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…

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have to miss the dance
-The Dance (Garth Brooks)

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:

  • Gianforte – Governor
  • Stapleton vs Bullock
  • Trump at Normandy
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

There was a safety meeting at work today. The boss asked me, “What steps would you take in case of a fire?” “Great big ones” was the wrong answer. -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 Mega Millions jackpot, fortune cookies and the lottery, the White House & limos, Vice President Mike Pence & U.S. Senator Steve Daines, unemployment, made-up news, Biden/Trump & the Texas poll, Trump’s job approval, Royals/Orioles records, Duckworth & #CadetBoneSpurs, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read

Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. They forgot to mention morons. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Daines – Transparent, Accountable, & Innovative
  • Bullock Staffing Changes
  • Royal Protocol

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Daines Saves Job Corps?
  • Tester’s Endorsement Promise
  • Jeopardy!

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The Monday Memo

Maturity is when you have the power to destroy someone who did you wrong, but you just breathe, walk away, and let life take care of them. –Unknown

Welcome to Monday – and to the first column of June!

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

  • Stapleton vs Bullock II
  • U.S.S. John S. McCain
  • Meghan Markle

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Caught My Eye…

I pointed to two old drunks sitting across the bar from us and told my friend, “That’s us in 10 years.” He said, “That’s a mirror, dummy!” – 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:

  • Stapleton vs Bullock
  • Cascade County Pay Raise
  • Robert Mueller Speaks
  • Mitch McConnell
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures. – Lovelle Drachman

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 Mega Millions & Powerball lotteries, James Holzhauer & Jeopardy!, unemployment, Democrat Presidential debates, panhandlers in Newark, NJ, best/worst in Major League Baseball, misunderstood songs, Mount Everest, Districting and Apportionment Commission, a Florida man, and much more!

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