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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 12/27/2010

While we were out: Bristol Palin; Hugh Hefner; Post critics lay down the law

By The Reliable Source

The Reliable Source is on vacation until Jan. 3, but here's some of what you'll find in The Washington Post in our absence:

In Names and Faces, Bristol Palin's purchase of a formerly foreclosed-home in Arizona has the nation's top Palintologists scratching their heads. Is she planning to attend college there? Who knows. Also, Hugh Hefner is engaged. His fiancee is a 65-year-old grandmother and retired schoolteacher who -- ah, hell, you know better. She's 24 and on the Hefner payroll, like they all are.

Style's critics were on fire this weekend. Philip Kennicott called on G. Wayne Clough, director of the Smithsonian, to resign after the Hide/Seek controversy. Ann Hornaday declared it's simply not possible to rank your favorite Coen brothers movies, but does so anyway, and seems itching to start a fight with Lebowski fans. And Robin Givhan, in her farewell essay, defends Washington against charges of anti-fashion -- we mean to look this way, she says.

Sad obituary of the day: Teena Marie, "the ivory queen of soul," died at 54.

By The Reliable Source  | December 27, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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Comments

It's really sad to lose such a talent so prematurely. And make no mistake about it: Teena Marie was still recording, still performing, and she still sounded fabulous. The fact that radio considered her yesterday's news didn't change that fact. Just last year (2009) she put out an album called "Congo Square," and if you listen to samples on Amazon, you can see that she had much more talent than most of today's pre-packaged, over-produced, auto-tuned pop tarts.

Posted by: PolishBear1 | December 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

A lot of the news today reminds me of the Carny Side Shows. Lots of hoopla about the bearded lady or the snake with the human head. Now it's Hugh Hefner and his toy girl friend or Bristals new digs. Where's the news worthiness in this kind of stuff? Between this and reality TV it looks like a lot of people just don't have a life.

Posted by: inewsmaster | December 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I think they call what Hefner is doing pedophilia.

Posted by: inewsmaster | December 27, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

If dating a 24-year-old woman is pedophilia, an awful lot of twenty-something-year-old men are in deep trouble.

Posted by: KevFromArlington | December 27, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Hefner should set an example for group marriage to replace the toxic nuclear family of over-consumption and isolation in padded houses... Perhaps he has had a harem but been pretneding to value monogamy but a multiple partner arrangement of both genders and orientations would allow for actual families with a flexible parent to child ratio for zero population growth. It would also allow for more financial stability and partners and nurturers to keep up the home while others are busy working outside the home. It would allow mixing ages and it would allow many skill sets to be available to troubleshoot their lives without getting to the point of shooting each other in desparation or frustaration and it would eliminate at least some of the fears of abandonment and provide more emotional support for a more demanding world and biodiversity of intimacy

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hefner should set an example for group marriage to replace the toxic nuclear family of over-consumption and isolation in padded houses... Perhaps he has had a harem but been pretneding to value monogamy but a multiple partner arrangement of both genders and orientations would allow for actual families with a flexible parent to child ratio for zero population growth. It would also allow for more financial stability and partners and nurturers to keep up the home while others are busy working outside the home. It would allow mixing ages and it would allow many skill sets to be available to troubleshoot their lives without getting to the point of shooting each other in desparation or frustaration and it would eliminate at least some of the fears of abandonment and provide more emotional support for a more demanding world and biodiversity of intimacy

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 27, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

bristol palin has no education, where did she get all that cash to pay for a home? surely she can't afford to pay the taxes without a job and while raising a kid? will the redneck hockey-mom's sideshow continue to make enough to support all her kids for the rest of their lives... i just can't imagine someone like bristol palin even walking into a college classroom and sticking it out for four years... the palins are made for the wackiness of reality tv -- to entertain all the american morons.

Posted by: FranknErnest | December 30, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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