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The white working class, which usually inspires liberal concern only for its paradoxical, Republican-leaning voting habits, has recently become newsworthy for something else: according to economist Anne Case and Angus Deaton,Personalized NFL Football Jersey the winner of the latest Nobel Prize in economics, its members in the 45- to 54-year-old age group are dying at an immoderate rate. While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Made Elite Team Color Black Football Jersey,the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years. The New York Times summed up the Deaton and Case study with this headline: “Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap.”

This was not supposed to happen. For almost a century, the comforting American narrative was that better nutrition and medical care would guarantee longer Customized Bills Jersey lives for all. So the great blue-collar die-off has come out of the blue and is, as the Wall Street Journal says, “startling.”

It was especially not supposed to happen to whites who, in relation to people of color, have long had the advantage of higher earnings, better access to health care, safer neighborhoods, and of course freedom from the daily insults and harms inflicted on the darker-skinned. There has also been a major racial gap in longevity — 5.3 years between white and black men and 3.8 years between white and black women — though, hardly noticed, it has been narrowing for the last two decades. Only whites, however, are now dying off in unexpectedly large Youth Nike Custom Carolina Panthers Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey numbers in middle age, their excess deaths accounted for by suicide, alcoholism, and drug (usually opiate) addiction.

There are some practical reasons why whites are likely to be more efficient than blacks at killing themselves. For one thing, they are more likely to be gun-owners, and white men favor gunshots as a means of suicide. For another, Customized Panthers Jersey doctors, undoubtedly acting in part on stereotypes of non-whites as drug addicts, are more likely to prescribe powerful opiate painkillers to whites than to people of color. (I’ve been offered enough oxycodone prescriptions over the years to stock a small illegal business.)

Manual labor — from waitressing to construction work — tends to wear the body down quickly, from knees to back and rotator cuffs, and when Tylenol fails, the doctor may opt for an opiate just to get you through the day.

The Wages of Despair

But something more profound is going on here, too. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman puts it, the “diseases” leading to excess white working class deaths are those of “despair,” and some of the obvious causes are economic. In the last Women’s Nike Personalized Carolina Panthers Elite Alternate Powder Blue NFL Jersey few decades, things have not been going well for working class people of any color.

I grew up in an America where a man with a strong back — and better yet, a strong union — could reasonably expect to support a family on his own without a college degree. In 2015, those jobs are long gone, leaving only the kind of work once relegated to women and people of color available in areas like retail, landscaping, and delivery-truck driving. This means that those in the bottom 20% of white income distribution face material circumstances like those long familiar to poor blacks, including erratic employment and crowded, hazardous living spaces.

White privilege was never, however, simply a matter of economic advantage. As the great African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1935, “It must be Women’s Nike Custom Buffalo Bills Elite Team Color Royal Blue NFL Football Jersey remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage.”

Some of the elements of this invisible wage sound almost quaint today, like Du Bois’s assertion that white working class people were “admitted freely with all classes of white people to public functions, public parks, and the best schools.” Today, there are few public spaces that are not open, at least legally speaking, to blacks, while the “best” schools are reserved for the affluent — mostly white and Asian American along with a sprinkling of other people of color to provide the fairy dust of “diversity.” While whites have lost ground economically,Customized Bears Jersey blacks have made gains, at least in the de jure sense. As a result, the “psychological wage” awarded to white people has been shrinking.

For most of American history, government could be counted on to maintain white power and privilege by enforcing slavery and later segregation. When the federal government finally weighed in on the side of desegregation, working class whites were left to defend their own diminishing privilege by moving rightward toward the likes of Alabama Governor (and later presidential Women’s Nike Custom Chicago Bears Elite Team Color Navy Blue NFL Jersey candidate) George Wallace and his many white pseudo-populist successors down to Donald Trump.

At the same time, the day-to-day task of upholding white power devolved from the federal government to the state and then local level, specifically to local police forces, which, as we know, have taken it up with such enthusiasm as to become both a national and international scandal. The Guardian, for instance, now keeps a running tally of the number of Americans (mostly black) killed by cops (as of this moment, 1,209 for 2015), while black protest, in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement and a wave of on-campus demonstrations, has largely recaptured the moral high ground formerly occupied by the civil rights movement.

