PATNA, India (AP) -- One cash-strapped Indian city has launched a unique collection service to dislodge payment from tax deadbeats: Door-to-door eunuchs.
Eunuchs, or men who lack external genitalia, are regarded as powerless in India and traditionally make a living on tips for dancing at weddings or blessing newborns. But they are also known for extreme stubbornness and Patna, the capital of Bihar state in eastern India, hired scores of them Wednesday to compel shop owners to pay their tax arrears.
"We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters," said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer.
I think I'd better go to bed.
So I finished binding off my very first shawl. I finished the knitting awhile back, but I hate binding off knits as much as I hate binding my quilts.
So, here it is, looking very much like a pile of gray and tan and brown and white knots. I promise it will look a ton better after the blocking.
A little closeup of the stitch.
And I must be enjoying the hand work, because I am already deep into the next one, lol. Whoever thought somebody with two left hands could learn to knit lace?
Though he is now the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is expected to be accused of war crimes in a lawsuit to be filed next week in Germany. The Center for Constitutional Rights will file the suit on behalf of a group of Iraqi detainees as well as the so-called 20th hijacker, who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay.Ok, I understand that lawsuits will be filed and dismissed, investigations will open and drag on for absolutely un-riveting weeks and weeks, fingers will point, and heads will roll. That's just the American Way. But ya gotta wonder about this one.
The suit is being brought in Germany because a "universal jurisdiction" law there allows German courts to claim jurisdiction over war crimes even if they were committed outside that country's borders. CCR filed a similar lawsuit in Germany two years ago. That suit charged that Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet and other senior officials were responsible for the torturing of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. The suit was dismissed, however, because German prosecutors said the case had no connection to German citizens nor to events that took place in Germany.K, let me make sure I have this right. Iraqi prisoners. Americans accused. Iraqi prison. American accusers. Wonder how far this lawsuit will get?
A day after Britney Spears asked for a divorce, Kevin Federline filed court papers seeking sole custody of the couple's two children. The former backup dancer and aspiring rapper is also seeking spousal support. He says the couple's community assets are "uncertain," though Spears said in her divorce papers there were none to speak of. "Kevin is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals," Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said Wednesday.A nice fat spousal support check will help, too! What a nice goal to "pursue". [/snark]
“Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”The surprising (to me, anyway) result is that the Death Penalty question is so close. It's only an advisory referendum, but I'm surprised the results are as close as they are at this point.
“Should the death penalty be enacted in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?”Going to bed now, too pooped out to listen to the rest of the results.