Jan 31, 2010

Nitwit Tidbits

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On the road Nitwit Tidbits today! Hope you had a great weekend!

Numbers For The Review - The crack staff at our web site holder have forwarded us the final stats for the Review this past year. There were 343,928 direct hits on our front page, with 3,291,117 page views for all pages...Never - ever - did we dream it would ever be this big.

If these numbers were truly given to Klein, he meant "crackhead" staff:

Klein's numbers are clearly invented.

Numbers Of Birds - It was a bad oil spill. And the environmental whackos come out of the woodwork. So get this - six (6) birds have been hurt by the spill in the ship channel. And so far - the money spent for the wildlife folks is now estimated at just over $329,000. To wash and clean wildlife effected by the spill? Over $329k? That is just about $54k a bird? We are really one screwed up society

Typically, Philip R. Klein missed the forest for the trees.

Philip's figure of six birds came from this article by the Associated Press. I suspect that Philip's financial estimate of "just over $329,000" came from his imagination, since no one is counting the cost yet. That money, if Philip's unsubstantiated number is indeed credible, is being used for a lot more than just cleaning up birds "effected" by the spill.

According to General Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson:

Plastic walls known as booms and oil-sucking skimmer boats were used to safeguard a lake that is a crucial breeding ground and a wildlife management area that lost its protective gates when Hurricane Ike roared ashore a year and a half ago, Patterson said.

The Lake is part of the Keith Lake Marsh ecosystem, an important fishery for the Upper Texas Coast. As another example of Klein's superficial understanding of the real issues, his sources apparently didn't include anyone from the shrimping and crabbing industry in Port Arthur, which would be directly impacted if the oil spill taints those areas were wildlife breed. From the Port Arthur News (emphasis in mine):

Keith Lake can be seen by motorists traveling Texas 87 towards Sabine Pass. A “cut” or pass connects the Intracoastal Canal to the lake and is a favorite fishing spot for many anglers. The cut, coupled with tidal changes, creates turbulent water flows into and out of Keith Lake Marsh. The pass was created in 1977 to enhance the production of finfish, crabs and shrimp to nearby marshes, according to the TPWD.

Perhaps Philip should wake up and smell the gumbo, I think there'e too much oil in the roux.

Numbers Of Emails - Okay - we cannot post all of the emails we get. We simply take them one at a time. However, some have been kind of rough this past week with the story about the young boy...sorry....young man running for school board. It seems we now have a following in North Orange County. Go figure? The emails crested 74 for the week. It was split 50/50. This might get interesting.

In reality, Philip posted only two purported messages from his readers this week; since the style and substance closely mirrors Philip's own writing style, I suspect he wrote both of them.

This is further corroborated by this notice that appeared on his "Front Page" for most of the week:

Numbers For The Evening News - Ratings are down again for the 4th quarter according to Radio and TV. The 6 p.m. news is going the way of the national evening news. Down again almost 14% for a five year period. Some even more. People are turning to FOX for their news. It is very very interesting.

I couldn't find a source called "Radio and TV," so Klein's attribution is as credible as his anonymous sources. Here are the top 10 shows in Southeast Texas, according to Nielsen's latest ratings for Southeast Texas:


StationNetworkProgramTimeRTG
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Thu 6:00p-6:30p p23.3
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Mo-Fri 6:00p-6:30p p20.2
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Mon 6:00p-6:30p p20.1
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Tue 6:00p-6:30p p19.8
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Wed 6:00p-6:30p p19.5
KFDM CBS Ch 6 Late News Thu 10:00p-10:30p p19.1
KFDMCBS CH 6 NEWS Early News Fri 6:00p-6:30p p18.6
KFDMCBS WHEEL-FORTNE Access Thu 6:30p-7:00p p18.4
KFDMCBS WHEEL-FORTNE Access Mon 6:30p-7:00p p17.9
KFDMCBS WHEEL-FORTNE Access Fri 6:30p-7:00p p17.4

Ironically, I couldn't find any of the Channel 4 News broadcasts listed in the Top 50 shows.

Number Of Dollars Spent To Fire Fireman - The cost of man hours and now outside legal counsel to fire the fireman that city council in Beaumont Texas?

"That city council" what? This is gibberish, since most sentences contain a complete thought including a subject and verb.  Because reading and writing skills reflect one's comprehension skills, we can deduce that Philip is very confused.

Number Of Numbers In The Gas Business - The number has crested just over $22 million in the estimation based upon futures in the Gas Market! Money back to the people? Zero.

Philip's confusion is showing again. Compare Philip's gibberish with the real futures market for the petroleum industry. A quick look at this article from the Wall Street Journal provides further evidence of Klein's idiocy.

Ironically, Klein has come down firmly on both sides of that fence, since he frequently claims he's "business-friendly." Perhaps he's only friendly towards businesses outside the petroleum and media sectors, or when Hilton Kelley is involved.

Number of Subscribers To The Enterprise - Seemingly has hit bottom. Not many online folks either. Will people pay to read the Enterprise online? Nope - but we hope they do - our numbers will skyrocket.

No source provided, but Philip's unsubstantiated opinion is more gibberish. The "bottom" would imply no subscribers at all. Here's some numbers from Sitelogr.com for the world ranking in website traffic:

There are more than 7.3 million websites who experience more traffic that the Southeast Texas Political Review.

Number Of Spelling Mistakes On The Review This Week - We counted 23.

Number of Spelling Mistakes On The Channel Six Web Site - We counted 18. Example :

"A cold front is moving across Southeast Texas, bringing with it ligh to moderate rain but now severe weather. Rainfall of one to two inches is reported in some parts of the area, including Hardin."

I counted over 40 spelling mistakes on Klein's site this week, far too many to document here.

More importantly, there is a big difference between a simple typographical error:

...bringing with it ligh to moderate...

And an error based on ignorance:

To wash and clean wildlife effected by the spill?

Philip' confused "affect" with "effect."  Is Philip really smarter than a fifth-grader? How about this:

There has been a Coo right in front of your face.

Klein meant "coup."  Nor does Klein's simplistic observation address his grammatical train wrecks, representative of his breakdown in comprehension:

The cost of man hours and now outside legal counsel to fire the fireman that city council in Beaumont Texas?

Let's revisit two items from last week's Nitwit Tidbits:

KFDM - Now wait a minute? The Enterprise writes an article - the article says that two TV Stations and a Newspaper group files a PIR for the name of a police officer that shot a man at Parkdale Mall. The story? Not the name - but who didn't file the PIR? Two TV Stations....being? NOT THE NEWS LEADER KFDM? Uh......which TV news station has a city councilwomen that.....oh never mind. Just our overactive imagination?

