Ed Naile, CNHT

Hear Ed Naile every Wednesday morning on WLMW 90.7 FM on the Girard at Large radio show or listen to the archives at Voter Fraud Radio

Give'm Enough Rope

As usual, I got a tip that a public body was going to have a “non-public” meeting which was in all likelihood a public meeting that just innocently wandered off the path. In this case it was this Friday, Sept. 26 morning at the Attorney General’s Office – Charitable Trust Division in Concord. The attendees were to be two Atkinson Selectmen and their new Town Administrator. Throw in another guy, our surprise attendee, an activist Atkinson taxpayer we will call, “Mark”. Mark spotted a posting of a non-public meeting at the AG’s office and called me as well.

Terry Knowles of the Charitable Trust Division let Mark and me into the meeting, which turned out to be more educational than anything - and for good cause. (CNHT LIKES Mrs. Knowles, she is one of the State Employees we count on to do the right thing every time, she rarely disappoints.)

For some time, the Town of Atkinson has had to put up with a big, fat, sore spot known as - the part time police chief/full time huge liability. He is one, Chief Consentino.

Chiefo Consentino has had some “problems” with a slush fund of donated money he has control of. The donations were to the Town of Atkinson Police Department which is dominated by Chiefo Consentino and his merry band of Chiefetts.

Here is how the deal works:

Chiefo hauls grateful senior citizens to doctor appointments in a taxpayer-funded patrol car looking vehicle – at very questionable expense to Atkinson taxpayers, even the ones who don’t use his service. The grateful seniors make donations, write letters, defend the idiot chiefo through his many lawsuits and stupid actions – and prop up his political career with votes.

Nice gig if the Chiefo likes ya – not so much if you are subject to his tiny-minded wrath. (See lawsuits involving this dope on the CNHT web site.)

Enter the AG’s Office and the slush funds. They are not quite LEGAL.

This leaves the Atkinson Selectmen and the Chiefo in a quandary. From what I can see, several of the Atkinson Selectmen want to follow the law and are learning how to set up proper funds for tax-free donations to the PD.

Chiefo Carpentino, on the other hand, has already started his own 501(c)3 to stash donations without any supervision except the Chiefetts. This is most likely doomed to fail but until CNHT gets the MANDATORY filings Chiefo has to submit, we will not know for sure. I have a hunch Chiefo will use his expert bully skills to try something slippery here as well.

Back to the AG’s office:

When Terry Knowles introduced me to the Atkinson Selectmen she mentioned I was a former selectman myself. I let them know I was there in my capacity as CNHT Chairman.

What the Atkinson Board does not know is how far back Mrs. Knowles and I go. They should take a look at what can happen in small town politics, especially in light of what they are going through.

Back in 1991 Mrs. Knowles was a selectman in the town of Weare. My Right to Know case in Deering, right next door to Weare, led to the temporary arrest of three selectmen and the crooked road agent they were hell-bent on protecting. The Deering Selectmen had to abolish the police department and wait out their trial date to avoid prosecution.

Hmmmm, protect bozo, get arrested and/or humiliated. Sound like something that could happen in another town?

Just a few years ago, Terry Knowles, like every other citizen who attended, sat at her Weare Deliberative Session and watched me dismantle the career of the then Police chief, Miles Rigney, someone cut from the same bully cloth as the Atkinson Chiefo. The voters of Weare sided with my arguments regarding a warrant article to make Rigney’s position elected instead of appointed and what do you know – no more Miles Rigney.

Now Weare has gone from the laughing stock of local police departments to a quiet, stable one. There are few areas in need of improvement, but it is vastly improved.

Take a hint Atkinson Selectmen! Do the right thing. It will only hurt for a while but the whole community will be better.

Don’t let yourselves or any portion of your community be bullied.


And I ______ Hereby Endorse

Gotta say that new Jeanne Shaheen radio ad for her US Senate campaign got my attention. It was chockablock full of very serious people stating that US Senator John Sununu was not their choice this time around.

Nope. Not this time. One guy stated, and for the record I might add, that he has voted for Senator Sununu before but would never vote for him again.

This makes me think this radio ad gentleman voted AGAINST Jeanne Shaheen for US Senate in 2002 for some reason. Or did he vote FOR Senator John Sununu?

I guess we will never know because not one of the upset, soon to be Shaheen, voters has a name in the ad. Not a name worth mentioning anyway.

What gives, a political ad/personal testimonial from an anonymous voice?

How lame.


A Trillion Here A Trillion There

Gazing at what inhabits Washington, DC from let’s say, Washington, NH, it is no surprise we are in slack-jawed awe of the financial calamity which has suddenly leaped upon us. (CNHT generated a press release back in 2000 warning of the Double Mac attack.)

Look at the bright side.

Until Social Security becomes insolvent in a couple years, the AIG insurance bailout and nationalization of over one half of the home mortgages in America is small potatoes.

What’s a trillion dollars worth of bad debt anyway? We have gone this route before with the S&L Crisis. Remember that dandy? Most people don’t. That crisis, like this one, was hard to understand.

