Life & Liberty



* * * September 23: Saint Pius of Pietrelcina and First Day of Autumn * * * September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul * * * October 1: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus * * * October 2: The Holy Guardian Angels * * * October 4: First Friday and Saint Francis of Assisi * * * October 5: First Saturday * * * October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary * * * October 11: Saint John XXIII * * * October 14: Columbus Day * * * October 15: Saint Teresa of Jesus * * * October 22: Saint John Paul II * * *

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019: CNN Brain-washing machine * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

CNN: Brain-washing machine

Sitting in front of the television watching CNN is like sitting in front of a large front-load washing machine at the laundry-mat. Neither is fun to watch, both are routinely predictable and methodically mundane.
The CNN brainwashing machine has three levels of scrubbing the news.

The small load is the news ticker scrolling text along the bottom of the screen of headlines occurring off camera.

The medium load is the three-minute segment made up of mostly sound bites fitting the leftist narrative and commentary by the so-called news-reporters but in reality opinion commentators.

The large load are the town hall meetings and the documentaries that always feature the leftist agenda extolling the extremists emotionalism meant to convey and convince with feelings and not with facts. Facts are to be forgotten and replaced with feelings which are always front and center meant to passionately persuade, always to set the tone of the conversation which is always loud, louder and the loudest.

The CNN brainwashing machine has only two settings of water temperature: cold as ice and hot as fire. Everything that is broadcast is on the extreme, set to freeze our brain or fry our brain. Brain freeze numbs common sense and fried brain is burnt-out.

The CNN brainwashing machine has two speed cycles: Delicate, for the sensitive snowflakes who can’t handle the facts or the truth so they have to be gently but continuously filled with palatable pabulum and Heavy Duty for the hard-core leftists who desire to be always irritatingly inflamed and agitatedly angry.

The dirty laundry is soaked in leftist rhetoric, the ultra-super cleaning cycle scrubs out all the facts, the objective reporting is bleached out,  the stuff that doesn’t’ fit the leftist narrative is rinsed out and the news is spun.

Most public places are now filled with wall-to-wall screens blaring and spewing the notorious Conspiracies Not News (CNN) propaganda brought to the unsuspecting public by the National Democratic Party.

We naively think we’re receiving objective news, when in reality we‘re getting subjective commentary.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica Poemas, Escritos y Testimonios: Día de La Virgen Niña Septiembre 8, 2019

Día de La Virgen Niña Septiembre 8, 2019

Altar de La Virgen Niña
Septiembre 8, 2019







Vivencias de mi Fe Catolica

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019: Signs and symbols of sovereignty * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

Signs and symbols of sovereignty

It is interesting to note that Hong Kong which finds itself in the throes of further impingement by the government of Communist China of overturning some vestiges of its former sovereignty, finds itself rallying in public protest utilizing the signs and symbols of the United States of America.

Yet in the United States, it is ironic that some Americans are dishonoring and wanting to divest themselves from those very signs and symbols that are recognized worldwide as representing democracy and freedom.

Among the millions of Hong Kong protestors there were some who were proudly waving the flag of the United States of America and singing the “Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States of America.

And yet at the same time in the United States of America, we find some, mostly prominent athletes and rich and famous elites, who are dishonoring and disgracing that very same flag by refusing to stand and instead kneeling, when the flag is posted and the National Anthem is sung.

Those Americans who refuse to stand and honor the selfless sacrifice fought for by our forbearers have been given the right to protest because this is a free country.

In a way, the American protestors are showing the world that freedom still rings in the United States of America, because they have the right to peacefully protest and the government will not arrest them or punish them.

The Hong Kong protesters sang the Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” composed by American Linda Stassen-Benjamin in 1974 and congregated in public Christian prayer meetings because under Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance, religious gatherings are exempt from the definition of an "assembly" and are therefore more difficult to police.

With Christianity and patriotism in decline in the United States, the converse is occurring in Hong Kong.

