The Mark Riley Show Progressive talk radio with a twist

July 31, 2015  

Mark discusses these topics on the show today:

Woman found dead in holding cell in Westchester County. This could be something simply tragic, but after Sandra Bland, people have a right to be suspicious. And speaking of Sandra Bland….

Texas authorities release more jailhouse video relating to Sandra Bland case. They spinning as hard as they can, but the fact remains…she should never have been incarcerated, not even for a minute.

Police officer involved in deadly shooting of Samuel Dubose indicted for murder. Yet another case of law enforcement going crazy. Dubose was killed after a traffic stop. How many more???

Afghanistan says Mullah Omar, Taliban leader, died in 2013. What in the world took them so long to figure that out?

Under oath, Donald Trump shows his raw side. This is, I guess, what people like about him, isn’t it? What about the exaggerations of his wealth? And then there’s the lawyer who wanted to nurse her baby.

Fox allows all candidates. No matter polling, into lower tier debate. That’s one way of doing it, but why must there be a lower tier. How about drawing straws?

The real scandal of killing Cecil the Lion: The price. Aside from the Minnesota big game hunter, two Zimbabweans have also been charged. Why do people get such pleasure from killing animals?

Tom Brady “very disappointed” to see Deflategate suspension upheld. Why is NFL commissioner allowed to hear his appeal? What else did people expect? Court is next.

Federal funding needed fpr Gateway Hudson River tunnel: Port Authority. The feds won’t fully fund it, and the PA knows it. Therefore, commuters will continue to endure transit nightmares.

Hundreds of migrants blocked from tunnel into England for second night. Does anyone really understand why this is happening?

Federal prosecutors indict Rep. Chaka Fattah on corruption charges. Is this another case of a good lawmaker gone bad?

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July 23, 2015  
 Officer threatened Sandra Bland with Taser, police video shows. And that’s not all. The video that shows her stop for FAILURE to SIGNAL when changing lanes appears to have been edited. And now she’s dead.
 City Hall, in counterattack, casts Uber as corporate behemoth. Yeah, like New York isn’t home to dozens of corporate behemoths. If that weren’t enough, as I predicted on another show last night, Gov. Cuomo has weighed in against the mayor’s position. Sheeeesh!
 Hackers expose first Ashley Madison users. You knew this was coming. Divorce lawyers must be licking their chops. Ashley Madison’s parent company calls it a form of terrorism. Over the top, or what? Anyone feel sorry for the people about to get exposed?
 Titans clash on Donald Trump’s run fuels his feud with Rupert Murdoch. TITANS??? The real deal about Trump? It’s all about the game, and the game is publicity.
 Church shooting suspect to face hate crime charges. Still don’t think it makes any difference who the Attorney General is?
 Ferguson hires black interim chief. A step in the right direction, but what else has to happen to win the confidence of Ferguson residents?
 Continues disruptions and frustration for New Jersey Transit riders. Guess what? It’s going to get worse. We’re one step away from a fare hike, and the condition of the Hudson River tunnels is a prescription for disaster. And then there’s the weather.
 New York panel recommends $15 minimum wage for fast food workers. Let’s see if it becomes reality. If so, it’s a BIG victory!
 Republicans look to penalize sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants. You knew this was coming. Congressional Repubs have been looking for an excuse for some time, and the San Francisco murder was the perfect excuse.
 Former Georgia deputy faces federal charges over grenade lobbing SWAT raid that critically injured toddler. So there are limits on law enforcement?
 The End…..
 Yeah, about that Quinnipiac poll….What exactly does favorable/unfavorable mean, anyway?
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July 9, 2015  

Lead Stories 

NYSE halts trading after major technical glitch. Think they’ll tell the truth about what happened? Don’t be too sure. 

Malfunctioning computer network router caused grounding of United flights. What, both in the same morning? Maybe it’s just coincidence. Then again…. 

Confederate flag’s fate is in hands of polarized South Carolina House. They’re already trying to torpedo getting rid of the flag with amendments. Why do they hold on so tight?

Greece given until Sunday to settle debt crisis or face disaster. Is this really all Greece’s fault? There is some evidence otherwise. Could somebody be trying to kill democracy?

Why Berne Sanders’ momentum is not built to last. Last? A month ago nobody was giving him even a small shot. Don’t believe the hype.

San Francisco murder case exposes lapses in immigration enforcement. True, but that doesn’t mean Mexicans are rapists.

The prosecutor who says Louisiana should kill more people. This is insanity, pure and simple. The man should be removed from office.

Wrongfully convicted man released after 27 years in prison starts new job as paralegal. Not all the stories of exonerated people end up this happy.

Georgia “shop of death” sold guns that killed 2 NYPD officers, Nebraska cop. What, and no license lifted? Is this what people mean by the Second Amendment?

Donald Trump blasts efforts to review contracts he has with NYC, wants city to thanks him for amazing work. Blind lunacy is the only way to describe this man.

The End

Amid new overtime rules, more employers might set e-mail curfew, Maybe their employees will thank them for it.  

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July 2, 2015  

Lead Story

Tsipras signals Greece may accept bailout terms. So I have to ask, what’s the difference between Greece stiffing banks and American governors stiffing pension funds? Many of them, including now presidential candidate Chris Christie are doing just that.

Top Stories

Patience spent, de Blasio accuses Cuomo hurting New York City out of revenge. So now their spat is out in the open. When Cuomo began his first term, I asked whether he’d be more interested in making deals with the GOP led Senate than the Democratic controlled Assembly. Now we have our answer. De Blasio’s problem is in the timing.

Independently drawn districts have proved to be more competitive. The Supreme Court ruling exposes that legislators are more interested in incumbent protection than democracy. Who knew? 

Black church in South Carolina is latest to burn in South. Racism is alive and well in some quarters of this country. Where is the white Christian outrage?

Right divided, a disciplined left steered the Supreme Court. Well, not really, Sounds good. Some rulings have gone the left’s way, but don’t be fooled. This is still a conservative court. 

States snub execution drug approved by Supreme Court. Wait does that mean they took this up for nothing?

Sanitation worker thwarts robbery at Manhattan 7- Eleven. This guy should get a medal. He didn’t have to get involved.

Average home price in Manhattan reaches $1.87 million, a new high. Glad to hear somebody is making out like a bandit. 

Uber says proposed freeze on licenses in NY City would limit competition, They’re right on this one. There doesn’t need to be a study to conclude that Manhattan traffic is congested. Uber is only one part of the reason.

Crooked ex-Senator Malcolm Smith sentenced to seven years for bribery. A political career ended over greed, and most of all, stupidity.

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Tennessee hardware store owner posts no gays allowed sign on front door. “I’ll never regret this. Wanna bet???

 

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