After 155 days, countless illegible captchas and innumerable emails to Google regarding their dumb-bot holding my blog hostage, they finally have allowed me to make a post without jumping naked through a ring of raging chainsaws.
Of course, the damage was done early on. I had to move my blog to Wordpress running on my own server. All in all, that has not been a bad experience. I will, however, be leery of depending on Google for anything that is vital. Their actions, and delayed reactions, have been heard loud and clear.