#ShitRappersSay on stage in Denver

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Kiernan Maletsky
The next few days kick off what will no doubt be a summer of hip-hop shows to remember in the Mile High City: Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli (as Black Star) will be swooping through the town this weekend, as will Drake on his Club Paradise Tour, featuring J.Cole, Waka Flocka, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Tyga and Meek Mill. Many rappers -- even with their individuality and differences in music, style, and crowd appeal -- tend to say the same (or very similar things) when they're on stage here. We've compiled a list of the top five things they in Denver about Denver.

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5. "I know they said I was supposed to be here before..."
Shows get shuffled around. It happens. Dates change, contracts are re-negotiated, people get shot. Eventually, though, the shows usually go on. From the re-scheduled Black Star show tonight to Tyga's last go at the Ogden, Denver has a pretty good track record when it comes to making good on dates. Let's hope this trend continues (Action Bronson, we're looking at you, sir).


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Algernon Moncrief
Algernon Moncrief

RAPPERS COULD LEGITIMATELY MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT COLORADO PENSION THEFT, BUT IT WOULD BE HARD TO GET A RHYME WITH "ACTUARIAL."

COLORADO PERA PENSION THEFT LAWSUIT SCHEDULE AND HOWTO HELP.

The group fighting the Colorado Legislature’s theftof contracted pension benefits (saveperacola.com) posted a Colorado Court ofAppeals schedule on their website today (as follows):

“We have received notice of the following scheduled dates for the lawsuit:

4/23/12 – Appellees to Supplement Record

5/29/12 – Appellee’s Answering Brief

6/12/12 – Appellant’s Reply Brief

PERA and the State of Colorado are the appellees. Gary R.Justus et al are the appellants.”

 

Saveperacola also posted a request for help fromColorado PERA members, retirees and any others who support the rule of law inthe United States.  Saveperacola israising funds for attorney fees to combat the theft of retirement benefits thatwere earned by PERA members over decades.

Are you a PERA member or retiree?  Have you paid into PERA for many years?  Do you expect the Colorado Legislature andColorado PERA to honor their contractual obligations to you? 

Well, your expectations are not grounded in reality.

It is pathetic, but the Colorado Legislature andColorado PERA will not honor their legal commitments to you short of a courtorder.  That has become quite clearduring Colorado PERA’s political, legal and lobbying campaigns.

If Colorado PERA members and retirees do not act,our interests will be brushed aside.

In a nutshell, the Colorado Legislature and ColoradoPERA are trying to avoid their debts to public employees.  The Colorado Legislature has the ability to“define” a pension “crisis” into existence and then attempt to use that“crisis” to justify the breach of pension contracts.

The Legislature can create a funding “crisis” byskipping its annual required contributions to the PERA trust funds.  For a decade the Colorado Legislature has donejust that.  It has ignored the level of contributionsthat it must make every year to the PERA pension in order keep it financiallysound.  This level of annualcontributions (called the ARC) is determined each year by Colorado PERA’s actuaries.  To date, the skipped contributions exceed$3.5 billion.  Just this week theColorado Legislature is skipping in annual required pension contributions inorder to provide $100 million in discretionary tax relief.  Having ignored its obligations for years, theLegislature would like to compensate for its negligence by essentially stealingmoney from Colorado PERA members and retirees.

The Colorado Legislature and Colorado PERA are alsotrying to use the volatility of investment markets to justify their breach ofcontracts.  Remember that Colorado PERAmembers and retirees are members of a defined benefit plan.  They do not bear any “market risk.”  In a defined benefit pension, “market risk”is borne by the sponsors of the plan, that is, the State of Colorado andColorado local governments.  The ColoradoLegislature and Colorado PERA want to retroactively change the terms of ourstatutory pension contract.

Here’s a quote from the new post on the saveperaacolawebsite:

“Remember, the bottom line here is that unless weprevail in this lawsuit, PERA is off the hook for keeping the promises it madeto every member and retiree.”

What can you do? Go to the saveperacola.com website, click on the “Support” tab, and sendthem a contribution.  Call or e-mail everyPERA member and retiree you know and ask them send support.  Call your public employee unionrepresentatives and ask them how they can stand idly by while the ColoradoLegislature attempts to breach its contracts with public employees.  Colleagues of our public sector unionofficials across the country are aggressively defending the pension rights oftheir union members.  What has happenedin Colorado is truly bizarre.

To follow developments in the Colorado pension theftlawsuit sign up as a Friend of Save Pera Cola on Facebook.

Have your friends sign up as Friends of Save PeraCola.  Copy this post and e-mail it to PERAmembers and retirees you know.

Steezo
Steezo

Tyga is not on the Drake tour. It is Meek Mill. Yeah that guy that had his mixtape downloaded over 3 million times this week. 

Guesto
Guesto

that meek mill mixtape is kinda boring , whaddya think? 

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