Happy Independence Day to all our readers in the USA! And to anyone else who wants to share a beer and a burger on the back deck with the rest of us Americans.
I may be (heck, I know I am) oversensitive and paranoid, but does anyone else find it strange that Google’s Fourth of July doodle does not have an American flag among its iconic representations of the USA?
Go over and check it out — it has the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, fireworks, an eagle, a guitar with a pumpkin (?), and other odds and ends of traditional American iconography. But no flag.
Accidental or deliberate?
Considering that Gates of Vienna concentrates on the resistance to Islamization in Europe, we have a surprisingly large number of American readers. Only a small portion of them comment, but we know they’re out there because of their steady 50+% in our traffic stats.
We also have a lot of Americans among our donors. This is a nation of generous and open-handed people.
So here’s to our fellow countrymen on this, the 235th anniversary of our independence!
Our deep gratitude to everyone who supported us during the Recent Unpleasantness. It’s not a personal battle, although it sometimes feels like one, and personal support from our regular readers makes it easier to deal with.
Many thanks to everyone, and have a great Fourth!
We’re having huge thunderstorms here, so I was forced to post this using dialup…
Note: This is a festive post. Please refrain from unpleasant and contentious comments on sensitive topics. You all know what those are. You can discuss them somewhere else, or at another time. We all need a break.