Kerry nominated

John Kerry reporting for duty

What? You thought it would be somebody else?

Well, I'm glad that's settled! The suspense was becoming unbearable.

I watched most of the Democratic convention. I was tuned to C-Span, which actually showed the convention. That's in contrast to the cable news channels which mostly showed people talking about the convention — with occasional cut-aways to the actual proceedings — and in comparison to the broadcast networks which mostly showed— well, nothing, really, except the usual dreck interrupted by one hour of "highlights" (meaning sound bites and commentary on the sound bites) during primetime each night. Paul Krugman wrote an excellent editorial in the New York Times this week about the trivialization of news by television, and I won't reprise his theme.

Republican spinmeisters in Boston
Republican spinmeisters in Boston, ready to contradict anything and everything.

Much as made on talk shows and in interviews of the fact that the convention was "entirely scripted." This charge was levied often and without a hint of irony by the Republican spinmeisters who set up shop in Boston to counter any claim or comment advanced by the Democrats during the convention. Well, duh! Does no one recall the Republican convention of four years ago? What do you expect when the candidates of both parties have been known for months (Democrats) and years (Republicans)? Oh, for the good old days when conventions actually selected the candidates in pitched battles on the convention floor and smoke-filled rooms.

On the basis of my week of masochistic viewing, I am prepared to make several observations:

Stage at the Democratic convention

• Forget what you may have learned in grade school about Mr Roy G Biv. There are only three colors in the spectrum: red, white, and blue.

• Buy stock in companies that make American flags, for the demand for these is apparently inexhaustible. Oh, never mind, American flags are probably made in textile factories somewhere in Asia.