Philip meant FOI (Freedom of Information) request, not a PIR (Purely Invented Reference; see the Nitwit Tidbit directly above).

As it turns out, KFDM was among the first to release the officer's name this week:

Grand jury clears officer involved in Parkdale Mall fatal shooting
January 28, 2010 10:27 AM

District Attorney Tom Maness says the grand jury met Thursday morning and no billed Sgt. Al Johnson, 61, in the December 29 shooting. The panel determined there was no criminal wrongdoing on the part of Sgt. Johnson, according to Maness.

Even more interesting, KFDM was apparently the only media outlet in Southeast Texas that followed through with another FOI request:

KFDM News filed a Freedom of Information request for the Beaumont Police dispatch communications from the officer-involved shooting.

The results:

Police say the tape demonstrates Sgt. Al Johnson tried repeatedly to talk the man into giving up before Johnson was forced to shoot him.

Channel 6 posted a portion of the transcripts on their website. I missed that part of the story on website of KBTV Channel 4, now known as Klein TV.

Finally, there was this promise in Philip's Nitwit Tidbits last week:

Finally - War declared on us by Tom Maness and Judge Larry Thorne. Story next week. You gotta hear this one. You will simply giggle.

That story never appeared. Where's the beef, Philip?

Jan 27, 2010

Rock Candy

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Philip R. Klein finds a cloud in every silver lining:

So we have sat back and watched this week the big news of the big find of gas and oil out at the Muni airport in Beaumont. The take? Anywhere from $20 million to $40 million depending on the price of gas on the open market.

By any terms - it is a big find. And a good thing for the taxpayers of Beaumont.

Or is it?

The rest of the article is more of the "same old think, over and over and over again:"

And folks - we are getting very very close to the bottom falling out. Families are continuing to leave this area. Businesses are failing. And government spending is not slowing down.

Does anyone have questions on why Philip has 43 readers a day? Keep moving, folks, there is nothing of interest here.

Jan 26, 2010

Da Da Dugas

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Philip R. Klein's posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review is the latest in a long series on Rhonda Dugas. There are three other candidates in the race of Jefferson County Clerk, but Philip's obsession is showing again. Next up, I suspect Philip will post photos of Rhonda Dugas mowing her yard and getting her oil changed. As a side note to PRK, you should check the "copywrite" on that photo of Rhonda posted on your front page -- I think it belongs to KFDM Channel 6.

For the record, his thinly-veiled accusations of bribery constitutes defamatory speech in my opinion. Here are two comments Philip made in the past week:

And the filing fee was $1,500. Right? And that is a campaign expenditure? Right? And so.......what? Where is that as a listing on her campaign expenditure report and ....the bigger question - is where did the money come from? So we called a source at the democratic office who tells us it was a "cashiers check" for $1,500 filed.

Support - [Rhonda Dugas] has the support of the Walker clan that wants Carolyn Guidry out. They know that if they put a forth person in the race it may just break the vote enough to .......have two of the challengers win the race.

A "forth" candidate so two challengers will win the race? What gibberish.

Ironically, this fat but shrewd political analyst didn't recognize those signs from Rhonda's last campaign. Rhonda recycles, but Klein cranks his hot tube.

Instead, I'll address Klein's claims about local TV ratings in my article today. Here are two comments culled from The Southeast Texas Political Review over the past two weeks:

KFDM is going to lose out in the news race. Both KBTV and KBMT are coming on strong. Blame Uncle Larry, blame corporate, Channel 6 is not the same old " News Leader.."

Seemingly FOX 4's numbers are rumored to be of discussion in newsrooms around the area. We have not seen them - but when your competition starts talking about them....well?

Presumably, Philip's point is that KBTV Channel 4, now known as Klein TV, is "coming on strong" because the station gives Klein airtime.  If Klein's claim is true about the topic of conversation in "newsrooms around the area," the question is: "Where's Channel 4?"

These are the most recent Nielsen ratings. Rating (RTG) is the percentage of all TVs in the Designated Market Area (DMA). These numbers reflect all households. This is the ranking of the top 10 programs in the Beaumont/Port Arthur market.

It's interesting to note that seven of the top 10 programs in Southeast Texas are news programs. It's even more interesting that Channel 4 News didn't show in the Top 50 programs.



Station

Network

Program

Time

RTG

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Thu 6:00p-6:30p  p23.3

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Mo-Fri 6:00p-6:30p  p20.2

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Mon 6:00p-6:30p  p20.1

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Tue 6:00p-6:30p  p19.8

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Wed 6:00p-6:30p  p19.5

KFDM
CBS  Ch 6 Late News  Thu 10:00p-10:30p  p19.1

KFDM
CBS  CH 6 NEWS Early News  Fri 6:00p-6:30p  p18.6

KFDM
CBS  WHEEL-FORTNE Access  Thu 6:30p-7:00p  p18.4

KFDM
CBS  WHEEL-FORTNE Access  Mon 6:30p-7:00p  p17.9

KFDM
CBS  WHEEL-FORTNE Access  Fri 6:30p-7:00p  p17.4

Jan 25, 2010

Poverty

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Philip R. Klein writes on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

This afternoon the Review was shown preliminary statistics that suggest that Jefferson County Texas could reach 25% of the total population in poverty. This includes men, women and children whose average income or family income lower that the poverty level.

According to the Census Bureau, the forms won't be mailed until March. Despite Philip's claim, there can be no "preliminary statistics" without data. Klein digs a deeper hole:

In the last census the number hovered at 17% - and if the number holds true according to our sources at the census bureau, in the last ten years Jefferson Counties poverty level as increased by just over 60%. And that is a shocker even to us here at the Review.

Actually, the poverty rate for Jefferson County was 18 percent in the 2000 Census. Philip is obviously confused about the difference between a real census and an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau. Persons below poverty, percent, 2007:

  • Jefferson County: 17.1%
  • State of Texas: 16.3%

The trend is obvious; so is the nature of Klein's credibility. 

Here's another conflicting data set between Philip's claims and reality: 

You people at home that read this site - all 20,000 per week - get ready.

Compare with the data from Website Outlook.

Since each visit generates between two and three page views on the Southeast Texas Political Review, we can extrapolate that Philip is getting between 40 and 60 real visits each day. This is verified by info from Sitelogr:

So, where's the beef, Philip? Your time is running out!

Early

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In this article on The Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein makes this prediction:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that incoming county judge Jeff Branick may step into office post the primary elections "as early as April of 2010" according to sources very close to the commissioners court.

The earth "may" crash into the sun tomorrow, too - to be revisited.

After quoting two entirely anonymous and spurious sources, Philip returns to a common theme:

Here are the facts - people are leaving Jefferson County to the tune of 120 families a month.

