May 11, 2006 11:44AM

Uncle Sam: Lord of the Flies

The Fish & Wildlife Service announced yesterday that it will move with great dispatch and determination to save 12 species of rare Hawaiian flies from the brink of extinction. Thank God for the Endangered Species Act. Who knows what sort of dark ecological night might descend upon us without it?

Of course, the ESA is like an operating room in which patients check in but they don't check out. Its success as saving and reviving patients is akin to Jack Kevorkian's. So don't throw a party for those flies yet.