Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

Malheur and the Imaginary Martyr Situation

Malheur and the Imaginary Martyr Situation

The response to the situation at Malheur in Oregon has been an interesting one across the political board. Probably the most startling aspect of the reaction is how tempered it’s been on both sides of the aisle. For sure, there are fringe elements — from both the conservative and liberal camps — using inflammatory rhetoric […]

Christmas Movie Apocrypha

Christmas Movie Apocrypha

It’s easy, I think, to labor under the illusion that all of our favorite holiday films have somehow always existed, that they sprung fully formed from the primordial ooze, as if God, after realizing what a hopeless existence he doomed us to, said, “Oh jeez, you guys. My bad. Here’s some feel-goods.” But even these […]

Trump? Really???

Trump? Really???

This past weekend should have been a flawlessly momentous one for the UFC. Three events went down over the course of three consecutive nights, and each produced at least one outcome that’s good for the company’s bottom line down the road. Ass-kicking male model Sage Northcutt was again impressive in victory, and is someone the […]

In Defense of “Jingle All the Way”

In Defense of “Jingle All the Way”

I always have been, and always will be, a total mark for Christmas-themed media of all types. For me, the Christmas season begins right after the first night it’s cold enough to wear a jacket. What that means is that, here in Wisconsin, the only time of the year I’m not humming the theme from […]