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.

The Wednesday Read

Sometimes I wish I were a nicer person but then I laugh and continue my day. –Unknown

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Impeachment Hearings
  • Fifth Democratic Debate
  • Don’t Forget to Vote

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

In order to be old and wise, you first need to be young and stupid. – Unknown

Tuesday’s Quick Hits is the column where I post a short narrative from recent major stories and provide brief commentary.

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Trump Picks Gianforte
  • Red Flag Laws
  • Rev. Franklin Graham
  • Brawl of the Wild

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TWW POLL: Brawl of the Wild

The University of Montana Grizzlies travel to Bozeman Saturday to play the Montana State University Bobcats in the annual “Brawl of the Wild” football game.

The Grizzlies are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Sky Conference.

The Bobcats are 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference.

The game is important in determining who wins the Big Sky Conference and for seeding in the FCS playoffs.

The game starts are 12 noon and will be televised on the ROOT Sports Network.

So this week’s poll asks, “Which team will win Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild football game?”

Click on “Continue Reading” to take the poll!

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Caught My Eye…

Who in your life would have to die from gun violence before you would support gun control? – Unknown

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! 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:

  • Hearsay & Bribery
  • Favorite Sitcom Theme Song
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

After I drink coffee I show my empty mug to the IT guy and tell him I’ve successfully installed Java. He hates me. -Unknown

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include the federal deficit, Facebook’s fake accounts, Disney’s new streaming service, Montana Public Service Commission, unemployment, crime in the USA, favorite sitcom theme song poll, college admissions scandal, Kansas City Chiefs, Cy Young winners, NFL winners and losers, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read

Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. – Richard M. Nixon

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Impeachment Hearings
  • DACA & SCOTUS
  • Sandy Hook
  • MT GOP Gubernatorial Debate
  • One More Thing

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TWW Poll: Favorite Sitcom Theme Song (Finals)

It’s time to pick your favorite sitcom theme song!

Last week, in two separate polls, I asked readers to pick their favorite sitcom theme songs. There were 12 sitcoms to choose from in two polls. Readers could vote for three in each poll.

You can only vote for one song in this poll. If you are not sure how the theme song sounds, click on (Sample) to watch a video of the song.

Here are the finalists:

Cheers (Sample)
Friends (Sample)
The Office (Sample)
M*A*S*H (Sample)
The Brady Bunch (Sample)
The Partridge Family (Sample)

Click “Continue Reading” if you do not see the poll.

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