|Craig Cobb, center|
Crazy radical religious theology is part of groups like Cobb's, including not only the neo-nazi/white supremacist radical right, but also the KKK and other similar groups. Religious intolerance, including antisemitism, is also a key belief component of the John Birch society as well.
In mid-November, Cobb and one of his fellow white supremacists were arrested after 'patrolling' Leith, North Dakota, as a self-appointed vigilante, armed with a rifle and a shotgun. The reason they gave for wandering around the town, confronting residents, and allegedly threatening some of them, was vandalism.
It's hard to see how any changes could be other than an improvement.
Except that it turns out the vandalism, consisting of damage to an old car, was done by one of his fellow neo-nazis, living in his own house, apparently one Afred Borgmann, according to the Bismark Tribune. Borgmann subsequently left the premises for a shelter, which apart from the personal conflict, also has amenities like proper sewer/septic and running water.
Cobb is not only encountering conflicts with his NoDak neighbors, he is having some falling outs with his fellow extremists. The other white supremacists/ neo-nazis showed up back in September, as seen in this photo and the video here. Fair weather friends?
|white supremacist/neo-nazi 'supporters' / aka 'troopers'|
But that support seems to be crumbling, as the AP noted. Some prefer 'stealth racism' apparently:
Tom Metzger, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of the White Aryan Resistance, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has instructed his attorney to return property in Leith that Craig Cobb has deeded to him.Cobb is facing health and sanitation citations because of having multiple people, including children, living in housing that is not fit for human habitation. He also owns properties with other decrepit buildings which were found to present hazards to the community, notably presenting potential sites for rodents, and attractive nuisances to children.
"The way he does business is not the way I do business," said Metzger, who still considers Cobb a friend. "I think people should move into communities as regular people and become part of the community, and not necessarily declare their racist views.
"His view was to come into town like a brass band. I disagreed with that," Metzger said.
Metzger's decision, made before Cobb was arrested over the weekend, is another indication that support for Cobb is waning, said Ryan Lenz, a writer with the Alabama-based civil rights nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center.He has posted racial signs and white power flags on his property, and deeded some of it to other white power activists, including Metzger and Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, formerly the American Nazi Party.
Schoep traveled to Leith in late September in support of Cobb. He did not immediately respond to several AP requests for comment Tuesday.
Not only is Cobb facing significant jail sentences if convicted of the charges for which he was arrested, but his properties are facing demolition, including his not so happy home which he named Hitler Park. Apparently, his wife is asserting that she is leaving him, because the white in NoDak is a lot more hostile and a lot harder to survive without heat, sanitation or plumbing than white hot race hatred of one's fellow 'Murikans'.
Cobb's next court date is December 9, 2013; consistent with his usual poor judgment, he will be acting as his own attorney. My prediction, it won't go well for him.
This, on top of finding out that through DNA testing he isn't even white enough to be a white supremacist according to the criteria of his little band of crazy bigots, seems to be just one disappointment and failure after another.
But heck, in one respect, little Leith, North Dakota couldn't get any whiter, and couldn't get any colder towards Cobb and his haples right wing nuts. Now THAT is 'white supremacy' aka high plains winter.