Dec 20, 2009

Help the Media

Philip R. Klein's arrogance is readily apparent in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
Okay - let us try and help the media this morning...They are shocked. They are confused. They are asking you this morning - how do you "feel" about it.
As a freshman flunk-out who can't string together enough coherent thoughts to form a complete sentence, Klein has little to offer the media beyond the same misguided talking points he repeats ad nauseum (emphases are mine):
Jefferson County Texas is run by the National, Texas and Local Democratic Party. They are liberals that believe in bigger government and throwing your money at a problem and it will fix it - or better yet - to prevent a problem from happening (The Fear Factor) - they have convinced you stupid people in electing them to office so that they can spend more and more of your money to make your life better. So - how is that working out for you in Jefferson County?
Philip's petty partisanship belies the real issue: Klein obviously believes that anyone who disagrees with him is stupid.His usual response to those who are vocal about this disagreement is either an admonishment to "Shut Up" ("Mr. Spooner, Just Shut Up!") or specious lawsuits. 

It's interesting to note that's Lie of the Year came from a Republican, not a Democrat, who Philip R. Klein supports as the future of the Republican Party:
Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."

Sarah Palin, Friday, August 7th, 2009
The results came from almost 5,000 people who voted in a national poll to name the biggest lie, and 61 percent chose "death panels" from a field of eight finalists.
They have a disease. It is called OPM. Or you can call it : "Other Peoples Money." Carroll Thomas is not spending his money. He is taking from you the taxpayers - over $500k per year (including his wife's salary that the media will not talk about) from you to rich himself. And what has he done? Nothing but spend more of your money. As Jefferson County dies - history will show it was because of a spineless BISD School board and those that elect them to office. Look at each one of the board members - they have done nothing - and we mean nothing to help the community except take money from business and citizens for their pet projects and in-rich those that have supported them to do it. All the while attempt to continue to take Beaumont's history away from them and change the complete make up of Jefferson County based upon race. Anyone that tells you different - is a liar.
The real liar here is Philip R. Klein, who would have his readers believe that those in county government have influence over decisions made by the Beaumont Independent School District. Is Klein's deceit intentional, or based on his own ignorance of how county government works?
The media is spinning this morning and last night regarding the tax base and the loss of the "Golden Project." After all - the media tells you that almost 60% of the taxes collected for BISD comes from that bad old group called "businesses." Well guess what - when "businesses" get taxes taken from them - they cut back. And when they cut back - they cut jobs to survive. So ask yourself NOW WHY UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 12% and 18% in Port Arthur. Oopss......Mr. Rich - the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce says "we don't know what the real unemployment rate is?" Really Mr. Rich? Are you the same Rich that was all GAGA over the unemployment rate when it was 5% and you were toting the billion dollar bond for BISD? We think the same guy? Mr. Rich - you cannot change history buddy. And BTW - the Beaumont Chamber needs new leadership now. You pumped up and supported the BISD bond and it has done nothing but close businesses and chase more and more people out of Jefferson County. You do support business - that is the business of OPM. Get out.
Fact check: The most recent report from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that Beaumont/Port Arthur added jobs in November, which reduced the unemployment rate to 10.4 percent from the October rate of 10.8 percent; these are not the same numbers that Philip R. Klein quoted.

Klein did not acknowledged the effects of the economic recession on Jefferson County, but deceptively claimed the increase in unemployment is from mismanagement by county officials. By comparing historical unemployment rates for the state and for Southeast Texas, even the most obtuse readers can tell that as goes the state, so goes Jefferson County:

Philip R. Klein continues:

Do you see Port Arthur? Do you understand the crime and why the PAPD called in Federal Help to fight the crime? Do you understand they did that because of the Jefferson County District Attorney's office and the Jefferson County Court system. Do you get that now? A hero named Chief Blanton in his frustration with the Jefferson County DA's office and criminals getting busted and put out on bond and then getting light sentences said "enough." So - he called in the Feds. Now crime rates are really and truly dropping? You do the crime in the fed - you do the real time and the Eastern District of Texas US Attorney's office is on fire. THEY WANT TO CLEAN UP WHERE THEY LIVE. THEY ARE A-POLITICAL. for thought media. Story at 6? Not going to happen?
Klein's cognitive dissonance is overwhelming. 

