Youngish actor dies suddenly but in 2014

Thought it might be nice to take a short break from the usual subjects and look at the work and death of a famous British comic that is off topic.

Many people have died suddenly and of unknown causes before the vaccine rollout. Let’s take for example a comic actor who was famous in the UK. He played over the top characters like Lord Flashheart. Scenes below:

Search him out on Youtube. His interview with Letterman was funny.

Rik Mayall died suddenly at his home in London on 9 June 2014 at the age of 56. There doesn’t seem to be a lot about his sudden death on Wikipedia but I haven’t looked that hard yet. It does say that on 9 June 2014, Mayall died at his home in Barnes, Richmond-upon-Thames, London, following a sudden heart attack after a morning jog.

There is one other clip from a movie he made that I thought was interesting. Was a 2014 film called, One by One:

He died suddenly shortly after making that movie.


A few insightful videos from Chris Langan

I am told this man has an IQ of 200, and is the smartest man in the USA.

Either way, this material is interesting, easily comprehensible, and insightful and of value on its own merit, whatever the claim to authority of the maker. Thank you Kalloi for sending them in.

1. Was the lockdown overkill? What kind of personality imposed these measures on us?

2. The Parasitic divergence. Two items here I think. One basic, the idea that power is a drug and how that plays into today’s Covid politics, and “Parasitic Divergence”. The idea that the ruling or political class is evolving away genetically from the rest of us. This creates a real problem.

3. Globalism Vs. Self determination. Somewhat deals with the consequences of fiat currency.

Small quantity of Crosses of Matamoros in stock

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For anyone considering picking up a cross of Matamoros as sold on this site, now would be a great time from our position. We now have a few, and the current crop of Ontario lockdowns has had an impact on one of the part time jobs I do, that pays my bills and allows me the time to do this site. So anyone who thinks they may like to have one of these Sterling Silver Crosses of St. James Matamoros, please consider picking one up using the purchase button in the sidebar of this site.

Dedicated to one of Vlad Tepes Blog’s most dedicated and observant contributors, Wrath of Khan

This morning at 1:10 AM ET the following comment was left at this site in the Reader’s Links post for March 8, 2021 by contributor, Wrath of Khan.

Hello Vlad and friends! Unfortunately my time is running out a bit prematurely. So I will say this; keep looking into a better future, never give in to globalist leftist schemes and the red-green machinations. Keep up the good fight and educate new generations about the risks and self-preservation. It has been a tremendous privilege working on these projects with all of you over all those years. I will leave the YT channel online for posterity. Good luck to all of you and bye bye. Wrath0fKhan signing off…

There is nothing I can write that is not inadequate to the gravity of that comment. But neither can it go unanswered.

At the thread linked above there are comments, and many of you I’m sure will like to add your own.

I would like to say that Wrath of Khan has been contributing daily to this site now for nearly the whole time it has been up.

His contributions are effectively the same as having a subscription to STRATFOR. In fact, Stratfor’s SITREPS and other analysis are often taken from the same articles that Wrath of Khan finds and posts to us each day and for free. There is a mighty education in geopolitics from the articles he posts. Wrath’s contributions have been one of the foundational aspects of this website along with many others here at Vlad, and his comment on his leaving, whatever that may mean specifically, is felt viscerally by myself and many of us here.

So it is with tremendous sadness that I wave good bye, and with enormous gratitude for all the work he has done for us all for many years now. And yes, his Youtube Channel is something people may want to go to and download select or all videos before Google notices they are non-narrative videos and remove that legacy from us all.

I must say, this is one of, if not the most difficult thing I have had to write for some time. Fortunately some wonderful people have started to leave their own thoughts under his post.

Thank you again dear friend to me, this site, and all of us who have read your contributions over the years.

Eeyore for VladTepesBlog.

OT: A science fiction story from another planet with no connection to real people or events at all

A guest post by Johnny U with much thanks!

