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Video: Obama Claims to Spend “Every Waking Hour” Thinking About the Economy

President Obama, in a speech regarding the economy and jobs in Jacksonville, Florida today, claimed he spends “every waking hour thinking about you”.

Here is the full quote (video below):

“And most of all, I would wake up every single day, every single day and spend every waking hour thinking about you. Fighting as hard as I knew how for you.”

The problem is that this doesn’t match up with a recent report indicating that he hasn’t spent a single hour – let alone every waking hour – to meet with his own jobs council in over six months.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

“President Barack Obama is at odds with some of his handpicked outside advisers on hot-button election topics such as regulations and corporate taxes. Many of the recommendations at issue stem from the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a group of business and labor leaders with whom Mr. Obama hasn’t met in six months.”

Another report from the National Journal shows that the President has had time to attend 106 political fundraisers during that same six month period.

And then there’s a report from Breitbart today showing that Obama has spent more time golfing (over 100 rounds) than he has spent focusing on the economy.

An eye-opening new report by the Government Accountability Institute reveals that President Barack Obama averages just eight minutes more a week on economic meetings than the average dog owner spends walking their dog.

When it was recently reported that Mr. Obama had played his 100th round of golf, the president said that playing golf was “the only time that for six hours, I’m outside.”  Therefore, by his own estimate, the president has spent 600 hours playing golf, as compared to just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency…

… just how little time Mr. Obama has spent working on the economy can be seen in the data contained in the Government Accountability Institute’s analysis:

  • Throughout the first 1,257 days of his presidency, Mr. Obama has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • In 2012, so far Obama has spent just 24 total hours in economic meetings of any kind
  • Assuming a six day, 10-hour workweek, Obama has spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • There were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which he had no economic meetings
  • Mr. Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, new dog owners spent an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs

The study, which was based upon the president’s official schedule, practically bent over backwards to include anything even remotely akin to an economic meeting.

Read the report here… 

And here is the video of Obama’s outrageous claim…

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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    Strainers can be seen everywhere even at residential homes. These devices help take away the impurities of certain substances as well as some solid materials in a process flow. An industrial strainer is a special type of strainer manufactured for various industrial applications. Just like other straining devices, industrial strainers are used for coarse filtration of fluid mediums in large pipelines. It comes with a wire mesh of various sizes, usually supported by a perforated sheet. Generally, the wire mesh opening must be smaller than the size of the particles to hold them in place while letting the fluid to go through the pipeline.

    By filtering unwanted particles and separating them from the fluid, industrial strainers protect other process system components like burners, valves, pumps, bearings, condensers and nozzles in the flow systems. In most cases, industrial strainers are partnered with special filters that are used to isolate finer particles. Together with a filter, industrial strainers make up an efficient and cost-effective filtration system.

    An industrial strainer has special features that differentiate them from ordinary strainers and other common filtration devices. Special strainers used for industrial purposes are compact in size but features robust design. They can endure low-pressure drop and are easy and affordable to maintain. They are meant to have a tremendous particle holding capacity. The size of Industrial strainers is measured in NB, which specifically refers to device’s diameter. The size of strainer models depends on the demands of the application, but they are usually designed to filter materials measuring larger than 5 microns.

    In terms of styles, there are different types of industrial strainer units. Y and conical types of industrial strainers are designed with flanged and socket weld end connection. They are made of forged iron or case steel of different grades. A conical strainer is also referred to as a suction strainer because it is usually utilized on suction side. The tee type industrial strainers most of the time have a structural skeleton composed of a round bar and flats that support the wire mesh.

    The basket industrial strainer is another common classification of industrial strainers. It can be constructed into two forms, simplex and duplex type, with suitable material. A simplex basket strainer is also called bucket strainer. It is available in cast iron or fabricated form. A duplex basket strainer is made up of two basket strainers. The operator can switch the filtering function from one strainer to another. This convenient shifting allows ease of cleaning the elements from one strainer while the other continuous to function. Duplex strainers are then ideal for continuous uninterrupted flow operations.

    The body or housing of strainer directly affects its durability and efficiency. Some of the usual materials that strainers are made from include cast steel, cast iron, stainless steel, carbon steel. In some cases, they can be composed of materials like brass, bronze and gun metal. Aside from its actual body material, an industrial strainer can also come with a protective coating or linings made typically of rubber or PTFE. Strainers can also be fabricated to address flow rate and operating pressure expectations. Some high-quality models possess self-cleaning systems, which lessens maintenance and downtime.

