Jan 30, 2011

Week 4 in Review

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Here's an interesting story from KBTV Channel 4, posted on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011:
Indictments Possible In Hardin County Alliance Case

Fox 4 contributor and publisher of the Southeast Texas Political Review Philip Klein was the first to publicly raise questions about the Hardin County Disaster Recovery Alliance.

He gaves [sic] us more than 500 pages of documents, including audit reports.

Those reports allege the Alliance's executive director had misappropriated public funds.

Federal dollars that were supposed to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Rita.

Last month, we spoke to its director Tony Thornton.

He said he borrowed the money and has paid it back.

He also told us the money he spent was not federal dollars, but private donations.

At the time of Hurricane Rita, Thornton was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Kountze.

There have been allegations records from the Recovery Alliance were inside, but Thornton denies those allegations.

Sources tell Fox 4 the case has been delivered to the U.S. Attorney's Office, and indictments could be imminent.

We're told they won't be pertaining to the fire, but involving financial crimes.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney told us the office does not comment on or confirm investigations.
A once-legitimate news operation has lowered their journalistic and ethical standards to those of the Southeast Texas Political Review.  As an example, anonymous sources "gaves" Channel 4 the information that indictments "could be imminent." Sound familiar?

In the past weeks, Philip R. Klein devoted very little space to Tony Thornton. Instead, Philip claimed:
Then, on April 12, 2008, after panic had set in and Federal Investigators were about to begin asking questions - a fire irrupted [sic] at the First Baptist Church of Kountze Texas - in the offices of the Hardin County Disaster Recovery Alliance, Inc., and all documents and history including computers and any and all paperwork was lost.

The fire was ruled arson. And the ATF was called in as well as other federal agencies as they continue to piece together a case against some of the biggest names in Southeast Texas. Sources close to the investigation tell us they "are getting closer everyday." And "it is a matter of time."


Those in the cross hairs - the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and an investigation of every political official in Jefferson and Hardin County that had anything to do with the Alliance.
Klein has distorted the original case beyond all recognition. We'll revisit this when and if any indictments are handed down. More below.

BISD EMPLOYEE


Philip added this story yesterday evening:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that a BISD Employee has been arrested by the FBI at BISD headquarters yesterday. The arrested employee is John Wesley Baptise, Jr. According to records, he was arrested on Federal Robbery Charges.
Most probably, the SET Political Review learned this from KFDM Channel 6, who posted the story several hours before Philip. 

Klein never identified Baptiste's position at the Beaumont ISD, but Channel 6 noted:
FBI Special Agent Anne Figueiras tells KFDM 23-year-old John Wesley Batiste Junior was arrested at the BISD maintenance barn Friday afternoon. Batiste is a maintenance worker for the district.
I'm sure Philip will make a case concerning the "criminals' working for the Beaumont ISD, however I'm sure he'll not mention the convicted sex offender he once employed. If anyone would like to fill in the blanks, leave a comment.

Of special note:
The review attempted to confirm his employment this past Friday, however we were hung up on.

This makes the third arrest of a BISD employee for felony crimes in the past four months.
Apparently, FBI Special Agent Anne Figueiras isn't one of Klein's anonymous sources.  Neither have three employees been arrested for "felony crimes."

More below.

NITWIT TIDBITS™

NEDERLAND EDC Meeting - Too funny. Now they say they don't have $5 million in the bank - they only have $2 million in the bank. But true - they only gave out $75,000 in awards - and it does have a $250k operating expense just to run a two person office. Really? This is government waste at its best.

EDC Director -
Made the statement she is one of the most underpaid executives in the EDC system. Our response? SO! Get another job in this 20% unemployment Jefferson County.
Philip has had a longstanding feud with the Nederland Economic Development Committee (NEDC).

Apparently, it's more difficult to get low-interest loans for backyard swimming pools through the NEDC than the U.S. Small Business Administration.
KBMT - Great story this morning on kids suspended for watching a fight. Gezzz.
Philip has bigger priorities:
The Review has learned over the last twenty four hours of an investigation ongoing by Judge Ron Walker regarding gumballs being sold.
Gezzz.
Media Notes - When the US Attorney announces their Alliance indictments - what are they going to do in newsrooms all over Southeast Texas? Are they going to report it? We laid the story on their back doors months ago - Remember? You don't - here is the reminder :

[Photos of local media outlets]


We are wondering what the lead in will be : "KFDM has learned that..... or maybe at the Enterprise "Today it was announced.....,,,, gezz.


They have had the story folks for over six weeks AND DONE NOTHING. THE ONLY STATION THAT HAS DONE ANYTHING IS FOX 4 AND SAN JUAN HAS BEEN ALL OVER IT. Wow.
In reality, both KFDM and the Beaumont Enterprise has been following this story for the past three years.

As an example, the Beaumont Enterprise reported in 2008:
The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has turned its attention back to its investigation of the Kountze First Baptist Church fire, agency representatives said Tuesday.

Post-hurricane, the bureau has been getting things back in order in the Beaumont office, which suffered minor leakage, supervisor Larry Sanders said. There was no major structural damage.

"We were very fortunate, very lucky," Sanders said Tuesday afternoon.

In the arson case, agency personnel are attempting to find a motive for the fire and are prepared to be in it for the long haul.

"Sometimes in these arson cases, there is a lot of paperwork to go through and leads to follow," said Bureau Public Information Officer Franceska Perot.

So far officials are following leads and interviewing a variety of individuals and organizations in the area, including people in the Hardin County Disaster Recovery Alliance.

"Every day is a new day," Sanders said previously. "You never know when that one interview will be the one you need."
Likewise, the Beaumont Enterprise reported in April of 2008 that the ATF had seized a computer in the investigation. The computer belonged to FBC secretary Kristy Wade, not anyone associated with the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission:
Investigators on that day took a laptop computer from the home of the church's former secretary, Kristy Wade.

The computer does not belong to Wade, but to the organization she works for, said Larry Sanders, acting supervisor for the bureau's Beaumont field office, which is investigating the April 12 arson.

Sanders replaced Bart Mora, who was the field's resident agent in charge at the time of the fire. Sanders has been briefed on all events concerning the case, according to bureau officials.
For more, see the first item above.
Mad For Not Naming Names - Okay we get that from our readers. But there is a reason and the goal is to start cleaning up Jefferson County and those who run it.
The real reason is that if Philip revealed names, he would be liable for defamation.  
Deshotel - Does not support the Voter ID Bill. Meaning he believes that anyone can vote without having proper ID to vote. Meaning that any person off the street being wanted felons and illegals should be able to simply walk in and give a fake name and vote. Too funny.
Meaning that Philip is an idiot. In reality, State Representative Joe Deshotel opposes changing the current law, which requires voters to register before voting. No one "off the street being wanted felons and illegals" can "simply walk in and give a fake name and vote."

From the Beaumont Enterprise:
The bill, expected to pass the Republican-controlled House in the next few weeks, was fast-tracked by Governor Rick Perry, who declared it an emergency issue.

Starting in 2012, it requires that Texans present a drivers license, Department of Public Safety-issued identification, military ID, passport or license to carry a concealed handgun before they can vote. Disabled or elderly voters over the age of 70 would be exempt from the new requirement and can continue to present a voter registration card.
Note that no cases of widespread voter fraud have been reported in Texas in the past half-century. Philip is using this non-issue to advance his own personal agenda against Joe Deshotel.
McGriff - Cannot get another tat or plastic surgery or handle money. BUT SHE CAN KEEP HER JOB AT BISD!!! Criminals around the CHILDRENS!!! LOVE IT!
While Klein has confused the issue by referencing "felons" working for the BISD, Tamraka McGriff was convicted of misdemeanor. Frmo the Beaumont Enterprise:
Tamraka McGriff, Beaumont ISD's coordinator of transportation, was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and must adhere to several specific guidelines after pleading guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of theft of public funds.

As part of her probation, McGriff must write letters to the school board and Superintendent Carrol Thomas stating that she knew what she was doing when she accepted more than $15,000 in Social Security benefits for her son, money that she was not eligible for.
Gezzz.
Guidrey - Still employed at Beaumont PD. Still employed at Beaumont PD. Still employed at Beaumont PD.
Klein - still an idiot. Still an idiot. Still an idiot.
Tax Day - Pay up kids. Daddy needs your money. For those of you checking on us - we paid ours months ago.
I'm curious as to how Philip could pay his taxes months ago, even before the end of the 2010 fiscal year. I'm sure the IRS will have fun reading through Philip's tax returns - how about posting those for us, Philip?

NEDERLAND EDC WASTE 

The Southeast Texas Political Review has been given financial records for the Nederland Economic Development Commission - and we are simply shocked by the numbers that we have seen. And folks - this is a CLASSIC EXAMPLE of why Southeast Texas is dying. It is about power, it is about control and it is mostly about people that have no idea what they are doing and why they are taking the peoples money and wasting it.
Philip made this claim:
Meaning there were two people or companies that got money from the EDC for 2008-09. They were GO BURGERS being Burger King and Hernandez Office Supply to expand their warehouse. Two! Only TWO! The rest went to government projects (non business) in road expansion and swimming pool rebuild.
Typically, Philip has deceived his readers by mistaking the facts. As one example, there were more than two businesses that received funding from the NEDC, including Allied Plywood & Lumber, Inc., and Sumrall’s Air Conditioning, Inc.

