Two elderly residents, a man and a woman, were alone in the lounge of their nursing home one evening.
The old Lady looked over and said to the old man, “I know just what you’re wanting. For £5 I’ll have sex with you right over there in that rocking chair.”
The old man looked surprised but didn’t say a word.
The old lady continued,”For £10 I’ll do it with you on that nice soft sofa over there, but for £20 I’ll take you back to my room, light some candles, and give you the most romantic evening you’ve ever had in your life.”
The old man still says nothing but after a couple of minutes, starts digging down in his wallet. He pulls out a wrinkled £20 bill and holds it up.
“So you want the nice romantic evening in my room,” says the old lady.
“Get serious,” he replies. “Four times in the rocking chair!”
My boss was a thick-bearded Arab-Israeli, the only man I ever met in the Middle East named Voltaire. Voltaire and I were in the early stages of building a huge playground for a school. I was a volunteer construction worker in Neve Shalom or, in Arabic, Wahat al-Salam—“Oasis of Peace,” alluding to Isaiah—a small village between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. For nearly 40 years, the village has been an intentional community where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have decided to live together to endorse coexistence.
This was 2006, when the Muslim world was gripped by anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad first published in the Danish press the year before. News footage showed Palestinians burning Denmark’s flag and using it as a doormat. We never talked much while working. But the furor over the cartoons was bothering me. A few months out of college, I had applied to volunteer in the village because I believed in its idealistic mission. Now here I was having not very idealistic thoughts.
The world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran will lead to war and a “nightmare” regional nuclear arms race, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in an online address to American and Canadian Jews on Tuesday evening.
Netanyahu, who has been seeking to sway US lawmakers to thwart the agreement, accused the deal’s supporters in the Obama administration of spreading “disinformation about the deal and about Israel’s position” in its bid to rally support.
But you don’t have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish. Ideas which are hostile to basic liberal values such as democracy, freedom and sexual equality. Ideas which actively promote discrimination, sectarianism and segregation….” – UK Prime Minister David Cameron.