Jun 30, 2010

Welcome To Port Arthur!

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Philip R. Klein posted two huge images of graffiti on Pleasure Island that take forever to download:
The talk is this weekend it will be family fun time in Port Arthur with a bunch of visitors to the biggest hunk of pork you have ever seen - called Port Arthur Texas. And families will come with their friends riding Motorcycles and when the kiddos go play on the playground at the park - well what they will see is simply a bunch of "Tags" all over Pleasure Island.
Does that say MS? Isn't that a gang.....oh well....those bikers don't care now do they. And we are sure those nice families won't mind either?
So in the last 10 years your tax dollars to the tune of over 20 million dollars - well.....this is how it is treated and get this - how the citizens of Port Arthur not only treat the island but maintain it. Another proud point in Port Arthur Texas.
These extreme close-ups lacked perspective like Philip's myopic opinions.

The red circle marks the spot where I caught an 8 lb. flounder in 2001. I dislike rhetoric from carpetbaggers who make their living in Southeast Texas, but only denigrate Jefferson County.  

While Klein previously complained about 2,000 bikers in Port Arthur, he missed this item in the Beaumont Enterprise:
Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and an estimated $2.9 million will be riding into Beaumont next May.

The Texas State Harley Owners Group (HOG) selected Beaumont as the site for the 2011 State Rally, which will be held at Ford Park and other locations around Southeast Texas, the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday afternoon.

More than 5,000 people, most with motorcycles, are expected to attend.
Klein's glass is half-empty.

The Purloined Letter

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Philip R. Klein claims he received this spurious fax as proof that Patrick McDermott is living in Cabo San Lucas. Philip's favorite vacation spot apparently has old faxes but not email, and Cacma uses the same mangled American syntax as Philip Klein. Curiouser and curiouser.

Soon to be a major motion picture, after Philip writes his book: "THE HUNT FOR PATRICK KIM MCDERMOTT - THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MAN."

For interview requests, contact Philip's publicist, Yvette Shearer.

EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS: "He's nuts!"

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From the Southeast Texas Record:
Klein claims media company stole story about locating Olivia Newton-John's boyfriend
6/30/2010 10:00 AM By Kelly Holleran

Investigator Philip Klein claims a New York media company stole confidential information from him regarding the disappearance of singer Olivia Newton-John's former boyfriend.

Klein, who owns Klein Investigations and Consulting, sued television production company Wide Eye Communications, its managing editor, Dylan Howard, and public relations firm Crocmedia, alleging they made fraudulent representations to gain secret information.

Klein claims he was promised $80,000 for all his information regarding his investigation into the disappearance of Patrick McDermott.

However, Klein alleges the defendants absconded the secret information and stole Klein's story. The defendants claimed the information in their story was available to the public through publication and commercial use, according to the complaint.

In his lawsuit, Klein never reveals the confidential information revealed by Howard.
Sounds very familiar! Neither did the Southeast Texas Record mention whether Philip referenced his relationships with common farm animals.

Jun 29, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Sam the Eagle Identified!

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In response to this "reader mail," Philip R. Klein leaked the identity of Sam The Eagle (emphasis is mine):
From Houston :

"..and the wife and I are fighting about it. What is the deal between you and Neil Harrison. We used to work together at KLVI and I assure you he hates you."


Answer : Neil Harrison, who works with Clear Channel in Houston, lives in Sugarland and now is the Tech Guy for Clear Channel in Houston. He was the news man for KLVI. Neil got caught writing a web site and stalking our offices on camera in Nederland. Why? Well because once we found out that Neil was the Sam The Eagle Editor and Editor of another web site - we did a check on a guy that would stalk our offices and write a strange web sight. Kind of a stalker type gig. So we did a background and found that he was a convicted criminal and we posted it. He was convicted of Obstruction charged by the Port Arthur Police Department. My opinion of Harrison is that he is a very sick person and that nothing can be taken for granted by him. I am surprised that Clear Channel keeps him employed - but then it is what it is. What he does on his off time and his "freedom of speech" as he calls it is what it is. You will hear more about Neil in the upcoming months. He is a very angry yet sad person. Now that 10,000 people will read this about Neil - I am sure most of you will feel as we do - sad for him. Very very sad. We are hearing some chatter today - the law firm is handling it. Another count. They just keep adding it on. Parody? Right?
Apparently, the two readers were fighting over Klein's $1,000 reward. Klein has now revealed the identities of the two culprits, Sam the Eagle and Gus Pillsbury.

In my case, I'm both Carl and Beverly Parker:
Sam the Eagle and the DOKS (Parkers) have a goal in mind - which is to effect [sic] a lawsuit that is pending and to try and discredit me.
And Joe Deshotel, Jr.:
He is also rumored to be behind another web site, being "Gus Pillsbury"....
And Dr. Bruce Drury:
The site abruptly changes its name to “Operation Kleinwatch” post enquiry [sic] from Google Security. The site keeps the following themes through all stories : (1) made up [sic] sources, (2) liable [sic] issues towards individuals or governments, (3) the purposeful inability to get stories correct, (4) and that “Klein lies.” The “writer” notes themselves as a retired professor.
For the record, I can't comment on Sam the Eagle's true identity (we're in litigation).

Jun 28, 2010

Uh no (Busted Again)

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Philip R. Klein wrote in his Monday article on the SET Political Review:
Through a TEA source - the Review has learned that the Memorial High School TAKS test grades were even if not down over a four year period.

For those of you in North Orange County - the new schools did not help the children's grades!


In the end - another liberal left wing fallacy is gone. Being new buildings do NOT increase kids school grades.
This argument is so abysmally obtuse that it deserves no comment, although it's highly representative of Philip's comprehension skills.

Instead, I thought we'd revisit another recent claim as promised on June 17, 2010:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from a City of Beaumont source and an internal source at the BISD - that the new Carroll Thomas stadium may have serious structural problems and may be sinking into the ground.

Stop laughing - it is serious and we are too.


"There are some problems. I am not a liberty to discuss them - especially with you and your rag," said a source at the BISD.
Few people would refer to the SETPR as a "rag," but Philip R. Klein is one. According to Klein's "story behind the story,"the cost to fix the "sinking stadium:"
Ah yes.....folks.....we said a total of 2.5 million. And that as our source said is a drop in the bucket.
At the time, the Beaumont Enterprise and the rest of the media reported a potential cost of $1.1 million. I wrote: "Philip has misrepresented the facts: no one claimed that he lied concerning this particular story. In the case of Operation Kleinwatch, I did not comment because I couldn't conclusively prove Klein lied."

It's time to comment!  From Monday's Beaumont Enterprise:
Fixing the lumpy field at Beaumont ISD's Dr. Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center is going to be considerably cheaper than the $1 million figure bandied about earlier this month, representatives of Parsons bond management firm said Monday.

In fact, it might even be cheaper than the $275,000 unhappy school board members allocated for the job on June 17, Ed Caillouette, Parsons program director, said.
Philip calls this political commentary, I call it symptoms one, four, six, seven, and nine.

Jun 26, 2010

The Worst of Philip Klein: Cyberstalker

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All links on Operation Kleinwatch that point to Philip R. Klein's websites are anonymized, including the Southeast Texas Political Review and Find Patrick McDermott. I've mentioned this in passing several times on this blog, but here's a more detailed explanation and a look at Klein's propensity for online harassment and cyberstalking.

As confirmed in his MSNBC-TV segment, Beyond the Sea, Philip R. Klein tracks the IP numbers of visitors to his websites. From Philip's purported "sworn affidavit" recently posted to the SETPR:
On or about April 6, 2005, in conjunction with PNX Communications of Orange, Texas, who was the host of the websited known as www.setpoliticalreview.com was placed on notice that a filter and tracking of the said site would be undertaken.


On or about August 2007, the system was changed from PNX to GOWEB systems in Houston, Texas.

On or about August 3, 3007 [sic], such postings continued and simply were tracked.
Klein didn't explain how GOWEB could track traffic to the SETPR almost 1000 years in the future, why the notary's jurat is missing, or why this "sworn affidavit" has apparently never been filed in any Texas court, perhaps because filing a false affidavit is a felony. From his "Lawsuit page:"
A third web site agrees to cooperate in giving the legal team and investigators all IP addresses passed through their site from Operationkleinwatch over the past four months since the site posted a link to an anonymous IP address block site. Such was received on October 5, 2009 in an agreement not to litigate.
Ignoring PRK's techno-gibberish, he's referencing Anonymouse.org, a company which operates an anonymous proxy server in the Seychelles Islands.  Since the server and company are located offshore, they are not subject to the laws of the United States, nor do they even keep the records that Klein alleges he obtained:
Logfiles: Anonymouse does not keep records of site accesses. Usage logs will only be created during technical problems and are immediately destroyed after the technical problem is solved.
While Klein's statement is a blatant lie, he's clearly trying to intimidate those who visit his site with this anonymous link. Other examples of Klein's online harassment and cyberstalking are legion, dating back until at least 2003.  My favorite to date: the $1,000 reward that Klein offered for the identity of Sam the Eagle.

