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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Apr. 30, 2012 1:58 am
Southern Californians are fascinated this weekend with the story of a wayward dolphin that has been bottled up in the shallow waters of Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica Wetlands for the last few days. It swam on its own into the Bolsa Chica lagoon, which is linked to Huntington Harbour. Wildlife officials, concerned that the dolphin is disoriented, have been trying to encourage the apparently...  Read More
Apr. 29, 2012 6:20 pm
What do Newt Gingrich and Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, have in common? They’re both pompous, self-important and share hard-hearted views on child labor. Mr. Bumble wasn’t ever viewed as a great intellect the way some, especially the candidate himself, viewed Newt. Mr. Bumble becomes almost a pitiable character by the end of the novel — we can feel slightly ...  Read More
Apr. 29, 2012 2:54 pm
Los Angeles has been doing some soul-searching 20 years after the Rodney King riots of 1992. The unrest has been called America’s worst civil disturbance of the 20th Century — in the most diverse metropolitan area in the U.S. While some have been tempted to view the riot in terms of black and white or black and Korean, it was really the first “rainbow uprising,” truly a multicultural riot. What...  Read More
Apr. 24, 2012 2:48 pm
This cartoon was drawn in 1997. Historically, the death penalty has been popular with California voters and has always been a dependable applause line for right-wing politicians. But now even conservatives are starting to question the state’s capital punishment law. Aside from the purely moral questions, it’s very expensive — far more costly than locking someone up and throwing away the key — and...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2012 3:12 am
This will be a job for a political contortionist. Usually, contortionists are “backbenders” or “frontbenders,” depending on their particular degree of spinal flexibility. But Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will have to become a “rightbender” in order to get all the Tea Partiers, evangelicals and other far-right-wingers on board. Then for the general election, he’ll...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2012 5:31 pm
If you want to bring in some real money, you have to say outrageous things. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. And so it was with Tea Party darling Allen West the other day. At a town hall meeting in Florida, he responded to a questioner asking how many “card-carrying Marxists or international socialists” were in the Congress. His answer was red meat for the conspiracy theorists and lunatic fringe. He said...  Read More
Apr. 12, 2012 1:41 pm
My view on education is that a society can pay now, or it will most certainly pay later. Across the country, and it’s nowhere more true than in California, education budgets are being squeezed and slashed at all levels. Public higher education gets further and further out of reach, even for people of average means. A great equalizer in our society is disappearing before our eyes, even as we see...  Read More
Apr. 11, 2012 12:27 am
I've been a bodyboarder for about a dozen years. We're called spongers, boogie-boarders and even "speed bumps" by the guys who surf standing up. I'm also a big guy -- a former offensive tackle -- and when I took up bodyboarding, I soon realized that I didn't float like a cork, like some of the smaller kids I see out in the water. A few years ago, I decided to solve this problem by going really...  Read More
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