A Deep Dive Into a 1980s Radio Shack Computer Trainer

For those of us who remember Radio Shack as more than just an overpriced cell phone store, a lot of the nostalgia for the retailer boils down to the brands on offer. Remember the Realistic line of hi-fi and stereo gear? How about Archer brand tools and parts? Patrolman scanners, Micronta test instruments, and don’t forget those amazing Optimus speakers — all had a place in our development as electronics nerds.
But perhaps the most formative brand under the Radio Shack umbrella was Science Fair, with a line of kits and projects that were STEM before STEM was a thing. One product that came along a little too late for our development was the Science Fair Microcomputer Trainer, and judging by [Michael Wessel]’s deep dive into the kit, we really missed the boat. The trainer was similar to the earlier “100-in-1”-style breadboarding kits, with components laid out on a colorful cardboard surface and spring terminals connected to their leads, making it easy to build circuits using jumper wires. The star of the show in the microcomputer trainer was a Texas Instruments TMS1100, which was a pretty advanced chip with a 4-bit CPU with its own ROM and RAM as well as a bunch of IO lines. The trainer also sported a peppy little 400-kHz crystal oscillator clock, a bunch of LEDs, a seven-segment display, a speaker, and a rudimentary keyboard.
The first video below is a general introduction to the trainer and a look at some basic (not BASIC) programs. [Michael] also pulls out the oscilloscope to make some rough measurements of the speed of the TMS1100, which turns out to be doing only about 400 instructions per second. That’s not much, but in the second video we see that it was enough for him to nerd-snipe his collaborator [Jason] into coding up an 80-nibble Tower of Hanoi solver. It’s a little awkward to use, as the program runs in spurts between which the user needs to check memory locations to see which disc to move to which peg, but it works.
It looks like people are rediscovering the Microcomputer Trainer all of a sudden. It might be a good time to pick one up.

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Rory McIlroy on different level, crushes The Match competition, sends $2.4M to charity

Of the four players competing in the ninth iteration of The Match, only Rory McIlroy had competed in this exhibition series before.
His experience in this competition was evident, as the four-time major champion looked comfortable against Match rookies Max Homa, Lexi Thompson, and Rose Zhang.
McIlroy dominated the competition, winning three skins, which equated to $800,000. He then took home the final skin through a closest-to-the-pin contest, netting another $1.1 million for charity.
But before he knocked it within five feet of the hole to close out The Match, McIlroy made a generous announcement on the 12th tee—the final hole. He told TNT’s audience that a friend would donate an additional $500,000 to the event. That ultimately increased McIlroy’s winnings to $2.4 million, which will go to the First Tee organization.

Rory McIlroy, the winner of The Match IX, stands alongside Max Homa, Rose Zhang, Lexi Thompson, and two children ambassadors.

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The day began with a halve on the par-5 1st hole. That meant the skin money from the opening hole carried over to the drivable par-4 second, where fireworks quickly sparked the competition.
Thompson hit her drive just off the green and faced a 35-foot eagle putt from the fringe. She then holed it, thus winning the hole and the first two skins of the match. It netted her $200,000, but unfortunately, that was the final hole she or anyone not named McIlroy would win.
Two holes later, at the par-4 4th, The Match featured a “One Club Challenge.”
Each player had to pick an exclusive club—meaning no player could use the same one—and they could only use that one club for the entire duration of the hole.
McIlroy selected a 5-wood, while Homa went with a 7-wood. Thompson opted for a 4-iron, Zhang a 4-hybrid.
Somehow, McIlroy salvaged a par, while the others looked like double-digit handicappers. That awarded the Northern Irishman two skins, as the par-3 third hole was halved.
At the par-3 5th, McIlroy hit it the closest to the pin, which netted an additional $100,000, but everyone made par, so the skin carried over to the 6th.

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot during The Match IX.

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

McIlroy easily won that hole, and suddenly, he had $500,000 in the bank.
After another halve at the 7th, McIlroy made a mundane, two-putt par at the 8th.
But the others around him collapsed on the greens, with Homa faltering the most. The former California Golden Bear three-putted from 15 feet, which included a miss from about three feet. McIlroy made Homa putt it, and that strategy netted McIlroy another two skins worth $300,000.
By the time the group arrived at the 9th tee, McIlroy had $800,000 while Thompson had $200,000. Homa and Zhang had nothing.
And yet, the group squared the final three holes, meaning that it all came down to the par-5 12th, where anyone could have won.
Like the 9th, 10th, and 11th, nobody emerged victorious at the 12th, thus leaving the $1.6 million skin up for grabs.

The foursome then went back to the 12th fairway for a closest-to-the-pin competition from 100 yards out, and McIlroy put the pressure on by going first and sticking it to four feet.
Nobody came close to that, meaning McIlroy won The Match for the first time in his career.
He last competed in this exhibition event in December 2022, when he and Tiger Woods lost 3 & 2 to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth at Pelican Golf Club.
Alas, this iteration of The Match was perhaps the best yet. It featured extraordinary banter between each player and provided a platform for two of the biggest stars in the women’s game. We need more of this in the years to come, and hopefully, Capital One and Turner Sports—who help produce The Match—recognize this need and bring golf fans more mixed events in the future.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]


Capital One’s The Match draws rave reviews as “breath of fresh air” for golf fans

Capital One’s The Match brought some fresh faces to the television screen with two LPGA stars playing in the competition for the first time.
Rose Zhang and Lexi Thompson joined Rory McIlroy and Max Homa for a 12-hole charity skins match at The Park in South Florida.
From the start of the broadcast, this ninth edition felt different. The witty banter from all of the broadcast personalities made the pre-show move quickly. DJ Khaled and Charles Barkley’s constant ribbing of each other made most laugh out loud.
The four players brought their personalities and their golf game. Some fans found things to complain about, but for the most part, the reactions on social media to The Match were positive.
One of the best ones had to be when X user Worm Burner gave the event quite the compliment.
“What a breath of fresh air for the game of golf,” he wrote.