Fact check: The U.S. Census doesn't mail until March, so Philip's figure of 120 families is week is as credible as his anonymous sources.

Spending by all government sources in Jefferson County has increased by 32.9% in the past five years.

I've addressed spending in Jefferson County on several occasions; typically, Philip's figure is dead wrong. Do the math yourself: compute the percentage change between the 2005 budget and the 2010 budget.

Inflation of the home market has reached the same level (imagine that) to the tune of 33%.

Klein's statement that "Inflation of the home market has reached the same level to the tune of 33%" is gibberish.  According to the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, the average price of homes in the Beaumont housing market has decreased in the past 12 months, not increased.   Likewise home sales have declined:

The local "home market" is depressed, not inflated as Klein claims.

Government and retail is the only two areas of job growth.

Klein's subject/verb disagreement is representative of his many grammatical signatures. His claim of job growth in the government and retail sectors is easily refuted by the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission. For the Beaumont-Port Arthur metro:

The only business sector that gained jobs in the past year is the education and Health Services sector.  Contrary to Klein's claims, even the government sector lost jobs.

Compare with the State of Texas:

Likewise, compare the historical unemployment of Jefferson County and the State of Texas:

The correlation is obvious, except to those who slept through high school economics.

And finally - sales tax revenue ARE DOWN almost 25% year to date.

Klein's statement is more gibberish, since "year-to-date" means 25 days. Tax payments from the State of Texas to Jefferson County are computed on a quarterly basis, so PRK's figure of 25 percent is clearly manufactured.  Figures from the Texas State Comptroller's Office corroborate this. Note that figures for the last two quarters of 2009 are not yet available:

Jefferson Year Quarter Gross Sales Amount Subject to State Tax Outlets
  2008 1 7,701,204,117 798,969,733 5,446
  2008 2 9,848,366,098 866,676,471 5,442
  2008 3 8,722,060,583 805,672,257 5,458
  2008 4 14,322,038,975 1,056,482,564 7,553
Total     40,593,669,773 3,527,801,025  
  2009 1 7,152,478,111 853,412,205 5,340
  2009 2 7,359,323,730 816,508,709 5,317
Total     14,511,801,841 1,669,920,914  

My favorite part of Klein's article:

The perfect storm is on the horizon.

According to Philip, "perfect storms" strike Jefferson County frequently. One of my favorite examples:

Nobody, and we mean nobody, could have ever predicted the outright war that is brewing behind the scenes in Jefferson County. Those who are friends are now enemies.

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.

Clearly - unless a miracle is going to happen, [Thurman] Bartie is in.

Thurman Bartie never made it in and Judge Ron Walker isn't stepping down in April.

Jan 24, 2010

Klein's $1000 Offer

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Philip R. Klein continues to bully Kolby Flowers, a high school senior who is running for a seat on the board of trustees for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD (emphasis is mine):

You want to put an 18 year old boy in an office where he knows a little about nothing? Come on? As for knowing more than I think he knows. Tell you what - bring him in here and we will ask him 20 questions regarding rules of procedure, taxing, abetments, law and / or public policy and he will know or think he knows just about 4 of the answers. If he answers 15 correctly I give $1,000 to his prom at LCM. How about that?

I'm absolutely positive that Kolby could spell "abatement" correctly - Klein regularly displays his obtuse understanding of basic civics. Last week, he declared Judge Lupe Flores guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor according to PRK's ignorance of basic Texas Election Code.

Like most bullies, however, Klein is afraid of a level playing field, so he wants to stack the deck against Kolby with questions that PRK has prepared himself.

Here's a better idea:  have an independent third party create a test of 20 civics questions and administer the test to both.  If Kolby beats Klein, the fat man should donate $2,000 to Kolby's campaign and issue a public apology. Perhaps Klein TV, KBTV Channel 4, would publicize the event in a 30-minute question and answer format.

Some advice to Kolby: demand cash on the payoff - don't take a check!

Note to Philip: literacy tests for voting and public office are unconstitutional - didn't you know that?

Jan 22, 2010

Nitwit Tidbits

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Philip R. Klein's latest:
KFDM - Now wait a minute? The Enterprise writes an article - the article says that two TV Stations and a Newspaper group files a PIR for the name of a police officer that shot a man at Parkdale Mall. The story? Not the name - but who didn't file the PIR? Two TV Stations....being? NOT THE NEWS LEADER KFDM? Uh......which TV news station has a city councilwomen that.....oh never mind. Just our overactive imagination?
The Beaumont Enterprise didn't identify which station, but Philip filled in the blanks based on his own personal feud.  It's more likely that KBMT 12 is the odd man out, since they apparenttly didn't cover the story at all.
Speaking Of - God help us - the banks own KFDM and management is going to be replaced and restructured? Ouch? And layoffs are coming. Maybe that explains? A run in politics?
Philip is misrepresenting the real facts again based upon his own petty bias..The "management" at KFDM is not being replaced; rather the family that owns the parent company, Freedom Communications, is giving up its stake in the company. In this case, "management" is the parent company's board of directors, which is de rigueur in bankruptcies.  Considering Philip's personal experience, one would think he would be more conversant with the real facts on bankruptcy.

Here's an irony: Klein claims the population of Hardin County is exploding exponentially, but one of of the few independent newspapers in the county, the Lumberton Observer, ceased publishing in the past year because of a lack of advertising revenue.  PRK never mentioned that.
KBTV - Has a new web site. Very nice! Congrats!
And the new website looks just like the old one!
Rumor Mill - Seemingly FOX 4's numbers are rumored to be of discussion in newsrooms around the area. We have not seen them - but when your competition starts talking about them....well?
Ironically, Philip R. Klein keeps mentioning the ratings for Channel 4, but the official Nielsen sweeps don't start until next month. Opps (sic)!
Kid In LCM - The kid has a following. It is very interesting to read the letters. We have posted two of the many we have received. It is starting to sound like a Kool-Aid gig.
To me, it sounds as if Klein is simply attacking another candidate with no real basis for his own accusations.
Perry Palin - Do you want to see her? Go in two weeks. Zig Ziglar and the Perry Road Show. The talk - trying to get them both to do a hop to Hardin County? Rumor only.
Rumor only, meaning Philip just invented this today.  Philip also predicted that Governor Rick Perry would come to Lumberton in December.
KSET - We just still want to hang ourselves. Really.
Personal note to Philip: Please don't hang yourself! Who would take your place as the village idiot?
National Funny - NBC filed a complaint with the Whitehouse over ABC's access to the Prez. Who cares?
Apparently Philip R. Klein cares, since he mentioned it.
Sullins and Lumberton PD - Talk about an aggressive and well put together police force? How about that Chief Danny Sullins. These guys have it together up in Hardin County! Solved a big arson case and put to rest the "other case." The media finally got the message. Good job guys. Honor and professionalism. Not bad.
Klein didnt' mention the Lumberton Fire Marshall, Jim Philp, or the ATF agents who also assisted. Ironically, the press conference where they announced this news took place at the Lumberton Fire Department, not the Police Department.
Finally - War declared on us by Tom Maness and Judge Larry Thorne. Story next week. You gotta hear this one. You will simply giggle.
Hey Philip, where's the beef? I'm sure we're all excited about those documents:
The Review has the documents. The Review will post the documents - only after we here the spin - IF THE MEDIA PICKS UP THE STORY AND RUNS IT. If not - everything we have ever told you about the media, its relationship with the Gang of Seven, how the government controls it, or how stupid they are - will now be proven to its fullest.
 If Klein's accusations really are true, perhaps he's explain how a simple error in filing will prove "everything we have ever told you about the media, its relationship with the Gang of Seven, how the government controls it, or how stupid they are." 

