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.

Terrific News Tuesday

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

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 is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Malmstrom’s Humvee
  • World Robotics Champions
  • Blackfeet Language Lessons
  • April the Giraffe
  • 2017 NFL Draft

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. – Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Trump Jr. & Montana
  • Montana Legislature
  • Government Funding
  • April 29 – 100th Day

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The Sunday Message

Then we were filled with laughter, and we sang happy songs. Then the other nations said, “The Lord has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2 (NCV)

I think that as Christians we can all use a little more humor in our lives. I mean if being a Christian is so great then why can’t it be fun?

I think we all need to laugh a little more – poke fun at ourselves. Smile.

I happened to catch this funny video called “Church Hunters” that takes a look at a couple trying to find a new church.

If you have ever searched for a new church, then this video will make you smile. Enjoy. It’s about 3:30 in length.

There is a “Part 2” that can be seen HERE.

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Caught My Eye…

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

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 on today include the new commissioner of political practices, Special Election and U.S. Supreme Court, Shooting TVs & Computer Monitors, Alan Mikkelsen, Legalizing Marijuana, and one more thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 National Parks, unemployment, NFL schedule, Veterans Choice Program & Jon Tester, #Happy420, University of Montana, Elsie Arntzen, University of California, Berkeley, & Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Patriots at the White House, Jason Chaffetz quits, best pro players by the numbers, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Georgia, Montana, Daines, Elsie, & Ivanka

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

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

  • Georgia Special Election
  • Get Ready Montana
  • A Beef with Daines’ Trip
  • Working for Elsie
  • It’s Good to be Ivanka

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Terrific News Tuesday

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. – Mary Pickford

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 is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Tax Day Freebies/Discounts
  • Ice Breaker Road Race
  • Fight Childhood Hunger Week
  • On the Road
  • National Park Week
  • The Accident

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