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The Cold War and That Damned Berlin Wall

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On a cold, January day in 1961, in a world chilled by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, I sat near a radio with my family and listened intently to the words of a man that my very young mind idolized. Even as [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The 2nd Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Last week, we began the sordid tale of the First Opium War, in which England pushed opium produced in India onto China to balance its trade deficit with that country. Today, we continue with the rest of [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The First Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes China became involved in direct trade with Europe when the Portuguese established a trade center in Macau, China in 1557. Then, in 1565, Spain established a permanent colonial presence in the Philippine [...]

Penny Thoughts: Subversion, Division, and Unity

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard     Subversion, subversion, subversion . . . When Americans are divided and allow ourselves to see our own countrymen as the “other,” we give our enemies, such as Russia, opportunities [...]

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was [...]

Illegal Immigrants Raise Havoc on US Border: The Mexican/American War, Part I

The Mexican/American War, Part I Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In 1820, the Mexican government offered a land grant to Moses Austin that encompassed an area about half the size of modern-day Texas. In return, Austin was to finance the settlement [...]

USS Fitzgerald/ACX Collision – Questions & Conclusions

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes At approximately 2:20 a.m. local time on June 17, 2017 the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered a collision with the Philippines-registered container ship ACX Crystal approximately 64 miles southwest of [...]

Staying Safe in Public Spaces

Bayard & Holmes With the increasing number of terrorist attacks around the world, the public is becoming ever more aware that it’s wise to take precautions and think about safety measures. Today we welcome former CIA officer Doug [...]

Someone Ruining Your Summer? Send Them to Camp Cheerful

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Inspired by the HAMAS and UN summer camps in Gaza, we are asking, “Why should Palestinians have all the fun? For that matter, why should kids have all the fun?” Summer should [...]

Anzac Day–Memorial Day New Zealand Style

Memorial Day–New Zealand Style By Matthew Wright Guest Post at Bayard & Holmes     In one of the quirks of history, both New Zealand and Australia remember their war dead on 25 April – which isn’t when any war ended. It’s [...]