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(Google)   Doodle 4 Google's national winner. A very compelling, very moving image from a young artist. Never knew the tubes could get quite this dusty   (google.com) divider line 100
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2013-05-23 06:26:06 AM
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2013-05-23 06:28:02 AM
Damn, now I cant cee ro rupe.
 
2013-05-23 06:30:38 AM
Wisconsin!  Yay.
 
2013-05-23 06:39:15 AM
"When I was 10 years old, my dad came home from war. This was my best day ever."

I need a Heimlich maneuver.
 
2013-05-23 06:47:25 AM
Having a very hard time believing some of those K-3 drawings were really done by a child that age and not mom/dad/big sister.
 
2013-05-23 06:47:42 AM
Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.
 
2013-05-23 06:49:20 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


Same thing happens with porn. It has to get weird and weirder to keep working.
 
2013-05-23 06:50:55 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.
 
2013-05-23 06:51:10 AM
That was really sweet.
 
2013-05-23 06:51:43 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


And there's not really any clever integration of the letters of the Google name.  I don't get it either.
I guess it's like the Oscars -- if the movie has enough outbursts of raw emotion you'll at least get a nomination.  "Sure,far more talent is displayed in some of the other works, but this one has patriotism and tears, dammit!"
 
2013-05-23 06:53:05 AM

Fizpez: Having a very hard time believing some of those K-3 drawings were really done by a child that age and not mom/dad/big sister.


ot to poo on the pics, but I agree. I have a 10 year old and even though he is very creative, the stuff from his age group looks like an adult "helped"

/still all pretty cool though
 
2013-05-23 06:55:08 AM
OK, I was dismayed to see flags and a soldier...  only because I knew it would bring out the dickweeds.
 
2013-05-23 06:58:00 AM
yay jingoism
 
2013-05-23 06:59:46 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


If you want uplifting soilders returning stories, look up Vietnam War.
 
2013-05-23 07:03:04 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.


I wondered why I had a flashback to my freshman year art class after reading this.

/They'd trash this
//But would go full circle jerk over a urinal with a name on it
 
2013-05-23 07:03:58 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


I had the same reaction, and I'm active duty military. Plus to me there was nothing interesting done with the google letters.  Oh well.
 
2013-05-23 07:08:27 AM

BarkingUnicorn: OK, I was dismayed to see flags and a soldier...  only because I knew it would bring out the dickweeds.


Can't we just be happy for the little girl that got her daddy back; or, do we need to hurumph everything?
 
2013-05-23 07:09:34 AM

Fizpez: Having a very hard time believing some of those K-3 drawings were really done by a child that age and not mom/dad/big sister.


If kids have had real art instruction, this is not unusual for the kind of work they can do. If they are talented to start. By the way, Sabrina is in 12th grade and on her way to attend a college of art. She won a $30,000 scholarship from Google and also won her school a huge tech grant.

I'm finding the whole thing very dusty.
 
2013-05-23 07:15:46 AM

iheartscotch: BarkingUnicorn: OK, I was dismayed to see flags and a soldier...  only because I knew it would bring out the dickweeds.

Can't we just be happy for the little girl that got her daddy back; or, do we need to hurumph everything?


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2013-05-23 07:19:50 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.


No, that's not it.  LOVe a good onion cutting session. This was just bland and super farking duper sterotypical. There's not even a backstory to give it atleast a bit of a crutch. Even a fake one. I'm not an art critic, but what I am was a person that stared at that and really struggle at wondering how people voted that for a national award. "Tom, Dave and Helen, get over here now! This is something fresh, moving and quite frankly something totally unique to the human element of war."
 
2013-05-23 07:19:52 AM
Christ I need to drink coffee before I click links.

Upon first glance I thought that it was a weird time lapse and for some reason the last panel, all in color, was a legless homeless vet.

I thought it was a call back to Vietnam vets returning home or something. I was thinking that it was much more depressing than dusty.

What the hell, brain?
 
2013-05-23 07:22:17 AM
That was manipulative. That reminds me of the "Britain's got talent" shadow theater group, who used the same theme to gain a capital of sympathy among the judges and public.
 