I've already mentioned Klein's alleged anonymous postings on the Beaumont Underground blog in the Wrath of Trog and To Black (Caution: Obscene Language). In response, PRK posted the sci-fi and fantasy piece referenced above, "Sworn Affidavit of Philip R. Klein, TPLI-PPO."

The Daily Telegraph in Australia reported that Yvette Nipar, former wife of Patrick McDermott, filed a complaint against Klein with the Van Nuys division of the LAPD:
McDermott's ex-wife Yvette Nipar, 45, formally complained that Mr Klein had been harassing her after the two exchanged a series of emails in April.
Philip responded on his FindPatrickMcDermott site:
"We can confirm for the media that on April 27, 2010, Yvette Nipar, Mr. McDermott's former wife, filed cause / case # 100910585 with the Los Angeles Police Department, the accusation being "unwanted emails."  Accordingly, the LAPD opened an investigation regarding this matter. The allegation was that Investigator Philip Klein was sending Yvette Nipar "unwanted emails."
Nipar called it "harassment," while Klein called it "unwanted emails."

PRK invaded a Facebook page devoted to the book If the Devil Had a Wife with more "unwanted emails:"
Philip R. Klein: And now for the real truth.

Where The Real Truth Starts

www.thestarktruth.org
The Stark Foundation operates this site to counter charges made in this book
Author of the Book: I understand that Phillip Klein, a private investigator hired by the Stark Foundation, has posted on this page...

FB One: Hmm, looks like The Devil has it's own personal troll. The Devil has a personal interest in all this, while the protaganist is merely a paid minion, doing the bidding of whomever signs their paycheck. Nuff said. Who does sign your paycheck?

Philip R. Klein
: I sign my paycheck through our company. Name calling is not necessary. Just telling another side to the story. Maybe you should take time and read the stark truth, then read the book again and form your own opinion. This is America - right?


FB One
: Ok, so you're independently wealthy, and proselytizing on the boards of those whom you have a beef with is merely your hobby. I think you just offered me a bit of insight into the "truths' I might find on the link you're attempting to peddle here. Run along, now. Guess you don't know how to cut and paste a power link, either.

Philip R. Klein
: Thanks. No - I am just a working guy that works about 70 hours a week. I wish I was independently wealthy. I am not "peddling" here - just posting the other side to a very important issue. Thanks for the smile this morning.


FB Two
: Just to clarify then....Mr. Klein, have you been hired by the Stark Foundation to investigate supporters of this book, this fan page or anything else associated with the book? I have been under the assumption that you are and if you are not I have some apologizing to do. If my memory is correct, I seem to remember you coming on here one day (or night) and stating that the Foundation had hired you and you were watching this site and downloading information from it on an hourly basis. Am I misremembering (thanks to Mark McGwire for that great word)?

Philip R. Klein:
[no response]
While I have no opinion on this controversy, PRK tried to bully patrons with his standard bag of tricks:
FB Three I am so ticked... I received the following:

Philip R. Klein
May 12 at 10:47am 


You have made an accustion of felony criminal activity on my behalf. You have two choices - 1) take down your post, 2) present the facts and back up publicly to your accusations or I will be forced to file legal action.


In no way shape or form have I - nor my staff ever committed any criminal act. To suggest such without evidence is considered slander.


Philip R. Klein, TPLI-PPO
President
Klein Investments, Inc.
Klein Investigations and Consulting


FB Three:
Just received this email thru FB from Mr. Klein's account. Apparently I have said things that are considered to be slanderous without proof of evidence. Please let me make it clear... I am not and never did intend to indicate that Mr. Klein is the one that did the hacking into a FB account, but rather was implying it would be simple for one to do so... hmmm... do I need a good lawyer??? BTW, did anyone else receive such said emails from the account of Mr. Klein??

FB Four:
We are still living in America, but you would never know it (these days).

FB Five: 
Yes, I received an email from him also. I chose to not respond to him.
While FB Three was clearly worried by Klein's spurious charge, FB Five had the proper response to a cyberbully. Ignore him and he'll go away, unless one uses a cattle prod like Sam and Gus.

Klein is right, however: this is America and this social network has a reasonable expectation to express their opinions without harassment by a fat private investigator with NPD. In this exchange, Klein responded through private email, while the patron posted to the FB page. 
FB Six: It is beyond comprehension that a $500 Million Foundation would not only hire, but admit to hiring such an amateurish "detective" as Mr. Klein? His stalking Rebecca on this site and his crassness has told me more about The Stark Foundation than the book does! Orange is not a "Hick Town" with a bunch of Hillbillies roaming the streets. These people are responsible for a half billion dollar fortune, and in their eyes the "Promotion of Orange Texas"? If they use the same due diligence they did in accessing Mr Klein's character on investment and grant decisions, the Foundation is in DEEP trouble.

FB Six
: It only took Mr. Klein 7 minutes to respond to my post with a private email (get it, he is a "Private Detective").... I wonder how he found me? Why he must be a regular Hercule Poirot or perhaps Sherlock Holmes...but I'm guessing Maxwell Smart!.....BTW - Mr. Klein, if you are attempting to INTIMIDATE ME with your creep factor, you are wasting your time buddy....and The Stark Foundations money. You actually have Staff monitoring this site 24/7 on some type or cyber stakeout? That is just sick and very sad....but hey, if they would rather pay some hack PI instead of commissioning a study on how to prevent storm surge from another Hurricane from decimating Orange, it's their money.....Well at least they act like it's their money!

FB Six
: That was a whole 10 minutes Mr Klein...your are wasting the Foundations Money waiting that long to send me yet another private email. But hey, you know you are right! I do not know you. Never met you. Never even heard of you (hope your pride recovers). But I saw your posts, read the tone of your posts, and noticed the lack of maturity and class in your posts....and that I DO KNOW!.....Thank you so much for your concern about how this little tit of tat will weigh upon my worried mind as the Sun sets in the West and rises in the East in glory of the morrow. But I can guarantee you my troubled friend, I will not wake up and regret a single word I wrote, and I shall sleep like a baby until that wonderous moment.........Sorry to disappoint you!
I'd love to have a copy of Philip's off-list responses. My favorite from the page:
FB Seven: I would love to know how they can defend this hired gun they have wasting money on here attempting to intimidate the public - is that really the job of a "charitable foundation"?? Perhaps someone needs to take out an ad as a follow-up to their letter, notifying the general public just what their local foundation is up to on here so there's no doubt about all the charity in their hearts...just so those not on FB get to fully appreciate their intentions, as well. As Klein likes to remind everyone, this is a 'public' site, so let's just make all this as public as possible!

What exactly are they hoping to discover on here anyway- that Rebecca's fans are all plotting against them?? And they resort to amateurish scare tactics to keep others in their place- surely not this group of righteous do-gooders!?!

I think Leslie Nielsen should play the foundation CEO in the movie... and if only Don Knotts or Peter Sellers were still alive, either could play Mr. Klein quite well.
Since dead celebrities are open, I think Fatty Arbuckle would be a more appropriate choice to portray Philip R. Klein.

I do have an opinion on the question above concerning potential payments for Klein's time as a private investigator. According to the most recent guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (emphasis is mine):
The revised Guides also add new examples to illustrate the long standing principle that “material connections” (sometimes payments or free products) between advertisers and endorsers – connections that consumers would not expect – must be disclosed. These examples address what constitutes an endorsement when the message is conveyed by bloggers or other “word-of-mouth” marketers.
If the Stark Foundation indeed bankrolled Klein's operation, I believe this failure to disclose is an egregious breech of ethics.

Here's another example from several years ago. I've often wondered if someone paid for Philip's involvement, and if so, who? Published on the Southeast Texas Political Review in January 2005:


In reality, Recall Carl was never identified.

Jun 24, 2010

The Worst of Philip Klein: The Bayou Connection

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Gator mentioned this in a posting on the Bayou, a Beaumont Enterprise blog. As he noted, these estimates are not from the 2010 Census, but based on growth since the 2000 Census:
According to new census data released today (the FINAL estimates before the 2010 results are issued), Beaumont’s population — for the period ending July 1, 2009 — went UP for the third consecutive year.

Pop the champagne, y’all.

Or not. See for yourself, there’s a link to the figures below. Be warned: it involves small print, spreadsheets and lotsa data. It could cause brain damage, so you’re best bet would be to read on and try not to think too much.

