WHERE’S THE CHIEF?

Bridge is a trick-taking game using a standard 52 card deck. –Wikipedia

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I don’t play bridge, but in perusing last Thursday morning’s newspaper, I couldn’t help noticing this headline atop the daily bridge column: DISAPPEARING TRUMP TRICK.

Given the kind of column it is, I might’ve known what I hoped for was too good to be true. Let’s face it: the notion of learning how to make America’s Look-at-me President magically disappear is a bridge too far. As for voluntarily leaving office at the prospect of obstruction of justice charges, Donald Trump may be a master at the game of evasion, but a disappearing act isn’t in the cards anytime soon; he’s too addicted to tweeting/hearing himself talk. At times, one wonders where his lips shtick comes from: an out-of-control ventriloquist, or from being an egocentric blowhard & shameless con man (for the record, the word dummy appears in the bridge column six times…but I vote for choice #2).

Actually, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for an American President to disappear. Remember Jimmy Hoffa, ex-(in more ways than one)President of America’s largest union, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters? He was last seen in the parking lot of a suburban Detroit restaurant on July 30, 1975 — the day he was to meet with Mafia bosses Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. He hasn’t been heard from since.

Speaking of a restaurant (not where one of the above two CEOs of their respective fiefdoms was last seen), do you remember this commercial?

In the case of Hoffa, the question isn’t “Where’s the beef?”, but “Where’s the Chief?” Two weeks before his disappearance, the feds discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars had disappeared from the Teamster’s largest pension fund. Hoffa’s remains remain unfound, although the FBI has checked out numerous tips: under a section of the now-demolished Giants Stadium in New Jersey; in the concrete foundation of Detroit’s Renaissance Center; under a horse barn or backyard swimming pool in Michigan; a swamp in Florida; a vacant lot 20 miles north of that last scene Detroit restaurant  — seemingly everywhere but under Trump Tower in Manhattan (no tip to the FBI intended).

There have been many other mysterious disappearances in American history (Ambrose Bierce, D.B. Cooper, Virginia Dare, Amelia Earhart, etc.), but I say none is more mysterious than the above….or my real name isn’t James Riddle Hoffa.

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21 comments on “WHERE’S THE CHIEF?

  1. scifihammy says:

    Hi James! 🙂
    It is a pity a few more politicians don’t just disappear.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    I’m not aware of a US President who went swimming and disappeared. Perhaps it was some other country’s President.

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  3. Margarita says:

    There is something to be said for a steady and methodical disappearance. Meanwhile, it behooves us to pay attention to what the professional politicians are doing and keep the apprentice in his place. 😉 xoM

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  4. Carmen says:

    Looking for Jimmy Hoffa from the Observation Post. ..hmmm. . . 🙂

    I agree with you, however, that there’s no chance Trump’s going anywhere. His motto seems to be, “Attention to my misbehaviour is still attention – I want it all!

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  5. Skipah says:

    D.B. Cooper is still the most fascinating thing in history. Did he live? How Hoffa has never been found this many years later tells me that there isn’t nothing to find. There is no body to find, he was fed to a gator or ran through a wood chipper!

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    • mistermuse says:

      Shipah, I think you’re right, in the sense that there’s no doubt that Hoffa didn’t survive his disappearance, but we don’t know if D.B. Cooper survived his (of even if that’s his real name). Still, the fact that Hoffa’s remains (if any) have never been found is fascinating in itself.

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    • literaryeyes says:

      I’d say what I’ve heard happened, but I won’t because I don’t want to disappear too.

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      • mistermuse says:

        I was going to say you can trust me with what you heard, Mary, because I wouldn’t tell a soul….but on second thought, those who are concerned about their soul aren’t the ones you have to worry about. 😦

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  6. Ricardo says:

    I, too, want to see Trump disappear, Sr. Muse.I don’t think it’s going to happen. But if he suffered a heart attack at the frenzied height of one of his rallies, that would be just as good. Think of that happening. It’ll help you sleep better at night.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Well, I wouldn’t go that far, Ricardo. Rather than a heart attack, I’d settle for an impeachment that removes him from office. That would make him the one thing he can’t abide — a LOSER.

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  7. Don Frankel says:

    Geez Muse you seem to be one of the few Trump haters who figured out that he’s just not going to leave office after the next nasty article or unhinged hissy fit by some celebrity or Talking Head. Congratulations!

    BTW the Presidential succession is Vice President, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Sec of State, Sec of the Treasury, Sec of Defense and the rest of the Presidential cabinet. It never gets to the losing candidate from the other party unless that person also happens to be in the line of succession. Like losing VP candidate Boy Scout Ryan.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Don, you classify me as a Trump hater, but as someone who was raised Catholic, I was taught to hate the sin, not the sinner. In like manner, I despise a lot of what Trump says and does, but I see him as someone who can’t help himself, almost like a drug addict (except that most drug addicts are probably aware of what they’re doing to themselves — I think Trump is too narcissistic to see himself as others see him). In short, he’s more to be pitied than hated.

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    • literaryeyes says:

      It’s true the V.P. would be next in line, etc. and I think Trump is preferable to cruel men with amiable smiles. At least we know the truth about him because he can’t help telling us.

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      • mistermuse says:

        Perhaps Trump can’t help telling the truth about himself; unfortunately, everything else he says has to be taken with a towering grain of salt. Not that they’re lies — they’re just “alternative facts.”

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  8. linnetmoss says:

    I have entertained the thought that he will indeed disappear because all of this is actually a big hoax, and Donald Trump is nothing more than a Saturday Night Live sketch. One of their more outrageous efforts…

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  9. mistermuse says:

    The Donald is a hoax, all right, but a hoax of a President. Still, about a third of the country loves him, so it seems it’s not all that hard to take a lot of people in. As P.T. Barnum (supposedly) said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Well, maybe not suckers, but I can’t think of a more apt description at the moment.

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