With the signs and symbols of freedom and democracy under attack in the United States of America, Hong Kong citizens are courageously and publicly demonstrating with those very same signs and symbols.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019: Abolitionists: On the right side of history * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

Abolitionists: On the right-side of history

The book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the true story of a slave family who endured the horrors of slavery, was the catalyst for effectively ending slavery in our country. Now there is a book/movie “Unplanned” by Abby Johnson, the true story of a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director who had a dramatic life-changing experience and became a leading pro-life advocate, which is similarly having the effect of ending abortion in our country.

The South desperately sought to preserve the sadistic institution of slavery. Like now, the radical-left is determined to maintain the repugnant institution of abortion.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was banned in the South. Correspondingly “Unplanned” was censured by Planned Parenthood, its allies in social-media, mainstream media, and Hollywood, by limiting its advertising, blocking its exposure on various media platforms and labeling it propaganda, even though abortionists have attested to the accuracy of its portrayal of abortion procedures.

The economic effects of the slave plantation were seen as “too big and powerful” to be acceptable to fail. Likewise now, the so-called seemingly economic and societal benefits of abortion are seen as “too big and powerful” to be allowed to fail.

It was thought that plantations needed slaves in order to thrive and flourish. As well now, it is thought that women need to have the choice of aborting their babies in order to thrive and flourish as seemingly liberated women, but really enslaved by the sexual revolution.

It was thought that states had a right to choose whether to have slaves, that slavery was a “state’s rights” issue. Now, every woman is thought to have the right to choose to have an abortion, a “women’s reproductive right”.

The Supreme Court enshrined slavery in the Dred Scott decision; it was revoked by the Thirteenth Amendment. Abortion was legalized by the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision; one day it too will be rescinded.

Presently there are advocates demanding reparations for slavery; one day there will be supporters requiring reparations for abortions.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019: 'Clump of cells' in college classrooms * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

“Clump of cells” in college classrooms

This is what the pro-abortion proponent’s terminology sounds like when applied to college students:

What a revelation to see what the “former pregnancy formations” are up to in their college classrooms.

Virtually all the “blobs of tissue” have their laptops open.
The majority of the “mass of cells” seem more intent on texting, posting on social media, reading news-feeds, shopping online, or viewing streaming and trending videos.

Some “products of conception” are checking out all the popular dating websites, or at least that’s what they will tell the professors and researchers that they are doing, when in reality it is just feeding their “eye-candy” addiction. And speaking of addictions, well let’s not, at least for now.

“A part of a former pregnant woman’s body” spent an entire class viewing videos, and as a side note, those videos had nothing whatsoever to do with the subject that the student was supposed to be studying.

It has been proven by recent research studies that “post conception materials” that are multitasking during class have less understanding and recall of what’s being discussed.

“Human tissue” who have a direct view of a multitasking “former pregnancy formation” score lower on a test compared with those “blobs of tissue” who do not have such a view.

The former “potential human beings” with the games on their laptops are also making it harder for the “mass of cells” sitting behind them to focus.

Numerous research studies have concluded that “products of conception” that are multitasking during class have less comprehension and recollection of what is being discussed in class.
As bright and intelligent as “post conception materials” are, they don’t know what it feels like to be completely focused on a text or fully absorbed in a classroom discussion.

Like so many “former pregnancy formations” in today’s overly electronically wired society, they are perpetually distracted, never fully present.

Almost all the “blobs of tissue”, have never been present in a classroom setting where they weren’t connected to the interminable, incessant internet.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 13, 2019: Questionable advertising * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

Invasion of the baby killers

Our community’s “safe space” has been invaded by the two billboard advertisements prominently on display on a major thoroughfare.

One sign reads “Abortion is Healthcare”. It should more accurately read “Abortion is Heathen-carelessness” because abortion is definitely not healthcare; it is not healthcare for the mother and it is not healthcare for the baby growing and developing inside their mother’s womb. 

Every time you see that sign, see the reality that “Abortion is Heathen-carelessness” because it is financed by two pro-abortion groups, the Lilith Fund and NARAL.

