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Isaac Toucey

Isaac Toucey was an American politician who served as a U. S. senator, U. S. Secretary of the Navy, U. S. Attorney General and the 33rd Governor of Connecticut. Born in Newtown, Toucey pursued classical studies. From 1825 to 1835 he had his own practice in Connecticut, he married Catherine Nichols in Hartford on October 28, 1827. The couple never had any children. In 1822, Toucey was named prosecuting attorney of Connecticut, he served in that position until 1835, when he was elected to the 25th Congresses. He served from 1835 to 1839, he lost the election of 1838 and returned to his position as prosecuting attorney in 1842. In 1845, Toucey ran for Governor of Connecticut and lost, but the Connecticut State Legislature appointed him to the position in 1846. During his tenure, an antibribery bill geared toward eliminating fraudulent electoral procedures was considered, he was defeated in an attempt at re-election. In 1848, President James K. Polk appointed Toucey the 20th Attorney General of the United States, a position he held until 1849.

He returned to Connecticut and took a place in the Connecticut Senate in 1850, in the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1852. Toucey was elected to the U. S. Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1851, served from May 12, 1852, to March 3, 1857, having that year declined to be a candidate for reelection. During that time, he served as the legislative point man for Franklin Pierce and his administration. James Buchanan, who Toucey had served with in the Polk administration, appointed him U. S. Secretary of the Navy in his Cabinet in 1857 as a sop to the Pierce faction as well as to represent New England in the Cabinet. A moderate Northerner much in line with Buchanan's thought in the sectional controversies of the day, Toucey held that post until 1861 and the arrival of the Abraham Lincoln administration. Toucey was replaced by one of his chief rivals in Connecticut, Gideon Welles. After 1861 he returned to his law practice. Toucey died in Hartford on July 30, 1869, he is interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Connecticut.

USS Toucey was named for him. United States Congress. "Isaac Toucey". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Connecticut State Library: Isaac Toucey, Governor of Connecticut from 1846 to 1847 Isaac Toucey at Find a Grave National Governors Association Govtrack US Congress The Political Graveyard


AmeriSpeak is a nationally-representative panel of survey respondents from households across the United States. Created in 2014 by NORC at the University of Chicago, AmeriSpeak members take surveys on various topics such as new consumer goods and services, current events, government programs, health care, media usage, political and social issues. AmeriSpeak membership is by invite only, to ensure that it represents a cross-section of U. S. households. AmeriSpeak scientifically and randomly selects members by address, inviting any adult and teen living at that address to participate. Members may register and participate in surveys either by phone or internet, receive cash-equivalent rewards for participating; the AmeriSpeak Panel has been published in various national media. Below are some examples: Associated Press: Many youths say high school diploma is enough The New York Times: Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It's Genetic Fox News: Two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 emergency AP News: AP-NORC Poll: Health care is the issue that won’t go away The New York Times: In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out Just Capital: Rediscovering our Moral Compass, JUST Capital’s 2017 List of America’s Most JUST Companies The Associated Press-NORC: New Year, Same Priorities: The Public's Agenda for 2018 The Associated Press-NORC: The Problem and Impact of Sexual Misconduct The Washington Post: 79 percent of Americans would take a pay cut to work for a more ‘just’ company USA Today: Veterans are prime targets for phone scams, pitches for upfront benefits buyouts WebMD: Credentials Don’t Shield Doctors, Nurses from Bias The Associated Press-NORC: Long-Term Caregiving, The Types of Care Older Americans Provide and the Impact on Work and Family Space Ref: A Record Number of Americans Viewed the 2017 Solar Eclipse The New York Times: Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age?

