Fandango’s Flashback Friday — June 25th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 25th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on June 25, 2018.

Supreme Court — Racially-Motivated Gerrymandering is A-OK

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In a 5-4, party-lines decision, The Supreme Court of the United States voted to approve racially-motivated gerrymandering, which is surprising because, in the past, SCOTUS has held that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) outlaws gerrymandering when it dilutes the votes of minority citizens.

The VRA was meant to enforce the 15th Amendment’s bar on racial voter suppression by blocking state voting laws suspected of racial discrimination. Section 2 forbids any “standard, practice, or procedure” that “results in the denial or abridgement” of the right to vote “on account of race or color.” But that is exactly what gerrymandering is intended to do.

In Abbott v. Perez, Trump’s only (so far) SCOTUS appointee, Neil Gorsuch — along with the Court’s conservative majority — has position himself as a fierce opponent of the Voting Rights Act. Gorsuch held that Texas’ maps for its congressional seats and statehouse districts do not prohibit racial gerrymandering, even though those who drew those voting district lines have privately confessed that that was their intent.

How in the hell will the United States ever recover from this kind of partisan bullshit? How can these Supreme Court justices, who allegedly possess such brilliant legal and constitutional minds, be so fucking dense?


June 25, 2021 update: Here we are three years later and the Republicans in the U.S. Senate — all 50 of them, just voted to blocked the For the People Act, the most ambitious voting rights legislation to come before Congress in a generation. What’s that old saying? The more things change, the more they remain the same.

16 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — June 25th

    • Fandango June 25, 2021 / 10:31 am

      I didn’t, but now I do! 😁

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  1. shail June 25, 2021 / 9:56 am

    The saying nails it. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Recently I have been thinking along similar lines in relation to things where I am.

    Here’s mine:

    The lovebirds

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  2. Irene June 25, 2021 / 10:57 am

    In June 2018, the football (soccer) FIFA World Cup was being held in Russia, and I posted a series of fusion recipes inspired by Mexico’s matches against other countries. On June 25, I shared one taking a classic Mexican fish tostada (crispy tortilla) and giving it a Swedish twist with pickled herrings. Here is the link:

    Sweden vs Mexico – Sommarsill Tostadas


    Thank you for hosting another FFF, Fandango!

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong June 25, 2021 / 11:55 am

    This was probably this post’s third reblog in June 2016. NOTHING has changed. Nothing will ever change.

    I’ve been re-reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “No Ordinary Time” which is a long biography of the Roosevelt’s as we entered World War II. We were fighting the SAME BATTLES THEN that we are fighting today. Literally, the same. With the same parties — Republicans refusing to do anything. The major difference was that FDR has a much bigger Democratic backing in congress — at least for his first two terms — so he got more done. But there were many things he didn’t get done. For the same reasons.

    We really are hopeless.

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    • Fandango June 25, 2021 / 12:36 pm

      No worries. It came up in my Reader.

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  4. Marleen June 25, 2021 / 8:17 pm

    Stinks!

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