The Electoral College

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It’s been more than two weeks since Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States of America and for the first time since Al Gore, a Democratic candidate in Hillary Clinton won the popularity and lost the election because of Electoral College vote so to speak.

Now as a Filipino, I’m beginning to wonder what really is the Electoral College and why does it play a vital role in their election.

From the US Constitution

For starters I learned that the Electoral College is a system established by Article Two the United States constitution in their presidential election system to select their president and vice president, where citizens of the US in each state at a general election choose a slate of electors pledged to vote for a candidate.

The Twelfth Amendment of their constitution however requires each elector to cast one vote for president and vice president. In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the US when the Electoral College vote is certified the US Congress in January.

As for the people involved in the process, there are 538 electors that corresponds to the 435 representatives in their congress, their 100 senators, and the three electors coming for the District of Columbia as mandated by their Twenty-third Amendment.

For the simplest explanation, the Electoral College is the group of people assigned to oversee the election in the state they are designated and they get to decide the outcome with the electoral votes based from the population size of the state. The vote people made only serves as basis, and these electors could change your vote.

The Bad Side of the Electoral College

What I don’t like about the Electoral College is how candidates must campaign hard on the biggest states in the US during their campaign season leading to their election year. Because to secure most of these states and their electoral votes is how a candidate can win the Electoral College. Namely these states are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. You can even consider Virginia.

Looking back on the recent US election, Donald Trump won the most of these states with its electoral votes. While Hillary Clinton only got California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.

Which is why if you’re a candidate that only got a few of these big states like California, New York and New Jersey together with their traditional safe states that only has a single digit of electoral votes, you are surely to lose the election because your opponent garnered the most of the big states not only their traditional safe states. The opponent must have also campaigned hard enough to secure those states, most especially swing states like Florida and Ohio.

As mentioned in the first subhead, these people could turn your votes around because they are the electors.

If Only

If the Electoral College of the United States is already that complicated for international spectators, it would be a lot harder if a country like the Philippines did adapt this system. Since my motherland is the first colony of the United States.

If the election that elected President Rodrigo Duterte in power was an election that is decided by the Electoral College I am sure that he would still win the election and secure the whole of Mindanao. Most of the Visayas in Regions 6, 7, and 8. Northern Luzon which many Filipinos called “Solid North” especially in Ilocos Norte, even the National Capital Region.

If only we have the Electoral College and the electoral map is set and parallel to the political map, Luzon would always be a big battleground during election year. The biggest electoral number of votes may have to come from the region with the biggest number of registered voters, not with how big a region is since we have rural areas.

It could also be advantageous for some candidates because of the growing population of the Philippines.

The downside of the Electoral College if it’s in the Philippine setting is having the multi-party system, because in the Philippines no one is a third-party candidate but only nuisance candidates. More important is there’s no bipartisan system the way it is with the United States of having the Republican and Democratic parties. It will also be harder to set a “magic number” like the America’s 270 electoral votes to determine the winner.

The selection of electors in this kind of setup is even scary and you will never how situations like this can go bad since the Philippines will always have an election hotspot like Caloocan, Maguindanao, and Cotabato and these election hotspots don’t always intensify the national election but the local election intensifies it.

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Farewell to Castro

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We only know him as the main man of the Cuban Revolution together with Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

A full-bearded man smoking tobacco in fatigues and one of the few world leaders who had the big cojones to defy the United States, the Man is no other than Fidel Castro.

If Filipinos are still enraged with the surprise burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the national cemetery or Libingan ng mga Bayani, lucky for Castro he will have his burial without question and delay because Cubans won’t dare to oppose his burial.

Halfway around the world people living in the United States particularly Cuban-Americans in Miami are celebrating his demise. Because for them his death serves as justice to their sacrifice to get out of Cuba and free themselves from the oppression of communism that Castro has when he took power from the US-backed regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Before his demise, I once considered him as a strong stubborn man that is just too bad to die. I say this because first he survived more assassination attempts than Adolf Hitler, second he shaped the twentieth century not only with his encounters with the United States during the early 1960s but the Cuban Revolution that truly placed him in power by adapting Soviet communism as the political framework of his country.

