Oct 29, 2010

Nitwit Tidbit™

From the Operation Kleinwatch (OK) Facebook (FB) page:
FB Patron: I'm wondering why Mr. Klein felt the need to paste the profile picture of one of the group's members, a housewife who minds her own business, bigger than life in his Nitwit Tidbits?

Is he going to post the pictures of everyone who thinks he consistently lies and forges sources and documents? If so, he's definitely going to need a large page...
OK: Hi, FB. The short answer: Philip is big bully. I'm very sorry that Philip posted this picture, even though I have no influence over Klein's bad taste.

I'll have more on this as a regular posting on my blog in the next day or so. Klein's actions raise many issues, including internet stalking, copyright violations, and felonious stupidity. I'd like to consult with several people, including my attorney, before I post anything of substance.

As a warning, I've previously documented similar cases of Klein's internet stalking and thuggish intimidation in this article.

IMPORTANT NOTE to everyone who views this page: if you identify yourself, you are subject to harassment by Philip R. Klein. Comments on this page are fed from my blog, so you can leave anonymous responses there.
Backstory: A few brave souls have befriended the Operation Kleinwatch page on Facebook. Philip R. Klein posted a photo of one in his Nitwit Tidbits today, pirated from this patron's FB profile without permission.

He included this caption:
Who Is This Taking Shots At The Review ? - Welcome to the big leagues young lady. When you put yourself out there....we call it exhibit KW172.
As previously noted, Philip R. Klein is a bully who is now stalking fans of this website to intimidate them.

Ironically, I also received this notification from Facebook about 45 minutes after Klein posted this Nitwit Tidbit™. Apparently, someone tried to hack my into my FB account.
----- Original message -----
From: "Facebook"
To: "Gus Pillsbury"
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:35:43 AM
Subject: Security Warning From Facebook

Dear Gus Pillsbury,

We have detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily suspended your account as a security precaution.

You can regain control of your account by logging into Facebook and following the on-screen instructions.

Please be sure to visit the Facebook Help Center  (http://www.facebook.com/help/) for further information regarding these security issues and let us know if you need assistance.


Facebook Security Team
I've decided to leave the OK FB page active at this location, at least for the near future. I strongly advise those who follow me on FB and who don't want their pictures posted on the Southeast Texas Political Review site to unlike my page. All content on my FB page is mirrored from this site, including anonymous comments. Please feel free to leave your comments here.

As an observation, this is the party with which Philip R. Klein most closely associates himself:

This is not politics by Philip Klein or Tim Proffitt, it's jack-booted thuggery.

More to come.

Oct 28, 2010

The PRK Caption These Photos Contest

Channel 4 KBTV posted Philip R. Klein's weekly nine minutes from Oct. 28, 2010. In his weakly segment, Mr. 37-Point-5 percent reiterated his Election 2010 Predictions.

Leave your own captions for either or both photos in the comments section:
Photo 1 Photo 2
Disclaimer: I have no prizes, so your chances of winning are 0:0.

Oct 27, 2010

Election 2010 – Philip's Predictions (Pt I)

Philip R. Klein writes in his latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review (emphasis is mine):
We are doing it different this year – we are laying out the race – our thoughts and then the prediction (s). So – we hope you enjoy and understand we have not been doing so well over the last two cycles hovering in the high 80% on the predictions. So with that – we hope you enjoy!
See Mr. 37-Point-5 percent here. To be revisited on November 4, 2010.

Oct 26, 2010

Truly Pathetic

Read more about Philip's latest editorial here in "Five Questions and a Pack of Lies."

There is something pathetic about someone who has such low self-esteem that he has to write himself fan mail. Consider the latest posting on Philip R. Klein's reader mail page (emphasis is mine):
I was in attendance at your talk to the Port Arthur Rotary Club where I have been a member for many years. You were entertaining and your message rings so true. I encourage other groups to have you come speak and hear the truth of what has happened to Southeast Texas. The more they scream the more guilty they look. Thanks again for speaking to us!"
There are so many of Klein's grammatical signatures in this purported question from a reader that I'm absolutely certain Philip wrote this himself. I'll comment on two of them.

Notice the awkward sentence structure with stacked prepositional phrases in Klein's opening:
...I was in attendance at your talk to the Port Arthur Rotary Club...
Most people would write something like this:
I saw you speak at the Port Arthur Rotary Club...
"Scream" is another of Klein's signatures. Here are a few examples:
Of course the teachers Union screams...
The Gang of Seven screams that they need to lock down the courthouse...
The Fire Department is screaming foul...
The guy was seen hanging out his window screaming he loved Beaumont...
You - the public of Jefferson County should be screaming right now...
He is BORING! You just want to scream WAAAAAKKEEEE UPPPPP!
We expect each of them to scream from the highest mountain...
Everyone but the media who should be screaming at the top of there lungs...
The waste and the misuse of tax dollars would make me scream...
It is kind of fun to see the cockroaches run and scream when you bring up history...
And we all scream GREAT!
It just makes us want to scream RHINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leading many in the democratic party screaming dirty tricks and infuriating the black communities.
Watch the libs scream...
Other elected officials in Jefferson County Scream about keep jobs local
Sometimes you just want to SCREAM! Seriously SCREAM!
Ace nut counter Patrick Swain screamed the county was in financial crisis!
Maybe the clinic kids can come out and give free flu shots for the citizens as they march around screaming...
So tax dollars will be spent to study whether or not to accept citizens funds for a project
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh......(us screaming).
It makes us just want to scream Mayor.
There will be a scream like never heard before.
We would like to have a show on that station. Every morning at 7 a.m. and scream....GOOOD MORNINGGGGG PORT ARTHUR!
And the business community screams YES!
We had people calling - crying - screaming.
And we hear at the Review just want to throw up and scream.
They will scream and cry and call you names...
A true root Republican should be screaming from the highest point at the courthouse...
Sometimes we just want to scream.
The similarities in Philip R. Klein and Theodore Kaczynsk's writing styles are striking:
Throughout the manuscript,..Kaczynski capitalizes entire words in order to show emphasis. He always refers to himself as either "we" or "FC" (Freedom Club), though he appears to have acted alone. Donald Foster, who analyzed the writing at the request of Kaczynski's defense, notes that the manuscript contains instances of irregular spelling and hyphenation, as well as other consistent linguistic idiosyncrasies (which led him to conclude that it was indeed Kaczynski who wrote it).
For those familiar with the SET Political Review, this sounds eerily familiar. I would not be surprised to read in the Beaumont Enterprise one morning that Philip R. Klein crashed a black SUV into the Jefferson County Courthouse.

UPDATE: Twofer Tuesday

Read more about Philip's latest editorial here.

Philip R. Klein's latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review is entitled "En Masse," but a more appropriate title would be "Bad Math:"
We have taken a look at the early numbers since their release this past evening. And it looks from what we can see that a GOP wave of about 57% has hit Jefferson County.

