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Apr 6, 2015 11:34 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Ku Klux Klan Member Claims Town Police Harrassed Him

Apr 7, 2015 4:43 PM

A self-described Ku Klux Klan member who lives in Hampton Bays has acknowledged that he’s behind the latest incident in which white supremacist literature was distributed in the hamlet—and he is claiming that the Southampton Town Police trampled his right to free speech by arresting and interrogating him.

Douglas Munker, 33, said he was unfairly questioned by police and wrongfully charged with distributing a handbill, a town code violation, on Friday. Mr. Munker contacted The Press to air his grievances on Monday morning.

“I feel like I was bullied by the police department out here, sir,” he said. “I feel like they were trying to get me to stop doing what I was doing.”

Town Police officials confirmed the charge against Mr. Munker but said on Monday morning that they would not comment on the incident any further.

Mr. Munker, who has lived in Hampton Bays for the past 15 years, said he attached two signs to an ATM machine at the Capital One Bank on Montauk Highway on March 19—and, two weeks later, police came knocking on the door of his Foster Avenue home.

One sign depicted a hooded Klansman pointing straight ahead and read: “The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Wants You To Join.” The other proclaimed: “Wake Up America” and “Stop AIDS,” accompanied by an anti-gay image.

Since last summer, KKK materials containing anti-gay and anti-minority messages have popped up throughout Hampton Bays, often being left near people’s mailboxes or on their driveways. Most recently, a batch of fliers was found outside a senior housing complex on Springville Road.

While Mr. Munker has been a vocal supporter of the KKK’s message—submitting letters to The Press and posting various videos and images to his public Google-Plus account warning of “white genocide” and decrying non-whites and non-Christians—he had previously denied being a member of the group’s Loyal White Knights branch.

This week, Mr. Munker said he joined the group about a month ago, and he claims to be one of more than 100 Klansmen in Hampton Bays.

“The Black Panthers were an advocacy group, and they were protected by the First Amendment,” he said, referring to the black nationalist party formed in the United States in the 1960s. “I feel the whites don’t have the same advocacy as other races. We’re not trying to target anyone or hurt anyone—we’re just trying to inform people.”

The platform of the Loyal White Knights, as described by fliers distributed during the summer, states that the group wants the U.S. to close its borders to all non-white, non-Europeans and promote “our unique European (White) culture.” It also states that homosexuality and abortion should be made illegal. As for Mr. Munker’s personal beliefs, he has used his Google+ account to advocate a “shoot to kill” policy along U.S. borders, share images of burning crosses and post pictures of signs reading “No Colored Allowed,” among other racist phrases.

On Friday, Mr. Munker said the officers asked him to come into police headquarters to answer some questions and told him they “could do this the easy way or the hard way,” although he admits he freely went to the station, where he claims detectives questioned him about “stuff they have no business asking about in the first place.”

He also said he was threatened by a detective. “[He] said, ‘We’ll find a way to make your life difficult, even if we can’t charge you. We’ll find ways to make your life hell,’” Mr. Munker said. “To me, that sounds like a threat, and I don’t take a liking to threats.”

Mr. Munker said he contacted the American Civil Liberties Union to help him contest the charge. He is due in Southampton Town Justice Court on April 24 on the code violation and said he plans to plead not guilty.

Southampton Town Lieutenant Susan Ralph confirmed that Mr. Munker was cited for the violation, but she said she could not speak to whether he was questioned, deferring comment to the department’s Detective Division. Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa and the detective Mr. Munker accused of making the threats was not in the office this week and could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Munker has had eight run-ins with the Town Police dating back to 2001, consisting primarily of petty offenses and town code violations.

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I guess it goes without saying that he certainly isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.... but a tool, nonetheless.
By johnj (985), Westhampton on Apr 6, 15 11:58 AM
The sad thing is that the Southampton press is really the tool.... Although well written.... why cover it? ... Because just publishing KKK online or in print is just bait for more eyeballs...
By Split Rock (68), North Haven on Apr 6, 15 7:26 PM
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By Truth Squad (8), southampton on Apr 6, 15 11:59 AM
look up douglas munker's google+ page. full of vile racist hatred.
this was just from yesterday:
Douglas Munker
Shared publicly - Yesterday 9:01 PM
#Genocide

