Saturday, September 02, 2006

It's Miller Time...Not!

Miller beer--the official beer of illegal aliens--is spending $30,000 in support of a so-called "Immigrant Workers Justice Walk," protesting immigration law enforcement in the United States. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Miller-sponsored event "will promote a controversial plan to end deportations and offer legal status for all 11 million to 12 million [illegal] immigrants."

Plenty of Americans are, obviously, not happy with Miller for supporting criminal behavior and the subversion of American democracy. Thanks to my pal, Michelle Malkin, they have a list of Miller products to avoid this Labor Day weekend. Miller is already feeling the heat.

Not surprisingly, Miller is denying that they're spending money in support of criminal aliens. Their spokesperson is now telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that they didn't give money directly for the pro-illegal event, but merely funded the organization organizing the march. But notice this interesting admission by Miller from this story:

Miller recently had to deal with a boycott threat from an umbrella group of Midwestern Latino community organizations upset that Miller's political action committee had made $2,000 in campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), sponsor of an immigration bill the group viewed as too harsh. The boycott was quickly canceled after the two sides met in Chicago, and Miller agreed to run newspaper ads against the bill and help the group fight it...

As Miller denied involvement in the Chicago march, meanwhile, the leader of a Milwaukee immigrant-rights group that has held two large marches here said Miller had helped that organization financially. Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, said Miller contacted the group earlier this year and offered a donation before a May 1 march. She said the company provided what she believed was a couple hundred dollars used for buses to bring marchers from Racine and Kenosha.

Not so, Miller spokesman Peter J. Marino said. "The money supported a recent convention on immigration issues in Chicago, which provided attendees with information on how to become legally naturalized citizens of the U.S.," he said.
Miller isn't sponsoring the march and didn't authorize use of its trademarks in association with the event, Marino said. The Tribune reported that advertisements for the march bear Miller's logo.

So, who's telling the truth? And does it matter? Now that Miller Brewing has agreed to run ads against enforcing our immigration laws, and now that they've acknowledged funding groups supporing illegal immigration, does it really matter if the marchers had specific permission to use the Miller logos at this particular march?

Miller Beer has clearly chosen sides. It's time for us drunks to choose sides, too.

I'm having another Sam Adams.