College Football Wrap-Up Week 7 – 3 More Unbeaten Teams Fall and 7 Top 25 Teams Are Upset

The college football world was turned upside down this week as 7 Top 25 teams were upset, including No. 1-ranked Ohio State, and 3 of the 7 saw their unbeaten seasons -and national championship dreams – all but vanish before their eyes.

Throw out almost everything you thought you knew for sure. The good old boys from the south have choked on their chewing tobacco. The voters will now be embarrassed to put their undeserving, favorite team on top of the football polls. It is a new order of virtual parity at the top in college football.

The best realization of this is that it is impossible to just pencil in Alabama, Florida or Ohio State as the No. 1 team.

South Carolina knocked off then No. 1 Alabama last week, and this week the Wisconsin Badgers hosted No. 1 Ohio State and gave Ohio State a most unfriendly 31-18 whipping while completely dominating the Buckeyes, who came in with their privileged reputation and a 6-0 record.

Ohio State was ranked 6th nationally in scoring offense, and 6th in scoring defense. Someone forgot to tell Wisconsin’s players, who could give a flip about the Buckeyes stats. Wisconsin would rather smash you in the mouth, and they did.

The Badgers led 21-3 at the half, and the Buckeyes were wondering if they shouldn’t get on the bus home at halftime. Ohio State, favored by 4 on the road, failed to cover by 18 points. The defeat was so bad that the Buckeyes dropped to 11th in the weekly AP Poll.

Earlier in the season, then No. 1 Alabama put a 31-6 thrashing on the Florida Gators, who won the national championship two years ago and four years ago.

All bets are off now – the national championship race is wide open, and apparently getting wider by the week.

No. 5-ranked Nebraska fared no better. The Cornhuskers (5-0), who hosted Texas, are sorry they ever showed up. The Longhorns, who had previously lost to UCLA and Oklahoma, led 17-3 at the half and won, 20-13.

The fact that Nebraska was ranked 9th in scoring offense nationally, 7th in total offense, 4th in scoring defense and 12th in total defense, did not mean squat. Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini can obsess over those stats all he wants, it doesn’t matter, Nebraska, favored by 10, failed to cover by 18, exactly like Ohio State.

Nevada was the third unbeaten team to fall. The 19th-ranked Wolf Pack brought their perfect 6-0 mark to Hawaii, the land of pineapples and passes. The Warriors shut down Nevada’s 7th-ranked scoring offense (43 points per game) while winning, 27-21, after leading 17-zip at the half.

Hawaii also has a high-scoring offense, averaging 39 a game. The Warriors (now 5-2) had more total offensive yards and passing yards. Hawaii leads the nation in passing offense.

The loss was Nevada’s 6th straight at Hawaii. There is, of course, no truth to the rumor that Warrior players throw pineapples as well as passes, they just have a lot of very big, talented Samoan athletes on the island.

Now there are only 10 major schools that are unbeaten going into the 8th weekend of the season – TCU, Auburn, LSU and Michigan State all are 7-0, and Oregon, Boise State, Oklahoma, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all 6-0.

Besides Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada, 4 other ranked teams lost – South Carolina, Florida, Air Force and Oregon State.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, who had just upset Alabama to rise to 10th in the AP Poll, led unranked Kentucky 28-10 at the half, but were outscored 21-zip by the Wildcats in the second half as Kentucky held on to upend the Gamecocks, 31-28.

South Carolina just did not play the second half, and failed to finish off its opponent.

Florida, ranked 22nd, hosted Mississippi State, rated 33rd by Sagarin, and found itself on the short end of a 10-7 stick. The Gators offense has just collapsed; two weeks ago they only scored 6 on Alabama, and now they have just dropped out of the Top 25 with a 4-3 record following consecutive losses to Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State.

The Mississippi State loss meant that Florida coach Urban Meyer suffered 3 consecutive losses for the first time in his coaching career. Apparently, when there is no Tim Tebow, there is suddenly no Florida. That’s tough luck, for Florida, not Mississippi State.

Air Force, which debuted in the Top 25 last week at 23rd, took a flying leap back out of the poll this week after being beaten by unranked San Diego State, 27-25. The Aztecs, who led 10-6 at the half, made it official with the final score. The Air Force Falcons will have to regroup for some strategy.

The seventh team to miss victory this week was the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, who were beginning to look for real. The Beavers paid a visit to the up-again, down-again Washington Huskies. They had won 6 in a row against Washington, and had won 7 of their past 9 Pac-10 road games.

That said, the Huskies have a real headliner in Jake Locker, who would be winning more games if his receivers would stop dropping passes, and his defensive teammates would start playing defense.

Locker threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes, including 2 to Jermaine Kearse in a double-overtime game, and Oregon State’s 2-point conversion attempt for a win in the 2nd overtime period fell incomplete as the Huskies beat the Beavers 35-34.

Washington needed a defensive stop at a critical moment and finally got one when the conversion pass to Joe Halahuni went through his hands as he was hit by linebacker Cort Dennison.

Locker was 21-of-35 passing (60%) for 286 yards and the 5 TD strikes. Locker also picked up 60 yards on 12 carries (5.0 ypc), and Chris Polk added another 105 yards. Kearse had 9 catches for 146 yards and his school-record 4 touchdowns came on 16, 45, 17 and 21-yard passes.

