14 September 2006

[misc] This "Dog" Ain't No Sleuth

(NB and disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with this fine fellow but for lifting his 'blog's name for the purposes of satire. Sincere apologies.)

When I heard that Duane "Dog" Chapman got arrested and was facing extradition to Mexico for messing up on the job that made him famous, I had to laugh.

Now, I actually don't necessarily have anything against that singular American character the hustler. As long as he's giving us a good show and isn't hurting anybody, having one around can add spice to a mundane, dreary life. And, after all, regardless of what anybody says or thinks, America is a place where the motto ought to be "fake it 'till you make it".

So, we have the hustler, the BS artist supreme, making you think he's all that regardless of whether or not they are all that. And, by doing so, he can sometimes becomee famous, which I also don't begrudge, because that's the way sometimes things are done. And, like I said, if you don't hurt or steal from anybody–what the heck. We got entertained by you.

Now, Mr. Dog enters into this because, whenever I hear about anything he ever does, I think of a few years back, when he pretty much blew into town, bad taste incarnate, stomping about braying about how he was going to find Brooke Wilberger, and then pretty much blew back out when the PR machine ran dry on him.

I don't know about anybody else, but I got the feeling of all mullet, no cattle there. But, hey, he got his few minutes of press, neh?

Although he does give a bad name to the mullet.

That, and his escapade, depending as it does from his bad-boy style and rep, did nothing to add to the public regard of the "bounty hunter".

And so we have today. The case that made him famous, the apprehension of Andrew Luster (who, we must note, is going to be in stir for an awful long time to come, rightfully) was handled–well, a bit sloppily. As we gather from the news reports, "bounty hunting" is illegal in Mexico; when the Mexican police caught up with him and demanded Luster back, Dog said "No", proceeded directly to Hawaii and collected his fame and fortune. When Dog didn't return to Mexico to resolve the charges he became a fugitive (maybe he had a hint that his case was a bit weak) and made himself vulnerable to what eventually happened: The Mexican Government initiating an extradition.

I mean, he works in the sphere of the law. Shouldn't he of known better?

Though they don't usually chase people down after a span of years (the Luster case happened back in '03). That is kind of weird, I understand. But then, if you black somebody's eye like that, I guess you've got to expect they'll come after you eventually.

So, no, I don't have a great deal of respect for the man, and I find his current travail ironically hilarious, and something that reminds me of something said by more than one police officer on the show Cops to a perp getting jacked up on outstanding paper:

"You've got to take care of your warrants."

Words to live by.

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