John McCaslin

You may spot embattled U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the mean streets of Washington today, where several lawmakers are demanding his ouster. He's scheduled to be in town for a speaking engagement, among other stops.

His visit comes on the heels of a none-too-flattering survey conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, finding U.S. citizens view the United Nations as "anti-American" by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, or 52 percent to 27 percent.

Conservatives are most disenchanted with the United Nations, by a 61 percent to 23 percent margin; moderates follow closely at 52 percent to 27 percent; and even liberals are disgruntled by a margin of 41 percent to 36 percent.

ESKIMO DUNK

Last night, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Center for International Environmental Law announced a complaint on behalf of Arctic Inuit peoples against the United States "for causing global warming and its devastating impacts."

And what are the devastating impacts?

"Apparently their snowmobiles are falling through the ice," relays Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who is attending this week's global-warming negotiations in Buenos Aires.

"Leaving aside for the moment this action's legal merits (there are none), a remarkable approach to oral argument on this case was tried at a Monday night event publicizing a report underpinning this complaint," Horner tells this column.

The speaker was Dr. Robert Corell, "most famous for his steady hand guiding the conveniently timed November 2000 'National Assessment on Climate Change,' a compendium of scary climate stories released by the Clinton-Gore administration," he says.

"According to Dr. Corell, it seems that the Inuits, who he boasts have lived a subsistence lifestyle just as their ancestors have done for 9,000 years, now have that cold, hand-to-mouth bliss threatened by global warming."

SPACE FIRSTS

Floating above the global warming, the crew aboard the 4-year-old International Space Station is discovering what it takes to live and work in space for long periods of time.

This year has proved to be an "exceptional example," says NASA space station program manager Bill Gerstenmaier.


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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