Patrick Howley ("Standoff in D.C.", The American Spectator 10/8/2011) describes his activities as a journalist and agent provocateur at the OWS protests in Washington D.C.:
The fastest-running protesters charged up the steps of Washington's National Air and Space Museum Saturday afternoon to infiltrate the building and hang banners on the "shameful" exhibits promoting American imperialism. As the white-uniformed security guards hurried to physically block the entrances, only a select few — myself, for journalistic purposes, included — kept charging forward. [...]
Minutes earlier, I had been among those blocking major D.C. roads chanting "We're unstoppable" — and from beneath my unshaven left-wing altar ego, I worried that we might actually be. But just as the lefties couldn't figure out how to run their assembly meeting (many process points, I'm afraid to report, were left un-twinkled), so too do they lack the nerve to confront authority. From estimates within the protest, only ten people were pepper-sprayed, and as far as I could tell I was the only one who got inside the museum.
Since this is Language Log and not Journalistic Ethics Log, our interest here is entirely in Mr. Lowrey's lovely "altar ego" eggcorn, an inspired bit of lexicographical poetry as yet undocumented in Chris Waigl's Eggcorn Database.
Here's the obligatory screen shot:
Most of the other internet hits for this phrase are conscious word-play — among the various books with this title are one subtitled "Gender, Property, and the Cult of Marriage", and another with the subtitle "The Mystery of Jimmy Swaggart".
But there are some other sincere "altar ego" eggcorns out there. Thus in Rick Cypert, America's Agatha Christie, 2005:
As mystery writer Susan Dare was Mignon Eberhart's altar ego at the beginning of her career, so too do these elderly, wise and witty, bourbon-nipping aunts become the Eberhart altar ego at the end of her career.
Or in the Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography v. 1, 2006:
The cover depicted a perfume bottle to which a photograph by Man Ray of Duchamp dressed as female altar ego Rose Selavy had been affixed.
And many others…