As I awoke this morning and made my plans, I didn’t expect that within a few hours I would be in the office of Sen Jim Knoblach in St. Paul, Minnesota on this drizzly March day. I was there with Mike Sawin, Justin Michael, and advocating not just for my friend Katie, but also presenting an idea to this lawmaker that could make a difference in the barrier to voters who would like to cast a vote in state and national elections, but are hindered by a criminal conviction. My suggestion doesn’t even require the change of any laws. Mr. Knoblach ushered us into his office and we sat for a moment looking for direction to begin the conversation. After introductions, it came to my moment to explain why I was there. My purpose was to relate the story of my friend Katie who had slipped completely through the safety net for the homeless community in St.Cloud, where it is not difficult at all to find shelter. It just happens that Katie is also handicapped and accompanied by a tiny service dog. “The best prescription I ever got,” as she likes to say. In desperation for immediate shelter and facing both physical pain and life crushing emotional trials, Katie was told by her social worker to do whatever any able-bodied homeless person would do in her situation (which includes spending all of her disability money on a hotel room which gets her only about half-way through the month) Katie is handicapped with a service dog, allergic to pain medication, and has had the door of hope closed to her at each turn. Thankfully the very frightening cold snap she faced last month has ended. No one seems to understand the urgency or gravity of the situation. (See a link to her full story below) Mr. Knoblach wasn’t the only listener today that was receptive to Katie’s story. Tama Theis showed concern as well for the story. It is not just heartbreaking that Katie is denied help by the local system, in the case of the Salvation Army it was stated that in spite of the ADA laws, they found that they could deny her refuge in order to protect “the comfort” of their other guests. As in the case with Place of Hope, it is very uncomfortable to note that it is not with an open heart they looked to provide her shelter, which is the stated purpose of their mission, instead they have sought the course to find a way to deliberately exclude her. As the meeting with Mr. Knoblach moved forward to the broader theme of the day, our impromptu round table arrived at the fact that there are constitutional impediments to restoring voting power, because probation does not allow ex convicts to fit the legal definition of a full return of their citizenship. If probation is the problem, I certainly know of a fix for that. “If I may sir, I … Continue reading
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Is this finally the begining of the end for the twisted and manipulative cult, Jessica Schab and Diego Fontanive’s EOF? I am going to summarize briefly some of the topics I plan to discuss on the radio program and why this is such an important story. I encourage everyone who has a stake in this to listen, particularly eof members who may want to stop endorsing the reckless activities of Jessica and Diego who use fear as a form of control and even censorship (they disguise their censorship attempts with an interesting term= cyber bullying) Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming level of support and empathy for our story now coming from around the world. With typical irony, our story will be broadcast on Valentine’s Day, 2016. It is certain to be a controversial and heart-wrenching program. See the latest: Clip from the third live broadcast and recent statement by Steven from 4.12.16 and part of my reaction to Jessica’s address at the faithtofaithless conference http://flightflash.com/2009/11/09/chasing-unicorns-and-the-mental-health-profession/ The eof became a bit riled up when they heard I would be doing this interview and understandably so. They do not want our voice to be heard. I’ve predicted all along that the story of what they did to Melissa and I would rattle the foundation of the eof to rubble. To that end, I produced a documentary about it. Of course the great irony of this, is that for Melissa’s sake, I hoped my film would never see the light of day! It is certainly not an attack on her, but important to tell the truth, and reveal their very intentional and brutal result…my physical abuse…her emotional and financial ruin, and the continuing exploitation of my fiance. Trying my best to delicately encourage her to come back home (and before she finally loses everything), they viciously turned her into a weapon against me with truly horrific result. I love and forgive her for what happened and know she is not to blame. I don’t insist on calling her my fiance because I’m deluded or crazy…it is a show of resistance for what they stole of her dignity by relentlessly giving her no choice in the matter of our togetherness. I was an eyewitness and that is an absolute and very despicable fact. I fight this for her. That is an energy I will hold onto for her until she has the energy to fight them again on her own. This is more than just a lovestory. None of this happened over night and continues to evolve in its mystery and complexity. Everything I’ve learned little by little about the eof and their exploitation of Melissa completely reinforces the information in my film. I’d certainly be willing to bet there will be one person in Europe who will be banned by the eof from listening to this very important broadcast and that is Melissa herself. It is still a huge mystery if she understands what is really going on because she appears to be … Continue reading
