilical [sic] Review, he states:

Polls : Dead heat. Obama with a bump. McCain pulls ahead. Huh?

Let's check those polls, shall we?

Poll

Date Sample Obama McCain Spread

Gallup

09/02-09/04

2779

48

44

Obama +4

Hotline/FD

09/02-09/04

916

46

40

Obama +6

Rasmussen

09/02-09/04

3000

48

46

Obama +2

CBS News

09/03

734

42

42

Tie

CNN

8/29-8/31

927

49

48

Obama +1

Fox News Polling ??? ??? 46.6 44 Obama +2.6

 

Maybe Philip was referring to his own "un-scientific [sic] poll" on his website.  If so, perhaps a better name is "Philip's Cess Poll." 

Check back later this week-end - much more to come!

Sep 4, 2008

Now, Pt 2 (An Open Letter to Philip Klein)

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Dear Philip;

I just read this article while waiting for John McCain to take the stage at the DNC and thought of you.  In your latest article, you wrote:

The United States got a good look at a true American woman that will have the democratic strategist [sic] shaking their heads tonight asking how they can go after her.

I think you probably meant "strategists."  I'm glad that's your opinion, but the answer is obvious to anyone who's truly paying attention. Those strategists simply present the facts about Palin's record:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate."

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

I'd love to discuss this website-to-website, but you've already proven that you're just a "scared little girl" when it comes to defending your misinformed opinions. I'm sure you're impressed with Palin, but I'm not sure the U.S. is ready for a Vice President who speaks in tongues.  

Sincerely,

Gus

Reading Philip's Mail

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Philip R. Klein writes himself another message in his Reader Mail section on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

From East Texas :

"As God as my witness....

Any questions?

Now

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Philip R. Klein gushes over Governor Sarah Palin's speech last night at the Republican National Convention:

Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech of a lifetime. And showed that a Hockey Mom is different than a pit bull - she just wears lipstick.

Typically, Philip falls right in lockstep with the Republican Party Line. What I saw last night was a college graduate with a degree in Mass Communication who knows how to read from a teleprompter. Too bad Philip didn't make into his sophomore year at TT, else he might have been less impressed.

On a personal note, I was leaning towards McCain in this election cycle, but after watching Palin's speech last night, I've moved into the undecided category.  Having documented Philip R. Klein's meanderings from issue to issue based on a bumper sticker mentality, I have a hard time taking anyone at face value who has a history of coming down on both sides on any issue. 

As an example from Sarah Palin's past, she was apparently for the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.  In Philip's case, he's apparently against eminent domain and wasteful spending in Downtown Beaumont, but thinks the Trans-Texas Corridor is just fine.

Philip offers his endorsement, the kiss of death for any politician:

Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech of a lifetime. And showed that a Hockey Mom is different than a pit bull - she just wears lipstick.

Not too many people play hockey in Texas, but we have another colloquialism down here about lipstick on pigs.  I suspect Sarah Palin will join Geraldine Ferraro as a footnote in history.

Sep 3, 2008

This One Cost You

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It seems like just a few days ago that Philip R. Klein was complaining about several gas stations who sold out of gas prior to the mandatory evacuation order for Hurricane Gustav:

Sadly - the evacuation of Jefferson County - which did not see a drop of rain - will cost you the taxpayer over $2,000,000 to local revenue streams and the cost of overtime and evacuation systems in total will top well over $30,000,000 according to the state of Texas.

Come to think of it, it was just a few days ago, but I'd like to see that citation, since Philip has a tendency to lie make up exaggerate numbers. Show me the figures!

Poor Philip is one of those perennial complainers who are never happy and will undoubtedly find the cloud in any silver lining. 

Unfortunately, local emergency management officials are almost always in a no-win situation. They're criticized by whiners if they don't call an evacuation, yet criticized  by the same whiners if they do call an evacuation.

Of course, Philip throws in an anonymous source:

Some of the old timers who rode out many a hurricane tell us here at the Review : "This new generation of people act like a bunch of scared little girls."

"Scared little girls" -  what self-proclaimed editor and political consultant uses that phrase on a regular basis?

Gus is a scared little girl whose [sic] too afraid to sign his name.

This is obviously another of Philip R. Klein's manufactured sources, but as one of those "old timers" who went through Hurricanes Audrey, Carla, Cindy, Alicia, Chantal, Bonnie, Rita, and a couple of others that I've forgotten, emergency management officials deserve thanks, not criticism and complaints, when they call an evacuation.

Besides, I suspect their success rate is much better than Philip's political predictions.

