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Table for Two – Discussion Guide – Faith Promise

This weekend Pastor Chris shared a message he heard from Louie Giglio on the 23rd Psalm. For those who grew up in church this passage is very familiar. It is embroidered on pillows, displayed in homes, and it is one of the first scriptures that many memorized as children. If you didn’t grow up in church, you will probably still recognize these verses because they are often read at funerals.
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A Man’s Man – Berachah Bible Church Blog

“Far Side” cartoons have given me many laughs through the years. One of particular interest shows a wife looking at what she thought had been her husband. He stands there in an oversized coat holding his manface mask and a baseball cap with a long tail trailing from beneath his coat. He says to her, “Dang it, Monica! I can’t live this charade any longer. I’m not a telephone repairman who stumbled into your life – I’m a Komodo dragon, largest member of the lizard family and a filthy liar.” Manhood has fallen on hard times. A steady line of books is being written on what...
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Nicaragua Trip | Day 1 – Bethel Bible Church

We’ve made it through our first 24 hours in Nicaragua. And, praise God, all has been quiet. I say this as a praise because: In addition to taking a team of teachers for IBAC pastoral training, we also brought a small medical team to help the local churches serve the people on the island of Ometepe. Just before leaving the States, we learned that we did not receive the letter required to bring our medications through customs. So it was highly likely that they would confiscate them upon our arrival. We would have to wait...
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Pray, Pray, Pray

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Over the course of the summer, several in the congregation have been participating in a summer study series on the subject of prayer.  I am grateful for each one who has taken time out of their schedule to participate, and it is my hope and prayer that each one’s prayer life has been enriched in some way as a result of learning some new things.  In my humble opinion, prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our spiritual toolbox.  I sometimes wonder, however, if it is sorely underused.  We may think…

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Blessing of Animals

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Join us on Sunday, Oct. 6

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will hold its annual blessing of animals on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Chapel. The public and their pets are both welcome to attend.

Our church has been holding the Blessing of Animals on the first Sunday of October for the past 15 years. This year’s blessing will be conducted by our new ministers, the Revs. Priscilla Dreyman and Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp.

 

Please keep all dogs on leashes.

The Outdoor Chapel is located on the trail at the far left corner of the church parking lot. The church is…

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I Am Age

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by Brenda-Lee Sasaki

 

To say that I am ageless
Implies that age does not matter
Or should not matter
Or I should hope and pray that it does not matter.

As if aging is to be feared or avoided.
Or erased.

To be ageless means someone
Somewhere
Somehow
Have erased the markers of events, emotions and experiences
That have uniquely shaped me,
That have left their indelible residue inside and outside
Of this container of middle-aged magic.

Not that any of those things define me.

No.

But they belong to me.

They belong to the stories in my hands
To the songs in my thighs
To the laughter in my belly<br…

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Please Pray for the Bodnar Family

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Helen BODNAR
Monday September 23, 2019
BODNAR, Helen Louise (nee Proper) 1936-2019 – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, September 23rd, 2019 in her 84th year.  Beloved wife of Bert Bodnar Sr.  Loving mother of Bert Jr. (Christine) of Norwich.  Cherished grandmother & great grandmother of Patrick (Kathryn), their son Matthew;  Michael (Bethany) and Sophie Bodnar.  Helen will be sadly missed by her siblings Ila Doyle of Vancouver, Pat Jacques of Simcoe, June Taylor (Dave) of Toronto, Rosemary Vanhooren of Simcoe, Sherry…

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The future is now…

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Dearest Members of Bethlehem,
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises…” -Psalm 98:4
I’m often asked these days how we “handle” all the little ones in worship.  That’s such an interesting question, because I always just assumed, we would “handle” them with tenderness and great care!
Okay, I’ll get more serious… We have a nursery for little ones, and it is staffed in the programmatic year during Sunday morning worship hours.  Parents are more than welcome to utilize that resource, but they are under no…

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A joyful child returns home

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Guest post by William Merriman, Wesleyan Fellow

NOTE: William Merriman has joined the Christ Church staff as a Wesleyan Fellow. William grew up at Christ Church. He recently graduated from Sewanee and is now pursuing a master of arts in philosophy and apologetics at Asbury-Memphis. As a Wesleyan Fellow, William’s responsibilities are mostly with the Christ Church Young Adults Ministry. He will also assist in Serving & Outreach, formulating cultural apologetic curriculum for the church, and help Senior Pastor Shane Stanford with research and editing. 

