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Councillor blames anti-Muslim email on hackers

Cllr Gail Smith

A Lib Dem councillor has blamed an anti-Muslim email sent from her personal email account to fellow councillors on “a virus or scam”.

Gail Smith, councillor for Mosborough and cabinet advisor for culture, sport and tourism, said the email had been sent to one of her old email lists, which included Lib Dem and Labour councillors.

According to The Star, “Asian councillors including Lib Dem cabinet member Coun Shaffaq Mohammed were not on the list.”

Cllr Smith said to The Star, “I don’t agree with the views expressed in this email and I’m shocked someone has been able to hack into my personal email account and send it.”

“I have changed my password and contacted everyone to let them know that this was some kind of virus or scam and to ignore the email’s contents.

“At the time the email was sent, I was out on my rounds as a chiropodist. The email addresses were an old list of mine.”

The email itself seems to have been adapted (and somewhat toned down) from an American “chain” email, which has snowballed in the past couple of months. The stateside version alledgedly started life as a letter to the editor of a New Brunswick newspaper from a Canadian housewife.

‘Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it or
was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our
shores on September 11, 2001 and have continually
threatened to do so since?

Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered
that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from
the nation’s capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a
horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn’t
they?

And I’m supposed to care that a a few Taliban were
claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation
they come from and are fighting against in a brutal
insurgency.

I’ll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in
and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on
9/11.

I’ll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle
East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of
which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan.

I’ll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry
for hacking off Nick Berg’s head while Berg screamed
through his gurgling slashed throat.

I’ll care when the cowardly so-called ‘insurgents’ in
Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of
disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I’ll care when the mindless zealots who blows themselves
up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children
within range of their suicide bombs.

I’ll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that
their freedom of speech on stories is more important than
the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families
waiting a home to hear about them when something happens.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a CANADIAN
soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain
information, know this: I don’t care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when
he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped,
you can take it to the bank:
I don’t care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a
prayer mat, and fed ‘special’ food that is paid for by my
tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being
‘mishandled,’ you can absolutely believe in your heart of
hearts:

I don’t care.

And oh, by the way, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s
spelled ‘Koran’ and other times ‘Quran.’ Well, Jimmy
Crack Corn and, you guessed it,

I don’t care!!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your
E-mail friends Sooner or later, it’ll get to the people
responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

If you don’t agree, then by all means hit the delete
button. Should you choose the latter, then please don’t
complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims
happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they
made a difference in the world. But, the Soldiers don’t
have that problem.’

I have another quote that I would like to add AND…….I
hope you forward all this.

One last thought for the day:

Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for
you:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The Canadian Soldier.

3. The British Soldier.

4. The US Soldier.

5. The Anzacs, and

One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.’

YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET ALL
OF THEM. AMEN!”

I have been unable to find any evidence of the New Brunswick letter, however much of the text has been cribbed from a 2005 column written for GOPUSA by right wing American writer Doug Patton.

Gail Smith was formerly Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Independent and Healthy Living.

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Council votes in favour of budget cuts

Plans for £6.5m of cuts to Sheffield’s public services have been narrowly approved today by a heated meeting of Sheffield City Council.

As previously reported, more than half of the cuts will be to Children and Young People’s services, with projects combat substance abuse and teen pregnancy among those that will lose funding.

“Taxing less and spending more,” said Council Leader Paul Scriven, “is fun in the short run, but it’s a recipe for disaster. And that’s what the last government’s recipe was.”

He also warned that if the Labour group were successful in blocking the budget as-is, the reductions would have to be made up in “mainstream” public services. “Schools, social workers. Real services cut because you haven’t had the backbone to face the people of this city and face the consequences of the mess that your government left this city and country in.”

Cllr Scriven said that while they have been able to protect permanent jobs from redundancies, contract and temporary workers may find their contracts shortened or not renewed.

Labour Councillor Julie Dore said of the Lib Dems role in the coalition government, “You’re just lapdogs, figleaves. But boy don’t they just roll you out when they want you to announce some bad news. Whatever you decide, this is about ideology. Do not be fooled. The role of public services, how they are delivered and more importantly who delivers them is what this is all about.”

Far from the sombre faces put on by George Osborne and the cabinet on budget day, the Lib Dem cabinet appeared in more jovial spirits this afternoon. After pointing out that the country was paying out £80,000 a minute in interest, three councillors (Colin Ross, Shaffaq Mohammed and Simon Clement-Jones) openly joked about their three minute “quarter million pound” speeches. Their humour was met with uproarious laughter from the Lib Dem side of the chamber and stony faces opposite.

Cllr Mohammed said Labour councillors had been providing plenty of rhetoric, but had not come up with any of their own ideas.

“You can criticise the reductions as much as you want,” he said, “but unless you come forward with alternatives you’ve got no leg to stand on. It’s alright standing on the steps of the town hall and making speeches, but those people that actually know what’s happening in the city don’t want retoric, they want an alternative. Until you provide an alternative, you have no right to govern or lead the city.”

Cllr Andrew Sangar, cabinet member for climate change and waste management, paid tribute to the Green Party councillors for coming up with alternatives to the budget cuts, but he said “Clearly we don’t agree with it. They’re a high tax party, we’re not. We’re a fair tax party.”

Cllr Clement-Jones illustrated the city’s financial situation in terms of the debt left to Sheffield by the 1991 World Student Games. “We’re currently paying £25m every year, and will be unitl 2024. This recession will cost us two World Student Games a year for the next four years.”

Labour Cllr Jack Scott, who stood against Nick Clegg in this year’s general election, and who is a likely candidate for the vacant position of Sheffield Labour group leader, said, “Let nobody be in any doubt, this budget is a budget from hell. This fiscal sadism. It’s too much too soon and it’s too dangerous.”

He also quoted pre-election campaign literature distributed by Paul Scriven, which said “Conservative plans will mean cuts to services now and a longer recession.”

“The public debt now is £15bn less than when you wrote these leaflets,” he said, “Nothing that you’ve said today about the debt was not known then, when you said these things. Nobody in Sheffield will ever believe a word you say ever again.

“These vicious and duplicitous right wing Liberals can fool themselves, but they can’t fool Sheffield. They are out of ideas, out of excuses and out on their ear at the next election.”