HOW CAN YOU BE SO CRUEL?"
(c) 2006 MilitaryCorruption.com
Bruce and Miriam Shue, the 91-year-old parents of Air Force Col. Philip Shue, killed in a mysterious car crash in Texas more than three years ago, have another reason to feel pain in their hearts.
"Our son's widow, Tracy, refuses to send us a videotape of his funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery - a ceremony in which my wife and I took part," a sorrowful Bruce Shue told MilitaryCorruption.com.
Why has the millionairess taken such a mean-spirited position? That's a good question that demands an answer.
STILETTO HEELS AND A TEMPER TANTRUM
We invite our readers to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with their views on whether or not the woman one wag has called "Tracy the Shrew," should finally have the decency to send the tape to her late husband's grieving parents.
They're not in the best of health and are "well-on" in years, so time is of the essence.
We were amazed, and frankly appalled when informed sources told us the "Widow Shue" had vowed "never" to release the tape because that (expletive deleted) - referring to the editor-in-chief of this web site - "might get to see it."
Apparently the "tiny terror," well-known for marching into newspaper offices and making complaints - was ticked off we described her wearing four-inch stiletto heels to the solemn funeral services. You'd have thought we'd said she had on fishnet stockings as well and carried a whip in her hand.
Of course she didn't, and we only commented in passing on the strange choice of footgear for such a occasion. We didn't realize that comment would cause the pint-sized ex-officer to punish her "soul-mate" husband's parents in retaliation.
Therefore, just to make sure that justice is done, MilitaryCorruption.com publicly assures the wealthy widow we will not, repeat, not look at the funeral tape under any circumstances. And we promise never to comment again on Tracy's attire. No matter what she wears.
Now then, does THAT solve the problem? Be a "good girl" Tracy, and do the right thing, OK? Release the video tape. Thanks.
WEALTHY WIDOW RETURNS $12,000 TO HUBBY'S AGED PARENTS
We're glad we were able to, let us say, provide sufficient "incentive" for the "Widow Shue" to send back $12,000 to her late husband's elderly parents. They live very modestly on a fixed income in Ohio.
When they told us Tracy had "solicited" the cash, complaining about heavy "legal expenses," they sacrificed and scraped together the money over a period of three months. They felt their daughter-in-law was in real financial need. What they didn't know was the "fifty-something" retired Air Force nurse was not exactly ready for the poor house.
It might have been nice to include "interest" made on the money, since the "Widow Shue" had use of it for three years, but all's well that ends well. The aged couple got back their much-needed bucks. "If it wasn't for your help on MilitaryCorruption.com, we probably would never have seen it again," the Shues said.
We're sure Tracy's "appreciative" the way things turned out. After all, she got to dispel possible image problems of appearing to be a greedy, grasping money-grubber. We know that's not the case, don't we Tracy? And anyway, what's 12 grand to a woman with all your assets? Don't worry. You'll never miss it.
THE MONEY JUST POURS RIGHT IN
We certainly wish we had your financial "expertise."
Let's see - first there was the $250,000 SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance) lump-sum payment. Did that later get jacked up to $400,000? We mustn't forget the death gratuity payment from the Air Force, which we understand has just been increased (retroactively for all those who died on active duty after 911) from $12,500 to $100,000. Nice.
Next comes the really "big" money. Two civilian life insurance policies that added up to a cool $1.5 million.
Of course, in addition, there's the sizeable DIC (Indemnity Compensation) checks from Uncle Sam 12 times a year; your well-earned Air Force lieutenant colonel retirement pay; and reportedly, an 80% tax-free "disability" pension on top of all that moolah. Wow!
We're so happy for you! And we're sure lots of wounded (and combat-disabled) Marines from Iraq are too, you know - all those guys at Walter Reed Hospital with an arm or leg gone?
AND MORE MILLION$ TO COME?
MilitaryCorruption.com is avidly watching the progress of your multi-million dollar lawsuit against "deep-pockets" USAA in San Antonio, Texas.
Why, if you win that one, you'll have enough greenbacks to establish your own bank! Maybe you can run for political office. We'll be sure to send you a "contribution." OK?
It must be nice to have as your biggest problem the first of each month, trying to decide which fat check in the mailbox to cash first.
May we suggest you consider contributing to some of our favorite charities? How about sending some bucks every month to those organizations that feed and clothe hungry and homeless children? WorldVision, for example. We've done that for many years. It leaves you with a warm feeling in your heart.
EQUAL TIME AND SPACE TO RESPOND GRANTED "THE WIDOW SHUE"
Gee, we sure hope we got our facts straight in this story. If not, we'd be happy to run a correction, once provided proof of error. In the interest of fairness, MCC wants to offer you, Tracy, equal time and space on our pages to express your views. We've got so many interesting questions we'd like to ask you.
And just think. You'll have the benefit of being on a military web site with a huge audience, not some half-assed blog in Boerne, Texas that no one reads anyhow. How about it?
Let's find out who was responsible for your husband's death and make sure they don't get away with it. Texas is a death penalty state, you know.
Yes, let's get to the bottom of lots of things. We're sure you agree with that.
There's no such thing as a "perfect crime." The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind - with a little help from media outlets like ourselves - exceedingly fine.