On Philip's Editorial and Ego

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First, let's get the funny part out of the way:

So then I get an email from a friend at NBC about four hours before the media breaks the story that Governor Palin is going to be given the vice presidents [sic] slot for McCain.

Right!  How's that new radio show coming along,  Philip?

The rest of Philip's rambling editorial loosely comments on his opinion of Sarah Palin, Republican pick for the "vice presidents slot" on the GOP ticket.  Philip's bottom line:

I want to hear her speech Thursday night. I want to hear what she says. I want to know what she is about. I could careless about her daughter. I could careless about the babies daddy. I just want to hear if she is going to take more control of my life and my money.

That is what I want to hear. And if it is all good - I will red rover and come on over. But do not take bets on that. It is going to have to be clear - convincing and over the top. I want to hear about less taxes, my gun rights, my rights as a citizen and getting rid of government to a manageable size.

Actually, Palin is speaking tonight (Wednesday), not tomorrow night when McCain takes the podium. Did I mention Philip R. Klein is an idiot?

I'm not even sure why he's putting so much stock in her speech, where she'll undoubtedly tout the McCain party line. Philip won't be able to understand the big words anyway:

And I always gage her response...

I'm sure he meant "gauge her response."

However, if Philip were truly a shrewd political analyst as he claims, he could actually research the issue and let the facts speak for themselves:

  • Palin is governor of a state with roughly the same population as Southeast Texas.
  • She was mayor of a town that had roughly a third of the population of Nederland during her tenure.
  • During her 6 years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%.
  • She also increased the amount of taxes collected by the city of Wasilla by 38%.
  • She increased the city sales tax, which even taxed food.
  • She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with a debt of over $22 million.
  • Palin pushed an infrastructure project through that cost over $15 million. The infrastructure: a multi-use sports complex. I'm not sure whether it's called "Ford Park," but in her haste to get the project done, she okayed construction on a piece of property to which the City of Wasilla didn’t have clear title. The issue is still in litigation today, seven years after the fact.

Isn't it funny that a shrewd political analyst like Philip Klein can't intelligently discuss her record?  Instead, he has to wait to "gage her response."

Sep 2, 2008

Coming to Play (Philip's New Client)

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Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review contains so many errors and so much confusion that I hardly know where to begin.  I suppose this is to be expected from someone who claimed Fred Thompson would be the next president of the United States.

After reading Philip's latest train wreck, I was reminded of big headlines proclaiming, "27,000 Cases Refilled!" Apparently, Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton is the latest client of Klein Political Relations and Bait Shop.

For whatever - Hunter is coming to play with the big dogs. Let's see if he can kill a giant.

Philip R. Klein is only person I can think of who would actually call Mike Hamilton "a giant." Tuffy is running for reelection to his State Representative District 19 seat. His past terms were undistinguished.

He's challenged by Larry Hunter, a former Vidor mayor and attorney.  Most readers will realize that Hamilton's apparently in big trouble if Philip is pitching in - I hope Tuffy checked Philip's references with Bugs Coe before writing that check.

Anyway, let's start here:

Hunter is a left wing [sic] democrat [sic] trying to throw money at the unions and pick a irritant [sic'] part of a road project and shove it down Hamilton's throat.

As I've pointed out on numerous occasions, even Ronald Reagan was a "left wing [sic] democrat [sic]" from Philip R. Klein's perspective on the far right of lunacy. Actually, Hunter is not the "left wing [sic] democrat [sic]" that Klein makes him out to be, as shown by Hunter's tenure as Mayor of the City of Vidor.  He actually reduced the size of the city's government and cut the city's expenditures significantly. Unfortunately, Philip didn't do his homework. 

As another example, Larry Hunter is one of the few attorneys in Southeast Texas that has argued a case before the Supreme Court, in favor of restoring 2nd Amendment Rights to Tommy Bean. If you're unfamiliar with the case, you should read up on it - Hunter argued from a position that most people wouldn't expect from a true "left wing [sic] democrat [sic]," as Klein claims.

As another example of Philip's confusion, he misses the boat entirely with his argument on the Trans-Texas Corridor. After pirating Hunter's position from his campaign website here withoug properly citing his source, Philip goes off the tracks and ties this to drilling for oil for some unknown reason:

The Democrats - to which Mr. Hunter is one - says do not drill now. Go to alternative fuels. Gas prices are through the roof because of the issues of imports and consumption. The American people lower their consumption of fuel. Actual hard gallons decrease in purchase. And that little thing called the "gas tax" (50 cents per gallon), well....that fund is based upon how many gallons are used by you and me the taxpayer. When we stop buying........(finish the sentence). Now the projects that were on the books have to be cut back. Meaning Orange County?

