Saturday, January 13, 2007

Spocko Speaks! But he doesn't sing and dance

Thank you.

To the generous people who donated money to keep the lights and power on and prepare for a potential future financial assault from a company that “buys their lawyers by the ton.” Your donations are just so kind. And like the widow and the mite, for some it may have been a more significant donation than others, so I acknowledge the generosity of ANY size.

To the man who described himself as:

“just an average joe with a little free time, but i figure if you get enough
average joe's, maybe we can help. please let me know what i can do.”

Well, it will involve a few letters and or phone calls. I’ve sent a list as one of advertisers to all of you Spocko’s Brain Irregulars. Let me know what you hear.

To the woman who described herself as:

"i am no one, just a single mom in the east bay getting up and going to work each day, scratching by. but whatever little role i can play to stop the hate mongering at ksfo i will!"
This was my reply:

You ARE someone. Your voice matters. You count. The forces that want to divide and attack us and each other have been playing this game for years. It is a profitable entertainment. To them you are just a number. To me you are citizen who respects others.

I'll add you to the list.
I'm honored by your help.

And now I’ll add:

You can play a role. Part of that is understanding that the people on the other end of the phone or email are people JUST LIKE YOU. That is why I stress being polite. They don’t usually know what the heck this is about. They need time to listen, decide and choose for themselves and the last thing I want is for the people at the advertisers to feel assaulted. They are just receptionists, ad reps, pr folks, media buyers and marketing types doing their job as best they can. If we politely educate them, they will remember how WE interacted with them, vs. how others attack them.

I don’t know you, but for all I know you work at one of the local advertisers who have been getting calls from people about this issue. Maybe Joe will call you. Hopefully he was polite. The insightful Miss Manners reminds us, “Don’t return rudeness with rudeness.” They were rude, we don’t have to be.


There is a reason that I chose the name Spocko. He’s a man who spans two worlds (that and he looks good in a fedora). For three hours yesterday on KSFO they called me a coward, a liar and a thief. Those who listened heard how they attempted to explain away, attack, mock and cry victim.

Well, they are right on one thing. I am a coward. I’ve listened to what they said. I have no doubt that after these 15 minutes are up people with longer memories and deeper pockets will go after the man, who is flawed, with modest resources (but luckily with a few strong friends). I fear that I will disappoint everyone when they find out that yes I DO sit in front of my keyboard drinking Tranya (but NOT wearing Homer Simpson underwear! NTodd has STILL not provided me a PAIR!). There was a show about the radio industry on PBS recently that showed how some powerful people used the legal system for years to beat up and destroy one man. When people ask what I am afraid of, well, there you have it. And to the man who said,

they attempted to demean you by talking about the fact that you use a character from star trek as a nom de plume

now they have done it

there are a world of trekkies out there who will descend upon them with the wrath of khan

live long and prosper

Vulcan hand salute right back at you.

More later, as they say, "Before fame, chop wood, carry laundry. After fame, chop wood, carry laundry."



rorschach said...

It's in Lu Ji's Wen Fu, fourth century
A.D. "Essay on Literature"-in the
Preface: "In making the handle Of an axe
By cutting wood with an axe
The model is indeed near at hand."

--Spocko, you are a fine model for us all.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

What you have really helped to do is reveal how talk radio has engaged in the pornography of fear and hate in order to attract listeners. You've probably done less to inform advertisers than shame them. Once the dust settles, it could be that efforts like yours will ultimately be representative of the shift from media designed to attract an audience to media designed to make this a better planet. Thanks for that.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous said...

I've been following the Spocko/KSFO imbroglio and am reminded of a scene from one of the Alien sequels, I forget which.

But you might recall where Ripley, armed with her flamethrower, encounters the Alien in its' egg chamber.
Both know that a twitch on the trigger will end it all for the Alien's hatchlings, and it must now act with uncharacteristic circumspection.

Bravo again.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous said...

I've been following the Spocko/KSFO imbroglio and am reminded of a scene from one of the Alien sequels, I forget which.

But it is where Ripley, armed with her flamethrower, encounters the Alien in its' egg chamber. The Alien knows that a twitch on the trigger will cremate her future and must act with uncharacteristic circumspection.

Natch, the hate-talkers are trying to "woof" it, but they know they've hit the wall.

You've done it.

Bravo again.

7:25 PM  
Zeno said...