I see lots of stupidity and it's centralized on the The Southeast Texas Politiical Review.

Jan 21, 2010

Evaluation

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In this article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein comments on the annual evaluation of BISD Superintendent Carrol Thomas:
So what can you expect from the dysfunctional group of yahoos called the BISD Trustees? Well they are going to praise him and give him a raise. Our sources say close to 3% with some other little goodies. Or big goodies. As well - they will praise with the media singing the praise in song - that the good doc will continue to do good.
Klein predicted that Dr. Thomas will receive a three percent raise.  Apparently, Philip's sources read the Beaumont Enterprise:
The annual review determines if Thomas will receive a one-year extension to his contract and a 3.9 percent raise. That raise would put his base annual salary at $347,834, according to district information.
Most of the posting features Klein's typical rant with liberal doses of exaggeration, hysteria, uninformed opinion, and racism:
"The Childrens" of the district needs that money?


Dr. Thomas has..."blacked" the hiring process and he has lied to the face of the powerbrokers [sic] of Jefferson County.
Hopefully, those "power brokers" were too occupied by the "Coo right in front of [their] face" to notice.

Klein's demagoguery is evident:
Let's be straight and to the thousands of you that will read this today.
Fact check: Klein's daily page views have dropped in just the past week to just 127, according to Website Outlook:




Since each visitor probably generates two page views, a whopping total of approximately 64 people will read Philip's article. By the end of his article (I use the term loosely), Klein has lapsed into gibberish about a "wall of shame" somewhere in Jefferson County:
There will be a wall of shame in Jefferson County that has brought this county to its knees. And one of the biggest pictures on the wall will be Dr. Carroll Thomas.
The biggest picture belongs to the town fool. PRK claims concern over the taxpayers of Southeast Texas, yet he won't act upon his wild claims: Where's the beef, Philip?

Jan 20, 2010

Legal Beagle - LCM

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Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review concerns Kolby Flowers, a high school senior who is running for a seat on the board of trustees for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD.

In this article, Philip admonishes the local media:
And you guys in the media - leave this boy alone. Please. We think it is abuse.
Considering the content of Klein's article, Kolby's treatment by the local media is very fair. Compare with Klein's observations:
First - we called a legal beagle that gives us pretty good thought in Austin, Texas. He tells us that he is not sure if it is legal. The question will be if he votes during the time he is a student at the school on issues that may benefit him. If so - conflict and it is a no go.
The only issue is whether Kolby is eligible to run. According to Texas Education Code, there is only one requirement:
Sec. 11.061.  QUALIFICATION AND ORGANIZATION OF TRUSTEES; COMPENSATION. 

b) A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter.
Kolby has apparently met that requirement, but Klein follows with another short-sighted and opinionated comment: 
Second - if he is elected to office - what does he bring to the table? Nothing but kids stuff. Like we all care about what kids think? They are there to learn. So learn.
Klein's juvenile and myopic observation underscores his ignorance. According to Kolby's campaign website, the candidate has already implemented ways of saving money for the district's taxpayers.

While denigrating this candidate, Klein throws another red herring into the mix:
Last - is he a true taxpayer? Or is he living with mommy and daddy? If not then.....?
Maybe I missed that requirement in Sec. 11.061 of the Texas Education Code? Philip offers his unsolicited advice based on his uninformed opinions:
  1. Finish High School.
  2. Enroll in College or Trade School. Run for student government and start to learn. Give back.
  3. Get a job - or better yet build a company and create job growth.
  4. Study up on the tax system - and how it can be run better.
  5. Get some big league world experience and at least become a taxpayer.
Klein apparently missed the part where Kolby was elected as the LC-M Student Body President and Vice-President of the Texas Association of Student Councils. As the student newspaper copy editor, I bet he writes better than Philip - Kolby's website is certainly more user-friendly and attractive than the Southeast Texas Political Review.

I'll note that Klein still hasn't followed through on this promise concerning Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness:
The Review has the documents. The Review will post the documents - only after we here the spin - IF THE MEDIA PICKS UP THE STORY AND RUNS IT. If not - everything we have ever told you about the media, its relationship with the Gang of Seven, how the government controls it, or how stupid they are - will now be proven to its fullest.
All we've seen so far is that Philip R. Klein can't back up his outrageous accusations with real evidence.

Where's the beef, Philip?

In closing, I'll offer my own advice to Kolby: pay absolutely no attention to the village idiot. .

Jan 19, 2010

Another Klein Klassic

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In his latest so-called editorial, Philip R. Klein writes:
We are now the government in Haiti. There has been a Coo right in front of your face.
 Is that coup or coo-coo, Philip?

Where's the Beef, Philip?

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Philip R. Klein's latest posting on The Southeast Texas Political Review, Black Balloon, is gibberish at best:
And so the political black balloons have been released. And they are flying. And they are being noticed.
Klein's article makes little sense, so let's revisit a "major scandal" that Philip "broke" last week:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this afternoon that Jefferson County District Attorney Thomas Maness has filed for an office that - according to the Texas Legislature - does not exist. Meaning - he filing illegally and should be dropped from the race effective immediately.

According to sources within the Democratic party - as well at the Jefferson County Court House, Maness filed for the position of "District Attorney." There is no office called "District Attorney" according to the State Election Commission and State of Texas Statute. The proper name for the office that Maness is running for is "Criminal District Attorney." And that designation is important according to the Texas Legislature.
As if anyone in the Jefferson County Democratic Party would tell Philip anything. PRK attempted to blackmail the local media into supporting his hysteria:\
The Review has the documents. The Review will post the documents - only after we here the spin - IF THE MEDIA PICKS UP THE STORY AND RUNS IT. If not - everything we have ever told you about the media, its relationship with the Gang of Seven, how the government controls it, or how stupid they are - will now be proven to its fullest.
Since Klein was ignored, why hasn't he posted those documents?

