But what's this about axing a MS senior VP over the vaporicious goodness that is Longhorn--? Truth be told, I know nothing about Brian Valentine, but the exec who's replacing him is by all accounts an unholy terror. As I said here:
The Sage said: "Promote the righteous and set aside the crooked, and the people will follow you; promote the crooked and set aside the righteous, and the people will not follow you."
(Attributed to a conversation between Confucius and the Duke of Ai, and as true today as it was 2500 years ago.)