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Asked about his 2001 love note to Osama bin Laden, cartoonist Michael Leunig replied:

And we were, so little we knew about him and still so little we know about him. I just wanted to raise it and I, I stick by that. I stick by that to this day.

We know a little more about him now:

Bin Laden said the publication of the cartoons was a graver offence than the ‘‘bombing of modest villages that collapsed over our women children’‘.

’‘This is the bigger catastrophe and the more dangerous one and for which the punishment is graver.’‘

Under that legal structure, Leunig is only a slip of his pen - and the installation of a spine - away from being classified as worse than a child-killer. All it takes is one drawing of Mohammed ...

Posted by Tim B. on 03/20/2008 at 05:21 AM
  1. Daddy, we hardly knew you.
    Germaine wrote that. Ironically one of the best cartoons ever done about Germain was by Leunig. It’s in my briefcase. Along with the 1st Birthday Party for the dead cat called GST!

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 03 20 at 05:31 AM • permalink

  2. Bin Laden and Leunig.
    Both seem to have their priorities a little fucked mixed up.
    Scrambled brains.

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 20 at 05:35 AM • permalink

  3. “Bin Laden said the publication of the cartoons was a graver offence”

    Obviously he didn’t mind the drawing of them, just that they were published.

    Strange as it may seem, that’s also my attitude - to the publication of Leunig cartoons.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 03 20 at 05:43 AM • permalink

  4. And we were, so little we knew about him and still so little we know about him.

    He orchestrated 9/11. And that fuckwit wants to get to know him??

    Leunig better be on drugs coz if he’s naturally like that…

    Posted by bingbing on 2008 03 20 at 05:45 AM • permalink

  5. #3 Yep. Obviously, some kids don’t deserve to keep their crayons.

    Posted by bingbing on 2008 03 20 at 05:48 AM • permalink

  6. Flash ad next to Age article: Crash testing saves human lives ancap.com.au
    Crash Test Dummies
    Now who are the Crash Test Dummies?
    ObL or cartoonist Michael Lunatic?

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 20 at 05:55 AM • permalink

  7. Hell, It’s So True It’s Not Funny

    It’s okay to burn down my house,
    And slaughter my children and spouse;
    But beware your fate
    If you dare create
    A cartoon of Mohammed Mouse.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 06:16 AM • permalink

  8. Leunig is only a slip of his pen ... away from being classified as worse than a child-killer. All it takes is one drawing of Mohammed ...

    If only, Tim. If only.

    Leunig regrettably has a finely honed sense of self-preservation, though he might consider others disposable. One explanation can be found on his website:

    Leunig was born in East Melbourne in 1945, a slaughterman’s son and the second eldest of five children. He was educated at various state schools, kitchen tables, paddocks, rubbish tips, loopholes and abattoirs in Melbourne’s industrial Western suburbs ...

    He fled from formal education and pursued a successful career as a factory labourer and meatworker where he nurtured his art [sic] and philosophy ...

    Posted by ann j on 2008 03 20 at 06:22 AM • permalink

  9. “Michael Leunig”

    I’d beat the crap out of that worthless asshole, but my dad made me promise never to hit little girls, and since he’s a whiny little bitch, he’s safe.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 03 20 at 06:24 AM • permalink

  10. JDAM, in the air is a singing,
    BOOM, house ,missus and kids are a missing,
    I reach for my gun,
    Grab a few chums,
    MOTOONS,now thats a takin the pissing.

    Posted by sparrow on 2008 03 20 at 06:29 AM • permalink

  11. So osama-bin-hiding thinks it is wrong to publish cartoons about a paedophile.  Strange logic that.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2008 03 20 at 07:14 AM • permalink

  12. #10
    Waziristan, we’re getting to know you,
    Getting to know all about you ...

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 03 20 at 07:14 AM • permalink

  13. OK everyone.

    GO HERE.

    Read this.
    Wretchard at Belmont Club is really on to something here.

    The concept of a distributed counter-attack, one which even the oldest and least physically fit can participate in, has merit.

    Go, dammit.

    MarkL
    canberra

    Posted by MarkL on 2008 03 20 at 07:19 AM • permalink

  14. Bin Laden Tries to Sound Reasonable

    Please urinate in my truck
    And then rape my goat for good luck;       
    But I promise you
    I’ll hack you in two
    If you draw Mohammed the Duck.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 07:47 AM • permalink

  15. #13 In a strange sense, that could be good. Finally get Europe off their asses.

    Seems too, that OBL has finally realised that he had rocks in his head picking a fight with America.

    Posted by bingbing on 2008 03 20 at 07:58 AM • permalink

  16. New Bin Laden Video
    Explains Sharia Law

    Drive over my wife ‘til she’s flat
    And then take a crap in my hat;
    But I’ll disembowel
    You with a trowel
    If you draw Mohammed the Cat.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 07:58 AM • permalink

  17. Would drawing a duck-billed Mohammed’s puss be okay? It could be about Mohammed touching the people of Australia in a nod to multiculturalism. Someone should “ask the imam”.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 03 20 at 08:09 AM • permalink

  18. #12 ...missiles fired from an “unidentified location. Yes
    #13 Ha-ha-ha.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 20 at 08:12 AM • permalink

  19. 9 Dave Surls

    I’d beat the crap out of that worthless asshole, but my dad made me promise never to hit little girls

    Same here Sir Dave. If only Loooonig was a man.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 03 20 at 08:26 AM • permalink

  20. Bin Laden Considers
    the Limits of Sharia Law

    If you drew Mohammed-the-Pooh,
    I’d castrate then crucify you;
    If Allah was Eeyore
    And Tigger was Algore…
    I just wouldn’t know what to do.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 08:42 AM • permalink

  21. Lyle’s on fire again!!!!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 20 at 09:17 AM • permalink

  22. He orchestrated 9/11. And that fuckwit wants to get to know him??

    People like Leunig don’t bother to investigate issues which might distress them.  Instead, they assume everybody around them must be as pig ignorant of the subject as they are and therefore demand that others reserve judgement.

    Posted by murph on 2008 03 20 at 09:19 AM • permalink

  23. Draw Mohammed in Leunig’s style.

    Two birds with one stone!

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 03 20 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  24. The_Real_JeffS

    Lyle’s on fire again!!!!

    We had better ready our gear. Wouldn’t want Lyle’s wonderful talent to lead to, self immolation…:)

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 03 20 at 09:42 AM • permalink

  25. It’s Fatwa Time Again!
    Bin Laden’s Henchmen Report:

    Tweety-Pie and Sylvester Cat,
    Under torture, admitted that
    Their so-called comic
    Was anti-Islamic –
    And Allah’s code name was Puddy-Tat.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 10:38 AM • permalink

  26. #13, thanks for the link.  The vid at the bottom was well worth the listen, too (never have been able to hear Barber’s Adagio for Strings without getting teary-eyed).  The great Islamic “civilization” that Osama bin-Dead loves so much has never, and will never, produce anything half so beautiful as that.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 20 at 10:59 AM • permalink

  27. “so little we knew about him and still so little we know about him”

    You know, if Mr. Leunig spent as much time researching a topic as he does on his hair, he might not sound like quite so much of a twit.  We know a great deal about bin Laden, Mr. Leunig.  He is not some unknown man from the deep deserts.  He is the son of a famous and wealthy family who has given hundreds of interviews and speeches over the years.  We know him quite well, Mr. Leunig, which is why we are trying so hard to kill him.

    Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2008 03 20 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  28. The War Against Cartoons –
    Bin Laden’s Henchmen Report

    With rockets and anvils we bought
    With blueprints from Acme, we ought
    To nail that damn bird;
    We can’t be deterred -
    We guarantee he will be caught.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 11:25 AM • permalink

  29. paco!  We have to do something about lyle.  I don’t know about you but his talented output is eclipsing the stuff I’m putting out.  Remember what we did to Mr. Creosote (tire iron to the knee when he was lacing up his ice skates)?  And Penguin (assigned to the Moon Base Alpha base of operations).  I think we need to do something similar to lyle.  But quick.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 03 20 at 11:58 AM • permalink

  30. Is that a knocking I hear? Is that you, wronwright?

    I think I’ll just step onto the fire escape for a moment…

    The War Against Cartoons –
    Bin Laden’s Henchmen Report

    With rockets and anvils we bought
    Plus blueprints from Acme, we ought
    To nail one thin bird;
    We can’t be deterred -
    We guarantee he will be caught.

