About Jackie M. (Mike) Brown

CONTACT: Western_Word@Yahoo.com I am a military veteran who honorably served my country in different parts of the world with the last stop being in Montana. I am a husband, a father, and I attend church regularly. I am also a college graduate, and I have worked and volunteered on several political campaigns (local, state, national). I have also been employed in various government positions (city, state and federal) as well as in the private sector. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading a good book, writing, and enjoying a fine glass of wine while visiting with friends around the fire.

The Sunday Message

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

September 24-30 is banned book week. According to the American Library Association (ALA):

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

As you might imagine, The Holy Bible has made the list of challenged books. In 2015, The Holy Bible was ranked as the sixth most challenged book in America because of its “religious viewpoint.” (HuffPost)

I like the freedom to read what I like (and want) to read. As a parent, I think it’s up to me to decide which books my children should be able to read – not someone else.

Have a great week!

Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. – Potter Stewart

 

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Caught My Eye…

I’ve always loved investigations. – Robert Mueller

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Great Falls Police Department, Jimmy Kimmel & healthcare, Facebook & politics, Paul Manafort, dotard, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. – Edmund Burke

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include budget cuts, unemployment, Rocket Man, baseball, Stanislav Petrov, trust in the government, Mike Moustakas, Substance Use in Montana, NFL viewers, Missouri state trooper, U.S. Senate race, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Graham-Cassidy
  • Corey, Corey, Corey

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Terrific News Tuesday

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here are the stories that caught my attention for this week’s TNT column:

  • Grizzlies Do Good
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Bob Seger
  • Joe Thomas
  • Talk like a Pirate Day

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The Sunday Message

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. -The preamble of the United States Constitution

This upcoming week (September 17-23) is Constitution Week. Here are two places to find out more about Constitution Week:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. – Amendment 1

The first amendment is my favorite. The fathers of our country, many who believed in God, wanted to make sure that our government would not promote a certain religion or prevent us from exercising the religion of our choice. Basically, that means we can participate or not.

Of course, the freedom of speech and of the press are vitally important to our country.

Sometimes when I read the Constitution I marvel at the vision of our founding fathers for a “more perfect union.”

Enjoy Constitution Week.

The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree. – Edward Kennedy

 

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Caught My Eye…

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. – Calvin Coolidge

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include DACA, Trump, & Democrats, the Great Falls Police Department, Steve Daines, Danica Patrick, Bluetiful, Constitution Week, plus don’t miss this week’s One More Thing!

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