Noticing Poverty

I had just spent a week in Naga City. A city in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. Sadly poverty can bee seen here just about everywhere here in the Philippines. There are relief groups scattered throughout the Islands but I don’t think that their efforts are very impacting. 

While shopping at the SM supermarket I noticed a young boy asking his mom to buy a small drink in the cooler section near produce. It was a fruit drink and didn’t cost much. I took a look a while after they left. It was about 20 pesos or so. Anyways she kept saying no and he was very disappointed with his mom. 

As they were walking away I was looking at his young mother. She looked about 20-22ish in age. He may have been 4 or 5. I had taken a look at her clothing and quickly felt bad for them as most foreigners do when they haven’t experience that level of poverty. Her shirt was worn thin with holes wearing through in different parts and near sewing seams. Her bra was only half clasped in the back, maybe the catch had finally wore out. Her shorts were cut off blue jean pants which had additional holes and not the stylish kind. On her rough feet she had an old pair of cheap flipflop’s that her heals have almost worn through. I felt bad for her and her little boy. 

In her buggy she had only a few items. I really couldn’t make out what it was. I can only imagine that she was spending what little they had available. Hopefully she has the help of the father. But in many cases here, probably not. 

This can be seen just about everywhere around here. One just needs to open their eyes. It’s sad. Hopefully one day their luck will change. I would like to see the Philippines come out of being a 3rd world country burdened with poverty and such sad cases. If I could help them all I would but I am not rich, the government, or an NGO. If this place would ever take common wealth status from the United States their luck might change for the better.

I think the government could do more to help their citizens, but I think they like the division of social casts. Like India, the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. 

All around I see second hand clothing shops with clothes in almost new condition and often wonder if some local politician took donated goods for the poor from abroad and decided to profit on them. I really don’t see how there can be so much second hand goods to sell when there are so many people without and in need.

Thanks for taking the time to read. It’s been a while since I posted anything. I kinda been chilling at home in Caramoan or my apartment in Naga City. I have been lacking motivation lately. Email me if you want my thoughts on any issue’s.
David Lee Martin

davemartindsshop8@gmail.com

Functional US Army Veteran

Equality Between Men and Women

After much thought I decided to write my thoughts about it. Don’t be upset, its just my opinion. This must really be looked at with an open mind. Men are usually shafted and women want and expect too much. Men are usually on the short end of the stick when it comes to gender rights. Women expect to get their way because of their gender and they usually do.

The first issue is the pay gap women claim is unfair. In such jobs as Fast food and casual dining restaurants I can understand equal pay. However more laborious fields like warehouse work and construction no. How about equal pay for equal effort. Women don’t tend to be able to do all the things physically that a man can do. Sounds sexist I know. But unless the women is a transgender or on steroids; the typical woman is not as strong.

I have no problem working for women. If they have the job knowledge to manage and direct then fine, good for them. I can respect the position if they know what they are doing and successful at it. However I don’t believe women should be promoted or given a raise based on preferential treatment. I seen it many times in the military.

Another issue is Parental rights and custody. Most men I know did not get custody of their kids in their divorces. Even when the wife was not working she still managed to get the kids and the man must pay ridiculous amounts in child support. She is a burden on the welfare system and the ex-husbands wallet. Sympathy is generally reserved for women. The old fashioned attitude that children belong with their mothers is out dated and harmful in some situations. My daughter Emily would agree.

Men are abused by Child Support agencies and courts. Most men not being left with enough of their salaries to be able to live normally. Many men are homeless and living with a friend or relative just to survive and make ends meat. Its a burdening issue for men. They can’t afford to better their education or take time off of work to go to school.

Women can pick and choose when and if they want to be a responsible parent or not with as much as a appointment at an abortion clinic. Men don’t get the option; they are forced. Then if they are unable to pay they get passports, licenses and certifications revoked. Really, how in the hell does that help? It’s wrong to revoke items required to find work. Especially a passport where higher paying employment may be overseas. The gender role system is rigged against men.

I am pro-life. I am against abortion. Now here is something to think about. Women say abortion is a right and a health issue. But if a man doesn’t want a baby he has no choice. He is left liable and responsible for a child he may not want. However the only real issue a woman generally has is the fear of her hips spreading, a fatter ass, a few stretch marks, and responsibility. I think for as long as abortion is an available option for women then Child support for men should also be abolished and only an optional. If a woman can choose if she wants to be responsible or not then men should have that same right as well. Equality right? What about a mans health psychologically or physically?

