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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and to a lesser degree its immediate neighbors, Lewes, and Bethany Beach, have become the vacation spots for gays (and others) from nearby Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, and above all D.C.

Brietbart.com and Peter Schweitzer could do a whole segment of their “Boomtown” investigations on DC and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs being the wealthiest counties in America by extending it to the price escalation and D.C. absentee ownership of beach property in Rehoboth.  David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, had a house there where he hosted Democratic Party fundraisers.  At least one well paid gay Sierra Club lobbyist has a house there.  And a friend of mine who became an instant AOL millionaire when his AOL stock options vested became one of Rehoboth’s first gay council members, as well as moving there from DC to build spec homes as a hobby.

It’s a lovely community in many ways and very gay friendly (you can find travel advice by me on line about Rehoboth).  The gays there from Baltimore and other towns tend to look down on D.C. gays slightly in much the way Baltimoreans spoof DC yuppies who move to Baltimore in a John Waters movie – they have too much money, are pretentious, and pushy.

This week Rehoboth seems to have unleashed the police powers to get rid of the annoying heterosexuals who keep coming to the gay resort town.  Of course that’s an exaggeration.  Rehoboth is still majority straight, both in population and government.  But it does show that one can be progressively multicultural and inclusive while being increasingly fascist.  Like a black president who expands executive powers and kills brown kids around the world with drones.

Man in cuffs tazed, kicked by police while his pregnant wife screams Rehoboth DE

A man was tazed repeatedly and kicked in the head by police while he was in handcuffs inRehoboth BeachDelaware. His wife, who was eight and a half months pregnant, watched and recorded the event, begging the police to stop tazing him. Throughout the disturbing and graphic video, the wife’s voice may be heard, begging the three police officers surrounding her husband to let her take him home. She screams “stop tazing him”, and moves in close as an officer, she identifies as “Robert Whitman”, begins to taze her husband in the face and head while he’s on the ground in handcuffs. “What is wrong with you,” the pregnant wife screams as Whitman kicks her husband in the face. The video, uploaded Thursday, includes in the description that the man, identified as Jeremy, was tazed by police 13 times.
Rehoboth Beach is a small, resort town in Delaware. Described as “a welcoming, friendly, Delaware community”, the town boasts a population of 1,300 people during the winter but swells to over 35,000 with tens of thousands more nearby during the summer. Jeremy and his wife were visiting Rehoboth Beach on April 7, 2013, as thousands do every year. The season in Rehoboth Beach has just begun, meaning many of the seasonal police officers specially trained in “Bicycle Patrol Operations”, are not on patrol in the town yet. Rehoboth Beach Police state on their website that they are authorized to have “19 full-time sworn police officers”. During the off-season their police force drops to a staff of around ten. Corporal Robert Whitman, the officer seen kicking Jeremy in the head and tazing him in face, has a LinkedIn profile showing his employment as a “Corporal at Rehoboth Beach Police”, meaning Whitman is most likely employed by the small beach town all year.
The town of Rehoboth, known for its beaches and food, is now making a name for itself in a new way as word of this graphic video spreads. The man identified as Jeremy is yelling, screaming, and cursing as he is repeatedly tazed and kicked while in handcuffs. As Jeremy’s wife questions police in the video, police state Jeremy is being detained for “resisting”. The pregnant woman is told to “go where you have to go or we’ll arrest you too”. No one at the City of Rehoboth Beach was available for comment.
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Brock’s Glock: In anti-gun DC, Media Matters for America gave bodyguard illegal weapons to guard founder David Brock

