Mar 21, 2011

Philip R. Klein: A Waste of Taxpayer Money

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Philip R.Klein wrote on the Southeast Texas Political Review:
It seems that the State Board of Education wants to know who paid for the world renown singing choir from Ozen High School's trip to Austin this past week. It seems that it was not a school function or competition - get this - it was a political rally sponsored by....yes....the unions?
While the Ozen Choir did indeed perform during the Save Our Schools rally in Austin, the date was March 12, 2011, not "last week" as Philip claims. 

Likewise, this was not a "union rally," as Klein claims, since the sponsoring organization was a coalition called "Save Texas Schools." See for yourself, instead of making up quotes like Philip R. Klein:
"What the union wanted is students of color from a minority school district. Some lady named Haynes I think was here name called and offered the choir and we jumped at the chance to have a fine group of young people help us make our case to the legislature," said a source with the teachers union in Austin.
He just made it up, 

Read about the actual event here and form your own opinion, but this was not a rally "against the government" as Philip claims. Had this been a Tea Party Rally, I'm certain Klein would not have mentioned.

Here's an interesting thought - if Philip is truly concerned about taxpayer money, perhaps he should stop filing silly lawsuits that clog up the courts with motions of "Summery Judgement."  According to Attorney Mark Faggard's sworn deposition: 
"Plaintiff (Klein) was made aware of Defendant's (Faggard) displeasure with services rendered on two (2) occasion when Philip R. Klein advised Defendant that he pulled a gun on someone while attempting to serve a subpoena."
This certainly puts Klein's latest lawsuit against the City of Beaumont into proper perspective, where Klein stated the Beaumont Police Department have accused process servers of criminal trespass and stalking.

Considering that Philip's litigious history spans at least 40 lawsuits and other legal actions, how much time and money has Philip cost the taxpayers of Jefferson County and the State of Texas?

Please support  the bipartisan bill, HB 2973, HB 2974, and SB 1565, which would help limit this abuse of our taxes.

Lindsey's Response:
Originally posted on March 9, 2011.

After Philip R. Klein libeled (note that's libel, not liable) Lindsey Brackin in his latest editorial on The Southeast Texas Political Review, Lindsey responded. Readers can decide for themselves who "got taken to the woodshed," but I suspect Philip will be eating while standing up for at least a week.

I would like to address some issues with the editorial; it is, as usual, filled with inaccuracies. My name is spelled Lindsey, not Lindsay, and it's Brackin, not Bracken. As much as Philip harps on people getting his own name correct, you'd think he could afford the same respect to those he decides to blast. Also, I am not a poor, starving secretary at an insurance agency in Jasper - I don't even work in Jasper and I'm certainly not a secretary. I would think his crack team of investigators could find that out for themselves.

Now, regarding my "first shot" at PRK- I think anyone with an 8th grader's reading comprehension could clearly tell that advocating the supply of free alcohol to Klein was intended as a joke. Thus, I understand why Philip became confused (he may have been drinking, I'm not sure). His claims of "not being a heavy drinker" are not supported by various photos of him drunk and drinking on both Operation Kleinwatch and The Sam The Eagle Political Review (STEPR).

As far as Klein being a cyber bully, I should think he himself has proved this. He even seems proud of it. Hiring someone to friend me on my Facebook to "read up" on me? No, that's not creepy and weird AT ALL. Using valuable "research teams" in Austin to find out vague personal information on me? That just seems like a misappropriation of funds. I'm sure there are many Private Investigator-related-things that he could use that money for, unless of course, he has already ruined his own credibility by picking internet fights with everyone that disagrees with his ill-written stories. He may not be able to understand my posts due to a personal vocabulary shortage, but at least everything I have ever written complies with basic grammar rules.

Then, there's the issue of Philip attacking a police officer's wife, whose image he plastered on his blog and claimed she had been "making fun of" the Review. Ms. H, as I will call her, had never said one derogatory thing about the Review - her only crime was to friend Operation Kleinwatch's Facebook page and to be married to a police officer whom Klein seems to have a personal issue with. Maybe attorneys didn't contact him regarding that particular instance; I assumed they had since the picture was removed within 24 hours, but maybe he just came to his senses. What I do know is that he has a propensity for trying to make life hell for those that he thinks don't like him.

