The Republican debate, that took place in Orlando’s packed convention center on September 22nd, came across to this viewer as the newest form of indoor sports rather than a serious political seminar. The verbal tennis match between Gov. Perry of Texas and ex-Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney took center stage during the two-hour event. It was a matter of scoring points rather than enlightening the public. It was very entertaining stuff, but not much else.

Ron Paul is persona non grata among establishment Republicans and other party loyalists — including and especially those in the mainstream “conservative” media. 

Selwyn DukeIn the Republican presidential debate last evening, some of the candidates passionately stated that the Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated. It’s a position that sounds strange to some ears. As a respondent in a Fox News focus group said after the debate, and this is a paraphrase, “This all sounds good when you fixate on the minutia, but we can’t just end the EPA.”

Funny, isn't it? Whenever we see Republicans pinning a tail of profligate spending on the Democratic donkeys, we find the Grand Old Party with its elephant trunks buried deep in the same money trough. Republicans both in and out of Congress have been quite vocal in lambasting the Obama administration over a Department of Energy guarantee for a $535 million loan to Solyndra, Inc., a California company producing solar panels.

Plantation, Florida has just voted to NOT renew its ICLEI contract. That's the eighth community in eight months to take such action. Plantation joins the growing list that includes Carroll County, MD; Amador County, CA; Edmond, OK; Las Cruces, NM; Spartanburg, SC and Albemarle, VA.