Sometimes It’s The Obvious Things That Trip Us Up

by Jonah Goldberg

Some of you may recall a story of mine about my Dad. He loved to give really obvious advice. He once came back from a trip to the store during an August heatwave and, dripping with sweat,  told me not to wear a heavy coat.  And yet he would get annoyed with me and my brother when we would say “I know Dad.” Anyway, one day I accidentally rubbed hot sauce into my eye. As I was frantically trying to flush out my eye at the bathroom sink, my Dad walked by. What happened? He asked. Spluttering I told him. He responded, deadpan: “Damn. I could kick myself for not telling you not to rub hot sauce in your eye.”

For some reason that story came to mind when I read about a mayor in Mississippi who’s in hot water for submitting receipts for reimbursement for among other things items purchased at “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”


However, a review by The CA shows that Davis spent thousands of dollars at the Mesquite Chop House in Southaven and thousands more at local liquor stores. Also included in the receipts is a charge for $67 at Priape, a store in Toronto that is described by its website as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”Davis said he didn’t remember what he bought at the store, which he visited on a recruitment trip with Mid-South warehouse developers.

Somewhere there’s a political consultant saying, “Damn, I could kick myself for not telling you to not submit receipts from gay sex shops for reimbursement from Mississippi taxpayers.”

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