Out: Birthers - In: Ringers (Updated & Bumped)

UPDATE: It appears this conspiracy is busted!

New hi-res image:


(Thanks, Pierre!)

My bullshit detector is crying: Bullshit. Severe and utter bullshit.

The thing about human nature is this: when you want to believe something bad enough then you start seeing everything as "evidence" of the thing you want to believe.

For instance, that Barack Obama is a super-secret Muslim. Is it any wonder that the source of this startling "revelation" is WND -- the same people who even after Obama released his birth certificate continued to claim -- and claim to this day! -- that it's a forgery?

It's the same mindset that gave us 9/11 Trutherism. No matter how much evidence to the contrary, there are millions of people who believe that 9/11 was an "inside job". Why? Because they want to believe that it was an inside job.

Okay, so let's look at the "evidence" that Obama's ring has Arabic script on it which reads, "There is no God but God".

Here are the images that WND uses that show the first part of the Shahada. The image is exactly as published on WND, only shrunk to 70% of size to fit on our pages a little better.


Do you see what WND is doing? They've taken a very grainy photo and overlayed it with the Arabic script in such a way as to suggest to the reader what they should be seeing. And because it's not clear what we are seeing, the mind's natural tendency is to see the thing suggested.

It's a common trick. A simple optical illusion. See this page for similar examples. Such optical illusions are amplified when a suggestion is made to the observer as to what they are supposed to see.

In the example above of Obama's ring, the script is overlayed in such a way as to suggest to the observer what ought to be seen.

Further, notice that the first image of the ring in the upper right hand corner labeled "original" isn't in fact the original. Instead, someone at WND blacked out parts of the ring that they didn't want the observer to see. The actual original is the one in the lower right corner.

This actually makes a big difference in the second "but God" script inasmuch as what appears to be a simple gap from the change of one design to another design in the ring is used as part of the script.

Here are the two actual original photos, but with no suggestive outlines.


But let me make another suggestion and see if the script I suggest below is as plausible or more plausible than the one suggested by WND. I've taken the original photos -- back to 100% zoom this time. Unlike the WND "analysis", notice that I compare both original photos, including the side angle photo they published but which they -- conveniently -- didn't use when they "found" the alleged Arabic script.

As you look at my alternate design, think about the power of suggestion on the way we see things that aren't clear. Also, please excuse the shaky outline of my analysis. I'm doing this in my spare time and, to be honest, I never did have much of a steady hand. I also blew the image up to 300% in order to see if I was missing anything, and then reshrunk the image back to the original WND size. This explains why the commentary I overlayed is a little fuzzy.


What I'm suggesting is that this is nothing more than a grainy photo of a ring with a simple pattern on it and since the people at WND already believe that Obama is a Muslim, they are seeing patterns in the ring that aren't there.

Further, the un-named Duke Arabic expert was probably shown the WND image with the text. That is, he was given the very images published by WND but which were manipulated in such a way as to lead whoever is seeing them into seeing what WND wanted them to see.

As a Ph.D. myself, I can readily attest to the fact that we are every bit as human as any one else.

But before you say, "Rusty, he's an expert!" let me remind all of you about the experts in academia constantly telling us that global warming is about to destroy everything. Even experts can be mislead.

I'll also note that the only expert willing to go on the record for the Blaze's story:

While the Duke scholar seemed certain of the Arabic script present on the ring, Harvard University’s Dr. Ali Asani, a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, told TheBlaze that the images of Obama’s ring were not clear enough to make a determination.

I’d actually have to see it much closer to see exactly what it says,” Asani said.

I agree. But only if it says anything at all. It doesn't look, to me, like it says anything.

Posted by: Rusty at 12:01 PM


1 http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/sterling-silver-hand-engraved-shahada-ring

arabic calligraphy can be very stylized and look like the lines in obama's ring.

the above link is to a ring with very stylized calligraphy that to an untrained eye just loooks like scribbles.

buit it's the shahada.

i think you shouod be a little less dismissive of the claim.

if obama's is indeed a shahada ring from indonesia then we should be able to locate another one and verify the claim.

i think it is possible.

Posted by: reliapundit at October 11, 2012 06:18 PM

2 Assume it is true -- so what?

Might it be the ring worn by his father during his marriage toObama's mother -- a family heirloom?