Bursting at the seams, we are. That is, if you consider 145 brave new citizens an “influx” — rising from 109,954 (‘08) to 110,099 (‘09).
I encourage everyone to ignore Gator's advice and read the numbers for themselves, or risk becoming the village idiot on a regular basis:
From Philip R. Klein's posting "Early" on January 25, 2010: 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...Here are the facts - people are leaving Jefferson County to the tune of 120 families a month...The perfect storm is on the horizon.
Bouquets to Gator for providing proper perspective:
  • Jefferson County: 242,201 UP to 243,237
  • Orange County: 82,871 DOWN to 81,816
  • Hardin County: 52,405 UP to 53,424
Brickbats to Gator for not commenting on this item and for stealing The Count from Sam The Eagle (who we like, but he stole it from Jim Henson).

Jun 23, 2010

To Black (CAUTION: Obscene Language)

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Philip R. Klein wrote in his only posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review this week (emphasis is PRK's):
This week we will be black.
I received a copy of those purported comments allegedly left by Klein on the Beaumont Underground blog. The IP numbers match Klein's home and work IP numbers, as confirmed through those comments where Philip signed his name and cross-posted to the SET Political Review.

These comments put Klein's statement in a different perspective:
IP Address:68.206.0.116
Wanda said...


I had a negro cut my yard. I provide jobs.

April 28, 2010 6:26 AM
IP Address: 68.206.0.116
Anonymous said...

As much as I hate to say it, anon 5:09 is correct. Give it up. The negro has the mojo rolling!

May 10, 2010 6:49 PM
I've commented on Klein's racist statements before on several occasions, and as noted in this article, I'm firmly convinced that Klein did indeed write these crude and racist remarks. 

This particular comment is further confirmation (CAUTION: language is unedited):
IP Address: 24.173.39.97
Anonymous said...


No, she was a negro. Get it straight you pussy ass mother fucker sam the egale. Go fly back to your nest and give yourself another wing job. Dickhead.

VOTE FOR JEFF BRANICK FOR COUNTY JUDGE!

April 28, 2010 1:54 PM
I can think of only one person who has such strong feelings about Sam The Eagle.

Jun 22, 2010

The Worst of Philip Klein (Pt II)

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In the very early days of this blog, Philip R. Klein spotlighted Operation Kleinwatch (then, The Decline of Kline) to intimidate me into giving up and going away. That is, until he realized that I wasn't easily intimidated by a fat detective with a severe case of NPD. These days, he files nuisance lawsuits and I'm still not intimidated.

At the time, Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam was suing Klein over his defamatory statements concerning a fictitious incident in the Judge's chambers. Another blogger, PG, at the de Novo blog commented on Philip's lawsuit.

I mentioned this in the first of many open letters to Philip R. Klein, which sparked a three-way dialogue between Klein, PG, and me.


Open Letter to Philip Klein

Posted by Gus Pillsbury on Monday, May 7, 2007
Dear Philip;

I heard the portion of your weekly radio show devoted to me and the Decline of Kline this past Saturday. Based on the number of local commercials that I heard during your two hours on the air, I'm guessing I'll probably pick up at least 5 or 6 new readers from that mention. Thanks!

While I certainly appreciate the mention, it's not necessary. Word is apparently spreading about this site. As an example, this blog was also mentioned on MegaDump last week. Who knows - maybe I'll even show up in Mr. Sluggo's Top 30.

Some observations on your statements:

Calling your radio show "the area's only radio blog" is an oxymoron. Since a blog is short for a web log, your radio show is really a radio show about a web log. This is typical of your basic misunderstanding of most issues, but in the greater scheme of things, this one is no big deal. More importantly, that claim is a blatant falsehood. Drudge has had a two-hour show on KLVI for the past 10 years or so. I bet Drudge's ratings are better than yours, too.

Attributing the reason that I'm not displayed on your front page to the anonymity of this blog is another lie. The Trog Blog (Beaumont Underground) is anonymous, yet you regularly comment on that blog in Tidbits and a link is included on your front page. I really don't care if this site is displayed on your front page or not, but at least have the integrity to admit the truth: your ego is too fragile to allow regular criticism of your confused opinions.

I had to laugh when you claimed that you've only briefly looked at this site once or twice. I know you check here frequently - you are as subtle as a 9 pound hammer: "That's funny, no matter who you are." According to my own anonymous sources, this blog has become one of your daily stops while combing the Internet looking for any mention of your name.

As an example, I particularly liked your recent exchange on the relatively unknown legal blog, De Novo:
Break Another Little Piece of My Door by PG

Oh, to be writing an exam about press rights again...

[Port Arthur Precinct 8 Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III] will be seeing a different side of the bench on April 23, as he makes an appearance as the plaintiff in a case filed against a local blogger.Gillam filed a legal case Wednesday morning in the 58th District Court against Philip Klein, said Brent Coon, one of Gillam’s two legal representatives."Philip Klein recently stated on the website 'Southeast Texas Political Review 2007' that Gillam recently engaged in an inappropriate sexual act with a woman at the (Port Arthur) courthouse," a statement released Wednesday by Coon and Beaumont attorney Gerald W. Eddins on Gillam's behalf, read.

[Question: what would be an appropriate sexual act in which to engage at a courthouse?]"

Klein further stated in the same article that an employee walked in on Judge Gillam during the alleged act, became upset and left the courthouse in a manner that caused a glass door to break. This story is patently false, malicious and defamatory."Coon said Gillam is seeking unspecified damages from Klein and Klein Investments, Inc. of Nederland for the "damage done to his reputation and good name of his family."

The judge's version of how the glass door broke is reported here.
Personally, I just want to sue SETX Political Review for inflicting emotional distress through heinous web design...
To which you replied:
Ouch - you do not like our design?
Philip R. Klein Editor
Posted by: Philip R. Klein at April 20, 2007 11:52 PM
PG's reply was priceless:
I think you have a great concept with regard to focusing on local politics -- many commentators have said that this is really what "citizen journalism" is supposed to be about. In particular, having mp3s available of the last radio show you've done is excellent. And clearly you're successfully annoying the area powerful.

But yes, the web design is terrible. Unless the website is solely intended as advertising for Klein and Associates Political Relations/ Klein Investments, Inc., there's no reason to have that and the PO Box and phone number be the first thing that a visitor to the site sees.

1) Standard web design would put at the bottom of the page pretty much everything that you've put at the top: the statcounter, sponsor name, contact info, etc.

2) There are no permanent links to the individual articles and editorials. Suppose I want to direct my readers to your editorial "The Offer." There's not really any way I can get them
directly to it. You seem to change the content on the URL http://www.setpoliticalreview.com/edtitorial.htm regularly, so there's no stable way to see "The Offer."

3) Confusion between news and opinion. Today's "top story" on Sheryl Crow is really an editorial, yet it is not categorized with the other editorials. SETPR is not breaking a story here -- it is copying information from the national media and commenting on it.

4) Copyediting slows down the process of getting the message out, but it goes a long way to making a website look more professional and thus more likely to be taken seriously. The Sheryl Crow remarks are rife with grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. No matter how good a point the writer is making, if I am an educated person who judges others based on their literacy (as most people do -- hence the social bias against Ebonics and other non-standard forms of English), then I am not going to bother reading this article because I will quickly dismiss the author as too careless to be likely to have informed, well-thought-out ideas.

Posted by: PG at April 23, 2007 01:18 PM
Bear in mind that PG's take was based on a one-time visit to your site. He obviously doesn't realize that no permanent links exist because you don't want anyone keeping track of past statements for accountability. Nor does he realize that any confusion between news and opinion is purely intentional. That is, if you truly know the difference between news and opinion.

I thought his fourth comment was the funniest, however. He apparently doesn't realize that those aren't mistakes in editing; rather, they're quite representative of your abilities, as evidenced by your frequent malapropisms such as "copy write" for "copyright" and "liable" for "libel."

If only PG knew you like we do - I'm sure he'd also have something to say about your fictitious sources, your personal agenda poorly disguised as political commentary, and your truculent attempts at bullying others.

Sincerely yours,

The Gutless Mr. Anonymous


PG Is Impersonated

by PG (posted on May 7, 2007 at the de Novo blog)
Having said my last say on the AutoAdmit controversy, I was surprised to find myself getting pulled into a different fight between the named and anonymous: Philip Klein, whose web design on the Southeast Texas Political Review I critiqued in passing while commenting on a lawsuit against him, and "The Gutless Mr. Anonymous" at The Decline of Klein. The latter quoted my criticisms in his blog attacking Mr. Klein, and Mr. Klein replied. As I mentioned in the earlier De Novo post, SETPR's links are unstable, so I've copied his post after the jump. The part that worried me was this, in reference to my De Novo post:
DOK : As an example, I particularly liked your recent exchange on the relatively unknown legal blog, De Novo:

Response : I know - I had never heard about that site. He gives good advice. Oh... and he called me. Nice guy. Wanted to tell me what he thought of the lawsuit. Funny thing what others see out there looking into Jefferson County.
Unless I have been sleep-calling radio shows, I never have called Mr. Klein. I am a little disturbed by the thought that someone could have seen my post and decided to call Mr. Klein, pretending to be me, so I'm hoping that his remark about having called him was a joke, or actually intended to reference someone other than me.

