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 Sunday, June 26, 2022
Will the Democratic Party of "What?" Heed the Cry from the Center? Back in 2017, I wrote an article "Abandoned and Deserted, a Cry from the Center." In it I discussed the plight of "centrists," most of them hoping for some sort of dialogue to somehow "break out" between the country's various warring factions. I also could not understand why the majority of influential Democrats had ignored Joe Biden as their preferred presidential candidate.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 31, 2022
The Democratic Party of What? In the past, I have sarcastically referred to the Democratic party as "The Democratic Party of Stupid" and Republicans as "The Republican Party of Evil." I went on to discuss some serious concerns which I felt had never been adequately addressed. The more obvious, those having to do with both parties becoming more and more extreme while at the same time becoming less and less credible...
SHARE Monday, May 23, 2022
A Message Lost in the Mythology This article could have been written about almost any ethical religion and virtually any political party. It just happens that the predominant "religion" in our country is made up of a conglomeration of people who profess belief in someone we call "Jesus Christ."
SHARE Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Story of Barrabbas: The Advent of Fake News and Q-Anon To my mind, the most troubling and at the same time the most intriguing story in the New Testament is that of Barabbas, the "brigand" supposedly freed by Pontius Pilate at the behest of the so-called "Jewish mob." Moreover, with all of its dripping irony, the story is representative of the very same conflict, I believe, that would eventually lead to the origin of "fake news," to the earliest form of "Q-Anon"... .
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Is It Finally Time to Overhaul Those Unwritten "Rules of Procedure?" We have not had any accountability from either military or civilian authorities since the Vietnam War, certainly not since "W's" senseless attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on two "tribal conglomerations," neither of which had any real involvement in "9/11." Neither have we had even an ounce of credibility from the FBI or the so-called "Justice" Department.
SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Take Justice to The Next Level It is time to stop complaining about the violation of well established civilized norms and to begin discussions about whether to overturn some of the not quite so civilized norms that may actually need to be overturned, ironically, to save our democratic republic.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 23, 2020
The Real Question: Treason or Incompetence? The silence is deafening. Where are they? I'm talking about the people who can add and subtract without using their fingers and toes. Let's see, Mr. Trump sent his closest henchmen to meet with Russian agents during his presidential campaign intending to subvert official U.S. policy in exchange for the Russians' help in the campaign...
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Righteous Murder, Really? What Next? I know, nobody, especially Democrats, wants to talk about it. A number of ignorant extremist "pseudo Christians," sharing a fleeting friendship with a number of equally ignorant extremist orthodox Jews, insist they have a right to turn worship services into super spreader pandemic events...
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 15, 2020
Will it be the Ghost of Antonin Scalia that Convicts President Trump? The clear distinction between an institutional vote and a public vote aside, one thing becomes abundantly clear, that not only would President Trump have a marked "conflict of interest" in any attempt to introduce an "institutional" pardon for himself, but so too would anyone Trump or his allies choose to appoint as "acting" president before the president elect is sworn in...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 29, 2020
Originalism- A Fool's Errand? These are examples of only a few of the contradictions and compromises to be found in the "Bible." I bring this up reluctantly because try as I may, I cannot find a single U.S. Constitutional "originalist" who is not also some sort of religious originalist, that is also refusing to see the contradictions and human frailties inherent in any document composed by human beings, even human beings who are "divinely" inspired...
SHARE Monday, June 22, 2020
"Oklakoma" Republicans and Resurgence of the H. stupidus Virus As for the intellectual and moral "deplorables" attending the Trump viral-incubation rally in Oklahoma, if they have to thoughtlessly infect someone else, would anyone be asking for it more than Bloviator in Chief Trump?
SHARE Monday, April 27, 2020
This Time There Must Be a Reckoning II The case of Captain Brett E. Crozier's dismissal as skipper of the nuclear aircraft carrier Theodore Roosvelt by acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modley adds a new twist to the machinations of the president and the toadies with which he surrounds himself...
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This Time There Must Be a Reckoning An adolescent president with a massive and fatal inferiority complex, already mentally and emotionally inadequate to lead, is faced with the worst natural disaster since the 1918 flu epidemic. His first worry is certainly not the loss of human lives, but the effect the truth of the pandemic will have on the economy, his only lifeline to reelection...
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Democratic Candidates: It's Time to Start Doing Your Homework Trump has officially turned the White House into his personal brothel, employing his lackeys, both men and women, to turn political tricks. However, I believe we must be careful not to take out our frustration on relative "good guys," that is fellow Democrats and "moderate" Republicans, understandably terrified by mobsters Trump and McConnell's threats to utterly destroy their states...
SHARE 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 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 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 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...
SHARE 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...
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"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...