Complaint Department

Update [2005-3-15 19:16:3 by BooMan]: Hey! What’s Wrong With You People? Post some friggin diaries!

Update [2005-3-15 22:35:29 by BooMan]: You guys/gals are having a lot of fun in the diaries and the regional open threads. And that makes me happy. But please give some love to Pastor Dan and SusanHbu for contributing great content to the site.

This site has been up for almost 48 hours. We’ve been making improvements on the fly and a lot of issues y’all have raised have been corrected. A few others are in the queue.

Consider this an open thread to complain about the site, and make suggestions. Also, you could be nice if you want. I mean, if you have anything nice to say.

How does everyone like the colors?

Do you like the regional threads?

What do you think about the ‘World Recommended Diary’ feature?

How do we get more ‘World’ people to post diaries?

Does it bother you that the threads have East on the left coast and West on the right coast, or do you feel that since the East was settled first it should take place of honor?

Are the grey boxes too dark?

Do you spell it grey or gray?

And finally, about those default comment titles:

vote in the poll

Moral Values

Three articles worth reading:

  • The International Herald-Tribune on the ouster of Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher after an affair with a staffer:

    For investors the issue is whether moral values necessarily translate into shareholder value. Are boards correct to evaluate a chief executive’s sex life and other personal behavior when judging leadership and performance?

    The answer, academic experts say, is yes. “It is a complicated issue in respect to shareholders,” said Rakesh Khurana, assistant professor at Harvard Business School. “But ultimately the value of a company depends on how much faith people have in the organization they work for and the amount of effort they are willing to put in.”

    That faith is fostered by an ineffable and scarce element that Khurana calls legitimacy.

    “Legitimacy gives you the benefit of the doubt,” Khurana said. “It means you can take action with less scrutiny and fewer objections than a company without it. Legitimacy is ultimately the source of all power and authority. When a leader is no longer seen as legitimate, the title doesn’t mean anything.”

Over 5,500 Soldiers Desert Since Mar 2003 Invasion

Two years ago today, millions marched in 2,000 cities against imminent war with Iraq. The invasion began March 19. Speak out this Saturday.
… along the route there was this one woman standing alongside the road with a young girl of about 8 or 9 years old and the little girl’s arm was burned all the way up her shoulder … she had 3rd degree burns the entire length of her arm and she crying in pain. ….

I asked the troop executive officer if we could stop and help the family and I was told that the medical supplies that we had were limited and that we may need them, I informed him that I would donate my share to that girl but we did not stop to help her.

— “Why I Refused A 2nd Deployment To Iraq,” Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 3rd Inf. Div, U.S. Army, 1987 to present, seeking conscientious objector status, charged with desertion (court martial trial: May 11)

Today, Democracy Now! interviewed Benderman and other AWOL soldiers, along with Harper’s Kathie Dobie, author of “AWOL in America: When Desertion is the Only Option.”

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Rude Pundit Steps in for Sidelined Maryscott [Profanity Alert]

Well, people…

I am in a bad way, so I’m very sorry to say that you shouldn’t expect any original work from me this week.

In its stead, please accept this offering from my brother in arms, The Rude Pundit.

Not that he knows he’s subbing for me. I’m sure someone will tell him, though. I figure, he’s LINKED to my dKos diary, for god’s sake — the least he can do is let me steal his stuff when I’m under the weather.

It’s a wee bit too rude for the un-initiated, so I’m putting it beneath the wheel, so to speak…

FBI Investigates Murder of U.S. Arms Dealer

The FBI is investigating the Bahgdad-area ambush and murder of Dale Stoffel, a U.S. weapons dealer who repeatedly warned an oversight task force overseen by one of America’s top generals that Raymond Zayna, a Lebanese middleman, was “routing kickbacks to Iraqi Defense Ministry officials.” The $283-million project to build a tank division was announced by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi last summer. “Senior military officials did not act on the contractor’s pleas for tighter financial controls,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“If we proceed [as we are] there will be serious legal issues that will land us all in jail,” [Stoffel] wrote in a Nov. 30 e-mail to a senior assistant to [Army Lt. Gen. David H.] Petraeus. …

Stoffel, who was awarded the contract without competitive bidding but with Iraqi insistence that he include the Lebanese middleman, returned to the U.S., asked Pentagon officials and Sen. Rick Santorum’s office to pressure the Iraqis for his $24.7 million, and suggested an international accounting firm be brought in.

“News of it will be on the front page under the photos of President Bush, [Defense Secretary Donald H.] Rumsfeld, me” and Petraeus’ task force, Stoffel wrote to another military officer in early December. “Jobs will be lost and congressional hearings will be held.”

::: Below: “Show me the money!”