Both Oregon State and Washington are now 3-3 on the season.

Eight other Top 25 teams had great wins to keep moving onward and upward.

They included really good road wins by 3rd-ranked Boise State over San Jose State 48-zip, 11th-ranked Utah over Wyoming 30-6, 20th-ranked Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 34-17, and 21st-ranked Missouri over Texas A&M 30-9.

Great home victories included 7th-ranked Auburn outlasting 12th-ranked Arkansas, 65-43, in the game of the week that featured offense and no defense, 4th-ranked TCU over BYU 31-3, 6th-ranked Oklahoma over Iowa State 52-zip, and 13th-ranked Michigan State over Illinois 26-6.

In a side note, Auburn barely led Arkansas 37-35 after the 3rd quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 28-8 on some miscues in the last quarter to go on and win 65-43. Imagine for a moment a SEC game with 108 total points scored. Whatever happened to that thing called defense?

Six other top-ranked teams had much less impressive victories. They included 8th-ranked Alabama’s really lame win at home over 79th-ranked Mississippi 23-10, 9th-ranked LSU’s pathetic triumph over 149th-ranked, AA McNeese State 32-10, and 15th-ranked Iowa’s 38-28 victory over Michigan.

Also, 16th-ranked Florida State’s narrow 24-19 effort hosting 110th-ranked Boston College, 17th-ranked Arizona’s weak 24-7 win at Washington State, and 25th-ranked West Virginia’s 20-6 escape against 100th-ranked South Florida.

No. 2-ranked Oregon and No. 15-ranked Stanford were idle this week.

Seven other unranked teams deserve a mention.

Here are 3 thumpings – Georgia shutting out Vanderbilt 43-zip, USC taking it to California 48-14, and Kansas State ripping Kansas 59-7 after leading 52-zip after 3 quarters.

Here are 4 upsets – East Carolina, ranked 71st, knocking off North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime, 189th-ranked Eastern Michigan beating 124th-ranked Ball State 41-38 in overtime, 161st-ranked Rice nipping 77th-ranked Houston 34-31, and 159th-ranked UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) upsetting 112th-ranked UTEP (Texas-El Paso), 21-6.

Tuberculosis – The Deadly Killer Disease and the Spectre of Illegal Immigration

In summer when the cases of unaccompanied minors were at their peak in the states of Arizona and Texas, agents of the Border Patrol who worked inside processing facilities reported how the cases of tuberculosis, scabies and other critical diseases were being brought into the United States by people who were not unvaccinated, illegal aliens. There have been a lot of warnings that are being issued by local communities, about the impact that these diseases could have in the public school system where children are being educated. There have been many protests all over the country, in places like Murrieta, California, for example, where the local residents have been turning bus loads of illegal immigrants away, stating reasons as concerns about the dangers that could arise to public health. All these protestors who have warned about the spread of diseases were in turn accused of fear mongering and exaggeration.

It is already October now, and in the month of September thousands of illegal minor children were directly transmuted into the public education system without even meeting the basic immunization requirements, and into the local hospitals in each city, for getting medical care administered. What transpired after this is really alarming -cases of tuberculosis have been popping up quite regularly, with at least 5 cases of infections that were confirmed cases of the disease. At least 700 children are being put at risk, according to reports.

Tuberculosis or consumption, as it is called, is a fatal, infectious disease, caused by various strains of “mycobacteria “; it attacks the lungs and sometimes the other parts of the body. Tuberculosis is a disease that spreads through the air through coughing, sneezing or through the exchange of other respiratory fluids in the air.

One-third of the world’s population is thought to have been infected with this dreaded disease, with new infections occurring in about 1 percent of the population each year. It is prudent to note that only 5 to 10 percent of the United States population tests positive for the disease. According to the National Network for Immunization Information, tuberculosis kills more people in the world than any other infection.

In recent times however, an alarmingly large number of cases have been coming up across the States – five babies tested positive for the infection after an employee at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease. These include children born at the hospital between September and August 2014, when it was discovered by officials that an unnamed female employee had the illness. More than 700 children may have been exposed to the disease, according to reports.

The recent surge in the illegal immigration into the country could also be one of the reasons why the occurrence of tuberculosis is increasing, but the media is not drawing any connections between two situations. Illegal immigrants put the larger population in the country at risk, as they are not tested for any potentially dangerous diseases. According to a reputed agency in the United States tuberculosis kills more people in the world than any other infection!

Truck Drivers, Are You Keeping Up With All The Different State Regulations?

Truck drivers not only have to follow all federal regulations, but also state regulations. Some of the States differ for truck drivers for each state. Different regulation’s start with the requirements that must be met in order to get a CDL. Age and education are two examples of what a state may require different form another. Besides the state rules, tractor trailer drivers also have to obey the local regulations. Luckily, federal regulations supersede state and local regulations, unless the state regulations are more strict. This makes it a bit easier when driving through multiple states.

Some state regulations that vary from state to state include the use of cellular phones while driving a truck. Many states have already outlawed talking on the phone or texting while driving a truck. Other states are quickly joining those and are changing their rules and regulations to outlaw the use of cell phones for all truck and bus drivers.

