12 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- DAY 12 The shop is bustling with customers now. Anya is working the register and Buffy and Willow are at the counter, busily researching. A CUSTOMER approaches Willow with an antique hourglass. CUSTOMER Do you gift wrap? WILLOW Do we! (to Anya) Do we? (Anya nods) Oh! We do. Little help... Giles is desperately trying to manage the customers and answer a flurry of questions. GILES No, no. Ground cloven hooves are 30% off. The whole ones are full price. (turns around) That's not... candy! He looks up with relief as XANDER enters the store. GILES Xander! There's too many of them... people! And they all seem to want things. XANDER I hear ya. Stay British. You'll be okay. He pats Giles on the shoulder then heads over to Anya. XANDER The thousand-yard stare. Damn! You hate to see it on any man but especially in retail. Anya wraps up a woman's purchase and hands it to her. ANYA (to woman) Please go. The woman walks away, shaking her head. XANDER Anya, the Shopkeeper's Union of America called. They wanted me to tell you that "please go" just got replaced with "have a nice day". ANYA But I have their money. Who cares what kind of day they have? XANDER No one. It's just a long cultural tradition of raging insincerity. Embrace it. Anya calls out to her customer. ANYA Hey, you! Have a nice day. XANDER There's my girl!
Feel like I should say something about this:
USS Clueless - USC Hires
Would our nation not benefit if fewer blacks in colleges spent their time in black studies and more went into electrical engineering?
[. . .] I'd like to see more blacks follow in the footsteps of Thurgood Marshall [complimentary, thus for my sinister purposes useless, bits deleted] I'd like to see fewer following Cornel West, about whom the less said the better. But I want more: I don't just want more Marshall's. I want to see a black Feynman, brilliant and irreverent, looking at everything sideways. I know he or she is out there somewhere. I want to see an American black win a Nobel Prize in Physics. Chinese Americans have done it, Indians have done it; Japanese Americans have done it; Hispanics have done it; Jews have done it; why not an American black?
But what is there to say, really? Other than advising any American black (sweet Lord. . .) in college right now to make the paternalistic, self-righteous Great White Fucker proud, by following his dreams (which should be the same as yours, and if they're not, there's something wrong with you), and becoming what he knows, in his heart of hearts, that you can become: a statistic he can quote at your less-accomplished fellow American blacks when they whine about mistreatment.
Update 10/2: From the "Great Minds Think Alike" department -
And finally, it seems that the specter of retirement may have short-circuited a few neural pathways in Dick Armey's brain. The outgoing House Majority Leader, speaking at an event in Florida last week, announced that "I always see two Jewish communities in America: one of deep intellect and one of shallow, superficial intellect. Conservatives have a deeper intellect and tend to have occupations of the brain in fields like engineering, science and economics... Liberals are generally not very bright, and conservatives are deep thinkers." Oh really? So let's get this straight: Jews that disagree with Armey must be liberals, and are therefore stupid, since it's well known that conservatives are smarter than liberals. Yup, it sounds like something that might come out of the mouths of right-wing hate radio broadcasters like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, but this is the House Majority Leader for goodness sake. Way to throw in some religious slurs with your partisanship there too, Dick.
You could combine these notions and end up with Confirmed Bachelorette Condi Rice. . . or with Alan Keyes, if you're in a spiteful frame of mind.
He was making sense, you know. Until they cancelled that shit like AfterM*A*S*H.
Update: And if I know my right-wingers, and God knows I'd prefer not to, one of them will choose to quibble over use of the term "American black" rather than anything substantial. They may make sneering reference to the term "Afro-American" as well.