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Is the Saturday Night Card Game obsolete? (Reader Poll)

Is the Saturday Night Card Game obsolete? (Reader Poll)

The Saturday Night Card Game started on August 8, 2009, when I noticed a post by Oliver Willis of Media Matters blogging at his own blog, as follows:

Steve Benen tries to understand just why wingnuts are so angry about health care reform. He doesn’t make bad points, but its so much simpler than that. We on the left think that rage has to be somewhat rational, for instance we raged about an unwarranted war. Why is wingnuttia so angry?

We elected a Democrat, and even worse, he’s black.

My commentary was:

This card game is getting boring and pathetic.

While I titled the post “Saturday Night Card Game,” the Card Game did not become a weekly feature until mid-October 2009, as the Obamacare debate was in full swing, and accusations of Tea Party and Republican racism were flying:

I’m starting a new theme, the Saturday Night Card Game, to highlight the use of the race card as a political tool. Those on the left, lacking meritorious arguments, increasingly turn to false accusations of racism as a way of ending an argument they are losing. At this point in time, the race card is all the left-wing blogs, politicians and pundits have left, so there is plenty of low hanging fruit from which to pick.

Since that time, the Card Game has played almost every Saturday Night.  That would be, roughly, 125 Card Games.

Yet I’m wondering whether the Card Games has become the equivlent of an 8-track player.

The pace at which the race card is being played by Democrats is so fast and furious that it is becoming increasingly difficult to wait for Saturday Night.  Just this week, for example, I already have posted:

Those three posts could have been several more, as I waited to post about the following race card plays which now are a little stale:

So, has the Saturday Night Card Game become a quaint relic of a gentler, kinder era when examination of the use of race as a political weapon would wait for the weekend?

Should I get rid of the Card Game, or keep at it?

The poll will be open until midnight Eastern on Sunday.


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    The troubling news within the good news was that only 130 Representatives expressed strong opposition to the treaty. 130? Why not every Republican?

Henry Hawkins | July 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

False dichotomy. False dichotomy!

Professor, it is just like the huge hissy fit happening because Mitt closed press at his Israel fundraiser. I follow Mark Knoller, WH press pooler, on twitter, and I have lost track of how many times Obama fundraisers have been closed press. The double standard really is absurd.

On Louise Lucas:
“Lucas is a member of Obama’s “Truth Team,” …”. What a load of super sized BS. Truth team, indeed.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

“State Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), a campaign surrogate for President Obama in Virginia, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is appealing to racists who do not want a black man in the White House.”

So, if African Americans can be racist, as has been proven over and over, are they racist because they vote for Obama because he’s ‘one of them’? The Left deems the corollary as as racism. Let’s turn it back on them and ask the same question.

Are they?

It won’t be obsolete until November.

    martywd in reply to myiq2xu. | July 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      It won’t be obsolete until November.

    Heah I’m not pickin’ on ya, but you’re dreaming.   _After_ November is when this traditional Saturday night post is going to get even more interesting.   That’s assuming of course, that in November his ‘I won’-ness goes down in defeat?

      myiq2xu in reply to martywd. | July 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      That’s assuming of course, that in November his ‘I won’-ness goes down in defeat?

      The power of positive thinking. Visualize, then realize.

Samuel Keck | July 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The pace at which the race card is being played by Democrats
is so fast and furious


Juba Doobai! | July 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

So Touré’s last name is Neblett, eh. Yep, if I were in his shoes, I’d use only one name too. Neblett has no panache, no dash, no verve. It makes him sound like a sissy race baiter.

I voted to keep it. The race card may be expired, but too many on the left didn’t get the memo. Keep showing their true colors.

We just need more Saturday Nights each week.

The card game gets played all too often to dump.

For what it’s worth, I look forward to the SNCG. Sometimes I shake my head at the insanity of the left but sometimes I think it’s hilarious, too.

OK, I will publicly humiliate myself and admit that I never knew what it was, ergo rarely clicked on it! (I assumed it was a tradition like Pamela Geller’s “Saturday Night Cinmea”).


Like, “ergo” is not, like, a legal term is it?


Karen Sacandy | July 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Five hundred years from now, historians will look back and say,

“America in the 20th century was overwhelmingly of European caucasian lineage with a small percentage of African ancestry. However, aglow with the righteousness of winning the second world war and spurred by icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr., white America, in the spirit of Christian conscience, upended their cultural and constitutional traditions of freedom of association in order to bring blacks into the mainstream of American life. This sea change meant the end of the freedoms to serve customers of their choosing, to hire as they chose, to sell and rent to whom they chose. Many, many other freedoms were lost during this time of change.

