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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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(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ayn Rand and Ron Paul: Will the Real Libertarian Please Stand Up? Watching and listening to the admittedly intelligent, supposedly Libertarian Ron Paul and to the rantings of his less educated son gave me pause...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 8, 2013
Down and Dirty- The Republican Assault on Our Postal Service As the insidious Herpetis stupidus virus slowly spreads through the populace, creating severe mental deterioration in its wake, more and more citizens are ignoring the death of the United States Post Office...
SHARE More Sharing        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...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 21, 2010
Democrats vs Republicans Thoughts about the great Democrat versus Republican battles that are destroying our country, from the author of the controversial political blog "The O'Finky Factor."
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...
(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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 7, 2012
Constitutional Issues: Part II or Justice, Really Expensive Free Speech and the Deadly Battle Part 2 of a 3-part "Constitutional Issues" series...
(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...
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2010
Freedom of Speech Dr. Finkelstein, controversial Florida political blogger and physician, weighs in on the recent Supreme Court decision and its implications.
stormy cohen  and trump, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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...
rattlesnakes pit vipers, From GoogleImages
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 31, 2017
A Guide to Some of the Sleaziest Creatures inhabiting the Washington Swamp Too many creatures and too many questions... A guide to some of the sleaziest creatures inhabiting the Washington Swamp.
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        Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The "Democrat (ic) Socialist Party" vs. the "Banana Republic (an) Party" If the title of this article seems to you to be a little exaggerated, think again. It's hard to find more than a handful of Republicans these days who don't consider the Democrats' true agenda an ultimate pathway to socialism and anarchy...
(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...
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...
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.
Puerto Rico Hurricane Flooding, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 2, 2017
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...
(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        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        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?...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2011
Donald Trump: Neo Republican Presidential Contender Sitting back and watching Donald Trump was amusing at first. Seeing the long time Democrat, the same man who had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic causes and candidates masquerade as a "neo" Republican presidential pretender was at once shocking and perplexing.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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?...
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...
(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...
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." ...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2020
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...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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...
'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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 5, 2012
Constitutional Issues: Part I or The Republican Vision: The United States of America Incorporated Part 1 of a 3-part "Constitutional Issues" series.
Alfred E Newman, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Fascist By Any Other Name Still Smells... or A Candid Discussion About Alfred E. Neuman As more and more information becomes available about when and what exactly the Trump White House knew about General Mike Flynn's premature discussions with Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, it is assumed that more and more Republicans will be forced to call for some sort of investigation...
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 7, 2012
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...
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)
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."...
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 9, 2014
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.
Healthcare Costs, From FlickrPhotos
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 9, 2017
Universal Healthcare Requires a Single Payer System Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and the President unveiled the first phase of their proposed health insurance plan to eventually replace "Obamacare."...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 16, 2011
A Rational View of Global Health Insurance Did you ever wonder how an industry which is repeatedly bailed out by the government holds the right to monopolize homeowners insurance?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Real Battle of Washington What we have in this country is the ultimate battle. After years of petty arguments and vague differences, crystal clear battle lines have been drawn: the party of abject evil, the Republicans, has declared war on the party of abject stupidity, the Democrats.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 10, 2017
A Message to the Democratic Party with a Small Reminder to Rand Paul Being philosophical, being right, is simply not enough! Without being practical, the road to ruin is paved with good intentions and strewn with "bodies" of far too many of our best men and women figuratively and literally sacrificed for a "good cause."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 8, 2011
American Government: Fair and Balanced By catching and executing Osama bin Laden, President Obama has proven that through commitment and careful analysis of the facts, he can make informed decisions. In stark contrast, Junior Bush and his comedy retinue, after starting two useless, prolonged foreign wars, soon abandoned the only practical goal which they pretended to adopt...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 11, 2012
Republican Targets of Destruction: Voter Rights Act First, Civil Rights Act Next... Heed this warning, please, all of you naive proponents of the Voter Rights Act! The conservatives on the Supreme Court will not hesitate to repeal as much of the act as possible!...
SHARE More Sharing        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...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 10, 2010
Retarded What it means to be politically retarded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Game of Politics We have parasites eating away at our national parks and monuments, further insulting already mortally injured Native American tribes, an escalating food fight between two enfants terrible over their nuclear toys, and a pseudo American political party dedicated to using phony "tax reform" in a determined effort to restore their beloved feudal system to their favorite donor oligarchs...
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 10, 2017
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Congressional Sandbox Recently, President Obama signed into law, a massive bill extending health care to millions of American citizens who would otherwise be unable to obtain insurance coverage. The authors tried, valiantly, to include even more citizens in the coming years. They did their best to reform private insurance regulations and create fair competition among medical insurance carriers. Though they fell short in this endeavor, someday...
SHARE More Sharing        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...
