I had a pretty good week. My lawyer, Sly M. Ball didn't get raided, and his paper shredder is working just fine. It's powered by a V-8 Cummins, which gets terrible mileage, but thanks to the rollback of fuel efficiency standards, he won't have to deal with a solar powered model.

The problem there is twofold. First of all, most of the shredding takes place at night, and then there's the issue of sun pollution. Solar panels attract way too much sun, and are a major cause of global warming. If there is such a thing. And we know there isn't because we've had a long winter in North Dakota. Case closed.

But I digress. This column is headed in more directions than a presidential tweet.

My point is, Sly is a great lawyer-the kind of guy who would reach into his pocket and pull out $130,000 or brass knuckles, whatever's necessary, while performing the Art of the Deal. He's a lot like a Boy Scout-always prepared, evolving on gay rights, and loves animals.

Take for instance the time I got a little behind on "insurance" payments. A lot of guys would have gotten rough, but you know what, Sly didn't even bring it up. He just dropped off a fresh 5-pound carp wrapped in the fake New York Times, and scratched Gus The Wonder Pug's ears. "Nice pug you got here," Sly said, "It would be a pity if something happened to him."

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Not many guys care that much. Anyway, the debt is settled. Mexico paid for it. And I'd like to say typing is not impossible without thumbs, butIdostrugglewiththespacebar.

Another big break I got last week was that I wasn't mentioned in James Comey's new book. He had a whole chapter on hand sizes, and I think I would have measured up if not for the absence of opposable thumbs.

Comey might be the next James Joyce, but because of his disloyalty to President Trump, he deserved to be fired. It's like that time I got pulled over exhibition driving. "Where's your sense of loyalty, officer?" I said. And then I fired him on the spot.

But there's good economic news out of Washington, D.C. EPA Director Scott Pruitt is single-handedly driving down housing costs in the swamp by negotiating a condo rental from a lobbyist for less than the cost of a room at Motel 6. Motto: "We'll leave the interrogation light on for you."

Then, budget hawk Paul Ryan retired from Congress after the Congressional Budget Office calculated the nation could celebrate it's first trillion dollar defecate in 2020, a celebration that could be bigger than the bicentennial. Instead of confetti, we'll throw soybeans, because we'll have a lot of them. Said Ryan between squats, "My work here is done."

Meanwhile in North Dakota, the Republican Deep State held an impromptu pillow party for Tom Campbell, who offended Governor Burgum by trying to buy an election. He and Kevin Cramer were also upset about Campbell attempting to circumvent the sacred GOP convention process.

I'm not saying things got swampy, but Campbell had to waterski home.

Campbell won't be running, but there will be an ethics measure on the ballot, a concept so puzzling to Republicans not even Rob Port could come up with the definition. "It is a precipitous conundrum of the adjudication of the delineated hypotenuse of misanthropy," he said. "And frankly, I am outraged, something... something... Heidi Heitkamp!"

Al Carlsen was equally outraged when he heard about the measure. "And who's gonna pay for that?" he demanded. Not Harold Hamm, that's for sure.

Bender is publisher of North Dakota weekly newspapers in Wishek and Ashley.