"The Decline of Kline" By Philip R. Klein, Editor

And then there were six as it was once said.

What am I talking about? Well, over the last 13 years since I have been doing this site, there have been six sites dedicated to "spreading" the other side of the word. Meaning? Who knows?

So now we welcome #7. It is called the "Decline of Kline and this afternoon we have published the link to our front page. And the site gets it's due.

You may ask - why does he put a site up that is dedicated against him?

I do it for a few reasons.

First, it increases our readership. The more hits the better for us. It keeps interest in what we write and then others run over to the other site to see what the anti-klines (AK's) write.

Second, it is a good insight for you the reader to see the thought process of who and what runs Jefferson County Texas. It can and will get interesting. It is also funny to watch the writers do the same thing they accuse me of!

And last - it gives the AK's a place to go and be heard. Yes, they are gutless and they are too scared to sign their names. That is the reason for the blog - a place to go run and hide. So keep that in mind when you read the posts.

This morning I received an email from a good friend of mine that keeps up with this stuff in Houston for me. A download continues to come from two places - Lamar University and a local lawyers IP address. Thus - we kind of have an idea who is writing it and why. This morning my buddy wrote me an email and sent me a copy of the "open letter" to myself.

So - to kick off our newly found relationship - I will answer. So let's start the fun with Blog Site NUMBER 7 - "The Delcine" of Kline. His is in black my response is in regular type.

DOK : I heard the portion of your weekly radio show devoted to me and the Decline of Kline this past Saturday. Based on the number of local commercials that I heard during your two hours on the air, I'm guessing I'll probably pick up at least 5 or 6 new readers from that mention. Thanks!


Response : You are welcome. And welcome to our front page where you will be front and center for all to see!

DOK : While I certainly appreciate the mention, it's not necessary. Word is apparently spreading about this site. As an example, this blog was also mentioned on MegaDump last week. Who knows - maybe I'll even show up in Mr. Sluggo's Top 30.


Response : Great! We hope you make it to number one! It helps us. We love success! We wish you nothing but the best!

DOK : Calling your radio show "the area's only radio blog" is an oxymoron (key word read on). Since a blog is short for a web log, your radio show is really a radio show about a web log. This is typical of your basic misunderstanding of most issues, but in the greater scheme of things, this one is no big deal. More importantly, that claim is a blatant falsehood. Drudge has had a two-hour show on KLVI for the past 10 years or so. I bet Drudge's ratings are better than yours, too.


Response : I am not sure how that works. My station does all of the production and commercials as well as bumpers (intros and exits). But I will ask this next week at our production meeting. I was unaware that Drudge does a show. I know - I do misunderstand a bunch in the radio business - but I am learning. We have done about 75 or so shows and each one I try to improve. And as for Drudge - I have never heard his show, but my guess is that you are right - he is better. I would hope so anyway.

DOK : Attributing the reason that I'm not displayed on your front page to the anonymity of this blog is another lie. The Trog Blog (Beaumont Underground) is anonymous, yet you regularly comment on that blog in Tidbits and a link is included on your front page. I really don't care if this site is displayed on your front page or not, but at least have the integrity to admit the truth: your ego is too fragile to allow regular criticism of your confused opinions.


Response : First - yes you do care or you would not mention it. So be honest with yourself - you get your jollies out of it. It is okay. Many have come before you and will after.

Okay - lets test your theory. Okay? You are up and running - go get 'em big guy! Get up on your speakers podium and give your speeches cloaked with your bag on your head! You deserve your chance just like the other six before! But I kind of think it will get old also. You can only call me so many names, call me a liar (three times so far in your diatribe), or talk about my personal life so many times before people think it is just more of the same. Credibility is important - and helping yours might be a good thing if you sign your name. But it is easier for you to hide like a little school boy and throw your rocks. Yes, a couple will hit, but in the end when we face each other - you will lose (ask the other six). But you know that - that is why you hide now. Pride in your work? Never mind - it is your 1st amendment right? That seems to be selective here in Jefferson County. Welcome to the club - once you are in - you are in. And trust me - you are in.

DOK : I had to laugh when you claimed that you've only briefly looked at this site once or twice. I know you check here frequently - you are as subtle as a 9 pound hammer...that's funny, no matter who you are. According to my own anonymous sources, this blog has become one of your daily stops while combing the internet looking for any mention of your name.


Response : Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but I really did not hear about your site until last Monday and started to look at it. Three times in all. I just do not have the time. I wish I had more time. However, to be honest with you, it is kind of boring. The same old crap that the six other sites have put up over the past six year. In fact, I only read your posts and a couple of the readers writings - not much to it. I did like the Friday Fact check. Keying on the stuff you see as wrong is pretty good - but I noticed that the other 75% of the content was not mentioned? Advice - if you are going to do it - spend some time on it. I know you are busy - but if you are going to do it - do it. It helps our readership - and yours.

DOK : As an example, I particularly liked your recent exchange on the relatively unknown legal blog, De Novo:


Response : I know - I had never heard about that site. He gives good advice. Oh...and he called me. Nice guy. Wanted to tell me what he thought of the lawsuit. Funny thing what others see out there looking into Jefferson County.

DOK : Bear in mind that PG's take was based on a one-time visit to your site. He obviously doesn't realize that no permanent links exist because you don't want anyone keeping track of past statements for accountability. Nor does he realize that any confusion between news and opinion is purely intentional. That is, if you truly know the difference between news and opinion.


Response : Thanks....we never had in mind being a news type person. I am and editorialist that gives the story behind the story. A couple of folks in the mainstream tell me that we break stories that are shut down in their newsrooms for some reason. Something about lawyers and worry? Strange? But it is an honor for a mainstream Blog to write about us! Gone national!

DOK : I thought his fourth comment was the funniest, however. He apparently doesn't realize that those aren't mistakes in editing; rather, they're quite representative of your abilities, as evidenced by your frequent malapropisms such as "copy write" for "copyright" and "liable" for "libel."


Response : I know - I have been bad at spelling most of my life. I am getting a little better but it is an uphill battle. Oh...by the way...did you look at your posts? Ah yes - the fun has just begun!

DOK : If only PG knew you like we do - I'm sure he'd also have something to say about your ficticious sources, your personal agenda poorly disquised as political commentary, and your truculent attempts at bullying others.


Response : your ficticious sources / disquised as political - I am not real sure here but should that not read : your fictitious sources / disguised as political - ? Moving on - my personal agenda is to write a political web site and tell the stories that others cannot tell on a low tech bad spelling web site and draw out gutless whining, bad spelling, and most of all whining school boys play your games as we all laugh. Kind of like yours?

And by the way :

My name is Philip Klein - and this IS the Southeast Texas Political Review!


BREAKING NEWS: Philip Klein is Busted

Posted by Gus Pillsbury on Monday, May 7, 2007 
I couldn't resist the temptation of using Philip's "Breaking News" line in giant font. Here's an interesting blog article reprinted from the de Novo blog:
PG Is Impersonated
by PG

Having said my last say on the AutoAdmit controversy, I was surprised to find myself getting pulled into a different fight between the named and anonymous: Philip Klein, whose web design on the Southeast Texas Political Review I critiqued in passing while commenting on a lawsuit against him, and "The Gutless Mr. Anonymous" at The Decline of Klein. The latter quoted my criticisms in his blog attacking Mr. Klein, and Mr. Klein replied. As I mentioned in the earlier De Novo post, SETPR's links are unstable, so I've copied his post after the jump. The part that worried me was this, in reference to my De Novo post:
Decline of Kline: As an example, I particularly liked your recent exchange on the relatively unknown legal blog, De Novo:

Klein's Response:
I know - I had never heard about that site. He gives good advice. Oh... and he called me. Nice guy. Wanted to tell me what he thought of the lawsuit. Funny thing what others see out there looking into Jefferson County.
Unless I have been sleep-calling radio shows, I never have called Mr. Klein. I am a little disturbed by the thought that someone could have seen my post and decided to call Mr. Klein, pretending to be me, so I'm hoping that his remark about having called him was a joke, or actually intended to reference someone other than me.
You can read the entire posting on PG's blog, de Novo, here. Thanks for setting the record straight, PG. I'm absolutely certain that no one called Mr. Klein pretending to be you; rather, this is an excellent example of Philip's manufactured sources. Klein claims to be an "editorialist;" in reality, he's only adept at making up sources to buttress his fallacies and character assassinations.

