I have fixed the issue with embedded links not appearing. I also moved the categories list back to the left side as it was in the previous layout of the site. I'm looking in to an issue where draft comments are still appearing after the comment has been posted, as well as tweaking the color scheme to be a little easier on the eyes.
Jared, thanks for all of your hard work. The tweaks have definitely been improvements, and I'm starting to get the hang of adding pictures, quoting, etc.