Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 19-24, 2016::End of the day round-up (pg 2)

I'm not familiar with this case but like to file these crack-pots away for future reference as you never know when they will pop up again.

CBC Investigates:  B.C. Court of Appeal told Claire Reeves was not a doctor of psychology as she claimed
The credentials of a so-called expert witness who testified in a major B.C. child abuse case have been called into question — and her professional views have been labelled "bizarre."
CBC News has learned Claire R. Reeves, 74, who calls herself a doctor of psychology, holds controversial views on the Catholic church, mind control and transgender individuals.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has been told her degrees were obtained from "diploma mills" — fake academic credentials bought for a fee.

The father in the original 2012 family court hearing — known only as "B.G." to protect his children's identity — was labelled a child abuser. He's now trying to launch an appeal in part because Reeves was allowed to give expert testimony in the case on behalf of the mother, "J.P."
In launching his bid for appeal, B.G.'s lawyer, Morgan Camley, labelled Reeves "a fraudulent expert" who was "utterly unqualified."

Camley told the B.C. Court of Appeal that Reeves got her degrees from unaccredited companies posing as universities online, offering diplomas for a fee.

In documents filed in connection with the case, Camley also alleges Reeves's evidence given in 2012, "was unqualified, uninformed and based on junk science, (which) coloured the judge's approach to much of the evidence that was relied on in determining that B.G. sexually abused" his children, and that her views "could reasonably be described as bizarre."
Free to a good home: Horses who have served their country - The Washington Post
Kennedy and Quincy, highly trained horses who have served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, have finished their tours of duty. And both are up for adoption, free to a good home.

They have served in a role almost unique in the U.S. military, that of the caisson horse.
NWHL Inspires Cross-Country Road Trip
For Cassidy, the transition was important, as was hearing from someone who had been through the same obstacles. Having a role model she could relate to isn’t something that’s always been available to female hockey players.

A "twoffer" surrounding the SCOTUS mess with more to come.  My initial reaction, ignoring the US Constitution...

Key GOP Senators Emerge From Meeting: No Hearing For Obama SCOTUS Nom 
Key Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee emerged from a closed door meeting in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office Tuesday united in their determination not to consider any nominee to replace Antonin Scalia until the next president takes office.

Tuesday was the first full day the Senate was back in session since Scalia's death Feb. 13.

"We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame duck president," said Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TN).

When asked if they would start the process after the new president took office or if they would consider doing it in the lame duck session, Cornyn replied "No, after the next president is selected. That way the American people have a voice in the process."
Which led to,,,
See, here's my problem, lame-duck. First, lame-duck is generally accepted to mean there's been an election, the president's successor has been selected, and we're all just waiting for Inauguration Day.

None of that has happened. We're barely into the Primaries. We have no idea whatsoever who will be the next president. We've got 11 months to January 20th, 2017. When did lame-duck come to mean "the president's second term in office?"

We're supposed to go more than a year without a replacement for Scalia?

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