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September 2012 Odd Wisconsin

Elderly Chief's Journey to Protect Treaty Rights

On April 5th, 1852, four Ojibwe warriors pushed off from Madeline Island bound for Washington, D.C. They carried in their canoe a white interpreter, Benjamin Armstrong, and their two principal chiefs, Ke-Che-Waish-Ke (better known as Chief Buffalo) and O-Sho-Ga. Although Chief Buffalo was in his nineties, he undertook the 1,500-mile journey in order to lay his nation's case before the...
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Posted in Curiosities on September 27, 2012

Senator Spurned Campaign Contributions

The Center for Responsible Politics reported last week that Tammy Baldwin, Tommy Thompson, and special interest groups will spend more than $17,000,000 on this fall's Senate race. Compare that to Sen. William Proxmire's campaigning style. "We spent under two hundred dollars," recalled Proxmire's chief of staff, Ron Tammen, about the 1976 and 1982 elections. "No staff, no advertising. The only...
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Posted in Curiosities on September 20, 2012

Crabs and Beer

While you were watching the Packers Sunday, you probably had a bowl of chips, popcorn, or pretzels within easy reach. But in 19th-century Milwaukee taverns, the bowl on the bar was more likely to be full of dead crayfish lifted from a nearby swamp. To hide their humble origins and make them sound more appetizing, these were usually called "krebs"...
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Posted in Animals on September 8, 2012

Democrats a Century Ago

Democratic delegates from around the country assembled in Charlotte, No. Carolina, this week, hot on the heels of the Republican meeting in Tampa. Back before primaries, when candidates were actually chosen at the conventions, delegates expected to do more than socialize and rubber-stamp the nominee. They expected to argue, persuade, and vote until a consensus emerged around a specific candidate....
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Posted in Curiosities on September 3, 2012

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