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LAO NEW YEAR 2014 CELEBRATION IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
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CASALAO
2014-03-31 14:31:46 UTC
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203720779766305&set=gm.705748022781801&type=1&theater

PLEASE COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE LAO NEW YEAR IN SAN DIEGO.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-02 15:38:16 UTC
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I'm thinking about driving there this weekend with my daughter. :)
CASALAO
2014-04-02 19:11:41 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
I'm thinking about driving there this weekend with my daughter. :)
yeah... if you got nothing to do, just come join us for fun and stuff. should be good.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-02 21:50:15 UTC
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Is it a formal event?
CASALAO
2014-04-02 22:34:33 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
Is it a formal event?
it's a mix of everything.

the daytime events are informal for most attendees with jeans and shorts if the weather permits. now many other people will wear lao dresses to celebrate this special occasion, yours truly included. so to show your laoness on that day you may want to dress up in lao traditional dress and if your kid shows in a sinh dress that will be hot.

the saturday evening event is formal with suit and tie for men and lao dresses for women.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-02 22:47:17 UTC
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My daughter has her little Laos dress. She might not look Laos but she'll tell you she is and she loves her dress. Sounds like fun. Do you have to purchase a ticket or some sort?
Soumaly
2014-04-03 01:20:58 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
I'm thinking about driving there this weekend with my daughter. :)
Please don't just bring your daughter, but also bring your lady friends who are single and available to meet my shy 32 years old brother too, and he would be more than happy to entertain you and your friends.

Love and kisses
Soumaly
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-03 04:37:11 UTC
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Hahaha, already posted on Facebook. Let's see who's all going with me.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-03 05:47:03 UTC
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Is this place on 44th street?
CASALAO
2014-04-03 06:03:37 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
Is this place on 44th street?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203779499274256&set=gm.709566692399934&type=1&theater
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-03 06:21:55 UTC
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I must be tired because I don't see an address. Guess I'll look up where the plaza is located. I'm gonna be the next Lao idol, did you know that? Lol
Her Lao
2014-04-02 19:22:25 UTC
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Post by CASALAO
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203720779766305&set=gm.705748022781801&type=1&theater
PLEASE COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE LAO NEW YEAR IN SAN DIEGO.
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Oh, that's gonna be nice, Casalao... at the Gaslamp Quarter...

That's one of the few places I've missed, all these 15 years away from San Diego... The Gaslamp Quarter, with live guitar guys banging away beautiful Fleminco music.... the Mt. Soledad..... La Jolla Cove.... UCSD-"Blacks Beach" (where beautiful "co-eds" where everywhere, very "under-clothed").... Hillcrest.... the Cuyamaca-to-Polamar Mountain Range, where there's snow everywhere, in December, every year I took 6th/7th graders to their one-week camp...
CASALAO
2014-04-02 22:46:52 UTC
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since in the states, have you ever been to a lao new year celebration in your area or anywhere in southern california?
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-02 22:50:27 UTC
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Lao New Year celebration in LA once at the huge temple but it was like an amusement park kinda feel. Lol A lot of vendors selling food and it was casual. I don't go to many of the events.
CASALAO
2014-04-02 23:51:07 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
Lao New Year celebration in LA once at the huge temple but it was like an amusement park kinda feel. Lol A lot of vendors selling food and it was casual. I don't go to many of the events.
this is from last year:

Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-03 00:17:23 UTC
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Do you think they'll let me use their mic? Hahahahaha!
Soumaly
2014-04-03 12:09:11 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
Do you think they'll let me use their mic? Hahahahaha!
If you have the mic and sing, the probabilty that you will win the contest is very high as long as you bring your single and available lady friends with you since one of the judges is my shy 32 years old brother.

Love and kisses
Soumaly
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-03 14:10:11 UTC
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That is too funny! So if we're going to find Casalao a girl, I think we're going to need to see a picture of him and I'll see who's interested, lol. We'll just pimp him out like that, lol.
Soumaly
2014-04-04 01:11:56 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
That is too funny! So if we're going to find Casalao a girl, I think we're going to need to see a picture of him and I'll see who's interested, lol. We'll just pimp him out like that, lol.
Com'on, Connie--Do you think my shy 32 years old brother will agree to give you his picture? He is a shy young man-I already tell you--what you need to do is to ask your lady friends to come to the Lao New Year Festival and introduce your friends to him since it is going to be easy to spot him because he is going to be one of the three judges for the Lao Idol anyway!

