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By Monday, Nov 12, 2018 Viewpoints 14

There’s a reason the caravan is coming. This is a Grade A great country. The best of the best. Ask Matthew G. Whitaker.

Talk about your dreamers dreaming the American dream. Just a few years ago Whitaker was pitching safe razor blades – helping folks like you and your Uncle Ernie, actually pretty much all of us who wake up in the morning with a fool proof idea, a new thing, an exciting gizmo, something that will revolutionize the way the world works. I’m a dreamer too. For me, it was the world’s best vending machine. I could see them in subway stations and by bus stops anywhere and everywhere: eight quarters gets you a cup of steaming hot pasta e fagioli. Coughing. Sneezing. Feel like the flu’s got your name. Or maybe you just don’t want to go to work? Two bucks gets you the very best healthy pick-up: Mama Marie’s Fantastic Italian Homemade Pasta e Fagioli.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Your idea might have been better than mine but we both know there are millions of us amateur inventors out there. We can’t help it if the great ideas keep coming. But none of us know what to do with them. No way I was going to build a vending machine, stock it with soup, then sneak it onto the Times Square subway station platform all by myself. I’m strong but not that strong.

Which is where World Patent Marketing came in. Promising inventors like you and me and Uncle Ernie they’d help. This is what their snazzy website said: “World Patent Marketing is a leading manufacturer and engineer of patented products. We are an innovation incubator, helping entrepreneurs develop new ideas.” Exactly what we need, don’t you think? An innovation incubator. Which is where the brand new acting attorney general of these United States came in. In a press release announcing that Mr. Whitaker had joined the board, he said he was honored to be a part of World Patent Marketing because it was a “trusted partner to many inventors.” And that “as a former U.S. attorney, I would only align myself with a first-class organization.”

He had an important job which is why he was paid $10,000. Matthew Whitaker did invention evaluation for World Patent Marketing. I had a chance to see his inspiring 26 second pitch for the safety-first razor blade protective cover: “It’s a simple design,” Matthew said, “but a unique design that I think it’s not only going to protect people from typical injuries you get from using a straight razor blade but also be easily accessed in places you don’t usually find razor blades like kitchens and households because it easily folds into itself and protects anybody from getting cut by the way.”

Did you see the World Patent Marketing video on Vimeo? There’s the inspiring moonwalk then this beautiful girl tells us, because you know she knows “that just like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin you have dreams. And World Patent Marketing is here to help you to turn your dreams into reality. Let’s take a closer look at what World Patent Marketing can do for you: World Patent Marketing is the world’s leading patent and inventor services company. And an A rated member of the Better Business Bureau. Our ultimate objective is to prepare your product idea for a licensing deal with a major manufacturer.” Absolutely fantastic. Exactly what I’d need to take Mama Marie’s Fantastic Italian Homemade Pasta e Fagioli nationwide. Or what you might need for your exciting combination cordless toothbrush/mp3 player.

Who knew that the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in Florida claiming World Patent Marketing “bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars.” They said inventors like you and me were told they had to spend about $3,000 for an introductory “Global Invention Royalty Analysis.” That’s probably what Matthew Whitaker did in his 26-second video. Then clients were offered various packages that cost anywhere from $8,000 to $65,000. According to the New York Times, the government says thousands of would-be inventors — “whose ideas included posterior-enhancing jeans, bimini tops for lawnmowers and fruit crossbred with marijuana — were ripped off in the scheme. They lost as much as $400,000 apiece; some spent their entire life savings.” You have to hand it to the guy or gal who came up with pot-filled plums.

What about Matthew Whitaker? According to the Times, court documents “show that when frustrated consumers tried to get their money back, Scott J. Cooper, the company’s president and founder, used Mr. Whitaker to threaten them as a former federal prosecutor.”

Anyway, it seems that this May, World Patent Marketing decided to settle with the FTC and pay back $25,987,192. Unfortunately, customers like you and me and Uncle Ernie were stiffed.

Yes, you heard it here. The acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, served on the advisory board of a Florida company that a federal judge shut down last year and fined nearly $26 million for scamming customers. But that hasn’t stopped Matt Whitaker. And that’s got to be an inspiration to everyone who might have unsuspectingly helped to scam the unsuspecting. How many ethically-challenged Americans wouldn’t love the chance to become the chief law enforcement officer in the most powerful country in the world?