I caught just a small part of the KSFO program, right near the end of the lunch hour. They were flailing all about with remarkably little impact. I suppose they had been warned by KSFO management to avoid any further gaffes, and this took them right out of their normally uninhibited environment. It sounded painful.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Good luck dude.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

Ditto-"Good Luck Dude".
My brother is one among that 'ton of lawyers' that Disney can (has) bought.
Frankly, he's a jerk.

Terri in Joburg

1:41 AM  
¡El Gato Negro! said...


joo are absolutamente corrrect about everyone playing a role.

Let's say that joo are, joo know, lazy.

¿What to do? Easy.

Just send 5$ or 10$ and be happy that joo have helped.

Eef joo want a task wheech does no require much effort, write to 3 or 4 advertisers, and be polite. Be sure to include many of the soundfiles een jour email. (or type een URLs, for those who prefer letters.)

Eef joo are looking for a more involved role, write to 10 advertisers, or email Spocko, and do no be afraid to ask how joo can help.

Also, eet may be a good idea to pay attencíon to Mike Stark over the next few days, eh?

¡Viva Spocko!

2:21 AM  
Deacon Barry said...

If all they can do is attack the messenger, and not address the message, then you've won the argument. And how can being a fan of the greatest television franchise be demeaning? It was forty years ago that Trek fans changed the course of media history by preventing the show's cancellation, enabling it to go on to syndication, and become an inspiration to a generation.
The whole ethos of the show is about standing up for what is right, respecting diversity, and protecting the vulnerable. Just ask yourself, "What would Kirk do?"

4:40 AM  
David S said...


I have to admit, if not for Melanie Morgan & crew's inability to be decent people and MMFA not needing to bring it up, I wouldn't know who the heck you are.

I still don't, but after reading a few of your past posts, I'm begining too!

As a result, I have made a donation to your cause.

Keep up the good work in exposing those that spread hate and un-American values!

4:54 AM  
perchecreek said...

I've mirrored the KSFO hate speech audio clips at

5:40 AM  
Anonymous said...

luckily for you americans love an underdog. :) there are many of us who are behind you.

6:27 AM  
shrimplate said...

You could have some of my underwear. I never wear the things.

I fear, however, that we are different sizes.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

Spocko, you won!

We are following your foot steps. If they are trying to intimidate one Spocko, many more will mushroom in the new spring of free and responsible media.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous said...

Spocko: I'm not sure what list you're compiling but whatever it is, I want to get in on the grtound floor. If there's a way that I can contribute cash outside of Paypal, email me and let me know.

Since I have a blog that gets about 5-9000 hits a day and I'm getting heavier traffic than you, I've been shaking the rafters at my own place over this ("Spocko's Brain Gets Vulcan Death Grip From Wingnuts, Parts One and Two" and "An Open Letter to Melanie Morgan").

8:39 AM  
Jason said...

You are the man, Spocko. You may not think you are a hero, but you are. Cleaning up the airwaves from this horrible, Nazi-style propaganda is incredibly important. You are doing it with class, and with honorable intentions.

Keep fighting the good fight, sir!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hey Spocko - I'm inspired by the impact you've had. They're scared - despite all their puffed-up-chest rhetoric on Friday, I'm sure they'll tone down the vitriol, at least for a while. Thanks for playing a part in the campaign to create respectful and intelligent discourse in our country.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous said...

The word coward does not apply to you, Spocko. You are not stupid enough to go trotting into their lair and offering yourself as sacrifice. That's not cowardly, that's intelligent.

They are cowards for spewing hatred out onto the airwaves yet unable to defend themselves when challenged. They must shout, cut mics, call names, belittle, befog, begrime.

You have the right to feel threatened by the behemoth corporation of Disney/ABC/KSFO suddenly focusing their blood-red eyes upon you and your family.

And all you had to protect you was the law and the truth. And one gazillion angry bloggers and citizens who are so sick of this sense of entitlement, this arrogance of power, this conspiracy to yank the country to the fanatic, non-thinking fearful right just to gain a bit more power, a bit more money, a bit more control.

Enough. Americans are not Nazis. We are not hateful, intolerant, greedy, and stupid. We are not going to be told we are.

Spocko, you are the one man who in great fear and trembling stood in front of a line of tanks and stopped the hate machine in its tracks. You don't have to sing and dance to have us applaud you.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous said...

It takes a strong character to go up against both hate and lawyers. Good on you. I linked an article to Mike Starks while you were down. We don't get KSFO in NE OR, but thanks.

10:33 PM  

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