This came after Klein accused Judge Lupe Flores of a Class A Misdemeanor over campaign irregularities, based on Klein's own confusion over Texas Election Code. Time is running out, since Klein can file grievances before early voting begins only:
Sec. 141.034.  LIMITATION ON CHALLENGE OF APPLICATION.  (a)  An application for a place on the ballot may not be challenged for compliance with the applicable requirements as to form, content, and procedure after the day before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the election for which the application is made.
So where's the beef, Philip?

Jan 18, 2010

Rhonda

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In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip Klein exaggerates his own exaggeration from an earlier article (emphases are mine):
Or maybe the same Rhonda that...well...went nuts and screamed and yelled at staff of a daycare center and scared a bunch of kids?
Compare with Klein's original account:
She was asked to leave by the daycare representatives - but refused and continued to scream and curse and upset not only employees but "possibly some of the children."
So did Rhonda scare "possibly" scare "some of the children," did she scare "a bunch of kids," or did Philip misrepresent the entire story, symptomatic of his obsession with Rhonda Dugas:
Support - she has the support of the Walker clan that wants Carolyn Guidry out.
If true, then where are the endorsements from the "Walker clan?"

Rhonda is one of four candidates in the race, yet Klein hasn't besmirched any of the other candidates:
  • Carolyn Guidry (I)
  • James Milton Ferrell Jr
  • Sheriff's Sgt. Derwin Seals 
  • Rhonda Dugas
In closing, I'm somewhat surprised that Klein failed to use Martin Luther King's birthday to display his bigotry, but I'm sure it's hard to top his comment from last year's article:
Martian (sic) Luther King wanted one thing. Fairness and equality under the law for those who are black.
Prejudice is never pretty. In Philip's case, it's coyote-ugly.

Jan 17, 2010

Really?

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In Philip R. Klein's latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review, he mangles the facts concerning the mid-term report on the BISD Bond:
So Dr. David Teuscher and Paul Brown with the mafia chief Dr. Carroll Thomas call a presser and announce big news! The BISD bond construction package is $10 million under budget!

And the media goes gaga? And the taxpayers go - REALLY?

So the big announcement is that the BISD has again overtaxed the people - again. They came up with wild figures and passed a bond issue that is going to cost the taxpayer x amount of dollars. And then they come back and say that x amount wasn't the real number and how they did such a great job and saved you the taxpayer money?
After this Philip lapses into familiar territory:
Think about it - you have a county that is dying. People are moving out. Businesses are closing. Unemployment is cresting 12%. The Chamber of Commerce is run by the government powerbase (sic). Taxes are through the roof. Crime rates are high. And nobody calls it what it is? Complete and total lack of true leadership by government leaders? All they can do is march in front of cameras and say instead of spending MILLIONS AN D MILLIONS they are only spending some MILLIONS AND MILLIONS. And nothing has changed?
I've addressed all of this ad nauseum in the past, but I'll note that Philip now claims unemployment "is cresting 12%,"  after claiming an 18 percent unemployment rate last week. The latest unemployment is 10.5 percent, but the numbers for December are not available yet. I suspect the rate will go down, as the country continues to recover from the recession of 2007-2010.

Considering Klein's original thesis before he veered off subject like a drunken private eye on Saturday night, here's a more accurate assessment from the Beaumont Enterprise:
Three new elementary schools - Amelia, Blanchette/Bingman and Martin/Lucas - are to open this fall.

The school district is scheduled to play football in the new $43 million stadium being built along Interstate 10 near Brooks Road.

And Parsons Corp., the company managing all projects, expects to see $10 million in cost savings overall.

"We're giving you a midpoint report," Teuscher told media gathered at the BISD Administration Building Friday. "So we haven't finished the game, but we're ahead."

Getting to this place has not been without pitfalls, which committee members and district officials acknowledged during a news conference on Friday.

The first three projects on the district's schedule went $2.6 million over budget.

Design problems delayed the start of the elementary schools.

And a legal battle delayed the construction of the new South Park Middle School.

The district even pushed back the construction of some schools such as Caldwood, Sallie Curtis and Regina-Howell to facilitate better building and design, officials said.
The Jefferson County government has no control over the BISD Bond, nor does the BISD Board of Trustees have any control over local unemployment, crime rates, or the Chamber of Commerce. Has Philip R. Klein confused the issues through his ignorance, or is this another example of his reckless disregard for the truth?

Another frequent target of Klein's hysterical and misinformed demagoguery is the BISD Police Department. He's never commented on my rebuttals concerning this national trend in larger school districts, but the Beaumont Enterprise also addressed this issue in an article today,Schools arm themselves with district police departments:
The days of police-free schools are gone, particularly after the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, law enforcement and school observers say.

And taxpayers are going to pay for that police presence, whether through their school district budgets or in city police or county sheriff's budgets.
Putting this into another perspective, the Houston ISD Police Department is larger than the Port Arthur Police Department.  This parallels another trend: consolidating more students into larger high schools, while closing smaller schools for cost-efficiency.

I'm not sure what the real answer is. Neither does Philip R. Klein, but throwing mud based on misinformed and myopic opinions only obfuscates the real issues.

Jan 14, 2010

LaStrange

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I'm not sure what Philip R. Klein's mangled and mispelled title reference has to do with the subject matter of an ancient rock song, unless it refers to the old news he's dredged up in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
Well - you have to give it to the Enterprise and Dan Wallach (who we think may be the best reporter in the area). They gave the political world a little shake up. And we simply sat back and watched to see what the reaction would be. And that is? None.

Now that is what we call Bebe LaStrange.

For the record, the Beaumont Enterprise published the story on Jan. 6, 2010. If you're interested in this issue at all, read their account for an accurate version of what really happened.

Regarding local reaction, apparently Klein wants everyone to share his hysteria:
You know - THE PIPEFITTERS that have been responsible for? Well, electing every single democrat in Southeast Texas.
I'm positive that the members of the Ironworkers Local 125, Sheet Metal Workers Local 196, Operating Engineers Local 450, Laborers Local 853, Painters Local 438, OCAW Local 423, OCAW Local 228, USW Local 8586, the Texas AFL-CIO, UTU Local 1957, IAM Local 823, CLEAT, The Beaumont Police Officers Association, among many others, would disagree.

Klein veers off-topic from an attack based on spurious "sources close to the Pipefitters Union" and "our sources in the business roundtable" to a racist rant about the demographics of Jefferson County:
It is the black community. And just wait until you see the census numbers.

