Wed

June 16, 2010

Good Weddance. Gray here with a hint of rain. We got quite a few drops overnight, but not a real shower.

Yokelly we watched some more of the history of Christianity, featuring the spread of Xity across the globe by the Spanish and Portuguese exploring/colonializing expeditions. The Spaniards famously forcefully converted the Native Americans of Central and South America. They also enslaved them, as Christians were wont to do in those times. The beginnings of black chattel slavery occurred when the Spanish began to feel a little bad for the “Indians” they had treated so brutally, so they transferred their brutality to peoples with dark skin instead. This habit of mind was cheerfully adopted by North American plantation owners, and much ingenuity went into showing that blacks were descended from the lost tribe of Israel, themselves descended from Noah’s disgraced son Ham and condemned by God (Genesis 9) to serve their betters. Meanwhile, back in Europe, Christians were killing each other in ever greater numbers because of their differences over transubstantiation, Mary the mother of God, etc. Killing in the name of Christ has been in vogue at least since the Crusades of the 11th to 14th centuries. Killing in the name of god or gods is, of course, a characteristic of all human societies from the beginning of time. In the words of someone important, “You differ from our opinion and we cannot indemnify you. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” Donut anyone?

Locally, we are much more peaceful. Except for the birds—

Raptor attacks Australian tourist in Alaska

by The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Australian tourist thinks it was an eagle that dive-bombed him as he was walking alone in Cooper Landing, about 100 miles south of Anchorage.

Brian Hard told The Anchorage Daily News a large bird swooped down Monday afternoon.

“It was a beautiful day and I was quite content, when all of a sudden I had this sensation of eagle grabbing on, sinking a talon into my head,” he said. “When it hit me, I kind of ducked down and its trajectory took it back up. I sort of looked up and its wings were spread; I had the sensation of being shaded. Looked like a young eagle to me.”

Hard says he feared a second attack before he made it about 100 yards to the home where he is staying.

“Skin was actually raised off my scalp,” he said. “I felt the bleeding.”

The visitor from Cape York Peninsula in Queensland wonders if he was mistaken for prey.

“Somebody suggested I kind of looked like a rabbit from the sky,” said Hard, who wears his gray hair in a ponytail. “I can sort of understand why it happened to me.”

Fish and Wildlife Service raptor export Phil Schempf in Juneau thinks the bird was a goshawk, which is more likely than an eagle to attack people close to their nests.

“Eagles tend to be pretty wimpy. I can count on one finger the number of eagle attacks I’ve seen,” he said. “I wonder if he was mixing up his birds and it was a goshawk. In your face, a goshawk looks pretty big.”

Make that “raptor expert.”

In other peaceful news, local law enforcement reports the following–

Assault

• Zebedee Cadzow, 32, and Curtis O. Peterson, 33, both of Fort Yukon, were arrested Saturday in Fort Yukon after they allegedly assaulted their uncle. Cadzow was charged with fourth-degree assault based on allegations he punched his uncle in the head. Peterson was charged with third-degree felony assault after he allegedly struck his uncle in the head with a metal coffee pot.

• Timothy John Coahran, 51, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly threw a fist-sized rock at his Taroka Drive neighbor Thursday. Coahran, whose neighbor is putting in a driveway, was reportedly upset that part of his property had been bulldozed.

• Nicholas Ferrara, 20, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree felony assault and fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and slammed her head into the floor Sunday.

• Maria Joyce Oldman, 40, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after she allegedly scratched her daughter’s arms and tried to punch her on May 5.

• Craig Clement Semaken, 30, of Kaltag, was charged with second-degree felony assault after he allegedly punched, kicked and choked his mother Friday in Kaltag.

• Tiffany Marie Titus, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with assaulting a police officer after she allegedly tried to kick a Fairbanks police officer in the groin Sunday morning. Officers contacted her on a Steese Highway bridge after receiving a report that a man and a woman in the area were running at vehicles on the road.

DUI

• Joseph Vance Arabie, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police stopped him early Friday morning for braking for no reason on Phillips Field Road near Driveway Street. Arabie admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving, and his saliva tested positive for marijuana and amphetamine, according charging documents.

• Rose E. Correa, 23, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with driving under the influence after Fort Wainwright police contacted her Saturday at the main gate because she attempted to turn around and drive into oncoming traffic. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.099.

• Melinda Christine Denny, 23, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence after North Pole police stopped her for speeding Saturday on Eighth Avenue near Blanket Boulevard. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.124 more than the legal limit of 0.08.

• Andrew Michael Jacoy, 44, of Anchorage, was charged with felony driving under the influence after Fairbanks International Airport police pulled him over early Sunday morning for driving with one headlight on Rewak Drive near University Avenue. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.184. He also was charged with making a false report based on allegations he first provided an officer with a fake name. Jacoy was previously convicted of drunken driving in Anchorage in 2001 and 2002, according to charging documents.

• Nathan C. Johnson, 39, of Salcha, was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped in the airport parking lot following a report of a possible drunken driver in the area. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.283. He also was charged with driving with a revoked license and improper use of evidence of registration because he reportedly had the license plate from another vehicle on his truck.

• Paul R. Jones, 27, of Anchorage, was charged with driving under the influence after troopers stopped him for weaving early Sunday morning on the Parks Highway near Berton Court. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.145.

• Ezra Karageorge, 21, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police stopped him for speeding Sunday morning on the Steese Expressway near Airport Way. He reportedly smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech at the time of his arrest. He also was charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.

• Brenton Nicholas Needle, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after airport police stopped him for weaving Friday on Airport Industrial Road near Rig Road. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.178.

• Charlotte Alicia Parker, 64, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence after she was pulled over Sunday for failing to dim her high beams on the Old Richardson Highwya near Osage Drive. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.140.

• Sharon Kay Roberts, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after a Fairbanks police officer saw her back into a stop sign Friday at the intersection of Trainor Gate Road and Blair Street. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.195.

• James A. Tegoseak, 45, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police stopped him Saturday at the Cushman Street Holiday gas station after receiving a report he was speeding. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.138. He also was charged with first-degree harassment after he allegedly spit in a police officer’s face.

• Ernest C. Titus, 20, was charged with driving under the influence after troopers stopped him for speeding Friday near 1,417 Mile Alaska Highway. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.214. Troopers reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in Titus’ pocket. He also was charged with driving with a revoked license, minor operating after consuming, minor consumption and misdemeanor drugs misconduct.

Lots of drinking going on. Enjoy Wed.

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