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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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Jul. 30, 2012 2:37 am
Indeed, what on Earth does anyone need an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine for? Unless you plan to go shoot up a crowded theater. You don’t need a 100-round magazine for hunting, unless your goal is to fill the air with lethal lead and have the tumbling .223 rounds turn the hunted animal into hamburger. So I guess the question really comes down to what you intend to hunt. In the case...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2012 1:53 am
Sirens in Greek mythology are insidious island creatures with enchanting voices and music. They lure passing sailors to their deaths in shipwrecks on their island’s treacherous rocky coast. They are variously depicted as part woman and part bird or as part woman and part fish, like a mermaid. In The Odyssey , Odysseus had himself lashed to the mast and had his crew plug their ears to avoid...  Read More
Jul. 22, 2012 3:03 am
The state bird of Minnesota is the common loon, Gavia immer . It nests in northern lakes and ponds, and is especially known for its long, eerie wail echoing through the gloaming mists and stillness of the coniferous forest. It has another call that resembles the maniacal laughing of a lunatic. Really. Which is why the state bird reminds me of another loon, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the...  Read More
Jul. 18, 2012 2:36 am
You may have heard that Shell Oil wants to drill in the environmentally fragile Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska. This is well north of the Arctic Circle, where the weather is obviously cold and severe, where storms and sea ice are major threats, and the ecosystem is especially delicate. If you thought cleaning up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the bathwater-warm Gulf of Mexico was a...  Read More
Jul. 13, 2012 2:34 am
Mitt Romney is really turning out to be the biggest liar since Baron Munchhausen. In today’s Adventures of Mitt Romney, the Boston Globe reported that Romney didn’t leave Bain Capital in 1999, as he has said all along. According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he was Bain’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president” through 2002. He...  Read More
Jul. 11, 2012 2:15 am
During the Fourth of July holiday, Mitt Romney was in his summer flip-flop mode, flipping and flopping over whether the healthcare mandate was a tax or not. Here in Cali, we wear flip-flops year around, and I think a lot of Americans were wearing flip-flops on the Fourth. So we can forgive an occasional flip-flop. But Romney takes flip-flopping to a compulsive — even pathological — level. He’s a...  Read More
Jul. 10, 2012 3:09 am
Believe it or not, today I found myself thinking about Christmas — in July. I had been reading about the boodle falling like snow at lavish fundraisers for Romney in the Hamptons this past weekend — extravaganzas that would make Jay Gatsby blush. The billionaires holding the events, such as David Koch, are keen to get a like-minded rich man back in the White House to push the job begun under...  Read More
Jul. 6, 2012 2:36 am
With all the news today about Mitt Romney, I just couldn’t resist dashing off a cartoon. First, there’s Romney’s desperate attempts to distinguish his Romneycare program from Obamacare, drawing more attention to the fact that the healthcare plan he enacted while governor of Massachusetts is practically the same as Obama’s plan, which he and all Republicans are now running against. The...  Read More
Jul. 2, 2012 1:03 am
Many scholars and observers of the U.S. Supreme Court think Justice Antonin Scalia went too far in his dissent on Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070. He’s been called strident and partisan before, but even for him this was pretty over-the-top. The other justices have gotten used to Scalia popping off, and seem to be grimly enduring his tantrums. Certainly, it must be embarrassing, regardless of...  Read More
Jul. 1, 2012 8:34 pm
The Supreme Court overturned the Stolen Valor Act Thursday, with six justices agreeing that lying is still protected as free speech under the First Amendment. The ruling in this landmark case had been closely watched by business and political interests. When the Stolen Valor Act was enacted in 2006, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ratcheted up its opposition, insisting that the law was a...  Read More
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