The Mark Riley Show Progressive talk radio with a twist

January 29, 2015  

Top Stories

First Interview- John Hanrahan, author, journalist, contributor to Expose Facts on Jeffrey Sterling.

Koch backed groups plan to spend nearly $1 billion dollars on 2016 elections. That’s right. Nearly a billion to get one of theirs in the White House. And who’s to stop them? That would be us.

 Leaders defend shutdown for a blizzard that wasn’t. This isn’t the first time predictions of a massive snowstorm have gone wrong. It is the first tie they shut the trains, thereby forcing people to either get home before 11PM or spend the night at their jobs. What are we, Podunk???

Sheldon Silver to leave post as New York State Assembly Speaker. The heat got to be too much not for Silver, but his friends in the Assembly. Upstate Assemblyman takes his place on an interim basis. Next chapter: Who gets gig permanently.

Lead Story

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling found guilty on all counts.

Guest: David Swanson, Campaign Co-ordinator,

Sheriffs want to disable police tracking feature on Google Waze App. They say it’s for safety. How dumb is that? Waze tells you when cops are by the side of the road, or near where you’re traveling. That would make most rational people SLOW DOWN, not speed. They simply don’t want drivers to have an electronic weapon to use against them. 

Chris Christie launches political action committee. Why does Rudy for President keep ringing in my ears?  And Giuliani, arguably, had a record to run on. All Christie’s opponents have to do is show a montage of Jersey’s decayed bridges and he’s toast.

NFL investigator seeks to consult Columbia physicist over Patriots deflated balls. Am I the only one who’s sick and tired of this? I could end up not listening to sports radio ever again!

Guest: Andrew Rosario, sports reporter, Arise TV.

To the Ridiculous

Pilot of drone that crashed onto White House grounds was reportedly drunk. And….he’s a government employee, no less. Talk about drunk droning!


January 22, 2015  

The 1% will own most of the world’s wealth by 2016. That’s next year, folks! Anything can be done to change this?

Man says NYPD cop set him up with planted gun. They’re still planting guns on people? Thought that went out in the 80s.

MarkRiley_ToTheRidiculousEx cop Brooklyn BP Eric Adams: I did not elected the PBA, I elected the Mayor. Here’s one guy who can’t be called a cop basher, race baiter, or any of the other stuff that protest bashers have made up. He told me a long time ago that he had “the talk” with his own son about encounters with the police.

Defying critics, Bill de Blasio embraces Al Sharpton on his home turf.  Glad to see he’s got the guts. Sharpton was always a backdoor way for critics of the mayor to snipe. No apology, no distance from Sharpton. That’s oh for 2.

PBA president Lynch faces leadership challenge from unhappy cops. We talked about this last week, now it appears there are actually names being circulated among PBA members as possibly mounting challenge. Want a ringside seat for that one.

Lead Story

A rising economy lifts Obama going into State of the Union Night

Guest: Aaron Kall, Director, University of Michigan Debate Team, Debate Institute 

How Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper stoked the American culture wars. You know things are out there when Michael Moore and Sarah Palin weigh in on opposite ends of this debate. Haven’t seen the movie, but then I haven’t seen Selma either.

White teenage criminals are cuddly and cute and white and not really criminals. Really. This could be to the ridiculous, but an examination of media coverage of these bandits is warranted.

To the Ridiculous…..

Fair and balanced gives way to flights of fancy after Fox News becomes the unwilling star of a French TV satire. That would be after faux Fox commentator makes outrageous statements about Muslims and Birmingham England. 

January 15, 2015  

Charlie Hebdo’s new issue has Muhammed on cover. Showing guts in the face of horror, taking unnecessary risk, or both?


From our “what were you thinking” dept. White House acknowledges error in not sending top official to march in Paris. What, was Joe Biden really that busy? The President should have gone himself.


Times reporter will not be called to testify in leak case. Good on you, James Risen. Never make it easy on the government to pry info from you. You’re an example to us all.


Arrests and summonses rise in NYC, but fall short of pre-slowdown levels. So it really was a slowdown after all. Somebody needs to tell Paddy Lynch he’s not the mayor, and he’s not going to get an apology from the mayor. He doesn’t deserve one. More on him later..


After 21 years in prison, wrongly convicted man dies months after release. What can you say about a story like this? There is no justice!!!


Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram, and three uncomfortable questions.


First guest: Milton Allimadi, Publisher, Editor in Chief, Black Star News

Phone number: 646-261-7566.


Second guest: (6:30)- Ahmed Rehab Executive director, CAIR Chicago

Phone number: 312-212-1520, 202-870-0166 (cell)


George Zimmerman labeled psychopath by female victim in Florida wine bottle incident. He can’t stay out of trouble, but evern stranger, did you know he sold a painting of his for $100,000? Who says crime doesn’t pay!


Screaming match erupts between cops, union head over de Blasio. It was reportedly about Paddy Lynch’s demand for an apology vs. other cops who think the union ought to have other priorities. And him with an election coming up too.


John Boehner’s bartender planned to poison him: FBI. Speaker of the House with a bartender? What’s up with that?


To the Ridiculous: Mike Huckabee: Obama shouldn’t let daughters listen to Beyonce’s “mental poison”. And this guy wants to be President? 

January 8, 2015  

RIP: Mario Cuomo, Stuart Scott, Bess Myerson, Paul “Peanut” Peregrim

Top Stories….

NYPD received tips leading to arrest of man suspected of shooting two cops who responded top Bronx robbery. Was it the $22,000 reward, or people responding to cops being shot? You decide. 

Andrew Cuomo asks during Mario Cuomo funeral for peace between City Hall and NYPD. At least there’s a meeting scheduled, so maybe things are thawing, even in the face of police slowdown.

Ex NYPD cop slams black brunch with gun toting selfie: “I’m really enjoying these Eggs Benedict so move along now”. Ex cop at a tony brunch? What is he now, a hedge fund manager?

This letter could restart the case against Darren Wilson. If there’s anything in the universe that could revive potential charges against Ferguson cop, please let’s have it. This time, the NAACP is on the case of prosecutor.

GOP vow of pragmatism faces test of Capitol Hill. Boehner was re-elected speaker, but twice as many conservative Repubs voted against him as last time. We’ll see.

For second week, arrest plunge in New York City. Can you spell slowdown. This, of course, costs the city money. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Sanford Rubenstein will not face rape charges. His accuser is “baffled”. Was this simply he said, she said? Or did Rubenstein’s rep draw him a pass?

Judge sets date to consider release of Eric Garner grand jury records. We see what happened in Ferguson. Could there be a smoking gun here?

Lead Story…..Special guest, author Dimitry Leger. His new novel, “God Loves Haiti” was released this week. 

To the Ridiculous…Not embracing Christie’s love of the Dallas Cowboys. Is there ay more ridiculous pandering than seeing the Governor of New Jersey hugging Cowboys owner Jerry Jones? And was some business done between the two?


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