The only time I would agree with abortion is if it truly is a medical emergency resulting in death, a handy cap birth, or a case of child molestation and endangerment. My mother had me when she was 15 and my brother when she was 20. She never received a dime from either fathers. I know the world will not stop turning.

When will there really be fair and equal treatment for men? I can imagine that there is someone who will read this and think I am wrong as can be. Most likely women will think the worst of me. Most women don’t care about men when they are at the advantage. I know I will catch hell for this. But ask men who are on the suffering end.

Please watch the video.

https://youtu.be/Tcng4ccVlVI 
Thanks for reading if you made it this far.

David Lee Martin
Functional US army Veteran

Drop The Mexico Border Wall

This is an opinion piece.

What if we could drop the wall completely and absorb Mexico to Join the United States? Its a thought. Don’t think of me as a Liberal. I am an Idealist. I am also very conservative. It would be a hell of a process, but unity can be achieved. This would actually save money and reduce deficit if done right. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue.

The wall is Estimated to cost between 12 to 15 billion US Dollars. In my opinion It would be cheaper to absorb Mexico, let them adopt the dollar. The US government can open multiple social security offices there so they can get a tax payer ID or Social Security number and start paying into the US tax system. Understandably it can’t happen all at once. I would put a 18 month transition period on it.

This would also save money from being wasted on deportations, Immigration departments, border patrols, and prison spaces. With this there will also be less immigration if they have what they need at home.

This would open up many markets. Current Americans will be able to move to Mexican territories and buy property and invest there, and they could in turn do the same in US. Students can also access more schools.

The market on textiles, agricultural, and automotive goods will be eased. There would no longer be an import and export tax. Goods can flow both ways with ease.

I would keep Current border check points in place only to stop the flow of illegal drugs. Vehicles will be inspected by dogs and x-ray occasionally when needed.

For Illegal Mexicans already in the US, they will have to go back to Mexican territories to get their citizenship and tax ID sorted before returning to US. This also ensures there will be less people making US Dollars without contributing to the system. Employers who are caught employing citizens without the tax ID or Social security number sorted will be penalized.

Families that have been divided by the wall will be able to reunite. Their Military and Law enforcement will be overhauled and better supported and assimilated into our forces.

For Mexicans living below the poverty level, after processing into their new citizen status with Tax ID or Social Security number, they will be able to apply for Social Services assistance and medicare. This will improve their health and quality of life.

Here are some facts about Mexico:

Spanish is national language

Religion: 83% Roman Catholic, 10% protestant christian, 0.2 other religion, 5% atheist, 3% unspecified

Mexico has a congress and a senate.

It is the 13th largest independent nation.

There are 31 states in Mexico.

Population 2015 Census: 119,530, 753

Mexico ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mexico’s Geography consists of desert, mountains, rain forest, and sub-tropical regions.

Economy: 15th Largest nominal GDP and 11th largest by purchasing power.

Average income per household is equal to about 14,400 US Dollars.
As always, thanks for reading and viewing.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

I Am A Trump Supporter

I Support Trump. Hope I did not hurt any ones feelings saying that. Need a safe space? I hope the best for the American people under a Trump presidency. This is my Opinion piece. From the very beginning I have felt that America needed an Industrious leader that wasn’t a crooked career politician or voted for based on Color. Hillary Clinton would have been a disaster. 90+% of the US Military hates Hillary passionately. As I veteran I would hope for a coup or assassination if she would have been elected. Socialism is the first step to communism. She is a big no-go for a better future for America.

These liberal leftists are destroying America. The all want something for nothing and nothing is free. Someone will pay for it; usually the Right Conservatives who work and pay too much in taxes out of their salaries. Their hard earned income is cut almost in half for these Socialist Liberal Leaches. Most of whom are making a career of dwelling on welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I understand there are people down on their luck who do need help on social assistance. But it was not designed for a bunch of single whores to pop out kids every 4 years so they can stay home and do nothing but lay on their backs. Social assistance is just that, Assistance, until you find a job and get back on your feet.

These liberal democrats are like little bastard babies. They had Obama’s tit in their mouth for 8 years and now they might have to earn something. So they are throwing a fit, a temper tantrum, like a bunch of bitches. Burning peoples cars, business’s, rioting and beating innocent people for no reason. Much of it is racially motivated because Obama brought more against whites by breeding more black victimhood for thugs. Yes, there were a few who did not deserve to die by police; but Michael Brown who assaulted the cop had it coming. You deserved to be shot if you attack a cop or kill a cop. I fully support an immediate death sentence for cop killers.