2013-05-23 07:23:52 AM
Uhm, this content looks to be based on my location as I get to see the Swedish competition. What am I missing?
 
2013-05-23 07:25:11 AM
In that last panel the soldier is homeless with PTSD and attacking the little girl.
 
2013-05-23 07:28:41 AM

HotWingConspiracy: In that last panel the soldier is homeless with PTSD and attacking the little girl.


^ This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-05-23 07:32:19 AM
I must really be jaded. I only see two that weren't completely done by an adult.
 
2013-05-23 07:33:53 AM

Fizpez: Having a very hard time believing some of those K-3 drawings were really done by a child that age and not mom/dad/big sister.


I can. My nephews were all very talented in art department by the time they were 3 or 4. Some really amazing stuff.
 
2013-05-23 07:33:56 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.


Empathy is nice and all, but if not properly maintained it overrides the logic.

I agree with Mixolydian there. It's commonplace and it loses it's meaning, sorta like someone who says 'sorry' to everything even if it's unneeded.
 
2013-05-23 07:38:52 AM
Children with honest-to-God natural artistic talent can absolutely produce art like this on their own. I remember being in complete awe of several while growing up.

/thinks these are pretty damn awesome
 
2013-05-23 07:41:09 AM

Capo Del Bandito: BarkingUnicorn: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.

Empathy is nice and all, but if not properly maintained it overrides the logic.

I agree with Mixolydian there. It's commonplace and it loses it's meaning, sorta like someone who says 'sorry' to everything even if it's unneeded.


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2013-05-23 07:43:53 AM
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2013-05-23 07:49:14 AM
hawaii: beep beep! here comes the dipsh

aw, i can't
 
2013-05-23 08:00:02 AM

Mixolydian Master: It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


That it's such a common experience for kids is precisely why it's so heart-wrenching.
 
2013-05-23 08:04:29 AM

Perducci: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

And there's not really any clever integration of the letters of the Google name.  I don't get it either.
I guess it's like the Oscars -- if the movie has enough outbursts of raw emotion you'll at least get a nomination.  "Sure,far more talent is displayed in some of the other works, but this one has patriotism and tears, dammit!"


This is my only complaint and would have lost some points, had I been judging.  But the sequence would have probably made most of those points back.  It's really well laid out and shows wonderful spatial awareness, right down to the reflections on the ground.

Well done, to this kid.
 
2013-05-23 08:04:49 AM

Fizpez: Having a very hard time believing some of those K-3 drawings were really done by a child that age and not mom/dad/big sister.


^This^
 
2013-05-23 08:09:42 AM
I like it. However, I assume it is only going to be displayed on Google in the US, not world-wide, right? Or at least, it's the plain old Google logo on Google Thailand right now. :(
 
2013-05-23 08:24:52 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


A certain level of cynicism is healthy but taken too far you're just an asshole.
 
2013-05-23 08:25:24 AM
Can we at least bookmark this for the next time pearl-clutching conservative bloggers start pitching a shiat-fit over the doodles not being about whatever it is conservative bloggers think they should be about?
 
2013-05-23 08:29:21 AM
Very nice, and congrats to all the finalists!
 
2013-05-23 08:30:26 AM

Faddy: yay jingoism


Wanna know how I know you don't know what "jingoism" means?
 
2013-05-23 08:33:21 AM
Obviously the doodle is a mistake with it missing anything resembling a yellow ribbon as that is the 'unofficial official' way of saying you love a soldier. In this case, I find the hug-based imagery to be quite amature and, quite frankly, a cheap way of pulling on heartstrings. Needless to say images like this which are so American-centric could have disasterous consequences, or 'blowback' to true American interests around the world.
 
2013-05-23 08:35:35 AM
Nothing like burnishing the ol' corporate brand with a bit of PR for the military, which we see far too seldom--unless you've watched a TV show, movie, news program, concert, or sporting event over the past decade. Gotta Support The Troops!
 
2013-05-23 08:35:40 AM

Perducci: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

And there's not really any clever integration of the letters of the Google name.  I don't get it either.
I guess it's like the Oscars -- if the movie has enough outbursts of raw emotion you'll at least get a nomination.  "Sure,far more talent is displayed in some of the other works, but this one has patriotism and tears, dammit!"


