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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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May 29, 2012 2:35 am
I recently reread George Orwell’s Animal Farm for the first time in about seven years. The book is a biting allegorical criticism of the perversion of the socialist ideals of the Russian Revolution and the corrupt seizure of totalitarian power by Joseph Stalin. But Animal Farm may be more broadly interpreted as being about oppression in any human society. The revolt by the animals in the...  Read More
May 28, 2012 3:14 am
As we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of the summer season, many California residents and out-of-state visitors alike may be thinking of enjoying some of California’s wonderful state parks. I know I am. The state parks in the Golden State not only are a treasure, they generate as much as $6 billion for the California economy and support an estimated 56,000 jobs. Who knows how...  Read More
May 21, 2012 2:34 am
The “tea party” has reminded me for some time of Pap Finn, Huck’s drunken father in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Pap is ignorant, malevolent and extremely racist. In Chapter 6, he rants on and on about the government: “Call this a govment!” A mean-spirited, cantankerous old coot like Pap could probably develop a following if he had a hate-talk radio show nowadays, or he could run for...  Read More
May 17, 2012 2:46 pm
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to confront a deficit that has ballooned to $16 billion with temporary tax increases and Greece-like austerity in California. So a Mediterranean climate won’t be the only thing the formerly Golden State shares with the birthplace of democracy. Like all Greek tragedy, the problems facing California are partly caused by the actions of the gods — global economic forces — and...  Read More
May 15, 2012 3:10 pm
Yesterday, the price of oil fell to $94.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest since Dec. 19. But the price of gasoline at the pump in California has risen more than 15 cents in the past week. Whiskey-tango-foxtrot? Demand for oil is down, world prices are down — what’s a greedy oil company to do? If you answered “pinch off supply,” you’re thinking like an oil company. With...  Read More
May 13, 2012 5:13 am
Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) latest budget blueprint is a “path to [further] prosperity” for the One Percent, chock full of goodies for Big Oil and Wall Street, and a plan to push grandma down the stairs and poor people out into the cold. It would end Medicare as we know it by making it a voucher plan, and would chop education and infrastructure investment. After all, the only way to maintain and...  Read More
May 11, 2012 2:44 pm
On a sunny December weekend a few years ago, I was taking a run at the beach when I came across this object. It clearly was bone, and likely part of a skull. Its longest dimension was about seven inches. I was curious enough to do this drawing. I guessed that it belonged to either a sea lion or a dolphin. I’ve seen numerous dead sea lions on the beach over the years, but only one dolphin. The...  Read More
May 11, 2012 3:40 am
“There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.” That’s not from a modern-day discussion of the...  Read More
May 9, 2012 2:52 pm
Voters in France and Greece have turned thumbs down on the folly of fiscal austerity to achieve economic growth, especially when such counterproductive policies are applied unequally. That is, when they disproportionately affect the lower and middle classes. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the American GOP agenda depends heavily on the castor oil of austerity as the prescription for the U.S....  Read More
May 7, 2012 2:43 am
Pragmatic elder statesman Richard Lugar of Indiana could lose his U.S. Senate seat after six terms if a Tea Party challenger backed by big out-of-state money wins the Republican primary on Tuesday. The upstart challenger, Richard Mourdock, a former state treasurer, leads in the polls. He has run a campaign claiming that Lugar, who has represented Indiana for 35 years and is one of the adults in...  Read More
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