“From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character….Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.”
– Chris Ladd, Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago who just resigned his post. See his entire letter.
Recently, I decided it is time to do a “spring cleaning” on my blog. I’m not posting frequently in this stage of life and some of the clutter was heaping up additional “disincentive” to post.
Here is what I did for phase1:
Upgraded to WordPress 4.4.2
I updated a bunch of out of date plugins: Akismet, iThemes security, JetPack, and SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
Updated my “About Me” page. Not profoundly different, just a bit of an update.
Refreshed the Blogroll (removed 7 items that are broken or no longer relevant, added four new items)
Clean out old comment spam (~30,000)
I trashed 100 of the 101 post drafts I have sitting around. Really, if I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet, is it likely I ever will? (The one exception is a P.G. Wodehouse reading progress post I’m keeping around)
I deleted two inactive plugins
I’m hopeful that this will freshen things up a bit. Are there any other areas in which this blog can be improved?