He isn’t wrong either.
These days, seemingly all golf news takes a serious tone, particularly everything around LIV Golf and the division within the sport.
Thankfully, the four golfers they put together have blended beautifully.
Thompson’s personality flourished from the jump; trash-talking, and relaxing. Zhang got some fun jabs in as well. Homa was made for events like The Match because of his quick-witted nature, and of course, McIlroy knows how to drop the right one-liners at the perfect moment.
Fans certainly noticed.

Rose Zhang talking that shit to Rory after that putt! Love to see it! #TheMatch— BogeyParty ⛄️ (@bogeyparty) February 27, 2024

The Match is more enjoyable this time with a better balance of player and commentator chatter#TheMatch— Blind Guy Creations (@sonic_haze) February 27, 2024

Should the PGA Tour and LPGA pair up together for more fun events, and should there be a mixed-event match-play tournament?

About midway through #TheMatch and so far, it has been incredible.Max Homa is hilarious, Lexi Thompson’s subtle jabs have been awesome, and Rory has been great too.But my favorite part? Rose Zhang’s laughs, giggles, and quick wit. Love seeing these personalities shine.— Jack Milko (@jack_milko) February 27, 2024

Allowing the LPGA stars to play and raise money lets the world see how they stack against the men. It’s also been fantastic fun to watch.
Golf needs these kinds of events to keep it fun and light when there is so much tension in the sport.
Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. For more golf coverage, be sure to follow us @_PlayingThrough on all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports. […]


Integration Taught Correctly

[Math the World] claims that your calculus teacher taught you integration wrong. That’s assuming, of course, you learned integration at all, and if you haven’t forgotten it. The premise is that most people think of performing an integral as finding the area under a curve or as the “antiderivative.” However, fewer people think of integration as adding up many small parts. The video asserts that studies show that students who don’t understand the third definition have difficulty applying integration to real-world problems.
We aren’t sure that’s true. People who write software have probably looked at numerical integration like Simpson’s rule or the midpoint rule. That makes it pretty obvious that integration is summing up small bits of something. However, you usually learn that very early, so you’re forgiven if you didn’t get the significance of it at the time.

Even if you didn’t learn calculus, the video is an easy introduction to the idea of integration with practical examples drawn from basketball, archery, and more. Although there is a bit of calculus terminology, the actual problems could just as easily have been the voltage on a charging capacitor, for example.
We think calculus has a bad rap as being difficult when it isn’t. Maybe you should take more than 20 minutes to learn it.
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The Match: Rory McIlroy gives Max Homa the Ryder Cup treatment for $300,000

Rory McIlroy and Max Homa have their competitive juices raging at Capital One’s The Match on TNT.
They are playing alongside Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang, as the LPGA stars joined the fray for the first time.
Despite playing in a charity event, McIlroy has made Homa putt out on each putt, including those from inside four feet.
The move paid off for McIlroy on the par-3 8th hole, where the Northern Irishman made par and Homa three-putted from roughly 15 feet.
That included a miss from about 3-feet, as Homa lipped out for par.
As a result, McIlroy won the $300,000 skin and took a commanding $600,000 lead through eight holes in the 12-hole match.
“I kind of feel bad,” McIlroy said about making Homa putt out his short par putt.
“But [at the same time], I kind of don’t.”

Only Thompson had won another skin by that juncture, as her fantastic eagle on the par-4 2nd hole won her $200,000.
Homa and Zhang meanwhile, had yet to win a skin by the 8th hole, which made Homa’s miss that more deflating.
Of course, McIlroy making Homa putt out stems from the competitive nature of the Ryder Cup, which is all predicated on match play.
In both match play and skins matches, the player who gets the ball in the hole first typically wins or, at the very least, halves the hole.
You rarely lose the hole if your ball ends up in the hole before your opponent.
McIlroy employed this mentality emphatically at the ninth iteration of The Match, and it has undoubtedly paid dividends.
Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well. […]


China’s Strategies for 2024: An Interview With Lude Media

The [Communist] Party’s collusion with Western politicians and businessmen rests on a lie; Chinese leaders project themselves as the custodians of a culture that they have, in fact, done their best to destroy.
Guy Sorman, The Empire of Lies

The Chinese communist regime is an “empire of lies” as Guy Sorman explained to his readers. It is also an empire of secret agents and infiltrators. The communists are also building the largest military machine in the world. What do the Chinese communists plan to do with their military? Will they provoke a war in the Far East? On Friday I was able to interview Mr. D. Wang of Lude Media, who has sources inside the CCP and People’s Liberation Army.

An INterview on China’s Strategies for 2024

With Mr. D. Wang of Lude media23 February 2024

JRN: You recently received intelligence about a special operation against Taiwan that was initiated on 10 February against Taiwan. What can you tell us about this operation and how it works?