Operation Time Watch is part of the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The PAPD didn't "call in Federal Help" to fight the crime; rather the initiative is a partnership between federal agencies and the Jefferson County District Attorney's office, Port Arthur Mayor "Bobbie" Prince, and the Port Arthur Police Department.  This is funded by "OPM" (see Klein's second point above).

A joint press conference this week between local and federal authorities detailed the program's real success. From the Port Arthur News:
Since Operation Time Machine began 62 days ago in an effort to rid the streets of Port Arthur of gun and drug related crime, one defendant has pleaded guilty and another has been convicted by a jury. Nine others have been indicted for violent crimes.

To date, all but two of the federally charged defendants have been detained without bond pending trial. Several other individuals have been charged by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for criminal violations of state firearms law.

On Nov. 4, ICE agents from Beaumont and Houston teamed with the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, and the PAPD to conduct a gang surge targeting 20 residences of suspected Sureno 13 and Norte 14 gang members in Port Arthur. The surge resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals, including three arrests for state and local warrants and 12 for immigration violations.
Apparently, the Port Arthur News doesn't need Philip's help in reporting the real facts.

Typically, Philip overstates his popularity:
Well - does that help you folks in the media this morning. Does that help you out there that over 10,000 people will read this post today in the nine county area?

And you ask why Mr. Klein leads in the simple poll on who should lead Jefferson County? The people are HUNGRY FOR CHANGE. So Wake Up. And you the people fix it.
According to Website Outlook, only 153 people read Philip's post, not over 10,000 people as he claimed:

The results from Klein's own poll verifies this:

Even though Philip R. Klein posted this poll three weeks ago, he's only had 78 responses. This is not what one would expect from a website that has "over 10,000" readers every day.

I'll not comment on the built-in bias of Philip's poll, since that's readily apparent to everyone. I'll note instead that Klein has too much baggage to be win election to any public position in the United States of America.Typically, PRK's article (I use the term loosely) began as a lesson for the media and ended as more self-adulation from the fattest private investigator this side of the Neches river.

Dec 13, 2009

Philip R. Klein on Brent Weaver's Job

Philip writes:
Brent Weaver - well he is popular and is the spokes person for the Jefferson County SO. 
Can anyone explain what Brent's position as Public Information Officer has do with spokes?


Philip R. Klein makes this promise concerning Eastman's decision to discontinue a gasification project in Jefferson County:
Well - we are not going to sit here and talk about why Eastman is not coming. It is a waste of time.
Philip contradicts himself with the rest of the article:
The presser that we got from the company says that the economy is bad. Our sources tell us also they were looking for and GOT the way out of some contracts. They seemingly felt Jefferson County was not a real great place to do business due to the (1) uneducated workforce, (2) taxation, (3) political climate (not our words theirs) and (4) school districts and education opportunities for the Eastman families that would relocate to this area.
Compare Philip's version with the real reasons given by Eastman:
Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announced today that it has decided to discontinue its Beaumont, Texas, industrial gasification project.  This decision was made due to a number of factors, including high capital costs, the current and foreseen reduced spread between natural gas and oil and petroleum coke prices, and continued uncertainty regarding U.S. energy and environmental public policy.   
This is verified by Eastman's third-quarter financial report:
  • Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks: Sales revenue declined by 18 percent
  • Fibers: Sales revenue declined by 5 percent
  • Performance Chemicals and Intermediates: Sales revenue declined by 40 percent
  • Performance Polymers: Sales revenue declined by 36 percent
  • Specialty Plastics: Sales revenue declined by 21 percent
Philip writes:
Now - back to the perfect storm.

