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Who would have thought that Iraq imploding would give the mountebanks who tricked us into war a chance to rear their heads and seek rehabilitation -- somehow grabbing onto the hellish spiral as proof that they were right in their wrongness?
Eighteenth century travellers to this grandest of cities - the Queen of the Adriatic - found the piazzas thronged with mountebanks, street vendors, travellers, rich and poor, musicians, and prostitutes (of both sexes) hobbling around.
and the mountebanks vying for the next election are already lining up.
When Daniel Defoe wrote about "running after quacks and mountebanks for medicines and remedies" in "A Journal of the Plague Year"(1) he distinguished clearly between quacks and "real doctors.
Such mountebanks probably receive counselling on how to bond once more with team-mates, as this service appears to be available for anyone suffering the slightest inconvenience and includes constipation.
He called the Apostle Paul the "first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus," He dismissed the concept of the Trinity as "mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
As for that longed-for conversion, it never came, despite the fervent wishes of such clerical mountebanks as the Reverend Rick Warren.
19) In Italy, the women who performed with mountebanks were subject to attacks that conflated their selling of wares with the selling of their bodies.
In quite a few novellas, mountebanks and charlatans, snake oil salesmen and magicians run the show: in others, as we have seen, the themes of disguised evil and the inversion of celestial orders headies the mix.
To think of that popular comedy--so remote from our concerns today--is to be reminded that, in the era of private medicine, the most fashionable doctors could seem to be no more than mountebanks touting remedies that no sane person would have anything to do with.
Shakespeare found that villain among the mountebanks.
The country itself was in turmoil as two political mountebanks sought to trump each other-- one by announcing reservations for the Other Backward Classes and the other by declaring indirect war on the minority Muslims by demanding the destruction of the Babri Masjid.