The Washington Post: Teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier — up to a point, new research shows Scientific American: What Americans Think of Human Enhancement Technologies NORC: NORC Uses Predictive Analytics and an AmeriSpeak Survey to Answer Important Questions About "Hamilton: An American Musical" AmeriSpeak is a probability-based panel, meaning that respondents have a non-zero chance of selection. AmeriSpeak households are drawn from NORC National Frame, an area probability sample funded and managed by NORC and used for several NORC studies including the General Social Survey and the Survey of Consumer Finances. NORC’s National Frame is designed to provide over 99% sample coverage by supplementing the USPS Delivery Sequence File. AmeriSpeak NORC at the University of Chicago AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs

Rick Distaso

Joseph Richard "Rick" Distaso is an American lawyer and judge. He was the Stanislaus County, California senior deputy district attorney who served as the lead prosecutor in the case against Scott Peterson, charged with and convicted of murdering his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child Conner Peterson in 2002. Laci was eight months pregnant with Conner at the time of the murder. Distaso attended University of Southern California as an undergraduate, attended Loyola Law School for his law education, he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1992. After graduation from law school, he was a lawyer for the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army through 1996, with the rank of captain, joined the Stanislaus County district attorney's office. In 2005, Distaso was appointed a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Distaso was deployed to Afghanistan for a tour in the Army Reserves. In 2008, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Commander of the 75th Legal Operations Detachment in the U.

S. Army Reserves JAG Corps; as of December 2019, he is a judge for the Army's 4th Judicial Circuit

Larry Dean (comedian)

Larry Dean is a Scottish stand-up comedian. His comedy routines, based on gay and Scottish themes, have earned him several awards including Scottish Comedian of the Year. Dean grew up in the Southside of Glasgow, he started his stand-up career in 2010 whilst he was a student at the University of Southampton. His show Out Now told the story of coming out to a strict Catholic family. Farcissist was about his life after coming out, his long-term relationship, readjusting to the dating scene, his Fandan, loosely wrapped around the central story of sitting in a café with two murderers, was among the ten best-reviewed Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in 2017. In 2017 he appeared on Live At The Apollo with Gary Delaney, Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle against Sofie Hagen, on BBC's Mock The Week in 2018 and Michael McIntyre's Big Show in 2019 along with another appearance on Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle Season 3, Episode 1, this time against Tom AllenDean's act combines his Glaswegian and gay identities to create comedic tension, emphasised by the conflict between his tough appearance and Glasgow accent and his sexuality.

Dean was voted the winner of the 2016 Amused Moose Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival by members of the comedy industry panel. The basis for the award was his show Farcissist. In 2013, Dean was named Scottish Comedian of the Year and Bath Comedy Festival's New Act of the Year. Dean's 2017 show'Fandan' was rated the 6th Best Reviewed Show of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 by British Comedy Guide He was shortlisted for the Best Newcomer Award of 2015 for'Out Now' and Best Show Award in 2018 for'Bampot' Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Official website Larry Dean on Chortle

Aven (river)

The Aven is a natural watercourse on the south coast of Brittany, France. Its source is near Coray, it flows in a southerly direction through Rosporden and Pont-Aven before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean at the seaside resort Port Manec'h, part of Névez. Paul Gauguin spent some of his life living in the town of Pont-Aven, where he enjoyed painting scenes by the river Aven; the waters of the river are rather flowing and are tidal up until the town of Pont-Aven. The water quality has been tested as alkaline with a pH of 8.50 where Gauguin was known to have painted his noted Lavenders. Summer water temperature has tested at 17.5 degrees Celsius and electrical conductivity of the river tested to be.19 micro-siemens per centimetre. The waters are clear with Secchi disc tests at Pont-Aven yielding a measurement of 65 centimetres. Pont-Aven School Atlas des Routes de France, Solar Press: Donnees IGN Lumina Tech, C. M. Hogan, "Water quality of freshwater bodies in northern France", published in Aberdeen, Scotland The Aven at the Sandre database

2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

The 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment is an amphibious light infantry battalion of the Australian Army part of the 1st Division Amphibious Task Group based at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. 2 RAR was first formed as the Australian 66th Battalion in 1945 and since it has seen active service during the Korean War, Malayan Emergency and Vietnam War. In addition, the battalion has participated in peacekeeping operations in Japan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands and has contributed rifle companies to the security force protecting the Australian embassy in Baghdad following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In May 2006, 2 RAR's headquarters, support company and a rifle company deployed to Iraq as part of the third rotation of the Al Muthanna Task Group. In June 2011, the battalion deployed to Afghanistan as Mentoring Task Force Three. In 2011, 2 RAR was selected to be the Army's Amphibious Ready Element Landing Force embarked on the Navy's new Canberra-class amphibious assault ships; the conversion process was completed in October 2017.

