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Teacher Brags She Has No American Flag in Class, Here’s What She Tells Students to Pledge Allegiance To


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 By C. Douglas Golden
 August 29, 2021 at 11:36am


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This is a strange thing to have to tell someone, but here’s some advice that could have saved Kristin Pitzen’s some problems: Social media reaches beyond California.

Given that’s the whole point of social media, it seems like an odd bit of knowledge to relay. Even when you have your account on Twitter or Facebook set to private, if you post something particularly cretinous, if it rubs one of your friends wrong and you’re in a position of authority, there’s a good chance that it’s going to go wide, with decided swiftness.

In this case, Pitzen apparently didn’t even try to hide it. When the teacher in Southern California’s Newport-Mesa Unified School District posted about what she thinks of the American flag in her classroom on TikTok (there isn’t one), it was entirely public.

While she didn’t identify herself on her account, it didn’t take long for her identity to be sussed out. Her opinion might play well in Southern California. It probably doesn’t do so well when exported outside of the Golden State, however.

Here’s a brief summary about what she said regarding Ol’ Glory: She doesn’t have it in her classroom because she “lost” it, but if her students want to say the Pledge of Allegiance they can say it to the LGBT rainbow flag.

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According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the school district is now investigating Pitzen after the high school English teacher’s clip about the Pledge of Allegiance got attention this week.

“OK, so during third period, we have announcements and they do the Pledge of Allegiance,” Pitzen said at the beginning of the video.

“I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words.”

“So my class decided to stand but not say the words — totally fine,” she said. “Except for the fact that my room does not have a flag.”

Do you think this teacher should be fired?

“It used to be there,” she said, pointing and laughing. She said that while the school was closed for the pandemic, she took it down — adding, in a stage whisper, that she did it “because it made me uncomfortable.”

“And I packed it away, and I don’t know where, and I haven’t found it yet,” she added, laughing in a way that indicated she wasn’t exactly looking for it — if, indeed, she had “lost” it in the first place.

When one of her students said it was “kinda weird that we stand and then we say it (the Pledge of Allegiance) to nothing. And I’m like, ‘Oh, well, I’ve got to find it, I’m working on it, I got you.’”

At this point, a laughing Pitzen makes it clear she had not intention of looking for the flag.

“In the meantime, I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to.’ And he like, looks around and goes, ‘Oh, that one?’”

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She then points to the LGBT pride flag.

In a separate video, she showed off all of the flags she had collected and put around her classroom for Pride Month back in June, putting her hand over her heart and saying, “I pledge allegiance to the queers.”

Even in the People’s Republic of California, this is a bit iffy — particularly given she teaches in Orange County, not known for being the bluest part of the state. But the social part of social media means people who don’t live in Pitzen’s bubble got to see it. Shocker of shockers, they thought the disrespect for the flag — as well as coercing a student to pledge allegiance to the LGBT flag — was appalling.

Even in inside California, conservatives — notably Richard Grenell, former President Donald Trump’s acting director of national intelligence — were outraged at the video.

“What kind of parent would allow their child to be taught by this wacko? Why are parents turning their kids over to someone they don’t know? I’d like to talk to people who think this is good?!?” Grenell tweeted.

Apparently, the school district is talking to people, too.

“We are aware of this incident and are investigating,” Annette Franco, public relations officer for the district, told Fox News.

“While we do not discuss employee related matters, we can tell you that showing respect and honor for our nation’s flag is a value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees. We take matters like this seriously and will be taking action to address it.”

That doesn’t exactly sound like they were pledging allegiance to the queers.

From the early stage of the fallout, it seems like even Pitzen might be getting the idea that the video wasn’t such a great idea.

“The original TikTok has since been taken down – along with all of Pitzen’s social media accounts – but has been viewed on Twitter more than 1.2 million times,” the Daily Mail reported.

I know this might come as a surprise to some in California, but yes, many millions of Americans still do respect the American flag. Possibly not knowing anyone who feels like that, Pitzen decided to tell the world her feelings, and how she manipulates her students.

To her, itt was all a great big laugh — particularly the part where she had a student pledge allegiance to the LGBT flag. LOL, amirite?

Perhaps — if you’re a liberal social media influencer and not a teacher. Pitzen isn’t getting paid to have yuks with the American flag or coerce the students in her charge to pledge allegiance to her pet cause. Hopefully, once the investigation is complete, she won’t be getting paid with public money at all.

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How to Start a Board Game Business

Board games have been an integral part of entertainment in many cultures since the dawn of civilizations. We see examples of board games like “snakes and ladder” and chess in both Indian and Egyptian settlements of yesteryear.

