Serena claims 4th Wimbledon title, 13th Grand Slam

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — For the ninth time in 11 years, the name “Williams” was etched on the green board inside the All England Club that lists the champions of the world’s most famous tennis tournament.

Serena Williams pointed gleefully as her name was unveiled Saturday next to the year 2010 — her fourth title at Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam championship.

She counted the names: Serena, four times; sister Venus, five.

Serena extended the family dominance by overpowering 21st-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided final that lasted just 67 minutes and showed why Williams is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Williams, who improved her record to 13-3 in Grand Slam finals, added to the Wimbledon titles she won in 2002, 2003 and 2009. However, this was the first time she defeated someone other than Venus in the final.

Venus, who beat Serena in 2008, was upset in the quarterfinals this week, preventing a fifth all-sister final.

“I’m just glad that I was able to win, especially (after) Venus lost,” Serena said. “I really wanted a Williams sister to go ahead and win it. Eleven years consistent is really cool.”

That’s something the sisters won’t be able to ignore back home in Florida.

“Now everywhere we look there’s another Wimbledon trophy,” Williams said. Then she rolled her eyes and added with a smile, “Not another one of those again.”

After converting an overhead smash to finish the match, Williams tossed her racket away, bent backward, looked to the sky, shook her fists and screamed. She looked over at her family and friends in the guest box and flashed her fingers to indicate No. 13.

“I thought, ‘I hope I get the number right,'” she said. “You know me, I tend to forget.”

Williams served nine aces, broke three times and never faced a break point in nine service games. She finished the tournament without dropping a set.

Williams, who has won five of the last eight major tournaments, moved ahead of Billie Jean King into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list of women’s Grand Slam champions with 13, the most of any active woman player. Williams also has five Australian Open titles, three U.S. Open wins and one at the French Open.

After accepting the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent with a curtsy, Williams turned to King, who was sitting in the Royal Box.

“Hey, Billie — I got you,” she said. “This is No. 13 for me now. It’s just amazing to able to be among such great people.”

King grinned and applauded.

“That’s actually my lucky number,” Williams said of 13.

Margaret Smith Court leads the Grand Slam list with 24 titles, followed by Steffi Graf with 22, Helen Wills Moody with 19 and Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 18 each.

Williams said she wasn’t thinking about catching the greats ahead of her or establishing her place in history.

“I’m happy to win 13,” she said. “You never know what tomorrow brings. I’m happy to have gotten this far. Who would have thought? It just takes a dream and a little work effort. … I’m just trying to be Serena, that’s all that I can be.”

But King has no doubt how far Williams can go.

“She can be the greatest ever if she keeps going,” King said.

Navratilova also believes Williams has many more Grand Slams ahead of her.

“At the rate she’s going, she certainly may catch me and Chris and Helen Wills Moody and who knows, maybe even Steffi,” Navratilova said. “She’s just head and shoulders above everybody else, and those are pretty broad shoulders she’s got.”

Posing for photographers, Serena held the trophy on the balcony above the club entrance, then walked through the entrance and twirled and skipped while still holding the trophy as military personnel stationed in the lobby applauded.

“I was really feeling Frank Sinatra-ish, ‘Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon,'” she said. “This old-style dance. That’s what I felt like at the moment.”

Williams graciously congratulated Zvonareva, who played in her first Grand Slam final and was the second-lowest ranked women’s finalist ever at Wimbledon.

“Everyone should give her a big round of applause,” Williams said. “She defines what being a champion and never giving up means.”

Zvonareva didn’t look intimidated and kept close early in the match, but the contest swung in Williams’ favor when she broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set.

Williams squandered her first break point with a return error, but then hit a perfect backhand lob at deuce to set up another. This time, she ripped a running forehand passing shot down the line, and celebrated by dropping onto her right knee and pumping her left fist.

Williams broke again to open the second set and went ahead 4-1 when Zvonareva double-faulted on the third break point of the game.

“I think I’m a little bit disappointed at the moment,” Zvonareva said. “Maybe I was not able to show my best today, but I think Serena just didn’t allow me to show my best.”

Despite the score, Zvonareva claimed Williams was beatable.

“She’s a human being. She’s not a machine,” the Russian said. “It’s very difficult to beat her. You have to play your best. But if you do, you can do it.”

