Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Why I’m Not (Too) Worried. Yet.

Why I’m Not (Too) Worried. Yet.

Reading political news at this point in the election cycle is kind of like watching a maniac argue with his own shadow about which ice cream flavor is the sexiest. POLITICO is especially guilty of this. It seems like, depending on which day of the week it is, the majority of their homepage is lit […]

What It’s Like to Suffer

What It’s Like to Suffer

This past Saturday night, while UFC featherweight champion Connor McGregor was notching his first loss in 15 fights to Nate Diaz via second round rear naked choke, I was sitting in the Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, watching a concert by the High Kings, “Ireland’s No. 1 folk group.” Though I’m not self-important enough to […]

The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Holy Mother-of-What-the-Hell, you guys? So much insane stuff happened this week, it would be futile of me to try and pick just one thing to condense into a single column. See, I have the kind of attention span that wavers between super-focused and “OH LOOK A BUTTERFLY” at the drop of a dime, which is […]

Explaining Trump

Explaining Trump

I’ve been thinking quite a bit — way too much, in fact — about what exactly Donald Trump is up to, and how he’s getting away with it. The conventional wisdom is that Trump is capitalizing on, or blindly, luckily stumbled into, a seething anti-establishment current that’s currently running through our country’s political zeitgeist, particularly […]

The Inevitability of Trump

The Inevitability of Trump

On the heels of the last Republican debate (“Electric Boogaloo”), the dominant narrative remains centered around Donald Trump, the darkest and horsiest of dark horse candidates. If we look at the media-constructed narrative arc of Trump’s candidacy, we’re about to slide right into the “sad, slow decline” aspect of his improbable run, making way for […]

Didn’t See That Coming

Didn’t See That Coming

On Saturday night, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson scored a first-round knockout over former welterweight champion — and still No. 2 ranked fighter — Johny Hendricks at the UFC’s latest event. It was an eye-opening performance, and those who watched it live or on television can bore witness to a rare occurrence: that moment where, for perhaps […]

The Blacklist taken seriously

The Blacklist taken seriously

Whatever else may be true about me, my commitment to seeing a Netflix television binge through to its grimy, hummus-encrusted conclusion can never be called into question. I finished “Daredevil” in about a week, “Jessica Jones” in about twice that time (I got busy) and the only reason I haven’t started in on my third […]

Facing Our History

Facing Our History

I recently spent a long weekend visiting some family in South Carolina. The circumstances are a little convoluted; you’d think this would be my blood, my roots we visited. Aside from myself, as far as I know, my entire family resides, and has resided, in the southeast United States pretty much ever since they came […]

#Hashtag

#Hashtag

Editor’s Note: As Josh takes a week off, please enjoy this column from about this time last year. Unfortunately, we as a country are still trying to hash out this issue. We are told — in elementary school science classes, in college philosophy seminars, by “Big Bang Theory” writers just after their mid-morning tweak — […]

Brrrrrr…

Brrrrrr…

It’s cold here. I realize that I start at least one column like that each year during the January and February months, but the type of cold we periodically experience here in Wisconsin — American Canada, natch — is of the sort of intensity that bears repeating… and repeating and repeating. Granted, this isn’t as […]