With fundamentals imploding, Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) CEO Patrick Byrne went on his company's conference call Monday and said, "I will tell you, it has been suggested to me, and I think that it is a fair suggestion, that I let the world know hey, the jihad is in other people's hands... It is the case that I am not really focused on the jihad. I'm not really crazy about doing interviews about it anymore. I think that it's a snowball and it has got its own momentum."
The "jihad," of course, is his jihad against anybody who dare criticize his company. Sticking with his history of blurring the line between fact and fiction, especially when it comes to forecasts: On Friday -- a mere four days later -- Byrne appeared on an Internet radio show talking about (what else?) the jihad.
He called Sen. Richard Shelby, the head of the outgoing Senate Banking Committee, a "terrible, terrible senator....he's just a bad -- I can't say this on the radio -- he made me realize...I had forgotten this word I knew a long time ago: He's a cracker. He's an absolute, ignorant cracker. I walked out off a meeting with him thinking, God, what is this country coming to that people like that -- he is an absolute, awful cracker."
(I'm not sure if that is an upgrade or downgrade from his last radio show, in which he called him "an absolute gangster.")
Oh, and he referred to me and Fortune's Bethany McLean as liars. The beat goes on...