Philip's implies that the NEDC wasted money on "government projects (non business [sic])."  Yet, in the same article, Klein claimed:
Two years ago, the City Council of Nederland voted to take money away from the EDC for infrastructure projects within the city because of their dissatisfaction with the board and how the EDC was being run. They took almost a million dollars to expand Beauxart Garden Road to four lanes which in fact has created a boom in that area of houses and business that feed the city.
Here's what really happened:
Motion made by Billy Neal and seconded by Mike Guidry for the Nederland Economic Development Corporation to share with the City of Nederland all project costs associated with the Beauxart Garden Road improvement project, including road construction, utility relocation, engineering costs and inspection costs in an aggregate maximum amount of not more than one million eight hundred eighty one thousand three hundred thirty five dollars and forty seven/100 ($1,881,335.47), with the cost of said project to be shared by the City of Nederland at 50% of the maximum aggregate cost and the costs to be shared by the Nederland Economic Development Corporation to be at an equal 50% of the disclosed aggregate maximum of $1,881,335.47.
Motion Carried.
  • Ayes: Guidry, Kieschnick, Neal, Phillips, and Rogers.
  • Noes: None.
  • Absent: Debby Griffin and Erik Shaw.
At the beginning of the article, Klein made this claim:
According to financial statements for 2008 - 2009  the EDC was sitting on almost $5,000,000 (MILLION) dollars.
Halfway through the article, Klein changed the numbers:
We move on to 2009-10. Yes - the money comes flowing in from you the taxpayer. And the money pot grows again by over $500k brining [sic] the money pot to $550 million dollars.
This is a wonderful example of Idionomics according to Philip R. Klein:
$5,000,000 + $500,000 = $550,000,000
Remember this when PRK next claims, "We did the math."

Unbelievable

Just when you think you have heard it all......
The Review was turned on today on a column in the Port Arthur News written by ace reporter Sherry Kountze. The story? Well Bob Phillips of the Texas Country Reporter fame owns a production company that made a contract with the City of Port Arthur regarding promoting positive PR for the City.

Why? Well like all of the rest of the waste of your tax dollars - it is for pie in the sky liberal theories of people who spend your money on stupid things. Like - promoting a city?
In his interview on Channel 4 this week, Philip argued that this money should be spent on developing new elected leaders:
We need to get better leadership in Port Arthur and that's where I think the money should have gone. To recruit candidates that are willing, from the business community, that are willing to make the tough decisions and say "No." we're not going to spend money like that.
Spending taxpayer money to fund political campaigns is a clear violation of state and federal campaign laws. 

Typically, Mike McNeil missed this during the interview.

ATF


This story underscores Klein's manufactured charges and blatant ignorance:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from sources close to the US Attorney in Beaumont Texas that the ATF of Beaumont has forwarded a case against two individuals for prosecution regarding financial mismanagement with the recommendation of prosecution. According to our sources - the indictments will come against two individuals.

The Review - in a phone call to another source confirm that arrest warrants have not been issued - however - there is a possible agreement in the works between the government and a lawyer in Southeast Texas for one of the alleged accused to give testimony in lue [sic] of amenity regarding two individuals in Kountze Texas and one current employee of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission.


We attempted to confirm this information with our ATF source - however they were not available.


The Review further confirmed that the charges WILL NOT be arson - and will only be filed regarding financial mismanagement and racketeering.
Paraphrasing Philip, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has been investigating a case concerning financial mismanagement and racketeering and forwarded these findings to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Philip apparently doesn't know that investigating financial mismanagement and racketeering is not within the BATF's area of jurisdiction.

In lieu of evidence to the contrary, Philip is apparently making most of this up.
The Review has been tipped the two names - however - we choose not to release the names because we do not want to hurt any deals that the one suspect may be willing to give the Government. And we have heard further that "one of the suspects knows all the skeletons."
According to Philip's past claims, the entire SETRPC is under investigation and Bo Alfred is guilty of felony theft.

THE FINAL: REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MUST CLOSE

This is the final in our report on the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission - and to be honest we could write about 30 more weekly reports. And being even more honest - the sickness that surrounds the mind thought of the people who run the commission and those that they "are there to help" is simply a mechanic to give away free money.
Philip castigates the local media for ignoring his story:
And this week - in our final report week - we really show you how it works. You will not read about this in the Beaumont Enterprise, see it on KFDM who touts themselves as the "NEWSLEADER" - you will not see this story on either of the KMBT TV stations - you will hear about it on FOX simply because our editor will speak about it on Wednesday on FOX News at 4. You will not read about it in the Examiner. You will simply never hear about this corruption and free money being thrown around to "businesses" in the know. You will simply never ever hear about this criminal operation.
Presumably, the local media is waiting for real facts to report, rather than mangled math and unsubstantiated accusations.

Regarding the SETRPC, Philip made this claims over the past weeks:
The common theme in the bilking of money and stealing federal cash for personal use is one that is taboo and rarely will anyone investigate. It is the perfect cover story - being running millions through faith based non-profits that do nothing but get some people rich. And if you go after the money - they plead stupidity or you are racist or don't believe in God.

In the last 10 weeks - a poor spelling low tech web site has exposed the biggest criminal operation in Southeast Texas. When they even thought that investigators were coming - they burned a church down in Kountze Texas.

The ATF - and their dedication to their jobs seem to be the only true agency that has shown interest in getting the bottom of the Regional Planning Commission and those names around it.


We have shown you how the executive director breaks his own rules. We have shown you how cronies of political officials got money. Hell, we have shown you how ELECTED POLITICAL OFFICIALS RECEIVED MONEY!. We have shown you how an organized crime ring in Jefferson County Texas operates on your tax dollars. We have shown you how your tax dollars are thrown out the window. We have shown you how faith based organizations are nothing but a clearing house for big money that goes in political cronies pockets and back into political campaigns. We have shown you how Jefferson County operates.
Referring to the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission as an "organized crime ring" is defamatory and not supported by evidence. As pointed out last week, many of the documents that Philip posted in past weeks contradicted his own claims. Even

We'll revisit when those indictments are handed down. 

ALL LEVELS

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this morning in an interview with two high ranking legislators in Austin that the number of cut backs on the State and Local levels may reach 20% in total funding. Meaning - almost 20% of those that work for the government are in danger of losing their jobs.
How would a state legislator know that cutbacks in local governments "may reach" 20 percent? This is gibberish and has no factual basis.

For instance, Klein's invented source is also fluent in gibberish:
I think what once was going to be a career - is now not. We just ran out of money and the people are tapped out," said on legislator to the Review today.
While some of you may now not recognize any of Klein's signature grammatical trainwrecks, I'm sure if you think about, you'll find one or two.

Philip just made it up.

BO


Philip wrote:
If you follow the Review you will know a few things - which are : 1) Bo Alfred according to records took money from the Hardin County Alliance while serving as a director, 2) is connected to money given to BISD spokesperson Jessie Haynes and her home that she says was storm damaged but was determined not to be - as well Haynes lied on her application regarding how much money she made working for BISD and the application was rubber stamped, 3) rumors that Federal Agents want to talk with Alfred regarding his knowledge of Alliance funds going to Non-Profits that are run by supporters of Alfred's.
If you follow the Review, you will know that Philip frequently makes things up.

Jan 23, 2011

Week 3 in Review

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On Philip's KBTV Channel 4 appearance

During his weakly appearance, Philip repeated his claim that there "is a consideration ongoing that is being talked about behind the scenes that" Dr. Carrol Thomas is retiring and that Dr. Willis Mackey would be considered for his replacement. In the real world, Dr. Thomas received another four percent raise this week. See below.

Philip also claimed that the FBI is investigating the BISD, and that over 40 people have been interviewed.  He also claimed that local non-profit organizations were "slush funds" for the BISD.

I suspect the only reason Philip and KBTV Channel 4 aren't sued over these outrageous and unsubstantiated claims is that Philip R. Klein has no credibility.

NITWIT TIDBITS™

Philip R, Klein writes on the Southeast Texas Political Review this week:
Sorry we were late today - but criminal activity comes first.
I'm confused - is Philip robbing convenience and liquor stores to make ends meet at Klein and Associates Political Relations?
Fired - The Review found out that with less than 12 hours into office that Judge Nancy Beaulieu fired 19 year clerk Penny Nguyen after telling everyone that she would keep them all. Penny got the axe and Nancy put a cronies in the office. Not a good start. She was the one that reported Judge Gilliam. Beaulieu was the only newly official to let go anyone go.
I suspect that if Nancy Beaulieu intended to put a "cronies" in her office, she would put a "cronies' in the position of Associate Court Administrator, rather than one of two clerks. Likewise, Klein offers no evidence whatsoever that any of this is true. For instance, Klein alleges that Nguyen "reported Judge Gillam," but doesn't explain what she reported.