A heathen is someone who is lacking in morals or principles, is uncivilized and not religious, lies, cheats and does other immoral things.

In case you are not aware: Lilith was a legendary female demonic creature who seduced men, killed pregnant women, mothers, and newborn babies and was a cause of disease, sickness, and death. 

A pro-abortion organization could not be more aptly named. It is no mere coincidence that the mascot of the abortion industry should be a child-killing beast-like demon.

 The evil Lilith, who legendarily threatened, especially children and women in childbirth, continues to live on in its namesake of this pro-abortion organization.

NARAL began as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, then the National Abortion Rights Action League, and later the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, now it is NARAL Pro-Choice.

The other sign reads, “Aborto - Seguro, Legal, Tu Decisión”.

Diversity and equity are in full view, an equal opportunity destroyer advocating the killing of babies in our border town, since one billboard is in English and the other is in Spanish.

The most radical pro-abortion organizations in the state are aggressively plastering their baby killing views on billboards in largely conservative communities since the City Council in Waskom, Texas located near the Louisiana border passed an ordinance declaring it a “sanctuary city for the unborn.”

Abortion is the real body snatcher, seizing life and love out of a community.

Keep Del Rio a community that lovingly respects life.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August 6, 2019: Accolades for Abbott * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

Accolades for Abbott

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law to stop infanticide of babies born-alive after abortion, and another law barring local governments from doing business with the abortion industry.

The law requires abortionists to provide basic medical care to infants who survive abortions, permitting third-degree felony charges and fines up to $100,000.

Reports by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicated that there are infants born-alive who survive abortion. According to Congressional testimony, “Data collected confirms babies are born-alive after attempted abortions.  From 2003 to 2014 there were 588 reported infant deaths born-alive after a failed abortion. The CDC stated that these babies born-alive after an attempted abortion lived from minutes to one or more days, with 48% of the babies living between one to four hours. They admitted the number of babies born-alive might be an underestimate.”

The committee hearings on the bill included testimonies from abortion survivors Gianna Jessen, Claire Culwell and Carrie Fischer. Take their challenge, and view their testimonies online.

Thank God Texas still has a great, big, beautiful heart and isn’t a cruel, cold-blooded haven for heartless heathens. All babies born-live matter in the Great State of Texas. Don’t mess with Texas babies!

Acknowledgement goes to Governor Abbott for signing a law forbidding state and local governments from acting against businesses on the basis of the owners’ religious beliefs. The measure dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A bill” would prevent what happened with the San Antonio City Council excluding the food chain from the San Antonio International Airport claiming the owners’ Christian view of marriage would make travelers not “feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”

Governor Abbott stated, “No business should be discriminated against because its owners gave to a church or to religious organizations. No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. This legislation is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”

Thank God we live in Texas where life and liberty are protected by law.

Thank you Governor Abbott for signing pro-life and religious liberty legislation!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Letter to the Editor,

Lockstep leftists

What the leftists hold near and dear to their scheming, screeching, and overly-sensitive little hearts is for total, complete mind control. 

What they advocate is that everything they are for is held as the truth, nothing but the truth so help them Big Government. And everything that they are against is held to be on the wrong side of history, radically enforced by the Long Arm of Their Laws. 

They say “poof, poof” to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of private property, freedom of the press. There is no such thing as the Constitution or the Bill of Rights; these freedoms are not tenets of our government that have been faithfully upheld for generations, but viewed as mere pieces of old parchment to be torn up and discarded into the rubbish bins of antiquity.

Tyranny and totalitarianism are the new toys that this generation of childish adults wants to play with throughout their lifelong journey of groupthink. They never had to face the real world, they are not about to start now.

They want to live in their make-believe world of flights of fantasy where everything is to their liking, no one dares disagree with them or their oh-so sensitive feelings are hurt and they seek retribution for our snubbing and slighting them.

