The seven eighths – You know it’s there

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A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing…The real test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit. I omitted the real end which was that the old man hanged himself. This was omitted on my new theory that you could omit anything…and the omitted part would strengthen the story. – Ernest Hemingway

Six Shooter Junction – It’s the seven eighths of the ice berg that you didn’t see, the part beneath the water line, that made the Titanic famous when it ripped a hole in her massive hull.

There are people in the palace of justice who wear black robes; they all know this as well as they know their own names, and they run the place, sit in the highest chair, in the most prominent position, wield the gavel, give instruction, make rulings and sign orders.

I make application for and request access to public information related to the employment and separation of… Request includes any internal investigation related to his employment with McLennan County…

Reliable information about nearly anything that happened is very difficult to obtain, and it really didn’t happen until it went down on paper, file marked, stamped, embossed, notarized or acknowledged..

This is a public information act request for public information related to an accidental discharge of a weapon by any employee of the McLennan county Sheriff’s Department during the term of office of Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Once an investigation is completed and official action is taken, it is difficult to obtain an idea of precisely what has occurred.

This is a public information act request for public information related to the letter of reprimand for Deputy Joseph Ballew related to his capacity as a K9 handler.

Incidents that would end careers, terminate marriages and rip families asunder are handled very quietly, their details classified as “under investigation.” Others are emblazoned on web pages, broadcast, or published in news prints.

This is a public information act request for public information related to the suspension of Deputy ___________ in 2014.

Details of arrests and magistrations for alleged crimes are under disposition and become impossible to discover, even by the attorneys defending the criminal lawsuits.

I make application for and request access to public information related to an arrest at the Sandman Motel that was initiated by Deputy __________.

Probable cause for search and seizure is obtained by the “infallible” reactions of a trained animal who sits, scratches, barks, runs in circles, and gives other arcane signs to certified handlers who testify as experts.

This is a public information act request for training records for K9 Impulse and Ace after the departure of Deputy Ballew from the K9 unit.

Information that is material to any of these is omitted from official reports that are released by lawyers whom the Constitutional Officers say should not release the information.

This is a public information act request for medical records for K9 Impulse for F.Y. 2014

Everything is off the record; no one will speak for attribution.

All italicized entries set in bold face type were composed and submitted by R.S. Gates, Minister of Irritation.

“Status quo? Why, certainly, sir, that is merely Latin for ‘The mess we done got ourselves in now.'” – a Texas Ranger on the witness stand at some murky point in history…

– The Legendary

 

 

 

 

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