Rogers Park - with over 5,800 votes had another big day with Nederland having another big day too.
Philip prefers to keep his readers in the dark, but you can take a look at the early numbers, too. See this link from the County Clerk.

Philip calculated this figure of 57 percent by adding the total votes cast at the Roger's Park and Nederland Recreation Center voting locations. Of 18,255 votes cast thus far, Rogers Park generated 5,021 and Nederland had 2,754 for a total of 7,775 votes.

According to basic arithmetic, this is a percentage of 42.6 percent, not 57 percent. Klein's claim is further predicated on an assumption that all votes cast in those two locations were for Republicans. This clearly shows that Philip has less insight than the average person who actually reads the source documents.

This is not credible commentary; rather, it's gibberish from a self-described political consultant whose main priority is self-aggrandizement:
As we prepare in the office this morning to publish out [sic] prediction issue tonight at 6 p.m.
I hope Klein's predictions in 2010 are more accurate than his predictions from 2008, where he guessed three of eight correctly for a score of 37.5 percent.

After the Election (Philip will still be an idiot)

In this posting, Klein made this claim:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that indictments of two Beaumont Police Officers will be held until after the Election on November 2, 2010. Sources close to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office tell the Review that the charges "are likely" however in the fairness to the electoral process - they are going to hold the indictments or even ask the grand jury for charge until then.

"It is not fair. We have to think about what is fair to the family," said our source close to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.

Fair? Really? Fair? What about the other 200,000 people in Jefferson County - remember the taxpayers?
 What is all of this - it stinks. Waiting to act by the DA's office again? Because of politics.

Oh...did we mention that Beaulieu is a FOT? You know - a friend of Tom? Maness that is...the District Attorney of Jefferson County Texas?
This is another of Klein's blatant lies.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has nothing whatsoever to do with this investigation, after they were recused and a special prosecutor from Brazos County was appointed. From the Beaumont Enterprise:
The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has been recused from the case and a special prosecutor, First Assistant District Attorney for Brazos County Shane Phelps was appointed.
"Sources close to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office" tell Operation Kleinwatch that Philip R. Klein is an idiot. More likely, Klein is trying to divert attention from his earlier claims on Fox 4 KBTV and the Southeast Texas that both officers would be indicted two weeks ago.

In a related issue, Philip has never provided any details or information on a purported announcement by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission burned the First Baptist Church of Kountze to cover up evidence of fraud.

I'm sure Philip will claim that the Jefferson County District Attorney's office dropped the ball on that investigation in Hardin County, too.

Oct 24, 2010

Five Questions and a Pack of Lies

Charles Dickens wrote:
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
And there's no better place to apply this rule than Philip R. Klein's latest editorial:
This past week I had the opportunity to speak to three classes at the University of Houston. The topic - "Bloggers And How They Affect The Political Process." They were a great group of young people that really were interested in politics. Most where kids with huge ambitions and a not so good knowledge of the political process. However, they wanted to learn and they wanted to hear from someone in the political system that has been there and done that - on their level - meaning the internet.
Fact check: Klein did not speak to three classes at the University of Houston this past week or at any other time this semester. To verify, start with the University of Houston Director of Academic Program Management at (713)743-0882. 

Philip's claim lacks credulity. Why would UH seek a third-rate blogger, failed fast food impresario, and self-proclaimed political consultant who can't string together enough words to form a coherent and grammatically correct sentence as a speaker? 

For further evidence, Klein's most recent video posted to YouTube has generated only 550 views since Oct. 11. 2010, even though Klein claims thousands of readers every day. According to a reliable source, a video of a boy making farting noises generated twice the traffic as Klein's video

Houston has several world-class political bloggers on all sides of the political spectrum who have much greater influence on Texas Politics than Philip R. Klein. These bloggers include UH faculty members, so Klein's claim is not simply not credible. 

Philip further claims:
After the talk was over - a very nice young lady who was political science major came up to me and asked if I could spend 30 minutes with her. She had a project due called "five questions." She told me that she had been having problems with project - however after hearing what I had to say - she wanted to ask me the five questions. So I agreed to do it only if she took two hours and did some research on me on the net. She did and we did the interview. Today I would like to share the questions she asked today because I though they were great questions.
Fact check: There is no class in the UH Political Science department that has such a sophomoric assignment. To confirm, start with the Department of Political Science at (713)743-3890. Klein's juvenile claim is more reminiscent of middle school homework than a college-level assignment.

As with most of his letters to his "Reader Mail" page, Philip wrote these five questions and answered them, too. All of the questions contain Klein's grammatical signatures. Presumably, political science majors understand the proper use of punctuation, sentence fragments and run-on sentences, and other elementary grammar rules.

For example, Klein's idiomatic language is clearly evident in the first question (emphasis is mine):
1) In your talk today you told us the place in East Texas from where you are based. You called it the "Most Corrupt County In Texas." If it is that bad why don't you move to another part of Texas that has your political beliefs and morals?
Most people with basic grammar skills would write (emphasis is mine):
In your talk today, you told us about the place in East Texas where you are based.
The missing commas and awkward sentence construction echo Klein's past postings. Here are three such examples:
Meaning - Hilton Kelley should go back to from where he came.
 As some of the GOP women run to the courthouse to see if Beaulieu has crossed over - or maybe is crossing over now from where she was - the letter seemingly is making its rounds.
 On Friday Afternoons we try and read Trog from where we left off the week before.
 Let's examine some of Philip's specific claims:
When we went to the web in March of 1996 - not many people read web sites. So some thought I had gone away. In fact, in 1997 I began to get calls from people asking me why they were getting their faxes.
Fact check: Klein first registered the Southeast Texas Political Review in 1999, not 1996. From the INTERNIC Whois records for SETpoliticalreview.com:
Updated Date: 01-oct-2008
Creation Date: 29-jun-1999
Expiration Date: 29-jun-2012
Neither does the Internet Archives show any postings for the Southeast Texas Political Review before 1999.

Philip makes this claim concerning his history as a radio talk show host:
I can remember when I did a show in 1994 at an AM radio station during drive time for two years.
Fact check: Philip never did a "drive time" radio show in 1994, 1995, or 1996.  This, too, is a blatant lie; During that time period, Klein was too busy running a DQ franchise into the ground to host a "drive time" radio show. More on this below.

Perhaps Philip is confusing his stint as a Saturday morning part-time announcer on KOLE-AM in 2005. That show lasted approximately 18 months until the station changed hands and Philip's show was discontinued. A cursory listen to Klein's show will show why.

Since Klein was never a "drive time" radio host, this entire story is fiction:
A local bank owned by Jack Brooks was a sponsor of the radio station and told the station that as long as I was at the station they would not advertise. So...they had a choice - drop me or the advertiser. Lucky for them they dropped the advertiser and got two others to replace them and they made more money. You see having guts rather than cutting and running turns out to be something great sometimes. It always is a good thing when you do the right thing. Brooks lost that year. As I love Jack Brooks and will never forget the time he personally took me through his office that I called a museum - it get why he did it. He lost - I won. It was my first big political win and message of my arrival and the Review's arrival. I guess what I have learned from my relationship with FOX nationally and local is simply this - stand up for what you believe in and controversy sells. Rather than worry about what you have - focus about what you don't have.
For more on Klein's "relation with FOX nationally," see his iMDB listing.

