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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.
Republican Denial No Longer an Option
The crisis in Puerto Rico, far worse than that of Katrina in Louisiana, with a Trump White House response even more incompetent than that of the Bush White house response, reveals an entire Republican party without a soul...
Progressive Democrats- A Case of Political Acne?
Last Saturday, I read an article in the Opinion Page of the Tampa Bay Times,entitled WITH FOES LIKE THESE... by moderate conservative Peggy Noonan that echoed many of my concerns as a frustrated liberal...
Abandoned and Deserted- A Cry from the Center
If it sounds to you like a whiney child is complaining about being mistreated, then this article may never resonate with you. If you are proud that you consider yourself an extreme progressive, with nothing but contempt for extremists on the right or if you are extremely conservative with nothing but contempt for progressives on the left, then take a breath, cool off a little.
Republicans: Where the Heck is Tom Coburn?
As I watch Republicans scramble in a vain attempt to repair a terminally ill healthcare plan, indeed, severely defective from its inception, I must ask the authors the true 64,000-dollar question: "Where the heck is Tom Coburn?"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017(1 comments)
How Did We Ever Get Here?
How did we ever get to where we are? Political views aside, one thing seems certain. We have a political neophyte in the White House who has surrounded himself with billionaire cabinet members, some brilliant business minds, but not one adept at or even experienced in the art of governing...
Wants And Needs Revisited
During the recent contest for DNC chairman, I found myself hoping that Tom Perez would come out the winner. I find Keith Ellison to be one of the most likable and energetic congressmen to come on the scene in many years. I find Perez equally sincere and engaging. Both seem to have boundless energy and both seem to attribute poor Democratic presidential and congressional showings to lack of sufficient "boots on the ground"..
Wednesday, March 1, 2017(1 comments)
Basic Arithmetic for Beginners
There are few things in life more dependable and, at the same time, less respected than basic arithmetic. The majority of Republicans want to increase military spending by some 54 billion dollars. They want to cut taxes. They want to eliminate "Obamacare" and substitute what would appear to be an even more expensive alternative, given that medical costs were rising at an even higher rate before the ACA was instituted...
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Un-Christian "Christian" Nation
The country won't collapse because of a bunch of hard-working family-oriented inhabitants. As usual, the problem with Congress is not something new. Both parties are abjectly ignorant, bordering on stupid at times, and unable to write coherent laws. And, Mr. Pence, do I need to remind you, who profess to be a devout Christian, that the families your party is proudly destroying are almost all your own Christian brethren?
Friday, February 17, 2017(1 comments)
Republicans or Americans?
It was truly a relief to find out that Vice President Pence did not actually lie about General Flynn's discussions with the Russian ambassador regarding U.S. sanctions against the Russians. It means that the vice president did not lie, that actually it was the president who withheld the truth from Pence, thereby throwing his own vice president "under the bus."
Good for President Donald S. Trumpet
Congratulations: as of today, it's almost official; Jeff Sessions is to be reunited with his competent, even more amoral buddy, Chuck Cooper, newly elevated to the position of U.S. Solicitor General. Up to now President S.Trumpet has been dismissing qualified attorneys for telling him their honest legal opinions, planning to replace them with a battalion of the "walking dead."
Thursday, December 15, 2016(1 comments)
Fake News- The Boy Who Cried Wolf
For many years "Fake News" has been the province of the right wing. Yes, left wing extremists used it briefly in the form of communist propaganda, but the alt-right has cultivated it as their favorite form of information...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016(5 comments)
Privatizing Medicare: A Fool's Errand
With the recent election of Donald Trump and especially considering his lukewarm relationship with Paul Ryan, the media has largely ignored what could be the greatest threat, not only to Medicare, but to all government agencies...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Let's Look Back Before Looking Forward
Many years from now, I hope that students of history will not look back at the 2016 presidential race in complete confusion. If they do, it will mean that we have solved none of the massive political and social problems that we face. In most cases, history shows that electing a populist candidate means that a country has lost its moral and economic compass and is doomed to pay a much higher price than it expects...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The 2016 Election in Context
For some thirty-five years, practicing general medicine in a rather small town in Florida, I have gotten to know my patients' views pretty well. In fact, I could usually tell who was going to win presidential elections and senatorial elections by the tenor of my patients' degree of interest and their approval of the candidates...
