On Lorell Joiner's now-dismantled Great Southern Railway, the Carne del Gato Tamale Factory was a major industry. Mr Joiner might have been cracking wise about the kind of food trucks that used to surround the Alamo, but the simpler explanation for the mystery meat might have been "canners and cutters."
In Cuba, however, it's carne del gato. "Under ever-tighter rationing since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the poorest of Cubans began devouring the cat population last year." It has always been, dear reader, the propensity of Communists to deny the presence of starvation, and to put the best possible spin on the emaciated state of the citizens. Useful idiots we shall always have with us.