Using this ring to prove Obama is a Muslim is as absurd as declaring me to be a Jew because my wife and I got rings inscribed in Hebrew when we renewed our wedding vows -- <a href="
">"I am my beloved; my beloved is mine"</a> -- because that verse from the OT is special to us.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 11, 2012 06:19 PM

3 more highly stylized shahada rings:


Posted by: reliapundit at October 11, 2012 06:23 PM

4 http://www.simplyislam.com/tungsten-square-kufic-



Posted by: reliapundit at October 11, 2012 06:23 PM

5 One ring to rule them all.

Posted by: LTOR at October 11, 2012 06:26 PM

6 Your "Bullshit Detector" is seriously broken. Maybe it can be tweaked so it will stop "Crying" so much and actually start working, then you can start paying attention. Was your "Bullshit Detector" also "Crying" when the Muslim Brotherhood was waltzing in and out of the White House?

Posted by: John Thomas at October 11, 2012 06:34 PM

7 Resembles that squiggly line on the Dairy Queen cups everyone said had allah's name on it.
Hell, the writing is so much doodle and strokes who can tell what's language and whats just doodles and scribbling.
The Brother got a certificate from the Grand Poobah of Kuwait after Desert Storm and it had colored markers strokes across where you sign your name, the colored mark was the Kuwaiti's version of a signature since a real signature was Haraam to give to infidels.
My Mom said, "Somebodies kids been coloring" We all laughed.

To me the ring designed looked like coiled tubes.

Posted by: obsidian at October 11, 2012 07:08 PM

8 Rusty: Yes he produced his so called birth certificate. After something like 18 months after the request. I can show you mine in 5 minutes. Remember, that the so called birth certificate was delivered from a state overwhelmingly in his democratic camp. Coupled by the fact that the State employees in Hawaii are fanatical democrats and mostly minorities. Have democrats ever cheater before? Lied before? Produced false document before? Damn right they have. Believe what you wish. I stand with I don't and you don't know.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 07:14 PM

9 We seem to have forgotten the Ryan/Biden debate. Everyone seems to believe Ryan's going to beat Biden and continue the Romney momentum. I know that Biden is going to be ready. WHERE HAS HE BEEN THE LAST 7 DAYS? PRACTICING WITH THE BEST. He's going to beat the same bullshit drum that Obama did. Obama's advisers won't allow him to do anything else. They've learned to stay away from questions. Notice Obama hasn't had a News Conference in 7 months. No answers, no mistakes. No admitting to quilt.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 07:24 PM

10 You are right. This is mere distraction (like birtheriism) and is not worth the time it takes to ponder. That Obama is a poor president, an inadequate leader, is the real point. Nothing else really matters.

Posted by: Golem at October 11, 2012 07:30 PM

11 As for the debate, I don't care how ready Biden is. I got $20 that says he will say something so stupid that ABC will pull the plug and call it a satellite glitch.

Posted by: Okie Wan Rednecki at October 11, 2012 07:47 PM



Posted by: Pastorius at October 11, 2012 07:54 PM

13 Looks more like a snake to me. Obama in a secret snake cult?

Posted by: Fredlike at October 11, 2012 08:22 PM

14 It's a ring from the cult of Ma Manasa Devi, the snake goddess. All her acolytes get one when they make their first human sacrifice. Obama ate a dog, and he killed a man on an altar just to watch him die. It's an Indonesian thing.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at October 11, 2012 08:23 PM

15 Okie: So far Biden looks to be handing Ryan his lunch. I'm surprised.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 08:27 PM

16 To Rusty. As far as Obama's religion is concerned.

Explain this so I understand one thing that has always bothered me.

Do you agree Barack HUSSEIN Obama father was a Muslim?

Do you agree that his stepfather was a Muslim?

Do you agree that he attended a Muslim school in Indonesia?

Do you agree that Islam requires a fatwa, under death for those who leave Islam?

If so, if he's no longer a Muslim why haven't we heard of a fatwa issued?

The only conclusion I can reach is that Islam considers him to be a Muslim. I will say that they have started burning his pictures but I think that's from ignorant, religious, unemployed with not much else to do.

Clue me in as I don't have a PHD. Ha, ha. My eldest who is here watching the debate says that Politics inn't a science. It's a dirty game.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 08:40 PM

17 Biden's still kicking ass. Hope he comes with something stupid soon.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 08:42 PM

18 Ryan is finishing off good. Not good enough. Being well mannered doesn't win with bullshit artists like Biden. The Dems are going to say Biden won the debate. Ryan believes the average Joe understands how to bring the economy around. They don't. The only thing I found stupid in Biden's speech is that he still claims that BUSH DID IT.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 09:32 PM

19 Who won the debate?


Posted by: greyrooster at October 11, 2012 10:31 PM

20 Biden didn't have to utter a word. When he was grinning like a Cheshire cat while Ryan was discussing Benghazi that was enough to turn my stomach ...
what a vile creature! Either he was amused or he lacked self control. Either way I want him OUT!