I agree, I'm unimpressed.  The artwork is good, but unimaginative.
 
2013-05-23 08:36:34 AM

Voiceofreason01: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

A certain level of cynicism is healthy but taken too far you're just an asshole.


Well if you mean cyncical as "judgemental," you are aware that this is a, ya know..art contest. Being judgemental is kind of a big part of it. Why should I feel bad that I found it to be trite and lazy art?
 
2013-05-23 08:38:48 AM
Yesterday, I would not believe myself that a Doogle can take me to the verge of tears
 
2013-05-23 08:45:23 AM

Mixolydian Master: Voiceofreason01: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

A certain level of cynicism is healthy but taken too far you're just an asshole.

Well if you mean cyncical as "judgemental," you are aware that this is a, ya know..art contest. Being judgemental is kind of a big part of it. Why should I feel bad that I found it to be trite and lazy art?


no, I meant what I said, why would you think I meant "judgmental"? When you look at someone's personal portrayal of a meaningful moment in their lives(especially one as powerful as this) and then dismiss it for being derivative and "worn out". That's basically the definition of being a cynical asshole.

/no offense
//think of it as an opportunity to examine your attitude and do better
 
2013-05-23 08:45:29 AM
Wisconsin is so much better than every other state.  There is nothing it cannot do!
 
2013-05-23 08:45:55 AM

Tomahawk513: Perducci: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

And there's not really any clever integration of the letters of the Google name.  I don't get it either.
I guess it's like the Oscars -- if the movie has enough outbursts of raw emotion you'll at least get a nomination.  "Sure,far more talent is displayed in some of the other works, but this one has patriotism and tears, dammit!"

I agree, I'm unimpressed.  The artwork is good, but unimaginative.



What I liked about it that I haven't seen in other works of the same ilk is how she captured the moment they never talk about on the news, where the daughter is unsure if that's her dad because she doesn't really remember what he looks like and maybe he looks different. And he's in the same boat since he hasn't seen her and she looks different, too. So there's a moment of...you are the person i'm supposed to hug right?

I wonder if anyone's ever hugged the wrong kid who ran up to them by mistake.
 
2013-05-23 08:47:39 AM

Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.


To me, the dusty part comes when you think of the young person and the life experiences that lead up to that moment. That's what she grew up with, that's what she had to deal with at a young age.

The prompt for this competition was "The Best Day Ever..." She didn't draw a school dance, or friends, or getting a puppy, or any other normal kid thing. If this was her best day ever, then what were all those nights where she thought about the fact that her dad was someplace overseas in a war zone?

Maybe I'm over-thinking this.
 
2013-05-23 08:48:17 AM
Yeah, I saw the flag and the soldier and figured it would go like this.
 
2013-05-23 08:50:03 AM

Fubini: The prompt for this competition was "The Best Day Ever..." She didn't draw a school dance, or friends, or getting a puppy, or any other normal kid thing. If this was her best day ever, then what were all those nights where she thought about the fact that her dad was someplace overseas in a war zone?


Just look at the other (state) finalists to see this: most of them make little to no sense from any sort of narrative standpoint. That's a "normal" kid picture.
 
2013-05-23 08:51:59 AM
All of you armchair art critics are missing out on the larger statement.  This girl is trying to go for the same thing that Warhol did.  She is continuing this boring, worn out tripe of soldiers returning home in an effort to make it lose its meaning.

By doing so, she is hoping to capitalize on your soullessness, so when she reprints the same image in four different colors you will all collectively lose your shiat and pay her untold sums of money to put her prints up in your small, sad apartments,  hoping that it will bring joy to your empty lives.
 
2013-05-23 08:52:50 AM
How about don't join the military and leave a brood behind to wonder whether or not they're going to have to grow up without a daddy?
 
2013-05-23 08:55:10 AM

Capo Del Bandito: BarkingUnicorn: Mixolydian Master: Not a single dusty onion allergy here. What am I missing? here's nothing particularly unique or compelling about this theme. A soldier returning and being greeted by a painfully relieved family member is nothing new.  It is so common that it got worn out, and replaced with pets greeting the returning person.

