- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Cookies …

Vivian Deuschl, the Washington-based worldwide media ambassador for Ritz-Carlton Hotels, is sharing her recipe for peace in the Middle East.

It was back in 1987, during the Ronald Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev summit in Washington, that Mrs. Deuschl began her tradition of placing dove-shaped "peace cookies" on world leaders' pillows each night.

Wouldn't you know, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down a short time later.

"Now, at the Ritz Carlton Sharm el Sheik, instead of the usual fruit-and-nuts turndown at night, we're featuring the same dove cookies, same recipe," Mrs. Deuschl tells this column.

Sharm el Sheik is the Egyptian Red Sea resort where President Clinton is meeting with the region's leaders in hopes of putting a lid on the Palestinian uprising that has left more than 100 people dead in recent weeks.

. . . and milk

Film star Alicia Silverstone has written to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, asking for an investigation of health claims in the popular "milk-mustache" ad campaign.

Her letter, apparently the first of its kind from a celebrity (other mustache-laden personalities have pocketed thousands of dollars by appearing in the ads), follows a similar anti-milk petition filed with the FTC this summer by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

"Being in the entertainment business, I am fully aware that the ads using celebrities as role models are very powerful," Miss Silverstone writes. "The milk industry's continued mis-education of millions of people every day through its inappropriate advertisements is a very serious matter."

Simon Chaitowitz, spokesman for the physicians committee, tells this column "the milk-mustache campaign not only makes misleading, scientifically unsubstantiated claims about milk's supposed benefits, but it also fails to reveal the many unwanted side effects of milk, among them increased risk of prostate and ovarian cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease."

The milk industry disagrees, citing far more benefits than risks in a glass of milk. And don't forget Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala grew a milky mustache for the same ad campaign (accepting no payment), worried that eight out of 10 teen-age girls and nine out of 10 women don't get enough calcium (men don't rate much better).

Kurt Graetzer, director of the National Fluid Milk Processor Education Program, tells us entire generations of Americans suffer "significant and severe calcium deficiency," which causes bone-weakening osteoporosis.

Got milk?

Regarding our lead item yesterday about Republican senatorial candidate Mack Mattingly canceling his popular television ad in which a duck quacks "Back Mack" because the insurance giant AFLAC charged his quack sounded too much like its "AFLAC" quack, reader L. Stein writes, "Maybe Mattingly should stand up with a white mustache and ask 'Got Mack?' "

Early celebration

That was Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, coach Norv Turner and the entire team's coaching staff and their wives at Bobby Van's Steakhouse in Northwest D.C. Sunday night, celebrating the Redskins' victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

The restaurant staff quickly converted three private dining rooms into one for the victory dinner, which consisted of oysters, crab cakes, steaks and several bottles of Dom Perignon.

After dinner, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Turner sneaked into the bar to check on the New York Yankees' score and puff on a couple of Davidoff cigars.

Leave by sunset

There will be an unusual reception this evening on Capitol Hill, where seven congressmen are being honored for leaving town.

All are Republicans, it turns out, who have kept their promise to limit their tenure in Congress and retire: Reps. Charles T. Canady of Florida, Matt Salmon of Arizona, Tillie Fowler of Florida, Helen Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho, Jack Metcalf of Washington, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Ed Crane of the Cato Institute and Paul Jacobs of U.S. Term Limits are hosting the going-away bash at Cato's F.A. Hayek Auditorium.

Gore grill

Vice President Al Gore's staff is no doubt running up a hefty tab at Old Ebbitt Grill, one of Washington's most popular watering holes just a block away from the White House.

"We have a ballot box in the hallway," explains Tony Aleman, Old Ebbitt maitre d'.

Current tally:

Al Gore: 6,430

George W. Bush: 5,869

Ralph Nader: 452

Pat Buchanan: 124

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