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The Crying Game

Posted 9/28/2009 9:48pm by Catskill Merino.

The film (by Neil Jordan) begins as a psychological thriller; IRA foot soldier Fergus (Stephen Rea) and a unit of other IRA members, including a woman named Jude (Miranda Richardson), kidnap Jody (Forest Whitaker), a British soldier. They want the release of jailed IRA members and threaten to execute Jody in three days if their demands are not met.

While Fergus guards Jody, they develop a bond. Jody says he knows that Fergus won't kill him because it's not in his nature and tells him the story about the frog and the scorpion: the scorpion, wishing to cross a stream, asked the frog to let him ride his back over the stream. When the frog asked the scorpion how he could be sure that the scorpion would not sting him, the scorpion replied that if he did sting him, it would mean death by drowning for both of them. The frog complies, carrying the scorpion on its back across the stream. Before they reach the other side, however, the frog feels pain and realizes that the scorpion has stung him.

The frog asks, "Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion? For now we both will drown!" The scorpion replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."


The  sheep asks, "Why did you maim me, Mr. Dog?"  The dog replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."  They say a good shepherd's nature is to turn the other cheek; but caring for sheep, my nature had to become different. 

I found the ewe, tag # 313, in the morning; she had been bitten many times by a neighborhood dog; it  gnawed her left rear leg to the bone at the hock;  the attack must have lasted 20 minutes or longer judging by the number of wounds. The dog was playing with her, ripping at her hind quarters as she tried to run away; a coyote would have taken the ewe by the throat and killed her in seconds.  I respect the nature of coyotes, they kill efficiently, they don't mess around, they kill to eat.

I clipped her wool with a hand shear to expose the bites, I cut the torn skin away with a scalpel to expose the flesh preventing infection. I applied iodine to her wounds and I put her on penicillin to be administered IM for 10 days. 

She will recover but  probably walk with a limp. 

Shepherds in Virginia say, "A dog never crosses my property." 

"Happiness is a warm gun," sing the Beatles.