Now, it hasn’t always been so easy for Whitaker. He’s had to work for everything he’s gotten. From the state of Iowa, Whitaker played tight end for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and earned his undergraduate degree in communications, where I assume he picked up the necessary skills to pitch the razor blade protector. Then Whitaker scored an MBA and graduated from its law school. No pretentious Harvard or Yale for Whitaker.

In 2002, Whitaker began a career in politics, but lost his bid to be Iowa state treasurer. Probably because he loves the law and loves justice even more, and because he is a very enthusiastic Republican, Whitaker was appointed by President Bush and served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009. The Associated Press highlighted his 2007 prosecution of Matt McCoy “a rising star in the Democratic Party” and “Iowa’s first openly gay senator.” According to the AP, Republican Whitaker had a grand jury charge McCoy “with attempted extortion by an elected official, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He alleged that McCoy demanded and accepted $2,000 in payments from a businessman seeking to obtain a waiver to sell home security products for the elderly to Iowa’s Medicaid program, threatening to block state business if he wasn’t paid.”

Whitaker as a U.S. Attorney.

But, the AP noted that McCoy’s attorneys argued that in fact the FBI had paid “Thomas Vasquez, a salesman with a history of financial, domestic and substance abuse problems” and that he “agreed to be a paid informant, recording several conversations with McCoy and making what prosecutors called ‘bribe payments’ to McCoy with money supplied by the FBI.

McCoy’s lawyers argued that Vasquez had used the government’s money to buy drugs. They argued that Whitaker’s indictment “was based on out-of-context snippets of 12 hours of recorded conversations, and that [McCoy’s] actions had an innocent explanation that his legal team shared with Whitaker early on.”

According to the AP: “After a nine-day trial, jurors returned their acquittal within two hours …One of his former attorneys, Marc Beltrame, recalled that some jurors felt so bad for McCoy’s ordeal that they privately apologized afterward. The case struck Iowa Democrats and some media observers as an abuse of power.

“Why would the federal government contact, wire and pay an informant without checking him out — or, worse, despite knowing he was disreputable? It has all the earmarks of a politically motivated witch hunt,’ Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu wrote after the acquittal.”

You can’t win them all. Whitaker returned to politics, heading up Tim Pawlenty’s losing presidential bid in Iowa, then working as the state co-chairman of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s unsuccessful 2012 White House bid. Whitaker is fond of the very popular Iowa saying: “If you don’t succeed at first, fail, fail, fail again until President Trump takes notice.”

I’m not crazy about talking about anybody else’s relationship with God because it’s pretty darn complicated. Especially in today’s world where God works in mysterious ways, where evangelicals embrace serial abusers and adulterers. But thankfully, Matthew Whitaker, a once-upon-a-time keynote speaker for the Christian Coalition, found a way to threaten dissatisfied inventors who wanted World Patent Marketing to return their money and managed at the very same time to love Jesus with all his heart. Never losing his faith, he naturally wants everyone else to love Jesus as much as he does. Especially federal judges. While running in 2014 to be a senator for Iowa, Matthew bravely proclaimed that he would demand that federal judicial nominees be “people of faith” and “have a biblical view of justice … As long as they have that worldview, then they’ll be a good judge,” he said. “And if they have a secular worldview, where this is all we have here on earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.” Rightfully so, considering the Jews and all the Muslims, not to mention the atheists who don’t know Jesus.

Sadly, Matthew lost that race, too.

But, thank God, he’s now our acting attorney general.

No wonder the caravan is coming. Any Honduran with FOX News and Jesus in his heart knows this is the land of opportunity. This is Whitaker World.


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  1. Mike says:

    Maybe he’ll break the Mooch’s record for shortest term served under the delusional pumpkin.

  2. Jim Balfanz says:

    Des Moines attorneys who’ve worked with acting US attorney general say he will be incredibly fair
    How Iowa native ascended to nation’s top law enforcement position
    Updated: 9:22 PM CST Nov 7, 2018

    Laura Terrell
    Anchor/Reporter

    DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) —
    Two Des Moines-area attorneys who have worked with Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker say he will be fair in the Justice Department’s top position, despite critics speculating the president’s appointment is a way to squash special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
    Whitaker, 49, who will at least temporarily serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official, will become the nation’s acting attorney general following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.
    President Donald Trump announced the appointment Wednesday. He said a permanent attorney general will be nominated later.
    The Iowa native is a former federal prosecutor and served as Sessions’ chief of staff for one year.
    He also was a commentator on CNN, often sparring with Anderson Cooper over the Russia investigation and criticizing Mueller for looking into Trump’s finances.
    Most of Whitaker’s relevant experience came when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 until 2009. In that role, he managed attorneys who prosecuted federal crimes and represented the government in civil matters in half of Iowa.
    Des Moines attorney Guy Cook, who is also a former federal prosecutor and U.S. district attorney, often worked with Whitaker on the same or opposing sides in the courtroom. Cook said the president’s appointment is a man of integrity.
    “(Whitaker) is a hard worker, clear thinker, but probably most important for President Trump, he’s loyal,” Cook said.
    That loyalty, however, has fueled concern over whether Whitaker will be a fair interim U.S. attorney general.
    State Rep. Chris Hagenow, who was Whitaker’s law partner for more than five years, said Whitaker will be impartial.
    “Matt is his own man. Matt is a sharp guy,” Hagenow said. “I know he is very fair, and I know he is a man of great integrity. I absolutely have faith that he will do the right thing.
    “I am very excited for my friend to take a job like this on.”
    Whitaker has taken on many roles, from attorney to politician, running against Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate in 2014, to a commentator on national TV. But Hagenow said Whitaker’s most prominent role to date will be one he thrives in the most.
    “I think he is absolutely a great pick,” Hagenow said. “I think he is going to do very well for Iowa, for the country.”
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    1. Brian Tobin says:

      Two Iowa Republicans say Whitaker is great, including the co-founder of his law firm. How can we possibly doubt him now? LOL.

      1. Jim Balfanz says:

        Well you buddy Rosenstein has said he is the right man for the position. ROFLMAO

  3. Jim Balfanz says:

    A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit forced the Justice Department to admit in a court filing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearing on the FISA spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time adviser. Page was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.

    In the filing, the Justice Department finally revealed that the FISA Court held no hearings on the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsquently renewed three more times.

    “(National Security Division) FOIA consulted (Office of Intelligenc)… to identify and locate records responsive to the FOIA request…. (Office of Intelligence) determined …that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to FOIA with regard to Carter Page. (Office of Intelligence) further confirmed that the Foreign Surveillance Court considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submission and did not hold any hearings.”

    DID NOT HOLD ANY HEARINGS.

    Where was the “Rule of Law” followed in targeting a private US citizen for political reasons?

    It WASN’T.

  4. Stephen Cohen says:

    You don’t need a hearing if it was able to be decided on the papers.

    1. Jim Balfanz says:

      “How can I possibly tell you how many votes were cast, when I don’t even know how many more we need to win yet?” – Brenda Snipes, Democrat, Broward County Election official….

  5. Bob Fizzolio says:

    Mr. Balfanz, you seem trapped in a political war here. Let me assume you I would have written the same about a Democratic Presidential who appointed a shyster to be our chief lawman.

    Separate out Dems and Republicans and ask yourself whether you would defend someone who came to your town and lied and cheated folks you know, folks whose only crime was foolishly trusting someone untrustworthy with their dreams. That’s what Matthew Whitaker did. And I don’t care whether he calls himself a fan of the Clintons or the Obamas or the Trumps. He’s helped scam innocent folks.

    As to his friends saying what a great guy he is. Isn’t that what friends are supposed to do? Like the next-door neighbors saying what a great and quiet and respectful kid that was. But somehow he just shot and killed school kids. Or the Pennsylvania cardinal praising his abusing priests … How about we look at what people have done. Regardless of race, religion, or political party.

    1. Jennifer Clark says:

      Keep it coming, Bob. Your article and your logical and correct way of responding to these letters is important work. Thank you.

  6. kritterz says:

    You guys are lucky Jim Balfantz reads this stuff and rattles your cages with his comments.. Then it gives you a chance to reply and show how smart you are… New coloring books have arrived at the Edge office….pick yours up

  7. Jim Balfanz says:

    Kavanaugh comes clean about school and college years

    “I spent the last two years of high school in a daze, locking away the questions that life seemed insistent on imposing. I kept playing basketball, attended classes sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically. I discovered that it didn’t make any difference if you smoked reefer in the white class mates sparkling new van, or in the dorm room with some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl.”

    OOPS…That’s directly word for word from Obama’s book “Dreams of my Father” describing his high school and college days.

    (Think There’s A Double Standard Nowadays?)

    1. Bob Fizzolio says:

      So let me see if I get this right. Is this your way of saying you don’t care if Whitaker is a con man? Because Obama smoked dope. And Dems can be hypocrites? And so you’d rather worry about something that happened when Obama was a teenager than something the Acting Attorney General did a few years ago? So yes you’re right there’s a double standard but aren’t you just continuing it …

      1. Jim Balfanz says:

        Remember the BS during the Kavanaugh hearing???? You seem to forget a lot….

        …and to be clear, I am not a fan of Whittaker being named ACTING AG….

        In my life experience(s), I have known several outstanding attorneys who got “sucked” into a business scam, and it took awhile for them to realize it…. Seems as though his “body of work” has been pretty good since then….

        And, I thought you Liberals believed in “redemption.” After all you have forgiven Teddy, Biden, Dodd (remember their “Sailor’s sandwiches?” And all the rest of the “chosen ones” like the Indian Princess, the Socialist from VT who’s wife is as corrupt as he, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, and so many more. BUT, they “think like us” so they are all OK.

        Go figure…

  8. Bob Fizzolio says:

    I guess it’s my duty to keep you up to date on the Whitaker Affair.

    Who knew Mr. Whitaker had even more to offer us. My colleagues at the Washington Post have done some diligent work that expands our knowledge of the important work Acting AG Whitaker did for World Patent Marketing:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-investigators-scrutinized-whitakers-role-in-patent-company-accused-of-fraud-according-to-people-with-knowledge-of-case/2018/11/09/e826a404-e456-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?utm_term=.b04e819525e8

    “In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said, “Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has said he was not aware of any fraudulent activity. Any stories suggesting otherwise are false.”

    “Whitaker’s connection to World Patent Marketing came as a surprise to both senior Justice Department and White House officials, several officials said.

    “In their investigation, FTC staff had sought to learn more about the role played by the company’s advisory board members, including Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney whose role was prominently highlighted by the company in news releases and marketing materials.

    “The company said the board would help review inventors’ ideas to maximize their ability to get rich, according to promotional materials and former customers.

    “In truth, the board did not meet and rarely reviewed inventors’ ideas, according to court documents.
    Whitaker, however, appeared to act at times as an attorney for the company, according to people with knowledge of his role.

    “Whitaker has told officials he served in a limited capacity as an outside legal adviser to the company and provided occasional advice when asked but that he was not part of the day-to-day operations, according to a Justice Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

    “When the FTC subpoenaed Whitaker for his records related to the company in October 2017, he failed to provide any information, telling investigators that he was busy at that time moving from Iowa to Washington for a new job, according to people with knowledge of the case.

    “At the time, Whitaker was preparing to assume a new post: chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/matthew-whitaker-is-steeped-in-time-travel-and-bigfoot-hes-the-right-man-for-the-job/2018/11/13/2ed59fc8-e785-11e8-b8dc-66cca409c180_story.html?utm_term=.fd296dac0b8e

    “Mr. Whitaker’s former company, World Patent Marketing: claimed that “DNA evidence collected in 2013 proves that “Bigfoot does exist,” had a website selling Bigfoot paraphernalia and planned a celebrity event called “You Have Been Squatched!”

    “On his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire in 2003, when he was tapped to be a U.S. attorney, he was asked to list the “most significant cases” he litigated. The top two:

    “Personal injury claim resulting from driver of automobile driving over Mr. Harkness’ leg.”
    “Breach of Contract and Negligence Claim arising out of dry cleaning performed by Lenox Cleaners that operated out of a Hy-Vee store in Creston, Iowa.”

    Probably in all the great ideas amateur inventors came up with, there’s a handy dandy “Redemption Machine” with Matthew Whitaker’s name on it. But he’ll have to wait for Sasquatch to finish his treatments. After all, how many small children has he terrified over the years.

    Just kidding …

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