Btw, if you have single and available male friends who are smart and handsome along with politically talkative conservative, please bring some and introduce to my VERY VERY VERY PICKY 28 years old sister, Her Lao, too since she is going to be there at the Lao New Year Festival as well. Thank you in advance for taking care of my SHY brother and VERY VERY VERY Picky Sister, Her Lao.

Love and kisses
Soumaly
KC
2014-04-04 01:44:47 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
That is too funny! So if we're going to find Casalao a girl, I think we're going to need to see a picture of him and I'll see who's interested, lol. We'll just pimp him out like that, lol.
Casalao case:...will not able to see inside his heart by looking at his pictures, hand in hand ...will feel his warm heart.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 02:02:21 UTC
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I'm surprised he's not saying anything or objecting, lol. Making me afraid to meet him, lol. The only Asian girls that I know that are single would not be caught dead at a Lao festival, lol. I rarely go myself. I think it's because I don't know what to do or what shouldn't do. So I just avoid the whole thing. Plus Laos people talk about each other too much, lol. For Her Lao, what's her flavor? Lol I'm going to have to invite both of them to Big Bear with us. We go every year and rent out a huge cabin about 20-25 people and most of them are single Laos guy and girls and we have other races as well. So they have the entire weekend to get to know each other because they party the entire weekend and somehow still have the energy to go snowboarding. Crazy kids! So I'm gonna keep them in mind, when it gets close, I'll let them know.
Her Lao
2014-04-04 02:10:08 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
I'm surprised he's not saying anything or objecting, lol. Making me afraid to meet him, lol. The only Asian girls that I know that are single would not be caught dead at a Lao festival, lol. I rarely go myself. I think it's because I don't know what to do or what shouldn't do. So I just avoid the whole thing. Plus Laos people talk about each other too much, lol. For Her Lao, what's her flavor? Lol I'm going to have to invite both of them to Big Bear with us. We go every year and rent out a huge cabin about 20-25 people and most of them are single Laos guy and girls and we have other races as well. So they have the entire weekend to get to know each other because they party the entire weekend and somehow still have the energy to go snowboarding. Crazy kids! So I'm gonna keep them in mind, when it gets close, I'll let them know.
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Sorry, I am married, Connie. So you single men guys --- those tall, handsome and divorced White/European men --- won't have the opportunity with me, even though my husband is on a one-way trip to Mars, never to return, alas!

I am a very conservative, Evengelical Mormon and I take my vows --- "until death due us part" --- very seriously, unlike Sao Sou Maly, who's married and divorced more husbands than Zsar Zsar Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor combined... just the past 15 years alone, that I've gotten to know here, her, via Social Culture Laos...
CASALAO
2014-04-04 02:15:35 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
I'm surprised he's not saying anything or objecting, lol. Making me afraid to meet him, lol.
555... thanks guys for thinking of me. nah... i've been too busy with all this stuff at work so got no time to object to anything yet eee.

but yeah... if anybody of you comes down to san diego for the lao new year festivity, be my guest but pay your own entrance ticket.

if you are fool hardy enough then try the lao idol singing contest. that should be fun right there. we are still taking candidates.

so yeah... i'll be hanging around the lao idol singing contest area for sure. may sing a song or two if there's no other singer around.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 02:05:19 UTC
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KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
Her Lao
2014-04-04 02:17:55 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
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Connie, you shouldn't make that assumption. If "Casalao" WAS/IS my former Middle School teacher, in San Diego --- and I am only assuming, since I don't know for sure ---- than that man was/is very handsome, though a bit elderly by now, I guess! LOL

Casalao, Sao Sou Maly, and I were northern-Lao-born shoeless hillbillies.

