Why Are Some Conservatives So Insecure About The Google Logo?

Today is the 66th anniversary of D-Day so, of course there’s a conservative complaining that Google isn’t commemorating it appropriately:

Last year on June 6th Google celebrated the 25th birthday of Tetris:

On June 6th the year before that, Google recognized the birthday of Spanish painter Diego Velasquez:

But today, June 6, 2010… nothing:

Google is purposefully ignoring a big event, aren’t they?

That’s from Doug Powers, a guest blogger on Michelle Malkin’s site.

We see this at almost every major holiday now, people on the right complaining because they don’t think Google is appropriately memorializing the holiday. Just last week in fact, James noted the ridiculousness of some bloggers who were apparently offended at the way Google choose to mark Memorial Day.

And now we get a snarky little comment because Google isn’t marking the 66th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. It’s really quite stupid when you think about it. Are the people who complain about this kind of stuff so insecure in their own patriotism that they need to have it validated by a web site ? Moreover, if D-Day is now a mandatory Google-Must-Acknowledge day what about all the other historic battles that America has fought or, since Google is an international company, the history battles that other nations have fought ?

There are times to be outraged and there are times when your outrage is just profoundly silly. Guess which category this “controversy” falls in.

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Comments

  1. Rob Miles says:

    It’s all the Obama administration’s fault, you know.

  2. wr says:

    Because this is all that’s left of “conservatism.” Eight years of Bush ruled proved that every one of their beliefs when made into policy leads to unmitigated disaster. So all they’ve got now is to play victim and take offense at, well, everything.

  3. ontherocks says:

    We are not playing victim, we are just annoyed at the choices they make as to what to celebrate (or ignore) on certain dates.

    Celebrating nothing on the 65th anniversary of D-Day would somehow have been better than celebrating something trivial such as a computer game. Thousands of men (American, Canadian, British, Free French,…) gave their lives that day for the purpose of opening the final stage in the liberation of Europe. We (and Europeans) owe them some respect.

  4. Juneau: says:

    Conservatives just get tired of the liberal limp-wristed bent of Google management. On the one hand, they don’t want to honor anything that smacks of “conservative” values – the “nationalistic” values of heroism, patriotism – the “traditional” values of a nuclear family. On the other hand, they have no problem kow-towing to the wishes of one of the most secularly oppressive, and rabidly nationalistic governments in existence – Red China.

    They are just a very visible symbol of the hypocrisy that exists with so-called “progressive” values.

  5. Michael Reynolds says:

    Actually, Juneau, Google has defied the Chinese government by re-routing its Chinese searches through Hong Kong.

    You’re going to find that most creative companies are liberal in terms of their politics. Creativity and liberalism tend to go together. Just like anger and conservatism go together.

    It seems that many of our most successful creative companies — Google, Apple, and of course all of Hollywood — are both liberal and utterly non-dependent on government help.

    While conservative companies — the big banks, the big accounting firms, the bond rating agencies, the oil companies — are busily destroying the way of life conservatives claim to hold dear.

    How do you explain that?

  6. Don Marciniak says:

    Actually Michael, you apparently have you head up your creative butt. How much tax payers money does the extremely liberal PBS organization get annually? How about the Endowment for the Arts? There are tons of “creative” as you put it organizations that pull from the public trough.

    Just because you are blinded by the BS that Obamazons are fed and are oh so ready to devour does not mean that it is as it is. Wake up before all the things that you hate go away. How often do you not get in a vehicle Micheal? How about not write a check or use a credit card??? I’ll just bet that you can walk out and pay cash for your next new house right?

    That’s how I explain that.

  7. Juneau: says:

    You’re going to find that most creative companies are liberal in terms of their politics. Creativity and liberalism tend to go together. Just like anger and conservatism go together.

    Not into generalization much, are you? The idea of angry conservatives is a worn and useless joke. Whatever the historical legacy may or may not be, (and I’m not conceding the historical comparison, I just don’t want to get into a line-item argument), the recent history of our country shows it is the liberal left that resorts to violence most easily. Usually under the guise of environmental activism or, as in the case of SEIU and other thuggishness, in the name of… loyalty to Obama?

    Either way, just call us all racists and let’s move on. It’s boring and no longer had any power outside of a slow- Sunday- afternoon response to the charge.

  8. Juneau: says:

    While conservative companies — the big banks, the big accounting firms, the bond rating agencies, the oil companies — are busily destroying the way of life conservatives claim to hold dear.

    How do you explain that?

    And just what, pray tell, provides you with the grist to make a judgement about which types of businesses are conservative as opposed to liberal? LAst I checked, they all made a profit and employed people. Again, it’s not the fact that Google sucked up to China until very recently, it’s the hypocrisy in trying to act like you worship the magic progressive unicorn, unless there’s a buck involved. Then – maybe we can make an exception, just this once , or twice, or three times, or…

  9. Juneau: says:

    It seems that many of our most successful creative companies — Google, Apple, and of course all of Hollywood — are both liberal and utterly non-dependent on government help

    With the glaring exception of the main stream media – who is now failing miserably because most of the country no longer relates to their liberal message, and is looking for a bailout from the Federales to keep ’em pumping out the good stuff.