“Thanks, man,” younger Merle said, adjusting himself in his chair. It was a beautiful clear evening with just the faintest hint of springtime ammonia in the air. Winter’s back had finally broken.
“So how old are you today?” asked Argyle. The two Martians were doing what they had done almost every Saturday night for almost thirty years. Amateur astronomers, their focus was Earth. Unlike so many other celestial bodies, Earth was close enough to study in detail. Argyle sometimes joked to women that he had “…the longest lens in the solar system…”. 
“I’m one-hundred fifty-seven,” Merle said showing no hint of approval for yet another birthday.
“Ha! That makes me thirty years, three three days older than you.”
“Then let’s get the show on the road, old man.”
Into the blackened blue of the late winter night they trained their telescopes. For as long as he could remember Argyle had wanted to be an astronaut. As a boy he often lay in bed for hours daydreaming of sitting alone at the helm of his spaceship, gazing in wonder at the universe. Looking back he realized he had never feared the unknown. Argyle was an explorer at heart. 
Merle liked the anthropological side of the hobby. With their state-of-the-art Martian technology they could practically peer directly into peoples’ living rooms. As avid Earthophiles they would turn on the radio or even intercept television programs to learn more. Argyle was more familiar with the history of Earthlings for he had been watching longer. Martians intuitively understood all languages.
“Ah. Interesting.” Merle scrunched up one eye, looking into the lens with the other. “Something’s up. Less smog. Less activity. Here, look for yourself.”
“Uh-huh. It’s a pandemic. I’ve been watching Fox News.” Argyle fiddled with the focus. “I think our little Earthlings have some real problems.”
“Interesting. How many dead so far?”
“Not so many, relatively,” said Argyle. “It compares statistically to a regular flu season, but it’s still different. Lots of confusion. This one is basically a political storm.”
“Commie plot,” said Merle matter-of-factly.
“Essentially. But more fascist.”
“Like Hitler. I remember him.”
“Yes. A corporate-government amalgam going for total control.”
“I see they’ve got vaccines already,” Merle said.
“Well, experimental gene therapies to be accurate. –No understanding of long-term effects.”
“Short-term efficacy?”
“Essentially unknown given the state of information warfare they’ve got going on. Claims are made, but–.”
“Right. Change accelerated when they discovered the internet. For both better and worse.” Merle reached for a fresh can of Mung blood. Martians loved their Mung blood.
“Go easy on that stuff, Champ,” said Argyle. “It’ll curl your antennae.”

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You’ve got the silver

In the wake of the pushback against game rigging, and lets face it, flat out evil hedge fund people who destroy working businesses by putting both thumbs on one side of the scale and forcing values downwards with derivatives (mathematical inversions of buying stocks) the same crew who managed to score a partial victory against them, (only partial because the game riggers called a time out on the game as soon as their illegal or at least profoundly unethical trickery stopped working) are now trying to do a similar thing to the price of silver.

This is a whole lot of fun and something we can all participate in easily. Go to Kitko silver chart to watch what the “spot price of silver” is doing, and if you like, call one of the big bullion dealers and buy some physical silver and help push the price upwards.

There is a caveat though in our opinion.

The theory used to punish the hedge funds, is not fully applicable to silver as it was to Game Stop stores. The idea, as I understand it, (expect people who know a lot more than I do to comment under this post and read and consider those opinions carefully. They could be right, and I may be totally misunderstanding the situation like Power Line did on their short article on the Game Stop issue) that the price of metals like silver and gold are being kept artificially low by paper shorts. That for every Oz. someone thinks they own on paper, whether it be a pseudo-physical silver company like Sprott, or just buying some derivatives that attempt to predict a future silver price, there is only a tiny fraction of that amount in actual circulation. So a run on physical silver should drive the price up to what it should really be based on supply and demand.

The thing is, with Game Stop, as I understand it, the owners also called their brokers and told them not to lend shares to short sellers. This helped stop the downward pressure on share price while new buying drove it up, righteously punishing the vultures that had planned to push it into the ground and pluck its bones. If the Hedge funds could not borrow shares, they cannot push the price down then sell the shares back and take the difference. (Rumours after 911 circulated that Osama Bin Laden had shorted the airline used to crash into the WTC on Sept. 11)

So there is no way to stop the fed reserve or any other party interested in maintaining the value of the dollar from issuing as much paper silver, in effect a short, as it floods the market with non-existent supply. However if this was the only variable, then purchasing lots of physical silver from places that have to deliver your purchase theoretically would bring silver to a real supply-demand price. Which, according to the theory outlined above, would be very high indeed. Hundreds of dollars an Oz. troy.