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    The selection of the proper industrial strainer requires knowledge of the system and the types of contaminants that must be retained. Industrial strainers are macro filters that range in particle retention from as large as .500 inch down to 325 mesh (44 micron). Typically, we see a range from .250 inches to 200 mesh (74 microns).

    Industrial strainers should retain all particles greater than those acceptable to the downstream equipment. Straining too fine may cause operational and maintenance problems due to premature fouling of the straining medium. This can unnecessarily increase the frequency of cleaning and cause flow obstruction to downstream equipment.

    The degree of straining is usually decided by the process design engineer. These decisions are usually based on the engineer’s process flow expertise and the recommendations of the manufacturer of the equipment to be protected. The industrial strainer itself is a simple device to operate and, with minimal maintenance, will last for many years.

    Industrial Strainer Design Criteria

    When designing a process system, certain standard guidelines are used to determine pipe size and pipe fluid velocity. Typical pipeline velocities are in the 6 to 12 feet-per-second range. The more viscous the fluid, the lower the velocity.

    Industrial strainer sizes should be selected based on allowable pressure drop, not pipeline size. Suction service usually requires lower pressure drops than discharge service.

    Where industrial strainers are used for high-viscosity fluids, pressure drops will increase and strainers that are larger than normal may be required to keep pressure drops within reason. Over-sized units may be specified depending on the number of solids to be removed in parts per million (PPM), and the allowable pressure drop across the strainer.

    When designing industrial strainers, the critical velocity is the screen velocity. This is the velocity of fluid through the filtering medium. Screen velocity is usually kept between 3 feet/second and 8 feet/second depending on the type of strainer specified. The higher the velocity, the higher the differential pressure drop.

    A common term used in strainer design is “Open Area Ratio (OAR).” This equals the total open basket area divided by the internal cross-sectional area of the inlet pipe. It is a measure of relative debris-holding capacity and is usually between 2 and 4 times the inlet pipe area. By knowing the pipeline velocity, differential pressure drop and open area ratio, you can get a good overall picture of the appropriate strainers for the application being specified.

    Industrial Strainer Basket Strength

    Reliable basket strength is critical to strainer performance. The best basket strength data is obtained from companies such as Dannenbaum who have been designing, manufacturing and servicing baskets for decades.

    During the basket selection process, it is common to see specifications for the straining element’s burst pressure. While this serves as a benchmark for catastrophic failure, it does not truly satisfy the engineer’s intention of protecting the downstream equipment. Cylindrical baskets may deform, allowing bypass of contaminated fluid well before the calculated burst pressure is reached.

    A more useful number is the maximum allowable differential pressure. To determine this, a modified American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII, Division I cylindrical shell formula is used. The modified formula uses the concept of equivalent strength of materials outlined in ASME Section II. Since the straining element will never see total line pressure (this would mean zero flow or total blockage), it is wise to design the basket strength for Maximum Allowable Differential Pressure (MADP) in the 10-25 PSI range.

    In viscous applications, and at line pressures above 75 PSI, it is wise to specify heavy duty baskets with an MADP in the 50-75 PSI range. Wedge wire baskets are then the most suitable since they offer greater open area and resistance to collapse.

    Strainer designs are chosen based upon the most severe pressure and temperature that will be experienced. These are usually expressed as design limits and they typically exceed the anticipated systems operating pressure and temperature. Strainers are specifically excluded from the requirements of ASME Section VIII, Division I, under paragraph UI. Nevertheless, due to the similarity of pressure boundary parts, today’s quality manufacturers use the ASME design for guidelines. In fact, most of the strainers cast or fabricated can be “U” stamped pressure vessels.

    Industrial Strainer Selection Considerations

    Pressure Drop and Velocity – Resistance to flow through a clean strainer is the sum of the resistance due to the strainer medium, strainer hardware and the strainer housing. For a fluid of a given viscosity, the smaller the diameter of the pores/slots within the straining medium, the greater the resistance to flow, that is pressure drop.

    Industrial strainers are selected on the basis of allowable pressure drop and not pipe size. Where the strainer or filter is to be installed on the suction side of a pump handling water, the recommended pressure drop is usually in the region of 0.5 PSIG.

    A pressure drop as high as 2 PSIG may be acceptable for some applications.

    For water service, a velocity of nominally 7 feet per second generally produces a reasonable pressure drop for simples or duplex strainers. For oil service, lower velocities may be required due to the higher viscosity of the oil. Normally, pressure drops for oil service are desired within the one to two PSIG range. Velocity may range from 3 ft./sec. downward to less than 1 ft./sec. depending upon viscosity.

