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The Lucas Countyan: Across Iowa by Burlington & Missouri River …

Few things changed the nature of life in Lucas County — and Iowa in general — more than the spread of rail lines across the state in the 1850s and 1860s. The first Burlington & Missouri River Railroad locomotive pulled into Chariton during early July, 1867; by Jan. 1, 1870, the Missouri River had been bridged; and by 1873, passengers who climbed aboard trains in Chariton might cross the Big Muddy at either Plattsmouth or Council Bluffs/Omaha, depending upon where they were going. The chronology here is based upon a short history of the B.& M.R. embedded in the official history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, which acquired the B.&M.R. by lease in 1872 and outright in 1875. After multiple mergers, the Burlington, Northern & Santa Fe now operates on the B.&M.R. line across southern Iowa and the C.B.&Q. is no more. On reason I’m putting the chronology here is because that great fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, is — in the case of the B.&M.R — a great fount of misinformation. So here’s the chronology: Incorporation: Incorporated under the general laws of Iowa by Articles dated January 15, 1852, and filed with the Secretary of State of Iowa, January 23, 1852, as The Burlington and Missouri River Rail Road Company. Article 10 provided as follows, to wit: “The object of this Corporation is to construct and use a Rail Road extending from Burlington to the most eligible point (amended in 1869 to read ‘points’) on the Missouri River, and along the most eligible routes.” Organization: Effected at Burlington, Iowa, January 17, 1852, by election of directors and officers. Construction: Construction on the main line commenced at Burlington in May, 1854, and was completed as follows: To the east bank of the Skunk River, 35.22 miles, June 17, 1857; to Fairfield, 15.79 miles, August 1, 1858; to Agency City, 18.65 miles, February 1, 1859; to Ottumwa, 5.82 miles, September 1, 1859. Between 1860 and the fall of 1864 all construction was suspended because of the Civil War. Construction commenced at Ottumwa in July 1865, and the line was completed to Albia, 24.79 miles, November 1, 1866; to Russell, 23.08 miles, April 19, 1867; to Chariton, 7.50 miles, July 1, 1867; to Woodburn, 16 miles, December 23, 1867; to Osceola, 10.37 miles, January 29, 1868; to Afton, 23.99 miles, September 10, 1868; and to Cromwell, 15.22 miles, June 1, 1869; to Corning, 15.73 miles, August 23, 1869; to Villisca, 14 miles, September 28, 1869; to Red Oak, 15.74 miles, November 12, 1869; to a connection with the railroad of the B. & M.R.R.R. Co. in Nebraska, 38.40 miles, January 1, 1870. Operation: That part of the main line of this company between Burlington and Mount Pleasant was operated immediately after its completion (June 17, 1857) by this company, and continued operation as the various sections of the main line were opened after that date and until December 31, 1872. Lease to C.B.&Q.: Of date December 31, 1872, this company leased all of its railroad property, and assigned its leasehold interests in other lines of railroad, in perpetuity, to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. Deed to C.B.&Q.: Of date July 31, 1875, this company conveyed to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company all of tis property and franchises and including its several leasehold interests, its said railroad begin described as follows, to wit: ‘…its said railroad situated in the State of Iowa extending from Burlington on the Mississippi river to Plattsmouth, on the Missouri river and all branches connected therewith owned or controlled by it, including the Burlington and Missouri Railroad known as the Chariton Branch, the Creston Branch of the Burlington Missouri River Railroad, and the Brownsville and Nodaway Valley Railroad ….” And there you have it. The “Chariton Branch,” constructed in 1871, connected Chariton and Leon (36.72 miles), where connections allowed transport of passengers and freight to and from St. Joseph, Missouri. The “Indianola Branch,” connecting Chariton with Indianola, came along later. The route map here dates from 1873 and was lifted from a larger broadsheet publication directed at immigrants. During 1856, the U.S. government transferred to Iowa public land along the railroad lines west across the state. Iowa, in turn, conveyed — as an incentive to build — this land to four rail companies (including the B.&M.R.) then working their way across the state at a rate of so many sections of land per mile of track completed within six miles on either side of the line. A similar arrangement was made in Nebraska. Since much of the land in eastern Iowa, including Lucas County, already had been purchased by settlers or speculators, the bulk of railroad land sales were farther west. This publication and others like it were distributed widely in the East to give prospective settlers (and land purchasers) directions for reaching Iowa and what to do to examine and purchase land after arrival.

