John Riley Project

John Riley Project

Pursue Happiness. John Riley discusses San Diego news stories and interviews politicians, community leaders, athletes, coaches, authors and influencers. Topics including free market economics, entrepreneurism, politics, leadership, current events, sports, history and philosophy. We discuss living your life on your own terms, having the political freedom to make your own choices, and a variety of topics that give life meaning and joy. We broadcast from Poway CA in the San Diego metropolitan area.

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April 28, 2022 229 min
Pete Murray joined me to discuss his campaign for judge in San Diego County. This was an incredible podcast conversation going nearly 4 hours (a new JRP record!). The depth and breadth of topics covered is too long to list, but here are some highlights: Pete Murray's View on Criminal Justice Challenges 900-1000 case back log in San Diego Courts largely due to pandemic-related issues and how the judicial system has to a...
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Seven Cures to a Lean Purse The First Cure: Start thy purse to fattening. Arkad (Richest Man in Babylon) advises saving 10% of your annual income to start building up your wealth (or purse). "For every ten coins thou placest within thy purse take out for use but nine. Thy purse will start to fatten at once and its increasing weight will feel good in thy hand and bring satisfaction to thy soul". We discuss automated...
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April 12, 2022 97 min
Oklahoma Abortion Ban Will they enact an Oklahoma abortion ban? It’s looking that way. We break down all of the new abortion laws passed in Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Colorado as states prepare for the potential overturn of Roe vs Wade. Should abortion be “legal, but rare”? Or is abortion a fundamental part of a woman’s inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? JRP Studio: A...
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Daylight Savings Time is Whack The US Senate just approved making daylight savings time permanent for the entire nation. Will the House pass it? And what’s the deal with the California vote in 2018 to end this clock changing nonsense? I’m tired of the twice a year clock change, are you? Ukraine and the New McCarthyism Hosts on The View want the government to investigate Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard for “spreading false...
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Pete Neild shares his experiences in the Navy working in a repair shop at Pearl Harbor. Pete has recently reconnected with many of former co-workers and others that served in that same shop over the last 70 years.  We also share many more submarine stories, Navy stories and Pete’s experiences along the way.  Pete calls these his “See Stories”. We also discuss Admiral Bernard Clary, USS Pintado, sacrifice, and much more #PeteN...
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Pete Neild shares his announcement on his potential candidates for Poway City Council District 1.  We discuss a wide range of Poway issues including development, roads, SDG&E, Mayor Steve Vaus, Caylin Frank, Dave Grosch, Barry Leonard, the failed recall of Steve Vaus and much more. Pete also shares his meeting with Hiram Soto.  Hiram is a local activist, journalist, and recently announced candidate for District 1.  Hiram and...
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Putin Justifying Invasion of Ukraine based on Blood and Religion Russian troops are at the Ukrainian border and invasion is imminent! Biden is trying to negotiate but doing so on weak footing. Meanwhile Trump is calling Putin a “genius” for his strategy. What in the hell is going on here? While these political leaders are consumed with tribalism, they are missing the opportunity to oppose Putin on the moral basis of our rights o...
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EVs Selling as Much as $15K over MSRP Have you been on an auto dealer lot lately? The prices for cars are all out of whack. The supply chain crisis has created huge distortions in the price of cars. I am in the market for a new EV and every option is selling for thousands of dollars above MSRP! In many cases, the EV is not available for as much as 9 months. What exactly is going on? We discuss the market forces that are dr...
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NFL Studying Marijuana to Help Players Manage Pain My alma mater UC San Diego was just awarded a $500,000 grant from the NFL to study the impact of cannabis as a pain relief medication. Isn’t the answer obvious? We take a look at the UCSD study and discuss well known examples of players suspensions for marijuana or opioids. We also take a broader look of cannabis as a medicine and question my hometown’s policy of keeping d...
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Personal Success as a Skier, Student, Model and Symbol of International Unity Eileen Gu won the gold in the Big Air freestyle event Tuesday while competing for China in the Winter Olympics. But this episode is much more than her athletic feats. Gu’s “right double 1440 safety” scored a 93.75 and vaulted her into first place. Her lead didn’t last long. She headed to her last jump needing at least ninety-three points to leap fro...