Perhaps Penny was Klein's "source" in this incident, where Klein was busted for blatantly publishing a malicious and false rumor as fact. Sound familiar?
FBI - Said to be ready to act on the BISD thing. Hold your breath.
Because Philip said the FBI is investigating doesn't make this any more accurate. From 2006:
The Review has learned that the Attorney General and the FBI may be investigating the BISD and indictments will be handed down within the next three months.
Apparently, Philip has been holding his own breath too long.
Thomas - We all know that Thomas is a liar. But he is a high price liar. Seemingly he is the HIGHEST paid official in Texas. And get this - with one more raise he will be paid more than the President of the United States? Do what? Really? The entire school board has to go. Now.
I suspect Philip is simply envious because Dr. Thomas gets paid more for lying to the public. 
We Broke The Story - KFDM - nothing, FOX -4 - nothing, KBMT - got the story and say they "obtained a copy of the letter." Uh.....really from where? Oh....how did you know about it? Oh.....it is way too funny folks. These people in the media just cannot stand it.
Philip is correct - nothing from KBTV Fox 4.

However, KFDM's story is here and KBMT had their story up before Philip. More below.
Speaking Of Which How About Some Headlines On Unemployment :
  •         FOX : Nothing Yet
  •         KBMT : "New Local Unemployment Vary With Towns"
  •         KFDM : "Jobless Rate In BMT-PA Holds Steady From Nov. to Dec.
  •         Enterprise : "Southeast Texas Stays at 11% Jobless In December
And now for the truth - Jefferson County is now the second highest county for unemployment in the state. And adding insult to injury PORT ARTHUR NOW HAS A 17% unemployment rate. Unreported near 21.4%. Beaumont has an unemployment rate close to 10% - with unreported at 13.4%. Now go back and look at the headlines. Our question? Why? Why doesn't the media just call it what it is? Why?
And now for the real truth: PRK is an idiot and functionally illiterate. He can't even get published information correct without manipulating the numbers. In this case, he's referencing the latest report from the Texas Workforce Commission, which includes the annual average for 2010

Jefferson County isn't even in the top 10 in unemployment. Compare (in ascending order of unemployment):
Jefferson 11.1
Reeves 11.3
Cass 11.3
Zapata 11.3
Cameron 11.4
Jasper 11.5
Matagorda 11.5
Hidalgo 11.8
San Augustine 11.7
Newton 12.9
Morris 13.8
Willacy 13.7
Maverick 14.7
Zavala 16.2
Sabine 16.3
Presidio 17.9
Starr 18.0
Philip may mistakenly be referring to the monthly TWC Metro Survey Area (MSA) report. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Beaumont/Port Arthur MSA is third:
  • McAllen/Edinburgh/Mission: 12.1
  • Brownsville/Harlingen: 11.8
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur: 11.0
The Beaumont/Port Arthur MSA is almost always third in the state, reflective of the nature of our local economy and job market.

Furthermore, a cursory review (pun intended) shows that the labor force grew by more than 5,000 since December 2009 while overall employment has stayed at about 168,000 and unemployment at just under 21,000.  Since the labor force has grown substantially, Philip's premise that Southeast Texas is dying doesn't hold water.

Ironically, the sector with the greatest loss in jobs came through state and local government, which disproves another of Klein's frequent claims. Philip just made it up. 

Carl Parkers Blog Speaks - Carl Parker the semi conservative. A must read on his blog (found on our front page). Here is his points :
  • Use the rainy day fund.
  • Do away with duplicate or unnecessary state agencies
  • Overhaul the criminal justice system.
  • Let the managers manage.
  • The Legislature should search, not only for waste, but for unfair tax breaks.
As for the rest - never mind. He went back to his lib roots like don't touch education. Really? How is it working out so far? Not really that good huh?
If Philip's education is representative of the quality of Texas education in general, our system is a dismal failure and those cuts in education over the past 10 years haven't worked. From The Texas Comptroller's website:
  • Texas was the only state in the nation to cut average per pupil expenditures in fiscal year 2005, resulting in a ranking of #40 nationally; down from #25 in fiscal year 1999.
  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
Read Carl Parker's blog here, rather than take Philip's interpretation at face value. Philip is easily confused by multi-syllabic words.
Blog Spread - We have gotten some mail regarding some of the "sites" again spreading rumors about what they know nothing about or even falsehoods again. We would answer the allegations but - how do you answer the allegations that are meaningless? So again - remember if they don't sign their names have an agenda.
Even people who sign their names sometimes have agendas. My agenda is simple: exposing Philip's agenda.

LIED TO PUBLIC
A furious staff member of the BISD called the Review to confirm that the BISD board knew about the letter and report (that we are trying to get as we speak) as the voted to give Dr. Thomas a 4% raise and lied to the public in open session on how great the bond issue was going and how the letter of the law was being followed. According to sources inside the district - investigators from Austin are on their way to Southeast Texas to dig into the books, credit card receipts and purchases of the district both in operations and bond operations.
I'm confused, are those investigators from the FBI or the TEA. 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
The Southeast Texas Political Review has obtained a copy of a letter dated January 18, 2011, from the Texas Education Agency to Dr. Carroll Thomas questioning the financial management of the Beaumont Independent School District and the financial management of the bond funds for uses not approved by the taxpayers.
As noted above, KBMT-TV published their story hours before Philip posted this letter.

Philip also makes this claim with no evidence whatsoever:
Furthermore, in closed door meetings at the District with the trustees - Thomas has hatched a plan to get around the problem with TEA by using Hurricane insurance money from a slush fund of settlement money from damage to buildings during Hurricane IKE to build the events center. That too has drawn the attention of the TEA.
The facts belie Klein's inflammatory rhetoric. There is no "slush fund," nor is there a secret plan. The only issue is whether the district plans to use bond money to build Thomas' albatross.  Publishing unsubstantiated falsehoods as fact only muddies up the real debate.

UH, OH...

Firstly, compare the inconsistencies in this article and Klein's Nitwit Tidbits™:
Jefferson County is almost 17% last month in reported and unreported unemployment.
[From Nitwit Tidbits™] Jefferson County is now the second highest county for unemployment in the state. And adding insult to injury PORT ARTHUR NOW HAS A 17% unemployment rate. Unreported near 21.4%. Beaumont has an unemployment rate close to 10% - with unreported at 13.4%.
Klein just made it up (see above).
And now with the layoff of over 1,200 people from the expansion project that has just occurred (didn't here about that huh?).
Probably the reason we didn't "here" about that was that it never happened. Philip made this sweeping pronouncement based on an anonymous source who reached this conclusion after observing parking lots.

Compare Philip's claim with this recent report before the Port Arthur City Council by Motiva representatives:
To date, 36 operators have been hired and the company expects to hire more. Of those, 16.4 percent are from Port Arthur area. Fifty-three people have been employed by Motiva — 30.19 percent from the Port Arthur area.

Currently, there 7,500 people on site. Of those, 3,500 are from the surrounding nine-county area, Joe Thompson, Bechtel Jacobs Program manager, said.

When the project hits its peak in April another 1,800 people are expected to be employed largely in electrical and insulation jobs.

To date, 100 percent of the 320 modules have been delivered. Only eight of those are left to be set in place.

Also left to do is the tie in with the existing facility.

“We are going to see a lot of activity in 2011. We are right on track, but have a lot to do,” , Nick Smallwood, Motiva CEP Project director, said. “We’ve still got cable to pull — so much that it will stretch from here to just about Chicago.”
Philip reprinted this statement from Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick:
"Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick says he's firmly against raising taxes. That's why he's paying close attention to the state's legislature. Texas is facing a $27 billion deficit, and Judge Branick fears lawmakers will transfer down some of the state's expenses to the counties. He says counties are already facing budget problems themselves. He says he and leaders from other Texas counties will fight against such a move, a move he calls indirect taxation."
As a service to his thousand's of readers, Philip translated Judge Branick's straightforward statement from English to Idiot:
What Branick just said was this - "I am getting ready for political cover. Either I am going to have to raise taxes on you and blame it on Austin - or I am cutting the h*** out of the budget and there are going to be massive layoffs at the county level.
Ironically, Philip still doesn't acknowledge the impact of the recent recession on Jefferson County.
We want you to remember that the ONLY JOB GROWTH IN THE PAST `10 YEARS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY HAS BEEN GOVERNMENT JOB GROWTH.

As noted above, the facts don't support Klein's wingnut opinions. Jobs in the government sector have actually decreased.

Throughout last year, Philip predicted:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that Jefferson County Judge Elect Jeff Branick will appoint current sitting commissioner Mark Domingue to an "Assistant to the County Judges" position this January.
Philip just made it up.