I been following Trump online. I see what he is doing. I agree with his immigration policies. Everyone, to include the media is calling it a Muslim ban. Its not. It banning Muslims from countries that supply radical Islamic terrorists. Europe is a prime example. See the attacks they have been receiving from immigrants; France, Germany, UK, and Italy. In Rotherham, UK, there were so many children (1,400+) raped and molested by Muslims and the police and government were to scared to intervene to avoid being called racists and secularists.  There are many Muslim’s who are still allowed to migrate to the United States because they are from a peaceful nation.

I am happy Trump wants to build the wall and deport illegal immigrants. I know… everyone says who will work the fields… In my opinion, all the welfare leaches, liberals, and the unemployed who want to work should. Make them work or lose their so called entitlements. These are taxable jobs and US citizens should be working them. Deportation and blocking re-entry will reduce crimes committed by violent immigrants, Many of whom are Rapists, Thieves, and Murderers. I understand there are good people among them. They should go back and apply for a work visa and come legally as a tax payer. No Illegal immigrant deserves to get any social assistance like welfare and health care. Their kids don’t deserve to be US citizens just because they were born in the US. At least one parent should be a naturalized citizen or a legal immigrant with a valid green card.

Trump is bringing jobs to the American people. He signed the order to start the Keystone Pipeline. Many are against it. But economically and job wise it was a great move. it will provide up to 80,000 jobs, make America less dependent on Middle Eastern Countries who hate us, and raise the value of the dollar. Other companies like Ford, Chrysler, Carrier, and Samsung will be opening plants in the United States. More jobs! How about that! I have been following the dollar against some currencies over the last month and there have been some ups and downs, but I see a slow increase already.

Trump is pro military. He will make the US a super power to be reckoned with again. Internationally the US military has been a joke under Obama’s leadership. Internationally the world community will start to look up to America again.  I hope the best for my friends still serving.

More to come. This is Trumps first month. Until he really does something wrong against America I will continue to morally support him. Everyone should. He is not bought and paid for by the Middle East and Lobbyists. Give him a chance to prove himself. Help him make America Great Again.

 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

 

Pride, Honor, and Sacrifice

My last year of service was 2013. Since leaving the military I have been working in defense contracting in Germany and the Middle East. I have not had a real home to settle down to in many years. So now, married for the third and hopefully the last time, I have finally settled down here in the Philippines. 

For many years I wanted a display case of all my medals. Finally, I had it made. I also had a duplicate made for my mother’s wall in the USA.

In the case are my medals, unit patches, authorized combat patches, unit crests, my final rank, and insignia’s.  

It took many years of conflicts, blood, sweat, and tears to accomplish this much. It’s a great sense of pride to now have this mounted on my wall. 

If you are a veteran I recommend www.usamm.com, they will mount everything you need in the display case of your choice. Some medals and patches available go back to world war one incase you are making it for an old veteran family member.

I served with many great soldiers and would do it all over again. God Bless our Veterans, our Active Military, and those who put on a Uniform every day to keep Americans safe. 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Fake Soldiers and Scammers

This one is for the Filipina’s who try to meet guys online. Could count for others as well. This is for your Safety and Well-being. On numerous occasions through the years, Ladies tell me about “soldiers” they meet online. Knowing I was in the service they ask me true or false questions pertaining to someone they met online.

These so-called soldiers are asking these poor ladies for help…. Money… Most of the time they say they are stationed in Africa, South West Asia, and sometimes South East Asian Islands somewhere. They will make them feel so loved, wanted, and like a soul mate with such sweet words through chat, email, and conversations. Pay attention to his SPELLING and GRAMMAR. If it does not look or sound like proper English, then he probably is not who he says he is.

They sometimes claim they need money to process papers, Money for travel expenses, help for loved ones, a bad bank card, or medical bills. These ARE NOT REAL SOLDIERS.

  1. Paperwork processing in the Military is FREE to soldiers.
  2. The Military handles all travel arrangements for FREE for the soldiers in times of R&R Leave and Family emergency situations.
  3. Medical Care for soldiers is provided at NO COST to the soldier and health insurance is provided for their immediate family and dependents.
  4. Soldiers get a good Salary and DO NOT need to borrow money from any Asian woman from a 3rd world country, like the Philippines, or from any OFW anywhere else for that matter.
  5. All his meals are provided by a dining facility. He does not need a food allowance.
  6. If this so-called fake soldier claims his Bank ATM card does not work where he is, he STILL HAS ACCESS to money. The military has finance office detachment on almost every base or camp. He can go there and ask for a “Casual Pay.” What that is, he will get a pay advance and it will be deducted from his next salary.
  7. These guys may also say they lost their ID Card or wallet and need you to send to a “Friend.” Likely his real Identity.
  8. These guys steal soldiers photos from Facebook profiles, They build an identity around it and they will fool you. They themselves probably bought uniforms at surplus stores or took them from Vehicles they bombed.
  9. If any of the above happens and you think he is a real soldier, ask him for his military email address. It will end with “.mil” if so, report him. army.cid.crime.tips@mail.mil or http://www.cid.army.mil

