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Leading Off (11/11/16)

Anti-Trump protests, votes to be recounted, and a Veterans Day parade.

More Anti-Trump Protests. About 300 people marched from Dealey Plaza to Klyde Warren Park and back again last night to express their displeasure with the results of Tuesday’s presidential election. Two more local protests are planned for tonight, one in  downtown Dallas and another in downtown Fort Worth.

Racial Tensions at Plano East High School. Students arriving on Wednesday morning found that some jackass had drawn a picture of a wall with the phrases “Build that wall,” “Can’t stop Trump,” and “Hillary for Prison.” on a campus breezeway. Other students have reported racial slurs shouted at black, Hispanic, and Muslim students in recent days.

Denton County to Recount Votes. An elections worker reportedly left some scanning machines in test mode while processing ballots from Tuesday’s election. Due to the error, the county’s elections administrator has decided to recount all the paper ballots cast.

Kelcy Warren Is Happy About President Trump. The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners told market analysts in a call on Thursday that he’s optimistic about the future of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois now that Donald Trump will be moving into the White House. The Obama administration has blocked a small portion of the pipeline from being built until the cultural concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux and the possible effects on their tribe’s drinking water supply have been addressed.

Veterans Day Parade. At 11 a.m. in downtown Dallas military vets and others will assemble near Union Station and march down Houston and Main streets before heading back toward Dallas City Hall in honor of all those who have served in the armed forces.

It’s My Last Day. I’m leaving D Magazine and Dallas. No, I’m not moving to Canada.

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Comments

  • Jim Schutze

    Where to, man?! Don’t leave us hanging.

    • Jason Heid

      I’ll be the editor of Austin Monthly as of Monday.

      • dallasmay

        Congratulations! That’s really great you deserve it.

        And screw you for leaving us for Austin.

        • Jason Heid

          Thanks much

          • Cole Daugherty

            Congrats.

          • Jason Heid

            Thanks

  • RAB

    I’m scratching my head on what these anti-Trump protesters hope to accomplish. Are we supposed to undo the election? What are their goals? Do they have any stated demands?

    • MattL1

      It’s not that difficult. If you stop scratching your head and start thinking, maybe you’ll figure it out.

      • RAB

        Nope, sorry, still scratching. Not smart enough, apparently. So MattL1, can you please tell me their goals, demands, and what they hope to actually accomplish?

        • MattL1

          What if they just want to be heard, to express their disappointment and anger in a communal way? What if they want to let the new administration know that they’re not going to go along quietly with their plans? Is that not sufficient reason for you?

          • RAB

            Nope. Seems a bit silly to me. Why protest in Dallas? Who’s here to hear to make a difference? A protest in NYC outside the Trump Tower, maybe, but not here. (If they want to be heard — by Donald, I assume? — just go on Twitter and lodge their complaints there.)

    • JamieT

      Surely the protestors would be able to get together and present the City of Dallas with a proposal to offer each protestor a discounted individual cash payment collectively less than what what it would otherwise cost the city in police and other services to monitor such street therapy.

      In this way everyone would win. The chance of more Dallas police being killed by extremists using the crowd event for cover would disappear while each protestor would have the flexibility to use their respective cash payment to console themselves in the manner best suited to them. If they wished to pool their payments for communal entertainment, pizza, say, or marijuana or fondue, they could still do so.

      • RAB

        JaimeT, I think this is a great idea. Still, they would need to lodge their complaint prior to getting their cash stipend, something along the lines of “My candidate didn’t win, and I’m mad! The rules of the form of democracy I live under are not fair (unless, of course, my candidate wins). And did I say I’m mad?”

        • DubiousBrother

          If the protests are really about Trump winning the election, wouldn’t that be using a Bernie solution? Just think about how many would join in the protest to get the beer money.

  • Marcus

    So this city is losing one of it’s most vocal cub fans? Good riddance.

    I’m kidding. Good luck and go cardinals.

    • Jason Heid

      Thanks. I’m still not sure how to deal with a post-World-Series-championship world.

      • Marcus

        You’ll hopefully have another 108 years to think about it.

        • Jason Heid

          I’m thinking more like nine championships in the next 10 years (not to get too greedy) to pass the Cards’ total.