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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, writing since 2006 under the penname “O’finky,” was born in New York, where he attended the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County as a boy. He continued his religious training in South Florida until his family, needlessly fearing that he would become a Rabbi, transferred him to public school. It was in the Hebrew day school where the young O’finky was strongly encouraged to write and exercise his imagination. Later, he managed to weather a stormy academic career at the University of Florida, where writing creatively was strongly discouraged. As an undergraduate, majoring in pre-med, English, and philosophy, each department strongly “advising” him to switch to another, he finally graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in education.

After teaching math and science at various primary school levels for a few years, despite some fond regrets, O’finky left teaching for osteopathic medical school in West Virginia. After graduating as a D.O. in 1981, he moved back to the Tampa Bay area where he completed his internship and still practices and teaches family medicine. As a physician, the author became very active in the early ‘90’s desperately promoting to his largely deaf colleagues and to his patients the idea of rescuing Medicare from the hands of the greedy lobbies. In 2006, at the urging of his imaginative physician assistant, he started publishing a political blog, “The O’finky Factor.”

Writing as “O’finky,” the honorary name bestowed upon him by his Irish friend and the wonderful people he met in Ireland, the author’s articles have always been marked by great controversy and some have been republished in places as far away as Russia and South America. As Allen Finkelstein, O’finky has published some forty five articles in OpEdNews. A lifelong liberal Democrat, nonetheless his writing tends to decry the party’s penchant for trying to promote a righteous agenda far too quickly for acceptance by a moderate public, thus impeding the very progress which they so desperately seek. Ironically, it is the painstaking revelation that people would rather believe the truth hidden in fiction rather than in facts that was the inspiration for his first novel, The President’s Ledger, published in 2013.


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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 17, 2019
Political Capital and the Best Ways to Waste It The greatest strength of the Democratic Party may well be its greatest weakness. Virtually everyone seems to know this, of course, but the party leaders in recent years have not been able to process the idea. It is one thing to brag about protecting candidates' diverse ideologies no matter how unresearched or extreme they may be...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 6, 2019
Ideologies Don't Solve Problems, People Do As a lifelong Democrat with progressive values, I sit here bewildered by the lack of common sense so predominant in my political party...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 24, 2018
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline I think it is time for Progressives to stop acting like snobs and realize that the goals of more moderate Democrats are the very same goals as their own. The secret to success, is seldom in the ultimate goals, some that may never even be achieved...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 22, 2018
It's Time for the President's Cabinet to Do its Job! I have written before that Donald Trump is not a successful "businessman," but rather a successful "criminal" who has made a fortune out of bogus business deals, laundered money, defrauding tenants and college students and a stint as a television personality. He obviously knows nothing about legitimate business...
20120421_1365 EW, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 18, 2018
Proud to Be a Real American The current brouhaha over Elizabeth Warren's recent DNA test seems to represent yet another case of illiteracy so prevalent in Washington D.C...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 17, 2018
"Freedom of Speech:" The Supreme Court's Convenient New Garbage Can Regarding the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court siding with the baker who turned away a gay couple, refusing to create their wedding cake, for quite some time, while awaiting the Court's decision, I felt that the baker was actually justified on legitimate religious grounds...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 11, 2018
In Christianity Morality Has Always Been Negotiable What other religion than Remedial Right-Wing Christianity would defend swamp creature Scott Pruitt's destruction of the environment, defend gross pollution of our air and water, deny global warming and environmental science and flat-out refuse to teach their children how to be be stewards of the planet? It wouldn't be the same one that was responsible for the Dark Ages, would it?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2018
Lies My Uncle Milty Told Me I have long been an advocate of lowering corporate taxes. They represent a somewhat necessary but largely regressive tax, simply generating only a fraction of the intended income for government coffers when compared to the money lost to the GNP...
sikhs, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2018
Intolerance, the Freedom Carcass and the Triptik to the Apocalypse The other day I saw a distinguished looking gentleman in a turban which was covering his long flowing dark hair. I realized that the man was a member of the Sikh religion. All that I knew about this ethnic group was that they were usually from India, that they were often erroneously identified as Muslims and, most of all, that they were known to be ethical and tolerant of others people's beliefs...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time to Take Off The Gloves For all intents and purposes, this article could be entitled "Untouchables Beyond Justice" or better yet, "Profiles in Cowardice," At any rate, it begins with the Iraq War, clearly the most idiotic act of the new millennium...
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Subhumanoids Beware the Double Edged Sword (Part II) Worse than an inadvertent cut by the forgotten edge of a double edged sword is to cut oneself with both sides of the blade. In the case of President Trump, he seems to cut himself again and again with with each of his thoughtless tweets... (Part 2 of 2 part article)
Justice Clarence Thomas, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2018
Subhumanoids Beware the Double Edged Sword (Part I) One of the many problems with the gross lack of experience and morality in the Trump presidency is the unfamiliarity with the concept of the double edged sword. So many of the president's craven and hare brained ideas would quickly backfire if there were an opposing party to actually contest them...
'The Magnet' : Joseph Keppler : 1911, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2018
President Magoo's Glasses As I listen to talk of impending trade wars and the usual drivel spewed by apparent hardliners on either side of the "globalist" vs. "isolationist" debate, I keep waiting for some description of the long term effect of either legitimate but diseased ideology. President Magoo, whose physician seems to have misled us about both his visual acuity and psychological stability, can't seem to find his bifocals...
Billy Graham, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 1, 2018
"Ideology" is Nothing but an Excuse for Collective Sin With the passing of Reverend Billy Graham just days before his one hundredth birthday, we may have officially closed the book on what Tom Brokaw so aptly called "The Greatest Generation." ...
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 23, 2018
Headline: Man with Assault Rifle Gunned Down This fictional headline was originally printed by me in 2007, but it shows that very little has changed in the truly pathetic gun debate in this country. Add to this the bloodlust of various state legislatures in crafting "stand your ground" statutes while claiming that we are returning to our roots: as primitive apemen.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 22, 2018
Second Amendment is No Excuse for Murder By Proxy Amid all the turmoil associated with the recent high school massacre of students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, two things stood out in stark contrast to the response of NRA sponsored politicians and lobbyists, the bravery of so many victims and the honesty of so many survivors. It is doubtful that either of these qualities will impress or even register with the majority of the Florida State House and Senate...
Silvester II. and the Devil Cod. Pal. germ., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 15, 2018
Let's See--Have Evangelicals Become the Unwitting New Soldiers of Satan? We seem to have a president who could himself obtain a security clearance in only one way, by being elected president. He has already compromised our allies by giving classified information to Russians whom he invited to the White House. He has bypassed unobtainable security clearances for numerous friends and appointees, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Rob Porter to name a few...
Protester at 2018 Philadelphia Women's March, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 3, 2018
The GOP and the Sweet Smell of Success I can't really blame President Trump for systematically ridding himself of as many Justice Department employees as needed in order to extricate himself from the "Russia investigation." After all, it's the natural thing to do...
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Diary Excerpts: Incontinent Thoughts of a Rogue Thinker Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury:" considering we've heard same stuff from so many sources, would rate it mostly believable. At least enough to justify most accurate title for president, "Ignoramus in Chief."...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2018
"We Used to be Christians" What we have so far in the current "Trump" or what is more accurately the "We used to be Christians" Republican administration is literally a Christmas wish list submitted by the wealthiest and most greedy of Republican donors...

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