Here is the latest disgusting smear of Obama circulating on the Right today:
"Obama wears a ring that says in Arabic, "There is no God but Allah."
According to Glenn Beck's TheBlaze.com, he has confirmed through a Duke
professor that the Arabic on Obama's ring says the first part of
"Shahada": "There is only one God, Allah." This is the same president
who will not salute the flag, and says our "Star-Spangled Banner" is too
violent for him."
That, from Laurie Roth, one of the lunatic commentators at Renew America. The story seems (surprise, surprise) to have started with the ever-nauseating Jerome Corsi at World Net Daily, who publishes the following picture:
Now, here is a clear picture of the ring, from Snopes:
Well, there you go. I am going to make a declaration here: As a motion picture art director, I am involved with the use of Photoshop on an almost daily basis, normally for the purpose of creating fake documents- magazine covers, driver's licenses, photographs, you name it- that appear on screen. The "original" picture which right wingers are now screaming about was clearly modified using the clone tool, to give it a vague resemblance to some Arabic characters; a blur filter was then applied to hide the tampering.
What a way to spend your time and effort. Once again, there is nothing, not a single thing, that is too low for the right to propagate and then claim to believe.