Friday, April 15, 2016(1 comments)
One Person's Opinion
Something Bernie Sanders said the other day keeps reverberating in my brain. His contention, like that of Barack Obama in his bid for the presidential nomination, that he has better judgement than Hillary Clinton, especially in the area of foreign policy, at first struck me as a bit presumptuous...
Let's Be Perfectly Clear
As Bernie Sanders often says, "let's be perfectly clear:" The Affordable Care Act is an inadvertent attempt to delay the demise of the private health insurance industry. It is nothing but a fool's errand if it is meant to be a solution to the problem of national healthcare. Wake up America!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016(2 comments)
Letter to Bernie Sanders
I, like many concerned Americans appreciate your very real concern for the actual problems confronting the majority of Americans. I agree in theory with the concept and dire necessity for a single payer healthcare system. For Medicare to cover everyone and not bankrupt this country, however, the enormous amount of graft involved in the program must be eliminated. Lobbies are currently taking thirty to as much as sixty cents...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Republican Debate on Fox Business Channel
To my surprise and satisfaction, last night's Republican Presidential candidates debate on the Fox Business Channel seemed to be by far the most professional of all the party's contests.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Double-Edged Sword
Ever since the first Republican debate of 2015, I could not help but notice that of all the candidates, the only ones who sounded like mature adults seemed to be John Kasich, Marco Rubio and probably Jeb Bush. Rubio, once a competent state legislator, actually sounds mature beyond his years when he says what he appears to actually believe...
What's the matter fellow Democrats? Do we have to write speeches for our own president? I'm surely glad to hear that Mr. Obama has suddenly decided to "fight hard for what he believes." It's only taken him six years...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The irony was thick and palpable the night the Ferguson County Prosecutor, Bob McCullough began his long winded excuse for why he had intentionally misled the grand jury, at least the white majority, into their decision not to indict a brother "law enforcement" officer...
Monday, November 24, 2014(1 comments)
The Recurrent Democratic Debacle
After witnessing the predictable debacle on November 4th of this year, I can only offer the following observations, along with condolences, to my fellow progressives. For many years, I have watched self-righteous liberal candidates whose views I wholeheartedly support foolishly do everything in their power to obstruct their own "ends" with incompetent "means."
Friday, August 29, 2014
As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap (Galatians 6: 7-8)
As the United states and the other governments of the Free World dutifully water and fertilize the banks, even as we foolishly "forgive their trespasses" against all of humanity, so do we reap the horror of the terrorism and conflicts that they support and finance...
Saturday, August 9, 2014(9 comments)
Without Sanctions Against Banks There Will Never Be An End To Global Warfare
yesterday I ran across an article in a publication called "The Daily Caller." Entitled "Pentagon Official: The Facts Are In and Obama's Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States," the article supposedly represents the views of The National Defense Panel, a bipartisan commission whose co-chairs were appointed by Secretary of State Chuck Hagel.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Evolving Business of Education: Perfecting Failure
Like a lot of us, I'm always promising myself that "tomorrow" I'll fix "this" or "that," that I'll finally finish some project that has been bubbling and percolating in my overactive imagination, or that I'll even "put my money where my mouth is" and actually try to change something about which I so vehemently complain...
I Accuse--Harry Reid’s Encounter With Emile Zola
Harry Reid finally accuses the Koch brothers of trying to buy his fellow senators. Of course, being a typical Democrat, reared properly by good parents, his skin toughened by unfair criticism by both loudmouth Republicans and loudmouth Democrats like myself, Mr. Reid doesn't know how to be properly obnoxious...
Friday, March 1, 2013
Cowards! Cowards! Cowards!
Listening to the obnoxious and clearly demented Antonin Scalia completely tanking the Voter Rights Act by referring to it as "a perpetuation of racial entitlement," aroused some of my most obnoxious thought processes as well.
The War On Corporate Welfare
Each evening, after a day of hard work, involving the treatment of patients' legitimate physical and psychosocial problems, I turn on the television, hoping to hear some sort of good news regarding our "financial cliff."...