But as Covid-19 came on raging, people started to get fonder of the nostalgia that came with board games. Being an intergenerational phenomenon, everyone has played a game at one point or the other. Therefore 2020 saw an exponential increase in the sale of board games.

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Here is a step-by-step guide as to how you can start your own board game business and rake in profits while they are selling like hotcakes.

Planning

A plan is essential for any business to take off. It sets your goals and helps you decide on a vision for your future empire. You should figure out the start-up costs at this point and do some market research on your target market.

You should also see what your competitors are charging and if you can price it competitively without affecting margins. You should also spend a lot of time looking at the price range in which your product will sell.

Starting a board game business does not require a lot of capital as compared to other businesses and you should be fine with $20-25k. These prices can go lower or higher depending on how your market and roll out the product.

Your biggest expenses in the starting are trademarking the game and applying for copyright, getting the artwork done, and then manufacturing the game. The cost of manufacturing drops as you place an order for large quantities.

Legal Aspects

Some of the most common types of business types are either sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC), or corporation. If you register as an LLC or even a corporation then you will not be held liable if someone sues your board game company. LLC costs are costs, and we highly recommend registering as such. You can have either the basic services or get some of the best LLC services at a modest additional charge.

Taxes

When opening a business, it is best to be aware of all the taxes that you will have to pay beforehand itself. Make sure you read all the state and federal taxes that you will have to pay. It is best that you start filing the taxes as soon as possible even if you do not have any income from the business.

This way you remain in the know-how and when the time comes can easily file your taxes. Being on the legal side of the fence is very necessary and taxes make a huge chunk of the legal aspects of your business.

Apply for an EIN for free on the IRS website. This way you can get your number through fax or mail itself. Learn about the small business taxes that you will have to pay.

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Dedicated Bank Account And Credit Card

To protect your personal assets, it is important that you have a dedicated credit and banking account. If the business issued your personal assets come under the risk of seizure to avoid this, it is best to open a bank account and credit card.

Business Accounting

Record all of your expenses and the various sources of income so that you can understand the cash flow and financial health of your business. Having detailed accounts of these things can help you prevent future disasters and even save a lot of money in the long run. It also simplifies the annual tax filings that will happen every year.

Permits and licenses

You should know what all permits you need to operate in the area and what license you need to have the business up and running. Take a note of these permits and licenses and make sure you apply for them well in advance. In most cases obtaining a license can be a tedious task and can take weeks to process.

You don’t want to delay your business processions due to licenses being delayed or permits being denied. Get your artwork and logos Trademarked and Copyrighted so that there are no problems in the future.

Business Insurance

Business insurance comes in handy when you want to have some losses covered. It is great for your company’s well-being if something goes wrong. There are many different types of insurance policies for different businesses as all of them have different types of risks. General Liability Insurance is a great place to start for your business coverage needs.

Worker’s Compensation Insurance is also very much necessary for some businesses. It takes care of your employee’s medical needs which is a major expense and also saves you from potential lawsuits.

Branding

Going forward you will need a clear vision as to how you want the brand and how it interacts. You will have to focus on social media presence and public identity that is in line with your goals. A well-defined brand helps you stand out from the competition and also makes business easily identifiable.

After this, you should work on how you can get people to keep returning to your board game. A game might be captivating enough but you need to sell it in such a way that people get excited about it. Bloggers and reviewers are the way to go when it comes to board games. Influencer marketing can get you great results and is the best way to get your product in front of a large audience in a short time span.

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Website

The E-commerce side of the board game business has been booming and you should get in on the action. This way you get to expand your business worldwide and get access to other areas easily. It has never been easier to become an overnight success.

Business Phone

Since this is an intergenerational product so people not comfortable with internet transactions will also contact you. This automated process makes it easier for you to make a sale and saves time by automating the majority of the process.

Anything Else?

Of course, there are other things you may need to start a board game business. But those are unique to your needs and situation. Let us just say that the above is the must-have to get your business off the ground properly.

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Thinking of Expanding Your Business? These are Things you Must Do First

A business goes through a phase where you have to think of diversification and exploring new horizons. This includes expanding to new fields and opening up new branches or stores. However, you should gear up on a host of valuable scaling information before you attempt that.

In this piece, we’re going to discuss the prerequisites and recommendations for expanding your business the right way. Michael Ross, the business development director of the digital marketing firm HillTopBazaar, lends some valuable insights on how businesses can best tackle their expansion pains.