2 RAR was formed as the 66th Battalion at the end of World War II on 16 October 1945 as a regular infantry force raised from volunteers from the 9th Division for service with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan. The battalion was stationed at Hiro as part of 34th Brigade from February 1946 to December 1948, when they returned to Australia. A month earlier, on 23 November 1948 it was renamed the 2nd Battalion, Australian Regiment, with the Royal regimental prefix being granted on 31 March 1949. Upon 2 RAR's return to Australia they became part of the 1st Independent Brigade Group at Puckapunyal, where they would remain until March 1953 as a training unit for recruits for the two battalions fighting in Korea. 2 RAR's involvement in the Korean War was limited by the fact that it was not committed until late in the fighting. Instead, as mentioned above, the unit was used as a training unit that provided reinforcements for the other two RAR battalions, sent to Korea; the unit embarked for Korea on 5 March 1953 on board the MV New Australia, arriving on 17 March 1953.

A few days detachments from all three RAR battalions paraded at Camp Casey near Tongduchon, South Korea, the first time that the Royal Australian Regiment had paraded as a whole. In April, 2 RAR relieved 1 RAR and became part of the 28th British Commonwealth Brigade, attached to the 1st Commonwealth Division. At this stage of the war, a static phase had developed. Relieving a French battalion, 2 RAR took up a position along the Jamestown Line and began patrolling in the'no-man's land' area around the Imjin and Samichon Rivers. On 9 July 1953 the battalion relieved the 1st Battalion, The King's Regiment around a feature known as'The Hook' on the left flank of the 1st Commonwealth Division; as peace talks were under way, offensive operations were not undertaken by the Australians in this time, although 2 RAR continued to conduct patrolling operations, as well as the myriad of other tasks associated with defence such as maintaining minefields, digging trenches, capturing prisoners and collecting intelligence.

A few weeks on the night of 24 July 1953, the Chinese attacked the UN positions on The Hook in an effort to gain more ground prior to the signing of the armistice agreement. Over the course of two nights, waves of Chinese soldiers attacked the Australian and American positions in frontal assaults aimed at overwhelming the defenders through sheer weight of numbers. In between attacks and mortar attacks were launched during the day to soften up the defences. In an effort to hold the line reinforcements from'D' Company, 3 RAR and the 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry were brought up and placed under 2 RAR command before the attacks were beaten off on the morning of 26 July; the number of Chinese dead was estimated between 2,000 and 3,000, while 2 RAR's casualties for the two nights were five killed and another twenty-four wounded. There were no further attacks and the armistice came into effect the following day. Despite the end of hostilities, 2 RAR remained in Korea as part of the UN forces stationed in the country until 6 April 1954, when it returned to Australia, once again on the MV New Australia.

Total losses for 2 RAR while it had been in Korea had been 22 killed. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, 2 RAR undertook two tours of Malaya during the Malayan Emergency, the first between October 1955 and October 1957 and the second between October 1961 and August 1963; the battalion arrived in Malaya for its first tour on 19 October 1955 and was once again attached to the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group as part of the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve along with British and New Zealand troops. Throughout the two-year tour the battalion was based at Minden Barracks on Penang Island, although it spent large periods of time in the jungle conducting operations and exercises that lasted weeks at a time. Due to a delay in obtaining Australian government approval to conduct operations against the Communist terrorists, 2 RAR did not commence operations until 1 January 1956 when the battalion was involved in Operation Deuce, a search and security operation in Kedah, to last until the end of April when 2 RAR was relieved by the 1st Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment.

For the next twenty months the battalion would continue to conduct similar operations – known as Operations Shark North and Rubberlegs – in Perak, considered to be one of the main areas of Communist activity. These operations were long distance patrols in and around jungle areas searching for the Communists and providing perimeter security for the'New Villages'. During this time contacts were limited, the mos