Democratic Candidate Bob Marx Staunchly Opposes the National Defense Authorization Act

Bob Marx, Democratic candidate for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District told Hawaii Democrats today, that he staunchly opposes to H.R. 1540/ S .1867, entitled “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”

Bob Marx

Marx said that if President Obama signed the bill, it would be a black mark against American civil liberties and America’s rule of law.  “Hidden within this defense spending bill for the next fiscal year are some alarming clauses that directly attack the Constitutional freedoms of all Americans,” said Marx.

“There is a reason that the Constitution instilled a system of checks and balances to ensure that all areas of our government, including the Executive Branch, are held accountable and are regulated by Congress and the Judiciary.  This bill would allow, at the President’s discretion, for US citizens suspected of participation in or ties to terrorist activities to be imprisoned indefinitely by the US Armed Forces. This clearly violates the right to Due Process under the 14th Amendment, especially since it does not expressly apply to suspects or detainees of war,” Marx emphasized.

“Anyone ‘suspected’ of being a terrorist can be subject to detainment and fail to be provided with legal counsel and the due process laws of our country,”  Marx  explained.

The bill has been passed by both the House and Senate and received bi-partisan support.  Marx referred to Sections 1021 and 1022, which are the subject of much controversy and has prompted the White House to issue a veto threat.

Marx added that US citizens are not exempt or ‘safe’ from being detained without cause for any period of time.  “There are no terrorists roaming our streets.  There is no implementation of Martial Law, nor is there any citizen group calling for our government to eliminate legal safeguards because of a breakdown of order.  Citizens

Man Arrested for Stabbing Firefighter Multiple Times With Ball Point Pen

The 29-year-old Hawi man arrested following a confrontation at a fire station has been charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Dylan Trumpy remains at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $4,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Dylan Trumpy

At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday (December 27), North Kohala patrol officers responded to a request for help at the Hawi fire station. When they arrived, they observed Trumpy struggling with a male firefighter on the floor of the firehouse driveway. The 49-year-old firefighter was bleeding profusely from the head.

Trumpy was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to the North Kohala police station for processing. He was then transferred to the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section.

Officers received information that Trumpy had driven to the station and become disorderly and aggressive while demanding information and names of Fire Department personnel. He reportedly attacked the firefighter and stabbed him in the head multiple times with a ball point pen after being asked to leave the station due to his behavior.

The firefighter also suffered abrasions to the face and body from the struggle. He was treated at Kohala Hospital for his injuries and then released.

Detectives charged Trumpy with the two offenses at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday (December 28).

Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest Celebrates Completion of Phase I

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), along with a intimate group of community partners, celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo, Hawai’i on December 17th. Kealakai (Keala) Kanaka’ole lead the group in an authentic Hawaiian ceremony to bless the site and ask for continued growth and vitality of the native and Polynesian-introduced plantings.

Project Coordinator Mike Donoho holds plants ready to go in the ground.

Phase I of the Discovery Forest showcases Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced “canoe plants” demonstration plots. Over the past five months 75 community volunteers assisted with preparing the site for planting, placing landscape boulders and stone groundcovers, building a dry stream bed, and outplanting seedlings.

Landscape Architects Leonard Bisel Associates designed creative, low-maintenance native and agro-forest (Polynesian-introduced plants) design plans. Dr. Yiqing Li and his University of Hawai’i, Hilo Tropical Forestry Program students tagged all the plants and will map, monitor, and document plant growth, phenology, and mortality rates. In addition to UH students, Kiwanis Kids (K Kids) have volunteered their time to help maintain the Discovery Forest.

The Native Forest provides a tiered effect of native trees, plants, and groundcovers including Naupaka kuahiwi (Scaevola gaudichaudii), Maile (Alyxia stellata), Hāpu’u pulu (Cibotium glaucum), Kōlea (Myrsine lessertiana), and Kōpiko (Psychotria hawaiiensis). Boulders, gravel rock, and stepping pavers will provide for a low maintenance viewing platform and add visual interest.

The Agro-forest plan features a strategically-placed viewing platform overlooking low, mid and higher canopy species such as ‘Awa, (Piper methysticum, Noni (Morinda citrifolia), ‘Ulu (Artocarpus altilis), and Milo (Thespesia populnea). Edged planting beds, stone groundcovers, and decorative pavers will enhance the plantings.

“We extend a huge mahalo to the many community volunteers who helped us reach this point and of course our partners including the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) and Change Happens Foundation,” said HFIA Executive Director Heather Simmons. “Our goal going forward is that visitors, island students and kama’aina all leave the exhibit with a greater appreciation for Hawaii’s forest ecosystems.” Visitors will find the project site adjacent to one of the Zoo’s main attractions, Namaste the white Bengal tiger.

In addition to HTA, Change Happens Foundation, and community volunteers, project supporters include: HPM Building Supply, Hawaii Forest & Trail, Big Island Candies, Aileen’s Nursery, Forest Solutions, and Mālama O Puna.

HFIA continues to seek monetary and in-kind donations for continued support of the project through the Hawai’i Forest Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Visit the Discovery Forest webpage at Panaewa Zoo Discovery Forest.