Although parking restrictions falls more into the local category, state regulations also have restrictions on where a truck can be parked. For example a truck that is transporting any type of hazardous material must know the state and local regulations for parking. Federal regulations and DOT requirements cover this, but in some places they may have regulations that are more strict, such as parking near certain types of buildings or schools.

State regulations may have different safety regulations, traffic regulations and other regulations that apply to truck drivers. Speed limits are one regulation that varies from state to state. You might be able to drive 75 mph while in Arizona, but you will need to slow down to 65 mph as soon as you enter California. State regulations also dictate the number of trailers that you legally pull. In Utah and some other states, a truck driver can pull up to three trailers at a time. To legally pull three trailers, a requirement of an endorsement for doubles, triples, or tanker is required to have a double-triple endorsement, which is one of the CDL requirements if you plan on pulling more than one trailer.

Other state regulations that involve traffic regulations, is the use of the truck lights. Many truck drivers will activate their flashing hazard lights to add safety will traveling below the posted speed limit, when traveling up a long, step grade. The flashing hazard lights alerts the traveling approaching the truck that their need to pay attention, and while this sounds like a safe idea, some states including California ban truckers from using their flashing hazard lights while the truck is moving. Some state regulations require all truck drivers to have permit to haul through their state. In most cases it is a decal that DOT checks at the scales as you enter into the state.

Different state regulations mainly focus on the CDL requirements for that particular state, as well as the traffic regulations for their particular state. The only time that state regulations will supersede the federal regulations is when that particular state requires addition restrictions.

The Attorney Makes the Difference in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases take many forms, and courts make decisions based on many extenuating circumstances. While some cases are rather simple when the facts are clearly stated during a trial, others may not be easy to judge based on the laws that govern the situation.

Determining the True Facts

Most trials are based on what “facts” are produced for the judge and/or jury. Personal injury cases are resolved quickly when everything applicable to the case is known, but that is often difficult to determine because of conflicting testimony.

A school bus driver in Arizona was placed on leave following an accident where a pedestrian was struck by the bus he was driving. The investigation is inconclusive at the present time because it is unclear who was in the wrong. The pedestrian and driver both claim the traffic light gave them the right-of-way.

The pedestrian was pinned under a wheel of the bus, which makes the incident look bad for the driver, but that does not mean the driver was necessarily in the wrong. The defining factor will be who convinces the jury. Testimony can be split when witnesses are introduced.

Why the Attorney is So Important in Personal Injury Cases

It is easy for the person hurt in an accident to receive sympathy in most cases, and the right trial lawyer will use that to influence jurors. The defendant’s lawyer should be prepared for this if he/she is experienced in personal injury cases because the emotions of the jury members have a huge effect on a trial’s outcome.

Making sure that the facts don’t get overlooked because of sympathy is also a talent that good personal injury attorneys develop. Many court cases are lost because jurors are manipulated into spending more time on emotional issues rather than just getting the true story.

If the events of the case do not make the right verdict obvious, a good attorney will provide factual information that provides the best possible character development for his/her client.

If the injured person has been wronged, the right attorney will seek to get the best settlement and make it very clear to all parties why his/her client should receive what is due.

There are many costs that indirectly come out of pocket following a personal injury. If an lawyer doesn’t seek to get restitution to a client for all those costs, it is certain that no one will offer to pay, even if they have even the slightest belief they may have been in the wrong.

Cheaper Mode of Transportation – Greyhound Buses

Greyhound bus lines started in 1914 provides the largest intercity communication across Northern America. It provides safe, affordable and relishing journey to most of the passengers each year and can be better described as US icon. It thus provides a long ranged bus service and is the cheapest mode of transportation in United States.

Along with providing regular passenger service for which it is well known, various different services are also provided by it for the customers. Greyhound services offer the same-day price value as well as next-day early delivery to many destinations. Greyhound buses also offer packages for schools, conventions and businesses at very low rates. In US they have operating subsidiaries that are part of their network. These include valley transit for the Mexico and Texas borders, Cru cero USA for south California and Arizona and for Texas and New Mexico it is Americano USA. Additionally these buses have interconnected partnerships with various other bus lines in United States that provides complementary service for Greyhound buses and in the greyhound’s national route; they also connect to smaller towns. Greyhound bus lines provide transportation services to passengers for journey in Canada also. Passengers traveling with Amtrak also use these buses for connecting to the cities that are not connected through railways by Amtrak services. Passengers can buy the bus ticket directly from the bus station or they can buy the ticket for the connecting bus from Amtrak only while buying the rail ticket.

Because of the level of price, usually low quality people ride on these buses and in most of the cases the surroundings of the bus stations are not safe from the public safety point of view. One can say in short that if there are other modes available to travel one need not ride the Greyhound buses. As in most of the cases, the bus drivers are quite unfriendly and also safety matters a lot. Even the long journeys become very exhausting as for journeys of 3-4 days the bus stops only few times in a day. One can instead go for the Amtrak trains as they are more refreshing and fun to ride on along with that trains provide better safety and good economic class to the passengers traveling their ways. But if one is left with no other choice, Greyhound bus lines are the last option and the only thing good about it that they are cheap.

If You are Hiring a Neighborhood Specialist to Sell Your Home, there are Some Things You Absolutely

My husband and I were eating breakfast at the Good Egg the other morning and couldn’t help but over hear a fellow talking to his elderly parents about their home. It was fairly obvious that his father had a hard time hearing and the louder he talked the more I was tuning in to what he was saying.