Now I Am Being Serious, Deadly Serious: Stopping The Trump …

Several years ago I penned a piece on then Presidential candidate, Ron Paul[1], someone who had no chance at the time of being President, but who had captured the affections of far too many discerning people. I know my article could have never swayed the opinions of the typical Ron Paul supporter, but I have received more emails on that piece than on any non-investment piece I have ever written thanking me for that article, telling me that they did not know, or had not thought through, the problems with Ron Paul until that piece. I hold out no hope that this article will sway the opinions of any Donald Trump supporters, and yet the stakes are far, far higher. Ron Paul never won a single state in three Presidential attempts. My motives to shine a light on his conspiratorial ideology were because he was a credible and capable spokesman for free markets and Constitutionalism, which I will take a bullet for, and yet he was damaging those causes I believed in so much with such an inane and morally reckless view of America and her role in the world. With Trump, my motive is both similar and dissimilar: Similar in that I desperately want to protect the sanctity of the movement known as conservatism for which I consider myself a passionate advocate, but dissimilar in that Ron Paul was going nowhere, whereas Donald Trump has a serious chance of becoming the GOP candidate for the Presidency in the most important election of our lifetimes. Worse, he may even become President. Do not mistake this article, though, as motivated by the desire to change Trump voters minds. I would be grateful if it happened, but let me concede a few very important things:

Donald Trump has staked his campaign on being a successful businessman, when he is no such thing.[2] His supporters do not care.

Donald Trump has no professed compatibility with conservatism. I don t mean in a Burkean sense, or Kirkian sense, or Buckleyian sense, or Reaganite sense. I mean, he has no conservative sense at all. None.[3] He has never quoted a single word of any of the great forefathers of conservative ideology, and to the extent he ever spoke or wrote about Ronald Reagan, it was to call him a con man and failed President[4]. His supporters do not care. Donald Trump s children are an impressive lot (I give heartfelt props to any parent of means these days who see their kids avoid the pitfalls of drugs and alcohol), but his marital history, professed sexual history, and lifetime as a family man/husband are pitiful. It is he who boasts of countless sexual encounters with married women[5], not Bible thumpers or Puritans accusing him of it. His supporters do not care. Donald Trump has not elaborated on one single detail of policy or belief. He has claimed, essentially, three things in this campaign:

(1) He will make American great again. He has not said how.
(2) He will build a wall along the southern border and get Mexico to pay. He has not said how.
(3) He will destroy ISIS. He has not said how.

He has, for six months, been promoted, provoked, poked, and plead with to propose any policy prescription at all; he has pushed back with pejoratives and often the actual p word[6] (alliteration abounds). His supporters do not care.

He is lying through his teeth about bankrolling his own campaign.[7] His supporters do not care. He has demonstrated remarkable ignorance about foreign polic[8]y, a frightening lack of command as to who is who on the world stage, and what it will take to defend America from ISIS and the broader Jihadist threat. His supporters do not care. I am wasting my time to delve into his affections for the individual mandate of ObamaCare, his advocacy of single-payer, his promotion of a wealth tax, his hatred of free trade, his fondness for his hyper-leftist sister being on the Supreme Court, his claim that Bush purposely lied about WMD, and his advocacy for private-use eminent domain. His supporters do not care.

I have written elsewhere that the greatest punditry myth of this election is that voter dissatisfaction with inadequately conservative Republicans created Donald Trump. This weekend I even heard the fantastic economist, Brian Wesbury, say that the vote for TARP in 2008 created Trump. Oh please. I have received countless emails, posts, tweets, and proclamations that Trump is the man because we tried everything else and nothing worked . Herein lies the rub. Trump is Pat Buchannan and Ross Perot and Michael Savage rolled into one person, given hundreds of millions of daddy s money, and then rolled into a hyper-charismatic reality TV star. He is a pop culture icon. He is funny. He is memorable. And he now is the frontrunner to be the President of the United States. He is crude, dishonest, and as likely to make American great again as Pat Buchannan and Michael Savage themselves, but he is the frontrunner for the Presidency of the United States. Heaven help us. And I actually now am saying, Heaven Help Us , not in some meaningless or trite context. I mean that quite literally, for those who care about this hijacking of the Republican party, and much worse, the hijacking of the conservative movement some of us care about, need to beg for divine providence to stop the Trump ascendancy. The stakes are that high.

Trump will not be the President of the United States. His support level is maxed at 35-40% (generously) of the Republican primary voters. In a general election contest, he will lose the nine figure free publicity of the national media, who will turn on him in a New York minute. The blue collar white males who resent the economic changes of the last 25 years will be more than offset by his depleted support from Hispanics, females, and other grown-ups. His skyrocketing unfavorables will matter, and he will lose. And if I am wrong, that is even worse. The United States will be the laughingstock of the world if this man were to become our commander-in-chief. Within 120 days of his inauguration, his loyal supporters who admire his no-nonsense , tough , politically incorrect approach will find out the hard way what happens when you elect a lifetime negotiation whore to represent you. His core followers may admire his boasting about buying off politicians in the past, but the ethics of the john and the prostitute really are not very different, and to be excited for the john to become the hooker is, well, insane. Last night in South Carolina, though, a path opened to stop the national disgrace of Donald Trump. The 65-70% of voters who do not want Trump (that should be enough, per my calculator) have a cleaner path now. After a disastrous showing in New Hampshire, the future of the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, came soaring back, contracting Trump s margin of victory from over 20 points to just 10 points in less than two weeks. He bested Sen. Cruz despite 73% of exit voters calling themselves evangelical . He and Trump together destroyed the narrative that Cruz is the man to beat Trump because of Cruz s strong evangelical base. He gathered the endorsements of Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, and Congressman Trey Gowdy, and put on a display of the 21st century GOP young, energetic, forward thinking, savvy, aspirational, disruptive. And significantly, he caused Gov. Jeb Bush to drop out of the race, narrowing the field, freeing up more donors and voters and endorsements to come Rubio s way, and helping to solidify a narrative that Rubio is the candidate to dethrone the reality TV front-runner.

The math is not there to stop Trump if the non-Trump opponents are still splitting each other up after March 1. Cruz will not drop out barring an act of God before the SEC primary, but Trump and Rubio will together diminish Cruz s outlook for delegates there. And then all the marbles, all of them, will be in the winner take all state of Florida on March 15. If by then we have a one on one race of Trump vs. Rubio I believe Marco Rubio is going to be the Republican nominee for President, and for that matter, he is going to be the 45th President of the United States. If the non-Trump field continues its destructive cross-fire, Donald Trump is going to be the nominee. The Obama presidency has been a miserable and abject failure by any objective measure or standard. The national enthusiasm for the Democratic party is pitifully low, as they toggle between the lifetime symbol of greed and corruption that is Hillary Clinton, and the extremist socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. If Trump had run as a Democrat, by the way, we would not be having this conversation, for he would have run away with it by now in a way that makes our primary look like a triple overtime thriller. So praise God he wasn t savvy enough for that! But my point is this: we have not seen a more winnable election since 1984. The passing of Justice Scalia, the entitlement debt bomb, the lack of a pro-growth economic agenda that is about to become vital to keep the economy from a deep recession, the peeling back of ObamaCare these are not merely generational challenges or goals; they are imminent. We must win this election. Donald Trump does not represent a win. He represents a generational loss for the movement that is conservatism. I am not worried about the establishment (whoever we are referring to these days when we use that term). I am not really even worried about the GOP as a partisan institution. I am worried in the most fundamental of senses for the movement of conservatism, the ideas and beliefs that I believe will make our nation strong, produce opportunity for the entirety of society, and preserve the principles of the American experiment, the greatest hope for God s green earth.

