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  •  I think Snapping is when someone has had enough (14+ / 0-)

    of being beaten down, verbally or physically abused- the straw that breaks the camel's back, the last straw.. It is Not a Meme.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones." "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:47:49 AM PST

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    •  It's not a meme in the (14+ / 0-)

      real world.  It's certainly one in that parallel universe inhabited by so many on the right.  You experienced the real deal.

      It kind of amazes me how little it really takes for those folks to "snap."  In their eyes, Obamacare is religious persecution and gun safety measures are tyranny.  I cannot imagine what they would do faced with real persecution or tyranny.  They are cowardly, frightened people who will listen to anyone who tells them that it's always someone else who is responsible for things.  They are quite brave when holding a lethal weapon.  I suspect that they would shrink and run from any confrontation where they didn't have the upper hand.  Typical bullies...

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:37:34 AM PST

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      •  These are, you will note, (8+ / 0-)

        many of the same "Christians" who claim to be persecuted when not allowed to beat up on gays.  Or when they have to respect the rights of other religions.

        Or, really, someone just disagrees with them.

        I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

        by nilajean on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:18:47 AM PST

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        •  Exactly. I keep telling (6+ / 0-)

          my friends at church that unless there are guards at the doors keeping us from going in or cops in our homes looking for "holy" books or images, that it's not persecution.  As far as I know, our pastor isn't told what to say in his homilies, except by the crazy bishops, so no persecution there.  I could go on.

          After 17 years of Catholic education, I can tell you we're big on martyrs.  A hideous, painful martyrdom is not the same as a law requiring equal treatment of all with regard to healthcare, for instance.  Seriously.  

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:13:00 PM PST

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    •  Yes, one can suddenly snap after years of abuse (2+ / 0-)
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      Snap and get out, and start getting better, even if getting out took some fighting. Even if there's no safe exit path that leaves the attacker alive, getting out is still okay. Snap and do something you regret, mixing revenge and rough justice with self-preservation, and getting better gets harder. But, yes, those snaps, or sudden changes in posture from victim to rescuer, are both in response to real abuse and real threats of future escalation.

      One can also snap after progressively more vivid delusions of imagined abuse. That is the stochastic terrorism that the Republican media foment, seeding their listeners minds with pretend threats like scary foreigners taking over their White House. Those seeds of imagined threats among their less stable allies grow into individually unpredictable but aggregately inevitable violence. This real violence coming from invented threats provides their real threat against reason and compromise. They think they can hold the country hostage by wielding a reserve army of Fox-crazed zombies at it.

      Yes, we know violence helps sell more guns today. But even worse, the NRA/GOP thinks that inciting gun violence can help their policy objectives as well.

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:52:45 AM PST

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    •  "snapped" can also mean (0+ / 0-)

      the traffic on the way home from work was more than someone could handle. The point is, "snapping" is not something we can reasonably predict. A background check before letting someone buy a semi-automatic weapon and unlimited ammunition is not going to protect anyone, since anyone has the potential to "snap."

    •  I've seen it in an abuser (0+ / 0-)

      Something changes, drastically and suddenly - all the humanity leaves their face. Hard to describe. But it happens in an instant.

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