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Google disrespects Veterans
What the hell is wrong with you?

Posted on 11/11/2005 11:19:02 AM PST by USMC-EOD

Once again, Google has chosen to disrespect our veterans by not offering any sort of acknowledgement of their service on their home page. Google decorates their home page for every holiday known to man, including some off-the-wall ones, like Kwanzaa and the celebration of certain individuals birthdays like Einstein and DaVinci. While I don't mind this, you'd think that they'd celebrate the people who have given them the freedom to make the ungodly amount of money that they have made, and given them the freedom to do what they want. Especially considering Sergey Brinn, one of the co-founders of Google left the Soviet Union to come to this great country to make his billions.

I noticed this last year and emailed their public relations department. I received the following reply:

Thank you for your note. We're glad that you appreciate Google's holiday logos and would like to explain why we didn't post one for Veterans day this year. Please be assured that the decision whether to display a special logo for a holiday does not reflect any judgment on our part about the holiday itself. Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful. In light of the mail we've received about this, we're actively considering designs we could display on this day next year. We welcome any suggestions you may have. My response to them was simple. Merely post the logos for the four major services, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy, and be done with it. A simple design, but still shows respect. Another symbol could have been the rifle, muzzle in the ground with the helmet on the butt of the rifle, with the boots in front of it. That is a symbolic gesture, honoring dead soldiers and Marines. But did they take any suggestions? Nope.

Bottom line, I'll be looking for another host for my blog, as Blogger is owned by Google. I'll also be removing the Google tool bar from my browser. If they're going to be ungrateful cowards, they can do it without me.


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Once again, Google shows their bias. Apparently they're too busy buying 767's to pay attention to the Veterans.

See post at http://webproze.blogspot.com/2005/11/google-sucks.html

1 posted on 11/11/2005 11:19:03 AM PST by USMC-EOD
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To: USMC-EOD

Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com has their Arfie character doing a flag salute.


2 posted on 11/11/2005 11:24:09 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: USMC-EOD
I was about to post on the exact same subject -- I had just checked Google to see if they would have anything for Veterans Day -- but I did a search and found your post. Thanks for expressing what I was thinking...

The Treasure Fine

3 posted on 11/11/2005 11:29:50 AM PST by BoilermakerCAengineerguy (And dying on the cross for the sick and the lost, is the Lover that I long to know...)
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To: USMC-EOD
Google's high-ups are lefties. It pains me everytime I use their web services, unfortunately their's is currently the best.

On a happier note, Thank you!!

4 posted on 11/11/2005 11:31:08 AM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: USMC-EOD

Nothing on Yahoo either!


5 posted on 11/11/2005 11:31:13 AM PST by dakine
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To: USMC-EOD
USMC-EOD
You're probably "blowing this up" way out of proportion.
Semper Fi ...
6 posted on 11/11/2005 11:33:28 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BoilermakerCAengineerguy

Happy Halloween - October 31, 2005


Celebrating Google's 7th Birthday - September 2005


Anniversary of Lunar Landing - July 20, 2005


Independence Day - July 4, 2005


Happy Father's Day - June 19, 2005


Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday - June 8, 2005


Mother's Day - May 8, 2005


National Teacher Day - May 3, 2005


Earth Day - April 22, 2005


Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday - April 15, 2005


National Library Week - April 10, 2005


Google celebrates Vincent van Gogh's Birthday - March 30, 2005


World Water Day - March 22, 2005


Happy St. Patrick's Day - March 17, 2005


International Women's Day - March 8, 2005


Happy Valentine's Day - February 14, 2005


Chinese New Year - February 9, 2005


Happy New Year! - January 1, 2005



7 posted on 11/11/2005 11:33:43 AM PST by SuperSonic (Don't just complain. Do something productive! >> www.clubforgrowth.org <<)
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To: USMC-EOD

You should know by now they only change their logo on internationally celebrated/recognized days


8 posted on 11/11/2005 11:34:36 AM PST by neutrality
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To: USMC-EOD

Try Pivot for your blog, a neat free blogging software, use a good skin, and get cheap hosting at godaddy.com ($ 4 a month)


9 posted on 11/11/2005 11:36:07 AM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: neutrality

Well, almost...


10 posted on 11/11/2005 11:36:15 AM PST by neutrality
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Kudos to dogpile ... I'll try to remember them next time I need to do a search.


11 posted on 11/11/2005 11:37:12 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: USMC-EOD
"Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful."