Ah yes - what we have been predicting is coming true - the perfect storm!
Yes, let's go back to Philip's prediction. From an article of March 6, 2008, entitled "Perfect Political Storm" (emphasis is mine):
The Perfect Political Storm brewing [sic].  The days of we just are democrats and we all get along seem to be coming to a close.

"We are going to need Gilbert to step in soon," said a long time elected official in Jefferson County.

So far, County Judge Walker has kept a lid on things. He has got Arnold where he wants him, Domingue is too scared to buck the Walker gang because he wants to be county judge and Bo is carrying water for Walker to the Black Community [sic].

Clearly, [Thurman] Bartie is in.
Did that really come true, Philip?

Dec 12, 2009


Philip R. Klein writes in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned through five sources close to Cornelius Williams, you know, THE Cornelius Williams US Attorney - that he is in the final stages of deciding to run against the corrupt Jefferson County District Attorney TOM MANESS?

Williams is the son of Beaumont City Council member "Get" Williams. And Williams is well known not only in the law enforcement community - but the federal bench.
Readers may remember that Klein frequently cites such relationships as evidence of how Jefferson County is the "MOST CORRUPT COUNTY IN TEXAS."  Klein had never heard of "THE" Corneilius Williams before KBTV Channel 4 published this story over a week ago (Philip is a slow reader). Readers will notice that Philip's factual information is the same:
A former Virgin Islands attorney general is considering running for Jefferson County district attorney.

Cornelius D. Williams Jr. is a Beaumont native and the son of Beaumont councilwoman Get Williams-Wright.

He's appointed a campaign treasurer, and has set up an exploratory committee.

The race is next year.

Jefferson County's current district attorney is Tom Maness.
The rest of Klein's article is based on spurious quotes from suspicious sources:
"A source very close to Williams tells the Review : I think it is time to flush the toilet bowl called Jefferson County and bring in a honest man into the District Attorney's office in Jefferson County."
All 30 of Philip's regular readers will recognize this sophomoric imagery -- it's one of Philip's favorites. As one example, he use the same analogy in the same article:
The flush of the dirty toilet called Jefferson County?
From October 13, 2009:
[The Bolivar Peninsula] is now going to be the playground to the rich from Jefferson County and Houston. Like a big old toilet, it flushed and only the big chunks are left standing.
From Nov. 12, 2008:
This election is about flushing the political toilet and watching the waste go down the tube.
Like many of Philip's preoccupations, his coprophilia is symptomatic of greater neuroses. Philip makes this prediction:
We will keep you updated. Sources tell us that Williams will make the final decision by weeks end next week.
To be revisited.

Dec 11, 2009


In this article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein attributes an attack on Jim Rich to Jim Rich (PRK's emphasis):
"I will tell you Klein...My thinking is that maybe Jim Rich is not in touch with what is really going on here?" - Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Board of Director

And this is how we will begin this article with the shocking statement from Jim Rich - the president of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce as the walls came down on what Jefferson County, the City of Beaumont and the Beaumont ISD pegged the future growth of the city and county on.
In lieu of real facts, Philip simply manufactures his own:
What Rich is in touch with is the less business gives government the more business can grow. Like tax abatements. But he knows that there is an uncontrolled hunger by the elected officials of Jefferson County who have given themselves and the employees of Jefferson County raises over the last four years of close to 20% - while real wages have gone down the private sector by 15%. That is a 35% swing - that maybe Jeff Rich just doesn't understand?
I doubt if anyone anywhere understands what Klein's extrapolated figure of 35 percent means, derived by adding apples to oranges.  

Fact check: raises for Jefferson County have increased by 13 percent, not 20 percent as Klein claims. Neither did PRK acknowledge that employees did not receive any raises at all during the first years of this decade. Real wage growth is is basically flat.

Instead of Philip's incomprehensible gibberish, read the Houston Chronicle's article on the same subject matter for a more objective and less biased account. Philip's nonsense is really an ad hominem attack against Jim Rich, not based on real facts.