If Guevara was least known for being a physician before he became a revolutionary, Castro was least known for being a lawyer and politician that already has that rebellious reputation.

In his lifetime however, he lived under eight Popes beginning with Pius XI who began his Papacy in 1922 and had encounters with three Popes with Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He outlasted ten United States presidents from President Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush before he stepped down due to his ailing condition. He witnessed the fall of his country’s closest ally, the Soviet Union in 1991 to which his country suffered in the economic aspect. Although he stepped down in power due to his ailing condition in 2006, he is witness to how the United States elected and re-elected the first African-America president in Barack Obama then almost elected the first woman president in Hillary Clinton.

In his lifetime also, he was able to tell the world the demise of his fellow revolutionary, Che Guevara after Guevara was captured and gunned down in Bolivia in 1967. Thirty years later, Guevara’s remains together with his compatriots in Bolivia were recovered and presented to Castro to be buried properly in Santa Clara, Cuba.

As a lover of video games, I find it amazing on how the people behind ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ depicted his failed assassination attempt during the Bay of Pigs invasion. It was not one of the difficult missions when you play the game but it gives you the feeling of what is like to kill one of the biggest pains in the neck of the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Communism may no longer be that relevant in this world marred by terrorism to counteract western ideology, his ideals will live on in Cuba and to neighboring Latin American countries that admires his vigilance against the US.

Beyond Latin America, Russian president Vladimir Putin salutes him for his staunch ideals against the US. Which is no surprise to me for Putin was a former KGB.

Cuba may no longer be a force to reckon with in this world since 1962, we must not forget that a communist country like North Korea and China can instill fear worldwide.

The comandante truly lived his life to the fullest simply as a revolutionary just around his late twenties. Even in his twilight years as a leader and a person, he continues to divide his people from those who want to live and die in Cuba, to those who do not want to live in his rule. He truly made his mark in this world.

It’s just sad that Castro has gone to the next life while people like Juan Ponce Enrile are still given the chance to walk this earth. Even Imelda Marcos who outlived her husband, and it’s just too bad Imelda won’t get to be it buried next her better half because there’s no place her. In fact, why did we even let Ferdinand Marcos give that chance to be buried there.

The world may have lost a dictator in Castro but there will come a time where revolutions as well as revolutionaries will be brought back to the streets and guerilla warfare would continue for those smart enough to risk their lives no matter political ideology it may be to fight imperialistic countries.

It will take time. We will never know how and when it will be presented to us.

THE MASSACRE, THE FLAWED SYSTEM, AND THE FAITH TO BE RESTORED

 

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Seven years ago to this day, one moment in the history of this country discouraged me from taking up my current major or any other communication programs. One moment in my life where people around me telling bad jokes that to take up journalism is the fastest way to die, and that to take up psychology is the easiest way to become crazy.

A moment that truly placed the Philippines as one of the journalistic danger zones in the world other than war-torn countries like Iraq, North Korea or Syria for that matter, and that is the Maguindanao massacre.

It’s very, very disheartening that to this very day, no one from the Ampatuan family is convicted of the crime as they were pointed out by everyone. Most especially that backhoe with the branding of the city government at the time.

Television networks at some point counted the days from the massacre to the trial of the Ampatuans but the effort to count from that tragic day didn’t seem to move the courts to convict anyone.

It is one moment in history that still gives the Muslim-Filipinos (whether they are Moro or Maranao) that bad image, making them look like war freaks instead of hard-working Filipinos from the Southernmost region of the Philippines, Mindanao. Other than the radical image and presence of the Abu Sayyaf, and Nur Misuari’s rebellious reputation as the founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front.

In the six years that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino ran the country no one was convicted. The family members who were left by the people who died in those fields are still fighting for justice. They were hopeful for the previous administration to convict the Ampatuans but it didn’t happen. They were that hopeful because the Ampatuans were close to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and again the “bright hope” that they promise for the families of the victims were there since the Noynoy Aquino administration was an upcoming administration.

If President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court could allow the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, people aggravated by this event seven years ago through their surviving family members of the victims especially Governor Mangudadatu should urge the president and the high court to swiftly convict the Ampatuans for this.