“Dad, the real estate market in Arizona is going crazy right now!” He said.

“Huh?” His father grunted

“THE HOMES ARE SELLING IN A MATTER OF HOURS.” He said louder.

“HOURS?” His father yelled almost in half a question, half disbelief.

“Yes,” He continued, “What you need to do is look for the signs in your neighborhood with the same real estate agent’s name on them. These agents are the neighborhood specialists. They sell all the homes in the neighborhood and they know what is going on in that particular neighborhood. That is what you should do. That is how you find the best agents.”

I nearly choked on my toast! I sort of heavy sighed and my ears were getting hot by this time. It was all I could do to compose myself. I continued listening, all the time in disagreement with much of what the well intentioned son said to his parents.

My husband leaned over and said, “Yeah right. Just because someone gets a bunch of listings in a neighborhood makes them a specialist. That poor guy is giving his parents the worst advice I have ever heard!”

“I know but it is probably what a lot of people think.” I said.

“I think it is a hit and miss method of finding the best agent. Those attorneys that are ambulance chasers have their signs all over the TV and on bus benches, just because they have a sign out doesn’t mean they are a specialist! Those guys are snakes…just like some real estate agents! You know, you have seen it. One crummy agent gets a listing and the next thing you know bam…they are listing homes all over the neighborhood. Doesn’t mean they are good…a lot of them hang a sign and walk away. Anyone can call themselves a neighborhood specialist. What he is telling his father is ridiculous!” He sneered at me.

I couldn’t believe this had hit a nerve with my quiet and well mannered husband. He was mad!

“Why are you so upset by this?” I asked.

“Its not a good way to select a professional. People should spend more time finding out what the agent does after the sale. I see you making deals happen. A lot of them would never close if you weren’t on the phone naggin lenders, title companies and other agents!” He nearly shouted at me.

“Nag? I don’t nag!” I said as I smiled at him.

“Well, you know what I mean.” He said in a calmer voice.

He continued. “With the market the way it is, you know there are more agents going through real estate school now than ever before. Think about it. What if the agent can’t negotiate strongly or they don’t get the paperwork in and follow timelines? Not everyone is as obsessive / compulsive as you are! A lot of them are discount agents because they have nothing else to offer a client. The homeowner wants to save money and they think all agents are the same so they go with the discount agents. You know some of those agents are either not the sharpest tool in the shed or they are simply greedy and list a bunch of homes and have no marketing skills at all. Some of them lie and are crummy at life, how could they specialize in anything?” He snorted in disgust.

“You are right, you don’t have to convince me.” I agreed. “But you know there are a lot of professionals out there too. I work with them every day. Our office is filled with them.” I repeated. “Filled with them.”

“Yeah, yeah, but your office gives extensive training and you fully train the agents you bring in under your wing. I don’t see a lot of brokerages doing that. Most of them show you the phone and say good luck. That is why so many people fail in the first 6 months.” He said. “You know most companies aren’t like that at all. Most of the agents I have seen don’t have a clue.”

“I know, I know. You are right. There ARE a lot of unprofessional agents that really don’t care how they treat their clients, they are just in it to collect a check. More people should shop around and find the right agent to sell their home. I agree with you so lighten up.” I said to him.

Of course I slipped over discreetly and passed this fellow and his parents my business card and introduced myself.

His mother quickly asked, “What neighborhoods do you work?”

I just smiled and said, “A lot of different neighborhoods, all in the East Valley.”

“Oh.” She responded coolly.

After what her son had just told her, suspected they wouldn’t call. The unfortunate thing is they have about a 50/50 chance of getting someone skillful. And in my opinion, skill is only a small piece of the pie.
I think it really takes five key ingredients to find a truly successful person in any industry, especially real estate because it is most people’s largest asset and they are paying you a lot of money to use great care and skill in selling their home.

Skill is only the first key ingredient.

Skill is completing all the necessary documents in a timely manner and providing the sellers with an education on the process of selling their home. Also, skill is very important in pricing a home correctly and marketing is huge. Getting maximum exposure is honestly what most of it is about. Are you wondering what the other four are?

Number two is character. Character is a person’s internal compass that guides their decisions. It is a guide to treating people honestly, respectfully and fairly.

Number three is philosophy. Philosophy is how deeply they ponder character, situations and people. Philosophy is sort of the purpose behind the character. How they see life in general I guess. My favorite philosophy is a simple one that most of us learned as a child. It is called the ant philosophy and defines the character qualities of work ethic, purpose and diligence.

Number four would be attitude. Attitude is how they respond to people and situations. When something goes wrong, are they negative or do they have an attitude of getting things done without anger, procrastination, and pettiness. Do they know how to motivate others to work with them or do they tick people off wherever they go?

Lastly, number five is goals. Goals are important because you have to have a plan in selling your home. How quickly do you need to sell? How much will you make on the sell of your home, what fees are you looking at? Without a goal or target, how do you know where to aim? Goals stem from both needs and wants. Strong goals push you toward results.

To make the picture a little clearer in your mind, let me ask you, have you ever worked with someone that had a high level of skill, character, goals, and philosophy about their job, yet displayed a crummy, negative attitude? Or perhaps their attitude was good, yet they just didn’t have any direction or goals in life and you suspected they would never get very far in their career, let alone their life. Or worse still is maybe they had a great attitude, strong skills, strong philosophies, and they achieved their goals but they stole, lied and cheated to get what they wanted.

