Life in the Cold

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...
That Damned Berlin Wall

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...

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.    *   *   *   *   *...
A Flimsy Excuse for World War I

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...
Cotton Was King Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Cotton Was King 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 not yet a major...

The Fox Behind the Desert Fox

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on Great Britain. At the time, Great Britain lacked the resources to invade Italy, and Italy had no intention of invading Great Britain. However, the two enemies, along with France, had large...