Found inspiration this morning to do some Photoshops of Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un after viewing the first image in the series of image below. Let us begin.
Not this again.
The idea of President Obama “photoshopping” images in order to carry out some kind of nefarious scheme has clearly gotten a death grip on the wingnut zeitgeist. They seem to assign some kind of mystical power to this meme; they believe that if they can finally convince the world at large that these pictures have been doctored, Barack Obama will be forced to hang his head in shame, immediately resign the presidency, and live the rest of his miserable life in his true country of birth, Kenya.
It’s wingnut crack. They can’t stop doing it, even as it destroys their brains.
Tonight’s episode in the Parade of Ridiculous Photoshop Outrages is brought to us by the always wacky American Thinker, where once again we have a so-called “Photoshop expert” who doesn’t seem to understand how JPEG compression works, zooming in and analyzing the pixels to impress the rubes: The Illusion of Obama’s Bin Laden Raid Situation Room Leadership.
I don’t even know what to say about this kind of bizarre right wing craziness any more. There’s no point in debunking it; first, it’s too freaking easy, and second, they just don’t care and it doesn’t stop them from repeating it endlessly with less self-awareness than your average parrot.
But here’s all you need to know about American Thinker’s “Photoshop expert” Mara Zebest: she’s been a Birther since 2008, and joined Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” to push the crackpot theory that Obama faked his birth certificate. So her credentials are impeccable for an appearance at American Thinker, but “Photoshop expert” is a bit of a stretch.
I have to say, though — Floating Hand Problem is a great band name.
Today, Breitbart.com ace blogger Dan Riehl tweeted the latest conspiracy theory to hit the wingnut blogosphere:
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) May 21, 2012
The link goes to “Pundit Press,” where “Aurelius” is analyzing the pixels in a photo tweeted by the White House…
Boing Boing comes through with some primo Bin Laden shoops. My favorite:
Peter Parker, aka Spiderman, has been fired from his job as a photographer because he photoshopped some pictures.
Spiderman, the story goes, knows newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson, now mayor, is innocent of something heinous (it’s always something heinous, isn’t it?), but the only way he can persuade people of that is to digitally manipulate photos.
He does and loses his job, so Spiderman becomes a victim of the recession, although in these days of widespread layoffs at newspapers prompted by economic forces, the superhero is hardly a typical victim.
I say Jameson was right to fire Parker, even though the photographer was trying to help his boss.
Halloween and Photoshop are made for each other at Worth1000.com:
Chop a Worthian - Halloween Edition 2009.
Some recommended books I’m currently reading (or have just finished) on my Kindle, with one-line reviews:
The masters at Worth1000.com demonstrate their mad photoshop skillz again in a contest called Jive Critters 4.
Amazing Feats of Strength at Worth1000.com.
A classic Photoshop contest featuring the old masters at Worth1000.com: Cartoon Renaissance.