The culture, too, has been inching bit by bit toward racial equality, if not, in some limited areas, black ascendency. If the stock image of the early twentieth century “Negro” was the minstrel, the role of rural simpleton in popular culture has been taken over in this century by the characters in Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. At least in the entertainment world, working class whites are now regularly portrayed as moronic, while blacks are often hyper-articulate, street-smart, and sometimes as wealthy as Kanye West. It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins, as in the Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. White, presumably upper-middle class people generally conceive of these characters and plot lines, which, to a child of white working class parents like myself, sting with condescension.

Of course, there was also the election of the first black president. White, native-born Americans began to talk of “taking our country back.” The more affluent ones formed the Tea Party; less affluent ones often contented themselves with affixing Confederate flag decals to their trucks.

On the American Downward Slope

All of this means that the maintenance of white privilege, especially among the least privileged whites, has become more difficult and so, for some, more urgent than ever. Poor whites always had the comfort of knowing that someone was worse off and more despised than they were; racial subjugation was the ground under their feet, the rock they stood upon, even when their own situation was deteriorating.

If the government, especially at the federal level, is no longer as reliable an enforcer of white privilege, then it’s grassroots initiatives by individuals and Men’s Nike Personalized Chicago Bears Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt small groups that are helping to fill the gap — perpetrating the micro-aggressions that roil college campuses, the racial slurs yelled from pickup trucks, or, at a deadly extreme, the shooting up of a black church renowned for its efforts in the Civil Rights era. Dylann Roof, the Charleston killer who did just that, was a jobless high school dropout and reportedly a heavy user of alcohol and opiates. Even without a death sentence hanging over him, Roof was surely headed toward an early demise.

Acts of racial aggression may provide their white perpetrators with a fleeting sense of triumph, but they also take a special kind of effort. It takes effort, for instance, to target a black runner and swerve over to insult her from your truck; it takes such effort — and a strong stomach — to paint a racial slur in excrement on a dormitory bathroom wall. College students may do such things in part out of a sense of economic vulnerability, the knowledge that as soon as school is over their college-debt payments will come due. No matter the effort expended, however, it is especially hard to maintain a feeling of racial superiority while struggling to hold onto one’s own place near the bottom of an undependable economy.

While there is no medical evidence that racism is toxic to those who express it — after all, generations of wealthy slave owners survived quite nicely — the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another, whether by gunshots or drugs. You can’t break a glass ceiling if you’re standing on ice.

It’s easy for the liberal intelligentsia to feel righteous in their disgust for lower-class white racism, but the college-educated elite that produces the intelligentsia is in trouble, too, with diminishing prospects and an ever-slipperier slope for the young. Whole professions have fallen on hard times, from college teaching to Women’s Nike Custom Chicago Bears Elite Team Color Navy Blue NFL Jersey journalism and the law. One of the worst mistakes this relative elite could make is to try to pump up its own pride by hating on those — of any color or ethnicity — who are falling even faster.

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TORONTO — The offseason Hot Stove is about to heat up, and that could mean more pitching help will be on the way for the Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey when the Winter Meetings officially begin on Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

The annual Winter Meetings are scheduled to take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. When it comes to the Blue Jays, expect their conversations to centre around pitching, pitching and more pitching.

Toronto is in the market for at least one starting pitcher and one prominent reliever, but there also is a need for more organizational depth. Even though the Blue Jays have been busy this offseason by signing J.A. Happ, re-signing Marco Estrada Jersey and trading for Jesse Chavez, their work is far from over.

“We’ve had dialogue with a wide net that we cast,” Blue Jays interim general manager Tony LaCava said. “We still have conversations with various free agents and their agents, and also with other teams for the trade market as well.

“It’s still early … and we’re going to try to continue to improve the club always. I wouldn’t rule anything out right now, but certainly we addressed some of the bigger needs that we had coming in.”

Toronto entered this offseason with Marcus Stroman as the only starting pitcher guaranteed to return in 2016. Brett Cecil Jersey has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, while veteran lefty Mark Buehrle is considering retirement and is all but officially assured of not returning.