    Maximum Allowable Working Pressure – The flange rating should not be relied upon as an indication of maximum or design working pressure. Frequently, specifications do not indicate a working pressure but only a flange connection rating such as a strainer having 8” 150 LB ASME flanges. This flange rating is not indicative of maximum working pressure since the ASME standards permit higher working pressures. An 8” 150 LB ASME flange can operate at a pressure of 275 PSIG at -20 to 100 F. Design pressures of strainers do not conform to ASME flange ratings of pressure or temperature. Typically, a strainer with 8” 150 LB flanges will be designed for 150 PSIG MAWP. Only by specifying the exact operating pressure and temperature can the correct industrial strainer be selected.

    Perforation, Slot or Mesh Size – Basket openings should be selected based on the equipment to be protected. Applications should not be filtered finer than required since frequent and unnecessary cleaning will result. Wedge wire slotted baskets offer better open area and greater resistance to collapse than equivalent perforated plate or mesh-lined baskets. They are also easier to clean and have better backwashing capabilities.

    Open Area Ratio – Open area ratio is the yardstick for determining the length of time a strainer will operate without cleaning or suffer undue pressure loss. This ratio is the relationship between the internal cross-sectional area of the inlet pipe and the total open area of the openings in the basket. A 1:1 ratio would give an unrestricted flow while clean, but as clogging occurs, flow would be inhibited. A 2:1 ratio would still provide full flow, even after the screen was 50% clogged. A 4:1 ratio is normally recommended. It should be noted that automatic self-cleaning strainers will operate quite well with smaller ratios as the automatic cleaning will always keep 100% flow area open. Again, wedge wire baskets are preferred, since they offer greater open area.

    Viscosity – Viscosity is the measure of resistance to flow measured in centipoise. Oils, tar, etc. do not readily flow and are called viscous fluids. Viscosity varies inversely with temperature, so it is therefore necessary to know the viscosity and the temperature of the flowing fluid for a proper strainer selection.

    Dirt Loading – The percent by weight of particulate contaminant in the liquid stream to be filtered, or the particulate matter, in slurry form, from which the moisture is to be removed.

    Flow Rate – The volume of liquid, measured in gallons per minute (GPM), to be filtered.

    Particle Size – The mean diameter of the smallest particles to be removed measured in microns or standard US mesh sizes. This should also include the type of particulate (hard, gelatinous) encountered.

    Service Temperature – This should include both the service and design temperatures. It is also important to determine the viscosity of a fluid at its operating temperature. (Liquid viscosity generally decreases as the temperature increases.) If the fluid is extremely viscous, it is advisable to preheat the fluid and install a heating jacket on the strainer housing.

    Life Cycle Cost – The capital and operating costs spread over the expected life of the unit. One may lean towards buying a strainer because of its low initial cost. However, other features such as frequency of basket cleaning and replacement, and associated labor, disposal and production downtime costs will need to be considered and should impact the final selection.

    Limited Downtime – Certain industrial processes by their nature require significantly more downtime in their operation, while others have been designed to minimize downtime. Whether your operation is batch or continuous is another selection factor. Simplex, or single basket, industrial strainers are suitable for batch operations. Continuous industrial processes require the ability to clean the strainer while it is on-line, which requires either a duplex (twin basket) or self-cleaning (automatic) industrial strainer.

    Material Selection – Materials of construction vary according to application. Typically, it should approximate the material specification of the piping system; however, it is essential to determine if the fluid is acid, alkali, aqueous, oil or solvent based, and if it has additives that affect compatibility. The chemical composition and the thermal range of the liquids you wish to strain will determine what metals and media are suitable for use. All materials that encounter the process fluid at operating temperature (baskets, screens, hardware, housing material, gaskets) must be compatible with the fluid.

    The most cost-effective materials are carbon steel and gray iron. Engineered coatings are available to protect metals from corrosive process fluids and gases. Dannenbaum LLC has decades of experience working with various grades of the following materials and coating systems: For more information on Industrial Strainers Dannenbaum LLC

    Stainless steels
    Hastelloy B or C
    SMO 254
    Alloy 20
    Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coatings
    Industrial Enamel Coatings
    Zinc Based Coatings
    Belzona Coatings
    Basket Selection – Industrial strainer baskets, also known as the strainer or filter element, are critical components in industrial strainers. We frequently work with the following time-tested component materials:

    Perforated Plate – Perforated plate is the most used media for basket type strainers and is available in perforation sizes 1/32″ to 1/2″ diameter depending on the degree of straining required and size and type of basket. Perforations are normally made on a staggered pattern for maximum open area and strength.
    At Dannenbaum LLC, we believe in helping our customers find smart long-term engineered solutions for complex industrial problems. Contact us, see our industrial strainer models, or review our custom items for more information.

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