Randy Smith

Randy Smith
Location
New Albany, Indiana, USA
Birthday
January 09
Title
Proprietor/Host/Publisher
Company
Destinations Booksellers, New Albany Now, and Flood Crest Press
Bio
An independent bookseller, publisher, Internet journalist, and sometimes broadcaster in the Louisville metro area. "There's no idea that's as dangerous as ignorance." I urge you to buy from your local independent bookseller, but if you can't, we are also online. Message me through OS and we'll take good care of you. Call it the OSticate Program.

MY RECENT POSTS

It's certain to be politically incorrect to say it, especially at a time when the "pundits" are debating whether the U.S. is a "center-right" or a "center-left" country, but someone has to say it.

There are only two kinds of Americans.

On one side are those whose stomachs hurt when they see… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2008 9:55PM

Administrative posting: OS collage

NOVEMBER 18, 2008 11:31PM

"Celebrities" and their opinions

Things have been pretty serious in the OS community this year, and I'm inclined to seriousness myself. But sometimes the whimsy comes over me.

It has been a season for celebrities to expound on matters cultural, religious, and political, and our reporters have discovered that many of these time-stres… Read full post »

Rob St. Amant recently posted on OS etiquette, drawing scores of comments and probably earning an Editors' Pick. In the first half-day of that post's lifespan, I submitted the following:
Rob, perhaps this deserves its own post, and I'm sure it has been discussed this summer, but I'd likeRead full post »
NOVEMBER 16, 2008 4:27PM

Hit counter experiment is over

RickyB had suggested that the requirement to register before commenting is counterproductive to the health of debate. Stellaa, deep in the comment thread, added this:

Right now we have no idea how many people read OS. Someone said she embedded a counter and found out that one of her posts gRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2008 1:01AM

Obama is officially --- Renegade

The secret is out, direct from the U.S. Secret Service, itself. They chose. Now you choose. Barack Obama's codename is Renegade.

Agents refer to Michelle Obama as Renaissance. And for what it's worth, Malia is Radiance, and Sasha is Rosebud.

While this news made the mainstream press, my agents in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 2:56AM

Accused of Being a Christian

Earlier I related how I was "accused" of being a communist. But imagine a world where one might shudder to be accused of being a Christian.

Thanks to gonzoid for inspiring this post.

I'm of the firm belief that we are in the last days...not in the eschatological sense, but in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2008 11:53PM

The Bible and Sonny Bono

Front-line bookselling is, in the Confucian formulation, "interesting," to say the least. Today I received a call from a woman asking, "Do you know anything about this 'Bible Illuminated?'"

In that I rarely want to admit that I don't know everything, I stalled as I began to search my databases for… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2008 6:18PM

"POTUS is on the move..."

The secret is out, direct from the U.S. Secret Service, itself.

Barack Obama's codename is Renegade. Agents refer to Michelle Obama as Renaissance. And for what it's worth, Malia is Radiance, and Sasha is Rosebud.

While this news made the mainstream press, my agents in the Treasury Department have pr… Read full post »

John Adams, by David McCullough

 John Adams, founding father and second President of the United States, he who has been almost uniformly lionized as a result of David McCullough's John Adams and the derived HBO miniseries, would hate this idea.

The myth of America is government of the people, by the people, and for the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 6, 2008 1:10AM

Can Prop. 8 survive litigation?

I regret, sincerely, that Proposition 8 has passed in California. The irony of having inclusivity affirmed in the election of America's first minority president while having Obama voters provide the margin of victory in yet another exclusive act is supreme.

But I'm wondering if the drafting of the pr… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 12:26AM

Who are you calling communist?

My new OSticate friend, Monte Canfield, the auteur of Pentimento on Open Salon, inspired me to tell this meandering tale.

Back in the day, before Bush v. Gore, I worked at one of America's largest family-owned* newspapers, Daytona Beach's News-Journal, as an online editor. It wasn't glamorous, but it… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 11:26PM

OS: It's all in the name

This is probably a better subject for Kerry or Joan to launch, and I apologize if this is old stuff, but in my effort to lure some of my pals over to sample Open Salon, I had a proverbial brainstorm.

OS friends will have seen my coinage - and frankly, none… Read full post »

I can't speak from inside the Obama tent. Barack Obama was always acceptable to me, but he was probably my ninth choice. Joe Biden ranked higher in my calculations...somewhere behind number one, a certain Southern-bred Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy that Sen. Obama,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 1:45PM

Birthdays, zodiac signs, and Open Salon

I find it extremely unlikely that among approximately 10,000 members of Open Salon, I'm the only one with a birthday on January 9 (or January 09 in OS nomenclature). Yet, a search for "January 09" results in no relevant returns.

I know it's a trivial thing, but after the monumental events… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 1:41PM

"I didn't vote for Obama today"

Find the time to skip over to this link on Talkingpointsmemo.com. I won't try to make it mine, but I sure wish I could write that well.

What an amazing day in the life of America this is.

Now that I think about it, I didn't vote for Obama today. I… Read full post »

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 4, 2008 12:07AM

Indiana: BLUE, by God. Who'd a thunk it?

2:10 a.m., Nov. 5
I missed the time by 50 minutes, but the networks called Indiana for Obama (Oh, happy day), so I'm going to bed. I'll stick with my prediction that by 7 a.m. EST the state will have flipped to McCain. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us over the… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2008 11:29PM

Hoosier breakfast reading

Floyd County, Ind.
Pop.~ 78,000  Active voters ~ 50,000  Est. Turnout ~ 40,000
Indiana
Pop. 6,313,530  Electoral votes = 11

I have more than a few great folks who patronize my store and enjoy my blogging. But some aren't quite up on the Internet vernacular. I thought of one of them who s… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2008 5:57PM

Indiana: Four corners and a middle

The headline may change, but I’ll be live-blogging here from Indiana regularly from now through Wednesday. The early stuff will be specific to Floyd County, but since I’m cross posting at Open Salon, which will be aggregating citizen journalist’s posts from swing states, we’l

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NOVEMBER 3, 2008 12:55PM

Stay up late for Indiana results

A remarkable thing is happening in Indiana this year. Against all odds, Barack Obama is poised to capture the state’s 11 electoral votes when balloting concludes on Nov. 4.

Indiana is one of those states that hasn’t given it up for a Democrat since 1964’s Johnson-Goldwater landslid

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I'm practically giddy that one friend has launched an OS career. For the record, that friend's initial posting will rank in the 99th percentile no matter how long OS persists.

But...you ain't seen nothin' yet. Just wait until my friend Tabitha transitions from member to blogger. She'll blow your sock… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2008 12:17AM

I miss her, I really do

Who knows how long the relationship will last? Will it be permanent, or will it fade with time? What? Which relationship? Why, the one with Open Salon, of course.

My bride (we just celebrated our fourth anniversary) has gone away. Though she's only two hours from here, I miss her much… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2008 10:43PM

Don't speak for me, Sarah Palin

Don't tell my wife, but I'm in love with this songstress.

Oh, it's OK. My wife's in love with her too. Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2008 12:50AM

I'm not the smartest

Starved for intelligent comment? Don't expect much from me today.

Instead, let's gather the best of today's views from across the Interwebs, them pipes that Ted Stevens explained to us all. 

While I have nothing trenchant to contribute, I will note those pieces that I remarked on tonight by… Read full post »

dis-cur-sive

1. passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
2. proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.

Thanks to dictionary.com for the introduction.

I’ve always thought of myself as something of a word maven. By that, I mean that I love words and I l

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