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.

Thursday Numbers

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered. – Christopher Dodd

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 healthcare, Memorial Day, unemployment, dirty money, veterans in Congress, President’s job approval, Greg Gianforte, House of Cards, Top Gun, and much more!

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Gianforte: Just Go Away

Sometime tonight (Thursday) after 8:00 p.m. Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte will probably be declared the winner of Montana’s special U.S. House election.

Some reports say that about two-thirds of the voting was completed by mail or absentee ballot before Gianforte’s incident with a reporter Wednesday night.

If he does hold on to win the seat, Gianforte should decline to take the seat. He should not be seated in Congress. It appears that Gianforte is not suited for the hectic and fast-paced life of running for or holding public office. He lacks the temperament to be a Congressman.

Gianforte is being charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly grabbed Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by the neck and then body-slammed him to the ground Wednesday night. The attack was caught on audio by the reporter and ironically it was witnessed by a Fox News team.

Jacobs wanted to get Gianforte’s comments about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the American Health Care Act which is the bill recently passed by the U.S. House. It’s kind of a hot-button issue, but it should not result in a reporter getting punched.

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The Wednesday Read: House Prediction, Cold War, Budget, & the NFL

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

  • The Trump Budget
  • A Cold War?
  • My U.S. House Prediction
  • Celebrate Good Times NFL

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Terrific News Tuesday

Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up. – Rachel Corrie

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:

  • Military Retirees & Montana
  • Special U.S. House Election
  • National EMS Week
  • Quality Life Concepts Desperados
  • On the Road

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Monday’s Quick Hits

You can observe a lot by watching. – Yogi Berra

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The Sanders Boost?
  • Humbly Ask
  • Final Days
  • COPP
  • The Zinke Dance
  • Saturday Night Live

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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)

Many people believe that the words in the Bible are inspired by God and it is without error. Others believe that it is the human interpretation of what God was telling the writers.

A recent Gallup poll found that a record few Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God. Gallup reported:

Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26% who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans — a proportion largely unchanged over the years — fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally.

So where do your beliefs fall in this poll? Actual word of God? A book of fables, legends history, and moral precepts recorded by man? Or do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally?

There’s more interesting information from the Gallup poll that you can read HERE.

No matter how you view the Bible, I believe it is a wonderful guide, rulebook, and law in by which to live. The Bible has helped me.

 

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Caught My Eye…

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

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 Montana U.S. House race, Alert Message, Montana U.S. Senate 2018, the Sergeant Schultz defense, James Comey, shots fired update, Armed Forces Day, and much more!

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