There is however another variable that also was not in play with Game Stop.

When you buy silver from a bullion dealer, you are buying a product. So some of the signs that the attempt to push up silver is working, signs that also appeared during the first lockdown by the way, may or may not mean what they think it does. Remember, whatever it is you buy, is made by someone.

Imagine you sold snowballs at the side of a field. its just you and a pair of leather mitts and you can make about 3 decent snowballs a minute. Normally you sell just under what you can make for gangs of kids determined to snow each other under and can’t be bothered to make their own, or yours have better ballistics. Suddenly, there is a rumour that there isn’t enough snow, so people start buying your snow balls at 5X the rate you can produce them.

Well. The price will go up a lot Im sure. But it doesn’t mean there is a shortage of snow. Just of the ability to make it into a form they want their snow to be in.

This might explain the gap between the ‘spot’ price, or price the metal is thought to be worth, and the price per Oz. dealers are selling it for.

Normally most bullion dealers sell basic silver products for about USD $3.00 to $3.50/Oz over the spot. But during the lockdowns and now, its closer to ten dollars.

This doesn’t mean the price of silver is up ten dollars. It means that the dealers are taking a higher margin because of the demand for their inventory which is strained from massive buying right now.

The actual spot is going up though. But it seems to have a ceiling at USD $30.00 Oz. at the time of writing, it has bounced downwards every time it gets close to that price.

(If Silver manages to substantially break USD $30.00/Oz that may be meaningful)

Now this still doesn’t mean either theory is correct. Its also possible, likely even, that experienced traders who buy large amounts are are happy with a modest profit, sell as soon as it nears $30.00 as the first rule of the day trader is “Don’t be greedy”. If enough people sell once these Reddit guys drive the price up for them, then the price will come down. This is all true even if there is ZERO truth in the paper metals theory that holds these commodities down in price.

It should be noted that it is pretty much universally believed that there is massively more silver and gold out there than physically exists, and this is why its cheap. And also, this is why the Reddit group has decided to target Silver to try and correct the price to market forces.

The thing is, it might actually be at market value.

Either way it will be really fun to watch and minimal harm is likely to anyone because if you buy silver and take delivery of it, (buy physical bullion instead of any kind of promissory note) you have the silver. And even if the price goes down, you don’t lose anything unless you sell it and it can still be used for things. Less so since digital cameras. But some things. Really big and cool looking belt buckles could be in our future.

2020 goes out with a massive storm

Strongest low in the world heading towards Alaska

It’s quite the fitting ending for 2020.

On Wednesday, a monster storm was born across the western Pacific and caused record-breaking cold temperatures to stream east across Japan.

The interaction of the frigid air mass and a powerful Pacific jet stream allowed for the beginning of rapid intensification. As the Siberian air flowing across the western Pacific interacts with a warmer, sub-tropical flow south of Japan, it will create the necessary conditions to push the atmosphere to the limit by Thursday.

The storm statistics are jaw-dropping: Maximum winds will approach 200 km/h on the southern side of the low by Thursday and maximum individual wave heights are forecast to reach nearly 30 metres. The swell will propagate across the Pacific and there is the possibility that parts of western Vancouver Island could see 6 to 8 metre waves.

Thank you Don L.

The New Soviet Story: A work of Future Fiction by the Johnny U community

Watching the Soviet Story again, the modern parallels are remarkable. The propaganda techniques back then and now are essentially identical. Then, bold ad hominems against broad swaths of undesirables disregarded discourse to short the circuit to HATE. Very effectively. Narrower ad hominems shorted the circuit to Jews.

Repeating the sins of the father to atone for the sins of the father. This was today’s politically-corrected German. Thankfully, generations of brutal collectivism had immunized Russians from today’s p.c. pandemic.

We knew the ghosts of their guilt drove their silly repentance, perhaps, even though they were too young or weren’t even alive in WW2. But what about the rest of us? The great repudiation had been going on for years now, but was accelerating. There weren’t many statues–either physically or psychologically–left to topple.

