Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: International Racketeering

FIFA, the global governing body of soccer and organizer of the quadrennial World Cups (both men's and women's), has long been regarded as a massively corrupt and shady organization. This week that general regard has been backed up by criminal indictments, as the United States has charged 14 high-ranking officials with corruption and racketeering. Meanwhile, Swiss authorities have also opened a criminal investigation into the process by which FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 men's World Cups.

The timing of the indictments and investigation are interesting in a couple of ways. First, FIFA will be holding its presidential elections on Friday and long-time incumbent Sepp Blatter is still expected to win reelection, despite the fact that his only challenger is using the news to call for change. Second, the women's World Cup is scheduled to begin next week. Interestingly, the country who led the criminal crackdown, namely The United States, features a strong women's team unfortunately drawn into the "group of death." (Who's laughing now, FIFA?) At any rate, the timing certainly emphasizes the dichotomy between the beautiful game and the ugly organization.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Know 'Em When You See 'Em: Part II

More Symbols of the Commonwealth. Image credit: Ryan Valentin

As a wee follow up to an earlier post that posed the question: "Who cares about official state symbols?" I decided to post this image.

It was brought to my attention that I had missed the Nicholasville Road Trader Joe's beer/wine/liquor store hours sign which features blackberries, goldenrod, and fittingly a fish - the "Kentucky Bass" Micropterus punctulatus.

Otherwise known to our legal community as:

KRS 2.089 State fruit
KRS 2.090 State flower
1956 Ky. Acts 371 Official fish (joint resolution)

The signs are beautifully rendered, conspicuous, and very local. Check 'em out!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: British Election Results & the Future of Europe

Despite the projections of electoral chaos, minority governments, and frantic coalition-forming, last week's General Election in the United Kingdom resulted in an outright majority for the Tories of Prime Minister David Cameron, who had previously been governing through a coalition with the Lib Dems (who didn't do so well at the polls this time around). The election results have caused a bit of consternation in Europe, as the victorious Tories have promised to hold an "in or out" referendum on the UK's participation in the European Union. A British exit would certainly change the direction of the E.U., and so even domestic elections can have drastic effects on international organizations!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: Madcap British Elections

Tomorrow citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will head to the polls in an election that is too close to call. In fact, no party is expected to win outright and projections are close enough that it's not even clear who will be in a position to form a governing coalition. (Parliamentary politics often involve more suspense than Presidential systems like the U.S. The U.K. Parliament's website provides a quick synopsis of how the system works.) Amusingly, the BBC has created an online game that lets readers attempt to build a majority. The BBC has also compiled a list of six reasons why non-Britons should care about the election. Interestingly, several of the reasons touch upon issues of International Law such as self-determination (the Scottish Nationalist Party is making another surge), International Organizations (the UK Independence Party wants to pull out of Europe), and Collective Security (various parties want to ditch UK's nuclear arsenal). These issues would make the election of interest generally, but the fact that it's a cliffhanger that might not be settled until backroom deals to form coalitions are done promises to make it uniquely exciting!

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Titles from April 2015

Check out our Featured Acquisitions page for April 2015 to see the new titles in the Law Library!

A few sample titles:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

D is for Derby.

J is for Julep. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
Hope everyone had a safe, wonderful, and rewarding Derby despite being in the middle of finals! You are now headed down the final stretch and only have a little further to go!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Explore Kentucky: Marksbury Farm...for lunch

Marskbury Farm Market. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
On Saturday we found ourselves looking for a place to grab a quick bite to eat on our way to Danville, Kentucky. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel but the wait was too long. Then it was suggested we try Marksbury. With friends who live in Danville, we've passed this place many times and never stopped. Not this time. Just a wee bit down Nicholasville road you will find Marksbury Farm.

Pasture Burgers & BBQ. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
Just a wee bit down Nicholasville road you will find Marksbury Farm.

Beam me up. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
One of the first things you'll notice here beyond the wonderful smells are the beautiful structural beams. 

Menu. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
The next thing you notice is the menu. This was a difficult decision indeed. 

Pasture raised? Yes please. Image credit: Ryan Valentin
Supporting local has become one of the most impactful ways to support the economy and people in your community. This is particularly important to those who care about where and how they live.

Although being mindful about where and how you spend your hard earned money is its own reward...a delicious meal reinforces wise choices.