They detest discomfort of any kind; they will rant and rage against anyone and anything that disturbs their dreaming in la-la-land.
The hard, cruel world is not to their liking, they stubbornly protest so that it will be to their liking.

Not-thinking-for-themselves only Group-think allowed: shouting loudest, doing littlest.   

Everyone must bend to their “likes” or they will “de-friend” them from their social media accounts.
They live in their insulated bubbles where the echo-chamber is deafening.

Mass media and social media desperately seek to “be-friend” them so they pander to their preferences, pushing their leftist’s slogans, so they will forever happily purchase their preferred products-of-choice.

Left-left; left-right-left!  Merrily-merrily-merrily life is but a dream, off-together-they-go, marching into the setting-sun of socialism.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019: Seeing stars spinning! * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

Star-struck: Seeing stars spinning!

People flee their oppressive regimes, to be liberated from dictators and tyrants; only to set up their own oppressive regimes where they become the dictators and tyrants.

Why was Hollywood making-movies in Georgia and not in California, where all the stars and their orbiting constellation of creative moviemakers congregate?

It’s because California has stifling taxes and outrageous regulations that moviemakers wouldn’t be able to make-movies and make a profit.

Yet, when they left California and went to Georgia, they didn’t leave behind their leftists’ ideas which promulgated outrageous taxes and stifling regulations. They don’t get it!

In other words: they not only want their free cake gladly given to them because they think they’re so deserving of getting free things.

They insist that the rest of us must buy the ingredients to make their cake.

They demand of us that we lovingly bake it with a smile.

They command us to put it in a silver platter.

They order us to spoon feed it to them with a silver spoon; we must obligingly wipe their dirty little mouths while they enjoy each scrumptious morsel.

They don’t even leave a piece of cake for us to nibble on, because we are just to stand there and fawningly watch them eat to their little heart’s content; we should be thankful that we had the honor to serve them.

They stipulate what their terms are and we must bow down and obey, or they threaten to take their big, expensive toys and play in another playground with a better suited type of people who will truly appreciate them because they have so graciously come to play with us so called little-people.

They claim the moral high ground when they don’t even realize that the majority of their movies are decadent and depraved.

They think they’re so superior they call the rest of us inferior because we dare disagree with them.

Georgia passed the “heartbeat bill” and Hollywood’s elite are left with pie in their face, spiraling out of control!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019: Watchwords * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,


When President Trump called the southern border situation a “crisis”, the National Democratic Leadership and their collaborators in the leftist-controlled mainstream-media conglomerates decried his assessment as false and foolish.

Now, when it suits their purpose, leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election, to portray the President as responsible for the situation at the southern border, they all jump-on-the-bandwagon, finally admitting that there’s a “crisis”. It was a “crisis” then, and it is still a “crisis” now.

The “cages” that children are kept in, to protect them by keeping them separate from adults who might abuse them, are the same ones funded in fiscal year 2015 and built under the Obama administration. During President Obama’s tenure those “cages” were referred to as “chain-link enclosures” within detention facilities.

As the country’s network of detention facilities struggles to keep up with an influx of new arrivals, Fort Sill Army base in Oklahoma is once again being utilized. The same Fort Sill that once was used as a Japanese-American “internment camp” during World War II, and then under the Obama administration which held several thousand unaccompanied children in 2014, is now under the Trump administration being characterized as a “concentration camp”.  All detention facilities are referred to as “concentration camps”.

When we refuse to admit a “crisis” exists in our southern border, when we refer to chain link enclosures as “cages” and detention facilities as “concentration camps”; we are in essence saying, the President of the United States is like Hitler and those operating the detention facilities are like SS officers.

Do we actually believe family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens working at those facilities are like the cruel and evil Nazi officers?

When we are using rhetoric that not only demonizes the highly charged situation, even if unintentionally or inadvertently, we nonetheless are viciously attacking the reputations of hard-working men and women doing their best of enforcing the law and operating within their budgetary constraints, given the current circumstance that exists.

We must watch-our-words, ever vigilant like a sentry on watch-duty.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio, Texas