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Young Evangelicals Take Their Faith, but Not Their Politics, to the People

From the New York Times, Young Evangelicals Take Their Faith, but Not Their Politics, to the People

They say they are tired of the culture wars. They say they do not want the test of their faith to be the fight against gay rights. They say they want to broaden the traditional evangelical anti-abortion agenda to include care for the poor, the environment, immigrants and people with H.I.V., according to experts on younger evangelicals and the young people themselves.

“Evangelicalism is becoming somewhat less coherent as a movement or as an identity,” said Christian Smith, a sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame. “Younger people don’t even want the label anymore. They don’t believe the main goal of the church is to be political.”

About 17 percent of the nation’s 55 million adult evangelicals are between the ages of 18 and 29, and many are troubled by the methods of the religious right and its close ties to the Republican Party.

In a January 2007 survey of 1,000 young people for the book “Unchristian,” one of its authors, David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, which studies Christian trends, found that 47 percent of born-again Christians ages 40 and under believed that “the political efforts of conservative Christians” posed a problem for America.

None of that means younger evangelicals have abandoned the core tenets of their faith, including a belief in the physical resurrection of Jesus and the literal truth of the Bible. They think abortion and homosexuality are sins.

And so far, there is no clear evidence that supporting a broader social agenda has led young evangelicals to defect from the Republican Party in great numbers, as many liberals have predicted.

But shifts in thinking among younger evangelicals may lead to an easing of the polarization that has defined the country’s recent political landscape, many of them said.

“The easy thing is to fight, but the hard thing is to put your gloves down and work together towards a common cause,” said the Rev. Scott Thomas, director of the Acts 29 Network, which helps pastors start churches. “Our generation would like to put our gloves down. We don’t want to be out there picketing. We want to be out there serving.”


The Caroline Collective

The irrepressible Monica Danna clued me in to her new project the Caroline Collective, the city’s first creative coworking space; here’s the shpiel:

coworking is a cafe-like environment that provides freelance workers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs a space to conduct business in a community environment; complete with office space, desk space, a conference room, coffee, wireless internet, event space and, of course, community interaction. Caroline will be a first of it’s kind in Houston. And judging by the city’s response, much needed and overdue.

How has no one thought of/done this here before? Brilliant! – Website | Photos | Grand Opening par-tay June 7th 2008

Hitchens call to Wine Drinking Revolt

I don’t often find myself agreeing entirely with the irascrible Christopher Hitchens but I have nothing but full-throated affirmation for his most recent diatribe Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite: You have nothing to lose but inflated bills and interrupted anecdotes

The vile practice of butting in and pouring wine without being asked is the very height of the second kind of bad manners. Not only is it a breathtaking act of rudeness in itself, but it conveys a none-too-subtle and mercenary message: Hurry up and order another bottle. Indeed, so dulled have we become to the shame and disgrace of all this that I have actually seen waiters, having broken into the private conversation and emptied the flagon, ask insolently whether they should now bring another one. Again, imagine this same tactic being applied to the food.

Now perhaps someone can explain to me the reason so many places have started pouring me a glass of wine not from the bottle where (I hope) it just came, but from a mini-carafe which might as well be a glass since that’s certainly all the wine it can hold. Is this some mysterious new way of aerating the wine or is this merely to disguise the fact that you just squirted some in from the box o’ wine dispenser in the back?

KT Tunstall, The Tunstallator

Xeni Jardin, the Internet’s unofficial epicenter of taste says this video is a good thing and I concur that it is so. The last album veered a bit from what I enjoyed so much about Eye to the Telescope, but the video is genius. More video here.

That Ain’t No Beaver Kid…

kid feeds nutria rat

That, son, is a grown-ass nutria rat. Look at the freakin’ TAIL for chrissakes… not that you have any business feeding french fries to a beaver either. via the Houstonist.

Hitler is not funny, but his meme is hilarious

Youtube Video: Hitler Is A Meme. Xeni Jardin explains how it’s possible that such a thing exists here

Reports of our being devoured by crazy ants have been greatly exaggerated

Newspapers from the New York Times to A Plague of Ants in Houston to the UK’s Register ‘Crazy rasberry ants’ target Texan tech, left me wondering if I shouldn’t be planning some chemical mote or hot-gluing the crevices of my portable electronics instead of enjoying an otherwise pleasant-seeming weekend. Having conducted an extensive survey and analysis of peering into my backyard and dutifully using many of my electronic devices, I have concluded that all of my ants are quite sane so far as ants go with very little if any stated interest in my electronics. From the NY Times -

Two spine-tingling reports, from The Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press, leave no gory detail unarticulated about the city’s suddenly immense problem with ants.

or the suddenly immense interest by reporters rather…

Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

The Atlantic’s Ben Carlson turned me on to Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night in Breathing Books, a book which itself will almost certainly make it into my library by virtue of my relentlessly optimistic perception of my own free time, only to spend its lifetime queued in my reading list.

The Last iPod Supper

Clearly this says something about our society but I just don’t want to know anymore. (The Last iPod Supper, via

ManBabies – Creepy and Captivating

First lolcats, now this. Lo, the Internet has seen fit to bestow another …. dare I even dignify it as a “trend”? The premise is all too simple – (1) take a photograph of a man and child (2) swap the heads in photoshop (3) publish.

Photo: Roidrage Manbaby

Horrifying, isn’t it. Somehow the most disturbing aspect of this is how well a manbaby hangs together, visually and cognitively. The notion of a woman-baby is silly and ridiculous, scarcely worth entertaining. A manbaby, however, is somehow plausible and frightening.

The maniacal expression, the visible lack of self-control, the joy of idiocy. We have not grown up we have merely gotten bigger.

Here in as much as the composite image is vaguely disturbing, deciphering the underlying image is appalling. But unexpected? No. This is you, this is me. We are all manbabies. Via BoingBoing.