There is a good chance that the minority community will be the majority - so if you want to win office you must have the black community. That means church's, that means community groups and organizers (giggle) and most of all - you must have the black elected leaders. So you white folk running for office - mark it up boys and girls. Things have changed. Jefferson County - is becoming a minority county as the white flight continues.
PRK claimed almost a year ago that Jefferson County was already a majority-minority county:
Let's look at Jefferson County.

What race is the minority race in Jefferson County? And do they have "minority business loans?" The answer is no. Why not? They are a minority.

From Philip's tone, one would think Klein believes this is bad for some reason, but the State of Texas officially became the fourth majority-minority state five years ago.  

Meanwhile, Klein has yet to file a simple grievance contesting Tom Maness' application. The clock is ticking!

Jan 13, 2010

Integrity

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In this article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein pounds his voluminous chest:
The Review broke a story yesterday - regarding the incorrect filing of office by District Attorney Thomas Maness. He filed for office wrong and under state law - his incorrect filing is null and void - and he could re-file - as an independent. The Review was given documents that back up the claim as reported to the Review yesterday. The Review consulted with state election lawyers as well as local legal counsel and it was found again - that District Attorney Thomas Maness did not file for the correct office and should be removed from the ballot in Jefferson County.
I addressed most of this in yesterday's post.

"The Review" has consulted "state election lawyers" and "local legal counsel,"  but "The Review" hasn't filed a simple grievance contesting Maness' place on the balance. Early voting begins on February 16,  so Klein is running out of time to make an actionable complaint according to Sec. 141.034 of the Texas Election Code.
LIMITATION ON CHALLENGE OF APPLICATION.  (a)  An application for a place on the ballot may not be challenged for compliance with the applicable requirements as to form, content, and procedure after the day before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the election for which the application is made.

Philip's article includes this attempt at blackmailing the local media into giving him air time:
The Review has the documents. The Review will post the documents - only after we here the spin - IF THE MEDIA PICKS UP THE STORY AND RUNS IT. If not - everything we have ever told you about the media, its relationship with the Gang of Seven, how the government controls it, or how stupid they are - will now be proven to its fullest.
Philip said stupid. Pot meet kettle.

Here is the Klein Konspiracy du Jour:
Either what we have said will be shown to be true - or you will see a massive cover up that may or may not be public.
PRK omitted the most obvious choice: he's an idiot. I'm sure all local media would give Philip R. Klein plenty of news coverage if he contested the application of Tom Maness to back up these inflated accusations.

Not filing a grievance speaks volumes about the integrity of "The Review."

Jan 12, 2010

Oh Crap!

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Philip R. Klein's uninspired title ironically reflects the credibility of his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

After he accused Judge Lupe Flores of campaign violations based on Klein's ignorance of Texas Election Code (see article below), he's now uncovered a major scandal (said with tongue firmly in cheek) rocking the Jefferson County Courthouse (emphases are mine):
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this afternoon that Jefferson County District Attorney Thomas Maness has filed for an office that - according to the Texas Legislature - does not exist. Meaning - he filing illegally and should be dropped from the race effective immediately.

According to sources within the Democratic party - as well at the Jefferson County Court House, Maness filed for the position of "District Attorney." There is no office called "District Attorney" according to the State Election Commission and State of Texas Statute. The proper name for the office that Maness is running for is "Criminal District Attorney." And that designation is important according to the Texas Legislature.
Philip has again mixed fact and fiction to obfuscate the real issue, a simple procedural error. Regardless of what he wrote,  there is indeed an office in Texas called "District Attorney" according to Texas Government Code Section 43:
TITLE 2. JUDICIAL BRANCH
SUBTITLE C. PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS
CHAPTER 43. DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Specific to Jefferson County, Section 42 outlines the position of Criminal District Attorney, which includes those duties and privileges reserved for District Attorneys:
Sec. 44.223.  JEFFERSON COUNTY.  (b)  The criminal district attorney has all the powers, duties, and privileges in Jefferson County that are conferred by law on county and district attorneys in the various counties and districts.
The filing fee for both offices are the same according to Texas Election Code Section 172.024:
FILING FEE.  (a)  The filing fee for a candidate for nomination in the general primary election is as follows:

(13)  district attorney, criminal district attorney, or county attorney performing the duties of a district attorney  - 1,250
Furthermore, Texas Election Code provides for simple procedural mistakes:
Sec. 141.032.  REVIEW OF APPLICATION; NOTICE TO CANDIDATE.  (a)  On the filing of an application for a place on the ballot, the authority with whom the application is filed shall review the application to determine whether it complies with the requirements as to form, content, and procedure that it must satisfy for the candidate's name to be placed on the ballot.

(b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), the review shall be completed not later than the fifth day after the date the application is received by the authority.
(e)  If an application does not comply with the applicable requirements, the authority shall reject the application and immediately deliver to the candidate written notice of the reason for the rejection.
Since Maness filed during the first week of the filing period in December, an improper application would have been rejected before Christmas. Maness had plenty of time to correct a simple error if this were indeed critical.

Any citizen - even a shrewd political analyst (said with tongue firmly in cheek) like Philip R. Klein - can challenge Maness' application. The grievance must be filed before early voting begins:
Sec. 141.034.  LIMITATION ON CHALLENGE OF APPLICATION.  (a)  An application for a place on the ballot may not be challenged for compliance with the applicable requirements as to form, content, and procedure after the day before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the election for which the application is made.
Will Philip R. Klein file a grievance to back up his accusation, or is this another example of his reckless disregard for the truth?

To be revisited.

Jan 11, 2010

Who's Dumber than a Fifth Grader?

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Philip R. Klein again proves he's completely out of touch with mainstream politics in his article, "Huh?," on The Southeast Texas Political Review, when he accuse Judge Lupe Flores of campaign violations (emphases are mine):
So get this - a county court at law judge is going to run for re-election. So he gets some supporters to .... well write him a letter of support. So they do! And guess what? Well they violate election laws by using the seal of the County in an election ad that makes the letter look official. Don't believe us? Okay - here it is!
Philip includes a bad scan of the letter big enough to choke any dial-up connection. Philip repeats his point several times:
Is that Ed Shettle's signature on an illegal campaign letter? Huh?
Here's the punch line:
To be fair - we contacted a source close to Judge Flores who tells us that the letter was not supposed to have the seal on the letter and was a mistake.  And we think that is okay. It was a mistake - but for the Assistant DA of Jefferson County Texas????? Who is sworn to uphold the law and prosecute it - and have his name show up?
So who's dumber than a fifth grader: Ed Shettle or Philip R. Klein?