How do I know he didn't keep archives of his posts? He stated so in his own reader mail:
From Kountze Texas : I was just informed of the article.  I must say it was very interesting... I looked all over trying to find parts 1 & 2.  Did I miss a link somewhere?? I'd REALLY like to read them also! Thanks so much!

Answer :   
They are floating around. We don't keep anything. Check the "Way Back Machine" - they sometimes post us.
I have since noticed that he has begun keeping archives of his posts. Good for him! Unfortunately, he still continues to slander Brent Coon, Nancy Beaulieu, Ron Hobbs, Judge Parker, and anyone else that he thinks will help improve his blog's viewership. And the spelling is "libel", not "liable", but that's besides the point.

And, to threaten me and my employer because I posted my opinion of him, when he keeps afloat by posting his opinions of EVERYONE, is the definition of hypocrisy. In order to bring forth any such lawsuit, he himself would have to have clean hands regarding defamation, and any one of his weekly posts shows that he wastes no time in dragging people's reputations through the mud (or at least trying to). What I do on my time with my First Amendment right to free speech is my business; why would one assume my employer would be concerned with how I spend my free time? I actually just posted back-to-back record months in my field of work, so my participation in free public forums obviously hasn't slowed down my work ethic. Thanks for asking.

All the silly name dropping is just that: silly. I know Ms. Delgado and the Makins very well (Mr. Makin, I'm still waiting on my Just Say No to Searches bumper sticker!). This little ploy to make himself look like the caring, educating father figure trying to set some confused girl on the right path is such a load of crap it makes Michael Jackson's father look like a saint. And then to expect that I would thank him for attacking me for FIVE-MONTH-OLD POSTS? The man lives in a fantasy world where he is allowed to trash everyone on the face of the planet, but he expects no retaliation or rebuttal. As I told him personally in a Facebook correspondence, all this post has done is make it obvious that he can dish it out, but he does not have thick enough skin to take his own medicine.

This is not the dictatorship of Klein; this is a free country where people who put themselves in the public spotlight, whether they deserve to be there or not, should expect opposition and criticism and, yes, even satire and gallows humor. Does Joan Rivers run around suing and threatening everyone that makes fun of her?

There are issues I can agree with him on: The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and the corruption of BISD. But even there I find problems, especially in his anger at how the ATF and Federal government is handling the Kountze Baptist Church fire. If there is evidence that this event is connected to the SETRPC, believe me, the Feds have it, and there is PROBABLY a reason the information is confidential. Unlike some people, they like to gather all their facts before creating a game plan. If the documents he posted were enough to indict people for the church fire, or to even tie them solidly TO the church fire, it would have been done LONG ago.

With the BISD issue, yes, there is something seriously wrong with how Butch Thomas and his board are running the district, but Klein's blatant racism disgusts me. I agree that prejudice plays a role in some of BISD's decisions, but stooping down to that level by commenting "nothing but the best for the childrens!" and such is just as vile as tearing down South Park Middle School- it tears the community apart. He isn't any better than Dr. Thomas, he's just a racist of a different color.

I don't know if his recent loss in court to Operation Kleinwatch and Sam the Eagle is to blame for his current psyche, or if he's going through a rough personal time. Honestly, I don't care. I read his Review for the entertainment factor, not the news factor, and I hope he keeps posting stories so that I can keep commenting on them. It's like a fist fight: you know it's wrong and you need to stop it, but you can't look away.

He is right about one thing, though: I'm not afraid of bullies.
Philip, check your fly: your pants are on fire.

Mar 20, 2011

Happy Birthday, Philip R. Klein

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Philip R. Klein will celebrate his 52nd birthday on Thursday, March 24, 2011.  

This information comes from his iMDB biography, which doesn't mention PRK Enterprises, Golden Triangle Dairy Queens, Philip's multiple defamation suits as both defendant and plaintiff, and the Southeast Texas Political Review.

