Here's another news story that is clearly incomplete: The headline in the Thursday Star Tribune was "Man shot in the face while stuck in a ditch." The article says, "A man told sheriff's deputies that his vehicle was in a ditch when he heard yelling and what he believed to be gunfire from a shotgun, then realized that he had been shot in the face. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene. Two people in vehicle with him were not harmed." The deputies identified the shooter and arrested him. Wait, what? I have so many questions. How did the victim get in the ditch? Was he actually in his car when he was shot? Who called the sheriff's deputies? Did the deputies do anything other than offer medical assistance? Who was yelling? Who were the other people in the car? How do you not know that you have been shot in the face? Was there a relationship between being in the ditch and being shot in the face? The article says that the deputies surrounded the shooter's house. How many deputies are needed to surround a house? How did the deputies learn so quickly who the shooter was? I will be watching the papers for more information. Jeminy Crickets. I feel like I spend most of my life having no clue how or why stuff happens.

I have read some articles today about how people all over the world are scoffing at America for electing a clown. If that is democracy, some say, then we don't want it. They are wrong. Trump is an evil sack of shit, but he was elected according to the rules. It is true that the legitimacy of a government derives from the credibility of the consent of the governed. Repulsive as Trump is, foolish and demented as his supporters are, and as problematic as our process is, the path to the presidency is defined and accepted well enough to go forward with. We are not Turkey. We are not Saudi Arabia. We are not Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Brazil. And certainly not Russia, Iran, or North Korea. I opposed the elevation of Donald Trump to the seat once occupied by good and great people like John Kennedy, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, but I expect to go about my business tomorrow without fear of violence. I am sorry to say that my black brothers and sisters can't say the same with the same level of confidence. But Churchill was right when he said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all of the others. So people who think that this election demonstrates that democracy is a sham can stuff it.