On question two, readers will find conclusive proof of evolution in PRK's description of his bankruptcy: 
In the late 1990's we got into a huge war in the federal courts over franchise rights and advertising rights to which demands were being made to our company outside of a franchise agreement. As CEO of the company, I knew a huge legal fight was coming. There was millions on the table. So I interviewed maybe 10 attorney's from Beaumont to handle my case. All of them said no - that I was too politically hot and no judge would rule for me. So I went to Houston and hired a great lawyer. Paid him big bucks. And it was worth it. The company won, We settled in the end - the company made a bunch of money - the other company got what they wanted and at the end the judge looked at everyone and said that for the first time in a while the right thing happened. Because it was a family business deal there was bad blood - and really only I was happy - but it worked out.
Philip didn't explain why a lawsuit concerning "franchise rights and advertising" was filed in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Verify for yourself through PACER:
  • PRK Enterprises (No. 99-10415)
  • PRK Enterprises (No. 99-01053)
No other lawsuit by Philip R. Klein that matches this bizarre description can be found in the public record. Neither did Klein "go to Houston and [hire] a great lawyer. Paid him big bucks. And it was worth it."

Instead, Beaumont attorney Mark Faggard represented Klein in this bankruptcy. Philip later sued when Mark tried to cut PRK a break on his legal expenses. For verification, see Klein's Motion for Summery [sic] Judgment.

PRK also claimed:
Every single Radio program, TV Program or interview I do my detractors read and comment. And if you look at it - it boosts readership or viewing or listening to that station. So...ignore me or get smart and put me on and increase your viewers. And the more I am on - the better it is for all businesses I own and that are owned. You just have to stand the detractors that try stifle free speech?
Christine O'Donnell gets a lot of press, too. On stifling Klein's protected speech, read a different perspective here.

Philip comments on his party identity confusion in question three:
I am a conservative first, a republican and tea party person second? Now if you believe that I have land in Louisiana I want to sell you. What people don't understand is that if you are a true conservative you are already a member of the tea party. I worry sometimes about the tea party being simply another name for conservatives...Look - I am a conservative first and a republican second. End of story.
Fact Check: Many "true conservatives" such as Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer have distanced themselves from Tea Party extremism. Tea Party Republicans have turned their backs on great Republicans like George H.W. Bush, Eisenhower, Taft, Roosevelt, and Lincoln, who were all rational and inclusive. They instinctively avoided the fringe and sought the center of any controversy.

Klein's logic breaks down completely in question four, which concerns Philip's nuisance suit against Sam the Eagle and me (AKA John Does 1 and 2):
Well, I have to be careful here. We are in litigation so what I say and you print will be brought up some day.
Klein's grandiose claim belies the significance of a simple class assignment. He made the same claim concerning a Channel 4 appearance. Occam's razor corroborates that Philip just made it all up. 
I am aware of the sites. I hired an internet investigation firm in Houston and a law firm in Austin to monitor what is said. Why? Well I don't want to read them because if I do it will influence how and what I write. So that has angered them.
Read more about Klein's affidavit here.
It has gotten really bad from time to time. To the point they have taken pictures of my home, tried but failed to take pictures of my sons home, pictures of our offices, and pictures of my family.
I have never taken pictures of Klein's home, or tried to take pictures of Klein's family, his offices, or any farm animals  he owns. Klein provides no evidence to support this irresponsible claim.
They have attacked verbally my children, my wife, my ex-wives, my businesses, our extended family and our clients and people that have done business with us. They talk about my weight, they talk about my friends, my lawyers and the try and disparage and put pressure on anyone I do business with like FOX 4. In the beginning it bothered me. But now it is all old. The same old dribble over and over by people that don't have the guts to sign their names. It is like you want to say man up? Grow a set? But then you remember people hide for a reason. That reason? They have more to lose if they were exposed than if manned up and signed their names.
I have never verbally attacked PRK's children, his wife, his ex-wife, his businesses, his extended family, and his clients and people that have done business with him.  Klein provides no evident to support this irresponsible claim, even though all of my postings are still available in the archives. 

I have, however, commented on stalking complaints against Philip, written an open letter on his daughter's editorial as published on the SET Political review, exposed falsehoods in his public speeches, ridiculed his TV appearances, and lampooned his Patrick McDermott investigation.  
The question in front of the courts is if Philip Klein is a public person - or a private person Meaning is Philip Klein a public person with a public blog or is Philip Klein a private person with a public blog?
Fact check: This is gibberish. The questions before the court are these, according to Philip R. Klein's brief before the Texas Supreme Court:
  • Reply Issue No. 1
    The trial court did not disregard the procedures of Rule 202 and did not order the
    parties to rely upon a Rule 11 agreement and a Subpoena. This was voluntarily done
    by the parties, and Rule 202 does not prohibit parties from entering into voluntary,
    informal discovery.

  • Reply Issue No. 2
    The Honorable Judge Floyd’s Order was not state action depriving Relators of their First Amendment rights to anonymous speech. The website and Relators’ contents are clearly defamatory per se, and neither their identities nor the content of the blogs are protected under the First Amendment.
Philip derails completely off the track in this passage:
If the courts rule in my favor - one of the suspected writers, Neil Harrison of Clear Channel Communications in Houston, will stand trial. As will his company Clear Channel who he has worked for and we have tracked his IP addresses back to his office. He has hired Brent Coon and Associates - which is the same law firm that represented a local Justice of the Peace in another failed lawsuit against the Review. In my opinion Coon is a low life scum bag liar that has more secrets in his treasure bag than he wants anyone to know. And he tries to represent himself as some great lawyer? He hides behind the law and gets some appellate lawyer to do his bidding for him because he has no idea how to write a brief. He is too busy trying to screw around with dumb pretty girls and play in his garage band. And even better than that everyone around him says that he has squandered his millions he made off the BP gig. Now he is trying to go back to the trough for more - but the defense lawyers and BP have his number. That happens when you try and hide? So as you can see those who attempt to discredit me are in fact not looking in the mirror.
Our Attorney is Jeffrey L. Dorrell, not Brent Coon, who has nothing whatsoever to do with Klein's lawsuit. 

Since previously identifying Sam the Eagle as Neil Harrison, Klein's implication is that I am Brent Coon. I  can't comment on Sam's identity since he's in litigation, but I am not now, nor have I ever been, Brent Coon. Klein has never offered any evidence whatsoever to support these bizarre claims before the Texas Supreme Court or on the Southeast Texas Political Review.

However, I'm sure Klein's description of a low life scum back liar who has more secrets in his treasure bag than he wants anyone to know about applies to another party in this petition.

