Friday

November 26, 2010

Happy Friday. Bleak Friday. The day after eating too much. We baked an organic turkey. When it was done, it started emitting organ tones. I think it was fully Bached. The estuffing was estupendous, ze potato was esplendid, and you can’t get more American TG than sliced cranberry jelly. That left room for pumpkin. We figured out years ago that just baking the filling in a casserole dish was way faster and easier on the gut than making a pie crust to go along with it. There’s sumptin’ about pumpk’n. Anyway, a good meal was had, and then we settled in for a movie. . .

Which was “Mountbatten,” a 1985 British pic about Lord (“Dickie”) Mountbatten, who presided over the hurried independence from crown rule of India and Pakistan. It sort of takes up where Ghandi leaves off. The (staged) scenes of mob violence as Muslims attack Hindus and Hindus attack Muslims are depressing but did happen. Read “Freedom at Midnight” for the well told details. Much of the slaughter of human beings in world history has been caused by religious extremism. Fortunately that doesn’t happen anymore. Anyway, the movie features Nicol Williamson as Mountbatten (there is a hint of his old Sherlock Holmes manner in the portrayal), and other British actors as Lady M (“Winifred”), Nehru, Ghandi, JInna, and others. As in Ghandi, Muhammad JInna, the founder of Pakistan, is portrayed as a scoundrel. Whether or not that is true, we now live with the consequences of the Hindu-Mulim divide, and they are still fighting over Kashmir. The film has good footage of palaces and rural India, but is not in the same league with Ghandi, a much better film with better acting and better just about everything. Still, if you are interested in the world’s most populous democracy with far and away the most English speakers, this is worth two hours of your time.

Today marks nine years and 50 days that the US has been occupying Afghanistan, tying the old record set by the Soviets when they still had a union. In true American style, we are going to set a new record that no one can beat. Except the Afghanis. The fiasco reported earlier this week that we had been dealing with “a top Taliban official” who turned out to be an imposter after several meetings and much cash expended as bribes merely affirms that we know very little about the area and cannot begin to prescribe how they should live. Time to get out and attend to more important business at home, like patting down grandmothers and infants at airports. We are doomed.

In local news, there is not much to remark. Thursday’s Police Report shows that the Holiday season started off with a bang—

Assault

• Rolin Allison, Jr., 43, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly put another man in a headlock and punched him in the face Saturday. Allison was reportedly upset because the victim wanted him and his girlfriend to leave his home and poured liquid on the woman’s head. Allison also was charged with misdemeanor counts of first-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree drugs misconduct after North Pole police found a recently used marijuana pipe in his pocket.

• Jorey Baysinger, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face Saturday night in the 200 block of Palace Circle.

• Radley Espadron, 36, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly threw his girlfriend to the ground and banged her head into the floor Sunday.

• James Scott Fuzzard, 38, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly shoved his niece Saturday in the 1000 block of Willow Grouse Road following an argument about her doing the dishes.

• William F. Hankee, 28, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly punched and tried to kick his father Saturday in the 2600 block of Lasalle Avenue. The attack was without provocation, according to charging documents.

• Luanne M. Kanayurak, 24, of Barrow, was charged with fourth-degree assault after she allegedly punched another woman and pulled her hair early Saturday morning at a Blanch Avenue home. She was reportedly upset because the victim has a child with her ex-boyfriend.

• Justyn Dean Riley, 35, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault after he allegedly grabbed his fiancee by the wrist and would not let her go in the 1700 block of Alder Street.

• Jaclyn Leonora Silas, 31, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault after she allegedly pushed and kicked her son Sunday in the 1200 block of Kellum Street.

Drugs

• A routine traffic stop early Friday morning led to the arrests of two people on charges of methamphetamine possession. A Fairbanks police officer stopped the car for speeding just after 4 a.m. Neither the driver or three passengers had identification on them, but after giving the officer their names, it was discovered one of the passengers was on probation. His probation officer requested a search of the vehicle, and though nothing was found on him, police did find two meth pipes on a woman and a small bag of the drug where another man had been sitting. Cody Rodell Ladig, 31, and Holly Morgan Rae Charlie, 22, have each been charged with one count of fourth-degree drugs misconduct, a felony.

DUI

• Joshua R. Beach, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police received a report he drove into a ditch Friday night on Airport Way near Cowles Street. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.154, more than the legal limit of 0.08. He also was charged with misdemeanor weapons misconduct after a handgun was found in the vehicle.

• Joe Dominguez Garibay, 70, of Tok, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police contacted him Saturday morning in the Sam’s Club parking lot after he nearly struck a patrol car at the nearby Fred Meyer. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.111. He also was charged with fourth-degree weapons misconduct, a misdemeanor because two pistols were in his vehicle at the time, according to charging documents.

• Rodney Murray, 50, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police received a report Tuesday morning that he threatened to shoot a man he believed had followed him to the Northgate Mall parking lot. He was contacted a short time later at Mt. McKinely bank on the Old Steese Highway. Murray failed field sobriety tests, and a chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.075. He reportedly told police he smokes marijuana when he meditates and had smoked the night before, and police believed he was under the influence of other drugs when he was taken into custody, according to charging documents.

Multiple charges

Fairbanks police were called to the 1700 block of University Avenue early Sunday morning for a domestic dispute. They met Gary Edward Joseph, 58 and his five months pregnant girlfriend who said he punched her in the thigh and would not let her leave the apartment. Joseph reportedly told police they were arguing because he did not want his girlfriend doing cocaine while pregnant. When the woman directed them to a drawer where she claimed Joseph keeps his cocaine, officers found a rolled up piece of paper and small white grains which tested positive as the drug. Joseph was charged with fourth-degree drugs misconduct, a felony, and fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He told police he has never done cocaine, according to charging documents.

Kicking someone in the 2600 block is serious business. You can do real damage.

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