As has been the case throughout the two-week tournament, Williams’ big serve was the dominant factor on Saturday.

Williams won 31 of 33 points when her first serve was good. She hit her fastest serve — 122 mph — for an ace in the final game. She finished the tournament with a record 89 aces.

“I honestly never served like this,” Williams said. “At Wimbledon, whenever I come on this grass and play on this amazing court I start serving well.”

The men’s final will be played Sunday, with No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal going for his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam overall against 12th-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

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Spain Defeats Portugal, Advances to World Cup Quarters

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — David Villa finished off a move of Spanish perfection to finally break down Portugal’s defensive wall Tuesday, giving the European champions a 1-0 win and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Villa scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 63rd minute, while Cristiano Ronaldo again failed to inspire Portugal.

A trademark Spanish passing move found Andres Iniesta in the center. He flicked the ball through to Xavi Hernandez, who backheeled to Villa charging in on the left.

The Barcelona-bound striker saw his first shot blocked by Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo, but on the rebound, he coolly slotted home with his right foot.

“It was one of my best goals because it got us through to the next round,” Villa said. “Keep scoring so we can keep going.”

Portugal’s only defensive weakness had been on its right flank, where Ricardo Costa struggled. He was sent off for elbowing Joan Capdevila in the 89th minute, stifling a late Portuguese drive.

“The match was extremely intense,” Spain coach

Vicente del Bosque said. “In the second half, we were better than Portugal. We had greater depth in our play, and we controlled the game very well.”

Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, showed only rare flashes of brilliance at the tournament, however.

“We believed that he can do it,” Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz said. “He is our leader, our captain.”

Spain will now play Paraguay in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Ellis Park.

Exactly two years after Spain ended a 44-year drought by winning the European Championship, the team stayed on course to become the first European titlist to add the World Cup since West Germany did it in 1974.

Spain was about teamwork, and it showed from the start. Fernando Torres and Villa immediately moved down the left, looking to exploit Portugal’s weakness on right back. Within the first seven minutes, Eduardo had to make three quality saves to keep Portugal in the game on angled shots from Spain’s two strikers.

“His performance was brilliant,” Queiroz said of his goalkeeper. “He saved and kept the team fighting for the result.”

Portugal went out of the tournament after conceding its first goal in four games.

“To lose by one goal in a championship hurts very badly,” Eduardo said.

After the sterling start, strangely enough, Spain did not continue to pound Portugal’s weak right side and instead settled for the intricate passing game through the center it has become famous for.

Once Portugal’s defense settled, it proved why it has one of the best in the world, conceding only one goal in its last 12 matches. It clogged play in the center and Spain got frustrated to the extent that it was reduced to long-range attempts Gerard Pique.

“We never lost our confidence,” Villa said. “We know the potential we have and what we can give.”

Portugal’s problem was that Ronaldo was yet again off form. Right before the opening whistle, he looked up at the night sky and started pleading with his arms outstretched, almost begging to finally make his mark on a huge game.

The heavens didn’t respond.

Ronaldo’s best attempt came from a free kick in the 28th minute when he launched the ball from 35 meters (yards) with such unpredictable dipping swerve and speed that all Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas could do was block it with his body and see the ball bounce free.

Otherwise, Portugal could rely little on its captain. As he was pointing left and right where his teammates should go, he often walked.

In four games, he had shown only a few flashes of his brilliance.

Early in the second half, Portugal almost got the breakthrough it wanted when a cross from Hugo Almeida bounced off the leg of Carles Puyol and the deflection sailed marginally wide of Casillas’ goal.

For all of Torres’s running, he still showed he had not fully recovered from his right knee operation in April. Instead of scoring the winner like he did two years ago to, he was replaced by Fernando Llorente in the 59th, and the match immediately changed.

Llorente had a great header on his first touch of the ball, which Eduardo saved. But two minutes later, Villa scored the lone goal.

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School Officials in Mass. Town Won’t Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

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When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School, he noticed something peculiar: There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms. But the pledge still will not be recited.

The Arlington, Mass., school committee has rejected the 17-year-old’s request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it, according to a report in the Arlington Patch.

Harrington had presented school officials with a petition signed by 700 people, along with letters of support from lawmakers including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

But the request to have the pledge recited failed when the committee’s vote ended in a 3-3 tie.

“I was really heartbroken,” Harrington told FOX News Radio. “It’s hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down.”

