Grant, that was a nice un-editorial editorial. I especially like your point about "best" practices. I sometimes think that a best practice became a best practice only because enough people repeat something enough times, even when it flies in the face of BOL. Most times, "it depends" comes up in spite of what people repeat.
I also like your point about what it takes to get things done and to make things work. I see so many "sins of design" yet there are ways to make things work and keep things functioning. Granted, they're sub-optimal, but the optimal solution would take 2 months, involve lots of rework and result in high risk, so it isn't done. The cheaper approach will work and get us 80% there, so that's what gets done. The purist in me may not like it, but the realist does.
Oh, and a huge "AMEN" to the MTVF! I know that parting shot wasn't the point and was the editorial part of your un-editorial, but I couldn't resist. 😉