The Mark Riley Show Progressive talk radio with a twist

May 21, 2015  

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Los Angeles raises minimum wage to $15. Proof yet again that New York City is way behind the times. NYC should have had this done some time ago.

Police investigating Waco biker melee remain on guard. Notice they call it a melee, not a riot, which has a very different connotation. Nine are dead, and it’s not conveyed as any kind of systemic problem, like Baltimore was.

Why don’t blacks have normal names like Asian students, Duke professor asks. How in the world do people like this end up teaching students of any age? Yeah, the guy is 80, but c’mon!!!

Low US rail spending leads to poor safety, experts say. This is exactly what we were talking about last week. Other countries have built out their rail systems, but America? Not even a little.

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Narcotics cops ordered to stop arresting suspects over 40. What?

Guest: Professor Eugene O’Donnell, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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US says it disrupted major heroin importing operation in the Bronx. Word is, there was enough heroin to get every single New Yorker high. There’s an interesting trend going on in discussing heroin abuse and addiction. Back in the day, addicts were called junkies, and abuse was framed as a pathology. Now that it’s in the suburbs, it’s called a sickness, and nobody calls the kids strung out junkies. Interesting.

House approves short term financing for highways. Why does everything have to be short term? Doesn’t anyone ever learn?

The MTA hopes these tweaks will make trains less crowded. I don’t know, I’m not sure that anything less than running more trains will make a serious difference. 

White House hit with racist slur N---- House on Google Maps. Here we go again. Will the Obama hating ever end? In 100 years?

Too big to fail banks sorry for trying to steal all the money in the world. Wanna guess which six banks were talking about here? So they paid $5.8 billion, so what?

 

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May 18, 2015  

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Warren vs. Obama on free trade. Score one for the Senator from Massachusetts! Senate passes on fast tracking TPA, Obama calls Warren a politician, without recognizing his role in making her one. Yet this has implications beyond just a one on one spat. One is we haven’t heard the last of it.

 

At least 6 killed after train derails in Philadelphia. This is a true tragedy which, among other things, will disrupt Northeast Corridor service for days to come, and lead at least one member of congress to suggest de-funding Amtrak. First thought…..could this be an infrastructure problem? And oh yeah, a House panel voted to cut $260 million dollars from Amtrak’s budget.

 

For Verizon and AOL, Mobile is a Magic Word. Sure, people are getting more and more of their news and entertainment from their phones, so from a corporate standpoint, the buy makes sense. The operative word is corporate. The real question is whether this will benefit consumers in any way at all. The answer, sadly, is no when it comes to how much consumers have to pay.

 

Bill de Blasio leaves New York City to push his progressive agenda as crime at home appears to get worse. He doesn’t really need to go to DC to do this, but other mayors have traveled to push one agenda or another without a media outlet jumping all over them. That said, being out of town while crime seems to be spiking is bad optics, at best.

 

Chris Christie’s Expense account: Drinks were on him. It does our friend across the water no good on any level to have it revealed he’s spent $360,000 on entertainment over the past five years, even if it’s legal.

 

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Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, vacates post. What, after all your GOP colleagues united in a show of support?

 

Guest: Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief, NY Daily News

 

No money, no vote: Ohio Republicans’ diabolical plan for a poll tax. That’s right, it’s back to the ‘30s in the Buckeye State. No matter poll taxes are unconstitutional.

 

Facebook expands employee benefits to janitors, cooks, and staff. Good news, obviously, but the question is, why aren’t more companies do this without being pressured (like Wal Mart).

 

 Ferry service to Havana could take time, Cuban official cautions. Saw something on CNBC the other day where a ferry service operator said he planned on starting next year. Maybe not so much or so early.

 

House is expected to pass a revised abortion bill. This relaxes, ever so slightly, some of the regulations in a previous, ultra-draconian bill. This one is expected to pass. Still sucks.

 

To the Ridiculous….

 

Obamacare-hating idiot super pissed Obama won’t pay his doctor bills now that he needs it. Didn’t we just talk about a similar case a few weeks ago? We’ll hear more and more as time goes on….

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