Posted by: Notyuyayahoo at October 11, 2012 10:33 PM

21 It says, this man has shitty taste in jewelry too

Posted by: Don at October 11, 2012 11:16 PM

22 The truth is often quite mundane. This whole Crypto-Muslim nonsense with Obama detracts from the truth: He was a member of Jeremiah Wright's church for many years.

Now THAT is not in dispute. And if you read or listen to the hatred that passed for religious piety in his congregation, Obama's behavior would make a great deal of sense.

We don't need to fabricate any evidence to suspect that something is not quite right in his views of the world.

Posted by: Gork at October 12, 2012 06:11 AM

23 “… people … even after Obama released his birth certificate continued to claim -- and claim to this day! -- that it's a forgery?”

Thank you for speaking up.

I have been looking for someone to refute this based on facts and logic, as opposed to name-calling and bluster.

If you can refute it please post your refutation on this web site, it will be real news; otherwise, please admit that you cannot refute it.

As for the ring thing: Who cares? It’s silly.

Posted by: BurmaShave at October 12, 2012 06:12 AM

24 Your comment software seems to have a problem or two:

First it blocks long strings, or in fact any string, that looks like it might be a URL reference.

SO I used your LINK tool on your comment tool bar to create a referenced link, and I checked it to make sure that it works. Then when I submitted it, finally your comment software finally allowed the comment to be posted ... after it stripped out the referenced URL link!

Posted by: BurmaShave at October 12, 2012 06:19 AM

25 Ryan won the debate Ladies and Gentlemen. It seems Plugs mugged all thru the debate and came off looking stupid. Oh well, Romney-2, Obama-0.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at October 12, 2012 07:27 AM

26 burma shave: Refer to post #16 and please give your version of why the Islamics haven't spoken against him for leaving Islam. Anyone else gets a death Fatwa as called for by their religion.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 12, 2012 07:41 AM

27 Bullshit: Every poll this morning has Biden as the winner. If he hadn't of acted like such an asshole with his stupid smiling, his smug laughter and looking down his nose at Ryan it would have been considered a slaughter for Biden.

Biden was more than ready for the debate and won easily the first 3/4 of it. Ryan made a small advance in the last quarter.

Biden showed himself to be an asshole without manners with his constant interuptions and bouts of laughting whenever Ryan was attempting to speak seriously. Biden was well prepared by the Chicago machine. His "my friend" thing didn't go down well. But he did negate most of what Ryan said. In any case Biden did better than Obama and Obama is supposed to be the smarter of the two.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 12, 2012 07:50 AM

28 In short words. Ever"yone knew Obama lost to Romney. They don't know if Biden lost to Ryan. Obama will now go into hiding preparing for the next debate and may do much better.

The reality is that no one's going to change their vote. If Obama looked at the camera and said "FUCK YOU AMERICA" all the minorities would cheer and those receiving welfare would dance in the streets. The unionists would say "he shouldn't have ssid that" but would still vote for him. Particularly the Teachers Unions.

These debates haven't and won't change a damn thing.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 12, 2012 07:56 AM

29 THE EU WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Ha, ha, ha, Is that as bad as Barack HUSSEIN Obama winning it?

On second thought. I guess they have promoted peace by bowing to the demands of immigrants who want their laws changed.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 12, 2012 08:00 AM

30 About 20%of all Republicians believe that Obama is a muslim. About the same believe he was elected illegally. About the same believe that the Dems have engineered major electoral fraud.

Posted by: guest at October 12, 2012 08:19 AM

31 You have devoted blog time to something that may as well have been written in enquirer or star. Interesting.

Posted by: JB at October 12, 2012 09:27 AM

32 It's a cheap-ass ring that leaves gold flecks on his skin, so I'm betting it's something one of his daughters gave him.

Posted by: Pizza the Hut at October 12, 2012 09:56 AM

33 Hell, that hand looks more white than me!

Posted by: Phil at October 12, 2012 10:21 AM

34 Thank you for being careful.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out that this all started with a Democrat trying to make fools of the right wing nutbars.

I happen to be a liberal weiner, and I do not approve of such tactics, especially coming from the party I supported for so many elections.

Posted by: VALERIE at October 12, 2012 11:04 AM

35 As for greyrooster claiming that Joe and the moderator won that debate, that's nuts.

You win a debate by making solid points. When you act like a clown, lie, and do your best to keep you opponent from even finishing an answer, you lose, except in the eyes of hyper-partisans.