When selecting an agent to help you with buying or selling a home, it is in your best interest to find someone that works on all five key ingredients that will make them a success, isn’t it? Of course it is! When they are truly a success in every sense of the definition, you will enjoy success too, right?

Explore Outdoor Bonanza Vacation in Phoenix

Family-vacation gatherings and out-of-town adventures are the usual activities that most children and their parents enjoy during summer or semester break. These are the moments that they are able to spend each other’s company and have more time to interact to each other.

Even adults enjoy these times by taking a time-out from busy office work and away from the daily noise and on-the-go ambiance of the metropolis.

A busy life at school or in the office makes us feel stressed most of the time. Whenever we are given the chance to unwind, let’s take this opportunity by thinking better ways to make our vacation productive and enjoyable. Sometimes, staying at home is boring and limiting.

Indoor routine like cleaning your room, sleeping, or watching your favorite DVDs may somewhat be ordinary. Surfing the net, chatting or calling a friend may not be enough to spend a memorable vacation. Why not go somewhere? Visit your ideal resort or any place that you like? If you have the budget, grab your bag and do the packing. A variety of choices are available in the net. All you have to do is pick a location closest to your heart.

If you are looking for a sunny location with a desert-like atmosphere, Phoenix, the largest city in Arizona, may interest you. Its location in the central part of Arizona near the Salt River Valley makes the city popularly known as the “Valley of the Sun.”

Phoenix has an estimated population of almost three million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, along with other cities such as Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe and Mesa, making it the fifth largest city in the U.S.

For first timers who would visit the place, don’t worry it is very easy. The frequent visitors who come from the east or west take their car using the Interstate 10 as their common route. If you still need guidance in planning your route or in taking other possible routes, you may visit http://www.mapquest.com for details. Don’t forget to bring your water jars while traveling, especially during summer months or hotter days to avoid dehydration.

Traveling by air is also fun and fast since Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is made available to service 20 airlines, especially visitors from UK using British Airways with six times a week nonstop flights.

Other airlines include Air Canada and Aero Mexico. All you have to do is to visit these airlines’ websites and make early bookings to make sure that your vacation will be set to your planned date.
Information about on-going flight schedules in San Francisco is available by calling the hotline number at 602-273-3321.

Rail terminals in Tucson and Flagstaff can also be used as means of transportation when visiting Phoenix. When you are already in the place, hotels, resorts, museums, restaurants and other places can be reached using several bus routes. For customer care concerns and other queries, you can call 1-800-872-7245 for specific details.

As a customary practice for foreigners in Phoenix, tipping is made for taxi drivers and staff of hotels, restaurant and others in U.S. at 15% rate.

In Phoenix, the sunny days from November to April are the best time to visit the place. During these months, resorts are full of vacationers in the valley and enjoying the popular outdoor activities like golfing, hiking, hot air balloons and scenic sightseeing in the deserts and mountain towns.

Other lovely places to visit are the world-class restaurants, hotels, museums, shopping centers and sports arenas. With all these things to look forward to, you will never miss to consider Phoenix as your vacation destination.

Choosing the Best Immigrants, Not the Handiest

The United States must deal with one of the most important questions facing nations. That question involves adding immigrants to our population. As in making any important decision, we should consider the need for new immigrants, the type of immigrant that would offer the most to the country and the economy, the number of immigrants needed, and the timing of their acquisition. The immigrant selection process should overshadow party politics, and mere proximity of a large pool of potential immigrants.

The process should be a deliberate and well informed undertaking about potential immigrants. Present location of potential new members of our society should not play an important role in the selection process because the pool of potential immigrants that would add the most to our society and economy may not be the closest. Close proximity of potential new residents does not necessarily imply that such people would make the greatest contribution to the host country. Certainly, the fact that a candidate already resides illegally in the host country would argue against the selection of such a person than a reason to grant resident status and potential citizenship. Past wrong doing does not speak well of potential immigrants.

The present process focuses on granting amnesty to a group of ten to twenty million foreigners who showed contempt for our laws in coming here. In fact, such disregard for legal entry requirements would seem to permanently disqualify such an individual from participation in the immigration process. After all, the failure to enforce law uniformly and impartially eventually encourages other people to break laws and demand forgiveness. Maintaining order within a country requires making the laws clear and understandable, and enforcing them impartially.

Admission of an immigrant requires the host country to assume an indeterminate degree of risk. For example, an immigrant could prove unable to earn a sufficient amount of money to support him or herself, which places a burden on taxpayers to subsidize the income of the immigrant, placing an unnecessary obligation on present taxpayers. Also, a person covered by grants of mass amnesty may suffer from poor health or the effects of old age, which again places a burden on taxpayers. For these reasons and others, it behooves the host country adopt standards of skills, health, age, language skills and education or training it requires of immigrants, rather than taking on potentially expensive responsibility for immigrants lacking the ability to support themselves.

