January 13: Scientists

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

January 13

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776

A world full of computers which you can’t understand, can’t fix and can’t use [because it is controlled by inaccessible proprietorial software] is a world controlled by machines.
~Eben Moglen, 2006

The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
~Jacob Bronowski


January 13: First Amendment

January 13
First Amendment 



I have reached the conclusion . . . that under the First and Fourteenth Amendments criminal laws in this area [obscenity] are constitutionally limited to hard-core pornography. I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so.

But I know if when I see it; and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

~Potter Stewart, Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964) (concurring)



The First Amendment guarantees liberty of human expression  in order to preserve in our Nation what Mr. Justice Holmes called a “free trade in ideas.” To that end, the Constitution protects more than just a man’s freedom to say or write or publish what he wants. It secures as well the liberty of each man to decide for himself what he will read and to what he will listen. The Constitution guarantees, in short, a society of free choice.

~Potter Stewart, Ginsberg v. New York, 390 U.S. 629, 649 (1968) (concurring)




The freedom of speech and of the press, which are secured by the First Amendment against abridgment by the United States, are among the fundamental personal rights and liberties which are secured to all persons by the Fourteenth Amendment against abridgment by a state. The safeguarding of these rights to the ends that men may speak as they think on matters vital to them and that falsehoods may be exposed through the processes of education and discussion is essential to free government. Those who won our independence had confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning and communication of ideas to discover and spread political and economic truth.

~Justice Frank Murphy, Thornhill v. Alabama, 310 U.S. 88, 95 (1940)


January 13: No Money

But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation.

~Jeremiah 10:10

No Money

No money can

Buy back your past,

So give your life

To Him who lasts.


January 13: Blessings

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
January 13

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
–Numbers 6:24-26

If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
–Numbers 14:8