Jesus once said,…

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North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N. – Reuters Canada

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”

North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was…

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A pledge to boost biofuel | Agri News – PostBulletin.com

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is taking action to boost U.S. demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, as the president seeks to temper criticism from farmers and Midwest politicians before next year’s election.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture on Oct. 4 outlined several steps to aid those renewable fuels, committing to boost annual biofuel-blending quotas to make up for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates. The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would…

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Homeless Shelters Coming To Milford This Winter – Patch.com

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MILFORD, MA — Several temporary homeless shelters are set to open in Milford this winter to help unsheltered people escape cold, snowy conditions. At least three local churches are trying to open shelters, supervised by several town departments and police.

Trinity Church, The Way, and St. Mary’s are all in the process of getting town approval or have already received it, according to city officials. The shelters would open at those locations when the temperature drops below or feels like freezing.

The Milford Buildings, Fire, and Health departments are overseeing the approval process…

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Amid Iraqi protests, Kurdish region balances Iran’s IRGC – The Defense Post

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By Seth J. Frantzman and Dr. Eric Mandel

At the Black Tiger Base in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq the concerns of Kurdish Peshmerga who have spent five years fighting Islamic State have now turned to the rise of Iran-backed militias.

“ISIS is infiltrating these Sunni Arab areas where locals have a bad relationship with the Hashd al-Shaabi,” a local commander told us last month, referring to the largely Shiite militias who operate checkpoints and control parts of rural Iraq.

In the Kurdish autonomous region, a stable and prosperous part of Iraq that has been a key partner of the…

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Macron pays homage to "victims of Islamic terrorism" – ABC News

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French President Emmanuel Macron led a national tribute Tuesday to the four police employees slain in last week’s knife attack in Paris, calling them “victims of Islamic terrorism.”

At a ceremony at the police headquarters where they were stabbed to death in last Thursday’s bloody rampage, a solemn Macron endured drizzle as he paid homage to the three police officers and one police administrator killed by their own colleague, a 45-year-old deaf technology administrator and Muslim convert.

“They had made the choice to wear the uniform, to devote their lives to protecting others.

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YouAppi: How ecommerce apps can get a 70% improvement in returning users – Venture Beat

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Mobile app monetization firm YouAppi says app retargeting and reengagement campaigns can create a 70% improvement in the number of users coming back, particularly for ecommerce apps.

That’s important for app marketers to know, with 77 days to go in the holiday selling season (yes, I suppose ecommerce people are thinking about that already).

Data from mobile marketing platform YouAppi that analyzes shopping app retargeting and reengagement from Q4 2018 shows that these retention marketing ads can generate a significant increase in app usage and sales. In 2019, YouAppi is…

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Red Mass opens Supreme Court term with religious liberty and abortion on the docket – Catholic News Agency

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.- The Archbishop of Washington, D.C. exhorted Supreme Court justices to “rejoice” in the Holy Spirit at the annual Red Mass on Sunday in D.C.

In his homily, celebrant Archbishop Wilton Gregory noted that “Saint Luke wrote the passage that we just heard saying that Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.”

“May each one of you rejoice in a spirit of integrity, courage, and wisdom each day of this new year of legal justice and human compassion,” he said to those in attendance, who included Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices…

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As Apple sunsets iTunes for Macs, Windows users blast ‘terrible’ app – Venture Beat

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Today’s release of macOS Catalina may reduce complaints from Mac iTunes users regarding Apple’s famously bloated media management and playback app, but for Windows users, the misery appears set to go on indefinitely. Sixteen years after iTunes debuted on PCs — a gesture then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs likened to “giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell” — the app shows no sign of leaving Microsoft’s platform, where it’s continuing to infuriate PC customers.

While Apple officially updated its iTunes web page today to steer Mac users towards macOS Catalina, which…

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Ivanka Trump Pretends Daddy Is Fighting For American Workers – Crooks and Liars

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Barbie, er, I mean Ivanka Trump (sorry, all that plastic gets me confused sometimes) appeared on the Fox Business Network where Trish Regan asked her the softball question of what her thoughts were about her daddy abut to be impeached.

Ivanka’s well-scripted and well-rehearsed reply was to the effect that it was all about priorities, and how her Daddy’s priorities were about fighting for the American workers and to improve the life of every person living in this country.

Now, I could go on and write forever about the stagnant job growth, the shrinking of wages, all the layoffs…

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CBS Casts Kooky Jeff Daniels to Play Pompous James Comey in Miniseries You Didn’t Ask for – NewsBusters

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Here’s some important questions for CBS that America needs answers to: Will this self-righteous James Comey miniseries be a sitcom? If so, maybe someone like Brad Garrett should be cast as Comey?