I think they're right. You want a quirky, funny logo for Veterans Day? Something similar to this Valentine's Day thing? No. The occasion is too solemn and rises above cutesy banners.


12 posted on 11/11/2005 11:37:48 AM PST by BikerNYC (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: USMC-EOD

Nice reply to Google but you forgot the service I served in: The United States Coast Guard.

On September 27, 1942, a group of diminutive landing craft sped toward the beaches of Guadalcanal. Huddled on shore, and fighting for their lives, were about 500 men of COL Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller's 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. Earlier that day, the same group of landing craft had put the Marines on the beach; now they were returning to extract them. As the LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) and LCMs (Landing Craft, Mechanized) reached the shore, Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro steered his LCVP between the evacuating Marines and the Japanese. By interposing his craft between the men on the beach and the enemy, Munro allowed the landing craft to safely evacuate all the Marines, including the wounded.


13 posted on 11/11/2005 11:38:20 AM PST by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: neutrality

One of those times for that much needed (at least by me!) "Retract Post" feature...........


14 posted on 11/11/2005 11:38:21 AM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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To: BikerNYC

From www.dogpile.com, a search engine website.

15 posted on 11/11/2005 11:39:33 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: USMC-EOD

Google is evil - but in a helpful kinda way.


16 posted on 11/11/2005 11:39:33 AM PST by Obadiah ( Deuteronomy 6:5)
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To: neutrality
You should know by now they only change their logo on internationally celebrated/recognized days

Is July 4th is internationally celebrated as Independence Day?
17 posted on 11/11/2005 11:41:42 AM PST by irishjuggler
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To: BikerNYC
BTW, you've committed the fallacy of the "False Dilemma", or the "Excluded Middle".

The alternative to no recognition at all isn't necessarily something demeaning.

18 posted on 11/11/2005 11:41:53 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SW6906; USMC-EOD

Yes, and I admit I didn't even finish reading the original post and thus missed Google's response. The funny thing is I've actually heard it before but forgot.


19 posted on 11/11/2005 11:42:25 AM PST by neutrality
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To: ArrogantBustard

A dog. A dog with its paw over its heart. It's too gimmicky for me. In fact it pisses me off.


20 posted on 11/11/2005 11:42:28 AM PST by BikerNYC (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: irishjuggler

No, I was wrong. Still, at least google has explained their stance


21 posted on 11/11/2005 11:43:27 AM PST by neutrality
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To: USMC-EOD
Yeah, well, get over it.

Google's not PC, as much as it may disturb some folks.

They didn't run a banner for Katrina relief.

They didn't mourn Rosa Parks' passing.

They didn't honor the nation's workers on Labor Day.

They don't cater to the nation's veterans.

They just have the fastest search engine and some of the neatest free Web programs imaginable.

That's good enough for me.

logician2u
USAF, 1966-1970

22 posted on 11/11/2005 11:43:39 AM PST by logician2u
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To: BikerNYC
"Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful

There was no Columbus Day graphic, either. Guess they wouldn't want to be disrespectful to those mirthless Italians.

23 posted on 11/11/2005 11:43:51 AM PST by gg188
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To: USMC-EOD
Google has a poppy in their logo today


24 posted on 11/11/2005 11:44:25 AM PST by chemical_boy
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To: BikerNYC
The dog is their logo, it is (and symbolically they are) saluting the Flag of the United States of America and the military personnel who have served under that flag.

If that really does "piss you off", then I strongly suggest that you seek help.

Seriously.

25 posted on 11/11/2005 11:45:08 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: chemical_boy

The poppy is nice. Not directly on Veteran's Day, but something that vererans have used as a symbol before. I can live with that.


26 posted on 11/11/2005 11:46:08 AM PST by BikerNYC (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: USMC-EOD

On a related matter, I heard the news girl on the radio (610, Miami) mentioning today that Wal Mart is going politically correct for Christmas this year (they are not particularly acknowledging it for fear of offending non Christians). Anyway, what the hell I guess, Christmas is not a big deal for retailers anyway, so why should they cater to those few people who celebrate it and might be shopping this time of year?

But I haven't a clue whether that's really true about Wal Mart, or whether the news people have just read the threads here on FR.

Yes, I do believe that the Google brass are lefties. That seems to be the new paradigm, that the very wealthy are leftists.


27 posted on 11/11/2005 11:47:31 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thanks for the info. DogPile it is. I have been increasingly disgusted with both Google and Yahoo. Anybody ever checked what their News searches turn up? Unrelenting leftist trashing of the administration and our military.

