Friday, October 18, 2013


The Arrogance of Authority!
Good morning my fellow Rotarians.  The story I am about to share with you this morning is sad, but true as I report it from the state of Texas.

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officer stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked with an old rancher.

He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."
The rancher said, "Okay, but don't go in that field over there,” as he pointed out the location for the DEA officer.

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!"

Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly stuck it in the face of the rancher.

"See this badge?!  This badge means I am allowed to go anywhere I wish, on any land!  No questions asked or answers given!  Have I made myself clear?  Do you understand?"

The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa bull.

With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety.

The officer was clearly terrified.

The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs... (I just love this part…)  Your badge, show him your badge!

As one commentator reported, this is the “arrogance of authority.” And that’s the bottom of our news on this Friday, October 18th, 2013.  ###

Sunday, October 06, 2013


A Billion is a BIG Number!

Good morning!.  Yesterday, as I was listening to the radio about current events in Washington DC, it struck me about politicians use the word 'billion' in such a casual manner.

So, I was thinking, do people really grasp how BIG this number is?  For you math geeks it is 10 to the 9th power (or 9 zeros).  Can anyone really get your arms around that big of a number?  One ad agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective…

A billion grains of sand would fill one dump truck.

A billion seconds ago was 1981 (32 years).

A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

1 billion centimeters is the distance from Chicago to Tokyo.

1 billion pennies stacked in a single pile would reach nearly 1,000 miles high (outer space is only 200+ miles above the Earth's surface).

Okay, speaking of money, if we go back to our friends in DC, they spend a billion of our tax dollars every 6 and ½ hours. 

Yes, a billion is still a BIG number!  And that is the bottom of our news on this Friday, October 04, 2013.  ###