- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

“Steadfast and loyal” are the bywords of a vigorous new outreach from Allen B. West that closely resembles a news site. He is clearly in touch with his inner journalist through AllenBWest.com, meant to be a platform for an unapologetic conservative message. The former Florida congressman has much commentary, though, comparing the Democratic Party to a Star Trek-style “Borg” collective in one of many initial posts.

“The Borg’s ultimate goal is ‘achieving perfection’ — at least as far as they define it. Actually, I think the Borg exist on earth in the guise of today’s liberal progressive socialists, i.e. the Democrat Party,” Mr. West wrote. “It was Chief Borg, Barack Obama, who said five days before the 2008 presidential election that he was about to fundamentally change the United States. In other words, he was about to implement and achieve his vision of perfection.”

The busy Mr. West has a soon-to-be-published book, a foundation and a political action committee. He’s also taking aim at press bias.

“To return our nation to its constitutional principles, to change the direction our nation is heading and restore our American exceptionalism, we must ensure our conservative voices are not attacked and gagged by the liberal media,” Mr. West says. “With this website we are proud to join those who will not be silenced.”

BIG GOVERNMENT MALAISE

IT guru Ben Simo recently analyzed the errant HealthCare.gov sign-up site for Consumer Reports, concluding that those pesky glitches were caused by unwieldy electronic “cookies” that dominated the software. Now another IT guru has stepped forward to proclaim that bureaucracy is to blame.

“In the case of HealthCare.gov, the root cause isn’t the bugs we see in the software’s code. Instead, it’s the way that government procures things — in this case, software. The regulation is 6,500 pages long,” points out Clay Johnson, founder of the tech firm Department of Better Technology, in an op-ed for the New York Daily News.

“The result of this regulation? The contracts are going to the people who understand those regulations the best, not those who can do the best job,” Mr. Johnson explains. “The real bugs are in the federal acquisition. They prevent the small, innovative, agile tech firms that have given you a great user experience on the Web from even considering working with government.”

FOR THE LEXICON

“Brosurance”

— An outreach for Obamacare aimed at young males, from Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado. Their message to the bros:

“Keg stands are crazy. Not having health insurance is crazier. Don’t tap into your beer money to cover those medical bills. We got it covered. Thanks, Obamacare!”

OBAMACARE COMIC RELIEF

“This is what happens when we don’t outsource to India.”

— ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, on the technical failures of the Obamacare sign-up site.

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