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.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Dear Readers:

We are truly blessed! Please take a moment over the Thanksgiving holiday to remember what we’re thankful for as we enjoy our family and friends (food and football).

Right now, military men and women are serving our country, some in harm’s way, to protect our freedoms and liberties. Please take a moment to say a prayer for them and their families here at home.

Please take a moment to pray for our country and for our leaders.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and God bless America!

“Thursday Numbers” will return next week.



Tuesday Commentary: Stitt, The Zinkes, & Driving

The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don’t bring presents. – Zig Ziglar

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Bob Stitt
  • The Zinkes
  • Highway Deaths

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Politics & Football

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score? – Vince Lombardi

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Greg Gianforte
  • Brawl of the Wild
  • Montana High School Playoffs
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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The Sunday Message

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

On the Christian radio station Air1 they have a segment called “59 Seconds of Hope” during which a pastor gives a short sermon. They have four pastors who participate. They give great short messages that make you think.

The pastors participating include Rick Warren, Louie Giglio, Greg Laurie, and Levi Lusko.

Check it out by going to THIS PAGE. Once there, scroll down to see the different pastors and their short sermons.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Caught My Eye…

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers

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 the special session, Zinke’s travel, Al Franken, House tax plan, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line. Don’t forget it. – Joe Biden

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 the individual mandate, Leonardo da Vinci, Griz scholarship money, unemployment, Brawl of the Wild, Roy Moore, Blake Shelton, U.S. Postal Service, UCLA basketball players, Malmstrom AFB, and much more!

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That Uranium One Deal/Scandal

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Probably one of the best explanations of the “Uranium One deal-Clinton Foundation scandal” came from Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith.

The Washington Post reported that Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought [to] work for CNN or MSNBC.

Since I am a little older, I can still remember back to a time when we wanted and expected our anchors to tell us the truth and be accurate and not partisan.

You can catch the explanation from Smith below. It’s some of the best six minutes of reporting that you will ever see from the Fox News channel:

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