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OBAMA: I Was Born in Hawaii

The Daily Mail reports that President Barack Obama addressed the “birther” issue yesterday while on a whirlwind tour in Chicago that raised him $2 million.

His statements, made before an estimated 2,300 people, followed questions by likely 2012 GOP candidates Sarah Palin and Donald Trump about Obama’s place of birth and whether he was born in Hawaii or Kenya.

In addition, Arizona lawmakers approved legislation that mades presidential candidates prove they were born in the U.S. before they can appear on the Arizona ballot. The law awaits Governor Jan Brewer’s signature.

‘I wasn’t born here,’ Mr Obama said. ‘Just want to be clear, I was born in Hawaii.’

He also told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos yesterday: ‘Most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He doesn’t have horns … we’re not really worrying about conspiracy theories or birth certificates.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1377305/Obama-addresses-birther-issue-directly-whirlwind-day-Chicago-fundraising.html#ixzz1JclOmCRm

Hawaii 5-0 Booked!

The off-network rights to Hawaii 5-0, the CBS television drama filmed in Hawaii, has been acquired by TNT and the network will begin airing the show in 2014, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The top-rated drama was sold at an estimated $2 million per-episode price, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The show, a remake from the original Hawaii 5-0, stars Alex O’Loughlin Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park and is produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The series has an audience ranging from 12 million to 19.3 million viewers.

Ayn Rand Movie Debuts in Hawaii

Hawaii residents who haven’t read the famous world changing novel, Atlas Shrugged, may finally get the answer to “Who is John Galt?”

That is if they see the movie Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, which opens in theaters across the country today, including Hawaii.

The picture, part one of a series, is based on the best selling novel by Ayn Rand, and is directed by Paul Johansson, written by Brian O’Toole, and produced Harmon Kaslow,

Doherty tells Reason magazine: “The finished film succeeds as a professional quality filmed recreation of scenes and themes from that book. Rand fans should love it for that. If you aren’t already privy to the material, it (understandably) lacks the emotional and intellectual force of the novel—as well as the resolution of the plot and theme. But if this film succeeds, [Producer John] Aglialoro intends to finish up with two more films over the next two years. Rand came to the United States because of her love of Hollywood and the dreams of a rich, romantic, vivid life that American movies inspired during her constrained, deprived youth in Soviet Russia. It was one of her dreams to make an Atlas movie, and Aglialoro imagines himself able to visit Rand’s grave with head held high, telling her, ‘We did it.’

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