Another matter discovered by scholars of cultures and the compatibility of different cultures identifies the probability of people from different cultures fitting in with the dominant culture of the host country. Cultural differences account for the nearly fifty wars going on among people of conflicting cultures around the world at any one time. Research reveals that countries having one large, dominant culture enjoy the most harmony and encounter little disruption from a mix of smaller cultures. A rough rule of thumb resulting from examining the cultural makeup of several countries suggests that a mix of about seventy to eighty percent of the dominant culture plus several smaller groups generally produces a relatively peaceful national environment. Examining the same country-culture data seems to indicate that conflict appears more often when the country lacks one clearly dominant culture, but consists of two or more roughly equal cultures. This conclusion follows from studies by Geert Hofstede and news reports of violent conflict in various countries.

Mexico and other Latin American societies obviously offer a major source of immigrants given their close proximity to the United States. China offers another potentially valuable source of immigrants for reasons that will become clear later.

Hofstede conducted a huge study of culture based on IBM locations all around the world in the 1970’s, and identified four major components of culture, adding a fifth dimension later. The factors include Power Distance, Individualism, Masculinity, and Uncertainty Avoidance, with Long Term Orientation added later.

Countries high on Power Distance accept that power is spread unevenly throughout the country, with an elite at the top enjoying greater influence on society and greater wealth than individuals progressively lower in terms of power and wealth. Individualism focuses on whether members of a society focus on in-group relationships, with kinship playing an important role, or whether the focus is on people as unique entities as opposed to group membership. Masculinity addresses the tendency of people to act assertively and competitively, or to adopt more feminine values such as nurturing and passivity. Uncertainty Avoidance measures the degree to which society accepts uncertainty, ambiguity, and risk. Long Term Orientation reflects a culture’s stress on accomplishment in the here and now as opposed to the more distant future.

China and Mexico place equally on Power Distance, scoring on the upper end of the scale. This indicates that they more readily accept the simultaneous presence of a wealthy and powerful minority along with a much poorer and powerless majority. In contrast the United States scores much lower on this dimension, somewhat below midpoint on the scale. This does not necessarily imply that extremely powerful and wealthy individuals do not exist in this country, or that there are no powerless and poor. Rather, it indicates that such differences gain less ready acceptance in this society. Indeed, various political parties, now and in the past, have focused strongly on reducing these inequalities, with varying success. Obviously, this dimension proves of little value in differentiating the suitability of Mexico and China as a source of immigrants.

China and Mexico both score relatively low on Individualism, with China somewhat lower. Conversely, the United States shows the highest scores in the sample on Individualism, which probably comes as no surprise. This does not necessarily pose a source of conflict between the United States and the potential immigrant countries. It does imply that the Chinese and Mexicans would probably prove more clannish and distant to outsiders, which would not necessarily portend conflict in the society, but rather that it may prove more difficult for outsiders to gain access to the groups. This could create some difficulty to marketers, social workers, and other outsiders in gaining access to the communities, but does not post much threat of conflict.

China scores about midpoint on Masculinity, while the United States and Mexico scoring medium-high on this dimension, with Mexico slightly higher. This indicates that Mexico and the United States may be relatively more aggressive competitors, while China could prove more wily and subtle competitors, choosing to “out-fox” competitors or potential partners rather than confront them aggressively.

The only really surprising result involves Uncertainty Avoidance. China scores the lowest of the three countries, which fits comfortably with the common perception of the Chinese as obsessive gamblers. The United States scores slightly below midpoint, which fits the common perception of Americans as thoughtfully cautions risk takers. Mexico offers the real surprise. It scores very much higher on this dimension than the other two countries. This implies that in general Mexicans are very reluctant risk takers, which doesn’t seem apparent to an outsider but may be obvious to someone imbedded in that society. Depending on the expectations of the United States as the host country, these findings may seem favorable to the Chinese and unfavorably to the Mexicans. If we want new residents to move relatively quickly upward from unskilled labor to self employed entrepreneurs, and therefore probably greater taxpayers, the Chinese would enjoy a huge advantage over the Mexicans. These findings imply that Mexicans may remain at the lower end of industrial society longer than the Chinese, and may consequently utilize more public services than the Chinese.

Hofstede reported no findings for Mexico on Long Term Orientation, but China scored extremely high on this dimension while the United States scored just the opposite. Americans may tend to “smash through” on projects while the Chinese may seem to let Nature take its course, but whether this indicates an advantage or a disadvantage would seem to depend on the situation. It might indicate that the Chinese would tend to be more deliberate, precise, and patient workers than Americans.

Another major decision variable would be the work ethic. Americans often feel superior for having the Protestant work ethic, although there are a lot of non-Protestants in the country. They might therefore favor the Chinese and their Confucian work ethic. A recent article quoted a Mexican leader as saying, “Americans live to work, while we work to live.” Aggressive Americans could take that as a negative. Also, the stereotype of Mexicans following a sort of animism-Catholicism non-work ethic could tell against them. True or not, the prevalent perception of Americans considering the Mexican work ethic is probably that Mexicans don’t have a work ethic. In my personal experience with Mexicans indicates that they are hard and persistent workers at low skilled tasks, but I have no basis to evaluate them on more sophisticated tasks.

Additionally, we need to look at the “need for achievement” as originally developed by Henry Murray in 1938 and popularized by David McClelland in “The Achieving Society.” The need for achievement focuses on an individual’s desire for significant accomplishment, mastering skills, control, and high standards. It is revealed by the difficulty of tasks undertaken. People with low need for achievement may choose very easy tasks, minimizing the risk of failure, or very difficult tasks, in which case a failure would not prove embarrassing. People with a high need for achievement often choose moderately difficult tasks, obviously challenging but reachable.