Ironically, March is National Ethics Awareness Month, National March Into Literacy Month, National Mental Retardation Awareness Month, National Brain Damage Month,  and National Trisomy Awareness Month.

Other notable occurrences on Philip R. Klein's birthday:
  • In 1801, Alexander Romanov I was crowned emperor of Russia. In his later years, he became increasingly suspicious of everyone around him and eventually died under mysterious circumstances.

  • In 1930, Pluto was named a planet prematurely.

  • In 1937, a bus blew a tire, rammed into bridge, and killed 18 people in Salem, Illinois. The victims were members of a professional roller-skating unit, including a four-year old girl who may have been odiferous at the time of her tragic death.

  • In 1959, Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim withdrew Iraq from the Baghdad Pact. This led directly to the first assassination plot by Saddam Hussein.

  • In 1962, Benny Paret was KOed in a welterweight title fight and died 10 days later.

  • In 1972, Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland because of open hostility from the IRA, after British paratroopers killed 14 people during Bloody Sunday. This led to decades of violence.

  • In 1976, Argentine President Isabel Peron was deposed by the country's military

  • 1982, the USS Jacksonville collided with a Turkish freighter near Virginia less than a year after the submarine was launched.

  • In 1980, the archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, was murdered during mass.
Sam Jaffe, Richard Widmark, Peter Lorre, and Jules Verne all died on this day. Notable people who share Philip's birthday include Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Clyde Barrow. Clyde later robbed the Beaumont National Guard Armory on College Street.  

A new reader sent me some interesting documents concerning Klein v. Wide-Eyed Communications, which is indeed still in litigation.  The case is being heard by Judge Thad Heartfield in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. I'll have more on that in a few days.

Mar 17, 2011

Klein Gone Wild

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From the Southeast Texas Record (emphasis is mine):
Klein Investigations sues city of Beaumont, claims police harassing process servers

Klein Investigations & Consulting is suing the city of Beaumont, claiming police officers are harassing the company's process servers.

Klein Investigations, which is owned by political commentator and local blogger Philip Klein, filed the suit March 14 in Jefferson Court District Court.

In addition to investigative work, the company deals in civil process serving, dishing out lawsuits and subpoenas to area residents.

"On more than one occasion, officers of the Beaumont Police Department have accused process servers of criminal trespass and stalking ... that is, the defendants are trying to impose penal sanctions upon a lawful business within the state of Texas," the suit states.

"The criminal trespass warning demonstrates that there is an actual case or controversy that can be subjected to declaratory judgment."

A criminal trespass warning issued by BPD is attached to the suit. The name of the recipient has been redacted.

On top of declaratory judgment, Klein Investigations is seeking an award of court costs.
Beaumont attorney John Morgan represents the company.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-589

Perhaps Philip will confirm or deny the rumors that his son is the star of this video, posted on the SET Political Review channel  via YouTube (UTUBE in Philip speak):

I've lost track of Philip's lawsuits. Counting this one, there are at least four (I think):

I'm also not sure if Klein is currently seeking any new judgements against disgruntled customers who won't pay for a private investigator that doesn't know the difference between trespassing and serving due process legally.

Mar 14, 2011

Bankruptcy and Philip R. Klein

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In recent weeks, Philip has reinvented his financial history again. From a self-written question on his Reader Mail Page:
Philip Klein has filed for bankruptcy. FALSE

This is an old one but good one meant to be put out on the net so that when perspective vendors or client's do a search this comes up. It is part of the lawsuit. I have never filed for bankruptcy.
In response, The Sam The Eagle Political Review published this document from July 1999 which revealed Philip's half-truth:

Philip R. Klein suffered a meltdown. He filed more motions in his silly lawsuit despite a stay issued by the Texas Supreme Court. In his new filings, he named more suspects and posted this editorial:
This morning a decision was made in our offices after review of a document that has been posted on a web site called "Sam The Eagle" web site. The document (1) reprints the Southeast Texas Political Review and 2) prints a PACER document purporting that "Philip Klein" has filed for bankruptcy. It further states that if you want to learn more about "Philip Klein's bankruptcies and his attempts to avoid creditors...." you can go to PACER and read more.

