Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ripping off the Federal Government

Is also about ripping off taxpayers.

Corruption makes the old money even richer.

Federal tax dollars are used by state corrupt officials to imprison and ruin those who speak out and expose their criminal behavior. The judiciary and law enforcement have to have top officials as part of the official crime syndicate for the whole process to work.

Your federal tax dollars are being ripped off by individuals that feel they were born to steal from the rest of us.

The way ‘Connecticut Yankees’ are portrayed in the Sleepy Hollow movie staring Jeff Goldblaum tells me that the graft in Connecticut and other ‘old guard’

Not all corporations and local governments operate this way.

Follow the abuse of your Federal Tax Dollars and you’ll find the culprits.

Breaking up families, seizing small businesses, assets, homes, cars, building prisons, youth detention centers, arresting, confining, imprisoning, cataloging, serving with papers, and raking in profits from tobacco, alcohol, gambling, and shepherding prostitution, illegal drug trafficking, and other crime is going to be the downfall of the US if these State Government officials and their corporate criminal cronies are allowed to plunder to infinity.

What are we as a nation producing and what is our major industry?

Look around, there are huge mansions being built and even though we have the most jails cells per capita of any 1st World country, we are expanding the number of prison beds geometrically.

The latest ‘button’ is building more prisons and cells for illegal aliens. What crap, if laws were enforced targeting criminals and bad behavior, not our wallets and purses, this issue and others, wouldn’t be issues.

Who are the prison cells really for?

Turn in a corrupt official, exposing rogue judges, cops on the take, and their corporate criminal friends and maybe you’ll find out too.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Alive and Well

I have worked at least 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months. I could have worked on Thanksgiving. My time online, blogging, or anything else has not been an option, which is by choice as there is no ‘have to’ in what I am now doing in New Orleans, Mississippi and other areas devastated by hurricane, Katrina. I am happy with the good people I have met and see everyday. Police, the National Guard, and authorities here have done nothing but impress me here.

Investing in Connecticut rental property and running a small business in Connecticut is now only a distant nightmare.

I talked with my friend Chris Kennedy of Ellington, Connecticut, tonight.

He is the father of 3, a mechanical engineer that has drafted and oversaw the production of critical American fighter aircraft parts, owned a small Connecticut business, run for political office, and made the same mistake I have made, expected honest government and our tax dollar’s worth, speaking out when he, too, learned the truth.

Christopher Kennedy is now paying the price for caring, helping, and speaking out.

Loss of property, family, career, and everything one has ever worked for could happen to him tomorrow in a Connecticut court.

Trying to go to elected officials and speaking out to reporters is not protected in Connecticut. It is like the worst Mafia and former USSR nightmare movie, only worse.

The façade of wealth and being in an America state only masks what is reality in Connecticut. Eminent Domain and the worst in human nature can be exported to your state with your silent acceptance.

Most are blind to the facts unless it is their ass.

Chris Kennedy has done nothing wrong.

Why should those that are productive and are active in helping their communities in Connecticut, or anywhere else in America, be jailed as political prisoners when they get in the way of corruption and the good ole boy network?

The network is already at or will be at your door.

If you are out there and are reading this, why not act for what is right and make some calls, write a letter, send an email, or contact someone who will act for justice?

Would you want silence and acceptance when it is your ass or your own relations that are next on the injustice agenda?

Do something, now, don’t wait.

Thank you.

This is what I look like, working 7 days a week, with sometimes as little as 3 hours sleep:



Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Remember Rowland?

This just in by email:

Remember Rowland? The Time for Reform is Now.

This is Mike Panetta – almost two years ago I launched the web site to give citizens like you a platform to make your voice heard in Hartford. Together we kept the pressure on state representatives and senators and eventually forced Rowland to resign.

It's been a long time since I sent you an email, but today I had to dust off the email list and remind everyone who took action last year that the job is not done. Campaign finance reform is long overdue and the clock is running out on getting something done this year. Wouldn't it be ironic if Rowland gets out of jail before reforms are passed? Unless you take action, that will happen.

I recently received an email from Democracy for Connecticut that I've included below. They forwarded an article from Andy Sauer, who is the executive director of Connecticut Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog organization based in Hartford that advocates for ethics, democracy and campaign finance reform.