Almost every western country fell in line, save for the good ‘ol U.S.A., but even she was suffering severe political indigestion. Antifa, Black Panthers, BLM, the Democratic Party, MSM, environmentalists–every radical faction was arrayed against Trump. The political mid-ground was effectively removed. Goebbels would be proud. Accusing any denier of any branch of scientism, or flowing-like-water gender identity, was quite enough to have one branded a Nazi. It was precisely the excuse used by Russia and Germany to stamp out “Polish Fascism” at the outset of their invasions of that country. No such bona fide threat existed, which necessitated the need to create it. It was as masterful a use of reverse engineering as had been used anywhere in terms of propaganda techniques, and it would be used again and again. News sources spooned the people just enough truth to seduce them into accepting select narratives. The socialists knew they’d succeeded when truth became stranger than fiction to the man on the street, and so he rejected it.

When first I heard about the ban on acetylsalicylic acid the gravity of the psy-op we were in, hit home like Joanna Kozloski’s home-run swing in the 2021 World Series final. She was the first transexual athlete to make it to the top of the sports world, and did so with elan. When finally she trounced on home plate in the bottom of the ninth, after launching the ball out of Wrigley Field, she removed her high-heels and flung them high in the air in elation. Yes, she had run the bases to victory in stilettos. It had quickly become her trademark, and a symbol of her unbeatable confidence. Much like Babe Ruth pointing to the sky when he came to bat. Thirty-five thousand mask-wearing fans went berserk. She then grabbed her crotch and gave her now patented one-finger salute to her adoring followers. The crowd went even crazier at this flip off. In a post-game interview she said the finger was aimed at the patriarchy, and to Antifa. The balkanization of every group, sub-group, and sub-sub-group was now mission complete. The demoralization described by Yuri Bezmenov had become a hyper-ripened perpetual-motion machine of societal atomization. Not even the modern Soviets knew how to stop it now, except perhaps by adding a pinch of fresh holocaust to their recipe.

The Commissioner’s Trophy was presented to Miss Kozloski by a very old George Soros, who had just announced his candidacy for President in the 2024 election. The Democrats, still smarting from their 2020 defeat to Donald Trump, had learned at least one lesson. It mattered not how old or infirm your candidate was. What mattered was who controlled the narrative. 2020 had been a surprisingly close election despite Joe Biden’s dementia having boiled his brains to borscht, and despite the Dems successfully arguing that not a single pre-election debate was needed. Heaping endless disinformation upon the American public through multiple fire hoses, domestic and foreign, had shown real effects. Now, with a little tweaking, Democratic strategists knew they couldn’t lose.

What the left had not seemed to realize, however, was that they had already won, essentially. They were the establishment in every western nation. They largely controlled the media and institutions. They didn’t see that the right was now the counter-culture. The left was sure the silent, moral majority that had held its proverbial tongue right up until stepping into the ballot box would be usurped, this time, by mail-in and internet voting. Yes, Soros was old, but he still had his mind, name recognition, and a way with words. Absurd? –No more than anything else the Dems had accomplished. They even convinced the country that Soros had been born in America. He was their next Trojan horse. With a little luck he’d drop dead a few months into office. For his part the President, ever the brilliant strategist, surprised the nation by announcing Bari Weiss in counter-weight as his running mate. The former New York Times writer shot to fame when she quit the paper back in 2020, declaring war on cancel culture in the process. She had managed to maintain a voice despite numerous social media shutdowns. The President recognized her value as a youthful, articulate veteran of the raging propaganda battle in which the country was mired, and knew he needed the kind of turncoat media general her inside knowledge afforded. Besides, he reasoned behind closed doors, she could help siphon liberal Jewish votes and donations from the Dems.

The off-licence use of a drug had never before been disallowed. Fear mongering pushed by the mainstream media said aspirin caused stomach bleeding and a host of other side-effects. It was then rumoured a study was coming out in the Lancet journal proving it caused elevated eosinophil counts in some Covid-2022 patients. It would take very little, but deft, fictitious placements to accomplish the relegation of acetylsalicylic acid to the trash heap of medical history. Tucker Carlson compiled the msm repetition of key words over the broad outlet spectrum to little avail. “DANGEROUS”, “FATAL”, and “WITCH-DOCTOR MEDICINE” were the strike words used. The witch doctor reference, however, was dropped because of the outcry over cultural appropriation, and so to not malign legitimate, hard-working witch doctors everywhere.