Just for Fun

Philip R. Klein postulates on the forthcoming party primaries: 
Mark Domingue will have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to beat Brent Weaver. Interestingly enough - it seems that Domingue, who has targeted the business community and has been known as one of the biggest tax and spenders on commissioners court - and has some really bad political rings around his neck. The business round table does not like him and there is huge upset in his district with taxation.

Brent Weaver - well he is popular and is the spokes person for the Jefferson County SO. Which should stop today. The day he files - he should step back immediately and assume another role in the department. Weaver is the dark political horse and will take the race with Nederland and the anger vote against Domingue.

Next? Well - Big Bo has a candidate. Jamie Smith. And this should be more fun than anyone is allowed.

Let's look at Jamie first. A guy that seemingly has everything going for him. And we think that Smith will take this race because of the anger and upset at the Jefferson County Commissioners Court. Bo - well...Bo knows how to run a political campaign. But since Bo has been in office - Bo has spent and spent and spent.

What does that mean? Nothing. Nobody in Bo's district has been affected by the spending. They have been on the receiving end. So - this will be a popularity race between Bo and Jamie. Advantage Jamie? We think so this early in the event.

Now we move to the Criminal District Judges race. There is a choice for you folks. So listen up.

Judge John Stevens may or may not get the US Attorney position. He is unsure of what Obama will do or if his administration can get off their ass and get some of these nominations through. Indications are that the answer is no. So - Stevens files.

That leaves two in the lurch. One - being Kent Walston. who was being considered the front runner. And Langston Adams of Port Arthur. Both said to be going to run in the Democratic Primary.

Makes you go hummmm.....what now.

Here is our bet - Stevens is going to get the seat sometime in the next year. Leaving an appointment for the Governor. The race will be settled in March and Stevens will win that against all comers. So.....a smart politico would file against Stevens in the GOP Primary and .... get appointed by the Governor and get the walk in November?

Hmmmmmm.....interesting - an interesting thought.

Anyway you look at it - no leaders have come out of the business community to lead this county out of corruption and mismanagement. And that is the end of the story. No leadership from what we have seen. And we will watch and see if a glimmer of hope shows up.

But for now - nope. Just more of the good old boy system with a little fun and flare this year.
Philip's misinformation, blatant error, and premature speculation isn't factual. Likewise, he missed a lot of the real races, such as Derwin Seal's race against Carolyn Guidry. Here's what really happened this week, according to the Beaumont Enterprise:
Confirmed filings as of Friday: Incumbent Allan B. Ritter 21st District State Representative.

Incumbent Robert "Bob" Wortham, 58th District Court Judge; Incumbent Donald J. Floyd, 172nd District Court Judge; Incumbent Layne Walker, 252nd District Court Judge; Incumbent John Stevens, Criminal District Court Judge; Incumbent Tom Maness, Criminal District Attorney.

Jeff Branick, County Judge; Incumbent Alfred S. Gerson, County Court at Law No. 1; Incumbent G.R. "Lupe" Flores, County Court at Law No. 2; Incumbent John Paul Davis, County Court at Law No. 3; Incumbent Lolita Ramos, District Clerk; Incumbent Carolyn Guidry and Derwin Seals for County Clerk; Georgine Guillory for County Treasurer.

Incumbent Mark Domingue and Brent Weaver, Precinct 2 Commissioner; Incumbent Everette "Bo" Alfred, Precinct 4 Commissioner.

Nancy Beaulieu, Anne Bradley and Harold Garner, Precinct 1 Place 2 Justice of the Peace; Marc DeRouen and Richard "Dickie" White, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace; Incumbent Ray S. Chesson, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace; Incumbent Brad Burnett, Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace; Incumbent Tom Gillam III and Antoine L. Freeman, Precinct 8 Justice of the Peace.
To be continued.

Dec 4, 2009


In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein attempts to attach himself to Judge John Steven's coattails:
So get this....Judge Stevens files for reelection. Hmmmm......that means he knows more than the rest. Meaning the Justice Department will not appoint him anytime soon to the big seat at the Feds.