GOODBYE

In this article and repeated on Channel 4 KBTV, Philip predicted that Dr. Carrol Thomas would be terminated as BISD Superintendent:
Sources tell the Southeast Texas Political Review that discussions have begun behind closed doors regarding "the future of Dr. Thomas." Sources - three of them confirm - that some on the school board think that by changing leadership on the school board - it will stop the negative attitude that has now spread all the way to Austin.
As it turned out, Dr. Thomas got another 4 percent raise.
Sources go on to tell the Review that the FBI is getting closer in their investigation and possibly has learned about a Non-Profit organization that was being used as a slush fund (imagine that). As well sources tell the Review that billing practices such as billing companies submitting a bill and then that bill being inflated and the money distributed in kick backs to connected people in the name of "consulting fees." According to two sources with knowledge in the investigation - one of the targets may be a school board member or family member.
Like a one-trick pony, Philip dredges up another of his past targets:
And now for the best part of the story? If Thomas were to come to a deal ($1.2 million dollar taxpayer contract buyout) Dr. Willis Mackey - who is having SERIOUS PROBLEMS in the San Antonio area would be considered for the interim job.
Philip just made it up.

IN ONE ROOM
The Review's leader, Philip Klein, was to be in attendance at the event with cameras from FOX -4 for the evenings event to present documents to those on the commission board for comment - however - after consideration by legal counsel and a request by a high ranking legal planning commission member - and a local city council person - the Review has made the decision not to attend the Government Sponsored Event.
Philip just made that up, too. 

In this article, Philip made the same unsubstantiated claims from past articles:
If you will recall, Alfred, who is in the middle of the investigation of the burning of the church in Kountze and his association with the Hardin County Alliance, as well as Mayor Bobbie Prince and her association with the same group, will be in attendance.
I think Bo Alfred should sue Philip. This is defamatory speech, not protected by the First Amendment. Philip R. Klein has presented no hard evidence whatsoever to support his claim that Bo Alfred was involved in the arson of the First Baptist Church in Kountze. 

Here are some more lies:
In other events at the commission since the Review exposed the corruption and the Federal Investigation into the Church Burning - a high ranking official from the Planning Commission called the Review and told us that : "We are no longer allowed to look at your web site at our offices. They have blocked it from our computers. So we all race home and read what is going on this week or look at it from our phones and pass it around the office. I think Shaun is feeling the heat. All he did was crank up the anger," he said.
And more lies:
The Review has also learned by an employee at the SETRPC that a "federal agent" has approached them.
"I have been asked not to say anything and I am not. But I have been approached and I have pledged to answer any and all questions," said the source.
Philip's take: 
Well - we know the ATF is investigating and has "created a huge file" on the church burning. And they are following the money. Our guess is that the walls are closing in and now the employees of the RPC have figured out it is a crime not to report a crime. And there are crimes - a bunch of them.
How's that investigation by the FBI into those Hatch Act violations going, Philip? ENT in Southeast Texas.

FUTURE
Vidor ISD is going down. They barley met payroll last month and there is question if they can make it this month. Further, there is serious questions if they can pay bills. And there is serious question if they can run business as usual. We think - they can. Like any major corporation - they are now faced with laying off over 60 people today. Jacking the unemployment rate even higher in Southeast Texas.
Philip's story is ostensibly about Vidor, but after a few paragraphs of similar nonsense, PRK veered completely off the track by reprinting an entire story from Salon about his native state, New Jersey.
And with that - here is a reprint from CBS Philly and Salon - and the story about Camden New Jersey - that could easily be called any town in Southeast Texas:
I bet New Jersey has a spot for a double-wide mobile home waiting for Philip R. Klein.

FEAR

In this story, Philip shows he has no talent for straight journalism:
According to sources close to the teacher (s) at Memorial High School, long time respected teacher Raymond Polk was in his classroom during a class change. He began to hear banging on the walls around his classroom and went out to investigate. As he exited his door her heard and saw five boys banging on the walls in what has been described as "rapping". Meaning banging on the walls to the tune of a rap. Sources (three) say that they were asked to stop and one of the boys made a racially sensitive comment about the teacher. The teacher then walked up to the student and asked him to repeat it to him again. So - the student did and tried to walk off. The teacher then told the boy that he was going to go to the office and tapped him on his shoulder telling him that he needed to come with him to the office. As soon as the teacher touched the boy on the shoulder - the boy turned around and punched the teacher in the face. The teacher, in defense held the boy in a head lock and took him to the ground. As soon as he hit the ground he told the boy that when he calmed down that he would release him from the head lock and kept telling the boy to calm down. The boy would not calm down and the three other boys that were "rapping" turned and jumped on the teacher hitting him in the face with their fists beginning a one minute beating of the teacher that did not end until another teacher jumped in and took the boys off of the teacher - helped by some other students.
Philip compounded his ignorance with blatant racism:
Happy Martian Luther King Day Doc Brown - and to the students. 
More evidence that Philip is not of this planet.

End of story.

SURVIVE

More racism:
The school trustees of the Beaumont ISD who vote in lock step and protect Dr. Thomas in the name of the :"black race" have done exactly what they have accused the "white race" of doing. There is no inclusion unless you agree with them.
Fat, drunk, and ignorant is no way to go through life.

Jan 16, 2011

Week 2 in Review

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Nitwit Tidbits™
Credit - The Review breaks the story - everyone that wrote or spoke about the story on the BISD note to students abut MLK day credited the Review....except the Gator and KFDM. Funny stuff. If you look at the JPG - it is ours. Funny.
PRK claims credit for this KFDM story. See below.
Hogan's Kid - OCSO's PIO Chad Hogan's boy was hurt in an auto accident. The Review's thoughts and prayers to the Hogan family as well as the family of the young man that died.
From KFDM.com
Jonathan Williams - Cop that is suing for his job. Some say he has a case?
Shrewd analysis from a self-described political consultant. 
Speaking Of Lawsuits - Wow!!! Sixteen Million? Uh...message to cops? The people are not happy? Wow!
Message to Philip? You're an idiot? Wow!
Done With Crime - Port Neches has it going on. It seems they are done with all of the crime and are forming neighborhood watch groups. We applaud Port Neches. The Manager and Council. They have it going on.
If Philip ever had it going on, it got up and went.
KBH - Big News...well not so much. Seems that KBH is leaving office (if you didn't know that you are not connected). Dewhurst is the front runner. We will see.
Now you too can be as politically connected as Philip R. Klein:


PRK avoided misspelling Kay Bailey Hutchison's name by referencing her initials.

Melody Speaks - We are really starting to wonder. Again - Chappel makes it a race thing saying she is calling the DOJ about representation issues regarding redistricting. Really Mel? Really?
Philip once sued Melody Chappell for representing the PAISD trustees when they sued PRK for defamation.
Funny Story Out of Houston - A faith based organization in Houston has been ordered to stop feeding the homeless? Why? They need a permit? Government! You have to love it!!!
Jeffrey Dahmer didn't have a permit for feeding the homeless, either.
Item Last - No word from the Supreme Court this week. But we understand it might hit next week in the case Klein v. Google et. al. - who knows...but we are going to DC with it either way.
A legal question for Philip R. Klein: since the case before the Texas Supreme Court concerns our mandamus of Judge Donald Floyd,  In Re John Does 1 and 2, how can Philip appeal Floyd's decision in Klein et. al. v. Google et. al, since it supports Klein's petition?

Or did Philip's "team of attorneys" miss that?

Howdy Doody

Philip and his sources
Like a scene from Howdy Doody - Peter Morrison has once again become the laughing stock of Texas - and he made some threats that some in Texas have now made the decision to spend some money and look into Morrison himself.

"It was only a matter of time. Morrison thinks he is a player - he is just some Howdy Doody with a web site," said one legislator from Austin to the Review.

Now he is spreading his venom through the republican ranks and threatening folks in the Legislature. And that has gotten some big names pretty mad - and they are going to come after him.
"Howdy Doody with a website!"  Is this a description of Philip R. Klein?

PRK's opportunistic attack on Pete Morrison corroborates my point that Klein isn't a real conservative, but rather a fat man with an ego problem. 

Philip called Pete Morrison out (PRK's offensive and vulgar language has been edited):
And as for your threat of March 6, 2012 - why don't you run for office. You threaten it all the time. So run big boy. But you won't because you know there are places....like this one.....that know all about you and will cut your political [edit] off before you can say boo.
Actually, Morrison previously held an elected office as a trustee of the Lumberton ISD. Klein often imitates a political consultant on TV.

Offensive Flyer
The Southeast Texas Political Review has been given what is being deemed an "offensive" flyer depicting police, fire and the military marching in the Martin Luther King Parade this Monday as "militaristic."
Philip posted his article a few hours after KFDM posted this story:
BISD School Board Trustee Tom Neild told KFDM a parent from Regina Howell dropped off the flyer at his office and was upset about it.

Neild wants to know who wrote the flyer and its intent. He said, "it states as if we're anti these groups, but it's the reverse, we're proud and supportive."
Employees Talk

In this article, Philip recounts an alleged meeting of the SETRPC:
On the demand of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs - five employees of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission have contacted the Review and have met with us over the past 48 hours after a "general employees meeting" was had this week. In that meeting, executive director Shaun Davis disparaged the Review and FOX - 4 TV.
Halfway through Klein's posting, the original meeting becomes two:
After the initial two meetings - we advised our sourced that if anyone wanted to speak with us they could. We heard from three more.
Readers will note five of Klein's signature grammatical trainwrecks in this statement from one of Klein's purported sources:
We all did nothing wrong. It is the executive board members with Shaun that have done this. He made me very angry and I personally know one employee that has spoke to a lawyer..." said the source.
Klein's posting was an imagined response to Part Eight of his expose on the SETRPC:

Part 8 - The Alliance Dips Again

And now as we promised something to make all of you go to your toilets and throw up. It is back to Hardin County AGAIN. And back to our old friends at the Hardin County Alliance. You know - disaster relief? You wanted to see corruption - well here we go again.
I have a hard time taking anyone seriously who posted this as a headline. What's wrong with this picture:

Has anyone noticed that Philip is cherry-picking the documents by not posting the follow-ups? Where have we seen that before?