LUDE: “Operation Dang Gui” [where Dang Gui signifies “should return”] has two parts. There is the “Small Dang Gui” and the “Big Dang Gui” Operation. There are several aspects to this plan. They are going to enclose Taiwan without attacking it. And they are going to put pressure on Taiwan, from outside. Then they are going to provoke a conflict. The purpose is to bring the Taiwanese military under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP is going to use its agents in the KMT [Nationalist Party] while infiltrating and using local Taiwanese religious groups.

JRN: Using religion?

LUDE: Yes – and by exploiting the local culture. This is called the Mazu Plan.

JRN: To turn Taiwan’s flank using religion and local culture?

LUDE: Yes.

JRN: Has preparation for this operation been underway for a long time?

LUDE: This has been planned, obviously, for a long time. The reason being, that from a skill perspective, there is the ongoing work of compromising certain people. Because it involves the local culture and the popular Mazu belief, the CCP has been infiltrating temples and religious communities. If the CCP wants to influence these people during an election or military operation, they have to get local leaders to act in accordance with the CCP’s purposes.

JRN: This sounds familiar. The Soviet KGB did the same thing with Christian churches in the West and mosques in the Islamic world.

LUDE: In the Muslim infiltration strategy, the top leader of the Mosque is usually targeted for recruitment. Regarding Taiwan, I would like to mention that Mazu is also a religion in Fujian Province. This is the closest province in Mainland China to Taiwan. What they want to tell the local Taiwanese people is that we all believe in Mazu – Chinese Mainland people and Taiwanese people – so that we are part of the same culture, the same root, the same ancestors; so you should not believe the Americans who are Christians and Catholics. One of the main thrusts here is to get the local Taiwanese people to distrust the Americans while trusting the People’s Republic of China.

JRN: How does this work in the context of Taiwan’s internal politics?

LUDE: There are two groups in Taiwan. There are the Taiwanese natives and there are the Chinese who came from the mainland when the KMT was defeated in the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Democratic Progressive Party is mostly based on Taiwanese natives. The KMT Party largely represents Nationalist Chinese who settled in Taiwan. The Big Dang Gui part of the plan deals with manipulating the Taiwanese people and the Democratic Progressive Party. The Small Dang Gui is the plan dealing with manipulating the KMT Party.

JRN: So, the Chinese Communist Party feels the time has come to mobilize their infiltrators within the Big and Small Dang Gui groups? And they feel they have the strength within the two Dang Gui’s to take control of the Taiwan?

LUDE: First thing, we should explain what it means to take over Taiwan. There are three aspects to this: (1) Taiwan’s military system; (2) Taiwan’s police system; and (3) Taiwan’s intelligence system. The Chinese Communist Party is capable of taking over Taiwan’s military, police and intelligence systems in theory. Controlling these institutions is not the same as taking Taiwan by force. Such a takeover makes it hard for the West to interject forces. Furthermore, this situation must be placed into the context of a global war that is ongoing. Missile fire is being exchanged in the Middle East, there is trouble in the Far East, and there is a heavy fighting in Ukraine as well.  When so many places are on fire at once, from an improvisational perspective and a logistical perspective, the West probably does not have the bandwidth to prioritize Taiwan. In terms of diplomacy, China has been working on ways to leverage this situation; for example, the CCP could offer help in restraining North Korea if Washington looks the other way at the sudden integration of Taiwan into the People’s Republic. They could also offer to curb Russia’s westward advance in Europe. We must also remember that this Taiwan plan has an end date, which is November. This is what our internal intelligence sources say. There could be serious protests in Taiwan if the plan unfolds, and there are elections in the United States – in November. Furthermore, you have growing isolationism in the United States. China can use this situation.

JRN: Later this year the U.S. is planning to move five aircraft carriers, along with French and British aircraft carriers to the Far East. This is the biggest concentration of carriers in many years. Might such a deployment have something to do with this CCP operation to take control of Taiwan?  

LUDE: I believe that America does have intelligence regarding this plan against Taiwan. However, from a big-picture perspective, Taiwan is just one position and is part of a much bigger strategic situation. The Asia-Pacific is very large, stretching from Japan in the north to the south of Asia. And the purpose of threatening Taiwan, from the CCP’s perspective, is either to take Taiwan or to create a situation for sinking U.S. aircraft carriers. The CCP would like to hunt down American aircraft carriers, especially. The CCP’s most important strategic goal is not so much to take Taiwan, but to make headway against the U.S.

JRN: Is the CCP intentionally laying a trap for U.S. aircraft carriers?

LUDE: Yes, exactly. One of the CCP’s strategies is to make a trap for American aircraft carriers.

JRN: And they are willing to take on several aircraft carriers at once?

LUDE: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army/Navy is setting a trap in the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. They have laid underwater traps for ships and submarines that can hook onto the propeller, so that these vessels cannot leave the area. They want to attract aircraft carriers to those regions and they want to employ their own submarines as well.

JRN: Are there simultaneous plans for provocations in Korea? Or in the waters of Japan?

LUDE: I have no specific information concerning provocations involving Korea or Japan; however, logically it makes sense that something may happen around Korea or Japan. Our intelligence says there will be a trap in the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea; therefore, the warning is that carriers should be careful about operating in those areas; therefore, military provocations could occur that force the U.S. to enter other areas as well. There might even be landings in certain islands.

JRN: In the Senkaku Islands, which are Japanese territory?

LUDE: This correlates with the plan against Taiwan we have been talking about. These small Japanese islands are located northeast of Taiwan, plus there is the U.S. base at Okinawa which could be involved. Anything that happens to these island positions or threatens the U.S. base at Okinawa could cause U.S. aircraft carriers to be deployed and could be used to set the trap.

