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Standing up to bullies, redux

Previously, Standing up to bullies One of my favorite stories to tell is the time I exposed a Dental Group in Santa Clarita for their audacious behavior. The basics of the story are: my (at the time) fiancé went to a dentist near our house in Newhall. It had been some time since she had …

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Brett Haddock

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Brett Haddock

A Song for Jason

Mike and Nancy Haddock had four boys spread across 16 years: Jason, Travis, Brett, and Justin. Jason and Travis were a little over a year apart, I was a surprise and Justin was an “extra” surprise. Jason was diagnosed with leukemia early on in his brief life, and later developed a brain tumor as a …

An update to the Sean Weber Saga

Foreword: Two years ago I made the fateful decision to post the below blog post. At the time, I saw someone seeking public office making statements that were demonstrably false. My intention with the post was to draw out the reasons I felt the statements were false, and illustrate my conclusion with court documents and …

Sean Weber: Charlatan, Bully, and Criminal

Foreword: Two years ago I made the fateful decision to post the below blog post. At the time, I saw someone seeking public office making statements that were demonstrably false. My intention with the post was to draw out the reasons I felt the statements were false, and illustrate my conclusion with court documents and …

Standing up to bullies

My friends and family will tell you that I enjoy standing up to, and exposing, or helping to expose bullies. It is a firm belief of mine that those of us capable of doing so, have a moral obligation to not only defend people being subjected to bullying, but to also push back against the …

Comments, enabled

Some time ago I disabled the standard WordPress comments and used a plugin that let accounts from Facebook/Google/Twitter/Etc to comment. At some point between that time and today, I removed that plugin, but never enabled the regular comment system. After seeing someone attempt to leave a comment on a post today, and not succeeding, I’ve …

Hallmarks of a Charlatan

To say I’ve had my share of exchanges with charlatans over the years, would be an understatement. From dentists, to a former boss, revenge porn extortionists, to a local turnkey travel-club scam, and many others, my life experience with fraudsters is clearly above average. The amusing fact, for me at least, is that I seldom …

Reasons for wanting to serve

I was born and raised here in Santa Clarita, and have always called it home. My grandparents relocated to the area from Colorado over 50 years ago; my parents moved here after getting married, having briefly lived in Sunland. This valley has always been my home. I have not only grown up in Santa Clarita, …

Thank you

This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction. One hundred and fifteen days ago, I emerged from the ether to declare my candidacy for Santa Clarita City Council. I had no idea if my voice would even be heard among the crowded field, much less if my message …