1. Doing Your Research and Competitor Analysis

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Any expansion is only as good as the research. Research directly influences the execution.

Learn as much about the new field or place as possible.

Analyze your competitors who have already expanded into new avenues.

Check relevant industries and find out their problems.

Always document the potential problems that your business might face in the new field or place.

Think of the marketing and sales strategy before you step into a new realm.

2. Consider the Three Pillars of Your Business

“There are three key pillars to your business: customers, employees, and vendors,” says Ross. Consequently, you need to devise a strategy for each of them before diversifying or expanding into a new vertical.

The customers: Do market research on the new demographics to answer a few questions. Are there enough people to make it worth the time and money? Why will these customers buy from you over the existing competition?

The employees: Deciding on an efficient team to lead the diversification or expansion is critical. Additionally, staff recruitment should follow the norms of the new skills required.

The vendors: Crosscheck the capabilities of your vendors. Can they handle the expansion? If yes, then how? If existing vendors can suffice, this can save you the trouble of getting new ones when you expand.

3. Having a Digital Marketing Strategy

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“Having a clear digital marketing strategy will allow you to stay cost-effective in your advertising and overall marketing when you scale up”, Ross adds. Indeed, the digital marketing firm HillTopBazaar has given a hand to many businesses that were in the process of scaling up. A good digital campaign, Ross maintains, should focus on the right balance between awareness and excitement.

A good digital marketing strategy allows a business to target the right people. Lead generation, online advertising, website SEO, and email marketing are the most important digital marketing techniques to follow when expanding. Let’s get down to the basics of why.

Lead generation is the method leveraged to generate thousands of potential leads that are then either manually processed or communicated with in bulk. Conditioning the leads you receive after a lead generation or advertising campaign is easier. Leads can and will make or break your expansion into a vertical or place.

The internet has changed the way we spend our free time, the way we interact with businesses, and the way we consume content. But which one is better between online and offline advertising for an expanding business? Should you stick to one? To some extent, you can say that it depends on what you intend to achieve and where your target customer is.

Let’s see why digital marketing and online advertising are better than traditional advertising. Assume your target customer is the 9-to-5 employee struggling with their wardrobe. Now, your clothing brand can be advertised on a billboard placed smartly on a highway that sees a lot of traffic back and forth between a major city and a suburb – typically, where a large section of the workforce comes from.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Maybe your expansion into that city or suburb will see a lot of footfalls, after all! In almost every case, however, online advertising outperforms traditional advertising. There are several reasons why – such as the world becoming increasingly internet-friendly. It’s truly the age of digital brands. Even brick-and-mortar businesses and storefronts are going online, providing deliveries, and working in limited at-office capacities.

The bottom line? As an expanding business, you cannot go out into the wild without a proper digital marketing strategy. That. together with careful planning and assessment, should be the base of any planned expansion.

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Choose the Best Trading Platform

Online investment can be hazardous, but an equitable platform can help save more and protect yourself. Some agents assist their clients in finding the platform that matches the needed requirements. Selecting the venue on your own is not a cinch but a commensurate task.

This article is about how to choose the best trading platform based on the experience of professional brokers.

Effective trades start with selecting the virtuous place. And the following 5 aspects must be taken into consideration:

1. A coherent and intuitive interface

The design of a platform is a matter of great importance. The first impression when you open it never fails. User-friendliness is essential, especially for a newbie, since a messy or too complicated interface is misleading and steals the time for reflection. One of the best examples of a good platform is MetaTrader 4

2. Adequate commissions

Usually, brokers provide equal conditions of expenses. However, old-school experts suggest trends’ admission. Choose the platform that satisfies your investment plans and offers comfortable commission fees.

3. Minimal account

There are cases when brokers require starting investing with a considerable sum, creating further hard-surviving conditions (500 USD or more). You may find it too expensive for yourself. Hence, deal with platforms that do not settle account minimums.

4. Brokerage fees

They are unavoidable, but you can economize. Usually, they include costs for fund transferring or account closure. Get enough information about the broker company and its payment policy. Choose one without hidden payments, e.g., subscription plans, annual fees, or start instructions. MetaTrader 5 is a respectful platform with a transparent payment system.

5. A trading scheme according to your requirements

Some broker companies offer advanced suggestions, which are inappropriate for beginners: for instance, advanced trading course, overwhelming amount of trading tutorials, and other nonessential information. To avoid this, join the trading platform that is perfect for your trading level. Use the relevant video content only, which you find efficient.