Convicting the Ampatuans within this administration may not forgive President Duterte and the Supreme Court justices who favored the burial of Marcos at LNMB overnight, it may at least bring back the people’s faith to the justice system of this country. But again, I am reminded that most people are losing faith with the system because of how a mayor in the province of Albuera in Leyte that unconditionally surrendered was gunned down within his cell. While small time drug pushers and addicts are easily gunned down without due process.

It would be unpatriotic to lose faith in the justice system just because it allowed a dictator to be buried at the national cemetery and a mass murder didn’t convict a family with a private army. The lack of reforms in the justice system tolerates situations like these. Why didn’t constitution just say in legalese that Ferdinand E. Marcos will never be allowed a hero’s burial. The number of appeals and the delaying tactics made by the lawyers of the Ampatuan clan let them live free despite the tragedy.

We will never know when the right time will be for the Ampatuans to be convicted. So no matter how screwed up the justice system is, we can only be hopeful that one day people like them will be behind bars.

Infamita

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The one moment in history that reminds me of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is the burial of Joseph Stalin next to Russia’s “great leader” and founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin.

A burial made possible by loyalists of Stalin, until the De-Stalinization movement began during the 1950s years after Stalin’s death in 1953 under Nikita Khrushchev’s reign that began with the demolition of Stalin’s monuments along with renaming the places that glorifies Joseph Stalin like renaming Stalingrad to Volgograd. Then Stalin was exhumed out of Lenin’s crypt was in 1961 and placed him out of there to the Kremlin walls.

That is a communist setting to which Khrushchev did to denounce Stalin’s ‘cult of personality’, a trait of Stalin that he considered was inconsistent to the ideology of communism and their party’s ideology especially Lenin’s ideology.

In the Philippine setting, President Rodrigo Duterte did something what most Filipinos are not truly in favor of and that is his decision to allow the burial of the late president at the Libingan ng mga Bayan (LNMB). Duterte truly kept his promise to the people of Ilocos Norte that ensured him of votes.

For a guy like me, the cry of loyalists and the Marcos family to bury him at LNMB was nothing new since the news to allow his burial timely comes out. Just like how the endless reiterations of Martial Law both positively (by Marcos loyalists), negatively are presented on television and radically on social media.

If we think really hard about these events before this burial; Duterte allowing the Marcos burial and Duterte showing so much love and respect for Bongbong like a brother when he lost the vice presidential election is a sign of Duterte’s idolatry for the late strongman. The events happening right now could be a sign that Duterte might rule the county in the manner that Marcos did when he threatened to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Let’s not expect too much of torture and severe human rights violations just yet, because extrajudicial killings is already a manifestion of Duterte’s vulgar display of power. Marcos’s vulgar display of power as we all know is forced disappearances, torture, and stealing the people’s funds that placed us in debt, and we are paying for it.

I won’t be surprised if Bongbong Marcos would soon get a cabinet position after the Commission on Election’s one year-ban on losing candidates to be appointed to government offices. At this point, we cannot just assume on what government office Duterte will place him.

The most disturbing part about this is the media blackout the Marcos family did to get his body out of Batac, Ilocos Norte that made people especially tourists dumbfounded that his body was about to go to LNMB while they keep on coming to his mausoleum. I even think the devil himself is caught off guard with these happenings now that Ferdinand has entered the Devil’s circles and the people in-charge of purgatory may have been reluctant of letting Marcos in and out of that place while his “body” was still enclosed in his glass coffin in Batac. Another is the Armed Forces of the Philippines telling the press that they were only rehearsing before the “actual date” but then again this is the date.

Now that this has happened under our noses, I expect less field trips to LNMB by schools in the province. Ordinary people like me can no longer come to the place again just to check out who’s who inside LNMB, and remember in what section Reynaldo Wycoco is buried and to find Angelo Reyes, who was once deemed unacceptable to be buried at LNMB by anti-Arroyo groups but again Reyes made the cut because he was a soldier. Not just a soldier, but a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who took his own life before his mother’s resting place after the shame he got from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a senate hearing.

