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.

Monday’s Quick Hits

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? – Jean Cocteau

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Trump Addresses Congress
  • Navy Secretary
  • Tom Perez
  • Academy Awards
  • Daytona 500

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The Sunday Message

Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are. – Billy Graham

When I was younger it seemed that the hours, days, weeks and months were very long especially when I was looking forward to something (recess, birthday, Christmas, summer vacation, etc.).

Now that I am older, it seems that those same days, weeks, and months fly by. Here we are at the end of another February. This month always seemed to go by quickly (fewer days), but even more quickly since I am older.

A few years ago an “older” friend told me that when his feet hit the floor each morning he thanks God for giving him another day. I try to do that each morning because like Billy Graham said, “Every day is a gift from God…”

The good news (maybe it is good news) is that we are living longer – Reuters recently reported that the average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places.

So for those of us who are 45 and older, we have reached the time when we probably have fewer days left than we have lived. It’s like we have a countdown clock ticking toward to the end of life.

How will you use your remaining days? Tick, tick, tick…

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Caught My Eye…

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

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

A special shout-out goes to the “paid professional agitators/protesters” who are reading CME today!

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 Western Word town hall poll, mail-in ballots & pot, Planned Parenthood, WH Press Briefing & KECI, Trump & Nukes, one more thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. – Ron White

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 Powerball, unemployment, Jon Tester, Border Patrol & ICE, Steve Daines, Michael Lange, life expectancy, Donald Trump & media, NASCAR, Earth-size planets, DUIs, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Where’s Daines, Mail Ballots, & Zinke

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin

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

  • Daines Rescheduled
  • Emergency Chairman’s Report
  • Montana GOP & Tester & Zinke

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Terrific News Tuesday

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasow

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:

  • Truth in Advertising
  • Drive-in Movie Theater
  • The (real) Green Newspaper
  • United We Rock Tour
  • 2017 Spring Training

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Monday’s Quick Hits

When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal. – Richard M. Nixon

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Malcontent Malarkey
  • Lee Newspapers & Zinke
  • HB 430
  • Last Night in Sweden
  • NBA All-Star Game

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