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Friday, February 10, 2012

Indian tribe sues beer companies for getting them drunk

I just love Coors body painting.
In modern America no one is ever responsible for their own actions.  So an Indian tribe sues Coors and other beer companies for getting them drunk.

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”   - - - Alfred A. Montapert

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is trying to "extort", I mean ask for, $500 million for healthcare, social services and child rehabilitation from beer companies through a lawsuit. 

The tribe is blaming the beer companies for all their social troubles.  Personal responsibility no longer exists in America.  Nothing is ever your fault.  The other guy made you do it.  The theory is McDonalds makes you fat, not your personal choice to pork down four Big Macs at one sitting.

I was looking at the beer in her hand.  Were you?

Now you are not responsible for your free and personal choice to buy and consume beer.  It is the beer companies fault you bought it.

Tribal elders say the lawsuit is a last resort after efforts to curb abuse through protests and policy failed.  On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation one in four children suffers foetal disorders caused by alcohol abuse reports the BBC.

The lawsuit, filed in the district court of Nebraska, targets Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, SAB Miller, Molson Coors Brewing Company, MillerCoors LLC, and Pabst Brewing Company.

The lawsuit alleges that beer makers and the shop owners knew the alcohol would be smuggled into the reservation for consumption or resale.

The legal documents allege: "The illegal sale and trade in alcohol in Whiteclay is open, notorious and well documented by news reports, legislative hearings, movies, public protests and law enforcement activities."

In a totally stupid statement, Tom White, the lawyer representing the tribe, told the Associated Press news agency: "You cannot sell 4.9 million 12oz cans of beer and wash your hands like Pontius Pilate, and say we've got nothing to do with it being smuggled."

The reservation, which is about the size of the state of Connecticut, includes Shannon County, the third poorest county in the US.

The median income in the area is $27,300 and almost half of the population is considered to be living below federal poverty standards.

The life expectancy in the community is between 45 and 52 years - the lowest in North America except Haiti - and far below the national average of 77.5 years.

Nebraska State Senator LeRoy Louden has said that after struggling with the problem for years, the state has introduced legislation that would impose restrictions - on the types of alcohol that can be sold and business hours.
(BBC News)

Beer consumed under the right circumstances and in limited quantities can bring pleasure to your life.

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