JRN: That makes sense. What does China hope to accomplish by sinking a U.S. aircraft carrier?

LUDE: The CCP is preparing for war. Luring U.S. aircraft carriers is not just a trap. There is a wider war in prospect. Why? It is very clear to the world right now that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, are allies. This is the Axis of Evil. This should be clear to the Western world. The leaders of the CCP think that a war with the Western world is inevitable. Therefore, everything is about preparing for the Big War. In the recorded Guangdong military-civil meeting in May 2022, we see how everything is being prepared for a strategic victory. [The translator added his own comment that China is sending recruits from its southern fronts to the coastal provinces.]

JRN: Presently, Americans are discussing the issue of President Biden’s senility. Many are questioning his qualifications for a second term. What does the CCP leadership think of Biden? Are they hoping to take advantage of Biden’s cognitive deficits?

LUDE: I do not have intelligence on this. I do know that when Biden became president the CCP senior leadership saw Joe Biden as one of their assets. However, what they are seeing right now – in financial and military spheres – is that Biden is going against the Chinese Communist Party, which is a big surprise for them. In fact, they are very surprised at Washington’s latest moves. If I could add another point to the previous topic: Why does the CCP leadership place such a priority on attacking aircraft carriers? Obviously, you cannot win a global war from one attack. They want to create a negotiation factor. Look at what the CCP did in the Korea War, in 1950, for example. They sent thousands of troops to attack the American forces, and these troops froze to death. They showed the West that they were willing to sacrifice lives, so that the Americans would be deterred from further military operations in that direction. If you think of the Hamas-Israel war, you must ask what was motivation to start this war? This is something called terrorism. In your last article you had this quote from Lenin where he said that terrorism was required to get anywhere. Terrorism is one of the key concepts for the CCP.  

JRN: If I understand correctly, the CCP is disappointed with its American friends, especially with Joe Biden. Is this disappointment the reason for China’s willingness to provoke a war?

LUDE: This is not just about disappointment with the West’s leadership. There is a political perspective and there is a historical perspective involved here. Since the West allowed China, under the CCP government, to join the WTO and to play by the same rules, the CCP owes the West a great deal. If you join the Big Family, you should pay something back. But they do not want to show any gratitude. They have their one belt, one road initiative. They want to use the money they have gained to becoming dominant in places like South America, for example. And also, they want greater influence in the Middle East. They want to be dominant in various regions. On top of that, they are in deep trouble economically, especially inside China. Their plan is to use pressure outside of China, in other countries, to solve their domestic problems.

JRN: What about India? Does the CCP leadership think that India could make trouble for them? How do they view India in all this?

LUDE: India is not seen as a big threat by the CCP leaders, because of India’s limited organizational capabilities. China only respects the power of Russia and North Korea and Iran. [The translator observed that the Chinese communists look down on India. They also think India cannot be a real ally with China.]

JRN: If the Chinese leaders have begun an operation to take Taiwan ending in November, and the operation involves a provocation, does this mean we can expect a war to start by November?

LUDE: The timeline depends on global factors, the first being the war in Ukraine and the situation with Poland. Russia is going to put more pressure there to force NATO to intervene. They also want to escalate the situation in the Middle East with Iran, so that we will have to spend resources there. The third one is North Korea, where they might attempt a nuclear experiment as diplomatic leverage. Then there is the progress of the subversion of Taiwan. They could cause chaos inside Taiwan. Also, they could cause chaos in the United States itself as the November elections approach.

JRN: It looks like we are headed into a serious crisis. I ask again, if this thing has been planned for a long time?

LUDE: We are looking at a plan, at long-term preparations, but the CCP leadership is making use of its opportunities as well. The hardship the CCP is trying to overcome is their economy. My recommendation to the West is to directly deter the CCP in its economy before the election. Their economy could be crushed. China does not have the financial means to fund the military operations of Russia, to fund the military operations of Syria, or fund the nuclear experiment in North Korea at the same time as an operation against Taiwan.

JRN: We are coming to the end of our time, but I would love to get a progress report from you in two or three weeks. Do you expect some developments in the next month?

LUDE: There will definitely be progress within the next month, because a flier came out today from the CCP. It was about Taiwan being returned to Chinese control in the near future. The reason things may develop quickly is what I’ve learned from my connections in Guangzhou and Shanghai, which are two of the biggest economic centers in China. Many local businesses are at risk – critical risk right now; and President Xi himself cannot wait very long to move forward with his plans because of economic pressure.   

JRN: So the CCP is being pushed to these operations because of its economy.

LUDE: Affirmative.

JRN: I want to thank you for this interview and hope to talk with you again soon.

LUDE: Thank you. I appreciate your work.

Friends And Enemies: The UFO Deception

We start out talking about Navalny and Tucker Carlson, then progress onto Carlson’s favored topic of UFOs.

