This is the cross-examination from the Contraband turkey hearing in Austin in Sept. 2010. The witness to this poultry tragedy is a valiant Texas health department agent appropriately named “Lord”. Overlooking the fact he and his accomplices have no voluntary support from the community, he selflessly dedicates his days to their protection anyway. After all, our altruistic hero is a “Lord”. Being a “Lord” means you don’t bother with trivial matters such as consent.
Anyway, this has to do with the fact Yeoman and his family provide poultry products to the community. Unlike agent Lord’s services, no one has ever been forced to trade with Yeoman; they always voluntarily trade. Agent Lord didn’t like this, he thought Yeoman should have paid for permission to trade with the community. But Yeoman didn’t bother asking and just went about providing the community with his products.
No one in the community complained and agent Lord admitted there was no evidence of wrongdoing; even the hearing officer admitted the attack against Yeoman was about obedience, not wrongdoing. The hearing officer even wrote there was no evidence Yeoman was even a “potential threat” to the community.
During the cross, I had the agent agree the regulations only applied within the state of Texas. So of course I focused my questions on presence within the state of Texas. The whole charge against Yeoman hinged on this and I know states are figments of the imagination. When asked, “Factually what is the state?” Lord’s attorneys claimed they didn’t understand the question and refused to allow the witness to answer. Really?
When you listen to this recording, ask yourself why they would claim to not understand this simple question. Do you believe them; do you think these two lawyers, each with a doctorate degree, really didn’t understand? I think we can all agree they did understand and knew the agent could not prove Yeoman and the farm are with the state because again, the state is a fiction.
And for those who think it’s so easy to establish there is a state: Why, if it’s so easy, would this hearing officer refuse to permit me to question agent Lord on what the state is factually? Why would every single time I and others have asked police officers this question on cross-examination do the lawyers start yelling about the cop being incompetent to legal opinions?
There is no state: states are as much a fiction as governments being established to protect our life, liberty and property.