Author Archives: James Raider

About James Raider

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.
7 Jan

A French Lesson For Our Media

A profound event has awakened a lethargic world. Millions of people have instantly materialized in city squares across Europe and in cities elsewhere around the globe in peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with those slain in the Muslim terrorist attacks on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Most of the signs carried by the mourners held very simple and very telling words, “Je Suis Charlie.”

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30 Dec

Outsourcing The Power Position

We head into New Year celebrations enjoying a few extra dollars to spend, or put away for future needs, grateful that gasoline prices at the pump have eased enough to be felt. We also wish for continuation in this trend so that each of us can bask in a little relief from the ever-escalating costs on foods and daily necessities. Grateful, yes, but to whom, and more importantly, why?

Posted in Economy, Egypt, Energy, Foreign Trade issues, Iran, Middle East, Oil, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Uncategorized, Venezuela | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments | 116 views
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26 Dec

Selling Illusions

Taking a short break from his daily golfology program, Obama’s principal statement in his address to the Marine Corps base was, “Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the American armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country. …. We are safer. It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again. …. The world is better, it’s safer, it’s more peaceful, it’s more prosperous.”

Posted in Afghanistan, Iran, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments | 642 views
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18 Dec

Obama Lies to Cubans, and Exposes His Real Purpose

President Obama is being applauded by his pandering members of the left’s publicity machine for poking a stick in the eye of the GOP and its likely 2016 Presidential candidates.  The economic geniuses at the NYT pretend that there is suddenly … Continue reading

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Anti-Americanism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 30 Comments | 1,464 views
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24 Nov

Gruber’s Bluster and The Assault On Hubris

There is good reason why human nature tends to be intuitively fond of humility. Humility reveals confidence, and illustrates an ego not in need of constant polishing. It also reveals trust. While it is very naturally human to not listen to our intuitions, the failure to “listen” can have calamitous results when our actions are discharged in a voting booth.

Posted in Freedom, propaganda bureau, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment | 111 views
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9 Nov

Putin’s Arctic Gambit – At our door.

In 2009 I posted an article, Obama’s Blunder On Iran, in which I noted, “When Obama backed off the deployment of a missile defense system in Europe, he did so without gaining a single concession from Putin and Russia.” Obama had … Continue reading

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24 Oct

Hard Core Socialism – Clinton Picks-up The Banner

The foreboding word “redistribution” uttered by Obama when he had visions of becoming President, rattled half the taxpayers in America. The other half either did not understand it, or did not believe it, or ideologically agreed and approved with big government taking cash from taxpayers and handing it out to statist supporters. His apologists in the MSM worked overtime to twist the truth of Obama’s meaning, and particularly his intent. In the end, a majority of America did not fully grasp that Obama indeed intended to remake the Nation into a socialist machine whose new blueprints could only be imagined by a community organizer with roots set deep in ideologies foreign to most thinking taxpayers.

Posted in Constitution, Hillary Clinton, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 28 Comments | 356 views
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19 Oct

Community Organizing Is All They Know

The President is too toxic for Democrats scrambling to raise support as we head into the midterms, so the hopeful statist campaigners look to visible alternatives from the White House, or other senior offices. Valerie Jarrett, Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama are considered less harmful in getting out the vote and in stimulating the disgruntled supporters to exercise their rights in the polling booths across the Nation.

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Michelle Obama, Socialism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments | 241 views
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14 Sep

Obama & Holder: At War With Corporate America

In this celebrity-comicon world where teleprompters send us uncomplicated pablum of feel-good lies that big government will take care of all our ills, let’s pluck some of the mainstream assessments out by the roots before the sand coagulates and our necks get permanently imbedded. There is much false nonsense to rip out of the dark morass it comes from, nevertheless observing a couple of deplorable pieces of social truth will make a good start.

Posted in Barack Obama, Economy, Law, Law Enforcement, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 181 views
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12 Sep

Obama: The Message Is The Strategy

Fifty years ago the brilliant and always challenging philosopher of communication theory, Marshall McLuhan, wrote Understanding Media, in which he exclaimed, “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message.”

Posted in American Exceptionalism, China, Europe, Foreign Policy, Israel, Media, Middle East, Politics, Russia, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments | 188 views
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