That being said, we are again the world’s laughing stock for allowing an ousted president to be buried in a national cemetery. Then people still loyal to the legacy of the first EDSA revolution would still flock the streets on February 25 next year. But to celebrate EDSA 1 has been meaningless. No thanks to the hatred that people have in President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino’s and his incompetent administration. Next year’s EDSA celebration might only be an assembly to call for his exhumation from where he is now, and the following dates like August 21, Ninoy Aquino day, and September 21, the day Marcos signed the proclamation of martial law may have more louder demonstrations from this day onward.

As a student of journalism, I’m not really afraid of comments from people saying that I am a Marcos apologist, loyalist or even a sympathizer. I’m not even afraid of a enforced disappearance or sudden arrests that the government will make if they get to trace me if this government plans to relive the horrors of martial law.

This is a day of infamy for the Philippines.

When Time Passed This By

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This site turned one year old last Saturday on November 12 and my first post was how I looked back on the moment the radio station NU107 signed off for good. The second post I made was about how Filipinos prayed for Paris when they couldn’t pray for the tragedies of their own country.

In the course of time after those two posts, I wrote freely and I’m still in the process of learning to write in a journalistic manner.

The first quarter of this year was a period of time that I was truly active because most of my subjects back then were still general subjects. My inactivity was primarily caused by the majors that I managed to pass last semester and they truly helped a lot.

When I’m not writing for this WordPress site, I’m attending to my classes. Trying my best to ace quizzes, and get a grade above 80 whether it’s the midterm period or the pre-final period.

The moments where I really had the urge to write was during the campaign trail for the Philippine elections, my personal urges, and light bulb moments that I really need to write about.

The recent semester in my school helped me become a better writer, by writing with a whole lot of sense and simplicity. Because one professor taught me that less highfaluting words is much better than a huge word count trying hard to be philosophical. Though the word count helped me contain and enclosed thoughts to a few sentences only then make it a simple.

I find it unbelievable that my article about president Duterte, when he was still a candidate for president is still readable months after he has sworn his oath of office. I wrote that during the campaign trail of presidential candidates for the Philippine election. It was my projection of how he can win the recent Philippine Election. My article on Bongbong Marcos losing the vice presidential race is one article where I was really realistic because the details are already there.

When I’m not writing about social issues is when I try to write something existential and philosophical.

I’ve written an article on how libido kicks in, that became one of my most read posts before that projection on president Duterte. The sequel of that article didn’t help me so much because it made me realize why some movies didn’t need a sequel and I didn’t give so much justice to the artwork, and I pressured myself in writing that sequel.

The Facebook page of Scrawny Man from Manila was not really my idea, as I have stated in the details of that page. If it wasn’t for my friend Gentle, I wouldn’t push through with making that Facebook page of this WordPress site.

I was scared at first in putting up that Facebook page because of the fear that I could not get a thousand followers. I conquered that fear when I realize that I have to establish myself socially to achieve such number.

There was a moment that I wanted to give up the WordPress account as well as the Facebook page. The moment that stopped me from pulling the plug was when I realize that I have to put those lectures in journalism into practice.

Another reason was when I felt dumped because I didn’t check the label just like what Sarah Labahti said in the commercial for the milk of her child and the memes that followed. Thank you for the artwork anyway and the months that you provided inspiration.

There are moments that I can’t help but think that my WordPress site is perceived as a propaganda site. The only thing that keeps me away from thinking about that was the comment section, in which I thought people would troll and say something awful, but luckily it didn’t.

When I didn’t feel like writing for the site, I simplify those compositions and drafts to a Facebook status because I haven’t grasped the skill to think calm towards the issue and write about it in a calm manner. Just like how I ranted towards the Supreme Court’s decision on laying Ferdinand Marcos to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

It’s just sad. Then Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton followed because of the votes that he gathered in the Electoral College over the United States in their election.

If you would tell me ‘why do I care so much about the US election’? It’s because our diplomatic relationship with the US is at stake yet again despite president Duterte’s anti-US statements for the Philippines to become less dependent to the US in all aspects.

It’s not always social issues that I want to address for both WordPress and Facebook. Because I also want to address some issues in especially from my previous major and former course to their program chair (IF YOU ARE STILL HOLDING THAT POSITION); I just want to tell you that you have deprived enough of my friends and me to succeed in the program.

