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Craig Cobb (born on 9 October 1951 in Maryville, Missouri, United States), also known as Craig "corn on the" Cobb, is a longtime anti-semitic white supremacist activist who operates a video sharing website named http://podblanc.mobi . He claims "racism is my religion" and advocates "racial holy war" in accordance with the tenets of The Creativity Movement. Cobb gained notoriety within anti-racist and anti-fascist movements and legal advocacy organizations that investigate hate speech and hate crime for his "celebration of violence and murder committed against minorities" as documented in his videorecordings, online activities, and disruptions at public events. For this same reason he is admired by some, but not all, neo-Nazis. Supporters herald him as a "brave, dedicated, and highly effective White activist" while others consider him a "pseudo-Nazi" and agent provocateur whose website is a "false front dedicated to data-mining".
Cobb is reported to have grown up in a wealthy family and attended a private school in Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated in 1968. After serving in the armed forces he moved to Edmonton, Canada for five years then relocated to Hawaii where he lived for another 25 years and earned a living as a taxi driver. In 2003 he relocated to Frost, West Virginia where he opened a grocery store and subsequently registered a business called "Gray’s Store, Aryan Autographs and 14 Words, L.L.C." During this time he was involved in unsolicited inter-state deliveries of a neo-Nazi newspaper published by Alex Linder, distribution of Project Schoolyard CDs to local children, and attended an invitation-only leadership conference of the National Alliance.
In late 2005, after receiving an inheritance of $85,000, he moved to Tallinn, Estonia, established Podblanc, met with white power skinheads, and purchased land thirty miles south of the capital where he hoped to establish an "International Office of White Diaspora". He also attempted, unsuccessfully, to find an Estonian wife and came to public attention after conducting an interview with a former Estonian Ministry of Justice employee whom he introduced as the leader of the Estonian Nazis. On August 25, 2009 he was issued a ten-year ban from Estonia and deported to Canada, where Cobb claims to hold citizenship, for "endangering state security, public order, public safety, moral standards, health, other public interests" and promoting racism. During his period of incarceration before deportation his supporters in the US made contact with Canadian neo-fascist Paul Fromm in order to prepare for Cobb’s anticipated arrest under Canadian hate speech laws. In March 2010, after posting videos of anti-racist activists online, he was discovered to be living in Vancouver where he also made an unsuccessful attempt to register a non-profit society called Whitepeace. Cobb has expressed interest in emigrating to South America, Serbia or Belarus but U.S. anti-racists have called for his repatriation so they may "take care of our own garbage".
In June 2010 Cobb was arrested by police in Vancouver but released with a summons after which he left Canada to return to the United States. As of July 2010, Cobb is living in Flathead Valley, an area in Montana which has become a recruiting target for several white nationalists. Cobb is engaged in a feud with another local neo-Nazi, Karl Gharst, against whom he recently[when?] obtained a restraining order. His activities are opposed by the local pro-tolerance group Love Lives Here. At the end of December 2010 Canadian authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on the charge of willful promotion of hatred after a failure to appear. Cobb responded to the warrant by stating "You can find me in the orange easy chair near the elevator" at the library in Kalispell, Montana. As of mid-January 2011 Cobb (in his words) has relocated to Wyoming.
Cobb’s videorecordings fall into two types of productions. The first consists of unedited presentations of antisemitic canards and commentary featuring close-up shots of himself, often presented as part of his "Deprogram" series on YouTube and Podblanc. The second consists of street interviews gathered at events where Cobb presents himself as a journalist for Vanguard News Network, asks a series of provocative questions laced with racial slurs, typically sparking outrage from targeted individuals. Documented incidents include a rally in Kingston, New York in 2005 and a 50 Cent concert in Tallinn in 2008. The most well-known of these disruptions occurred in October 2005 at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as civil rights leader Rosa Parks was lying in state. Cobb confronted visitors, referred to Parks as a "shitskin communist", and stated that he was there celebrating her death.
Cobb uses the online pseudonyms "No 1965 Chain Immigrants" (on Stormfront) and "Chain" (on Podblanc), references to the abolition of the National Origins Formula in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. While his internet activities center upon "tireless propaganda" for Podblanc he is also active in far-right discussion boards where, after the arrest of Matt Hale in 2003 for soliciting the murder of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, Cobb posted the judge’s home address, family photographs and a map to her house. Lefkow’s husband and mother were subsequently murdered. In reply to a reporter’s question "What were you feeling when the double murder happened?" Cobb stated "What was I feeling? Emotions are not yet illegal. I was just fine with it. I think it was well done."