Unfortunately, those answers will be no and no. According to a Monday morning announcement, CBS TV Studios will be crafting “a new four-hour…miniseries based on” the disgraced former FBI Director’s 2018 autobiography A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

To make matters worse, CBS revealed that it will star deranged, far-left actor Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as…

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UPDATE 1-Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores – Yahoo Finance

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Oct 7 (Reuters) – Kroger Co said on Monday it would stop selling e-cigarettes at its stores and fuel centers, making it the latest U.S. supermarket chain to take the step amid growing regulatory scrutiny of the product.

The company said it would discontinue sales after selling through its current inventory and cited “mounting questions and increasingly-complex regulatory environment associated with these products” for its decision.

Kroger’s move comes a month after Walmart Inc said it would stop selling e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery…

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Groom sexually assaulted wife's bridesmaid days before their wedding, police say – NBC News

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with sexually assaulting a bridesmaid from his wife’s bridal party two days before his wedding, according to police. The wedding went on as planned.

Danieal J. Carney allegedly assaulted a 29-year-old Oregon woman on Aug. 30 in a men’s locker room following a day of rafting and paddle boarding on the Delaware River near Smithfield Township, according to the criminal complaint.

The 28-year-old was arrested a month later on Oct. 3 and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of an unconscious person, simple assault and indecent assault,…

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Maritime sulfur cap could crimp container port volumes – DC Velocity

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October 7, 2019

IMO 2020 emissions cap to have unknown impact on container lines, international shippers, Drewry says.

By Ben Ames

Ocean cargo carriers will probably be able to recoup the costs of a new cap on sulphur emissions beginning in 2020, but the change still presents enough risk that a new report has downgraded its forecast for the growth rate of world container port volumes for the current year and the rest of the five-year horizon.

Global port throughput is now forecast to rise by 2.6% in 2019, down from the previous 3.0% expectation, according to…

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Trump Derangement Syndrome: ‘The View’ Twists Christmas Song Into Impeachment Anthem – Infowars

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“The View” celebrated co-host Joy Behar’s birthday with a bastardized anti-Trump rendition of “Joy to The World” in another classic example of Trump Derangement Syndrome infecting network television.

To wrap up Monday’s show, comedian Mario Cantone appeared on stage with a piano to…

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Facebook’s AI uses schemas to teach robots to manipulate objects in less than 10 hours of training – Venture Beat

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How might a two-armed robot go about accomplishing a task like opening a bottle? Invariably, it’ll need to hold the bottle’s base with one hand while grasping the cap with the other and twisting it off. That high-level sequence of steps is what’s known as a schema, and it’s thankfully uninfluenced by objects’ geometric and spatial states. As an added bonus, unlike reinforcement learning techniques that aim to solve tasks by learning a policy, schemas don’t require millions of examples ingested over the course of hours, weeks, or even months.

Recently, a team at Facebook…

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Which Democratic Presidential Candidate Was Mentioned Most In The News Last Week? – Five Thirty Eight

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is still getting the lion’s share of media coverage relative to other candidates, according to data from the TV News Archive, which splits cable news coverage across the three networks we monitor — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC — into 15-second clips, and Media Cloud, a database of online news stories. Biden’s share of cable news clips and online news stories decreased from last week, but he was still mentioned more on cable news than every other candidate combined.

Much of the recent coverage of Biden emerged in response to news of President…

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From all-in Trumpers to the lone critic: The four GOP factions on Trump and Ukraine – The Washington Post

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Republicans in Washington are coalescing around President Trump as he faces an impeachment investigation over allegations that he used his presidential authority to get Ukraine to help him politically. But there are cracks.

1. The all-in Trumpers

This group defends Trump at all costs. But the more serious these allegations get, the more they are resorting to factually misleading or incorrect statements about the allegations, and/or unproved theories, and/or discrediting the anonymous whistleblower, and/or focusing on the Democratic face of the investigation, House Intelligence…

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10 Worst Bugs in Ubisoft’s LOL-Bad Ghost Recon Breakpoint – CCN.com

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint has received a hefty dose of criticism for its excessive monetization, but compounding the problem with that pay-to-win structure is a bevy of gameplay issues that make Ubisoft’s title one of the most disappointing AAA releases of this year.

