yes, i've uploaded the revised .js files after updating. and yes, it's still adding the html and body tags even for a new record.
after i UNCHECK the "full page editing" box, the .js file says this: FCKConfig.FullPage = false;
so, i'll try starting over and inserting iRite into a clean/new text field. as you said, maybe once it's there it won't remove it, but i would definitely consider this a "bug" that should be fixed.
i'll let you know.