Eyewitness: Viral Video Of Homeless Good Samaritan is a Hoax

Right before Christmas, a heart-warming video by YouTube prankster Josh Paler took the internet by storm. In it, a big hearted homeless man was given $100 and he used it to buy groceries for some down-on-their luck people at a nearby park. Here’s the video in case you haven’t seen it:

I didn’t use that video for my Saturday Movie Matinee, last week, because as adorable as it was – my BS meter was spinning all over the place.


My instincts have been proven right:

“The whole thing is bullshit”

The purveyors of the website Vocativ were suspicious, too, and said so: Did Josh Paler Lin Stage His Viral Video About Helping the Homeless?

A California man who watched the event as it was being staged, says a significant portion of the video has been faked.

Via Vocativ:

As of Tuesday morning, the video had racked up more than 27 million views on YouTube and inspired more than 150 glowing news articles from around the world. Following its success, Lin launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to “help Thomas get a fresh start,” which has netted more than $127,000 in well-meaning donations from the public.

But now a nursing student from Anaheim has come forward to say there’s no way Thomas could have been secretly filmed—because he and Lin arrived at the liquor store in the same car. “The whole thing is bullshit,” says Taugan Tan Kadalim, who claims that on Dec. 20 he was outside the Euclid Liquor & Market, where the video’s pivotal scene is set. “Thomas knew he was being followed.”

The 26-year-old says he stopped at the store to buy a lottery ticket before picking up his girlfriend, who lives in an apartment complex directly across the street. As he was walking out of the liquor store, Kadalim says he spotted Lin sitting in the driver’s seat of a nearby vehicle and recognized him immediately from his previous prank videos. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s him,” says Kadalim, adding that he subscribed to Lin’s YouTube channel. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Read the rest at Vocativ

What a fitting end to 2014 — the year of  Ben Trovato, eh?


An Ace commenter (I’m guessing) found an stunningly similar video from November 2013. This time, it’s a homeless vet who immediately starts giving away the money.


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“Chocolate City” Shows Its Class

Hey!  New Orleans!  What are you gonna do with that BP swag sent to you to help with the hit to your tourism???

Give the finger to the home country of the entity writing the check, of course!

From the UK Daily Mail:

Tourism chiefs in New Orleans are set to launch a cheeky ‘anti-British’ advertising campaign to lure tourists – paid for with $5million of oil giant BP.

The campaign comes as the gulf oil spill threatens to damage New Orleans’ fragile tourism industry, which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina five years ago.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the idea. According to blogofneworleans.com, NOCV bureau president Steve Perry said: ‘You can’t just say we’re open, come.

Stay classy, NOLA!

Tea Party Foe Wins Pulitzer

Remember the hateful, insulting and profoundly unfunny cartoon that NPR ran a few months back: Learn to Speak “Tea Bag”?

Just to jog your memory:

The lame attempt at humor demonstrated the political depth and artistic skills of the average 14 year old. But guess what? The guy who created that just won a Pulitzer:

It was announced yesterday that Mark Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize, with the Pulitzer committee saying that his “biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.”

He’ll  be up for a Nobel Peace Prize, too, no doubt.

Meanwhile, one of the most hysterical political videos ever made sits in relative obscurity.

There is no justice in this world.


MSNBC Offers “Clarification” On Rush quote-No Apology

This is yellow journalism at its sleaziest, and most malicious:

During the 3:00PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC Friday, co-host David Shuster admitted that racially charged quotes he and other hosts attributed to Rush Limbaugh had not been verified: “MSNBC attributed that quote to a football player who was opposed to Limbaugh’s NFL bid. However, we have been unable to verify that quote independently. So, just to clarify.” Shuster did not formally retract the quote or apologize.

Yeah, they went ahead and aired a dishonest smear about someone they don’t like without verifying it in any way. So…anyway…moving right along.

In other MSNBC News Meghan McCain posted a picture of herself on twitter and then issued a “non-apology- apology”. Shocking, but true.

Hat tip:

Pat Dollard

Vladimir Lenin Towers Over Manhatten; Waves Bye-Bye To Wall Street

The owner of the statue, and the rental apartments, “Red Square”, Michael Rosen, says  “If you’re black, if you’re latino, if you have dark skin, and you’re not middle class…uhhh you’re subject to a type of racial oppression, which is um…debilitating”.