Drama

The Southeast Texas Political Review has been informed that due to our posting of Cody Guedry's pre-sentencing report, his sentencing hearing has been postponed. As well, accusations are flying that the Southeast Texas Political Review has violated criminal laws by posting it.
Actually, the sentencing hearing had already been postponed when Klein posted Guedry's pre-sentencing report.

According to popular rumor, Judge Stevens heard about Klein's posting and demanded that Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness prosecute Klein for violating the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Since this is a civil offense and not a criminal offense, Maness declined to prosecute.

Klein's poor sense of self is obvious here:
This past week, the Review received an envelope with the document in it. The review posted the document this past week. FOX - 4 interviewed the Review after verifying from the probation department that "a" report had been issued.
Philip R. Klein, AKA "the Review."
"The Review is a target of these guys," said a caller today from the Courthouse. "They are furious that you are getting these documents and making them public. You have **** off the mainstream guys that run this county," said one caller.
Philip's bottom line:
The bottom line - Cody Guedry is going to get what Cody gets.
More shrewd political analysis from a self-described political consultant.

One Room
It is back slapping time! And all of the players will get together this week at a local hotel to celebrate the great things that the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission has......well......done for the good citizens of Southeast Texas.

"I think everyone is very nervous right now. Really we are very nervous. Any minute we expect federal investigators to walk through the front door. We came in from the weekend and there were documents shredded. There were bags everywhere Mr. Klein. They have covered up. There are a group of us honest employees that know about a lot of the secrets. Like Mr. Davis's family member that got a job in the commission which is against the rules. We have known for a long time what goes on in here. All we need is someone to come talk to us. We are not going to jail for these people," said a source inside the commission.
The Review is entertaining the opportunity to go with a camera crew to the event to put the mike in front of the players and get them to answer questions on the record as they walk into the event. FOX 4 has made the offer for the Review to be there with a mike and to ask questions and get people on the record. We are thinking about it - and are getting legal questions answered.
This scenario of shredded documents never happened; neither did Philip's ambush.

Jan 9, 2011

Week 1 in Review

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Special Note to Philip R. Klein:

I noticed this item in Nitwit Tidbits™ this week:
Texas Supreme Court - We have been told this morning that we will get notice on either a verbal argument hearing or notice of decision by publication "in the near future" regarding Klein et.al. v. Google.




Caption this photo!
For the record, I'm calling you a big, fat liar (again).
  • Ask your "team of attorneys" what Ex Parte communication means.
  • The Texas Supreme Court is not considering your nuisance lawsuit, Klein et.al v. Google, but rather our mandamus against Judge Floyd, In Re John Does 1 And 2
  • There is no such thing as a "verbal" argument, but oral arguments are extremely rare in mandamuses.
The bottom line is this: The SCOTX does not give litigants pre-notice on requests for oral arguments “in the near future” and I'm absolutely certain they would use the proper legal terminology.

In 2009, SCOTX received 255 mandamus petitions. Oral arguments were requested in only four, and decisions on three of those petitions are still pending today. The fourth was granted shortly before Christmas of 2010. The remaining petitions were all dismissed within weeks of filing the final arguments.    

Furthermore, once a petition for mandamus has survived the first weeks after final arguments are submitted, the chances of a mandamus being granted increase to 81 percent. Finally, consider that another mandamus against Judge Floyd was granted early last year.

If your "team of attorneys" haven't explained this to you, then perhaps you're playing out of your league. While we may indeed get a decision "in the near future," the timing has nothing to do with your fictitious claim.

Nitwit Tidbits™
Quiet - It is very quiet over at BISD. We guess that can happen when the FBI comes calling. Oh....we hear get ready for an announcement from the FEDS. it will be a short story.
Another investigation. See this posting on all of the investigations that Klein "heard" about last year.
All The Criminals - The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission will be having their end of the year bash to pat each other on their backs. Why do we say this? Well maybe you would like to attend? Oh - wait? You are locked out! It is invitation only at one of the local hotels. All of the criminals will be in one room at one time. Suppose our names will be spoken? Oh .... hint to you that are attending? Watch what is coming and who you associate with - just a hint.
Branding elected officials who serve on the SETRPC as criminals is defamatory speech, similar to claiming on local TV that a two police officers would be indicted by a grand jury "this thursday."
Branick Speaks - So the new county Judge has says he has goals? First, he wants to deepen the ship channel (government program spending), 2) restoring coastal dunes (government program spending), 3) keep the "TAX RATE" (buzz word) even or lower. Okay - is it just us? We have a county with high crime and high unemployment? And we want to spend and spend and spend and cut back cops buttttt keep the tax rate lower? Ugh....not a good start kids. Not a good start. This is what you get when you have someone in charge that has never met a payroll.
What Brannick didn't say:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that Jefferson County Judge Elect Jeff Branick will consider appointing current sitting commissioner Mark Domingue to an "Assistant to the County Judges" position this January.
Apparently, Klein is too dense to understand the significance of dredging the ship channel to the top economic driver in Southeast Texas.  
Weaver Rumors - Stop it. He just got into off and hasn't even done a thing yet. Will he go GOPER with Alan Ritter? We will see. He was a conservative cop and we kind of like him. Let's watch this closely. If he doesn't he WILL get a candidate in four.
Remember this prediction:
Two are waiting in the wings to run the only GOPER for any seat - being Eddie Arnold...Arnold we are told is getting a fundraiser together with some local democrats;
In reality, Jefferson County Commissioner Eddie Arnold ran unopposed in the primary. Since he was unopposed in the General Election, he won reelection by default.  Neither did Arnold hold a fundraiser with local Democrats, but PRK is still an idiot.
Sooooooo KFDM Goes GAGA over the Mark Twain Thing - And so you wonder why? An astute reader found this on facebook from the leader of the News Room David Lowell:
What I find offensive is the attempt to sanitize literature. The loss is greater than the gain. Twain uses the offensive word offensively... to set up the great irony of the story. It is NOT a racist story...it is a great story of redemption.
We will let you make the decision. We are just not that smart.
Samuel Clemens, who began his literary career publishing anonymously under the pseudonym of Mark Twain, enjoyed poking fun at idiots who thrust themselves onto the public stage:
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Was Sam referencing Philip R. Klein and the Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees when he wrote that?
Kleiney Leaks - To funny. Everywhere we go we are asked when the next document dump is? And we are doing the media's work? We were just thinking - maybe if we faxed a press release?
I think Klein meant "too funny."  Paraphrasing Sam, I think it's better for Philip to keep his mouth closed and let people think him a fool, rather than open it and remove all doubt.  The media is charged with reporting the truth, not bizarre allegations from a wingnut.
Final Numbers On Shutting Down The SETRPC -

Philip stated on KBTV Channel 4 that over 70 percent of all residents in Southeast Texas want the SETPRC closed. I interpret this differently: 88 of Philip's readers apparently don't know that the SETRPC is mandated by the Texas Legislature. See this posting.

Items Last - Just a thanks again for having our last year the biggest. Final numbers are in and we had a 34.23% increase in readers and page hits. Man - thanks.
See this posting from the other Sam.

Shock

Little substance exists in this article, although Klein committed a crime by publishing a pre-sentencing report. From the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 41.12:
A report and all information obtained in connection with a presentence investigation or postsentence report are confidential and may be released only:
  1. to those persons and under those circumstances authorized under Subsections (d), (e), (f), (h), (k), and (l) of this section;
  2. pursuant to Section 614.017, Health and Safety Code; or
  3. as directed by the judge for the effective supervision of the defendant.
In other words, a PSI is not considered subject to the Texas Open Records Act and Public Information Act. Anyone, whether a legitimate journalist or an irresponsible blogger, who publishes a PRI is subject to criminal prosecution.

Klein's take:
Wow. Really - wow. A jury is going to here this?
Another deep thought from Philip R. Klein.

Klein's allegations about Guedry's deposition are silly.  Because Chief Coffin said Cody Guedry did the right thing doesn't change his guilty verdict from a Jefferson County jury.  And this conviction still leads to Guedry's exit from the Beaumont PD, regardless of the expressed opinion of the chief. 

Ironically, KBTV Channel 4 led with this story during their 4 PM newscast last week, complete with a sound bite from Philip R. Klein. How does Klein figure into this as a story?