The Herpeticus stupidis Virus Revisited
Recently, disturbing new findings have emerged from studies at NIH (National Institute of Humor) regarding the evolution of the insidious virus called Herpeticus stupidus...
Friday, July 27, 2012(1 comments)
A Republican Manifesto: Beware the Suntanned Socialist
According to Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint and many other prominent political "experts," Barack Hussein Obama, leader of the "Democrat" party, not only fails to qualify as an American citizen, but he is also a card carrying Socialist...
Saturday, June 23, 2012(4 comments)
An Unfortunate Case of Jilted Lovers
Despite the hypocrisy of Republican apostates in blaming Uncle Eric Holder for the "Fast and Furious" debacle, the effete attorney general and his naive boss, President Obama seem to have brought this travesty on themselves...
Thursday, June 7, 2012(2 comments)
Where is Eric Holder?
Where is Eric Holder? Selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels to exonerate munitions companies who are not foolish enough to sell directly to the cartels, defending police and prosecutors who framed innocent defendants for murder, covering up prosecutorial misconduct by his concubines in the Justice Department and defending drug companies for selling excessive amounts of narcotics to pill mills must be keeping him very busy...
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Whether Democrat or Republican, I believe most U.S. citizens feel that members of our Supreme Court habitually use obviously bad precedents to make brand new bad decisions.
Saturday, December 31, 2011(1 comments)
The Year 2011 in Short Review
There are so many obvious facts to ignore, so many obvious "truths" to hide that one simply cannot tell where to start.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
There's Always a Place for Herman Cain in Our Hearts and Our Government
It is time for Herman Cain to step down as a candidate for president and vie for a more suitable position befitting his social and moral values. In the not too distant future, a Supreme Court position will be open. What could be more appropriate for Mr. Cain than to join his political and ethically challenged colleague Clarence Thomas on the High Court. There is always room for one more sociopath in any government instit
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Republican Debates: Can You Feel Their Pain
It is not only Republicans that can feel the pain involved in watching the party's presidential debates. While it may be amusing to many Democrats and independent voters to watch so many wannabes pontificating on issues they know so little about, it is also painful to think that one of them may end up as president or vice president in 2012.
Monday, October 17, 2011(2 comments)
The Innate Value of "Dumb" Questions
As ignorant and confused as average voters are, we have many questions, but are reluctant to ask them because our leaders keep telling us that the answers to these questions are too complicated for us to understand.
The Demise of the Republican Party?
A question that has haunted many of us since neo-psychotics such as the young Dick Cheney and sidekick Donald Rumsfeld subtly took over for the ailing President Reagan is whether or not the honorable Republican party is terminally ill?...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Cooking the Books: The Republican Recipe
I keep reading about absurd figures regarding how deep our country is in debt. Right wing pundits whose most advanced mathematics class was the one they failed in third grade, will claim that entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security are technically in debt to the tune of more than one hundred trillion (with a "t") dollars! Is this possible?...
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Freak Show
In light of the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor, we must be careful, as John McCain has said on Meet the Press today, not to kill the messenger, no matter how much the bumbling, dishonest fools may deserve it...
Monday, August 1, 2011(1 comments)
The Real Problem
O.K., it's time for us to pay some attention to that old nemesis, perspective. Perhaps we are, however late in the day, on the verge of a deal between two criminal factions that will free up the U.S. debt ceiling. Perhaps the president has substantiated his reputation as an adult among bickering adolescents and as a mediator?
Friday, July 22, 2011(2 comments)
Washington D.C. and the War of Competing Genetic Defects
As a practicing physician over the past thirty years or so, I have made a profound and undeniable observation regarding our two major political parties. Republicans create laws and rules encouraging rich people to commit obscene abuses of our institutions while Democrats encourage the less affluent to abuse our systems to equally obscene degrees.
Friday, June 24, 2011
On the Dole
As private homeowners insurance is, once again, about to be bailed out of extinction, as the banking industry and Wall Street repeat all of the vile, clandestine practices that won them their bailouts, Republicans scream for "smaller government."