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Perhaps the greatest culinary contribution created by the indigenous peoples of North America was barbacoa!  It was a culinary tradition of the Tanio of the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida.

Charles Cooke had a recent NRO column about Elizabeth Warren and her ill fated recipes.  Once again, the abject ignorance of the right is on display.  We  have a very real problem within the GOP, because of some of the abjectly ignorant conservatives who have been given positions of power and responsibility, and are ignorant wretches.

One GOP operative, told The Pink Flamingo, the following (which has been redacted to protect the guilty) “…A lot of ignorant conservatives right now.  A lot of ignorant members of the House after I spent the day getting the House comments together for “____” on _____.  Where did they find these people (in the House) is what I would like to know.  Some of them or their aides have trouble writing a coherent sentence and they are trying to tell me they understand legislation.  They are there to vote NO.  Five of them turned in the exact same talking point paper ….”

It’s no wonder we are dealing with abject ignorance when it comes to conservatives falling the extreme liberal Native American (read anti-American) activists who are basically spoon feeding them talking points. People like William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection are making fools of themselves for not fact checking their sources.

You do realize that the average person who is of Native American descent does not live on a reservation, and looks just like you and I. They eat the same things we do, go to church, school, and wear the same clothes. They don’t live in tepees, say ‘how’, wear loincloths, nor eat bugs and insects.

I live perhaps 200 yards from land belonging to the Mescalero Apache. They drive new cars, have real jobs, and wear modern clothing. They operate a magnificent resort, which once featured a five star chef.Having dined on the reservation many times, I can assure you, the food offered ranges for Chinese, Italian, Mexican, to American. And yes, they do serve crabs, shrimp, and crab-cakes. In Santa Fe there is a chef who is a James Beard award winner. Phoenix has a Native American chef who is rated five stars.

On Thursday I heard a member of the tribe order a hamburger for his son, and grilled shrimp for himself.  BUT – that’s not authentic Southwestern food for Native Americans.  We don’t have any shrimp floating around the Rio Ruidoso, or the Pecos, or the Rio Grande for that matter.

In fact, just the week before last, I had lunch on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. I had cheese enchiladas, chips, salsa, and and onion rings. My mother had a ham and cheese sandwich and lemon meringue pie. My father had chocolate cream pie. You see, today’s Native American eats at McDonalds, shops at Walmart, and orders online off Amazon. They eat the very same food you and I eat.

I read a comment somewhere that roasted insects is a delicacy in the southwest. I’ve lived in New Mexico for 15 years. The only roasted insects I’ve encountered are those toasted during the wildfires that frequent our state. Are we even discussing the same country?  What the Hades do conservatives think Native Americans are – primitive man wallowing in the wilderness?

I have never been more ashamed of my fellow conservatives as I am over this idiotic genealogy of Elizabeth Warren. I gather you are NOT aware of the fact that there are up to 4 million Americans of Cherokee descent who cannot prove their genealogy. If you examine people from the Upstate of South Carolina, who have family in that area dating back to 1800, you will find that the majority of them have Cherokee genealogy, but have never proven it, and cannot prove it.

Elizabeth Warren has made a fool out of herself by claiming that a 1/32 percentage of any bloodline allows her to be a minority. That, in itself, ought to be enough to laugh her off the ballot. But, this insane persecution based on cultural ignorance of the far right is disgusting.

What is even more disgusting, conservatives are making fools of themselves by playing right into the ultra liberal Native American activist hand-book. Lord have mercy! It proves how ignorant conservatives are when it comes to our history, culture, and Native American culture.

If you go to Cherokee, NC, the Native American cuisine you will get there will be a hamburger and a hotdog. This whole cookbook thing is a joke. By making comments about restricting people of Native American descent to recipes that are hundreds of years old and foods they don’t even eat today is well – just plain stupid.