Sources close to Judge Stevens tell us that there seemingly is a break down in communications and appointments to Justice in Washington. Meaning - of the best and honest men in Southeast Texas may not get the post or at least might not get it in the next year - or heart be still - may not accept it?
Klein's claims are ambiguous and nonsensical.

Philip's sources missed the real story, published two days earlier in the Beaumont Enterprise (emphasis is mine):
But the path toward the U.S. attorney's job isn't entirely clear. The post now is occupied by John Malcolm Bales, a longtime prosecutor in the office. He took the top slot on an interim basis in May after Becky Gregory, appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush, left to join the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Jessica Sandlin, a spokeswoman for Republican Sen. John Cornyn, said Cornyn and Texas colleague Kay Bailey Hutchison have put Bales' name forward for the permanent job. Bales could not be reached for comment by press time.
If there is indeed a "break down [sic] in communications," the disconnect occurred somewhere between the truth and Klein's keyboard.

Dec 3, 2009


In this article, Philip accuses the Texas Workforce Commission, the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and the elected officials of Jefferson County of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public by falsifying public documents:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from sources inside the Texas Workforce Commission that the unemployment rate in Port Arthur Texas is well near the 25% mark - which is an unheard of rate for any county or city in the State of Texas.

The source, who demands anonymity, stated to the Review that the public story of 18% is skewed upon taking full time workers that go into part time work. Meaning - someone that had a full time job that may be working a part time job at a fast food restaurant or retail store (s) have been counted as the "full time employed." The source who met with the Review yesterday shared figures of those that have been unemployed and then employed again - part time. Taking those numbers into consideration for Port Arthur Texas - the true rate would be 24.98%.

Shocked? Don't be. According to our sources - the numbers have been skewed for "a long time."

"There are some very powerful people that attempt to use the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and their contacts in Austin to hush the numbers. There are some political officials that have been around for a very long time that want to blame everyone but themselves. I read your story last week on how government has grown so much in Jefferson County and as they have taxed the people and taken their money in business and at home, the unemployment rate has gone through the roof. All of us read your article and we showed our supervisor you article and '****" got on the phone and started making calls. They do not want the electorate to know the real story. If they did most of the elected officials in this county and maybe others would be thrown out of office," said our source that demanded anonymity.
Both Philip and his "source" are thoroughly confused about how unemployment rates are calculated.

Since 1994, unemployment rates have only included those people who draw regular unemployment or unemployment extension benefits. So, those "discouraged" citizens who have exhausted their benefits are not included, even though they are still unemployed. Furthermore, the official unemployment rate has always excluded those people who are employed part-time, but are seeking full-time employment. You can find a comprehensive explanation here.

This is common knowledge, except to those people who fell off the turnip truck yesterday. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes these figures in it's comprehensive group of unemployment rates, U1 through 6.
  • U1: Percentage of labor force unemployed 15 weeks or longer.
  • U2: Percentage of labor force who lost jobs or completed temporary work.
  • U3: Official unemployment rate per ILO definition.
  • U4: U3 + "discouraged workers", or those who have stopped looking for work because current economic conditions make them believe that no work is available for them.
  • U5: U4 + other "marginally attached workers", or "loosely attached workers", or those who "would like" and are able to work, but have not looked for work recently.
  • U6: U5 + Part time workers who want to work full time, but cannot due to economic reasons.
The official measure of unemployment is considered the U-3 rate, while rates U-4 through U-6 are provided for those who want more broadly defined measures of unemployment. The current rates are available here.

Unfortunately, Klein provides on statistical evidence to back up his claim that the U6 rate in Port Arthur is 24.98 percent. Is this a reckless disregard for the real truth, or simply ignorance?

In closing, Philip mistakes ridicule for hate:
Ask yourself why this web site is the biggest political web site in East Texas and is hated by the democrats and two sights are dedicated to us?
With Klein as the party poster child, Republicans in Jefferson County will always have problems .