Vince Coglianese @Daily Caller

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A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend the organization’s founder, David Brock, The Daily Caller has learned.
According to a knowledgeable source, multiple firearms used to protect the Media Matters founder were purchased with Brock’s blessing — and apparently with the group’s money.
TheDC has previously reported that Brock’s one-time aide, Haydn Price-Morris, carried a concealed Glock handgun as he traveled with the liberal leader to public events in Washington, D.C. (RELATED: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, Media Matters’ close coordination with White House and news organizations)
But the extent of Brock’s armed activities have been largely unknown until now, even among those closest to him. An array of current and former Media Matters sources, all with intimate knowledge about the inner workings of the organization, granted extensive interviews to TheDC.
Brock, whose struggles with mental health have seen him hospitalized in the past, became increasingly concerned by late 2010 that he was being targeted by right-wing assassins.
TheDC has learned that by that time, Brock had armed his assistant — who had no permit to carry a concealed firearm — with a Glock handgun.
According to an internal email exchange obtained by TheDC, the gun was purchased with cash in Maryland, likely to diminish the chances such a purchase would appear on the tax-exempt group’s books.
Between Price-Morris’ early 2009 arrival and late 2010 departure from Media Matters, he also acquired a shotgun for Brock’s protection .
Price-Morris was regularly armed when accompanying Brock on trips around the country, according to a source, and his firearm possession in Washington, D.C. constituted multiple felonies.
On at least one occasion, Brock — accompanied by his armed aide — visited California to attend a “Democracy Alliance” summit of major Democratic donors and lawmakers.
That gathering included such major figures in Democratic politics as billionaires George Soros, Peter Lewis and Bill Benter, former Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, and the politician behind the federal government’s 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban,” California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
On Thursday, Feinstein re-introduced a new version of the ban which would reinstate and greatly expand the law, which expired in 2004. Reached Thursday, a spokesman for Feinstein did not respond to a request for comment related to the senator’s attendance, alongside Brock and Price-Morris, at the Democracy Alliance meeting.
Spokespersons for Soros and Benter did not reply to emailed requests for comment.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/27/illegal-guns-david-brock-media-matters/#ixzz2JHPup96N

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Richard Grenell, a former spokesperson for John Bolton at the United Nations, a sometime speaker at Log Cabin Republican conventions, and a blogger who is in th BigHomo blog roll, has been appointed by Mitt Romney to be a chief foreign policy advisor for the Romney campaign. Mr. Grenell’s life and career, ironically, include being the long ago boyfriend of leftover web mogul David Brock, of Media Matters dor America, back when David Brock was a conservative and the Stephen Glass of “The Weekly Standard.” A short interview with Grenell at the Andrew Breitbart sponsored GOProud Big Gay Dance Party from 2011 can be found on ReasonTV at reason.com under the title “Liberal in Bed, Conservative in the Head.” Roger Simon of PJTV congratulated Grenell (and we concur, though we will probably be supporting Gary Johnson): By Roger L Simon Bio Get Updates From Roger L Simon Grenell Named Romney Foreign Policy Spokesman — What Does It Mean? April 20, 2012 – 12:28 am – by Roger L Simon Richard A. Grenell – a PJ Tatler and PJTV contributor and general all-around friend of PJ Media – has been named “national security and foreign policy spokesman” for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Writes Philip Rucker of the Washington Post’s Election 2012 Blog: Grenell brings foreign policy chops and more than a decade of political experience to the aggressive but relatively young Romney staff. His is one in a series of hires as the presumptive Republican nominee rapidly expands his small staff as it moves into the general election against President Obama. ADVERTISEMENT During all eight years of President George W. Bush’s tenure, Grenell served as the administration’s director of communications and public diplomacy at the United Nations. He advised four U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations: John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad. From what I know of Richard, he is particularly close to John Bolton, which augurs well for those of us who would like to see Bolton return to the UN or assume an even higher foreign policy role in a possible Romney administration. With all the ongoing treachery of Iran, Syria, the putative “Arab Spring,” Hamas, Hezbollah, North Korea, etc., etc., Bolton’s more needed now than ever — and the Grenell appointment points the way. Richard also has considerable background as a spokesperson for Republican politicians (George Pataki, San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, etc.). But there’s one thing about Grenell not mentioned in the politically correct WaPo – he’s openly gay. What, you say – who cares? And you are correct. But I am putting that essentially irrelevant fact out here on PJM as a safeguard of sorts against attacks that are likely to come. Some — a tiny number, really — on the most extreme end of the socially conservative right might object to an open homosexual in such a key position on Romney’s foreign policy team. But almost all would likely ignore this, respecting Grenell’s bona fides and — let’s be honest — his solid hawkish leanings. Team Axelrod is another matter. Recently they have done everything in their power to stir the pot with phony distractions – fake racism, fake sexism, fake classism, even fake dogs. You name it, they’ve done it – except do any honest analysis of our current economic and foreign policy situation. So what’s to prevent them from coming after Richard, stirring that same pot yet again to provoke virtually anyone to bite? After all, even if it creates but ten minutes of distraction, that’s ten minutes the public is not paying attention to the real issues, issues that hurt the president. Team Axelrod may not be able to resist. Well, David, as one Jew to another, enough already. Stop this and the rest of your bogus attacks and distractions. In this case, you might find out something rather surprising, possibly even astonishing to you. Republicans, particularly those on the libertarian side of the ledger, are often more accepting of their homosexual brothers and sisters than many so-called liberal Democrats. This is not uniform, of course. In affairs of human sexuality, all things are possible. But I have further noticed — having been on both sides — that those same libertarian-leaning Republicans are generally less likely to exploit someone’s sexuality for political gain. But liberals seem dependent on branding us as groups — whether by race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. That’s their curse — and it’s hard to see how they are going to escape it. Meanwhile, congratulations, Rich Grenell. Go get ‘em.

