The tea-to-stumps session of the fourth and final day of the New York StuporTest will start in a few minutes. The big question is: will GW Bush accept the Republican Party's unanimous nomination for President? Let's hope not, and make this Circ... er, Convention worthwhile.
Thursday night's program opens with a spiel by gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Kerri Strug, ice skater Dorothy Hamill and NFL footballer Lynn Swann. Ugh.
Some links: Firstly, I'm following this live on C-Span.
The gymnasts are on. Mary Lou and Kerri giving the Oath of Allegiance. That was quick. Thank goodness. Someone called Nicole C Mullen is singing the anthem. Ah, I see now. She has a new album coming out next week!
And here's a bishop leading the convention in prayer. Notice how the Republican convention presumes that everyone is Christian?
Now we have a military procession onto and off the stage with a huge stars and stripes as backdrop. Kim Il-Sung would have been proud of such a display if he was still with us (which, apparently, he still is).
And now we are on the mutual admiration dialogue between Dorothy Hamill and Lynn Swann. And a big round of applause for the mighty 103-medal winning US olympic team. Their message to America: Get out there and be active. Remember, "You have a whole team, including the President, behind you!"
Enough live reporting for now. There's a heart-warming video of Dubya fishing on a riverbank with Barney at his feet. Enough. I have to go buy a birthday present for my four year-old great-niece.