For Klein's sake, I hope he's lined up some sources to back him up when Gilliam v. Klein comes to trial. Exercising one's First Amendment rights presupposes certain responsibilities - making up lies about individuals because one disagrees with their politics is not protected speech. Philip's unstable links simply mirror his personality.

I must agree with Philip on one point, however; people who are first exposed to Jefferson County through Klein's distinctly dystopian vision must think we're all uneducated idiots. Actually, PG, Klein is not a native, but a transplant who moved into the area and married into a family business, ran that business into bankruptcy through bad management, and now complains about the politicians and attorneys of Jefferson County. He's not credible; instead he's considered a joke by both local conservatives and liberals alike.

The rest of Klein's response speaks for itself and is as fallacious as this particular point, so I won't waste my time refuting his nonsense line for line.

Jun 21, 2010

The Worst of Philip Klein (Pt 1)

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As a ploy to gain sympathy, Philip R. Klein has frequently claimed: 
Because there are other victims out there like myself and my family at the hands of whining scared angry and most of all unethical persons who have attacked my family and myself - over a political opinion.
I am a private person that has been attacked with untruths about filing for bankruptcy, having sex with farm animals and other horrible things that have hurt myself, my family and my businesses that myself and my staff has worked very hard to grow and maintain.
We are more than willing to have the courts tell me that I cannot sue and the operators of the web site can tell everyone in the world that I have filed for bankruptcy, had sex with farm animals, post pictures of my home and my family, doctor pictures of myself and in all call it a "parody" to a private person.
Typically, Philip is misrepresenting the truth.

While Philip R. Klein has never personally filed for bankruptcy, PRK Enterprises has, of which Philip is the CEO. Likewise, I've never posted pictures of Klein's home or his family, and I've never claimed that Philip has had sex with farm animals.

I have, however, posted pictures of Philip as parody, usually under the guise of a spoofed magazine cover.  Apparently, Philip R. Klein and the followers of Islam and are pretty touchy about this. Fortunately, we live in the United States, not Afghanistan, where parody is indeed protected by the First Amendment.

Regarding Klein's claim that I've attacked his family, he's apparently referencing the following exchange from 2008. Readers can decide for themselves whether this constitutes an actual attack on Philip's family. It's also interesting to note that Caroline Klein considers her father a politician (in emphasis below), even though Philip claims he's a "private person."

A View From The Outside

Posted by Caroline L. Klein on June 25, 2008, as a Guest Editorial on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

As I am lying in bed one night, tired after a 12 hour day at work, I decide  to explore the internet. I navigate to my dad’s website…I usually like to read  the editorials and reader mail. I really do not look at it very often. If you know me, you know I do my best to stay away from politics. I have never been a political person nor do I ever intend to be. Me, well I am interested in dance (ballet) and child psychology.

Now maybe once in a blue moon I will read those stupid blogs, the Philip Klein haters. My first thought is how people can really care that much about hating someone who has different political views? Typically, dad does not let those people get to him. He is just simply speaking his opinion about what is going on in the political world of SET. Now, it is understandable that people will write things about him; after all, he puts himself out there through his website. That is his choice. He is a strong person and can hold his own. Then I come across something that really hit me hard.

A blogger, who used my brother and me as a way to try and get to dad. I find it funny when people say Charley is screwed up because he lived at my dad’s in Nederland, or someone saying my father and I have no relationship and never will. If someone is going to say things like that, at least have the audacity to sign your name. I can assure you that my brother is an amazing 20 year old who is enjoying life and working for what he wants. We see each other when we can, since I live in Austin it makes it difficult. The two of us cherish our family trips with both sides of our families and the time we have together. Although dad and I have had our differences, I realize how strong our relationship really is. My dad has given me nothing but love, support, and guidance over the years.

Growing up as a child of a politician has not been easy, but growing up as the daughter of a wonderful dad is a different story.Although my parents got divorced, for any child that is a difficult thing, especially when being so young. I have special childhood memories of my dad taking me and my best friend to school. As we were driving down Delaware, dad would frequently put on our favorite song, Shiny Happy People by REM. I couldn’t touch the floor boards of the car so my legs where straight out in front of me and I would dance bouncing my legs up and down singing “Shiny happy people laughing..”. Then my junior year in high school, dad took me on a trip to visit colleges. He took me to the two colleges I had in mind: TCU and Texas Tech.

One year later I was enrolled at Tech where four years later I graduated. I wasn’t quite sure what was next. I was battling moving back to Beaumont where it was comfortable and most of my friends and family lived or moving to Austin where I knew no one. I talked to my dad about it a lot and he told me to follow my heart. To try something new, that was out of my comfort zone. So I took a chance. I moved to Austin, made a life for myself. I have a great job, amazing friends and an amazing boyfriend of nearly 5 years. Those are memories that will last me forever.

I have seen a lot of things written about Charley and me. Dad chooses to  shield us from a lot of it. He could easily let those little snide remarks about our family or his ex-wives get to him and upset him but he is better than that. I wish all of you would just stick to the facts of politics. You don’t have to bring family or ex-families into it. I mean, what is the point?

Over all, I can assure everyone, Charley and I are just fine. No, we are not messed up young adults. We have lived and are living a wonderful and blessed life doing what we love. We have our father, mother, step-parents, and grandparents that love and support us with whatever we do and wherever we go in life. We may not always get along and I am sure we will get into fights here and there but Charley and I are so blessed to have the four parents that we have. After all, even if something were to ever go wrong, Charley and I will always have each other!

An Open Letter to Caroline Klein

Published by Gus Pillsbury on July 7, 2010

Dear Caroline;

I read your guest editorial on your father's website and felt compelled to respond.

Please forgive the tardiness of my response. I took last week off in celebration of our country's 232nd birthday, but I wanted to answer your questions, correct several fallacies, and pose some questions to you.

On your musical reference, you missed the sarcasm inherent in the song, "Shiny Happy People." In a VH1 interview I saw with Michael Stipe, he wrote the song as a commentary about those superficial people who always claim they're happy. Still apropos, do you agree?

Given the nature of your editorial, I wondered whether your father purposefully solicited this editorial from you. If so, doesn't this constitute exploiting his children for his credibility?

Despite your claims, I've never mentioned you or your brother before now. I suspect you're taking your father's propaganda at face value without investigating for yourself. Please verify by examining my previous articles on the link in the sidebar, unlike your father who refuses to post his past articles detailing his ever-changing positions.

You asked this question:
I have seen a lot of things written about Charley and me. Dad chooses to shield us from a lot of it. He could easily let those little snide remarks about our family or his ex-wives get to him and upset him but he is better than that. I wish all of you would just stick to the facts of politics. You don’t have to bring family or ex-families into it. I mean, what is the point?
The point is this: your father's predilection for sniffing underwear does not constitute legitimate political discourse.

Rather, it's mean-spirited character assassination of the cheapest sort. If publishing malicious and false rumors about a purported adulterous affair by a sitting Justice of the Peace constitutes true political debate, then a history of broken marriages and adulterous affairs by the person making those claims is pertinent as well, don't you agree?

Regarding attacks on your family, I've only mentioned your uncle Peter, after he injected himself into the issue of Dr. Jeffrey Klem's prosecution. Here's an example:
How about enlightening us with your predictions on the elections, Dr. Klem?
This was one of many comments that your uncle left on my comments section and your father's mailing list, the Talk Back Line, where he erroneously identified me as Dr. Jeffrey Klem. This came after I pointed out that your father was exploiting three children and an intensely personal family tragedy to further his personal agenda against Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness.

You can read those articles here, here, here, and here.

I found your father's speculation on what actually occurred reprehensible. Since you're interested in child psychology, what effects do you think broadcasting lurid and graphic fantasies on KOLE-AM, a public radio station, had on these local girls? When your father conjured an imaginative story about Klem "putting his hands down three girls panties and fondling them" and you could actually hear him salivating. This was in extremely poor taste, yet your father regularly attacks "the media."



Your father has never addressed any of these legitimate complaints. His inflammatory rhetoric wasn't "about the children" as he claimed, but rather about his own personal agenda against Tom Maness.

I found your uncle's attack on me especially interesting considering the strained relations between Peter and Philip. Since you clearly stated that your father is a politician, perspective on Peter and Philip's comments from their relationship is certainly as relevant to this issue as the appalling and fictitious appeal to emotion exhibited by your father.

In my opinion, your father is a liar. As examples, he made these claims concerning the Klem case:
The Review has been told that the families will expose the workings of the District Attorney during a civil suit that has been filed in Jefferson County.
No civil suit was ever filed that "expose[d'] the workings of the District Attorney."
The Review has also learned that a FOX news production team has been floating around town asking questions. Hmmmm....now this might get really good.
According to the local Fox affiliate, no one from their station or the Fox News Network had a "production team floating around town asking questions." And the local Fox Radio affiliate didn't have a news department at the time Philip made that statement.

