Astrologer: Obama win is in the stars
By David Allen, Staff Writer
Polls show the presidential race is a tight one, a view confirmed by Sunit Gupta, a psychic and astrologer with offices in Pomona and Diamond Bar.
"My prediction is for Mr. Barack Obama," Gupta told me. In Hindu Vedic astrology, John McCain's chart apparently isn't as strong as Obama's.
But Obama isn't going to walk away with it on Nov. 4.
"This election is going to be a little tough. There will be a lot of high-tech hurdles, maybe rigging and cheating with the ballot count. But eventually he will come out the winner," Gupta said.
Similar to the 2000 election?
"Yes. But this time it will be more complicated," Gupta said.
More complicated than Bush-Gore? Uh-oh.
If the prospect of an Obama presidency alarms you, Gupta offers assurances that, according to the stars, Obama "will not accumulate wealth for himself but will serve the people."
Gupta's predictions are not to be taken lightly. He says he has chosen the winner in each election since 1988. I can vouch that he picked Bush in 2004. Of course, only John Kerry's immediate family didn't see that coming.
For what it's worth, Joe Biden's chart is also stronger than Sarah Palin's. "She has a particular yoga in her Hindu astrological chart, kaal-sarp. It doesn't give a good effect," Gupta said with some distaste.
I should have asked him what the stars say about Joe the Plumber.
During Tuesday's Ontario City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Anderson said he was in a traffic accident recently when his car was T-boned by an elderly driver at Sixth and Euclid. Anderson was unhurt.
(The erstwhile "Lawyer of the Year" joked to me after the meeting that he had considered showing up in a neck brace and halo but decided against it.)
Speaking of close shaves, Councilman Jim Bowman also suffered one: He no longer sports a mustache.
The silver-haired Bowman's upper lip was bare and shiny for the first time in my experience.
Afterward, he told me he's had a mustache, sometimes combined with a beard, since the mid-1960s. His children had never seen him without it. "It's change. Once in a while, do something different," he explained.
"My only worry was that my dog wouldn't recognize me," he added.
When I wrote here about seeing a plaque for Walter Ray Williams Jr. in St. Louis' International Bowling Hall of Fame, I said, from memory, that he was a Harvey Mudd alumnus.
I rolled a gutter ball on that, because as reader Ernie Simpson alerted me, Williams is actually a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona.
Williams, who has more titles and earnings than any other pro bowler, majored in physics.
Simpson, a bowler and Cal Poly chemistry teacher, said: "He actually wrote his senior thesis on the physics of bowling."
How Grim is the economic outlook? Thursday's Ontario Chamber of Commerce mixer is at Draper Mortuary.