Diversity=Genetic Problems=White Genocide
Apr 6, 15 12:05 PM appended by Truth Squad
chief, when you have been charged with endangering children and dealing drugs to children along with numerous felonies, you no longer possess the full rights of a non-convicted criminal.
By Truth Squad (8), southampton on Apr 6, 15 12:05 PM
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I'd rather not. He's a waste of space, both cyber and physical.
By johnj (985), Westhampton on Apr 6, 15 2:27 PM
Sorry, but it does work that way. These criminals are arrested over, and over again, and are let out to offend again. The cops are walking a thin line to try to get this loser to leave town, but they know this idiot has the rights. People like this do the wrong thing then blame society, and then they blame minorities. Some how this guy will prevail, because that is how our Liberal society works. We confuse a loser like this as someone who has been treated badly by society. When in reality he makes ...more
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Apr 7, 15 9:16 AM
I'm about as Liberal as they come and I make no excuses for filth like this. Come back to Earth when you're ready chief.
By johnj (985), Westhampton on Apr 7, 15 11:48 AM
So much for freedom of religion and free speech....
By bird (782), Southampton on Apr 6, 15 12:15 PM
Sad kind of guy, isn't he? Wearing ghetto style baggy pants as he tries to say his rights as White supremacist are being violated. Doesn't like other races, but copies them. Bet he listens to rap music too.
By moonpie (43), Southampton on Apr 6, 15 12:24 PM
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What is ghetto style? Are non-whites the only people who wear baggy pants? Are non-whites the only people who listen to rap music? You are just as sad as he is...you think in stereotypes.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 7, 15 2:01 PM
That's great all the politically correct posters are out in force, but this moron is entitled to free speech. As usual the SHTPD has probably screwed up by ticketing him with some nonsense to silence Mr Hater.
Guess what? We will probably be blessed with a new multi million dollar lawsuit for false arrest, and false imprisonment. I'm sure when the local church, or firehouse is putting leaflets on people's windshields the police aren't interrogating them.
I'm not saying this guy doesn't ...more
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Apr 6, 15 1:19 PM
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You're right, probably best to ignore him unless he actually breaks the law. He will fade away or move away eventually.

Selective enforcement of vaguely written ordinances will only give him too much publicity and potentially a tax payer funded windfall
By smacw (239), New York on Apr 17, 15 8:21 AM
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By CommunityMinded (20), Southampton on Apr 6, 15 3:14 PM
Unfortunately with all the good things that come with free speech there is going ti be bad be it this lunatic or Louis Farrakhan Rev. Wright and people like them. And as vile as his beliefs may be if the police acted in an inappropriate fashion they will have to answer for it in some manner.
By Preliator Lives (397), Obamavillie on Apr 6, 15 3:31 PM
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he'll win his case. KKK will pay to sue Town, Town will back off quietly. But I highly doubt his " we don't hurt anyone nor try to hurt anyone mantra" BS. KKK preaches expulsion of all non white races from US soil. Hitler style.
By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Apr 6, 15 6:09 PM
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Time to head back to Mastic Douglas!!
By nytractor (15), hampton bays on Apr 6, 15 6:59 PM
idoit
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Apr 6, 15 7:15 PM
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Contacting the ACLU to file a complaint?!! Wow.
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 15 8:55 PM
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Um, what exactly do you think the ACLU does, HM?

(Hit the LIKE button by error.)
By Frank Wheeler (1811), Northampton on Apr 6, 15 10:57 PM
Guess you missed out on the sarcasm and irony in my post.

What the clan stands for is neither civil nor American. Contacting the ACLU because he feels that his rights were violated is the farce of all farces.
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Apr 11, 15 6:23 PM
Tell ya what, HM... do a quick search of Skokie, Illinois, the ACLU and the America Nazi Party's 1977 march -- report back.
By Frank Wheeler (1811), Northampton on Apr 15, 15 2:53 PM
I knew they were bad in defending just about anything...but that's pretty outrageous.
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Apr 16, 15 9:15 AM
Free speech applies to all, whether the speech is a bunch of granola munching, kumbaya singing fools or hate spewing , ignorant fools like this piece of detritus. We can hate the message and the messenger but he has the same right to free speech as any of us.
By bigfresh (4364), north sea on Apr 7, 15 7:18 AM
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Yes he does, and he has a right to face the consequences of his free speach.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 7, 15 2:03 PM
But those consequences should not include arrest by the police for that speech.
By bird (782), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 7:26 PM
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He isn't being arrested for his speech he was arrested for distributing hand bills - reread the article:

"charged with distributing a handbill, a town code violation, on Friday."
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 15 9:38 AM
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And a handbill not advertising for a fee service or chattel is a form of speech.
By bird (782), Southampton on Apr 10, 15 12:52 PM
I know it is a form of speech but it is a handbill. Doesn't matter what is on the handbill he is posting paper where it doesn't belong. Read the town code, it doesn't state it is only a violation depending on what is on the piece of paper.

