As George W. Bush and his James Watt
-like environmental personnel exit, stage right, San Francisco environmentalists have fired a salvo of lawsuits aimed to hit their posteriors on the way out.
Last week, Lisa Belenky, a San Francisco staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a trio of lawsuits in local district court, part of a barrage of seven suits
from the CBD and its legal allies regarding 19 endangered plants and animals.
Among many other complaints, the CBD
charges the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne with falling down on the job in efforts to protect the San Bernadino kangaroo rat
and the Pierson's milk-vetch
(pictured), a diminutive plant
found in the deserts of Southern California -- with a name that's strangely pleasing to the ear.