In some statements, your father maintained plausible deniability by attributing them to "anonymous sources." If these indeed came from an anonymous source as your father claims, why do you think he irresponsibly failed to verify whether those statements were true?

I'd like to hear your opinion on the incident concerning the de Novo blog, where you father claimed he was contacted by the author.

That never happened and was corroborated by the author. The entire incident is documented here and here. Incidentally, the author of the blog is a female, not a male as your father claimed. Wouldn't you agree that this is a blatant lie?

You asked:
My first thought is how people can really care that much about hating someone who has different political views?
As a person, indifference best characterizes my opinion of your father. I don't dislike him or wish him malice whatsoever. However, I strongly object to his manufactured lies, half-truths, smears, and personal attacks under the guise of credible political commentary.

Very little of what Philip does constitutes true political commentary. Whether your father could document Hilton Kelley's Eagle Scout Award has no relevance whatsoever to the questions Kelley as a community activist has raised about the wisdom of turning Port Arthur into the nation's toxic waste dump.

Likewise, publishing pictures of a single mother's home after Hurricane Rita has no relevance to the issues she raised concerning Carl Griffith's priorities for Jefferson County. If your father believes that speculating upon her emotional problems is relevant to the issues she's raised, then speculation on his own mental state is fair game as well since this has direct relevance upon his opinions, wouldn't you agree?

I look forward to hearing your reply. I'm sure your father will claim that I'm attacking his children again, but I'm interested in hearing your real opinions. If he refuses to print your response, you can always leave your comments here in confidence if you wish.

I hope you have more integrity than your father. While you give your father a lot of credit, I suspect your mother's side of the family had as much, if not more, to do with how you turned out. Your grandfather (on your mother's side) was a prince among men.

Sincerely yours,

Gus Pillsbury

"Caroline Klein" Responds!

Posted: on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, by Gus Pillsbury

Philip R. Klein posted this message today on his Reader Mail page:
From Austin :

Thank You for all the comments and feedback that I have received.  I have chosen not to respond to 'Gus's' letter. I said what I said and you got what you got from it.  I cannot respond to someone who cannot sign there name and then degrade my dad's integrity as well as mine.  Tonight someone very wise told me "People do what they do but their actions are not who they are."  My actions do not define me. My dad's actions do not define who he is.  Gus's actions do not define him. Your actions do not define you. What I wrote came from me. The way I feel. My view from the outside.  My opinion. With that, I hope you all have a wonderful week... I know I will.  :)


Caroline
Any questions about the author can be answered by simply reading - for example a college graduate would presumably know the difference between "there" and "their:"
"I cannot respond to someone who cannot sign there name...."
There are three other obvious grammatical tells from Philip in this purported letter from Caroline, but anyone remotely familiar with Philip's writing will immediately recognize his style:
"What I wrote came from me. The way I feel. My view from the outside.  My opinion."
Exploiting children for the sake of one's vanity is abominable and a mark of poor parenting.

Jun 18, 2010

Nitwit Tidbits

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From Friday, June 18, 2010:

The Philip R. Klein Ranch
Editors Note : We will be posting Tidbits today - then we will be taking the site down for a period of one week beginning Sunday Morning. This will happen at mid day. The front page will be active and the side pages will still be working. We will have no content for next week. We are doing some programming on the server. So - in essence - we are taking a week off. After today the next post will be Sunday June 27, 2010. We have been wanting to upgrade some security issues and this is the perfect time. We will post again - a week from Sunday.
Philip will be vacationing at his ranch in Comal County, according to an anonymous source not especially close to Klein.

Since the Southeast Texas Political Review will continue as normal with no substantive content, Operation Kleinwatch (OK) will feature a special "Worst of Philip R. Klein" next week.  Each day, OK will revisit one of the more notable articles in the past three years.

I've also received a copy of Klein's alleged traffic and postings to the Beaumont Underground blog. I'll feature a few of Philip's other purported comments not previously published. I'm told that copies of these postings, with IP numbers, have been filed with counsel, a federal agency, the FBI, Time-Warner Communications, an anonymous "spoofier", and the Sam the Eagle Political Review (snicker).

Note to Philip R. Klein: Please return the favor and send me a post card!

Jun 17, 2010

2.5 Million To Fix

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Philip R. Klein is crowing over the new BISD stadium, which has foundation problems. Klein first mentioned this on the Southeast Texas Political Review on June 2, 2010:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from a City of Beaumont source and an internal source at the BISD - that the new Carroll Thomas stadium may have serious structural problems and may be sinking into the ground.

Stop laughing - it is serious and we are too.

"There are some problems. I am not a liberty to discuss them - especially with you and your rag," said a source at the BISD.


So we went to our go to person - and they told us : "They don't want to talk about it right now. TAKS tests grades are out and that is the talk," the source told us.


So we then called the City of Beaumont and our source inside told us : "Yep - they have a problem. We are not sure how serious it is right now but engineers are looking at it. We may have to have them dismantle part of the stadium or attempt to do a fix. It is way too early to tell," the source told us.
In a posting on the SETPR today, Philip R. Klein's martyr complex is obvious: 
As the media rides the bus this afternoon and you get ready for your how great things are in BISD - the dirty secret got leaked to the Beaumont Enterprise and then to the media in general with the excuse that...well...there were no problems with Thomas Stadium.

Nothing was wrong. The Southeast Texas Political Review lies. Nothing wrong at all. All is good. Look media - all is good.

But wait? Didn't the Review report that over 10 days ago?

Oh...well.....we didn't know it was sinking! We just thought it was....you know....Klein.
Philip has misrepresented the facts: no one claimed that he lied concerning this particular story. In the case of Operation Kleinwatch, I did not comment because I couldn't conclusively prove Klein lied.

Verify this by examining my articles on June 2, 2010, and June 3, 2010. Klein's postings can't be verified because he purges his "top stories" on a weekly basis to avoid accountability for statements such as this. Here's an example of why no one takes PRK seriously.

Likewise, I suspect the local media chose not to mention this story until it could be verified by independent sources less biased than Philip R. Klein.  This is called ethical reporting. James Ware with KBTV Fox Channel 4 mentioned Philip by name; Philip is so rarely right that it makes headline news.

While the Beaumont Enterprise and the rest of the media is reporting a potential cost of $1.1 million to correct the problem, Philip makes this prediction (emphasis is mine):
Ah yes.....folks.....we said a total of 2.5 million. And that as our source said is a drop in the bucket.

So where do you taxpayers go in Beaumont. Into your wallets. Get em out. It is for the "children's" - you know.....for the "children's" of Beaumont so they can be proud....as they sinking into the ground.

What is it about that area and taxpayer dollars? Ford Park and Thomas Stadium sinking into the ground! What a hoot.....or sad.....depending on how you look at it.
Disregarding PRK's racism and mangled grammar, we'll revisit this prediction of $2.5 million. I already know he's lying about "Ford Park...sinking into the ground!"

Jun 16, 2010

JP Seat Update

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In this posting on the SET Political Review, Philip R. Klein prattles on about the JP race in south county (emphasis is mine):
Well - we waited and nothing happened post our story regarding the JP seat held by retiring judge Robert "Bob" Morgan (who we think may just be one of the top three judges on the bench).

FLASHBACK : Robert Reid - running as a Independent gets a call from democratic candidate Marc Derouen - telling him that he is considering a lawsuit or challenge to his candidacy over violations of the election code and a challenge to his signatures on his petition for office. He (Derouen) advises Reid it will come within weeks according to our sources.

Back to current day - nothing has happened. So we made some calls on both sides of the fence to see what is happening.


"All is quiet Mr. Klein. I think that Marc thought that he could scare Reid out of the race. But he thought twice since your article. He has not called Robert and he has not said anything. After your article there were angry calls to Robert about why Marc would do this. Marc is supported by every single democratic special interest group in Southeast Texas. From Unions to Plaintiff lawyers to county commissioners. Why would Marc be so scared to go after the peoples candidate? It was all kind of silly," said our source close to Reid.
Occam's razor suggests that Klein invented the purported lawsuit, campaign violations, complaints, and signatures. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Ironically, Klein missed the big story: Shane Howard will announce his candidacy for the Jefferson County Tax Assessor/Collector seat on Friday. Shane once served as the Chair for the Jefferson County Republican Party and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. Here's the link to their website, except it's not working right now. Apparently, they've lost Philip's email address, too.

