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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Revenge & Obsession from NYT Bestseller Allison Brennan–MAKE THEM PAY

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is only two weeks away from her wedding to Sean Rogan when Sean’s twin siblings, Liam and Eden, hit town, and they are intent on much more than congratulating the bride and groom. [...]

Outrage and a Grain of Salt–NSC, Bannon, and The Washington Post

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard The Unholy Threesome of Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business is never happier than when the public is outraged. Outrage means profits. Outrage means political steam. Outrage means the propaganda of foreign [...]

Annoying Relatives? Call the Spanking Santa!

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes The most wonderful stressful time of the year is upon us. Long lines, visiting relatives, and credit card bills that give bankers a warm, fuzzy feeling in their wallets. But fear [...]

Pilgrim on the Solitary Path

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 [...]

Summer Camp Cheerful for Adult Attitude Adjustments

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 [...]

DOUBLE CROSS: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Bayard & Holmes ~  Jay Holmes DOUBLE CROSS, by writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London Ben MacIntyre, addresses one of the more complex and important intelligence operations of World War Two. It explains how the [...]

The Power of Self-Indulgence

By Piper Bayard Nicotine patches are flying off the shelves and personal trainers are working overtime as every gym across the nation fills with the January Resolutioners. image from US Air Force, wikimedia commons The Resolutioners are easy [...]