Entries by Jimmy Smith

Democrat and Republican 2020 Political Party Platforms Analysis

Summary: This is an analysis of the similarities and differences of the two main political parties, at least on paper according to their platform statements. Both parties are for a strong economy, education, and healthcare. Democrats stand out in their support for clean energy, the climate, minority rights, and opposition to the other party. Republicans […]

The Parable of the Lost Drone

Skip to the bottom if you want the lessons learned and the pictures and videos from the drone. But if you want the whole story, here it is… For my most recent birthday, I decided to splurge and get a toy that would be fun for me and the kids. Usually, I tell Heather not […]

“Is There a Monkey on My Back?” Short Story

“Is There a Monkey on My Back?” is a short story I wrote for my kids in December 2016. A year later, my daughter Hannah Smith added the illustrations. I write a lot, usually, though, it is on topics such as digital marketing or politics. I know that good writing takes a lot of time, […]

Word Clouds from Biden and Trump Presidential Candidate Websites

Summary: Word clouds from each of the major parties’ 2020 presidential candidate websites, joebiden.com and donaldjtrump.com, reveal much about the candidates, their messaging and tactics, and what they feel will motivate the American voters. And as an added bonus, I do a brief SEO analysis of the candidates websites.  Word clouds can be a fun […]

My Experience Attending a Conversation on Racial Inequality

In early June 2020, I received an invitation to attend an online “conversation on racism and racial inequality.” This was just a week after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer–a week that saw riots in many major cities across the United States. Cries for racial equality and “black […]

The Quiet Majority

I was listening to the Glenn Beck show the other day when one of his guests said that the silent majority needs to stop being so afraid and start speaking up. I would consider myself in the so-called silent majority–at least I hope rational, freedom-loving people like myself are in the majority. If you pay […]