His fight has received quite a bit of support from the community. “When I was going to school, it was an honor and a privilege to pledge allegiance to the flag,” Francis De Guglielmo, 55, told the Patch. He called the ban an “absolute travesty” and a “disgrace.”

Harrington, who will be a senior in the fall, said he will continue to fight. “I’m not a person who quits and I don’t back down. It’s a very righteous cause and needs to be followed through until the end.”

Some committee members voiced concerns about forcing people to do something that might violate their beliefs – including religious beliefs. Among the no-votes was committee member Leba Heigham.

“Patriotism is a very personal thing for all of us, but I do not think it is in the school committee’s best interest to mandate that any of our employees recite the pledge,” she told the Patch.

Harrington said the recitation would have been strictly voluntary.

“If we can’t find one teacher who is willing to say the pledge, then the system we have is cracked,” he told FOX News Radio, noting that a number of teachers signed his petition.

He said the school’s ban on the pledge sends the wrong message. “It tells me that we’ve basically cast aside what our country is founded on,” he said. “It’s saying that we don’t really care, and it’s sad.”

Arlington’s superintendent of schools did not return a call for comment.

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Publishing Company Under Fire for Putting Warning Label on Constitution

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A small publishing company is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.

Wilder Publications warns readers of its reprints of the Constitution, the

Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, among others, that “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.”

The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they “might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”

Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says the company may be trying to ensure that oversensitive people don’t pull its works off bookstore or library shelves.

“Any idea that’s 100 years old will probably offend someone or other,” Olson told FoxNews.com. “…But if there’s anything that you ought to be able to take at a first gulp for yourself and then ask your parents if you’re wondering about this or that strange thing, it should be the founding documents of American history.”

The warning seems to be offending more people than the documents themselves.

Amazon.com’s customer reviews of Wilder’s copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation show an overwhelming number of people speaking out against the disclaimer, describing it as “insulting,” “sickening” and “frankly, horrifying.”

Another review for Wilder’s edition of the Federalist Papers calls for an all-out boycott of the publisher, sarcastically pointing out the “dangerous ideas” it’s trying to protect children from: “limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy.”

And though warning labels are usually posted to protect a company from potential lawsuits, constitutional attorney Noel Francisco says this disclaimer has no legal benefits.

“Would it ever be a legal concern that selling the Constitution would expose you to some kind of liability? No. Never,” Francisco told FoxNews.com. “The Constitution is the founding document of the country, an operative legal document.”

As for the idea that this warning label might help keep these works from being yanked off bookshelves, Francisco says it is more likely to have the opposite effect: people not carrying the book because it has the disclaimer.

“By putting on the warning, you’re making controversial something that’s not controversial: our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence,” he said.

Amazon customers appear to agree. Almost all of the reviews discussing the disclaimer end with the same thought: don’t buy from this publisher.

Efforts to reach the publisher were unsuccessful.

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Obama’s Misguided Border Response

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For years Arizona sought Washington solutions to illegal immigration. The state finally acted unilaterally because the federal government failed to respond to the growing border crisis.

Now, Washington’s belated response wastes money and does nothing to address the broken border.

President Obama’s finally agreed to meet with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday.

During the 30-minute discussion, Brewer refused to back down from implementing the state’s new illegal immigration law. While Brewer stood firm, the President conceded that the “majority” of the 1,200 National Guard troops he decided to send to the border will go to Arizona.

Even if it gets the Arizona the majority of the new resources, the state will share the President’s token election-year response of troops and $500 million dollars with Texas, New Mexico and California.

Obama’s 1,200 troops delegated to office duties and split among four states’ border areas is a feel-good, but ultimately meaningless gesture. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Deaver said it amounts “to spitting into the wind.”

The presidential directive followed a contentious May 25 meeting between President Obama and Senate Republicans. Obama left the meeting irritated by criticism after asking for Republican support for comprehensive immigration reform.

Three attempts to increase the number of troops and funds through amendments to other legislation were rejected by Senate Democrats before the Memorial Day recess.

In a June 3 letter to Brewer, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security said he opposes SB-1070, the Arizona immigration law, because it is “wrong-hearted,” “likely unconstitutional,” and will not reduce illegal immigration.

