Quote of the Day

“The power to tax, involves the power to destroy.”

John Marshall

Supreme Court Justice

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

After the Panic of 1819, several states blamed the Second Bank of the United States for causing the panic and retaliated with taxation. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall declared, “The power to tax, involves the power to destroy.”, and the states lacked the authority to destroy an agency created by the national government.

Reference:

Eric Foner, 2014, Give Me Liberty

Quote of the Day

patrick henry

“…What can make an adequate satisfaction to them for the loss they suffered in attaining such a Government for the loss of their liberty? If we admit this Consolidated Government it will be because we like a great splendid one. Some way or other we must be a great and mighty empire; we must have an army, and a navy, and a number of things: When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir was then the primary object…”

-Patrick Henry
Source: Anti-Federalist Argument from The Complete Anti-Federalist Volume 1 pp. 285-90

Gao-Yu — 71 years old and still fighting the Chinese government. she gives me goosebumps.

This woman will not give up. She is a journalist fighting for what she believes in until the day she dies. And I have to give her the utmost respect for that.

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3OMRN

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA – Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) – RTR3OMRN

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/04/15/dispatches-silencing-veteran-chinese-journalist

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/06/02/china-end-denial-about-tiananmen-massacre

English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

corroborateĀ v.-Ā confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding).

Spanish

corroborar

Etymology

1530s, “to give (legal) confirmation to,” from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare “to strengthen, invigorate,” from com- “together” or “thoroughly” (seecom-) + roborare “to make strong,” from robur, robus “strength

English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

privation- n.Ā the loss or lack of the basic things people need to live properly

Spanish

privaciĆ³n

Etymology

mid-14c., “action of depriving,” from Old French privacion and directly from Latin privationem (nominative privatio) “a taking away,” noun of action from past participle stem of privare “deprive” Meaning “want of life’s comforts or of some necessity” is attested from 1790.