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December 29, 2012

Write Your Own Thomas Friedman Column

Courtesy of the folks at Powerline. With just one click of the mouse, we created this delightfully Friedmanesque offering:

When thinking about the recent problems, it's important to remember three things: One, people don't behave like muppets, so attempts to treat them as such are going to come across as foreign. Muppets never suddenly set up a black market for Western DVDs. Two, Costa Rica has spent decades being batted back and forth between colonial powers, so a mindset of peace and stability will seem foreign and strange. And three, freedom is an extraordinarily powerful idea: If authoritarianism is Costa Rica's ironing board, then freedom is certainly its flowerpot.

Indeed. Not since the demise of the Alanis Morissette lyric generator have we been so diverted.

Posted by Cassandra at December 29, 2012 12:16 PM

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Have you ever seen Dana Carvey's routine where he composes rock lyrics on the fly? "Choppin' broccoli."

Posted by: Texan99 at December 29, 2012 06:44 PM

From pseudo-Friedman's First Lesotho, Then the World...column:

Speaking with a local farmer from the large Jewish community here, I asked her if there was any message that she wanted me to carry back home with me. She pondered for a second, and then smiled and said, ahim bin tal, which is a local saying that means roughly, "A child knows his parents before the parents know their child."

I don't know what Lesotho will be like a few years from now, but I do know that it will remain true to its cultural heritage, even if it looks very different from the country we see now. I know this because, through all the disorder, the people still haven't lost sight of their dreams.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at December 29, 2012 10:41 PM

You're mocking me, aren't you? {:^)>

I saw this on Instapundit and the first thing I thought of was the Alanis Morrisette lyric generator. And Cassandra.

Happy New Year, peeps.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at December 30, 2012 03:29 PM

You're mocking me, aren't you? {:^)>

No, but it definitely made me think of you, Don - and that long-ago thread on I Love Jet Noise :)

Alan Greenspan's a$$, indeed :p

Posted by: Cassandra at December 30, 2012 04:11 PM