A search of the Internet revealed that both the United States and China have a high need for achievement, while showing Mexico as having a low need for achievement. In fact, some of the articles regarding Mexico explained various attempts to instill a higher need for achievement in school students at various grades. Most of the projects were not advanced enough to predict their success, although funding of these programs indicates that the Mexican government recognizes that an increased need for achievement represents a valuable and desirable asset.

Studies have also focused on differences in intelligence (IQ) between people of different races. According to Wikipedia, “In the US, intelligence quotient (IQ) test scores show statistical differences, with the average score of the African American population being lower – and that of the Asian American population being higher – than that of the White American population (based on the self-identification of those tested).” Other studies indicate that Hispanics are below whites but above blacks. The consensus, from high IQ to low IQ is Ashkenazi Jew, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, Blacks. As for the impact of genetics versus environment on IQ, findings are very mixed but seem to favor genetics as the prime actor on intelligence, although several studies indicate that environment can, to some extent, exert a modifying impact on IQ. One point of interest is that the University of California at Berkley, a very highly ranked university nationally, reports that 50% of its student body is Asian, primarily Chinese. Taken together, these findings would seem to favor Chinese as immigration candidates.

What this means regarding selection of people as potential immigrants depends on national goals. If the goal is to bring in people who are likely to serve a minimal time in the lower ranks of the work force and move up to becoming self-employed tradesmen, artisans, or professionals, possibly increasing employment for others, the Chinese clearly offer the better choice. Conversely, if the United States wishes to bring in a predominantly permanent low paid laborer class, perhaps it should think again. The Hispanics, especially Mexicans, are extremely nationalistic. Even third generation Mexican Americans wildly cheer Mexican teams at international sporting events.

A problem with Mexican immigrants is that they do not tend over time to identify with the United States. There exists a dominant belief among Mexicans that the United States stole the territory consisting of the western states from Mexico. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mexican General Santa Anna invaded United States territory in 1846. In the resulting war, one section of United States troops drove south through central Mexico while another performed an amphibious landing near Mexico City, which both forces soon occupied. Finally realizing that it could not govern the huge territory it had conquered, the U.S. offered the Mexican government sixty million dollars for portions of present day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, southern California, parts of Nevada, and Colorado. When the President of Mexico refused the offer, the U.S. offered a lesser official thirty million dollars for the same property, which was accepted. Minor additions were added later.

Rejecting reality, Mexican nationalist political movements such as La Raza constantly harangue Mexicans in the United States to reclaim the western states through overwhelming immigration, legally or illegally. They explain how illegal immigrants can manage to vote in our elections, bus illegal immigrants from polling station to polling station, and constantly stress that the western United States must become part of Mexico. Pledges of allegiance to the United States are often not made in good faith by “Reconquistas.”

In a blatant attempt to assist the policy of massive illegal immigration, the Mexican government assists potential illegal immigrants with an illustrated guide on the best strategies to use when illegally crossing the border and subsisting in this country. It also tells illegal immigrants that the United States is their country. It advises that once in this country, illegal immigrants should, “Get Near to the Consulate. Embrace Mexico. It’s your home, fellow countryman!” [signed by] Secretariat of Foreign Relations, General Administration of Protection and Consular Matters, Consulates of Mexico in the United States. In addition, the President of Mexico has had the gall to challenge the law of a U.S. state, and joined in the lawsuit against Arizona’s law to protect its citizens. Many Americans see this as an official hostile act by the government of Mexico. Consequently, encouraging immigration from Mexico would seem to jeopardize U.S. sovereignty of this territory, and argue for emphasizing immigration from China.

Fleeing America: The Grass Is Greener

Blessed to have spent the last few months with my mother who was in and out of the hospital receiving blood transfusions, I realized nothing in life is promised. As I helped bathe my mother in the hospital shower, I could almost see every bone in her body. I knew then I could not continue to live the life I lived. I needed and wanted to explore the world or else I would end up like my parents never leaving the United States. There are so many amazing things in this world to see and that became my life’s goal.

Before I headed to Mexico, my first passport stamp was from China. I ended up finding a position as a Business Instructor at a university in China. It was fun while it lasted. I experienced a new culture, language, and a new way of living. I had to come back because I couldn’t focus on my new life while my mother was sick. I should have never left in the first place, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I would definitely go back to China to live with no hesitation. The ability to save most of your salary was out of this world.

Fast forward to the future and I’m back in the states helping my mother and father. My mother passes away and I realize that I only know one language… English. I needed to know another language to be competitive in this world. I settled on learning Spanish and chose to learn it in Mexico City, Mexico. I had never been to Mexico City let alone Mexico even after living on the border twice in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona.

Born and raised in sunny Sacramento, California. I lived there until I was 22 years old and moved to Boston for my first federal job. Throughout my years as a federal employee, I have lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Tucson, Arizona. I have a degree in accounting and worked as an Auditor for a few years prior to my move overseas. I can say my life was not bad as I lived a good life without too much struggle, but after my mother passed I wanted more. I was also starting to become disenfranchised with the United States due to killing after killing of my own people for no reason other than their skin color. It came to the point where I was scared to leave my house.

