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Us vs. U.S.

Never underestimate the good sense of the gun-toting, bible-thumping, xenophobic cretins who make up our fair country. From MSNBC:

Three celebrity weeklies – OK!, People and Us Weekly – featured Sarah Palin on their cover, but one of those magazines is reportedly losing subscribers because of it.

Us Weekly, which unlike People and OK!, chose a rather caustic cover line (“Babies, Lies and Scandal”) is said to have lost thousands of subscribers in just the first 24 hours following the printing of the issue.

“I’m hearing it’s 5,000, maybe more,” says one well-placed source in the industry. Another source claimed that as many as 10,000 readers have already canceled their subscriptions. A spokesperson for Wenner Media, which publishes Us, says “it is completely false that we are losing 10,000 subscribers.” As for the 5,000 estimate, the spokesperson only said “that is false, too,” but wouldn’t comment further.

Oh, now they refrain from further comment! Back when all they had to go on was a tawdry Daily Kos campaign about deception and afflicted babies, they had no problem commenting and commenting.

Keep in mind this number represents canceled subscriptions only, and only those canceled within the first 24-hour period. Us, I suspect, does massive check-out aisle and magazine stand business. We don’t yet know how many bitter, illiterate, out-of-work, churchgoing supermarket shoppers are planning to skip over this learned and august publication while waiting for their Spam to be scanned.

The Left loves to talk about the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country. But the split that poses the greatest threat to our society is the one between the hard-working, God-fearing, patriotic bulk of middle-Americans, and the oh-so-smart people on the coasts who think they’ll get paid for throwing any old piece of trash their way.

But hey, this is actually a Left victory, too. Think of all the trees spared by the upcoming reduction in Us‘s readership. I’m sure Jann Wenner is over the moon about his contribution to the great fight against environmental catastrophe.