“In mid-century, a minor change to immigration law planted the seed for muslims and third-world immigrants to legally enter and start communities hostile to the American concept of freedom of conscience and to introduce the concept of dhimmitude. Two centuries later, Michigan, New York and a handful of other states had seceded, due to the imposition of sharia law by those states’ governments. The other states, not feeling the battle worth the stakes, acquiesced in these secessions.

“Finally, due to the severe handicaps on American entry-level labor (artifically high minimum wages for unskilled workers, persistent administrative costs for employers, “safety nets” which induced long term indolence), and its decimation by abortion, Americans turned increasingly to illegal South American labor to fill entry level work. As a result of the welfare burdens of these low income workers, California, Arizona, and New Mexico governments collapsed and Mexico retook these territories. However, most self-sufficient Americans fled before the collapse of these governments into those midwestern and southern areas that we today recognize as the heirs of the intellectual tradition of the “United States of America.”

“It has only been in the last 100 years that most freedoms, including those of association and employment, have been restored to its citizens, and the advantages of self-reliance have been recognized and that country is once again rebuilding itself.

“In the last 200 years, the mistake of conflating third-world legal and illegal immigrants with the slaves of the 19th century has been much remarked. Suffice to say, the 20th century efforts to bring blacks into the mainstream of American life was hijacked by those voluntary immigrants and used to justify a self-flagellating deference by Americans who had never owned a slave but felt obligated to pay for the emergency room visits of South Americans. By the time Americans disabused themselves of this false guilt, it was too late to save the country as it was constituted at the end of the 20th century.


This is the more disappointing forward view. I would rather we recognize the problems now and round up the illegals and muslims as Eisenhower did in the 50s. But we’re afraid of muslims, and the illegals are very successfully riding the race-card train as we write. And we have successfully undermined our own labor pool by the constantly expanding safety net. Many business owner friends of mine now prefer to hire Mexicans because they are harder workers.

I’m torn between wanting to rebut the left’s charges of racism and wanting to ignore them. Which is the most effective?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to creeper. | July 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Rebut locally.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to creeper. | July 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Option III: Ridicule them. Even old Saul Alinsky [spits symbolically on Alinsky’s grave] saw that any reply to ridicule was either self-defeating or served to show the replying party as desperate and mean. I think it’s his Rule 5 for Community Organizers Radicals.

[…] night, and Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection is wondering whether he should continue the Saturday Day Night “Race Card” game. As Team Obama has hit a new low, saying that small business owners are unhappy about Obama’s […]

Professor, the operative question via-a-vis Obama, et al is whether we have been dealt eights and aces.

If he have, do we have the discreet Derringer strapped to our boot and the cojones to act when necessary?

Let’s make them flop that card even faster!

Time to wear that succa out…!!!

And use MOCKAGE every chance you get.

    punfundit in reply to Ragspierre. | July 28, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Mockery, mockery, mockery, mockery, mockery, mockery, and more mockery. Sarcasm after lampoon after parody after ridicule. Pile it on!

    If there’s one thing leftist desire more than power (*if*), it is to be taken seriously. Never give them what they want.


Only a disgraced public figure would consider joining the much-maligned ranks of the federal workforce as a step up, reputation-wise. We can assume there were no openings for a used-car salesman.

Spanier was faulted in an internal Penn State report after the conviction on child-molestation charges of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The report said he, head coach Joe Paterno and others helped cover up Sandusky’s abuse.

His lawyer confirms to the Loop that Spanier is working on a part-time consulting basis for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues. But the gig is so hush-hush, he couldn’t even tell his attorneys the name of the agency. In April — months after his ouster as president but before the release of the internal report — he told the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania that he was working on a “special project for the U.S. government relating [to] national security.”

But who’s he working for? The CIA? Homeland Security? Or maybe just a dull consulting firm with a government contract?

“I have no idea,”says his lawyer, Peter Vaira. “We know the work is in security and he’s prohibited from disclosing which agency or agencies he’s working for.”

After the internal report was released, Spanier complained in a statement from his attorneys that the document didn’t make mention of his government clearance — something he apparently thought was evidence of his trustworthiness. He noted that his security clearance (which he apparently had first obtained while at Penn State) “required a re-review when the Sandusky matter surfaced in November” and that federal investigators conducted their own probe of his role in the Sandusky scandal. The federal investigation ended with his security clearance being “reaffirmed,” the statement read.

