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Quickie- Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M



Doesn't seem to be iron clad proof to me, need something more like a dna test. (Tell me that pic doesn't look like an angry orangutan!)

Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.

In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it.

On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host could prove he is not the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." Maher was mocking Trump's much-publicized announcement in October that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would release his college records.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent the letter to Maher with the birth certificate attached, asking the "Real Time" host to make good on his late-night offer:

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Bookie Paddy Power says GOP can't lose House, pays bets early


For whatever the reason, the more everyone else makes this seems like a fait accompli, the more it makes me thinks it ain't gonna happen. I hope they lose their pants.

Saying there's no way Democrats can keep control of the House, Ireland's largest bookie on Wednesday said it has already paid off all bettors who wagered the GOP would capture the chamber.

“In our opinion this race is well and truly over with nothing short of a miracle stopping the Republicans taking down the House," said Ken Robertson, communications manager for Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker.

Mr. Robertson said the odds had tipped so much in Republicans' favor it made no sense to continue taking bets. In July Democrats were favored 8-11 to keep control, but by Wednesday the GOP was favored 1-50, meaning it would take a bet of $50 would win just an addition $1.


Paddy Power Tries To Cash In On Marine Life Extinction


Paddy Power is taking bets on which species of marine life will become extinct first... and which BP executive.  This is a catastrophe of such enormous magnitude, one that affects lives and livelihoods, the environment, and America's collective psyche, it is unseemly to sink to this level (via the Wall Street Journal):

In a press statement entitled “Ridley Turtle Tipped For Oily Exit” the plucky Irish bookmaker is taking bets on which marine species will first become extinct due to the month-long oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s what the release says:


(24 May 2010, Dublin) As the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico enters its second month with little or no sign of abating, leading betting outfit Paddy Power are taking bets on the first species to become extinct as a direct result of the spill. [...]

Paddy Power says it’s trying to highlight the responsibilities of oil companies.

How noble.

Worthy sentiments, but they don’t fit the tone of Paddy Power’s statement, with comments, as mentioned above, like “Top of the bookies list at odds of 4/5 is the already critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley Turtle.” Followed by the bad-taste punchline: “In what must be considered spectacularly bad luck, this particular species of turtle migrates to the Gulf of Mexico at this exact time of year.”

Some punchline [click green button].

But the bottom line is this: the idea is to make money, get publicity off these bets.

So they're profiting off a dying ocean, devastated industries, the health and welfare of all involved, and a disastrously polluted shoreline. In that way, they're not much better than BP.

I'm betting that I don't go back to Paddy Power's site any time soon.