I think I found one of the issues. Well, there are two actually but one would be directly linked to my textarea validation issue. The file needed was in my SpryAssets folder and when I look at the modified date of the folder it's over a week old. But when opening the folder I see that a new file was generated and I failed to upload that. My bad.
But then I looked into my WA_ValidationToolkit it had not generated either of the scripts or validatedform files. Only the Captcha file. I had just deleted this entire folder and then reopened FB to recreate all the files. Upon opening it a second time, it completed the missing files. So I am not sure if this has any connection to the inconsistencies of some of the validation. Obviously the missing files above cause the page to not open so there for, no validation at all. But it's kind of weird that FB created the folder an only one file on my third attempt. Did I do something to interrupt the extension? I don't know.
It's working now but I would still like to know if two validations are needed for each field.