To highlight just to how bad players have it, here are 10 of the most dumbfounding Ghost Recon Breakpoint glitches and bugs.

1. Mission Failed

A premature death, botched objectives, an escort falling to enemy gunfire – the factors leading to a failed mission are well known to gamers, but in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, you…

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WATCH: San Diego PD Uses Rifle to Drop Armed Suspect With Headshot – Tactical Life

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San Diego PD shot and killed a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle recently in California. The suspect allegedly brandished and fired the weapon at a mobile home before allegedly pointing the rifle at officers.

San Diego PD Responds

Officer body cam and helicopter camera footage captured the fatal incident that left 50-year-old Alfonso Cervantes dead. The incident began when San Diego PD officers responded to a call for a report of gunfire, according to timesofsandiego.com.

“The witnesses described the man as acting strangely and (reported he) appeared to be hiding from…

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Jimmy Carter gets black eye, stitches after bumping head while getting dressed for church – Christian Post

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Former President Jimmy Carter had a black eye and 14 stitches after falling at his Georgia home. Hours later he appeared with his wife Rosalynn at an evening concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers ahead of a home building project for Habitat for Humanity. | Screenshot: YouTube/Associated Press

Nearly a week after celebrating his 95th birthday, cementing his status at the oldest living former president, Jimmy Carter bumped his head in a fall as he got dressed for church on Sunday, which required him to get 14…

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NIV Outdoorsman Bible: Navigating the Night – Bible Gateway Blog

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By Jason Cruise

Current research has proven that deer can see some variations of color. Deer are dichromatic, and see mainly in blue-green and yellow hues. The reason deer have greater night vision than humans is because the anatomy of their eyes is different—they have more rods in their eyes than they have cones, and those rods are the main receptors of light in low-light situations. Thus, they have an enhanced ability to navigate a dark world.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Devotional Insights on Courage by Bear Grylls]

Though we’re limited in our nighttime vision,…

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Trump is daring Democrats to impeach him because he thinks he cannot lose in the Senate – INSIDER

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  • President Donald Trump faces a House impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and publicly called on China to launch a similar probe this Thursday.
  • But most Republican senators have not rebuked the president for inviting foreign interference in next year’s presidential election, underscoring their desire to evade Trump’s fury.
  • They’ve either stayed silent on Trump’s stunning conduct or accused Democrats of grossly overreaching with the proceedings.
  • At least 20 Republican…

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Rashida Tlaib isn’t the only one who thinks race biases facial recognition results – Washington Post

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) touched off controversy by suggesting the Detroit Police Department should let only African Americans analyze facial recognition results. (Alex Edelman/Bloomberg)

When Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was invited to tour the Detroit Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center, the purpose was to explain how officers use facial recognition when policing the streets of a city that is more than 80 percent black.

But the meeting quickly deteriorated when Tlaib told Chief James Craig that “analysts need to be African Americans, not people that are not,” because…

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AirPod rivals give consumers an earful as they try to catch up to Apple – Washington Post

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Robin Seiler, Microsoft’s vice president of program management and devices, wears the company’s Surface Earbuds. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Some people would rather put a broken Q-tip in their ear, while others would prefer a bulky earplug or a mint candy the size of a coin.

That’s essentially the choice consumers have as tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Samsung introduce a wave of new, often oddly shaped competitors to the AirPods, Apple’s popular in-ear wireless headphones that start at $159.

Silicon Valley has long been on the cutting edge of aesthetics, with…

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Guinea Pig Ice Cream Becoming A Cool New Treat In Ecuador – HuffPost

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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — It’s a real ice cream flavor: guinea pig.

Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets _ cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur _ might find that idea hard to digest.

The rodents are a traditional hot dish in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people typically cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce. But one vendor is taking things to another gastronomic level, serving guinea pigs as a cold dessert.

Some people like ice cream made from “cuy,” as the animal is locally known.

“I was…

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Storeowner Shoots Samurai Sword Wielding Man Dead – USA Carry

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Storeowner Shoot Samurai Sword Wielding Man Dead

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” Well, how about bringing a samurai sword to a gunfight? Apparently, that didn’t pan out too well for a man in New York yesterday afternoon.

50-year-old Theodore Scoville walked into Port Jeff Liquors in Port Jefferson, New York around 2:30 PM on Oct. 3, 2019. Unbeknownst to the store owner, Scoville had a two-foot samurai sword underneath his poncho along with a hunting knife.

Without saying a word, Scoville drew the sword and swung it at the owner at least three times. That’s when the store owner drew his legally…

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