    (pause)

    Imam, we regret to report
    The bird is frustrating sort;
    Saad was railroaded;
    Yusef exploded;
    The bird seemed to think it was sport.

    (pause)

    He is, Imam, quick as a curse,
    As fast straight ahead or reverse;
    Though Abu is dead
    And Raz and Ahmed -
    The bird will soon ride in a hearse….

    Posted by lyle on 2008 03 20 at 12:10 PM • permalink

  31. #7
    If it isn’t well drawn or funny or even clever is it still blasphemy?

    Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 03 20 at 12:34 PM • permalink

  32. #13—

    I think it’s time for ...

    LOLMohammeds

    Posted by Achillea on 2008 03 20 at 01:33 PM • permalink

  33. Leunig is only a slip of his pen - and the installation of a spine - away from being classified as worse than a child-killer.

    C’mon, Michael. Just do it.

    Posted by paco on 2008 03 20 at 02:07 PM • permalink

  34. #29 Wronwright: Hmm. May be a little premature. He hasn’t moved in on our prose territory yet, so we probably ought to hold off on the rough stuff - for now.

    Posted by paco on 2008 03 20 at 02:10 PM • permalink

  35. Lyle, you ought to consolidate all the bin laudin/muzzie fundi poems and publish.

    Posted by rabidfox on 2008 03 20 at 02:29 PM • permalink

  36. LOLMohammed’s .... Icanhasdeath2infidel!

    Posted by CB on 2008 03 20 at 03:25 PM • permalink

  37. #13 MarkL

    I like how he thinks: distributed blasphemy.

    #32 Achillea

    LOLMohammeds. Yeah. Time to go viral.

    =^D

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 20 at 05:21 PM • permalink

  38. “I just wanted to raise it”

    Crap.  You just wanted to send Osama some hugs because he killed thousands of Americans, and you hate America.

    In addition to being a talentless hack, with the artistic abilities of a retarded five year old, you’re a stinking sack of pro-terrorist shit.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 03 20 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  39. Spiny, Rebecca, that is why I think he is on to something.

    So does the VRWC have cartoonists? We certainly have jokesters and limerick writers (Lyle is good). Distribution? easy with photocopiers and lamp-posts even at the most basic possible level.

    Personally, the funniest one I have seen was a cartoon of mohammed shagging a pig and entitled ‘To protect his favourite girlfriend, mohammad decided on a new rule….’

    I do not have a copy of it, though.

    MarkL
    Canberra

    Posted by MarkL on 2008 03 20 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  40. #38 Funnily enough, Dave, when I was in the US in 2005 I went to two very big bookstores [Barnes and Noble was one] looking for a Leunig cartoon book for my US/Aussie brother. [Actually some of L’s stuff used to be very whimsical and clever, until he got a gig as a columnist and revealed all his vile lefty spleen.]
    I couldn’t find any of his books.
    Not only does he hate America, America seems to hate him back, and for good reason.

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 03 20 at 05:57 PM • permalink

  41. This is what great art looks like…

    Rembrandt

    and, this is what diarrhea on canvas looks like…

    Talentless crap

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 03 20 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  42. “Actually some of L’s stuff used to be very whimsical and clever”

    Actually, Barrie, Leunig has four serious shortcomings as an artist.

    1.)  He can’t paint.

    2.)  He can’t draw.

    3.)  He can’t write poetry.

    4.)  He can’t write prose.

    God only knows what he does to music.  Thankfully, I’ve never been exposed to any.

    The only thing Leunig has going for him are friendships with reactionary leftys that date back to the Vietnam War days, and now the leftys he used to smoke dope with in the 60s have positions of authority in Australia’s arts and media businesses, which is why this talentless hack gets published.

    It’s a payoff for his political orthodoxy.