Everybody vote with your feet, errr, mouse. I have replaced Google with Dogpile, and will never use them again. We need to think of similar things to do to Yahoo.


28 posted on 11/11/2005 11:47:47 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (The poulets have come home to roost in France.)
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To: BikerNYC; chemical_boy

For those who don't know, it's a reference to the fields of poppies in Flanders, and thus indirectly a reference to Armistice Day ... the end of the Great War.


29 posted on 11/11/2005 11:47:49 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: USMC-EOD

They can't put a single ribbon or something like that?? This is BS


30 posted on 11/11/2005 11:48:32 AM PST by t2buckeye
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To: neutrality

St. Patrick's Day is neither internationally celebrated nor recognized. Kind of goes against your theory, doesn't it?


31 posted on 11/11/2005 11:49:29 AM PST by indcons ("Not all muslims are terrorists; however, all terrorists today are muslims." - George Fernandez)
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To: chemical_boy

Canada Google.


32 posted on 11/11/2005 11:49:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: USMC-EOD
"Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth."

Sound reasonable. I think the GOOG reply was ok.

33 posted on 11/11/2005 11:50:08 AM PST by montag813
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To: JustaCowgirl

Dogpile is not as versatile as Google for phrases, unfortunately.


34 posted on 11/11/2005 11:50:32 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: oh8eleven

"You're probably "blowing this up" way out of proportion."

Most principles usually appear small. This is definately a slight against our military.


35 posted on 11/11/2005 11:51:54 AM PST by swheats (The angel in the whirlwind is still directing this storm.)
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To: BikerNYC

Heartwarming piece of Americana. It looks classy.


36 posted on 11/11/2005 11:52:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: chemical_boy
I just went there and only get the standard Google logo with nothing else.
37 posted on 11/11/2005 11:54:13 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah, I know. No search engine replaces google. But I am so furious at them (more about the News than the logos) that I'll be willing to take the hit most of the time. Of course, I'm sure my little piddly IP address not hitting them is going to hurt them big time, ha ha.


38 posted on 11/11/2005 11:54:19 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (The poulets have come home to roost in France.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

At least .ca and .co.uk have it. There's no US specific mirror, so I suppose that's why most people will miss it.


39 posted on 11/11/2005 11:55:12 AM PST by neutrality
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To: chemical_boy

Where on the page? I've used it several times today and didn't see it.


40 posted on 11/11/2005 11:57:47 AM PST by swheats (The angel in the whirlwind is still directing this storm.)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Altavista.com is ok. Their upgrades made their pages more bulky in content.


41 posted on 11/11/2005 11:59:36 AM PST by swheats (The angel in the whirlwind is still directing this storm.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

www.ask.com (the "Jeeves" site) has a specific Veterans' Day message.


42 posted on 11/11/2005 12:01:23 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: logician2u
I like Google, too, but really - how hard would this have been? PS - thanks for your service to your country.


43 posted on 11/11/2005 12:04:04 PM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I switched to Dogpile some time ago, I felt that google wasn't giving me the searches I wanted and not getting some things at all, using a very specific search. No problem with Dogpile.


44 posted on 11/11/2005 12:04:13 PM PST by MontanaBeth (Never under estimate the enemy.)
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To: chemical_boy

not in new york...


45 posted on 11/11/2005 12:09:22 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: neutrality
they only change their logo on internationally celebrated/recognized days

Veterans' Day, aka Armistice Day, is celebrated in France and the UK.

46 posted on 11/11/2005 12:09:42 PM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It looks classy.

No, it's a cartoon dog. This is classy:


47 posted on 11/11/2005 12:11:12 PM PST by BikerNYC (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: Patriot Hooligan
By interposing his craft between the men on the beach and the enemy, Munro allowed the landing craft to safely evacuate all the Marines, including the wounded.

I served on the cutter that bears his name.

48 posted on 11/11/2005 12:11:24 PM PST by Spirochete
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com has their Arfie character doing a flag salute. A great logo--Happy Veterans Day to all!!--but I was disappointed that the Dogpile toolbar isn't compatible with my browser (Firefox). Hope they fix that right away.
49 posted on 11/11/2005 12:13:44 PM PST by CDB ("Something there is that doesn't love a wall"--Robert Frost - NOT Jamie Gorelick)
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To: USMC-EOD

No decorative banners but Maybe not such a gaggle of commies as Google---Use.com?

Any input?

Seems to run very fast for me!


50 posted on 11/11/2005 12:17:13 PM PST by TFMcGuire
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