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TFB Review: Traveling With the 5.11 Mission Ready 3.0

I do my best to avoid flying. I’m much more of a road trip person. Sometimes, seeing the country from 30,000 feet is my only option, though. I also have a family, which means that traveling involves bringing a ton of crap. Lately, I’ve been searching for luggage that can handle all of the above considerations. I was browsing the 5.11 Tactical website and realized they had a luggage section. Considering the performance I have experienced from their backpacks, I figured it was a good place to look for a durable travel companion. One thing led to another, and a Mission Ready 3.0 90L found its way onto my doorstep. 
5.11 Tactical @ TFB:

The 5.11 Mission Ready 3.0: Specifications

Length: 28.75″
Height: 13.0″
Width: 15.875”
Weight: 14 lbs.
Compartments: 10
Price: $285.00

Big Bag, Big Capabilities
When the Mission Ready 3.0 arrived, its size was immediately noted. The bag is bigger than any other that I own, which was kind of the point. It wasn’t unwieldy, however. The bag I got is black, which it appears is no longer available. Currently, the website lists only Ranger Green and Kangaroo. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have chosen the Kangaroo just to differentiate it from other bags on the airport carousel.

The Mission Ready has a lot of compartments. There are three small pockets across the “front” of the bag. These are small in relation to the whole bag, but I’d normally call them medium. Each pocket has its own individual enhancement. The one on the left has a square loop panel for attaching patches. The one in the middle is bigger than the other two and features a briefcase carry handle. The pouch on the right has a four-slot MOLLE/hook and loop strip for attaching other accessories.

Along the backside of the bag is a long zippered pouch as well as another carry handle, loop square, and a clear, vinyl ID tag display.

The top of the bag has three main sections. On the very top is another clear vinyl pouch. This is attached to the middle section. Unzipping this section reveals another compartment, which can be unzipped to give you access to the main compartment. 

Unzipping the lockable YKK zippers to gain access to your main compartment reveals even MORE potential for organization. The main compartment is wide open for packing the majority of your items. 

From here, you have access to several other smaller sections. The underside of the lid has another soft, zippered pouch. If you want to keep your stuff from shifting around a lot, there’s an optional mesh divider built in. On the back panel of the main area is a mesh pocket. Opposite of this pocket, along the front end, is an identical pouch. The Mission Ready showed up just in time for two major trips. First up was a family trip.
The Missions
We’re a family of four, with two kids under five years old. That means we bring a lot of stuff when we travel. We took a weekend trip for a friend’s birthday this past December. Obviously, wives are going to wife, so she had her own bags. However, I was able to fit all of my clothes, as well as the kids’ clothes and extras in the Mission Ready with ease.

The real test was a month later. SHOT Show is taxing on not only our bodies and minds, but on our equipment, too. I’m still mad at the TSA for breaking my mouse and monitor last year. This year, I kept all of my computer gear with me and checked everything else. My packing list was as follows:

Socks x 5
Jeans x 2
SureFire Stiletto Pro
Phone charger
Small medical kit
Shirts x 5
Spare jacket
Ear pro
Eye pro
Business card

There was still so much room left over. Even with room to spare, one of the benefits of the overall dimensions was the protection it provides to more sensitive items. Every year at SHOT, my friend Martin brings me a bottle from Slovakia, and I bring him something specific to Colorado. This year, I packed a bottle of blackberry whisky into my checked bag. By some sort of miracle, plus the protection of the Mission Ready, the bottle survived. The bag is equipped with wheels, as well as a collapsable drag handle. This is by no means new tech, but it makes pulling the bag around the airport much more convenient. I also used the carry handles to carry the bag like a briefcase. The handles felt strong, and I never worried about them ripping or tearing. Once I arrived at my room (no thanks to all of the road construction), the Mission Ready 3.0 lived at the foot of my bed, acting as a mobile dresser, keeping all of my things contained.

Mission Complete
I’d say that both of these missions were successful, and the Mission Ready 3.0 played a major role in that success. It’s good to know that I don’t have to be gentle with my things while wrangling two toddlers in Colorado or a photographer in Vegas.

The bag’s biggest strength can also be a weakness. The Mission Ready takes up almost the entire width of the trunk of my wife’s Subaru Forester. It’s big, but that’s kind of the point. For air travel, those omnidirectional wheels would be a great change. However, for rolling around town or even terrain, I think the wheels that are on there were a good choice.

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If you’re looking for a good travel, utility, or work bag for the range, this is definitely an option to consider. With only two big trips under its belt, it’s still early. I don’t have much data on the reliability and durability of materials, zippers, and mechanisms. So far, though, it’s SO good. Take a look at the 5.11 website for all of the details. Make sure you follow them on all of their social pages for more. 5.11 Tactical can be found on Facebook, Instagram, X, Pinterest, and YouTube. Travel well!

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Exclusive: Biden Admin Planted Operative Jeff DiSantis in Fani Willis’ Office to Target Trump, Sources Say

The Biden administration planted a Democrat operative inside a Fulton County office to target former President Donald Trump, multiple sources familiar with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office exclusively told Breitbart News.
If the Biden administration planted the operative, as the sources say, it would present a strong argument that the administration interfered in the 2024 presidential election.

Breitbart News granted the sources anonymity to discuss the attorney’s office for fear of retribution. The sources have direct knowledge of the environment at the District Attorney’s Office, which they characterized as “corrupt.”
One significant figure is overlooked in the Fulton County scandal concerning Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis and her alleged lover and fellow prosecutor Nathan Wade, the sources said: Meet Jeff DiSantis — the county’s Deputy District Attorney with professional experience far greater than the average county employee. DiSantis worked on Willis’s 2020 campaign, sources told Breitbart News, and was the former Executive Director of the Democrat Party of Georgia with extensive knowledge of campaign finance law. He was also the Deputy Director of Compliance for the DNC, according to his official bio:
Jeff has also worked for candidates in 30 states running for a variety of offices, including President of the United States, United States Senator, Governor, United States Representative, Attorney General, District Attorney, and Mayor, as well as for a national political party committee. He has served as a campaign manager, media consultant, pollster, press spokesman, research director, and policy advisor.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference at the Fulton County Government building on Wednesday, August 14, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Joshua Lott/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Sources credit DiSantis with colluding with the White House to target Trump. “DiSantis did this,” one source told Breitbart News about the Trump case. “He’s the one. He is the one pulling all the strings. He was the one that walled her [Willis] off. He was in every important meeting. He is the brainchild behind this. That is the connection to the White House.”

