OK...i has an update
It turns out that my car actually told me that it didn't like the color of the new valve cover (a kinda smoked metallic black color...looked kinda like cast iron with a bit of flake)
I came home from work and replaced the cover and sanded the seating area to the one ground that I had to remove to put the old cover back on. Then I went over to MazMart and picked up a like-new cam sensor. But before I decided to see if that worked, I stopped by NAPA and picked up some new plugs and installed them on the spot. On my way home, I did a few 2nd and 3rd gear pulls with no harsh ignition cut, though I still got a bit of misfire ~6500-6800rpms. So when I got home I put my Magnacore wires back on and re-loaded my map and went for another drive. Now it's almost perfect. I still got a hiccup or two in 3rd and 4th near redline, I suspect I need to tighten the gap on the plugs just a hair (i'm at .035" and i'll probably go down to .030". Sounds like too tight of a gap, but if it makes the misfire go away..then so be it. Also, with the new old map, the car pulls nice and hard.
I also plugged the lappy toppy back up to see if the AFR issue was still there.... and it is :( 23.8 AFR no matter what setting I touch or play with the harness. So I still need to figure that out. But I have it in open-loop so WB02 isn't being used. It'll be my luck that I need to replace the WB02.....again.
So those who suggested to change the plugs...well, you were right. But to me, the logic of my plugs suddenly needing to be replaced when I didn't even touch them...well... yeah...hard for me to belive.
Anyone have any guesses as to why AFRs read ful lean at all times yet the WB02 gets hot when turned on and it dithers when I start the car and when I disconnect it, readings drop to the Zero Cal setting of 14.7. If the sensor was dead dead, it would read 14.7 at all times with it plugged in.
Anyway.. i'm much happier now.