This recession that we are currently in has been one that has changed millions of American lives and hit many people very hard. I know, I was one of those hit hard by this recession. Through it all, my family and I have weathered the storm and are well on the way to recovering. Now most experts say were are now in recovery, and I can honestly say I agree.
As a result of this recession, I had to go through some events that some might find embarrassing and humbling. Through this, I entrusted very few people who were either close family or people I considered very good friends with very personal private information that I had hoped would stay that way, private.Â Â I had a personal bankruptcy last year and lost my home to foreclosure.Â I’m one of millions of Americans who went through this situation.Â And while I believe the economy is turning around, more Americans will continue to file bankruptcy and lose their homes to foreclosure.
One thing the past two and half years have also really taught me is who your friends really are. Take for example Orange Juice blogger Art Pedroza. As he and his friend Sean Mill pointed out regularly, Art was one of the “trusted friends” I told my troubles to. I thought he was a good enough friend, someone I could trust, and as I said before, almost like the big brother I never had. Our falling out came when I started Sunny D, which Art took offense toÂ and thought it was some sort of wild conspiracy against him, as demonstrated with the e-mail you can read HERE. He also went and started blabbing a lot of the information I entrusted with him and went even further and added his own slanderous spin that I was an alcoholic and a bad parent.
When some “anonymous” twitter sites began parroting the information told to Art in confidence, it was obvious to me that Art Pedroza was the person behind it or feeding information to the person who posted it.Â When I confronted Art about my private information made public, he was not even man enough to own up to his actions claiming he “may” have told them something. It was then I realized the warning Sarah Spinosa had given regarding Art.Â And that she was right about him.
Months later when I joined LiberalOC, Art, Sean and Paul Lucas consistently sent meÂ text messages and e-mails that said they would make my personal information public. In one text, Art stated “If I were interested in destroying you, I could, easily.” I have the text saved if anyone is actually interested in viewing it; our lawyer, Todd Gallinger, has a copy of it too. Well in December, they went through with their threat, outing the fact that I did lose my home and went through the bankruptcy. Ironically the worst had long since past for me and was well on the way to recovery by December. My family and friends have been supportive.Â And I’m rebuilding my credit and paying my bills.Â For me, the worst is long past.
The sameÂ can not be said for Art Pedroza.
What hurt most was having someone I thought was such a good friend back stab me in such a vicious and mean spirited way. Of course I should have seen it coming. I was warned by some, such as Commie Girl. He has also demonstrated a behavior where he seemingly enjoys going after past personal financial troubles of politicos he does not like, as demonstrated with his obsession of Trung Nguyen’s bankruptcy HERE, HERE and HERE. What if all this was the very symbol of someone in a glass house throwing stones. WELL IT IS.
Art Pedroza has long acted like he was somehow immune to financial troubles during this recession and enjoyed laughing at the financial troubles of others. As demonstrated HERE, HERE and HERE, Art is not immune at all to this recession and while many Americans are now in recovery, it seems the toughest times are yet to come for Mr. Pedroza. It amazes me with all these financial difficulties he is finding time to blog and continues to tear down others, such as his recent rants where he makes fun of Noah Krom’s accidental death.Â In short, Art may lose everything all for his blog.Â We’re all pretty amused that Art mocks the Santa Ana city council and the state of California for fiscal mismanagement when it’s clear from the documents above, he has no idea himself.Â Imagine if he had been elected to the Santa Ana city council in 2008?Â Would his vote have been for sale?
He is a married man with three children under 18. One would think he would focus on trying to settle the two lawsuits and fight tooth and nail to save his home. Yet he seems more obsessed than ever with tearing down those he feels are his enemies. Last December he tried to tear me down, but I have since learned the saying “Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger” is true. He and Sean did not “destroy” me and I am stronger for it. Sorry boys, you failed, can the same be said for Mr. Pedroza?
Jesus’ golden rule is “do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” If only Art had read that part of the Bible, he might have actually behaved in a way where people would have sympathy for his situation.