For persons following this story, it has changed in theme dramatically over the past few months and evolved into an alarming story that has, incredibly, gone from bad to worse. Katie’s story reveals not just the willingness of people to take advantage of the situation to profit from her misfortune, but also the absence of meaningful help from the organizations in place to insure her refuge. That includes institutions that are either charged by the State, or proclaim it their mission to help the homeless in order to receive public funding, donations and tax exempt status. These organizations are expected by government to follow the letter of the law (the American Disabilities Act), not look for loopholes to discriminate against a vulnerable individual. These organizations are willing to help any homeless person, with the exception being if you are crippled woman with a service dog. The original issue was supposed to be a matter of temporary homelessness as Katie actually owns a home. In the meantime, rather than focusing energy and resources on solving a much smaller crisis, now there are complications such as the towing company (Collins Brothers) selling her handicapped accommodating vehical – a 2015 Kia Sorrento. They had the audacity to do this without even notifying Katie. A criminal investigation should not just be expected but demanded by the public in addition to questions asked regarding their collaboration with the SCPD. Katie’s car was taken from her in a process that brought no citation or criminal charges. Read on… Last Saturday night, Callie Sanchez sprang into action assessing the hurt and calming the pain of a woman with a crippling back injury. This homeless woman took a tumble slipping on ice attempting to get into a vehicle she is forced to use in lieu of her own specially equiped Kia, which has been sitting in a St. Cloud impound lot the last two months. Ignoring a plate of treats in obvious reach, Callie scampered protectively about her as she lay in tears and excrutiating pain. Her back is fused with titanuim, she is supposed to have daily bedrest, falling down is strictly against doctors orders. Callie Sanchez curled up beside her. Callie is not an EMT, she is Katie’s nationally registered service dog. They have both been inexcusably homeless for over two months. Katie owns her own home. As an award-winning filmmaker, author, news professional and news contributor for more than 20 years, I want to call attention to a particular incident that happened over Thanksgiving week in St. Cloud, Mn. As a member of media, there is an ethical responsibility to bring a voice to the potentially otherwise voiceless. The subject of this story, Katie, is at great risk of being swept away by societal apathy, administrative dysfunction, and quickly disempowered and disregarded like so many others in our community. This story is revealing in its extremes. The following is the tale of a handicapped woman who now, with her service dog … Continue reading
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Merry Christmas Planet Earth! You’ve waited patiently over 50 years since the hovercraft was invented…and now you can finally have your own battery-powered “flying” sled 🙂 I’m officially beginning the waiting list for this season’s very limited run. First come, first served. Please inbox me for details. Also please contribute to the www.gofund.me/hoversled page to help us get more sleds more quickly. We are a baby company preparing to take on the world! Thanks for the support! Steve
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Well, as seen this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Doc and Marty showed up for the future and were a bit underwhelmed with the current state of the hoverboard among other things….the HOVERSLED, on the other hand, they are bringing back to 1985 for further study…apparently there’s a boy in St.Cloud, Mn who is having trouble deciding whether to become a movie director or an aerospace engineer… Ebay > Introducing the first production Hoversled now available globally… Please Click Here Hoversled on Facebook Youtube > Marty, Doc, and Jimmy Kimmel! Introducing the HOVERSLED CLASSIC EXO! Facebook > HOVERSLED page on Facebook!
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The response at the fair has been terrific! Lots of happy new Hoversled pilots and folks can see our vision for a brand new sport becoming reality. Thank you to all of the visitors who came by for a test flight 🙂 UPDATE: Hoversled is still going strong and will be available this winter. The first sleds of the season will be available soon on Ebay…stay posted! – Hoversled link on Facebook – -Kickstarter Link-