Here is the document that is posted with tags for the internet.
Klein's grainy and bloated image is omitted for bandwidth - see Sam's original page here
PRK continued:
  My first order of business to my legal counsel was to search PACER this morning for any bankruptcies that I have filed. As I already knew - I have never filed for bankruptcy. Never. And I have never avoided a creditor. I then ran a credit check on myself - and there are no bankruptcies on file and my credit is perfect. Further, the document filed was a document from a company called "PRK Enterprises, Inc." which is the parent company at the time of franchises for restaurants in Southeast Texas. There was an adversarial bankruptcy filing due to franchise fees and rights which PRK Enterprise won.

In lue
[sic] of such, a monetary settlement was made and all creditors were paid. At the time, and before the buyout, I was one of five stockholders to the company. Since that point and time, I have bought the entire company and it is now the parent company of this web site.
Philip sold the Southeast Texas Political Review to PRK Enterprises, Inc., for the sum of one dollar shortly after he was sued for defamation by Tom Gillam. You can read those filings here. Notice that Brent Coon is one of two attorneys suing Klein, which puts his preoccupation with Brent in proper perspective.

According to his bankruptcy filing (99-10415) in March 1999, there were 900 shares of common stock in PRK Enterprises, Inc., PRK owned 400, his minor children collectively owned 200, and PRK's ex-wife number one owned 200 shares. The remaining 100 shares were held by PRK Enterprises, Inc.

You can do the math, but I don't believe that Philip's young children had much to do with running PRK Enterprises, Inc. Regardless of my opinion, the actual filing does not support Philip's claim:
For those of you in North Orange County - a business adversarial Bankruptcy case is when a company is told they owe a debt, they are put on a deadline to pay the debt, they disagree with the debt, and file suit on the debt in Federal Court. The reason it goes into the bankruptcy court is 1) because it is a business fight, 2) there is a deadline that "if" the debt is not paid that the company could be forced to close its operations. In order to stay alive - the company forces in adversarial fashion to bring the parties to the table after they refuse to negotiate in good faith.
See the original filing for more clarification:

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Perhaps PRK confused another bankruptcy filed in December 1996.

Philip stated in his editorial:
Factually, Philip Klein, has never filed for bankruptcy and this posting is considered an act of deformation.
Factually, Philip R. Klein acted as President of PRK Enterprises when he signed the bankruptcy filing:

The document outlines the total amount of outstanding debt, both secured and unsecured:

Readers can comment on the nature of those debts (intelligently, please) after reading the petition, but I enjoyed this company asset:

I'm not sure why PRK Enterprises, which owned six Dairy Queens at the time, would need a corporate yacht according to the original filing.

Acting upon his previous claims that I am Brent Coon and Sam the Eagle is Michael Neil Harrison, Philip claimed:
This morning - I have authorized my legal counsel to move the original 202 filing in court to a lawsuit. This morning - our legal counsel is preparing a lawsuit to be filed against GOOGLE, Inc., Michael Neil Harrison as well as a local lawyer and his law firm. The law needs to be researched regarding the proper party - but as soon as I have that information I will pass it along to you.

I am not immune to criticism. I accept that. But this is a case of pure anger and hate. Sam The Eagle Web Site continues to call itself parody - they have now lost that argument. They are clearly attempting something far greater than parody. And they will now be held to the standards of the law they expect us to be held to.
Wrong again.

Mar 10, 2011

Hey, Philip. C'mon in!

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From the KFDM Forum:

Re: A Thread for Dannis (Re: Mr. Klein's postings)
posted at 3/10/2011 8:35 PM CST

guspillsbury
Posts: 7
First: 10/26/2010
Last: 3/10/2011
To Mousecatmama: I respect your opinions, especially since you and I agree on many things like ethical behavior. 