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January 27, 2022 66 min
Your Life Goal Should be Happiness How happy are you on a 0-10 scale? We discuss the topic of The Happiness Dashboard. This system (similar to the Wheel of Life) provides a framework to score your happiness in every major category of life: FinancesCareerPhysical & Mental HealthFun & RecreationPhysical EnvironmentFamily & FriendsRomanceGrowth & Learning This exercise helped me break out of a mental rut. The ...
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In today’s podcast episode we take a look back at the top 2021 stories in the Poway and Rancho Bernardo area. Our friends at Pomerado News highlighted the top local stories. We take the time to reflect on each of them. These top local stories span the spectrum of good, the bad and the ugly. In our podcast we cover these six stories: Poway Synagogue Shooter gets Second Life Sentence in Federal CourtDevelopment Moves Ahead in Powa...
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Last week I experienced the positive energy and festivities along Poway's Candy Cane Lane (or should I say Candy Cane Courts). To say that this community “decorates in excess” is an understatement! We discuss the history, the planning, and the mob scene that shows up at Candy Cane Lane in a small corner of Poway. We also explore a wide range of issues in Poway including the Mayor Vaus recall, the 2022 election, development a...
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December 2, 2021
Smash and Grab is in the news as we see flash mobs showing up, not to dance, but to damage property and steal goods from stores. We are even seeing increased crime of commercial establishments here in my hometown of Poway CA. What is going on here? On one hand police in many cities are not pursuing petty theft crimes. There is a new normalization happening in society where some people think commercial burglary is no big deal. The...
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City government officials in Solana Beach have passed new laws mandating EV charging stations and solar panels. At the same time they want to ban natural gas. Is this a serious climate change policy for the city or just virtue signaling by elected leaders? The Solana Beach climate change policies have so many exceptions and carve outs that it is a wonder at all if they are going to move the climate change needle at all. We break do...
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November 11, 2021 99 min
Death threats directed at Poway Unified School Board trustees. Protesters showing up at school board members’ private homes with a manifesto filled with demands. What in the heck is going on here? We break down this whole story and then explore the nationwide heated rhetoric at school board meetings, the VA gubernatorial election, and school choice. Then we have a wonderful time discussing San Diego State Aztec punter Matt Araiz...
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SANDAG has a plan to tax you per mile to help pay for their $160B public transportation plan. Why this big push for a utopian mass transit system when so few people use the existing trolleys and carpool/bus systems? We break down SANDAG’s plan including their proposal to supplement the existing gas tax with an added per mile tax. How do they plan to do this? Will the gas tax eventually be retired? Then we discuss SANDAG’s plan to c...
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The supply chain mess is everywhere you look. Ships are waiting offshore near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There are product shortages and worker shortages. Mass chaos! We break down all of the reasons for the Supply Chain Mess. Who is to blame? The government, of course! They are distorting the market with artificially high demand and artificially low supply. Prices go up. We get product shortages. Our discuss...
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Why are UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCLA so afraid of competing with San Diego State University? For the past 2-3 decades we have seen SDSU rise up both athletically and academically to create a national brand that is respected from coast to coast. SDSU regularly boasts some of the highest numbers of student applicants every year. At the same time, the Aztec men’s basketball and football programs have a combined winning percentag...
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Controversy in Poway! Free Range Kids invading our Poway parks! We break down the City of Poway’s plan to open up Starridge Park to Poway Girls Softball, including the objections from the local neighbors. Are neighborhood Poway parks just for neighbors? When is a public good not good for the public? We break it all down. We also get into Poway infrastructure improvements, Poway water, and all of the development projects oc...
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