Ideally, the platform should be the tool that assists your convenient investing without subtilizing. Make sure that you have got all the reviews about it. The opinion of experienced traders is valuable and may impact your decision. Avoid any investment until you get familiar with the terms and conditions of a particular platform personally.

Highly qualified traders on the Internet are real, but you should make an effort to find them.

Summing Up

An efficiently working trading platform creates the field for ideal investing and getting enjoyment from it. Deal with professionals only, relying on the analysis and data collection options.

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These 7 Tips Can Help You Save Money While Shopping Online

Shopping for your favorite products online has tons of benefits. It helps you save your time, effort, energy, and money without getting into long lines and fighting other customers for getting items at a discount. But all these perks don’t mean that you can find cheap products online all the time. You may end up spending more money while shopping online if you are not careful.

Here in this article, we will tell you the best seven actionable tips that will help you save your money – keep reading!

1. Look For Different Stores

Most people think that their favorite products are available only at a single online store. But if you do some research and spend time looking at different stores, you will find out that some products are available at tens of stores.

You can use the presence of so many stores for your benefit. Compare the prices and the shipping time to decide which store is selling it at the lowest price. Another way of cutting the prices is looking for the stores that provide free delivery even if they don’t deliver most quickly.

2. The Promo Codes

Most of the shoppers know about the promo codes. Both Physical and Online stores provide promo codes that help shoppers to buy products at the lowest price. You may ask, why do online stores provide promo codes in the first place?

Well, stores, most of the time, struggle with making sales. Promo codes allow them to sell products faster, help them gain exposure, and allow them to position themselves as a store that provides amazing prices.

That’s why most of the stores around the year provide promo codes to their customers. But the problem is, if you don’t have time to find promos for products, how can you find them in the first place? There is a quick solution for this problem too.

Many trusted online stores provide online promo codes. These websites list all the latest and greatest promos from all the ecommerce stores, so you can easily find what you want at the best prices.

3. Be Picky

Impulsive shopping is a phenomenon that defines how people buy products on a whim. While shopping online, if you are not stopping yourself from making poor decisions, you can end up spending way too much money.

The only way to save yourself from making poor decisions is to decide what you want to buy in the first place. For example, if you are looking to buy shoes, figure out if you want to buy suede shoes or leather boots. Opening up an online store and browsing products is not the best option.

Make sure that you think properly about what you want to buy and when you want it. Don’t get in the mood for “I’ll buy whatever I like” as it will never help you save your money. Be picky, stay in a clear mindset, and avoid making random decisions.

4. Read The Reviews

Shopping online and saving money doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the quality of products. Most affordable online stores sell counterfeit or cheap products that don’t last up to your expectations. But there is a workaround for this problem too.

There are tons of places where you can find reviews of different online stores. These reviews allow you to understand EVERYTHING you must know about an online store. Customers leave reviews about their customer support, delivery service, and their products – so you can make a learned buying decision.

Sometimes niche stores are not reviewed on review platforms. In such a situation, the best option is to look up the store’s name on social platforms to find out its details.

5. Your Cart

There’s a superb trick that you can use to shop products without spending way too much. Every online store has the “Cart” feature to put products before you pay the money. Here’s how it goes:

Create your account in the store.
Find a product you want to buy.
Put the products in your cart.
Leave the cart and quit the website.
Don’t sign out while leaving the store.
In 1-2 days, you will get a coupon in your email from the store.

Every single online store is sick of people leaving products in the cart. Leaving products in your cart agitates their sales, and many stores have the policy of sending coupons. This trick might not work with all the stores, however.

6. Use Credit Cards

Credit cards provide an effortless way of buying products. Online shopping is all easy thanks to the credit cards that enable you to make quick payments. But your credit cards don’t only provide you the quickest way of online payment; they also enable you to shop products on discounts online.

Most credit card companies give amazing discounts on online shopping. They run campaigns with leading online stores to encourage their customers to spend more money using their service. Finding coupons that your credit card company provides is not difficult as they send Emails to their customers about the latest discounts their customers can use their credit card.

7. Proper Money Management

Money management has been a difficult problem to solve for humans over the centuries. But at this age, It’s more compelling than ever to spend money and do impulsive shopping all the time. You have to ensure that you don’t have “Bad spending habits” unless you are not a crazy billionaire.

Make sure to keep in your mind that discounts are never going to help you save money unless you follow a strict money management routine. Figure out your expenses, think about when you have to spend and when you don’t, and curb your shopping impulses to get the most out of your money.

Conclusion

Saving money while shopping online is an achievable goal if you are willing to do your research. Follow the tips mentioned above to save the most and make learned decisions. Happy shopping!

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