One of the perils of being a news-cycle blogger is that you occasionally write something that crystallizes years of your thinking and observations on an important topic, and it disappears from view almost instantly while you move on to the next eight or nine posts of the day. Oh well.

Here are some less crystallized midday news/views treats.

* Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is setting a new, high bar for Sore Winners in blasting his vanquished primary opponent and his supporters.

* The question of who, exactly, paid Stephen Fielder to lie about payments he actually didn’t make to voters on behalf of Thad Cochran’s campaign is getting downright weird.

* George Packer pens an angry account of the “unfolding humanitarian disaster” in NW Iraq, where ISIS is killing and displacing members of the Yazidi religious minority.

* Interesting take by The Hill‘s Mike Lillis on the broad, “kitchen-sink” messaging Democrats are deploying in the effort to hang onto the Senate.

* On a similar note, Prospect, Paul Waldman sympathizes with the “agony of the Red State Democrat.”

And in non-political news:

* College football’s great analytical wizard, Bill Connelly, risks life and limb by suggesting the 2013 Auburn Tigers were “lucky.”

As we break for lunch, here’s another famous song about nuclear war, Nena’s “99 Luftballons,” as performed on German TV in 1982. If you didn’t know better, and didn’t speak German, you’d think she was probably singing about something cheery.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.