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Help Us Out in a Tough Spot

I’ve never tried to raise money via a GoFundMe before, even when faced with hard times, but it was something more expected and manageable. Today, there was a thin layer of standing water in our condo near the closet containing our water heater and HVAC equipment.

Nothing major was lost due to the water, but it appears we are going to need to replace a hot water heater in the very near future. With a toddler at home and only my wife working right now, I decided to try ask for donations via the crowdfunding route on GoFundMe for the specific need of replacing it.

There have been several contributions since I started the page this afternoon. I want to thank everyone who made a donation. It was definitely sacrificial giving by some people I know. I appreciate anyone who can’t give right now who prays for our situation to improve as well. We probably have the cost for an adequate hot water heater covered right now, but it doesn’t look like we have enough for the installation on top of our other household bills.

I wanted to post the information on the GoFundMe page here on the site (at the bottom of this post), to let my readers know what was going on and to also ask for help.

I’d appreciate it if you’d chip in today with whatever you can afford to help us get a new water heater and get it installed. Any donation is appreciated, and I especially appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Any donations we might receive in excess of the water heater and installation costs will be used to help pay our other household bills while we are still experiencing a tough spot.

Thanks again for your donation today!

Bestselling Author Praises The Quinton Report

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Late last week, I wrote a post, “Educating Barack Obama on the Crusades.”

On Friday, Brad Thor made the above tweet which reads:

Excellent, in-depth historical piece from @JeffQuinton: Educating #Obama on The Crusades | The Quinton Report http://t.co/X0BJSXPftr

Brad Thor is a supporter of the Heritage Foundation and has spoken there on missile defense issues. He has guest-hosted for Glenn Beck on the radio and made numerous television appearances on cable news networks and other shows. Beck predicted he might be a target for assassination due to his one novel and another news site referred to him as the “new Salman Rushdie.”

Thor has held the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list and has written 15 novels, including Code of Conduct which comes out later this year. You can pre-order it here:

Quinton Report included in Week’s Top Catholic Tweets

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Lisa Hendey writes:

Just about every week, we bring you a weekly feature that includes the top news and information as shared on Twitter and is of import in the Catholic realm. These tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S., who does a masterful job of keeping us all “in the loop” about what’s happening in the Church. I find them particularly helpful, especially on a week like this one when I’m finally emerging from the fog of jet lag after my journey to Tanzania.

A long list of tweets follows including this one:

Catholics and the MMR Vaccine | The Quinton Report ow.ly/Ipxnl

Thanks to John Clem for including me on the list and to Lisa Hendey for publishing it.

Merry Christmas from The Quinton Report

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Merry Christmas to all as we reach the celebration of the day that the Word was made flesh through the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.

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John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

Endorsing a Candidate for Maryland’s Attorney General

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I’m not a huge fan of making endorsements and I’ve never done one on this site before, except a tongue-in-cheek one that I later withdrew. I would only make endorsements in races I actually have the ability to vote on as well. The utility of me making an endorsement in a general election race would be limited since I’m a conservative, and most people would expect me to support Republicans generally. I chose to make this endorsement since I’m voting for a candidate who is not a Republican.

I am voting for Leo Dymowski, the Libertarian candidate, for Attorney General of Maryland. Dymowski is an Army veteran who worked his way through law school and grad school. He has worked in private practice and for both city and state government. He is also the most qualified candidate running in my opinion. I don’t agree with him on every issue, but then again I can hardly ever say that about any candidate.

I’ve noted numerous times that pro-life issues and 2nd Amendment issues are important to me, even when they don’t seem to be for many politicians in Maryland unless it’s convenient. There are exceptions to that, but finding statewide candidates who will even talk about pro-life issues or the 2nd amendment during a primary can be tough (forget about a general election.)

Dymowski has more than platitudes on his campaign website and he takes on tough issues, including the drug war, the 2nd amendment (“citizen disarmament” in his words), and speed cameras. Additionally, I discussed abortion and pro-life issues with him and was impressed with both his knowledge of the issues and his positions, even if I don’t agree with him 100%. I discussed pro-life libertarians, including Libertarians for life, before on this site and Dymowski discussed the fact that the LP includes pro-lifers when I discussed the issues with him.

To sum up Dymowski’s positions on these issues:

  • he has always fought partial birth abortions, late term abortions, and public funding
  • he supports parental notification and free speech rights at abortion clinics by pro-life groups
  • he also opposes abortions past viability or fetal pain
  • he does oppose government intervention in the first trimester

While this doesn’t line up completely with my opposition to abortion in all cases, these positions might make Dymowski the most openly pro-life candidate running for statewide office in Maryland from any party. Considering there is a statewide Republican running who says he wouldn’t change Maryland law or “curb women’s reproductive rights”, it’s refreshing to see a candidate (a Libertarian no less) who fully understands the different issues involved (it’s not just about Roe v. Wade) and takes a clear stance on them.

I am still a registered Republican and will remain one for now. I am just choosing to vote for the Libertarian candidate for this one office this year. Realistically, the deck for this race is stacked in favor of the gun-grabbing Democrat but I wanted to note who I find the best candidate to be for the record.

You can find the campaign of Leo Dymowski online at vote4leo.org and you can also make a donation. I understand he is going to be on the air with radio ads very soon and he also has a YouTube channel where he talks about the issues.