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.

Caught My Eye…

There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. ­- Charles Spurgeon

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Just 18 Months
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Bravery
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

Quote of the day:

If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s. ― Joseph Campbell

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include rescue payments, unemployment claims, voter turnout in Montana, COVID-19 deaths in the USA, Zoom, man wears a thong, Trump’s disapproval rating, 2020 Census, Sean Hannity, George Floyd, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read

Quote of the day:

The best way to avoid disappointment is to not expect anything from anyone…

Today’s independent commentary deals with the Montana Primary Election. I will provide independent commentary about:

  • Presidential Primary
  • U.S. Senate
  • Montana Governor
  • U.S. House At-Large
  • Disappointments/Surprises
  • One More Thing

The Montana Primary was held Tuesday. It was not as exciting as I thought it would be. The Montana Secretary of State’s election website did not work for about 40 minutes. I used the New York Times election coverage for Montana and seemed to be ahead of most other folks who were posting the results.

Here are some brief thoughts on some of the races. Thanks to all the candidates!

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it. — Susan B. Anthony

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Trump’s Monday
  • Just Vote
  • Primary Voting Record
  • Nelly Nicol/State Auditor
  • One More Thing

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The Monday Memo

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted. ― Christine Caine

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Some Personal Thoughts
  • Tuesday – Election Day
  • One More Thing

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Caught My Eye…

In the end, people will judge you anyway, so don’t live your life impressing others – live your life impressing yourself. ~ Anonymous

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • CME Milestone
  • Tester’s Haircut
  • Montana GOP
  • Trump & Social Media
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

Quote of the day:

The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include unemployment claims, coronavirus deaths, Sam Johnson, Trump’s disapproval ratings, 2020 Census, Kayleigh McEnany, Montana Senate 2020, Trump’s declining support, Trump’s tweets, and much more!

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