Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss rapidly dropping rates in illegal immigration across the southern border. They also reproach Illinois state representatives – especially Republicans – for agreeing to tax hikes instead of dealing with major fiscal problems. And they question CNN’s decision to intimidate an anonymous Reddit user over the controversial GIF President Trump re-tweeted on Sunday. To finish off the day, they criticize the History Channel for concluding what happened to Amelia Earhart based largely on one photograph.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Once the Amelia Earhart wore pants new flash was mentioned, I was wating for a Jonah Goldberg reference. Thanks for coming through on that, Jim!

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    • July 5, 2017, at 11:01 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    “Take that, Jonah!”

    Indeed. I am happy to hear that Jim is wearing pants and hope we can say the same of Greg.

    Happy birthday, Jim.

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    • July 5, 2017, at 11:51 AM PDT
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  3. Peter Gøthgen Member
    Peter Gøthgen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I should note that the pronunciation of an acronym has nothing to do with the pronunciation of the words that make it up.

    If it did, “laser” (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) would be pronounced “lah-seer“, “scuba” (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) would be pronounced “skub-ah”, “AIDS” (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)would be “uh-eeds“, “NASA” (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) would be “nay-sah”, etc.

    An acronym is pronounced either by reciting the letters, or as a new word, completely independent of the origin of the component letters.

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    • July 5, 2017, at 1:51 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    Peter Gøthgen (View Comment):
    I should note that the pronunciation of an acronym has nothing to do with the pronunciation of the words that make it up.

    Thank you, Peter. Choosy Interneters choose gif.

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    • July 5, 2017, at 3:21 PM PDT
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  5. dicentra Member
    dicentra Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Peter Gøthgen (View Comment):

    An acronym is pronounced either by reciting the letters, or as a new word, completely independent of the origin of the component letters.

    As a technical writer I run into the question a lot. I asked the software developers, all of whom said it was either JIF or hard-G GIF.

    I prefer JIF because in Latin-derived English, the G is soft before a frontal vowel (E, I).

    Actually, I prefer writing, because then the issue of pronunciation doesn’t come up, except with acronyms/initialisms that start with a vowel sound. It’s “a URL” but “an LDAP server.”

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    • July 5, 2017, at 5:15 PM PDT
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  6. Egg Man Member

    I came on here to do battle regarding the acronym pronunciation (I fall in the soft-g school) — glad to see that people more knowledgeable than I already weighed in!

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    • July 5, 2017, at 7:06 PM PDT
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