My problem is with Philip R. Klein, who consistently distorts the truth or blatantly lies, many times to further his own personal agendas. This is intentionally misleading to the more weak-minded like Dannis and highly unethical for one who considers himself a "citizen journalist." 

His latest editorial concerning Lindsey Brackin is simply perverse. This has nothing to do with politics in Southeast Texas; instead, it's a knee-jerk reaction to criticism by a Neanderthal.

In another age, Klein would have bared his yellowed and missing teeth, beat his blubbery chest, grunted loudly, and perhaps thrown his own feces at Lindsey.

Philip, please join the discussion, I know you're reading this.

To Dannis:   Dannis, you seem to know more about Sam and I than even Philip R. Klein pretends. If you're certain that your preposterous allegations are true, expose our identities. 

Philip has offered a $1,000 dollar reward for our identities in the past, so by all means, collect the money! And you can definitively prove that PRK really does pay his debts on time! We're rooting for you!

But, please don't parrot Klein's silly speculation, since Sam and I have already addressed this many times on our respective blogs. And don't try to weasel out by claiming we might sue you - we won't. We're not litigious, you have no idea who we are, and criticizing public fools anonymously is a basic right and tradition in our republic. 

Sincerely,

Gus

Mar 9, 2011

Lindsey's Response

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After Philip R. Klein libeled (note that's libel, not liable) Lindsey Brackin in his latest editorial on The Southeast Texas Political Review, Lindsey responded. Readers can decide for themselves who "got taken to the woodshed," but I suspect Philip will be eating while standing up for at least a week.
I would like to address some issues with the editorial; it is, as usual, filled with inaccuracies. My name is spelled Lindsey, not Lindsay, and it's Brackin, not Bracken. As much as Philip harps on people getting his own name correct, you'd think he could afford the same respect to those he decides to blast. Also, I am not a poor, starving secretary at an insurance agency in Jasper - I don't even work in Jasper and I'm certainly not a secretary. I would think his crack team of investigators could find that out for themselves.

Now, regarding my "first shot" at PRK- I think anyone with an 8th grader's reading comprehension could clearly tell that advocating the supply of free alcohol to Klein was intended as a joke. Thus, I understand why Philip became confused (he may have been drinking, I'm not sure). His claims of "not being a heavy drinker" are not supported by various photos of him drunk and drinking on both Operation Kleinwatch and The Sam The Eagle Political Review (STEPR).

As far as Klein being a cyber bully, I should think he himself has proved this. He even seems proud of it. Hiring someone to friend me on my Facebook to "read up" on me? No, that's not creepy and weird AT ALL. Using valuable "research teams" in Austin to find out vague personal information on me? That just seems like a misappropriation of funds. I'm sure there are many Private Investigator-related-things that he could use that money for, unless of course, he has already ruined his own credibility by picking internet fights with everyone that disagrees with his ill-written stories. He may not be able to understand my posts due to a personal vocabulary shortage, but at least everything I have ever written complies with basic grammar rules.

Then, there's the issue of Philip attacking a police officer's wife, whose image he plastered on his blog and claimed she had been "making fun of" the Review. Ms. H, as I will call her, had never said one derogatory thing about the Review - her only crime was to friend Operation Kleinwatch's Facebook page and to be married to a police officer whom Klein seems to have a personal issue with. Maybe attorneys didn't contact him regarding that particular instance; I assumed they had since the picture was removed within 24 hours, but maybe he just came to his senses. What I do know is that he has a propensity for trying to make life hell for those that he thinks don't like him.

How do I know he didn't keep archives of his posts? He stated so in his own reader mail:
From Kountze Texas : I was just informed of the article.  I must say it was very interesting... I looked all over trying to find parts 1 & 2.  Did I miss a link somewhere?? I'd REALLY like to read them also! Thanks so much!

Answer :   
They are floating around. We don't keep anything. Check the "Way Back Machine" - they sometimes post us.
I have since noticed that he has begun keeping archives of his posts. Good for him! Unfortunately, he still continues to slander Brent Coon, Nancy Beaulieu, Ron Hobbs, Judge Parker, and anyone else that he thinks will help improve his blog's viewership. And the spelling is "libel", not "liable", but that's besides the point.