Most medical doctors knew it was because the President had endorsed it as a remedy when used with the proper dosage of iron supplement and antibiotics. Of course, most were afraid to speak out. Cancel culture was as pervasive in the medical community as anywhere. Career-crippling sanctions were but a misplaced utterance away.

It was also imperative that the drug cocktail be given to the patient as soon as symptoms appeared. The President admitted his taking it as a prophylaxis against the virus. Up to now cases of Covid-22 were dropping quickly, as was the death rate. An aspirin a day keeps the doctor away, went the grassroots slogan. CNN tried hard to change this to: an aspirin a day keeps the undertaker at play.

I was listening to the radio when first I heard. I was driving Tom Hicks to the hospital. He’d had a lifelong problem with booze and drugs, and was at the business end of another bender. He was rough. He couldn’t tell if his cough was from his COPD, his emphysema, or from a viral infection. We assumed the former but feared the latter. He was talking about some old girlfriend as we drove. He would never leave the hospital. He would be denied aspirin. While not yet geriatric, Tom was the poster child of comorbidity vulnerabilities.

When the announcement came I swore I heard the sound of every last bottle of aspirin, and every brand that contained it, flying off every store shelf in the country. People had already been hoarding because of the media campaign, and government telegraphing its intentions with the usual word salad. Within hours it was impossible to get your hands on a single pill. Doctors were even forbidden from giving it to their own friends and family members. Sales of Advil and Tylenol spiked briefly before the public realized these contained no acetylsalicylic acid. A $5,000 fine was introduced, combined with possible jail time, for anyone caught cutting down willow and poplar trees. Long ago, indigenous North American tribes boiled the bark and leaves of these trees to extricate the chemical contained therein. They would drink the tea to mitigate pain and fever. The run on tree bark ended as quickly as it had begun. The poaching industry for animal parts went back to status quo, which meant supplying the massive traditional Chinese medicine industry with the likes of caribou antlers, black bear scrotums, and beaver foreskins. Canada’s Trudeau government seemed quite happy to oblige its CCP masters in this regard.

As my old friend got out of the car, feeble and unsteady on his feet beyond his years, I tried to remember what life was like before all of this. I tried to find perspective.

So many old people were dying in old age homes. The aged were always considered a huge, expensive liability by socialists. Socialism can’t afford them, or any of the infirm, for that matter. Besides, the older you were the more conservative you tended to be, and the more you remembered the now-racist and non-inclusive “old normal”. Ah, the old normal. A world of wondrous, beautiful statues and non-postmodern art. (The arthole graphic embodiment of the great deconstruction.) A time when government answered to the will of the people and not the reverse. A world without masks, social-distancing floor dots, hate speech laws, or false neo-Marxist narratives stacked upon each other like old, piss-stained mattresses piled from here to the moon. The very proof of this successful deconstruction. The Frankfurt School fraternity surely gazed up from their eternal hell holes with broad, self-satisfied smiles.

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The Outer Limits: Final Exam

Some ten years ago or so, a friend and colleague of mine mentioned this episode as an explanation for how things may go in the future. Pay particular attention to the short burst from the main character about why humanity has never met aliens, and then later when he is sitting down with the 2nd main character about how ideas become ubiquitous at a certain point.

Then imagine they are talking about CRISPR

The Forbidden City (Mirrored from Gates of Vienna)

Chances are, anyone who is having the problem described below is unable to read this post.

I’ll explain what happened: Late Monday night I started to get reports on skype and by email that people were getting a “403” error when they tried to access Gates of Vienna. The actual text of the message varied, depending on the browser and operating system, but it would look something like this:

You don’t have permission to access this resource.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Since I am a technical dunce when it comes to website mechanics, I consulted with Vlad Tepes and Henrik Clausen about what was happening. They looked into it, and it seemed that a crucial setting on the site was disabled for some reason, and needed to be enabled. Henrik enabled it, and over the next 36 hours people reported back to me that they were once again able to access Gates of Vienna. So everything was fixed.

But only for about 36 hours. I started getting messages today from the same people, and also additional ones, that the same error message was popping up when they tried to visit this site. It’s only happening in Europe and Israel, as far as I know. I’m getting no emails from the USA, Canada, or Australia about the “403 Forbidden” message. Countries affected include the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, and Israel. And probably others that I’m forgetting. But not on this side of the Atlantic.