So if you are talking to Someone you met in a group on Facebook or anywhere else who claims to be a soldier and he starts asking for money for things I mentioned above, delete him, block him, and report him to the group admins. These guys could be scamming to better themselves or to Finance and Support Terrorism. Do not allow yourself to be used, and be assured, you are not his only target.

Try to avoid association with people from Africa, Middle East, and South West Asia, like India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. People from Muslim countries in general. They are most likely trying to fund terrorist groups.

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Post Script…. The following was donated by a Filipina who was scammed by a fake soldier. Both documents are fake to include the ID.  This ID is all wrong in set up and information on it. Watch out for these guys. When something like this happens. Report it.

These guys will be sweet talking and tell ladies everything they want to hear. I love you, I miss You, You are the one for me, I need you in my life, blah blah blah, you get my point.  They will mostly target vulnerable women. Women who are single mothers, from poor countries, and overseas working away from families. Many desperate for a western husband to save them from their lives of poverty. They will promise paying back with interest. They will promise visits. They even claim to be looking for a wife. Some are even dumb enough to say the Army has a marriage department or office and that they need money for processing paper work for permission to marry.

We as soldiers and Veterans are very close to those we served with and deploy with. We are like extended family to one another. We will have other soldiers and Veterans on our friends lists and also be part of Veteran and military groups on Facebook. If a, “soldier
” adds you and he has no other American soldiers or Veterans on his friends list, not part of any military or veteran groups, Then he is likely a fraud or scammer.

If he refuses to go on CAM with you then fully expect a fake. Soldiers are allowed to use cams in their quarters, MWR facilities, and open areas that are not showing equipment for communicating with family and loved ones.

Never give these guys your banking details, your home address, or passwords to anything. They don’t need it for any reason. AAFES always has western union capabilities. (Army & AirForce Exchange Services)

Don’t be stupid ladies. keep your eyes open for details. See his Facebook name verses whats on the uniform. Many scammers steal someones photos and forget to match the name. Also all military ID photos will be taken in an office, usually with a blue background, not outside. Photos are taken with a special computer with face recognition software, finger print scanner, and demographics details installed on the chip.

Blue Lives Matter

Blue Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, Brown lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, ALL LIVES MATTER!

Who in the hell is one group of people to judge any one race or group. I am sick of the terror groups, Black Lives Matter and the Black Panther Party. Their speeches and HATE BREEDING are doing nothing positive for anyones lives. the are putting targets on white Americans and Police Officers of any race. 

Many police officers, of multiple races, have been murdered in cold blood. It is disgusting really. How can people be proud of this? Black Lives Matter movement is. They promote this anti-police and anti-white hate. They continue to blame white privilege for their failures in life. I served in the military and its funny on how many successful Black Americans that I have seen; To include Command Sergeant Majors and Generals. You can be successful at anything, race has nothing to do with holding you back, only your own convictions. 

Why doesn’t Black Lives Matter protest when there is Black on Black crimes? I guess Black lives really don’t matter to Black Lives Matter unless they are shot by a police officer or a white man. Then it becomes an issue. They don’t make money on it unless the media can get involved. Black on Black crime is so common that the media just scuffs on it unless a white person or police officer was involved. Then it is a money maker. It also helps push the Obama Anti-American agenda. 


Stop the Hate! As an Armed Forces Veteran I would protect and back up a police officer in any situation any day. These are civil servants who volunteered just as much as soldiers have to protect the lives of innocent people within the USA. Their lives are at risk from criminals every day. Terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and the  Black Panther Party are not making things safer for Black Americans. Their speeches have put targets on whites and police officers. This makes the police officers more scared and nervous around Blacks. They don’t know who will be civil and who wants to kill them. So if a thug is shot and killed by a cop for not following the rules or obeying orders, or making any sudden movements, then the thug rightfully deserved to die. 


Be an obedient citizen, follow the rules, don’t break the laws already set in place. Don’t give police a reason to bother you. Be civilized. Don’t listen to terrorists like Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers.

May ALL the Police Officers who died needlessly rest in peace, God Bless them and their families for their sacrifices for a civil society. 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran