Next morning update:
So I went out to the truck and applied the battery negative cable back onto the battery. Unlocked the car via factory FOB and then tried to start. Cranked without starting, multiple times. When I say multiple times, I mean I tried multiple times. I then unplugged the battery ( removed the negative cable) for maybe 5 seconds , I reconnected the battery ,and tried to start it again. It fired right up. The ABS, Airbag, and one other light (DSC or something) stayed on. I turned the key to off, as I normally would shut the truck off, and it continued to run even after the key was in my pocket. The radio quit working (turned off) when the key was turned to the position where I could remove it (normal conditions). Then I put the key (and the other two keys that I have) in to the ignition and briefly, <1 sec, turned the ignition to the crank position and the car died. Then it would restart once I tried again, but I continue to have the warning lights on and the continuous running condition after the key is removed from the ignition cylinder.
I am at a complete loss. I normally find pride in my ability to diagnose cars / trucks and being able to remedy the problem, but I am stumped on this one.
Last edited by meowmixer; 10-17-2013 at 12:28 PM.