Read the article below then call your representatives in Hartford and demand that they pass comprehensive campaign finance reform before Rowland is out of jail. You can reach your representatives at the following numbers and emails:

State Representative: The Honorable Stephen Jarmoctel: 860-240-8585email:

State Senator:

The Honorable John Kissel

tel: 860-240-8800email:

If the above is blank, you can find the information at
Thanks,Mike Panetta
From Andy Sauer
Executive Director, Connecticut Common Cause

For all those who believe campaign finance reform is desperately needed in Connecticut and the nation, the time has come to make yourself known. The need is inarguable. After all, the state has had five scandals in six years and sent a governor to prison for corruption. Connecticut needs a measure to curb contributions from lobbyists and state contractors, eliminate campaign finance loopholes such as the notorious "ad books" and put into place a voluntary public financing of elections.

Wouldn't it be fitting to have such a law on the books by the time former Gov. John G. Rowland is released from prison - which will occur, by the way, in less than 100 days? Of course it would.

Yet, you should know that the odds of passing campaign finance reform are low. The Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have a proposal which they have not yet released to the public.

They are disseminating it to key members of their caucus and it will probably be further discussed before it becomes a formal proposal. They say they will meet to consider the bill in special session either this week or sometime before Thanksgiving.

If the holiday comes and goes without the legislators having met, the issue is dead for this year.
And the Republicans? Unfortunately, most members of the GOP have taken a wait-and-see attitude.

Here is the problem facing both parties. Despite their public statements, many if not most legislators are loathe to give up the very thing that brought them into power: money.

It's no secret that campaign finance reform is the one issue politicians hate to love. To their constituents and to the media, politicians will talk about the importance of reducing the influence of special-interest dollars. They'll cite their record of consistently supporting campaign finance reform bills. They may even voluntarily eschew contributions from lobbyists and state contractors to demonstrate their commitment to campaign finance reform.

But this year above all other years we should measure commitment not by intentions but by results.

During a year that has seen an ex-governor sent to prison for corruption and an ex-senator plead guilty to corruption charges, the people of Connecticut shouldn't be satisfied with empty gestures and strident rhetoric. If seemingly all our elected officials support campaign finance reform, then they are expected to get the job done - no excuses.

The people of Connecticut should not be fooled by elected officials' assertions that they would support campaign finance reform as long as it wasn't "taxpayer-funded" elections, and that they feel their constituents would object to using public dollars for political campaigns.

Don't believe it when you hear it, because they won't be telling you the whole story. They will neglect to tell you that the public financing of elections would cost as little as $10 million a year, roughly $3 per state resident and only eight-tenths of a percent of the total state budget - a reasonable price for elections that are not underwritten by powerful special interests who expect a return on investment for each campaign contribution.

They will neglect to tell you about the millions of dollars lost on corruption - from the $57 million Middletown Juvenile Detention Center at the heart of the Rowland scandal now deemed useless, to the millions of dollars in finder's fees given to political insiders by investment firms who likely (no one knows for sure) charged them back to the state.

They will neglect to tell you that almost a third of the legislators run unopposed - not for a lack of equally qualified candidates, but for the simple reason that the average citizen does not have the means to adequately fund a competitive race for office.

And, they will neglect to tell you that lobbyists and corporate interests, through campaign contributions alone, have more influence over government than they would ever dare admit.

Voters understand the relationship between political dollars and political action. According to a Zogby International survey released in May, 62.4 percent of Connecticut voters surveyed said elected officials in Connecticut are "mostly concerned with the needs of those who pay for their campaigns."

The only ones who evidently fail to see the connection between political contributions and government impropriety are the elected officials who fail to enact campaign finance reform.
Unless the people of Connecticut call their elected representatives, elected officials will find a way out of addressing the growing problem of money in politics.

If you believe genuine campaign finance reform is needed in Connecticut, call your state senator and state representative today.

Since Rowland has gone to prison, a state senator has pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Aside from the names, has anything really changed in state government? Has Connecticut learned anything from the worst scandal in the state's 371-year history? This may be the best and last chance Connecticut has to enact the strongest campaign finance reform proposal the nation has ever seen. Let's not squander it.

Andy Sauer is executive director of Connecticut Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog organization based in Hartford that advocates for ethics, democracy and campaign finance reform.

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