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Iowa City Government Demands Keys to Citizens’ Private Properties – UPDATE!

In 1788, Thomas Jefferson sounded a warning to generations of Americans to come when he wrote these words in a letter to E. Carrington:

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

On May 23, 2011, democracy committed suicide in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A democratically elected government willingly voted to limit the privacy, liberty, and security of citizens.

That evening, by a majority 6 to 1 vote, the elected governing body of Cedar Falls — its City Council — passed Ordinance 2740.

Ordinance 2740 is an amendment to Chapter 11, Fire Prevention and Protection, of the Code of Ordinances relative to adoption of the 2009 Edition of the International Fire Code.

Translated from bureaucratese into ordinary English language, Ordinance 2740 allows the city government to have the keys to privately-owned properties, including commercial businesses, apartments, and some rental houses — all in the name of fire prevention and protection. The twisted reasoning is that if the government has those keys, it could gain quick entrance to properties should there be a fire. [Read the city council’s meeting minutes here.]


The amended code reads as follows:

Subsection 506.3 A fire department key box shall be installed in each commercial or industrial building in the city which is equipped with a fire detection, fire alarm, or fire suppression system that is monitored by an alarm company with direct connection to the dispatch center of the city, and in each building equipped with an unsupervised local alarm system, and where immediate access to the interior of the building by fire department personnel is necessary for life-saving or firefighting purposes. A fire department key box shall also be installed in each residential property consisting of six (6) or more residential dwelling units. Each fire department key box shall be of a type and shall be installed in a location that is approved by the fire chief or his or her designee, and shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. Each application for a fire department key box shall be submitted to the fire chief or his or her designee. The cost of purchase and installation of each fire department key box shall be paid by the building owner.

Each fire department key box shall contain the following keys:

a. Keys to each locked point of egress, whether on the exterior or interior of the building.

b. Keys to each locked mechanical room in the building.

c. Keys to each locked electrical room in the building.

d. Keys to other areas as determined by the fire chief or his or her designee.

A “fire department key box” means a secure box installed on the exterior of a building, containing keys to various locks on the premises of the building, to which only the fire chief or his or her designee has access.

If the building owner changes or causes to be changed any locks such that the keys located in the fire department key box will not unlock any of the locks described in this section, it shall be the responsibility of the building owner to furnish to the fire chief or his or her designee replacement keys to be placed in the fire department key box, at the owner’s expense.

Ordinance 2740 was championed by Council members Susan DeBuhr and Kamyar Enshayan. 6 out of 7 Council members voted in favor of the ordinance, all in the name of government protecting citizens. Only Councilman Nick Taiber voted against the ordinance. Here are the members of Cedar Falls’ City Council:

Tom Hagarty, 1st Ward

Susan DeBuhr. 2nd Ward

John Runchey, 3rd Ward

Kamyar Enshayan

4th Ward

Frank Darrah

5th Ward

Nick Taiber

At Large

David Wieland

At Large


Although the ordinance was undertaken by an elected city council, that doesn’t mean it’s right. Imagine if an elected body voted in favor of murder or theft. This 6-1 vote by the Cedar Falls City Council is an act of democracy committing suicide. As Americans, we should all be appalled. Here’s what you can do:

We may not live there, but we can vow to never visit this community. Call the Cedar Falls City Hall and give them a piece of your mind. They may not listen to their citizens at this point, but if they recieved thousands of phone calls in one day from people stating they will boycott Cedar Falls and/or the entire state of Iowa, maybe they will listen. Here’s the contact info:

  • City Council members (see above)
  • City Hall: phone (319) 273-8600; voice mail box 6981.
  • Mayor Jon Crews: phone (319) 268-511; e-mail mayorsoffice@cedarfalls.com

H/t loyal Fellows, May and Sunnydupree.

~Steve & Eowyn

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The End of Japan as We Knew It

Heroic rescue workers march into damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

The End of Japan as We Knew It
by Joseph E Fasciani, a regular commenter on Fellowship of the Minds
We must understand what’s about to happen in Japan. I’ve searched the Internet, and as best I can tell, no one has brought this ultimate reality to light.
And no, it’s not the looming nuclear explosions that I’m writing about, not at all. Let’s set aside the radiation issue per se, as a planetary fear-monger. We need to focus on what this event means to the people of Nippon, and, by extension, to the rest of the herd here on planet Earth.
Folks, look at a map: Japan’s the size of California, but with a population of 127,360,000, nearly half that of the USA, and four times that of Canada, my home. Its rugged landscape means that agricultural opportunities are limited. Japan exports very little food; it must import a great deal of what it wants or needs. Which it could do and did, until now.

The problem is that the recent nuclear disaster occurred in what is Japan’s single largest agricultural area, now likely contaminated with radiation, perhaps for lifetimes to come. It’s difficult for this writer to see how Japan can increase its remaining productivity to replace such a large loss. In my original May 23, 2004 article at Axis of Logic, “It’s Time to Again Ask: Who Will Feed China?,” I wrote that:

“To feed its 1.3 billion people, China may soon have to import so much grain that this could trigger unprecedented rises in grain prices. When Japan, a nation of just 125 million, began to import food, world grain markets rejoiced. But China’s market s ten times greater, so there may not be enough easily available grain in the world to meet that market. And here’s where it gets really sticky.”

Today, seven years later, it’s a far stickier problem, as we will now have to feed both China and Japan. And just how will this happen? Shall “free markets” dictate that only the highest bidders will eat and live? How about lotteries, each draw good for ten million bushels of wheat or rice? Just how, and by whom, will these crucial, life-saving decisions be made?
Look at it this way: Do you trust your political leaders to make the right decision if it were you and your family who were to be fed? Would you accept your luck of the draw in the lottery of food for life? If you didn’t get a winning ticket, what do you do next? Is this when Johnny gets his gun? Ask yourself honestly, then tell me.
The world awaits your answer.

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