Pun Salad loves the Google. But the Google does not love Pun Salad,
Few keep a closer watch on Google than the editors of National Review. For years, they have monitored Google's doodles in search of value judgments about America. When Google ignored Memorial Day in 2006, editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg wrote on NRO's Corner, "It's kind of sad. They change their logo for all sorts of holidays and occasions. Just last week they paid tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday. But Memorial Day doesn't seem to rate anything at all." In 2007, online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote, "What, no Easter? I wasn't expecting a risen Christ, but at least an Easter bunny?" Last June 6, Lopez sniffed, "So today is the D-Day anniversary. Today is the day RFK died 40 years ago. So Google is celebrating Diego Velazquez's birthday, natch."That's from a Slate article, which Glenn Reynolds describes, accurately, as a "rather dismissive treatment." He quotes himself:
Google has come under criticism from people on the left — and right — for its cave-in to Chinese demands for censorship. From "don't be evil," Google's motto has seemed to be "don't be evil unless there's a really big market at stake."
And (via Blog Hero Carl Schaad) it's not as if
the Google actually believes
in that "Don't be evil" stuff anyway.
In an on-stage interview with writer Ken Auletta of the New Yorker magazine, [Google CEO Eric] Schmidt said "Don't be evil" is meant to provoke internal debate over what constitutes ethical corporate behavior, rather than representing an absolute moral position.Well, you know what Jesus said: "Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from what might be constituted, after internal debate, as unethical corporate behavior."
Internationally-renowned Dave Barry rarely
links to New Hampshire local news items—it's pretty hard
for us to compete with Florida in amusing outrageousness—but he liked this item
and so do I:
PORTSMOUTH — After using a stolen credit card to buy a belt in a mall store, a Dover man filled out a job application in the same store, fast-tracking the police work that led to his Tuesday fraud conviction.In addition to his punishment by the court, Fandi can look forward to years and years of his prospective employers Googling his name.
Fandi Pradipta, 18, of 304 Plaza Drive, Dover, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Portsmouth District Court to a Class A misdemeanor charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.
And finally: fifty punny
stores. We'll sample one appropriate to Pun Salad:
Beware: some puns are Not Safe For Mom. (Via BBSpot.)