About

A constituent of the vast baby boomer generation with a career which has been fortunate to know the ponderous corporate worlds, as well as the intimately pressurized, and invigorating entrepreneurial domains of high tech and venture capital, I have harvested my share of mistakes meandering through corridors of enterprise from Silicon Valley, to London and endless, colourful, sometimes praetorian points in between. The voyage has provided an abundance of fodder for a pen yielding to an inquisitive keyboard, a foraging mind, and a passionate spirit. Whether political or business or social or economic or personal, is it not all political? It is a privilege to write, and an even greater privilege to be read by anyone, and sometimes with the wind at my back the writing may occasionally be legible. I do not write to invite scorn, nor to invite respect, but if I get really lucky the writing can stimulate thinking. I also write for the very selfish purpose of animating my own processes, and engaging the best of what life offers. Above all, whether biting fire or swatting shadows, I am grateful to be gifted the freedom to write and publish whatever flows down to the keyboard. To all those who enabled this freedom, and to all those standing guard to preserve it, I am indebted.

Posts by James Raider

North African Waves

Obama / Clinton Arab Spring — A Betrayal of Europe and The West

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The Obama Administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood revolutionaries in the Middle East, beginning with deposing Mubarak in Egypt then spreading destabilization to Tunisia, Libya and Syria, ignited an out-of-control fire that has consumed practically all of North Africa and the Middle East.   The inferno still rages and is imposing irreversible consequences on the West…. Read more »

Obama /  Jarrett

The Obama/Jarrett Plan For Re-election In 2016

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Addressing a gaggle of dictators comprising the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama feigned a weak lament that although he considered himself a good president, he could not run again. That pesky thing called a Constitution that his Administration has trampled on for six years was in the way.  “I cannot run again.  I can’t run… Read more »

OBAMA & DRUGS

46 Criminals Join Obama Legacy-Support Roll

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Today’s dispensation of confusion from this Administration commuted the sentences of 46 drug pushing criminals. Serious drug pushers. So far, he has commuted the sentences of 90 criminals. Practically all of these criminals were pushing enormous amounts of cocaine, with other drugs taking secondary importance in their arsenals of human destruction. The rationalization for this misguided Presidential disposition was worded as, “These men and women were not hardened criminal, but the overwhelming majority were sentenced to at least 20 years, 14 of them had been sentenced to life, for nonviolent drug offenses.”

Obama

Ideas and Visions Will Beat ISIS. . . . . No, really!

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Today’s dose of moonbeam ventilation from the Oval Office comes following a ‘sham’ briefing from the Pentagon on ISIS strategy.  Since it is impossible to make it up, here is what the world was told, “ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas and more attracting and more compelling vision.”   So what do these words really proffer… Read more »

Yanis Faroufakis

Open Letter To Yanis Varoufakis

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Yanis Varoufakis, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Hellenic Republic,   Dear Mr. Varoufakis, Congratulations on your referendum win as your nation enters one of the most difficult periods in its history. While you have a reputation as being a clever economist, and though you are rooted in Marxist theory, please accept this… Read more »

Donald Trump

TRUMP – Some Stimulation For Our Lethargy, Finally

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Trump is running.  Finally some energy and dynamism gets showered on the Presidential race, but with the vast majority of the media laughing disparagingly at today’s announcement by Trump, including most of the pundits on the right, I dusted off the core of an article I published here on FA in April of 2011. Since… Read more »

Too-Big-To-Fail

The Dichotomy of “Too Big To Fail”

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In a reply to a comment from F.A. contributor Nanny G on  Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan I realized, after writing it, my too casual use of the term, “Too-Big-To-Fail.”   Too-Big-To-Fail is a label that has gathered much deceptive moss.  Used with some regularity since the economic panic that started in 2007 and accelerated at full throttle in September… Read more »

Ryan & Cruz

Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been busy selling the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), intended to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and related deals, to Americans, along with others like Rubio, Boehner, and Ryan. Let’s do some due diligence on how he’s selling it and explore this incomprehensible explanation during an interview yesterday, . . . “Historically,… Read more »