Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


Happy Birthday U.S.M.C. – You’re 237!

The United States Marine Corps is 237 years old today! Ooh-RAH!!! Presenting John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis March, the official march of the U.S. Marine Corps. THE TITLE It cannot be inherited, Nor can it ever be purchased. You and no one alive Can buy it for any price. It is impossible to rent, And […]

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When Black Friday Comes

Black Friday has evolved in the United States to mean an early morning of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.  It is not a recent pastime, as some people think; it has been associated with the fourth Friday in November for at least 40 years.  There was always a myth that this pseudo-holiday has been […]

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Happy Thanksgiving (1789)

Thanksgiving Eve is today.  Please watch that heavy traffic in the evening, and drive safely as you head home to enjoy (hopefully) a four day weekend!  Please enjoy this second proclamation in the trilogy! George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING (1676)

Time for my annual devotion in honor of Thanksgiving week. For the next few days, I just wanted to share three official Thanksgiving proclamations, and certainly the best.  They are treasured pieces of our American history, so invite you to take a moment to give thanks for our great country.  And then go forth and […]

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A Tribute To a Former Bandmate

I uploaded a rare studio recording today of drummer John Ritchey during his short tenure with the Eclectic Rhythms Band in 2000. “(Mama Said) Let It Rain” was a work in progress that was nicknamed “U Lost Da Key, Dean” due to the ironic shout at the end of the performance. This video is a […]

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SUPERMAN (Wish I Could Figure This Out)

I don’t know if it happened yet, but Superman is supposed to renounce his U.S. citizenship before Friday.  Now, I’m no expert on the Man of Steel, but was he ever a citizen?  I thought he was illegal.  Or did the Kents make him legitimate? I’m confused, but comic-con is tomorrow here in Anaheim. Maybe […]

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Remembering With Love – Teena Marie (1956-2010)

Soulful R&B songstress Teena Marie has died, as reported on December 26.  She was discovered unresponsive in her house by Alia Rose, her daughter, and had apparently died of natural causes.   The Los Angeles coroner said that her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home […]

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REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR … ALWAYS!

Today we commemorate a day that will live in infamy. Those are some of the historic words spoken by FDR after the infamous and devastating attack on our naval base 69 years ago! At 6:05 in the morning on Sunday, December 7, 1941, our navy men were awakened to a sneak attack by midget submarines […]

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Happy Veterans Day: A Simple But Heartfelt Thank You

Happy Veterans Day! May we never ever forget the true American heroes! Thank you again and again for your service to our great country! Dean

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We the People (born 1787) Celebrate This Constitution!

On this day — September 17th, 2010 — you and I, as proud Americans, celebrate the 223rd anniversary of the formal signing of one of the grandest documents ever conceived by human hands … The Constitution of the United States of America!  Or as many have called it, the Supreme Law of the Land! So […]

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