The potential turnover created a lot of uncertainty, but the Blue Jays have picked up the option on R.A. Dickey Jersey‘s contract while reaching deals for Happ, Estrada and Chavez. The current rotation is projected to be Stroman, Estrada, Dickey and Happ, while Chavez will compete for the final spot alongside Drew Hutchison Jersey and — to a lesser extent — Aaron Sanchez.

The Blue Jays’ strategy seems to be stocking the rotation full of mid-rotation pieces that will help support the powerhouse offence. Toronto still needs at least one more piece, but whether that is found through free agency or via trade remains to be seen.

“I think they’re both still open,” LaCava said. “Things change quickly, and as the offseason unfolds, teams may make moves Paul Molitor Jersey that allow them to deal someone they didn’t even think they could deal, because now they’ve addressed something else. So you stay engaged with other teams.

“Free agents often times, too — maybe initially they didn’t see a fit with your team, but as the offseason unfolds, they revisit and look back, and now maybe there is a fit and we can get engaged. It can change quick, and so far we’re monitoring everything we need to, and at the Winter Meetings, we’ll find out more information.”

Toronto’s work isn’t exclusively limited to the starting rotation. The Custom Blue Jays Jersey also need to add at least one reliable right-handed setup man, and ideally the club would bring another lefty into the fold as well. Roberto Osuna, Sanchez and Brett Cecil are expected to form the heart of the bullpen, but there isn’t a lot of depth after those three.

Right-hander Mark Lowe Jersey is a free agent and could be an option to return, while setup man Ryan Madson also has been linked to Toronto in recent days. The offensive side of things doesn’t require nearly as much work, with one of the only needs being a utility infielder to fill in while Devon Travis recovers from shoulder surgery.

MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Joe Carter Jersey Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 11 a.m. and the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

Customized Football Jersey Ex-wife says accused Colorado shooter targeted another clinic: NBC News

(Reuters) – An ex-wife of Robert Lewis Dear, the man accused of shooting dead three people and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado
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Dear, 57,Customized Arizona Cardinals Jersey was told at a court appearance on Monday that he faces first-degree murder charges.

But formal charges have not yet been filed and authorities have declined to discuss publicly the possible motive for the attack at the Colorado Springs clinic, which carries out abortions and provided other health services.

The shooting has led to a debate over whether the anti-abortion movement’s rhetoric might have played a role in inspiring the attack.

Dear’s ex-wife Barbara Mescher Michaux,Customized Cardinals Jersey who resides in South Carolina where Dear once lived, told NBC News that more than 20 years ago he put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where the couple was then living. They were married from 1985 to 1993, according to NBC News.Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey.

An attorney for Dear could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood has said reports that Dear told investigators “no more baby parts” after his arrest on Friday showed he was acting on an anti-abortion agenda. Reuters could not independently confirm that reported comment.Men’s Nike Atlanta Falcons Personalized Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform.

The shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado’s second-largest city left a police officer and two civilians dead, in the first deadly attack on a U.S. abortion provider in six years.

Dear, in his first court hearing,Custom Ravens Jersey appeared before a judge on Monday by video link from jail.

The judge told Dear that if convicted of first-degree murder he faces a minimum sentence of life without parole or a maximum of death. Documents in the investigation of the shooting were ordered sealed by the court.

Custom Saints Jersey Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates Is Despicable

On Friday, a gunman killed three at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Later,Custom Saints Jersey in explaining his motive to the police, he said “no more baby parts.”

Last Monday, gunmen opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters in Men’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints College Black Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale Minneapolis who were demanding action against two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, an unarmed black man, on Nov. 15.

Evidence shows the accused shooters were linked to white supremacist organizations operating online.

In a video that surfaced before the shootings,Custom Giants Jersey one of two men on the way to the protestsays “we’re going to go see what these f— dindus are up to,” using slang insulting toward African Americans. He then brandishes a pistol and says, “we are locked and loaded.”

Meanwhile, the FBI reports an upturn in threats on mosques and Muslims in the United States.

In Connecticut, police are investigating reports of multiple gunshots fired at a local mosque.Custom Jets Jersey Two Tampa Bay-area mosques in Florida received threatening phone messages. One of the calls threatened a firebombing.

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Hate crimes will never be eliminated entirely. A small number of angry, deranged people inevitably will vent their rage at groups they find threatening. Some will do so violently.

