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The Ten Commandments

We all need a reminder of how to conduct our everyday lives. Authored by God circa 1446 BC, and published by Moses, there's no greater self-help book than the Ten Commandments. 

Nations' entire legal systems are written with endless volumes of rules and regulations, based on these ten simple rules, yet the original "Cliffnote" version is much easier to read and follow. The official abridged version is above (see graphic). My interpretation:

  1. There is only one true God. He comes first.
  2. Don't worship false idols; don't fall for fame or fortune, work, or anything to replace God.
  3. Don't use God's name in vain; don't take God for granted. Don't swear, or misconstrue His will.
  4. Take Sundays off to get to know God better, and be one with Him.
  5. Honor your father and mother. They're the only ones you've got.
  6. Don't kill people. Seems obvious, but some folks still can't follow this one.
  7. If you're married, be faithful to your spouse, and be happy. Don't tempt others to wander either.
  8. Don't steal what's not yours. 
  9. Don't lie. Everything falls apart when you lie.
  10. Don't want for things. That viscious cycle will waste your life away.


Photo credit: RoseMarie Photography 

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Credibility Killer: Senator Blumenthal nearly avoids fast-moving train during his own railroad safety press conference
Question: What nearly became black and white, and red all over?
Answer: Senator Richard Blumenthal's safety statistics chart.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal staged a press conference Friday on a rail platform to decry a “laxity and lapse in safety and reliability” by the Metro-North Railroad, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, while delivering his message, the Connecticut Senator is standing, back-to-the-tracks, on the brightly painted yellow pedestrian prohibited safety area as a fast moving Amtrack train upstages the Senator.

The cameraman's finger is seen in the video, pointing to the oncoming train as he likely said, "Watch out, Senator! There's a train!" Then, it barrels past the Senator, just centimeters from hitting him at a high rate of speed.

Thankfully, Connecticut Democrat Senator Blumenthal's guardian angel was wide awake, keeping him safe last Friday, at his own railroad safety press conference:


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