I originally hailed from the mountains of Luang Prabang and Oudomxay, Sao Sou Maly from Dien Bien Phu (she snaked into Laos at a young age, but you could hear her Dien Bien Phu accent), and Casalao from Samneu, Houaphan...

Although I must admit I went to my first year of school IN VIENTIANE, but up in the mountains between Kasi and Vang Vieng, so, as you could tell, I am very sophisticated, like those Vientianites!
CASALAO
2014-04-04 02:27:02 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
555... that is so true. i am truly not pleasant to the eyes thae dai eee... but my heart is forever young. https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=yGEe_zpddNI&autoplay=1
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 03:23:21 UTC
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Hey, not all girls are about the looks but we are all guilty when it comes to that. At glance you're not gonna know whether they have a good personality or not so you're gonna go with he looks first. I'm a perfect example of not judging by the looks. People are always in shock when they see my man. They say I don't look like I would be with that kind of guy, in other words, they're saying that my man is ugly, lol. I'm for the under dog. Personality is everything and I think you have a great personality. Which is a great start. So you'll be coming to Big Bear with me this year. :) I can tell you this, there's no ugly girls there but can't say the same for their personalities though. Might not want to take her home to your mother, lol. I'm j/k. They are all very nice.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 03:24:48 UTC
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Nice, a song to go with it too! Love it! Lol
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 21:06:53 UTC
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Her Lao,

The people I surround myself with, are good people and any of the guys would be a catch. We're not about using people but helping others and when we get together, we can be as drunk as heck and in a cabin of over 20 of us, never once there was drama of any kind. We don't like people that are unstable and violent. So if you're looking for a good man, come my way. :)
CASALAO
2014-04-04 02:25:06 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
555... that is so true. i am truly not pleasant to the eyes thae dai eee... but my heart is forever young. https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=yGEe_zpddNI&autoplay=on
KC
2014-04-04 02:26:40 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
No,no..., he's a handsome gentleman.
n***@yahoo.com
2014-04-04 06:23:01 UTC
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Folks...don't forget the word "ຟັນແລ້ວຖິ້ມ". I think Casalao met the criteria to be in the group of people associated with those words.
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
KC The way I would interpret that, would be that he's not so pleasant to the eyes? Lol
No,no..., he's a handsome gentleman.
CASALAO
2014-04-04 07:16:02 UTC
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CASALAO
2014-04-04 13:25:59 UTC
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Post by n***@yahoo.com
Folks...don't forget the word "ຟັນແລ້ວຖິ້ມ". I think Casalao met the criteria to be in the group of people associated with those words.
i know i am not perfect with many short comings and there are so many things i regret in life but i did it my way sometimes rightly and many times wrongly. if anybody of you is more perfect in moral character and actions then my hat off to you.
n***@yahoo.com
2014-04-04 13:40:39 UTC
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Just take it as a joke and nothing else...
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Folks...don't forget the word "ຟັນແລ້ວຖິ້ມ". I think Casalao met the criteria to be in the group of people associated with those words.
i know i am not perfect with many short comings and there are so many things i regret in life but i did it my way sometimes rightly and many times wrongly. if anybody of you is more perfect in moral character and actions then my hat off to you.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 15:39:17 UTC
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He's right, it was just a joke. I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. Sorry, if I said anything offensive. I didn't mean to. I was just trying to mess with KC and twist his words around.
CASALAO
2014-04-04 19:27:39 UTC
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Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 20:35:57 UTC
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I was just kidding peeps! All the stuff that I have read so far are funny as heck, especially when you guys are clowning on each other. I, of all people, don't make assumptions and definitely don't take others peoples words for anything. What they see ugly, I might see pretty so I rather be the judge or see it myself. I'm pretty close to a saint if you really know me. I go through life trying my best to do right by others and that's important to me. I love to laugh and act like a kid sometimes and mess around a lot so keep that in mind and laugh a little. Life is too short to be serious all the time. Loosen up! :)
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 20:39:17 UTC
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Another thing is that I've been hurt plenty enough In my life and the last thing that I don't want to do is to put that on someone else.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-04 21:21:44 UTC
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Sorry Her Lao,

