Wednesday, September 14, 2005

An Open Letter to Noelle Brennan

Dear Ms. Brennan (and Aide-de-Camp Kelly),

It has come to our attention that one of our readers (retired Sgt J. Northern) has notified you of this website and he has conveyed information that you will be "monitoring" the site. We would direct you to this post (click here) which is an open letter to Mr. Shakman (Hi Mike!) outlining some information about our site. We would just reiterate that this is an open public forum and everything posted here should be taken with the requisite grains of salt.

This being said, we would like to pose a question to you. If you so chose, you may respond to the e-mail address listed in our profile. It is a mailbox created to receive mail from our readers. We would share nothing without your consent. Or you could post here, but I can't see a lawyer doing that (in fact, we can't see a lawyer writing an e-mail to us. Mike Shakman never writes, but who knows? There's a first time for everything)

We understand that the recently promoted supervisors are having their pay raises withheld pending the approval of your office. This would seem to be decidedly UNFAIR to most of the 70% of promoted lieutenants who passed a recognized civil service examination. This would seem EXTREMELY JUSTIFIED in the cases of the 30% "merit" lieutenants and 100% "merit" captains. As you are no doubt aware, the city has never published its criteria for soliciting, judging and promoting "merit" selections. If they did, we are sure that many more supervisors would attempt to attain the required background in order to advance their careers. In order to strip the veil of secrecy surrounding "merit" processes, will you be sharing the criteria with the public and the Department at large? Or do we continue to operate in the darkness?

Please advise us as soon as possible. We know some of these lieutenants and they're good people. The ones who made it on their smarts don't deserve to be left hanging like this. Same thing with the upcoming Sergeants promotions. Don't leave them hanging. THAT ALONE would make trusting you easier. Otherwise, seeing you as a tool of the administration that has corrupted the advancement process becomes that much easier.



Anonymous NorthSide said...

Due to a lack of any confirmed data, I have no comment concerning any opinions expressed by the blog site administrator(s) in this new thread entitled "An Open Letter to Noelle Brennan".

9/14/2005 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phone call and whisper system may be the undoing of the entire exempt leadership. This would be pretty funny.

Imagine a large group of names being promoted without any documents that could in any way reasonably justify the promotions over thousands of others.

I simply can't imagine that anyone even tried to seriously justify on paper most of the many merit promotions. Paper trails get people indicted. The lack of a paper trail, if publicized, may be what could get a whole bunch of department heads and their underlings fired.

This could be beautiful. Given the crooked nature of the system, the bosses are damned if they do (create paper) and damned if they don't (create paper). One way it would be loaded with lies, and the other it would be pure unadulterated political hiring in positions that aren't Shakman-exempt.

Dear Lord, please let Noelle ask for the justifications. Please Please Please.

9/14/2005 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To Northern:

Forward it to the e-mail address. We've stated numerous times we don't answer e-mail, but we read everything. We've got a few years to go before retirement and we don't want it f$%^ed up. We trust only one person 100% and we see them every morning in the mirror. You of all people should recognize what irritated powers can do to those who irritate them. Sorry we can't do better at this time.

9/15/2005 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Northern has done it, why would he let Brennan know about this site? What's the point? He could have posted her information so affected officer(s) could e-mail her. To have someone "monitor" this site is not good.

I'll ask Northern this, what is the point of your actions? If you really care about police why contact outside person(s)? You've done it at least twice telling outside people.

9/15/2005 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the 01:09 post
are you aware that this is the INTERNET and therefore accessable by anyone?

The people in question who are "momitoring" the site are not doing so to catch people complaining, but rather to get new ideas to aid them in their quest for fairmness. [Hopefully anyway]

Perrhaps in hindsight pubilishing Shakmans and Brennans emial addresses without telling them about this site may have been a better idea, but they would have learned of it eventiually.

It is available to anyone with Internet savy and a library card.

Northside has the interests of hard working, even the jaded used to be hard working coppers at heart.
In his time, probably while you were in grade school, was a pretty good copper.

9/15/2005 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My point at 0109 was NORTHERN told an outside person about this site. I doubt very much Noelle BRENNAN would have gone looking for a blogspot where CPD officers let off steam.

NORTHERN has publically admitted here to letting at least three persons know about this site. How many persons(s) has he not told us about? Look maybe I'm a cynic, but I wouldn't doubt if he has told a journalist about this site.

