I fixed this issue and found it was the following:
When I factory reset my phone, I had my sim chip inserted but did not connect to a wifi or data network, doing so allowed me to skip motoblur registration. In so doing I found the battery life without being connected to the motoblur service is remarkably better than when motoblur is running all of whatever it runs in the background of this phone. From being charged prior to my 8 hour work shift to the end of the shift, after moderate phone use, the battery was down only 20%. Upon coming home I decided to log into motoblur to test battery life with it on. After an 8 hour sleep the battery was down to 30%. That's a 2.5 times greater battery drain with motoblur on than without... ridiculous, but problem solved. Factory reset phone without connecting to a network to skip motoblur, enjoy far better battery life.