Schumer’s plan calls for “comprehensive immigration reform” including a biometric Social Security card (a.k.a. national ID card), guest worker visas and amnesty for the illegals already here. Border security and resolving Arizona’s issues is not mentioned—only that Schumer’s plan will put more unspecified “resources” forward than the ten-point Border Security Plan offered by Arizona GOP Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl.

Schumer asked Brewer to delay implementation of SB-1070 and pressure Arizona’s senators to work with him on comprehensive reform. In a 40-page response to Schumer, Arizona’s governor told the New York senator to take a hike. Her letter of response includes copies of the ignored correspondence Brewer sent asking for help from Obama, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano and a host of Washington’s top power brokers.

Arizona also has to deal with a federal lawsuit that will cost millions of dollars that would be better spent addressing the real problem. But the lawsuit isn’t against Arizona’s SB-1070, the bill that makes it a state crime to be the country illegally.

Obama did order the Justice Department to review SB-1070 for civil liberties violations, but Justice is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a 2007 state law that targets employers who knowingly hire illegals. DOJ claims the law, defended in court and found valid, interferes with federal jurisdiction over immigration enforcement.

Arizonans hope Atty. Gen. Eric Holder read that Arizona statute before filing the lawsuit.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already refused to overturn it. A smokescreen drama rehashing settled law distracts from the Obama Administration’s hesitancy to contest SB-1070 outright—a fight they might not win.

Attorney Kris Kobach, an immigration law specialist who drafted SB-1070, said the challenges to the law are heavy on rhetoric, but “light on legal arguments.” The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law professor and candidate for secretary of state in Kansas helped defend Arizona’s Human Smuggling Act in court and co-wrote the 2007 law.

Arizona’s immigration enforcement law mirrors federal statutes and prohibits racial profiling. Since 1984, California’s immigration law requires local police agencies to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement of any detainee suspected of being in the country illegally, but does not prohibit racial profiling.

Hundreds of local law enforcement agencies in 24 states are currently empowered to enforce federal immigration laws under the federal 287(g) program. Seventeen other states are considering regulations similar to Arizona’s. The 40-year old federal laws enforced by numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies provide evidence immigration laws are enforced without racial profiling. In reality, the protestors against the Arizona law are also opposed to the federal law. The true goal of pro-immigration groups calling for comprehensive immigration reform is amnesty for the illegal immigrants already here and open borders.

To call the law racist is a specious charge. Illegal immigrants do not have a right, human or otherwise, to be in this country. Nor do they get to choose which U.S. laws shall apply to them. Arizona’s law, like the federal statute, applies equally to all regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. The fact that the majority of illegals in Arizona and the U.S. are from Mexico does not make the law racist.

Mexico’s economy depends on the billions of dollars Mexicans illegally working in the
United States send home. Mexico has a vested interest in increasing the numbers of workers here and the pro-immigration groups hawking comprehensive immigration reform have equally sinister ulterior motives for demonizing a conservative backed immigration crackdown—workers to be organized and voters who will support liberal politicians and nanny-state progressivism.

Comprehensive immigration reform will not be accomplished by a single piece of legislation, but steps to begin the process, such as securing the border and following Arizona’s lead would start the process.

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Iphone 4, really?

Many of you Know the apple iphone, 3g, and 3gs. But apple had to come out with the iphone 4. Apple said ” its the best phone of the decade.” Did you know 7 out of 10 prototypes of the iphone 4 crashed within one hour. If that happens Apple is going to have a big lawsuit on there hands. Plus not to mention all the other problems they’ve had with MAC notebooks. AT&T has already sold out of them and no one can pre order them. soon the will be making iphone 5 who knows what that will look like. There is nothing wrong with the other iphones, the iphone 4 is just thinner, nothing else. A wise man once told me ” don’t buy cheap Apple products.”

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Obama’s Pro-Terror Policies and Arizona

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Before anyone in the Obama administration, including his chief law enforcement agent DOJ head Eric Holder bothered to read the new Arizona border enforcement law, Democrats were out in force condemning the state of Arizona for taking local enforcement of federal immigration laws seriously.

In case after case, we can see the Obama administration’s pro-terror policies here and abroad – from forcing U.S. soldiers to mirandize known enemy combatants on foreign fields of battle – to their insistence upon national tolerance for a so-called “religion of peace,” and their ongoing redefining of “terrorist” to include only American citizens who still believe in their Constitution.

But their most deadly pro-terror policy is their assault on U.S. Immigration Laws and the people and states who want them enforced immediately.

This is because it isn’t just decent Mexican families flooding across our southern border in search of an honest day’s work.

As was reported by Atlanta’s WSBTV News over the weekend, what most thinking Americans already knew to be the case has now been confirmed. Terrorists from around the globe are exploiting the wide open southern border as their easy entry point into the United States, the Great Infidel…

Republican Representative Paul Brown from Georgia had NO knowledge of the Homeland Security Report listing the number illegal OTM (Other Than Mexican) invaders coming across the southern border, who are not entering the U.S. for a job mowing grass or picking fruit.

Brown sits on a National Security Committee in the House of Representatives and although he has surely been briefed on the Southern Poverty Law Centers T.E.A. Party terrorist watch list, the list of real terrorists sneaking across the southern border has apparently not been shared with members of that committee, according to Brown.

As a result, we are seeing an increasing number of stories like this one in Newsmax on the 23rd.

“An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released Sunday.”

We don’t know who is coming across the southern border because we don’t care. The Obama administration makes no distinction between legal immigrants and illegal invaders. In fact, the only terrorists the Obama administration cares about are those pesky T.E.A. Party constitutionalist right-wing extremists who still demand to live free from government tyranny.

The Obama administration has gone so far as to outlaw the use of the term “war on terrorism” in its national security lexicon, with the noted exception of constitutional conservatives, with whom he is clearly waging all out war.

In headlines like US Citizen in Kansas Routed Funds to al-Qaida and Terrorists Shift to Sniper-Like Attacks on U.S.—we can easily see a developing pattern towards increased terror activity on the homeland.

But Obama’s administration is not the least concerned with the next 9/11 on U.S. soil. They see ALL immigrants and U.S. invaders as only potential Democrat voters that will keep them in political power for eternity.

Terror tactics are no longer limited to car bombs and commercial airliners. Now terrorists have a direct in to the U.S. political system, noted in Muslim Brotherhood Helps Bankroll Minnesota Democrat and a growing number of other examples that demonstrate a new sophistication in international terror cell operations.

Meanwhile, as Team Obama makes certain that there will be another 9/11 on U.S. soil, he and his thugs work around the clock to strip American citizens of their rights to disagree, and provided terrorists with the cover of a Johnny Cochran dream team style defense sure to give known terrorist the O.J. Simpson treatment in our equally corrupt judicial branch, now focused only upon “social justice” as opposed to real justice.

Arizona is the problem?

According to Obama & Co. – Arizona is in the wrong for trying to enforce existing immigration laws. Arizona is on the deadly receiving end of NO enforcement and they have had enough. Frankly, 49 other states should follow Arizona’s lead immediately, because Obama and his fellow leftists have NO intention of ever closing the southern border.

Their idea of “reform” is essentially to erase the borders altogether.

As Obama’s and Democrats’ popularity numbers plummet with “legal” U.S. voters, they MUST HAVE new U.S. voters to remain in power. Those voters are up for grabs in the Illegals for Amnesty crowd, the Muslim community and Puerto Rico. Democrats plan to put a saddle on every back and a bit in every mouth.

  • Tolerate the most violent religion on earth – (we are no longer a Christian nation)
  • Open the borders and ignore illegal migration – (undocumented Americans)
  • Give Puerto Rico statehood – (non-Americans with American voting rights)

All three of these initiatives are politically driven. They are all an effort to register millions of new Democrat voters, aka, government dependents. Obama & Co. do NOT care about the cost to American security or taxpayers.

So, I say, vacation in Arizona this year. If you are going to travel on holiday, travel to Arizona and support the first state in the nation willing to step out and do the right thing. Maybe other states will follow when doing the right thing will improve commerce in their state.

But make no mistake, the insane policies of the Chicago cabal currently running the nation into the ground never had your best interests in mind. Their idea of “change” serves only them, not us.

Is Arizona the great threat to American sovereignty, security and peace?

Or is Barack Obama and Company?

Before you make the mistake of thinking this is a partisan piece, let me point out that I only care about two types of people—American (and) anti-American. It’s the founding principles and values found in the Charters of Freedom that separate the two.

Americans still believe in these principles and values. Anti-Americans do not…

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