In question five, Klein speculates on the end of the Southeast Texas Political Review and discusses his retirement:
That is the greatest thing about life. Everything ends. I have been doing this gig for 17 years. I have put myself and my opinion out there. I have a great group of people that feed me information and a great group of people that I work with. The operative word is "I" and I think I get that? I will not retire in Jefferson County - that is for sure. I know I will move and we have some great friends in Comal County Texas as well as some investments up there. I do see the end of the tunnel. I can see it coming....but I just don't know when. If I had to put a time frame on it I would be saying within five years. As I am international now - I don't really have to be in one place. Less than 25% of the business is generated in Southeast Texas. So my guess is I will do just fine in Comal County.
Note that Klein has commented on his personal business plan.  That five-year plan that Philip mentioned on the SET Political Review in 2004 apparently didn't pan out.

Likewise, this analogy is quite revealing considering Philip's symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
There is nobody behind me in the Review. In my other companies I have not chosen an heir apparent. My son is interested - but he needs time to grow and mature. He is doing it - but the jury is still out.
An heir apparent? 
If I leave Southeast Texas in the next five years - I will close it. I have looked at the number 20 - it is a nice round number. But again - who knows. I am not ready yet. But I can feel it coming.
Oh look, another five year plan! Not that Philip R. Klein takes bribes, but I'll donate a one-way Greyhound ticket to New Braunfels if Philip will leave tomorrow.

A standing offer:
If this "very nice young lady" exists, then please feel free to contact me if you'd like a more factual account of Philip R. Klein. In his suspect account, PRK clearly stated that you've read the blogs. Since UH students have assigned email addresses, please use your school account.

Oct 20, 2010

Cinnamon Girl (View from an American Idiot)

One of Philip R. Klein's obsessions is showing in his latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
"A dreamer of pictures" is the best way many are describing Nancy Beaulieu in her run for JP in Jefferson County.
Fact check: Only Philip R. Klein describes Nancy Beaulieu as a "dreamer of pictures." His moronic imagery is readily obvious.

For the fifth time in as many weeks, Klein raises the same outrageous and irrelevant claims:
Beaulieu - a RINO Republican - has draw sympathy over the last two weeks after some bad news was facing her and family members. To simply review - her son is under investigation by a special prosecutor and her husbands TV station has an open investigation regarding his sitting on the news desk up until 15 days ago. Nancy has some high up friends at the DA's office that may try and push back any announcement of indictments until after the election - but the FCC is set to announce their investigation - to which they cannot control it.
Fact check: There is no "open investigation" concerning KFDM-TV and Larry Beaulieu.

Likewise in his Fox 4 KBTV appearance on Oct. 13, 2010, Klein claimed that Brad Beaulieu would be indicted by a Grand Jury last Thursday.

That didn't happen either, so PRK now claims that Nancy Beaulieu and the Jefferson County District Attorney's office have conspired to delay the announcement. Klein apparently forgot that the DA's office is recused and a special prosecutor from Brazos County is in charge of the case. Ironic that a political consultant would miss that.

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words:

Oct 19, 2010

Gonged Again

In this latest posting today, Philip R. Klein comments on a redistricting panel held yesterday at Lamar University. Philip didn't actually attend the event; rather he pirated the story from KBMT-TV:
God.....it was like you were waiting for Chuck Barras from the Gong Show to come out and hit the gong watching the "Redistricting" public hearing yesterday at Lamar University. Really - it was hard to watch all of the whining crying democrats cry about how they just don't have representation? It made many in the audience simply giggle and walk out. And some on the panel had to be sitting there knowing that not only was it not going to go the democrats way this cycle - it was fixing to get worse. And all the GOP members could do is sit there and look at their watches.
Philip meant Chuck Barris and no one "simply giggled and walked out."

Nowhere in Klein's juvenile rant does he address the subject of this panel: while the Southeast Texas metro of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties has three state reps, no U.S. House representative actually lives here. This was a direct result of the 2003 redistricting, the second in one decade.

Instead, Philip R. Klein ridicules the speakers with personal insults:
The first contestant was a democrat named Paul Entrekin - he wants proper representation back...And Jefferson County is owned and operated by the Jefferson County Democrats? Hey Paul - what representation are you talking about? More democrats? You don't like Ted Poe? Or maybe.....Gong. Sorry buddy. Your argument means nothing.

Then came Gilbert Adams - gong. We like him but gong. Gong Gong. Where is Nipsy when you need him....speaking of which...here comes the NAACP.

Here comes Paul Jones with the NAACP. He just doesn't want party interest to .... well....muck up the process. GONG! The NAACP has never supported a republican candidate. So go sit down Mr. Jones - you just looked stupid.
Speaking of arguments that mean nothing and looking stupid, don't miss PRK's weekly filler tomorrow morning on Fox 4 KBTV.
On a closing note, Philip and Chuck Barris both have some things in common. In his book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Chuck once claimed to have worked for the CIA.

Oct 18, 2010

Poll Watcher

On the first day of early voting for the November 2010 election, Philip R. Klein made this claim concerning voter irregularities in Jefferson County. His posting has racial overtones:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that a request to all in the Republican Party has been made for a group of poll watchers to be formed to watch the voting in the Southend [sic] of Beaumont and all over Port Arthur - after concerns of voter irregularity this morning.

According to sources, there were some early voting locations that were not asking for ID's and that voters had no ID's but were allowed to vote.

"We are concerned I have to say to you after this morning," said one high ranking GOP source.

"I am not saying anything illegal is going on - I am saying that there might be some people voting where they shouldn't be. We are going to have to watch this closely I think.

So we will be asking for poll watchers later today and this week. The election must be fair," said the source.
Fact check: Voters don't need an ID with a valid registration card. During the early voting period, citizens can vote at any location.  The Texas Legislature has debated the voter ID issue for at least four years.

Klein offered no substantiating evidence, but I wonder if this is one of the suspect voters in Philip's claim.

My take? Philip just made it up.

Oct 17, 2010

Nitwit Tidbits™

Not much of interest here.
Popular - Sources tell us at FOX4 that our segment is so popular every Wednesday that people are tuning in at the Jefferson County Court House on the new cable system put in for TV. Huh?
The gap in Klein's credibility is obvious: few employees are working at the Jefferson County Courthouse that early in the morning.
Popular 2 - We hear that we are so popular that some politicos are so mad that they are going to demand a boycott of FOX4. Uh....they are watching? Right? Makes no sense other than a bunch of mean bad ugly democrats. Okay - that was overboard. Just p[**]d.
Not to mention the "mean bad ugly" Republicans that Philip has libeled in the past.   For the record, Philip's segments on Channel 4 are the best comedy series on TV since Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Watch out, Philip, here comes the judge! 
Tim Kelley - The Guru of the Beaumont Enterprise - doesn't even live in Beaumont or Jefferson County? Do what? Too funny!
Klein doesn't live in Cabo either, but he's managed to scam a number of free trips with his hunt for Patrick McDermott. By the way, Klein's investigation is officially closed with no conclusive evidence that McDermott is indeed alive. Watch for the book!
Numbers - Lot's of people asking the Review what the numbers will come out to be. Here is how we see it. Senate - 52 democrats the rest is the rest, 63 seats to the GOP for house control. Six GOP governor wins with California on the edge. Boxer will win in the Senate in California.
Anyone who asks Mr. 37-Point-5 percent in earnest for race predictions deserves to have their voter registration card revoked. More probably, Philip just made it up. 

