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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 [...]

Why We Never Forget

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard   Earlier this year, I was talking with a friend in the UK when Islamic terrorists attacked at their Parliament building. She said the UK had been dealing with terrorists time out of mind, and that while [...]

An Insignificant Quaker Woman and the Course of History

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In real life, versus Hollywood, not all spooks are highly trained supermen and superwomen who look like Daniel Craig and Scarlett Johansson. Many are simple people who rise to the occasion of their moment in [...]

Two Lines in the Sand–Mexican/American War, Part III

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes When President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to occupy and defend Texas up to the border of the Rio Grande, he was utilizing a well-defined line in the sand to demark his demand that Mexico honor its treaties [...]

Don’t Cry for Me, California–Mexican/American War, Part II

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes We remember the Mexican-American War as a fight between the USA and Mexico. However, the UK and France were directly involved in the region, as well. France and Great Britain both recognized Texas’ independence, [...]

Illegal Immigrants Raise Havoc on the 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 Crystal 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 be a time [...]

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 [...]