In my previous blog post, I was very critical of the consulate and State Department. I'm still very critical of their policies, however, I was able to get everything straightend out.
Since the blocks on my passport were in error, after I got those cleared up, the consulate has actually been very helpful.
So, I have my new passport, but the State Department instructed them not to return my old passport, because it's been revoked, and not just canceled. Not having my old passport creates big problems for me, because it's not the normal procedure.