Posted by: VALERIE at October 12, 2012 11:08 AM

36 Remember playing with play doh and rolling out clay ropes which were formed into various patterns on a flat surface, or creating bracelets out of multi color dough? That higher resimage ofa ring looks like the results of a first/early attempt at simplejewelry design. The Arabic script would have required some - not much - but some talent, which this ring's design is seriously lacking. But given the one wearing it . . .lack of substance is all too evident on every level.

Posted by: wtd at October 12, 2012 11:37 AM

37 Greyrooster thinks we should reread post #16. No thanks! Your inane multiple comments litter every thread with your BS!

Posted by: Notyuyayahoo at October 12, 2012 01:34 PM

38 The ring is supposedly from Indonesia, and it looks like it is made of soft (relatively pure) gold and is hand made rather than machine made. My guess is that, as with many people, it was given to him by someone special, so he's worn it all these years for that reason. People need to remember that Obama lived in Indonesia only until he was 9-10 years old. Yes, his father was Muslim as was his step-father, but his mother and grandparents were atheists/agnostics. Even though one of the two schools he went to in Indonesia was Muslim (one was Catholic), that doesn't make him a Muslim as an adult. There is no evidence that he was ever a practicing Muslim as an adult. I despise Obama, but I think he was an agnostic until he decided that it was politically expedient for him to join Rev. Wright's church and become a Christian, and that he has an affinity for Islam because he romanticizes his childhood. That doesn't make him a secret Muslim, though.

Posted by: Anna at October 12, 2012 01:51 PM

39 Stop making sense, Anna, you will take all the fun out of this.

Like I said: the cult of Ma Manasa Devi, the snake goddess. That's much better than "a gift from his high school boy friend."

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at October 12, 2012 02:38 PM

40 seriously I was eating and you have to throw in a close up shot where those fingers have been only Allah knows.

Posted by: darthsmeag at October 12, 2012 03:10 PM

41 Slythryn House.

Posted by: EROWMER at October 12, 2012 05:43 PM

42 Looks like a snake to me.

Posted by: harp1034 at October 12, 2012 07:53 PM

43 Two schools of beyond the pale...one who believes that the senior officer of the nation's fifth largest sheriff's department is beyond reason OR that our highest court of the land has exceeded permission.

Arpaio is a nut for following the evidence of a WH posting of a document that does not meet the litmus of a legitimate document.

The other nutty camp considers Minor v Happersett precedent..."At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the
Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born
in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon
their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born
citizens..." a statement by our highest court that skewers the free admission of someone born to an admitted foreign national father.

"Birfers" are not representative of any majority.

Posted by: Pieter Nosworthy at October 12, 2012 09:47 PM

44 So its a devil worshipers ring instead -- big difference.

Posted by: zimtimyok at October 13, 2012 08:51 AM

45 "5
One ring to rule them all."

the word is 'fool' ....

Posted by: zimtimyok at October 13, 2012 08:52 AM

46 It's Seth!

Posted by: Fox2! at October 13, 2012 01:55 PM

47 Post #37. But you're a zioshit so your opinion doesn't count. We know what it will always be before yoy say it. Since zioshits, like their semitic brothers the Muslims, place their religions before America they shouldn't have a voice or vote in things American.

Posted by: Guest at October 13, 2012 05:59 PM

48 VALERIE makes the mistake of thinking everyone has an IQ of over 100. They don't and they have a vote like those who can read and understand what they hear. This attitude is why BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is president. Biden's antics is exactly what most who are Obama supporters thrive on. His expressions and laughter showed them that Ryan was full of bullshit. Substance has nothing to do with it. Biden was there for those in the ghetto, the illegals, the SEIU, those on welfare, those without insurance, those with free cell phones, the elderly on Social Security. His behavior showed them that Romney/Ryan isn't a serious candidate. Exactly what this teachers showed him. He wasn't speaking to mainstream America.

Oh! I understand. You're a liberal. Okay. Most College Professors with patches on their sleeves and gray pony tails don't see it either. That's why Obama is president. One vote. No requirements to get that vote.

Posted by: greyrooster at October 13, 2012 06:19 PM

49 That birth cert IS a forgery, and clearly so. A scanned image cannot be "peeled" by software programs. PhD.d level document experts, accepted by State and Federal courts as expert witnesses, have stated the WH version of the birth cert is fraudulent. That an official sheriff investigation confirmed it just adds to the credibility. It is also the first time that I am aware of that an official investigation to look at a piece of paper was denied looking at that piece of non-sensitive paper from another official. The only reason that could happen is the original does not exist.

Another little know fact is Stanley Ann Durham was denied a US passport for her infant son as the State Department at the time could not verify the birthplace.

Name calling and pejorative statements do not change the truth.

Posted by: Fed up with Kumbaya BS at October 18, 2012 10:51 AM

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