Charlie Cook with the National Journal
offers a more realistic forecast:
At this juncture, I am still sticking with a 1994-level outlook: Eight Senate and 52 House seats are the over and under, with a 50 percent chance that Republican gains will be higher and a 50 percent chance that they will be lower. House gains in the 60s, 70s, or even 80s seem unlikely, as do Senate gains of 11 or 12, which would require the GOP to capture or hold 100 percent of the 18 or so Senate seats that could change hands. .
To be revisited.
Turn Out -  Very low for the Democrats this past Thursday night. What used to draw thousands drew less than 60. Not good.
Typically, Philip drops an arcane reference without explanation in an effort to bolster his flagging credibility.  As such, it's gibberish.
Picking - No we are not picking on KFDM nor the Beaulieu's. One is running for office and is in politics. One is the head of what they say is the number one TV station. And one is a cop that is looking at time. They are all three stories. Our take? TOUGHER SKIN! The more you whine the more everyone jumps on you.
I'm waiting on an Klein's update regarding the FCC investigation of Larry Beaulieu. The only person whining is Philip Klein. And what about that purported announcement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission burned the First Baptist Church of Kountze to cover up fraud?
This Just In - Nothing - making fun of the media in Jefferson County.
Crazy Talk - Gator has gone crazy? Tax on Soda? Too funny!
More gibberish, but I'll note that Klein is still crazy after all these years.

Oct 14, 2010

Right (Another Moronic One-word Title)

In his latest SET Political Review posting, Philip Klein launched another sophomoric tirade against the Beaumont Enterprise and gubernatorial candidate Bill White:
THE BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE HAS LOST IT! They have simply lost it. They list nothing but campaign slogans.
The Beaumont Enterprise posted this editorial endorsing Bill White several days ago on Oct. 9, 2010, so apparently Philip moves his mouth while reading.

Consider Klein's campaign slogan comment when reading his main points: 
Point: First, the Enterprise takes off in defense saying that they are endorsing White not based upon ideology. Then - they go into .... wait for it.....ideology? That is about half funny. That is POLITICS! IDEOLOGY! What a bunch of crap they are spewing. And then they talk about.....the strongest nominee in years? What?

Second, a fiscal conservative? Has ANYONE at the Beaumont Enterprise seen the growth of Government in the city of Houston? Almost 23%? That is a fiscal conservative? Oh...wait....we live in Jefferson County where the growth of government is over 30%? So we guess that 23% looks small...or conservative. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!

Third, no cronies who know how to write large checks? Again HAS ANYONE AT THE ENTERPRISE SEEN WHITE"S DONATION LIST? REALLY? YOU ARE SPEWING THAT CRAP!

Next - boarder security? What does the man have to do? Get on his knees and beg for the military? Beg for more Boarder Patrol? Beg for more money? We think the man has done all of this only to be shut down? Really? Really? Someone wake the hell up over there?

And last - scornful attitude being take it or leave it? Oh...we guess we must be touchy feely? Someone stop it now. Really - stop it now. The Enterprise has lost its mind. The entire opinion looks like a Bill White ad. It is too frigging funny.
Scornful attitude? Boarder [sic] Patrol? Spewing crap? Did someone say "bumper sticker mentality?"

Fact Check:
The only evidence proffered by PRK is his statement concerning the growth of government by 23 percent during the five-year administration of Bill White. This growth extrapolates to 4.6 percent per year. 

During Governor Rick Perry's administration, the Texas budget grew from $101.8 billion in 2000-01 to $182.2 billion in 2010-11, or 79 percent.  This extrapolates to 7.9 percent per year.

As political commentary, compare Philip's rant with the manifestos of Joe Stack or Theodore Kaczynski:

Throughout the manuscript,..Kaczynski capitalizes entire words in order to show emphasis. He always refers to himself as either "we" or "FC" (Freedom Club), though he appears to have acted alone. Donald Foster, who analyzed the writing at the request of Kaczynski's defense, notes that the manuscript contains instances of irregular spelling and hyphenation, as well as other consistent linguistic idiosyncrasies (which led him to conclude that it was indeed Kaczynski who wrote it). 
For those familiar with the SET Political Review, this sounds eerily familiar. I would not be surprised to read in the Beaumont Enterprise one morning that Philip R. Klein crashed a black SUV into the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Oct 13, 2010

The Romper Room: #1055

This posting marks the 1,055th on Operation Kleinwatch, after my first article on Apr. 15, 2007. Consider this an anniversary of a publishing milestone. At the time I published article #1000 (On Philip and Mike: Laurel and Hardy Redux), I missed the significance. 

Fox 4 KBTV
has a standing offer: Anyone can appear on their morning show after Philip throws mud on their reputations with his contrived and inane claims. Once the home of Dialing for Dollars, Channel 4 is now Blackmailing for Guests. 

My favorite in the years I've been poking Philip R. Klein with a cattle prod: 27,000 cases to be "refilled" by David Sheffield in Hardin County. However, PRK's latest that the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission burned the First Baptist Church in Kountze to cover up fraud holds great potential.

As an aside, my favorite grammatical train wreck was this description of a sushi restaurant, written while Klein was typing while intoxicated:
The dead fish enjoy yourself eating joint.
Playing catch up, KBTV posted Philip's two latest editorial commentaries.

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Instead of wearing that same blue blazer every week, I think Klein should dress more appropriately:

Oct 12, 2010

Nancy's Problems

While Philip R. Klein doesn't claim that members of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission burned down a church to cover up fraud in his latest posting, he offers this shrewd insight into the race for Jefferson County Precinct 1, Place 2, Justice of the Peace:
Now - we have two that are running for office. One - a loud mouthed democrat left wing lawyer and two - a quiet mouthed politically gun wielding RINO republican which the only thing republican about her is the "R" on the ballot next to her name. And we mean that.
The rest of this posting displays the same perspicacity: 
This past week - Bill Leger got on the air and said ON AIR that Beaulieu was leaving the set until after the election to insure that there was no conflict of interest in the election. That got tongues wagging - and we have learned that the law may have been breached. According to two lawyers we spoke with over the last week - an FCC investigation has been launched regarding Larry staying on the air past his wife's filing back in January. Meaning, as Larry did the right thing in October, he should have done it back in January.
These are blatant lies.

No such regulation exists that prohibits a media personality from making a living while a spouse runs for public office, nor is the FCC investigating Larry Beaulieu.  If you believe Philip R. Klein is more credible and has more integrity than Larry or Nancy Beaulieu, you're obviously reading the wrong website. Try here (and please don't come back). 

