Tag Archives: Alternative Mainstream

I don’t wanna brag or anything, but …

May 11, 2011

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We’re not exactly taking over the world, but The Alternative Mainstream is emerging from its dingy cyberspace cranny. Just the facts: We chalked up 3,126 visits all last year; 3,354 visitors have filed through in 2011. Only a measly average of four people per day deigned to visit last May; that figure stands at 59 even as we speak. We were ever-so-proud when we were hit 577 times last September, which was 2010’s high. That’s so last year. The hit total was 1,052 in March and 1,069 in April. We’re now at 618 so far this month, with 215 jamming the lines on May 3.

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Tap Dancing at the Cataclysm

June 21, 2010

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So there are two ants on an ant hill, see, and both ants feel the ground tremble and boom. They notice this gargantuan creature – this sky-high behemoth – walking toward them. One ant says to the other ant: “Human: better run.” The other ant replies: “No worries. Humans would never hurt us because I’ve constructed a psychological/sociological grid – a theoretical model, if you will – of a human being.

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How Could You Possibly Vote For That Man?

December 2, 2008

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Think of me as an accidental iconoclast. I’m a pro-life, Bible-thumping, holy-rolling evangelical Christian and … a registered Democrat.. Even worse, I’m no blue dog. I’m a real-life Roosevelt “liberal” who voted for Obama and wept for joy as the returns came in. I baffle non-church goers when I rebut the politics of Falwell, Dobson, and Robertson. I break their mold. Evangelicals question my orthodoxy and integrity, claiming – at the very least – that I wilted under pressure and swooned before Pied Piper charisma during the 2008 election. I break their mold as well. Witness the dismay from the internet plea of a sincere 21-year-old: “the platform McCain stood on was miles closer to lining up to God’s Word, and in so many cases was spot on.” She adds: “It grieves me that many Christians could not separate the issues from the man.”

She’s not alone. Colleagues at breakfast meetings freeze. It’s as if I’ve breathed ice on their scrambled eggs – although a few pull me aside later, their eyes darting as if they fear spies, and mutter: “Thanks for speaking up. I’m a Democrat too.”

Keep it hush-hush. Otherwise, the Monty Python gang might smash through the door and holler: “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

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