But this doesn’t absolve politicians who have been fueling such hatefulness.

Perpetrators of hate crimes often Custom Raiders Jersey take their cues from what they hear in the media. And the recent inclination of some politicians to use inflammatory rhetoric is contributing to a climate of hate and fear.

Carly Fiorina continues to allege, for example, that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts of fetuses.

Although the claim has been proven baseless, it’s been repeated not only by Fiorina but also by other candidates. Mike Huckabee calls it “sickening” that “we give these butchers money to harvest human organs.”

Even in the wake of Friday’s Colorado shootings, Donald Trump referred to videos “with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car.”

Some candidates are also fomenting animus toward Muslims.

Huckabee says he’d “like for Barack Obama to resign if he’s not going to protect America and instead protect the image of Islam.”

Ben Carson says allowing Syrian refugees into the United States is analogous to exposing a neighborhood to a “rabid dog.”Women’s Nike New York Jets Customized Elite Team Color Green Football Jersey Shirts, Last September Carson said he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

Since the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris earlier this month, Trump hasadvocated registering all Muslims in the United States and putting American mosques under surveillance.

He’s also claimed that Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated by the “thousands” when the World Trade Center was destroyed on September 11, 2001, although there’s no evidence to back that claim.

Indeed, much of Trump’s campaign is built on hatefulness. And Trump not only fails to condemn violence he provokes but finds excuses for it.

After a handful of white supporters recently punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester at one of his campaign rallies, Trump said “maybe he should have been roughed up.”

Trump began his campaign last June by falsely alleging Mexican immigrants are “bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Weeks later in Boston, two brothers beat with a metal poll and urinated on a 58-year-old homeless Mexican national. They subsequently told the police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

But instead of condemning that brutality,Custom NFL Jersey Cheap Trump excused it by saying “people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

I’m not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America.

But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.

In suggesting that the staff of Planned Parenthood,Men’s Nike Oakland Raiders Personalized Elite Team Road Black White Two Tone NFL Jersey, Muslims, Black Lives Matter protesters, and Mexican immigrants are guilty of venal acts, these candidates are fanning the flames of hate.

This itself is despicable.

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Brock Osweiler turned on the heat late against the New England Patriots (10-1) at a snowy Mile High, leading the Denver Broncos (9-2) to a wild 30-24 comeback win in overtime and ending New England’s perfect season. Here’s what we learned:

1. In retrospect,Custom Saints Jersey it was a lot to ask of Brock Osweiler to — in only his second start — loosen the stiffPatriots’ secondary on a frigid snowy night in Denver. But the backup turned the heat on late, leading a feverish fourth-quarter comeback after a slow start and staking his claim for the starting job in Denver. Osweiler didn’t light up the stat sheet (23/42, 270 yards, TD, INT), but he moved the ball in the second half, distributed to his key playmakers when
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Of course, he was aided greatly by his skill players.Men’s Custom New York Giants Nike Elite Team Color Royal Blue NFL Jersey. Emmanuel Sanders was on the receiving end of some big Brock throws and finished with six receptions for 113 yards. C.J. Anderson woke up from his season-long slump to pound the Pats’ front seven (15 rush, 113 yards, 2 TDs) and ice the game with a 48-yard burner down the left sideline.

2. Breaking: Tom Brady is not a human being, and the Patriots’ offense is a Custom Giants Jersey flawless machine. Brady’s one-minute drill at the end of the fourth quarter was a masterwork, even without considering that his weapons were as nameless as New England’s shadowy ball boys. The Patriots legend took his tattered offense — read: Scott Chandler and Chris Harper — 51 yards down the field in 69 seconds just to set up a Stephen Gostkowski’s 47-yard game-tying field goal attempt on snowy footing — not to mention that New England nearly got burned on a confusing injury timeout that stopped, and then started the clock with the Patriots unaware. Is it the least bit surprising that Brady could pull this off? No. Is it thrilling each and every time he does it? You bet. (NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said the clock was administered correctly).