A few days after the funeral I flew into Mexico City… one of the largest cities in the world. I found a furnished apartment on AirBnb, a school to learn the language, and had a few thousand dollars to my name. Mexico is so cheap you can live on less than $500 per month in most areas. I chose Mexico City due to it being a direct flight from Houston and the flights being less than $200 round trip any time of the year. I actually took a leap of faith and knew nothing about Mexico City. All I knew is I wanted to learn Spanish. I ended up loving everything about Mexico City.

What can I say about Mexico City? I LOVE IT! It is like New York City on steroids but in a good way. I do not want for anything. The same amenities, stores, things I love to do I can find here. I am treated with respect and courtesy here and my skin color is not a barrier to anything that I do. I barely know Spanish but I’m getting better everyday with classes. As for work, I knew as soon as I got there I would have to change my thinking and become an entrepreneur in order to make it. I am self-employed and do a wide range of things to make ends meet here. From selling things online to currency trading to writing I get my hustle on. But I don’t have to work as hard as I did back in the states as it’s so cheap to live here. My life is fun and enjoyable now… something I’ve always dreamed of.

I wake up every morning to fresh squeezed juice… papaya, orange, strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, to name a few. Everything I eat is freshly cooked and made to order from soup to enchiladas to sopes. I can get my food delivered from most restaurants when I’m being lazy. When I have had my fill of Mexican food I hop right over to Red Lobster or Cheesecake Factory or PF Chang. I do not have to drive as I use Uber everywhere I go and pay between $1-$5. The people of Mexico are so patient with me since I don’t know much Spanish and are so accommodating. Besides good food I have a nice apartment with maid service that comes to clean my apartment and wash my clothes once per week. I am never bored as there is so much to do in Mexico City. From watching a real bull fight to swimming with dolphins at Six Flags to seeing pyramids… there’s so much to do!

When it comes to opportunities the sky is the limit. Everywhere you look someone has a small business selling everything you can imagine. My first time on the bus and train a man was selling pens and headphones and found a willing customer. I truly believe I could sell chitterlings and make a killing out here. There are millions of people that are willing to pay for English lessons. I’ve even gotten offers to dog sit while people are out of town. The sky is the limit on working for yourself and starting a business.

I now have a course, book, and website dedicated to my travels and how to live in another country. I am here to say if life is not working for you, get out and explore somewhere else. Other countries around the world will open their arms to you and embrace you. There are 193 countries on this earth and one can be for you.

Explore Outdoor Bonanza Vacation in Phoenix

Family-vacation gatherings and out-of-town adventures are the usual activities that most children and their parents enjoy during summer or semester break. These are the moments that they are able to spend each other’s company and have more time to interact to each other.

Even adults enjoy these times by taking a time-out from busy office work and away from the daily noise and on-the-go ambiance of the metropolis.

A busy life at school or in the office makes us feel stressed most of the time. Whenever we are given the chance to unwind, let’s take this opportunity by thinking better ways to make our vacation productive and enjoyable. Sometimes, staying at home is boring and limiting.

Indoor routine like cleaning your room, sleeping, or watching your favorite DVDs may somewhat be ordinary. Surfing the net, chatting or calling a friend may not be enough to spend a memorable vacation. Why not go somewhere? Visit your ideal resort or any place that you like? If you have the budget, grab your bag and do the packing. A variety of choices are available in the net. All you have to do is pick a location closest to your heart.

If you are looking for a sunny location with a desert-like atmosphere, Phoenix, the largest city in Arizona, may interest you. Its location in the central part of Arizona near the Salt River Valley makes the city popularly known as the “Valley of the Sun.”

Phoenix has an estimated population of almost three million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, along with other cities such as Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe and Mesa, making it the fifth largest city in the U.S.

For first timers who would visit the place, don’t worry it is very easy. The frequent visitors who come from the east or west take their car using the Interstate 10 as their common route. If you still need guidance in planning your route or in taking other possible routes, you may visit http://www.mapquest.com for details. Don’t forget to bring your water jars while traveling, especially during summer months or hotter days to avoid dehydration.

Traveling by air is also fun and fast since Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is made available to service 20 airlines, especially visitors from UK using British Airways with six times a week nonstop flights.

Other airlines include Air Canada and Aero Mexico. All you have to do is to visit these airlines’ websites and make early bookings to make sure that your vacation will be set to your planned date.
Information about on-going flight schedules in San Francisco is available by calling the hotline number at 602-273-3321.

Rail terminals in Tucson and Flagstaff can also be used as means of transportation when visiting Phoenix. When you are already in the place, hotels, resorts, museums, restaurants and other places can be reached using several bus routes. For customer care concerns and other queries, you can call 1-800-872-7245 for specific details.

As a customary practice for foreigners in Phoenix, tipping is made for taxi drivers and staff of hotels, restaurant and others in U.S. at 15% rate.

In Phoenix, the sunny days from November to April are the best time to visit the place. During these months, resorts are full of vacationers in the valley and enjoying the popular outdoor activities like golfing, hiking, hot air balloons and scenic sightseeing in the deserts and mountain towns.

Other lovely places to visit are the world-class restaurants, hotels, museums, shopping centers and sports arenas. With all these things to look forward to, you will never miss to consider Phoenix as your vacation destination.