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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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(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...
(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        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...
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...
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?"...
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, 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."
(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.
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.
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?"

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