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Ass Clown of the Week: Pomeranian-Stomping Joseph Bentley

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Readers agree, Joseph Bentley is a dog -- and not a cute one like the little Pomeranian he stomped to death last week.
Joseph Bentley has won Daily RFT's coveted Ass Clown of the Week award.

Forty-three percent of readers voted for Bentley after the Hannibal man was charged with stomping his girlfriend's Pomeranian to death last week. 

Second place went to Missouri state senator Tom Dempsey for sponsoring a measure that would require doctors to ask women for a list of reasons why they wanted an abortion.

Other receiving votes included...

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Who is Ass Clown of the Week? March 12-19?

That time of the week again. Time for you to elect this week's ass clown.

And the nominees...

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1. Tom Dempsey: The Missouri state rep (R - St. Peters) enraged many this week when he proposed a measure that would require doctors to ask women for a list of reasons as to why they want an abortion.

2. Unknown Teenager who Punched RFT Staffer in the Face: I feel obliged to nominate the teenager who punched my colleague Keegan Hamilton in the face (for no reason) in the Delmar Loop this week.

3. Carnell Reed: Arrested this week and charged with raping two women in separate incidents in north county this winter.

4. Joseph M. Bentley: The Hannibal man accused of stomping to death a seven-pound dog this week.

Vote after the jump!

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Ass Clown of the Week: Roy Blunt

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To be blunt about it, readers consider him an ass.
The results are in, and in the closest tally in Daily RFT "Ass Clown" history, this week's title goes to Missouri congressman (and senate hopeful) Roy Blunt. Question is: Will Blunt be "honored" by the recognition?

Blunt won 33 percent of the vote in a special radical right-wing edition of "Ass Clown of the Week" for saying he was "honored" when his name appeared on a list of the nation's most environmentally unfriendly legislators.

Coming in at a very close second (with 32 percent of the vote) was previous ass clown winner Cynthia Davis. The Republican state rep from O'Fallon made news twice last week for sponsoring legislation to allow people to carry handguns in churches and to force feed the terminally ill.

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Ass Clown of the Week: Radical Right-Wing Edition!

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Which ass gets the hat?
Perhaps it was the presence in the Show-Me State this week of that good-fer-nothin', socialist Barack Obama, or maybe it was just that their haldol injections were wearing off. Whatever the case, Missouri's right-wing extremists were tripping over themselves this week for ridicule.

So, let's oblige them with a special right-wing edition of Daily RFT's "Ass Clown of the Week." Continue on to read each nominee's credentials and cast your vote. More »

Sean Fitzgerald and Zachary Tucker: Ass Clowns of the Week

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Sean Fitzgerald (left) and Zachary Tucker face hate crime charges after allegedly dropping cotton balls outside Mizzou's black cultural center.
It remains to be seen whether prosecutors will charge two University of Missouri undergraduates with a felony hate crime for dumping cotton balls at the school's black cultural center. But there is one offense that the duo is definitely guilty of: ass clownery.

By a slim margin Mizzou students Sean Fitzgerald and Zacahry Tucker beat out a Metro East stripper accused of child endangerment to win last Friday's Ass Clown of the Week vote. Forty-one percent of Daily RFT readers elected Fitzgerald and Tucker for the honor. Patrice Johnson, the stripper found hiding in a closet, earned 32 percent.

Oh, and this weekend Fitzgerald and Tucker apologized for their actions though their attorneys, who added that the young men had also climbed campus statues and raised a pirate flag outside the ROTC office. And, yes, alcohol was involved.

Who is Daily RFT's "Ass Clown" of the Week? March 1-5?

You know what they say about March weather? It comes "in like a lion and out like a lamb."

The same apparently holds true for ass clowns, as this first week of March saw dozens of folks who roared their way into the headlines due to their own dubious behavior. Below are some of the better examples.

You know the rules, check out the following candidates and then cast your vote for who you think is the biggest ass clown of the week. And the nominees...

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Ass Clown of the Week: Adam Sharp, Blogger Behind SharpElbows.net

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A man we can only presume to be Adam Sharp.
The people have spoken. By the most convincing margin ever in Ass Clown of the Week voting, this week's title goes to Adam Sharp who came away with an astonishing 78 percent of the vote.

So who is Sharp and why do so many folks consider him an ass hat of the nth degree?

Sharp is the conservative blogger behind Sharp-Elbows.net who shoved a video camera in the face of Fox 2 reporter Charles Jaco while the latter covered a health-care rally downtown. Sharp later pressed charges when Jaco allegedly bumped into him. You can see a video of the incident -- and hear Sharp's definition of "tea bagging" -- here

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Who is Ass Clown of the Week? Vote Today!

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It was a real, real good week for Ass Clowns in and around the Gateway City.

The question is, who do you think committed the most despicable and/or stupidest deed of the past few days? And the nominees...

1. The Undertaker: The WWE wrestler caught fire, literally, in St. Louis last weekend during a pyrotechnics mishap.

2. Vincent Bommarito: The St. Louis police commissioner and owner of Tony's Restaurant resigned Monday after news surfaced that he used his position to spring his drunk nephew out of jail.

3. James T. Duke: The cross-dressing bandit was arrested in connection to several robberies in which he wore a dress and wig but forgot to shave his chiny, chin, chin.

4. Casey Ray: The publicity hound hairdresser who found movie scripts in a St. Louis Dumpster and then sued the Hollywood production company with rights to the documents because Ray didn't like the reward they gave her for returning the scripts.

5. Zynthia Holmes: The St. Louis juror who threatened to return to court and start shooting people this week if she had to serve another day in jury duty.

6. Adam Sharp: A conservative blogger from St. Louis who taunted Fox 2 reporter Charles Jaco over the term "tea bagger" at a recent health care rally and then filed charges against the newscaster for allegedly bumping into him.

Cast you vote after the jump! 

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Ass Clown of the Week: Matt Bartle, State Senator Wants to Ban Nudity at Strip Clubs

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Matt Bartle
This might make it difficult for me to secure that interview with state senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City), but what can I say?

The people have spoken, and they've elected Bartle as Daily RFT's "Ass Clown of the Week."

Bartle won the the vote for his bill -- approved by the Senate last week -- that would outlaw nudity in Missouri strip clubs and impose other regulations such as banning alcohol consumption and curtailing operating hours.

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Ass Clown of the Week: Political Edition

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This week's clowns show their stripes.
With a few exceptions, ordinary folks in and around St. Louis refrained from outrageous acts of jackassery this week. Congratulations.

Wish we could say the same of our elected officials. When it comes to questionable behavior, Missouri and Illinois politicos this week were hellbent on outdoing each other. That's why we're pleased to present to you the first-ever, all-political edition of Ass Clown of the Week.

See the candidates and elect your favorite after the jump. 'Cause as you know: It's your doodie to vote for Ass Clown!

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