Akismet to the rescue!
Well, that was fun. In moving to the new server I forgot about how much work Akismet does for me. A quick activation of that plugin and I am back to a nice quiet blog comment system. So feel free to test Akismet with me and leave a comment.
Also, thanks to Automattic for such a great pricing policy for Akismet. You guys are life savers. I am proud to be able to support you monetarily.