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Triumph -- Jolie -- Salt

The persona projects a take-no-prisoners ferocity along with unapologetic James Bond intelligence.

I’m talking about Angelina Jolie and her movie ‘Salt‘, a spy thriller where she plays Evelyn A. Salt, a rogue CIA agent who tries to clear her name after being accused of being a Russian sleeper spy.  The movie released this past weekend to fairly positive reviews and attendance figures.  Being a mom of six you’d think taking the kids to see Toy Story 3 would be the goal of the day vs. getting back to gunslinging and fistfighting while clinging to the side of a building, leaping from a balcony or racing a motorcycle.  But actors need to earn a living too and this is a chance to show off the action-star talent again in what many see as another franchise – can you say ‘Salt 2’?

Scoring a major product placement opportunity in the film was motorcycle manufacture Triumph.  Jolie was filmed in a motorcycle chase scene as the ‘Salt’ character rides a 2009 Triumph Street Triple R in the film.

Photo courtesy of Triumph

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Big vs. Bigger Issue

The American Heart Association encourages Americans to reduce their sodium intake and has advocated the reduction by food manufacturers.  Now we have a bill introduced in the New York Legislature, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking. 

Need I say more?

According to the bill, A. 10129 , it states in part: “No owner or operator of a restaurant in NY state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises.”  The legislation would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation.

No matter which side of the salt debate you fall, most reasonable folks would agree that the legislature need not save us from ourselves!

Where does this zero tolerance of salt end?  First it’s no salt in restaurant food.  Then no salt at the restaurant table.  No salt in processed food.  No salt in the grocery store.  No salt at home.  No salt manufactures and then finally federal salt subsidies since Morton’s will likely go out of business.  Talk about when it rains, it pours!  Are the “crazy patients” running the hospital?  This HAS to be the most outrageous attempt of government over reach and intrusion into private lives that we’ve ever seen! And here I thought motorcycle helmet laws were the greatest nanny-state intrusion.

If they need to protect us then there is no doubt many personal care products which contain all manner of evil stuff that is not good for us. I cook up a lot of my own personal care products in the back yard for this very reason. The smell isn’t so bad once you get use to the smoke!  Not only is the shampoo aisle a potential deathtrap, the entire grocery store probably ought to be surrounded by yellow crime scene tape. Even organic apples still have cyanide-laced pits. It occurs naturally. Liquor stores, tobacco shops, motorcycle dealers and tanning parlors are known menaces. Zero tolerance? Then don’t drink the water. Don’t breathe the air.

The natural radiation emanating from the eastern Oregon geography would probably justify a protective fence around a good chunk of the state. Then there are the proven carcinogenic effects of solar radiation in Bend, Or (much higher exposure at altitude), medical x-rays and wood dust. Second hand tobacco smoke, negative thought patterns, genetics and a plethora of other factors are thought to contribute to cancer and birth defects.

As often is the case with these legislature ‘tards (I mean no disrespect to the Special Olympics – know that you are much smarter!) who create the proposed legislation – they forget to include public enforcement provisions. The bills just set up a platform for civil lawsuits. Furthermore, they often enable “bounty hunter” lawsuits to be filed solely on the basis of no harm to anyone need be proven.

Oh, silly me, there I go again, just another rant on government overregulation.  The government could save so much money and time and put every American on a Hospital-like bland diet for life. Eventually that’s what it will come too.  Suddenly I’m craving a Saltine cracker? 

Now get back to work – someone has to pay for all the legislature time dreaming up bills to protect us from ourselves!

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