I've previously debunked Philip's ignorance of the economic forces that shape the price of gas here, but so far he's afraid to go head-to-head on the issue because he's misinformed. As an example, consider that Philip doesn't even know how much taxes on gas per gallon are - it's not "50 cents a gallon" as Klein claims; it's 38.4 cents per gallon: a federal tax of 18.4 cents and a state gas tax of 20 cents per gallon. What an idiot.

None of this has anything to do whatsoever with the Trans-Texas Corridor. Rather, it's the largest land grab through eminent domain in U.S. history. This is one of the very things to which Phillip objects in the Downtown Beaumont restoration project. I'd love to hear Philip explain why confiscating a few acres in downtown Beaumont is wrong, but confiscating thousands of square miles of productive farm land and moving them from the tax rolls to the public sector is just fine.

I loved this statement from Klein's article:

One of the oldest tricks in the political book is the end around. Meaning - sound like something you are not. A misdirection play of sorts.

Philip's obviously trying to misdirect us into believing this gibberish makes sense.

This brings us to Philip's first point:

Do what? Under funded schools? Bad old Mike took tax money away from those good old school districts? That is an issue?

Here is the underlying message to the teachers union. We are going to pay you more. Give me money for my campaign and I will vote to give you more money no matter if you are a good teacher or a bad teacher.

Bottom line - throw money at a "perceived" problem. When there is no problem. A typical left wing liberal democratic stance.

Hunter is correct, the State of Texas provides only a third of school funding, but residents complain because their property taxes are too high.  Philip has repeatedly argued that spending money for education is "throwing money" at a perceived problem, yet the Texas has been wrestling with this issue of funding education for at least 15 years - I'm sure most readers, other than Philip R. Klein, are aware of the many legal issues in recent years.

Here are a few facts about education in Texas that happened under Hamilton's watch over the past six years or so, taken from the State Comptroller's website:

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation and #46 in average math SAT scores.
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates.
  • Texas is #6 in the nation in student growth.

Is there a problem?  Philip doesn't think so, but I do. 

Spending money to fix a problem isn't inherently wrong if we're getting an ample return on our investment.   Unfortunately, this isn't happening right now. Philip blames the teachers and unsuccessfully attempts to connect this to Larry Hunter:

Here is the underlying message to the teachers union. We are going to pay you more. Give me money for my campaign and I will vote to give you more money no matter if you are a good teacher or a bad teacher.

However, a quick look at the real figures tell us all we need to know about there the real problem lies:

  • Texas is #6 in the nation in student growth. The general student population in Texas public schools grew by 11.1% between school years 1999 and 2005, with the largest percent of growth seen among low income and minority children.
  • Between school years 1999 and 2005, the number of central administrators employed by Texas public schools grew by 32.5%, overall staffing in public schools grew by 15.6%, while the number of teachers grew only 13.3%.

Readers can draw their own conclusions, but I think Hamilton and the rest our Texas Legislature has done very little to fix these real problems.  I'd love to debate this issue with Philip, but he's too ignorant of the real issues to defend his own wingnut opinions intelligently.  

Free Advice to Mike Hamilton: Get a receipt.

Sep 1, 2008

To Early?

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Or, not to early - that is the question that Philip R. Klein raises in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review.  I suspect that Philip probably meant "Too Early?"

The long answer will only be answer [sic] by history. "

According to sources with Emergency Managment [sic] in Jefferson County

13 families in the mid and south county residence, who are bed ridden [sic], were left leaving [?} local EMS services to check on their welfare.

Philip's apparently having his own hurricane party - drunks, stay away from computers while intoxicated or else, you could be left leaving, too. .

On a serious note, I'll note it's easy to be an armchair quarterback after the fact.  Philip attributes blame to Greg Fountain and Judge Ron Walker:

In the line of fire it Greg Fountan [sic], the Emergency Coordinator for the County and Judge Ron Walker - who will have to come up and tell everyone that it was better to be safe than sorry.

However, Jefferson County is only one of several counties covered by the Southeast Texas Emergency Management Office. Philip is apparently unaware that both Orange and Hardin Counties issued mandatory evacuation orders as well.

To the members of the Southeast Texas Emergency Management Office, thanks for all you do - your efforts and judgement are greatly appreciated by the majority of residents; in the case of criticism, please consider the source.