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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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Oct. 29, 2012 2:28 pm
California voters have a lot to think about this election day. In addition to all the candidates we have to consider, we have 11 statewide ballot propositions to ponder. At least two of these will be watched across the nation: propositions 34 and 36. Proposition 34 calls for an end to the death penalty in California. I’ve written about this before. Not only can the death penalty be unfairly...  Read More
Oct. 29, 2012 2:03 am
How’s this for a haunting Halloween thought: I think the growing inequality in our society — the lack of economic justice and the huge gap between rich and poor — is nothing short of a threat to our national security. America’s strength has been its middle class, and a weakened middle class weakens our nation, our society and our democracy. The greedy hoarding at the top of the fruits of hard...  Read More
Oct. 28, 2012 10:42 pm
Lately, Mitt Romney and his “Young Guns” sidekick Paul Ryan have been trying to sound ever so moderate and reasonable. Saying extremist things at the moment is counterproductive; the strategy is to sound moderate and emphasize warm fuzziness for now, then turn back into flinty-hearted “severe conservatives” after Team Romney has slithered into the White House. Paul Ryan got the memo,...  Read More
Oct. 23, 2012 12:58 am
George Stanley McGovern, a son of South Dakota, a decorated bomber pilot in World War II and a lifelong advocate for peace, died Sunday. He was 90. If you’ve read The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose, you already know quite a lot about young George McGovern, the war hero who earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for exploits on his 30th mission over Europe, piloting a B-24 Liberator. Yet this war...  Read More
Oct. 18, 2012 2:48 pm
It’s one of those weird things that makes people say “only in California.” In San Jose, there’s a Victorian mansion built by Sarah Winchester that is a crazy labyrinth, a house with no discernible master plan. Stairs lead to nowhere and doors open on solid walls. This mad mansion was under construction non-stop for 38 years and is thought to be haunted. Winchester was the widow of William...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2012 3:36 am
Taking a brief break from stinging election-year polemics, I’m remembering that it was a year ago that I made the acquaintance of another venomous bottom-dweller with a sharp point to drive home. I got stung by a sting ray for the first time last fall. The little buggers frequent the shallows on sandy beaches, and some say that on a scale of one to 10, the pain they induce is a 12. They like...  Read More
Oct. 14, 2012 2:46 am
I’ll come out and say it: Paul Ryan lost the vice presidential debate. Joe Biden, whom the GOP dismisses as a harmless, gaffe-prone clown, handily defeated the sad clown, Ryan, who is the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party. At least that’s how Mitt Romney introduced Ryan when he chose him as his running mate. Until then I thought the bombastic buffoon Rush Limbaugh was the intellectual...  Read More
Oct. 10, 2012 2:41 pm
Paul D. Ryan is an accomplished liar. Perhaps he is a charismatic liar, but there have been many of those down through history. Although he lies with conviction, he may be delusional. Whole websites are devoted to this man’s lies. His speech to the Republican Nation Convention was packed with lies, and he’s been dubbed “The Lyin’ King.” He can’t even tell the truth about his marathon time. I was...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2012 7:35 pm
Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who carried a lamp and doggedly searched for an honest man. He is a controversial figure and I am only dealing here with the truth-seeking aspect of his character. And “doggedly” is a play on words, because Diogenes cited the dog as an example of a guileless, unpretentious creature that is not false or hypocritical, and doesn’t scheme or endeavor to trick others....  Read More
Oct. 2, 2012 2:33 pm
I’ve written about the phoniness of the Republicans and their “tea party” offshoot True the Vote suddenly taking an interest in voter fraud, especially in key battleground states. Their efforts to disenfranchise mainly poor and minority voters have been challenged and even smacked down by the courts. But the activists persist, donning the mantle of good government, etc., and trying to purge the...  Read More
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