Goofs who post sexist or racist material should have those posts deleted. What if one gets through for a short while, before deleted by the moderator. It's published or shown on television and suddenly we're all painted with the same brush. Remember that CFD board from last yeaR?

9/15/2005 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The corruption in this city never ceases to amaze me. I just sit back have a few laughs and hope my retirement comes faster than ever.

What a sess pool. I wonder how most of these Chicago politicians sleep at night. Any Chicago Police Officer that does police work is totally nuts! Im sorry I mean no disrespect but look at whats happening to us daily. Why would a copper want to do anything when all a citizen has to do is make a complaint and your 30 pending. Cover your pooper. Make paper and go home. Daley will do anything to nail a copper to get the media off himself. Why cant we all move as a unit for once. Geez our we a weak bunch!

9/15/2005 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PUUUUUUUUUULEEEEEEEZ! Northern, a good copper. He is a nut job and always was. Having had to endure working in districts where he worked was a daily chore. Worse than putting up with the supervisors. Like the man said take everything with a grain of salt. Good Copper in his mind--only!

9/15/2005 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site comes up on a blog search. No secret. Anybody doing a search for chicago police or cpd will run across this site if they are willing to sift through the results.

9/15/2005 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 7:36 am

Jealous of norethside, eh? Even if you don't like him, give the devil his due. The guy probably arrested more felons than anybody. When the dick's test was legit, he had the highest score in the whole dept. What district are you talking about. He was a dick for most of his time on the job. A dam good dick to. He was a good and well liked supv. in 025 who always stood up for the troops.

9/15/2005 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northern was a fox.
As a detective, he seemed arrogant...until you got to know him. If I was murdered, I sure would want him on my case.

9/15/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do not let the nattering nabobs of negativity get you down GO NORTHside OUR IRONsides!

9/15/2005 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a certain Hispanic Sgt. now detailed to unit 193. Made by merit former president of the Hispanic Democratic Organization. Wait isn't that the organization that ran the hired truck program.

9/15/2005 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Brennan: Look at all exempt members and see how many relatives they have on the department. Then look and see how many of these relatives have been promoted meritoriously. Compare the relatives' resumes to those who didn;t get us with a definition of what merit is so the everyday guy with no juice can earn enough "merit" to get promoted. thanks

9/15/2005 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous fedupsgt said...

I dare you to find a boss' or politician's kid working in patrol. It takes clout, except in rare cases, to get in good units. Have clout-first move is out of patrol.

Maybe that's why an extremely high proportion of merit promotions come from units as opposed to patrol even though patrol has more people assigned to it.

9/15/2005 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Northern has not answered the 0109 post? I think he put up a few of those other posts saying what a great guy he is. Please answer those questions retired detective sergeant.

9/15/2005 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger Shadi said...

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9/15/2005 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger Shadi said...

Hey cowardly "SPANGLISH INQUISITION"- I'M the one who PUT UP the "N.N.N." post at 09:54 am(trying not to draw attention to my presence or mess up a serious conversational thread- but screw it- the same sorts of creeps are even messing with the real po-leece again?!?!)

" not let the nattering nabobs of negativity get you down GO NORTHside OUR IRONsides!"

- So STRIKE ONE J@goff- F*CK YOU and your pathetic mind games, you Punk-@ss-B*tch! Stop harrassing NORTHEN- he's LEGIT and and you ain't SH*T! Take your continual trollishly self-rightous "lines of questioning" and insert them where the sun refuses to shine- under your lumpy gargantuan hind quarters! Go back to abusing your puppy- he won't bite you back (yet...)

9/15/2005 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shady, you're nuts!

Northern has been telling outside people about this blog and I think he is trying to get it shut down. He talks like he is a friend, but he is a back stabber.

He talks a big game but when it comes to answering honest questions he ignores the question. He is looking for guys like you to kiss his a**.

His goofiness will end in this site getting in trouble.

9/15/2005 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of you are idiots. O'Shady writes like he's on an Elvis size cocktail of meds and his nemesis sounds like your typical paranoid cop. What's next? You've discovered GPS & recording devices in all cars? Look out for Daley's black helicopters.

9/15/2005 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Johnny Northern story is when he was in Area 6 he refused to take a car out unless the color went well or matched his suit. Then he pick up his dog and I do mean canine and drive around most of the night.

9/15/2005 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best off-duty northside story was the girl in his car trunk. A couple was walking by a high-rise and they called 911 saying that they just saw a man carrying a body of a dead girl, fireman-style, from his car trunk into the bldg. 018 tac responds and runs the plate and it's northside. 018 hits his flat. Turns out that it was his stone drunk girlfriend the stripper.
After she waved to 018 from the bed, everybody left laughing their asses off.

