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Thursday, November 11, 2004
 
Honoring Veterans Day
Nicholas noted this site, Free Republic, in the comments at the Blogspot blog. Basically, Free Republic says "This is today's Google logo" and shows the regular Google logo. Then they and the commenters rant about Google's left wing bias, ending with "Shame on Google". While Google's employees seem to slant to the left, I think the company has done a solid job remaining impartial.

That being said, ignoring Veterans Day is shameful, but it isn't Google's fault. Many in this country ignore Veterans Day. Businesses and schools remain open, and we don't exactly see an out pouring of support for our troops. Regardless of your political views, our men and women in uniform are not only putting themselves in danger, they volunteered for it. Few of us can say we risk death for our country every time we go to work, and most of us that can are in that position because of crimes. Some people may scoff at patriotism, but I have to admire someone who believes so much in what this country can be that he or she will fight to give the rest of us that chance.

At the very least, if we cannot give them our respect, it is shameful to give them our disdain. My friend Azriel, a young Marine who volunteered after 9/11, and anticipates being called to Iraq at any time, tells of people who scoff at the Marines and others, as though our "Search Wars" can compare to their real wars. I cannot understand what right anyone has to criticize a soldier for protecting our country, unless that person has a legitimate complaint about the manner in which they provide it. We have one day a year for this. We can afford to give them one day, can't we?

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Nate, I have to respectfully disagree. I believe that it is Google's fault, and the fault of every single individual or entity that does not honor our service men and women.
 
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think Google should have done something. I just say that its more everyone's fault, and singling out Google is like blaming a single ember, and not the whole fire.
 
You're right. We all bear the responsibility to make sure we honor those who have given us the right to the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
 
And Oil; can't forget the oil. As a citizen in an oil-rich country not yet (successfully) invaded by Americans, I, for one, want to welcome our new overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted network engineer I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground oil caves.
 
See that is exactly what I'm talking about. Veterans Day is not about politics, it is about sacrifice. Just like you would honor the soldiers who defend your oil-rich country if they had to defend you against America, we honor our soldiers. You have the rest of the year to complain about politics. Today is to honor those who put their lives on the line for this country. Do you put your life on the line for your country?
 
The original posting says "I think the company has done a solid job remaining impartial."

I would beg to differ - they are HIGHLY political - two simple tests will prove that they lean hard to the left...

1. go to google.com and type in failure and click the search button. Then, look at the first listing... Google has gone so far as to actually TRY to explain the obviously skewed results - look at the ONLY ad that appears to the right. It says "Why these results?
These results may seem politically
slanted. Here's what happened.
www.google.com/googleblog"

2. type in guns for another search, click the search button and notice that there are no paid ads to the right of the screen, or in the highlighted bar on top. It is a widely known fact that Google is anti-gun and has repeatedly refused to accept paid advertisements from any gun manufacturer.

Yeah, sure they're NOT partial! PUHLEEZE!!!
 
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