Citing his deep history and connections to the Democrat Georgia machine, sources told Breitbart News they were “one hundred percent” certain that DiSantis was the inside man planted in the Fulton County office by the Biden administration. “DiSantis is the one pulling the strings on this whole thing,” a second source said. “Everybody heard Fani testify. It’s no secret that she’s not smart. That is how she sounds and acts every day of the week.”
“Anyone that has common sense knows that the White House has been involved in this prosecution,” a source told Breitbart News. “This shouldn’t just miraculously happen. Of course, she’s [Willis] not going to prosecute the former president United States without the current administration’s approval.”
Sources speculated that DiSantis was instrumental in selecting grand jurors for the Trump case based on voter registration data. “Part of why you’re raising money as a candidate is to get money to buy the data about who are your voters. DiSantis, as the former head of the state Democratic Party, he’s going to know you know [the data] in Georgia,” one source said. “There’s not one conservative person on that grand jury.”
Sources also revealed that DiSantis was a member of Willis’s transition team after she won the election in November 2020. DiSantis helped Wade select employees for the new office. “DiSantis was there in the capacity to be a political strategist, hiding in the DA’s office,” a source told Breitbart News.
As Breitbart News exclusively reported Sunday, “Wade is a prosecutor on the Trump case and he selected the office employees,” a source told Breitbart News. Wade “made the decisions to hire or fire” employees in the District Attorney’s Office following Willis’s election victory in November 2020, according to multiple sources familiar with the Wade and Willis relationship.

The plot thickens even more! https://t.co/hKB2HF0ZlJ
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 25, 2024
The revelation of Wade’s previously unreported position as the former personnel decision-maker for the District Attorney’s Office raises ethical and conflict of interest concerns. It also raises questions about whether Wade and Willis have been forthright about the timeline of their reported affair.
Sources described one-on-one interviews behind closed doors with Willis and Wade, who was “too invested to be just a friend” of Willis to hold such a powerful position. It was “obvious” Willis and Wade had an affair in 2020, one year before Willis launched her probe into Trump — and DiSantis would know about it, sources revealed to Breitbart News.
The District Attorney’s Office did not reply to a request for comment from Breitbart News about DiSantis’s alleged involvement between the White House and Trump’s prosecution.
In January, Trump and codefendant Mike Roman accused Willis of maintaining an improper romantic relationship with Wade. Willis and Wade took the stand in February to testify about whether their relationship disqualified Willis from prosecuting Trump. If the presiding judge determines Willis engaged in an actual conflict of interest with her lover and fellow prosecutor, Willis could be removed from the case, handing former President Donald Trump a massive victory.

Wade’s story appears shaky. Former Fulton County District Attorney employee and friend of Willis since college, Robin Yeartie, testified that Willis was definitely in a relationship with Wade since 2019. In addition, cellphone data obtained from AT&T through subpoena contradicts Wade’s testimony.

BUSTED pic.twitter.com/AErV9lM8Cg
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 23, 2024
Wendell Husebo is a political reporter with Breitbart News and a former GOP War Room Analyst. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality. Follow Wendell on “X” @WendellHusebø or on Truth Social @WendellHusebo. […]


Fani Scrambles: Fulton DA Demands Judge Reject Cellphone Evidence

Fulton County DA Fani Willis is reeling after evidence was submitted to the court suggesting that she and special prosecutor Nathan Wade lied about when their romantic relationship began.To recap, Wade and Willis claimed that their relationship began sometime in early 2022 – after Willis hired Wade to help her go after Trump in the Georgia election interference case.Wade’s cell phone records disprove their official story, however. As The Reactionary notes,Trump’s attorneys were able to obtain, by subpoena to AT&T, Wade’s cell phone records from 1/1/2021 through 11/30/2021. Wade’s location data was analyzed by an investigator hired by the attorneys – an analytical tool which generated geolocation data that pinpointed Wade’s presence at DA Willis’s South Fulton Condo during that time period.Here are the highlights:Wade and Willis exchanged “over 2000 voice calls and just under 12,000 texts messages” from January 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021.Geolocation data indicates Wade was at DA Willis’s condo “at least 35 occasions”. The data revealed he was “stationary” at the condo “and not in transit.”Wade’s visits to DA Willis’s condo were corroborated by texts and phone calls. According to the report: On November 29, 2021, “following a call from Ms. Willis at 11:32 PM, while the call continued, [Wade’s] phone left the East Cobb area just after midnight and arrived within the geofence located on the Dogwood address [the condo] at 12:43 AM on November 30, 2021. The phone remained there until 4:55 AM.”On September 11, 2021, Wade arrived at the condo address at approximately 10:45 PM. He left the address at 3:28 AM and arrived at his Marietta residence at 4:05 AM. He then texted DA Willis at 4:20 AM.Now, Fani wants the evidence tossed – claiming that some of the data is inadmissible for technical or procedural reasons. Willis argued in a response that the cell phone data fails to “prove anything relevant,” and should be tossed because it contains “both telephone records that have not been admitted into evidence and an affidavit and other documents containing unqualified opinion evidence.”Because of this, Willis argues that the court should exclude the new information, or at least consider her “rebuttal evidence that demonstrates the unreliability of the unqualified opinion evidence improperly introduced by Defendant Trump.”She also claims that the new evidence is inadmissible because the defense counsel provided no written notice of its introduction, no summary of the expert’s testimony, and no information as to the expert’s qualifications. And even if he’s legit, the phone records don’t prove anything.”The records do nothing more than demonstrate that Special Prosecutor Wade’s telephone was located somewhere within a densely populated multiple-mile radius where various residences, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses are located,” she wrote, adding that the records may have even been obtained illegally. Trump smacks FaniIn a Saturday post to Truth Social, Trump argued that the new evidence shows that Willis is full of shit and should be disqualified.”Based on the fact that District Attorney Fani Willis and her Lover were together long prior to the filing date of their Fake Lawsuit against me and many other innocent people, despite their sworn testimony to the contrary, this case must be determined as OVER and, of no further force or effect,” he wrote.”Among other things, in close coordination and conjunction with the DOJ and White House (numerous 8-hour meetings between the Biden people and them in D.C.!), this case was all about stealing close to $1 Million Dollars for Lover Wade, and Election Interference, whereby a vicious and heinous attack is made on Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent.”Loading… […]