Answer: Klein, who is ignorant of campaign law in Texas. The use of the state and county seals by incumbents has been legal since Reconstruction. From Section 255.006 of the Texas Election Code:
A person other than an officeholder commits an offense if the person knowingly uses a representation of the state seal in political advertising.
So there is no confusion by the simple-minded who might accuse a sitting judge and incumbent of a Class A Misdemeanor, the Texas Election Commission put the issue in plain English:
Only officeholders may use the state seal in political advertising.
Likewise, Jefferson County has no limitations on the use of the county seal by an incumbent Judge. Philip is frequently confused, since he often titles his articles "Huh?"

To believe Philip R. Klein over some of the most influential and respected local attorneys and business leaders strains credulity. Is the fat detective truly this ignorant, or does this accusation of a campaign violation constitute a reckless disregard of the truth?

Jan 10, 2010

Surprise!

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In this article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein comments on Judge Bob Wortham's permanent injunction against using bond funds to pay for the demolition of the building formerly known as South Park High School:
Last Publish : Friday, January 08, 2010 04:26:21 PM

Do not listen to the media dribble. The Greenies win nothing according to our sources inside the Beaumont Independent School District. And accordingly - demolition will begin within the next "two weeks" of Southpark High School.

Sources tell the Review that a plan to use non-bond funds will be used to knock it down. And there is NOTHING that can be done.
I included Klein's time stamp, since the rest of the media published the real story at least an hour before Klein. From KBMT Channel 12:
Judge sides with Heritage Society, BISD Still Planning Demolition
Story Created: Jan 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM CST

BISD attorney Melody Chappell says the district will use money from its own budget to complete the demolition of South Park Middle School.

"The school district has a budget they can use and do whatever they want," said Chappell. "Whatever they decide is in the best interest of the kids at South Park, the district will do."
From the Beaumont Enterprise:
Judge rules for "Greenies" in South Park
Posted: January 8, 2010, 3:16 PM CST  

The district had already approved funds to hire a contractor to begin the demolition process, which Chappell said could begin at any time after the judge signs the order.

The injunction keeps the district from using bond money to tear down the school.
While the other media accounts included quotes from BISD Attorney Melody Chappell, Klein went with a manufactured quote from a "source close to the BISD School Board."
"The Judges ruling left the door for us to knock the building down. He said nothing about using taxpayer funds. It is the districts building and if we want to tear it down we will. And we will," said a source close to the BISD School Board.
Here's a fact check on Klein's credibility. It's interesting to note that the Beaumont Enterprise has approximately 100 times as many readers as The Southeast Texas Political Review:



Jan 7, 2010

The County Fool

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In his article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Scared, Philip R. Klein writes:
There is only one candidate for the Jefferson County Judges office. And that is Jeff Branick. He is the hand picked successor to the biggest power house consortium called the Walker Clan.
Klein previously enumerated three other candiates that Jeff would face in the race:
Two sources confirm that they have received direct confirmation that attorney Jeff Branick will run for the seat when it comes up.....Nick Lampson, Bo Alfred and a dark horse blast from the past that has asked us not to use their name at this time. That name may be a GOPER.
Philip further claimed that Nick Lampson and Jeff Branick would debate:
"He can have his day in the media. We will have our day," says one source to the Review this afternoon. "Nick will get his day also. And then we can debate the issues," said the source.
Klein even claimed on several occasions that Judge Walker would leave office before the end of his term, according to his bizarre nation of "conventional wisdom:"
Well - the conventional wisdom of the power structure in Jefferson County is that when Walker steps down, his number 2 and now candidate for Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick would be the shoe in for the replacement - or at least someone that would be in retirement or headed that way would take over and let the two candidates - Branick and former congressman Nick Lampson fight it out and take over at the end of the term.
As if anyone in the power structure of Jefferson County would confide in Philip R. Klein. The misinformed misanthrope also hinted that Mark Domingue would run:
Commissioner Mark Domingue keeps his silence on if he will run for his commissioner seat like he says he will - or will he take the plunge and challenge Judge Ron Walkers hand picked man?
After Klein's doublethink, he claims to offer "you the reader the true facts of what Jefferson County is facing:"
Jefferson County has one of the highest per capita spending rates per person in Texas. Meaning - the county government spends more many than almost any county in Texas per person. The spending has hit $130 million and maybe more...The signs are there that a collapse is coming.
Meaning - Philip apparently doesn't know what per capita spending is.  A reference to "per capita spending rates per person" is redundant, meaning - Klein is an idiot.

To find per capita spending, divide the total budget by the population.  Since data for 2009 hasn't been compiled yet, these figures are for 2008.  Jefferson County is number 151 in per capita spending:



