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  •  An attack on ad hom consisting of nothing but... (8+ / 0-)

    wait for it...ad hom. Priceless. This belongs in a Visa commercial.

    I never tire of telling this story I have about Ferguson. I once attended a book reading by the esteemed military historian John Keegan, that came out around the time that Ferguson was first making a name for himself. This must have been around 15 or so years ago.

    Someone in the audience asked Keegan was his opinion of Ferguson, a fellow British historian, was. Keegan responded by first smiling, like a Cheshire cat who'd just spotted a fat rat with nowhere to hide, anticipating the coming kill and feast, pausing a few seconds as if to gather his thoughts, and then said:

    Well, he certainly is a handsome man!
    Ya gotta love that cutting British wit. Krugman might not be as witty, but he's just as cutting, if not more so. And Ferguson is just an ass shilling for money.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:51:53 PM PST

    •  That's exactly what Colbert said to (3+ / 0-)
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      Gavin Newsome at the end of his interview with him.  (Probably didn't mean it as cuttingly as Keegan.)

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 04:04:08 PM PST

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      •  Heh (2+ / 0-)
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        The Keegan reading was on the upper west side, at the old 81st St. B&N.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 05:07:01 PM PST

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        •  It's still there (1+ / 0-)
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          the one on 66th, has sadly become a Century 21/

          The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

          by Upper West on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:58:35 PM PST

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          •  I thought I read that it closed (1+ / 0-)
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            Oh, wait, I think I'm confusing it with the Starbucks on 87th & Bdwy, which I think did close. I remember when the Lincoln Square B&N opened. I lived 10 blocks north off Columbus then. I'll never forget that it's where I was when I heard that Rabin was shot. They also closed one of my favorite hangouts a few years back, the Columbus Bakery. I think it's a pizza place now.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:46:57 PM PST

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