Between 1989 and 1995 taxpayers here in good old America paid for bad paper held by savings and loans after deals they made went south. It was a government created scheme that worked perfectly – con men made big bucks on bad loans – Uncle Sam paid off with our money. Is it any different than this fiasco?

A loan is a deal between parties. If one party cheats another by deception, this is known as fraud.

When one party cheats another because he knows taxpayers will pay the bill, this is known as a government program.

Here is the bright side to the current “crisis”.

There may, someday, actually be an end to this mess. Granted, the end may be to shove the debt onto our children’s children with some tax scheme or to borrow our way out of it, if the Chinese are feeling generous and really care about the “tax-and-spend-to-buy-votes” addiction Congress has. I’ll bet they do.

On the flip side, the side I like, Democrats in Congress have found a way to spend so much money they may have just screwed themselves out of nationalized health care, nationalized health care being the unholy grail of the socialists in our government.

Imagine a Democrat trying to sell a multi-trillion dollar “free heath care” scheme after this bill comes due.

Good luck.


Rangel's Angles

Nice treatment – if you are special enough to get it.

Sure the NY papers dropped a bomb on Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel by exposing his mortgage free for ten years villa in the Carribean. You know that villa which rents out for $1,100 per night – the one with the ocean views and which somehow appreciated in value ten times while not generating any cash?

I like to call villas like this off-shore tax havens.

The good and caring Democrat Congressman also has a few rent controlled apartments in Harlem he has combined into a small, half-priced, fiefdom. Three of the rent-controlled apartments have been made into one luxury palace for the Democrat Congressman – depriving two other people of housing, I might add. But hey, some people are special.

And we have a third rent-controlled apartment Democrat Congressman Rangel uses for his re-election campaigns, which by the way, foot the half-priced rent bill. Ah government for the people.

What strikes me is how even though he was spanked some and had to pay back taxes on his villa and all, the absolute best deal he received so far, beyond the hundreds of thousands saved in rent and mortgage money over the last twenty years is how his pals in the press, for the most part, broke the story on FRIDAY Sept. 5.

Here it is Sept.20 and the latest - and soon to be last, stories are about how the Democrat Congressman wrangled about $10,000 out of his dusty check book to pay up.

Hey Chaz! Just a warning this time about the taxes and all. Try and keep these sweetheart DEALS a bit more “honestish.” OK buddy? It doesn’t look good for the “Most Honest Congress in History.”


Four Finance Committee Members Walk Into A Bar...

and one of them says to the others, “Would you guys know there was a half a million dollars of our lunch money missing?”

“Nope, we would not,” says the others.

“Then we must be the Concord School District Finance Committee!” says the first member.

And everyone in the bar laughed! True story, and it has just come to the standard municipal conclusion.

It seems the Concord School District Charter was amended in 1983 to eliminate the need for voter oversight (same just happened with the Kearsarge Regional School District, the towns of Merrimack, and Peterborough). The cracker-jack team of nine school board oligarchs, along with their obligatory education industry professional sidekicks, has somehow discovered at least $400,000.00 in lunch money missing over about seven years.

Justice is served along with the pizza and Jello.

The lunch lady has plea bargained a deal with the school and the authorities. Least we have any more sad publicity.

Now I have no inside info as to the terms of the lunch lady deal so I will have to use my past experience to suggest NHInsder.com fans what is really going on.

The lunch lady scarfs $400 grand AT LEAST. You see in municipal financing much is lost in the shuffle to get the story put to bed asap. It costs money to audit an amount that large and the excuse is that the benefits out way the expense.

Let’s say this is a legitimate argument, as in the Town of Ashland in 2001 where the town clerk “misappropriated” at least $2.4 million. She pled guilty to taking $111,000.00 they could prove. After sentencing, the clerk stated she took at least $1 million.

Time served by the Ashland clerk out of the 24 month sentence - about 8 months. Not a bad trade.

The charter-operated Concord School District’s lunch lady was sentenced to 18 months in jail. I suspect she will be out in 6-8 months or less, as opposed to some NH guy in the news this week, David Burns of Kingston, who embezzled $1.6 million from his daughter’s trust fund – he is facing 20 years in a plea deal. (Real money?)

It is always like this with embezzled/stolen public money – light terms cut in half.

But shouldn’t it be just the opposite in the case of public officials? Because of the difficulty in catching a person stealing public funds - they often control the entire paper trail, sometimes only a small portion of the missing tax dollars are ever tracked down.

Remember the Litchfield Treasurer who was charged in March with pilfering about $6,000.00? Anyone taking bets it will be substantially more than that? It has been some time since the story broke. How long does it take to prosecute $6,000.00 after all?

The Concord School District Charter is, on the other hand, directly to blame for this missing money in the first place. The charter was drafted with the intent to keep the school system in Concord under the direct control a just a few individuals, not the voters or a budget committee, and this is what you get.

“Local Control” the Concord School District Charter is NOT.