I can’t think of anything clever to say about that except that it make me ill.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Neo. | July 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    His lawyer confirms to the Loop that Spanier is working on a part-time consulting basis for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues. But the gig is so hush-hush, he couldn’t even tell his attorneys the name of the agency. In April — months after his ouster as president but before the release of the internal report — he told the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania that he was working on a “special project for the U.S. government relating [to] national security.”


    Me? I’m a former Navy SEAL, married to a former Miss Universe from Sweden, who runs three MENSA groups out of our seaside villa.

    I call BS on this whole Spanier thing. More likely, he’s playing an online game, like World of Warcraft, and selling his ‘objects’ online for cash. It’s the Internet for Pete’s sake, where you can be a tinker, tailor, soldier or Community Organizer. Otherwise, he’s got Chris Hanson following his ass around!

      WarEagle82 in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | July 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Me? I’m a former Navy SEAL, married to a former Miss Universe from Sweden, who runs three MENSA groups out of our seaside villa.

      I think I see why you are willing to overlook that “azimuth and elevation” problem… 😉

This is the exact reason I choose to treat humanoids like Oliver gutless and turd nugget like the verbal bomb throwing terrorists they are. Why argue facts? Give them a double dose of what they dish out and watch them whine about civility. To use the words of chocolate jesus,” Punch back twice as hard”.

It’s a joke. It’s been thrown around so much, it means nothing anymore.

Keep it, but don’t be afraid to post about Race Card stuff during the week either…

Maybe a leaderboard of race baiters?

LukeHandCool | July 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I think most of us look forward to the Saturday Night Card Game.

I would only get rid of it if it became a time-consuming nuisance to you … even then it could be changed to a more manageable once-a-month thing or something.

The ‘big lie’ theory — Hitler acknowledged it and used it to full effect.

The Obama zombies simply repeat what they’re told.

Look for very serious street violence come the election in November — it’s all they have left, and they no problem using it. John Boehner and John McCain will be out front defending them.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | July 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

The SNCG is your niche. I remember you linked to some liberal blogger a year or two ago who stated he found your SNCG posts interesting and was following them (before he went on to try to refute one of them).

I understand why it’s getting harder to find material. That’s because EVERY critisim of Obama is racist. Either the deck is filled with all Jokers or the dealer has declared that every card is a wild card. Same result. Playing the race card has lost almost all of its meaning (even though the media and liberals will continue to pretend that playing the race card is still relevant in an effort to try to stoke emotional passions).

Even so, I’d say stay with it. I enjoy it.

Simple solution Professor. Make it a “Nightly Card Game”. Only way we’re going to keep up with the pace:)

quiksilverz24 | July 29, 2012 at 12:25 am

Saturday night is the race card, Sunday is the sex card, Monday is the caring card, Tuesday is the homosexual card, Wednesday is the tolerance card, Thursday is religion card, and Friday is the wealth card. What did I miss? I know there are more than seven cards they play!

Yes, please keep it going. Some sort of counter-discourse is necessary to keep some oxygen in the conversation.

For example, this person just got tenure at Vassar:

When you have a tenured faculty member at a competitive school publishing an essay like this filled with unrepentant narcissism, lazy thinking, knee-jerk racist responses plus the tendency to go looking for a fight, and the certainty that all white people are deep down racists (projection much?) then yes, the SNCG needs to be done.

Let’s just call it the “Racism Lottery”.

They play it almost every day in hopes they’ll win.

But the odds are against them and they never do.

I think they play it from a knee jerk impulse; if they DON’T play they can’t win.

Anymore, it’s almost not worth refuting them except to mock the amount of bending they do to reach for the card.

Sort of like those on welfare spending some of what they get on a game they’ll never win.

    punfundit in reply to jakee308. | July 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    You can’t say they never win. They play it because in the past it has worked.

    The way to combat it is to stay alert and counter it as quickly as possible with the truth. God bless the New Media!

      jakee308 in reply to punfundit. | July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah, I went overboard.

      Should be “they almost never win” just like the lottery.

      someone wins almost every day just not you.

      Plus they’re wins sometimes are actually driven by the media piling on to the point where the target gives up in exhaustion or fear.

      More and more though, it doesn’t work as well as it used to.

Obviously it must be taxing to keep up and surrounding oneself in leftist claptrap will have you looking just like Helen Thomas before long .. so don’t do it if that’s what you wish.

You could have a Pick-A-Card reader poll to select which of the many instances would later garner further focus in the Saturday Night Card Game.

Professor: You might consider doing something along the lines of HotAir’s “Obamateurism of the Week”. You could call the the “Race Card Play of the Week”, and poll your vast readership on which incident was the most pathetic! 🙂