New method for electing a President

Quote from an email I sent out earlier today:

Maybe we should have a stage race to decide this year's election. The
Tortugan could be moved a month or two couldn't it? We've already done an

election and a court decision, so let's mix it up a bit! :)


In response to this message from Big D Halliburton...

Bush in mountain bike tumble

23/05/2004 - 09:06:45

President George W Bush suffered cuts and bruises when he fell while mountain
biking on his ranch, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

Duffy said Bush was riding on Saturday with a military aide, members of the

Secret Service and his personal physician, Dr Richard Tubb.

?He had minor abrasions and scratches on his chin, upper lip, nose, right
hand and both knees,? Duffy said.

?Dr Tubb, who was with him, cleaned his scratches, said he was fine. The

Secret Service offered to drive him back to the house. He declined and finished
his ride.?

President Bush was wearing his bike helmet and a mouth guard when the mishap

occurred at the ranch in Crawford, Texas. Duffy said he did not know exactly
how the accident happened.

?It?s been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose,? the spokesman said. ?

You know this president. He likes to go all out. Suffice it to say he wasn?t
whistling show tunes.?

President Bush left Crawford shortly after the bike mishap for Austin, where

he was attending a private party of his daughter, Jenna, who graduated from
the University of Texas earlier in the day.

When he arrived in Austin, Bush was not wearing any bandages, although

scrapes were visible on his right temple and on his chin.

As he departed from the presidential helicopter with his wife, Bush paused to
give photographers a chance to take his picture, then shrugged, waved and got

into a waiting limousine.

Earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry took a spill
from his bicycle while riding with Secret Service agents through Concord,

Massachusetts. Kerry fell when his bike hit a patch of sand. He was not injured.

Told about Bush?s mishap, Kerry said: ?I hope he?s okay. I didn?t know the
president rode a bike.?


Kerry takes a spill from bikeCONCORD, Mass. (AP) ? Democratic presidential
candidate John Kerry took a spill from his bicycle after hitting a patch of sand

during a ride Sunday afternoon, but he was uninjured, campaign officials

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry rides his bicycle along a path

on the Longfellow Bridge in Boston. Steven Senne, AP

Kerry was riding south on a two-lane road at about 1:00 p.m. in the direction

of Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, a quiet, suburban town about 18
miles northwest of Boston. He was approaching a stop light at the intersection

with Route 2 and was slowing down when he veered left into the oncoming lane
and fell, according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed him fall.

Secret Service agents and local police immediately stopped traffic while Kerry
and a handful of bicycling companions moved to the shoulder. "He's fine. They

took the bike into the bike shop, and he went home," said Kerry campaign
adviser Michael Meehan. The Massachusetts senator was riding his custom Serotta

bicycle, and was wearing a helmet. Kerry had returned to Massachusetts, where he
has a home in Boston's posh Beacon Hill section, for a break from the campaign

trail. Kerry, 60, rides his bicycle as often as he can get free time on the
campaign trail. He even brings it along with him on the campaign plane.

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