What you're missing is empathy.  That's why you sound like an art critic.

Empathy is nice and all, but if not properly maintained it overrides the logic.

I agree with Mixolydian there. It's commonplace and it loses it's meaning, sorta like someone who says 'sorry' to everything even if it's unneeded.



normally I'm hyper immune to this sort of painfully-obvious-patriotic-'MericaIsTheBestist thing to the point that it will piss me off but when I saw this one in during the voting I couldn't resist it.   It think because it wasn't about waving the flag but about a little girl being happy to see her dad who had been gone for a big chunk of her life.
 
2013-05-23 08:56:24 AM

LiQuid!: How about don't join the military and leave a brood behind to wonder whether or not they're going to have to grow up without a daddy?


That's hard to depict in a google doodle.
 
2013-05-23 09:02:32 AM
Christian Bale:  I wonder if anyone's ever hugged the wrong kid who ran up to them by mistake.

When Mom and I attended my brother's graduation from basic training, we absolutely couldn't spot him in the group 200 big, buff, camo-clad onion heads until the drill sergeants had all the troopies run around the track. Then we spotted his huge, size 15 feet doing a familar but weird circular motion behind him as he ran, like he's got his own version of the Airborne Shuffle. "That's our boy!"
 
2013-05-23 09:03:38 AM
This one is much better.

www.google.com
Excellent use of colours, space and an interesting yet clear take on the logo. Evocative without being maudlin. A genuinely universal theme. I think Maria I, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, NJ  definitely has a future in graphic design. And the colours truly are superb.
 
2013-05-23 09:06:43 AM
www.google.com

It's clear that the yellow "O" elevated to the position of the sun in the image represents Obama, and how our socialist/fascist/Kenyan overlord should be worshiped as a deity.

/Getting that out there before the people that actually mean it.
 
2013-05-23 09:08:36 AM
Wow, initially I thought it was cute, kid gets her dad back and all the colour comes back to the world. Then I noticed the flag had colour all along. Do American kids honestly think the flag is that important? Well I suppose the sun and google are also in colour... American school kid trifecta? Sun, Flag and Google?
 
2013-05-23 09:12:25 AM

Todd300: Obviously the doodle is a mistake with it missing anything resembling a yellow ribbon as that is the 'unofficial official' way of saying you love a soldier. In this case, I find the hug-based imagery to be quite amature and, quite frankly, a cheap way of pulling on heartstrings. Needless to say images like this which are so American-centric could have disasterous consequences, or 'blowback' to true American interests around the world.


Is this gibberish, trolling or sarcasm?
 
2013-05-23 09:12:59 AM

Jormungandr: Do American kids honestly think the flag is that important?


You're expected to pray to it once a day as soon as you start school. I'm not making this up.
 
2013-05-23 09:13:18 AM
This is good, as a vet I have a bit more insight and I'll keep that to myself but remember American public relations are fickle as at best. It wasn't' too long ago that our soldiers were "baby killers that deserved death" by some people's standards.



NOTHING IS OVER! (Wish I had a better real video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAS8y_RzLXY&feature=player_detailpage# t =90s">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAS8y_RzLXY&feature=player_detai lpage#t =90s
 
2013-05-23 09:16:51 AM

HotWingConspiracy: Jormungandr: Do American kids honestly think the flag is that important?

You're expected to pray to it once a day as soon as you start school. I'm not making this up.


I thought they called it pledging allegiance. Though that would 'prolly explain it. Honestly the picture would've been better without the flag. Every country worth mentioning has some sort of armed forces so the kid running to the returning parent could've been pretty universal, except for the flag.

/In Canada our schools had a couple assemblies every year where we had to sing "God Save the Queen" and "Oh Canada"... that was about the extent of our nation worship.
 
2013-05-23 09:19:52 AM
The artist didn't even spell out "Google" with the artwork, just drew figures over the letters.  Should have twisted the girl's arms and legs so she made a "g"  "o"  and "e."

Pah. Disqualified. Retract the award.
 
2013-05-23 09:23:45 AM

precious_crotchflake: The artist didn't even spell out "Google" with the artwork, just drew figures over the letters.  Should have twisted the girl's arms and legs so she made a "g"  "o"  and "e."

Pah. Disqualified. Retract the award.


Also, Google profiting from war sentimentality and the toll military life takes on families?  Really?

/ someone at least give me a +2 here
 
2013-05-23 09:25:05 AM
Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!
 
2013-05-23 09:38:22 AM

karnal: (and they can be detected along party lines)


You're assuming a lot.
 
2013-05-23 09:39:19 AM

Gordon Bennett: This one is much better.

[www.google.com image 774x387]
Excellent use of colours, space and an interesting yet clear take on the logo. Evocative without being maudlin. A genuinely universal theme. I think Maria I, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, NJ  definitely has a future in graphic design. And the colours truly are superb.


Pffft.  Why do you and Maria hate the troops?

/"Graphic design" is just a codeword for "liberal propaganda creation".
 
2013-05-23 09:41:54 AM

MooseUpNorth: karnal: (and they can be detected along party lines)

You're assuming a lot.



I really don't think so.
 
2013-05-23 09:43:51 AM

karnal: MooseUpNorth: karnal: (and they can be detected along party lines)

You're assuming a lot.

I really don't think so.


Using only my comments in this thread, and your predictive 'theory', tell me about me.
 
2013-05-23 09:45:25 AM

karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!


What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?
 
2013-05-23 09:45:57 AM
www.google.com

I'm not entirely sure I believe an 8-9 year old did it, but I like it. The way "Google" is hidden in it is neat.
 
2013-05-23 09:46:33 AM

HotWingConspiracy: What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?


Well, both usually involve gun fetishes.
 
2013-05-23 09:49:50 AM

tricycleracer: HotWingConspiracy: What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?

Well, both usually involve gun fetishes.


Hey, I don't NEED the guns for sexy time. It just makes it better.
 
2013-05-23 09:55:13 AM

karnal: the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel


If you're going to go with the religious imagery, it's more like classic depictions of God, not an angel.
 
2013-05-23 09:56:30 AM

MooseUpNorth: karnal: MooseUpNorth: karnal: (and they can be detected along party lines)

You're assuming a lot.

I really don't think so.

Using only my comments in this thread, and your predictive 'theory', tell me about me.


With the exception of your response to my comment, your only other one was:
That it's such a common experience for kids is precisely why it's so heart-wrenching.   Which was a response to someone who was commenting on how the image of the returning solider/father to his family had become "passe".

Some of the comments I was referring to are:

Honestly the picture would've been better without the flag.
Nothing like burnishing the ol' corporate brand with a bit of PR for the military
Can we at least bookmark this for the next time pearl-clutching conservative bloggers start pitching a shiat-fit over the doodles not being about whatever it is conservative bloggers think they should be about?Do American kids honestly think the flag is that important?
 
2013-05-23 09:57:26 AM

HotWingConspiracy: karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!

What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?


You tell me.
 
2013-05-23 09:59:52 AM

karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!

What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?

You tell me.


I'm not entirely sure, but I think it feels like taping a teabag to your head and screaming "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" at your representatives.
 
2013-05-23 10:06:14 AM

HotWingConspiracy: karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!

What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?

You tell me.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it feels like taping a teabag to your head and screaming "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" at your representatives.


That's funny.....Would that be similar to sticking one's head up his own ass and repeating "I see nothing, nothing" over and over as the current administration slips deeper and deeper into scandals and intransparencies?


by the way - how's it smell up there?  Like shiat, I bet.
 
2013-05-23 10:08:47 AM

I May Be Crazy But...: [www.google.com image 774x387]

I'm not entirely sure I believe an 8-9 year old did it, but I like it. The way "Google" is hidden in it is neat.


agreed.
 
2013-05-23 10:10:20 AM

karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!

What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?

You tell me.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it feels like taping a teabag to your head and screaming "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" at your representatives.

That's funny.....Would that be similar to sticking one's head up his own ass and repeating "I see nothing, nothing" over and over as the current administration slips deeper and deeper into scandals and intransparencies?


by the way - how's it smell up there?  Like shiat, I bet.


