Let's check out some political stories we found Below the Fold:

Tacky Tags

In a development that may inspire a rash of road rage incidents, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has created a new license plate that features perhaps the most cloying graphic since the invention of the printing press: the smiley face.

Pet Ownership 101

In the latest legislative expression of the view that people are stupid, California will usher in the new year with an ordinance that requires pet shops to tell pet owners precisely how to care for their birds, cats, dogs, reptiles and rodents -- or face fines up to $1,000.

Unfortunately, California statutes do not require the state to provide instructions for cleaning up messes created by lawmakers.