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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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Dec. 28, 2015 8:55 pm
Last Tuesday, a cartoon by Ann Telnaes in the Washington Post portrayed Ted Cruz’s daughters as an old-time organ grinder’s dancing monkeys. Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, was wonderfully wounded and indignant. The cartoon was “nasty” and “bad,” according to Cruz, for critiquing the way the senator uses his children as political props, and Cruz promptly began to use the incident for...  Read More
Dec. 28, 2015 5:44 pm
While the rest of the nation enjoyed a Christmas bonus — gasoline prices falling below $2 per gallon — Californians were being gouged once again by the Gasoline Grinch. Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court said oil refiners were stealing Christmas presents from Californians by manipulating prices. Even though crude oil prices are at a 10-year low, and gas prices are plummeting around the U.S., pump...  Read More
Dec. 21, 2015 3:25 pm
It’s not Marley’s Ghost but McCarthy’s Ghost that haunts the Republican Party. Old Joe McCarthy may be as dead as a doornail, but his brand of demagoguery has returned big time, noisily clanking and dragging its heavy chains through the political discourse, particularly of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Where McCarthy appealed to emotions and prejudices with his Red Scare, the modern Republicans...  Read More
Dec. 21, 2015 1:40 am
The original version of this cartoon was drawn shortly after Mother Teresa died on Sept. 5, 1997. Any resemblance to the Madonna and Child images seen especially at this time of year is purely intentional. After all, Mother Teresa saw Christ in every one of the poorest of the poor, in people treated as human refuse in the teeming slums of Calcutta and other cities around the world. The Vatican...  Read More
Dec. 14, 2015 3:12 pm
As we enter the holiday season, I’ll do a PSA I haven’t done for years. ’Tis the season for holiday parties and extra imbibing, so the gist of my public service announcement is simply this: Don’t drink and drive. While arrests for driving under the influence have declined in California and across the country, thanks to stiffer penalties and, some say, the advent of Uber, fatalities have risen....  Read More
Dec. 14, 2015 2:00 am
Donald Trump sees himself as a winner. In fact, he was quoted in the Washington Post last week, saying, “My whole life is about winning. I always win. I win at golf. I’m a club champion many times at different clubs. I win at golf. I can sink the three-footer on the 18th hole when others can’t. My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.” Some people, such as tens of...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2015 6:04 pm
I did the original version of this cartoon more than 20 years ago, in April 1995, after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. Immediately after that incident, many jumped to the conclusion that Middle Eastern terrorists were responsible. A Jordanian American, Ibrahim Ahmad, was picked up in the initial FBI dragnet and sweated by interrogators for hours in Chicago and...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2015 4:06 am
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, some of the horror that we had read and heard about in Paris on Nov. 13 came home to Southern California. Two heavily armed killers butchered 14 innocent people at a Christmas party in San Bernardino. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, wearing masks and dressed in tactical gear, shot up a group of Farook’s coworkers in a conference center at the Inland...  Read More
Dec. 1, 2015 3:31 am
The Nov. 13 terrorist rampage in Paris has renewed the privacy-vs.-security debate that swirled around former U.S. intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. It coincides with the shutdown Sunday of the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection. Going forward, the phone companies will store the metadata and the government will have to get approval from the Foreign...  Read More
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