Bahahaha

Yes,  my teabag friend, these "intransparancies" will surely be the end of Obama. The American people are so outraged that his approval numbers have gone up.
 
2013-05-23 10:19:08 AM

HotWingConspiracy: karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: HotWingConspiracy: karnal: Funny how a simple cartoon can cause such a division......haters (and they can be detected along party lines) seem to hate anything that might be anything near pro-military or might have any kind of religious overtone (the golden O with the rays of light coming down looks both like the sun and the wings of an angel).

Come on Haters.....turn it up a notch!

What's it like to worship the military, but fear the government?

You tell me.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it feels like taping a teabag to your head and screaming "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" at your representatives.

That's funny.....Would that be similar to sticking one's head up his own ass and repeating "I see nothing, nothing" over and over as the current administration slips deeper and deeper into scandals and intransparencies?


by the way - how's it smell up there?  Like shiat, I bet.

Bahahaha

Yes,  my teabag friend, these "intransparancies" will surely be the end of Obama. The American people are so outraged that his approval numbers have gone up.


I agree.....they will not be the end of Obama....they already have key people in place to offer up to the GOP Gods as sacrifice when it gets too bad.

You should feel proud......We have become a society that does not care if our governement is corrupt, as long as "our" party is the corrupt one in power.

Also, from what I read this morning, Obama's approval rating is remaining steady in spite of the scandals.
 
2013-05-23 10:20:37 AM

karnal: You should feel proud......We have become a society that does not care if our governement is corrupt, as long as "our" party is the corrupt one in power.


We can end all that as soon as the GOP is crushed.
 
2013-05-23 10:26:37 AM

HotWingConspiracy: karnal: You should feel proud......We have become a society that does not care if our governement is corrupt, as long as "our" party is the corrupt one in power.

We can end all that as soon as the GOP is crushed.



And then with no one to keep them in check, corruption would be absolute!
 
2013-05-23 10:31:38 AM

mamoru: I like it. However, I assume it is only going to be displayed on Google in the US, not world-wide, right? Or at least, it's the plain old Google logo on Google Thailand right now. :(


In Iraq, the little girl is wearing a bomb.
 
2013-05-23 10:42:12 AM

karnal: With the exception of your response to my comment, your only other one was:


Okay, fair enough. I genuinely thought I'd written a second comment, but I guess I screwed that up. For what it's worth, though, your 'theory' doesn't predict me.

I absolutely love the image. But by the comments I would have posted if I wasn't an idiot, you likely would have placed me as a moderate-republican, or at least not a liberal.

I'm a Canadian liberal (moderate-left on the economic axis, moderate-libertarian on the authoritarian axis). A pacifist. I dislike displays of patriotism and loathe jingoism. I loathe gun culture but have owned four rifles and a shotgun at one time or another. Creepiest thing I've ever seen (no shiat raised hackles) was driving through a residential neighborhood in Bangor, Maine, where every house was displaying large flags in autumn of 2005. (It reminded me way too much of old pre-WWII.)

But here's the thing: the kid is very much wearing her heart on her sleeve in that image. She (like the far too many other kids in her situation) misses her Daddy horribly. Yes, he volunteered to serve, but she really didn't volunteer. Not really.

The rest of this is pretty raw speculation, as I've never faced what she has, but having taught kids in broken homes for a while, her art suggests to me that she's been wrestling with the notion that her father is away saving 'America', and so 'America' must be something more important than she is. One can either fall apart entirely at this point, or wrap oneself in the consoling dissonance that 'America' must therefore be the best thing ever and worth her (unwilling but unwilling to express that) sacrifice.

I don't know what rhetoric she's actually exposed to in Wisconsin, but I imagine it's been significant.

So no, I don't have a problem with her use of the flag in that picture. It's literally what makes that doodle so bloody heartbreaking. Especially since it's not clear if that _was_ her best day, or _will be_ her best day when it happens.
 
2013-05-23 10:47:08 AM

I May Be Crazy But...: [www.google.com image 774x387]

I'm not entirely sure I believe an 8-9 year old did it, but I like it. The way "Google" is hidden in it is neat.