Illegal Immigrant In GA Murder Was Released From Custody Twice After Previous Arrests

By Blue ApplesUpdate:Newly emerging details following the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra demonstrate the gross negligence that enabled him to enter into the country before taking residence in Georgia, ultimately leading to the murder of Laken Riley.According to US Customers and Border Protection, Ibarra was arrested near the US-Mexico border on September 8, 2022 after entering the country illegally. Ibarra was subsequently released following his arrest before leaving Texas to take refuge in the sanctuary city that is Eric Adam’s NYC, where he was able to find gainful employment as an Uber driver.While University Of Georgia Chief Of Police Jeff Clark stated that Ibarra did not have an “extensive” criminal history at the time of his arrest, that categorization omitted the fact that the suspect was arrested again in NYC just one week after being released by US Customs And Border Protection after entering the US illegally. According to a statement made by Immigration And Customs Enforcement following his arrest: “New York City police also arrested Ibarra last September and charged him “with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation,”This administration is preventing ICE from doing their job
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2024Following his arrest in NYC, NYPD released Ibarra before ICE could issue a detainer to process him for deportation. However, city officials have challenged ICE’s account stating that it did not have any record of Ibarra’s previous arrest in NYC. Nevertheless, Ibarra left New York, moving to Athens, GA where he would be arrested in connection to Riley’s murder. Unlike following his arrest in NYC, the Atlanta Field Office of ICE Enforcement And Removal Operations stated that they have successfully issued a detainer for Ibarra following his arrest in Georgia.The catch and release policy that enabled Ibarra to be released from ICE and NYPD custody and find his way to Georgia exemplifies the deleterious ramifications Biden administration’s reckless immigration policy making. Had Ibarra faced more swift action following his arrest in NYC, the tragedy of Laken Riley’s murder could have been avoided entirely. This kafkaesque reality was not lost upon Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who took to X to blast the Biden administration for its failure to secure the border.Laken Riley’s tragic death struck the hearts of Georgians everywhere and has sparked national outrage.Joe Biden’s failed policies have turned every state into a border state, and I’m demanding information from him so we can protect our people when the federal government won’t! pic.twitter.com/wsD4H6BSr6
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) February 24, 2024Ibarra’s illegal immigration into the US from Venezuela has been speculated to have been assisted by the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, a Jewish-American NGO that has facilitated immigrants from South America like Ibarra with their arduous journey to North America. Given the geographic barrier that the Darien Gap separating South and Central America poses, HIAS dedicates its resources to assist migrants in their perilous journey across the 60-mile uninhabited tropical wilderness. According to HIAS, nearly 250,000 migrants crossed the Darien Gap in 2022 alone. That number is expected to have risen above 500,000 in 2023 due to the assistance of HIAS, which has stationed a dedicated field office in the Darien Province of Panama. Ibarra’s former employer Uber is one of many corporate sponsors of HIAS, highlighting the fascist-like synthesis of corporations and the state fueling the immigration crisis.We’re also finding out he was smuggled in by HIAS, worked at Uber, was arrested in NYC, and released by NYPD before killing her.You can bet Biden counted his job as a “new job created”.
— JD Sharp (@imjdsharp) February 26, 2024The chronology leading to the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra highlights the systematic failure of the Biden administration from securing the border to vetting any illegal immigrants for the danger their presence brings to the country. Despite the numerous failures of law enforcement on federal, state, and municipal levels illustrating how broken the country’s immigration policy has become, mainsteam media outlets coverage has deflected away from that scrutiny. This callousness is epitomized by an AP article on Riley’s murder which trivializes her death. The article uses Riley’s murder to examine the “fears of solo female athletes” and though it mentions Ibarra as being the suspect arrested in her murder, he is referred to as an “Athens resident” with no mention of his immigration status made in the piece at all.The killing of a nursing student out for a run highlights the fears of solo female athletes https://t.co/RYCpB53JmJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 25, 2024The AP take on Riley’s death is a microcosm of the coordinated efforts of mainstream media sources to whitewash the immigration crisis. Although Riley’s murder has since become a national story following Ibarra’s arrest, sources like the AP have done their best to deter public perception aware from an earnest examination of the events that led to her death. This bias coverage detracts attention away from the Biden administration’s enforcement of an immigration policy designed to flood the nation with illegal immigrants going into an election year as being the cause of the chain of events that led to the murder of Laken Riley.