As in most of Philip's postings, he invented a "source who demanded anonymity:"
"Add another zero onto this lawsuit against the city of Beaumont," said one local attorney. "This shows you the mentality in the leadership of the city and I have to tell you that this does not help the city of Beaumont. I am not involved in the suit but if I had a voice - I would tell them to write the check and go home. This needs to be nowhere near a courtroom," said the source.
How ironic that Klein's source would echo Klein's words from an earlier posting this week on the same subject ("Everybody Gets One"):
"I think this case will be settled fast. They do not want to bring this to a jury. It is not good," said one federal courthouse observer.

And we agree. Write the check and go to the house. This thing needs to end. There are too  many good cops that are going to suffer.
Likewise, Klein's allegation that Chief Frank Coffin is retiring is entirely without substance. We'll revisit in a few months.

Media Whispers

Philip attacked KFDM in this posting.
First, and get this, it seems that there is some serious upset from the family of a young lady who was killed in a car wreck Monday. It seems that a picture got released or sent to a media outlet. The picture was of the wreck scene that some say someone in government or at the scene sent to the picture in. It was used on air. In fact - here it is :

[picture omitted]


The media outlet? KFDM TV. Now the questions started who would send in the picture that got that close to the scene. Could it be a fireman? Could it be a paramedic? Could it be a cop? What would be the contact? The rumors say a certain new judge. We ran it down this afternoon and have been told Judge Beaulieu was not at the scene.
Even though Klein tried to implicate Nancy Beaulieu, it's no secret that someone else at the scene submitted the photo.
We have said it before and will say it again - the leaks cannot start. If so it is going to piss off every media outlet. This is going to get ugly and already has.
According to Philip's logic, it's unethical for KFDM to post a photo submitted by a source, but it's okay for him to ignore Texas statutes and publish a confidential pre-sentencing investigation.
And last - and don't giggle too much. We understand from sources in Houston - and we dropped this last week - that KFDM might get bought by Nexstar? Oh yes - the bid is on we have heard. Meaning? It would be too frigging funny - really it would.
Longtime readers will remember when Klein claimed two years ago that the Examiner would buy the Beaumont Enterprise, so PRK is recycling old falsehoods again. Has he called Jeff Brannick the "Mad Hatter" yet?

If Klein's allegations are true, I'm sure it's because Nexstar's KBTV Channel 4 is such a horrendous under-performer that the company needs something to make money in this market.  But since these deals are more hush-hush than the Manhattan Project in the early stages, would anyone in their right mind tell Phillip R. Klein anything about an acquisition like this? 

Corruption : A Million Dollars!


Has anyone noticed that all of Klein's documents and spurious allegations concerning the SETRPC involve purported corruption in Hardin County?
This week we go back to Hardin County Texas. This time Silsbee Texas. And get this - a new group called the YYAFA! This stands for Youth Young Adult Fellowship Alliance! It is run by Reverend Mark Smith. A powerful political player in the City of Silsbee and Hardin County. Smith runs the ministers group. Smith is known to be connected to Joe Penland who are said to be friends. 
Yet Philip's last statement in this long-winded diatribe is this:
Welcome to Jefferson County Texas - the most corrupt county in Texas.
In reality, the SETPRC's only oversight is making the grant available to non-governmental organizations after determining their legitimacy.
It is racked with missteps and issues - to the point where Goss asks the Regional Planning Commission to pay them directly. And the Regional Planning Commission - rather than shut the site down and end the missteps and misspending of government money - pays Goss directly. Millions.
Between the beginning and end of Klein's posting, he inflated the figure from $1.5 million to "millions." Neither did Philip didn't post the follow-up reports from Charles Reed, which portray a different story that the Klein's manufactured story. 
Again - the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission is racked with illegal activities, federal dollars that are illegally spent on political friends of board members and get this - now setting up ANOTHER honey hole in Hardin County Texas. All while the area suffered and many have gone in debt millions to recover.

And this is week seven and no federal agents have come a knocking. And NO MEDIA FOLKS - NO - NOTHING! Why? Why to you think? Other than FOX 4 who ran with it for a couple of days - we plopped down the documents and NOBODY HAS DONE A STORY! Why? Bake sales?
After applying Occam's Razor to Klein's statement that "no federal agents have come a knocking," I suspect Chicken Little is running amok on Nederland Avenue.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm?


More deep thoughts from Philip R. Klein concerning the Upshur County Commissioners in Gilmer:
It seems they didn't like what people were saying at the commissioners court meeting. So - they shut down the comments section. They first tried to limit speech (rings a bell?) and then they cut it out all together when citizens showed up with tape on their mouths and sat in the front row and were removed from the meetings for causing a disturbance. Really - this if for real folks.

Well, the DA (giggle) got a complaint by one of those that sat there in silence with tape on their mouths that he was removed from a meeting for no reason and HIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN FRONT OF AN ELECTED BODY WAS HINDERED. You see - under the constitution you have the right to speak ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WANT AS A TAXPAYER TO YOUR COMMISSIONERS.
Exactly where is that found in the Constitution?

More importantly, Klein missed the point: Sheriff Anthony Betterton and two commissioners were indicted on misdemeanor charges of official oppression for forcibly removing a man with duct tape on his mouth, not because of the rules governing comment before the Upshur County Commissioners Court.

As I've already pointed out in my special message to PRK above, he has a hard time figuring out the real issues.

The New and Old Kids

Another defamatory statement by Philip R. Klein:
Alfred - Bo has problems right now. His mind is not in the game. He has the Feds looking at him. So let's be fair and take him out of the game. Ooopps...did we break some more news? That story later.
Klein has claimed that Bo Alfred is under investigation. Sound familiar?

Jan 2, 2011

2010 In Review

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I originally intended to list Philip R. Klein's Top 10 Lies of 2010 as the first article of the new year. After looking through his  postings, I found isolating just the top 10 lies to be an almost impossible task.

Instead, here's a review (pun intended) of the low points of 2010. This list is not comprehensive, but my personal favorites.

The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission

Most of Philip's postings in December were devoted to a contrived, but elaborate conspiracy involving the SETRPC.
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.
In his most ambitious project ever, Philip weaved a number of leaked documents from the SETRPC into an elaborate conspiracy. I've had a hard time following his logic, since many of the documents actually contradict  his prior statements. In other cases, Klein clearly invented his own circumstances to frame the documents according to his wingnut conspiracy theory.

If Klein's allegations are indeed true, then the numerous investigations he's purportedly documented by the federal government would have yielded something more than statements written in bad grammar from anonymous sources. 

Specific to this arson, a former employee of the church was investigated, but no charges were ever made. Find documented facts on the story here

2010 Jefferson County Elections

Editors Note : Each primary or election for the past 17 years, the Southeast Texas Political Review produces and publishes its predictions. We hover at around 80% correct.
This comes from the same idiot who predicted that Fred Thompson would win the 2008 Presidential race. In the 2010 elections, Philip hit a new low with only 29 percent correct. Read the full story here.

Judge Larry Gist

Philip exploited a personal tragedy to further his one-sided feud with Judge Layne Walker:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from two sources inside the Jefferson County Courthouse - that Drug Impact Court Judge Larry Gist will lose his job - if he has not already. And his long time assistant and coordinator will be (or already has been) will be given the option to retire or leave.

According to our sources, who demand anonymity, Judge Gist learned of the impending dismissal as he was recovering in a hospital from a fall...behind the decision was Jefferson County Judge Layne Walker - who according to sources - was upset at the Judge's demands for an IAD investigation and the overturning of a sentence for a Port Arthur man.

Further, that serious concerns are now given by supporters of Gist to call in the Federal Government in a complaint against Judge Layne Walker.
The only truth in this claim is that Judge Gist's court coordinator was terminated, not because of a vendetta by Judge Layne Walker, but because of HR-related factors. Neither was Judge Gist's job ever in jeopardy, a federal complaint was never filed, and Judge Gist is suffering from congestive heart disease not a fall.

Philip R. Klein and the Race for County Judge
Read more in Symptom Five (A Series).

Port Arthur Rotary Club Speech

In September, Philip spoke before the Port Arthur Rotary Club on his favorite subject, Philip R. Klein. Among the points in his speech:
  • PRK claimed that Angel San Juan called just before the meeting to personally thank Philip for exposing the Curtis Guillory incident, since Channel 4 couldn’t report the story because of pressure from their sponsors. With this statement, Klein publicly acknowledged that Fox 4 KBTV biases its own newscasts, based on its advertising roster.  

  • With a straight face, Klein claimed the mission of the Southeast Texas Political Review is to "report the truth." Since the SETPR doesn’t have sponsors, PRK can report the truth.

  • People call Philip regularly with offers to buy the Southeast Texas Political Review for millions of dollars.

  • Typically, Philip claimed that Jefferson County is the most corrupt county in history . 

  • The Port Arthur unemployment rate is 20 percent, but Klein later told the club to invite him back in a year when the rate would rise to 14.9 percent.

  • Philip claimed to be the front man for President George H.W. Bush during his re-election campaign. 

  • He told an anecdote about meeting "The Man" while riding on a “cart” with his children. In this case, cart meant an elevator when Klein couldn't remember the correct term for the device that moves people between floors in a multi-story building. “Remember that, Caroline?”

  • Klein claimed to have been on Air Force One several times.