I didn't see your post, no disrespect to you since you're married, lol. I'm the same way too. Till death do us part.
c***@gmail.com
2014-04-08 07:04:41 UTC
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HERE WE GO. A VIDEO CLIP FROM THE LAO NEW YEAR 2014 CELEBRATION IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. ENJOY:


ALL WORKS WERE FROM MY IPHONE AND NOTHING ELSE.
c***@gmail.com
2014-04-08 17:07:16 UTC
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A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU WHO SHOWED UP TO ENJOY THE TWO-DAY EVENT. THE BAND FROM FRESNO DOING THE EVENING EVENT REALLY KICKED ASS AND GOT THE CROWD GOING ALL NIGHT LONG WITH ITS NEW LAO HIPHOP STYLE.

AS THE SAYING GOES... IT COULD BE BETTER BUT HEY IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER ONCE A YEAR TO CELEBRATE THE LAO NEW YEAR THEN WHAT MORE CAN ONE ASK? WE CANNOT ASK FOR ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT PERFECTION FOR IT IS ALL VOLUNTEER WORK.

AND TO THE LCCC TEAM(ຄນະບໍຣິຫານ ສູນກາງວັທນະທັມລາວ) THE LAO COMMUNITY AT LARGE REALLY APPRECIATES YOUR HUGE EFFORT AND ENERGY TO PRODUCE THE EVENTS.
Her Lao
2014-04-08 18:29:56 UTC
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Post by c***@gmail.com
A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU WHO SHOWED UP TO ENJOY THE TWO-DAY EVENT. THE BAND FROM FRESNO DOING THE EVENING EVENT REALLY KICKED ASS AND GOT THE CROWD GOING ALL NIGHT LONG WITH ITS NEW LAO HIPHOP STYLE.
AS THE SAYING GOES... IT COULD BE BETTER BUT HEY IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER ONCE A YEAR TO CELEBRATE THE LAO NEW YEAR THEN WHAT MORE CAN ONE ASK? WE CANNOT ASK FOR ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT PERFECTION FOR IT IS ALL VOLUNTEER WORK.
AND TO THE LCCC TEAM(ຄນະບໍຣິຫານ ສູນກາງວັທນະທັມລາວ) THE LAO COMMUNITY AT LARGE REALLY APPRECIATES YOUR HUGE EFFORT AND ENERGY TO PRODUCE THE EVENTS.
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Now that you mentioned the most educated and most sophisticated and most cosmopolitan California city, FRESNO... I see a relatively large Lao Wat ---- very, very colorfully and elaborately, traditionally decorated --- no more than one mile from my parents place, the last a couple months that I've been here....

I keep wondering if it is open to the public?, y'know, like a "normal church" or mosque or temple?

I want to drop by and see it, as I've never been to a real traditional Lao wat (beyond seeing them in pictures and videos). I never had a chance to see one, in Laos, when we took off back in the 5th century BC, swimming across the Mekong River to Nan, Thailand...

(The Golden Mormon Church, I think they prefer "temple", in University/La Jolla, for example, is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, as it cost TENS OF MILLIONS to build, and it is a DUE-PAYING, MEMBERSHIP MEMBERS only temple.)
c***@gmail.com
2014-04-08 19:47:57 UTC
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Post by Her Lao
I keep wondering if it is open to the public?, y'know, like a "normal church" or mosque or temple?
it should be. the lao new year is in full swing this coming weekend and the temple there should be open to the public.
CASALAO
2014-04-08 20:06:04 UTC
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Post by Her Lao
I keep wondering if it is open to the public?, y'know, like a "normal church" or mosque or temple?
most lao buddhist temples are open to the public every day.

the lao new year will be in full swing this coming weekend so that place will be very crowded. may want to stop by to check it out. don't bring your hmong musket though or else ພໍ່ອອກແມ່ອອກ will beat the crap out of you.

