Sam R. Johnson

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The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Words, words, words

Who would do such a thing?
Ammon Shea reads them all for you
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 11, 2008

June 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 30, 2008

May 2008

Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 01, 2008

Ring of fire

An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008

All the dark horses

Here’s what I like about the gambling industry: It provides suitable locations for sleazeballs and stupid people to hang out.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2007

December 1, 2006

Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  November 29, 2006

Rally ’round the flag

The United States is on the verge of joining China, Cuba, and Iran as the only nations in the world where “desecrating” the flag is a national crime.
Why the Senate must defeat the constitutional amendment prohibiting ‘desecration’
By EDITORIAL  |  June 21, 2006

The wrong stuff

You can’t blame Democrats for feeling optimistic. In 2005, George W. Bush staggered through as rough a stretch as any modern president has experienced.
These should be the best of times for Democrats. So how will they blow it in 2006? Let us count the ways
By DAN KENNEDY  |  December 29, 2005