It sounds like my vacation is insulating me from some of the sturm und drang in the paleo/primal world -- Primal North implied on facebook that he's embarrassed by the unscientific nonsense in the fringes and regrets how his blog name associates with them. Yeah, as usual, the heretics (not Stan) take a core idea, turn it inside out and radicalize it, and make EVERYBODY look like a nut. Just look at paleos and Mormons....
Sounds as though an inquisition might be overdue? Can't ride the Paleo bus if you aren't actually Paleo? Perhaps the poster child of not-really-paleo should be Kresser, whose Personal Paleo Code says it's just fine to eat and behave in not-paleo fashion if you feel okay doing it?
(Actually, Stanton wrote a really good post a long time ago, about that "i feel okay so why not" point of view. Short version: you feel okay NOW, but ....)
The attention-whores and ass-clowns are what will ruin Paleo, not the errors Cordain made when drawing his first conclusions. I can certainly relate to P-North's opinion -- some of the people out there who are associated with the primal banner (even though many have renounced the label) are what make this WOE and lifestyle unpalatable to "outsiders." Because some people want their cupcakes, they're eager to prove that cupcakes aren't so bad after all.
I realize i may sound like the pot calling the kettle black. I experiment with non-paleo "foods" and i have no intention of giving up alcohol. I "cheat" with regularity. But i fully realize and publicly proclaim that it IS cheating. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that a diet bereft of grains, industrial seed oils, fructose and dairy (AND alcohol) is head-and-shoulders above the Perfect Health Diet in ... healthfulness.
Falling off the paleo-wagon from time to time is "only human." Making a virtue of it is just stupid.