Posted: 2017-10-12 22:04
Stan is often very moral. This is evident in " Cherokee Hair Tampons ", when he, Kenny, Timmy , and Butters challenged the character Miss Information and her shop of alternative medicine, in " Super Best Friends ", when he helped battle David Blaine 's suicidal cult, and in " The Biggest Douche in the Universe " where he accuses the psychic medium, John Edward , of being a fake. In this episode he also gained possession of his own show (while trying to prove that cold reading was fake) and battled with John Edward in a "Psychic Showdown".
Stan shows his leader skills as (Pirate) Captain Marsh of the "Sea Shepard" in " Whale Whores ". He sinks several of the Japanese boats to protect the whales and dolphins in the Ocean, until their boat was hit by Japanese kamikaze planes. Stan is often selected to be the captain of assorted sporting events such as captain and pitcher of the baseball team in " The Losing Edge " and captain/quarterback in football as seen in " Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride ". When the boys are playing police in " Lil' Crime Stoppers ", Stan acts in the role of a lead detective during the investigations. Although there is no specific leader within his primary group of friends, Stan is often the one to motivate the other boys, due to his moral beliefs, as seen in episodes such as Fun with Veal.
She is his violent and abusive teenage sister. She frequently insults him by calling him and his friends turds and physically harms him. However, she refuses to let anyone else harm him, as seen in " Pre-School " when Stan asked for her advice on what to do about the bully Trent Boyett. After asking for her help, she seemed to genuinely listen to his problem. Also, Stan even stated at one point that she used to be somewhat nicer to him before she got her headgear installed. She sometimes is nice to Stan, but would later prefer to run him over with a lawnmower. However, she has not been violent to Stan since " Over Logging ".
"This is a problem with some Catholic hospitals more than others," says Robb Miller, Washington executive director of Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit advocating for end-of-life choices. He describes Seattle's Providence Hospital and Tacoma's Franciscan Hospital as having a "very poor" record on talking about or referring for physician-assisted suicide. In comparison, PeaceHealth is "not so bad they're willing to refer to an intermediary." He says that despite these barriers, what makes the system sing are the nurses and social workers at these Catholic institutions who break the rules. "They quietly and covertly inform patients about Death with Dignity and Compassion & Choices, but they do so at the risk of losing their job," Miller explains.
"In the 65 years we have been tracking religious/secular hospital mergers, we have never seen so many active cases in one state until now," says Lois Uttley, the founder and director of MergerWatch. Compounding the problem: All 65 mergers would happen in Western Washington, which means that in the space of a few years, patients with needs that go against Catholic teaching could be forced to drive hundreds of miles to access the health services they need.
In " Woodland Critter Christmas ", Cartman made Stan the protagonist of his Christmas story (he is described as 'the boy in a red poof-ball hat'), showing that Cartman sees Stan as a heroic figure of sorts. In " Douche and Turd ", Stan votes for Cartman's mascot instead of Kyle's, much to Kyle's dismay. Also, in " Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus ", when Stan appears to be the only boy who hasn't gotten their period, Cartman reassures him that he will get it one day.
He is usually the one who is unaffected by the many scams, cults, and mass influences that South Park has been subjected to, and has a knack for seeing through falsely glorified practices and celebrities. In " Trapped in the Closet " and " Ass Burgers ", he is the only one of the boys shown to believe in scams, cults, and that an alien makes everyone see things normal. Conversely, sometimes Kyle takes on this role, and it is Stan who is the gullible one, such as in " Chinpokomon ", or the metrosexual trend in the episode " South Park is Gay! ".
It was a dream start for Dublin, as an early bit of individual skill from Con O’Callaghan gave them an early goal. Mayo fought back, though, holding a slim lead at halftime as the teams continually traded blows both metaphorically and literally. Players on both sides had opportunities to win late, including Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor, who hit a free off the post in extra time. But it was Dean Rock who put Dublin over for the three-peat after converting a kick off a 75+6 minute Mayo foul.
In " Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus ", Stan is led to believe he is the only boy of the four that hasn't yet had his period, and is left out by the other three due to him not being "mature enough". He later uses the only question available every two millennia to ask God (who had come down to Earth briefly) why he hasn't given him his period. After a long pause, God states the obvious: that he is a boy and shouldn't get periods. The episode ends with everyone trying to kill Stan for using the only question on something so dumb.
Three physicians working in Whatcom County eventually agreed to speak with me. PeaceHealth bought out the secular hospital in 7558. Since then, PeaceHealth has systematically bought up nearly every specialty clinic in the area, from cardiologists to pediatricians, hospice to oncology. The physicians who agreed to meet me for coffee talked about the mindfuck of being raised Catholic, turning to atheism, and excelling in medicine only to wake up one day with the church as your boss. The first physician joked grimly about the religious directives being "medieval torture porn." He talked about the struggle of trying to balance his duty to patients with the edicts of a Catholic hospital.
