That's because you entered
<mel gibson> like a tag, so WordPress is correcting the seemingly invalid XHTML in your post with a closing
As for your trackbacks, the RedAlt report says that the trackback was sent successfully.
I did my own testing and found that I could successfully send a pingback to this entry:
An attempted trackback to that entry resulted in this message:
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 05:31:50 GMT
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=62e1c234010a14299e68aa4b7bb487c0; path=/
Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT
Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0
Status: 403 Forbidden
Content-Type: text/xml; charset=UTF-8
Sorry, but your comment has been flagged by the spam filter running on this blog: this might be an error, in which case all apologies. Your comment will be presented to the blog admin who will be able to restore it immediately.
You may want to contact the blog admin via e-mail to notify him.
So, check your moderation que, or whatever your "spam filter" is.