If you go to CapitalOne you see no other posters, ie handbills, posted. Are you saying his should have been allowed due to what was written on it?
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 15 7:12 AM
Of course he contacted the Press, he wants his face and his views out there for everyone to see! He just got exactly what he wanted. A venue for spewing his hatred.

He was distributing "handbills". That isn't trampling on his right to free speech. If he wants to hand out his fliers, pay for the postage and the envelope. Pay for an advertisement etc.

The Press keeps covering this and it becomes a better thing for he and his buddies.
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Apr 7, 15 8:14 AM
What I think is sad, is that when our family moved to East Quogue and was also very connected to Hampton Bays, because my father is a Lutheran Pastor in a church there(40 years ago)..we were not exactly greeted and accepted by some towns people because we were a "white"/ heritage is German, family with two adopted "black" African American/ mixed race children. So I watched and witnessed this harassment go on for years. It was very sad and very hard on my parents, my adopted siblings (my sister ...more
By Taylin (4), Hampton Bays on Apr 7, 15 8:46 AM
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Stop paying attention to him. He's getting exactly what he wants.
By firecat911 (8), Sagaponack on Apr 7, 15 10:19 AM
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Today's Science Lesson:


Secrets of the right-wing brain: Study proves it — conservatives see a different, hostile world

Phony WMD, Benghazi, birthers, truthers -- turns out there's a scientific explanation for deniers and Tea Partyers

By Paul Rosenberg

“John Stuart Mill called it ‘commonplace’ for political systems to have ‘a party or order or stability and a party of progress or reform.’” So begins a recent paper ...more
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 7, 15 11:24 AM
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The only drivel is the above post which lacks any historical accuracy. The Dixiecrats of yore bear a striking resemblance to the modern GOP, and the former Democratic-Republican party which became the Republican Party (party of Lincoln) in 1847 bears more resemblance to the modern Democratic Party.

Their was a role reversal in recent history, but apparently you missed it...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 7, 15 8:59 PM
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The one "upside down & backwards" thing that definitely exists in this world is the modern GOP.

I have rarely seen a more incoherent, ignorant, theologically zealotous hate filled group in my life. If they don't represent your values, and you call yourself a Republican it would seem the logical thing to do is elect leaders who do. Unless of course hate and ignorance is your calling in this life...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 8, 15 9:01 AM
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No, my statement is fact.

However, in your case, asinine rhetoric is not fact.
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 8, 15 4:45 PM
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1. Can you say off topic?
2. Who the heck is Paul Rosenberg?
3. What a bunch of sheer rubish.

By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 10, 15 3:27 AM
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By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 10, 15 5:57 PM
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By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 10, 15 6:11 PM
to razza5350:

Ah, razza5350, did you consider the possibility that there might be TWO Paul Rosenbergs - - - Paul "D" Rosenberg (the one that you found) and Paul "H" Rosenberg, the one that writes about politics?

God, I love it when you Right-Wingers do "research". It's always good for a laugh.

By highhatsize (4028), East Quogue on Apr 10, 15 7:07 PM
What was that old joke about brains and trains?

LOL...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 10, 15 9:18 PM
Thanks HH for pointing that out. He is so relevant that you need to google him as Paul h Rosenberg. It says he is a writer for al jazzera and runs a site called merge left. Merge left is a community of progressive thinkers. Who could possibly doubt his findings?
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 11, 15 5:38 AM
to razza5350:

You're welcome.

Always happy to assist yet another Right-Winger in overcoming yet another perceptual error.

At least the scope of your latest criticism has now narrowed to a human being who is actually relevant.
By highhatsize (4028), East Quogue on Apr 11, 15 9:53 AM
Guess you didn't get my sarcasm. Mr Paul H Rosenberg's comments have about as much merit as a study done by Douglas Munker stating that whites are superior to blacks.
On a side note I'm normally considered a fiscal conservative or a libertarian but I'll take a right winger any day of the week over the so called progressives!
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 11, 15 10:18 AM
The "Dixiecrats" were conservatives with libertarian values too...
Apr 11, 15 8:01 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, as far as "qualified" goes, the Washington Post recently can be quoted as: "Today's GOP is the Party of Jefferson Davis, not of Lincoln" Oh well...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 11, 15 8:01 PM
Opinion is just that. The Washington Post Opinion writer Harold Meyerson included. I would suggest Meyerson is arguable wrong on all his ridiculous points. Comments to the article bear that out.
By Po Boy (4251), 11968 on Apr 12, 15 11:28 AM
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"No, my statement is fact."