Regarding PRK's attack on the Beaulieu family, the case concerning Officer Brad Beaulieu has no relevance to the race by Nancy Beaulieu for Jefferson County JP, Precinct 1, Place 2. I'll review (pun intended) Klein's statements about that case in the future, based on its own merits.

Of special note:

Nancy is what she is. She is a liberal democrat. She hangs with liberal democrats. She is supported by liberal democrats...So that leaves voters in the West End with a choice - voting for a democrat or a closet democrat with TONS of baggage. The joke running around the West End GOPERS is which democrat they are going to be voting for.
Fact check: the real joke "running around the West End GOPERS" is Philip Klein. See for yourself.

Nancy Beaulieu and Eddie Arnold are both Republicans; Philip R. Klein is a radical wingnut who's in "political love with Christine O'Donnell."  Regarding the other candidate, Anne Bradley, Philip's biases are showing again:
A loud mouthed democrat left wing lawyer...
And the joke that the loud mouth might be a better qualified judge with no baggage...
The loud mouth attorney is lurking around giggling right now...
Pop Quiz (Multiple choice):

According to Philip R. Klein, which of the following should be seen and not heard:
  1. Lawyers
  2. Women
  3. African-Americans
  4. Democrats
  5. Liberals
  6. All of the above
For those who prefer factual and unbiased coverage, see this story on KBMT Channel 12.  Klein's juvenile opinions are not representative of true conservatism, they're mean-spirited demagoguery with no substantive content.

Oct 11, 2010

Klein's Crude Language Omitted

Philip R. Klein made a number of charges against Jefferson County and the Beaumont Police Department in his latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
1) Obvious misdealing with the finances of Jefferson County Texas. Too obvious.
Klein has made similar accusations in the past, including a charge that County Auditor Patrick Swain committed a felony by falsifying records.  This is not protected speech and constitutes defamation.

Show me the real evidence, please. Klein's unsubstantiated histrionics don't count.
2) The beating of a two men pulled over in the North End. One officer is convicted - another is pending trial next week and will all certainty will be convicted also.
Philip always supports the cops, except when his personal agenda gets in the way. 
3) The announcement that a special prosecutor will ask for an indictment on two well known police officers whose parents are well connected in the community.
Klein denigrated the entire Beaumont Police Department later in the article.
But these two guys are and example of what many in many parts of the city have begun to complain about. The absolute "Hitler" mentality being that you are guilty until proven innocent. 
Klein always supports the cops, except when's calling them Nazis. In this case, Klein is guilty of the very thing he's complaining about: he's already tried and convicted these two officers, despite the suspects own guilty plea. From the Beaumont Enterprise:
The allegations against the officers arose from a case heard in Judge Larry Gist's drug impact court in May. A Beaumont man, 32-year-old Bryan Sostand, was indicted in October 2008 for possession of a controlled substance. Based on statements made by Beaulieu and Heilman, the arresting officers, and testimony from Beaulieu, Sostand pled guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Later Morrison located a witness to the incident and filed a motion for a new trial, on the grounds that the witness would testify the officers falsified and left details out of their reports.
I wonder why Stella Morrison let her client plead guilty, if Sostand was truly innocent? Any comments, Philip?

Bottom line: Philip has never explained why the families of these officers are relevant. If so, then perhaps Klein should also mention Lisa Beaulieu, who gave her life in the line of duty. 

And if the families are indeed relevant, then perhaps a drug bust inside the Klein family is relevant as well.

4) The obvious signs at the Port Arthur Economic Development Commission where money cannot be accounted for and the absolute misuse of company funding.
See Item 1. Show me the evidence, please.
5) The announcement that the ATF is looking to the First Baptist Church Fire in Kountze Texas - whereas two members of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission are suspects in starting the fire trying to burn up documents that could be traced to federal money being misspent or taken personally by one Jefferson County Elected official  and one Hardin County Official.
I've seen no such announcement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as of Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 from the ATF concerning this fire which took place in 2008.

Show me the evidence, please, and Klein's anonymous sources don't count.   To be revisited, I'm sure.
6) Cops pull over a BISD official for DUI and he walks by not one - but two police agencies?
Klein failed to mention that two officers were suspended without pay and the BISD official resigned. Klein always supports the cops, except when his personal agenda gets in the way.
7) A lawyer making a speech gets arrested during the public speaking portion of a board meeting? CAN YOU SAY CIVIL RIGHTS? We wonder if he was black what everyone would say. Yes - we said it.
Philip's racism is evident. Notice Klein's racial profiling from his article yesterday, which is obvious despite the rest of the gibberish in his statement:
Looking at the numbers - if Port Arthur Citizens and the South-end of Beaumont stay home - or only come out at 10% - Jefferson County will elected two republicans for a county wide race - for the first tie in the history of Jefferson County.
Since the demographics in Port Arthur and Beaumont's south end are predominantly African-American, Klein's racial bias is obvious.

As one reads Klein's juvenile posting, the real reason for this attack becomes obvious:
Want more - well here is a portion of another friendly Beaumont Police Officer with two of our employees of our sister company. Threatening the employees with arrest - until he is challenged and then cannot come up with a charge.
Despite Klein's blatant lie that the officer "cannot come up with a charge," the officer very clearly says that a trespassing complaint was lodged, and that the person who made the complaint has a witness. See for yourself:

This complaint sounds quite familiar, doesn't it?

Enough (Philip's Demagogy)

Philip R. Klein wrote in his latest posting on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
We have preached until we are blue in the face that bigger government breeds high crime, high taxes and high unemployment. Why? Because to give to someone you have to take from someone. And when you take from someone who has - that person cannot spend, invest or create jobs. It is that simple. There is not much more to it. Government does not create wealth. It takes wealth and re-distributes it to the people after taking its part to grow.
Fact check from USA Today:
Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950

Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.

Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.

Federal, state and local income taxes consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.
Fact check: here are the current effective tax rates for Jefferson and surrounding counties: (per $100 valuation):In conclusion, Vote for Philip R. Klein for Jefferson County Judge.

As one of the leading businessmen in Southeast Texas, Philip will bring his experience in the private sector to Jefferson County and fire any elected official who disagrees with him.

Oct 9, 2010

Nitwit Tidbits™

If I have time this week-end, I'll address two of Klein's stories concerning local sales taxes and Klein's allegations concerning the Beaumont PD.

Meanwhile, Philip writes in this week's Nitwit Tidbits™.
Wings To Go - Crime is down in Beaumont and Jefferson County - anyone for some Wings and Brew? Gezz...media gaga.
KFDM, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Examiner, and KBMT covered this story, where four armed suspects pistol-whipped an employee, threatened at least six customers, and robbed the restaurant. Readers can decided for themselves whether this is newsworthy, but I think it is.

Fox 4 KBTV did not mention this crime. Was this because of pressure from the station's clients, or because Philip is now serving as the station's assignments editor?
Vidor - Wait - a budget shortfall? And government cuts back? We LOVE IT! They still have a way to go...
Readers may remember that Philip predicted a $146 million budget for Jefferson County. After Commissioners cut expenses by 11.7 percent, the actual budget totaled $107 million and solved this year's budget deficit. Yet, Klein claimed the county was bankrupt.

The Vidor ISD tendered offers of early resignation for several employees to address a $3.5 million deficit,  yet Philip described this as a simple "budget shortfall."  His hypocrisy is showing again.
Special Prosecutor - Sources close to the prosecution tell the Review the case is a slam dunk. The problem? IF the BPD officers are indicted - it opens up the door to a very big civil rights lawsuit.
To be revisited.
"Where Are The Feds?" - With all of the controversy and issues with corruption in Southeast Texas many are asking where the US Attorney is in the Eastern District of Texas? Out to lunch? We say naaaaa.....when they are quiet they are usually working. Watch listen and learn we are told.
Philip has been predicting federal investigations in Jefferson County for years. From December 2006:
The Federal Investigation of BISD - It is who you are depending on for your news. We depend on the sources that we have put together and believe us - it is happening. And guess what - the oversight group - called the School Board? They could care less? Or are they....... STAY TUNED FOR THIS ONE!
So, how did that investigation turn out?
White Polling Numbers - Actually went down when he went negative. Funny stuff.
This is especially funny since Philip just invented this charge concerning negative campaigning. White has been attacking Perry for the now-defunct Trans-Texas Corridor, his special interests with the insurance lobby, and his failure to debate since winning the gubernatorial nomination in March. See this article for a more realistic analysis.
National Weather Service - It is junk science. Nobody really knows. End of story. Hurricane estimations WAY WAY OFF. Global warming? Oppss...we mean Global Climate Change?
Klein's logical fallacy, a red herring, is obvious; the accuracy of hurricane predictions has nothing to do with the issue of climate change.  
Unemployment Surprise - Revised figures (giggle) for Jefferson County - to 10.9%. Oh....and sales tax down? Double digits? How is that big government working for you?
Another great cosmic irony - Philip R. Klein quotes Sarah Palin, even though he just made up this charge concerning "revised figures.' The August rate of 10.9 percent is the same released by the Texas Workforce Commission on September 17.   

To be revisited.
New Poll Out Texas - 69% are angry or very angry at the Democrats in how they have run the United States. 11% have no opinion. Do the math. Funny.
New poll Out Jefferson County - 69 percent of all residents think Philip R. Klein is an idiot. Another 30 percent have never heard of Klein. Do the math. Funny.
Let's Do A Blogger Report? Shall We :
Sure. The Southeast Texas Political Review this week is riddled with falsehoods, half-truths, and self-aggrandizing statements by Philip R. Klein. Nothing new to see here - keep moving, please.

Oct 6, 2010

Symptom Five (A Series)

From Philip R. Klein's latest Polling Question on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines Narcissistic Personality Disorder (301.81) as:
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following [symptoms]:

(5)  has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
To be continued. Read the rest of the articles in this series:

Oct 5, 2010

History (Another Moronic One-Word Title)

More breaking news from Philip R. Klein and the Southeast Texas Political Review:
If the election were held today, in the governors race, Rick Perry holds a strong 47% to 41% lead over Bill White. And that is in Jefferson County? We had to do a double take - but that is what the numbers showed.
Philip is quoting the Rasmussen Reports poll. Note the similarity in numbers:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Lone Star State finds Perry with 48% of the vote, while White has 42% support. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Last month, Perry held a 49% to 41% lead. The new numbers move the race from Solid GOP to Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
The odds of two different polls mirroring each other like this are astronomical. More likely, an idiot who knows nothing about statistical analysis changed the numbers without understanding how such numbers are derived. 

For verification, consider the Zogby poll which showed a much closer margin:
Zogby International: Perry Leads White in Texas Governor's Race 44%-41%

50% Rate Perry's Job Performance Positively, But Only 37% Say He Deserves Re-Election
Since the Rasmussen poll is a statewide poll, not a county-by-county poll, Philip just made this up:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that a poll taken by a democratic pollster in Austin has discovered that Jefferson County voters, if the election were held today, would break Republican for the first time in the history of Jefferson County.

According to sources in Austin, if the election were held today in any race, the vote would go 53% GOP and 44% Democrat with the rest undecided.
No poll anywhere would show the same 53-44 spread "in any race." Beware of idiots on parade.

Lessons learned: any time PRK quotes numbers that can't be verified, he probably made it up:
Budget Numbers - We hear pre numbers are? Get this - they want to spend MORE MONEY THIS NEXT YEAR IN THE COUNTY. The number? 146 million? Get that! Wow! 
Get that! Wow! The real number: $107 million. Philip's missed by only $39 million dollars, or roughly half of what he thinks the Jefferson County budget should be.

Does anyone really believe that someone in Bill White's organization leaked internal documents concerning campaign strategy to Philip R. Klein?
Internal documents leaked to the Review show that the goal of the White campaign is to fire up the numbers in Jefferson County and to attempt to get out the vote. White, who is widely unknown in East Texas, made three tours through the strongly held democrat area only to find little or no support other than the trial lawyers in the area.
If so, then why hasn't Philip posted those documents?  I'm sure these pages are infinitely more interesting than Dr. Carrol Thomas' badly scanned newsletter that Klein posted last week.

Philip invented this quote, too:
What is the difference? We asked the question to the democrat pollsters this past weekend in Austin.

"The Tea Party. I have to say it. There is a huge base of silent people that have now broken loose into the electorate. They are mad and they want to vote. National politics has hit us in the guts as democrats. Texas is going conservative fast and the hate for the Chicago style is hitting hard. We are going to suffer. Seats may go into play like Chet Edwards where polling shows Edwards may lose the race by six points," said our source.
There are several of Philip's grammatical tells in the excerpt, but Klein's visceral language is a dead giveaway that he just made it up. The reference to Chet Edwards is another giveaway.

In Southeast Texas, 900 people are active members of the Tea Party.  The membership roster is further diluted by geography: members come from several counties, not just Jefferson County. For those whose memory of local politics extends past the last burrito consumed, reviewing the membership roster reveals many familiar names who've been associated with local fringe politics dating back to the Moral Majority and earlier.

I'm not sure how much influence the Tea Party will have at the state level, since all statewide offices are already held by Republicans. 

Klein writes:
Two candidates in Jefferson County are vying for seats in county wide races. Both - are in fact strong names with strong business backgrounds. One is running for County Treasure and the other is running for Tax Assessor.
Our take?

We will see. We are less than 4 weeks away - and we are waiting on the TV spots. We see one if not both of the candidates trying reach over to some conservative business leaders for support - but nobody wants to reach over this line yet in fear that the damn might not break.
"...the damn might not break?"  And, how credible is someone who consistently refers to the county's fiscal officer as the "County Treasure?"

It doesn't take a self-described political consultant with a history of bankrupt businesses and tabloid investigations to predict the winner in the race for Jefferson County Treasurer.

