Ask a dictionary and it will tell you the word lollapalooza means something that is outstanding. It’s a slang word. Ordinarily, since this is a high-brow place, I eschew the use of slang words. In this case, however, I thought I needed something with a little bit of oomph (another slang word); something which would capture the mind-buggering, nonsensical and public stupidity of what you will be exposed to if you click on the link I provide you.
The title of this little piece appears as a play on the word, merely customizing it to focus on the person who has, to be entirely truthful, become such a master of the form that I truly believe she will occasion the death of the original word and replace it with the one that appears above: LOLLAPELOSI! In the interests of humility, a charge which cannot be laid against me often, I claim no credit for the neologism. All the credit is hers who provides such an abundance of material.
In any event a bit of background is wanted, I think. A few days ago Mrs. Pelosi, our best source of humor lately, appeared before a group of reporters, (as she will continue to do if there is a God in heaven), to answer some questions. You may recall a similar appearance several months ago when she was speaking in public (will she ever learn?) about the word that means the most to her. On that occasion she waxed theological, some might say mystical, and announced that her favorite word was “the Word”, you know, Jesus. She rambles about how we have to make “the Word” and what it means a part of our public policy and how we will come at the end of our lives to answer for how”we, uhh, how we measured up.”
Part of her disquisition correctly makes use of the term, “and the Word was made flesh.” And therein lies the makings of today’s entertainment, because, you see, a young reporter at one of her briefings asked her just when that event might have taken place; was it at the Incarnation, or was it before that time, at the Annunciation when the Mother of God conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Interesting question, eh? Here’s the entire Q and A, the question by CNSNews.com reporter Jane McGrath and Mrs. Pelosi’s answer:
“So, when was the Word made flesh? Was it at the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, as the Creed says, or was it at the Nativity when he was born of the Virgin Mary? And when did the Word get the right to life?”
Speaker Pelosi, a self-described Catholic, replied: “Whenever it was, we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”
Here’s the whole enchilada, her first word on the Word and, quite possibly…if her handlers know their jobs…her last:
Perhaps, since her office said that her answer was it, someone might wish to ask her to be a bit more specific than “Whenever.” about that right to life part…at church where with bowed head she will be ready to speak about it.