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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.

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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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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English

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Episodes

Great Replacement Theory vs Pursuit of Happiness, JRP0275

5/18/2022
The Great Replacement Theory has been in the news since it was mentioned in the Buffalo mass shooter’s manifesto. Let’s be real. This is a conspiracy theory based on racism and fear of “different” people coming to America to replace white voters. Different races, unfamiliar cultures, and diverse languages all coming to America. OMG. Change is uncomfortable. For some people, change is a threat. “Patriots” are fearful that immigrants are pursuing their happiness. This is the land of freedom,...

Duration:01:05:38

Pete Murray for San Diego Judge, Criminal Justice, JRP0274

4/28/2022
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 address the backlog while still protecting the accused’s right of a speedy...

Duration:03:50:52

Richest Man in Babylon, Personal Finance, JRP0273

4/22/2022
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 deduction and my personal revelation that wealth is independence. It’s not...

Duration:01:24:08

Oklahoma Abortion Bill, JRP0272

4/12/2022
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: ATEM Mini Pro and Go Pro Hero 9 We just upgraded our video gear. I...

Duration:01:38:23

Daylight Savings, Ukraine, Tatis, Poway News, JRP0269

3/16/2022
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 Russian propaganda. What ever happened to free speech and freedom of...

Duration:01:25:09

Pete Neild’s Pursuit of Happiness, “See Stories”, JRP0271

3/11/2022
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 #PeteNeild #PearlHarbor #SeeStories Get proven and easy-to-implement...

Duration:01:05:39

Poway Election Season is Here. Is Pete Neild?, JRP0270

3/11/2022
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 Pete share many sensibilities and thoughts about the City of Poway....

Duration:01:02:05

Putin, Trudeau, Vaus, and the Pursuit of Happiness, JRP0268

2/23/2022
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 of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Justin Trudeau...

Duration:00:57:22

Electric Vehicle Shopping Adventures, Presidents Day, JRP0267

2/21/2022
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 driving these crazy prices. Plus, we talk gas prices, the benefits of...

Duration:00:59:13

NFL, Cannabis, and Canadian Truckers, JRP0266

2/9/2022
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 dispensaries illegal. Canadian Truckers Protest Then we discuss the...

Duration:00:39:03

Eileen Gu’s Pursuit of Happiness, JRP0265

2/8/2022
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 from third to first. Her final trick, called a left double 1620 with a...

Duration:00:35:37

The Happiness Dashboard, JRP0264

1/26/2022
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 result was greater focus and energy to pursue my own happiness. John Riley Project:...

Duration:01:06:58

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, Top Stories in 2021, JRP0263

1/6/2022
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 PowayRecall Effort Begins Against Poway Mayor Steve Vaus$2.5M...

Duration:01:28:18

Candy Cane Lane, Elon Musk WSJ Interview, JRP0262

12/16/2021
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 along Poway Rd, slow vs fast growth, and the concept of...

Duration:01:43:21

Smash and Grab, JRP0261

12/2/2021
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. These businesses owners are rich and have insurance, right? Some...

Duration:01:36:13

Solana Beach Climate Change Policies, JRP0260

11/18/2021
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 down the Solana Beach plan. Plus, we discuss ways that cities...

Duration:01:10:10

Poway School Board Death Threats, JRP0259

11/10/2021
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 Araiza. Matt is a graduate of Rancho Bernardo high school and has...

Duration:01:37:45

SANDAG per mile tax, Squid Game, Poway News, JRP0258

11/4/2021
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 charge non-users of public transportation pay so users can...

Duration:01:08:05

Supply Chain Mess, Trucker Stories, Local News Update, JRP0257

10/20/2021
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 discussion explores bailouts, stimulus, stay-at-home orders, and easy loans....

Duration:01:42:40

Roots of San Diego State’s Exclusion from PAC-12

10/14/2021
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 percentage ranked second in all of the United States in D1 sports. Yet UC...

Duration:00:57:26