Georgine Guillory won the Democratic primary with only 60 percent of the vote, leaving a potential of 6300 votes that could conceivably go to Funchess. Putting this into perspective, that's six times the total membership of the Southeast Texas Tea Party. It doesn't take a shrewd political analyst to see how this race will turn out.  

In closing, PRK writes:
Do we see history...we don't know. The polling numbers we saw frankly shocked us and we are not sure that we believe it.

Again - we are not sure.
"We" think no comment is necessary.

Oct 4, 2010

Jefferson County's Laughing Stock

Philip R. Klein's first articles of the week on the Southeast Texas Political Review deserve little comment: while long on PRK's opinions, the postings lack rational thought.

In his latest posting this afternoon, Klein offered this advice to the media:
Something has to change folks. Something has to change. When you have bloggers get the story before the mainstream? Remember the days of old when guys like Aggie (before his demise and self-resurrection three times) would break hard news stories? Not to mention this site who broke two larges stories last week that nobody has said a word about? Jefferson County hires a special counsel DA to prosecute two police officers that lied and it does not even get a mention? WOW!
I'm reserving comment on those "two larges [sic] stories" that Klein broke last week, at least until a media source more credible than the Southeast Texas Political Review reports the real facts. Preferably one who can string together enough words to form a coherent sentence. "WOW!"

Here are a few examples of other "larges [sic] stories" that PRK broke in the past:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that Hearst will make "whatever announcement they will make" no later than April 14, 2009. Our sources is a high level source with Hearst. At stake is whether or not the Enterprise will continue to be printed.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this morning that Continental Airlines Express will be leaving Southeast Texas due to fuel costs and that Southeast Texas is not a profitable route. 
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned late Friday afternoon that this past Friday the Attorney General of Texas was consulted by a lawyer in request for an preliminary opinion regarding a conviction of his client by the Hardin County Courts. "[David Sheffield] screwed up big time. He has attempted to cover up his mistake by going back and refilling over 800 cases in an attempt to correct the problem. We know of 27,000 cases that may be overturned," said a source that demanded there name not be used.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that Tom Maness will have a candidate. Get this - Layne Walker - who is dead on as Mr. Law and Order and would wipe up Maness.
The Review has learned that a very popular female elected official from North County has begun to talk about maybe running for Jefferson County Judge.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned of a possible overthrow attempt by a radical faction of the Jefferson County Democratic party to oust Chairman Gilbert T. Adams.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from sources inside the Texas Workforce Commission that the unemployment rate in Port Arthur Texas is well near the 25% mark - which is an unheard of rate for any county or city in the State of Texas.
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that the idea of forming a "Hospital District" was floated. Well, it seems that not only is it floated - it is full steam ahead with State Representative Joe Deshotel considering running a bill.  Our take? Joe will run it. It will pass. You will vote. And we will pay. And the democrats have done it again in Southeast Texas.
Find a more comprehensive list here.

Philip R. Klein's racism is showing in his posting yesterday: 
Sources inside BISD tell the Review that there are a group of teachers inside BISD that have formed in silence to begin to challenge BISD Superintendent Carroll Thomas and his "cab nit" (spelled like NITWIT) and they are documenting internal issues and how they are handled. 
Apparently Klein felt he needed to explain his clever (said with tongue firmly in cheek) reference to "cab'nit." I particularly liked this quote:

And we mean it. Jefferson County Texas is the laughing stock of Texas.
This period in Jefferson County's history "will be seen as one the most corruption times?"  What gibberish. By the time Philip got to this point in his long-winded speech to the Port Arthur Rotary Club, most people in attendance were snoring loudly.

If Jefferson County is truly the "laughing stock of Texas," it's only because we have the biggest village idiot in the state.

Oct 2, 2010

Philip R. Klein: He Just Made It Up!

Jefferson County Commissioners approved the 2010-2011 budget this week. While referencing this obliquely by obfuscating the real facts with more unsubstantiated rumor., Philip R. Klein never addressed the actual budget. Let's review (pun intended) why.

He first began posting erroneous information about this year's budget in May. Here are examples of what the Southeast Texas Political Review learned during its investigations:
Budget Numbers - We hear pre numbers are? Get this - they want to spend MORE MONEY THIS NEXT YEAR IN THE COUNTY. The number? 146 million? Get that! Wow! Thank you Easter Bunny!
Philip just made it up. The actual budget for 2010-2011: $107 million, which is $39 million less than Klein's prediction and $14 million less than last year's budget.  Jefferson County Commissioners cut expenses by 11.7 percent.

Klein claimed that Jefferson County was bankrupt shortly after predicting this $146 million budget in May:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that the Jefferson County has determined that they cannot continue to operate in current budget by the end of the year - as well as operate in the next fiscal year without massively raising taxes or closing down certain portions of operations inside the county.

Meaning - the county will go Bankrupt by years end....

"We are in trouble. Bad trouble. There is no way that we can sustain our growth over the last couple of years without getting some more money in the door," said a high ranking official to the Review this afternoon.
The county is in no danger of going bankrupt, even though PRK predicted a tax increase and described how the vote would go down a week later:
So - get out your wallets. Alfred, Senegal and name one of the others will vote for a tax increase. Why? Because that is all they know. Take your money and spend it in your name.

Now - what to watch for? Oh the children first. You just saw the first PR spin with the bookmobile. And of course we now feed the children. How important is that? Right? Then courthouse security - how important is that? Right? And then of course the cost of keeping the inmates? That IS important. And then the courthouse and remodeling. And then the navy, the air force and .... the county employees who deserve a raise.
There were no tax increases and commissioners kept the tax rate at 36.5 cents, even though overall valuations dropped. Klein claimed home appraisals increased by 7 percent:
Over the past five years - the average appraisal for a home has increased (ready?) over 48.7% and this year alone we all are looking at about a 7% increase.
The actual increase: 4.6 percent.

Despite Klein's prediction, the Jefferson County Library and the Bookmobile were among the first cuts. Likewise, Courthouse security was never mentioned and county employees received no raises. Instead, the county eliminated a total of 26 positions and moved the funding for another 15 to Special Revenue.

PRK predicted that Jefferson County Commissioners would sell this fictional tax increase through the local media with these arguments:
We will help you with what you will see this week in the media. Because frankly they don't get it. So here is how it will go down.
  1. Oh - my gosh - we have to continue the level of service to our customers the taxpayers.
  2. We need more money to the Sheriff and the courts.
  3. We need to help the poor (the black community voter base) with indigent health care.
  4. We need to be ready for a hurricane.
  5. We need to shine our crown jewls -[sic]  the airport and Ford Park.
  6. And we need to help our employees in a cost of living increase.
Philip just made it up. No one in the county government made any of these arguments. 

Klein did predict a reduction in workforce (RIF):
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that budget cuts at Jefferson County might include last years appointment in the Jefferson County Domestic Courts of a administrative judge and his entire budget.
This was never discussed, but Klein missed the primary RIF, eight deputy constables, until a week after the constables were notified of the cuts during budget hearings.

Note to the Port Arthur Rotary Club: Remember this when booking future speakers.