Perhaps you might want to educate yourselves a bit on the activities of the more militant liberal Native American activists. This entire episode is falling right into their play-book. I also hate breaking this to you, but people of Native American ancestry can have blond hair and blue eyes. They can be astronauts, movie stars, and even go to college.  They are members of the House, Senate, write books, are chefs, and even write cookbooks that feature MODERN recipes.  They were singing cowboys such as Roy Rogers.  Some, like Wayne Newton, have record breaking shows in Vegas.

Around here they are really into rodeos.

Oh, and they are country music singers.

Bonnie Jo Hunt, who grew up in poverty on a Sioux reservation, sings opera.  Barbara McAlister is a mezzo who is Cherokee.

John Herrington, a Chickawaw did STS-113.  I don’t think that’s a loin-cloth he is wearing in the photo of him I’ve posted today.  I could be wrong.  What do I know?  I only spent about 8 years working as a lobbyist dealing with NASA and space.

Twenty-three Native Americans have received the Medal of Honor.

Ever heard of the Code Talkers?  They are one of the reasons we defeated Japan.

Even Al Sharpton has Cherokee ancestry!

Jim Hendrix was Cherokee.

Johnny Cash was Native American.

Marie Tallchief was with the New York City Ballet.  Majorie Tallchief was with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Very few live on reservations.

On the Mescalero Reservation, in the summer, you see tepees made of brush, constructed for ceremonials.  That’s about it.  They don’t wear loincloths.  They wear the same clothes as you and I.  Some even carry Louis Vuitton handbags.  They even have real jobs in the real world.

And – you want to know who the most famous person of Native American ancestry was?  Elvis Aaron Presley!  I don’t recall hearing anything about him dining on roasted insects, have you?

Then there is MY MAN!

Go after Warren for thinking she could get away with being a “minority”.

Go after the liberals for allowing affirmative action. But, unless you know something about the real problems with Cherokee genealogy, I would suggest sticking to the affirmative action idiocy.

Can the GOP get any more ignorant?

“Native American” food is not about recipes, but the foods that came FROM North America.  What the ignorant wretches of the right don’t understand is, at the time the New World was discovered, the cooking methods in Europe and in North America were basically the same.  Food was cooked in a pot over a flame, or roasted on a spit, or cooked in coals.  Bread was baked in a hot “oven” near a fireplace.  Only later technology, and the invention of the stew stove in 1735 France.

Foods that came out of America:

  • Avacado
  • Chili Pepper
  • Chocolate
  • Corn
  • Papaya
  • Peanuts
  • Pineapple
  • White Potato
  • Tomato
  • Vanilla
  • Squash
  • Cranberry
  • Currents
  • Black Walnuts
  • Hickory Nuts
  •  Beechnuts
  • Hazlenuts
  •  Chestnuts
  • Juniper
  • Turkey
  • Buffalo
  • Navy Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatillo
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberry
  • Strawberry
  • Guava
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry
  • Passion Fruit
  • Wild Rice
  • Allspice
  • Sassafras
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower
  • Popcorn
  • Maple
  • Jerusalem artichokes

Recipes that are indigenous to America:

  • Salsa
  • Tacos
  • Tamales
  • Tortilla
  • Pozole
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Fried Green Tomatos
  • Succotash
  • Jerk
  • Barbacoa
  • Acorn bread
  • Bean Bread
  • Cornbread
  • Dried meats
  • Fry bread
  • Green chili stew
  • Hominy

So, if you want to be technical about it, the only reason European cuisine in Europe improved was because of the introduction of foods from the Americas.  Until all the goodies from here, went over there, they had no chocolate, strawberries, or blackberries.  They had no vanilla.  They had no allspice.  They had no tomatoes.

If you know anything about the history of Europe, you should know that the average European lived on the brink of starvation.  It was not until post 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and the plants and foods that were quite hardy, began arriving in Europe, did starvation lessen.

I’m sorry, but those people who are damning Elizabeth Warren because of that cookbook are absolute, abject idiots, ignorant of the rich history of this nation, and the native peoples. They don’t realize that the Cherokee were far more civilized than the average European.  Where the heck do you think Franklin got some of his radical ideas?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t take much more of this stupidity.

 

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