The plane, emblazoned with the “Iran Air” logo, was parked Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews — the same air field where Air Force One is stored. In fact, President Obama taxied past the Iranian jet on his way to two campaign events in Ohio.
It is common for foreign heads of state to park their aircraft at Joint Base Andrews when visiting the U.S., according to Major Michelle Lai, a spokeswoman for the 89th Airlift Wing.
Lai said there are several such planes parked at Andrews now because of the ongoing U.N. meeting.
“Normally their aircraft will drop off the heads of state at the given location and they’ll position here and wait until the summit ends,” she said. “It’s for security in general. It’s easier to provide security on an Air Force installation for any foreign aircraft than it is at a commercial airport.”
It’s also free, Lai said. Unlike commercial airports, the federal government does not charge foreign governments to park their planes.
Lai did not know whether special security considerations were being taken to guard the Iranian plane.
In his own speech to the U.N. on Monday, Obama said time is running out for a diplomatic solution with Iran. He echoed his previous position that the U.S. is committed to stopping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Free Parking for Dictators Plane
at andrews air force base
Free parking is hard to find in Washington — but not, apparently, for the Boeing 747 that ferried Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this week’s United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York.
I hate gays, jews, christians and all godless Americans. I want to bomb Israel...still yet these fuckers give me free parking for my cool ass plane.
Don't you notice most girls hate when guys take pictures of themselves shirtless or whatever in front of the mirror...but it's completely cool for chicks to do it? Double standard or what? I dig it though. Take more shirtless pics in front of the mirror please. :-)
As a teenager the late F. Richard Sheffield asked Bela Lugosi if he could paint his portrait, and after the star proved a restless subject, the teenager opted to use one of Bela’s favorite photos. It was a strikingly devilish portrait from 1930, when Bela was campaigning to star in Universal’s film of Dracula after his triumph in the vampire role on Broadway. Sheffield nailed the details — the blue eyes, even the mole on the left cheek — and the background is properly fiery, as if we’re beholding Dracula in hell. This portrait sold at auction in 2008 for $7,170.00.
Mark Harvey, aka Baltimore Batman, who was banned from Camden Yards for streaking in Batman undies and a cape. Harvey has struck again, this time during last night’s Ravens game.
While he was wearing his signature skivvies, his cape has been upgraded, thanks to a very random and unlikely source. After seeing his video in April, Ellen DeGeneres sent Harvey a cape with her face on it to wear during his streaking endeavors.
Harvey wore that cape and painted “Don’t be a bully, be a superhero” on his chest, something he says is meant to promote anti-bullying awareness. He’s now a streaker with a cause.
“Bullying is a real problem in America, and I am here to stop it. We all have super powers and it’s time to put them to use,” Harvey says on his website, BiggerThanBullying.com. He’s selling T-shirts with the message and states that “by purchasing an item you will support a foundation that is fighting to stop bullying, child abuse, or both.” He doesn’t list specific foundations on the site, or exactly how much of the proceeds will be donated, so purchase at your own risk.
“This is a souvenir of a visit to a Coney Island Bowery amusement called Darkness and Dawn. It was a Cyclorama, and had been created for an exposition in Omaha, Nebraska in 1898. It was brought to the Coney Island Bowery at the turn of the century. The souvenir is card stock, in the shape of a coffin, and has a skull and crossbones illustration at top. It also has a quote from “The Devil.” The same image and text is printed on both sides (shown). The attraction on the Bowery was destroyed by fire in 1903, and was rebuilt for Luna Park several years later.”