3. The hits keep coming for the Patriots. With Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and Danny Amendolaalready sidelined, Brady’s boys couldn’t afford any more casualties,Custom Jets Jersey especially to either of their remaining skill players. One of those vital pieces, Rob Gronkowski, went down Sunday night with a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and was carted off the field. Devastated by injuries, New England came into the game with only three receivers and three tight ends, but Brady was able to move the ball thanks in large part to the space and coverage Gronk commanded. Initial tests on Gronk’s knee rule out a serious injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the results. However if Gronkowski is out for a considerable amount of time, there’s no telling how Brady and the Patriots will rebound.

4. The straw that nearly broke theBroncos’ back was Brady’s bomb toBrandon Bolden in the third quarter, a play that perfectly epitomized Belichick’s game plan coming into this game shorthanded on offense.Women’s Nike New York Jets Customized Elite Team Color Green Football Jersey Shirts. With Bolden in the backfield on a third down in a two TE-two WR set, Brady sent the running back on a wheel route out right while Denver dropped back in man coverage. Bolden drew Broncoslinebacker Danny Trevathan and took him for a ride down the right sideline for a 63-yard touchdown. Who needsPro Bowl weapons when you have perfectly run wheel routes? Right? With players falling by the wayside, look for the Pats to rely on these types of plays going forward.

5. Demaryius Thomas,Custom Raiders Jersey Peyton Manning’s favorite ballhawk, had a rough night with Osweiler throwing him the football. The receiver, who signed a new $70 million deal this offseason, had just one catch on 12 targets. He didn’t come back to the football on more than one occasion, and looked far from the elite receiver he was touted to be heading into the matchup. Credit unsung Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan for the shutdown effort as well.

6. Danny Amendola’s absence had evident effects on the New England offense, but it was on special teams where his injury proved the most costly.Youth Nike Oakland Raiders Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey. Harper, a rookie punt returner, fumbled a fourth-quarter punt in Patriots territory following another stunted Broncos drive, breathing life into Denver’s offense and the slumbering Mile High crowd. The Broncos recovered the ball at the New England 36, Anderson pulled the game to within seven points on a touchdown run on the ensuing four-play drive and swung the momentum of the game fully in Denver’s favor.

7. With this loss,Custom NFL Jersey Cheap the Patriots’ perfect season is officially over. New England suffered a few scares along the way at the hands of the Colts, Jets, Giants and Bills, but it was eventually the Broncos — Manning’s team, for what it’s worth — that did them in. Maybe it will be a blessing in disguise for this wounded Patriots team, free from the burden that comes with having to extend a perfect season week-by-week and to deal with the media’s incessant questions about it. But don’t worry, perfectionists: the 11-0 Panthers are still hanging in there.

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Hundreds of supporters of the civil rights movement joined residents of north Minneapolis outside the city’s fourth police precinct for a traditional holiday feast consisting of roast turkey,Men’s Nike Custom Made Seattle Seahawks College Navy Blue Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale,stuffing, pie and all the trimmings.

The meal was co-hosted Custom Rams Jersey by the Minneapolis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The precinct grounds have been the center of protest rallies since Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the head on Nov. 15 by Minneapolis police called by paramedics attending to his girlfriend outside of an Elk’s Lodge. He died the next day.

Clark’s death came amid a series of high-profile slayings of unarmed black men at the hands of predominantly white law enforcement agencies across the United States,
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Protesters in Minneapolis have demanded that the police officers involved in Clark’s case, who are now on leave,Custom Redskins Jersey be held accountable, and that authorities release video footage known to exist from the shooting.

Questions have been raised about whether Clark, who a police union representative said had grabbed for an officer’s gun, was already handcuffed when he was shot. Police deny this.

Tensions rose further on Monday when five protesters were shot and wounded near the police station. Three white men later arrested were being held in Minneapolis, facing possible criminal charges in that shooting.

Protest organizers said the Thanksgiving meal, which they dubbed Men’s Nike Washington Redskins Customized Elite Team Road Red White Two Tone Jersey “Blacksgiving,” was aimed at showing gratitude for support demonstrators have received from near and far.

“We wanted to continue the community space we’ve been building here and use a lot of the resources that we’ve been receiving to give back to the community,” said Miski Noor of Black Lives Matter.

“I’m here to support Custom NFL Jersey Cheap my community who just wants some answers,” said Ebony Harris, an off-and-on resident of north Minneapolis for three decades.

The event also afforded protesters a chance to relax after more than a week of tumult and camping out in cold weather.