And because the stakes are so high, and Trump s voters so seemingly unpersuadable, I appeal to basic mathematics. Gov. Kasich and Sen. Cruz, both of whom have strong qualities as candidates in their own right, are not going to beat Donald Trump. Perhaps Kasich keeps Trump from winning the winner-take-all state of Ohio, but I doubt it not as marginalized as he will be by that date. He doesn t firewall Trump in Ohio by staying in it as much as he does by dropping out and vigorously campaigning for Marco Rubio. With Sen. Cruz, no one who knows his intense personal ambitions believes he will drop out easily. And yet, his most ardent supporters acknowledge the math is not there for him to win; the math is only there for him to keep Rubio from winning.[9] My article is not for Trump supporters unfazed by his incoherence or consistent belligerence. My appeal is to Ted Cruz and Ted Cruz s voters. My appeal is to John Kasich and John Kasich s supporters.

For the sake of our country and the movement we have devoted our lives to, sit down with each other and work out the logistics on a single non-Trump candidate strategy that will protect this race from a Donald Trump nomination, and protect our country from a Hillary Clinton presidency.




  1. ^ a piece on then Presidential candidate, Ron Paul (www.davidbahnsen.com)
  2. ^ when he is no such thing. (www.nationalreview.com)
  3. ^ mean, he has no conservative sense at all. None. (www.nationalreview.com)
  4. ^ it was to call him a con man and failed President (www.politico.com)
  5. ^ he who boasts of countless sexual encounters with married women (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ often the actual p word (www.politico.com)
  7. ^ He is lying through his teeth about bankrolling his own campaign. (www.nationalreview.com)
  8. ^ remarkable ignorance about foreign polic (www.politico.com)
  9. ^ And yet, his most ardent supporters acknowledge the math is not there for him to win; the math is only there for him to keep Rubio from winning. (www.dailywire.com)

Arts Service for Health and Social Care

Provide an Arts Service in each of the 5 Health and Social Care Trusts, to children and adults.

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Procurement and Logistics Service
77 Boucher Crescent
Contact point(s): Contact buyer through the secure messaging system on etendersni.gov.uk
BT12 6HU Belfast

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps[1]

Electronic access to information: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps[2]

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps[3]

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Regional Health and Social Care Board
12-22 Linenhall Street
BT2 8BS Belfast

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Arts Service for Health and Social Care (235125).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 25: Health and social services
NUTS code

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The HSC Business Service Organisation (BSO) Procurement and Logistics Service (PALS) invites you to respond to this call for tender (cft). If you wish to communicate with the buyer please do so by using the secure clarifications tab within the cft. The objectives of this procurement are to contract a service that will be accessible to everyone within the Health and Social Care environment to enhance their health and well being, in particular the service will: (i) Provide an Arts Service in each of the 5 Health and Social Care Trusts, to children and adults, in a range of health and social care settings; (ii) Through the delivery of effective and innovative art activities, encourage the achievement of positive experiences and outcomes for those involved, e.g. service users, carers, staff and on occasions members of the public; and (iii) Provide a person-centred, high-quality and sustainable Arts Service which delivers demonstrable benefits in self-reported ill health and social well being.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 210 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Lot 1: Belfast HSCT Area

1)Short description

See Tender Documentation.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

3)Quantity or scope

See Tender Documentation.

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lot 2: Northern HSCT Area

1)Short description

See Tender Documentation.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3 Lot title: Lot 3: South Eastern HSCT Area

1)Short description

See Tender Documentation.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4 Lot title: Lot 4: Southern HSCT Area

1)Short description

See Tender Documentation.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 5 Lot title: Lot 5: Western HSCT Area

1)Short description

See Tender Documentation.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

3)Quantity or scope

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no

III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Self Declaration with Validation on Award.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: 2 years annual accounts and Cash Flow for 1st year of the Contract.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Current Ration greater than 1,2;
Cash Flow positive for the duration.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See Tender Documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See Tender Documentation.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts

III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no

IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 29.2.2016 15:00

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

29.2.2016 15:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 29.2.2016



Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



  1. ^ https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps (etendersni.gov.uk)
  2. ^ https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps (etendersni.gov.uk)
  3. ^ https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps (etendersni.gov.uk)

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