Jun 15, 2010

Update: Two of Philip's Targets

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David Bellow

David ran for the Hardin County Commissioners Court, but lost by only four percentage points. I suspect that the publicity Philip R. Klein gave David before the election contributed to his strong showing.
Right wing wonk and all around nut case David Bellow has thrown his hat in the ring for Hardin County Commissioner.
Klein misrepresented several documents as purported "evidence" of this claim:
David Below may have lied to the military regarding his current status as a "full time student" which may land him in jail - or better yet to the front lines in Iraq within "the next two weeks."
I documented this here, here, and here.  Lots of mudslinging from Philip R. Klein, but no substance at all - David is not in Iraq or jail, but he's still an active Republican where he represented Hardin County at the Texas Republican State Convention in Dallas last week:
The two-day convention, held every even-numbered year, will bring in about 12,000 delegates who will adopt a platform, select party leaders and hold training sessions for volunteers. 
Those party leaders include the 62 members of the State Republican Executive Committee. One of the newest members
Hardin County’s own, David Bellow, was elected to serve as a member on the State Republican Executive Committee.
David will represent Senate District 3.  Apparently, the entire Republican Party of Texas is ignoring Philip R. Klein, too.
David Bellow is what is wrong with the party in case in point...Bellows in fact could hurt the party when he starts crying when he loses.

Why? H*** - we have no idea - but it cannot be good for the Hardin County GOP which will abort Bellow and welcome 10 or more democrats into the GOP on Wednesday

Kolby Flowers

Kolby Flowers, a Senior at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High, ran for a seat on the LC-M Board of Trustees during the May elections. Philip commented on Kolby's campaign:
...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.
Here's what happened, according to the Orange Leader
Rex Peveto claimed the Place 6 spot on the Little-Cypress-Mauriceville CISD board with 364 votes. Peveto defeated Kolby Flowers who got 196 votes while Kent Crow had 148 votes.
Philip offered some sound, though vapid, advice to Kolby. I've added my own for lagniappe.
  • Finish High School.
Avoid finishing in the bottom third of the class. Make sure you can read, write and do simple arithmetic well.
  • Enroll in College or Trade School. Run for student government and start to learn. Give back.
Avoid flunking out after two semesters because you couldn't read, write and do simple arithmetic.
  • Get a job - or better yet build a company and create job growth.
Avoid bankrupting six fast food restaurants and always respect your employer. For example, don't beat on ambulances when you have to go on a run 15 minutes before shift change.
  • Study up on the tax system - and how it can be run better.
Avoid focusing only on SBA loans and how to beat corporate tax liability.
  • Get some big league world experience and at least become a taxpayer.
Avoid turning bitter as you age, never make up things to hide your ignorance, and don't offer stupid advice to feed your own ego.

Always wear sunscreen.

Jun 14, 2010

The Wrath of Trog

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If you haven't read the latest entry on the Beaumont Underground blog, go here and read this now. 

Personal note to Trog: I'd love to get a copy of all those postings and IP addresses; please email me.

Here are some purely personal observations.

I'm absolutely convinced that Philip R. Klein wrote these obscene postings, because too many similarities exist in Klein's writing style and these vulgar comments. Here is just one example:
[Obscenity deleted]?????????????????
Note the question marks and compare with similar examples taken directly from the Southeast Texas Political Review:
It is a great excuse to take a day off and enjoy this problem in Global Warming! Right???????????????
Do you think the media might have some trust issues??????????
SO HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT A $2.0 MILLION FIGURE “Good old boy Deal” ????????
Answer...How about BOTH SIDES of the story??????
Where to start?????????
Can't we all get along???????
SIDE NOTE : We wonder if there is any nepotism????????
And you want to???? Not vote???????
You just got a 12% raise. For doing???????
Answer :    Maybe?????? WOW!
Wow! Do we have a media cover up going?????
...a focus on crime again in Port Arthur Texas?????
Somebody's lying????????
Another million? Or so????????
This are more of Philip's grammatical tells in those obscene postings.

In response to Trog's revelation, Philip posted another of his many spurious and suspect documents to his reader mail page today and made this brief and enigmatic statement:
Well - my Blackberry started blowing up on Saturday afternoon with emails. "Klein - you have to go read Trog!" - I didn't. So when I got back to the office this morning a copy of Trog's post was on my desk by one of my staff after she was called late Friday night about it. Ya know - I had to laugh. And said really? I think Kelly and Bob will get it after they read this PDF file. No apologies Trog - the noose just got a little tighter.
Nowhere does Philip R. Klein deny making those comments. 

Here's the punch line: the PDF document was created on Saturday afternoon, confirmed by the document properties (see image on the right). If Klein didn't see this posting until this morning as he claims, then why was this PDF document created on Saturday? Liar, liar, pants on fire.

While the document is purportedly a sworn affidavit, Philip intentionally obscured the jurat. As such, this is not a sworn affidavit properly notarized and signed, but merely a piece of fiction badly written by Philip R. Klein. The circumstances described in the document are approximately the same as the litany of complaints found on Klein's current lawsuit page, although I noticed that in this document, the size of the conspiracy is growing and Philip invented some new technical details.

Since I'm not a computer tech, I emailed a copy of Klein's document to a friend of mine to check the validity of these details. This person is a Cisco-certified systems engineer and knows a little about networking.

While I usually avoid quoting anonymous sources, I thought readers might enjoy his direct response as much as I did:
This was the funniest thing I've seen in the past month!!! Thanks for sharing...everything in this is pure nonsense and you can't spoof an IP address this way. Without getting technical, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) automatically filters out traffic with spoofed IP addresses, based on sequence numbers that must be negotiated with the remote machine to maintain a connection. It can't be done the way it's described here.

Maybe he's talking about spoofed email addresses which are a lot more common...but look at the part about the "Trojan Horse server." There is no such thing...a trojan horse is a piece of software, not hardware.This makes no sense at all!  It looks to me like this guy just made all this up and doesn't know what any of this means.
As I've noted before, Philip has a history of manipulating documents for fun and profit. In my article on Saturday, I mentioned this incident. There are many other examples, including a purported "illegal filing" by District Attorney Tom Maness from February.

Philip's grammatical tells and fake affidavit are just a couple of the reasons why I believe Philip R. Klein wrote those obscene postings. I'm sure we'll revisit this in coming days.

Jun 13, 2010

Editorial from The Southeast Texas Record

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Read the original here.
Beaumont blogger discovers what goes around comes around
6/12/2010 11:11 PM

Here's a quick quiz: Who is the most frequently quoted person of all time? Is it William Shakespeare? Nope. Not even close.

Oddly enough, the most frequently quoted person of all time is someone not known -- a person of mystery called Anonymous, Anon for short.

A user of many pseudonyms such as Concerned Citizen, this often quoted author remains Mr. Anonymous, Ms. Anonymous or just plain Anonymous.

One can hardly blame people for wanting to know who Anonymous really is, but efforts to unmask the real person are ill-advised, for it's anonymity that gives Anonymous the freedom to comment so incisively - as frequently occurs, for instance, on the "Operation Kleinwatch" blog.

Local political commentator Philip Klein, the object of those unkind comments, is not amused and has gone to court to determine who is making digs at him, to compel the harsh words to stop, and to assess damages for defamation.

The case has argued its way to the state supreme court. Last week the court granted a stay in the proceedings - temporarily protecting the anonymity of Anonymous, et al -- until the case is heard and a ruling made.

Ironically, Klein maintains a blog of his own, the Southeast Texas Political Review, and has run into trouble for comments he's made in the past, including one accusing a local judge of sexual indiscretions.

"Comment regarding elected officials, as well as public officials and events surrounding them, is firmly protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," Klein said, three years ago, in response to a suit filed against him by the accused judge. "Clearly, sources that report misconduct and events are further protected."

Now the tables are turned and Klein's bruised ego has eclipsed his concern for Constitutional protections.

Still, he was right about the First Amendment. Anonymous commentary is a time-honored tradition in the United States of America.

Without it, the USA wouldn't have lasted a decade.

Jun 12, 2010

Special Statement: Philip R. Klein Is A Liar (ad infinitum)

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Philip R. Klein's latest allegations, found plastered across the Southeast Texas Political Review, deserve no comment. I felt compelled to respond, however, because of the collateral damage from these preposterous claims that underscore Klein's fundamental and profound character flaws. As his nuisance suit progresses, Philip's histrionics are becoming more reactionary and hysterical. 

I've also addressed his spurious allegations of sex with farm animals, copyright infringement, malice, and posting false information before in several  different articles (if anyone has photos of Philip R. Klein entertaining a goat, I'll pay cash). The bottom line is this; Klein has never offered any real evidence whatsoever to support these bizarre claims. See for yourself.

Despite Philip's obfuscation, the case before the court is clear: Klein can't overturn our most fundamental Constitutional right of free speech, including anonymous criticism and ridicule, with a simple pre-discovery motion under the procedures set forth in Rule 202 of Texas Civil Code, based on vague and unsubstantiated allegations that we talk trash about him, his relationship with farm animals, and his family on the Internets.