The investigation of the Clark shooting has been turned over to state authorities. The U.S. Justice Department has also opened an inquiry.

Custom Seahawks Jersey 7 Ways to Use Your Vendors to Finance Your Growth

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In his industry it is common Custom Seahawks Jersey practice that a contractor will have to float the materials and initial labor of a new job for 15-45 days before they receive their first payment from their client.

In Russ’s case this might mean having to float $50,000-$250,000 until they receive their first check.

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Russ isn’t alone. What most business owners don’t give enough consideration to is that growth almost always sucks up cash. The faster your growth, the greater your need for sources of capital to fund that growth.

Smart companies know they need to plan in advance of that growth to secure the capital reserves or funding sources to afford that growth.

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2. Get your vendors to increase your available credit and lengthen the period before you must pay them.
The best time to ask for better payment terms is before you need it. So plan to ask your vendors for better and larger terms and limits every 6-12 months. As they see how well you pay and how you honor your commitments, they are more and more willing to extend your limits and in many cases, even give you more liberal payment terms.

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One of our business coaching clients traded out $20,000 of his video production services for a professional service he needed. Everybody won.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a bit of creativity and a little horsetrading.

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They can be excellent champions to have on your side. But this requires that you both build a track record of honorable behavior, and also keep them in the loop (appropriately so) when you’re in a tough situation.

6. Arrange a “success fee” structure where you don’t pay up front but rather upon the successful performance.
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Last week, Ted Cruz promoted the endorsement of Troy Newman, an anti-choice leader who has gone so far as to say that a perfectly biblical society would execute its abortion providers.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Ted Cruz is so thrilled that someone who wants abortion providers to be killed is supporting him that he actually sent out a press release to celebrate the Custom Seahawks Jersey endorsement. Is that what this Republican primary has come to? Presidential candidates applauding — not denouncing — these radically extreme positions?

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Women made up 53 percent of the electorate in 2012. And not only are abortion rights the law of the land, but they’re supported by 78 percent of all Americans — which includes plenty of men and women from both parties — who believe that abortion should be legal in at least some cases. That just doesn’t seem to register with the Republican presidential candidates.

In the first Republican debate, Marco Rubio felt the need to clarify to the Custom Redskins Jersey moderator that he’s so anti-choice that he opposes not just most abortions, but all abortions; he’s against rape and incest exceptions in abortion bans. Jeb Bush brags that he’s the “most pro-life governor in modern times.” When he was governor of Florida, he went so far as to try to stop a mentally disabled 22-year-old rape survivor from having an abortion.

Under John Kasich’s watch, the number of abortion clinics in Ohio has halved, making it increasingly difficult for women to access abortion regardless of the fact that the Supreme Court has recognized it as a constitutional right.

Republicans aren’t only attacking abortion rights — they’re attacking women’s health in general. They all support defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides birth control, cancer screenings, and other critical services to millions of people ever year. They’re all outspoken critics of the Affordable Care Act, even though it enables women to access free, life-saving preventative care. The Women’s Nike Washington Redskins Customized Elite Team Color Red Football Jersey Shirts Republican candidates all oppose important economic priorities — like raising the minimum wage or effective paid leave policies — that would especially help women and families.

Women across the country, in particular low-income women, can’t afford a
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In our country, no one should tolerate calls to put someone to death because of his or her legal profession. It would seem that in this Republican primary, “pro-life” means only what will garner the most votes.

Custom Patriots Jersey Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch to have surgery for hernia

The Seahawks’ push for the playoffs is going to come without Beast Mode.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the running back will need surgery to repair a sports hernia, and is expected to be out a month. The surgery is Custom Patriots Jersey scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to a source. The Men’s Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Team Color Navy Blue Jersey Cheap timeline makes a return to the field possible for Lynch, especially if theSeahawks make the postseason.

Lynch met with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday Custom Buccaneers Jersey to confirm the nature of his abdominal injury after sitting out Sunday’s win over the 49ers.Men’s Custom Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nike Elite Team Color Red NFL Jersey. Coach Pete Carroll already confirmed that Lynch will not play against the Steelers on Sunday.