Opinion Z. You would have a hard time proving that as a "fact".
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Apr 12, 15 5:17 PM
Would you like to start with "religious freedom laws" and the blatant disregard for the separation of church and state? How about that Rick Santorum, eh? Or perhaps we could indulge climate change denial despite ocean acidification and study after study documenting the parallels in today's environment to the unparalleled Triassic extinction a.k.a. Great Permian Extinction? Or perhaps we could discuss Lawrence Wilkerson's insider view? Or maybe Duncan Hunter's idiotic view we should use tactical ...more
Apr 12, 15 8:15 PM appended by Mr. Z
I also find it interesting that there are those who will shoot the messenger (Meyerson), yet make no mention of Hibbing: "Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences"
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 12, 15 8:15 PM
party of "stupid"?? Come on now that's not nice. I thought you claimed to be an independent.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 12, 15 8:43 PM
Perhaps we should mention Paul Ryan's stance on parental rights of rapists?

Maybe that's just not obtuse enough to qualify...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 12, 15 11:09 PM
Z, Just curious how you feel about the following
Obama has used executive orders to alter his own legislations. He has done this to cover up his own errors.

It is widely known that Obama issued his dream act by Fiat not just because congress wouldnt pass his version of immigration reform but to outflank Rubio who was preparing his own version.

Obama commands sweeping executive powers on some issues while arguing on other issues that he has no power to act.

By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 13, 15 12:20 PM
Z, you can spout all that until the cows come home, and I would be inclined to agree with most of it. Doesn't change that what you said is not a fact, it is an opinion. That is all I'm sayin.
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Apr 13, 15 8:02 PM
Dnice you should know that Z is a self proclaimed registered independent.... Ha ha. He is actually left of left. A socialist occupy wall streeter.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 13, 15 9:37 PM
to razza5350:

Quote:

"Dnice you should know that Z is a self proclaimed registered independent.... Ha ha. He is actually left of left. A socialist occupy wall streeter."
------------------------------------------------------

How ironic that you find this humorous but cannot see the humor in your description of yourself as "a fiscal conservative or a libertarian."
By highhatsize (4028), East Quogue on Apr 14, 15 8:35 AM
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If have read all of my posts you would know that I am first and foremost a fiscal conservative. How many hard core right wingers do you know who believe in protecting the environment, stem cell research, gay rights ect. With that said I will take a right winger any day of the week over the so called progressives of the world.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 14, 15 12:53 PM
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Mr Z, the cut/paste intellectual. You clearly know nothing of the modern (or historic) GOP, nor the conservative movement movement. Which are not necessarily the same thing, nor on the same page on any number of matters. One thing neither is guilty of is racial preferences or bigotry in any form. That is the preserve of the Democrat Party, and so called liberalism, with is really just re-branded authoritarian socialism, thoroughly at odds with our Constitutional rights and individual liberties. ...more
By smacw (239), New York on Apr 17, 15 9:24 AM
Dixiecrats were not conservatives?

Yeah, right. I've got a book for you, Mr. "college educated":

"Lies my Teacher Told me", by James Loewen

The "swap" began around 1948 when the south started to convert to Republican and vice versa for the Republicans over to the Democrats. The current GOP is NOT the party which defeated slavery. Like I said earlier, if you don't espouse parental rights for rapists, legislation based in theology, or climate change denial, elect new ...more
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 17, 15 2:58 PM
"espouse parental rights for rapists"

This reference peaked my curiosity when you first posted it. Can you site a reference? Hint: It's not Paul Ryan.
By Po Boy (4251), 11968 on Apr 17, 15 3:21 PM
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Po, I am not well versed on this but would love more info if you have it. I know that such great sources of journalism like Mother Jones have tried attaching Paul Ryan and Romney to this back in the last presidential election. You always get some real far right loon like Todd Akin who will make a comment like "rape rarely results in pregnancy" but it seems to be more of a state thing and would be very surprised if it passed everything needed to be a federal law. At the very least the holy one (Obama) ...more
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Apr 17, 15 4:42 PM
Actually, you can start with Republican senator Cathrynn Brown in New Mexico. 31 states do not have legislative provisions to prevent a rapist from pursuing parental rights.

