September 30th, 2010
12:05 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Dan Savage

The Seattle-based author and “Savage Love” advice columnist has launched a YouTube channel that allows gays, lesbians and their straight allies to post messages of encouragement to young teens and tweens questioning or struggling with their sexuality. The site, launched September 15, features at least 200 videos and is part of an effort to deter gay youths from committing suicide. There have been about 500,000 views of the channel so far, with more than 6,000 people subscribing to it.

Savage, considered one of few gay relationship columnists in the country, posted his own video September 21. In it, he and a friend named Terry share their own stories of growing up gay. They talk about religious conflicts with family members, keeping secrets and facing unspeakable episodes of harassment in high school. “What I want people to take away from this is that it gets better,” Savage urged his viewers, “But you have to tough this period of your life out, and you have to live your life so that you’re around for it to get amazing — and it can.”

YouTube: It Gets Better project

Susan Jordan's family

They have waited nearly 30 years for the sentence of their daughter’s killer to be carried out. Technicalities, however, will force the family of Susan Jordan to wait more.

On Wednesday, California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation delayed the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown because there was no way a judge would be able to issue an order before Friday. Drugs needed to perform the lethal injection expire Friday, and will not be replaced until 2011, a spokesman said.

The family has yet to respond to this latest news. In early September, however, they wrote letters both to Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger describing the harrowing effect 30 years of waiting has had on their lives. The letters were obtained by Riverside affiliate KESQ.

In her letter to Brown, Angelina Jordan, Susan's mother, said the delays have placed attention unfairly on Brown, rather than on her daughter. Susan was 15 when she was raped and strangled by Brown in a grove as she walked home from school. “You and your lawyers have had the audacity to plead for your life by unjustly dragging out your sentence for 30 years,” she wrote. “Your day of accountability is now upon you. The Jordan family will be watching.”

Susan’s siblings, James Jordan and Karen Jane Brown, wrote separate letters to Schwarzenegger. They mourned for their father, who died 14 years ago with no sense of justice. The two also wrote poignantly of their older brother Brian, who was 19 at the time of Susan's slaying and refused to give his sister a ride home from high school the day she died. Brian “has been emotionally and mentally troubled by this event ever since,” Karen said. “It will only be when Brown is executed that “my family would have closure and justice would truly be served,” James added.

Los Angeles Times: California Supreme Court ends legal battle over execution

Flemming Rose

In 2005, the Denmark-based newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. The illustrations by artist Kurt Westergaard set off international demonstrations, violence and even caused deaths across Europe and other parts of the world. Many Muslims believe it is heresy to picture Mohammed, and a cartoon of a man with a bomb in his turban was certainly provocative.

Today, Flemming Rose, the paper’s cultural editor, released a book about the decision to publish the cartoons and the response that occurred. "The Tyranny of Silence" republishes all 12 of the cartoons, reports CNN.The response to the book has been swift, with diplomats from Denmark meeting with Muslim leaders in 17 countries. While Denmark will not interrupt the book’s release, it doesn’t want a repeat of 2005, when Danish embassies were temporarily shut down, officials said.

Rose has long favored free speech over cultural sensitivity. However, he told reporters Wednesday: “By reproducing this page, I did not intend to offend or insult anybody. [But] those cartoons are part of history."

CNN: New book reprints controversial Mohammed cartoons

Washington Post: Rose's column: "Why I published those cartoons"

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. thinker

    a 10 cent bullet out behind the wood pile works for me too.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shatisha

    if they use the meds before the expire date then it is good still and if they just kill him the way hre killed the girl then there is no expire date and I think that way is the best way he did not give the girl a expire date he did not give her a chose of anything so why should he get one she had no lawyer firghting for her life so why should he have anyone especially someone firghting for his life that the taxpayer pay for and i bet tax payer would pay for the girls life more than they pay for his sorry excuse for life

    September 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    I am angered. For 30 years Susan Jordan's killer has been allowed to live when he should have been executed the day after he was sentenced to death. That's his sentence!! I am intervening. Why? Because I can.
    To the Governor of California: Your expired lethal injection medicine excuse for not executing this man is garbage. There are thousands of ways to kill someone. I highly recommend you pick one and use it on Susan Jordan's killer by midnight next Thursday.
    If you refuse, I promise you an earthquake.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
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