County
Budget
Population
Per Capita Spending
Denton
$1,149,512,593
20,265
$56,724.04
Maverick
$256,367,745
4,881
$52,523.61
McLennan
$853,495,980
36,862
$23,153.82
King
$7,005,252
355
$19,733.10
El Paso
$2,848,364,813
144,391
$19,726.75
Martin
$16,731,211
859
$19,477.54
Edwards
$24,662,922
1,876
$13,146.55
Lamar
$175,407,299
14,262
$12,298.93
Lampasas
$71,479,243
5,921
$12,072.16
Matagorda
$127,621,369
10,621
$12,015.95
Terrell
$11,692,269
1,005
$11,634.10
Deaf Smith
$55,243,295
5,383
$10,262.55
McCulloch
$35,440,766
3,676
$9,641.12
Foard
$13,908,062
1,454
$9,565.38
Oldham
$20,797,583
2,180
$9,540.18
Real
$31,424,806
3,294
$9,540.01
Baylor
$36,975,769
4,045
$9,141.10
Concho
$29,666,069
3,716
$7,983.33
Madison
$60,838,430
8,177
$7,440.19
Travis
$7,080,097,691
956,901
$7,398.99
Motley
$10,802,766
1,465
$7,373.90
Wilbarger
$105,179,335
14,558
$7,224.85
Dimmit
$68,316,168
9,855
$6,932.13
Briscoe
$10,776,741
1,577
$6,833.70
Brazos
$1,110,265,675
169,958
$6,532.59
Hardeman
$27,720,765
4,352
$6,369.66
Armstrong
$13,527,622
2,188
$6,182.64
Duval
$74,912,553
12,275
$6,102.86
Stonewall
$8,893,535
1,460
$6,091.46
Walker
$389,740,026
64,239
$6,067.03
Cottle
$9,819,498
1,647
$5,962.05
Dallam
$37,099,730
6,247
$5,938.81
Childress
$45,449,505
7,696
$5,905.60
Brooks
$44,897,935
7,695
$5,834.69
Throckmorton
$10,290,656
1,776
$5,794.29
Brewster
$53,288,748
9,270
$5,748.52
Limestone
$126,500,259
22,097
$5,724.77
Starr
$347,717,299
62,665
$5,548.83
Nolan
$80,369,472
14,491
$5,546.16
Uvalde
$142,666,031
25,776
$5,534.84
Bee
$181,787,194
33,041
$5,501.87
San Saba
$32,979,791
6,062
$5,440.41
Jasper
$190,581,439
35,414
$5,381.53
Willacy
$112,050,115
21,037
$5,326.34
Zavala
$63,186,127
11,967
$5,280.03
Falls
$93,222,739
17,807
$5,235.17
Shackelford
$17,772,060
3,406
$5,217.87
Kent
$4,226,939
816
$5,180.07
Carson
$33,045,797
6,399
$5,164.21
Frio
$83,311,931
16,406
$5,078.14
Presidio
$41,092,431
8,101
$5,072.51
Houston
$119,056,751
23,558
$5,053.77
Trinity
$72,214,459
14,340
$5,035.88
Lubbock
$1,324,806,255
263,675
$5,024.39
Angelina
$412,146,196
82,903
$4,971.43
Robertson
$78,747,450
15,992
$4,924.18
Hall
$17,445,269
3,544
$4,922.48
Goliad
$35,815,688
7,286
$4,915.69
Hidalgo
$3,546,187,260
725,978
$4,884.70
Live Oak
$59,008,113
12,108
$4,873.48
Wheeler
$24,380,684
5,007
$4,869.32
Mills
$25,312,612
5,213
$4,855.67
Floyd
$35,044,589
7,248
$4,835.07
Knox
$18,024,307
3,797
$4,746.99
Collingsworth
$14,445,058
3,059
$4,722.15
Kimble
$21,862,611
4,666
$4,685.51
Webb
$1,117,531,841
239,992
$4,656.54
Cameron
$1,822,072,707
391,857
$4,649.84
Terry
$56,197,532
12,140
$4,629.12
Lavaca
$90,100,580
19,504
$4,619.59
Donley
$18,494,630
4,006
$4,616.73
Culberson
$11,494,192
2,519
$4,563.00
Howard
$147,430,703
32,583
$4,524.77
Eastland
$82,358,251
18,253
$4,512.04
Dawson
$62,013,107
13,929
$4,452.09
Dallas
$10,489,754,412
2,377,477
$4,412.14
Kleberg
$133,781,159
30,355
$4,407.22
Kenedy
$1,545,973
351
$4,404.48
Coleman
$37,780,999
8,597
$4,394.67
Dickens
$11,579,055
2,656
$4,359.58
Taylor
$559,723,006
128,413
$4,358.77
Runnels
$46,668,594
10,758
$4,338.04
Cherokee
$212,026,117
49,079
$4,320.10
Wharton
$181,478,966
42,262
$4,294.14
Erath
$152,146,870
35,581
$4,276.07
Potter
$520,368,545
121,743
$4,274.32
Haskell
$23,773,389
5,565
$4,271.95
Kinney
$13,998,489
3,280
$4,267.83
Navarro
$209,988,443
49,207
$4,267.45
Brown
$163,141,784
38,706
$4,214.90
Crockett
$18,087,904
4,292
$4,214.33
Gonzales
$80,515,108
19,174
$4,199.18
Bastrop
$304,367,524
72,620
$4,191.24
Karnes
$64,743,270
15,461
$4,187.52
Caldwell
$149,490,923
35,843
$4,170.71
Anderson
$235,164,424
56,396
$4,169.88
Cass
$127,212,286
30,515
$4,168.84
Nueces
$1,336,102,272
320,558
$4,168.05
Coke
$15,567,998
3,777
$4,121.79
Mitchell
$38,989,537
9,482
$4,111.95
Pecos
$67,795,044
16,495
$4,110.04
Hill
$144,572,788
35,315
$4,093.81
Refugio
$30,193,687
7,386
$4,087.96
Loving
$253,254
62
$4,084.74
Hays
$579,650,386
142,310
$4,073.15
Nacogdoches
$254,296,921
62,671
$4,057.65
Jim Hogg
$20,527,987
5,078
$4,042.53
Bowie
$376,846,392
93,295
$4,039.30
Crosby
$25,777,209
6,391
$4,033.36
Hockley
$89,379,857
22,210
$4,024.31
Menard
$9,440,692
2,349
$4,019.03
Washington
$130,796,832
32,767
$3,991.72
Burleson
$72,177,757
18,167
$3,973.01
Atascosa
$172,275,132
43,412
$3,968.38
Swisher
$31,738,500
8,007
$3,963.84
Hopkins
$134,911,602
34,111
$3,955.08
Tyler
$83,696,179
21,168
$3,953.90
Borden
$2,743,386
696
$3,941.65
Castro
$29,725,342
7,544
$3,940.26
Red River
$53,758,045
13,678
$3,930.26
Jim Wells
$161,279,539
41,335
$3,901.77
Lynn
$23,186,835
5,943
$3,901.54
Tom Green
$401,136,443
103,040
$3,893.02
Medina
$170,855,956
44,107
$3,873.67
Freestone
$76,035,716
19,643
$3,870.88
Sterling
$4,608,238
1,192
$3,865.97
Val Verde
$183,633,934
47,863
$3,836.66
Leon
$61,308,241
16,033
$3,823.88
Fisher
$15,765,720
4,151
$3,798.05
Palo Pinto
$106,103,830
27,960
$3,794.84
Milam
$96,101,647
25,468
$3,773.43
San Patricio
$260,214,717
69,201
$3,760.27
Gregg
$443,155,991
118,341
$3,744.74
Zapata
$52,958,638
14,200
$3,729.48
Shelby
$95,497,367
25,715
$3,713.68
Jack
$32,804,294
8,837
$3,712.15
Grimes
$92,299,491
24,884
$3,709.19
De Witt
$69,204,663
18,695
$3,701.77
San Augustine
$33,866,683
9,155
$3,699.26
Cochran
$12,749,951
3,454
$3,691.36
Scurry
$60,285,760
16,362
$3,684.50
Sabine
$38,092,898
10,377
$3,670.90
Hamilton
$31,137,300
8,523
$3,653.33
Titus
$110,474,221
30,531
$3,618.43
Bailey
$22,220,079
6,153
$3,611.26
Reeves
$41,293,265
11,440
$3,609.55
Callahan
$49,343,885
13,880
$3,555.03
Williamson
$1,349,529,604
381,461
$3,537.79
Hale
$124,033,079
35,326
$3,511.10
Jefferson
$863,346,047
245,904
$3,510.91



The only collapse is Klein's credibility. Is this an example of his s ignorance, or a reckless disregard for the truth?