I think its grade 8-9, so 13 or 14 years old.
 
2013-05-23 11:08:35 AM
FACT: Monroe County in Wisconsin once had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the State (not sure if it still does).  The town of Sparta - where the winner is from - has a team mascot of the Spartans.  I once witnessed one of their wrestlers shiat himself on the mat at the Sectional tournament due to laxatives used to help make weight.

So at least someone in Sparta has something good going for them.
 
2013-05-23 11:13:45 AM

MooseUpNorth: karnal: With the exception of your response to my comment, your only other one was:

Okay, fair enough. I genuinely thought I'd written a second comment, but I guess I screwed that up. For what it's worth, though, your 'theory' doesn't predict me.

I absolutely love the image. But by the comments I would have posted if I wasn't an idiot, you likely would have placed me as a moderate-republican, or at least not a liberal.

I'm a Canadian liberal (moderate-left on the economic axis, moderate-libertarian on the authoritarian axis). A pacifist. I dislike displays of patriotism and loathe jingoism. I loathe gun culture but have owned four rifles and a shotgun at one time or another. Creepiest thing I've ever seen (no shiat raised hackles) was driving through a residential neighborhood in Bangor, Maine, where every house was displaying large flags in autumn of 2005. (It reminded me way too much of old pre-WWII.)

But here's the thing: the kid is very much wearing her heart on her sleeve in that image. She (like the far too many other kids in her situation) misses her Daddy horribly. Yes, he volunteered to serve, but she really didn't volunteer. Not really.

The rest of this is pretty raw speculation, as I've never faced what she has, but having taught kids in broken homes for a while, her art suggests to me that she's been wrestling with the notion that her father is away saving 'America', and so 'America' must be something more important than she is. One can either fall apart entirely at this point, or wrap oneself in the consoling dissonance that 'America' must therefore be the best thing ever and worth her (unwilling but unwilling to express that) sacrifice.

I don't know what rhetoric she's actually exposed to in Wisconsin, but I imagine it's been significant.

So no, I don't have a problem with her use of the flag in that picture. It's literally what makes that doodle so bloody heartbreaking.

Especially since it's not clear if that _was_ her best day, or _will be_ her best day when it happens.


You are right - I probably would have pegged you wrong.....but then again, you are Canadian (no offense) and probably don't have a vested interest in our current government as someone who lives here might.  I believe there are people that would love to see the demise of God and Country here in America.
Your response was interesting and I agree on several points......I believe in the right to own guns but the whole "you'll have to take my gun from my cold dying hands" is a bit too much.  But attacking the NRA and gun owners in general with layers and layers of regulation (just to get their way) is not the way to go either.  As for your interpretation of the picture....I think America is worth saving/fighting for (as long as that is what we are really fighting for) and America is important.
 
2013-05-23 11:21:26 AM
If you go here:
http://belfrycomics.net/view/all/Show+All
You will find most of these artists are better than about 90% of the cartoonists featured.
[If you clink on a link in Belfry with a X rating, it is your own fault, not mine.]
 
2013-05-23 11:53:01 AM

Gordon Bennett: This one is much better.

[www.google.com image 774x387]
Excellent use of colours, space and an interesting yet clear take on the logo. Evocative without being maudlin. A genuinely universal theme. I think Maria I, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, NJ  definitely has a future in graphic design. And the colours truly are superb.


That one was my favorite.
 
2013-05-23 12:18:45 PM

MooseUpNorth: karnal: With the exception of your response to my comment, your only other one was:

Okay, fair enough. I genuinely thought I'd written a second comment, but I guess I screwed that up. For what it's worth, though, your 'theory' doesn't predict me.

I absolutely love the image. But by the comments I would have posted if I wasn't an idiot, you likely would have placed me as a moderate-republican, or at least not a liberal.

I'm a Canadian liberal (moderate-left on the economic axis, moderate-libertarian on the authoritarian axis). A pacifist. I dislike displays of patriotism and loathe jingoism. I loathe gun culture but have owned four rifles and a shotgun at one time or another. Creepiest thing I've ever seen (no shiat raised hackles) was driving through a residential neighborhood in Bangor, Maine, where every house was displaying large flags in autumn of 2005. (It reminded me way too much of old pre-WWII.)

