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…

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur

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 Sound of Freedom, Mug Shots, Pardons, O.J. Simpson, One More Thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

When it comes to the game of life, I figure I’ve played the whole course. – Lee Trevino

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 Mega Millions, losing health insurance, unemployment, fact-checking the President, John McCain, Fox News Poll, drought disaster, Donald Trump, White House briefing, working together, the sixth month, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Health Care, Polls, & Edwards

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres. – John Dryden

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

  • Health Care (Daines & Bullock)
  • Public Policy Polling (Nixon vs. Trump)
  • Sheriff Edwards & Sheriff Taylor
  • Check your Calendar

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Terrific News Tuesday

Patience is the companion of wisdom. – Saint Augustine

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:

  • Flight Over The Falls
  • Afghan Girls Robotic Team
  • Human Chain Saves Family
  • Krispy Kreme
  • 27 Contacts

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The Sunday Message

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.James 4:14 (NIV)

In the grand scheme of things, the verse (above) from the Book of James is pretty cold-hearted. It is like a punch in the stomach.

It does not say if you are important or rich or poor or well-known. It just says “You” are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

That means all of us.

Another verse that hits believers hard is this one:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)

Life has a way of taking our plans and putting them in the blender and mixing them up.

As I have become older and started to understand that I am not invincible, I try to thank God for each day I’ve been given. Sometimes I do it before my feet hit the floor in the morning – because I “do not know what a day may bring.”

Have a great week!

 

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Caught My Eye…

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. – William Arthur Ward

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 Tester wants answers, new fees and taxes, the Senate health care bill, 60 pounds of stuff, and one more thing!

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