    Tim Blair is ten times the writer Leunig is, and so are a bunch of other people who post here. Lyle, for example, is so much a better poet than Leunig, it boggles the mind…and Lyle does it off the top of his head!  Leunig can’t even master basic ideas like rhyme and meter, Lyle can do it without even thinking about it.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 03 20 at 06:51 PM • permalink

  43. I love the idea of Lolmohammeds. Though why stop at Mohammed himself? Here’s my first one.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 03 20 at 06:58 PM • permalink

  44. #40 You are right about Leunig. There was a certain charm with his work at the beginning. Think I have his first book of cartoons somewhere.

    The problem was that by the end of that first book all that was interesting and clever about Leunig had been expended. Now we have a middle-aged man who affects this vulnerable little man persona while his cartoons and writing reveal a vile ultra-left wing anti-Semite.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 03 20 at 07:10 PM • permalink

  45. Leunig is a loony!

    Posted by jorjac on 2008 03 20 at 07:48 PM • permalink

  46. Leunig was fantastic, his first five books or so are required-reading for all my children.
    And he is now a deranged, mealy-mouthed, partisan apologist for primitive philosophy.
    Both things can be true.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 03 20 at 07:55 PM • permalink

  47. Only Melbourne could produce Leunig and only Melbourne could consider him a ‘national treasure’. He is typical of the bitter and twisted dead-end leftism that passses for intellectual life, there. To impose the meaningless Leunig duck on overseas visitors at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (in itself a ponderous, humourless, tiresome non-event), was so typically characteristic of Melbourne parochialism. characrYrevc

    Posted by Big Arnie on 2008 03 20 at 08:13 PM • permalink

  48. Mister Curly Ingenue
    With duck at hand
    And suitcase too

    Fluttered o-s to Tehran
    With filthy toons
    That please Imams

    Mister Curly Ingenue
    Loves peace and geese
    And killing jews

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2008 03 20 at 08:27 PM • permalink

  49. Catherine Deveny feels safe to say:

    Easter? Oh wake me when it’s over.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 20 at 10:40 PM • permalink

  50. #49 Oh, the Offence!  I feel a Christian Fatwa coming on. I will begin by blowing up a few Easter eggs for practice.

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 03 21 at 12:59 AM • permalink

  51. MY JIHAD

    LET ME SHOW YOU IT

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2008 03 21 at 01:10 AM • permalink

  52. #49.  That article was just one tacky waste of space.

    Posted by kcom on 2008 03 21 at 02:08 AM • permalink

  53. Leunig (from the Denton link)”...to comment on the world of politics which I didn’t know a great deal about…”

    Plus ca change…

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 03 21 at 02:51 AM • permalink

  54. CELLULITE ON PACO’S NEW BOTTOM LINE:

    Wronwright has sounded a warning
    To Paco, whose antennae rise
    That new types of writing are dawning
    Their poetry’s on the demise

    Lyle’s verse surge has them worried
    His grasp of verse meter is sweet
    Their strategy yet has not put them in debt
    What’s the verdict on this in Wall Street?

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 03 21 at 03:21 AM • permalink

  55. What the?  A poem about a poet?  I need to nip this in the bud.

    (wronwright enters lyle’s coordinates into space orbital laser cannon targeting computer)

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 03 21 at 05:36 AM • permalink

  56. Couldn’t get more than few words into Deveny’s column. Been done a hundred times before. I’ll wait for her attack on the futility of Ramadan.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 03 21 at 06:09 AM • permalink

  57. At least Deveney excels in one area…she’s one of the world’s foremost eaters.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 03 21 at 06:32 AM • permalink

  58. #48 She could use the time with a mirror and practice squatting. She might see something she understands.

    Posted by CB on 2008 03 21 at 08:20 AM • permalink

  59. Sorry, #49. It’s an easy mistake to make. Like confusing Deveney with rational thoughts.

    Posted by CB on 2008 03 21 at 08:21 AM • permalink

  60. #31 Colonel, even stick figures and abstracts count. The image on the window, or on the toast counts.

    Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 03 21 at 11:55 AM • permalink

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