Articles & Blogs by Bayard & Holmes

Now Available! SPYCRAFT: Essentials

Bayard & Holmes We are proud to announce the birth of our new book baby, SPYCRAFT: Essentials. Now available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo, and in print at Amazon. What do the main intelligence agencies do and where do they operate? How do they recruit personnel? What are...

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Life in the Cold

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Independence Day was not the end of our fight for freedom, but only the beginning. Most of the men who signed our Declaration of Independence lost their fortunes and their lives in the fight. Yet that war did not seal America's freedom....

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Thank You, IRS, for Coming After Me

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard   The IRS came after me, and I’m smiling. Yes, smiling. No, I don’t enjoy paying taxes. In fact, I’m appalled by the way the government misappropriates or flat out pilfers half of what it takes, and then our “leaders” refuse to balance...

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AR-15 Facts Without Politics

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business all profit financially and politically when they keep the public worked up in fear and/or outrage. They are not our friends. Let’s take some of their power back with a few facts. The...

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12 Strong–Movie Review

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, 12 Strong is the true story of the first US Army Special Forces team to go into Afghanistan to hunt down Taliban and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attack...

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Pilgrim on a Lonely Journey

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard This is the week of the mass American pilgrimage. Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, is the day we Americans travel home. It is the one holiday we all share, no matter what our religion. The day when we gather as families. Some...

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There Are No “Boots,” Only Men and Women

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes No one who serves is a "boot on the ground." That is a phrase for politicians and bean counters. Each is a man or woman, someone's child, spouse, sibling, lover, and friend. Each lives, loves, bleeds, and dies. Each commits...

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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 a small child, it was not my...

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British Drug Pushers in China — The Second 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 the story.    *   *   *   *   *   *...

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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 Islands and used it as a base for...

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A Flimsy Excuse for World War I

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes An intelligence agency ignored its own government and ordered an assassination. No, not in Pakistan.... On July 23, 1914, Austrian diplomat Baron Giesl von Gieslingen delivered an ultimatum to the government of Serbia. In response to the...

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Bringing Down the Cosa Nostra

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On July 19, 1992, Italian Anti-Mafia Task Force leader Judge Paolo Borsellino--one of the most important men in the history of Italy--and five police body guards*, were murdered by a car bomb in Palermo, Sicily. Their deaths would not be...

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