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May 7, 2004 – CAMP Profile | CAMP Rehoboth

William Grey, previous partner of David Brock, who lived with Brock in the lily white expensive neighborhoods of Georgetown and Rehoboth Beach/Henlopen Acres, before Brock partnered up with James Alefantis and bought a new house in the lily white and expensive Kalorama/Embassy Row neighborhood (where people of color are almost all either the help or Ambassadors), sure has a small internet footprint.  (I’ve been to a gay Democratic fundraiser at the Rehoboth beach manse shortly before Grey’s civil suit forced Brock to sell it.)
Other than his civil suit against David Brock for the return of antiques and art, he seems to have worked in pet rescue and adoption in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and has now disappeared, with a settlement payment of $850,000 in exchange for silence about Media Matters’ alleged financial misconduct. Indeed the only other thing I can find about him is a breif note about feral cat rescue in the Rehoboth gay community magazine, Camp Rehoboth. Since Brock’s interns and staffers often look like younger versions of James Alefantis, his new partner until their recent break up, I was curious to see what he looked like. So far, no joy.

May 7, 2004 – CAMP Profile

LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth

CAMP Profile

by Mark Aguirre
A Conversation with Bob Harrison and Neil Frock

I first met Neil and Bob at a Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association (RBHA) meeting a number of years ago. At the time they told me that they were planning to spend more time in Rehoboth and were getting involved with the community. Neil is currently vice president of the RBHA. Bob had said he has an interest in getting involved with animal welfare concerns and now works with the Delaware Pet Adoption Center (DPAC) and is on our city’s Animal Issues Committee.
What is DPAC? Bob: It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized to provide veterinarian care and adoption service for unwanted animals in the Rehoboth Beach/Sussex County area. While on Kent Street trying to trap feral kittens for taming and adoption I ran into William Grey who was doing the same. He told me about his forming of DPAC and I agreed to join him and work with him on our common goal.
What are DPAC’s plans? Bob: We will continue to reach out to help in any way we can where the welfare of animals is at stake. For example, we just did a free rabies vaccine clinic in West Rehoboth. We are also working on a spay/neuter program for dogs and cats in that area. We continue to spay/neuter and release feral cats in Rehoboth Beach.
Why are Trap/Neuter/Return Programs so important? Bob: I believe this is the humane solution to deal with our feral cat population. It’s simply humanely trapping, spaying/ neutering, and returning cats to the same location where they were trapped. This eventually will bring a zero population growth of the abandoned and feral cat communities.
Have you worked with other community leaders in the area? Bob: I’ve worked with representatives of the towns of Lewes, Dewey, and Ocean City on animal issue concerns. I’m delighted that Rehoboth has now opened up to an Animal Issue Committee, which I’m hoping will bring positive changes to the way that domestic and wild animals are viewed in our city.
Why is it you believe that lesbians and gays feel so strongly about their pets? Bob: Lesbians and gays are often excellent pet owners, because so many of us don’t have children. Animals help to fill that void in our lives.
What brought you to Rehoboth Beach? Bob: Having decided to take an early retirement from a successful twenty-two year real estate career; I was looking for a total change of pace and environment. With my property management experience we decided to buy an old guest house, which we renamed the Beach Retreat. We market it to large groups as it sleeps up to 26 people.
How did you and Bob meet? Neil: We met at a gay bar in Baltimore twelve and a half years ago. He was in Columbia and I was living in Baltimore city at the time. I was there for only a year, after I met Bob that was it. So I moved to Columbia to be with him.
Do you have a little known Rehoboth Beach pleasure? Neil: We like biking to Gordon’s Pond early in the morning. It’s very peaceful and rejuvenating.
How did you first get involved with the RBHA? Neil: Through an invitation from a concerned citizens group. They knew I had experience from four terms on my homeowners association in Maryland. There was a nice make-up of gays and straight people, and those new to the town.
How are gays represented on the RBHA board? Neil: At one point we had seven out of fifteen board members that were openly gay. It’s one thing to feel welcome, but another to have a seat at the table. I believe that the RBHA is the grassroots voice of the citizens of Rehoboth Beach. I think it’s important that this group’s mission is to educate and advocate on behalf of its members. We encourage anyone who is a Rehoboth homeowner to become a member.

Mark Aguirre, the first openly gay member of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 14, No. 4 May 7, 2004

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David Brock, CEO of the George Soros-backed website Media Matters, dished out $850,000 to an ex-domestic partner after he was threatened with “damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS,” according Fox News.
In a lawsuit settled last year, Brock accused William Grey, his former domestic partner, of repeatedly threatening to expose him to the “scorn or ridicule of his employees, donors and the press in demanding money and property.”
The Media Matters CEO claims he was forced to sell his Rehoboth Beach, DE, home in order to meet Grey’s demands. Grey responded to Brock’s lawsuit by denying that he “committed any ‘acts of blackmail.’”
“Brock’s bitter legal battle with Grey, who is described in a Sept. 14, 2010, police report…as his domestic partner of more than 10 years, began after Brock began dating Washington, D.C., restaurant impresario James Alefantis about five years ago,” Fox News reports.
Media Matters CEO Embroiled in $850G Blackmail Scandal with Former Domestic PartnerBrock and former partner Alefantis (Photo Courtesy: Washington Life)
“For the next three years, Brock and Grey traded angry accusations, which were documented in the police report and were the foundation of a pitched legal battle replete with charges of blackmail, theft and financial malfeasance,” the report adds.
So what pushed Grey to finally threaten to “expose” the Media Matters CEO?
Apparently, according to a civil suit filed by Grey, Brock had taken $170,000 in possessions, including, but we assume not limited to, an $8,000 Louis Vuitton suit bag, paintings, a rug, a chandelier, a painted bust of a Roman soldier, and a couple of wooden chairs.
“Brock took Grey’s threats seriously and called police in 2010. In the police report, filed by Metropolitan Police as a stalking incident, Brock accused Grey, also 49, of attempting to blackmail him with a series of emails threatening to ‘release specific derogatory information about [Brock] and his organization to the press and donors that would be embarrassing to him and cause harm to the organization,’” Fox reports.
Among the “threatening” emails sent by Grey, one written in 2008 read: “Please finish this today so I don’t have to waste my time emailing anyone – Biden, Coulter, Carlson, Huffington, Drudge, Ingraham.”
Almost two years later, Grey accused Brock of “financial malfeasance” and threatened to sabotage Brock’s fundraising efforts.
“Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS,” Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. “This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now.”
Brock claims that he made the payout to Grey “under duress.”
“On March 8, 2011, Brock filed his own suit against Grey for more than $4 million, demanding Grey return the $850,000, plus pay millions more in punitive damages,” Fox reports. “The two settled two months ago under terms that remain confidential.”
Brock, as many Blaze readers know, has come under fire due to reports that his supposed non-profit website has allegedly been working with top Democrats — a blatant violation of its tax-exempt status. Perhaps Grey knew a little something about this. It would certainly explain why the Media Matters CEO (who makes $300,000 a year) was willing to sell his vacation home and dish out $850,000 to make it all go away.

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Published February 27, 2012
| FoxNews.com
Media Matters chief David Brock paid a former domestic partner $850,000 after being threatened with damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS – a deal that Brock later characterized as a blackmail payment, according to legal documents obtained by FoxNews.com.
In an acrimonious lawsuit settled at the end of last year, Brock accused William Grey of making repeated threats to expose him to the “scorn or ridicule of his employees, donors and the press in demanding money and property.” Brock claimed in legal papers that he sold a Rehoboth Beach, Del., home he once shared with Grey in order to meet Grey’s demands, which he called “blackmail” in the lawsuit.
Brock, 49, heads the non-profit Media Matters for America, which bills itself as a watchdog of the conservative media but has recently come under fire for allegedly coordinating with Democrats in what could be a violation of its tax-exempt status.
Brock’s bitter legal battle with Grey, who is described in a Sept. 14, 2010, police report obtained by FoxNews.com as his domestic partner of more than 10 years, began after Brock began dating Washington, D.C., restaurant impresario James Alefantis about five years ago. For the next three years, Brock and Grey traded angry accusations, which were documented in the police report and were the foundation of a pitched legal battle replete with charges of blackmail, theft and financial malfeasance.
Alefantis was also named as a defendant in Grey’s lawsuit.
In his response to Brock’s lawsuit, Grey “denies that he committed any “acts of blackmail.””
Grey threatened to go public about Brock and Media Matters’ finances after he accused Brock in a civil suit filed in Washington of taking $170,000 in possessions, including an $8,000 Louis Vuitton suit bag, paintings, a rug, a chandelier, a painted bust of a Roman soldier and a pair of carved wooden chairs upholstered with purple fabric. Those possessions were displayed in the Washington townhouse where the couple entertained liberal movers and shakers in happier times.
Brock took Grey’s threats seriously and called police in 2010. In the police report, filed by Metropolitan Police as a stalking incident, Brock accused Grey, also 49, of attempting to blackmail him with a series of emails threatening to “release specific derogatory information about [Brock] and his organization to the press and donors that would be embarrassing to him and cause harm to the organization …”
Some of those emails came out as the lawsuit, filed by Grey on Jan. 28, 2011, wound its way through Superior Court of the District of Columbia last year.
“Please finish this today so I don’t have to waste my time emailing anyone – Biden, Coulter, Carlson, Huffington, Drudge, Ingraham,” Grey wrote in a 2008 email.
Nearly two years later, Grey accused Brock of “financial malfeasance” and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.
“Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS,” Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. “This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now.”
Brock said in court papers that he paid Grey “under duress.”
On March 8, 2011, Brock filed his own suit against Grey for more than $4 million, demanding Grey return the $850,000, plus pay millions more in punitive damages. The two settled two months ago under terms that remain confidential. 
Paying off Grey may not have been easy for Brock, even with his salary of nearly $300,000 at Media Matters. Records show Brock had pulled massive amounts of equity from the six-bedroom Rehoboth Beach house as its value skyrocketed during the real estate bubble.
Sussex County property records show he took out a $273,000 mortgage to buy the pale yellow colonial and carriage house for $606,666 in 1995. As the converted inn, built in 1793, continued to rise in value, Brock refinanced his loan on at least two occasions. Records show he had a $1.44 million mortgage on the property, as well as two more loans against the home totaling just over $500,000.
Brock received $1,587,500 for the home on May 25, 2010, in a sale to McLean, Va.-based Vardell Realty Investments. It could not be determined how much Brock still owed on the $1.44 million mortgage, or how much he netted from the sale, if any.
Records indicate that Brock had paid off the two smaller loans at the time of the sale.
Within a year of selling the house, Brock apparently had second thoughts about paying off Grey. In the civil suit, Brock accused Grey of three counts of blackmail, citing a statute that defines blackmail as threatening “to expose a secret or publicize a fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, to impair the reputation of any person.”
He countersued to get his $850,000 back, plus $500,000 for each of three counts of alleged blackmail, and another $2 million in compensatory damages based in part on what Brock’s lawyers called abuse of the judicial system and legal fees.
Grey, who relocated to Massachusetts, declined to comment when contacted by FoxNews.com. Brock and Alefantis remain in Washington, where Brock has released a new book attacking Fox News. He is also under scrutiny from several members of Congress amid reports Media Matters for America is in possible violation of IRS laws governing nonprofits.
The Rehoboth Beach home was torn down months after Brock sold it, amid much community opposition, so the buyer could divide the parcel and build two homes. It remains a vacant lot.
Perry Chiaramonte contributed to this report.



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From BrianKoening.com

Media Matters’ Kook-of-a-chief David Brock paid his boyfriend $850,000 in blackmail money after being threatened with damning information regarding the organization’s donors and the IRS.
[William] Grey threatened to go public about Brock and Media Matters’ finances after he accused Brock in a civil suit filed in Washington of taking $170,000 in possessions, including an $8,000 Louis Vuitton suit bag, paintings, a rug, a chandelier, a painted bust of a Roman soldier and a pair of carved wooden chairs upholstered with purple fabric. Those possessions were displayed in the Washington townhouse where the couple entertained liberal movers and shakers in happier times.
And on come the threats:
“Please finish this today so I don’t have to waste my time emailing anyone – Biden, Coulter, Carlson, Huffington, Drudge, Ingraham,” Grey wrote in a 2008 email.
Nearly two years later, Grey accused Brock of “financial malfeasance” and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.
Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS,” Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. “This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now.”
The MMFA scandals continue… By the end of the day, I’m sure they’ll be more antics to report on.

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