And, to threaten me and my employer because I posted my opinion of him, when he keeps afloat by posting his opinions of EVERYONE, is the definition of hypocrisy. In order to bring forth any such lawsuit, he himself would have to have clean hands regarding defamation, and any one of his weekly posts shows that he wastes no time in dragging people's reputations through the mud (or at least trying to). What I do on my time with my First Amendment right to free speech is my business; why would one assume my employer would be concerned with how I spend my free time? I actually just posted back-to-back record months in my field of work, so my participation in free public forums obviously hasn't slowed down my work ethic. Thanks for asking.

All the silly name dropping is just that: silly. I know Ms. Delgado and the Makins very well (Mr. Makin, I'm still waiting on my Just Say No to Searches bumper sticker!). This little ploy to make himself look like the caring, educating father figure trying to set some confused girl on the right path is such a load of crap it makes Michael Jackson's father look like a saint. And then to expect that I would thank him for attacking me for FIVE-MONTH-OLD POSTS? The man lives in a fantasy world where he is allowed to trash everyone on the face of the planet, but he expects no retaliation or rebuttal. As I told him personally in a Facebook correspondence, all this post has done is make it obvious that he can dish it out, but he does not have thick enough skin to take his own medicine.

This is not the dictatorship of Klein; this is a free country where people who put themselves in the public spotlight, whether they deserve to be there or not, should expect opposition and criticism and, yes, even satire and gallows humor. Does Joan Rivers run around suing and threatening everyone that makes fun of her?

There are issues I can agree with him on: The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and the corruption of BISD. But even there I find problems, especially in his anger at how the ATF and Federal government is handling the Kountze Baptist Church fire. If there is evidence that this event is connected to the SETRPC, believe me, the Feds have it, and there is PROBABLY a reason the information is confidential. Unlike some people, they like to gather all their facts before creating a game plan. If the documents he posted were enough to indict people for the church fire, or to even tie them solidly TO the church fire, it would have been done LONG ago.

With the BISD issue, yes, there is something seriously wrong with how Butch Thomas and his board are running the district, but Klein's blatant racism disgusts me. I agree that prejudice plays a role in some of BISD's decisions, but stooping down to that level by commenting "nothing but the best for the childrens!" and such is just as vile as tearing down South Park Middle School- it tears the community apart. He isn't any better than Dr. Thomas, he's just a racist of a different color.

I don't know if his recent loss in court to Operation Kleinwatch and Sam the Eagle is to blame for his current psyche, or if he's going through a rough personal time. Honestly, I don't care. I read his Review for the entertainment factor, not the news factor, and I hope he keeps posting stories so that I can keep commenting on them. It's like a fist fight: you know it's wrong and you need to stop it, but you can't look away.

He is right about one thing, though: I'm not afraid of bullies.
Philip, check your fly: your pants are on fire.

Mar 8, 2011

Open Letter to Lindsey Brackin

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Dear Lindsey;

Congratulations! Your recent postings have sent Philip R. Klein into meltdown mode as evidenced by his latest editorial here.

Please feel free to send me your response to Philip's editorial and I'll post it here on Operation Kleinwatch! Use the secret Klein Konspiracy password so that I'll know it's really you and not Philip masquerading as you, an FBI agent, someone from the Department of Homeland Security, or a sentient being.

I particularly liked this part of Philip's editorial:
This is Lindsey’s first shot – in which she suggests that I am a heavy drinker – and that I am drunk. I cannot write a sentence and I am incoherent.  Further, that I am an idiot. And then refers to the two web sites that we are in litigation with to restore her faith in “humanity.”

Now we know many of you are laughing at this young lady – and those of you that know me know that I am not a heavy drinker – I can write a sentence and I am anything other than an idiot. As for the web sites – Lindsey it is time for your first lesson.
As you eloquently pointed out, Philip's skills in writing, comprehension, and drinking are debatable. Note this picture of the Casa Klein Kitchen:
Sincerely yours,

Gus