I consulted at length with the hosting service, and the setting that Henrik enabled was still enabled. They can’t recreate the problem, since they’re in the USA. So there’s nothing more they can do unless I can give them specific instructions about what needs to be changed.

Something is fishy here. One time could be just a random glitch, but twice? And all within less than 48 hours.

My paranoid intuition says that when whatever it was the major ISPs in Europe tried to do two days ago failed — that is, when Henrik enabled the setting. So they decided to try something else to accomplish the same purpose. I don’t believe this is a coincidental, accidental malfunction — I think it is deliberate.

But then, I’m paranoid.

So… If you have friends, relatives, or acquaintances that report this problem, please explain what I have posted here. And most of the significant content I post is also posted at Vlad’s place, so they can go over there to stay somewhat up-to-date.

I don’t think this is an issue in the USA because not many people are very interested in what’s going on in Europe. I don’t report on Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Barr, or any other facet of the impeachment circus. I leave that to the specialists, and that’s where all the American traffic tends to go.

But this blog has a wide readership in Europe. Or rather, had — I think my European traffic is probably significantly reduced by now.

“Not Guilty” for tax evasion on a Libertarian argument

October 24th, 2019: Today in Ottawa, the former leader of the Canadian Libertarian party was found not guilty on failing to file tax returns. Although the judge did not cite his argument, and in fact, seemed to read the whole court transcript from the trial, mostly centred around the procedure of determining if the Social Insurance Number of the accused, Jean-Serge Brisson, was in fact really his.

But at the end of the reading of the transcript by the Judge, (who would have looked perfectly at home standing in with The Allman Brothers or Crosby Stills Nash & Young) he was found not guilty. In the video below, Jean-Serge explains the situation and makes a powerful point about forced labour by the government.

Profile of a real far right wing person

First it needs to be said, that I mean this title, not as a pejorative in any way. In fact I admire this guy in the same way I admire the legendary, Wyatt Earp or Doc Holiday.

I refer to him as “far right wing” to straighten the record. One of the most effective Marxist dialectic scams played on us, that we all bought in to.

So let’s define terms to get back to sanity.

Left wing: The politics of increased state power and authority. That much like Islam, all that is not expressly permitted, is prohibited. Truth is no defence, and there are no individual rights. All is for the glory of the state.

Two major examples of a left wing government historically in Europe, are the Soviets, and the Nazis.

In left wing thought, if an innocent person is killed by the state, he should be grateful that he died for the glorification of the state. As it has been said to be the communist slogan:

“There is no God, and Marx is his prophet”

One of the main Marxist scams that has been played on the West is the ludicrous notion that the Nazis were right wing. Hitler’s speeches were nearly perfect quotes from Marx, and other political philosophers who modelled their work on Marx and socialist/fascist thought. (Please see Postmodernism Explained, by Steven Hicks)

Right wing: Maximum individual rights and responsibilities. Truth is always an absolute defence. Government power is limited as much as possible and the people are the sovereign.

Left and right is not a circle that meets at some point. It is a straight line from liberty to being a slave of the state. Islam actually means submission (to the sharia) and so an Islamic government is strictly speaking, a far left wing, extremist form of control.

The USA as it was initially formed, is a far right wing government. Not because of slavery, slavery is a left wing institution. Right wing, or libertarianism, holds that all men are qual before the law, but only before the law.

And in this way, I would like to introduce you to a far right wing man, who seems to be a pretty direct philosophical descendant of the early and legendary libertarians.

John McAfee.


A great time to get a Cross of Matamoros

(This is a sticky post for a bit. Newer posts are below)

We just had made a small number of these Crosses for anyone thinking of getting or giving one as a Christmas present. 

Anyone who has been considering purchasing a Cross of Matamoros from this site, now is a great time to get one, as the company that makes them for us just sent a number of them and we can ship out the day you order, or the day after latest.

It is a really appreciated way to help support this site and the work we do. We don’t have adds, or do fund raisers. But purchasing the Cross of Matamoros both helps keep things going, as well as gives you an excellent symbol of the resistance to Islamic manifest Destiny.

Thank you to all who has purchased this cross in the past, and to all who may do so now.

Below, a segment from Infowars hosted by Matt Bracken, discussing this Cross and its history and meaning.