Thanks for the lead- that will help.
Uh, thanks…but, on my second post above I stated my idiocy in realizing that is was in fact, an Akismet spam issue.
Oh crap! Me feel silly…
Soon after posting this I realized that Akismet was holding them as spam…what the heck?! Shouldn’t an admin at least be considered a non-spammer?
I’m sure i’ll find the answer somewhere but feel free to post any further comments.