tried that to and still not able to connect... found a command that seem to display more info but i'm not able to determin how to fix this problem:
looks like the port is blocked somehow... i checked the config file and its set to 22
[root@voyager /]# ssh -v localhost
OpenSSH_3.6.1p2, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0, OpenSSL 0x0090703f
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Rhosts Authentication disabled, originating port will not be trusted.
debug1: Connecting to localhost [127.0.0.1] port 22.
debug1: connect to address 127.0.0.1 port 22: Connection refused
ssh: connect to host localhost port 22: Connection refused
[root@voyager /]# firstname.lastname@example.org
bash: email@example.com: command not found
[root@voyager /]# ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
ssh: connect to host 127.0.0.1 port 22: Connection refused