- – – – With 7.3 million illegal immigrants entering into the country since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, the national security threat of an unsecured border has become perhaps the biggest issue heading into the 2024 Presidential Election. The border crisis has even overshadowed a stagnant economy and foreign policy that has seen entangle itself in several theaters of war abroad. While the Biden administration brushes off this premise as a racist alt-right fever dream, the reality of that threat has come to affect everyday life for the average american. In its most recent whitewashing of the immigration crisis, the media establishment has all but entirely blacked out the murder Laken Riley, a 22-year old nursing student in Georgia. The lack of coverage about her murder is ostensibly because she was killed by an illegal immigrant who was able to enter the country due to the Biden administration’s open-border policy.Riley was a junior enrolled at the Augusta University, studying in its nursing school. University authorities’ worst nightmares were realized when her body was discovered early Thursday afternoon following reports she had gone missing after going for a jog around the intramural sports fields 2.5 miles from the nearby University Of Georgia’s main campus in Athens where she had been a student until 2023. Riley’s body was identified by the Athens-Clarke County Coroner’s office on Friday morning. The coroner assigned blunt force trauma as the cause of death, according to University Of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark during a statement made following the identification of Riley’s body. During that announcement, Clark also announced that 26 year-old Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra had been arrested in connection with Riley’s murder.Ibarra’s brother Diego was also arrested on Friday, though for charges unrelated to Riley’s murder. Diego Ibarra was taken into state custody although charged federally for possession of a fraudulent green card, a crime that likely facilitated his brother’s illegal immigration from Venezuela into the US where he took residence in Athens, GA. Diego Ibarra was arrested for the fake green card when he presented it to police who asked to speak to him because he matched the description of the suspect in Riley’s murder police took from campus security footage from where she went missing.Jose Antonio IbarraFriends, family, and the University Of Georgia mourned Riley’s death, lauding the young woman for her academic excellence and exceptional character. “She received her honorary white coat in August of 2023, symbolizing humanism, compassion, and the start of her nurse’s journey,” the university remarked. “Not only was she a bright and dedicated student, but she had the distinct honor of making the Fall 2023 Dean’s List.” A close connection to the Riley family released a statement regarding Laken’s death on their behalf which stated “Laken was an amazing daughter, sister, friend and overall person in general. Her love for the Lord was exemplified in every aspect of her life. She will be missed every day, but we promise to honor her life moving forward in a very big way,” the statement read, going on to say “During this most difficult time, we ask that you respect our privacy, and provide us the time and space necessary to grieve our daughter’s life that was tragically cut short.”Subsequent to Ibarra’s arrest, campus police have recommended he be charged with felony murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and concealing the death of another. Despite the litany of charges being sought and the gruesome nature of Riley’s murder, police stated they believe that Ibarra’s crime was an isolated incident and that he was not a suspect in any other on-going investigations in the area. Police described the murder as a crime of opportunity and said there was no evidence that Ibarra had any underlying motive or that he knew Riley beforehand. “The evidence suggests that this was a solo act,” Clark stated, adding there were “no indications of a continuing threat to the community related to this case at this time.”Although the tragedy of Riley’s murder is befitting of a true crime mystery series that Netflix would capitalize on in a heartbeat, her death has received little attention by their mainstream media cohorts. Despite the hours and hours of airtime dedicated to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who died in 2020 as a means of launching the country onto the cusp of an all out race war, Riley’s death defies mainstream narratives about the threat the US’ open border with Mexico and is thus verboten from the same kind of coverage.When you vote, think of Laken Riley. Think of Mollie Tibets. Think of Kate Steinle. Think of Lizbeth Medina.Think of all the innocent American lives we already lost due to open borders.Think of how many we could save.Do it for them. pic.twitter.com/oMSjFQf6hn
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) February 24, 2024That media blackout obfuscates the reality that unfettered immigration into the US presents an innate threat to citizens. Since the 2021 fiscal year, Border Patrol has arrested 43,674 criminal non-citizens. US Customs And Border Protection defines the term criminal non-citizen as any individual who has been convicted of one or more crimes either in the US or abroad before behind interdicted by immigration officials. The metric also discounts criminal convictions abroad for crimes not illegal in the US. Of those 43,674 criminal non-citizens arrested, violent crimes accounted for over of their 8,000 preexisting convictions. Murder convictions related to 165 of those arrests, while sex crime convictions comprised nearly 10 times that amount with 1,210 having been documented by Border Patrol. Despite being on the books, these figures have received as little coverage by legacy media outlets as Riley’s murder has.The main way legacy media lies is by controlling the narrative https://t.co/b8FaXTtwQQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2024Although the media establishment remains silent about the murder of Laken Riley, it can do little to silence the uproar against the Biden administration’s manufactured immigration crisis. Even staunch supporters of the Democratic Party have come to express their disapproval of how the border is being handled amid approval ratings for Biden falling to all-time lows. What the coverage surrounding Riley’s murder reflects is that there are no lengths the mainstream media will go to in order to push the political agenda fueling the immigration crisis, proving that innocent American lives are little more than political capital when it comes to pushing that agenda.Loading… […]