He  claims he’s not a commie.

Does Obama have a “Housing Czar”, yet? I think we’ve found his man.

Hat tip: The Conservative News Network.

Video: Peter King Stands By His Words On O’Reilly

You can say one thing about the Youtube video where NY GOP Rep. Peter King calls Michael Jackson a “low life” and a “pervert”, you either love it or you hate it. Chances are, if you read this blog…you love it. But rabid Michael Jackson fans and assorted moonbats were  outraged by the straight talk, and one major lib blog even set up a fund to unseat King…which has garnered a whopping $75.00 so far, according to Michelle Malkin.

Peter King appeared on The O’Reilly Factor tonight, to defend his words:

And here’s Al Sharpton trying but failing epically to convince us that there was ‘nothing strange about Michael Jackson’ . That sets the tone for his weak attack on Peter King.:

On the question of Michael Jackson’s supposed “black icon” status, the fact that Jackson had artificially inseminated white kids is a valid point, but I don’t know why O’Reilly didn’t make the more obvious point, namely: HOW THE HECK CAN YOU CALL THE MAN A BLACK ICON WHEN HE BLEACHED HIS SKIN WHITER THAN EDGAR WINTERS‘?

And finally Bernard Goldberg comments on the “wound that never seems to heal”.

Democrats:Now Is The Time For A Luxurious Retreat


Nice timing, idiots.

Now may not be the time for profits, but it is the time for the Democrats to have some R&R,  at taxpayer expense:

The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

On Thursday, Democrats will head to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in historic Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day planning powwow. The resort boasts multiple championship golf courses, a full-service spa and six restaurants.

Individual lawmakers pay for most of the expenses related to retreat lodging through their campaign committees, but the Democratic Caucus subsidizes some of the costs for what aides consider “official business” — to the tune of nearly $100,000 each year, according to a Democratic aide involved in retreat planning.
For instance, the caucus picks up the hefty transportation tab, as well as the thousands of dollars in expenses each year for guest speakers, food and entertainment, according to financial disbursement records.

Democratic leadership sources were reluctant to talk about any aspect of the trip, but they defended it as an important planning session for the entire country.

“This retreat is strategic planning for the country,” said Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Emily Barocas. “The president, vice president and three Cabinet secretaries will be meeting with the caucus to plan the direction we are taking the country in.”

The topic is particularly sensitive this year after several Democratic lawmakers slammed American International Group (AIG) executives for spending more than $440,000 at a company retreat in Monarch Beach, Calif., just days after the federal government bailed the company out with $85 billion in taxpayer funds.

Yes, several Democratic lawmakers did slam AIG rather brutally, last October. For instance:

“They’re getting their pedicures and their manicures and the American people are paying for that,” said an indignant Cong. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at the time.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) held a hearing where he waved around a photograph of the resort, and bitterly complained about the expensive rooms:

“Less than a week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation,” Waxman said. “We will ask whether any of this makes sense. “

Montana Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat had huffed:

“I want to know who we can fire and how we can get this misspent money back. This kind of behavior is an insult to taxpayers, whose dollars are used to protect and preserve private companies.”

But Democrats,  residing at the luxury resort in Williamsburg, this weekend on the taxpayers’ expense, during a recession, are working for us, you see:

“We’re very mindful” of perceptions, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson told reporters Thursday camped outside of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., where House Democrats were on their annual three-day retreat, which by some estimates has cost $100,000 in the past. “It’s serious and it’s from morning till night. We’ve been dwelling, rightfully, on the economy,” said Larson, D-Conn.

Uh huh.

In case you’re wondering, yes, Republicans go on an annual retreat, as well….but not on the public dime:

Republicans spend no public money on their retreat, which occurred last month at the historic Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va., spokesman Matt Lloyd said.

Lawmakers pay for their own transportation and room costs, roughly $190 per night, including food, according to one Republican who attended but spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the trip were not made public.

But Republicans allow special guests to join them: lobbyists who are part of the Congressional Institute, a nonprofit organization that arranges events for both political parties. They pay $25,000 to join the institute, which allows them to attend the first night’s dinner at the Republican retreat as well as other events throughout the year.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit