He has been deserted by many of his sponsors, and his wife has yet to decide if she wants a divorce.
But Tiger Woods has been able to count on the support of President Barack Obama as he struggles to overcome his sex addiction.
Mr Obama, an avid golfer, made a personal telephone call to Woods to offer him encouragement as he attempts to rebuild his life.
Support: Tiger Woods was personally called by President Barack Obama who offered the shamed golfer support in rebuilding his life after his sex scandal
Former president Bill Clinton, himself no stranger to humiliating and public exposure over his affairs, has also called to offer his support.
It is thought both men called Woods, 34, following his astonishing TV public apology in which he said sorry for his “irresponsible and selfish” behaviour.
The 14-minute statement, which was broadcast around the world and seen by millions, was his first public appearance since being linked to 12 mistresses.
His wife Elin Nordegren,30, was not at the public confession in front of a hand picked audience of 40 people at the PGA HQ in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Woods confessed to cheating on his wife Elin and admitted he was undergoing treatment for sex addiction.
Drive: Obama is himself a golf player
According to golf writer Jamie Diaz, Obama and Clinton both contacted Woods.
He said Clinton’s own experience in dealing with allegations of infidelity were said to be “particularly instructive”.
Clinton faced public humiliation over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and was also linked to other women during his two terms in office.
Writing in Golf Digest magazine, Diaz claims that Woods’s wife Elin spent several days with her husband at a sex addiction clinic in Hattiesburg, Missississpi.
He also said, contrary to published reports, that the couple were together at their California home over Christmas with their two young children.
Kindred spirits: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton – himself no stranger to sex scandals – also called Tiger Woods to offer support
Woods’s mother Tida, who is quoted in the article, is thought to be the source of the information about Obama’s call.
Tida revealed that shortly before the golf star’s 34th birthday she accompanied her son to visit a Buddhist monk.
‘I tell him, “Tiger, right now you are in a dark hole, and I know it’s hard, but you can do it”,’ Tida is quoted as saying.
‘You know Mom is strong, and you have my blood. You are strong, too. You made a big mistake, but now you know the cost. So you are going to be much better and stronger, a good husband and a good father. Just go to work like you do.’
Woods said in his press conference that he would be leaning on his Buddhist religion to help get his life back on track.
He is now thought to be at clinic in Arizona for continuing treatment but has not revealed when he plans to return to Golf.
Sports drinks maker Gatorade announced three days ago that they were severing all links with Woods.
Telephone giant AT&T and razor manufacturer Gillette were among the first sponsors to drop Woods after his many extra-marital affairs became known.
Woods’s affairs are said to have so far cost him over £50m in sponsorship deals.
Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas.
Welch’s foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms.
Even in some “open carry” states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating political confrontations with gun owners. But Starbucks, the largest chain targeted, has refused to take the bait, saying in a statement this month that it follows state and local laws and has its own safety measures in its stores.
“Starbucks is a special target because it’s from the hippie West Coast, and a lot of dedicated consumers who pay $4 for coffee have expectations that Starbucks would ban guns. And here they aren’t,” said John Bruce, a political science professor at the University of Mississippi who is an expert in gun policy.
Welch, a 71-year-old retired property manager who lives in Richmond, Va., doesn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t bear arms while he gets caffeinated.
“I don’t know of anybody who would provide me with defense other than myself, so I routinely as a way of life carry a weapon – and that extends to my coffee shops,” he said.
The fight for retailers heated up in early January when gun enthusiasts in northern California began walking into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. As it spread to other states, gun control groups quickly complained about the parade of firearms in local stores.
Some were spontaneous, with just one or two gun owners walking into a store. Others were organized parades of dozens of gun owners walking into restaurants with their firearms proudly at their sides.
In one case, about 100 activists bearing arms had planned to go to a California Pizza Kitchen in Walnut Creek, Calif., but after it became clear they weren’t welcome they went to another restaurant. That chain and Peet’s Coffee & Tea are among the businesses that have banned customers with guns.
Just as shops can deny service to barefoot customers, restaurants and stores in some states can declare their premises gun-free zones.
The advocacy group OpenCarry.org, a leading group encouraging the demonstrations, applauded Starbucks in a statement for “deciding not to discriminate against lawful gun carriers.”
“Starbucks is seen as a responsible corporation and they’re seen as a very progressive corporation, and this policy is very much in keeping with that,” said John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org. “If you’re going to support individual rights, you have to support them all. I applaud them, and I’ve gone out of my way personally to let every manager of every Starbucks I pass know that.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has responded by circulating a petition that soon attracted 26,000 signatures demanding that Starbucks “offer espresso shots, not gunshots” and declare its coffeehouses “gun-free zones.”
Gun control advocates hope the coffeehouse firearms displays end up aggravating more people than they inspire.
“If you want to dress up and go out and make a little political theater by frightening children in the local Starbucks, if that’s what you want to spend your energy on, go right ahead,” said Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady campaign. “But going out and wearing a gun on your belt to show the world you’re allowed to is a little juvenile.”
The coffeehouse debate has been particularly poignant for gun-control advocates in Washington state, where four uniformed police officers were shot and killed while working on their laptops at a suburban coffeehouse. The shooter later died in a gun battle with police.
Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire, an advocacy group that seeks to reduce gun violence, said allowing guns in coffeehouses robs residents of “societal sanctuaries.”
“People go to Starbucks for an escape, just so they can get peace,” Fascitelli said. “But people walk in with open-carry guns and it destroys the tranquility.”
Gun control advocates have been on the defensive. Their opponents have trumpeted fears that gun rights would erode under a Democrat-led White House and Congress, but President Barack Obama and his top allies have largely been silent on issues such as reviving an assault weapons ban or strengthening background checks at gun shows.
Gun rights groups are looking to build on a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, and cheered legislation that took effect Monday allowing licensed gun owners to bring firearms into national parks. Obama signed that legislation as part of a broader bill.
Legislators in Montana and Tennessee, meanwhile, have passed measures seeking to exempt guns made and kept in-state from national gun control laws. And state lawmakers elsewhere are considering legislation that would give residents more leeway to carry concealed weapons without permits.
Observers say the gun rights movement is using the Starbucks campaign to add momentum and energize its supporters.
“They’re trying to change the culture with this broader notion of gun rights,” said Clyde Wilcox, a Georgetown University government professor who has written a book on the politics of gun control. “I think they are pressing the notion that they’ve got a rout going, so why not just get what they can while they’re ahead?”
Remember Van Jones? He’s trying to make a comeback, and the mainstream media seems to be lending him a helping hand in getting back into the Washington power structure. Jones, in case, you don’t remember, was the administration’s Green Jobs Czar. He resigned after his name appeared on a 9/11 Truther petition.
That, it turned out, was not the extent of his wackiness. He led a vigil mourning “the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world.” He was an admitted communist and black nationalist. Now, it turns out, he considered Americans who shipped off to Iraq to be human shields for Saddam Hussein “heroes.” [Continue Reading]
Former Vice President Al Gore admits that mistakes have been made by the scientific community regarding the issue of climate change.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Gore said: “It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.”
Gore states that it’s unrealistic to expect scientific research to be 100 percent error-free. And he says the errors have not changed the consensus opinion of the scientific community on climate change.
He also states in the Times that:
January was the second-hottest January in 130 years, globally speaking.
The last decade has been the hottest 10 years since records were first kept.
Warmer temps have been increasing ocean evaporation.
Gore ends his article by urging the Senate to pass a cap-and-trade bill that will be introduced later this week by Sens. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.
The New York Times once again is Al Gore’s “enabler”, publishing a February 28 opinion editorial, “We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change”, despite the mounting evidence that global warming was and is a complete fabrication.
In November 2009, the Telegraph, a British newspaper, carried a story, “Al Gore could become world’s first carbon billionaire”, so let us disabuse ourselves of the notion that Gore just wants to save the world.
Heavily invested in the “carbon credits” scam and technologies whose success depend on people believing fairy tales about “clean energy” alternatives such as wind and solar energy, Gore has enriched himself by trumpeting the biggest hoax of the modern era.
It is no surprise that The New York Times published his latest collection of lies. The reportorial record of the Times has been decades of lies about global warming. Whatever patina of respectability it once had has been eroded by its participation in the fraud. Why should it stop now?
There is increasing discussion of whether testimony before Congress by Gore and other global warming advocates constitute criminal behavior that begins with lying under oath.
On February 24th The Washington Times reported on a hearing of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. “Republican James Inhofe told EPA head, Lisa Jackson, that man-made climate change was a ‘hoax’ concocted by ideologically motivated researchers who ‘cooked the science.’”
“More than that, Inhofe in releasing a GOP report questioning the science used to support cap-and-trade legislation, hinted that such activities may be part of a vast criminal enterprise designed to bilk governments, taxpayers and investors while enriching those making the false claims.”
The global warming hoax has been sustained for decades by reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) an agency of the United Nations Environmental Program. It is responsible for the Kyoto Protocol that required signature nations to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases said to be trapping heat. In July 1997 a unanimous Senate resolution rejected the Protocol.
Key players, the scientists who controlled and provided the data to support global warming, Phil Jones, head of Britain’s Climate Research Unit, and Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, are just two currently under investigation for alledgely deliberately providing and publishing falsified climate data.
Based on thousands of emails leaked last year, it is clear they and others engaged in an effort to suppress any dissenting data from being published in peer-reviewed science journals.
Does that deter Al Gore? The very first paragraph of his opinion editorial claimed that the planet faces “an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale preventative measures to protect human civilization as we know it.”
He wrote this knowing that data from weather satellites have shown little warming trend of the atmosphere since 1979!
He wrote that “January was seen as unusually cold in much of the United States. Yet from a global perspective, it was the second-hottest January since surface temperatures were first measured 130 years ago.” Rubbish. He based that on the claim of a single Australian scientist that came from the same garbage can of equally absurd claims put forth for decades.
In a similar fashion, IPCC claims that the Himalayan glaciers were melting and the countless other claims attributed to global warming were based on inaccurate, often deliberately distorted computer models and from dubious sources.
Dr. S. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a leader in the effort to reveal the vast global warming fraud, on February 27 wrote that “this apparent (global warming) consensus misled not only the media and the public, but also the wider scientific community, which had remained largely unaware of the ongoing debate and of the work of many reputable climate experts who disagreed with the IPCC.”
Dr. Singer summed up the entire global warming hoax as based on “temperature data (that) had been manipulated.”
When you use bad data you get bad results. When you use it to enrich yourself, you are engaged in an activity worthy of a criminal investigation.
It was unworthy of The New York Times to lend itself to the continuing lies of Al Gore, but neither it is surprising since the credibility of this once respected newspaper has been trashed by its appalling biases and a succession of reporters who have been found to be plagiarists and fantasists.
About the only thing left in which a reader can put any confidence is the date under the Times banner each day.
That’s how a spokesman for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee described the endorsement that came the Democratic congresswoman’s way Saturday afternoon. No, it wasn’t from a senator or labor union, as important as those endorsements may be to the incumbent from the 18th Congressional district. This one, it turns out, was the biggest enchilada.
“Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a tireless champion for Houston’s working families,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the Jackson Lee campaign. “That’s why we need her back in Congress to help my efforts to bring real jobs back to Houston and the nation.”
What must make the president’s words especially galling to Jackson Lee’s challengers, City Council member Jarvis Johnson and local lawyer Sean Roberts, is that they challenged Jackson Lee in the first place in part because of her steadfast support of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential race.
They maintained that most residents of the 18th were Obama supporters and Jackson Lee was thumbing her nose at them.
“I am grateful and humbled to receive this endorsement from President Obama,” said Jackson Lee in the press release. “When he asked me to campaign for him, I found it so rewarding to see the outpouring of support for the change he represented and now he is the change agent that America and Houston need today.”
Neither Johnson nor Roberts was immediately available for comment.
In a dramatic escalation of the war against illegal supergraphics in Los Angeles, authorities have jailed a businessman accused of posting an eight-story movie advertisement on an office building at one of Hollywood’s busiest intersections.
Kayvan Setareh, 49, of Pacific Palisades was arrested at his home Friday night and ordered held in lieu of $1-million bail. An arrest warrant obtained by Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich accuses Setareh of three misdemeanor city code violations, two of them related to this city’s sign law, according to William Carter, Trutanich’s chief deputy.
The arrest was an unusually aggressive move by Trutanich and comes less than a week after the city attorney filed a separate lawsuit involving more than a dozen other supergraphics scattered across the city. Just days after that lawsuit was filed, workers used bolts and wire to wrap the new ad around the face of a 1928 corner office building on the northeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue – a major tourist destination along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
“The days of lax and inconsistent enforcement of billboard and outdoor advertising laws in this city are over,” Trutanich said in a prepared statement.
Setareh, who is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, could not be reached for comment Saturday. A woman who answered a phone listing for Setareh declined to discuss the case but said the arrest had been “a shock to the whole family.”
City officials say that unpermitted supergraphics like the one in Hollywood pose a threat to public safety because the huge sheets of vinyl can fall onto cars and pedestrians if they are not attached properly. Still, some law enforcement observers voiced surprise at the large bail amount, saying $1 million is typically used in far more serious cases, such as homicide, rape or kidnapping.
It’s late at night, the homework deadline is looming. Mom or Dad is deployed, asleep or unsure how to help.
Or maybe you’re studying to take the GED, need help with a college essay or some pointers for your resume.
No problem. The Defense Department has an answer. Members of the military and their families now have access to a live online tutor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge.
Within about three to five minutes of logging in at Tutor.com and requesting help, an anonymous, certified tutor is available to work one-on-one with the student. Help is available at all levels, from grade school through college, military advancement exams and resume writing. Nothing like it has been offered to the military in the past, said Marian Leverette, regional school liaison officer.