in my mind, the best place to get the buddhist vibe has to be luangprabang. famous folks like jude law, sienna miller and mick jagger have gone there to recharge and get in touch with mother earth. jude law and the beautiful sienna got extra filling of course.
Her Lao
2014-04-08 20:19:07 UTC
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Post by CASALAO
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I keep wondering if it is open to the public?, y'know, like a "normal church" or mosque or temple?
most lao buddhist temples are open to the public every day.
the lao new year will be in full swing this coming weekend so that place will be very crowded. may want to stop by to check it out. don't bring your hmong musket though or else ພໍ່ອອກແມ່ອອກ will beat the crap out of you.
in my mind, the best place to get the buddhist vibe has to be luangprabang. famous folks like jude law, sienna miller and mick jagger have gone there to recharge and get in touch with mother earth. jude law and the beautiful sienna got extra filling of course.
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Dont' worry, no Hmong muskets. I'd never touch such a sophisticated weapon, since I don't know how to handle sophisticated weapons. Never held a real gun before.

I will simply walk barefooted, with my traditional Hmong pants and shirt.

If I go --- although it's probably too hot for my tender wimpy bare feet to withstand --- if I go, I'd take pictures of me being barefooted in Hmong custom, so y'all would know I really came down, barefooted, from the mountains overlooking the beautiful cities of Kasi and Vang Vieng, an authentic Vientianite (albeit from the "country")...
Her Lao
2014-04-08 21:01:19 UTC
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Wait... second thought... if I can't carry my lawfully acquired gun to a temple, who's gonna protect me?

After all, we all know smart and law abiding people SHOULD BE able to carry a self-protection gun at all places, at all times. We know evil people all have and all carry guns, wherever they go.

So it is stupid, if we law abiding citizens can't carry guns like those criminals.

Why should criminals have more rights than we do, as law abiding citizens?

Jesus hating and gun hating Liberals and socialists like Obama are so stupid... they always try to take guns away FROM law abiding American citizens and GIVE THEM TO CRIMINALS to carry and to use them in public, AGAINST defenseless, law abiding citizens, as criminals see fit... but, oh, no, law abiding citizens can't carry guns on their hips, on their backs, etc. in public?

That is messed up!

If anything, it should be THE REVERSED: all responsible, law abiding citizens should be able to carry guns on their hips, on their backs, or anywhere (schools, universities, churches, hospitals, court houses, city halls, Congress, beaches, parties, etc), ON THE ONE HAND, and criminals should be BANNED from being able to carry and to use guns!

Imagine you had a BIG MAGNUM, like one of those Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood carries, and some drunken idiot from a party, or from sun tanning session on the beach, tried to feel you up, or something. You think HE would do it, if he knew you had a big gun on your hips and could pull it on him the second his hand extends towards you?

Or you think idiots would argue, with you, if they knew they was wrong and you was right, and they also know you carry a big gun on your hips? Of course, not!

Again, I don't know why Liberals and socialists always TRY SO HARD to restrict us good law abiding citizens from carrying guns, in public, to protect us from idiots and criminals!

I must conclude: there is something NOT RIGHT in the heads of Liberals and atheists and other idiots who hate guns, or who don't know how to use guns.
CASALAO
2014-04-09 13:39:37 UTC
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updated video here:

Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-18 19:06:59 UTC
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Found your video and thought I let you know that I was once, one of those little girls dancers on stage. Good times :)
CASALAO
2014-04-19 17:01:33 UTC
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Post by Connie Rajsombath
Found your video and thought I let you know that I was once, one of those little girls dancers on stage. Good times :)
so your lao roots are not that far away then. i can only imagine you in your lao dress and starting to do the traditional lao dance eee...

here are some pictures taken at that event by stan bell, a very good photographer http://stanlyphoto.com/Lao/index.php/2014-Lao-NY-Jacob-s-Center
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-18 18:58:36 UTC
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The day that the government decides to take our guns away, I assure you there will be another Civil War. I will never give up my guns, and who said we can't take our guns with us? Working on a carrying license ; ) but I still take mine with me to our place of business. Criminals will always have means to a firearms, gun manufacturers will go underground and just like marijuana, you can't get rid of it but I'm sure the government will try.
Connie Rajsombath
2014-04-18 18:39:26 UTC
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Can't open it. :(
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