Philip does this same thing in most postings on the Southeast Texas Political Review, all based on "anonymous sources who wish to remain anonymous."  See Gillam v. Klein. So, where's the beef, Philip? This, too, is symptomatic of Philip's mental illness.

While debunking all of Klein's latest lies would take more time than I'm willing to invest, let's examine a few.

On Philip's lawsuit update page:
As the information was being prepared for counsel for Klein, on June 4, 2010, the new counsel for the defendants, Mr. Dorrell of Houston, Texas files an emergency request for a stay to Judge Floyd in the supreme court. The stay is granted with one hour before the information is to be released to the plaintiffs.
As documented in the filings on the Texas Supreme Court efile site, our attorney filed our Writ of Mandamus and Motion for Emergency Stay on May 20, 2010, not June 4, 2010, as Klein claims. Neither has Google ever agreed to release any information whatsoever until Klein's Rule 202 petition has run its course. From Google's Response to our Mandamus, filed with the Texas Supreme Court:
As discussed in the Petition, there are First Amendment issues potentially implicated with Klein's request of Google.  Google takes no position on those First Amendment Issues, but agrees that those issues should be resolved prior to Google providing any identifying information to Klein. In fact, that was the reasoning behind the two Rule 11 agreements entered into between Klein and Google. 
Judge Donald Floyd confirmed this on May 21, 2010, when he granted Google's Motion for Protective Order and Motion to Quash, two weeks before the Supreme Court granted our Motion for an Emergency Stay. Ironically, Philip R. Klein has never mentioned Judge Floyd's decision regarding Google on The Southeast Texas Political Review. 

Deception is Philip's standard operating procedure. On his lawsuit page devoted to the Gillam v. Klein suit two years ago, Philip posted documents from his appeal of the PAISD suit to mislead readers into believing the 9th Court of Appeals had ruled on the Gillam case. This is one example; here are more.

On Philip's editorial page:
In the last hour before our attorney's were going to obtain the information from Google - and we were set to file suit in federal court - Mr. Dorrell filed his stay and it was granted one hour later because the issues were complex.  And that is fine with me - I knew that this case would write case law. And that is good. It has been one of our goals besides the damages that myself and my family has incurred.

"Imagine that" - I said. Simply Imagine that. We have Harrison from Vidor, we have Coon from Vidor and now we have Dorrell from Vidor. It is personal. And now you can assume where the money is coming from to fund their side of these appeals. My guess is that STE and OKW are not paying a dime out of pocket.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Lawyers are in a conspiracy to get Philip! Been there, done that, Gillam won. 

During the Gillam suit, Klein claimed that Operation Kleinwatch was funded by attorneys working for Tom Gillam. From his lawsuit page devoted to Gillam V. Klein, Philip wrote:
April – May of 2007 – A new web site appears on the Internet. It is named “The Decline of Klein.” The site is written anonymously by a pen name of “Gus Pillsbury.” The site is originally headed according to Google Security from Lamar University Systems computer.

The site abruptly changes its name to “Operation Kleinwatch” post enquiry [sic] from Google Security. The site keeps the following themes through all stories : (1) made up [sic] sources, (2) liable [sic] issues towards individuals or governments, (3) the purposeful inability to get stories correct, (4) and that “Klein lies.” The “writer” notes themselves as a retired professor.
At the time, Philip alleged that a retired Lamar University political science professor, Dr. Bruce Drury, lead a double life as Gus Pillsbury. Since PRK is now suing Google, we know for sure that his statements were blatant lies. I can't think of anyone in Southeast Texas who deserves to be made fun of more than Philip R. Klein.

On this subject of ridicule, special thanks to Sam the Eagle for discovering the connections in the New Jersey Pentangle. According to anonymous sources very close to Philip R. Klein who demand anonymity, the anonymous source, though dead for 10 years, anonymously claimed that Philip was the ringleader in a plot to bilk the public of charitable donations for his notorious Gadfly 2001 Trust, Inc (AKA The Gadfly Foundation), under the guise of Jacob's House (snicker).

Applying Occam's razor to Philip's conspiracy charges, the real explanation is the simplest. I don't like the way Philip R. Klein manipulates the truth to argue poorly-formed and indefensible opinions. Nor do I like the way he attacks people personally for their opinions with which he disagrees.  And I don't think Philip has the mental capacity to discuss an issue rationally on its merit, hence the lies, distortions, half-truths, manufactured facts and sources, and omission of pertinent information. 

On his Reader Mail page:
From Houston:

"As one of the leading constitutional law scholars in the state of Texas, I would like your readers to know that I read the Supreme Court briefs in your lawsuit with special pleasure.  In fact, the briefing by Vidor Triad member Jeffrey L. Dorrell was some of the most brilliant legal argument and analysis I have ever had the pleasure to peruse.  What a towering intellect!"

Answer : Well - we will see and it will be interesting to have this go up. I have not read much on Dorrell - or his writings - but we will be doing that over the weeks ahead. It is always nice to know who you deal with.  
Presumably, a "leading Constitutional law scholar in the state of Texas" would understand basic grammar rules, like object/verb agreement. A "leading Constitutional law scholar" would also recognize that Philip hasn't posted the main document before the Texas Supreme Court, our Writ of Mandamus. I'm also pretty sure that no "leading Constitutional law scholar" in Texas would refer to our attorney as a member of Philip's paranoid conspiracy theory, the Vidor Triad.

This, too, is part of Philip's standard operating procedure, where he first posts a manufactured and somewhat positive message to his reader mail page about a targeted individual. In coming days, watch as PRK starts throwing mud.

Read more about our attorney, Jeffrey L. Dorrell, here. For the record, it's no secret that he is gay and as leader of the Houston Chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, he was instrumental in striking anti-gay language from the Texas GOP platform.  He also sued a sitting Texas Supreme Court Justice as assistant foreman on a grand jury who tried to indict the Justice on a charge of arson. Read more about that action in the New York Times and on Law.com.  Mr. Dorrell indeed served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives, even though Philip has already admitted that he's too inept to document this because he couldn't find Dorrell's name on this website

Worst of all, our attorney is from Vidor (snicker).

While I could reciprocate by commenting on Philip's cut-throat attorney, John Morgan, Esq., none of this is relevant to my First Amendment right to criticize and ridicule Philip R. Klein anonymously.

On my apologies (collateral damage): To Neil Harrison, Wayne Wilbur, Brent Coon, Joe Deshotel, Jr., Beverly and Carl Parker, Dr. Bruce Drury, and all of the other people who Philip R. Klein has associated with my little blog over the past years, I'm truly sorry that Klein has made these libelous accusations. This happens when one repeatedly engages a narcissist (see below) with the truth concerning his self-aggrandizing statements.

On my personal observations about Philip's mental illness: As both Sam the Eagle and I have mentioned, Philip R. Klein is very self-conscious about his social status and rages when he's not given the respect he feels he deserves. Philip's response is a textbook example of narcissistic personality disorder. What has clearly irritated Philip Klein more than his loss in the Supreme Court of Texas is our attorney's observation that Klein deserves ridicule. 
In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:
  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  3. Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  4. Requires excessive admiration
  5. Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  6. Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  7. Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  9. Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
In Klein's case, nine symptoms represent a perfect score. Thus, we come to the crux of the real factor driving Philip R. Klein's nuisance lawsuit: Sam the Eagle and I have wounded Philip's ego through criticism. Since he's unable to differentiate between criticism and personal attacks, Philip lashes out at everyone he thinks has wronged him.

So he indulges in name-calling and mudslinging, so-called investigations that are nothing more than incidents of stalking, nuisance lawsuits, and dogmatically recounts a veritable litany of imagined sins dating back for years.  You can see this repeatedly in his writings about people who engage him directly.

As other examples, consider Klein's past exchange with Jefferson County Commissioner Eddie Arnold or Klein's one-sided feud with Channel 6 and the Beaumont Enterprise, both of whom simply ignore him. The more he's ignored, the more shrill his attacks become. This is why Philip regularly manufactures charges that both are on the verge of closing, even when most rational people know that's not the case.

Even Philip's career path is highly indicative of this illness. After his initial foray into business as a fast food failure, Philip gravitated into a profession that fed his weak sense of ego. As a private investigator, Philip is able to attach himself to the fringes of high-profile cases, which bolsters his own feelings of superiority. And this is the reason that Philip continues to publish the Southeast Texas Political Review. Long after most people would have given up for lack of new content, Philip continues to reiterate the same tired charges since it feeds his ego. 

Since Sam and I are anonymous, Philip R. Klein is prevented from attacking us personally, so he has simply filled in the blanks with the most convenient targets possible.

Philip, you should be ashamed of yourself.