  • Since losing President George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign, Klein claimed that he has assisted in several other campaigns as consultant. He didn't identify the campaigns, probably because if true, his candidates lost those elections, too. Perhaps Bugs Coe and Carl Griffith?

  • He claimed that he continues to talk to President George H.W. Bush regularly, even though there is an unsubstantiated rumor concerning Bush's appearance during the Spindletop Centennial. When asked about Philip R. Klein, the former president purportedly said, "Philip who?"

  • Philip also claimed that he talks to Karl Rove at least once a week.

  • PRK told the Rotary Club that he has to sit in the back of restaurants, because people engage him wherever he goes. I suspect the real reason is because the host or hostess placed him near the kitchen to keep him out of sight, and it's easier for Klein to see who's throwing the empty bottles. 

  • The fat detective also claimed he was personally trained by both the FBI and CIA.

  • As a business consultant, Klein claimed that he helped an unnamed national business from going bankrupt. This may be true; I suspect he spent a lot of money during the recession on food from Kroger, HEB, and Dairy Queen.
PRK talked so much that the club had to cut him off when they ran out of time. Because Klein rattled on and on, there was no time for Q&A, where members could question Philip. After his speech, however, Philip got a standing ovation from one person. Roughly (my estimate) 10 to 15 other people offered lackluster applause.

Other Speeches

Philip received an invitation from the Golden Triangle Republican Women:
Golden Triangle Women's Association Speech - The boss will be speaking on to the GTRW on March 1st - wait - this just in - there is a bi-laws change issue (according to the new president who spoke to the boss yesterday) - so the invite has been recanted and he will not be speaking on March 1st. There was no reschedule. Giggle. No guts no glory.
After the group rescinded (not recanted) their invitation, Philip posted his speech anyway. Typically, the speech was about Philip R. Klein. Here's the main point of the speech:
What I want to say and what I will say will be the same thing. You see when you get me - you get me. I am who I am am and I say what I say - and I get what I get. It is that simple.
Philip also claimed to have been a guest lecturer at the University of Houston:
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.
After several people tried to verify this with U of H officials, Klein abruptly pulled the editorial three days after posting and never mentioned the issue again. Read about the entire incident in Five Questions and a Pack of Lies.  

The Beaulieu Family

More mud-throwing, aimed at Nancy Beaulieu and her family:
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.
The FCC investigation was bald-faced lie. Neither did the DA's office "push back any announcements of indictments until after the election," as later developments proved. This didn't stop Philip from making this statement on Channel 4 KBTV:
We broke a story last week where two, they had to get a uh, uhhhhhh, special prosecutor from out of the area to come in and indict two Beaumont Police officers, which will happen either Thursday this week or the Thursday next week. 
None of this ever happened.

Jefferson County 2011 Budget

In April, Philip R. Klein claimed:
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!
Klein's fabricated this claim, since Commissioners were already grappling with a projected shortfall in revenue. Philip finally figured this out three months later when he claimed the county was bankrupt:
Jefferson County Texas is bankrupt. And the real number is going to be $21.5 million. But don't say anything.
We told you. We told you. We told you. We told you. And we told you. And it has begun - the excuses for why government cannot cut back. Meaning - get your frigging check books out - residents of Jefferson County and Business are now witnessing the FINAL ACT of Jefferson County and its financial health.
Well - the Review has learned that the smart old guys that watch your money on commissioners court have come up with a plan. And it was what we told you months ago they were going to do. So here is the plan for you in the media that want to write your page six story - or your blurb story after the weather.

The Plan :
  • Cut into the "Rainy Day Fund" - take almost all of it.
  • Increase Fees and Taxes
  • Get rid of political foes and neuter their staffs.
The shortfall actually turned out to be about $6 million. As it turned out, Jefferson County Commissioners made cuts in programs and services (example: the County Library) and staffing (example: nine deputy constables) for a budget totaling $107 million. This 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. The tax rate remained constant at 36.5 percent and no fees were increased.

Senator Robert Nichols
Oh boy. We all knew Port Arthur did not want the big biker rally. And frankly we do not understand why a biker rally would come to Port Arthur? Kind of silly huh? But the story has taken a bad turn this week when Austin political forces got an earful from State Senator Robert Nichols.

The short story? According to organizers, Senator Nichols did a motorcycle ride down to the rally this past week in Port Arthur. He crossed the bridge and came to the gate (s) where the event was held. He was wearing his nice leathers and had a cool jacket on due to the rain he came through. He was stopped by a police officer at the gate - one from reportedly chambers county. The officer - not knowing who the senator was - asked him if he had a weapon on him. He replied to the officer that he could not ask him that question - to which the officer said - no I can't but I don't have to let you in and "we don't like your kind around here."

Sources in Austin tell the Review that the senator has opened warfare on the City of Port Arthur. He has staff looking over issues that "cover Port Arthur." Meaning - it is going to be a rough time for those Port Arthur Delegates that will be going to Port Arthur Day in Austin this next year. If you know what we are saying.
Another bald-faced lie. Sate Senator Nichols hasn't been in Port Arthur for years. On  the day of this bike rally, he was at his lake house. Philip made it all up.

Mark Derouen v. Robert Reid


In reality, Judge Walker took Robert Reid off the ballot, after Reid admitted that some signatures were improperly collected in his petition for a place on the ballot. Klein claimed that the Texas Ethics Commission was investigating a complaint and typically, that Reid would file a lawsuit:
Reid hires legal counsel and prepares a lawsuit and appeal in the 9th - which by all indications will throw Walker out on his ear and embarrass Derouen and his attorney's. Sources tell the Review that an appeal is being tendered to the 9th court of appeals and a complaint has been drafted against Judge Walker (like he cares)- away from candidate Reid.
None of that happened.

Another Investigation:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has been told that an investigation is ongoing regarding a county employee that was caught in Dallas County Texas this past month on a red light camera.
As it turned out, the employee was on county business and driving a county-owned car.  The employee paid the ticket and there was never an investigation.

Racist Statement of the Year:
You white people are fixing to get a true education on the black man and what he can do with money and lawyers. Lie, cheat and knock buildings down. What a great example for our "childrens" of the district.

We know we live in a county...where the black community is changing history in front of the publics [sic] nose by lying and cheating.
No comment necessary.

Klein V. Google

See this article. We await a decision on whether Judge Floyd from the Texas Supreme Court. Klein filed his original 202 petition in August 2009. . 

Carrol Thomas Stadium
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.

Ah yes.....folks.....we said a total of $2.5 million. And that as our source said is a drop in the bucket.
The real cost, according to the Beaumont Enterprise:
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 just made it up.

Cyberstalking

In recognition of his skill as a bully, the Stark Foundation hired Philip R. Klein to intimidate Facebook patrons. Read the whole story here.

Beaumont Underground (The Trog Blog) 

Klein made this claim numerous times through the year:
On Friday Afternoons we try and read Trog from where we left off the week before. We must say that we are blamed for almost 50% of the posts on site. Smart readers get it that this is a chance for those in the media to dump on this site. We thought about dropping it - but you know.....it really shows.....so we will leave the connection to it. As you can assume - we DO NOT write on Trog unless we post it here also and place a watermark in the paragraph. So keep reading. And Enjoy - thanks to Trog for allowing me to post.
The operator of the blog, known only as Trog, tracked Klein's IP addresses on these signed comments and cross-referenced them with a number of unsigned lewd and libelous postings. These generally involved the genitalia of a local female TV personality and racist comments. Trog exposed Klein in an article here.

Afterwards, Klein wrote a purported affidavit where he claimed to have a secret IP address that spoofed his IP address - this is gibberish. Read more here.

The Search for Patrick McDermott:

On March 30, 2010, Klein announced that he had ended his search for the missing lighting technician who was 48 years old when he disappeared on June 30, 2005, from a fishing charter boat off San Pedro, California: 
Investigators have concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDermott is alive. We have received both documentation and voice imprints from McDermott and from a "lawyer" that states he represents him. Mr. McDermott's wishes, according to his counsel, is not to be "hounded" any longer by investigators or the media. In return for our agreement to end our search - McDermott and his lawyer have sent our firm "proof of life." As we are now in the process of confirming the information provided to us this week - we will hold our investigation. If we find truth to what we have been provided - we will announce such. 

This firms intentions, if the information is found true, will produce such to his family first, the US Coast Guard second, and lastly we will produce to the public in the form of a upcoming book : THE HUNT FOR PATRICK KIM MCDERMOTT - THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MAN.
From Associated Content:
I don't know who Klein works for or if he has taken this investigation on of his own accord, but reports last year had indicated McDermott was wanted for questioning in Texas in connection with the issue of his life insurance policy. Now the website is saying that McDermott "is not and has not been accused of a crime. He simply is wanted for questioning regarding his disappearance."

For my part, I'm just guessing, but I'd say they have bupkis. Why bother to come out with the story before confirming that the "evidence" you are satisfied with is the real thing?
During this time, Patrick McDermott's former wife, Yvette Nipar, filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging that Philip was stalking her. I'm looking forward to getting a first edition of Philip's forthcoming book.