He definitely marched to his own drummer but was a super cop.

9/15/2005 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

O.K., ball-buster. I believe I have you ID'ed. I owe you--BIG TIME!

Your version is greatly embellished. Joanie aka "Bambi" was my NURSE (NOT stripper) girlfriend then. She got seriously drunk on shooters at the River Shannon two blocks away. To avoid vomit in the cabin, I gently placed her "dead weight" in the trunk for a one-minute ride back to my condo. I carried the birthday girl upstairs, gently undressed her and tucked her into bed to sleep it off.

Next thing I know, a bunch of 018 Tac and Lt. 1890 is at my door--just before I was about to surgically dismember Bambi into 25 plastic bags, one for every CPD district of disposal. They ruled me out as a serial killer when Bambi slurred "hello, officers". The chortling tac guys never cut me any slack on that "Kodak moment".

Bambi and I remain dear friends to this day. Now that you've broadcast "my dirty dark secret", I will never be able to fulfill my life-long ambition to run for POLITICAL office. You know how much I love POLITICS. Oh, well...shit happens.

Now that you succeeded in embarrassing me throughout cyberspace, can we move on?

To those posters who defended my exemplary record as a police officer, thank you.

9/16/2005 05:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why won't you answer the other questions (retired) Sgt. Northern?


Have you, or have you not, contacted any members of the media, be it electronic or newspapers, about this site?

9/16/2005 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

Dear "Anonymous Chicken" (6:26 AM)

Is that a direct order, boss?

9/16/2005 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typcial, northside, typical, you once again avoid the question because you probably have notified a member of the media. Loser.

9/16/2005 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

NOTE: This statement is NOT being given voluntarily, but under duress. I am only giving this statement at this time because I know that I could lose my (duh?) if I refuse this direct order being given to me by some anonymous craven piece of "exempt" shit.


9/16/2005 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous k-m-a clubber said...

I've got wood!

9/16/2005 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Northern avoids the question by playing games. Answer the question. Have you contacted anymember of the media about this site.

9/16/2005 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

Dear "Torquemada":

If you choose to pursue this, you may eMail me at "".

Have a nice weekend!

9/16/2005 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer the question and I'll stop asking. It is obvious to all here that you are avoiding the question.

9/16/2005 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael "Mickey" Segal, the convicted billionaire insurance mogul can no longer handle prison life at the MCC.

He's flipping to the G and U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald about PATRONAGE corruption in the Daley administration.

Tick, tock...

9/16/2005 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Northside! Why don't you tell someone like Kass about this site? He might actually take some of our complaints seriously and write about them. He's always lookin for dirt oin dick daley. Why you keep telling the feds and lawyers about it? Tell someone who might bring us some positive pub.

9/16/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Shadi said...

Prof. Northen's History 101 - Villainous Inquisitors Throughout the Ages: Torquemada

Tomás de Torquemada-
Much has been written of the inhuman cruelty of Torquemada. Llorente computes that during Torquemada's office (1483-98) 8800 suffered death by fire and 9,654 were punished in other ways (Histoire de l'Inquisition, IV, 252). These figures are highly exaggerated, as has been conclusively proved by Hefele (Cardinal Ximenes, ch. xviii), Gams (Kirchengeschichte von Spanien, III, II, 68-76), and many others. Even the Jewish historian Graetz contents himself with stating that "under the first Inquisitor Torquemada, in the course of fourteen years (1485-1498) at least 2000 Jews were burnt as impenitent sinners"

9/16/2005 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

I have given a few "ANONYMOUS" cowards, including "the Grand Inquisitor" aka "Torquemada", the opportunity to communicate directly to me at a web address.

Predictably and as virtually all of you can well surmise, NONE responded.

9/19/2005 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came on the job with John Northrern, you say what you want bu he s one of the few had ANY BALLS to speak out. John your the BEST keep the good work up KEEP THE FAITH. YOUR BUDDY

9/19/2005 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can se it now Insurance Mogal Mike {Mickey} Segal and Dirty Dick Daley and Eddie {The Jerk} Burkein the Federal Lock Up with BIG BUBBA OH YEAH

9/21/2005 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymity is a shield from th tyranny of the thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the first Amendment in particular...1995 Supreme court McIntyree v Ohio Elections Comm.

9/23/2005 06:41:00 AM  

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