Though rookie Thomas Rawls has been a revelation in place of Lynch in two monster performances, Lynch has been the heart and soul of the Seahawks Custom Steelers Jersey offense since joining the team in a 2010 trade. Rawls’ big games are not the only reason why it’s worth wondering about Lynch’s future in Seattle. The 29-year-old has taken a pounding over the last few years and was not as effective in 2015. Lynch is due $9 million in 2016, a number that the Seahawks could balk at paying.

But it’s too early to start writing odes to Lynch’s magical run in Seattle. If he returns by late December, he could work his way into form by the playoffs. And we would not rule anything out when it comes to Lynch making playoff Personalized NFL Jersey memories. With Rawls having proven he can carry the load — he has two games over 160 yards — Lynch could form a dynamic tag team for the run-heavy offense.

At 5-5, there is no guarantee the Seahawks will even make the playoffs.Men’s Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Nike Elite Team Color Black NFL Jersey.This Seattle team has not looked familiar because of its rough fourth quarters, big plays allowed and erratic offense. It will certainly look unfamiliar for the next month without Lynch on the field.

Custom Jaguars Jersey NFL examining situation surrounding Case Keenum

The NFL will be looking into why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not tested for a possible concussion at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Keenum’s head was slammed to the turf on the Rams’ final drive of the team’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He immediately held his head,Custom Jaguars Jersey and then struggled to stand up when a teammate helped him up. Keenum stayed on his knees,Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green Jersey Cheap, and backup quarterback Nick Foles began to warm up on the sideline.

Keenum then walked away from his teammates slowly, and then spoke with Rams trainer Reggie Scott. The game was briefly held up because of a penalty on the Ravens, but Keenum went back to the huddle and stayed in the game after the conversation. His next two plays were an in completion, and then a lost fumble that ultimately cost the Rams the game.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher tried to clarify the situation at his news conference Monday,Custom Chiefs Jersey saying that a confluence of events led to the mistake of leaving Keenum in the game.

“And then, for whatever reason, we went on with the two plays,” Fisher said.

The NFL started a new rule in 2015 in which an “ATC spotter” employed at each game has the power to stop the game if they see any player struggling with a Men’s Custom Kansas City Chiefs Nike Elite Team Color Red NFL Jersey potential concussion.

Fisher said that the spotter did not press the issue because Keenum had spoken with the Rams’ trainer and stayed on the field. But Fisher said the game officials were hurrying Rams head trainer Reggie Scott off the field because the next play was going to start. Fisher said that he never saw Keenum struggling, and would have taken him off the field if he saw him injured.

“Reggie went out there to check on our quarterback and then Case said he felt that he was OK and Reggie was told to leave the field. That’s what happened. We have some things to work out and we’re communicating with the league,
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“…You can not under these circumstances place blame on anybody,” Fisher said.

In a statement released Monday, the league said, “Promptly after the conclusion of yesterday’s game, we began a review to determine the facts of the injury to St. Louis quarterback Case Keenumand why he was not removed from the game for the necessary evaluation by a team physician or the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant as required by our concussion protocols.

“We are continuing that review today, which includes discussions with the Rams and their medical staff, the ATC spotter, the game officials, our medical advisors and the NFLPA. In the meantime, prior to this week’s games, we will reinforce with all involved the need to ensure that these injuries are properly identified and addressed in a manner consistent with our protocols.”

George Atallah, the NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs, confirmed Monday the NFLPA is reviewing the concussion protocol in the Keenum incident.

Fisher, also the league’s Competition Committee chairman, seemed unaware of Keenum’s concussion during his postgame news conference on Sunday. Now Fisher recognizes Keenum is in the concussion protocol and his status for this week is in question.

This figures to be an uncomfortable week for Fisher. The Post-Dispatch
Customized NFL Jersey wondered aloud about Fisher’s job security on Monday morning, and Bernie Miklasz of ESPN101 asked if Fisher could be fined. Keenum, surprisingly elevated to starter over Foles during the week, completed fewer Women’s Nike Miami Dolphins Customized Elite Alternate Orange Football Jersey Shirts than half of his passes on the way to 136 yards. The Rams blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead to a two-win Ravens team.

Fisher called the loss “one of the hardest I’ve been around since I’ve been around here.” Fisher, in his fourth season on the job, is 24-33 as Rams coach.