If you dare to greet me one of these days, I’m raising hell this time around. And I don’t care if you will shield yourself from your superiors because you are a beautiful monster who knows how to hide your fiery thorns and wings. You only got yourself lucky last summer with the presence of your superior SO DON’T YOU DARE because if you do, I’m more than willing to flip my middle fingers before you.

That being said, I’m just happy I could write for this site and free from her chains, also from her BEDLAM LECTURES.

An Election Like No Other

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With the United States presidential elections drawing closer and the world awaiting the outcome, it is really for the world to see.

For a Filipino like myself I only look forward on how President Rodrigo Duterte will coordinate with the winner of that election despite his declaration before the People’s Republic of China that he is separating us from the US in military and economic relations. I don’t expect that president-elect of the United States to deploy their forces just to help us in upholding The Hague’s ruling on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. Because America whoever the seating president is only putting their interest first more than anything.

Points to Remember

One reason why our president is separating us from the Americans is the Bud Dajo massacre in 1906 that took place Jolo, Sulu. For a man that hails from the southernmost region of the Philippines, Mindanao; he does not want to forget of this event because like he said, the events of the massacre happened like it was yesterday for the Moros.

Another issue on why he wants to separate us from the US is the practicality that we are closer to China and Russia.

In the long history of this love-hate relationship between the Philippines and the United States, the US has gained more on this mostly in a negative manner dating back to the Filipino-American war. For it is in the Filipino-American war that General Emilio Aguinaldo pledged to the stars and stripes, then assumed that the Americans would treat us fairly even assuring his compatriots that time the Americans are the country’s new friends. But I don’t want to go that far on detail of Aguinaldo.

Filipino veterans of World War II are not even recognized after all their efforts keeping the Japanese at bay for Douglas MacArthur to escape back to the United States. But the man did keep his promise coming back.

The remaining veterans of World War II in the country rather than go to the United States to fight for their right are still hopeless for compensation. I couldn’t bear to see a group of Filipino veterans protest outside the Villamor air base when President Obama made a official state visit years ago. While some well-off veterans that have raised their children very well to exercised their right to go to the US and claim whatever right they deserve from the United States Arm Forces in the Far  East (USAFFE).

Of Donkeys and Elephants to the Philippines

The political party that the US president represents does not play much of a factor but it is an important detail any spectator should pay attention to.

In the long history between the Philippines and the United States, seating US presidents coming from the Republican Party have been more involved with us mostly negative and less positive. This dates back to President William McKinley who was the president when the Benevolent Assimilation took place following the Filipino-American war followed by his successor Theodore Roosevelt, the president when the Bud Dajo massacre happened. William Howard Taft, governor-general of the Philippines from 1901 to 1903 before elected US president in 1909. Taft only did minimal help to make Filipinos independent. President Herbert Hoover was one president who refused the independence of the Philippines until the US congress rejected him.

Republicans like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were pretty much involved with enriching Ferdinand Marcos, especially Richard Nixon who was rumored that he gave Marcos the green light to declare Martial Law on September of 1972. As for Reagan, he didn’t see any reason for Marcos to stay in 1986.

There’s not that many Democrat presidents that were involved in shaping the Philippines but Franklin D. Roosevelt was one Democrat president who paved the way for the 1935 Commonwealth constitution of the Philippines. President Jimmy Carter is one Democrat president who kept Marcos in power after Nixon and Gerald Ford, Nixon’s successor Nixon resigned after Watergate. Then Barack Obama, a president so reluctant to keep the Chinese away from our waters in the West Philippine Sea.

Whether it may be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, president Duterte would be reluctant to cooperate with either of them. The secretary of foreign affairs, Perfecto Yasay, Jr. would have his hands full when it comes to the Philippines and America. Yasay was already in Duterte’s place in an official photo op with other world leaders at Laos months ago. It’s really going to be hard for the secretary when the US president-elect makes a visit.

If I were an American

If I were a citizen of the United States, I only look forward for a candidate competent enough to rule as president.

I don’t care what kind of emails one candidate deleted, hacked or whatever and I don’t care how un-presidential one is for harassing women, as well as having his own world. Just get it done.