Now ain't that whacked.

Also, bestiality is legal in 18 states.
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 17, 15 11:23 PM
No, it was started with a reference to Paul Ryan's alleged stance on parental rights of rapists and likely reference to Sanctity of Life legislation. Short of any reference substantiating your direct reference to Paul Ryan (who I don't really have an opinion on), one can only summize that your point can only be derived from the opinion of others - in this case left leaning sources. That's fine. But once again, let's call it what it is. Your opinion.

"Kevin Drum of Mother Jones summed ...more
By Po Boy (4251), Watermill on Apr 18, 15 12:16 AM
No person shall knowingly dump any dirt, sand, gravel, clay, loam, stone, building rubbish, sawdust, shavings, other light materials or manufacturing, trade or household waste, commercial waste, manufactured items or materials, refuse, rubbish, ashes of any sort, manure, garbage, other organic material, hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, industrial waste, sewage, toxic chemicals, solid wastes, offensive materials or conveyances (including but not limited to aircraft, vehicles, vessels or the ...more
By Truth Squad (8), southampton on Apr 7, 15 12:05 PM
Thanks for clearing that up.....
By bird (782), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 1:29 PM
Another C&P from Mr Z YAAAWN!
By bigfresh (4364), north sea on Apr 7, 15 4:59 PM
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By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 7, 15 8:56 PM
You forgot your time spent for modest self promotion on the internet.

I'm certain you left out saving kittens from trees too.
By Baymen87 (128), Lugoff, SC on Apr 8, 15 10:45 AM
Well, confidentially, the time I spend surfing here is while I volunteer at a tech forum. We have this modern innovation called "tabbed browsing". It's a simple factual statement of how I manage my time.

If you don't like it, sounds like a personal problem...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 8, 15 4:44 PM
This guy is a walking anti-KKk poster.
By HB90 (158), southampton on Apr 8, 15 9:05 AM
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MrZ you should post your own ideas, and people might take you serious.
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Apr 8, 15 3:05 PM
They're ideas I agree with, and such is not only why I espouse them but reference those with more clout than myself. There is plenty of my own work and opinion here to read. As I've said, I'm a T.R. style progressive.

Maybe you're just not observant enough to notice it...
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 8, 15 5:08 PM
Z, sounds like you should write a book. I didn't know you could talk about yourself in multiple tabs at work. Who knew? I usually just work!

Thanks for the inspiration.
By Baymen87 (128), Lugoff, SC on Apr 9, 15 8:01 AM
Who said I was at work?

Talk about vacuous, eh HH? ^^^^^^^
Apr 9, 15 3:06 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, as always, if anyone knows someone in need of a computer, reach out. I have some old optiplexes coming in this week.
By Mr. Z (11364), North Sea on Apr 9, 15 3:06 PM
You are such a humanitarian. Lol

By chief1 (2718), southampton on Apr 8, 15 11:17 PM
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With a healthy dash of Karl Marx thrown in, LOL
By bigfresh (4364), north sea on Apr 9, 15 6:52 AM
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I used to work with this guy awhile back.. When I read the story I was not surprised.I He was ashamed of nothing and had absolutely no remorse for anything he said no matter how stupid. There was a sigh of relief from his co workers when he finally left as there was an air of tension in the air while he was there. I always felt that he was just looking for attention . Well Doug you finally got it.
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Apr 9, 15 7:57 AM
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Amazing, once again the ignorami of the Right-Wing complain that a poster authenticates his opinions with citations to authority. Why, they ask, does he not mimic them and post vacuous, unsupported opinions (like a "normal" [for the Right-Wing] person?)
By highhatsize (4028), East Quogue on Apr 9, 15 8:17 AM
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Ignorami is when you fold colored paper into animals and things right?
By CaptainSig (708), Dutch Harbor on Apr 12, 15 7:27 AM
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By noision1, Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 15 2:02 PM
to marlinspike:

You are INANE, not SUCCINCT. PLEASE learn the difference.
By highhatsize (4028), East Quogue on Apr 9, 15 3:12 PM
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Congratulation, Munker and Loyal White Knights. You just made the FBI hate group watch list.
By winkelby (38), westhampton on Apr 11, 15 6:12 AM
You can't fix stupid.
By 1eastquogueinusa (34), East Quogue on Apr 15, 15 9:29 AM
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