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...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2012
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...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 7, 2017
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 15, 2017
Are Five Stooges Better than the Three Stooges? To the five majority Supreme Court justices: "From which end did you just express that opinion, front end or back end?"...
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2011
The American Conscience and Abuse of the Elderly Why does our government seem to have so much disdain for our senior citizens? Some seventy five years ago a completely different U. S. government proposed and implemented an investment program which it called the Social Security System.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 19, 2011
Solving the Healthcare Enigma II As a progressive and a healthcare professional, I have found one thing to be painfully apparent. As a group, impatient progressives in Congress, in their excitement and eagerness to pass healthcare reform apparently failed to complete their homework on the subject!
(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        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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2014
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 17, 2011
Twenty Questions, Stupid There seems to be no end to questions leading in "stupid"...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 30, 2010
Rage: The Missing Ingredient Whatever disagreements I may have with the way in which the Obama Administration and various "fools" in Congress have failed to repair the vast damage to this country committed by the Junior Bush Administration, I realize that the damage WAS done by that administration....
dead end, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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...
SHARE More Sharing        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."
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2016
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!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 28, 2014
"Gotcha!" 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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 15, 2016
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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2017
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."
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 26, 2017
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?"
war: France-000760 - Longues-sur-Mer Battery - Gun 2, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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...
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2010
Health Care Babbaloney Family Physician and Political Bloggist Dr. Allen Finkelstein gives his viewpoints on the Health Care Reform debate.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, March 24, 2014
American Politics for Dummies--A Guide to Pre-hysterical Legislation in the U.S. Any fool can interpret the Constitution, but not all fools can read it!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 1, 2011
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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 15, 2016
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...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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...
Scales of Justice, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Court of Public Opinion: Guilty Until Proven Otherwise Thoughts on the terrible officiating of the Dallas-Detroit NFL game and the FSU-Oregon College Football Playoff game.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 8, 2010
Realistically Speaking Realistically speaking, the Republicans have, as usual, ignored the consequences of their actions. Sadly, it is what they do. It is the way Republicans have always done business, and it will have to be accepted. Recently, by engaging in two questionable wars, while at the same time lowering taxes, they almost managed to destroy social security whose surpluses they usurped to pay for those wars.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2012
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."...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 27, 2012
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...
SHARE More Sharing        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
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2014
Adopt-a-Judge 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...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2011
American Civil Libbb... Blibbb...uh... It's Time for a Nap! Where is the ACLU, once great champion of the First Amendment? The venerable, once proud organization, afflicted with Alzheimer's Dementia in its 91st year, carelessly championed bribes to politicians as freedom of speech....
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Little Talk With Myself I don't want to hear that progressives want mandatory health insurance because they don't want some slackers to pay five or ten times as much for ER care as they would for a regular doctor visit...
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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"..
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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...
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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...
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time to Come out of the Closet: Thoughts on the Supreme Court With the unexpected passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, both the judicial and the political landscapes have been thrust into turmoil the likes of which have not been seen since the Civil War...
SHARE More Sharing        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."
SHARE More Sharing        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...
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 4, 2010
Message to Progressives: The Horse Goes Before the Cart Let's face it, the main problem with the Democratic Party is the unmitigated foolishness of our leaders...
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2012
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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
History Repeats Itself Unfortunately, after observing President Obama's latest political "victories" in the now famous lame duck session, I realize how useless it really is to argue with leaders of either major party...
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time to Speak Up Folks, Bernie Sanders lost by a large margin last night in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary. Sanders' "concession" speech will likely be followed by many more...
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Constitutional Issues: Part III: The "Pretty" Butterfly Ballot, "Pretty" Again Part 3 of a 3-part "Constitutional Issues" series...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 17, 2014
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...
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SHARE More Sharing        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...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2011
Talk is Cheap President Obama needs to act like the person he is instead of the person his advisors have told him he should be. Trying to be a classic politician is not his strong suit. Yes, he can carry it off well enough for Republicans and bigots to call him a "cheap Chicago politician," but those are just code words for Republicans seeking to project their own faults on to an opponent or bigots trying to avoid using the "N" word....
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 21, 2011
Involuntary Appraisal I could scarcely believe my ears- Rudy Giuliani recommending and even chastising our society for not committing people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove to "involuntary appraisal." I actually agree wholeheartedly with the Mayor!...
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sometimes Dr. Allen Finkelstein, family physician and famous political blogger of "The O'Finky Factor" weighs in on the recent shameful Supreme Court decision (from his Jan 25th site blog entitled "Sometimes").
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 24, 2010
A Word From The Wise It is time for moderate Democrats to take over the Democratic Party.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 20, 2010
U.S. Congressional Session: Bipartisanship in Action parody of how bipartisanship can still be found in our U.S. Congressional system.

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