Sep 10, 2009


In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein pirated copyrighted material without proper attribution:
Last night we all got a chance to hear President Obama tell us to trust our government and to let things rest in their hands when it comes our money and now health care.

There are times when I have learned that it is best to say nothing. Just give an example.

With that thought in mind - here is a list of expenditures our government has undertaken in the next sixteen days spending your money. We thought you might enjoy - and then think about if you want these guys and girls to spend your money :
  • $12 million to monitor sea turtles and monk seals.
  • $5 million for a supercomputer to help study planets and fruit flies.
  • $8 million for a cultural exchange between villages that once made a living killing whales.
  • $24 million for the East West Center, a private think tank even President Obama wants to cut.
  • $500,000 for music enrichment programs for Native Hawaiian children -- part of $59 million for health and education programs targeted to Native Alaskans or Hawaiians.
Want more? Here is the GOP's help in spending money.....
  • $201 million to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, including $10 million for programs at the Thad Cochran Research Center.
  • $750,000 Mississippi Biotechnology Association building -- an organization that has no members and doesn't exist, and that got $450,000 last year.
  • $4.4 million to build fire stations, $14 million to improve drinking water in local communities (responsibilities typically left to the states).
  • $1.6 million for a mobile music lab.
  • $650,000 to a private Christian school (Piney Woods) on 2,000 wooded acres where student tuition is $31,400.
  • $400,000 to pay overtime for the Jackson Police Department to combat drug use.
  • $950,000 for the local Audubon Society, despite national Audubon assets topping $18 million.
And from our friends the democrats?
  • $500,000 to improve the profitability of dairy farms.
  • $1 million to toward the $250 million Sky Shuttle, an urban Mag-Lev train for a university in southwest Pennsylvania.
  • $1 million for a trolley museum.
Klein plagiarized this information from an article published yesterday by Fox News. Had PRK simply cited the real source instead of deceiving his readers, this use would have been legal under the Fair Use doctrine. Instead, I suspect Philip invented a story as attribution where he exploited school children for his own vanity:
Thanks to the Seniors at a local high school for passing the web site to us - and thanks to you seniors and your teacher for reading the Review.
Philip missed the fine print at the bottom of the page:
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. © 2008 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Moving past this blatant plagiarism, copyright infringement, and exploitation of children, Klein substantially misrepresented the story. While PRK claims this sort of pork spending is typical, the real article from Fox News clearly states:
Since 44 congressmen make no earmarks at all, that means the rest are doing more than their share. For example, in the House, just 4 percent of members took home 32 percent of all the bacon -- and all were members of the Defense Appropriations Committee.
Furthermore the Fox News story clearly stated that all of these earmarks came from just two senators and one congressman:
1) In the last two years, the self-described earmark king, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has sponsored earmarks totaling $2 billion dollars.

2) The top Republican spender, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, made waves in 2009 with the largest earmark ever -- $439 million to restore barrier islands off the Mississippi coast, a giant project that comes on top of $80 billion that taxpayers have already forked over to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

3) Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., earmarked $120 million this year, and wants another $148 million for 2010.
Putting this into proper perspective, these are the extremes, not the mean. Philip R. Klein's latest article simply underscores his inability to put forth a logical argument supporting his wingnut opinions without distorting the facts.


Anonymous said...

Thats funny!

Anonymous said...

I think Stupid is the word is the word I would use. How can someone get away with this crap for years?

Anonymous said...

Gus, you mispelled copywrite.

Anonymous said...

Phillip Klein never had an original thought in his life.

Anonymous said...

Boring! When doesn't klein not misrepresent the truth?