With the US dubbed as the most powerful nation on earth for so long, the main duty of President Obama’s successor in its first one hundred days is to regain that reputation because America is losing their ground not only in Syria but everywhere in the world where they have their interest. They are not only losing their military might, they are also losing their economic dominance to China.

This is one reason why Donald Trump is donning that slogan, “Make America great again”. It is always easier said than done.

As for Hillary Clinton, one of her objectives is to uphold the programs of the Obama administration that has already made America great already from her perspective. Just today, she’s really in the clear to run for president after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cleared her of charges for her actions towards sensitive emails when she was secretary of state.

Whatever those emails may be, influence to the FBI does play a role.

One thing’s for sure

Whoever that president may be, the people behind Saturday Night Live have a lot of work to do with their political satire.

President Duterte will ensure independence that we will no longer depend on the US for anything and that he will anything in his power to get US forces out of here. Just like how US bases and its were brought out of Zambales.

What’s very certain is that their war on terror would still go on.

The Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS), won’t be simply eradicated overnight and neither one of them can minimize the growing number of its members.

Eliminating its key members is not really helpful for the US because of the kind of succession these kinds of groups have.

The global economy might even go down if one does not really know its economic policy.

Their issue of domestic violence would only grow worse day-by-day because they have good reforms on their gun control laws.

The Cold Shoulder on THIS GUY

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It’s been days since the new season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) began and I still refuse to recognize that guy as a player of the Golden State Warriors (GSW) whenever news of the Warriors winning or losing pops up on my social media accounts.

One of my reasons for giving that player wearing number 35 the cold shoulder is he made a weak move by moving out of the Oklahoma City (OKC) Thunder to win an NBA title that bad. Another reason of mine for giving him that kind of treatment is the blue and yellow does not suit him. He broke the core of the Golden State Warriors by having Harrison Barnes traded to the Dallas Mavericks together with Andrew Bogut and other core players like Mareese Speights to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Festus Ezeli to the Portland Trailblazers.

More important is he turned this lovable Bay Area team to a villain team in the NBA, the new team to hate like the Miami Heat when LeBron came first to Miami. I no longer have to go to the details on what happened to LeBron before he got to Miami.

I don’t care if the rumor that the Warriors front office made a bigger offer to number 35 during the offseason just like what a friend told me because he is a fan of the Celtics and how bad he wanted him to be there. Because to see him play in a Warriors jersey is not an adjustment period for me but a reason for me to put my enthusiasm out of the Golden State Warriors just for this season or whenever he is out of the team.

It’s too early to compare his move like LeBron’s move because it’s premature and LeBron already succeeded after Miami. But if I were to do it just for the sake of comparing it to LeBron’s move, I just think the Warriors won’t succeed in their first season with him and the seasons to follow with that guy wearing number 35.

One thing I regret in doing this NBA season is printing their full schedule for this season. The only thing that keeps me from taking their full schedule out of the whiteboard here in my room is ignoring him, and to keep thinking that the Splash Brothers tandem of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry is helping the team a lot together with Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston.

Number 35 may have best of the Thunder with 39 points in their first meeting against OKC this regular season, this is only the beginning of the ridicule on him with that trash talk made by Enes Kanter. The middle will be set on GSW’s road game to OKC on February 2017 together with its climax that will be set on their third meeting in March all the way to the playoffs next year if they get to face each other in the postseason.

It’s no surprise to basketball fans if he gets booed so loud when the Warriors visit the Thunder in February. Because for a guy who was the face of a franchise from its last days as the Seattle Supersonics to a transition team that we know as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the guys deserves the hate.

Suddenly, I’m even more excited for this season’s all-star game and see if Russell Westbrook will pass the ball to this guy or any player of the Warriors. Russell Westbrook might even find a way to downplay and shut him out the way Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas did to Michael Jordan with his prime and popularity during an all-star game many years ago.

Whoever will be coaching this team, good luck to him in making his rotation with the west all-stars in the NBA all-star games in 2017.

More important is will he still get that many votes to be part of the Western Conference all-star team? Because the way I see it, Golden State fans would still give him a chance but OKC fans or whoever hates 35 will do everything in their power to keep him out the West all-stars.