I have confidence in this. I’ve estimated that the huge amount of newly-registered Democratic voters will turn out in unprecedented numbers and make the difference in the election, despite the best efforts of the RNC to organize numerous schemes to prevent them from voting. My calculation was Kerry 279 and Bush 259, but it may be even stronger for Kerry.
We have been in Kurashiki in Okayama for a couple days. Kurashiki was a storehouse (“kura”) town, and many of these old buildings still stand (it would take a lot to knock one down.), with ceramic tiles arranged in white plaster in fancy patterns. Kurashiki also has Tivoi Park, a branch of the world’s oldest amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark.