Sorry Stephen, didn't mean to set you off like that.
Numbering your para, here's how I feel about it:
1) In theory weblogs are dynamic and therefore "static" data doesn't seem to jive with the concept. BUT... I do agree there's room for something to be done "within" the system.
2) Giving the people what they want is noble and a great idea.... I think right now, the devs are dealing with more "critical" items in the blog functionality at the moment. That's not to say static pages won't be a feature, it just doesn't look like it's on the horizon any time soon.
3) You won't get any arguments from me there, the separation of the content is a danger of hacks in general, and no hack is the 100% solution, nothing ever is. If it was, there's no room for improvement.
4) OK. I'll be the first to say, well, what would be a better solution, and is there maybe room to take the best of what every one likes of the different 90% solution hacks and try to at least come up with the 99% solution?
I'm not sure what the solution is, raeally. I came up with what I thought fit my needs (and for those pages I use it on, it works wonderfully) and LL has the wiki hack that solved his problem, and you have yours.
Maybe work needs to be done parallel to (but closely with) what the dvs are doing to integrate static pages.
The keys to getting it to work:
1) everyone would like to see it integrated right into WP, especially the tables for searchability..
2) being able to enter and edit the info easily
3) being able to quickly add and remove the pages as needed
4) some kind of link manager similar to the category link list
Did I miss anything?