I have an e-mail from an angry reader so I'm doing a blog post tonight. He has a point, by the way. He started reading in 2009.
He never checked the archives (no reason for him to, I agree) and now Betinna's back and he doesn't know her story and he feels I did a brief post on backstory and he's completely lost.
I'm sorry he feels that way. If he does, I'm sure someone else does as well. (Maybe a lot of someone elses.)
Betinna had no memory of her past. She was also being drugged by Thomas Friedman. He told her he had met her on an island and married her. She was instructed (in her drugged state) to repeat, "Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man." Hence the site title.
Slowly, she began to realize she was used a slave and, for example, Mr. Cheapness wouldn't even let her have dresses. She had to wear a sheet draped around her. He told her that was island style. And she had to buy the sheets at flea markets because he was that cheap.
Once Betinna stopped taking the pills (without him knowing she had), that's when she began to realize how screwed up her life was.
It would be some time before she discovered he was lying about everything.
Over time, her memory returned. She was working at a strip mall in New Jersey. He and Nicky K stopped off. Betinna didn't take Thomas Friedman's crap. He was pissed. They were in Nicky K's Pinto and they waited until Betinna was taking trash out to the dumpster. They knocked her out, popped the hatchback and put her in the back.
Nicky K's wife actually helped Betinna. And once Nicky K was confronted, Thomas Friedman went into hiding. Because they weren't married. Because he already had one wife.
Betinna was enraged that she had lost years, been used as a slave, been lied to etc.
Those are the key points. It was about how a man who thinks the world caters to him exploits and uses others.
I hope that helps. If it doesn't, let me know.
So they finally had their face to face last week and Thomas Friedman attempted to kill her. Now Miko has provided her shelter and may have rescued her. That's where we're at now.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):