But here's the thing: the kid is very much wearing her heart on her sleeve in that image. She (like the far too many other kids in her situation) misses her Daddy horribly. Yes, he volunteered to serve, but she really didn't volunteer. Not really.

The rest of this is pretty raw speculation, as I've never faced what she has, but having taught kids in broken homes for a while, her art suggests to me that she's been wrestling with the notion that her father is away saving 'America', and so 'America' must be something more important than she is. One can either fall apart entirely at this point, or wrap oneself in the consoling dissonance that 'America' must therefore be the best thing ever and worth her (unwilling but unwilling to express that) sacrifice.

I don't know what rhetoric she's actually exposed to in Wisconsin, but I imagine it's been significant.

So no, I don't have a problem with her use of the flag in that picture. It's literally what makes that doodle so bloody heartbreaking. Especially since it's not clear if that _was_ her best day, or _will be_ he ...


She was on one of the morning shows today.  She said when her dad was away was when she was going through her daddy phase like most little girls do around 9-10 years old and she really missed him.   She is going to go to Art school.
 
2013-05-23 12:30:29 PM

Waldo Pepper: She was on one of the morning shows today. She said when her dad was away was when she was going through her daddy phase like most little girls do around 9-10 years old and she really missed him. She is going to go to Art school.


Oh good, he's back then. :)
 
2013-05-23 04:58:28 PM
"What was it like being a murderer, daddy?"

"NO, sweetie; I'm not a murderer.  I only agreed to kill people because they PAID me.  Big difference.  Murderers don't do it for the money. If they weren't paying me, I wouldn't kill anybody!"


Nice, wholesome winner.  Grats, Google.
 
2013-05-23 05:02:03 PM

weltallica: "What was it like being a murderer, daddy?"

"NO, sweetie; I'm not a murderer.  I only agreed to kill people because they PAID me.  Big difference.  Murderers don't do it for the money. If they weren't paying me, I wouldn't kill anybody!"

Nice, wholesome winner.  Grats, Google.


I can't believe you blew that here, this late in the thread.  If you're going to troll, do it earlier in the thread so you can get more bites.
 
2013-05-23 06:07:38 PM
Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought that it just takes flags and military uniforms to win over Americans. Sometimes, I think it takes more of a man to stay home and be a father to his kids, rather than leave all of the upbringing to his SO. It takes a real hero to be a father that's always there for his family, not just to be some guy who is always away, making money, and visiting his children every now and then. It shows the priority of Americans: Work before family, government before children. But. Whatever.

I'd give up the entire world for my kids. No war, no government paycheck, no politics, no amount of patriotism are worth their love.
 
2013-05-24 04:06:45 AM

Mixolydian Master: Well if you mean cyncical as "judgemental," you are aware that this is a, ya know..art contest.


The contest was not about the technical quality of the art or the cleverest evocation of the word "Google."  It was about the  expression of the theme:  "The best day ever."

Winner nailed it.  She just happened to have The Best Day Ever, and conveyed the feeling of that day with simple power.
 
2013-05-24 11:47:06 AM

magicgoo: Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought that it just takes flags and military uniforms to win over Americans. Sometimes, I think it takes more of a man to stay home and be a father to his kids, rather than leave all of the upbringing to his SO. It takes a real hero to be a father that's always there for his family, not just to be some guy who is always away, making money, and visiting his children every now and then. It shows the priority of Americans: Work before family, government before children. But. Whatever.

I'd give up the entire world for my kids. No war, no government paycheck, no politics, no amount of patriotism are worth their love.


Spoken like a true Draft Dodger
 
2013-05-24 02:45:04 PM

karnal: magicgoo: ...

Spoken like a true Draft Dodger


Or, you know, maybe spoken like a mom who has had to raise little ones and knows the difficulty of doing it 95% by herself. But, sure. Think what you will.
 
2013-05-24 07:25:37 PM

karnal: Spoken like a true Draft Dodger


Really? You went there?
 
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