  10. Michael Reynolds says:

    Juneau:

    You ask:

    And just what, pray tell, provides you with the grist to make a judgement about which types of businesses are conservative as opposed to liberal?

    Well, I think maybe it was this idiot named Juneau who said:

    . . .tired of the liberal limp-wristed bent of Google management.

  11. Michael Reynolds says:

    Don:

    How much tax payers money does the extremely liberal PBS organization get annually?

    Just about 400 million, give or take. Or approximately what notorious liberal/commie/pinko James Cameron made on opening day from Avatar.

    How about the Endowment for the Arts?

    About 140 million. Or about what Green Day makes from singing “American Idiot.”

    You know, in rough numbers.

    Shall we compare that to what those good conservative bankers and mortgage brokers drained from the economy?

  12. Michael Reynolds says:

    Don:

    By the way, thanks for proving me so wrong about conservaties and anger:

    Just because you are blinded by the BS that Obamazons are fed and are oh so ready to devour does not mean that it is as it is. Wake up before all the things that you hate go away. How often do you not get in a vehicle Micheal? How about not write a check or use a credit card??? I’ll just bet that you can walk out and pay cash for your next new house right?

    Grrrr. Ruff ruff! Grrrrr.

  13. GS says:

    Reynolds,

    http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/02/news/economy/powerplay_dems.fortune/index.htm

    You’re welcome, chief.

    Doug,

    Like your gratuitous Palin-bash a few posts ago, I just don’t see why this has your panties in a wad.

  14. Cindy says:

    I’m with ontherocks below.  

    I’m saddened how Google chooses to observe or ignore certain events in history.  I don’t understand how D-Day or Memorial Day has to do with being conservative or liberal.  Plain and simple, Google chooses not to honor our war dead. What is truly sad is that these men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice so that Google can have the right to do as they wish…. As I do, not to use their services or search engine.

    ontherocks
    says:
    Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 14:18

    We are not playing victim, we are just annoyed at the choices they make as to what to celebrate (or ignore) on certain dates.
    Celebrating nothing on the 65th anniversary of D-Day would somehow have been better than celebrating something trivial such as a computer game. Thousands of men (American, Canadian, British, Free French,…) gave their lives that day for the purpose of opening the final stage in the liberation of Europe. We (and Europeans) owe them some respect

  15. Andy says:

    Cindy,

    I agree that observing Memorial Day has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative.

    Google has said (repeatedly) that they don’t think a silly doodle is the appropriate venue for a serious remembrance.  Perhaps they should rethink that, since it’s something the public seems to be clamoring for, but let’s be clear that they’re in no way forsaking the troops or ignoring them. 

  16. Juneau says:

    Well, I think maybe it was this idiot named Juneau who said:

    . . .tired of the liberal limp-wristed bent of Google management.

    Idiot….hmmm.  Now wait, don’t tell me.  You’re being creative right?  Reynolds, I generally try to refrain from falling into the same cesspool that passes for comment by you and your chorus of fellow travelers here on OTB.  However, the topic at hand is the visible – repeat, visible – and yet one more time for the exceptionally challenged – visible lack of support shown by Google by the logo art displayed on the entry page to their search engine. 

    You folks are just so much fun to play grownup with.

  17. Cindy says:

    Andy,

    We mutually agree that observing Memorial Day has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative.

    However, if Google can spend  5 – 10 million (estimate) to launch a Pac Man 30th Anniversary Commemorative Doodle, it seems fitting that Google could find the resources, talent, and time to do a Doodle for Memorial or Veteran’s Day with grace and style.  Likewise, if Cartoonists are able to take their talent to produce a sketch with grace and style, I believe Google is well capable of the challenge.  

    I look forward to your response.

  18. michael says:

    It really doesn’t matter. When the communist/nazi/fascist/islamist thugs come knocking on the door of Google HQ. The board of directors will be far away, while better men then they stand up and push the bastards back into the sea. Then Google can go back to being the smug, liberal judgemental primadonnas that everyone knows they are.

  19. Herb says:

    Free speech means saying what you want. Not what a bunch of right wing bloggers want you to say. That’s kind of the point of remembering D-Day….

    (And yes….I say right-wing instead of conservative. Because this crap ain’t conservative…)

  20. John says:

    What a non-issue. Google is a search engine, use it or don’t.

  21. Paul says:

    It must be much more important to honor pac man than it’s is to honor the soldiers who fought to secure this countries freedom so a company like google can be born, just to take away all of our privacy.