Another Investigation
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned late this afternoon that the Jefferson County Commissioners, especially elected member Eddie Arnold may have violated the Fair Labor Standards act and that serious consideration is being given to filing a federal lawsuit against the county for the violation (s). An investigation has been called.
That never happened.

Jeff Brannick
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.

Well - the conventional wisdom of the power structure in Jefferson County is that when Walker steps down, his number 2 and now candidate for Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick would be the shoe in for the replacement - or at least someone that would be in retirement or headed that way would take over and let the two candidates - Branick and former congressman Nick Lampson fight it out and take over at the end of the term.
That never happened either.  This is still to be determined:
Jefferson County Judge Elect Jeff Branick will consider appointing current sitting commissioner Mark Domingue to an "Assistant to the County Judges" position this January.
SET Political Review

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

Wow - what a good week again for the Review. Another record page view week. The biggest in our history over 17 year history. We thank all of you for reading and now on to Tidbits!

You people at home that read this site - all 20,000 per week - get ready.
Snicker. No comment necessary.

Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned of a meeting over the weekend by two different high powered groups - being represented by some of the biggest names in business in Southeast Texas to affect change in the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.
That never happened either.

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

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

And Finally - Stillllllll......no.......campaign contribution report on Rhonda Dugas. Now she is over 12 days late - which is a clear violation of State Ethics law. You can read all about and watch it on your local TV news....oh...never mind. What the built they have aborted.

However, when you are in politics - you have to play by the rules. So - we here at the Review will file our complaint post checking the status of her campaign contribution report (s) at 5 p.m. And we will post it.
Klein never produced any evidence whatsoever that "the Walker clan" Rhonda's filing fee. Furthermore, a quick look at the campaign filings showed that Rhonda submitted all of her required campaign reports in a timely matter. Klein never filed a complaint.

KFDM
KFDM - the News Leader was ninth (in the top ten not bad). We are starting to think a metered market might show differences in the "book."
KFDM - Keep your ears open next week. Here come the changes. Watch for a mass exodus.
Speaking Of - God help us - the banks own KFDM and management is going to be replaced and restructured? Ouch? And layoffs are coming.
KFDM is going to lose out in the news race. Both KBTV and KBMT are coming on strong. Blame Uncle Larry, blame corporate, Channel 6 is not the same old " News Leader.."
None of those mass layoffs ever happened, although Fox 4 KBTV, also known as Klein TV, laid off six employees from the station's news operation. Decide for yourself which station is in trouble.

Tom Maness
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this afternoon that Jefferson County District Attorney Thomas Maness has filed for an office that - according to the Texas Legislature - does not exist. Meaning - he filing illegally and should be dropped from the race effective immediately.
Actually, Klein was referencing a document where someone in the County Clerk's office mispelled the Jefferson County District Attorney's name. The investigation that Klein promised in subsequent postings never happened. 

In a related story:

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

A source very close to Williams tells the Review : "I think it is time to flush the toilet bowl called Jefferson County and bring in a honest man into the District Attorney's office in Jefferson County."

Another source tells the Review that Williams is "as honest as Judge John Stevens" and is a man of "integrity."

We are speechless. Simply speechless. Where do we give money and what can we do to help?
As it turned out, there were numerous problems with the Williams' candidacy. From The Examiner:
Candidate for Jefferson County District Attorney Cornelius Williams Jr., who is a former prosecutor in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has refused to answer questions about why he has a probationary law license from the State Bar of Texas, telling a local television station the matter wasn't "germane" to the election.

"And it is not germane to the campaign," Williams told KFDM-TV6.

Information obtained by The Examiner from public records at the Jefferson County Elections Division revealed Williams had a November 2008 General Election mail ballot sent to him in "Patient Room 1303" at Memorial Hermann Hospital's Prevention and Recovery Center, located at 3043 Gessner Road in Houston, on Oct. 22, 2008.

"Known around the nation as 'The PaRC,' Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center located in Houston, Texas," states the center's Web site. "We have a 28-year history of successfully treating drug addicts, alcoholics and their families by helping them understand and manage the disease of addiction."
Klein never withdrew his endorsement.

Another bald-faced lie
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that courthouse security will be tightened in anticipation of crowds at the Jefferson County Commissioners Court as a public hearing is held on the budget. The meeting is to be held on Wednesday (tomorrow) and sources at the courthouse have told the Review that the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department has had a request by commissioners for extra security in the room and in the hallway.
Jefferson County Commissioners never scheduled a public hearing on the budget at the time Klein indicated. After the date passed, PRK never commented on why no one showed up for a meeting that never happened. 

Judge Lupe Flores
So get this - a county court at law judge is going to run for re-election. So he gets some supporters to .... well write him a letter of support. So they do! And guess what? Well they violate election laws by using the seal of the County in an election ad that makes the letter look official. Don't believe us? Okay - here it is! An investigation has been called.
State campaign law specifically states:
Only officeholders may use the state seal in political advertising.
Although Klein accused Judge Flores of a Class A misdemeanor, no investigation ever happened.

David Bellow
We were then referred to the Texas National Guard PR Department who told us that : "We are aware of the situation down there. It is creating a stir," which the source demanded anonymity...he could face a court marshal. Meaning jail time and maybe a dishonorable discharge.

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."  "We are aware of the situation down there. It is creating a stir," which the source demanded anonymity.
The Command Sergeant Major in David's National Guard unit wrote a letter soundly debunking Klein's lie.

David was later elected to the State Republican Executive Committee. Philip remains a liar to this day.

LL Melton Family YMCA

Philip R. Klein made this claim:
There is a movement inside city hall for the City of Beaumont to PURCHASE THE LL MILTON YMCA! Oh yes there is....and it has the votes? So now NANNY GOVERNMENT is going to get into the frigging YMCA business.
That never happened. In October, the Melton Y filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, but PRK missed that.

Eddie Arnold
Eddie's Mess - We just love it when you hit a politico in the tummy and he/she reacts. It is better than that - Eddie on the offensive which we love. So here is the story - Eddie sends an email to the GOP Chairman Shane Howard. And Howard, not thinking, sends the email (which is political in nature and has nothing to do with county business on a county computer on county time) as instructed to the JCRP and GTRW members. Two things happen - first we get a copy of the email from ten people laughing telling us to keep the heat on him.
Meaning that Klein isn't included on the JCRP mailing list.

Patrick Swain
PIR Launched - We sent our PIR to Patrick Swain. Paddie has yet to send the information. Tick Tock. It is only a test of time.
Speaking of time, Klein has never produced any documents related to his open records request.

Hatch Act Violations
Shook Up - We have been talking to the AG's office regarding the Hatch Act. Seemingly there are three that should resign today in order to comply with the law. We are digging a little deeper right now and will have a story next week. We have made the decision to expose the violations and leave it up to the media to follow up on.

So we called Washington DC - and asked the question at the United States Attorneys office. "The Hatch act clearly states that if federal funds are being used by a government agency any employee is precluded from running for office unless they take a leave or quit," said the spokesperson.

The bottom line - now that we know - IF YOU RUN FOR OFFICE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY AND YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE OF A GOVERNMENT AGENCY IN EITHER AN ELECTED FORM OR HIRED FORM YOU MUST RESIGN FROM YOUR POST WHILE YOU ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IF YOUR OFFICE AND OR COUNTY RECEIVES A DIME IN FEDERAL FUNDS.
See here for the full story.

Funny posting
FROM: Philip R. Klein, Editor
TO: Philip R. Klein, Editor
DATE: March 5, 2010
RE: Newsroom announcements

Philip R. Klein has been promoted to Spellcheck Supervisor. Philip, who has been a great contributor to our daily news operation, will now oversee our spelling operations to ensure that we meet our daily quota of misspelled words and mangled grammar.

Philip R. Klein has assumed new duties as Research Editor, shifting his primary focus from finding unsubstantiated rumors to manufacturing our own content on a regular basis.

Philip R. Klein has joined our editorial staff as Assistant Editor of Editorials, where he will strengthen our efforts at providing fresh gibberish and nonsense under the guise of our biweekly "edtitorials."

We are also in the processing of hiring a new reporter. Our leading candidate is Philip R. Klein, who has extensive experience operating Dairy Queens in Nederland and has coordinated an international search for Patrick McDermott.
Keith Hawkes
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned this afternoon that Jefferson County Assistant Auditor Keith Hawkes may drop out of the race for County Treasure [sic].

According to sources that contacted the Review late this afternoon - Hawkes was upset about an article written by the Review this past week in stating that Hawkes background will be known for his relationship with County Auditor Patrick Swain.
Philip just made this up, too.

Vidor Fire Department
The OCESD / Vidor Fire department union simply wants the best man for the job. They do not believe that the chief is as qualified or holds the qualifications necessary to do the job. So they have consulted legal counsel and will file a suit. 
That never happened, either.

Jesse Haynes
Resignation - We are hearing that "The Mad Hatter" as she is now being called - Ms. Haynes - may resign her position. The heat is on inside BISD. She has gone too far.
The only person calling names is Philip R. Klein, since "Mad Hatter" is another of Klein's signatures; he made the same claim against County Commissioner Mark Domingue on September 11, 2009, and others before that. Jessie never resigned.

Happy New Year!