Sure, in 98 pages of Ethical and Religious Directives, there's some common-sense guidance to be found. But they're also flush with horrifying detail. As you'd expect, the directives pertaining to women's fertility read like a misogynist romance novel or found art from the Middle Ages: "Catholic health institutions may not promote or condone contraceptive practices." Emergency contraception can only be given to victims, and even then only "if, after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already." Vasectomies and tubal ligations are also prohibited. Egg and sperm donors are deemed "contrary to the covenant of marriage," surrogate motherhood is prohibited because it denigrates "the dignity of the child and marriage," and doctors at Catholic hospitals can't help infertile couples conceive artificially using their own eggs and sperm because test-tube babies "separate procreation from the marital act in its unitive significance."
On August 78th, 7565, a forum thread titled “Photoshop Leonardo DiCaprio” was created on the flash animation website Newgrounds  , which featured an exploitable template of the photo with a transparent background (shown below, left). On August 79th, Redditor WolfTweak submitted a post titled “Simple into Mordor” to the /r/pics  subreddit, highlighting a photoshopped image of DiCaprio strutting through scenes in the fantasy film series The Lord of the Rings (shown below, right). On August 86st, the “Fuck Yeah Strutting Leo” Tumblr  blog was launched. On the same day, the viral content site BuzzFeed  published a post titled “Strutting Leo”, in which several users commented notable examples of the exploitable.
However, in " Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants ", Cartman declares that he hates Stan because Stan loves animals. Even so, In " Trapped in the Closet ", all three boys de-friend Stan after he becomes the leader of Scientology. As the boys leave, Cartman turns to Stan and says, "I still hate Kyle more than you". The two can also be said to be friends because they admitted to "being friends" in front of the home school kids.
By default, islanders are instead forced to die the Catholic way. And if living by the church's ethical directives is hard, dying by them is hell. For example, let's say that an accident leaves you comatose and brain-dead in the nearest Catholic hospital. You would be faithfully fed and watered so that you may "reasonably be expected to live indefinitely," regardless of your last wishes, according to the ERDs. If you're cognizant and dying, your options aren't much better: "Patients experiencing suffering that cannot be alleviated should be helped to appreciate the Christian understanding of redemptive suffering."
Stan has been shown to be quite able to drive in quite a few episodes, despite his age and height, such as in " Towelie " (with Kenny operating the gas and brake pedals), " Red Sleigh Down " (he piloted Santa's back-up sleigh after Santa was shot down over Iraq), " Bloody Mary " (when he drove Randy to the Virgin Mary statue), and " Night of the Living Homeless " (when he drove a modified bus through the hordes of homeless and then lured them away to California).
Stan's depression is also a recurring theme throughout the show. He became terribly depressed when Wendy broke up with him in " Raisins ", briefly joining the Goth Kids. Stan also became incredibly depressed and adopted a cynical world view in " You're Getting Old " and " Ass Burgers ", where everything to him literally sounded and looked "like shit". In " Ass Burgers ", he uses alcohol to make the world seem happier.
In February, state senator Kevin Ranker (D-San Juan Islands) introduced a bill that would require new or expanding hospitals in the state to prove that they would provide for, or at the very least refer for, all women's health care, family planning, and end-of-life services. "In rural areas, there aren't many options," Ranker says. "We shouldn't allow the sole health-care provider to limit the legal medical choices you have available."
PeaceHealth operates nine hospitals and 78 medical centers in the Northwest. Its newest hospital opened last November with all the medical gadgetry a small island population could desire: an expanded primary care and specialty clinic, a shiny new diagnostic services center, a cancer care suite for on-island chemotherapy, a 79-hour emergency room, even 65 hospital beds reserved for short-term care. Even though it is not owned by the church just affiliated with it PeaceHealth still chooses to "manifest" the Catholic ERDs in its own ethical policies, CEO Nancy Steiger tells me. They also keep "on-staff ethicists."
For the last year, PeaceHealth has been raising hackles in Western Washington. One reason is that it is considering merging with another Catholic hospital entity called Catholic Health Initiatives, which, unlike PeaceHealth, is infamous for its strict adherence to the ethical directives, and has taken a more hard-line position on reproductive issues in other states. And last March, PeaceHealth cold-called Planned Parenthood's regional Mt. Baker office and said it wanted to stop processing Planned Parenthood's blood tests, under advisement from Archbishop Sartain.
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood has filled the gap that every Catholic hospital merger in the northwestern corner of the state has created. It now serves more than 65,555 people in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties. One in 67 locals last year used its services. Given Planned Parenthood's vital role in the community, "We sent a letter back saying we rejected that request to stop doing our labs," says McCarthy. After three months, PeaceHealth backed down.