I humbly request that whosoever has the power to do so please update
As it turns out, perhaps the problems that I've been having the whole 6 months or so that I've used OpenEmbedded (as infrequently as possible) are related to a single issue:
My /home is sym-linked to /mnt/local/home/
As it turns out, you must not have symbolic links anywhere (above or below) the the overo-oe directory.
If you do it leads to seemingly random, intermittent, issues that change with every single commit and hardly produce the same problem twice between commits and drive you nigh to the point of insanity.
Sorry to all of the developers that I cursed in the privacy of my own mind... turns out I goofed.